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A little over a month ago, Vine gave iOS users the ability to tap into their existing videos and turn them into short Vines, complete with trimming and stitching functionality. Where's the love for Android, you ask? No need to pout if you're rocking an Android handset -- the newest update for Vine lets you take clips from your device's camera roll and trim them down to 6 seconds (or less) and/or mix and match, just like on iOS. That's not all version 2.5.0 offers. Vine's engineers added the ability to use your device's flashlight for recording in low light situations, so if you want to make a truncated version of The Blair Witch Project, having use of your phone's LEDs will certainly come in... Read more...
Vine continues to change as it grows under the ownership of Twitter, which acquired the video sharing service back in October 2012 for a reported $30 million. Following the acquisition, Vine launched on iOS and then several months later it swung over to Android, giving mobile users of both camps the ability to shoot and share six-second video clips. Looking to swing in a different direction, Vine just overhauled its website for desktop users. "Today, we’re excited to introduce a brand-new version of vine.co, which adds a bunch of new features that will help you find and discover Vine videos on the web," Vine stated in a blog post. "The first thing you’ll see when you visit the website... Read more...
A change to Vine's Rules and Terms of Service (ToS) has Greek gods and goddesses like Aphrodite and Himeros all in a tizzy. In a blog post, the Twitter-owned video sharing service announced that it now prohibits pornography and sexually explicit content, regardless of whether it's you or someone else, or if you marked the video as sensitive. "For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything. For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet -- we just prefer not to be the source of it," Vine stated on its blog. Image Source: Flickr (Orin Zebest) Vine also posted a FAQ page related to its new policy so that users are crystal clear on exactly... Read more...
Watching 6-second Vine videos on the web isn't exactly a new feature, but up until now, Vine's browser-based experience lacked some critical features. The popular Twitter-owned video sharing service addressed those shortcomings by fleshing out the web experience. Now when you log into Vine from a browser, you'll be able to do much more, such as view your home feed and like, comment, and share videos the same as you do on the mobile version. You can also click on a username to see his or her full profile and browse the videos they've created since joining Vine, as well as share your own profile with others. Vines are still muted by default, so to hear what's going on, just hover your mouse cursor... Read more...
It took five months for Vine to show up on Android devices after launching for iOS, and another five months later the 6-second video-sharing app is available for Windows Phone, too. The app will look and feel familiar to those who have already used it on other platforms, although there are some Windows Phone-only features such as the ability to pin your favorite Vine accounts to your device’s homescreen. Credit: Mashable You can shoot a quick video by tapping and holding the screen, and of course you can use either your front- or rear-facing camera. Vine for Windows Phone includes camera tools such as grid and ghost, and the app lets you check out other Vines, including looking through... Read more...
There’s no doubt that six-second video sharing service Vine is a hit, but like any hot new app with a simple but killer raison d’etre, a few additional features wouldn’t be unwelcome. Vine just announced two new features, actually, called “Sessions” and “Time Travel”. Sessions allows you to have up to 10 unfinished posts going at once. That means you can save one and come back to it later, which lets users capture multiple items worth sharing and bide their time before setting them loose in the wild. The Time Travel feature lets you “remove, reorganize or replace any shot” in a given post. That’s a handy way to edit your Vine videos,... Read more...
When Vine emerged in order to give digital junkies the ability to share their lives six seconds at a time, we knew some strange videos would eventually surface. But, we can't say we ever expected anyone to have so much ample time that they'd sit around recording clips of an unreleased video game, and then spewing them all over the Internet. Oddly, that's exactly what has transpired, as a gentleman that somehow came across a leaked copy of Grand Theft Auto V has drawn a huge amount of attention by sharing clips of the actual gameplay prior to the title's street date. Of course, leaks in an increasingly digital world aren't rare. Nearly every movie, record and video game in the past two or three... Read more...
Vine, the Twitter owned video sharing app that allows users to post 6-second video clips of whatever they want, is now home to over 40 million users, the company announced in a Twitter post. That's not bad for a service that launched around 7 months ago. "We've said this before and we'll say it again: this community -- now more than 40 million of you -- is amazing. Thank you for inspiring us," Vine tweeted out. Not only is the 40 million number remarkable, but it also underscores the importance of serving both major mobile platforms, Android and iOS. Vine began as an iOS-only application and stayed that way until June when it finally launched to Android. At the time, Vine had 13 million members,... Read more...
Quick video clips are all the rage right now, and if you find yourself shaking your head at that statement, grab your teenager's smartphone and look at what apps are installed. You'll likely find Vine (acquired by Twitter for $30 million) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook for $1 billion) on there, and perhaps SnapChat, all of which allow you to record and share short videos (SnapChat's approach is a bit different since videos and pics expire after they're viewed by the recipient for up to 10 seconds). You can add one more to the mix. The newest video sharing app is called MixBit, the creation of Chad Hurley and Steven Chen,. If those names sound familiar, it's because they're two of the three... Read more...
