We knew it was coming , and today is is here –Facebook has released Slingshot, the social media giant’s attempt to compete with the very popular Snapchat app.
How it works is very simple: take a photo or video and send it to your friends. If they are willing to share something with you, they can unlock your creation (and react) –once they swipe it away, it’s gone!
I find the popularity of these quick-chat-photo-journal apps a little confusing. While I do appreciate having an easy way to share candid snapshots from special moments, I question how meaningful and important the content really is (plus it vanishes so quickly). If I have to send you a picture in order to unlock your content, it seems less like a choice to share and more like persuasion. I suppose I might be missing something and should give it a try, if you’d like to join me, download Slingshot for Android.
Google just updated their Currents Reader application today that lets international publishers submit their news content into the ecosystem. This is a boon for anyone that wants an alternative to Zite and Pulse. Today we are proud to announce the inclusion of Good e-Reader into Google Currents.
The first thing you want to do is download Google Currents from Google Play or if you don’t have access to that you can get it from our own Good e-Reader App Store . You can then subscribe to it by clicking on this link https://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAowlOpc/goodereader_news or you can do a manual search for “goodereader” using the search function.
I think the layout is really great and it looks very slick on any Android Tablet or iOS device! Check it out today and let us know your feedback.
First, Facebook purchased WhatsApp (in 2014 for a mere $19 billion USD). Second, Facebook introduces voice calling into the app. Third, Facebook adds full-on integration of WhatsApp mobile messaging service into their signature social media app.
Loosely translated, this means beta users of the newly integrated Facebook app can use a dedicated ‘send’ button to share messages and news items with anybody in their WhatsApp contact list.
It should be safe to assume that this is just the beginning of what Facebook has planned for WhatsApp (otherwise, that was a lot of money spent on nothing) –especially when it primarily competes with their Messenger app that is already in play.
If you have been living under a rock and haven’t yet installed the Facebook for Android app on your phone, you should grab it now and join the rest of us.
The Amazon Fire TV has been out for a few months and there are not very many solid Zombie style games. Into the Dead is likely the best of the bunch and today Peter of Good e-Reader takes a look on how the experience plays out and using the Amazon Gamepad.
Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run!
The whole point of this game is to run into an ever increasing horde of zombies. You can either dodge them or kill them to get by, but you never stop running and never run away from them.
You can find weapons in supply crates. Or you can start with a gun, but it’s gonna cost you. You can buy a head start that starts you at 1500 meters. You can have a dog with you, he will kill zombies for you, and cries when you die. You can buy extra ammunition, and more supply crates. There are 3 modes,, Classic, Hardcore, massacre. In classic you run for your life, in hardcore it’s hardcore. In massacre you kill as many zombies as you can. You can compare your score with friends, overall a great game, with temple run aspects, and you change your weapons and zombie looks!
Video killed the radio star, and phablets may be killing tablet sales (if the results of a study by research firm Canalys can be believed). According to their statistics, worldwide tablet shipments have dropped 12 percent year-over-year to just 67 million units overall during Q4 2014 –Apple saw an 18% loss, while Samsung recorded a 24% decline.
During this same period, larger format smartphones like the iPhone 6 Plus were tremendously successful.
Some of the change is being attributed to bargain pricing from competitors (with Amazon moving 4 million units and Lenovo shipping 3.7 million units, totalling over 11 percent of the tablet market share together)… but other theories seem more likely. It may be that Apple shrinking the size of their laptops is adding portability competition for the iPad lineup –but it’s probably their border-crossing smartphones that are to blame. Users see smartphones as more feature-rich and mission-critical –so if they have to choose a single device to upgrade, they will win every time. It’s also true that phablets represent a compromise between getting tablet functionality without actually having to carry one with you everywhere (particularly as they relate to users who would have chosen smaller sized tablets like the iPad Mini).
There is one more theory of course: technology is getting too good. Cameras in the last few generations of tablets and smartphones are good. Speed for mobile devices is good. Plus or minus a few ounces of weight isn’t a compelling reason to upgrade. These reasons and more add up to users looking toward new accessories and apps than to expensive upgrades –many of us already have tablets, and they are plenty good enough.
Amazon Fire TV has been getting pretty good reviews from users and critics alike, but a few things have been missing… most noteably (for many) is the absence of HBO Go. Thankfully this has been remedied and HBO subscribers can stream their favourite content from the network’s movies and TV catalog on the Fire TV (though the Fire TV Stick won’t have suppose until the spring of 2015).
Amazon was eager to release a statement regarding their HBO Go addition:
“We’re thrilled to add HBO Go, the most requested service, to Fire TV in time for the holidays. HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking and award-winning TV shows and movies, and we are excited to bring this amazing content to our customers, all of which is accessible via voice search on your Fire TV remote.
If you are a subscriber, you can still access HBO Go for Android if you haven’t grabbed yourself an Amazon Fire TV just yet (of course, if you have been meaning to, now is a good time –Amazon has reduced the price from $99 to $79 until December 28).
Does this announcement make you more likely to pick up a Fire TV device? Is there something that Amazon is still missing?
Generally BlackBerry doesn’t get to see the big name apps hitting their platform, but knock-offs and look-a-likes are very common. Timber is in good company, joining the ranks of iGrann, Whine, Snap2Chat and Spo2fy. No matter, BlackBerry users will be excited that a third party Tinder client is available from BlackBerry World.
Developed by Nemory Studios, Timber gives BlackBerry users the ability to participate in “a fun new way to connect with new and interesting people around you.” The interface behaves exactly as it does in Tinder: you get the chance to view other users of the app who have signed up (and are in close proximity to you), if you like them you swipe to the right, if you aren’t so keen then swipe to the left. A mutual match (meaning the user chose you as well) will pair you up to begin chatting –and the sky is the limit!
Just like Tinder, Timber requires that you have a Facebook account. The app is free to download, but if you prefer to browse potential matches add-free, you will have to fork over $1.99.