By Wendy Geller, Yahoo Music
KatyCats, get ready to ‘ROAR’!
Tonight at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, Yahoo Screen is exclusively taking you to the iHeartRadio Album Release Party of PRISM LIVE from the opening of the new iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.
By Marissa Mayer
I am thrilled to announce that award-winning columnist, best-selling author, and TV host David Pogue will be joining Yahoo. David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts and video stories that demystify the gadgets, apps and technology that powers our users’ daily lives.
Yahoo is in a unique position to bring to life great editorial about the technology consumers are using every day. David is tremendously talented, has a great sense of humor, and is gifted at explaining technology. He also just happens to be one of the nicest and most positive people I’ve met. He has always been one of my favorite journalists, and I can’t think of a better person to make technology more accessible and helpful for the hundreds of millions of people who come to Yahoo every day.
We can’t wait for David’s first pieces. In the meantime, here is a taste of the humor, irreverence and know-how that David brings to Yahoo. Enjoy!
By Dave DiMartino, Executive Editor of Yahoo Music
Attention Sir Paul and Beatles fans: get ready to rock out! Tonight, Yahoo Screen is bringing you the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Paul McCartney exactly where you are.
This special concert, exclusively available on the web through…
By Markus Spiering, Head of Product, Flickr
At Flickr, we know how important it is to capture the right moment. Our last few updates, including our brand new camera for Flickr for iPhone and iPod touch, have aimed to help you set up the perfect shot.
Today, we’re excited to announce our latest developments in achieving this goal: Auto Upload and auto-straightening features for Flickr iPhone and iPod touch.
Up until now, you’ve had to upload photos from your iPhone or iPod manually. That can be a really painful and time-consuming process. We’re introducing Auto Upload for iOS 7 users to automatically save your photos to Flickr, securely and privately, until you’re ready to to edit and share them. With Auto Upload, you can always find your smartphone photos wherever you want — within the Flickr app and on Flickr.com.
Our last update included customizable filters and editing tools, and we’re adding a powerful new addition: auto-straightening. Have you ever framed up the perfect photo but got bumped as you took the shot? It can be pretty frustrating. With the tap of a button, the Flickr app will instantly straighten your picture. It’s a tool that works like magic when your photo is just a little bit off.
At Flickr, we always want to improve your experience and do our best to help you capture and share your daily lives. Please keep your feedback coming!
by Jeffrey Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products
Today is Yahoo Mail’s sweet 16, and to celebrate we’re making our Mail experience elegant and intuitive on desktop, iOS, and Android.
We’re introducing “conversations” for those who prefer to view emails grouped in threads. At the end of the day, being able to see an entire conversation can save you quite a bit of time. Context is king.
We redesigned Yahoo Mail to be more efficient, too. Things you do all of the time like search, starring, and deleting are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an email. We also wanted to give you more breathing room in your inbox, so you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive.
Since it’s not a birthday without party favors, we’re making many features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus customers free. Disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that’s 1,000 GBs), so you have ample space for all your emails and attachments. It sure beats one of those annoying noisemakers. Current Mail Plus customers can continue to use Mail Plus and can learn more here.
Finally, we wanted to bring a little inspiration into your inbox — dress it up a bit if you will. We’re doing that by introducing visually rich themes, including curated Flickr photos, for your browser, smartphone and tablet. Choose a new photo theme in one place, and it will apply across all your devices. After all, your inbox doesn’t have to be a plain white box with text dropped into it.
This new desktop experience is available in English in the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa with more countries and languages coming soon. The mobile apps are available globally today on iOS, Android and Windows 8.
We hope you enjoy this additional inspiration, on Yahoo Mail — an inbox with a view. Read a bit more about the new features on the Yahoo Mail tumblr.
By Ron Brachman, Chief Scientist & Head of Yahoo Labs
Here’s a recipe for awesome:
Take 200 amazing engineering students and faculty of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- 1 big purple truck
- 125 servers
- A little bit of purple paint
- A whole lot of excitement
by Ramses Martinez, Director, Paranoids
At Yahoo, we’re constantly thinking about ways to protect our users and their data. In addition to second sign-in verification, we’re also launching today another way to make your account more secure: App Passwords.
An App Password is a temporary password that you can enter into our native iOS and Android apps for added protection. It’s a way that you can authorize a device to access your Yahoo apps.
Simply go into your account settings, turn on second sign-in verification, and then generate the one-time app password. Once you do, you can enter the password your mobile app, and it’s as simple as that. Your device will be logged-in, so you won’t have to go through this step again.
If you add another device, you’ll have to generate a new one-time App Password. Lost your phone? No problem, you can easily revoke access to each individual app and device from the settings page:
Check out the video below to learn more about how to turn on second-sign in and Application Passwords.
Our team continues to focus on improving the security of your account and is dedicated to keeping up with safety and security best practices.
