When Facebook launched Chat Heads for iOS yesterday, the feature’s functionality was limited. On Android, Chat Heads cling to the side of your screen as your browse the web, type an email, or check your calendar, but Chat Heads for iOS are stuck inside the Facebook app. Just 24 hours later, developer Adam Bell has created a tweak for jailbroken iPhones that lets Chat Heads run “on top” of iOS just as they do on Android. “I just got jealous,” Bell says. “I wanted them on iOS.”
I hope Apple doesn’t let this proliferate outside of the Facebook app…
All of these do very well, and I must say - seeing decline on the interstitial isn’t surprising. It’s the most jarring unit out there.
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Rdio is one of the major players in subscription-based streaming music, and for years now it’s been working on a companion video service, known as Vdio. Now, after some time in private beta, the site has officially launched. Vdio lets users sign in with their Rdio accounts, and current Rdio Unlimited subscribers will get a $25 credit towards Vdio. But the sites are fundamentally different: while Rdio is based on tiered subscriptions and works on a variety of devices, Vdio simply sells streaming movies and TV shows on the web, with some social features that will let users see what their friends are watching.
This could be the beginning of something big. It will be interesting to watch over the coming months.