Twitter looking to add location-based features
Twitter is reportedly working on an addition to its service that will show users tweets from other Twitter users near them. The Wall Street Journal reported on the "Nearby" feature on Saturday, saying that it will allow Twitter to more accurately target users with advertising specific to their location and interests. Reportedly, the feature has shown up several times on the smartphones of users that allow Twitter to access their location data.
Visual enhancements throughout apps
Twitter has released a major update to its OS X client, bringing new features and an overhauled appearance. Version 3.0 is said to take design cues from the companies other apps for mobile devices, adopting a "cleaner and more modern" interface to showcase the additional capabilities.
Twitter sees redesign, new features with version 6.0
Twitter on Tuesday released updates for both the iOS and Android versions of its mobile app, bringing a redesign and new features for users. The updates pack a number of enhancements, and they give users the ability to share photos via Direct Message. The updates also add new capabilities with regard to push notifications, letting users keep better track of their closer friends on Twitter.
Agents infiltrate World of Warcraft
Eight tech giants, including industry competitors Apple, Google and Microsoft, have joined forces to demand reforms to the US government's surveillance tactics. In an open letter sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, the companies argue that current surveillance practices, as detailed in ongoing leaks from former National Security Agency staffer Edward Snowden, have created an imbalance "too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual-rights that are enshrined in our Constitution."
Twitter bringing microblogging to entry-level mobile phones
Popular microblogging service Twitter is working to bring its 140-character messaging to mobile phone users whose devices don't have access to the Internet. Reuters on Thursday reported that the company was working with U2opia Mobile, a Singapore-based startup, to bring Twitter content to non-smartphones in the near future. Via a simple process, users will be able to download the latest data from Twitter directly to their phones.
For the second time this month, Tapbots has released an update to its full-featured Twitter client for iOS, Tweetbot 3. Entirely redesigned in October for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position.
Search results now show all relevant tweets, adds trending timeline
Twitter has pushed out an update to its iOS and Android apps, offering a revamped search function, related trending tweets, improved login verification and more. Users can now search tweets by media type (photos or videos) in a grid or list layout, and the search function can also separate "news" tweets from those from a users' friends. In addition, the search now offers a "everything" view, and the ability to see all tweets rather than "top tweets."
Feature removed without comment by microblogging service
Twitter has backtracked on a design decision that allowed users to receive direct messages from followers without the need to follow them back. The feature, introduced last month and consisted of an opt-in checkbox inside the account settings page, has now been removed with Twitter providing little in the way of explanation.
BitTorrent Sync hits version 1.2.29
The BitTorrent Sync app for iOS has hit version 1.2.29, bringing new capabilities, as well as an iPad version. BitTorrent Sync users will now be able to access their files from iPads, as well as iPhones. The app has also been updated with a new design to reflect its iOS 7 compatibility. Users will see improved connection speed, and they can also save pictures and video from synced folders to the Camera Roll on an iOS device.
Share price change expected to net the company $1.8B
Twitter has updated the set price per share for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) to $26 each, potentially valuing the company at $18 billion. The offering of 70 million shares is up from the previous expected range of $17 to $20 per share, and in the process earns the company $1.82 billion, along with increasing the overall valuation of the company even higher.
Legal dispute noted in IPO filings
In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC, Twitter has revealed that it has been threatened with a patent-infringement lawsuit by IBM. In a letter sent to the former ahead of its IPO, IBM accused the company of violating US Patent No. 6,957,224: "Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators," No. 7,072,849: "Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service," and No. 7,099,862: "Programmatic discovery of common contacts."
Enables tweets without text
Twitter has released a small update for its iOS client, v5.12. The new version makes two significant additions. When browsing a personal timeline, the app will now display inline previews of Vine videos, photos uploaded to Twitter, and "other select content." This makes it more practical to use only an image for a tweet; to see a photo fullscreen, users just have to tap it. If necessary previews can be disabled via Settings.
Tweetbot chooses to release update as brand new app
Yesterday Tapbots unleashed the next major version of its popular Twitter client, Tweetbot, for the iPhone. However, to the displeasure of many, this iOS 7 optimized update was released as a new app and not as a free update for existing customers. Anyone looking to take advantage of the advancements found in the update will need to pay the full entry fee of $3.
