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Briefly: Vine for Web redesign, Cooliris available for Android

05/02, 2:50am

Browser version of Vine adds improved navigation and more

Vine, the six-second video clip platform, has released an update for its Web browser version. Initially launched in January, the updated version of the site now allows users to scroll through channels and curated playlists, as well as granting the ability to peruse what content is trending. Vine is now accessible without logging in, and links to videos can be sent to anyone for viewing in a full-screen TV mode format. Lastly, a new search bar has been added, with options to search by person, tag, or location for preferred content.

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Vine iOS, Android apps get private messaging feature

04/03, 4:27pm

Messages can be sent to non-Vine users

Twitter-owned Vine has updated its iOS and Android apps with a new direct messaging feature. The option lets people send videos privately, regardless of whether the recipient is a Vine user. People who don't have a Vine account will instead get the videos via SMS or email.

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Twitter changes usage terms of Vine, bans pornographic material

03/07, 8:14am

Nudity banned in Vine clips, though artistic and documentary nudity spared

Twitter has updated its terms of service for video sharing app Vine, banning videos of sexual content. The change, which takes immediate effect, aims to stop users from posting adult content of a sexual nature on the service, but still allows for nudity in an artistic or documentary context to be displayed, and appears to be another attempt by the company to clean up the service.

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Twitter launches first web interface for Vine

01/03, 4:23pm

Site includes unique TV Mode

Twitter has today launched a web version of Vine, its video snapshot-based social network. The new interface is located at vine.co, and lets visitors access feeds for themselves and others, where they can like, comment on, or share posts. The web interface should also make it easier to share content with friends, since people can simply copy and send the appropriate URLs.

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Briefly: BitTorrent Sync for iOS hits v1.2, Windows Phone 8 gets Vine

11/12, 11:54am

BitTorrent Sync hits version 1.2.29

The BitTorrent Sync app for iOS has hit version 1.2.29, bringing new capabilities, as well as an iPad version. BitTorrent Sync users will now be able to access their files from iPads, as well as iPhones. The app has also been updated with a new design to reflect its iOS 7 compatibility. Users will see improved connection speed, and they can also save pictures and video from synced folders to the Camera Roll on an iOS device.

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Twitter for iOS gets inline photos, Vines, easier actions/replies

10/29, 4:59pm

Enables tweets without text

Twitter has released a small update for its iOS client, v5.12. The new version makes two significant additions. When browsing a personal timeline, the app will now display inline previews of Vine videos, photos uploaded to Twitter, and "other select content." This makes it more practical to use only an image for a tweet; to see a photo fullscreen, users just have to tap it. If necessary previews can be disabled via Settings.

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Nokia details new WP8 apps, Refocus PureView app, RAW support

10/22, 9:58am

Refocus app allows for Lytro-style post-shot refocusing of image

A number of software updates for Windows Phone and Lumia devices have been announced at Nokia's media event earlier today. Apps such as Vine and Flipboard for Windows Phone were demonstrated running on Windows Phone, while a number of photography related updates for PureView devices were also revealed.

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Vine hits 40M user milestone within seven months, updates Android app

08/22, 5:27am

Six-second video service grows by 23M since June

Twitter has revealed that its short video service Vine has managed to gain its 40 millionth user. The user number milestone has been achieved despite new competition from well-established Instagram, and comes at the same time as it updates the Android version of its app with a number of bug fixes and the autocompletion of hashtags.

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YouTube founders launch MixBit video recording, remixing app on iOS

08/08, 6:41am

MixBit records 16 seconds of video, can create hour-long remixes

The founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, have launched their new video app. Revealed previously by Hurley on April Fools' Day, MixBit [Free, App Store] allows users to record between one second and 16 seconds of video on a smartphone, edit the videos, add content from others, and share the results online through social networks.

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Briefly: Ouya credit for Kickstarter backers, Vine for Android updates

08/03, 9:25pm

Ouya offers Kickstarter backers $13.37 credit as launch apology

Ouya is providing Kickstarter backers with store credit, after a number consoles were delivered to backers after it launched in retailers to the general public. E-mails sent to backers contain a redeemable code for $13.37 as an apology for the bungled launch, with the account credit usable to buy games or in-game content through the console's Discover store.

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Briefly: Vine for Android app update, Google closes Alfred app

07/12, 6:33am

Vine adds iOS app enhancements, Fast Capture widget to Android app

Vine has updated its Android app, gaining a number of features added earlier to the iOS version. The addition of 15 new channels to post videos to, "revining" posts with others, and improved capture tools are accompanied by a new Fast Capture Widget, which opens the app into the camera mode, bypassing the home screen entirely for quicker recording of clips. A mute button for watching videos silently has also been included in the new release.

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Vine iOS app gets discovery features, new shooting tools

07/03, 4:38pm

'Protected' accounts restrict followers

A new version of Twitter's Vine, 1.3, has been released for iOS. The video-sharing app now sports several discovery-related features, primarily a set of 15 channels, which cover broad categories like Comedy and Art down and more specific ones such as Cats. Posts, meanwhile, can be newly "revined," and the Explore screen lets users quickly find more Vine subscribers to follow.

