One niggle I had with the new Flickr app for iOS was the upload progress indicator was far too subtle (though an interesting take on what could be done to make it unobtrusive). They fixed that with this update.
Now they need to take a queue from Instagram (and many other modern mobile apps) and start uploading the photo immediately, rather than waiting for the user to click “done”, so that it seemingly uploads instantly.
3. Apply a single filter to multiple photos at once. Did you fall in love with a particular filter? We’ve made it easy for you to apply it to multiple photos at once. You simply select the photos from your camera roll that you’d like to edit then go to the filter screen and tap and hold the filter that you want for your photos. And just like that, all of your photos are Panda-ized.
I also didn’t realize that you could manage your Flickr Groups from within this application as well. This is a very feature-rich application.
I’ve been using Google a bit on my iPhone 5 over the last 24 hours or so and it is blazingly fast. Siri, obviously, is far more integrated into iOS and can open applications, set appointments, etc. but strictly for getting at information Google’s new app is nearly instant.
As Gruber said, Apple now has something to shoot for. Siri’s abilities are great but her performance is relatively abysmal.
Remember when Facebook’s iOS application was used during an Apple keynote to show how great an app could be built by third parties? In fact, when Apple only allowed mobile web applications on the iPhone and when they began allowing native applications Facebook was used as a shining example for both ways of building an app for iOS.
Fast-forward to today where 21,000 out of 38,000 app reviews for Facebook for iOS are one star due to how slow the application has become.
Thankfully that’s all going to change next month. According to two Facebook engineers who asked not be named because they are not authorized to speak about unreleased products, Facebook has completely rebuilt its iOS application to optimize for one thing: speed.
Adam Curry, arguably one of the two people that invented Podcasting (of course, I’m referring to Dave Winer although there were others), has some thoughts on Apple’s new Podcasting app and how he feels they’ve left the door to discovery wide open and how Podcasting could be rebooted.
Considering that a podcast is no different from a blog with a different payload, this is not the way we have learned to discover content.
Although Podcasting has been around awhile I think it is just getting started. And, I also think Podcasting will continue to be at the forefront of the disruption of mass media and be one of the primary ways audio and video is distributed on the Internet for years to come.
I linked to this a few days ago on Twitter. You do follow me on Twitter, right? Satellite Eyes by Tom Taylor is a nifty little utility that uses your Mac’s current location to create a Desktop Background image based on the map of your area. There are a few preferences to make it all your own.
Being that I travel about 360 miles per week right now I’m loving it.
User search autocompletes based on people you follow
Optionally share likes to Facebook (enable in your Profile > Sharing Settings > Facebook)
This is a decent upgrade and there are a few things to note. Instagram’s rapid growth has been, in part, due to its Popular tab. Even if you were new to the network you could easily see stunning photos. The Popular tab is now called Explore. And this is important for product people to note. Instagram needed an easier way to find photos you might be interested in (such as an event or other interest) and also find users. And many would be scared to “mess with” the Popular tab. However, taking the most popular tab (the Popular tab) and adding those features to it really shows what Instagram considers important. They want people to discover people and photos easier than ever.
Also, cross-network “likes” is an interesting concept that we’re about to see a lot more of. It will even be in Mac OS X Mountain Lion next month.
However, a big, big thing that most posts aren’t mentioning is that Reeder 3 for iPhone supports Shaun Inman’s Fever. Why is this a big, big thing? Because Google Reader could be scuttled at any moment by our friends in Mountain View, California. I’m not calling for that but they’ve added and removed features on a whim and they aren’t charging to use Google Reader so if they wanted to shut it down they could. Fever you have to pay for. Fever you install on your own. I trust Fever to be around far longer than Google Reader. And since I use Reeder on my iPhone, iPad and Mac – every single day – I would like that to stay that way. Looks like I’ll be buying Fever soon.
A day into using it, I agree that new Foursquare is a significant improvement in a lot of ways. There’s always been a lot more data than check-ins flowing through Foursquare, but much of it was hidden behind layers of UI. Now those layers have been peeled away.
In addition to these features being hidden in previous versions of the application they were also a lot slower. Now, not only are these features (such as finding interesting places nearby) easier to find, they are really, really snappy. Going to a Google map is no longer an exercise but a pleasure.