1. The iPhone has its official Twitter client now

    A month ago Twitter acquired Loren Brichter’s company Atebits, which is responsible for Tweetie, probably the most famous Twitter client on the iPhone. Twitter wanted to create an own application on every device, and now after Android and Blackberry, the iPhone finally has its official Twitter app. 

    I have always been a huge Tweetie fanboy. I used it for months and encouraged others to do so as well. Now that Tweetie, or Twitter For iPhone, is free there’s no more reason not to use it. 

    But what’s new? This update is not as huge as the last update to version 2.0 but still it brings in some new features.
    The icon has changed. Now you just have a white bird on a blue background, which is a little worse than the old one after all in my opinion.
    More important, the search tab has changed. You can now search for all public tweets, nearby tweets and people and also browse suggested users from various categories.
    Also there’s a new feature regarding the trending topics. You now have an overview of some of the top tweets mentioning the trending topics which you can scroll trough vertically.
    Last but not least Loren Brichter has changed the Retweet functions in Twitter For iPhone. The native retweets function is now directly embeded in the menu that comes up when swiping right or left on a tweet. 

    Get Twitter For iPhone on the App Store.

     

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  2. I just discovered this beautiful Growl theme called Hud. It’s made by Komodomedia, the creators of the probably most famous Social Icon Pack. So download it immediately or read Komodo’s blog entry by clicking the image above.

    I just discovered this beautiful Growl theme called Hud. It’s made by Komodomedia, the creators of the probably most famous Social Icon Pack. So download it immediately or read Komodo’s blog entry by clicking the image above.

     

    Growl Hud Komodomedia Theme 

  3. Adobe’s not done yet. They still want to keep their Flash technology alive so they release a new ad campaign. Those ads are placed on various websites and most certainly created in Flash.

    Adobe’s not done yet. They still want to keep their Flash technology alive so they release a new ad campaign. Those ads are placed on various websites and most certainly created in Flash.

     

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  4. Valve recently released a new promotional video about Portal. It’s a lovely little movie where you can here Glados’ voice, look at some typical Aperture Science designs and finally, you can even get a little hint on Portal 2’s cooperative mode, well, actually if you listen closely and if you have some imagination, you might even get to hope for a beta version of Portal 2 coming soon.

     

    Valve Portal Trailer 

  5. Skating on the iPhone

    As I am a huge fan of skateboarding and games regarding that sport I also enjoy playing those games on my mobile phones, especially on my iPhone.

    After Gameloft and Activision, EA also throws it’s major skateboarding game into the rink. I played all three of them and have my own opinions about all of them. 

    Skater Nation by Gameloft

    The first one was Skater Nation by Gameloft. It was quite cheap, did a good job of proofing the concept of a working skateboarding game on the iPhone. That’s about it. There’s not really much motivation over time, but anyway it’s a nice game. Over Gameloft’s Happy Hour you might be able to get it for free.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 by Activision

    The next one was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. It’s a remake of the classic console and PC game, and also looks like that. It’s really nice, offers much content and does a good job at wasting your time. Regarding graphics and sound it’s a real classic. It doesn’t look great and only has really few songs. It’s available at a higher price of 9.99$ and it’s worth every penny. It’s a bit disappointing that Activision only got to release it in the US iTunes Store after all.

    Skate It by EA

    Last but not least we have another remake. It’s EA’s Skate It, which was originally released on Nintendo’s DS. But now that I played both versions I’m not really sure about which version was intended to be the original. The iPhone version is much better, regarding graphics, sound, controls and just about everything. Without the stylus it feels much more intuitive to get fire away your various tricks. As I’m a huge fan of the series on consoles it was a bit difficult to learn the little different tricks at first. On consoles you need to pull the stick down and then up again to do an Ollie. On the iPhone you just swipe up on the screen, without swiping down first. 

    If you just want to play around a little Skater Nation is probably the best one to start with. It’s cheap, it’s good and it’s nice for some time. If you want a game with more substance you better go with Tony Hawk’s or Skate It. Tony Hawk’s is more of an arcade game while Skate It is better for simulation fans. Any of those games currently has an iPad optimized version.

    Download Skate Nation on the iTunes Store.
    Download Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the iTunes Store.
    Download Skate It on the iTunes Store.

     

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  6. Portal on Mac

    As you might have heard, yesterday Steam was released for Mac OS X. Now that it’s officially here, Mac users can also play some great games. The first one you’ll probably play will be Portal, as it’s currently free to download and as it’s Valve’s only game currently available for the Mac. 

    Portal on Mac

    Playing Portal on my Mac doesn’t feel special at all. The keyboard is a bit different, and the Magic Mouse gives a different feeling than any other mouse. Right now I’m really looking forward to seeing other Valve games like Team Fortress 2 or Left4Dead 2 appearing on the Mac’s Steam store. 

     

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  7. Loremify - Taking Lorem Ipsum a step further

    Loremify is a nifty little tool to create some sample text for your website mockup. It’s a dashboard widget so it’s Mac-only. 

    Loremify dashboard widget

    You can easily create a paragraph, a header or a list. All options are available as plain text as well as HTML. When you’re done selecting the amount of characters you want by hovering over the widget you just click and all the code is immediately copied to your clipboard.

    So go and get it on Tobias Bierrome Ahlin’s website.

     
  8. I recently discovered this beautiful new app called Beatwave. It’s free, it’s universal and it’s awesome. Words can’t describe it, you need to try it yourself. So go ahead, download it and have lots of fun.

    I recently discovered this beautiful new app called Beatwave. It’s free, it’s universal and it’s awesome. Words can’t describe it, you need to try it yourself. So go ahead, download it and have lots of fun.

     
  9. Steam for Mac

    Being a huge fan of games like Half Life or Portal I was really looking forward to having Steam available on my Mac. 
    When the news about Steam officially coming to the Mac was published first, I discovered the new UI beta on my PC. I hoped Valve might do something really nice on the Mac, but now that I have it, I’m a bit disappointed. The UI doesn’t feel anything like changed for the Mac. Sebastiaan de With, author of Cococia Blog, made a really nice redesign, which still makes me hope for some update to the Mac’s Steam client.

    Currently there’s not really much to do. You can download Portal for free, browse your PC’s game library, take a look at the news and surf the community. That’s it. You don’t have anything like a store, so you can’t really get new games.


    One thing I really dislike is the inability of using shortcuts like Cmd+W and Cmd+M. As far as I know, Steam roughly supports any of the Mac’s default shortcuts.

    Overall there’s not really much to say about Steam on the Mac. We’ll see how it plays out, and maybe, just maybe, one day we’ll have a really nice addition to our Macs’ application library.

    So what do you guys think about Steam for Mac?

     
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    Tweetie 2.1.2 released - Let’s play a game

    When I saw that there was an update to my preffered Twitter client Tweetie, I was hoping to see the update to make Tweetie the official iPhone App.

    It was not really what I expected. Just two points were updated, and only one of them was actually interesting. All that was written in the update’s description was ‘Suprise’, which really made me curious.

    I browsed trough the options and saw a mew entry. It was labeled ‘Slot Machine’. So I went ahead and tried to find it. I pulled down my timeline as I use to do every day amd remarked something new at the very top. It was the Slot Machine and it really is what you might just expect.

    But there’s not really much substance to it. You activate it twice and you see an advertisement for the next update.

    So what do you expect from the next update?

     

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