Latest Vine update brings Snap to Beat feature and new audio discovery tools

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine has rolled out two major new features to its mobile app which are aimed at improving audio discovery and help “bring the magic of perfect-looping music to everyone.”

For starters, a brand new Snap to Beat feature lets you create Vines with With seamless audio looping. And in an effort to make music a core part of Vine, users can now take advantage of enhancements like a new Featured Tracks section and another new feature that allows them to find out what they’re listening to as they watch Vines. Read More


Vine updated with new HD upload setting and improved discovery

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4.2. The update brings about two major improvements: suggestions for popular Viners to follow, and a new quality setting that lets you post your Vines in HD.

The former should help Vine with its discovery problem, something its parent company Twitter particularly struggles with. It’s nearly impossible to convince new users to stick around when it’s difficult to quickly find interesting and entertaining content. Read More


Twitter for iOS and to start autoplaying videos today—here’s how to turn it off

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2015

You could say I’m not a big fan of intrusive autoplay videos in apps, not to mention those pesky autoplay video ads on some websites. With that in mind, I was taken aback when Twitter announced today adding this very feature to its iPhone and iPad application and the web interface.

Now when you stumble upon a tweet with an embedded Vine, animated GIF or a clip in Twitter’s native format, it will begin to play back automatically.

It’s all part of the grand plan to shove advertising down our throat though Twitter would have us believe it’s trying to make our lives easier so we could “keep up with the action without missing a tweet and get a better sense of what’s been shared instantly.”

Because autoplay videos suck your cellular data, this feature is a major concern in this age of non-unlimited plans. True, Twitter promises to opt out of autoplay anyone who’s on a high-rate data plan, but I’d rather trust my instincts and revert back to the old-school click-to-play experience.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to do just that. Read More


Vine upgrades video quality to 720p

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Vine, a service for sharing short 15-second looping clips, announced on Friday that it is finally upgrading video quality from a rather paltry 480p resolution to a more acceptable 720p.

“We’ve been working on technical upgrades that support Vines in higher quality,” the Twitter-owned company said. The 720p format offers a resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels whereas the 480p standard tops out at 640-by-480 pixels. Read More


You can now watch Vines offline

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Vine, a Twitter-owned video service that lets anyone share funny looping clips with the web at large, or just their followers, has received a nice update Wednesday.

Available as a free update in the App Store, the app now lets fans watch Vines quicker than ever, even with a slower or no Internet connection. You’ll also see that posts show up more quickly than before. Read More


Vine Kids gives children a fun way to watch Vines

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Vine, a short video-sharing service Twitter acquired in 2011, today announced a brand new iPhone app aimed at children. Dubbed Vine Kids, it utilizes animated characters, to let kids watch videos that the company deems appropriate for a young audience.

The idea for an app apparently came after one of Vine team members realized how much his two-year-old daughter enjoyed watching funny Vines.

The team then set out to create an iOS app that would act as a safe place for children to enjoy funny Vines without being exposed to, you know, adult or otherwise questionable content that people share on the service. Read More


Vine update brings per-account push alerts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

Twitter-owned Vine, a video service optimized for sharing six-second long looping video clips, on Tuesday received a small update. Bumping the iPhone app to version 3.1, it introduced enhanced push notifications with the ability to choose push alerts on a per-account basis.

Folks who have tons of followers on Vine are frequently inundated with alerts each time someone shares a clip on Vine, revines a vine, comments on it and what not.

There’s nothing worse than being overwhelmed and having to cope with unwanted notifications. The team is feeling your pain so they’ve put together this little feature where you get a notification whenever your favorite contacts post on Vine. Read More


Download videos from Vine directly to your iPhone with Vine++

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 25, 2014

Vine is one of the most popular video sharing platforms that allows users to capture and share videos of very short duration. However, the official Vine app on iOS  doesn’t allow you to save videos, although you can make use of third-party apps to do so. Vine++ is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to get rid of this restriction and save your day. Developed by UnlimApps, Vine++ allows you to save any video from Vine directly to your Camera Roll with just the tap of a button and watch it later or share it with your friends. Read More


Vine updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 extensions and more

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Twitter has released an update for its popular video-sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.0. The update features a number of enhancements, including support of iOS 8 extensions and the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

With iOS 8 extension support, users can now upload content to Vine from the Photos app, or any other video app that supports extensions. Users can also now follow Vine channels, such as Animals or Comedy, to get relevant videos added to their feeds. Read More


Vine finally lets you upload clips from your Camera roll

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

Vine has announced a significant update for its iOS client today, which will add a number of new features to the popular video-sharing app. The release includes a wide range of new editing  tools, as well as the long-requested ability to upload clips from your device’s Camera Roll.

A majority of today’s changes fall within the app’s new camera section, which aims to make it faster and easier to get your Vines just the way you want them. And with new Preview and Undo buttons, you can quickly screen your last clip, and decide whether you want to keep it or not… Read More


Vine updated with redesigned navigation, new sharing options and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2014

Twitter updated its popular 6-second clip-sharing app Vine today for iOS. The update brings the client to version 2.2, and features a handful of noticeable changes including a redesigned navigation menu and new sharing options.

