InstaTwit drama has gone to a crucial way – well that didn’t take too long : After Instagram officially cuts off its photo integration with Twitter, one curious developer has already created a Chrome extension that reverses Instagram’s change on your desktop.
Michael Schonfeld, a developer evangelist at the payments company Dwolla, whipped the InstaTwit extension together in just an hour and a half. Once installed, it places Instagram photos back into Twitter Cards — just as if the drama from this week between the two companies never happened.
“While it’s not a complete solution — InstaTwit won’t help on tablets or smartphones, for example — it’s a nice and simple fix until Instagram can make peace with Twitter.”
Schonfeld notes that both companies could potentially break the extension, but he’s not too worried about that possibility: “On Instagram’s side, they can change the structure of their URL shortener, or even disable direct access to the photo files themselves. In any case, I doubt it’ll be very hard to adjust the extension accordingly.”
Via : Instagram
We reported a few days ago about the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III, which brings with it Samsung’s Premium Suite features, features that are basically borrowed from the bigger Galaxy Note II.
Now Samsung has released a video that showcases some of the features in this Premium Suite upgrade. It’s a multi-part series of videos and the first of the lot has been uploaded on YouTube.
Among the features demonstrated in the video are the Page Buddy feature, which opens a new homescreen with the respective widgets when you connect an accessory, contextual image tagging, multi-view app mode, auto share shot, reader mode and Facebook lock ticker. And this is just part 1 of the series, so there’s going to be lot more to come.
Android’s previously leaked, long overdue Gmail update has landed on devices, running Android 4.0 and up. Users of such devices can freshen up their native email clients from the Google Play store.
The most important new feature of the update is the long-requested ability to fit messages to the device’s screen. A new swipe-to-archive gesture is also now at your service.
In order to enjoy zooming in on your messages, you must enable the feature from the Gmail settings. I found it to work quite nicely. Feel free to share your experience by dropping a line in the comments section below.
Nokia has updated its Nokia Transport (known as Transit in North America) for Windows Phone 8 with a revamped interface. The company is also working on apps for Windows Phone 7 and even Symbian, but those are in beta right now.
One of the changes is that the route is segmented and you can look at each segment more closely with a single tap or swipe.
Nokia Transport makes use of Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and lets you pin favorite destinations to the Start screen (home, work, etc.). The app also lets you plan routes in advance (just enter the date and time you want to travel). You can choose how departure time is displayed – actual time of departure (e.g. 2:17p.m.) or time until departure (e.g. in 15 minutes).
Once all the planning is done, the app will offer walking directions to the station or stop you need to go to and after you arrive, directions to the exact location you want to visit. The list with your destination history will make it easy to find locations you’ve already visited (but you can delete entries if, for example, you didn’t like the coffee at that place).
The Windows Phone 8 Transport app has been updated to version 3.0, check the Windows Phone Store to install the update. Nokia Beta Labs has beta versions of the app for Windows Phone 7-running Lumias and for Symbian phones.
Sound quality matters most for headphones, but we won’t lie: we’ve got a soft spot for a slick design. Eskuché is undoubtedly trying to play that opening like a fiddle with its just-launched Control v2 (left) and 45v2 (right) sets. Both evoke the feel of vintage studio monitors through their 1970s-era finishes while including a decidedly non-vintage microphone and remote combo for iOS devices. The two styles share a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range, 32-ohm impedance and 40mm drivers, although there’s an incentive to splurge: the $60 Control v2 is the baseline for casual listening with its nostalgic colors and 3.5mm cabling, while the $129 45v2 is tailored to DJs through its titanium drivers, rotatable aluminum cups and a detachable cable system that works with 6.3mm (quarter-inch) plugs through an adapter. iPhone owners eager to recreate a first Led Zeppelin listening will have to trek to Apple’s online or retail stores for a Control v2 during the holidays; they’ll have more shopping choices for the studio-friendly 45v2 arriving at the same time.
