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Twitter changes how 'block' works, here's what you need to know! [Updated]

Twitter changes how 'block' works, here's what you need to know! [Updated]

Twitter has changed the way its "block" feature worked. Previously, user accounts you blocked could no longer follow the account you blocked them with, wouldn't appear in your timeline, and couldn't see your posts. They could still be retweeted by accounts you didn't block, and the people behind...
Twitter for Mac brings photos front and center, more

Twitter for Mac brings photos front and center, more

Twitter, the popular miniblogging service, has updated its own eponymous client for the Mac to version 3.0.0. The new version is available for immediate download from the Mac App Store. The 3.0.0 release gets a number of enhancements, such as more prominent photo previews; if you click on them,...
Twitter for iOS 6.0 adds swipable timelines, photos in direct messages

Twitter for iOS 6.0 adds swipable timelines, photos in direct messages

Twitter for iOS received a major update today, moving to version 6.0 with a refreshed design and some new tricks. The two major changes in the design are the new navigation bar and addition of the Activity and Discover timelines, accessed by swiping through the Timelines tab. Direct messages have...

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Twitter 6.3 brings photo tagging, lets you tweet up to four pics at once

Twitter 6.3 brings photo tagging, lets you tweet up to four pictures at once

Twitter updated their app to version 6.3 today, bringing photo tagging and the ability to tweet multiple photos at once. Twitter says that the goal of this is to make photos more social. You can now tag up to 10 people in a photo that you tweet. Importantly, tagging doesn't use any characters,...
Official Twitter for iOS app updated with smarter search filters, TV trends, more

Official Twitter for iOS app updated with smarter search filters, TV trends, more

The official Twitter for iOS app has been updated with a new way to better filter search results, hopefully to get you closer to what you want, faster. Esteban Kozak writes on the Twitter blog: If you want to see great photos, use the new photo search filter to see Tweets with photos in a...
New and updated apps: Pro Camera 7, Airbnb, BillGuard, and more!

New and updated apps: Pro Camera 7, Airbnb, BillGuard, and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS App Store and Mac App Store. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got some updates a few photo editing apps, some social, and a little bit...
Twitter 6.1 makes it even easier to share photos

Twitter 6.1 makes it even easier to share photos

Twitter has been updated to version 6.1, adding new options and features, including making it easier to reply with and edit photos. A couple of other improvements have been made to login verifications and discovery. After tapping on a tweet, you can reply with a photo using the gallery icon....
Tweetly for iPhone: A great Twitter client for beginners and pictures takers

Tweetly for iPhone: A great Twitter client for beginners and pictures takers

Tweetly for iPhone is a new Twitter client for iPhone that focuses on providing a streamline user experience more than it focuses on containing every feature you could possibly cram into one client. For those that take and share a lot of photos, not only can you easily share your pictures, but...
Twitter changes how 'block' works, here's what you need to know! [Updated]

Twitter changes how 'block' works, here's what you need to know! [Updated]

Twitter has changed the way its "block" feature worked. Previously, user accounts you blocked could no longer follow the account you blocked them with, wouldn't appear in your timeline, and couldn't see your posts. They could still be retweeted by accounts you didn't block, and the people behind...
Twitter for iOS 6.0 adds swipable timelines, photos in direct messages

Twitter for iOS 6.0 adds swipable timelines, photos in direct messages

Twitter for iOS received a major update today, moving to version 6.0 with a refreshed design and some new tricks. The two major changes in the design are the new navigation bar and addition of the Activity and Discover timelines, accessed by swiping through the Timelines tab. Direct messages have...
Tweetbot for Mac gets bug fixes, Mavericks tweaks

Tweetbot for Mac gets bug fixes, Mavericks tweaks

Tapbots has posted Tweetbot 1.4 for Mac. It's a Twitter client that helps you manage multiple timelines, displaying different accounts in multiple windows and columns. Other features include Notification Center support, Retina display graphics, support read it later services like Pocket and...
Twitter for Mac brings photos front and center, more

Twitter for Mac brings photos front and center, more

Twitter, the popular miniblogging service, has updated its own eponymous client for the Mac to version 3.0.0. The new version is available for immediate download from the Mac App Store. The 3.0.0 release gets a number of enhancements, such as more prominent photo previews; if you click on them,...
Vector 25: Top tech stories of 2013!

