Send Facebook & Twitter a message: Use MeWe instead

Send Facebook & Twitter a message: Use MeWe instead

A lot of people have finally gotten fed up with the kings of social networks -- Facebook and Twitter. Facebook started by finally admitting that yes, YOU are their product and they're busy selling your data to the highest bidder. Twitter has threatened to limit third-party apps and has questionable criteria for handing out the almighty "verified" checkmark. Both locations are full of hatred. Tired of them? MeWe might be the place to go. 

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Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you
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AWT News Update: February 7, 2017

AWT News Update: February 7, 2017

We have four stories today for you, covering the gamut from slowing Twitter abuse to impressive smartphone camera modules. Let's get started:

  • Twitter begins making changes to slow abuse on the social network
  • It's the 20th anniversary of Apple acquiring NeXT Software, Inc., a pivotal decision for the development of Mac OS X
  • YouTube begins livestream broadcasts from iPhone and iPad apps...if you happen to have more than 10,000 followers
  • We look at a Sony smartphone camera module that not only features extremely high resolution, but can shoot video at up to 1,000 frames per second
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AWT News Update: October 31, 2016

AWT News Update: October 31, 2016

We have some ghoulishly good stories for you today on the Apple World Today News Update:

  • We tell you about the design decision that resulted in the new MacBook Pros having a maximum of 16GB of RAM and leaving half of the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the 13-inch model with limited bandwidth
  • There's something else missing from the new MacBook Pro that has been in every Mac since the first one back in 1984...
  • Twitter's testing a new feature in the iOS app that might make it easier to read linked webpages
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iPhone Day: Where to watch the keynote, a few more trademark filings, and more

iPhone Day: Where to watch the keynote, a few more trademark filings, and more

Finally, it's September 7, 2016. We're down to the last few hours for speculation about new Apple products including the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2, which means that by this afternoon we'll start hearing rumors about next year's iPhone... But let's go over a few details for today, shall we?

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You can fit an original iPhone display between the app icons on an iPad Pro

You can fit an original iPhone display between the app icons on an iPad Pro

Dennis Munsie pointed out yesterday on Twitter the immense size of the iPad Pro screen by noting that the distance between app icons on the new tablet's display is wider than the original iPhone display. That's 324 pixels (on the Pro) compared to the width of the first iPhone display at 320 pixels.

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Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone arrives, bringing much iOS 9 joy

All is right with the world. It's October, the fourth quarter of the year has arrived, Halloween is on the way, the US football season is going strong, and soon the Major League Baseball's postseason will kick into gear. And even better, Tapbots has updated its Twitter client and it's amazing. Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone (US$4.99 introductory price) brings a number of features that you're not going to find anywhere else.

There's bound to be some whining and complaining, because Tweetbot 4 is a new purchase for everyone, even those of you who have used Tweetbot for years. To me, spending $5 (or even the eventual price of $10) to get a huge update an app that I use many times daily is a bargain. Tweetbot 3 buyers will be able to get the updated app for $4.99 after the launch thanks to a special bundle.

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone 6s Plus

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone 6s Plus

So what's been added? How about:

  • Split View on newer iPads for multitasking (like browsing and blogging!)
  • Landscape View on iPad and iPhone, with two windows side by side on iPad or iPhone 6/6s Plus
  • Statistics and Activity views, which tell me I need to tweet more 
  • Quick reply from notifications
  • A night theme and a redesigned UI

and much more. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to install Tweetbot 4 on my iPad Air 2. 



AWT News Update: August 12, 2015

AWT News Update: August 12, 2015

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of Apple news... the thrill of new product introduction... and the agony of share price declines... the human drama of technological innovation... This is AWT's News Update!
    •    Microsoft is at it again, this time releasing a new version of Remote Desktop for Mac
    •    20 more Apple Maps Flyover locations!
    •    Chicago is getting a glass cube Apple Store on the Miracle Mile
    •    Twitter opens DMs to 10,000 characters


Don't want to listen to the News Update? Read it instead. See below...

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Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting easier

Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting easier

Ollie, the little blue bird who serves as Twitterrific's mascot, has learned a new trick. In version 5.11.1 for iOS (universal, free with in-app purchases), you can now post from any account directly from the compose screen. Just tap your avatar go get a list of available accounts, select at and presto! You're good to go. 

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Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone adds muting, muffling, drafts and more

Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone adds muting, muffling, drafts and more

The workers at the Iconfactory have released Twitterrific 5.1 for iPhone with some very nice new features, including drafts, muffle and mute. Twitterrific has been my preferred Twitter client for iOS for quite some time, and version 5.1 ensure its spot on my home screen for the foreseeable future. Here's what's new in Twitterrific 5.1 for iOS. 

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Twitter launches Periscope video streaming service

Twitter launches Periscope video streaming service

Twitter has released Periscope for the iPhone (free), which lets Twitter customers broadcast live streaming video with almost no friction at all. If that sounds familiar, it's because Meerkat recently rose in popularity for doing the same thing. The darling of SXSW, Meerkat gained traction and an audience that has persisted beyond the festival's conclusion, despite Twitter hindering its usefulness. The apps are similar yet different, and I'll have a full comparison next week.

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