By Mike Kerns, SVP Homepage & Vertical Products
We’ve spent the last few months creating the most personalized Yahoo yet — and we know that millions of you want to customize your experience even more. That’s why today we’re introducing an updated My Yahoo with a new modern design, available on your desktop or on-the-go with a tablet or smartphone. It’s now easier to organize and discover your favorite parts of the Web, all in one beautiful place.
The refreshed design gives you a sleek, tailor-made starting page to access your email accounts, calendars, stock portfolio, sports scoreboard, weather, Flickr, and of course your favorite content — from Yahoo and around the Web. You can also choose from a range of cool new themes from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Zoe and Jenni Kayne; artists Chihuly, Polly Apfelbaum and Alec Monopoly; and even bands like Empire of the Sun, Twenty One Pilots, and FUN. On My Yahoo anyone can create their very own place that reflects a sense of style and personality.
Let serendipity guide you, My Yahoo makes it simple to uncover new content and explore interesting topics and sources that you might not know about. Whether you’re a foodie, news junkie, fashionista, or a stock trader, you can customize a page that’s completely you. Maybe that includes the latest street styles from The Sartorialist, delicious recipes from Epicurious, the latest political headlines from Politico, or clever ways to modify Ikea furniture from Ikea Hackers.
This new experience is just another way we aim to inspire, entertain, and give you a reason to come back every day to Yahoo. And if you’re looking for a new home, My Yahoo has made it easy to import your settings.
We are thrilled to share the new My Yahoo with you and, as always, we welcome your feedback!
by Fernando Delgado, Senior Director of Product Management, Mobile and Emerging Products
The Yahoo app is one of our daily experiences — we present news that’s personalized just for you. Today, we’ve added new features along with animated cinemagraphs that make Yahoo for iPhone and iPod touch an even better experience for discovering and reading content whether in the moment or saving for later. And it’s designed for iOS 7.
For those of you in the U.S., we’re introducing the ability to save your favorite content for later. With “My Saves” you can simply tap a button and come back later. If you’re on the go, there’s no better way to make sure all your important news, information or entertainment are waiting for you when you have the time.
We’ve also added breaking news, to make sure we alert you immediately. You can follow the story as it develops from our breaking news blog as information updates in real-time from Yahoo editors.
At Yahoo, we realize that it’s not just the quality of the content that keeps you coming back, it’s the experience. That’s why we’ve made changes to almost every view of the app to make it cleaner, faster and more engaging.
You can switch categories quicker than ever, and you’ll notice that the stream has been given a cleaner look to make it more readable. When you tap an article, you’ll see that we try to include a beautiful, relevant photo with each story. Some of them even have cinemagraphs - very subtly animated photos that bring the story to life.
In the coming days, features like “My Saves” will make their way to the desktop, so you’ll be able to flag any content that you find on Yahoo for later reading. That means that if you save something while you’re on your computer, you can read it on your phone later.
We hope you enjoy the new Yahoo experience, it gets smarter every time you use it.
By John Buchanan, Head of Media and Business Marketing
At Yahoo, we are focused on delivering more personalized, entertaining and inspiring product experiences. As part of this, we’re always exploring new ways to put brands at the center of the daily habits of more than 800 million users globally. Next week, we’ll join one of the ad industry’s biggest annual events, Advertising Week 2013, to discuss how we’re approaching these opportunities.
During five packed days of keynotes and panel discussions, we’ll share the unique work we’re doing to redefine cross-screen experiences, showcase the latest Yahoo products, and discuss how we’ve brought a new pace of innovation to our advertising solutions. We are also excited to share that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will join Charlie Rose for a keynote discussion at IAB MIXX on September 24 at 3:45 pm ET. Follow us at @YahooAdBuzz for live updates from the event!
Here’s a preview of Yahoo’s lineup of speakers throughout the week:
Patrick Albano will talk about the latest opportunities in mobile and native advertising during the Business Insider Masters of Monetization: Mobile panel on September 23 and the Native Advertising: Fact and Fiction workshop at IAB MIXX on September 24.
Andrew Snyder will discuss video advertising in the era of the Digital Content NewFronts and the demand for premium content during the AWNY Media Insights Breakfast on September 24 and the Masters of Monetization: Video panel on September 25.
Erin McPherson will share her unique perspective on where media, entertainment, consumers and brand storytelling collide during the Innovation.Media event and the Whose Story Is It, Anyway? panel on September 26.
In the heart of New York’s Times Square, Advertising Week attendees can also take a break between sessions, compliments of the Yahoo Food Truck – download one of Yahoo’s mobile apps and enjoy free snacks and coffee on us! You can watch @YahooAdBuzz to find the truck’s location.
We’ll have lots more to share throughout the week, so be sure to check out the Yahoo Advertising Blog as well, where we’ll post updates, photos and more. See you at Advertising Week!