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Viber 3.0: Viber on Desktop for Windows and Mac OS

Yesterday, May 7, 2013, the Viber 3.0 was released for iOS. This upgrade has a lot of cool new features including:

– Support for all new Viber Desktop – on Windows and Mac OS
– Transfer live calls between Viber on your iPhone and Viber on your Desktop.

Check out the complete list of changes in the latest update in the picture below.

 

Viber on Desktop

Viber on Desktop

 

Watch Viber’s official YouTube video about their latest offer, Viber on Desktop!

 

 

This can be considered a major upgrade in Viber. They also offer video calls for Viber on Desktop. They are becoming more like Skype only better because it’s totally free! I hope they can include a much better Viber group chat, something similar to Facebook’s group chat. It’s easier to text blast my blogger friends that way. Still, I want to say congratulate Viber for this upgrade. Kudos Viber!

 

Get Viber for Desktop now! Download it here: http://viber.com/

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Facebook Bought Instagram: Facebook Is Threatened By Instagram’s Success

Last April 9, 2012, almost everyone is talking about the news of Facebook buying Instagram. It seems to me that Facebook is probably threatened with the success of this app. This app has been showing the numbers Facebook had when they were just starting up. Instagram has been getting incredible and unbelievable numbers from the moment they launched till now that they also launched the app on Android.

The history of Instagram:

First off, we have to say that we never expected the overwhelming response that we’ve seen. We went from literally a handful of users to the #1 free photography app in a matter of hours. But as my cofounder Mike Krieger likes to say, Instagram is an app that only took 8 weeks to build and ship, but was a product of over a year of work.

The story starts when I worked at Nextstop. While I was there working in marketing, I started doing more and more engineering at night on simple ideas that helped me learn how to program (I don’t have any formal CS degree or training). One of these ideas was combining elements of foursquare (check-ins) with elements of Mafia Wars (hence the name Burbn). I figured I could build a prototype of the idea in HTML5 and get it to some friends. Those friends ended up using the prototype without any branding elements or design at all. I spent weekends working on improving the prototype for my friends. At a party for the Hunch folks I ran into a bunch of people who would basically make starting Burbn a reality. At that party were two people from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. I showed the prototype, and we decided we’d meet up for coffee to talk about it. After the first meeting, I decided to take the dive and leave my job to go solo and see if Burbn could be a company. Within two weeks of leaving, I raised $500k from both Baseline and Andreessen Horowitz, and started work on finding a team.

Mike Krieger and I started talking and he decided he liked the idea of helping start the company. Once he joined, we took a step back and looked at the product as it stood. By this time, we had built Burbn into a (private) really neat HTML5 mobile web app that let you: Check in to locations, Make plans (future check-ins), Earn points for hanging out with friends, post pictures, and much more.

We decided that if we were going to build a company, we wanted to focus on being really good at one thing. We saw mobile photos as an awesome opportunity to try out some new ideas. We spent 1 week prototyping a version that focused solely on photos. It was pretty awful. So we went back to creating a native version of Burbn. We actually got an entire version of Burbn done as an iPhone app, but it felt cluttered, and overrun with features. It was really difficult to decide to start from scratch, but we went out on a limb, and basically cut everything in the Burbn app except for its photo, comment, and like capabilities. What remained was Instagram. (We renamed because we felt it better captured what you were doing — an instant telegram of sorts. It also sounded camera-y)

So 8 weeks later, we gave it to our friends, beta tested, bug fixed, etc. and this Monday we decided it was ready to ship. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, but we’re encouraged by the adoption and usage that has far exceeded our bets pre-launch.

Source: Forbes

 My instinct tells me that Facebook got threatened with Instagram’s insta success that made Facebook make a move before it’s too late. Do you think the Instagram’s decision to sell the app wise or not?

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Instagram: Now Available for Android Users!

I recently posted about Instagram app developers plan on launching the Instagram for Android users as well. It was launched April 3, 2012 and was used by 1 million users right away! Android users have been looking forward for this app that is why the moment they launched it, it already reached 1 million users! Instagram has been the apple of the eye everyone even before when it was only available for Apple users. Non-Apple users has been envious of this app, some where even frustrated why the app doesn’t have a web version, or at least Android version. Now, due to public demand, the Apple’s 2011 App of the Year has now released their app to the Android Marketplace, expanding it’s reach, giving another millions of users to enjoy this awesome app.

A lot has been waiting for this app, and I am pretty sure Blackberry users are also looking forward for this app as well. I’m pretty sure, sooner or later, it will be also available in the Blackberry App world, with the technology and the demand for the Instagram app, Instagram app developers can’t resist the request of the Blackberry users to have their own version as well. A lot has been envious, some has been trying hard to say that they are not envious or just using some apps similar to Instagram app. But for me, an Instagram fan and user, I can say, no similar app to Instagram can exceed the Instagram’s greatness, indeed worth it to be called  the App of the decade for the era of photography.

So, what is your Instagram username? Comment them here and I will follow you, just follow me back!  :yipee:

Download the Instagram App for Android here: http://instagr.am/android/

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