Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Vine Fights Instagram With Biggest App Update Yet
Vine, Twitter’s six-second looping video-sharing app, has just launched some new features to the app to fight the competition from the recent addition of Video to Instagram. The new Vine features include a redesigned camera, categories for various vine genres, and the ability to revine people’s existing Vines. It will be interesting to see if these new features will stop the free fall in usage since the Instagram video launch. Read the article here.
A great idea of Smart Communications in the Philippines, which was rewarded with a Grand Prix in Cannes. Together with textbook publishers they sized down the heavy schoolbooks to text messages that were then put on old SIM-cards. Watch the video here.[Tweet “Check out this weeks inspiration from Stephen Gates Blog.”]
Google Glass Could Soon Get Device Locking, Music Player And ‘Boutique’ App Store, Firmware Reveals
A lot of my time this week has obviously been focused on Google Glass and I thought this article was interesting as Slashgear went into the latest firmware update to find a number of new features inside including a music player and app store called Boutique. Read the article here.
How Thirst Built The Ultimate News App For Google Glass In Just Three Days
Google Glass is the perfect medium for receiving news updates about the topics you care about, but up until today no one had quite perfected how to do that. Enthusiastic about Glass’ potential for news, Thirst Labs set out this past weekend to create the ultimate news app for Google Glass users. An idea it had been toying around with for a while, the team started working on its Glass app last Thursday, working around the clock between Thursday and Saturday to create the app its launching today: a whole new personalized news experience for Glass. If you’re not familiar with Thirst, the social news platform lets you follow topics you’re interested in, and then curates content around those topics, giving you a customized reading list from sources around the web. Read the article here.