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Atlantia Software today released InstaConcert for iOS, a new app that makes taking, sharing, and viewing photos while at a concert a snap. Featuring automatic location-based artist and venue discovery, 15 fun text skins for annotating shots, and effortless sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, it enables users to quickly capture and share their best concert moments. Rounding out the feature-set of this streamlined, iOS 7 inspired app is a “Photos at this Show” feed that users can access to view Instagram photos that others have recently shared from the same concert.
“Attending concerts is one of my favorite pass-times” said Nick Bonatsakis, the app’s creator and sole proprietor at
Atlantia Software. “I started noticing a trend at shows, more and more people around me would be taking photos and sharing them to Instagram.”, he said. “So i thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if there were an app specifically designed to make taking concert photos a better experience?”
Regarding specifics around the app’s features, Bonatsakis remarks “The automatic artist and venue discovery was the key feature for me. Everyone’s annotating photos with text now days, and it bums me out to spend even a few moments of extra time at a concert typing it out instead of enjoying the music.” “The other feature I’m super excited about is the Photos at this Show Feed” he added. ” You’re always seeing all thees people taking photos from different parts of the venue, being able to easily browse them all seemed like a natural fit for the app.”
InstaConcert for iOS is available on the iTunes App Store for free, with in-app purchase of .99 Cents to unlock the full set of photo skins.
The check-in everywhere and become the mayor of it social networking service Foursquare has updated their iPhone app with a new look & feel along with some nice new features. The Foursquare app is now up to version 7 and the biggest change you will notice is the UI. Yes it has the flattened iOS 7 look but they have also redesigned the app’s overall look. Gone is the map on the front page when you start the Foursquare app for example and instead, a clean list of your friends and their latest check-ins. You will also see any photos they have taken with their latest check-in in this Twitter-esque
The other big change in the Foursquare app is a deeper level of location awareness of the app. Now when you arrive at a new location Foursquare will tell you things that you need to know about that location and you do not even have to have the app open for it to do so. It’s a great way to find out about a special going on at a venue or what the best drink is at the bar you just stepped into.
Finally, the What’s Nearby feature of the app has been updated to be a bit more random so you get a larger swath of tips, specials and the like.
Foursquare seems to be one of those social networks that people either love – I’m in the camp – or not so much. It is all about sharing – your location, your likes, your activities – amongst a group of friends. The more friends, the more fun and the more places you go the more opportunities you have to be the mayor of that location (i.e. you have checked in there the most). It’s a bit competitive, it is a bit social networking and it is a bit of business. Several businesses here in the London area offer big discounts to the Foursquare mayor when they arrive at a location & the app will tell you about those discounts when you arrive and check in (For you business owners out there, check out Foursquare for Business)
Foursquare is a free service but does require you have an account which is also free. The Foursquare app is for iPhone and this latest update is available now in the App Store.
The Foursquare app for iOS has been updated with a few bug fixes and improvements but also a new Nearby feature in the social networking app. The new Nearby feature now allows you to quickly see which of your friends on Foursquare are nearby so you can meet up with them.
The Nearby feature for restaurants, bars and other locales has been in Foursquare for a while now but this new ability to find friends easier is an improvement on the feature. This, coupled with the new ability to find a friend’s latest check-in with Foursquare, can make those impromptu meet ups for a coffee or beer quick and easy.
For those who have not tried Foursquare or are not familiar with it, it is a social networking app that allows you to check into locations. Those locations can have specials for you when you check in (such as a discount for a restaurant) or if you become the mayor of that location (the one with the most check-ins. I for example am the mayor of my local pub ). It is great if you live in a large metro area and have a lot of friends on the service as you can see who is really checking in where and what they are up to. Friendly stalking in some ways, great way to get restaurant and hotel information as well as users can post information, tips and reviews within the app in other ways.
Foursquare is a free app and service but does require you create an account.
Tumblr, the popular blogging-meets-social-networking-meets-photo-sharing services has updated the iOS version of their app with a complete new look and feel. The Tumblr app update brings all the new look and feel of iOS 7 but it also brings several new features or improvements to the app.
The most obvious change is the new iOS 7 in the Tumblr app with a more flattened look and if there is one thing about all
these apps going with the iOS 7 look, it makes learning them much easier for everyone. All the menus are in the same place in every app… but I digress.
Tumblr has also thrown in several new features in this update including a new post compose screen, a new post chooser and a new fast reblog of something you found and like on Tumblr. Personally I think the last feature they have added, the Tag autocomplete, is the biggest win. Now when you tag a post, Tumblr will start making tag suggestions as you type, much like Twitter does in their app. It is a big timesaver and makes it easy to find a tag that might be trending rather than your version of a tag.
The updated Tumblr app is available now in the App Store. It is a free download and it is a universal app. Tumblr does come with an age warning when you download it from the App Store due to content being posted that may be objectionable for some, especially those under 17. It’s not an adult playground per se but you can run into things you didn’t expect. When you sign up for Tumblr (which is also free) you have the ability to filter NSFW (Not Safe For Work) material at the account level which will cut out 99% of objectionable posts.
Twitter for iOS has received another update as the now public social networking giant continues to tweak and improve it. The latest update focuses on three major areas including a significantly improved search functionality. Now you can filter searches much easier by selecting the type of Twitter content you want to see such as photos, videos or tags. With billions of Tweets sent each day, this new filtering should help you wade through everything to find specifically what you are searching for in the service.
In addition to the search improvements, the Discovery section has seen some improvements. Now you can see what is
trending on TV as well as things near your location (assuming you have Location Services enabled). The idea behind this is so you can see what is trending in your city or location so you can get in on that activity or find out about local breaking news, etc.
