Emojis Among Us – The Documentary

Emojis are evolving into their own language and are gaining just as much popularity as selfies. Isn’t it time they got their own documentary? This one is not even two-minutes short, but it captures the future growth of emojis, their potential assimilation into our lives, and their vague, graphical symbolism. (more…)

Behold: the very first Vine created in space is a time-lapse


Astronaut Reid Wiseman treated the internet with the very first Vine from space. It’s not just a 6-second video, but a time-lapse of the International Space Station as it orbited one lap around our blue planet in 92 minutes.

As noted by Wiseman, the capture and movement of the ISS is from the terminator line, aka, the line of separation between night and day on the planet. Thus, you can see in the Vine that the sun never sets. As noted by io9, ISS astronauts can experience as many as 16 sunrises in one 24-hour period. (more…)

Digital newsstand company Zinio acquires Audience Media to expand publishing services


Digital newsstand and magazine platform Zinio has announced its acquisition of Audience Media, a developer of mobile app solutions. The pair will work to translate print publications into mobile apps for the best smartphone and tablet reading experiences possible.

The Zinio app on mobile allows users to access more than 5,000 digital magazines. This acquisition of Audience Media will expand the company’s digital publishing services. In turn, Zinio will extend its footprint in the world of branded apps for individual publications.


Cloud storage platform Stream Nation adds support for lending movies and TV shows

Image via Stream Nation

Image via Stream Nation

Media-focused cloud storage platform Stream Nation has been updated with additional functionality on iOS, and now allows users to lend movies and television shows to their friends and family. This update joins the app’s existing tools, which allow for the storage, streaming and sharing of video, photos and more via the cloud.


Yahoo updates Screen app with live video, AirPlay implementation

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Image via Yahoo

Yahoo launched its Screen app in early September, introducing a free outlet for TV and video streaming on iOS devices. Now, the app has been updated with three major new features, including support for live video.


Yahoo Screen brings TV and video streaming to iOS for free

Image via Yahoo

Image via Yahoo

Yahoo looks to change the way iOS users experience TV with the launch of the Yahoo Screen app on iPhone and iPad. Developed by the Stamped team, which Yahoo acquired in October 2012, the Yahoo Screen app allows users to browse and watch clips from TV shows, including Yahoo Originals, instantly, and for free.


Instagram video a week later: Vine falling fast


According to MarketingLand using Topsy’s free analytics tool, Twitter users are sharing Vine videos less and less since Instagram introduced video to its app last Thursday. The amount of Vine shares on Twitter took a significant dip after the June 20th announcement and has not recovered since.


Twitter launches Vine for Android, iOS version reaches 13M downloads

Vine app iconTwitter today announced the launch of Vine, it’s 6-second video sharing app, for Android. Twitter also revealed that Vine (review) has reached 13 million downloads on iOS just five months after the launch of the app.

Twitter says the feature set between the iOS and Android versions is different, but it plans to get the Android version up to par with the iOS soon. Although, the Android version does launch with a zoom functionality that’s not present in the iOS version. Upcoming features for Vine include front-facing camera functionality, search, mentions and hashtags, Facebook sharing, and general bug fixes and performance improvements.Onavo Insights Vine


Disney Interactive launches storytelling app Story for iOS

Disney Story app iconDisney Interactive today launched Story for iOS, a storytelling app that accesses a user’s camera roll of photos and videos on their mobile device and automatically organizes their media into stories, which can be personalized, saved and shared.

Disney senior director of engineering Scott Gerlach told Inside Mobile Apps that “We realized that parents were collecting media on their phones at a rate even greater than the typical smartphone user. They were drowning in this sea of personal media and feeling pressure from their family and friends to share that.”

Gerlach, who works for Disney’s parent-oriented group called Women and Family, explains that although Story is geared toward moms and parents, the app is for everyone.Disney Story screenshot

Story is broken up into two sections — Moments and Stories. Moments are pieces of media from a user’s camera roll that is automatically pulled together based on a piece of media’s time stamp and location tag by Disney’s proprietary algorithm. The developers classified a moment as something that can’t span more than a calendar day, and no piece of media in a series collected within that time span can have a gap of more than a certain amount of time or distance. Once a moment is collected, a user can turn it into a story. Users can drag and drop media around, edit a title, add captions, and give their story a theme, which consists of fonts, colors, backgrounds and photo treatments. Gerlach says Disney will later allow users to add vocal annotations, music and other forms of media, to their stories. (more…)

WeChat launches TV commercial campaign, targets Singapore

WeChat app iconChina’s largest web company Tencent recently launched a TV commercial campaign for its messaging app WeChat which targets the Singaporen market.

The TV commercial features two Taiwanese celebrities — Alan Luo Zhi-Xiang and Raine Yang. The commercial, which can be seen here, shows the two stars demonstrating some functions of the app, including a voice recognition functionality and stickers, a special emoji. The same TV commercial was used in Taiwan. The TV spot will air on free-to-air channels including Channel 8, Channel U, W drama and E-City starting this week.

Louis Song, country manager of Tencent’s international business group for Malaysia and Singapore, said the Chinese web giant hopes to increase the app’s presence and market share in the country.

“Singapore is a very strong market like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand,” he says. “We are witnessing a sturdy growth in mobile application platforms.”

At the 2013 Boao Forum For Asia in early April, Tencent president Martin Lau revealed that WeChat now has more than 40 million overseas users. In total, WeChat last reported that its user base was more than 300 million. Compared to other messaging apps in the Asian markets, Line Corp.’s Line currently has 120 million users, up by 20 million since January, and South Korean KakaoTalk has 70 million users. In the U.S., messaging app giants like WhatsApp haven’t released user base figures, but its estimated to be as high as 300 million, and Kik Messenger has officially said it now has more than 50 million registered users.

As Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingston recently told Inside Mobile Apps, “messaging is the killer app in mobile.” Adding that whoever wins messaging will win this era of computing. While the messaging market remains very fragmented, WeChat making a market play in Singapore is another sign of a company wanting to spread its reach and become a global player in messenging.

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