Instagram introduces the “Instagram Direct”

Instagram recently announced on their blog about their newest cool feature that will surely be enjoyed by Instagrammers. It is called “Instagram Direct”. It is a new way to send your photo and video messages to friends, privately.

A demo displayed from Instagram’s blog post:

This feature lets you share your photos and videos through Instagram only with your desired recipients. You may click “Direct” and choose the friends you wanted to send your photo and they will receive a Direct request from their Instagram app! Select “Followers” if you wish to share your media to everyone you follow or your followers on Instagram.

Instagram for iOS version 5.0 is available now for download in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 5.0 is available today on Google Play. Instagram for Windows Phone is in beta. Stay tuned for future updates.

Watch the trailer below:

Top Favorite JFL Pranks

Some of my all-time favorite prank videos from Just For Laughs!!! Enjoy and have a great laugh!

TWINS

MASCOTS

MAGNETIC MADNESS

SUPERHEROES

SCI-FI

CHEATING BOSS

BABY PITCHER

MAN CAUGHT CHEATING WITH SEXY GIRL

MAGIC & MAGICIAN PRANKS

INSTANT ACCOMPLICES GAGS

DISAPPEARING CAR & RIDICULOUS TAXI

SCARY CLOWN IN THE BOX

You can view more videos at their Official YouTube channel.

YouTube comments now powered by Google+

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6th of November, it was announced that YouTube is now using Google+ for its commenting method. Based on the official blog post, it lets you enjoy watching a video by making the comments became a levelheaded conversation. It was also mentioned that if you post videos on your YouTube channel, you have more tools moderate comments. Comments can be flagged for review before it showed up and specific words can be blocked as needed. Some comments can be also set to auto-approve if you choose to do so.

Here’s more detail about the new YouTube comments powered by Google+:

1. Comments you care about move to the top: You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can still see the most recent comments by switching from “Top Comments” to “Newest First.”

2. Join the conversation publicly or privately: You can choose to start a conversation so that it is seen by everyone, only people in your Circles, or just your bestie. Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations.

3. Easily moderate comments: If you also post videos on your channel, you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans.

Learn more about the new system here.

Updating to iOS 7.0.3

Here’s the complete information of the update to iOS 7.0.3.

1. Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices.
2. Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts.
3. Updates lock screen to delay display of “Slide to Unlock” when TouchID is in use.
4. Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search.
5. Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users.
6. Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating.
7. Improves system stability when using iWork apps.
8. Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue.
9. Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice.
10. Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.
11. Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation.
12. Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be sensitive.
13. Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text.
14. Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software.

Instagram for Windows Phone is coming

Last April 2012, Instagram launched their Android version of the app to expand the number of “Instagrammers” across the Globe. It’s also mentioned that it’s a big step forward for the community as a whole, with more friends and people can share their moments through a photo or a video snapped using the app.

Last October 22, at the Nokia World Conference in Abu Dhabi, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom announced that Instagram is finally coming to the Windows Phone community! He also mentioned that his company’s goal is “to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it.”

Nokia even made its first post via Instagram.

In the coming weeks, we will all welcome the users of the Nokia Windows Phone in the Instagram world!

Apple shows that they got “more”

From the recent October event by Apple (22nd October) held in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Apple uncovered the new lineup of their gadgets including the new iPads, new MacBook Pros and a lot more stuff.

The Event
The event started with Tim Cook entered the stage and started talking about the newly launched iPhones, the 5s and 5c. He also said that there are 9 Million iPhones sold as of last month since its availability. He also recapped the iOS 7 features and more importantly, emphasized about 200M devices have upgraded to iOS 7 in the first 5 days (including me, yay!). He also talks about the iTunes Radio and the stats show that: 20 million listeners and over a billion songs played since its launch. The App Store update has also made it to the topic as it reached 1 Million apps in the store, and its 60 billion cumulative downloads up to date.

OS X (Mavericks)
Craig F takes the stage and talks about OS X10.9 (Mavericks) and its 3 major focus areas: core technologies, features and apps. Users of Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and higher can download a free copy of Mavericks from the Mac App store. The new OS comes with over 200 new features including iBooks and Maps for Mac, a new version of the Safari web browser, enhanced multi-display support and Finder Tabs.

