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Instagrammers go turkey-wild with Thanksgiving Day photos

Photos of golden-crisp cooked turkeys, dark red cranberry sauce, family football, and the lighting of menorahs crowded Instagram on Thursday. In fact, so many people took to the photo-sharing social network that the company announced it was its busiest day ever.

"We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer," the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. "Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest so far -- and for that we give thanks to you."

Thanksgiving this year was historic in that for the first … Read more

Majority of Snapchat users are women, its CEO says

For Snapchat, which specializes in the trafficking of vanishing images, women have materialized as its core user base.

About 70 percent of the photo-sharing app's users are women, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said during a closed-door Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal account of the meeting. Spiegel also told attendees that users of his startup's app are now sending 400 million "snaps" a day on the send-it-and-forget-it photo and video messaging service, which deletes content after a few seconds.

The 23-year-old chief executive also said that half of Snapchat's users … Read more

Sharing on the PlayStation 4

Gaming is more social than ever before. Not only are players of all ages coming together to compete online, but they are also sharing gameplay videos, tips, and tricks across social media.

Sony has made it easier to share with friends on the PlayStation 4. The company included a dedicated Share button on the new DualShock 4 controller, which gives gamers the ability to quickly take a screenshot or even broadcast gameplay to others around the world.


A single press of the Share button will display the sharing options menu, a long press will take a screenshot that won'… Read more

From Geek Street to Main Street: Ride sharing's road to a mass market

Before San Francisco resident Kenny Liao heads to work in the morning, he makes sure to check his smartphone to see if he can pick up any strangers along the way.

"I open up the app before I need to leave, I leave it open and see if someone needs a ride, for the next 10 minutes or so. If so, great, if not, great, I'll head out to work," he said.

The app Liao is referring to is Sidecar, which lets users arrange rides in exchange for money. Liao uses it to check for potential customers, … Read more

LinkedIn Pulse is finally here, but can the two services work together?

LinkedIn Pulse (iOS|Android) lets you browse the news from your favorite Web sites using a new interface and connects with LinkedIn in an attempt to bring news and industry professionals together. LinkedIn acquired Pulse in April 2013, and this is the first launch of the new app.

In bringing the two services together, you get a couple extra features on both, but it's important to note this isn't a unified experience -- just that each of the services get some features from the other. In the LinkedIn Pulse app, you can pull in stories from industry influencers, … Read more

Getting started with photo app EyeEm for iPad

Instagram is the current king of the photo-sharing hill, but it's no longer ad-free and there is still no iPad version of the app. If an Instagram feed interrupted by ads has you headed for the exits, or if you like to view and share photos on a tablet, then I suggest you give EyeEm a whirl. It's a free app whose most recent update for iOS introduced iPad support, and it's also available for Android.

Launch EyeEm and after signing up via Facebook or email, you'll find yourself staring at a grid of nine subject … Read more

Shots of Me promotes selfie-sharing -- and Justin Bieber

An iPhone app backed by the king of self-promotion is all about -- you guessed it -- self-promotion.

Tuesday, Shots of Me launched on the iPhone as a simple way to let youngsters share smartphone self-portraits -- aka selfies -- sans comments.

In other words, it's Frontback without the back or Daily Booth for a mobile generation. Other than share selfies, users can browse a feed of friends' selfies, find and follow their Twitter friends, "like" photos with a double tap (just like on Instagram), and send private messages.

Rudimentary though the app may be, Shots of … Read more

Netflix, YouTube gobble up half of Internet traffic

Netflix is still the Goliath, and YouTube is only getting bigger.

In general, video and audio streaming continues to eat up the greatest traffic of any category on virtually every network reviewed by Sandvine, which runs fixed and mobile data networks worldwide and reports on what is taking place on them.

In North America, Netflix and YouTube are the main traffic culprits, according to its twice yearly Global Internet Phenomena Report. Combined, they account for 50.31 percent of the downstream traffic during the peak part of the day.

By comparison, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu garnered just 1.61 … Read more

Review: Flipps sends video to your TV, but only if you already own a smart TV

Flipps (formerly iMediaShare) can send online shows, videos, news, and other content right to your smart TV with no delays. If you'd like an all-in-one app that operates smoothly, and don't mind an ad here and there, then you'll love this application.

Flipps downloads and installs within a minute. You can sign in with your Facebook account or just skip the log-in completely. The app organizes available content well and presents it in an attractive layout within well-labeled categories, making browsing quite easy, as well as enjoyable. It lets you choose from a selection of music videos, … Read more

Tune up your portraits and group photos

Facetune is an app that aims to give you professional quality photo editing tools in the palm of your hand. The app is intended to be used with portraits or group photos giving you the tools to improve the overall look of your subjects.

Upon first launching the app, you're immediately given the option to use a demo photo. The demo photos are portraits of individuals who may have exposed blemishes, hair on their faces, freckles or some other attribute that can be removed through the app.

I suggest starting with a demo photo, as it gives you a … Read more