Twitter profile image redownloads fault in Windows Phone
A feature in Windows Phone is causing device owners to unexpectedly use high amounts of data, which could be potentially expensive for some phone users. An issue in the operating system's Twitter integration has devices frequently redownloading profile images from the service, an issue that Microsoft has been quick to confirm exists.
Offering will generate over $1 billion for the microblogging service
The Twitter initial public offering (IPO) roadshow starts October 28, heralding the start of the company's stock offering. Twitter has set its price range at $17 to $20 per share, and announced that it will create 700 million shares. The stock under the abbreviation "TWTR" will be made available on the NASDAQ on November 6.
Twitter's #Music feature gets no traction
Twitter may be on the verge of killing off its #Music mobile application on iOS just six months after it debuted, according to a report from AllThingsD. Sources familiar with Twitter's operations say that the company is revamping its music department, but that the #Music app may not have a real future. The app launched in April to some interest, quickly shooting up the app ranking charts. It has since seen lower adoption and engagement numbers.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter memo over spying concerns
A group of technology companies has asked members of the UK government that there needs to be a debate about Internet surveillance. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter have jointly written a memo to Members of Parliament (MPs) calling for more transparency in requests for information by government-controlled organizations, such as GCHQ.
Previews images before sharing
Twitter has released an updated Mac version of TweetDeck, its more advanced client app. Version 3.3.3 incorporates a redesigned Tweet Panel on the left-hand side, including an option to keep the panel open all the time, making it easier to start writing a tweet. Along the same lines, replying to tweets should be faster thanks to a new inline reply feature.
Service sees 218.3M monthly users, most with repeated daily visits
Twitter has opened the curtain on some of its business particulars in its S-1 filing with the SEC to take the company public. Calling the company "a service shaped by the people, for the people" in its filing, the microblogging service would like to use the stock symbol "TWTR" and is seeking a $1 billion IPO from the sale of 472,613,753 shares of common stock.
BBC releases new iPlayer Downloads app for Mac, PC without Adobe Air
The BBC has released a new version of its iPlayer Desktop for Mac and PC that offers improved downloads of BBC television programs. BBC iPlayer Downloads, which now no longer uses Adobe AIR nor offers Windows Media files for security and cost reasons, will let users download shows from the on-demand service for later viewing, with users able to cue a download of a show in the client using links on the iPlayer website itself. Existing BBC iPlayer downloads will continue to work until their scheduled expiry dates.
Program geared for public agencies
Twitter has introduced a new alert system for emergency notifications or other important information related to ongoing events. During a crisis or emergency, accounts registered with the Twitter Alerts system can post tweets that will stand out with a unique appearance and higher priority than social posts.
Change will allow newcomers to jump into discussions of airing shows, events
While some viewers still prefer to focus their attention on a TV show and cogitate on it before commenting publicly, many modern viewers enjoy the social interaction of reading and providing their own "commentary track" to episodes of TV shows, awards shows or sporting events as they happen; splitting their focus between what's happening on the TV and what's happening in a social feed. Twitter will be addressing this with a new feed dedicated to various popular TV shows in the next version of its iOS app, which will also be updated for iOS 7.
Twitter-generated playlists available from within streaming music apps directly
Twitter has expanded the reach of its #music service, with two music streaming companies adding it directly into their apps. Spotify and Rdio both offer the option to view playlists generated by Twitter #music, with the additions being the first time Twitter #music has appeared in apps other than its own iOS version, and the website.
Verified accounts can filter posts automatically, show other verified users
Twitter has altered the way its microblogging system operates for verified accounts, by adding new ways to filter incoming messages. At the same time, it has been revealed that Twitter is putting forward a complete redesign of its Android app, with the current version 5.0 being tested out in beta by a small group of users.
Revenue less than $1 billion, allowing for unconventional filing
Earlier today, Twitter announced (in a tweet) that it has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public. Companies with less than $1 billion in revenue per year can file for a "secret" initial public offering, which prevents public release of documentation associated with the filing, such as assets, and revenue estimates.
Attack on the New York Times second in two weeks
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) tonight has claimed responsibility for a trio of hacks -- one directed at The New York Times, the second at the Huffington Post UK branch, and the third at microblogging service Twitter. All three appear to be attacks on the DNS records, as well as some sort of intrusion on Twitter's image hosting and URL shortening service.
