Highlight, the It Girl of last year’s South by South West Interactive conference, is playing catch up this year, unrolling today photo filters and a map view that shows users where social contacts are checked in.
Google will now allow users to sign in to third-party apps using their Google+ log-in, the company said today.
Foursquare released an update to its Android app today with a home page that displays any friends who are checked in nearby.
The location-based social app Banjo launched version 3.0 today, rolling out new features including a Facebook-like news feed, access to second-degree social connections and a list of places where connections are currently active. The app, which launched in the summer of 2011, also announced it had 3 million users.
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Microsoft Breaks Tradition With Surface Tablets (CNET)
Microsoft — a company that traditionally has relied exclusively on its PC partners to provide hardware powered by its Windows operating system — is trying out a new business model with its Windows 8 release. The company is going to offer two Microsoft-branded tablets of its own, both of which are branded as Microsoft Surface. Mashable Super-thin, the tablet is just 9.3mm thin for the Windows RT version and 13.5mm for the Pro version. Both have two full-size USB ports — something you won’t find on the vast majority of the tablet competition. You’ll also find a micro SD port on the side of the RT version and a microSDXC port on the Pro version for adding data to the device or reading files (like pictures from your digital camera) on the fly. Bloomberg News The tablet has a 10.6-inch display, said CEO Steve Ballmer during Monday’s announcement, and the device’s cover serves as a track pad and a full keyboard. Business Insider Surface for Windows RT will be available to the public when Windows 8 is officially released. Microsoft still hasn’t given an exact date for that, but we do know it will be in the fall, in plenty of time for holiday shopping. The Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later, Microsoft said. The Guardian Analysts gave the as-yet unpriced devices a cautious welcome. “From a design perspective, it looks great,” said Carolina Milanesi, a research vice president for the consumer devices team at Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company based in Stamford, Conn. She said the device looked like a serious competitor to Apple’s iPad, but success would depend on price and the apps available for the devices. Read more
It takes several apps to keep up with all our disjointed social networks. Banjo, a new iPhone and Android app coming out today, aims to solve the fragmentation of the social media. Banjo incorporates the different social networks into one simplified service, offering a single point for updates from Facebook, Twitter, and more. You can think of Banjo to be for social networks, what TweetDeck was for Twitter and Facebook.