Webapps

Instagram introduces photo feeds for the web

Instagram has launched feeds on the web. Profile pages, which were rolled out in November, allowed users to browse their own Instagram histories on the web, but now users are able to view their feed just as they would through the mobile application.

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Facebook announces new Groups, data portability, application control

During a press event today, Facebook announced new Groups, which aim to simplify and make social interaction more communal, data portability which sounds like it takes a little of the wall off Facebook's garden, and application control, which should let you better decide who gets your data.

Mashable's got the goods on all of it:

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VoiceCentral "Black Swan" Brings Google Voice to iPhone Browser

Neither Google Voice nor any Google Voice-related apps snuck back into the App Store, at least not yet, but VoiceCentral aims to fill that void with its Black Swan Edition WebApp alternative. TechCrunch has the details:

The app is completely browser-based but has the look and feel of a regular app, complete with a dialer, list of transcribed voicemails, and SMS messages.

Using the WebApp calls both the number you want to reach and your Google Voice number, so you're still using voice minutes, and it can't access your iPhone contacts so you have to upload (and update) those separately. Still, the voicemail and SMS will no doubt appeal to some. It even does HTML5-style local caching.

Once again, as TechCrunch and Apple themselves point out, WebApps provide a way to develop for the iPhone outside the App Store and associated approval method (and problems).

If you have a Google Voice account and want to give VoiceCentral a try, you can apply for the beta. If you get in, let us know how it works for you!

Video after the break!

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Apple-developed PastryKit WebApp Framework Spotted in iPhone User Guide

Daring Fireball has a supersized post up on PastryKit, which looks to be an Apple-developed framework for making HTML, CSS, and JavaScript-based WebApps, and its been quietly lurking for a while now in the online iPhone User Guide when viewed via the iPhone (or Mac or Windows Safari with the browser-agent set to MobileSafari 3x, or just watch the screencasts). What does it do? According to Gruber:

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Wolfram Alpha to iPhone Users: Get Off our Web, Buy Our $50 App!

If you go to wolframalpha.com on your iPhone (or iPod touch), instead of an optimized version of their website, you now presented with an intercept pop-up advising you that you can go to the App Store and get your $50 premium experience on.

Were too many people not buying the app when they could get the going to the web for free? And is this the best way for them to handle it? Let us know what you think, we already have an idea what they'll say...

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live! #77 -- Apple Strikes Back!

Join Rene, Chad, and Michael Manna of the T4 Show for AT&T and Apple ads strike back, Schiller speaks, the WebApps alternative, Jailbreak worms, Chrome OS, and all the week's news! Listen in!

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Quick Web App Update: Google Adds Options to iPhone Search

Search Google.com from your iPhone (or Android or webOS device) and notice the brand-spanking new Options drop-down on the top right. Tap it a list Google's Mobile Blog says:

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Microsoft Office Web Apps Get Tech Preview -- iPhone Version Coming Later?

Now this is something from Microsoft that we're really excited about -- Office Web Apps that take the traditional second pillar of Microsoft's business and launch it up into the iPhone Safari browser-compatible cloud.

We'd prefer a native Microsoft Office for iPhone at this point, of course, but a free (ad supported, though hopefully not with 15-30 sec. un-skippable commercials...) version online? That's a great "good enough for now".

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Quick WebApp: Google FastFlip for iPhone

Determined to maintain their place atop the best and brightest WebApp developers on the planet, Google released a new service today as part of their Labs testbed, and again it helps push forward just what's possible using cloud services (online data) and interactive front ends (AJAX in the browser). Google Blogs says:

Fast Flip [http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/] is a new reading experience that combines the best elements of print and online articles. Like a print magazine, Fast Flip lets you browse sequentially through bundles of recent news, headlines and popular topics, as well as feeds from individual top publishers. As the name suggests, flipping through content is very fast, so you can quickly look through a lot of pages until you find something interesting. At the same time, we provide aggregation and search over many top newspapers and magazines, and the ability to share content with your friends and community. Fast Flip also personalizes the experience for you, by taking cues from selections you make to show you more content from sources, topics and journalists that you seem to like. In short, you get fast browsing, natural magazine-style navigation, recommendations from friends and other members of the community and a selection of content that is serendipitous and personalized.

Right now they're providing content from New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Salon, Fast Company, ProPublica and Newsweek, but the news we're excited about, and indeed have come to expect from Google is this:

We've also made a mobile version of Fast Flip [http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/mobile] with tactile page flipping for Android-powered devices and the iPhone, so you can browse on the go. This is accessible at the same address.

Now if this were combined with something like Google Books, lets say...

A couple more pics after the break. If you try it out, as always, let us know what you think.

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