Youtube for iOS Devices Brings Support for Vertical Playback and Notifications

The official Youtube app for iOS is still the perfect app to go to when it comes to viewing videos form Youtube. While the likes of jasmine did interest us for a while, we always ended up going back to the official app primarily because of the stability that it provided. However, one of the major fall backs of the official Youtube app on iOS and Android a while ago was the fact that it did not play the vertical videos very well. the videos that were shot in portrait mode ran in a box like format which lead to a bad user experience. Youtube had fixed this issue on Android very recently and finally the same has been done for iOS application as well.

New Youtube App Update

After you have installed the update you will be able to run the Youtube application on your iPhone 6 and be able to see the videos on the app play perfectly full screen if they have been shot in the portrait mode, given the device is in portrait mode too. The videos will still play in the box format when it comes to the playback in landscape mode. Not just this minor upgrade, the new update also brings with it ability to send you notifications from your favourite channel creators as and when their videos go up, just like it has been on Android for a good while. No more will you miss out on videos on youtube anymore.

This feature is also automatically triggered when you subscribe yourself to a new video. The update for Youtube app is available OTA so you just need to go to the App Store on your device and click on the update to get all these new features. A similar OTA is available for Android for you to play videos in portrait mode, full screen on Android.

Talk only in Yes or No? Try out Yes/No Messenger

There have been more than a few conversations that we have had with our dear ones where the only agenda was to get the person, on the other side to say a Yes or a No. These are usually monologues where one person does all the talking, which usually translates to throwing a lot of question while the guilty party either agrees or disagrees. And while we are obviously not short of any Instant Messengers, one could actually see the utility of a Yes/ No messenger which you could strictly use for the time when you are in no mood for taking any bullshit or beating around the bush.

Yes No App

The application is available for both Android and iOS and has an extremely uncluttered user interface. The entire experience of using the app was butter smooth and you could actually see a proper use case of the application unlike a lot of IM apps that do exactly the same sort of thing. You can set the expiry time of the question as well as sned the question to your friends via SMS.

You can involve just one person as per the way you want or even start a yes/ no conversation among a group of friends which would be an easy way of finding out the answer to a difficult question or coordinating among yourself for things like a dinner or even a movie plan. You can check out the working of the messenger right here.

Download Link: Android & iOS

You can Sign Up for Facebook Messenger Without the need of an E-Mail or FB Account

Facebook has been pretty adamant that Facebook Messenger is an independent service when compared to facebook. That is why, Messenger is being treated as a platform more than anything else post the announcement at F8. Since then several apps have come up which have used Messenger as a platform and while Facebook looks to create it as an independent entity, it is looking to totally cut any common chords that the app would have even with the parent that is Facebook. It does look like the kid has finally grown up enough to go its own route, as starting today, you will be able to sign up for Facebook Messenger without the need of a Facebook account or an E-Mail ID.

Facebook Messenger

You simply will be needing your mobile number to use Messenger, a bit like how it is done on Whatsapp. You will obviously not be able to sync your Facebook contacts and their pictures unless you connect your Facebook account, but will be able to connect to the people who are on your phonebook. Facebook said the following in their blog post:

With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts. If you’re in Canada, the United States, Peru or Venezuela, we are starting to roll out a new way for you to sign up for Messenger – without a Facebook account

Currently, only users from US, Canada, Venezuela and Peru will be able to use the feature which will come, both to Android as well as iOS.

Periscope App is now Available for Android

Periscope, an application that basically allows you to stream content right from your mobile to the internet has been one of the most successful and talked about applications in the world these days. Not just Periscope, Meerkat has been one of the most spoken about apps as well as personal marketing takes the center as the new in trends thing. After being announced as an iOS exclusive application, seeing te popularity that the application enjoyed, it is only fair that the app is now available on Android.

Periscope

The applications comes with an interface that is not too distinctively different from iOS and has exactly the same features whereby you will be able to stream your video from the device and then push the update on your Twitter profile from where everyone will be able to watch the video.

Some of the features of the application, as listed down on the Google Play Store are as follows:

• REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time.
• PRIVATE: If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast.
• TWITTER: You can choose to share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start broadcasting. When you go live, you’ll tweet a link so that your Twitter followers can watch on the web (or in the app)
• MANAGE NOTIFICATIONS: Periscope will suggest people for you to follow based on your Twitter network. You can always follow new people, or unfollow them if you don’t want to be notified when they go live. You can also adjust notification preferences in Periscope Settings (in Profile)
• HEARTS: Periscope keeps track of how many hearts you get from your viewers. The more hearts, the higher you get in the “Most Loved” list.

You can download the application from Google Play here.

Anonymous Commenting Application Secret is Shutting Down

Secret, possibly the most talked about application of the entire of last year, is going off the grids now. The application basically allowed you to send anonymous messages about people to your friends, who if responded to them, the message will be automatically shared further down the line with their set of friends who can also comment upon them to trickle them further. However, because of the anonymous nature of the application, people have largely used Secret as a mean bitching machine, passing rude and vulgar comments, not least for the people who they do not like.

Secret App

As a result of this, and due to not being able to come up with the winning formula after the last major update to Secret really failed to raise the application’s game, Secret is shutting down. The Co-founder, David Byttow of Secret said in an announcement posted to Medium, “Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company.”

The entire post on Medium which announced the sad news is below:

After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I’ve decided to shut down Secret.

This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it’s the right decision for myself, our investors and our team.

I’m extremely proud of our team, which has built a product that was used by over 15 million people and pushed the boundaries of traditional social media. I believe in honest, open communication and creative expression, and anonymity is a great device to achieve it. But it’s also the ultimate double-edged sword, which must be wielded with great respect and care. I look forward to seeing what others in this space do over time.

