Vine update makes it super easy to remix your favorite videos

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

Vine on Wednesday announced a new update for its popular mobile video-sharing app. It appears that this is a backend update, as I didn’t have to download anything to see the changes (although I did restart the app), but there are a few new features worth noting.

The first is a new audio remix option. With Remix, users can make their own creations with sound from any Vine with the touch of a finger. Just tap the […] button beneath a Vine clip within the mobile app, and select “Make an audio remix” from the popup menu. Read More


Tweetbot for Mac updated for El Capitan’s Split View multitasking and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

The Mac edition of Tweetbot, Tapbots’ popular Twitter client, has received an update this morning in the Mac App Store. The refreshed app now supports El Capitan’s Split View multitasking mode and can be taken to OS X’s native full screen mode as well.

With design refinements made to match Tweetbot 4 for iOS, this edition of Tweetbot for Mac also brings out muting changes and introduces an overahuled tweet details view that now shows conversation and replies in the same order as its iOS counterpart. Read More


Airfeed for Twitter lets you view your feed on your Apple TV

By Lory Gil on Nov 18, 2015

As if we didn’t already have enough ways to check in on Twitter, now we have TV to help us satiate our narcissistic tendencies. A new third-party Twitter client has popped up exclusively on the fourth-generation Apple TV so you can see what your friends are talking about.

Airfeed for Twitter sends the most recent tweets in your feed directly to your TV screen so you don’t have to, you know, get out your iPhone. We’ve got a hands-on review of Airfeed for Twitter for you today. Read More


Periscope gains skipping ahead in replays, Trending section, 3D Touch shortcuts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Twitter-owned live-broadcasting app, Periscope, was updated in the App Store last evening with half a dozen new features and refinements aimed at improving the usefulness of video replays whilst improving content discovery with new tools such as an-all new Trending section to help you find content from popular broadcasters.

Pericope also has a tvOS app for the new Apple TV and recently refreshed the iPhone version with muting, Handoff support, instant replays, finding location-enabled broadcasts, verified badges, Follower Only mode, Global section and more. Read More


Twitter app update makes polls available to everyone

By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2015

Twitter on Monday pushed out an update to its mobile apps, bringing the iPhone client to version 6.40.3. The update doesn’t any major changes or improvements, but it does bring about full support for the social network’s new polling feature.

Introduced last month, Twitter Polls allows users to quickly and easily create two-choice polls. The feature has been rolling out to some users over the past few weeks, but after today’s update, everyone should be able to access it from within the app. Read More


Vine app updated with hearts and new ‘Similar Vines’ feature

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2015

Twitter on Friday pushed out an update for its popular video-sharing Vine app, bringing the iPhone client to version 4.3. The update is a minor one, as the release notes only mention a few changes, but there are two new features worth mentioning.

The first is the addition of Hearts, which bring the app more in line with Twitter’s other products. Like the social network did earlier this week, Vine has replaced its ‘Favorites’ (the smiley face) feature with a new, more meaningful heart-shaped icon. Read More


Facebook reportedly launching standalone news app next week

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2015

Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone news app next week, according to The Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that the app is going to be called Notify, and it is going to feature content from dozens of media partners including CBS and Vogue.

As reported by BusinessInsider in August, the app will look similar to Twitter, in that it will allow publications to blast short push notifications to “followers” when they have urgent news to share. If users want to read more about a headline, the can click a link that will take them to the full story. Read More


For better or worse, Twitter’s Stars and Favorites are now Hearts and Likes

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

So you’ve been starring and favoriting tweets for later use in your favorite Twitter client, just like many other die-hard Twitter fans do? Well, starting today all those Stars and Favorites shall be presented henceforth as Hearts and Likes, the micro-blogging startup unexpectedly announced today.

The rebranding effort is meant to permit Twitter fans to show how they feel on Twitter “without missing a beat,” but already the change seems to have drawn ire and ridicule from hardcore fans of the service. Read More


Twitter raises follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 people for all users

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2015

Maybe you were totally oblivious to the fact that Twitter imposes a ceiling to how many people you can follow on the service, but that’s how they roll.

Be that as it may, you might be delighted to learn that the micro-blogging startup is raising its previous follow limit of 2,000 accounts per user to a total of 5,000 accounts.

Once you’ve followed 5,000 users on Twitter, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow based on your specific follower-to-following ratio.

This change goes into effect today, said the company. Read More


As Mac app will be revamped soon, Twitter starts rolling out polls in tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

Twitter today said that it’ll be rolling out the ability to embed custom polls in tweets to all users over the next few days.

Originally tested with a small subset of its user base, polls in tweets will permit everyone to interact with their followers and get the public’s opinion on just about anything by embedding customized polls in tweets.

In addition, Twitter’s Mac app will be getting a thorough revamp soon with a new dark mode alongside a bunch of new features borrowed from the mobile edition of the software, including in-line Vine and video playback, photos in Direct Messages and in-line replies and much more. Read More


Tweetbot gains 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts, Peek and Pop support in the timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2015

Following its launch of the major Tweetbot 4 update, now a universal app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, developer Tapbots today issued a timely update focused on 3D Touch.

If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can now press Tweetbot’s icon on the Home screen firmly to access the following handy shortcuts: Show Activity, Tweet Last Photo and Tweet.