MacBook Pro
The 13″ MacBook Pro drops to 3.46lbs. and 0.71″ thin and is now with Retina display. Its new 4th generation Haswell Dual-Core chips improves the battery life up to 9 hours. It’s 90% faster than previous generated, obviously and here we have the Iris integrated graphics. This version comes in 3 configurations:
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 base model with 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD ($1,299)
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD ($1,499)
– 2.6GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD ($1,799)

The 15″ Macbook Pro, on the other hand, has the Intel Crystalwell chip quad-core i7 processor with Iris Pro Graphics, resulting to 90% faster than previous gen graphics. This unit also comes with GeForce GT 750M graphics card with 2GB memory available. This version comes in 2 configurations:
– 2.0GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD ($1,999)
– 2.3GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD ($2,599)

So to speak, MacBook Air and Retina Macbook Pro are the newest models from their Notebook catalogs. “That’s our news on MacBook today.” — did anyone expect updates as well for the non-retina MBP?

Mac Pro
Moving on, the new Mac Pro has been labelled as Apple’s “most radical Mac ever.” The previous generations had 8 fans, but this new one has only a single fan. The new Mac Pro will have the “Next-Generation Xeon” or the Intel Xeon E5 with quad, 6, 8 or 12-core designs, 30MB l3 cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express gen 3. It contains the fastest ECC memory, 1866MHz DDR3 ECC, quad-channel interface, up to 60GB/s of mem bandwidth, up to 64GB user accessible RAM. The quad-core model starts at US$2,999 while the 6-core model starts at $3,999.

iLife, iWork and more
The iLife has been updated, integrated with iCloud and brings the new version of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand for iOS and MAC. The iPhoto has a brand new look on iOS, while the iMovie has a new UI that is cleaner, simpler and it’s more accessible for sharing and browsing videos. The GarageBand got a new feature called “Drummer” that is powered by real performances by actual musicians. Adding of new instruments or virtual drummers is available via in-app purchases.

Moving on to iWork, the apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynotes have been redesigned and updated for iOS7, while these 3 are completely re-written on the MAC. It contains brand new UI, cool updates and a lot more. Good news: iWork is completely free now!

iPad Air & Retina iPad Mini
The newest iPad is thinner, lighter, more powerful and it got a new name; that is the “iPad Air”. The new model has 9.7-inch retina display, smaller bezel, 7.5mm thick and weighs 1 pound; hailed as the lightest full sized tablet in the world. It is powered by an A7 chip, similar to the iPhone5s and promises to provide 8x faster performance and better graphics, as well as a better battery life. It also expands LTE support and some more upgrades such as the: 5MP iSight camera to have better optics, New FaceTime HD Camera with larger pixels and better backside illumination sensors and the dual microphones.

The only thing that’s missing on this new iPad is the Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner which is present at the iPhone 5s. Price starts at $499 for 16GB WiFi confirguation while $629 for the 16GB Cellular.

New iPad Mini? Yes! The new iPad Mini finally adapts the Retina display plus a “2048×1536” pixels (same as the iPad Air) but at 7.9″, powered by A7, 4x faster CPU than the first iPad Mini and got a 10-hour battery life. The new version has also 2x faster Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas with expanded LTE support and a FaceTime HD camera (same as the iPad Air). The new iPad Mini comes in silver/white and space grey/black, and price starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi.

The old versions or models of the iPad and iPad Mini will be bought at its same prices, respectively.

BBM for Android & iPhone – Now Available!

Image screencap from http://us.blackberry.com/bbm.html

BlackBerry announced last 21st October than they’ve officially resumed the roll-out of the BlackBerry Messenger or the BBM for Android and iOS platforms. Based on the report posted by Engadget, the said application notches more than 10 million downloads in just 24 hours.

The roll-out details has been posted from the BlackBerry blog such as:
1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser.
2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.
3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.

TheVerge.com posted:
But unfortunately it appears that BlackBerry is still very much concerned about an initial surge of users. It’s implementing a registration wait list; upon opening the app, you’ll have to enter an email address to reserve your spot. Anyone that signed up for information about the mobile apps at BBM.com won’t have to wait, but new signups will have to deal with the virtual queue. Despite being despised by users, the wait list has become an increasingly popular tactic among startups. Still, it strikes us as odd to see BlackBerry using the strategy.

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