Uber finally launches their official app for Windows Phone

Uber users on Windows Phone had to use the service using a mobile browser. That is changing now. The much loved personal driver provider has launched their first public app for WP platform.

The app lacks some features right now but it is a good first step. The company said:

Users will be able to open the Uber app on their Windows Phone anywhere in the world – whether in the United States, India or France – and seamlessly request a safe, reliable ride at the touch of a button.

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Reddit officially launches reddit live for live blogging events

Reddit has just publicly launched a super useful love blogging platform that is open to everyone.

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They call it reddit live and it is aimed at users who want to collaborate together on covering live events.

The feature has been available in beta for a while now and there are already a few live events.

One such event connected to the conflict in Ukraine is going on for days now.

Reddit said:

reddit live is a new feature of reddit for real-time updates. A reddit live thread’s multiple contributors can post updates, and anyone watching gets sent those updates immediately without having to refresh. Unlike with self-post or comment based live threads, there’s no limit to how many updates can be posted during the course of an event. These live threads exist outside of subreddits and are designed to be submitted, like any other link, to whichever (multiple) subreddits are relevant to the thread. Pictures, video, and more can be embedded in the updates by simply pasting a link.

Read more: [live] /r/UkrainianConflict Live Thread
Read more: blog.reddit — what’s new on reddit: Announcing reddit live

Foursquare gets a brand new logo with a major design update

Foursquare announced today their new branding and a major redesign of their core app.

The company as expected is moving the check-in functionality out of their core app to Swarm.

If the user has both the apps installed, the user experience would be much better as Foursquare app would show Swarm features like check-in inside its own app.

The company said:

If you use both Swarm and Foursquare, they work seamlessly together. On the left, a venue page for a person who only uses Foursquare. On the right, there is a check-in button if you have Swarm installed.

Read more: The Foursquare Blog — A brand new Foursquare, with a brand new logo and look, is almost ready for you

The new foursquare app gets a major redesign along with the company’s logo. It is also heavily customized to user’s own preferences. The company said:

No two people view the world exactly the same, so no two people will have the same experience with the app. Once you teach Foursquare a couple things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours.

Read more: The Foursquare Blog — A brand new Foursquare, with a brand new logo and look, is almost ready for you

ViewSonic Expands ePoster Family, Unveils Interactive Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Mini Billboards

Digital ePosters ideal for corporate to create visually appealing brand messages

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, today unveiled its 10-inch wall-mounted multimedia all-in-one digital ePosters with wireless capability and power over Ethernet (PoE) for one-wire installation. The EP1031r and EP1032r-T are perfect for point-of-sale advertising on retail shelves, commercial businesses, schools and campuses, or as mounted meeting room signs for corporate and hotel lobbies.

“Technology and consumer expectations have advanced to the point where static displays are quickly being replaced by digital interactive displays able to communicate visually appealing and compelling content,” said Max Hsu, PM director for ViewSonic Asia Pacific “Brands are now seeking interactive kiosks, signs and billboards to promote messages. ViewSonic has a robust line of digital signage displays, available in a broad range of sizes to suit many needs. And this 10-inch ePoster provides our resellers and customers with installation-ready visual display that is perfect for high-visibility, high-traffic locations.”

ViewSonic’s EP1031r and EP1032r-T feature 10.1” widescreen LCD displays, ensuring any message displayed is crisp and vibrant. Both products feature built-in wireless and LAN connectivity, and supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) for convenient content loading and device setting. For brands, this means they have versatile options to display creative brand messaging. The EP1030 family boosts a media player, 4GB internal storage and integrated speakers that enable the playback of video clips, photos and music from a USB hard drive or SD/SDHC memory card, plus VESA-compliance for added wall mount flexibility.

