In a move that shouldn’t shock anyone, Twitter has finally confirmed that API v1, the same one that powers a number of popular apps including TweetDeck for iOS and Android, has been “retired”.
Twitter has already removed TweetDeck for Android and iPhone from Google Play and the App Store on May 7th , but declared that they’ll be transitioning to its new API version 1.1. Don’t fret though, most of your favourite Twitter-based apps have already transitioned over to the new API and will remain unaffected by this retirement. Twitter has been locking down on their API’s since announcing stricter rules earlier this year.
If you’re someone who wants to migrate your app over to the new API, there’s still time to do so. Hit the source below to read Twitter’s developer blog post for more info.
Huawei has just taken to Facebook and teased those interested in their products that they’ll be releasing a water resistant, or possibly fully waterproof smartphone. The image shows a Windows Phone 8 device – potentially the heavily leaked Ascend W2 – being dunked into water.
The Facebook post stated that “as anticipated for many rumors, a new ultra-slim attractive design will enrich the collection of smartphones Huawei!” The Huawei Ascend W2 rumoured specs have it sporting a 4.3 inch 720p display, 7.7 mm thin, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 8MP camera with LED flash that captures 1080p HD videos.
We’ll see what happens when Huawei officially announces the unknown device. Since WIND Mobile just launched the Huawei Ascend W1 there’s a good chance the Ascend W2 will be a follow-up.
This new promo plan, called the Manager’s Special Unlimited Voice and Data 60, is a pretty good deal. This will certainly add a bit more fire to the already heavily competitive Quebec market. Videotron notes in the fine print that this is a “limited-time offer is for actual Videotron’s mobile telephone service or all residential customers subscribing to Videotron’s mobile telephone service.” Below are all the details of what the plan includes:
- Unlimited anytime local calling
- Unlimited long-distance calls to Canada and the US
- Unlimited text messaging (text, picture and video)
- Call Display
- Voicemail (up to 35 voicemails)
- Call Waiting and Conference Calls
- 6 GB data add-on
- 5-hour illico mobile plan free for 12 months
In March, Flipboard unveiled a new feature, magazine curation, that set the tone for its future direction. Instead of being merely a disparate set of loosely-connected categories arrayed in an attractive finger-friendly format, Flipboard users could act as their own publishers, presiding over and sharing virtual decks of their own and others’ content.
Initially available for iOS only, the feature came to Android a couple months later, and now the company has added multi-user magazine curation to the apps on both mobile platforms.
Bloomberg is confirming what we already knew. According to “two people familiar with the matter,” HTC will release a smaller version of their popular HTC One flagship phone. The report indicates that the One mini will have a 4.3-inch display and “will probably have a less-powerful Qualcomm Inc. processor and lower-resolution screen than the flagship.”
When the images of the One mini leaked online a couple weeks ago the resolution was confirmed to be 720p with a dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 2GB of RAM and the trademarked 4MP UltraPixel camera. No insight into what version of Android, probably 4.2 Jelly Bean. Bloomberg’s sources, “who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public,” stated the smaller version of the flagship One “will go on sale by August.” The price is expected to be around $550 (€400).
The One Mini will go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini, which has been tipped to arrive in Canada.
Update: Engadget has received some more info about the HTC One Mini, plus the image above. They note that the display is in fact 4.3-inches, comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and has the similar aluminum unibody that the original HTC One features, but the front of the device has been outfitted with plastic. The One Mini comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense, BlinkFeed, Zoe share, Beats Audio, but lacks the IR blaster.
Samsung has continued the expansion of the Galaxy S4 family of devices and announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom today. This cameraphone will potentially be loved by the picture-taking crowd with its 16MP CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom lens and a Xenon flash. Other key specs of the Zoom have it sporting a 4.3-inch QHD DISPLAY (960×540 resolution), runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, 1.5GB of RAM with 8GB of internal storage (expandable storage up to 64GB) and a 2330mAh battery.
One of the new features that Samsung has included in this category of device is called “Zoom Ring.” This is part of a “revolutionary new interface” that allows you to quickly share while on a phone call. Samsung notes that you do “a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply.”
No word on Canadian availability or pricing, but this would be a welcome addition to any Canadian carriers lineup. It would be interesting to see if TELUS has an exclusive on this with their Blacks photography retail outlet. Samsung will be showing this off during the big ‘Premier’ event on June 20th.
Virgin Mobile will be releasing some “smokin’ hot updates” to their “Rockstar rate plans” tomorrow. According to the internal doc we received, which is listed below for your viewing pleasure, Virgin’s simplified Silver, Gold, and Platinum rate plans has it “goin’ on in all the right places.” Most, not all, of the plans have received a slight addition, such as 6PM evenings, more minutes and data. There’s lots of emphasis on BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) this month, plus it seems like the smartphone bundle add-on has been reduced by a buck.
Check them all out below…
In the last few weeks we’ve covered Google Glass from two different perspectives: as a blogger and as a developer. Both instances left us eager to see more in terms of functionality and usability. The only downside we found from our quick hands-on with the wearable tech was the overall lack of apps to choose from. This bareness, however, has not stopped design-focused shopping experience “Fancy” from creating its own GlassWare for the Android-based platform.
The app is available now and offers three core experiences: exploring, simple purchasing, and of course, matching. The Fancy app, as one would expect, is beautiful, with a strong focus on a clean UI and easy to navigate interface. With a simple tap of Glass, you’re able to see what is new and and purchase with a simple tap of your temple.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who have Glass, download Fancy from Glasshead and let us know what you think.
Facebook for BlackBerry 10 has slowly been creeping up to feature parity with its iOS and Android counterparts. When Microsoft collaborated with the social networking giant in April to bring a Modern UI-friendly redesign to Facebook for Windows Phone, it was BlackBerry 10 left as the virtual pariah.
With version 10.2, BlackBerry 10 users now have the ability to upload photo albums, add photos to uploaded albums, tag their friends and family members, in addition to a number of other usability tweaks.
There’s also an updated newsfeed design that adheres more closely with the rest of the platforms; expect wider photos (plus) and more ads (minus).
If you’re a Facebook user on the BlackBerry Z10 or Q10, get downloading.
Via: BlackBerry Blog
Apple’s simplification of iOS 7′s design from previous versions was a welcome and necessary change. While developers have been working with the revamped OS for about a day now, the general public will have to wait until the fall to download.
There’s a slew of “design enhancements” and some of the most manifest are the home screen icons. For now, this has divided some Apple enthusiasts, as it’s an uncomfortable shift away from what they’re used to. Most of your favourite apps will be seeing a new icon, but what about the basics? Below is a side-by-side comparison of the icons in iOS 6 vs iOS 7.