If Snapchat is unworried even after refusing Billion-dollar acquisition offers from Google and Facebook, here is a thing that might make them worry – Instagram to launch Snapchat-like ephemeral messaging service.
Facebook’s strategy in this is so simple – If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em – First it tried to buy Snapchat with bag full of cash that’s almost $3 billion and failed in that and now it’s trying to create it’s own Snapchat version with Instagram and it’s damn sure that it’ll no fail in this.
Why Instagram’s Snapchat-like messaging will not fail?
* Instagram has 150 million users and even if 1/3rd of this base starts using the messaging feature it can hit 50 million just like anything.
* Instagram is so good in copying stuffs from other competitors – example: Vine – Instagram Video Service is doing good, though it hasn’t largely affected Vine user base, Instagram is still surviving in the domain in which Vine was a monopoly once.
* Instagram is all about moments and that’s the success formula for Snapchat too. Snapchat users just want to let their friends know about their interesting short-lived moments and Instagram (though broadcasting) is almost doing the same already.
Apparently, Instagram has got all the necessary qualifications to become a successful competitor for Snapchat, while Snapchat just recently raised $50 million funding - hence setting up for a perfect competition in ephemeral private messaging space.
While all these points answer Why Instagram can survive in Private Messaging, Instagram event invitation for Dec ’12th saying ‘You are invited to share a moment with Kevin Systrom and Instagram team‘ secretly indicates Snapchat-like feature in Instagram.
With GigaOm and Techcrunch reckoning this, Let’s see what Kevin Systrom has got to surprise us apart from this.
After the initial trailer, Angry Birds-franchise Rovio has officially launched Angry Birds Go for iOS and Android devices. But in this edition of Angry Birds, the characters neither fly nor slingshot but race.
Typically, Angry Birds Go is Rovio’s version of Mario Kart making Flying Birds to Go Kart. Angry Birds Go is free for both iOS and Android. Similar to typical racing games, Angry Birds Go allowes users to upgrade vehicles, buy power-ups, and collect new characters at the end of each race.
Download Angry Birds Go for iOS and Android.
Facebook has done a trivial change in its UI by replacing Follow Post button in each post with Get Notifications.
Usually in Facebook Groups or Questions or in the photos that you are tagged in, just next to Like and Comment, Follow Post button can be seen but recently Facebook replaced that button with Get Notifications and this name suits very well than the former one.
And if you are wondering Facebook has got anything special in that, Nope, Nothing new in that, it’s the same Follow Post functionality but with a different name. Clicking on ‘Get Notifications’ would subscribe ourselves to that particular post and ‘Stop Notifications’ would stop any notification from that post even if we’ve commented in the same previously.
[Source Facebook FAQ]
There might be a lot of wireless connectivity technology like WiFi, NFC with extended range and low-energy consumption but there is one, Bluetooth, which is still dominant in the field of mobile devices and today Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the next version called Bluetooth 4.1.
Bluetooth SIG said in the Press Release that Bluetooth 4.1 is improved to make it very closer to “Internet of Things” and the improvements in the latest update will be helpful for both consumers and developers.
For Consumers, Bluetooth 4.1 provides
1. Improved coexistence with LTE so that both signals are coordinated and avoid/reduce interference.
2. Better connections to make sure the device reconnects automatically with the recently connected device so fast without any manual intervention.
3. Bulk data transfer that can help external gadgets such as fitness trackers to send bulk data to the device (smartphone) at once.
And For Developers, Bluetooth 4.1 allows a single device to act both as peripheral and hub – say, a smart watch can be a peripheral for a smartphone at the same time acting as a hub for a fitness tracker which collects and sends data to the smartphone/watch, thus enabling the developers to give a bluetooth-enabled device extraordinary abilities which wasn’t possible in the earlier editions of Bluetooth.
Since Bluetooth 4.1 is essentially a software update, it’s expected that all devices with Bluetooth 4.0 hardware must get these new features soon.
[Source Bluetooth PR]
If you are thinking that the below Portrait of Hollywood Actor Morgan Freeman is a nice snap probably taken with some decent DSLR or Digital Camera, You are wrong!
First, it’s not a photo that’s taken with a camera but an art – a painting and second, it’s a finger painting – that too single finger painting – in an iPad Air (Apple must be happy that the artist didn’t choose Android and that also shows the power of iOS apps).
Unbelievable? Well, the artist Kyle Lambert has shot a timelapse video of the entire painting process that contains 200 hours work and 285,000 brushstrokes in Procreate, an iPad app that won 2013 Apple Design award.