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Vine brings its short, looping videos to Amazon's Kindle Fire

06/29, 6:57pm

Micro video sharing app appears on newer Kindle Fires

Twitter-owned mini-video sharing app Vine has expanded beyond its Android and iOS base to land on Amazon's Kindle Fire platform, it was revealed on Friday. The Vine app for Kindle Fire brings the short video sharing service to all Kindle Fire devices save the first generation. The Kindle Fire edition comes less than a month after Vine landed on Android.

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Five million 15-second videos uploaded to Instagram in first 24 hours

06/23, 8:22pm

Peak uploads hit 40 hours per minute during NBA finals

Instagram has enjoyed a successful launch of its video feature, with users uploading 5 million clips within the first 24 hours of it being available to use. The new addition to the app, providing similar functionality to that of Twitter-owned Vine, caused Facebook servers to receive 40 hours of video footage per minute at its highest point, with the win of Miami Heat over the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA finals the cause of the peak usage.

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Vine for Android gets Facebook sharing, hashtag searching in update

06/22, 5:00pm

Vine adds new features, social integration

The Android version of the video sharing app Vine saw an update on Saturday, bringing it to version 1.1.0. The new update adds integration with Facebook, as well as the ability to search for specific users and hashtags. It also brings performance improvements meant to bring the Android Vine experience to parity with the iOS version.

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Briefly: Vine reaches Android, Verizon to get HTC One this summer

06/03, 1:23pm

Twitter launches Vine on Android, adds zoom function

Twitter has released a version of Vine for Android through Google Play. The video sharing app, originally launching on iOS in January with a few teething issues, has made the transition over to Android after reaching 13 million active users. While many of the app's features make it across, such as finding friends and sharing to Twitter, the company blog reveals that the Android version has been given one extra that the iOS variant currently lacks: a zoom function.

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Twitter iOS app gets location-based trrending, better retweeting

05/01, 3:17pm

Improves Vine support

Twitter has updated its official iOS app to v5.6, making some significant tweaks. Above all is the the ability to see trending topics according to location, whether nearby or in other cities around the world. Retweeting has also received some attention, as replies to retweets will now include the identities for both people involved.

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Briefly: Vine heading to Android, Amazon updates Kindle Android app

04/26, 8:09am

Vine confirms Android version of video app in the works

Popular video app Vine will be headed to Android in the future. Co-founder of the Twitter-owned app Dom Hofmann confirmed to The Verge it will be ported, following its successful launch on iOS devices. The app, which allows users to create six-second video clips for sharing on social networks, is also reportedly going to include the ability to tag friends to a clip, in order to foster more sharing between users.

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Vine 1.0.5 update makes app 17+, adds profile blocking

02/06, 11:30am

Twitter copes with concerns about porn posts

Twitter-owned Vine Labs has released another new version of it Vine, its iOS video-sharing app. Version 1.0.5 has been reclassified from 12+ to 17+ only; the change appears to be a response to controversy over pornographic posts. At one point a porn post was featured as an "Editor's Pick" on Vine, which may have led to Apple removing it from a promoted spot in the App Store.

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Briefly: Vine, Google Currents, YouTube Capture updates

01/25, 12:18pm

Vine addresses log-in security issues with update

Following some initial launch issues, Vine has updated its iOS app that allows users to share short videos through Twitter. Most importantly, the update resolves a security sign-in error that was signing some people into other users' accounts, and letting them post under that handle. The update also adds support for changing a profile picture from the Camera Roll, and improves support for international keyboards. Finally, a character limit for usernames and the bio field has been added and several crashes have been resolved.

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Facebook blocks Vine's friend-finding feature

01/25, 9:52am

Twitter, Facebook square off over video app

Facebook is now blocking a friend-finding feature in Twitter's new Vine video-sharing app, says The Telegraph. Trying to use the option generates an error message. When it was working, the feature would trawl through a person's Facebook friends to find people to invite to Vine.

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Vine launch marred by sharing, security, sign-in issues

01/24, 4:27pm

Twitter working to fix problems

Twitter's new Vine video sharing service has been hit with a number of glitches on launch day, reports AllThingsD. The most critical is a security issue which is accidentally logging some people into other users' accounts, letting them post under those identities and see any private profile information. It's unknown how many people may be experiencing the bug, but it should be possible to log back into the right account after relaunching the iPhone app.

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Twitter launches Vine app for iPhone, iPod touch

01/24, 1:10pm

Looping videos display inline with tweets

Twitter has launched a first-party version of Vine, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that it bought the rights to in 2012. The app is similar to ones like glmps, letting users shoot small, looping videos that can be shared with others via a native social network. Vine posts can also be shared on Twitter and Facebook feeds, and any content linked in tweets can be opened inline on the web.

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Twitter buys yet-to-be-launched video-sharing app Vine

10/10, 1:27pm

Vine may allow Twitter users to share short video clips

Twitter may soon allow its subscribers to link to and share short video clips, if the latest reports of it buying a yet-to-be launched video clip sharing service prove true. While the details of the deal aren't known, Vine promises to let its user base share short video clips, often just seconds in duration, with others. This certainly fits in with Twitter's short character limit as well.

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