12 DEC

Notable New Apps & Updates: Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Yahoo, Find My iPhone

by Marianne Schultz

While some things seem to slow down just before the holidays, app developers are apparently an exception if the number of major updates this week are any indication. While all of these apps are free and therefore pose no risk to your wallet, I still wanted to highlight them in case you’re considering a paid alternative that may be less functional comparatively after these updates.

Instagram, the popular photo sharing service, has updated its iPhone app with a new camera interface, the addition of a new filter, Willow, and Foursquare integration. In related news, Instagram removed support for Twitter cards, a feature that allowed Twitter’s own official apps to show thumbnail views of users’ Instagram photos within timelines, from its service. If you’re using a third-party client like Tweetbot this change doesn’t affect you. Yet, at least.

  • Photography

    Instagram

    Last Changed:
    4 days ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (3502)
    Version:
    6.0.8
    iOS iPhone

    Instagram Over 200 million users love Instagram! It's a simple way to capture and share the world's moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom...

Speaking of the official Twitter apps, Twitter’s iPhone and iPad app also got an update this week, adding features that put it in competition with Instagram when it comes to pictures: filters and basic photo editing tools.

Twitter notes Instagram’s removal of support for Twitter cards in the text describing what’s new in version 5.2:

We understand that you are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Instagram has decided to disable its integration with Twitter and as a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries. While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter, as was previously the case.

Why do I feel like I need some popcorn before seeing what happens next between Twitter and Instagram?

  • Social Networking

    Twitter

    Last Changed:
    3 weeks ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (1872)
    Version:
    6.11
    iOS Universal

    Twitter is a free app that lets you connect with people, express yourself, and discover more about all the things you love. See what your favorite celebs and athletes are chatting about. Be the...

The iPhone app for Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photo sharing site, got an update giving it a new interface and – drum roll, please – filters! And, Yahoo also released a brand new iPhone app for its free email service. Yahoo! Mail hit the App Store yesterday and requires iOS 6 or later.

  • Photography

    Flickr

    Last Changed:
    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (626)
    Version:
    3.1.1
    iOS iPhone

    Inspiring photography. Introducing the new Flickr app. - Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy. - Save it all: All your pictures in one place. Take them everywhere. -...

  • Productivity

    Yahoo Mail – Free Email App

    Last Changed:
    3 days ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (272)
    Version:
    3.2.2
    iOS Universal

    Meet the multi-talented Yahoo Mail app. The Mail app you love is now enhanced with personalized news, search, and daily snapshots of the weather, sports scores, stocks, News Digest, popular videos...

All right, enough about filters. Apple updated its Find My iPhone app to offer driving directions to help you get to that lost iOS device. While you may or may not have confidence in the map data, they should at least point you in the correct general direction. You’ll need to be running iOS 6 to get these directions, by the way.

If you don’t already have Find My iPhone, I’d definitely recommend that you download this free app and enable all of your iOS devices to use it. Here are Apple’s instructions on how to set it up. I’ve read several stories detailing how users found their lost or stolen iPhones or iPads with this app and service and while I don’t recommend that you attempt anything dangerous like trying to take your device back from a thief, it can be incredibly useful in any situation when your shiny bundle of Apple joy goes missing.

  • Utilities

    Find My iPhone

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (2522)
    Version:
    3.0
    iOS Universal

    If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device,...

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