Since Instagram first announced that it was finally planning a version for Android in March, the app has now arrived. Android users can now take part in the joy of Instagram that has up until now, only been experienced by iPhone users.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Instagram said that “The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version.”
Since its release for Android, the app has managed to generate over one million downloads in the first 24 hours with the iOS app currently sitting at 30 millions downloads, which it achieved in just under two years. The app is compatible with Android 2.2 or higher.
The free photo-sharing app made its official appearance on Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market) on Tuesday following a pre-registration period on March 24 that captured 430,000 interested users.
CEO Kevin Systrom told The New York Times that the app was seeing 2,000 signups each minute following its debut.
Have you ever imagined what some of the most popular social networks today would be like if they were, and even could be, invented fifteen or twenty years ago?
Well, here is a look at what the Facebook experience might have been like if it had been introduced to the World Wide Web in 1995. Okey, so Mark Zuckerberg might have been just eleven years-old at the time but just play along.
Created by Squirrel-Monkey.com, Facebook is pretty much the same only with crappy graphics, scary text-to-speech and detailed instructions on how it functions. Also, according to Squirrel Money it would have likely been called The Facebook instead.
Would you have joined Facebook in 1995?
Watch what the ’90s Facebook might have looked like in the video after the jump…
Vodacom customers can expect roaming savings when travelling to 6 African countries where Vodacom and Vodafone operate. These countries include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania. Vodacom is leveraging its presence and that of its parent company Vodafone in these African countries, to provide customers who travel there with reduced rates applicable across the Vodacom and Vodafone networks.
The flat rates have resulted in roaming data rates being reduced by more than 70%, from R17,50/MB to R5/MB. While still not as cheap as local data, regular smartphone-carrying travellers will appreciate it. In addition, roaming customers will also enjoy free incoming calls when they travel in these countries.
Here is are the decreased call costs:
|Data||- R5/MB*Data roaming is only available to Contract customers and charged in 10KB increments|
|Voice||- Free incoming calls- Local Voice call – R2.90- Call back to South Africa or an International call – R5.00*Voice calls are charged on a per minute basis|
|SMS||- Local and international SMS messages – R1.50 per SMS- Free incoming SMS messages|
Cape Town based Motribe, a platform that enables users, brands, agencies and publishers to build and manage their own mobile social communities, has recently launched JudgeME, a mobile meeting app that provides people with a way to meet each other by uploading and browsing photos.
The app that has already grown to over four hundred thousand users in less than a month and already generated enough profit to cover its costs has grown faster than its developers could scale the technology to manage the demand.
Motribe CEO Nicholas Haralambous says that “One of the main reasons the app has grown so quickly is the sheer volume of users already on MXit and their hunger for new and innovative services.”
Since its launch, the app, that was built using MXit software, served 31 million page views and its users rated 3 million photos during its first month. That’s quite an achievement.
Motribe used the MXit API to build the app in less than a week using standard mobile web programming and the cloud computing power of Amazon Web Services.
The real test for a social networking service is its ability to generate revenue and during the first month 9% of the users bought something using MXit’s virtual currency, generating over 100 000 successful transactions.
Vincent Maher, the technology guru behind the app explains that “When you point ten million active users at something it’s like washing your face with a firehose.”
“Building for MXit is really easy because they take away all the heavy lifting. The normal problems with user registration, profiling and retention are already taken care of so developers can focus on getting the most out of the technology and focus on good ideas,” says Maher.
On Wednedsay, Google unveiled a long-rumoured concept about a secret initiative called Project Glass, which takes all the functionality of a smartphone and places it into a wearable device that resembles eyeglasses. These augmented reality glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing and are currently being tested out by a number of Google employees in public.
The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands and record a video and take pictures from the built-in camera.
The precise look and feel of the hardware and software is still in the early design phase, but Google produced a concept design that looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie.
In a post that was shared on Google+, employees including Steve Lee, Babak Parviz and Sebastian Thrun that work in the company’s laboratory known as Google X, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass.
While some people might assume that the wise and brilliant minds of the older Silicon Valleyites were the ones responsible for some of the hottest web startups to recently emerge, in actual fact, many such companies were established by young founders in their twenties and thirties.
Like Mark Zuckerberg himself, the founders of popular companies like photo-sharing service Instagram, mobile credit card-reader Square and the fast-growing Pinterest are not just young but highly influential online.
PeekYou, a self-described “search company focused on indexing the public web around people,” recently released a list of some of the web’s most influential tech leaders of 2011 and 2012, based on their PeekScore. One’s PeekScore ranges from 1 to 10 and is measured by how many friends, followers, or readers one might have, in addition to how active one is in blogging, social networking and web content creation. Of course, one’s presence in the news also has a bearing on whether his or her PeekScore will turn out to be closer to 1 (“not very important”) or to 10 (“very important”).
Here is the list of the top 11 most influential leaders in tech with their corresponding PeekScore:
Physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease that has left him surrounded by machines unable to speak or move, has recently experimented with a device that is designed to allow him to communicate just by thinking.
The device, the size of a matchbox, called the iBrain, is part of a new generation of portable devices and algorithms intended to monitor and diagnose problematic conditions like sleep apnea, depression and autism. The device uses a single channel to pick up waves of electrical brain signals, which change with different activities and thoughts, or with the pathologies that accompany brain disorders. The iBrain is gaining attention as a possible alternative to expensive sleep labs that use rubber and plastic caps riddled with dozens of electrodes.
The device was invented by a team led by 32 year-old neuroscientist and chief executive of NeuroVigil Inc, Philip Low. “The iBrain can collect data in real time in a person’s own bed, or when they’re watching TV, or doing just about anything,” Dr. Low explains.
With regard to the experiment with Dr. Hawking, Low says that “The idea is to see if Stephen can use his mind to create a consistent and repeatable pattern that a computer can translate into, say, a word or letter or a command for a computer.”
The team, travelled to Dr. Hawking’s office in Cambridge, England and once they fitted him with the device placed on a headband, asked him “to imagine that he was scrunching his right hand into a ball,” Dr. Low said. The algorithm was able to discern Dr. Hawking’s thoughts as signals, which were represented as a series of spikes on a grid.
With the Easter weekend just around the corner, and holiday makers planning to travel around the country and abroad, many people will want to take some data with them – maybe to show some photos to family or to keep their data safe while away from home - stored on a trusty travel-sized flash drive.
Kingston is giving away a few of their very special drives right here on BandwidthBlog – we have some special edition Kingston Data Traveller G3 16GB and 8GB drives to give away, and we really want to send a few off to some of our very creative and loyal readers.
The lucky readers will also get 6GB of online backup storage as well – so even if you lose your flash drive, your data is safe in the cloud.
It is really easy to enter and you could soon be walking away with one of these really cool Flash Drives!
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