Facebook Gets Integrated Into Unity Engine

Facebook Gets Integrated Into Unity Engine

Aug 28, 2013

Today at its special developer conference, Unity announced that the famous game engine which powers many modern mobile games will get fully integrated social media features in a special Software Development Kit. This means that the developers will have an option to implement any of their games into Facebook, or conversely – implant Facebook’s social features into any game that uses Unity. Although unwanted Facebook integration can potentially spoil some experiences, it’s one more step in connecting mobile games with stationary platforms, which could lead to very interesting developments. Original Announcement on Facebook: Facebook Developer Blog

Vine Finally Makes Its Way to Android: Here’s What You Need to Know to Vine Like a Pro

Vine Finally Makes Its Way to Android: Here’s What You Need to Know to Vine Like a Pro

Jun 4, 2013

Finally, Vine has come to Android! The Twitter-owned video creation service that launched on iOS last year is now on Android 4.x devices.

Vines are 6-second videos that loop automatically, like GIFs with sound. They’re shot live; there’s no uploading of previously-created files (at least for regular users) and no editing afterward. What you shoot is what is shared.

So how do I use it?

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It’s super-simple. Just hold down on the screen, and video+audio will start recording. Now, it’s possible to record just with a single tap of the screen, so opportunities for stop-motion animation or rapid, disjointed shooting can occur.

Remember that Vine videos loop around, so there’s creative opportunities there for videos crafted particularly to take advantage of this. Also, Vine videos are meant to record for a bit longer than the end of the 6-second bar while recording, with sound fading out.

Right now, the app is a little bit buggy – I tested a recording on the Nexus 7 and the sound got out of sync, so don’t expect perfect results, or something on par with what iOS users have been doing quite yet

Who’s worth following on Vine?

There’s actually a decent number of celebrities using the service for comedy – James Urbaniak (known as the voice of Dr. Venture on The Venture Bros. and a character actor across film and TV), Will Sasso (MADtv), Adam Goldberg (NYC 22, The Unusuals), and Marlo Meekins are all worth following. Reggie Watts is worth following as well, not so much for the humor of his Vines but because he shows how well looping can work. Game developers occasionally post in-development footage of their games – 6 seconds can reveal a lot! Musician and game developer Whitaker Trebella posts an eclectic mix of game development footage, musical interludes, and occasionally just weird footage that will haunt your nightmares.

There’s no easy way to link to someone’s profile to follow them on Vine, so just search for their name in the app and they should appear. Seenive is a good website that aggregates users’ Vines.

Just get out there, check out the Explore tab, make some silly, stupid, or even deadly serious Vines, and have fun. Tweet your Vines to @AndroidRundown!

ChannelCaster Brings Together Web Sites and Social Media for News Delivery

ChannelCaster Brings Together Web Sites and Social Media for News Delivery

Sep 21, 2011

OneLouder Apps are expanding beyond their range of traditional Twitter and Facebook clients; recently, they’ve started launching apps for browsing through content posted on social media and the web as a whole, with SportCaster and now their newest app, ChannelCaster. this app is designed to aggregate content for users that is located in specific channels for users to browse.

The app contains a variety of curated channels right from the outset covering a variety of topics. Users can then search for other “Tier 1” channels consisting of curated content from a variety of sources, including site RSS and Twitter feeds. My favorite channel? “Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things.” These channels can be added to the main screen of the app for browsing at a later date.

However, the most powerful feature of the app is the ability for users to build their own channels. By combining web searches, Twitter feeds, and RSS feeds, they can build their own channels with the relevant content that they want to see. For example, I created a channel for Texas Rangers tweets and sites that displays information from the people that I consider relevant to the team. It is possible to share these channels publicly within the app as well. RSS feeds can be searched from within the app, though it is possible to manually add RSS feed URLs below by copy and pasting them in to the app when building channels.

This app serves as a conduit to the vast amount of information available on the internet, and tries to find ways to pare it down and focus it to display as much relevant information as possible. While this is a practically impossible task, ChannelCaster tackles a lot of the issue in an interesting way, and offers users remedies for getting the information they want in the way they want, as well as discovering new sources through the channels provided by the app. ChannelCaster is available now as a free download.