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You can now shop at Walmart inside an iPhone messaging app

Walmart Online Shopping Tango App

Facebook isn’t the only company that’s bringing more and more complex features to its messaging app that go beyond the app’s main purpose. Just like Facebook, other apps are considering similar features, with particular emphasis on e-commerce capabilities.

Tango, a messaging app that has more than 300 million users, on Tuesday released an update to its mobile applications that brings shopping features to users, integrating products from two major partners: Walmart and Alibaba.

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Chris Smith

May 12th

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Project Tango Hands-On: Computer Vision Is So Much Cooler Than You Think

Project Tango Hands-On: Computer Vision Is So Much Cooler Than You Think

Google's Project Tango tablet can see in 3D, but I didn't really understand why I, human person, would actually care about the technology beyond an abstract appreciation of the ideas behind it. Until I strapped one to my face, with an Oculus Rift-like head mask.

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Mario Aguilar

June 26th

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Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

primesense-tango If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

April 17th

Apple

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Mobile

Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

primesense-tango If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

April 17th

Apple

Gadgets

Mobile

Revolutionary Spotify-Tango collaboration takes messaging app platforms in a whole new direction

Spotify Tango Collaboration
Tango and Spotify are kicking off a collaboration aimed at offering a new music sharing opportunity for Tango messaging app users. Anyone using Tango can get access to 30 second clips of any Spotify song — and then share them with their friends. People can access full-length songs via the music service. Spotify has 24 million active users and according to Tango's Eric Setton, the company's messaging app has now hit 60 million monthly active users globally.

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Tero Kuittinen

October 30th

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Tango launches SDK to become the social layer of apps and games

Tango.

Tango, a mobile messaging and video calling app, has announced that it will open its platform to third-party developers in order to expand the service. The company, which now serves over 120 million members worldwide, plans to partner with third party developers in order to integrate its newly crafted software development kit (SDK) into its apps.

Tango states that by allowing third party apps to take advantage of their unique messaging and calling service, it can better serve as a unifying social layer amongst games and other apps. The company hopes that by doing so it can better reflect users’ real-world connections with friends and family and create gaming experiences akin to participating in the cliched family board game night than blankly staring down at a smartphone.

According to Tango CEO Eric Setton, users have been playing a massive amount of games within the app every month. “But we found that we can’t do everything we want to inside the app, in terms of putting out the most compelling content out there and presenting it to our members,” Setton explains. Much as Tango’s actual service, the SDK allows the third-party apps to connect with its network, retrieve a list of friends, and then allow those users to message each other using text, picture, and video. The SDK also includes support for social leaderboards, which show how users’ scores compare with friends and allow for both competitive and collaborative in-game mechanics.

Game developers have given the SDK a warm reception so far says Setton, because of its potential for increased app discovery. Gameloft will soon be releasing an app in called “Candy Block Breaker for Tango” on iOS, and that will be then followed by “JetPack Jinx for Tango,” developed by Bubble Gum Interactive. Developers like Gameloft and Bubble Gum Interactive who utilize Tango’s SDK will split revenues amongst the participating companies.

While  initial partnerships with Tango were specifically focused on mobile gaming, Tango’s SDK will be open to developers looking to to add the functionality to another app genre.

Building and opening an SDK is a massive step for Tango in its steady transformation from a simple video calling app to a mobile social network. If executed correctly, Tango’s SDK may be able to push the company into a position that could rival existing networks like Skype and Fringe. Time will tell if Tango’s investment into third party apps is the key to its own success.

Developers interested in Tango’s service can apply for access to the Tango SDK from the company’s homepage.


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Zach Kahn

June 6th

Apple

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Tango launches SDK to become the social layer of apps and games

Tango.

Tango, a mobile messaging and video calling app, has announced that it will open its platform to third-party developers in order to expand the service. The company, which now serves over 120 million members worldwide, plans to partner with third party developers in order to integrate its newly crafted software development kit (SDK) into its apps.

Tango states that by allowing third party apps to take advantage of their unique messaging and calling service, it can better serve as a unifying social layer amongst games and other apps. The company hopes that by doing so it can better reflect users’ real-world connections with friends and family and create gaming experiences akin to participating in the cliched family board game night than blankly staring down at a smartphone.

