Vine hits Windows Phone 8
Micro video app Vine has just arrived on Windows Phone 8, giving owners of Microsoft-powered smartphones the ability to film, share and view looping six second clips. Previously Vine had only been available on iOS and Android. WP8 users can download the free app here.
Lytro camera goes 3D with latest update
The Lytro light field camera has just got another special ability: 3D photographs. ‘Living pictures’ taken with the innovative camera (you can read our review here) can now be formatted for three dimensional viewing using the iOS or Mac and Windows desktop apps, and then shown on a 3D TV. [Source: Lytro blog]
Netflix gets a new look for TV screens
Netflix has jazzed up its user interface for users viewing through a television, in what the company calls its biggest update yet.
The new UI comes courtesy of a new software platform that aims to unify Netflix’s look and feel no matter which device it’s being viewed on. Previously each device had its own Netflix UI, but with the new system it’ll be almost exactly the same whether you’re using a PS3, a smart TV or a Roku 3 box.
Among the changes: the new main screen now shows three large, rotating images for each title, along with a revised, snappier synopsis; and search is now more visual and predictive, with titles starting to appear after you’ve typed just one letter.
The update is coming first to newer smart TVs and Blu-ray players, Xbox 360, PS3 and Roku 3, and will arrive on other devices in the coming months.
Viber’s new push-to-talk feature turns your phone into a walkie-talkie
Messaging service Viber has just updated its iOS and Android apps, and among the new features is push-to-talk. That means you can hold down the button and speak and friends will hear you instantly – so it’s basically like having a free walkie-talkie function on your phone. Other new features include tablet support, improved notifications and the ability to have 100 participants in a single conversation.