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Digg refreshes iOS app to serve up popular Internet videos

November 14, 2013

The update sees the free app move to version 5.3 and introduces Digg Video, which pulls in videos based on how much interaction they are getting on Digg, Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, Digg promises that the app offers faster scrolling and says that there are fewer crashes.

As before, users are able to read the latest news articles, find and follow online publishers, writers and bloggers and save  articles to Digg, Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. Alternatively, readers can share these out via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.

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Facebook’s mobile ramp up continues – now over 874 million a month

October 30, 2013

For Q3 2013 reported today, the social network beat analysts’ expectations with over $2.02 billion in revenue for the period.

Mobile check-ins grew to 874 million monthly (a 45% year-over-year increase) and 507 million daily users compared to 819 million and 469 million for those sectors during Q2. 

During a call today with analysts, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that 48% of daily Facebook users log-in on mobile. 

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New apps aim to deal with ‘photo rot’ by simpler sharing

October 16, 2013

New photo and video apps coming to market hope to address what one vendor, Magisto, calls “photo rot”, the tendency of most images to stay on the device.

"We can capture everything with our smartphones and we do,” says Reed Genower, chief marketing officer at Magisto. “But 99% of what you took the time to capture rots on your smartphone.”

Well, perhaps it’s not quite that bad, but judging from the scramble of vendors vying to become the next Instragram, there is certainly an opportunity.

“Only 20% of the 1.5 billion pictures taken every day are shared, the rest stay on the camera roll,” said Sachin Duggal, [...]

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Spin is the funky new iPad app alternative to Skype & FaceTime

October 2, 2013

The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and offers an array of useful features — from ultra wideband 44kHz audio that “feels like you’re in a recording studio” and video at 60 frames per second to the ability to take part in group discussions.

As with Google Hangouts, Spin lets users connect with up to ten people in “Gatherings” and these people can in turn import and share their photos and videos from Facebook, YouTube or the iPad’s camera roll.

Users can invite others by dragging their friend’s avatar into the discussion or alternatively by sending out “Spinvitatons”.

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Tablet website convertor ShopPad receives funding boost

August 29, 2013

TechCrunch reports that the firm’s software-as-a-service (Saas) technology is now used by more than 10,000 online merchants and says that the group’s latest investors include executives from PayPal.

Formed just last year by CEO Aaron Wadler, ShopPad puts one line of JavaScript on the retailer’s website to detect and redirect tablet traffic to the appropriate site.

The company deals with creating product images suitable for iPad’s Retina Display, as well as sorting offline functionality and allowing the website to respond irrespective of device orientation.

Retailers can add their own logos, fonts, image styles and colors, and all within [...]

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Social network Path launches app for Kindle Fire HD tablets

July 19, 2013

The company announced the new Kindle Fire app in a new blog post, with the Amazon product page detailing that users are able to message friends, journal their thoughts and tweak photos with filters and an in-built editor.

In addition, Kindle Fire app users will be able to share what movies, books and music they’re enjoying and post Path comments to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare.

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9 in 10 tablet owners multi-task when watching TV

July 18, 2013

Surveying device owners across 15 countries, the market research firm found that these folk typically use applications for email, web browsing, Facebook and checking the weather when watching a TV program.

However, analysts dispelled claims that tablets are on the cusp of replacing TVs, even if they did suggest that iPads and Android slates are impacting sales of smaller television sets.

“There is a commonly held belief that the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones will cannibalize or otherwise adversely affect sales of other devices,” said Riddhi Patel, research director at DisplaySearch.

“While we see that tablet ownership affects [...]

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This eye-catching iPad app lets you try glasses before you buy them

July 5, 2013

Using your iPad’s camera to generate a 3D custom model of your head, the glasses.com for iPad app (free, iTunes) lets users try on thousands of glasses and sunglasses from brands including Burberry, Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray-Ban and Versace.

The same users can turn their head to see how the spectacles look from any angle and can even adjust the glasses up or down their nose, as they would with real glasses.

As you’d expect, the app details information and prices on the glasses, which are available to buy directly from the app, but what is more surprising is the extent of social sharing.

App users can, for instance, share pictures of them wearing these [...]

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Tablets owners reckon they’re smarter than friends, but some might be lying…

June 27, 2013

Wakefield Research surveyed over 1,000 U.S. adults early last month in a study commissioned by Next Issue Media and the researcher found that 69% of tablet owners think that they are better informed that friends without a tablet.

When faced with the same question, just 47% of non-tablet owners felt the same way.

But with that finding came another – tablet owners are also more likely to lie when it comes to the news. Researchers concluded that 52% of tablet owners admitted to lying about knowing a news story to impress others, compared to 27% of non-tablet owners.

A lack of honesty aside however and it’s clear that tablet owners are at least using [...]

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AdStage buys Semply, an AdWords reporting app for iPad

June 21, 2013

AdStage offers a dashboard that advertisers can use to run campaigns on Google, Bing, Facebook and LinkedIn. The platform optimizes ad spending across networks and includes recommendations based on data from similar and competitive companies. 

Semply says it’s “the world’s first full-featured Google AdWords reporting application for iPad.” During the app’s first month, it was reporting on more than $110 million of ad spending for more than 1,500 advertisers.

The free app has already been rebranded as “AdStage -Your Analytics Dashboard for Google AdWords.”

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