According to Tango CEO Eric Setton, users have been playing a massive amount of games within the app every month. “But we found that we can’t do everything we want to inside the app, in terms of putting out the most compelling content out there and presenting it to our members,” Setton explains. Much as Tango’s actual service, the SDK allows the third-party apps to connect with its network, retrieve a list of friends, and then allow those users to message each other using text, picture, and video. The SDK also includes support for social leaderboards, which show how users’ scores compare with friends and allow for both competitive and collaborative in-game mechanics.

Game developers have given the SDK a warm reception so far says Setton, because of its potential for increased app discovery. Gameloft will soon be releasing an app in called “Candy Block Breaker for Tango” on iOS, and that will be then followed by “JetPack Jinx for Tango,” developed by Bubble Gum Interactive. Developers like Gameloft and Bubble Gum Interactive who utilize Tango’s SDK will split revenues amongst the participating companies.

While  initial partnerships with Tango were specifically focused on mobile gaming, Tango’s SDK will be open to developers looking to to add the functionality to another app genre.

Building and opening an SDK is a massive step for Tango in its steady transformation from a simple video calling app to a mobile social network. If executed correctly, Tango’s SDK may be able to push the company into a position that could rival existing networks like Skype and Fringe. Time will tell if Tango’s investment into third party apps is the key to its own success.

Developers interested in Tango’s service can apply for access to the Tango SDK from the company’s homepage.


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Zach Kahn

June 6th

Apple

Mac

Vine gets 17+ rating, ProCutX for Final Cut Pro, Gmail, Tweetbot, Poster, deals, more


Vine version 1.0.5: Twitter’s new short video sharing app Vine ran into a bit of controversy when pornography found its way into the Editor’s Picks section due to human error. The developers have since addressed the issues and today’s update not only brings new Twitter and Facebook sharing features, but also the ability to block and report profiles. As noted by The Verge, the 1.0.5 update also increased the rating of the app from 12+ to 17+.

• Share to Twitter or Facebook after posting. Find the post you want to share, then tap the “…” button in the bottom right.
• Report or block a profile. Go to the profile, then tap the newly added “…” button in the top right.
• Fixed an issue that caused a black screen to appear and uploads to fail after creating a video on certain devices
• Miscellaneous bug fixes

ipad-shot-3ProCutX for Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut plug-in maker & production company Pixel Film Studios is out today with a new app that allows iPad users to control a FCPX session running on their Mac. At first glance the app appears to provide a pretty slick UI and the developers said it offers access to all of the software’s editing tools to “control every step of the FCPX editing process.”

• Precision Timeline Scrubbing
• Quick Retiming
• Auto-Correct Color
• Color Grading
• Compound Clip Editing
• Import, Export, and Rendering shortcuts
• Quick Keywording
• Fast access to Tools
• System Volume Control
• Timeline Zooming
• Audio Enhancements
• Record Voiceovers

Tango version 2.6.36915: The popular text, voice, and video chat app Tango was updated today with a new central gallery for pictures and videos and a number of enhancements:

✔ New! Find all your pictures and videos in a central gallery.

✔ New! Improved call handling makes connect faster.

☂ Bug Fixes

Tweetbot version 2.7.1:

- Fixed a crasher during startup (Sorry)

Snapheal version 2.2: 

▻ New tools. Clarity and Hue brushes in Retouch mode. Now you can adjust Clarity and Hue on specific part of your image, leaving the rest untouched.