Vector 25: Top tech stories of 2013!

Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH joins Rene to talk about the top technology stories of 2013, including revelations about government surveillance, social networks and the mob mentality, boredom vs. change aversion, and the internet of things. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in...

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Monday Fun Video: Twit-A-Run Augmented Reality Twitter UI

Augmented reality applications, where live streaming video is overlaid with data in real-time, is coming with iPhone 3.1, and here's a demo Twitter client to show yet another example about how this may be the next great killer app, or the next great killed-by-hype. Either way, we have only one question: is this how Skynet and the Matrix will find and terminate Twitter users first?

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From the Forums: iPhone Hardware, Extra Button, Ringtone Requests, Twitter Apps

It's that time again where TiPb selects some of the hottest topics on the forums and spotlights them right here. In order for you to reply to any of the following threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is a painless process that will only take a few minutes of your time, so if you haven’t already, head on over and register now.

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Quick App: Twitbit Push Notification Twitter Client for iPhone

Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides built-in push notification for @mentions and direct messages (DMs).

For those of you still reading -- those didn't immediately jump over to grab it -- what this means is you get all the functionality you've come to expect -- reading, posting, multiple accounts, start and stop following, searching, trends, user profiles, reply chains, etc. etc. and you get any @mentions and DMs pushed straight to you without the need for an extra enabler app (which most other Twitter clients currently require).

The folks at High Order Bit were gracious enough to give us a sneak peak to try out, and I've been using it pretty much non-stop since. And... I've found all the functionality I need and then some. The push works wonderfully as well. So far, so fast.

One thing I particularly liked (but others may not) is that, when you get multiple @mentions or DMs, rather than having the latest obliterate the previous text alert (fix that by implementing a genius stacking system, will you Apple?), Twitbit collates them up. You don't get to see the contents of the latest message, but you do get to see "X new @mentions and X new DMs" (see screenshot below). At least you have some idea of volume.

Of course, iPhone notifications being interruptive as they are, there's still a chance something will pop up while you're watching a movie or playing a game...

Given that limitation, more granularity as to who and what Twitbit pushes would be grand -- and it's likely forthcoming in an update -- but wow are these young upstart devs and apps giving the entrenched Twitter clients a race for their functionality.

If you want an amply functioning Twitter client with built-in push notifications, take a serious look at Twitbit and let us know what you think.

Tons of screenshots after the break!

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Quick App: Boxcar Push Notification for Tweetie and Twitterrific iPhone Twitter Clients

Boxcar [$1.99 - iTunes link] is almost more enabler than app. It only does one thing, but thus far it does it very, very well -- it sends Push Notifications for Twitter @mentions and Direct Messages (DMs) that then open in either Tweetie or Twitterrific.

Setup is straight forward; you log into your account through an in-app view of Twitter's website, and authorize Boxcar. You can select whether you want Push Notification for either @mentions, DMs, or both, and which of the aforementioned apps you want to open them in (hopefully support for more options will be forthcoming, such as Tweetdeck, Birdfeed, Twittelator Pro, etc.). You can also choose to automatically tweet them a shout out.

Like all Push-enabled apps, you can exit to the iPhone Settings to turn on or off Sounds, Alert (text boxes), and/or Badges.

That's it. Sit back and enjoy Push Notifications so you can immediately know when anyone talks to or about you on Twitter. Even when you're watching a movie on your iPhone. Or playing a game. Or writing an SMS. Or even taking a phone call -- if anyone still does that...

In other words, it works so well, you may have to learn to better manage your Twitter interruptions.

