Tag - Twitter
The login details of over 32 million Twitter accounts may be at risk, according to a search engine that specializes in leaked account credentials. The leak, which is believed to have been caused through malware infestations rather than a breach of Twitter's own servers, are said to include the usernames, passwords, and email addresses, notably with the passwords supplied to the search engine in plain text instead of being encrypted.
Tweetbot for iOS has been updated to version 4.3. The new update brings a number of new tweaks, as well as a new feature called "Topics," which makes it much easier to conduct live tweeting and create tweet storms. According to the developer Tapbot, a Topic is a way to let you quickly Tweet a group of related Tweets without having to manually reply to yourself, or reply to yourself and have to manually add the same hashtags each time. You can also save Topics to to iCloud, so these can be continued on to your iPad or Mac.
The best way to get apps for your iPad is slowly: as you need to do something, find what does it, and try some out. The worst way is to read an article listing "100 Amazing Apps." and download the lot in one go. If nothing else, one person's amazing is another person's shrug. MacNN has picked 10 and while, actually yes, we think they're pretty amazing, this set has been picked specifically to be what every iPad should have.
[Updated with some families of deceased filing letter supporting court order] The expected amicus curae briefs from Silicon Valley companies supporting Apple in its encryption battle have arrived. The first filing, according to reports, is a combined effort from Airbnb, Atlassian, Automattic, CloudFlare, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Mapbox, Medium, Meetup, Reddit, Square, Squarespace, Twilio, Twitter, and Wickr.. A separate supporting brief was also filed from original and current iPhone launch partner AT&T. Additionally, a combined letter from some of the families of victims has also arrived, supporting the court's order mandating unlocking of the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
Apple has officially launched another verified Twitter account for interaction with its users. Similiar to its Apple Music Twitter Account, the new Apple Support account describes itself as a venue to "provide tips, tricks, and helpful information when you need it most," and "if you have a question, well -- we're here to help with that too."
Twitter is awesome, and so is the official Twitter app. We've had no real complaints about it in the years that we've used it, though that doesn't mean we're not open to alternatives. Today, we check out Tweetings for Twitter, an app that attempts to add some upgrades to your Twitter experience.
Periscope, the Twitter-owned livestreaming service, has updated its iOS app to work with a number of GoPro cameras capable of wireless connectivity. Owners of the GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver can now use their action camera for the live video broadcast, giving users an alternative to the iPhone's camera, as well as the ability to switch between the two different video sources mid-broadcast within the app.
Twitter is bringing streams from Periscope directly into the feeds of its users within the main Twitter app, starting with the iOS version. Previously needing users to enter the dedicated Periscope app in order to view, the update will allow Twitter users to view live streams from within the Twitter app itself without switching apps, much like Vine videos, making it easier for anyone to watch any live broadcasts from the Twitter-owned streaming service.
Say you like news but not enough to go looking for it: Nuzzel 2.0.3 is for you. This iOS and Apple Watch app tracks your Twitter and Facebook feeds for news articles that are being shared. If around three or more people you're following share the same article, Nuzzel tells you about it with a notification on your iPhone or a tap on your wrist.
Social media is fast, fast, fast and Twitter is the fastest of them all: reacting in seconds, responding in moments, always changing, always moving, always something new to see. Except in the Mac version. While it has had some minor point updates to fix problems, the last major release of the official Twitter client was two years ago. The one before that was two years earlier still. It's not the most fast-paced development cycle in the world. However, Twitter 4.0.0 is now here and if it's not exactly been worth the wait, it's definitely worth getting.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu