Twitter-owned Vine is giving its more than 40 million users the power to perfect their 6-second clips with two new camera tools.
The handy features, added Thursday to Vine for iPhone and Android, have funky names to denote their playful appeal. The first addition, called "Sessions," is a fancy descriptor for saved drafts, meaning that users can now save up to 10 video posts as they're creating them. The other add-on goes by the moniker "Time Travel" and lets people delete and reorganize clips while constructing videos.
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Tuesday at Nokia World, Nokia announced that a few of the most popular apps from iOS and Android -- Flipboard, Instagram, and Vine -- are at last coming to Windows Phone.
In total, Nokia showed off 23 new apps that are coming to Windows Phone. Those include photo social network Instagram, social news magazine app Flipboard, Twitter-owned video app Vine, and video editor Vyclone Pro. The Windows Phone app store will also get several new games, such as Temple Run 2, My Talking Tom, and FIFA 14.
For years, Twitter's good fortune brought headaches with it.
On one hand, Twitter attracted a passionate and growing audience. But phenomenal growth went hand-in-hand with semi-regular outages, such as the service disruptions that occurred in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
But the questions about Twitter went beyond the technical problems. Management turnover raised doubts about what was going on behind closed doors. And above all, was there ever going to be a business model? How would a company ever make money with a service built around simple, 140-character messages?
These days, most of that tumult is in the rearview mirror. … Read more
Its latest incarnation is as an extremely short-format science fair. GE's #6SecondScience Fair challenged people to explain science concepts as fast as they could count to six.
The Vine science fair participants covered an impressive variety of topics. There is a potato-powered lightbulb; the history of flight told with paper cutouts; a Play-Doh frog dissection; and quite a few creative explanations of how magnetism works.… Read more
The extent of the outages was unclear but both sites were back online by 3 p.m. PT.
"We're aware of some issues affecting our servers and are working to address them now. Thanks for your patience and hang tight!" Vine said on its Web page.
Instagram's site carried the following message: "Sorry, we couldn't complete your request. Our team has been notified and will investigate as soon as possible."
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Seven months since its release, Twitter's Vine application for shooting and sharing 6-second looped videos has racked up 40 million registered users, the company announced in a tweet Tuesday.
Launched in late January on iOS, Vine lets smartphone owners record little video snippets, bit by bit, to create miniature movies. By the time of its release on Android in June, Vine had attracted 13 million registered users, but an early July update that introduced channels and "revines," aka shares, raised the profile of emerging Vine stars and allowed videos to go viral.
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Brittany-Jayne Furlan will do just about anything to make people laugh. She'll hijack strangers' shopping carts, party balloons, and cocktails; read a bedtime story to a person asleep at a bus stop; or try to force-hold someone's hand -- all while a smartphone camera records the stunts.
Though Furlan's antics may sound obnoxious, her 2.2 million followers on Vine can't get enough. Nor can established comedians like Jimmy Kimmel or Chelsea Handler, who have featured Furlan's short comedic masterpieces on their programs. Now it's not uncommon for Furlan's Vine videos to rack … Read more
Reports of Vine stagnating after the launch of Instagram video may be closer to fiction than fact if new statements from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo are any indication.
In a Twitter documentary airing Wednesday night, the information network chief told CNBC journalist Carl Quintanilla that the 6-second video app is "growing just as well as we could have hoped." Twitter purchased Vine in late 2012, prior to its launch, and now runs the service, which lets mobile users on iPhone or Android make miniature movies that loop repeatedly, mostly independent of its primary applications.
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Vine spent more than six seconds in social media heaven in June, assuming the coveted position of the most downloaded application on Apple's App Store for the month, when excluding games.
Twitter-owned Vine, which launched on iPhone in January, is a video application for shooting and sharing GIF-like, 6-second clips that play on repeat. The application pioneered an original video format that lets mobile users weave together bits of clips -- until Instagram came along with a similar offering.
But Vine is doing more than fine if application downloads are any indication. The nascent video service beat out YouTube … Read more