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The ongoing drama between Twitter and its third-party developers appears to have finally taken its toll on Echofon, by far our favorite Twitter client on Mac and iOS. While other users have lamented the demise of Tweetie or how awful the official Twitter and TweetDeck apps are, Echofon was probably our most-used app for both desktop and mobile -- and now one-half of that winning team is headed for the dumpster. Read on to find out the details.
It's never fun to report on a product being discontinued, especially when we love and use it ourselves. On Monday afternoon, Echofon developer Naan Studio sent out a casually-worded tweet about the future of its Twitter-based desktop products, linking back to a blog post announcing these products would be phased out this fall. Indeed, the Mac, Windows and Firefox offerings have already been stripped from the Echofon.com website header, although they're still available for download until the end of October. Naan claims the move is being made "in order to focus more on our mobile line of Echofon apps," an ironic excuse given that timeline sync between the desktop and mobile app was one of its most powerful features. A follow-up tweet noted that the desktop products should continue to work until March, 2013, which is when Twitter is scheduled to pull the plug on version 1.0 of its API. Looks like another sad casualty of Twitter turning its back on third-party apps, which is really making us impatient for Tweetbot for Mac...
MacRumors noted on Monday that Apple has quietly rolled out shared Reminders to the iCloud.com web app, allowing browser fans and Windows users access to the same feature found in OS X Mountain Lion. Curiously, Apple has yet to introduce the feature in the Reminders app on iOS 6, which allows users to share specific reminders with anyone they choose. It's not clear when the change was made, but appears to have been pushed to iCloud.com sometime within the last few days.
With the iPhone now being the principal point-and-shoot camera for many users, a whole cottage industry has sprung up in the App Store around managing images in your Camera Roll. The latest is flayvr which, despite the goofy name, promises to automatically organize both photos and videos from your phone into collections that make it easy to share with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or even via email and SMS. It's kind of like Events in the desktop version of iPhoto, but judging from the company's YouTube demo video, a whole lot more powerful. Best of all, the flayvr app is free, so you can try it out for yourself. Now if we can just get the company to switch to a better product name...
"Prepare to be green with envy as we tear down the new 7th Generation iPod Nano," the latest iFixit teardown begins, quite fitting considering the company procured the green model for such surgery. Yes, iFixit is back in action again, following up last week's teardown of the latest iPod touch with the newest iPod nano. So how did it fare? The company gives it a five out of 10 on repairability, which falls squarely in the middle of its range. That's a bit better than the latest iPod touch, but actually a bit more difficult than the iPhone 5. To discover what else iFixit found inside its green iPod nano, head over to the website and enjoy the full-resolution teardown in all its glory.
As noted by Adobe's John Nack, the film unit at NBC's Saturday Night Live has ditched Apple's Final Cut Pro in favor of Premiere Pro CS6. According to StudioDaily, the turning point was the release of Final Cut Pro X last year. "We thought, 'Well, this just isn't going to work at all,'" explains editor Adam Epstein. "So much of what I do is After Effects-specific, so when CS5.5 came along with Dynamic Linking -- definitely the killer feature for me thus far -- we decided to try that out on a simple piece featuring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell toward the end of last season. It went so smoothly that once CS6 came out, we decided to dial the full workflow in and make sure it fit our needs. So far, it really has." It seems like yet another sad tale of abandonment for Apple's former post-production darling, and Cupertino has yet to even attempt winning back all of the customers it's lost to Adobe's solution.
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