Posts Tagged ‘Photo Sharing’

Apple to Unveil Ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and USB 3

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Cloud, News, OS X, Rumors

Ultra-thin15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and USB 3

Ultra-thin15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and USB 3

Apple is currently prepping to unveil a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro is said to have an ultra-thin design, a Retina Display (probably 2880 X 1800), and USB 3 (~ 10 times USB 2). Bloomberg reports that Apple will announce the new MacBook Pro at this year’s WWDC, which is set to begin June 11th.

This year WWDC would be super hit as Apple will announce the release date for Mountain Lion, which brings many features from iOS, like a Notification Center, iCloud integration, Messages.

Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion

Along side the new MacBook and Mountain Lion, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 with a new and revamped proprietary maps app featuring 3D technology which could be the tentpole of this year keynote.

According to a report from WSJ, Apple is expected to unveil an upgraded iCloud service at WWDC with new photo-sharing capabilities for sharing and commenting on sets of photos:

The new features, expected to be announced at Apple’s world-wide developer conference beginning June 11, will allow iCloud users to share sets of photos with other iCloud users and to comment on them, these people said… Apple is trying to better compete in the red-hot market for photo sharing, dominated by fast-growing online services such as Facebook Inc. and mobile apps like Instagram—which Facebook has agreed to acquire for $1 billion.

Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Acquisition, blog, Facebook, News, Photography, Social Networks

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.

Google Launches Photovine Social Sharing iOS App

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, google, iPhone, Photography

Google has just released a free but invite-only and now open for everyone Photovine for iOS app on the App Store. People can request an invite on the site, which is needed to take advantage of an iOS app. Google loves to introduce invite-only products and services, think the latest Google+.

Update: Download the App from the App Store to sign up and start vining immediately

Photovine is Google’s attempt at social photo sharing that takes on other platforms such as Flickr, Facebook photos, Picasa and other services. Its not weird for Google to feature an iPhone 4 instead of Nexus S as the iPhone 4 is the most prominent and the most popular camera on Flickr?! Watch the teaser in the bottom.

Release notes from iTunes:

Photovine is a fun way to learn more about your friends, meet new people, and share your world like never before. It all starts with what we call a photovine: a group of photos around a single, shared caption. Start a new vine with a photo and caption of your own or add your photo/take on someone else’s vine. Photovine is invite-only at the moment, so you’ll be asked to enter your email address after installing the app. If you haven’t already been invited to Photovine by a friend, you can visit our website at photovine.com to request an invitation.

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