• Facebook's New Slingshot App

    Facebook Slingshot’s First Update Makes It Conversational With Reactions To Reactions

    Facebook’s standalone photosharing app Slingshot is sidestepping its core “reply-to-unlock” mechanic by letting people send reactions to reactions that are instantly viewable, thanks to its first update for iOS and Android that just went out. This solves Slingshot’s biggest problem: the inability to carry on a normal conversation. Finding friends is easier now too thanks… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook’s new Slingshot messaging app, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today launched worldwide. Originally, the app was only available in select areas. Slingshot is another poke at Snapchat, which has proven to be a real threat to Facebook, especially given that Snapchat doesn’t rely on Facebook or integrate with their APIs in any way. Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback and Look. There’s just one problem: Facebook may be violating Snapchat’s patent, “Single mode visual media capture” that was approved over a year ago. Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook's Slingshot and Yo | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Facebook’s Slingshot, And Yo

    This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell, and myself sat around the round table to dig into the week’s news: Should we buy Amazon’s new Fire smartphone? Is Slingshot Facebook’s mobile moonshot? And, of course, Yo. Just Yo. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    The podcast is packed this week, with six of us talking over each other about some of the most exciting news of the week. If you didn’t hear, Amazon launched its own smartphone called the Fire phone, complete with special shopping features and 3D effects. Adobe, meanwhile, introduced the Ink and Slide, a digital pen and ruler for artists and designers. And in true Facebook fashion… Read More

  • Facebook's New Slingshot App

    Facebook Slingshot Review: Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

    Facebook Slingshot’s core mechanic ‘reply to unlock’ makes sharing a fun game or an annoying chore depending on how you look at it. The new standalone photo and video mass-messaging app is delightfully designed, but much of it still feels like Snapchat with a layer of polish, years late. The question is whether Slingshot holding content hostage will lure people in, or if… Read More

  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else. So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS and Android, an app where friends send you photos and videos, but you have to reply with your own before you can see them. “Everyone is a creator and no one is… Read More

  • Facebook Has Another Go At Snapchat With Slingshot

    Facebook Has Another Go At Snapchat With Slingshot

    Facebook has been promising that it would “shatter itself into pieces” in order to better compete on mobile by breaking up the main Facebook app into mini-apps focused on specific features. Today, it’s making good on these previously stated intentions with a new photo and video-sharing app called Slingshot, now available in select markets. The app is designed to allow friends… Read More

  • Review: Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW

    Review: Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW

    Short version: The SlingShot 202 is a strange bag. It’s not really a backpack, although you do wear it on your back, and it’s not really a messenger bag, but you do put the strap over your shoulder. It’s kind of a strange combination of both, taking the best of each and combining them into one bag. Surprisingly, it works pretty well. Read More

  • DailyFill: News Corp's Gossip Experiment Blasts Off

    DailyFill: News Corp's Gossip Experiment Blasts Off

    DailyFill, a gossip site in the same vein as TMZ and Perez Hilton, is off to an impressive start. Less than two months after launch, Quantcast is already reporting 1.7 million unique visitors – a figure on par with PopSugar’s traffic numbers (though we should note that the Sugar network as a whole sees much more traffic). The site first grabbed attention because it was created… Read More

  • Here Comes Competition, Apollo

    Here Comes Competition, Apollo

    The official developer release of Apollo, a platform that lets developers run their web applications outside of the browser, offline and on the desktop, is less than a week old, and they already have competition. Firefox 3 will allow sites to work offline by accessing local datastores. And at least two
    other products are offering platform products that will overlap significantly with… Read More