Twitter launches #Music for music discovery and streaming

Posted by: Brett

Twitter has finally launched its oft-rumored music discovery and streaming app called #Music. The app, launching first on iPhone and iPad, allows users to discover and stream music that is trending on Twitter. If you’re a Spotify or Rdio subscriber, you’ll be able to listen to full-length tracks, while if you aren’t subscribed to either of the aforementioned, you can listen to the iTunes preview of the song. The app is free and is available now in the App Store. Twitter has not yet mentioned availablity information for an Android version, but you can always visit the web version at https://music.twitter.com.

Source: App Store, #Music

#applications-2, #twitter-ios

Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook

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Facebook Home made official

Posted by: Brett

Facebook made their new Android home screen overlay official today at a press event at the social network’s headquarters. Dubbed Facebook Home, the application takes over the entire home screen and lock screen experience and replaces it with a full screen news feed which shows up right when you turn the phone on. You can like and comment on pictures and status that you encounter as you scroll through the feed. Notifications will appear directly on the main screen of Facebook Home and you can swipe them away or click into them.

Pressing a circle containing your profile picture at the bottom of the screen and dragging it up brings you into your app drawer which you can customize. You can also drag it to the left for Facebook Messenger and to the right for your Gallery. The app drawer has quick shortcuts to posting an image, status, or checking in to a place.

Another cool feature of Facebook Home is called Chat Heads, and it allows you to access your Facebook chats from anywhere on your phone, even if you’re in another app. When you’re chatting with someone or multiple people, a little circle with your friends profile picture appears on your screen. You can click it and the chat conversation will come up and you can respond. The Chat Heads will stack if you’re apart of multiple conversations and you can get rid of them or move them around if they’re in the way.

Facebook Home will be preinstalled on the just announced HTC First, but will be making its way to a variety of Android devices through the Play Store on April 12th.

Source: Facebook

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Flipboard updated to version 2.0 on iOS

Posted by: Brett

Flipboard for iOS has been updated to version 2.0 and it brings with it some welcomed new features. Version 2.0 lets you create your own magazines, which other users can search and subscribe to, if you don’t choose to make it private, of course. There’s also a bookmarklet you can add to Safari to let you add articles to your magazine from the browser itself. You can choose to get notifications when someone subscribes, likes, or comments on your magazine.

Here’s everything else that’s new in v2.0:

★ You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started. If you prefer to remove the “+” button, you can turn it Off in Settings.
★ Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you) at any time.
★ Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser. Get it at https://share.flipboard.com.
★ Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
★ Email whole magazines or share them to your social network. Of course, you can still share or email any single article, photo or video.
★ Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
★ Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new improved results.
★ Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.

The update is free and is available now in the iOS App Store. It’ll be available next month on Android.

Source: Flipboard, App Store

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Pandora launches on Windows Phone

Posted by: Brett

Pandora has finally launched on Windows Phone and because of the long wait, the app includes unlimited, ad-free streaming through this year. On other platforms, you’d have to pay a monthly fee for the aforementioned. Free users typically have a 40-hour monthly streaming limit and ads between every certain amount of songs.

The app lets you pin your favorite stations as tiles on your home screen, and the Panora app itself has live tile capabilities, allowing for it to display the song currently being played. There’s also a Kid’s Corner feature which filters explicit content. Pandora is free and can be downloaded at the source link.

Source: Pandora

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Google launches Keep: a note-taking service integrated with Drive

Posted by: Brett

Google Keep has finally launched today after inadvertently making it’s way online a bit early last week. Keep is Google’s new note-taking service which integrates itself with Google Drive. The app allows you to create notes and checklists, as well capture pictures and voice memos to add into notes you’ve created. You can access and create notes at www.drive.google.com/keep as well.

Keep is currently available on all Android devices running Android 4.0 or later. It’s a standalone app but will support for Keep will be integrated into the Google Drive app soon. Google hasn’t said whether or not Keep will be coming to iOS or not, but considering iOS already has a plethora of other Google apps like Maps and Gmail, you’d think they’d launch Keep on iOS as well.

Source: Google Blog, Play Store

#applications-2, #drive, #google, #keep

Real Racing 3 launches on iOS and Android

Posted by: Brett

Real Racing 3 has finally launched today on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store after months of video teasers and excitement. Real Racing 3 is one of the most anticipated app launches of the year and the best part about it is that it’s available for free. The third iteration of admittedly the most realistic mobile racing games brings with it a bevy of new cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. It features officially licensed tracks and a new feature called Time Shifted Multiplayer which let’s you play someone, even if they’re offline, thanks to new AI technology.

The only real downside to the game is that it uses a freemium app model and therefore you have the option of purchasing coins to advance faster in the game. Real Racing 3 is available now in both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Source: Google Play Store, iOS App Store

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