Micro.blog: Providing Control Of Your Online Life

Micro.blog: Providing Control Of Your Online Life

As a person who has covered the Apple ecosystem for a long, long time, it really surprised me that I didn’t know about Micro.blog. It’s a service and set of apps (web, iOS and Mac) developed by longtime Apple developer Manton Reece to give microbloggers — those who write short posts on services like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — more control over their writing. I’ve been playing with Micro.blog recently, and thought it would be a good topic for review since many of our readers are looking for ways to have control of what they’re sending out on the Internet.

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AWT News Update: October 11, 2017

AWT News Update: October 11, 2017

On today's podcast, we discuss a slightly less pricey Oculus headset, an update to Twitter for Apple TV, and how you can take notes on your Apple Watch:

  • But first, a note from our sponsor this week -- AR Tape Measure from It's About Time Products
  • Facebook's Oculus today introduced a $199 VR Headset called Go that doesn't require a powerful PC to operate
  • Tweet and watch TV at the same time with the new Apple TV Twitter app
  • Popular cross-platform notes app Bear gets an Apple Watch client for creating and appending notes right from your wrist
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AWT News Update: September 26, 2017

AWT News Update: September 26, 2017

As the month of September winds down and the daylight hours start getting shorter, we have a shorter than usual podcast for you today. 

  • iOS 11 is now installed on 25% of all iOS devices, a bit slower than last year but a much higher uptake rate than Android ever sees
  • You can now fill your Starbucks card from Apple Pay on the Apple Watch
  • Twitter is testing longer tweets, for even longer rants by unhinged individuals
  • Amazon and Apple are apparently best buds now, with the Apple TV reappearing on Amazon after a two-year hiatus
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AWT News Update: May 24, 2017

AWT News Update: May 24, 2017

AirPods, Twitter, and Thunderbolt are all in the news today. Listen to the Apple World Today News Update podcast and hear all about them:

  • Apple's AirPods received a firmware update today, although it may not be apparent that it's actually been installed
  • Twitter's Apple TV app got an update with support for live 360 video and a new Periscope Global Map
  • Intel plans to push the Thunderbolt protocol by making the specification available to manufacturers nonexclusive and royalty-free
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AWT News Update: April 26, 2017

AWT News Update: April 26, 2017

Leaked schematics, financial results, firing talking heads, and more HomeKit devices -- that's what's on the AWT News Update today:

  • A well-known provider of good leaked info sent out a tweet today showing a new iPhone 8 schematic
  • Twitter is apparently harvested a bumper crop of new users during its first quarter of 2017, most likely all parroting each other with stupid political comments
  • ESPN will cut 100 "on-air talent" positions and bolster its digital content
  • The HomeKit product page has been updated with some new products and a few no-shows have been eliminated
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AWT News Update: March 30, 2017

AWT News Update: March 30, 2017

Today's news covers the spectrum from a change at Apple retail outlets to social networks to USB problems with macOS 10.12.4:

  • Apple is apparently eliminating business-related positions at Apple retail outlets by the end of April
  • Twitter makes a change that allows those obnoxious political screeds to be even longer by no longer counting user names in replies towards the 140-character limit
  • Facebook adds a personal fundraiser feature
  • USB problems with 10.12.4 appear to be causing issues for a lot of people using USB headsets (and microphones!)
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AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

Ahhh, back from a nice weekend in the Colorado Rockies, Steve has three fascinating little stories from the world of tech and Apple that you just have to hear!

  • In the near future, you won't need to set up your own Plex media server to use the service, as the company is moving Plex to the cloud
  • Last week, Salesforce.com was being bandied about as a possible suitor for Twitter. Today's possible hot date for Twitter? Think Mickey or Minnie Mouse...
  • A group of developers got a bit silly at a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Find out how it did!
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AWT News Update: September 15, 2016

AWT News Update: September 15, 2016

'Twas the day before iPhone 7 and all through the house, everybody was waiting for the UPS guy, that louse... Sorry, but I couldn't think of anything that rhymed. Anyway, we have a lot of fun little stories for you on the podcast today:

  • Apple ships a second Golden Master of macOS Sierra
  • A look at a 2014 filing shows that a company that's creating long-distance wireless charging technology expects to get "Apple certification"
  • Planning on watching the NFL Thursday Night Football game on Twitter tonight?
  • IK Multimedia comes out with an audio interface that just happens to work with Lightning ports
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AWT News Update: July 19, 2016

AWT News Update: July 19, 2016

Blue checkmarks, tripod mounts, free iTunes gift cards, and grumpy Brazilian judges are all on our short 'n sweet AWT News Update today:

  • Twitter streamlines its verified accounts program
  • Studio Neat is back with a new Kickstarter for its latest Glif
  • Pay with Apple Pay, get a $5/£5 iTunes gift card
  • WhatsApp, blocked? Yes, in Brazil.
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