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Twitter for iPhone 4.3

Today Twitter for iPhone 4.3 was released on the App Store, a major update to the official Twitter client that brings with it the ability to view enhanced and expended tweets right in the app. Here's a rundown of the features:

  • Expanded Tweets -- when you view Tweet details containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos, and more (rolling out gradually)
  • Enhanced experience around selected events with the bets Tweets and photos from those involved
  • Push notifications for Tweets -- choose to receive notifications from people you follow any time they tweet or retweet
  • Ambient notifications -- enables you to see brief non-interruptive notifications in the status bar while you're using the app
  • Improvements to search autocomplete for users
  • Discover -- now indicates when new stories are available for you to view
  • Tappable avatars take you directly to user profiles
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for password entry in app when experiencing authentication issues
  • Support for the Hungarian language
  • Icon (image at right) features the new Twitter bird!

You can download the new Twitter for iPhone and iPad now, completely free.


Dancing Controversy: Winner Announced Before Finale Ends

Bristol Palin wasn’t crowned the next winner of Dancing With the Stars. But if she was paying attention to Twitter, she would have found out well before the season finale was over.

Midway through the broadcast, Interscope sent out a tweet that congratulated Jennifer Grey on her victory … before the show had announced it.

The tweet was deleted moments later (so you won’t find it now), but it definitely went out prior to the show’s big announcement.


(FYI - You can also follow TV Envy on Twitter.)

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Fast Follow: Now non-Twitter users can follow Twitter accounts

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Social Media,

While it’s nothing new to be able to follow your favorite tweets via SMS, those who haven’t yet signed away their free time to the popular social network will be able to get a taste of the service through their cell phones. The new feature is called Fast Follow, and works as simple as texting “follow [Twitter name]” to 40404.

This allows users to see what Twitter is about, and gives them the option to sign up by replying back to a tweet, “SIGNUP”. Easy, huh? What’s more is you can cancel tweets with a simple “off” command, and “on” to resume them.

This feature takes Twitter back to its origin when it was necessary to use SMS to update your Twitter. Hence the 140 character limit. While your at it, feel free to text “Follow GearLive” to 40404! Or, you can just follow us the traditional way.

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VIDEO: Teary Hasselbeck Apologizes to DWTS’ Erin Andrews

UPDATE: Erin Andrews says she’s never received that so-called apology from Hasselbeck.

Seeing Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry is something we’re all used to by now. (Remember that heated debate with Whoopi Goldberg on the use of the “N-word”?) But it’s not often that we see The View co-host cry over something she did.

While discussing the latest Dancing with the Stars events yesterday, the outspoken conservative felt the need to speak out about contestant Erin Andrews’ ballroom wardrobe. Elisabeth - who was for some reason shocked by the amount of skin the contestant had been showing lately (does she not watch the show on a regular basis?) - thought it would be appropriate to bring up the ESPN reporter’s stalking scandal.

“I mean, in some way if I’m [Michael David Barrett], I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!’” Hasselbeck joked.

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More Celeb Apprentice Drama: Tito Ortiz Arrested

UPDATE #2: The two have since kissed and made up. Jameson will not be filing any charges and Ortiz is reportedly moving back into the home.

UPDATE: Ortiz has now accused Jenna Jameson of being an Oxycontin addict.

Over the past few weeks, a number of celebrities connected to NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice program have found themselves in the headlines—and for unfortunate reasons. Up until recently, had been taking up the majority of the spotlight - that was until last weekend.

On Friday, it was revealed that Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage. The 47-year-old, who is still listed in critical condition, is being treated at an undisclosed location.

Although an “official medical report from doctors” has not yet been released by the star’s fansite, Michaels’ former billionaire boss gave what he claims to be an informed statement to the press. Trump, who is reportedly in touch with people close to the singer, told TMZ that Bret is in “big, big trouble and the prognosis is not great.”

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Dita Von Teese Keeping Skin Tattoo-Free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities,

Dita Von Teese

has declared that she will never have a tattoo. Although Marilyn Manson’s ex-wife is a fan of skin etchings, she has no desire to have a permanent design herself.

“I like tattoos, but I know when and how to appreciate something without needing it for myself, and that goes for more than just tattoos!” she wrote on Twitter.

The 37-year-old star, who is famous for her vintage-inspired wardrobe and glamorous look, has also revealed that she isn’t a fan of comfort clothes.

“I do relax; I just don’t relax by wearing jeans and sweatpants,” she told Las Vegas Weekly. “I have lots of robes and pajamas, and usually if you dropped in on me, I don’t wear a full face of makeup… But it’s not like I come home and go, ‘Wow, I really wish I had some sweatpants to put on right now.’ I don’t relate that to comfort. I’d rather put on a cashmere robe.”

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Adam Lambert: American Idol’s Next Mentor

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Artist News, Performances, Pop,

Adam Lambert

Although he’s still establishing his post-American Idol career, has been tapped as the show’s next mentor.

Season 8’s runner-up will appear on the FOX show next Tuesday, April 13 to offer a few words of advice for each contestant. While it’s not yet known which genre he’ll be contributing to, Lambert should be able to at least provide some hints as to what the judges are looking for.

“Even though I’m just at the start of my recording career, I hope to lend some insight as one who’s been thru the Idol adventure. excited!!” Adam wrote on Twitter.

A scandal-free performance of “Whattaya Want From Me” will then follow on the Wednesday results show. “Don’t worry America: I will be beyond family friendly. Relax and enjoy. For Your Entertainment,” Lambert tweeted.

(FYI - You can also follow Albumista on Twitter.)

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Kim Kardashian Sniffing Out Unisex Scent

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities,

DescriptionAlthough recently debuted her self-titled perfume, she is already planning a new scent. This time around, she may co-design it with boyfriend Reggie Bush.

“Reggie and I have talked about doing a fragrance together - something that is kind of unisex,” Kardashian revealed.

However, when asked which of her scents Reggie prefers, the 29-year-old said: “He just likes my natural sexiness. He likes my natural scent.”

Kim, who wore a black PVC dress to her fragrance launch, reprised the look later in the week when she donned a black PVC corset over a grey dress to launch a collection designed by sisters Kourtney and Khloe for fashion chain bebe. “Heading to the bebe show! Can’t wait for u guys to see this hoodie dress w/ leather corset I have on! Dope! (sic)” she tweeted.

The range, which is available this month in bebe stores in the U.S, consists of basic jerseys, fitted blazers and leather separates.

Lost Producers Not Aware of Bud Light Super Bowl Commercial

Jay Leno and David Letterman’s Super Bowl commercial wasn’t the only spot yesterday to mock some television drama. ABC’s Lost also became the focus of one of Bud Light’s many ads.

Given the similarities between the actual show and the clip, you’d have thought executive producers and Damon Lindelof were somehow involved. Well, they weren’t—but that doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy the commercial.

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Will the White House Interfere with Lost’s Premiere?

UPDATE: It appears the White House will stay clear of February 2nd.

Note to all you fans out there: If those folks inside the White House don’t play nicely, we may be forced to wait for our Season 6 premiere.

Although the networks have managed to plan out their schedules (for the most part) months in advance, organizers in D.C. have a bit more difficulty getting things pinned down. As of today, President Obama’s administration has slated either January 26 or February 2 as the day for Obama’s first State of the Union speech. Should they choose to go with the latter date, we probably won’t be going back to the island until February 9.

Are you as irked as a I am? If so, feel free to join the masses by tweeting with the hashtag #NoStateofUnionFeb2. In the meantime, get a recap of the first five seasons in approximately 8 minutes.

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