LG’s answer to the 1080p screen touting HTC DROID DNA has leaked thanks to GLBenchmark’s website. Codenamed the LG F240, the device is reported to sport a similarly spec’d display with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
According to its benchmark results, the LG F240 utilizes the muscle of an 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor coupled with an Adreno 320 GPU. The same raw power is found in the HTC DROID DNA, too.
Display size, RAM and internal memory have just been detailed, but the F240 has gone through the benchmarking process running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Details are scarce at the moment, but there’s a pretty high chance to witness the unveil of the device either at CES 2013 or at MWC 2013 in Barcelona. Speaking of CES 2013, Samsung is also being rumored to be working on a droid with a full HD display in time for the Consumer’s Electronic Show early next year.
Google has expanded its high-res Google Maps and Earth offerings to cover a whopping 164 cities and 108 countries / regions, while its brand new 45-degree imagery is now available for 60 cities (40 in the US and 20 abroad) – the list is long, so check out the source to discover all the locations.
The photos are pretty stunning; highlights include a live look at the Space Needle’s orange paint job for its 50th anniversary, an overhead look at Austrian bridges and an angled view of the Thun Castle in Switzerland.
Current Windows Phone 7 owners might have to wait until Q1 of next year to get their 7.8 update, but at least now we have some idea of what the update will bring. Microsoft officially promised a WP8-like start screen with resizable tiles, but leaked in-house training materials from Nokia give more details.
The lock screen will be customizable – users can pick an app to update the lockscreen periodically, something that sounds a lot like WP8’s Live Apps service.
Internet Explorer will be updated with enhanced security, but it seems like Windows Phone 7.8 will keep using IE9 and won’t get IE10. Another perk of the updated OS will be the MP3 editor that can be used to create ringtones out of songs. There will be more system colors available too, for a total of 20.
Phone makers will be adding their own touches to the 7.8 update. Nokia, for example, will add support for sharing media files over Bluetooth (for non-DRM protected files), update the Contacts Transfer app and enhance the ringtone editor.
Windows Phone Italy’s Facebook page also promised support for Rooms (a new feature in WP8), SmartGlass and Xbox Music.
We shouldn’t have to remind you that neither leaked training materials nor Facebook posts are particularly solid information, but until Microsoft officially spills the beans on the Windows Phone 7.8 changelog, it’s all we have to go on.
In a San Francisco event, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that the company will be rebranding their mapping service and will be calling it Nokia HERE. While the service will mostly remain the same, Nokia has added some cool new features.
First is a feature called Collections, which lets you save locations to your Nokia account so you can quickly jump to them without having to search for them every time. The locations sync across devices after you log into your Nokia account. Collections is similar to the starring feature in Google Maps.
Another new feature is 3D maps, where you get a 3D view of several key locations around the world. This feature is identical to the Flyover feature in the new Apple Maps and the data is actually provided by the same company, C3 Technologies.
Nokia has also added a maps editor, so users can now update street names and traffic information and the information will be added to the maps for others to see.
Nokia also acquired street view mapping company Earthmine, which brings street view functionality to Nokia’s maps.
Now here’s the best part. Nokia will be bringing their HERE maps to iOS and Android as well. The iOS and Android apps will be released soon and Nokia will also be providing the maps SDK to Android OEMs so they can integrate it within their apps. The iOS version includes turn by turn directions and public transportation information and is currently pending Apple’s approval. A web version for Mozilla’s upcoming Firefox OS will be released next year.
You can also check out Nokia HERE on your web browser by clicking, well, HERE.
Via : The Verge : 1 , 2 , 3
It’s been one and a half year since Microsoft acquired Skype and we are finally starting to see the fruits of the acquisition. After releasing the new Skype client for Windows 8, Microsoft has released a new Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 devices.
This new version brings some much needed features over the Windows Phone 7 version. The biggest feature is that Skype can now run in the background and always stay on, just like the new Windows 8 app. This allows you to get messages like any other instant messaging service and calls come in like regular phone calls. The application uses some server-side wizardry that does not burn through your battery even if the application is constantly running in the background.
You can check out the app in action in the video up and download it from the link here.