Foursquare Now Forces Users to Checkin With Swarm

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Foursquare app on iOS now forces us users to checkin with Swarm. While Swarm’s is entertainingly good but honestly don’t like it. For me, the Foursquare app is more useful because of its tips and the UI is more intuitive. But it looks like Foursquare is is about to kill its original app anytime this year. If ain’t broke don’t fix it right Foursquare? I believe there will be user backlash here.

Anyway if this is inevitable then just bring back the private checkin and I’ll be happy.

Official Twitter App Turns v6.0

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Twitter has been busy since its IPO offerings. They are trying a lot of new features to its platform. Today version 6.0 of its iOS app comes out.

There are some new design tweaks in this release plus the ability to send and receive photos via DM. See my screenshot above to know more about the entire release notes.

Unfortunately Tweetbot will still be my primary Twitter client.

Reply, RT and Favorite Buttons Now in Twitter App’s Timeline

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As I enjoy my return to Tweetbot as my primary Twitter client. The official Twitter app has been updated today and shows the Reply, Retweet and Favorite button in the timeline view. My point is, I like the old way, buttons should be hidden to have more timeline space.

Also, in this update Twitter made the image previews large and prominent occupying more timeline space. Luckily you can disable it in the settings.

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This update makes my Tweetbot 3 love affair stronger. Ciao for now official Twitter app.

Instagram Adds Video

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Facebook’s Instagram now adds 15 seconds video recording. The famous all-in-one social sharing app will be going head to head with Twitter’s Vine app.

Just like Vine the Instagram video can record and pause so you can ‘film’ several cut scenes without even touching a post-production app. Aside from this, it also features 13 filters that will provide your clips a ‘cinematic’ or ‘nostalgic’ feel.

Unfortunately the recording feature is only available on iOS. Android version will surely follow soon.

For me, I feel Vine’s 6 seconds is more practical. Time will tell who will win this battle

Update:

Android version of Instagram (4.0) now has video too

Tweetbot’s Cards View Entices Me To Come Back

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Its been awhile since I last used Tweetbot both on the iPhone and iPad. If you are following me on Twitter for a long time then you’ll probably know how Appoholic I’am.

Tweetbot has been my favorite Twitter client after Tweetings. Since then I evangelized its awesome unique features. But lately the official Twitter app has been pushing some great stuff and honestly fell in love with it.

Today, I accidentally opened my Tweetbot on my iPhone, pulled down the stream and saw a rectangle on the side of the search bar. Apparently Tweetbot added a “Cards View” or they simply call it “Media View” it displays all supported embedded photos and videos and shows the full width of the stream.

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I will give it a run this weekend and see if I’ll reunite my love with Tweetbot.