The redesigned navigation UI is one of biggest changes to Vine since its inception. The drop-down menu that lived in the Home icon in the top left-hand corner of the app has been replaced by a standard, bottom navigation bar…
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Vine updated with Loop Counts, revamped Activity section and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Twitter-owned Vine’s mobile app hasn’t received a lot of important new features lately as the team focused on making the web interface more functional and prettier.

Today, Vine announced a cool new feature addition: Loop Counts. Now available in the just-updated Vine for iPhone version 2.1, Loop Counts indicate how many times people have looped a video, including on Vine and in embeds across the web.

Vine also contains a cleaner feed with bigger videos and a revamped Activity section with new account milestones and more visual notifications and other perks… Read More


Vine’s gorgeous web UI redesign includes search, curated sections, your feed and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2014

It must have been quite a while since you last gave Vine’s web interface a visit, I take it? If so, I’m in the same boat as you. And rightfully so, as the spartan web interface only lets us see short Vine videos and get our embed codes.

Starting today, has become a lot more useful as the team rolls out what files as likely the most substantial facelift to Vine’s web interface since the service’s inception.

Not only does the new web UI allows users to browse popular and trending clips grouped in curated sections, they can also search Vine’s database of content by person, tag or even location to find what they’re looking for… Read More


Twitter’s Vine app updated with direct messaging, custom profile colors and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2014

Twitter’s Vine app today received its largest update since it debuted last year, bringing the iOS client to version 2.0. The update includes a number of improvements, but easily the biggest change is the addition of a new private video messaging feature called Vine Messages (or VMs).

The concept behind a VM is simple. All you do is select the new ‘Messages’ option in the navigation menu, record a video and send it out to your friends. You can send VMs out to anyone, but users have the ability to choose who they want to receive messages from—friends followers, etc… Read More


Twitter banishes porn from Vine

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2014

Bad news for the creeps who leverage Vine to put their body parts on display as Twitter has decided to remove sexually graphic images from the service.

The mobile-powered video-sharing social network that lets anyone create and share short six-second clips has proven to be the perfect playground for individuals who shamelessly share their sexually explicit videos with the web at large.

According to Vine’s updated Rules and Terms of Service, the service will be proactively banning “explicit sexual content”, effective immediately… Read More


Vine updated with focus and exposure lock

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2014

Twitter’s Vine is on an update spree. Earlier in the week the company rolled out two new features specifically covering Vine’s web interface, one allowing users to browse, like share and comment on Vines on the web, bypassing the mobile apps, and the other called TV mode that lets you play all of the videos from your home feed, or from any given profile, in sequence.

Twitter has now turned its attention back to Vine’s iPhone app which has been bumped up to version 1.4.7. In addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, this Vine edition allows you to capture sharper videos and achieve better effects by locking your focus and exposure with the focus tool, here’s how it works… Read More


Twitter launches Vine for the web with new TV mode

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2014

Good news Vine fans! Your favorite social network is available on the web. Twitter announced yesterday that you can now visit your favorite Viners’ profiles on the web to browse, like, share, and comment on videos.

Additionally, Twitter introduced a new feature to the site (currently available on the web only) called TV mode, which allows you to play all of the videos from your home feed, or from any given profile, in sequence… Read More


Vine updated with ability to hide revines when browsing user profiles

By Cody Lee on Dec 15, 2013

Twitter’s Vine app, which happens to be one of our favorite social networking apps, was updated this weekend with a handful of improvements. The new version, which is marked as 1.4.5, includes bug fixes, support for new languages and a new feature.

And that feature is a big one. After updating, Vine iPhone users will have the ability to hide revines when browsing a user’s profile feed. So that means you will no longer have to scroll through countless revined videos to get to a user’s self-made content… Read More


Vine app update adds new ‘Time Travel’ and ‘Sessions’ features

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013

It’s been about 10 months since Twitter launched its video-sharing platform experiment known as Vine, and it’s still going strong. The app recently crossed the 40 million user mark, and it’s currently in the top 20 free apps in the App Store.

And today, it gets even better. Vine posted an update for its iOS client this morning, bringing about two huge new features: Time Travel and Sessions. The former is essentially a time-shift editing tool, and the latter is the ability to save drafts… Read More


Twitter’s Vine hits 40 million registered users

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2013

Twitter’s Vine has seen little action over the past few weeks, especially in light of Instagram Video and with a bunch of startups vying for our attention in the short video-sharing space.

That’s not saying Vine has peaked – quite the contrary. Although I don’t share vines as much as I used to, I find myself firing up the app every other day to enjoy some of the truly stupendous or just downright hilarious clips.

According to the latest Twitter-provided data, the Vine community is now home to some forty million people. Even though that’s a respectable figure by any measure, it fails to impress in today’s connected world where a service without at least a hundred million users is largely viewed as a failure… Read More

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