Zynga has reportedly closed down Draw Something studio OMGPOP and laid off all of its staff just 14 months after it was acquired in a $180 million deal. OMGPOP released its Draw Something sequel back in April, but it appears it wasn’t the success the company hoped it would be.
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The iOS developer behind Home Remind has published a blog post about the Facebook apps for iPhone, iPad and Facebook Messenger. He says that according to his testing, the Facebook apps consume way more CPU time than is strictly necessary. Excessive CPU time can lead to battery drain.
The developer used Apple’s own Mac-based app, Instruments, to look at what was running on his iPhone, and found that his Facebook app was activating, doing something for ten seconds, then going back to sleep. It did this all day long during his test. He tested the Messenger app and the Facebook iPad app, and found the same pattern.
If that’s the case, the Facebook app is never truly going to sleep and then terminating like a good app. As a result, it’s using up CPU time, and a lot of your battery.
Despite launching iAd in 2010, Apple’s foothold in the mobile advertising business hasn’t really taken off yet. Tim Cook even addressed Apple’s advertising strategies during his interview at the All Things D tech conference this week, and stated advertising isn’t core to Apple’s business.
Apple’s enthusiasm for mobile advertising might start picking up soon though if today’s latest rumor turns out to be true. According to Business Insider, Apple is planning to launch an ad exchange, similar to way Facebook and Twitter have recently done.
The more I travel, the more I take photos with my iPhone. I’m getting better at it with every trip, which means I’m getting results that might even be considered worthy enough to display on my wall at home. In the past I’ve taken my photos to brick-and-mortar shops that specialize in it – and their prices are just as “special” – which means that if a less costly way to get canvas prints came along I would be all over it.
CanvasPop allows you to create your own 16″× 20″ print – and thanks to Cult of Mac Deals you can do so for only $49 – and that includes shipping within the continental USA and Canada. CanvasPop is even willing to throw in an extra $30 voucher for you to use on your next print.
Have you ever wanted to introduce two super interesting people from different circles of friends, but never really knew how to go about it? Tinder, a new app that helps you discover new people around you in real time, has just updated with an added feature: Matchmaker.
“Introducing two people, whatever the purpose, can be time consuming and often times socially awkward,” says Sean Rad, CEO of Tinder. “Matchmaker gives you an extremely easy and socially acceptable way to make that introduction, while furthering Tinder’s vision to be the platform people use to meet new people.”
Pandora has finally updated its mobile apps and website to let you connect with Facebook’s “Open Graph.” This means that you can now flip a toggle and share everything you listen to on Facebook. What you listen to is collected under the music section of your profile. Services like Spotify and Rdio have had this ability for awhile.
Looking for an easy way to capture 360 degree video on your iPhone 4/4S when you’re out experiencing the world? Well…look no further.
Cult of Mac is offering the Dot – a product that raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter and is now in full force changing the way you see the world…one video camera at a time. We’ve got the Dot for only $27.99 for a limited time.
(Note: This promotion is available only to Continental USA customers – including shipping – and all sales are final.)
Capturing video on the iPhone is a regular use case, and now thanks to the Dot from Kogeto you can take amazingly awesome 360 degree video with the click of a button. It’s that simple. Not only is the video quality great, but the interactive 360 views are unreal.
Here are the highlights of the Dot:
Facebook for iOS has received another new update today, which adds a new “photo viewer button” which allows you to save and share images, and make them your profile picture. It also makes improvements to places editing, and more.
The official SoundCloud apps for Android and iOS have today been updated to add support for Google+ Sign-In, allowing you to use your Google+ account in place of Facebook or Twitter. What’s more, there’s also support for Google+ sharing.
Facebook Pages Manager for iOS just got a big version 2.0 update that brings a number of performance improvements and new features. Facebook says the app has been rebuilt to offer a smoother, faster experience, while photo filters and support for emoji and stickers have been added.