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Twitter to force 3rd party apps to use more annoying authentication

Twitter has put up a blog post ostensibly to inform users that, in order to better secure and keep our direct messages (DMs) private, 3rd party apps will now be forced to use the web-based OAuth login method rather than the more native-feeling xAuth most of the use today.

When you first connect an application to Twitter, we’ll give you more detailed information about what you’re allowing the app to do with your account. These activities may include reading your Tweets, seeing who you follow, updating your profile, posting Tweets on your behalf, or accessing your direct messages. If you’re not comfortable with the level of access an application requests, simply say “No, thanks”.

So what this boils down to is, when you get a new Twitter app -- anything from a full client like Twitterrific or TweetBot down to apps that simply allow you to share content via Twitter, such as games and Instagram -- you won't be able to simply enter your username and password in the fields like you do today. Instead the app will have to call up an embedded browser window (UIWebView) and load up a Twitter.com page which then presents the more complex screen shown above.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, May 18

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Spoing: Spoing's colorful rainbow diamonds have been stolen! Now it's up to you to guide him through 50 underground caves to get them back. Build platforms using green gems to climb to high up places and throw yourself around in this elastic platform puzzler! [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • ABBYY Business Card Reader: Transfer your contacts from business cards into iPhone's address book or CardHolder as well as to find more information about your contacts in Facebook, Twitter or on the Map! [$4.99 - iTunes link]

  • Move'n Call: Associate gestures of your choice with phone numbers. Once done, you will be able to trigger a specific call with your gesture. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

  • King of Frogs: Help the King of Frogs find his way home in this fresh new puzzle. Using fun and simple game rules similar to checkers, you'll have lots of fun solving frog-hopping puzzles level after level. Now with a challenge mode and bonus pack! [Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

  • FatBooth HD: What would you look like with a "few" extra pounds? And what about your friends? Find out with FatBooth, a fun way to instantly supersize faces on your iPad. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

For a video trailer of Spoing, follow along after the break!

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Top 5 math apps for iPhone and iPad

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have math apps to load up on your iPhone and iPad

Student enrolled in math classes? Have a job that requires the use of math? Simply someone with a love for mathematics? Whether it's arithmetic, calculus, or hacking the code of the universe, there are dozens of iPhone and iPad math apps to choose from. Read on for TiPb's Top 5, must have favorites to get you started!

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Infinity Blade update coming this Thursday, online multiplayer matches and more

Epic Games has announced that the long awaited update for its Infinity Blade title will be available this Thursday. The update will be known as Infinity Blade: Arena and will be a free update. The update brings online multi-player to the table via Apple's Game Center as well as many more new features for the single player game.

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Biometric facial recognition security coming to iPhone via Cydia mod [Jailbreak]

Ever wanted to unlock your iPhone simply by having it look at you and recognize who you are? A jailbreak mod called RecognizeMe will be hitting Cydia soon and promises to bring biometric facial recognition security to the iPhone 4. The mod will allow you to unlock your iPhone by scanning your facial features with the front-facing camera and verifying who you are before giving you access.

The tweak offers settings for dialing up the level of security (facial matching), which we're assuming requires a bit more processing time, but the app definitely appears to deliver on its promise of facial recognition security for the iPhone 4. The mod looks a little slow at the moment, but hopefully the developers are able to optimize the code before an official release.

Check out the video after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments!

[Thanks @adamelter]

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What developers need to know about Lodsys and similar patent threats

FOSS Patents has put together an excellent write up on what iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad developers need to know about patent litigation threats, like those Lodsys began making last week against apps like PCalc and expanded upon today, sending letters to Icon Factory among others.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, May 17 [give-away]

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • iVocAudio (give-away): - iVocAudio provides a fun and easy way to memorize things quickly using your own recorded Voice. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Poll: Do you get apps on iPhone, iPad or iTunes desktop?

Do you get apps on iOS device or on iTunes desktop?online survey

Once again drawing inspiration from Chad and Rene making fun of me on iPhone Live! we're polling the TiPb nation to find out if you buy or download your apps and games directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or if you prefer getting them via iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC and syncing over, or if you go both ways?

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Developer Spotlight: Robert Murray of Firemint

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Robert Murray of Firemint.

What's your name? Robert Murray

What's your company's name? Firemint

Where are you located? Richmond, Victoria, Australia, not too far from Melbourne proper.

What's your website address? www.firemint.com

What's your Twitter ID? @firemint

What apps do you make? Firemint's two big IPs are Flight Control and Real Racing. Both games are available on iPhone and iPad, and we developed a sequel to Real Racing, Real Racing 2, which was released in December 2010.

Our most recent title is Real Racing 2 HD, optimized for iPad 2. Not long ago we put out an update that adds 1080p dual screen support, so you can sit on the couch and play while the action is displayed on your TV. At the same time, your device shows your lap times, position and speed. It’s quite a sight to behold, and an entirely new way to experience the game.

Agent Squeek is our next massive title, due out this year on iOS. It features a suave cheese-loving mouse who's lively imagination casts him in the role of a secret agent.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, May 16

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

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