Twitterific 2.0 hit the App Store yesterday, and it is a huge leap forward in terms of being a fully-integrated Twitter client when compared to the preview 1.x version. Hit the video above for a quick visual walkthrough of the interface. The Iconfactory has two versions of Twitterific 2.0 available, a free version with ads, or a premium $3.99 version which removes all ads.
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Earlier we posted a fairly in-depth piece looking at some of the upcoming FiOS TV features, but we figured some of you might just be interested in this juicy tidbit. We know a bunch of you are addicted to Twitter and/or Facebook, and if you are a Verizon FiOS TV subscriber, you’ll be interested to know that both are going to be integrated into your television viewing experience by way of widgets.
The Twitter integration is particularly cool, as the widget will give you a look at what people are saying about the show you are currently watching. Could be fun for sports, or reality shows. Not so much for Keeping Up with the Kardashians (hat tip to Jason on that one.)
We have no timeline for when the widgets will be pushed out, but we do know that they are currently in beta.
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As most of you know, we are big fans of Verizon FiOS here at Gear Live. The actual Internet and television services are stellar, and it’s pretty hard to find fault with things, especially since downtime is almost nonexistent. Sure, we’ve had our issues, but those are all fixed, and at this point it is pretty much smooth sailing.
Today we were inviting to a media briefing at the main hub in Everett, WA, to get a look at some of the current and upcoming features of the Verizon FiOS TV service. We were able to sit down with Eric Rabe, Senior VP of Media Relations for Verizon to get the full scoop. Of course, being who we are, we had to make sure we got questions answered about FiOS Internet and phone services as well, just to be thorough. We will just go through these in no particular order - some of this you already know, while other parts are definitely new:
HD Content: FiOS TV is completely uncompressed through Verizon. They get the signal, and pass it straight through to the subscribers box the way they received it from one of two providers (depending on where you are located.) Every market has a minimum of 100 dedicated HD channels. The caveat here (and it’s a small one) is that the cable box does not have a mode that simply passes through the content to your receiver or television the way it comes in. This means you have to set the FiOS TV cable box to display either 1080i or 720p, and it will either up-convert or down-convert depending on what you choose. I let them know it would be nice to have boxes that just passed through the resolution without any conversion taking place. Of course, if you have a TiVo Series3 or TiVo HD with a FiOS CableCARD, you don’t have this issue.
I also asked about 1080p content, since satellite is currently offering HD content in 1080p. Unfortunately, their answer is that they are a couple of software revisions away from being able to offer that, so no timeline there.
Not long after we told you 3 ways to help you track the N1H1, we came across SickCity, a disease tracker for hypochondriacs. Not only does it list the ten sickest cities, it covers most countries. A part of the DIY City program, it uses Twitter (and soon Facebook) to collect information and make graphs with the use of algorithms. They are still working on some historical data, but it is still worth a look. Add your city if it is not already listed.
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You see, this is why we have Twitter. There are just some things that you want to share with the world, but they are things that would just be downright asinine to share in public. Instead, you do it behind the veil of your Twitter account. Don’t understand? Check the video above from CollegeHumor for a better explanation, and while you’re at it, follow me on Twitter.
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Romeo, a white and ginger cat, has its own Twitter following. In less than three months, he has managed to gather more than $5,000.00 in funds for animal rescue groups. Caroline Golon created the account for her 5 year-old Persian, who is himself a rescue cat. He had hearing issues and had to go through several surgeries, resulting in one limp ear. Still, we are glad to hear that Twitter can be used this way and that two national companies not only back him but contribute to the causes he
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As if giving away an LG HDTV wasn’t enough, we’ve got even more goodness for you. Slacker Radio wants to give one of you one full year of Slacker Radio Plus service, completely free. You see, they are stocked about the fact that they have four times more tracks on their service than Pandora does, which is impressive any way you look at it. The Slacker Radio Plus services includes:
- Unlimited song requests
- Unlimited Skips
- Complete song lyrics
- Unlimited skips
- Over 2 million songs in catalogue
We are gonna make this one easy. To enter, you just need to be a follower of Gear Live on Twitter, and send out this message “@gearlive I want to win a year of Slacker Radio Plus! Pick me! #slacker” - you can use this link to automatically post it. We will pick someone at random this Friday. Have fun!
If Ashton Kutcher is correct, this is the year of Twitter. Almost everything you wanted to know about it but are too embarrassed to admit can be found on TweetMeUp. There are tips, tricks and links to free downloads such as the TweetMyBlogWP plugin and the Twitter info pack. The home screen refreshes every two minutes and news is also included on the site. And of course, you can find all the information on Twitter.
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This is proof positive that Twitter is more than stuff and nonsense. Moldovans were using the social messaging network to create a rally in response to Sunday’s election result and poor economy. Using Facebook and the tag “#pman,” which stands for Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, a large square in the capital city Chisinau, more than 10,000 gathered. The rally was considered to be “well designed, well thought out, coordinated, planned and paid for.” The protests began quietly on Monday, but escalated into stone throwing and fires until dispersed on Tuesday.
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After speaking with an OnStar rep, we can now undoubtedly tell you that Twitter is most definitely coming to GM’s OnStar service. I was actually featured in a piece here on Seattle’s KING 5 News, where I talked a bit about the features that OnStar is saying will be available. On the flip-side, they also talk to a Washington State Patrol officer, who says that even though this would be a hands-free activity, it is just one more thing that is taking your mind off of driving.
OnStar didn’t give us a timeframe for when the Twitter integration would launch, but hey, at least now you know that our original Twitter on OnStar article wasn’t an April Fools joke…although, Trooper Brandon Lee’s bow tie very well might be.
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