Well, this is the last weekend you have to relax and enjoy yourself before the ridiculous onslaught of holiday shopping and events consumes your every waking minute with errands and shopping and parties and decorating and trying to figure out how to wrap gifts and what to get and oh my we're getting a little excited (and a little exhausted) just thinking about it. Well, here's the week that was. Get at it. (Note, not Santa to our right.)
The iPhone was a tipping point for social media, enabling immediate sharing of life events with loved ones. But with so many different networks now drawing our attention, what we really need is an app to pull them all together in one place. That’s the concept behind Moment.me, which tries to be an aggregator for photos, videos, and tweets pulled from Facebook, Twitter, and other services, presenting them in a real-time, multi-point of view layout, neatly organized by event. Or rather, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Apple front (unless you count that settlement with HTC which we'll get into in a moment), with most of the tech world focused on the debut of Nokia's new Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia handsets hitting AT&T and Verizon. Curious about what you might have missed? Glad you asked, because we've assembled a handful of those stories right here for you...
This morning, a large number of Twitter users received an email from the social network, claiming their passwords were reset. The Twitter team believed some accounts had been compromised, and took immediate steps to block potential hackers. But this afternoon, the company's apologizing for maybe going a little overboard.
Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.
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.
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.
Today, Apple released the second update for their most popular cat, Mountain Lion. OS X 10.8.2 isn’t just any ol' ordinary update, though, it adds some new features that bring more value to the OS, including Facebook integration, the ability to share your todo lists in the Reminders app, and the ability to send and receive iMessages through your iPhone number. We’ll show you how to use all of these great new features.
I am not a Twitter power user. I'm what you would call a lurker--I've sent all of 18 tweets since I created my account several years ago--but I still use my favorite client (Tweetbot) quite a bit throughout the day. My needs are simple: I want to instantly locate tweets I haven't read and scroll through them quickly, explore links easily and effortlessly send articles my Instapaper queue.