Six-second video service grows by 23M since June
Twitter has revealed that its short video service Vine has managed to gain its 40 millionth user. The user number milestone has been achieved despite new competition from well-established Instagram, and comes at the same time as it updates the Android version of its app with a number of bug fixes and the autocompletion of hashtags.
Testing discovered underway in iPhone app
Twitter is testing out location-based alerts of live events, according to reports. The feature has been discovered running in the social network's official iOS app, and appears to be associated with hashtags; in a given example, people using the tag "#TechShopggd" nearby might bring a post to the top of a feed, and offer the option to check out related tweets. Twitter has refused to comment other than to suggest that it's experimenting with a number of ideas.
App localized for 12 more countries
Twitter has updated its #music iOS app with several new discovery features. Foremost is local library scanning, the results of which are used to suggest relevant artists. Users can now also listen to an artist's top tracks, similar acts, and even the bands that the artist follows on Twitter.
Verification not dependent on phone numbers
Twitter has updated the iOS app for its social network with several additions, most notably integrated two-step authentication. Rather than use a phone number, Twitter subscribers can now sign up for authentication via the combination of the app and push messaging. Backup codes are generated in case a device is lost, and whenever a login request is made, Twitter will supply details of the person's browser and rough location.
Twitter for Windows 8 adds list support, multiple user accounts
Twitter for Windows 8 has received some updates, alongside some bug fixes. The Metro-style app update, available through the Windows Store, now allows for users to sign into the microblogging service with multiple accounts, adds support for viewing lists of Twitter accounts, and allows for user profiles and lists to be pinned directly onto the Windows 8 Start screen.
Facebook 25 times more popular than Google for sharing
Despite Google's efforts to integrate its "social layer" across all of its services, Google+ trails every other major social networking platform. A new report out from Gigya pegs Google+ at only a two percent share of social sharing, behind even LinkedIn, which holds a three percent share. The social platform is in fifth place among the major social outlets.
Worshippers must have 'requisite devotion' to receive during World Youth Day
The Vatican is modernizing an old tradition on Twitter. Followers of the Papal Twitter account are being offered "indulgences," thereby reducing the amount of time Catholics believe they will have to spend in Purgatory after absolution of sin. Attendance to the upcoming Rio World Youth Day is normally required for such special dispensation, but those following the "rites and pious exercises" of the event through television, radio and social media will be granted the indulgence.
Vine adds iOS app enhancements, Fast Capture widget to Android app
Vine has updated its Android app, gaining a number of features added earlier to the iOS version. The addition of 15 new channels to post videos to, "revining" posts with others, and improved capture tools are accompanied by a new Fast Capture Widget, which opens the app into the camera mode, bypassing the home screen entirely for quicker recording of clips. A mute button for watching videos silently has also been included in the new release.
Massive simultaneous update drives client improvements
Twitter on Monday rolled out a simultaneous update to searching on Android, iPhone, iPad and the social network's mobile website. Searching people will now show a full bio, making it easier and faster to find out more about the searched individuals. Additionally, all platforms will now sync direct messages. Other improvements have been rolled out to individual apps, including tweet composition and interaction display.
'Protected' accounts restrict followers
A new version of Twitter's Vine, 1.3, has been released for iOS. The video-sharing app now sports several discovery-related features, primarily a set of 15 channels, which cover broad categories like Comedy and Art down and more specific ones such as Cats. Posts, meanwhile, can be newly "revined," and the Explore screen lets users quickly find more Vine subscribers to follow.
Instagram hosts photo gallery of celebrations
At least two major high-tech companies have issued statements supporting today's US Supreme Court decisions related to gay marriage, according to AllThingsD. "Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today," a message from an Apple spokesman reads. HP, meanwhile, is pointing to its history of supporting gay causes. "HP has more than 30 years of partnership with and participation in pride events, and works throughout the year to build and strengthen HP as an organization that values all employees, customers and communities," says Michael Thacker, the global communications chair for HP's Pride Employee Resource Group. "Our sponsorship at San Francisco Pride this year is a great example of how HP is committed to diversity and to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company," Thacker's PR concludes.
Vine adds new features, social integration
The Android version of the video sharing app Vine saw an update on Saturday, bringing it to version 1.1.0. The new update adds integration with Facebook, as well as the ability to search for specific users and hashtags. It also brings performance improvements meant to bring the Android Vine experience to parity with the iOS version.
