For many of us, the first sign we're getting older is when we start squinting at our Mac display to read text or look at a thumbnail image. Apparently the creators of Tweetbot have the same problem, judging from their latest Mac update.
Wednesday wound up being a big day for Windows Phone 8 users, who finally got the Instagram app they've been waiting for, as well as Google blessing them with a second app in the form of crowdsourced traffic service Waze. Sure, these apps aren't much to get excited about on the iPhone these days, but it's always nice to see competing mobile platforms catch up, even if it's long overdue. Speaking of which, there's still no NFC-enabled Google Wallet on the iPhone, but we do have a spot of news about the service in today's recap...
Thursday wound up being a hotbed for app updates and product news, but if you were too busy to keep up on everything, we've managed to cap off the short work week with a handful of the best announcements. Seems like there's something for everyone here, including Google Music fans, Tweetbot for Mac users and Creative Cloud subscribers ready for a taste of Adobe's big update next month.
Twitter's upcoming API changes have been met with derision by many, but third-party developers are simply moving forward and adapting to the new guidelines, which are rolled into the latest Tweetbot updates.
So have you heard any good rumors lately? We have. It seems like the rumor mill is on the cusp of being vindicated about the iPad mini as at long last Apple gives the technorati what they've been begging for. Will there be a market for it? Oh, we think a lighter priced smaller tablet might just be stuffing a few stockings this holiday season.
Still bummed about the forthcoming loss of third-party Twitter client Echofon on the Mac? Then get your iTunes Store account warmed up, because Tweetbot just flew into the Mac App Store -- but it will cost you a cool 20 bucks for the pleasure of using it. Why so steep? It seems Twitter's new policies are to blame, and you can click on to read all about it.
The end of August is here, but before you go sauntering off on an extended three-day Labor Day vacation, it's time to soak in a handful of stories to round out the month. Next week this particular writer will be shifting this recap into an early edition spot but fear not: MacLife.com will continue offering the same great PM recap you're now reading, along with a bit more afternoon news as icing on the cake. So without further ado, here's what's happening for Friday, August 31, 2012...
Seems as if any time a notable iOS developer makes the leap to the Mac, it's worthy of headlines -- and that's certainly true with the alpha version of Tweetbot for Mac introduced today. If you've already sworn your allegiance to Tweetbot on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, it's pretty much of a no-brainer. So let's not waste any time here, you'll want to read all about it so you can get to downloading that much quicker on this Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?