App: Vine, the new mobile video service

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It's already been used to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and a bombing in the Middle East. But for most smartphone owners, Vine is just an addictive little way of videotaping your world.

The fairly new mobile video service is owned by Twitter, so it's no surprise that the content is brief. You shoot snippets of video that will run on a 6-second loop, sort of like a GIF with audio, and post to your Vine account.

It's easy to get hooked on this. As with Twitter, users can follow other accounts. There's also a random "VinePeek" feature that breaks videos into categories such as "Cute," "Food," "Pets" and, last Thursday, "ValenVine."

There is a current video of a toy poodle wearing a striped sweater. Yes, it falls into the categories of both #Cute and #Pets.

VinePeek is rather like "Chatroulette" for people with short attention spans; you scroll through myriad videos. There's also the potential of stumbling across some adult images and even porn, which is why this free app is rated for users age 17 and up.

Videos can be instantly shared on Twitter and Facebook. At this time, Vine is for the iOS platform only.

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