Daily Archives: May 28, 2012

Links Of The Week: Google+ and So.Cl

What was hot on the web this week? Get up to speed on the latest trends, news and services with some of our favorite new stories.

Google+ For Android Update Makes Shared Media Look Better, Adds Support For Mobile Hangouts


Two weeks after releasing a redesign on iOS, a brand new version of Google+ is now available on Android. The update offers a fresher, sleeker look and heaps of additional features. Most notably, Android users can now start a hangout on the go and edit posts inline.

Just like Google+ for iOS, the update features crisper fonts, larger profile pictures and a friendlier home screen. Google seems particularly proud of the stream, and made it easier to scan and easier on the eyes.

Additional improvements include a navigation ribbon that slides in and out, providing quick access to just about everything; the ability to download photos directly from Google+ and turn them into wallpaper; and the chance to edit posts inline, in case you make any mistakes on-the-go.

Read more here.

Facebook Launches Facebook Camera – An Instagram-Style Photo Filtering, Sharing, Viewing iOS App

Facebook has begun rolling out Facebook Camera for iOS, a standalone photos app where you can shoot, filter and share single or sets of photos and scroll through a feed of photos uploaded to Facebook by your friends.

Developed by Facebook’s photos team with help from Instagram because the acquisition deal hasn’t closed yet, Facebook Camera is designed for quicker publishing than Facebook’s multi-featured primary mobile app.

While its 14 filters, batch uploads and streamlined interface are a big step up from Facebook for iOS, the design isn’t as beautiful as Instagram and neither are the photos you’ll see in it.

Read more here.

Microsoft Launches So.Cl, A Social Network That Combines Web Search With Social Sharing


Last weekend, Microsoft quietly unwrapped its own fledgling social network, So.Cl, aimed at making searching the web and research in general a bit more social (does this sound familiar?). The network claims to target students who want to search together, but anyone can sign up, add interests to his/her feed, and try it out.

You need to log in with your Facebook or Windows Live account to get started. Once logged in, you can add various interests so people searching for topics in those areas will appear in your activity feed, and you can follow any of your Facebook friends already using So.Cl.

From there, you can browse additional interests, add them manually, and build out your feed. If you find someone searching for something you’re also interested in, you can follow their searches, and they can follow you.

Read more here.

Olympic Athletes Pepper Foursquare With Special Tips And A New Badge

Building up to the summer games in London, the Olympics has partnered with Foursquare to bring fans and athletes closer together, almost literally.

The partnership means that fans will start to see a new badge connected to Olympic venues, as well as tips from Olympic athletes.

Visiting these venues – which include Olympic stadiums of the past, present and future, as well as sports venues and training facilities – will net users the new “Get Fit for Olympic Day” badge. The International Olympics Committee will be giving one badge-holding Foursquare user a trip to see the games in London this summer.

Read more here.

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