Posts tagged with: Vine
  • by | November 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 11:00 AM

    Windows Phone users have learned to live with the app selection on their platform being what it is. While it gets better every day, there are still too many times when official apps simply aren't available, and users instead turn to third party solutions or outright knockoffs. But then there are those good days, where after a wait that can only be characterized as excessive, we finally see an official port get delivered; that's where we find ourselves today, getting word that Vine is launching for Windows Phone. Last month, at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, we got the good news that ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    This is going to sound silly. But one of the biggest eyebrow raising announcements to come out of Nokia World today was the announcement that Vine and Instagram were releasing official apps for the Windows Phone platform.  Now, don't get me wrong. I don't really use either, and not just because I'm on Windows Phone. I share photos and video via Facebook or Twitter depending on the subject matter. I've never had a use for either. Vine and Instagram on Windows Phone is pretty huge. These are probably two of the top ten apps that are often cited as missing from Windows Phone by detractors ...

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  • by | August 8, 2013 9:01 AM

    We've seen twitter take a stab at video sharing through their Vine service, and then it got plagued with porn in just a couple of days and became irrelevant. Then came Instagram video to compete, and even though the service is ok, it's far from perfect. Still, with the success of YouTube, you'd assume that video sharing is the next hot thing, and it seems that the founders of YouTube feel the same. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, better known as the founders of YouTube, have now launched a new iOS app called Mixbit, which is funded by Google Ventures. This is very similar to Vine in that you ...

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  • by | July 3, 2013 7:13 PM

    In mid-December, I decided to do something drastic. Okay, maybe it wasn't that drastic. But I quit Instagram, a service I had been a huge proponent of prior. Before December 18, I had shared a total of 398 photos (not counting the ones I deleted), and spent more time than I care to admit editing photos to share to the service. It was fun, and it was the easiest way to share all the interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) things going on in my life with multiple services at once. Then I had an epiphany. For the better part of three years, I have been extremely critical of mobile ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    Back in early June, we were still talking about Vine's incredible success, and saw its new Android release rocketing up the Google Play charts, cruising right past Instagram. But it wouldn't be long before Facebook and Instagram had their revenge, and a week ago yesterday we learned that Instagram was going to try beating Vine at its own game, adding some video support of its own. We've since seen Vine attempt to stay relevant with a new update, but today we get a look at some usage stats that make Vine look like it's in serious trouble. Running checks for Twitter links to Vine and ...

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  • by | June 27, 2013 8:00 PM

    Vine started out 2013 with a bang, and as it pushed beyond iOS and arrived on Android, its momentum seemed stronger than ever. And then Instagram caught up. Last week, we saw Instagram evolve from its old filters-and-photos routine to start capturing video, as well. Not only that, but it offered users the opportunity to record clips over twice as long as Vine's. Was Vine's day in the sun over? It may be too early to call in the fat lady, as today we've got a new Vine release out with a number of new features for Android users. The big one is probably support for front-facing cameras. For ...

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  • by | June 20, 2013 8:13 PM

    You know, when Twitter launched Vine a couple of months ago, I think I was on the list of people that registered first. I mean hey, I do videos for a living right? It's only the common thing that I search for even more ways to be able to interact with everyone through a social video tool. The funny thing about it though is that regardless of how fast I registered for the service, I've yet to build my first Vine video. As I skimmed through the service, I began noticing a ton of the caveats that made me forget about its existence just a couple of days later, and no, the unsolicited porn ...

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  • by | June 20, 2013 1:41 PM

    A little earlier this week we heard a rumor that Facebook might use the event it's hosting today in order to announce a new feature for Instagram, which would move beyond supporting only still pictures and start allowing users to post short video clips – just like Vine has enabled Twitter users to do. Sure enough, that theory has turned out to be right on the money, and today Facebook revealed the new version of Instagram, now video-enabled. So, how isn't this Vine? Well, while Vine's insistence on brevity limits clips to six seconds, Instagram is more-than-doubling that out to fifteen. ...

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  • by | June 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    One week ago Monday, we learned that Vine would no longer be an iOS exclusive, and the Twitter acquisition was finally releasing an Android port of its app. While Apple users had access going back to January, the floodgates were now open for their Android brethren, and given how much more popular Vine's grown since its launch, we were curious to see just how strong this Android interest might be. So far, the app is off to a very respectable start, and Vine has just managed to squeeze past Instagram on the Android top app list. That's a big deal, as when it comes to apps built for sharing ...

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