What's Hot in Tech - June 15
Vine and its six-second videos come to Android
Vine, the popular short-form, social video app from Twitter, released its Android app five months after the initial release for iPhone users. Vine allows users to record up to six seconds of video and share it on Twitter, Facebook, and the app's own social network.
Any.do set to release a "new way to manage your day"
Any.do, makers of the simple, elegant to-do list app bearing the same name, will soon release a new product aimed at simplifying calendar management, called Cal. In the spirit of their to-do list app, Cal promises a beautiful interface for managing the events in your life. Eager users can sign up for early, beta access at Any.do's website. In the meantime, try out Any.do to-do list for iPhone and Android.
Google+ improves photos, hangouts, and more
Google+, the social network from the web's leading search engine, has been slowly building a very enjoyable social network experience with a big focus on clean design, ease of use, and lack of noise (content you don't care about). Google announced big improvements:
- A redesigned homepage featuring a design that responds to the size of your browser, showing more content on larger screens and less on smaller devices.
- A new interface for Hangouts, G+'s tool for text-based, voice, and video chats between just two people or a group of friends. Hangouts was born out of Google+ and will replace Gmail's chat tool for a unified experience across Gmail, Google+, and other Google properties.
- New features for photo editing and enhancement including Awesome, an auto-enhancement feature for making adjustments for better looking photos without needing Photoshop; Highlights, a feature that suggests which photos are best for you share out of the batch you uploaded from vacation; and new editing tools including exposure enhancement, red-eye correction, vignetting, and more.
Check out Google+ if you're not already there consuming and sharing content.
SnapChat gets a facelift
If you're not using SnapChat, you've probably heard plenty about the visual messaging platform due to its rise in popularity or the assumption its used to send sexual content (no truer than any other social platform). SnapChat allows users to send each other images or short videos with the option to draw and/or add text on top of content. The key feature, however, requires senders to set a 1-10 second expiration for each message. Once the recipient views the message for the allotted time, the content is deleted and no longer visible to the sender or recipient. SnapChat launched with a rather crude design but still caught on with younger audiences and has now rolled out a new look that's much easier on the eyes along with an improved user experience.
Elevatr helps you create a business plan, easily
Elevatr is a mobile application for building a business plan including the initial concept, customer base, business model, and method of execution. A business plan can be intimidating, but the beauty of the app is in its simplicity and straightforward, step-by-step process. You can add notes, photos, feedback, and more as they come to mind, wherever you are.
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