Feeds

Facebook scoops up tiny photo app company

We're going into photo editing ... bitch

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Facebook has picked up a small photo app company called Digital Staircase according to a blog post from the start-up.

It's a sign that Facebook are keen to shift into the photo/movie editing space which has proved so successful for Instagram and Hipstamatic.

"We're announcing today that we're joining Facebook," writes the Digital Staircase team, "where we'll help to bring these kind of mobile innovations to a broader audience.  Many things may change, but our dedication to immersive experiences will not."

This is likely to be a talent hire as much as a tech buyout. Digital Staircase's apps – MovieCam and Smart Splice – have shuffled around the 200s mark in the camera app leader boards on iOS. But founder Hamilton Chong completed a PhD in computer graphics at Harvard before starting up Digital Staircase, and as InsideMobileApps speculates, it could be his know-how more than any software that caught the eye of Zuckerberg.

Digital Staircase has three apps out in iTunes right now; these will be withdrawn over the next few weeks as the company is amalgamated into Facebook. Digital Staircase's photo app SmartSplice claims to use advanced graphics algorithms to greatly improve the speed and ease of creating high-quality image selections, it uses filters and translucency to create effects.

MovieCam is a camcorder app that provides recording features such as 8x digital zoom and allows you to add 18 movie effects and filters while shooting video. Stereocam is an app for creating 3D photos by stitching together two photos from an iPhone 2D camera.

Facebook's move to split up some of its mobile functions started in August, when it farmed out a separate Facebook Messenger app to handle IM on mobile. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.