I will spend the next couple of weeks doing what I believe is right to wind down Secret gracefully. While a majority of the team has already moved on to other exciting opportunities, I will dedicate most of my time to helping the core team find their next roles. We curated one of the most amazingly talented teams I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and I am certain each of them will go on to do great work at the very lucky companies that are able to hire them.

Secret, Inc. still has a significant amount of invested capital, but our investors funded the team and the product, and I believe the right thing to do is to return the money rather than attempt to pivot. Innovation requires failure, and I believe in failing fast in order to go on and make only new and different mistakes.

Over time, I plan to publish postmortems so that others can learn from the unique mistakes and challenges we faced and the wisdom gained from such an incredible 16 months.

Thank you to everyone who supported us over the past year. What an incredible journey.

David Byttow

PS. If you’re looking to recruit or get in touch with our existing team, please email me directly at d@secret.ly

Via: Medium

Microsoft Announces that Windows 10 will run iOS and Android Apps

In what was easily the most interesting announcement of last night’s BUILD Conference where Microsoft gave out more details to the developers about its upcoming Windows 10 release, it was announced that Windows 10 as an Operating System will now support both iOS and Android applications, which would in some ways help bridge the gap between mobile and desktop app availability. Microsoft announced that it has come up with a quick way which would basically allow Windows 10 to quickly compile Android apps that are written in Java or C++ so that you can enjoy them on your desktops or laptops.

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To do this, Windows developers can largely reuse the Android code, but will have to use some of the Windows Platform tools to be able to run the apps, but this is definitely so much better than having to start from the scratch and develop an app right from the ground up.

Not just the Android apps, Microsoft will include supporting APIs for iOS apps so that iOS apps can also be used. We have already seen the likes of Blackberry and even Android go this route from the days where only iOS and then Android apps were in majority as it saves the developers a lot of time and efforts when they cannot afford to code the apps uniquely for the platform.

Via: Android Central

Facebook Messenger Adds Video Calling to the App in 18 Countries

Facebook is betting big on its Messenger application and after a series of announcements of applications at F8 which will be using Messenger as a Platform, Facebook has decided to add a new feature to the application. Taking on global competitors like Google Hangouts and Skype, Facebook Messenger now gives the users the ability to video call from the application with their friends. You can initiate the video call right from within the chat window itself without having to exit or start a new conversation or process over again.

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Facebook commented on the feature saying:

You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. If you’re messaging with someone and realize that words just aren’t enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation.

Video calling in Messenger is available for calls made from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, even if one person is on iOS and the other person is on an Android device.

The feature so far has rolled out only in 18 countries which includes the likes of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Uruguay alongside the United States. As you must have noticed, India is missing from the list as of now, though Facebook has promised that more countries will get the feature soon.

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Twitter Announces Periscope- A Live Video Feed Broadcasting Service

Twitter has announced Periscope, in its quest to dethrone Meerkat which has made quite a splurge in the news recently cause of its ability to broadcast videos straight from your iPhone. The official service by Twitter basically allows you to see another world through the eyes of someone you follow or want to follow.

Periscope

But unlike Meerkat, you will be able to see videos that anybody is broadcasting on Periscope, irrespective of the fact that you follow or do not follow them. There are generally three videos that are listed on top which are the featured video of the time you are browsing the app, and the rest of the videos then follow. You also get the number of users who are viewing the livestream at a time to gauge the popularity

You can obviously, like and comment on the video streams, which would allow the same to be used as a good live QnA tool for maybe some conferences etc. There is also an option to add your GPS location which will be visible as a small little dialogue box. You can also watch the stream once it has ended, though you cannot obviously interact with it. The service currently is available only for iOS though, the Android version should not be very far off now.

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Instagram Announces Layout: A Collage Making Application

We have all had that time where we are trying to stitch multiple images into one image and upload that on Instagram. However, other than some really specific apps like Fuzel, most of these collage making apps are just plain ugly or not very useful. This is why there have been time where we have personally resorted to our desktops to do the same on our desktop. But to put all of this concern away into a corner, Instagram has announced a standalone app called Layout.

Layout

Layout is a very simple application and simply joins multiple images for you to give you one image that you upload in a very simple and neat fashion. The overall UI of the app is simple and easy to understand too. You can choose from the preset custom layout and insert the images from your camera roll. You can obviously pinch, zoom or re-adjust these images based on what part you wish should show up. You also have the Photobooth option in there so that you can create a stitch of images of yourself in different poses.

Layout is currently an iOS exclusive app, keeping in line with how Instagram always goes iOS first and Android later, but we are fairly sure that the Android counterparts will receive the app soon. For those on iOS, can download the app from here.

Here Maps for iPhone are Here

Here Maps, once a part of the giant Nokia family have finally been released for the iPhone. The Here Maps have generally been well liked and quoted to be solid alternative to the famed Google Maps. In fact, most would tell you that in places like South Eastern Asia, Here maps are much more accurate and foolproof even when compared to Google maps. So far, only those who were on Android could use Here Mmaps, while those on iOS had to be content with an HTML5 version in the form of an app.

Here Maps

However, now, a fully functional app has been built from ground up for the iPhone which would allow users to enjoy Here Maps on iPhone. The app has the standard features such as walking, transit as well as transportation directions. You can also use the application offline, so in case there is no internet connectivity the app will work as long as the requisite data has been downloaded on your phone. You also get real-time traffic information and incident updates in about 40 countries using Here maps.

Route Planner is another interesting feature that lets you plan when to take the public transport or when to walk down by comparing the journey times.

You can download Here Maps for iPhone from the App store for absolutely free here.