Finally a new security feature has been added to Twitter for iOS. Now you can capture a screenshot of your backup login verification code that is generated as part of your double authentication process Twitter introduced several months ago. This will help you keep your backup code safe in your camera roll (and in your Photo Stream).
Twitter for IOS is a free application and it is a universal app. Signing up for Twitter is also free and be sure to follow AlliOSNews on Twitter at @AlliOSNews
Apple has released an update for their Find My Friends app, their friends and family locator app, that brings it up to the look and feel of iOS 7. The update does not bring any new features to the app nor are there any noted bugs addressed by the update. Rather it is simply focused on bringing the app to the light and clean look of iOS 7.
With this update that means the stitched leather UI of the previous version of the Find My Friends app has gone away.
For those who are not familiar with Find My Friends, it allows you to geo-track friends and family who are also iOS users. The app is a universal app so it works on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It also allows you to set up geo fences by temporarily not sharing your location and you can even get sent alerts when someone arrives at a location such as the airport or train station. It is an app that doesn’t get much love by the Apple community but once you get the hang of it, it is quite useful.
With the update of the Find My Friends app, Apple has only the Keynote Remote app to update to the iOS 7 look
Find My Friends is a universal app and is available for free in the App Store. You will need to use your iCloud account to activate and share your location with friends.
It took a week but Facebook has finally updated the Facebook for iOS app that cause a massive amount of grief for users of the social networking app last week. For those of you who were not impacted, Facebook released an update last week that effectively killed the app for many users – to the point that the only fix was to completely uninstall the app and reinstall it but not do the update that was listed in the App Store.
That’s all well and good but remember that by default, iOS 7 turns on app updates so these updates are applied automatically. That caught a lot of people out. Fortunately about 24 hours after the release of the update last week, the broken update would not download from the App Store.
Fast forward to today. Facebook has released an update that specifically addresses this crash issue and having updated both my iPhone and my iPad with the update, I see no issues or performance problems. Seems they got it fixed.
Equally as important in this update – and what was the big deal last week until the crash issues – is the fact you can edit your posts on your iPad now. This has been on the iPhone build for some time.
Facebook for iOS is a free, universal app. A Facebook account is required in order to use the app – but I’m sure you are one of the 7 billion people who have one.
The Facebook Messenger App has been completely updated today, reflecting the iOS 7 look and feel that we have become accustom to now on iPhone. The app, for those not familiar with it, allows you to chat with Facebook friends in a SMS-like way. It is great for having quick, private conversations with friends instead of email or even SMS.
The Facebook Messenger App shows your contacts either as being on Messenger or on Facebook next to their Avatar while
greatly cleaning up the user interface to a more simplistic and less cluttered look.
A new and important edition is the importing of phone numbers into the Facebook Messenger app. If you or your contacts have a phone number associated with their Facebook profile, the app can now message them on that number as well as you being able to find contacts via their phone number. The syncing of these numbers is optional and you will be prompted when you start the app if you want to do this sync with your contacts.
In many ways the new Facebook Messenger app looks like many other messaging apps out there like WhatsApp. But with your social network already on Facebook, this app makes it easier to stay connected.
Facebook Messenger is a free app and available now in the App Store. It is designed for iPhone only at this point but hopefully we will see an iPad version soon.
Twitter, you know, that social networking company that is about to float for somewhere around $11 billion, has released a nice new update for the iPhone version of their universal app. The Twitter for iPhone update brings a new photo preview feature that allows you to see photos right in your timeline without having to tap to open it or tap a link to view it. This is a feature that other Twitter apps like TweetBot has had for some time but it is good to see that Twitter themselves are bringing this feature to users.
The photo preview feature in Twitter for iPhone works on Twitter photos and Vine videos along with other “Select Content”
according to the release notes for the version. Now what specifically “select content” means I’m still trying to sort out. I know that Flickr photos are not supported in the timeline preview (but you can still tap to open the Tweet and see the photo so nothing is lost either) which is my main photo posting service now (sorry Instagram, just got tired of square photos). But I’m not sure what else will work in the the preview. If you discover something please post a comment here or on Facebook to let us know.
The other nice new feature in this release of Twitter for iPhone is the ability to reply, retweet and favourite a Tweet from your timeline. This means that you no longer have to swipe to the right to get these features – although the More and Trash functions still are a right-swipe away.
Now, throughout this post I’ve referred to Twitter for iPhone and most readers will know that Twitter is a Universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – one download and it is for all your device. I’m pointing this out because the new photo preview and reply/retweet/favourite features in your Timeline are not on the iPad version. I’m hoping that this will be coming in a future .dot release (this is after all v5.12) because I use Twitter on both my iPhone and iPad Mini almost equally.
The Twitter app is free and available in the App Store. You will need to have a Twitter account to use the app which is also free. And while you are at it, follow AlliOSNews at @alliosnews on Twitter!
Pinssible Labs, creators of Padgram, the world’s #1 Instagram viewer for iPad, today announces HiCollage 1.3.3 free for iPad, an update to its Picture Collage and Stitch Maker with easy export to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The intelligent app lets users import up to 16 photos from their iPad, Facebook, or Instagram, and then generates a variety of collages of overlapping photos, or stitches of non-overlapping photographs. HiCollage features 100+ layouts, 100+ text styles, borders, colors and shadows, 110+ stickers, and 50+ frames and backgrounds. The most intuitive and powerful of all picture collage apps, it allows users to move, resize, reorder, flip, rotate, and layer every picture independently, creating professional photo arrangements with just a few taps.