Now the crux: is a couple of bucks a lot to pay for an app that arguably only extends the usefulness of other apps that you already paid a few bucks (or more) for? Depends on how badly you want Push Notification for Twitter, whether you're willing to wait for full-on Twitter clients to add it themselves (however long that takes), and if you realize a couple of bucks is very little, and partly going to support the developers servers that are handling the Twitter calls and passing them on to Apple's notification servers.

I bought it without a second thought. You'll have to weigh the value (which is more important than cost) yourselves, and let me know what you think in the comments -- or @reneritchie and I'll get it right away via push ;)

More pics after the break!

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App Review: IM+ with Push for iPhone

IM+ Forum Review by llofte. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

IM+ is an IM client with push notification support for 10 networks, including Twitter. I use AIM, Facebook, and Twitter, so these are the only networks that influence this review.

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IM+ 3.1 with Push Notification and Push Twitter Now in App Store

IM+ 3.1 [$5.99 - iTunes link] has hit the app store with support for push notifications. We wrote about the new version a few days ago, and for those longing for IM style push Twitter support (yep, Twitter can work via IM, and IM+ can push notify you of DMs, @mentions, etc) it's worth checking out.

Our only question -- Is this beginning of push twitter tennis?

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QuickApp: TweetDeck Twitter Client for iPhone

Chad's excited. Why? TweekDeck for iPhone has just hit the App Store (iTunes link). Doesn't look to be iPhone 3.0 Push Notification enabled just yet, but the hallmark feature of Twitter Groups and multiple, columnar dashboards (looks similar to tabs in Mobile Safari) are all in place. And you can "shake to refresh".

Best of all? It's free!

If you try it out, let us know how it works for you, and how it compares to your current favorite Twitter client.

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Twitpocalypse Now'ish -- Is Your iPhone Twitter Client Safe?

Twitpocalypse.com defines the event as:

similar to the Y2K bug. The unique identifier associated to each tweet has now exceeded 2,147,483,6471 [...] For some of your favorite third-party Twitter services not designed to handle such a case, the sequence will suddenly turn into negative numbers. At this point, they are very likely to malfunction or crash.

Here's how it may be affecting some of your favorite iPhone Twitter clients:

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Olivia Munn Hates on Pre, Hearts on iPhone

Attack of the Show co-host, Olivia Munn, offered her professional opinion on the Palm Pre with regards to the iPhone today, via Twitter.

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Quick App: TweetMic Sound Recording Twitter Client for iPhone

TweetMic [$0.99 - iTunes link] puts a whole new spin on Tweeting. With TweetMic you are basically able to Twitter small podcasts via this application. What happens when you use TweetMic is you record a message via the iPhone's built in Mic, you can play it back or post it with a short Twitter message.

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iPhone with Video + Twitter with Video = 'Splosion of Video?

Tweetie, the uber-popular iPhone Twitter application, has a big desktop brother called Tweetie for Mac that's just been updated to version 2.1 and one of the cool new features is support for adding video via the yfrog service (which previously handled static pictures).

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App Review: Twittelator Pro Twitter Client for iPhone

Twittelator Pro Forum Review by llofte. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

Twittelator Pro is a twitter client with support for multiple accounts. It is beautifully designed and feature packed to make your mobile twitter experience quick and enjoyable. It would take a book to review each and every feature of Twittelator Pro, so I will pick what I consider the highlights and direct you to Twittelator's full feature list for more.

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UPDATED: Attack of the iClones: Microsoft Office Movie + Twitter x ZunePhone = Huhbuwhat?!

UPDATED: Shoulda stuck with our instincts. Fake. (via Engadget)

ORIGINAL: When we first heard that a Twitter account associated with Microsoft Office 10: The Movie (?!) was telling people "New product launch, that's all I'm allowed to say. Hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre", we figured it had to be fake. It was posted from iPhone/Mac client Tweetie, after all!

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Quick App: Twitterrific 2.0 Twitter Client for iPhone

Twitterrific is looking to be the Alpha and Omega of iPhone Twitter clients. As it was first (before there was even an official SDK!), so it is also now the most recent -- in snazzily updated 2.0 form.

