A recent update to the Twitter-owned Vine app for iPhone bears at 17+ age rating. The update, version 1.5, doesn’t mention the change in its release notes, but users downloading the app will see a pop-up message noting that Vine may contain age-restricted material.
This is no doubt a response to a brief pornographic video somehow being presented as a Vine editor’s choice last month, shocking many users.
Vine lets you create and share six-second video clips. In my experience they’re kind of jarring, but in the right hands, perhaps someone can create something beautiful.
Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has remained an almost entirely mobile-only experience, only recently bringing a profile page component to the web. That changed today with the now Facebook-owned company introducing a full web-based image feed, including commentating and sharing options, for viewing your photos and those of your friends from within any browser.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom announced the admittedly major step for his brand via its official blog, stating that it comes as the result of user demand. While the web feed mimics its in-app counterpart very closely — particularly when viewed in mobile Safari or Chrome for iOS — it most notably lacks the option to upload photos from within your browser. Systrom remarked that the feature was left out because the core of Instagram remains “about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in realtime.”
If you’ve given up on life to the extent that wiping your own iPad or iPhone screen is simply too much effort, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s now a robot dedicated to just that task. Called the AutoMee S, it’s similar in appearance to one of iRobot’s Roomba floor-cleaning automatons, although obviously much smaller. Coming to Japan on March 28 from toy maven Takara Tomy, it’s also considerably cheaper.
Costing 1,575 yen (US$17), the AutoMee is a mere 2.75 inches across and runs on one AA battery. The miniscule bot’s underside is adorned with two motorized, replaceable cleaning discs, so it’s not simply dragging a cleaning cloth around and it’s “smart” enough to recognize the edges of your device and do an about-face so as not to drive off.
For the TUAW staff, Macworld/iWorld 2013 enabled a good chunk of our staff to get together in a way that we normally can’t because of distance. We had fun, as we do every year, and not everything we see on the show floor made it into a news article. So, here are three observations from each TUAW staffer that attended — from the silly to the serious and everything in-between.
Olloclip‘s self-named clip-on lens (US$69.99) for iPhone was one of the early success stories of Kickstarter, and now the Huntington Beach, Calif., company is expanding into other related products for advanced iPhoneography.
I spoke with Olloclip CEO Patrick O’Neill at Macworld/iWorld 2013 about the company’s existing lineup and future plans, and found that they’re thriving. During most of the show, there was a line of people buying the Olloclip lens kits for the iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5. They’re certainly popular with the TUAW team, most of whom snapped up Olloclips for their iPhones and were using the wide-angle and fisheye lenses during the conference and expo.