If you have unread notifications sitting in Tweetbot, this menu will provide additional options to reply to a mention or reply via a Direct Message. In addition, Tweetbot now supports Peek and Pop gestures in the timeline. Read More


10 Tweetbot tips for power users

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 11, 2015

Tweetbot 4 is one of the best Twitter clients for the iPhone that money can buy. It’s always been a solid client, but new long-awaited features were added to the 4th iteration that’s really brought the app back to the Twitter app throne.

Many of us have been using Tweetbot since it first appeared on iOS, and as such, we’ve become quite accustomed to all of the shortcuts and gestures that allow us to use the app in the most efficient way possible.

If you’re new to Tweetbot, then this list of 10 tips will help bring you up to speed. But even if you’ve been using Tweetbot since day one, you may find a tip or two in this list that you weren’t aware of. Watch the video, and let me know if any of the following 10 tips are new to you. Read More


Twitter launches Moments for discovering trending stories and highlighting the best of Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

Twitter’s excellent iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mobile application was refreshed this morning with a long-expected feature that strives to make content discovery a lot easier with a brand new tab.

Called Moments, it was designed to highlight stories that are trending on the micro-blogging service right now and important ones you may have missed. This edition of Twitter also supports super-sized emoji in Direct Messages.

Twitter is a free download from the App Store. Read More


Tweetbot 4 launches with iPad and landscape support, Statistics, Activity and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

At long last, Tapbots’ widely expected update to Tweetbot, its popular mobile Twitter client, has gracefully landed on the App Store. Twitter 3 for iPhone, which was last updated in July 2015, and Twitter for iPad, an outdated app that saw its last refresh back in June 2014, are no longer available for download in the App Store. Replacing them is Tweetbot 4, a universal app supporting any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.

Tweetbot 4 packs a bevy of new features like Quick Reply from notification banners, landscape support, revamped profile views, split-screen multitasking on iPads, Activity and Statistics analysis and much more.

Tweetbot 4 is a $4.99 download for both new and existing customers. Read More


Twitterrific update with iOS 9 and iPad multitasking support, new features and improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

Twitterrific 5, The Iconfactory’s freemium Twitter client for iOS and OS X platforms, has received its iOS 9-focused update this morning.

The app is now fully optimized for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 9 and supports new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes on compatible iPads. If you own an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4, you can now run Twitterrific and another app side-by-side in iOS 9’s new Split View mode.

This is a great feature as you can now pin Twitterrific on the right and configure it to use Safari as your browser instead of in-app. In addition to iOS 9-specific support, this edition of Twitterrific includes other changes and improvements listed further below. Read More


Twitter adds Quick Reply to iOS app (this time for real!) and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

A Twitter update last week was supposed to make the mobile iPhone and iPad app play nice with iOS 9’s new text-based replies that are now available to third-party apps directly from notification banners, except it didn’t.

Tuesday, the micro-blogging startup issued a new version of the iOS client which fixes last week’s botched update.

Now iOS 9 users of Twitter’s mobile app can take advantage of full support for the Quick Reply feature from push notifications, the ability to access muted and blocked accounts in Settings and more. Read More


Twitter: one of the first apps to embed Quick Reply within notifications on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

One of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple hasn’t actively advertised has the tremendous potential to be actively used on an everyday basis by the vast majority of users: it at last permits third-party developers to implement Quick Reply functionality within banner alerts, the Notification Center and notifications shown on the Lock screen.

Twitter is one of the first applications out of the gate to have readily adopted this feature in its most recent update that just hit the App Store. And if you own an iPad with iOS 9, you can now use Twitter in iOS 9’s new side-by-side multitasking mode.

People are reporting on Twitter that Quick Reply is broken in this update and a few members of our team were able to independently confirm this. Read More


Google and Twitter target Facebook’s Instant Articles with ‘accelerated mobile pages’

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Internet giant Google and the micro-blogging platform Twitter have joined forces as they gear up to launch their own take on Facebook’s quick-loading Instant Articles for mobile users, according to Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen of Re/code.

Launching this fall with a small group of publishers, these articles should appear on mobile phones almost instantaneously without the annoyingly long loading times. Read More


Twitter for iPad gets an Auto Layout-inspired responsive design

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but Twitter for iPad is no longer the outdated red-headed-stepchild that it once was. This evening, Twitter pushed an update to the official Twitter app, along with a blog post entitled: Building a more unified Twitter for iOS.

In the blog post, the folks at Twitter explain the design philosophy behind the new iPad app. “Starting today,” the post explains, “iPad users will be able to create and see revamped quote Tweets, explore trending topics in search, visit product and place pages, and more.”

This is accomplished by making Twitter a universal app, and incorporating adaptive UI, a methodology inspired by Apple’s Auto Layout system, which allows for a responsive design that lets apps adapt to the size of the current device.
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Apple rolls out brand new Twitter account dedicated to App Store games

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

The App Store has been on Twitter since September 2009 but as of today, a new curated Twitter account dedicated to highlighting the App Store games is available as well. It’s now yet known whether gaming-related tweets will now be exclusively posted on @AppStoreGames alone or retweeted on @AppStore but it’s an encouraging sign of Apple’s mobile gaming prowess.

“Embrace the future of gaming,” reads the account’s bioline. “Straight from our Games Editors.” Read More

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