Twitter Refreshes The Android App, Finally Sets The Design Straight

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After all these years, Twitter family has revised their app for Android to reflect what Android really looks like (the Google Holo design interface). As a result, you not only have a much more attractive app, but the inclusion of new features like the larger size of tweets displayed in the timeline, long-presses for “quick actions,” and the ability to swipe left or right to parse through navigation tabs. As for that new Card integration, it also makes an appearance in the app, available at the Google Play Store now, for Android 4.0 and up devices.


Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear Plus Contact Lenses Review

DSC_0008The advancement of visual correction had skyrocketed in the past few years. But nothing has been as revolutionary in the contact lenses space as silicone hydrogel, which allows for high exposure to oxygen, while still maintaining a moist layer when on the eye — essentially everything you’d want when wearing contacts. The Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear Plus contact lenses are this exact fusion of technologies that make the wearer feel comfortable while being able to wear the lenses all day long, for a period of 2 weeks before they should be disposed of.

The Brew Clip: It’s The First 3D Printed Wallet With A Bottle Opener

a3fb94c0f19f28e438ba0f7a8de15d9a_largeStraight into my inbox of new Kickstarters, and I was quickly surprised: the Brew Clip is a Kickstarter project that conveniently stores money, whilst also functioning as a bottle opener, is durable, and is the first 3D printed wallet of its kind. It can carry 5 credit cards and 30 bills, is constructed from a single piece of aluminum for the body that is carefully put together with 3D-printed sintered nylon. which as a whole measures 3.25” x 2.0”. The bottle opener can be slid in or out to avoid becoming a danger, and the entire wallet has a strong, rigid frame, so it can slip into tight jeans pockets while also being able to be removed without much struggle.

The Kickstarter is still going on and has yet to reach the $7,000 mark in 29 days, by May 3rd, but so far has over $6,000 raised with 4 backers. Personally, it looks like a great idea that I’d like to get to actually use.

Via: Kickstarter (Brew Clip)

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