Twitter's importance verified by dictionary
The Internet is responsible for a number of words that didn't exist just over a decade ago, and the Oxford English Dictionary has just added another net phrase to the official lexicon. Already a word related to bird vocalizations, "tweet" now also officially references the social networking service Twitter. The OED also added "big data," "crowdsourcing," "e-reader," "mouseover," "redirect," and "stream" to its list of words.
Sidebar makes it easier to jump between columns
Twitter has posted an updated Mac version of TweetDeck, its more advanced client software. The v3.0.2 release makes a number of interface changes, most notably adding a sidebar to the lefthand side. This lets users quickly jump between columns, instead of having to scroll through them. Columns can be quickly rearranged by dragging them around within the sidebar.
Yahoo redesigns search page, improves loading times
Yahoo has redesigned its search page with a more streamlined appearance. The update, which will roll out to US-based users today, uses a much flatter design than before, pushes the search results higher up the page, and also introduces a navigation bar to other Yahoo services at the top. Aside from changing the design to something that seemingly borrows from the Google design playbook, the Yahoo blog claims that some behind-the-scenes work has also led to improved loading times for results.
Twitter launches Vine on Android, adds zoom function
Twitter has released a version of Vine for Android through Google Play. The video sharing app, originally launching on iOS in January with a few teething issues, has made the transition over to Android after reaching 13 million active users. While many of the app's features make it across, such as finding friends and sharing to Twitter, the company blog reveals that the Android version has been given one extra that the iOS variant currently lacks: a zoom function.
Dish Network adds social network interactions to Hopper DVR using app
Dish Network has created a new app for its Hopper Whole-Home DVR for social networking while watching television. Social, usable from the Hopper's quick-launch bar, will allow viewers to log into and manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as showing a Twitter feed for the show or channel being watched at that time. A data bar at the bottom of the screen will provide more stats and information about the program, including what areas of the US are commenting about the show on Twitter, and the program's "sentiment rating."
Rdio adds people, artist, label search
Twitter has released a new version of its free Mac client, v2.2.1. While mostly a maintenance update, it also adds OS X Notification Center integration, pushing alerts whenever a mention or direct message is received. Some of the update's fixes solve broken Growl notifications, the account switcher going missing in the composer window, and a bug that prevented un-favoriting tweets.
Twitter client gets Readability, Droplr support
Two iOS apps, Twitterific and 1Password, have today received significant updates. Twitterific 5.2.2 adds support for bookmarking service Readability and image service Droplr. A number of smaller improvements have also been made, such as automatic flipping of the read/unread state of tweets as users scroll, and similar updating of indicators in timeline tabs. Yfrog images should appear in the in-app browser instead of the photo viewer.
Improves Vine support
Twitter has updated its official iOS app to v5.6, making some significant tweaks. Above all is the the ability to see trending topics according to location, whether nearby or in other cities around the world. Retweeting has also received some attention, as replies to retweets will now include the identities for both people involved.
Report scores tech companies on protecting user data from the government
An annual report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has declared that Twitter and Sonic.net are the best tech companies for protecting its users from government snooping and requests from courts and law enforcement. Out of the 18 companies examined in the report, MySpace and Verizon were judged the worst, failing to score a single star in any category, while Apple, AT&T, and Yahoo managed to attain at least one star out of a possible six.
Minute-long video explains adjustment, basic navigation
Google Glass will have at least one app for it upon its consumer release, following reports that a Twitter client is being worked on for the device. The news of the app comes at the same time as the search company releases a video explaining to future users how to use the wearable computing system, with a heavy emphasis on controls via the touchpad.
Twitter account intrusions could rise as hackers crave press coverage
Twitter has written to news organizations in order to help prevent their highly-followed accounts being hijacked. The memo comes in the wake of a number of high-profile attacks on media Twitter accounts, with the micro-blogging service expecting the compromising of high-profile accounts to continue in the future.
Vine confirms Android version of video app in the works
Popular video app Vine will be headed to Android in the future. Co-founder of the Twitter-owned app Dom Hofmann confirmed to The Verge it will be ported, following its successful launch on iOS devices. The app, which allows users to create six-second video clips for sharing on social networks, is also reportedly going to include the ability to tag friends to a clip, in order to foster more sharing between users.