Cool new Yahoo products–better than before

Yahoo was always known for their search engine, and other related web services like Mail, News, Finance, Flickr, etc, had their bunch of apps on Mobile platforms.

 

Though there were lots of apps and web services, these services missed something or the other. But recently there were a bunch of upgrades to the well known Yahoo services, which does try to overcome the shortcomings.

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Aviate:

Yahoo Aviate simplifies everything about your android phone. It starts with a clean, new layout and apps automatically organized for you. But it’s not just about making your phone simpler – Aviate also makes your phone smarter by offering intelligent information throughout your day. Whether you’re on the go, at work, at a restaurant or just relaxing at home, Aviate automatically shows you apps and information that are useful to you based on what you’re up to.

Think about how much your phone understands about you — your location, your contacts, your calendar, your emails. And now, imagine what happens when that context becomes part of your mobile experience. Imagine that your phone could deliver the right experience to you at the right time, instead of you having to search for it. What if your phone suggested music and map apps when you got in the car? Or fitness apps when you get to the gym or go for a run?

Yahoo Aviate does just that — automatically organizing your apps based on contextual clues, and pulling up relevant apps or suggesting new ones based on your location, the time of day, and what you’re up to — bringing you what you need, when you need it.

Key Features

SIMPLE: Yahoo Aviate simplifies everything about your Android phone: it clears the clutter by automatically categorizing your apps and making them easy to find.

INTELLIGENT: Yahoo Aviate also makes your phone smarter by anticipating the apps and information you need throughout your day.

New features:

          ○ People: Yahoo Aviate automatically suggests you set “Favorites” for your most popular contacts. Now, with a simple swipe up from the homescreen, you can call, text, or email your favorite people.

          ○ Calendar: Yahoo Aviate also incorporates some of the most intelligent machine learning and predictive technologies from the Incredible Labs team to anticipate the information you want.

                    ■ If the next meeting on your calendar is a conference call, a single tap will dial you in and even enter your conference code.

                    ■ Running late to a meeting? Email all the attendees with one tap to let them know.

                    ■ On your way to work? Aviate will estimate commute time, taking traffic into consideration. Heading out to dinner with friends? Aviate makes it simple to call an Uber to get there.

           ○ More Daily Habits:

                    ■ One-swipe access to daily habits like your alarm clock, weather, a daily news summary, and a curated Flickr image of the day that you can set as your background.

                    ■ Instead of just giving you a snapshot of the day’s weather, Aviate will alert you if today is cooler or warmer than yesterday, or if it’s more likely to rain or snow.

                     ■ Track your sleep feature

Yahoo Aviate tries to give users a new experience, though it falters a bit. It is much better than before.

You can download Aviate here Download Yahoo Aviate

Flickr:

I have been on Flickr since 2006 and where I uploaded pics of my trip to Paris. The best photo sharing site for me till date is Flickr. Where I share my pics or host my pics which I might not share too. Ten years ago Flickr defined online photo sharing as the first major online community to store, organize, tag, and share digital photos.

On iPhone and iPod touch, fourteen live filters let you see how the photo will look even before you take it. And refine your pictures in real-time with a suite of sophisticated editing tools. Whether it’s filters, vignettes, auto-enhance or more professional tools like color balance, levels, and exposure – Flickr’s camera gives you full control over your photos all the time.

New to the Flickr apps, you can record up to 30 seconds of stunning HD video using the same live filters available with photos. Customize your video by adding different segments of footage and if you record a segment that you don’t like, simply remove it with one tap.

Now Flickr gives everyone 1,000 gigabytes of storage free, enough space for more than 500,000 photos, pretty much all the space you’ll ever need. Our new Auto Sync feature lets you seamlessly upload all your original quality photos from your phone automatically to your account, so that Flickr can be your camera roll in the cloud.

Even if you have thousands of photos, our intelligent search engine will help you find what you’re looking for fast. Flickr’s understanding of your photo’s date and time (ex: “January 2014”), place (ex: “San Francisco”), and even scenes and objects (ex: “car,” “sunset,” “beach,” “portrait”) helps organize your images so you don’t have to.

Sharing photos on Flickr is also easier than ever. Using batch organization and our enhanced sharing features, share any of your photos from Flickr directly to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.

Share and connect with the Flickr community

On Flickr, discover photos from your friends and people you don’t even know yet. See photos from the photographers you follow and find what your friends are sharing right on Flickr. Join the conversation or start one of your own by faving a photo and leaving comments!

Flickr has always been about celebrating beautiful photography. Browse top trending photos within our Explore feature and discover new photographers to follow and places to go right from your phone.

With the new Flickr, you can discover more about the photo itself with an enhanced information screen. Find out where the photo was taken and which camera and lens were used to create each shot. You’ll uncover the story behind the photo and gain valuable insights to elevate your own skills!

Download the Flickr apps for iPhone and for Android.

Some quick facts on Flickr

● Flickr has more than 92 million unique users

● Over 10 billion photos uploaded to Flickr

● Since introducing auto-uploader on the iPhone in Oct 2013, over 40% of photos uploaded to Flickr are from auto-upload

● Since the Q2 ‘14 iOS app launch, global mobile uploads on Flickr have gone up by 50 percent.

● Our new photo page puts the photo front and center. With increased performance, you can now view 18 photos in the time it used to take to view 1 photo

● Over the last year, daily photo uploads have steadily increased more than 3x.

 

Yahoo News Digest

The International edition of Yahoo News Digest for both iOS and Android users is now available in India. With this app, users can stay on top of all the need-to-know International news, twice a day, on their mobile phones.

Yahoo News Digest makes your news reading experience simplified, effortless, comprehensive, and complete. Every morning and night, the app delivers a summarized version of the top International news, in an easy-to-navigate design.

News Digest does this, by algorithmically and editorially selecting the important articles and using multi-document summarization to identify the key ‘bits and pieces of information’ named as “Atoms.”.  Atoms assembled from around the web include articles, maps, infographics, Wikipedia extracts, videos, photos and more.

The app covers stories from news categories like – News, Technology, Sports, Business, World etc. Users can scan the summary, as well as read “atoms,” which conveys different dimensions of the story from the who, what, when, how, and why of a topic.

The Android version of the Yahoo News Digest was built specifically with a new homescreen widget that will display the most recent unread digest for easy viewing. Unlike other homescreen widgets, the Yahoo News Digest widget keeps track of the digests you’ve read.

The International edition is compiled by Yahoo editors in the UK, US, and Malaysia to offer round-the-clock updates and will deliver a timely Digest everyday at 8am and 6pm local time, wherever you are in the world.

Quick Facts on News Digest

  • Recently, Apple announced that Yahoo News Digest is a recipient for this year’s Apple Design Award.  To be recognized a second time by Apple, a company that has inspired millions of developers around the world to understand that simplicity can create enduring beauty.
  • Since its launch in the US, 40% of people who download the app come back on a daily basis and 50% completed the digest.

These were some of the services upgraded by Yahoo out of quite a few. Do check them out.

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