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Instagram beta on Android getting multi user support again

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The #Instagram beta app on #Android recently received multi-user support, allowing users with two or more accounts to handle their accounts without logging out and logging in each time.

However, the beta app soon removed this feature without any notice, leaving users high and dry. But customers would be pleased to know that Instagram has included this particular feature in the most recent update to the beta app, letting you use the feature as before.

As far as the feature set is concerned, the app doesn’t bring any other notable changes to the fore. However, multi user support alone is pretty big and will help a large number of users, mostly businesses. Bear in mind that this feature is only available in the Beta version of the app for the time being and it might be a while before the full version of Instagram gets it.

You can sign up for Instagram’s beta program from this link to understand how you can be a part of this.

Via: Droid Life

Google Chrome Beta Channel Now Available

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The Chrome Beta channel for Android has launched! It kicks off with version 25.0.1364.8. Much like the Beta channel on the desktop, it’s essentially a preview of upcoming features and fixes that have passed through the development channel and is running through the final testing stage before being pushed out into the finalized version. While the Beta channel may not bring a huge appeal with it, it’s a great way to test out new features that may be broken. Besides, it’s always fun being one of the first people to get an early look at an early release. Some of the more known issues below:

  • Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
  • Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
  • Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
  • 164632 – Editing bookmark feature is broken
  • 165244 – Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 163439 – Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7
  • 166233 – Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook
  • 165244 – Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 167351 – Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen video mode
  • 162486 – iframe scrolling broken

To be honest, bug 167351 and 162486 sound like the worse of them all. Albeit 166233 is pretty nasty if you’re an avid user of the desktop version of Facebook. On a more positive note, beta version 25 brings some huge improvements to Chrome in terms of HTML5 support and JavaScript performance.

Those who are interested in picking up the Beta channel of Chrome, just click this link directly, as it’s not available via a search in Google Play, nor is it widely publicized. The great thing is that the Beta channel installs alongside the full release of Chrome just in case the Beta channel gets pretty buggy.

Anyone tried out the Beta channel yet? How are you liking the somewhat noticeable improvements?

source: Google Chrome Releases

Steam For Linux Beta Now Open To The Public

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Christmas has come early for Linux gamers, as Valve is officially opening up the Steam for Linux beta to the public. It’s easy enough to sign up. Interested participants simply register and download the client as a PC user would.

There are currently 39 games available to Linux users on Steam, but the amount becoming available is climbing and is starting to pick up speed. Notable titles like Amnesia, Killing Floor and even Faster Than Light are currently available to Linux users.

With Steam for Linux now being in open beta, this should mean that an official launch shouldn’t be that far from now.

Any Linux gamers out there? Are you enjoying the Steam for Linux beta? Sound off in the comments below!

source: Steam

Snapkeys Makes Translucent Keyboard Available For Testing

Tired of your usual QWERTY keyboard on your Android device? A new innovation from Snapkeys might help refresh the experience for you.

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Snapkeys is a translucent typing interface that features just four colored keys, which appear when users need to type. Each colored key has four letters, including one vowel and the letters that one commonly uses. According to its makers, the interface offers “a simple and intuitive way to enter text” that is, in their words, “fast, comfortable, and intelligent.” It has predictive technology, one that is similar to what is found on other QWERTY keyboards today, that suggests the words that one may want to use. For convenience, users have the option of accepting or rejecting these words. Snapkeys also allows users to add words to the dictionary, use caps lock, and perform corrections. There are mouse functions as well as options to hide the snapkeys.

While the interface may be different from what many have, by now, gotten used to, the makers of the keyboard are confident that the technology will be a welcome change on mobile devices.

Benjamin Ghassabian, the Snapkeys CEO explains: “SnapKeys Si brings a long overdue upgrade to the mobile device market, where the screens of mobile devices have been limited to a QWERTY keyboard and a small text box. Despite innovations in smartphone and tablet technology, mobile devices today are still reliant on QWERTY-based keyboard designs, which were originally intended for typewriters and computers as a separate peripheral from the screen. The screen space of small mobile devices is precious and cannot be occupied by many keys.”

Snapkeys, which uses the tagline “take back your screen,” hopes to enable users to enjoy the display on their mobile device without the interference of an on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

On the Snapkeys website, those who are interested may try a private beta of the keyboard. However, its official public launch is scheduled in January.

via thenextweb

Firefox 16 Beta released

Mozilla revealed latest version of Firefox, the Firefox 15, on Tuesday. While the news about Firefox 15 is still hot, Mozilla has gone ahead and released a beta version of Firefox 16 to public.

Firefox 16 has enhancements that will appeal web developers. The beta version is also known as Firefox Aurora 16. This version will follow up on JavaScript debugger found on version 15. Apart from that, the 16th version is also equipped with an all new Developer Toolbar.

