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3 years ago

Tweetbot once again redefines Twitter for iPhone

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Tweetbot once again redefines Twitter for iPhone

Tweetbot just hit the US App Store and boy is it a beauty. Tapbots has done it again and designed an application that is not only functional and pretty, but an artistic masterpiece that I cannot keep my hands off of. I was an instant critic when I read Tapbots' claim that Tweetbot is "a twitter client with personality", but they're right.

A text review can hardly do this app justice because it is impossible to put into words how beautifully Tweetbot is made. Sure, I can describe how, at your touch, a tweet slides up revealing a navigation bar while simultaneous emitting the perfect sound. I can explain that swiping a tweet to right reveals the conversation and swiping to left displays related tweets. I can tell you about smart gestures, multiple timelines, and customizable navigation. I can even spew out a concrete list of every feature that Tweetbot includes. What I can't provide you, however, is the experience.

The problem with Twitter clients these days is that they're all the same. Yes, the same. Sure, the features vary (slightly) between them and some come with cool themes. The experiences, however, are too alike. I used to get excited when a new Twitter app was released because each app offered something different, something new. Today, they all feel the same. What happened? When users flocked to a particular Twitter app, other devs copied what made that app special. Individualization was lost. Now the App Store is basically filled with slight variations of the same app - with the exception of Tweetbot.

Tweetbot is different. It's innovative and refreshing. Tweetbot isn't an app you use, it's one you interact with. Everything has an animation, a sound, a beautiful interface. And true to Tapbots' style, the sounds are subtle and pleasant - enriching the experience.

In case you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of Tweetbot, but it isn't for everybody. Tweetbot is full-featured, but doesn't have every possible feature known to those in the Twitter app world. Tweetbot doesn't have a mute option or display in-line photos. It doesn't have multiple themes or native push notifications (but it's compatible with Boxcar). If these features are deal-breakers to you, then Tweetbot isn't for you. Not yet anyway.

For those who are suckers for design, innovation, and dare I say, personality, Tweetbot will rock your world.

Check out the screenshot gallery after the break!

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

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3 years ago

Compatible with iX?

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Compatible with iX?

The iTunes App Store is currently listing apps as compatible with "ix", or more exactly -- "compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and ix.Mac.MarketingName". That's almost certainly a glitch of some kind in the system and I expect Apple will fix it asap but it does make for a fun question -- if there is indeed an "ix" in the pipeline, what could it be? An app-compatible Apple TV? Cross-compatible Mac Apps? A 5 to 7-inch device? Something we haven't imagined yet?

While Apple sees to its stray text, give us your best guess -- what's "ix"?

[Thanks Ethan!]

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3 years ago

iPad 2 vs. BlackBerry PlayBook browser battle!

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iPad 2 vs. BlackBerry PlayBook browser battle!

As part of his epic BlackBerry PlayBook review, our good friend CrackBerry Kevin put RIM's new tablet browser one-on-one against the great one -- Apple's iPad 2. That's right, we have yet another entry in our browser battle series!

When we put the PlayBook head to head against the iPad 2 in a browser shootout (see below), we saw pretty comparable page load times but did notice on websites where there were flash-based advertisements present, this would slow down the PlayBook by a few seconds while the iPad 2 would serve up a faster loading static image. Disabling flash evened out the load times.

Check out the video after the break and if you haven't already, check out the rest of Crackberry's PlayBook coverage! (Then rush back here and tell us what you think!)

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3 years ago

RIM's iPad competitor, BlackBerry PlayBook gets reviewed!

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RIM's iPad competitor, BlackBerry PlayBook gets reviewed!

CrackBerry Kevin goes hands-on for a full BlackBerry PlayBook review

RIM finally gets their 7-inch, QNX-powered iPad competitor to market and our sibling site, CrackBerry.com has your positively gargantuan BlackBerry PlayBook review piping hot and ready! From hardware to software literally nothing is left out. So how does the man who loves BlackBerry like the PlayBook?

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3 years ago

White iPhone 4 shipping in the next few weeks?

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White iPhone 4 shipping in the next few weeks?

After 10 long, long months Bloomberg says Apple will finally -- finally -- be ready to ship the near mythical white iPhone 4 in just a few short weeks. Phew!

The new version will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The release was stalled as Apple resolved manufacturing challenges, including paint that peeled under heat, one person said.

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3 years ago

Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?

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Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?

Nilay Patel, formerly of Engadget writes on his personal blog that, according to Steven Levy's new book, The Plex, after believing Google copied the iPhone with Android, they hid iPad development from Google CEO and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt.

The acrimony was so deep, we’re told, that Jobs kept the iPad a secret from Eric Schmidt even though Schmidt was still on Apple’s board of directors while it was being developed. (Schmidt would later step down, of course.) It’s juicy stuff, and it nicely feeds right into the current iOS vs. Android narrative of the day.

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3 years ago

iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

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iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

iPhone Live! podcast is tonight people and we want you to show up and chat with us!

Time: 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST!

Place: http://live.tipb.com/live/

(You can watch from iPhone via Ustream Viewer app (here's how) and iPad (we recommend Duet Browser.)

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3 years ago

Tweetbot for iPhone now hitting App Store

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Tweetbot for iPhone now hitting App Store

Tapbots, one of the most innovative, user experience-oriented iPhone app developers, has released Tweetbot for iPhone. Tweetbot is a Twitter client with personality and Tapbots claims:

Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.

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3 years ago

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, April 13

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, April 13

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!

  • Magic Puzzles: Solve colorful graphic puzzles using classically shaped jigsaw puzzle pieces with Seven Wonders Puzzles. [Free - iTunes link]

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3 years ago

Apple working on new multitouch gestures for iOS 5, illuminated smart bezel for iPhone 5??

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Apple working on new multitouch gestures for iOS 5, illuminated smart bezel for iPhone 5??

PatentlyApple has uncovered some interesting patent applications from Apple involving new multitouch gestures and smart bezels aimed at making interaction more simple and gestures more memorable.

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