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Archives: April 2013

Tumblr Adds Social Sharing to iOS Apps

Tumblr has updated its iPhone & iPad app and the update makes it easier to share Tumblr social content across social networks.

Version 3.3.1 lets you share posts via Twitter and Facebook, as well as email a Tumblr post in its entirety. The app update also lets users save content for later using Instapaper and Pocket.
The update also brings with it an alphabetized and searchable follow list, as well as animated GIFs while you scroll.

Earlier this month, Tumblr totally redesigned its Android app bringing with it a new interface, new post animations that pop out like Facebook’s chat heads, as well as a feature that makes photos pop out in your stream more.

iPhone App Downloads Up 12% in March 2013: Fiksu

iPhone app downloads increased by 12 percent to 5.02 million daily downloads in March 2013, as compared to March 2012, according to new metrics from Fiksu.

However, the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index, which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps, revealed a 4 percent drop in download activity in March 2013 as compared to February 2013, which had 5.20 million daily downloads. In March, Fiksu also recorded its one hundred billionth app user action last month, meaning that the company has measured more than one billion app downloads on its platform.

“The ‘new normal’ continued in March, which was good news for mobile app marketers. Inventory has increased but costs have held steady, reflecting a maturity in the overall quality of apps and their ability to engage users,’” explained Micah Adler, CEO of Fiksu in a statement.

‘Draw Something 2′ is the Top Free iPhone App This Week

Draw Something 2  Free is the No. 1 free iPhone app this week, according to research from AppData. The sequel to the popular social drawing app lets users share their drawings in a feed and follow other artists on the app.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To support Mediabistro’s Media App Summit, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

A Teen Speaks – Why Students Love to Use Facebook at School

fb in education

The key to Facebook’s popularity is its ease of use. It makes communicating easy. We can easily share thoughts, ideas and photos with all of our friends and family members, wherever we are and, more importantly, whenever we need to. The same goes when it comes to schoolwork. I have personally used the social media site for my studies in both high school and university.

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Bill Gurley Says Uber App Is “Growing Faster Than eBay” at TechCrunch Disrupt Conference

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley is pretty excited about the taxi-hailing app Uber that connects car services with passengers. On the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York yesterday, he told the crowd that, “Uber is growing faster than eBay did.” He ought to know, he invested in both.

As TechCrunch points out, Gurley’s company Benchmark invested $6.7 million in eBay and less than two years later, it was worth more than $5 billion.

Gurley explained that today most popular companies today like Twitter and Instagram, for instance, work around a business model of building a viral system first, then they figure out how to upend the business. Uber, on the other hand, had a business model in place from the beginning, said Gurley. “Travis [Kalanick] has done an amazing job of scaling the business,” he said, adding that the company has done zero marketing and instead has focused on the user experience. Read more

New Android App Is Designed For Sexting

If you have plans to run for office, it’s definitely a bad idea to take naked photos of your body parts and share them digitally. It’s probably not a great idea for anyone else, but for those guys who can’t help but exhibit themselves, there is Dickorate.

The new Android app encourages men to take photos of their “junk” and then dress it up in a virtual costume and share these images with potential mates.

Check it out: “DICKORATE lets you photograph and enlarge your dick from your Android phone, then add some dick-identity: a tattoo, rings, mustache, a hat or full seasonal regalia, and e-mail or text to a friend or lover with a personalized message. Your anonymity is assured; you are truly a Private Dick.” Creepy or funny? You decide.