Posts Tagged ‘iPhone app’


All you need to know about Twitter’s hot new app Vine

By Stefano on January 28th, 2013


On Friday Twitter unveiled what could well be the hottest new app for a very long while. It is called Vine and is a video sharing facility that is iPhone only at the moment. Ok so it doesn’t sound that exciting, but here’s why you really need to check it out. It could do for short videos what Instagram has done for online images.

So how does Vine work?

Vine is basically an iPhone app. You downland the app and then either create an account – or sign in with your Twitter account. The app is split between two elements – creation and discovery. Creation enables you to shoot videos, discovery helps you to find videos about subjects you are interested in.

Just like Twitter Vine gives you a limit on the length of the content you can produce. Just like Twitter is up to 140 characters with Vine you get just six seconds. It doesn’t sound like much does it? But it works because of the very clever editing element incorporated within the app. You tap the screen each time you want to stop and start filming. The app then knits the various snippets of footage together.

This makes Vine really great for creating mini animations or shooting things from three or four different angles to get some perspective. Some enterprising types have been using Vine to show you how to create dishes with each stage lasting about a second.

It sounds cheesy, but in reality it is fascinating. Think of its as a mini movie or a GIF with sound.

The other clever part is that as the movies are only six seconds they don’t use a lot of data, meaning that you don’t need to worry about data charges.

So what else are people using it for?

If you got to the discovery part of the app you can then type in things you are interested in to see what type of videos people have uploaded. In many ways it is a fascinating glimpse of the web in general in that there are lots of pet videos, images of kids and quirky animations from creative types. You can also type in NSFW and get to see people in various states of undress just like our old friend Chatroulette.

I searched for Arsenal and found clips of recent goals, while looking for Morrissey delivered some interesting snippets from Smiths videos.

You can also make friends on Vine and get to see you friends’ videos when they are uploaded.

How does it work with Twitter and Facebook?

Once you have shot the video you get the option of sharing it on Facebook and Twitter as well as Vine. Make sure you tick the boxes because if you don’t at the current time there is no way of going back and grabbing it again. The videos are then attached to your tweets in the same way that Twitter grabs videos. They are run wit hthe sound down so to hear audio you have to flick a switch.

Where do I see the videos?

You can search on the app or using twitter (use hashtags like #myfirstvine). If you want to get a quick glimpse of what people are uploading go to the Vine Peek site and you are presented with a series of the latest Vines, these are not filtered though so you might get to see things that you might not approve of

Does it work on Android phones?

At the moment no. It is iPhone only, though it will work on an iPad if it has a camera. Twitter says it will roll out an Android app shortly. In the meantime there are some Vine alternatives here. Personally, and I am an Android user, I will wait for Vine to happen.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Puttluck: The first ever iPhone app to feature a live competition with prizes

By Laura on August 10th, 2011

Everyone loves a good game of golf, but lets face it not all of us have the time or money to hit the green.
So what if you could play a game and even win real prizes, all in the comfort of your own home?
That is the very idea behind our new favourite app Puttluck.

The app uses the gyroscopic abilities of the iPhone 4, allowing the game to emulates putting. In other words it is like the Wii, only for your phone. The game features a nine-hole course with a variety of increasingly difficult putts and two difficulty levels.

In addition Puttluck is about to launch their third competition of 2011, in conjunction with The PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Georgia. Taking place from 11th August to 14th August 2011, participants have the chance to win £500 worth of Black Widow golf goodies including everything from grips, cleats, and tees.

The object of the game is for players complete the nine hole course with the lowest score in the quickest time possible. The players’ score and time are recorded and this will determine the overall winner. The score on each hole is added together, giving a grand total after the nine holes have been played. As players complete the nine holes scores will be posted onto the live leader board within the Game Centre, allowing all competitors from across the globe to monitor who is in the lead. Competitors can play the nine holes and post as many scores as they like during the tournament, so get practicing.

The app is available for download here in the iTunes store for 59p.

iPhone App

VideoSurf: The Shazam of Video

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

I recently came across this great app that basically works like Shazam, but for video.

The concept behind the app is very simple. If you are sitting at home watching TV and see an actor you recognize, but you can’t remember his/her name, you can just whip out your phone, point it at the screen, and let VideoSurf identify the person. Not only that but it will take you to information online about the actor, and suggest other videos to watch!

Footwear, iPhone App

Converse AR App: Try On Shoes Without Leaving The House

By admin on December 8th, 2010

Hate shoe shopping? Converse has released a cool new iPhone app that lets users try any shoe from their catalogue simply by pointing an iPhone at their feet.

The app uses augmented reality to place a virtual shoe over your foot, so that you can get an idea of how the shoes will look. All with out the piles of shoe boxes, disgruntled store assistants and never ending lines.

Once you find a pair you like, then simply click through to the store where you can purchase the shoes directly from your phone.

The app is free to download here


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