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Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

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Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

As expected, Apple was ramping up a dedicated universal app for all podcasts. touted “the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.” Head over to App Store and download for free here.

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

App features:

– Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app

– Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages

– Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.

– Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts

– Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available

– Stream episodes or download to listen while offline

– Skip forward and back using simple playback controls

– Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed

– Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail

– Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC

– Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

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Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

Apple’s iOS 6 New 3D Maps Screenshots Leaked

A new purported image of Apple’s upcoming Maps service has surfaced and this time by the guys at BGR who just posted a few images of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps app with 3D option which was heavily rumored this month.

These shots looked very likely and they add up to the claims that Apple has worked on an in-house mapping solution for years now. Apple is reportedly testing its 3D technology in build 10A314 of iOS 6.

Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for a few years, and it appears as if the company is finally ready to release a new Maps app for iOS, sidestepping Google’s mapping data for its own. BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.

The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner. A photo of this feature can be seen in our gallery.

Google Releases Schemer iPhone App

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Google Releases Schemer iPhone App

Google Releases Schemer iPhone App

Google has just launched its Schemer social networking app, the service originally launched as an invite-only back in December. Schemers is all about schemes allowing you to post your plans for future activities, meet with friends, and get schemes recommended to you.

As integrated with Google+ account, the app will show you what people in your circles are scheming about.

Schemer uses your Google+ connections to show you what people in your circles are scheming about. Using the “Accomplices” page, you can even select a group of friends and find what schemes you all have in common. Pick a scheme and click “Rally” to mobilize your crew to go do it together!

Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

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Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that the giant social network, Facebook, has acquired the popular photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion. Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom has also confirmed the deal. The 13 full-time employees who will each receive part of a $100 million will move to the social network as a result. Not to mention Instagram has 30 million active users and recently debuted a hot new Android app.

Facebook’s official press release is here:

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

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