▻ Improved handling of RAW files. Fixed bug that prevented from opening RAW files from Canon EOS 60D and some other cameras.
▻ Improved ColorSpace algorithm
▻ Improved loading of large files
▻ Improved erasing algorithm
▻ Improved crop

Gmail version 2.0.1: 

2.0.1
- Moved sending status bar
- Bug Fixes

PDF Expert version 4.5.1:

- Perfect stability
- Minor fixes
- Last update with iOS 4.x compatibility

Poster- WordPress blog editor version 2.0.2:

+ Use custom fields in an enhanced URL scheme (Check out http://tomwitkin.com/poster/developers)
+ Link to 1Password when setting up a new blog
Changes:
+ All custom fields applied to a post will show up without having to manually add them to the app
+ Fixed an issue where automatically converting posts to HTML would cause “more” tags to not properly sync with your blog
+ Image uploading now uses WordPress’s format for aligning images
+ Scheduled posts will be marked as such in the list of posts
+ Fixed the “Invalid post ID” and “Invalid attachment ID” errors
+ Improvements when setting up a blog where the WordPress installation isn’t at the root URL

Deals:

1. iTunes Love Sale – $.69/song
2. Adobe Creative Cloud for PC and Mac for $30/month w/ 1-year contract
3. The #1 Blu-ray Player For Mac for $30 (50% off)
4. Pimp Your Sound | FREE
4. Snapheal | $8.99 (was $29.99)


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Jordan Kahn

February 6th

Apple

Mac

Vine gets 17+ rating, ProCutX for Final Cut Pro, Gmail, Tweetbot, Poster, deals, more


Vine version 1.0.5: Twitter’s new short video sharing app Vine ran into a bit of controversy when pornography found its way into the Editor’s Picks section due to human error. The developers have since addressed the issues and today’s update not only brings new Twitter and Facebook sharing features, but also the ability to block and report profiles. As noted by The Verge, the 1.0.5 update also increased the rating of the app from 12+ to 17+.

• Share to Twitter or Facebook after posting. Find the post you want to share, then tap the “…” button in the bottom right.
• Report or block a profile. Go to the profile, then tap the newly added “…” button in the top right.
• Fixed an issue that caused a black screen to appear and uploads to fail after creating a video on certain devices
• Miscellaneous bug fixes

ipad-shot-3ProCutX for Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut plug-in maker & production company Pixel Film Studios is out today with a new app that allows iPad users to control a FCPX session running on their Mac. At first glance the app appears to provide a pretty slick UI and the developers said it offers access to all of the software’s editing tools to “control every step of the FCPX editing process.”

• Precision Timeline Scrubbing
• Quick Retiming
• Auto-Correct Color
• Color Grading
• Compound Clip Editing
• Import, Export, and Rendering shortcuts
• Quick Keywording
• Fast access to Tools
• System Volume Control
• Timeline Zooming
• Audio Enhancements
• Record Voiceovers

Tango version 2.6.36915: The popular text, voice, and video chat app Tango was updated today with a new central gallery for pictures and videos and a number of enhancements:

✔ New! Find all your pictures and videos in a central gallery.

✔ New! Improved call handling makes connect faster.

☂ Bug Fixes

Tweetbot version 2.7.1:

- Fixed a crasher during startup (Sorry)

Gmail version 2.0.1: 

2.0.1
- Moved sending status bar
- Bug Fixes

PDF Expert version 4.5.1:

- Perfect stability
- Minor fixes
- Last update with iOS 4.x compatibility

Poster- WordPress blog editor version 2.0.2:

+ Use custom fields in an enhanced URL scheme (Check out http://tomwitkin.com/poster/developers)
+ Link to 1Password when setting up a new blog
Changes:
+ All custom fields applied to a post will show up without having to manually add them to the app
+ Fixed an issue where automatically converting posts to HTML would cause “more” tags to not properly sync with your blog
+ Image uploading now uses WordPress’s format for aligning images
+ Scheduled posts will be marked as such in the list of posts
+ Fixed the “Invalid post ID” and “Invalid attachment ID” errors
+ Improvements when setting up a blog where the WordPress installation isn’t at the root URL

Deals:

1. Adobe Creative Cloud for PC and Mac for $30/month w/ 1-year contract
2. The #1 Blu-ray Player For Mac for $30 (50% off)
3. Pimp Your Sound | FREE


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Jordan Kahn

February 6th

Apple

Mac

Flush With Funding, Video Chat Service Tango Has Social Network Ambitions

Tango logo

Video chat service Tango is moving in a new direction, and this week the company closed a round of $40 million in Series C funding which will take it there, it hopes. Many think of Tango’s service as an up-and-coming Skype competitor, as it, too, is about real-time communication, specifically video calling, between users. But the comparison to Skype may no longer be apt. Tango is working towards becoming a more social service – something more akin to the micro social network Path, in fact.