Users can gain access to the Developer Toolbar either by hitting shift-F2 on keyboard or from the Web Developer menu. This tool will basically provide access to Web development tools. The most notable feature includes the command line interface (CLI), which is of no use to a normal web user, but very convenient for developers. Firefox CLI is claimed to have potential to accelerate development work as typing produces results faster rather than toggling across screens and various menus.

“This command line is designed to be quick-to-type and discoverable,” said Mozilla product manager Kevin Dangoor in a blog post. “It will complete commands and parameters for you, to save you typing.”

The CLI provides access to the Web Console, which is basically a user interface where in which one can view all the information about web page’s log messages. Apart from this, the user can also control the debugger, alter css files using Style Editor, view page elements using Page Inspector, view mobile versions of a page using Responsive Design View tool, and control Tilt, which is essentially a 3-D Web page visualization tool.

For a web developer, CLI will be very convenient to use. For instance, if the developer wants to resize the page to fit a 320×480 pixel mobile phone screen, all he has to do is type “resize to 320 480” into the CLI, and CLI will execute the task. The CLI also allows users to view and edit cookie files, take a screenshot of various elements or web page as a whole. Pagemod command is another notable facility as it will allow the developer to modify certain Web page code. For instance, say we want to remove all the iframe elements from a page. This task can be easily executed using the command “pagemod remove element iframe”, which will effectively strip the page off any iframe elements such as ads or widgets.

Firefox Beta is also available for Android in Play Store. On Android, the new features on version 16 beta include:

Reader Mode: A new Reader Mode has made into this version. It basically helps the reader by stripping the content off any ads and provides the user with meat of the content. The reader mode also reformats images and increases readability by upsizing the font size. In order to switch to this mode, the user has to tap on the new “Reader” icon that can be found in the Awesome Bar.

Share Button: Users can now share pages easily by just tapping on the Share button. This button can be found on bottom right of the page. Currently, this option supports Bluetooth, email and SMS.
Other improvements/changes brought into Firefox 16 beta includes:
• Fixed Text Selection for static web pages
• Unprefixed CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients
• Opus Support
• Improved JavaScript responsiveness
The Android app can be downloaded from the Play Store over here.

What are your thoughts on Mozilla’s latest offering? Have you tried the desktop or Android app? If yes, how has it been treating you? Hit the comments below if you find the beta worth your while.

Samsung Announces Kies Beta For Mac

If you happen to own or have owned a Samsung device than you more than likely have heard of Kies, which just happens to be Samsung’s proprietary synchronization software. However, there is one drawback, Mac users are more than likely familiar with the fact that Kies has been pretty much exclusive to Windows. At least it was in till recently. (more…)

Fring Group Video Calling Beta

Fring, a mobile application that lets you make VoIP calls and video calls with your friends and family, is expanding their video calling feature. Their is now a private beta build for Android and iPhones that brings group video calling to the table.

The group video calling feature lets users initiate video calls with up to four people at the same time, on what we are guessing is 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Right now the application is not available for full release just yet. There is still a few known bugs, but Fring is ready to test the release with a group of selected users for feedback.

This newest feature puts Fring close to the top when it comes to mobile group video chats. With the new ability that Fring is developing in their already great mobile VoIP app, video calling from mobile phones could take off quickly, and change how we make phone calls on a daily basis.

If you are interested in testing the new Fring app there are a few steps you must take:

  • Need to be a existing user of Fring
  • Need to Sign Up for the Beta testing
  • Have your IMEI or UDID number
  • Operating System Version

Source:

Mashable

TweetDeck Beta for Android Released!

Written by Elijah K. Writer TDG Online
This is a day many of us have been waiting for. TweetDeck has arrived on Android. It
may only be in beta form, but this app does. TweetDeck just tweeted the link to get into their
public beta and you can download it right here.
When the app first launches you have the option to sign into each of your profiles, or you
can sign into your TweetDeck profile which syncs everything at one time. The streams are all put
into one home column with each account a different color. For example Facebook updates are
dark blue, Twitter updates are black, and Foursquare checkins are light blue. This is awesome
because never before on an Android app has this happened. Everything in one place, in one
single column is a huge feature for Tweetdeck.
The newest thing about the app is the new “Me” column. The Me column takes
everything that is personally directed at you, and puts it into a neat little column. This included
mentions, direct messages, and NATIVE FACBOOK NOTIFICATIONS. That is right NATIVE
FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS. This means that TweetDeck has better Facebook notification
integration than the actual Facebook app. For me, this is a pretty big deal.
In conclusion, the Tweetdeck beta is already amazing me, and it’s not even the official
app yet. I am hoping to see other Twitter clients take after TweetDeck in Facebook, Buzz, and
Foursquare support as well. I am really excited to see what comes out of TweetDeck for
Android. Let us know what you think in the comments, and check back with TDG for more
updates.