Yahoo has updated its Yahoo Sports app for iOS 7. Get ready to get jealous, Android users,Period Cup because there's a bit more to Yahoo's tweaks than a mere user interface refresh. That's all well and good, but it's not nearly as fun as the app's latest feature – "Loops."Loops are exactly what the name implies – repeating,wheel aligner animated GIFs. These can be a bit of a pain in the butt to create normally; at least, we can't envision a super-easy way to go from a broadcast sports event to a funny, captioned GIF sans headache. In contrast, Yahoo's new "Loops" feature takes all of the hardship out of the equation.To start out, a user only needs to pick from one of the supported leagues: The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, or NCAA (football and basketball). From there, you can scroll through the contents of a full game or pick from a number of predesigned plays within said matchup. A touch-friendly timeline helps you isolate down to the exact elements you're looking create a looping GIF out of; it also allows you to add a variety of effects to various parts of your loop, like a flashing element to highlight an especially brutal hit or a slow motion effect to emphasize some fancy footwork.
Once you've created your masterwork – and, ideally, given it a caption that doesn't make your friends and loved ones roll their eyes with contempt – then it's fairly easy to post it on up to various social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.) as well as the main feed within the app's "Loops" stream.Powering the project is Yahoo's "IntoNow" platform, which came into Yahoo's hands as the result of its acquisition of the startup IntoNow back in April of 2011 (to the tune of $20-30M).contemporary lamps As reported by The Verge, Yahoo is using IntoNow to record highlights from almost anything that's televised within the aforementioned sports leagues. In other words: You're only likely limited by your imagination (and creativity), not by a paltry listing of games and moments that you might not care much about.That said, Yahoo does warn that the feature works "for select games only," so don't come after us if your primetime event is suddenly Loops-incompatible.Other tweaks to Yahoo's sports app as part of its "clean, beautiful redesign for iOS7" include new player portraits that accompany one's stats page, related articles that get dumped in as links within results pages, and an "improved football scores page with redzone and scoring play indicators." Also joining the fun are the usual fixes for bugs and crashes, as well as a bit more personalization for those who are only interested in navigating through a select few sports leagues.