On the roadmap are several new social features, some of which make sense for a phone replacement utility (like text messaging), others which seem more like a shift to a social network (like exchanging photos).

Tango’s co-founder Eric Setton describes his vision for Tango’s future not as a video chat service, or even a communications service, but as “a service that keeps you closer to those you care about.”

Getting there has been all about taking baby steps, Setton explains. “We’re very cautious in everything we introduce,” he says. “We first want to check with the market that everything we’re thinking isn’t just our imagination,” he says. Features don’t roll out fully baked, but are introduced, tweaked, and then expanded upon.

Case in point: the slow way that Tango has rolled out video messaging. This newer feature, which allows users to leave video messages for others, was originally introduced in December as a kind of “video voicemail” option. In January, responding to user feedback, Tango allowed users to send these messages without having to first dial the recipient’s phone. This week, the company rolled out support for one-to-many video messaging, perfect for sharing things like baby’s first steps with the entire family. Soon, Tango will add video message replies, too.

If the latter additions make you think that Tango is beginning to feel a little bit more like a social network than a utility, you would be right. Setton says the company has been asking itself, “what do we want to be when we grow up?” 

“We’ve clarified that a lot over the last six months,” he says, “and here’s what we see it as: because of the nature of video calls, which is so much more personal and intimate, we’re addressing a small audience around you – your spouse, your kids, your parents, your really close friends – what Path calls the ‘intimate social network’….we, by default, play within that circle.”

And in this more intimate network – the ones you’ve deemed “favorites” within Tango’s app, for example – it’s about sharing, not just phoning.

“When you think about these people [in your personal network], what do you do with them? These are the people that you call with your normal phone, these are the people that you text, these are the people that you exchange pictures or videos with, these are the people that you actually want to celebrate occasions with, etc…so rather than thinking about us as a phone replacement, it’s really about bringing all these interactions to the service,” says Setton.

Tango is now working on the video messaging component, and the infrastructure needed to store your saved video messages in the cloud so your messages are still available as you move from phone to phone. It also recently introduced animations (Tango Surprises), which you can add to messages to give them a little flair.

Although Tango is free, it’s starting to monetize through in-app purchases for things like more storage space for messages or different animations.

As for the future, text messaging and photo-sharing are on the way. What about status updates and checkins, we asked? “We can’t share the whole roadmap,” Setton hedged. But in terms of what social features he didn’t think would be a good fit going forward, he only said that public sharing wasn’t something under consideration.

“Tango is not really about blasting,” Setton explains, referring to networks like Socialcam which are meant for sharing video to a larger audience on social networks. “The ‘following’ model – that’s not really us,” he says.

The obvious comparison, then, if Tango is going the social networking route, is with Path, also deemed an intimate network of your closest friends and family. But while Tango is clearly moving into Path territory, it’s doing it its own way.

“We come from the communication angle – that’s been a very strong driver for growth – we don’t really approach it from the same angle…real-time communications will always be an integral part of the things that we do,” says Setton.  ”Also,” he adds with a grin, “I don’t see you stopping using the phone anytime soon.”

The real-time communications angle has, indeed, proven to be successful so far for Tango’s growth. The number of daily calls has doubled in the past four months, and the number of daily registrations have doubled since July.

There are now over 45 million people on Tango, 10% of whom use it daily, and 44% of which are active users.

The service’s $40 million C round, announced earlier this week, brings in new investors Qualcomm Incorporated, acting though its venture arm, Qualcomm Ventures, and Access Industries, Inc., the industrial holding company founded by Len Blavatnik. It also sees additional investment from members of Eric Setton’s family, who have been early supporters. Other investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Michael Birch, Andy Bechtolsheim, and Bill Hambrecht. Tango now has $87 million in total funding to execute its vision.

Tango is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows desktop and is working to bring a native iPad app out in the near future. Setton wouldn’t comment on the company’s Mac plans, however, but hopefully it, too, will arrive soon.



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Sarah Perez

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