Instagram has just made its first acquisition, buying both the team and technology of Y Combinator company Luma (formerly known as Midnox). Luma created a video-capture, stabilization and sharing app, which will be shut down soon. In fact, one source tells us Luma’s stabilization technology is already live in Instagram.Luma’s iOS app has been pulled from the App Store but existing users will continue to be supported until December 31, 2013.
Even if you’re not Edward Snowden, there are times when excising your social media presence is necessary. Companies usually don’t make it easy, though, often hiding the delete button inside myriad confusing menus and settings. Save some time and bookmark justdelete.me, a new page – created by Robb Lewis and Ed Poole – that collects direct links for killing various accounts dead and puts them all on one, easy-to-use page.
Apple is being tipped to secure a potentially lucrative partnership with NTT Docomo that will see Japan’s largest mobile operator finally sell the iPhone and iPad.
Local reports suggest Docomo will agree to a partnership if it can restrict sales of the devices to making up less than 30 percent of its total sales. Like reports of Apple striking a deal with China Mobile, a partnership with Docomo could massively increase sales in Japan.
Bloomberg reports that Docomo declined to comment, but its share price rose 2 percent today on the speculation.
If you can't wait until Sept. 17 to listen to Grand Theft Auto 5's musical offerings, The Verge compiled a playlist from the allegedly leaked soundtrack.
The playlist was assembled from track listings posted on Reddit and GTAForums.com; those with access to the apparent leak have been slowly piecing together the game's music. The playlist includes hits from Elton John, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Queen, Britney Spears, Muse and more.
Microsoft has finalized its Windows 8.1 update. Sources familiar with the company's Windows plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker completed the development of Windows 8.1 earlier this week — stamped as build 9600 for Release to manufacturing (RTM). The completion of the 8.1 development comes just over a month after the company promised to finalize the software in "late August." Providing there are no final bugs that require the 9600 build to be recompiled, the final copy will be shipped to PC makers.
'Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming 'Man of Steel' sequel, according to reports.
After the opinion-dividing decision to cast Ben Affleck is Batman earlier in the week, this would be a much more crowd-pleasing piece of casting. There had been rumours that Cranston was favourite for the role and there has been no official announcement yet, but CosmicBookNews reports that a deal is in place and Warner Bros will announce it in the wake of 'Breaking Bad's final episode next month.
According to their sources Cranston has signed a deal to appear in "at least six" films but possibly as many as ten. They also report that Ben Affleck is signed to a 13-appearance deal as Batman.