So what's changed? Nothing. And everything. Cliched, maybe, but Twitterrific was originally born from the Iconfactory's passion for a graceful, gorgeous Twitter reading experience. But then came a host of other Twitter clients that banged the uber-functionality drums and while it seemed like every celebrity with an iPhone clung to the grandaddy goodness of Twitterrific, the unwashed tech-masses wandered elsewhere.

Well, with Twitterrific 2.0, many will wander back. It somehow manages to keep that quick, clean experience but -- through UI wizardry -- neatly tucks away most every power-user feature imaginable beneath the covers.

Old awesomeness remains -- I've always loved the ability to quickly, and at any time, change from new tweet to @reply to direct message (dm) at the touch of a tab. New awesomeness is introduced -- now I can also tap the "eye" icon to see the tweet I'm replying to for reference, to add another @username to the reply, etc.

Yes, in Battlestar Galactica terms, if Twitterrific 1.0 was the Cylon Centurian, Twitterrific 2.0 is the red-dressed Caprica 6. It has evolved. (And definitely has a plan).

Speaking of which: there's inarguably the feature-equivalent of an arms race going on among iPhone Twitter clients, and it's one that greatly benefits users. If the first Twitterrific was a board with a nail in it, and subsequent Twitter clients went from sword to gun, this is our first plasma cannon. And I can't wait to see what happens next.

Note: Twitterrific 2.0 comes, as it always has, in two versions. There's Twitterrific (Free with ad support - iTunes link) and Twitterrific Premium ($3.99 - iTunes link). I bought the original Twitterrific Premium and was startled to see Twitterrific 2.0 come to me as a free upgrade. I would easily have paid another $10 for this, much less $3.99. Donation button please?

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TiPb Birthday Bash: Birdhouse Twitter Notebook Give Away

Birdhouse isn't your 9-to-5, six-pack guzzling iPhone Twitter app. Birdhouse ($3.99 - iTunes link) your fine wine sipping special occasion iPhone Twitter app. It doesn't try to do everything; indeed it does only one thing:

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Rumor: Apple to #Buy @Twitter?

Dieter rates this rumor at 10%. He may be generous. Never-the-less, noted Silicon spysite Valley Wag is reporting that:

A source who's plugged into the Valley's deal scene and has been recruited by Apple for a senior position says Apple and Twitter are in serious negotiations, with the goal of unveiling a deal by June 8, when Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference launches in San Jose.

Valleywag thinks Apple may want to uber-cool web savvy of the Twitter crew for their own. Dieter had another idea: what if they're looking to spice up a BlackBerry Messenger (MMB)-style service to compete with RIM?

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TiPb vs. the Media in ngmoco StarDefense Challenge!

ngmoco has gone and set up a little media tournament, taking place on Twitter, with their hawt new game, StarDefense. Suiting up on TiPb's behalf is yours truly, and you can follow my progress, and everyone's progress, through the elimination rounds via @ngmoco or individually:

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Sneak Peek at Twitterrific 2.0 for iPhone

Nowhereelse.fr (French language) got their eyes on the Iconfactory's Gedeon Maheux at the Triangle Tweetup as he walked through a demonstration of the upcoming Twitterrific 2.0 Twitter client for the iPhone. Mashable sums up what we see:

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Twitter Team Would Rather Pay for iPhones Than Take Other Smartphones for Free

Apple.com/business has published a case study of micro-blogging darling, Twitter. Not surprisingly, Apple.com gives Twitter a lot of love for loving Apple products, especially the iPhone:

When it comes to availability, iPhones accommodate peoples’ needs to work remotely and stay connected with the Twitter team. Stone notes that Twitter remains loyal to iPhones even though other handset manufacturers offer them free equipment.

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Quick App: qTweeter for Jailbroken iPhones

Efiko Software, the developer behind which we remember fondly for providing much needed UI relief to our old Palm OS devices, has produced a very interesting looking quick tweeting application for Jailbroken iPhones called qTweeter.

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