The iPhone photo-sharing app Instagram, which lets users enhance their photos with filters and share them with their friends, is growing at an astonishing rate.The app now has 27 million registered users, up from 15 million in December.Find the latest news on anything and everything with World News Hour to stay in touch with current affairs and events from around the world. Get information on technology, stock prices, natural disasters and how to play at online casino sites
So far the application is only available on Apple’s iOS but a new version will soon be released for the Android platform.
Instagram’s CEO, Kevin Systrom told audience members during a session at the South By Southwest Interactive conference “We’ve been able to put together one of the most incredible Android apps you will ever see.”
“It’s a very exciting time for us. We’re growing faster more quickly than anyone right now,” he said.
Systrom and co-founder Mike Krieger attributed their dramatic growth rate to the popularity of the iPhone 4S and Apple naming Instagram as its 2011 App of the Year. Additionally, they were both featured in a Best Buy ad that aired during the Super Bowl last month.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Instagram is raising a new round of funding that would value the company at up to $500 million.
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission reports that the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, which opened the day after Christmas, netted $21.6 million in gambling revenue through January. The Kansas Star, located at Exit 33 on the Kansas Turnpike, USA netted $15.6 million in revenue in its first full month of operation.
The casino’s manager kept $15.7 million, or 73 percent.
Of that money, $4.7 million went to the state, as mandated by the state’s expanding gaming law.
The state’s problem gambling and addictions fund administered by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation services, received $431,248.
The $21.5 million total includes several “soft openings” and a demonstration for state regulators before the casino opened.
Of the Kansas Star casino’s gambling revenue, $19.3 million came from slot machines, and $2.2 million from table games such as Roulette. The casino has 1,411 slots machines and 32 gaming tables.
It expects to open a five-table poker room as soon as it receives final approval from the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and will expand to 2,000 slot machines, 45 tables and a 12-table poker room when its permanent casino opens in January 2013.
Business-focused social networking website LinkedIn has reportedly added 14 million new members with revenue rising to $167.7m, an increase of 105% compared to last year’s $6.9m at the same period. Shares in the firm rose almost 7%.
Rival site Facebook which has reached 800 million members, recently announced plans for a stock market flotation. Facebook is the world’s biggest Social networking site also allowing individuals and companies to place ads across several markets such as online casino gaming, real estate, job offers and many more.
LinkedIn which has more than 150 million members worldwide, posts work biographies of individuals and lets them recommend friends and colleagues, had its own float last May.
“It was a fitting end to a memorable year in which we reinforced our position as the pre-eminent professional network on the web,” said chief executive Jeff Weiner.
A study conducted by Analytics firm Flurry shows Apps downloads hit record high in last week of December with 1.2 billion apps downloaded.
The US was responsible for nearly half of the downloads, followed by China and the UK.
Many users received new devices for Christmas and the discounted apps offers over the holiday period would explain the impressive results.
Flurry said in it’s blog that breaking the one billion download barrier per week will become more commonplace in 2012.
The firm estimated that nearly seven million Android devices and iPhones were activated on Christmas Day.
While the iPhone and Android growth continues to amaze, the market is still relatively nascent and we should see a lot more devices and apps such as several new games and perhaps casino games as well in the year to come.
Typhoon Washi has hit the Philippines and authorities are struggling to deal with the aftermath of devastating flooding and landslides that sent mud and logs crashing down on residents, killing around 1,000 people. The floods have destroyed several houses and businesses with extensive damage to furniture, electrical equipement and local casino slots.
While many people were washed out to sea, burials have been carried out in some areas for people who’s bodies were recovered.
There are concerns that disease could begin spreading in the shelters where thousands of survivors are now living.
President Benigno Aquino who visited the affected are says first priority is to relocate to areas that no longer pose a danger to them,” issuing instructions to implement disaster mitigation programmes, including reforestation.
He has declared a national calamity to free up funds for the recovery, but asked survivors to help by not moving back to live in “places that put your lives at constant risk”.
A wildlife park in China has turned to the country’s half a billion internet users for advice after a deer and a ram began an unconventional liaison.
Chinese internet users have flooded the wildlife park with pleas for the unlikely couple to be allowed to remain together after their mating habits raised concerns. Their romance made headlines in China after a local television station picked up on the story, reporting that attempts to separate the pair had been unsuccessful.
The story of the inseparable pair has inspired over 1700 comments on a Chinese microblogging service comparable to Twitter. “I cried when I watched the video, this is love… they have overcome the obstacles and are finally together,” posted one user. Another posted: “Love between a sheep and deer is wonderful, perhaps something strange will be produced. I urge everyone to watch this closely.” A beautiful story that should be used for a movie or even as a theme for a new online casino game.