Apple unveils iOS 8, other new features including Healthkit at developers conference. Google+ for iOS app gets Stories, photo-editing update. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Starting today, Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video customers will be able to watch the movies and TV episodes they rent and purchase on iPhone and iPod touch. The company has released a free app that brings Amazon’s library of videos to these additional devices as part of a promise to customers that they can “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere.”
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Apple’s Big Day: Everything You Need to Know (Mashable)
Wednesday was a big day for Apple. The company announced a new version of its iPhone, new iPods and a number of updates to iTunes and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. USA Today The latest and the sixth version of the phone — to be called iPhone 5 — is taller, thinner, faster and brighter, with new features installed seemingly as a response to stepped-up competitive pressures from Samsung, HTC and Nokia. With consumers increasingly turning to smartphones for photography and viewing videos, Apple’s most significant upgrade is the new four-inch screen that will make the device about half an inch taller than previous models. PC Magazine Apple spent a significant portion of its iPhone 5 keynote talking up its revised iPods. A lot has changed — even right down to the bundled earphones. Macworld The tech giant also announced the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on Sept. 19. The update will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S; the fourth-generation iPod touch; and the the second- and third-generation iPads. The Huffington Post Apple also revealed that iTunes is getting a major revamp. It will feature a grid user interface, users can change the order of upcoming tracks within a queue, and search has been upgraded with inline results: one click for information, double-click to play. SocialTimes While there aren’t a huge number of new social features, the iPhone 5 and the new iOS 6 operating system do incorporate a few updates that will make social media lovers happy. For starters, FaceTime now works over cellular networks. Additionally, iOS 6 features a shared photo stream, and you’ll be able to post to Facebook by voice using Siri. AllFacebook The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update. Apple executives fostered discussion of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 Wednesday, showing off how Facebook is deeply integrated into the system. Wired In the United States, the phone ships on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on Sept. 21. The iPhone 5 will come in three storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and will cost $200, $300, and $400, respectively, with a two-year contract. Read more
An already dramatic month of technology industry news has moved into the historical category with the announcement of Steve Job’s retirement. No doubt the speculation about what this means for Apple and for the computer industry will carry on for days, if not weeks and months. From the point of view of a mobile technology enthusiast, I can’t help but wonder what it means for the products that mean the most to me.
“Magic is the only honest profession! A magician promises to deceive you, and he does.”
In the U.S. we often discuss web products that are only available in this country. Spotify, however, is one worth discussing even though it is not available in the U.S. Spotify is a streaming music service that has more than 13 million songs available for listening. Their free service limits the number of times you can listen to a specific song and is supported by advertisements. There is also a paid service that remove advertisements and provides unlimited streaming. Spotify’s Premium service now lets you buy songs in a playlist for play on a non-network device like an iPod. This service can also be used with smartphones.
The BBC News says that this new service will challenge iTunes.
However, since the service is only available in a small number of countries in Europe, this challenge will be a small one. Spotify is available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Video courtesy of spotify
Users can share videos with their followers by emailing a video link to their Showyou account, and by liking and commenting on other videos in the app. It’s also easy to share videos found on Showyou across one’s accounts on other social networks with all comments included.
In addition to traditional remote-control functions such as changing channels or DVR access, users can search for their favorite shows via voice search.
Google TV added that the app currently does not support sharing Web pages from the Apple devices to TV screens.
Movie socializing becomes even more tantalizing while watching the film because moviegoers can connect with friends by sharing their favorite movie quotes through Facebook and Twitter. They can even watch a feed of social networking chatter directly related to the movie in real-time.
Clif Bar and Kraft Foods have something else in common besides edible products: They were the only two companies to crack the top-10 list in the 2010 Breakaway Brands Study from strategic brand consulting and design firm Landor Associates that aren’t in the technology or media sectors.
The 2010 Breakaway Brands Study named 10 brands as those with the greatest sustained growth in brand strength from 2006-09, as the company teamed up with Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Business to study brands’ business strategies, marketing initiatives, and category dynamics.
Facebook was the top technology/media finisher, placing second with 85 percent growth. It was followed in the sector by: BlackBerry (No. 3, 57 percent), LG Electronics (No. 4, 55 percent), Nintendo (No. 5, 51 percent), Google (No. 6, 36 percent), Apple (No. 7, 33 percent), iPod (No. 8, 30 percent), and Disney (No. 10, 17 percent).
As for the two “outsiders,” Clif Bar led the way at 97 percent, while Kraft Foods finished ninth at 29 percent.