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Get Great Vines Fast on Your Smartphone

March 19, 2015 9:39 PM | Software |

When you open Vine, you want to see great Vines, fast.

Now, when you open Vine, you’ll see that posts show up more quickly, even if you have a slower internet connection or if you’re offline, like on the subway or in airplane mode. You can see the difference in this Vine I made. (On the left, you can see a previous version of Vine and on the right, you see the latest version; in both cases, the device is offline.)

There are a few key changes we made to improve speed and make it possible to watch Vines when you don’t have an internet connection:
  • We’ve done a lot of work to make sure the app starts downloading content, including your home feed, your activity notifications and Vines in Explore, before you even open it.
  • We’ve also implemented network caching and introduced a new, smaller video file size that can be downloaded much faster when someone has a slower internet connection.
You can experience these improvements yourself by downloading the most recent version of our iOS app, and similar changes will be coming soon to Android.


Opera acquires SurfEasy, a North American Online Privacy Company

March 19, 2015 9:29 PM | Software |

Opera Software announced today that it has acquired SurfEasy Inc., a leading Toronto-based company that provides an easy-to-use VPN solution for protecting customers’ online privacy and security on smartphones, tablets and computers.

Do more online, safely and securely
A VPN or “virtual private network” provides an added layer of internet security by encrypting all internet traffic sent to and from your device. A VPN therefore allows people to access the internet freely, without the fear of compromising their sensitive data.

In short, SurfEasy`s solutions secure public Wi-Fi, protect users’ online identities and unlock websites, giving users online freedom to surf the web without restrictions, from anywhere in the world.

“Over the past few years the dialogue and awareness around online privacy issues has increased dramatically. We are all now very aware just how vulnerable our data is to hacking, monitoring and censorship, regardless of the network or device you’re using to access the web,” says Chris Houston, founder and CEO, SurfEasy.

“By teaming up with Opera, a global internet company with over 350 million users, we are able to accelerate our vision to give users access to simple applications that let them take back control of their online privacy and freedom,” he continues.


Consumers in Emerging Markets Gain Affordable Access to Apps

February 24, 2015 8:20 PM | Software |

Mobile operators can now offer their subscribers free-of-charge access to selected apps for a set period of time, with sponsored and paid passes to apps coming shortly. This has been made possible by App Pass, an innovative new feature for Opera Max, the mobile data-savings and management app from Opera Software.

Opera Max with App Pass is particularly suited for developing markets, where operators can use it to encourage mobile data usage among subscribers who’ve been put off by the cost of mobile data, as well as by a confusing user experience. Subscribers can use an App Pass to easily connect and try out selected mobile apps at no extra charge.

Free access to data with two clicks  

For operators, App Pass is a way to present offers to users when they open any app on their phones. With two clicks, users can gain free access to the data that app consumes via Opera Max: they can then return to the app knowing that any data consumed while using it will be zero-rated for the duration of the App Pass.

Telenor will be the first operator to partner with Opera and launch Opera Max with App Pass, testing it out in some of the company’s Asian markets. In the pilot phase Telenor is testing a number of short-term passes for different apps and offers that help its users gain a first-hand, low-risk understanding of the internet. These users can also see and then manage their own personal internet consumption patterns from within Opera Max.

Innovative way for packaging data  

“We’re excited to partner once again with Telenor Digital to innovate in how mobile data is packaged and offered to consumers,” says Opera CEO, Lars Boilesen. “App Pass builds upon Opera’s achievements with Opera Web Pass and Sponsored Web Pass in making mobile data affordable and easy to use for end users. With App Pass, consumers can enjoy their favorite apps and try out new ones with just two clicks, using the Opera Max client already on their devices.”


Skype 5.2 for Android - Share Photos with Offline Contacts

February 9, 2015 8:57 PM | Software |

Many of you already use Skype for Android to share photos on the go – be it a cute baby, a world wonder, or selfies. With today’s release of Skype 5.2 for Android, we just updated photo sharing to make it an even simpler and more integrated experience.

Send photos to your contacts – online or offline

Gone are the days when you and your contacts need to be online at the same time for you to share photos using Skype. With this update, you can now send photos to your Skype contacts at a time that’s convenient for you, regardless of your contacts’ online status. When they are back on Skype, photos you shared show up beautifully inline in the chat history, whether or not you’re online – allowing you to easily carry on the conversation.


