Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode
The feature turns app’s theme to dark and is meant for use at night
The feature was being tested by alpha testers in May
The feature is currently available only for Android
After testing ‘Night Mode’ UI on Android in May, Twitter on Tuesday finally released the feature for its app on Google’s mobile platform. The Night Mode essentially changes the app from its regular theme to a darker one (midnight blue in colour) and makes it more comfortable to use at night. There’s no information about when the feature will be rolled out for iOS.

You can switch on the ‘Night Mode’ feature on Android in the top menu, where you’ll either see the navigation menu icon or your profile icon depending on the device you have – tap either of those, and then switch the Night Mode toggle on. Twitter made the announcement in tweet on Tuesday.

In May, we reported that the testing of the feature happened among a small number of alpha testers, as reported by a Twitter user running the v5.112.0-alpha.423 build. At the time, the UI was said to switch automatically at night time, and come back to the standard white background UI with black text in the day time.

However, as pointed out by The Verge, in the latest addition to the app, there is no automatic trigger that switches on the ‘Night Mode’ according to certain times of day or based on your phone display’s brightness.
Last month, the micro-blogging website rolled out an update that redesigned Android app based upon Google’s Material Design that makes use of grid-based layouts, has responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects like lighting and shadows.

Recently, it was also revealed that Twitter-owned video clip-sharing website Vine’s entire source code was available for anyone to see till March, till an ethical hacker pointed out the flaw that allowed for the source code to be downloaded. The website then fixed the bug within 5 minutes following a demonstration by the hacker.

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Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos

Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and VideosInstagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos
It’s arrived on Instagram’s latest iOS app version
Pinch to zoom feature will roll out to Android users in ‘coming weeks’
Zooming on photos or videos will make them look gross
There have been a lot of requests to add a much-wanted zoom feature to the Instagram app. The ability to zoom in to a photo or a video on Instagram was highly talked-about but users could not do so. Until Wednesday that is – Instagram added a feature that lets you pinch in to zoom on the photos or videos you see in the app.

Instagram in a post on Wednesday said,”Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt.” For now, the feature has only been made available to Instagram for iOS, while the Android app will receive the feature in the coming weeks. As we know, the Facebook-owned company has recently been releasing numerous features to its widely used app to catch up with the competitors like Snapchat and Twitter.

It’s a simple pinch-and-zoom gesture that will let you zoom in on any photo or video, and lifting or releasing the pinch will restore the size to normal. It’s the same Lightbox effect that protrudes an image out of its original frame as you zoom. Instagram has noted that the ‘pinch to zoom’ will work on photos and videos in the main feed, as well as on profiles and Explore.
The update has arrived to Instagram v9.2.0 for iOS, and though the company said the update will take a few weeks to reach Android, we were able to use the feature with version 9.2.5 of the app available via Google Play, which saw an update on Wednesday as well.

Earlier this year, Instagram introduced ‘Stories’, a feature very similar to Snapchat’s ‘Story’. You can string multiple videos and/or photos in a single ‘story’, plus with the feature of doodling on them. The ‘stories’ disappear after 24 hours. To enhance the ‘Stories’ feature, Instagram has already played well by introducing the zoom features while recording.

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Pinterest Brings Buyable Pins to the Web – Finally

Pinterest Buy Button Comes to the Web - Finally

Pinterest is finally introducing Buyable Pins to the web version of its site — and a new shopping bag is being rolled out too.

Last year, Pinterest introduced “Buyable Pins” on mobile and later integrated them into eCommerce platforms such as Bigcommerce, eBay-owned Magento and IBM Commerce. Now, the social network is finally announcing that the Pinterest buy button that was first launched on the app is going to be available on the web. And the “new shopping bag” will allow users to shop for multiple items on the site from wherever they are.

The shopping bag is basically a modern implementation of a shopping cart, which should ideally see merchants increase their sales as it encourages people to buy more items.  The company has also introduced a new shopping section on Pinterest Shop, with sections for top shops from vendors.

Expanding the Usefulness of the Pinterest Buy Button

It seems almost like an afterthought for Pinterest to add Buyable Pins to the web version of the site. However, the feature now allows viewers to see other products from the specific vendor. For instance, if one is viewing a Channel bag, below it they will be able to see a few other bags from the same seller. This allows merchants to advertise and even sell a few more products from their collection.

