Another popular app makes its way to Windows Phone
One of the reasons why Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is getting so soundly beat in the mobile space by Android and iOS (in terms of market share) is because its app selection isn't up to par. It's not just about the sheer number of apps -- having hundreds of flatulence apps is hardly a competitive advantage -- but equally important is ensuring that popular apps are represented. Vine was one that was noticeably missing, until now.
Nearly everyone owns a smartphone these days, and if you're rocking an Android or iOS handset, you can turn your device into a handy gaming peripheral simply by downloading and installing Roccat's new Power-Grid app. The free app is currently in beta, and when used with accompanying host software, which runs on Windows, Power-Grid effectively turns your smartphone into a customizable remote for PC gaming, or just for navigating your PC.
What user backlash? Instagram is more popular than ever these days.
Two months ago, Instagram made headlines for inserting curious language into its Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that seemed to give it the right to sell user uploaded photos without any compensation to said users. This didn't fly over so well with the Internet community at large, and though Instragram claimed it was a just a big misunderstanding, it didn't stop the company from being hit with a civil lawsuit. Ah, but that was two months ago, an eternity in this fickle age of the Internet, and now Instagram is bragging about having 100 million users.
Good news for Android users who are fans of Spotify. The spunky streaming music service just launched its free unlimited radio feature on the Android platform for users living in the U.S., bringing the service up to par with its iOS counterpart that received the same upgrade about a month ago. Previously the only way Android users were able to listen to free music on the go with Spotify was to sign up for a 48-hour trial.
Facebook's $1 billion adopted baby is growing up fast and may end up making the social networking site look like savvy parents with an real eye for potential rather than a silly entity that spent ten figures on a camera app with social features baked in. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, however, let's look at what Instagram has done, starting with its fast growing userbase.
When is an iPad not exactly an iPad? Answer: When it's running Windows software. Turns out that if you want want to run Windows 8 with native Metro UI touch gestures on a tablet, you don't have to wait until later this year to do it, there's already an app for that. Splashtop, makers of a remote desktop application for iPad devices, released a new version that plays nice with Windows 8 Consumer Preview testbeds.
Around 430,000 Android users signed up to be notified the moment Instagram would invite them to what's been an exclusive iOS party. When the doors opened, more than twice as many Android users crashed the party on the first day, much to the chagrin of iOS users, but much to the delight of Facebook, which has agreed to buy the photo sharing app for a cool $1 billion.
Over 30 milion iOS device owners have registered accounts with Instagram, the free and popular photo sharing application that allows you to transform photos with a handful of digital filters and then upload the altered image to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It's enjoyed almost a cult-like following, and the fact that it's now available for Android isn't sitting well with a select group of silly iPhone users.