Skype Optimized for Every iPhone Screen Size

October 15, 2014 9:06 PM | Software |

Today Skype released Skype 5.6 for iPhone, which brings optimized, scaled UI to the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ screen sizes. On an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+, Skype 5.6 displays more of your recent chats and shows more messages in conversation view, helping you to communicate with your friends and family quickly and simply. Skype 5.6 for iPhone is our second release that continues to build on the new iOS 8 extensions. Now whether you’re using an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 6+ you’ll get the best Skype experience for your screen size.

Skype is continuing to work on bringing you new features to further enhance the Skype on iPhone experience. Have a great idea that you want to share? Let us know via the new iOS Ideas group in the Skype Community.


Skype Qik Keeps You Connected Between Calls

October 14, 2014 9:53 PM | Software |

Imagine if you could reinvent the Skype experience, taking into account how messaging, selfies and app culture have changed the way we communicate.

A small team of Skype designers and developers recently took up the challenge to build a new app to run alongside Skype and provide an ongoing form of video chat. They knew they had to create something mobile and lightweight, as spontaneous as messaging but as intimate as calling. And it had to be fun and easy to use. What they created was Skype Qik, and we’re so excited to share it with you today.

Skype Qik is a new video messaging app that gives you a totally effortless way to capture the moment, share laughs, and chat with groups of friends. We know you love your weekly Skype calls with family or friends; Qik keeps you connected in between. Dinner with friends? Bored at work? Having a great day in the park? Go on, share it right from your phone. You’d be surprised how quickly a short video can turn into a great conversation.



All Photos View and More Comes to the OneDrive App for Android

September 30, 2014 9:08 PM | Software |

New updates to the OneDrive mobile app for Android are rolling out today. OneDrive has been working on creating consistent experience across our platforms, and this update brings some new features that let you enjoy your personal photos more and help you find and work on your professional documents.
Last week, we announced a new limited-time offer for an extra 15 GB of space if you automatically back up your photos to OneDrive. And today, you now have a great way to see those photos – and more – on your Android phone or tablet. The All Photos View is now available, so it’s even easier to browse and see all of your photos across your OneDrive.
For people who use OneDrive at work, our Android app now helps you find specific files or folders with Search. OneDrive have also created a new sharing view that lets you easily see what’s been shared with you by your colleagues at work.


Microsoft Pre-releases OWA for Android

June 11, 2014 9:00 PM | Microsoft | Software |

Microsoft has pre-released OWA for Android which lets you interact with your email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere using your Android phone. You can triage email, manage your schedule, and sync contacts on the go, while protecting your business data.

Your mailbox must be on the latest version of Office 365 for business (excludes Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home Premium).

With OWA for Android you can get work done faster with email:
Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories.
Quickly search or browse email in all folders including Outlook Favorites.
Use inline apps for shipment tracking, Bing maps for addresses, and other great features.

You can also manage your schedule with ease:
  • Schedule meetings using attendee free/busy and room finder features.
  • View shared calendars, including delegate support.
Use your voice to look up a contact or retrieve your schedule:


Skype 5.0: Remastered for iPhone

June 9, 2014 7:30 PM | Software |

Skype reported that the iPhone will soon join the redesigned Skype mobile app club. Skype claims the new Skype for iPhone is the most refined version yet. It has all the visual finish that iOS users expect, smooth animations and even a few features that aren’t just new for this version, but new to Skype altogether.

Skype 5.0 for iPhone shares a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps, while still optimizing for iOS’s unique strengths.

iPhone redesign

Just like the redesigned Skype for Android app, Skype took the opportunity to rewrite this new version from the ground up and customize it to fit iOS best. The new Skype for iPhone is redesigned to put your conversation at the center of a faster, smoother and far more integrated experience. Our designers AND engineers have obsessed over every pixel. Here’s what you can expect from the redesigned app:


Apple Announces OS X Yosemite

June 2, 2014 7:28 PM | Software |

Apple today announced OS X Yosemite, a powerful new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know, all in one place; iCloud Drive™ is located within the Finder and can store files of any type; and Safari has a new streamlined design that puts the most important controls at your fingertips. Mail makes editing and sending attachments easier than ever; Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; and Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Yosemite even gives you the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac.

“Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We engineer our platforms, services and devices together, so we are able to create a seamless experience for our users across all our products that is unparalleled in the industry. It’s something only Apple can deliver.”

With Yosemite, OS X has been redesigned and refined with a fresh modern look where controls are clearer, smarter and easier to understand, and streamlined toolbars put the focus on your content without compromising functionality. Translucent elements reveal additional content in your app window, provide a hint at what’s hidden behind and take on the look of your desktop. App icons have a clean, consistent design and an updated system font improves readability.

The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know with widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can even download additional widgets from the Mac App Storeā„  to customize your Today view. Spotlight now appears front and center on your desktop and adds new categories of results, so you can view rich suggestions from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store™, top websites, news and movie showtimes.


Apple Releases iOS 8 SDK With Over 4,000 New APIs

June 2, 2014 7:26 PM | Apple | Software |

Apple today released its iOS 8 SDK, the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs, giving developers the ability to create amazing new apps like never before. iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features like Notification Center widgets and third-party keyboards; and introduces robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit. iOS 8 also includes Metal, a new graphics technology that maximizes the performance of the A7 chip and Swift, a powerful new programming language.

“With more than 800 million iOS devices sold worldwide, the opportunity for developers is huge,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “This is the biggest iOS release since the launch of the App Store. The iOS 8 SDK delivers more than 4,000 new APIs including amazing new frameworks, greater extensibility and a revolutionary new programming language.”

iOS 8 offers developers robust frameworks including HealthKit APIs that provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician app, such as the Mayo Clinic app, so your doctor can provide high-quality guidance and care.

“We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app.”

As HealthKit combines health data to help you take better care of your health, HomeKit lets your home accessories connect seamlessly to better manage your home. HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of devices throughout the house including integration with Siri. For example, you can tell Siri you are “going to bed” and it could dim the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.


Firefox OS Update Adds Dual-SIM Support and Enhancements for Music Lovers and Gamers

May 8, 2014 8:02 PM | Software |

The next update to Firefox OS is now available to Mozilla partners to implement in smartphones. The update includes several new features including Dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) support offering the flexibility of having two separate SIMs, additional camera features and simplified access to the music player and the ability to create unique smart collections of apps.

App developers will be pleased to see the arrival of new platform technologies such as WebGL, asm.js and WebAudio for creating immersive games with great audio effects.

Here are some more highlights from this release:

For Firefox OS users:

Dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) offers the flexibility of two lines with compatible phones: A highly demanded feature for emerging markets, DSDS now allows people with dual-SIM devices to individually manage two different SIMs for calling, texting or data through the simple “SIM Manager” UI. For example, you might wish to swap between a business and home SIM or if traveling may want to use a local SIM to eliminate roaming charges. It’s also possible to import contacts from each SIM into the device.

Capture sharper images and videos and locate them faster: Continuous autofocus (dependent on device compatibility) and flash are now supported, empowering you to take better photos and videos. The Galley app also receives several feature and performance improvements including content arrangement by month and file-information display, showing useful data such as date taken, file type and file size.



Facebook Introduces Anonymous Login

April 30, 2014 9:12 PM | Software |


Today at f8, Facebook announced Anonymous Login, a brand new way to log into apps without sharing any personal information from Facebook, along with a new version of Facebook Login with even better privacy controls.

People tell us they’re sometimes worried about sharing information with apps and want more choice and control over what personal information apps receive. Today’s announcements put power and control squarely in people’s hands:

Anonymous Login: An easy way for people to try an app without sharing any of their personal information from Facebook.
Facebook Login: A new version that gives people the option to pick and choose what information apps get.
A Redesigned App Control Panel: A central place for people to see and manage the apps they use.

Anonymous Login

Sometimes people want to try out apps, but they’re not ready to share any information about themselves. For this, Facebook is introducing a way to log in to apps anonymously.

Anonymous Login lets people log in to apps so they don’t have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn’t share personal information from Facebook. People can decide later if they want to share any additional information, once they understand more about the app.



Yahoo Screen Now on Android

April 30, 2014 9:00 PM | Software |


Yahoo Screen, the video app that allows you to watch the best Saturday Night Live skits, Comedy Central clips, and more on your mobile device, is now available on Android.

