A Eulogy For Dead Standalone Apps

Session lengths started to be counted not in hours or even minutes, but in seconds. Software had to blend into our life, augmenting it rather than supplanting it. Speed and simplicity became the keys

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 upda

Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

<a href="">Facebook's new Slingshot messaging app</a>, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today laun

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

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

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 <a href=

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 delightfull

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 U

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 launch

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'

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

DailyFill: News Corp's Gossip Experiment Blasts Off

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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