ViewSonic’s EP1031r offers an 800 x 480 native resolution, programmable motion detection with six button programmability and Signage Manager Express content management software. The EP1032r-T builds upon the EP1031r features by adding integrated multi-touch technology and a 1280 x 800 resolution. This multi-touch compatibility, with new HTML5 and SMIL formats, delivers a two-way interactive platform for dynamic, customized content.

The EP1031r and EP1032r-T are available now in India. For further information, please visit www.viewsonic.com

200,000 hours of free internet for Opera Mini users on Idea network

Idea Cellular is giving away 200,000 hours of free internet access, over the next 20 days, to its users through the web pass service on Opera Mini. For users who have never experienced the internet from their mobiles before, this is the easiest way to shed inhibitions and get online.

Idea Web Pass is a unique Opera solution that allows consumers to buy customized data packs within the Opera Mini browser itself. It’s great for those people who have short-term data requirements and don’t wish to pay for a full time internet plan. In India, web passes are currently available only on the Idea network, starting at just Re 1 for hourly internet access/ daily Facebook access and go up to Re 30 for a week’s internet access. With a Sponsored Web Pass, users pay only one paise for acquiring the web pass, and the rest is taken care of by the sponsor, in this case Idea.

To enjoy free internet, Opera Mini users simply have to go to the Speed Dial page in Opera Mini and click on ‘Idea Web Pass’. From here, they can select ‘Free Internet Trial Pass (3 MB)’ from the list of web passes. Users can avail one web pass each during this campaign, which entitles them to one hour of free internet, upto 3 MB, during that day.

The 200,000 hours of free internet are available for the next 20 days. On each day, the Free Internet Trial Pass can be availed by 10,000 users on a first-come, first-served basis.

Idea subscribers who don’t already have Opera Mini on their phones can visit m.opera.com and download Opera Mini absolutely free. Opera Mini works on almost all kinds of phones, from basic Java phones to the latest Android and iOS smartphones. Opera Mini’s unique compression technology shrinks a webpage to almost as little as 10% of it’s original size. So when it comes to viewing webpages, Opera Mini users can browse a lot more of them within a set data limit as compared to other mobile browsers.

For more information contact:
Mrunmaiy Abroal | +91 9819812011 | mrunmaiy.abroal@opera.com
Karan Bhujbal | +91 9818092091 | karan.bhujbal@2020msl.com

500px collaborates with Lytro to support Living Pictures on their platform

500px collaborates with Lytro to support Living Pictures on their platform

500px has just become the first social platform to offer support for Lytro Living Pictures format.

Owners of Lytro cameras can now upload their pictures directly on 500px and they would be rendered using the official embed client.

Lytro would be highlighting the best photos submitted to the service. 500px said:

Hey everyone! A couple weeks ago, we told you about the awesome deal on the new LYTRO ILLUM camera, exclusive to 500px members. Now, we are so excited to announce that for the first time ever, you will be able to experience the amazing Living Pictures within the 500px community for yourself! For starters, check out Lytro’s new page on 500px. Here, we’ll be aggregating the best Living Pictures taken with the new LYTRO ILLUM. Lytro will be choosing their favorite Living Pictures found on 500px and featuring them on their new page. Could yours be up there?

Read more: Lytro / 500px
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Looks like Google Hangouts is finally plugin free for all users!

Google Hangouts has required a browser plugin for video and voice calling. This changed recently when Google added native support in Chrome for the users on Dev and Canary builds.

The updates appear to have made it to all the branches of Chrome as the company indicated that Google Apps users would no longer need the plugin from this week. Google said:

A few weeks ago we announced automatic support for Hangouts video calls in Chrome without the need for the Hangouts video plugin. Starting tomorrow, we are happy to announce that we are rolling this out to all Google Apps users. Following this update, when users try to start a video call for the first time, they’ll see a message underneath the address bar asking for permission to access their computer’s mic and camera. If they want to change their choice later, they can change it from the address bar in Chrome.

Read more: Google Apps update alerts: Chrome users no longer need Hangouts video plugin