Small business owners already harnessing the power of Pinterest as a sales and marketing tool will also be delighted to note that the social networking site has introduced an enhancement to its visual search capability. Pinterest’s iOS app users can now find an item they want by simply tapping the camera button, taking a picture and searching for the item on the app. This ideally means that users will have an easier time finding a product and sellers will also increase their sales.

Buyers can also easily look for a brand that interests them.

“If you’re looking for something from a brand you love, head over to their profile and tap the new filtering options to find popular products, sale items and shipping deals,” Pinterest’s Product Manager Tim Weingarten said in a post on the official Pinterest blog.

As of yet, Buyable Pins are only available to a select number of Pinterest users and you must have aPinterest business account in order to be considered. However, the number of merchants able to use the pins is growing and clearly not limited to large brands.

“We’ve partnered with 20,000 merchants — big and small — to bring over 10 million unique products to Pinterest,” added Weingarten. With the involvement of so many merchants already, acceptance into the program must not be too rigorous.


BioShock: The Collection Price and Release Date Finally Confirmed

BioShock: The Collection Price and Release Date Finally Confirmed

One of the industry’s worst kept secrets has finally been confirmed. Last generation’s classic shooter franchiseBioShock is finally being released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s called BioShock: The Collection.

To announce the news, publisher 2K unleashed a video that revealed a September 13 release date for North America. As for India you expect it on September 16 while Australia gets it on September 15. It will be priced at $59.99 internationally while the India price should be Rs. 3,499 – in line with most PS4 and Xbox One releases from 2K. As for the PC version? Expect it to be priced as 2K’s other PC games like Civilization 6 and Mafia 3 for India, Rs. 2,499.

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BioShock: The Collection includes BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. The games will be in 1080p at 60fps and development is in the hands of studio Squirrel Games. The PC version will not include BioShock Infinite as 2K believes it “already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings”. A new director’s commentary video series titled “Imagining BioShock” with creative director Ken Levine and lead animator Shawn Robertson will be bundled in.

In addition to the games and developer commentary, downloadable content (DLC) will be included as well. This includes the Challenge Rooms for the original released with the PS3 version of the game, the Museum of Orphaned Concepts gallery which first appeard with the Ultimate Rapture Edition. BioShock 2’s multiplayer will not make the cut but its DLCs The Protector Trials and standalone story Minerva’s Den will. As for BioShock Infinite, its Clash in the Clouds DLC as well as all parts of the story-based Burial at Sea will be present as would the Columbia’s Finest pack, which offers extra weapons and gear.

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Nintendo’s First Smartphone Game ‘Miitomo’ Finally Released

Nintendo's First Smartphone Game 'Miitomo' Finally Released

Nintendo on Thursday rolled out its first smartphone game after years of refusing to stray from a consoles-only policy as it tries to better compete with rivals.

The Japanese company has struggled as Sony and Microsoft outpaced it in console sales, while the three companies are also fighting off a trend toward cheap – even free – downloadable games for smartphones and other mobile devices.

Kyoto-based Nintendo had been criticised for its long-standing refusal to license some of its iconic brands for use on mobile applications.

Now, free-to-play “Miitomo” (iOS | Android) allows players to create their own “Mii” avatars, customise their outfit through in-app purchases and interact with characters created by other people or friends.

Mii avatars also ask questions to players such as “What did you do on the weekend?” and “What is your favourite food?,” with the answers shared with other characters.

The release of the smartphone game “is another step forward” for Nintendo to increase the number of people who play games, a spokesman told AFP.

The game was only released in Japan initially but will be rolled out in 15 other countries including the United States and France in eight languages this month, he said.

The move comes after the maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises last year announced a tie-up with Tokyo-based mobile gaming company DeNA to develop games for smartphones.

Nintendo also bought a stake in DeNA as part of a deal to develop smartphone games based on its host of popular characters, possibly including Super Mario and Donkey Kong.

Then Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, a leading figure in the videogame industry who died from cancer in July at the age of 55, had said the Nintendo-DeNA tie-up would help tap a new customer base.

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