The Android version of the app focuses on an intuitive experience which turns your finger into the remote control. Swipe up and down to change channels or move between videos by swiping left and right.

Yahoo Screen on Android lets you watch all your favorite lifestyle, comedy, live events, and sports content in one place, including channels from The Onion, MLB, Vogue, College Humor and more.

Download Yahoo Screen from the Google Play Store today. 



U.S. Bank Customers Can Now Send Money to Friends & Family Online or via Mobile Device

April 28, 2014 10:14 PM | Software |

U.S. Bank, lead bank of U.S. Bancorp is the first large bank in the country to offer real-time person-to-person payments online and through mobile devices using the Popmoney® Instant Payments feature, a product of Fiserv, Inc.).

The real time person-to-person (P2P) payment feature expands U.S. Bank’s existing P2P payment service, which it has offered for over a year. Now, customers can send money instantly to friends, family and service providers who bank at participating financial institutions. Instant receipt of funds depends on network availability and, for financial institutions that do not offer the Popmoney personal payments service, depends on the funds availability policy of the financial institution.

In addition, U.S. Bank now offers its customers the ability to request money, which is good for families with kids in college, or as a way to eliminate the awkwardness and hassle of collecting money from another person or a group. Another enhancement recently offered by U.S. Bank enables customers to make the gift of money much more personal by giving customers the option to select virtual cards to attach to payments made over email for special occasions such as birthdays, graduation or holiday gifts.


Tizen SDK for Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Available Starting Today

March 17, 2014 10:05 PM | Samsung | Software |

 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for Wearables is now available for download at Tizen Developer website:

With the new Tizen SDK for Wearables, a variety of applications for Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are expected to be developed by active Tizen app developer community. Samsung continues to focus on shaping the future of the wearable technology as well as expanding more possibilities for app developers, partners, and consumers.

With more than 100 unique partnerships, Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo provide users with enhanced wearable experiences for fitness, shopping, social media, music, news, and sleep management.

Currently available Gear 2 apps include:

  · Atooma: Atooma is a context­-aware application to fully automate actions and tasks across your smartphone and Gear.
    Based on the simple logic of “IF something happens then DO that”, Atooma will execute your desired actions exactly
    when you want, and it is able to sense conditions and acts to free you from mundane and repetitive tasks.


Isis Announces New York City Yellow Taxicab Promotion for Amex Card Members

March 5, 2014 8:50 PM | Software |

Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, today announced an exclusive offer for American Express Card Members: now through June 1, 2014, American Express Card Members who tap to pay with a registered Card for a ride in a qualifying NYC Yellow Medallion Taxicab can get 50% back in statement credits.

The promotion is available to American Express’ U.S. Consumer, OPEN® Small Business and Serve Card Members with a registered Card in the Isis Mobile Wallet. The promotion is good for up to $100 in statement credits per eligible Card and registration is limited.

“The Yellow Medallion Taxicab is an enduring part of the New York Cityscape and in celebration of this iconic symbol we are giving New Yorkers 50% back on taxi rides when they tap to pay with their registered American Express Cards in the Isis Mobile Wallet,” said Ryan Hughes, senior vice president, banking and business development, Isis. “We are excited to offer this promotion for American Express Card Members and look forward to our work with American Express as we transform the way consumers pay.”


Get Your Mail Faster on the Gmail iOS App

March 5, 2014 8:48 PM | Google | Software |

Whether you’re checking your email first thing in the morning or as you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, you want to get your messages as quickly as possible. With today’s update to the Gmail iOS App, it’s easier to do just that.

The app now fully supports background app refresh, which means your Gmail messages will be pre-fetched and synced so they’re right there when you open the app—no more annoying pauses while you wait for your inbox to refresh. This feature requires iOS 7, and you’ll also need to turn on background app refresh and notifications (badge or any other type) for the Gmail app.

The Gmail app also now supports sign-in across Google iOS apps, including Maps, Drive, YouTube and Chrome. Sign in to one, and you’ll be signed in to all (this also works for signing out). So you won’t have to type in that 27-character password or retrieve your 2-step verification code every time you navigate to another Google app. You may need to re-login after you update the app, but then you’ll be all set.

Head over to the App Store now to download the updated app so you can save a bit more time each day. 


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