Posts tagged iOS

Facebook is getting its own app store for all devices, all platforms, all prices

Facebook is launching a new App Center, “a place to find social web, desktop, and mobile apps” — and not just Facebook apps.

The App Center will bring Facebook users all the best in iOS apps, Android apps, web apps, mobile web apps, and even desktops apps “The goal is to solve the app discovery problem… based on what you and your firends enjoy,” a Facebook rep told VentureBeat in a phone chat today.

You won’t just find free apps here, either. Facebook is also introducing paid apps. The company stated it expects in-app purchases to be developers’ primary money-makers for the time being; however, making paid apps available through the Facebook platform is the beginning of a very interesting business opportunity, both for devs and for Facebook.

Why do some videos on Socialcam appear to be embedded YouTube videos?

I’m looking for an answer to this question that I posed on Quora:

Why do some videos on Socialcam appear to be embedded YouTube videos?

Were these videos taken with the Socialcam iPhone App? How does a user add a YouTube video to Socialcam? Here is an example of what I am talking about: - If you click on the user’s name who uploaded it, you will not see it in his list of uploaded videos.

Socialcam is getting most of their growth from automatically defaulting users’ settings to display all their actions in their Facebook newsfeed (whether they watched a video, liked a video, or commented on a video). I’ve noticed that most of these videos weren’t uploaded using the Socialcam mobile app, however. Most of them are YouTube videos that are embedded on the Socialcam site. I haven’t been able to figure out how to add these myself, so I am wondering if Socialcam is just importing a bunch of YouTube videos and giving them more sensational titles to drive growth. Which would seem shady. Socialcam also has a habit of turning “Social On” even after I’ve turned it off repeatedly. (Update 5/14/12: GigaOm’s Om Malik explains that he experiences the same problem with social sharing automatically getting turned back on. Shady.)

Update 5/9/2012: I have reached out to Socialcam’s community manager, @TheRoxie on Twitter. This convo is here. So far no definitive answer although she is responding. Here is what she has told me so far:

I have emailed per Roxie’s suggestion. I have yet to hear back yet.

Update 5/10/2012: TheNextWeb just did a story on these Socialcam’s viral tactics and they link to my Quora question as well.

Update 5/14/2012: The description given when the app posts to people’s newsfeed now no longer says “Video taken recorded with Socialcam.” Now it says “Video popular on YouTube.” They also now make it more clear that it is a YouTube video by putting a “Powered by YouTube” icon above the videos. Socialcam still has a nasty habit of turning my auto social sharing back to “ON” even after I’ve turned it off multiple times. See screenshots below.

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It’s hard to argue against stories like this and this because any nut job can accuse you of being anti-privacy or an apologist. These stories have some merit, but come on. At what point does this stop? We’re coming up on a year of these types of stories. Next up — BREAKING: Android and iOS can access your processor core. 

Nilay Patel has the best response I’ve seen yet:

Android and iOS are operating systems that run on computers. Granted, these computers are smaller than the ones you grew up with, but they’re still computers. And guess what? In many ways, they work like computers have in past — including the ability of accessing your other files. It’s a feature, not a bug. 

I get that mobile devices are the most personal forms of computing yet. And anytime you say that anything or anyone can “secretly copy” your photos, you’re going to get people running for the hills (and more importantly, reading your story).

Not everything done in computing is intended to be nefarious. At some point, you simply have to trust that someone — be it Apple, Google, or an app developer — isn’t out to screw you over. Likewise, when you leave your house each day, you have to trust that you’re not going to be mugged. You may well be, but you can’t live your life in fear of it or you’d never leave your house. 

The New York Times apparently wants us to have smartphones that prompt you to make sure you want to turn them on, prompt you to make sure you want to open an app, prompt you to make sure you want to send a tweet, prompt you to make sure you want to jump from an app to a web page, prompt you to make sure you want to adjust the brightness (a stranger may be able to read your phone more easily over your shoulder!!).

We’re one step away from a call for apps that prompt you if you’d like a prompt about something. Excuse me while I go hide in a hut in the woods and write a manifesto. 

Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices

The year was 2008. I was at an event focused on mobile, sitting in on a roundtable discussion with several folks from key companies in the industry. One gentleman was from Adobe. The iPhone had launched the previous year, famously without any support for Flash. A lot of folks were up in arms about this — including several at this table. The guy from Adobe assured everyone: mobile Flash would be coming soon. And it was going to be wonderful. The notion that Apple wouldn’t include it on the iPhone because of performance issues was pure hogwash.

The same thing was said in 2009.

The same thing was said in 2010.

The same thing was still being said in 2011.

So you’ll forgive me when I snicker a bit at the news tonight that Adobe plans to cease development of their Flash player for mobile devices. Jason Perlow has the scoop for ZDNet, and it’s a doozy. Here’s the apparent forthcoming announcement from Adobe on the matter:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

This announcement, along with talk of a focus on HTML5, should be out in the next day or so, according to Perlow. Yes, Adobe is ending their efforts to get Flash onto mobile devices.

For your reference, here are Steve Jobs original thoughts on flash from April of 2010.

An excerpt:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Steve Jobs
April, 2010

Facebook’s iPad App Is Finally Here. Yes, For Real This Time.

No, it’s not a rumor. It’s not a leak. And it’s not going to be pulled at the last minute because of backroom negotiations that may or may not actually be taking place.

Facebook’s iPad app is ready for everyone.

Yes, after months of delays, rumors, and even a leaked build that made its way into the hands of TechCrunch readers everywhere, Facebook is officially unveiling its iPad app, which has long been glaringly absent (so glaringly, in fact, that several third party developers have gotten millions of downloads for their own ‘Facebook for iPad’ apps).

I haven’t gotten to try the official app out myself just yet, but Facebook did give me a verbal walkthrough of its highlights, as well as the following screenshots. It looks good. It looks like Facebook. And it’s going to be the iPad’s most downloaded app of all time in, oh, about two days. You can download it right hereUpdate: Facebook’s site showcasing the app is live, but it looks like it’s still propagating through Apple’s servers.

INFOGRAPHIC: Differences between iPhone iOS and Android users

INFOGRAPHIC: Differences between iPhone iOS and Android users

Apple created Android, or at least they created the environment to allow Android to happen.
Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO