Tag Archive for ‘betaworks’

Instapaper Is Going Independent ➝

From Instapaper’s weblog:

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.

The fact that Instapaper has changed hands so many times over the past five years doesn’t instill confidence in the service’s future. But I would rather Instapaper be independently owned and operated then exist as a subsidiary of Pinterest. I’ve had Instapaper installed on my iPhone for almost as long as the App Store has existed. I want the service to succeed because I use it everyday. And I hope that this change will afford them the freedom necessary to flourish.

Opening the Instapaper API ➝

From the Instapaper weblog:

At that time, there were concerns that a full Instapaper API would result in free, native iOS apps that could be used to replace Instapaper, and thereby cannibalize sales of the Instapaper iOS app (the Android app was still a year away at this point). Instapaper’s iOS app has been free since last September and, with all of the great additions we’ve made to our Premium offerings, we don’t see any reason to continue restricting API access for non-subscribers.

Instapaper Tweet Shots ➝

Brian Donohue discusses the thought process behind Instapaper’s tweet shots feature. I’m really impressed by the work they did on this. I haven’t had much time to actually use it myself, but based on Brian’s piece it appears that betaworks did everything they could to make posting tweet shots with Instapaper as easy and unintimidating as possible — allowing you to publish with minimal taps and without the need to crop the image or clutter your camera roll.

(Via Joe Caiati.)

#Homescreen ➝

A neat new app by Betaworks that lets you easily share screenshots of your homescreen. The coolest part of the app is that the #Homescreen website has a Top Apps page which displays the most popular applications on the homescreens of its users.

I hope that Betaworks has aspirations of publishing pages that display the top apps in specific categories — top weather apps, top email apps, etc. That would be quite the valuable resource for iPhone owners who want to cut through the noise and just find a great app for their needs.

Here’e my homescreen that I shared a couple of days ago. I find it odd that they can’t identify iOS’s default Clock app — it seems like something they’d work on since it’s built into the OS.

Dots Reaches One Million Downloads in One Week ➝

From the betaworks weblog:

Dots has been downloaded 1 million times, has become the #1 app in 8 countries, and is a top 5 app in 15 other countries.

My girlfriend and I have been playing this game with every minute of downtime that we have. It’s very fun and very addicting. I would love to see more gameplay modes (like longer rounds) or new power ups but it’s easy to see why the game has become so popular.

(Via TechCrunch.)