News/Rumors

Twitter App updated for iPhone and Android smartphones

Twitter made public on Tuesday the news that the Twitter App for iOS and Android will be improved to suit best the new smartphone technology.

The improvements consist in adding new features and also in re-introducing the best features from older versions, but they will not be the same for both platforms.

Twitter App for Android will be enhanced to run on Ice Cream Sandwich versions and on Kindle Fire and Nook tablets.

The iPhone users should be more thankful because the iOS Twitter App will better improved, compared to the Android version. Besides the new design of the direct messages and new options added, such as the “Read Later Service” the company also brought to light older options, the most relevant being the possibility to change font size and to mark all messages as read with one single tap of the fingertip.

Both iPhone and Android versions got back the swipe shortcut that enables one to @reply, favorite, share, retweet and see other profiles without leaving he’s own. Twitter App also received a feature that can find one’s friends looking through e-mail or phone contacts.

All in all, even if you are an iPhone passionate or an Android fanatic, using Twitter will certainly be an improved experience.

Source: Mashable

iPad, News/Rumors

Pew reveals the great gig in the tablet’s ownership sky

The tablet ownership, and also the eReaders one nearly doubled over the holidays, jumping from 10% to 19%. No wonder their popularity raised lately. Pew Research Center revealed how these gadgets raised their status from interesting gadgets to Very Important Gadgets in only one month. It seems that lots of iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and eReader devices found their place under the Christmas tree in 2011.

Between mid-December and early January the number of Americans owning a tablet and/or an e-book reader raised twice, shifting also the selling situation that was not profitable during the autumn. In the holiday season also the number of digital reading devices, mostly Nook and Kindle, raised briskly from 18% in December to 29% in January. This doubling was possible also due to the prices that were lower in the gifting season. Amazon cut considerably the price of its Kindle Fire, followed by Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project took this survey on a number of 2,986 people, most of them adults. The survey referred to tablets in general and made no mention about the iPad. There’s no doubt selling was profitable also for Apple’s tablet during the holiday season. Fortunately, Apple’s earnings report is on its way and we will have the exact details of the iPad sales in December and not only.

Source: PewResearch