Twitter Cards Will Feature Galleries, Apps, Products And Yes, Tweets

blog-imageStraight out of a small developer get-together in San Francisco, Twitter unveiled two new features (really one in two) to advance the social network as a whole. First in Twitter-specific markup, a tweet will feature an application’s name, icon, description, rating and price within the freshly unveiled App Card and link to its Google Play or App Store page, for convenience. The opposite of this is Product Cards which highlights merchandise with an image, price and ratings.

Likewise, when tweets link to a photo gallery on the web, Twitter will use a Gallery Card to display a collection of four photos, indicating that it points to an image set, and not just a lone picture — something of quantity and quality.

Last;y, Twitter rounded off the cards with “mobile app deep-linking,” which means that tweets can sport a download link for the app which was used to publish them — Flickr, Foursquare, Path, Vine, etc. — and can create new features as a result.

ViaTwitter Dev Blog, TC

iOS 7 Is In The Works, But It’s Coming Late, So Apple Is Taking Action


That is apparently what’s going on. Apple’s iOS 7, to be used on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, has been in development for the longest while, but is still coming up late, so as a result Apple is pulling engineers off of the Mac OS X team, and into the iOS 7 dev team to speed up the process. The resulting success would be so that iOS 7 would debut during or after the World Wide Developers Conference (usually where new Apple devices are announced).

As Apple/technology information veteran, John Gruber explains:

“What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.”

The fact is, we are all willing to wait if it means iOS will finally have some new design tricks up its sleeve.

Via: Daring Fireball

Today Marks 40-Years Since The Birth Of The Cellphone

martin-cooper-stefan-etienneIt is monumental. On April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch long and 28-ounce heavy Motorola DynaTAC. He was dialing up a rival at AT&T, apparently on the grounds if whether or not “to see if my call sounds good at your end.” Since then, we’ve come a long way, switching to fast digital connectivity, new materials and forms factors, full operating systems, and operating systems as complex and capable as their desktop counterparts. And as you can see above, I am posing in a picture with the great Dr. Martin Cooper.

Ah, the cellphone. It will never cease to amaze us all — hopefully.

Google Changes Android Version Usage Stats By Checking Visits

android-stats-april13Previously, Google would check the usage of different versions of Android via the times the device pinged Google’s servers, stating what software version it had. Starting this month, however, Google has included the actual visit(s) of devices to the Google Play Store, so that more versions can be recorded. Since this is meant to help developers building apps, it rather innocently boosts the stats of newer devices. Specifically, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 or higher), up to 25 percent from 16.5 percent last month when it was calculated using the previous method. The number of devices recorded running Froyo and Gingerbread also took a bigt hit, down 3.6 and 4 percentage points, respectively.

It’s an interesting new way of calculating the way Android works and if it’s being introduced on better, higher-end devices.

ViaAndroid Developers (Google+)Android Dashboard

HTC One Will Cost $199 At AT&T, Pre-Orders Start April 4th

HTC One Software DeetsComing in either silver or black unibody aluminum with 32GB of internal storage, the HTC One will cost $199.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T’s 4G LTE network starting April 4th. After that, an official release for the One will be closer than ever, as the ship date is the 19th. As for that AT&T-exclusive 64GB version: availability has been kept completely under wraps, except an internal AT&T memo points to the price of $299, so that’s something.

As for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions; there’s no news on that front.

Editor’s Note: Post updated on 4/2/2013 to reflect official details. 

Via: AT&T

What If The Sun Just, You Know, Totally Fizzled Out, For Good?

Interestingly enough, we wouldn’t go into an instant ice age. In fact, as Vsauce walks us through an excellent dictation of how earth’s natural systems would slowly fail, but over the course of weeks and even years, not merely seconds. The cold would eventually ruin humanity, but extremophiles that live in deep sea volcanoes and thermal vents could survive for billions of years thereafter. The more you know, right?

Oh, and we need a new planet. Via: Vsauce

Samsung’s Octa-Core Processor Supports LTE, But Isn’t Coming To The U.S.

snapdragonApparently, someone at Samsung thought it was a genius idea to put an eight-core (!) processor inside of a smartphone, namely the Galaxy S IV, but decided to leave it out of the United States release, on all major carriers, with support of 20 different LTE radio bands. Instead, the U.S. release will see the new 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, while international 3G models will use a Exynos chipset.

So, while disappointing the tech press and consumers, Samsung also outsourced its processors (again) to Qualcomm. But, the Galaxy S IV still has an awesome amount of power at its disposal with the Qualcomm processor setup, just not as much if it were Samsung’s Exynos 5 chip.

Via: Samsung (Twitter)