Twitter Now Lets You Listen to Audio in App While Browsing Your Timeline
Twitter users can now listen to songs, podcasts and other audio content in their timelines within the Twitter app, while continuing to scroll through other tweets.
Twitter rolled out a new version of its Audio Cards on Thursday with SoundCloud and Apple as launch partners, showcasing the new experience with music tweets from the Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Chance the Rapper
The update for Twitter's iOS and Android apps allows users to expand the audio card for more details or dock the audio player with one swipe in order to keep browsing through their timelines, unlike in the past when users had to leave that audio tweet or open the audio file in a browser to continue skimming tweets.
SoundCloud is the feature's primary third-party partner at launch, meaning eventually every SoundCloud link in a tweet will have the capabilities to be played and docked. For now, though, only a few SoundCloud creators have access to use the feature.
Twitter aims to "bring even more in-the-moment audio to millions of listeners on Twitter." (via Mashable)
Facebook 'Safety Check' Tells Friends You're OK in a Natural Disaster
Facebook on Wednesday announced Safety Check, a new feature that lets friends and family know you're safe after a natural disaster has occurred. When such an event transpires, Facebook will send you a message asking if you're OK.
Facebook determines your city by your profile. If it gets the city wrong, you can mark that you're outside the affected area.
In a blog post announcing the feature, Facebook cited the 2011 Japanese earthquake as inspiration for the new safety feature. Facebook engineers in Japan created a disaster message board, which morphed into Safety Check. (via Mashable)
How Apple Pay Will Work With the New iPads
Apple revealed more details about its upcoming mobile payment service Apple Pay during its launch event on Thursday, but the company also made a very important distinction: Only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are currently able to access Apple Pay in retail stores — but not owners of the newly announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
That's because the near-field communications (NFC) technology that powers Apple Pay in stores isn't coming to the new iPads. However, the good news is that those who purchase the new iPads will be able to use Apple Pay online via various apps.
Apple Pay, which was announced in September, will be available for download via the iOS 8.1 software update that's coming on Monday. It will allow users to swipe their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at checkout terminals in retail stores, and is believed to be the start of a huge revolution coming to mobile payments.
While the real advantage of Apple Pay will still be the in-store experience, the service will likely streamline the online checkout experience, and may even encourage iPad users to shop more frequently via app rather than browser. (via Mashable)
Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone
CardBlanc, a new e-commerce application targeting millennial spenders officially launched on Thursday, introducing a financial platform for easier mobile checkout combined with social activity similar to what you’d see on sites like Pinterest or Wanelo. The effort, which involves an iOS app and virtual payment card backed by PayPal, aims to turn product discovery into real-world purchases by allowing users to not only see what their friends “like,” but also what they’re actually buying.
To use CardBlanc, consumers just download the app to their phones and set up an account. The “card” provided is merely a front-end to a PayPal account for now, but co-founder and CEO Tina Hay says they want to open up to more funding sources in the future, including credit and debit cards.
“A lot of the sites – the PayPal’s and the Venmo’s – have some of the features we offer…but what we’ve built into the application are features that make it more social, more connected,” explains Hay. These features are designed to make shopping more attractive to younger adults and millennials, she says. (via TechCrunch)