Apple has pulled a few more industry strings to allow 90 second song previews in international iTunes stores. Users stateside have been able to take advantage of the lengthy previews since late last year. Customers in the UK, France, Canada, and more are now able to listen to a full minute and a half to decide if they want to purchase a song, though Apple is still working with record labels to roll out the increase in length to all track in the store.
Phyrgian Labs has released TweetFire, a Twitter client for iOS that takes a different approach than most other applications. TweetFire’s claim to fame is its raw speed; the app features “smart refreshing” for loading streams quickly, and shortcuts can be made on the app’s home screen for easy access to user’s profiles, lists, or saved searches. Other features include push notifications, multiple accounts, and a number of time saving interface tricks. If you want to boost your microblogging productivity, download the free app from the App Store.
TweetFire was built with speed and performance in mind. Are you tired of other clients that take forever to load and try to download all of your data at once? TweetFire is perfect for you! Fast loading and smart refreshing means that you can navigate Twitter at lightning speed.
Tablets and smartphones continue to outsell single-purpose portable electronics such as handheld game consoles, music players, and GPS navigational systems. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, the digital camera can now be added to the list of standalone devices that will soon become overpowered by multipurpose devices like the iPhone.
After all, the iPhone 4 has become the most commonly used camera on Flickr and can take fairly decent shots followed up with impressive editing functionality available depending on the software that you install on your device. IHS iSuppli predicts that digital camera sales will begin to decline beginning later this year. (more…)
One of our iFans community members NoJoDeL likes to bring out his inner childhood by building various stands, mounts, and other accessories entirely out of Lego blocks. Today, he took it upon himself to not only design a stand for the iPad, but one that has fully functional drawers. The stand, comprised of around one hundred Lego blocks in various shades of blue, is secure enough to hold the weight of an iPad above several sliding drawers.
It took NoJoDeL about one hour to complete this latest project, which is the first Lego creation that he has posted since last year. If you’ve created or come across a unique homemade accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, feel free to share—who knows, the best ones might even get featured. Hit the jump for another look at this stand and some other Lego inventions by this user. (more…)
As you may have noticed over the past few days, Google has revamped the search interface on the iPad and Android tablets. Improvements have been made to the results page to make it cleaner and easier to read and interact with links. Image previews now load much faster and are larger, and the continuous scroll feature from the desktop now works on tablets. Since the release of Google Plus, the Mountain View company has started to take user interface design very seriously, so head over to Google.com on your device and let us know how it feels.
As part of our effort to evolve the Google design and experience, we’ve improved thewww.google.com search experience on tablets. We’ve simplified the layout of search results pages and increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to browse and interact with search results in portrait or landscape view.
Reuters reports today that Hulu has been sued by Rovi Corp for patent infringement on electronic program guides. The streaming company claims that Hulu’s infringement of their patent ”presents significant and ongoing damages to Rovi’s business.” They now wish to seek compensation for the lost license revenue and treble damages from Hulu, but they haven’t directly responded to the issue yet.
Reuters also notes that Hulu, owned by Walt Disney Co and News Corp, was recently put up for sale and has dozens of potential buyers including Google and Microsoft – Apple was even rumored to be a potential buyer.
iDownloadBlog claims that iTunes 11 will be rebuilt “from the ground up” with a new layout and iCloud integration. Apple hasn’t changed iTunes’ interface for ages, and the music application is long overdue for a makeover. It has become so slow and bloated that many users only cling to it to sync their iDevices. Apple may also (more…)
Anandtech has discovered that the newly refreshed MacBook Air does not have a full sized Thunderbolt controller, but rather a slimmed down “Eagle Ridge” chip which is only capable of outputting to one external display plus two bidirectional 10Gbps channels. Its grownup counterpart, which is found on every other Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, is able to drive two external displays and has four bidirectional 10Gbps channels. The Eagle Ridge is essentially “half” of a standard Light Ridge Thunderbolt controller, in terms of (more…)
The Apple Store has gone down for…something. No new devices are expected at the moment, as the MacBook Air and Mini were updated during Lion’s launch, but it’s possible that Cupertino will push out some belated gizmos. It’s probably routine maintenance to Lion-ize all the product specs, images, and descriptions, but you never know. Keep an eye out for any changes.
As Mac Rumors noted today, the Apple iPad has simply crushed its chief competitor – the Motorola Xoom – in the amount of total devices sold. You may remember from Apple’s financial call last week that the company sold 9.2 million iPads in this year’s third quarter and was selling every iPad that they could manufacture. Just last week, they finally caught up with the orders and started shipping them in a much speedier (more…)