On today's show, Apple stands up for its developers, but not for the people who might be infected with malware. Nice, Apple. Real nice. Also, Microsoft introduces Mango and Ballmer accidentally introduces Windows 8, and the Falun Gong sues Cisco. Yeah, really. And for a good reason, too.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Twitter has agreed to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for $40 million in cash and stock, according to a CNN report.
The deal has not been officially announced yet, but a purchase agreement was signed today, according to the report, which cited sources close to the deal.
Twitter declined to comment on the report. "For all those who might be curious, we continue to not comment on rumors," the company said on its official public relations Twitter account.
TweetDeck has reportedly been the subject of a … Read more
If you've tried Seesmic, Twitdroyd, TweetDeck, the stock Twitter-type application on your phone, or the official Twitter app, but continue to search for that "one," why not try another? On Amazon's Appstore for Android you can download the full, ad-free version of TweetCaster Pro for Android (normally $4.99) by Handmark, for nada, niente, rien, nichts, gratis.
A lot has been improved upon since our review back in March 2011. With a new feature, Zip It, you can remove users or trends from your feed without unfollowing them. Instapaper support lets you save long articles to read later. Use Color Coding to personalize your own tweets and @replies with a custom color of your choosing. At the top of the list are five tabs for your full tweet list, tweets that just mention you, direct messages, your favorites, and any lists that you follow or follow you. Gone are the small yellow dot indicators for new tweets or mentions--we now see the number of tweets, mentions, and direct messages on the appropriate tabs. TweetCaster allows you to add a picture or video from galleries or directly from your mobile device's camera. Built-in URL shortening is also available, and you can quickly add geotag information or the usernames of your contacts to a tweet. Linking your Facebook account to TweetCaster will update that profile as well. The feature list goes on.
It's not perfect, but it is one of the better, simpler, and cleaner Twitter-based apps out there for Android users.
TweetCaster Pro will be Amazon's free App of the Day until 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT tonight. Try it out. There's always the option of uninstalling if it doesn't suit your needs, and free is free. … Read more
Every company can be hacked, but we didn't expect Sony to tell us that an additional 24 millions users and over 12,000 credit cards were acquired. It's not looking good for you guys.Microsoft and RIM are new BFFs in the mobile space and they need each other, plus new iMacs! Just like we predicted.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
A report Monday in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Twitter is in "advanced talks" to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for about $50 million. "TweetDeck has emerged as a favorite of heavy users of Twitter, letting people track tweets about multiple topics at the same time," the story explained. "The program, which many people download and use on their desktop computers, also lets people write tweets longer than 140 characters, among other features."
We're always on the hunt for good under-the-radar games, but it's not always easy to discover new titles that aren't already on the top games list in the App Store. Well, in honor of the start of the baseball season, we'll point you toward one that's worth taking a shot on: Hit the Deck Baseball from developer Smashedfly (Mike Miller).
As you can see, this isn't a "real" simulation baseball game but actually a throwback to a great old mechanical baseball pinball game of the '80s--and the first one to use solid-state electronics. The game is a faithful rendering of that pinball machine, and the physics are solid, with smooth gameplay.
You get a choice of three pitches (fastball, curve, change-up) when you're pitching, and swinging is pure timing. The home-run ramp randomly goes up and down and you can play against the computer AI, a friend, or just go for a high score in arcade mode.
Alas, our only complaint is that this isn't a universal app, so you have to buy the iPhone and iPad versions separately. But in all it's a polished game that should only get better with updates. It's also simple yet challenging enough that both adults and kids can enjoy it.
Editors' note: Look for CNET's full roundup of best baseball apps tomorrow. … Read more
UberMedia, the holding company that specializes in Twitter-based start-ups, has added its highest-profile company to date: TweetDeck, the biggest Twitter application not owned by Twitter itself.
UberMedia, run by Internet pioneer Bill Gross, will pay $30 million in cash and stock for the London-based company, which has raised less than $5 million from investors in the last two years.
The deal, first reported by TechCrunch, isn't done yet, but it's pretty far along, with signed term sheets, etc. All of TweetDeck's investors will take a portion of their payout in UberMedia equity, I'm told.
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One Valley exec's "daunting challenge" is another's "hackalicious" Candyland, it seems.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had some forceful words about Google's Android operating system in Monday's company earnings call--Jobs' first appearance on a quarterly call in two years--calling the open-source mobile software "very, very fragmented and [it] becomes more so every day." Android boss Andy Rubin hit back at him with a tweet full of open-source code.
Among the more than 145 million users of Twitter, a growing number are accessing the microblogging service through mobile apps.
The number of mobile users on Twitter has grown 62 percent since mid-April, according to a Thursday blog post from CEO Evan Williams.
Among newbies to the site, 16 percent of them tap into their first tweet via the mobile Web. That's up from 5 percent before the company launched its rebranded Twitter app for the iPhone a few months ago.
Google has bought an awful lot of companies in 2010, but it hasn't been hard to spot a theme to its purchases over the last few months.
"We're super excited to announce that someone found our social games as fun as you have--in this case, that 'someone' is Google," the company wrote.
SocialDeck has created mobile games, such as Pet Hero, and Shake and Spell, on the back of a "… Read more