Google Launches iPhone App For Its Social Network ‘Orkut’

Google yesterday released an iPhone app for its Orkut social network. Orkut received quite a bit of press attention yesterday because it was the most popular social networking in Brazil until a report by comScore yesterday suggested Facebook overtook it. According to comScore, 36.1 million Brazilians visited Facebook in December 2011 compared to the 34.4 million who visited Orkut.

Google launches its social network "Orkut" for iOS

Orkut was launched by Google in 2004 and has been particularly successful in Brazil where 60% of its total users are located. Orkut gives users the ability to “send scraps, see your friends updates, upload photos and browse your friends albums anywhere you go.”

According to the app’s descriptions, these are the features available:

  • Update your status
  • Check your scraps and messages
  • Reply to your friends birthdays
  • Check your friends updates
  • Browse your friends profiles, scraps and photos
  • Take new photos and upload them directly to your Orkut albums
  • Share your life anywhere, anytime with the people you care about

The app is free and available in English and Portuguese.

 

Confirmed: Facebook buys Foursquare rival Gowalla

What an anonymous source hinted to CNN Money is now official: Facebook buys Gowalla with the main competitors of the check-in service Foursquare. Josh Williams, CEO of Gowalla, would not engage in speculation had previously, but the flower is already given to understand that all signs point to completion.

Now he writes in the Gowalla blog:

“About two months ago, my co-founder Scott and I attended F8. We were blown away by Facebook’s new developments. A few weeks later Facebook called, and it became clear that the way for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together. So we’re excited to announce that we’ll be making the journey to California to join Facebook!”

Gowalla is set in January. The user should be able to export their data in a simple way.

Josh Williams is located before the deal between Facebook and Gowalla stresses behind. His e-mail reveals between the lines but the execution.

Facebook and Gowalla in the shadow of Foursquare
Gowalla and Foursquare are location-based services that enable a smartphone app to share his location, leave reviews and more. Both apps rely on playful components, because of the so-called “check in” not only tells you the whereabouts of the friends, but also get hold of items, digital items or honorary titles such as “Mayor”.

Foursquare had so far no serious worry about his position in this sector because Gowalla let them have practically the field after one never really was able to position with the number of users compared to Foursquare. The small rival attempts since then more in the position of the virtual tour guide.
Gowalla employees to the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto
But with the social network to get their side could Foursquare seriously in trouble. Although Facebook has with its function “Places” a product in this segment, but with the know-how of Gowalla should be improved among other things, the functions of the Facebook mobile app, and “Places.”

Over the previous sales price of Gowalla is the extent yet known, but most of the Gowalla staff, including Josh Williams are, according to the report to move into the Facebook offices in Palo Alto to also Facebook’s new feature “Timeline” to cooperate.

New YouTube Design: YouTube wants to compete with the television

YouTube has introduced its new design.

Just in time for the beginning of December appeared the complete re-design of YouTube.

Youtube is preparing for the new age of television. The world’s largest online video portal launches the biggest redesign in its six year history, with which it brings is a provider of Internet-enabled televisions to channel millions into position. Google‘s daughter puts on its revised portal rather than individual videos, but the thematic channels in the center. Since Thursday, each user can create a personalized YouTube homepage, where he selects his favorite channels that are constantly updated. This should be primarily associated with more order into the millions of videos overloaded and confusing offer, get lost in the contents of most vendors so far.

The new design is very straightforward and offers many new features.

After the redesign, users like the TV to switch from one channel to another, rather than having more or less aimlessly through millions of videos from pros and amateurs digging.

“Channels are the stars on Youtube – and all the channels that run well on Youtube will be great even on TVs,” – Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube product manager

Thematic channels instead of amateur videos
With the TV-friendly offering, the currently positioned mainly on computers used video portal as an alternative to traditional TV and cable stations. Users can Youtube-interest channels – from Disney and HBO Channel on the Coldplay niche channel through to the cooking channel for vegetarians and the Chelsea station for football fans – even on mobile phones and tablets and now use the Microsoft game console Xbox.

