App Store Today: Kindle, Twitter, MLB At Bat, and Happy Street


Every day there are countless updates and releases across the App Store. Unless you have tons of extra time and check your App Store app every day for changes, you probably miss out on those that are most important. Furthermore, apps that you don’t already own might see changes that convince you to give them a try! Read on for today’s notable app updates and releases. (more…)

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New Twitter #music App Launches

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Have you ever wanted to have a constant stream of the music your friends are listening to? Now you can. The only catch is that you and all your friends have to use the #NowPlaying hashtag when listening to a song. Luckily, the #NowPlaying hashtag is already widely used across twitter; #music is probably already listing your friends’ most recently jammed-to tracks. (more…)

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Cydia Tweak: TweetAmplius

Do you ever find yourself writing a long tweet on Twitter, only to find out that you have exceeded the maximum character limit?  Do you consider yourself a Twitter devotee? If any of this applies to you, then TweetAmplius — a new jailbreak tweak by Ariel Aouizerate and Daniel Ferreira — may be just the right tweak! Read on for a full explanation!


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#WeWantAnOpeniOS Trends Worldwide Thanks to Hacker Pod2g

Earlier this morning, the famed iOS hacker pod2g started a trend on twitter calling on Apple to open iOS and allow third-party applications and modifications without restriction. The attempt is a bold one, and undermines much of what Apple has stood behind since they entered the mobile platform arena. That said, however, not even Android is a fully open platform and such an initiative would make a big splash in mobile computing.

The original tweet:

Twitter hashtag trends are probably even less effective than standard online petitions, but this undoubtedly shows that there is a demand for Apple to do something big and bold with iOS 7. What do you think about Apple possibly opening up iOS completely? Do you think that it would be a stride forward for the platform? Or do you believe that such a change would lead to a loss of polish and quality like what was originally seen in the early days of Android? (more…)

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Twitter Releases New, Updated Version of TweetDeck

Twitter has released a new version of TweetDeck to the Mac App Store with several new features as well as a number of smaller improvements and bug fixes. New to TweetDeck is list management, which includes the ability to create, edit and delete lists directly from the app; “Activity” and “Interactions” columns that allow for you to see additional Twitter content such as retweets, favorites and follows; in-app previews for images and videos; and the return of the “Edit & RT” button. Twitter acquired TweetDeck last May for $40 million, likely because it has much better functionality than the official Twitter app.

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SpotTweet: Send Tweets Directly From Spotlight Search


Although the official Twitter integration in iOS 5 is useful, there are several jailbreak tweaks that aim to further improve Twitter functionality within iOS. SpotTweet is a new Cydia tweak that allows for you to compose a tweet directly from the Spotlight page on your iOS device… (more…)

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Apple’s Charitable Matching Program Expanded to Part-Time Employees

Apple’s charitable matching program for its employees was an initiative started by Tim Cook shortly after becoming the company’s new chief executive. Under the program, Apple matches any donations made by its employees — up to $10,000 per year, that is — to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

The only catch was that you had to be a full-time U.S. worker. According to a tweet, however, Apple has officially opened up the program to its part-time employees in the United States and is planning to do the same thing internationally soon. I was a huge fan of Steve Jobs, but this program should have been implemented a long time ago by a company that flirts with Exxon Mobil as the world’s most valuable corporation. Great work, Tim Cook.


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Most Wanted iOS 5 Features?

We may still have at least one iDevice in need of a hardware refresh before we see the software side of things jump a number, but the question is still valid: What do you wish to see in iOS 5?

The question is a bit more difficult than in years past. After all, there really no glaring omissions in iOS, what with multitasking being available to all iDevices now. Personally, my biggest complaint about the OS as it currently is is with the notifications. I hate them. So, my seething rage for Apple’s poor excuse of a notification system aside, what else is missing? I’ve compared my iPod touch 4 to my Droid Incredible (which runs Android; an OS that is often compared to iOS) and have come back with a pretty simple answer: not much. The two operating systems are very much in feature parity now, which is more and more obvious as relatively silly and meaningless specs now differentiate the top-tier of smartphones.

However, there is one interesting request brought up by TiPb: Yes, they want a built-in file browser, similar to iFile (available in the jailbreak scene). If you’re wondering, yes, this is something that I would love to see. I think a perfect usage case exists right on the iPad for this type of app, and right in our forums: Say you’ve encountered a strange new pop-up notifications (which, with any luck, will be eradicated from iOS 5 entirely). So, you do the logical thing: you try to upload it to our forums. But, uh-oh! there is no file manager, and you can’t upload the file because you can’t browse and select the file.

Your alternative? Upload the screenshot to a Twitter image service (TwitPic, for example), grab the link, and add it into a post. Poster child of simplicity? I think not.

So humans. What else do you see yourself wanting on your iDevice in the next year or so? Widgets at long last? Or something nobody saw coming? Sound off in the comments!

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Twitter for iOS Receives Push Notifications

The official Twitter application for iOS just received a major update, allowing it to send SMS or Push notifications for @mentions and direct messages. Push notifications are a huge help if you’re an avid Twitter user that needs to stay current with your messages without having to constantly refresh the app. Currently, 3rd party apps that wish to do the same are still required to run their own servers, a la Boxcar, and it’s unknown if Twitter will open up their new native Push service to outside applications.

Whenever an account that you follow mentions you, you’ll immediately receive a notification. You’ll know who is talking to or about you on Twitter, and you’ll be able to continue the conversation in real-time. Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, which you can download today from the App Store.

This update also includes a number of improvements, bugfixes, and enhanced timeline viewing on the iPad.


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iPad Receives Ping Integration

Good news everyone! The iTunes app on the iPad has been updated to include support for Ping, so you can access your favorite social network no matter where you are. It also features integration with Twitter (which Ping just recently received), so it will automatically tweet when you ‘like’ or post something.

The changes were made to the app’s backend, so you don’t need to install an update. Also, to use it, you first have to enable Ping from within iTunes on the desktop.

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