Sometimes we need reminders of important lessons in life, and thanks to a disgruntled Apple device owner who has yet to be identified, we're reminded of how not to act in public. Not only is it incredibly rude to scream at the top of your lungs at a store employee trying to help you, but you end up looking crazy, and you risk being caught on video for all the world to see. Remember, everyone owns smartphones these days. That includes celebrities, like actress Porscha Coleman, best known for her guest starring TV role as Erica Willis on the UPN series The Parkers, Rachel in the Disney Channel Original Movie Pixel Perfect, and from MTV's improvisation show Wild 'n Out. Coleman just happened to... Read more...
Just over a week ago, Vine rolled out its biggest update yet to iOS, leaving Android users sitting on the sideline except for a protected posts feature. At the time, Vine co-founder and CTO Colin Kroll promised to roll out the same set of features and improvements to Android "next week," and making good on that promise, an updated version of Vine is now available in Google Play. Everything that's available to iOS users has been ported over to Android, including the ability to "re-vine" and a bunch of new camera tools, such as grid, focus, and ghost tools. Android users can also submit posts to any of 15 channels, such as comedy, music, and nature.   Along with the massive update, Android... Read more...
The battle for short video supremacy is heating up, and Twitter has every intention of ensuring its Vine application stays relevant. Hence the latest update to Vine. Not just any update, mind you, but the "biggest, most exciting" one to date, with "even more coming soon," Colin Kroll, co-founder and CTO of Vine, stated in a blog post. First and foremost, the updated Vine app introduces a redesigned camera with a new grid, focus, and ghost tools to make shooting videos easier. Once you record a short video, you can then submit posts to (or browse) 15 channels in the Explore screen. Some of these include comedy, music, and nature, each of which has its own theme and Popular feed. Another new feature... Read more...
Vine sure has been making the rounds the lately. After amassing 13 million users on iOS since launching in late January, Vine saw fit to swing over to Android earlier this month. Lest anyone think the video sharing service is leaving any stone unturned, it's now available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon Appstore for Android. This is a critical time for Vine as it looks to remain relevant in the wake of Facebook adding video recording capabilities to Instagram, the photo sharing service it purchased for $1 billion. By making its way over to Amazon, Kindle Fire users can record looping videos up to 6 seconds in length using the front-facing camera on their tablet. Speaking of which, support... Read more...
As expected, Facebook dropped a big announcement today pertaining to Instagram and video: starting today, users can share up to 15 seconds of video in essentially the same way they share photos. When preparing to take a photo, there will now be a little movie camera icon you can tap to switch to video mode. Video on Instagram (which is of course Facebook’s answer to Vine) offers thirteen different filters you can choose from, and users will be able to choose an image from the video to use as a cover image, which is a nice touch and will also help users remember which video is of what. Privacy with Video on Instagram is the same as with photos: “Only the people who you let see your... Read more...
Less than five months after it debuted for iOS, Vine is now available for Android, Twitter announced in a blog post today. In case you haven't been following, Twitter snagged the video sharing service last year before it launched. The two are a natural fit, as Twitter encourages succinct posts by limiting tweets to 140 characters or less, while Vine limits videos to 6 seconds or less, which are then continuously looped. "Android owners: Welcome to Vine. Starting today, you can begin to shoot, share and watch short looping videos. We’ve been looking forward to this day, and we’re excited to get the app into your hands," Twitter said. Many of the same features that more than 13 million... Read more...
All it takes is for one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and when a Twitter staff member inadvertently selected a pornographic Vine video as an Editor's Pick, all hell broke loose and it was suddenly "Game over, man!" for teens under the age of 17 years old. Twitter quickly yanked the video and apologized for what it deemed "human error," but to prevent something like that from happening again, the microblogging site now requires that users certify they are at least 17 years old before downloading the app. Vine is a relatively new app, having only launched a month ago. At the time, it carried a 12+ rating, but that's not been bumped to 17+ due to a laundry list of adult themes, including: Infrequent/Mild... Read more...
It’s way too early to see if Vine is going to mean long-term success for Twitter, but it’s certainly getting off to an auspicious start. The video service, which lets users embed 6-second videos in their tweets, has already broken into the top 15 apps in the iTunes App Store. On top of that, Vine may have already made enemies with Facebook, as evidenced by an “error” now preventing Vine users from copying their Facebook friends into their Vine directory. Right now, Vine is only available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Android versions out soon. After all, Vine is killing it in the iTunes App Store. At the moment (and only a... Read more...
If you think 140-character tweets are restrictive, try a six-second video. After picking up Vine late last year, Twitter decided the time was ripe to launch Vine as an app that complements Twitter’s text-based messages with short, looping videos. “Posts on Vine are about abbreviation – the shortened form of something larger,” writes Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann on Vine’s blog. “They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special.” If you want to try the Vine app out, you’ll need to do so on an iPhone or iPod Touch, as those... Read more...
MSNBC has joined the ranks of social networking sites such as Reddit and Digg as it has acquired Newsvine.MSNBC Interactive News LLC said it acquired Newsvine Inc., a small Seattle startup that lets visitors read and comment on news stories from mainstream media outlets.MSNBC, which is jointly owned by Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal, did not disclose financial terms of the deal late Sunday. NBC Universal is a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Vivendi SA. Surprisingly, this is the first acquisition by MSNBC Interactive in its 11-year history.  Newsvine will continue to operate independently, though it may expand its operations from its current six employees to 10 - 15.... Read more...