[video] R.I.P Vine

Twitter continues it death march to irrelevancy with the layoffs of hundreds of workers and the shut down of once hot app Vine. So in a nutshell Twitter is trying to trim the fat to increase revenues as to to look attractive to potential buyers.


What happens when your friend’s smartphone can tell that you’re lying?


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In just a few weeks, the next installment of “The Hunger Games” will arrive in movie theaters. The latest in a long line of films to depict a future all-knowing or controlling government — think “1984” or “Minority Report” — the dystopian tale will likely be a runaway hit. But the power to seem all-knowing – or at least know more than do now – may soon lie in technology that’s already in the palm of your hand.

We are nearing a point where our smartphones will be able to recognize a face or voice, in real life or on-screen. And identification is only the most basic of the possibilities. Many app-makers are experimenting with software that can also analyze – able to determine someone’s emotions or honesty just by a few facial cues.
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[video] WTF? iSnort iPhone App

C’mon folks, this sh*t is major reckless. According to a panel we attended last month, no iPhone app can be approved without going throught the appropriate screening process by Apple, so the question begs to be asked, who the f*ck approved this and why isn’t their head rolling as we speak? America sure does have a way with devouring her young.

Apple Store to Serve Billionth Download Today



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Here’s a shocker: Apple’s iTunes App Store is all over the news today. Some of it is good (at least from the company’s perspective): The store is about to hit its one billionth download. Apple has even estimated the time it’s going to happen down to the minute. Download the milestone application, and you can win some valuable prizes, including a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

If you happen to be the lucky winner, though, there is one app you won’t be able to purchase. Apple has just pulled “Baby Shaker,” which had to be its most ill conceived and arguably offensive program ever, from the store.

Developed by Sikalosoft, the app invited users to change a picture of a crying baby into a picture of a calm one by shaking their iPods. Unsurprisingly, child welfare groups were outraged, saying the app made light of and even encouraged the practice of shaking babies, which can cause serious injuries. It’s unclear how and why Apple initially approved Baby Shaker, and company’s murky screening process has been called into question. Perhaps the screeners were inundated with too many approval requests for farting applications that day. 

[UPDATE 4/24: Connor Mulcahey, age 13, downloaded an app called Bump and won the grand prize: a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro.]

T-Pain to release Auto-Tune app for iPhone


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Another reason to buy the iPhone, so you can sound JUST like T-Pain. Mr. Pain is teaming up with the famed Auto-Tune designer Antares to develop an iPhone app that lets you speak and record your voice with the signature Auto-Tune sound.

According to the LA Times, the app won’t let you alter your voice on actual phone calls but instead you will be able to record your Auto-Tuned voice over the beats of T-Pain and listen to them on your iPhone. Under the deal with Antares, T-Pain will do the majority of marketing and publicity for the app and will receive an undisclosed royalty for each app sold. More details to come as the deal continues to develop.

T-Pain’s other business deals included a Pepsi ad campaign and a promotional deal with auto manufacturer Hyundai.