“We are working hard to combine the best of online and TV,” – Shishir Mehrotra, product development chief

“We are convinced that the word ‘Online Video’ will eventually disappear -. With ‘video’ then all devices are meant not only computers” According to Mehrotra, there will soon be millions of such niche channels from providers such as Youtube.

In search of new advertising revenue
To boost revenue, YouTube is experimenting with new advertising formats and cost models. In a test with a few hundred advertisers pay them for not more page views, but only for commercials, which have looked at the Youtube user really. Users who want to fast forward directly to the video, skip the spot. Advertisers have to pay anything in the case. Half of the spots on YouTube can now be skipped.

Mozilla released Firefox 8 – with lots of new features, faster browsing and twitter search

Many new features and news
Mozilla maintains its strict update schedule and has published Firefox 8.0. A download from the Mozilla Web site (http://mozilla.com/firefox) is already available for Mac, PC and Linux. The e-mail app Thunderbird was updated to version 8.0, too. Firefox apparently wants to make the new Google Chrome competitive (downloads4mac reported): The update of Firefox 8 fixes security vulnerabilities and provides a great Twitter search in the search box. This can be set in the settings, and how that should be searched. Even the installation process for add-ons has been substantially increased.

According to market researchers at Net Applications, Firefox comes to desktop computers currently has a market share of nearly 23 percent, thus proving to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer took second place (see left image below).

Tab browsing is much improved in the latest version of Firefox and the ease of usehas risen sharply.
Learn more about Firefox 8 & Tab Browsing

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Minitube for Mac – a native YouTube client

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Minitube is a desktop YouTube application. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

Minitube is not about cloning the original Youtube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.

Screenshot of Minitube for Mac


Download Minitube on the Mac App Store
Visit Developer Site

iOS App: Opera Mini for iPhone/iPod Touch

The alternative to pre-installed Safari browser is up to six times faster than thestandard browser in the iPhone, according to developer specifications. Thefleet-side up with Opera Mini will be able, among other things the fact thatdata is compressed on the server side up to 90 percent before they get on thephone. Among the already known features of Opera Mini 5 on the iPhoneincluding tabbed browsing, a password manager, Speed ​​Dial and storingbookmarks. On a quick launch bar, the user can also set his nine favorite Web sites at any time direct access to the URLs have to match.
Download Opera Mini for iPhone/iPod Touch
Go to Opera Mini Website


Micro-Blogging: Twitter Clients for Mac reloaded

Since twitter has gone mainstream, the supporting applications and services are sprouting up like wildfire on Internet. Prominent among these applications are twitter desktop clients available for almost every platform. These handy applications help you manage your twitter activities in a much easier way than managing via web interface. Here’s a list of select twitter clients for Mac platform.

1. Twitter for Mac
This is the official Twitter app for the Mac. Previously, it was Tweetie, but Twitter has improved it. It is in the Mac App Store for free.
Twitter for Mac is available here

2. Echofon
TweetDeck is an excellent Twitter client with good Mac interface. It offers you many features. It is free but with advertising. To disable the advertising, you have to buy a premium upgrade.
Echofon is available here

3. Kiwi
Kiwi is also a very good Twitter client. It resembles strongly with TweetDeck, but it has its own features: Tabs, themes, filters and other features include kiwi. Kiwi is free on the Web and in the Mac App Store. There is an ad planning software because it contains advertising. To disable the advertising, you need purchase the premium upgrade.
Kiwi is available here

3. Twitterrific
Twitterrific is a free Twitter client with a good interface. It offers you all your basic features of Twitter. In addition, you can sync your Twitterrific Timelime with the official iPhone and iPad App. Twitterrific is available here

4. TweetDeck
It is one of the most popular twitter clients with large user-base. Multi-column twitter timelines, powerful twitter search and custom groups makes it an ideal twitter client for power users. It has a rich URL shortening support. You can also update your Facebook account via Tweetdeck. TweetDeck is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. TweetDeck is available here

5. Nambu
Nambu is a good Twitter client of the user interface, especially with its appeal. It contains all basic features and is free and without advertising.

More coming soon!

Voting: Which twitter client do you use for your Mac?