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Twitter Preparing To Buy TweetDeck.

  • April 18, 2011 4:56 pm

Twitter power users who make use of the 3rd party app, TweetDeck, may be going to bed with a bit more sadness in their hearts tonight. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the popular UK-based multi-platform app could possibly be snatched up by Twitter themselves for a cool $50 million.

Naturally, the “talent” and other more advanced, “power user” features backed into TweetDeck would likely be incorporated in some way to the stock Twitter apps spread across multiple desktop, web, and mobile platforms. At the same time, however, acquisitions can also occur strictly for the talent. In that case, the features of TweetDeck and TweetDeck itself could be lost forever as Twitter would have no need to keep two competing platforms open — a very bad thing.

Without knowing the full spread of information pertaining to any potential acquisition we can’t say either way if we’re happy. We here at GS happen to be hardcore TweetDeck users and would certainly hate to see such a great product dissolve into acquisition obscurity. Fingers crossed.

Review: IM+ For Android.

  • April 17, 2011 6:28 pm

Besides a differentiating coat of paint, multi-account IM clients aren’t all that different these days. A small feature here or there are the only deciding factors left for feature hounds to stew over. But a few times a year we as consumers are treated to major revisions which bring about massive UI changes and/or new features.

Shape Services recently released IM+ 4.0 for Android. With it comes a thoroughly revamped UI and promises of faster, more intuitive interaction. Is the new update really worth it’s weight in cheap currency paper and not so precious metals stamped into coin form? Gadgetsteria investigates…

Review: BeatStudio For iOS.

  • April 11, 2011 1:08 pm

Creating music 10-20 years ago was a more complicated, time consuming, expensive process. Modern technology has drastically simplified such things as well as lowered the cost to music creation. The most perfect example that immediately comes to mind is Garage Band for the iPad. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. It’s robust yet simple. Example: The indie band “Ultramods” created an entire album using nothing but an iPad 2 and GarageBand. But Garage Band is hardly the only app available to iPad (and on a broader scope) and iOS users looking to expand their digital music horizons.

Today, we’re going to look at BeatStudio, an app created by Frontier Design Group (GuitarStudio and iShred) and see just how useful it is in bringing your musical creations to life. Hop inside for the full review…

Review: Film Director Pro For iOS

  • April 6, 2011 7:08 am

Whether you’re a home movie junkie or professional on a mission, iOS has quite a wide assortment of video apps to suit most if not all your needs. Anything from simple home movies to full-on short movies can be captured, edited, rendered, and published on something as small and simple as an iPhone. With that said, today we’re taking a look at Film Director Pro to see if it is worth your time, and most importantly your money. Hop on past the break…

ChevronWP7.Updater Yanked From Web. Jury Out On Long-Term Effects.

  • April 6, 2011 6:21 am

By now, the WP7 readers out there looking to get their NoDo update sooner rather than later have probably heard a thing or two about the ChevronWP7.Updater package. The gist of this little app is simple: it allows you to install the impending NoDo update on your phone regardless if your carrier has started the update process or not. The only problem is that said app is now unavailable. At the request of Microsoft, developer Chris Walsh pulled the download.

Chris has gone on the record telling people “not to believe everything they read” as the current rumor with the most weight states that the ChevronWP7.Updater renders your phone un-upgradeable for future updates — a scary and rather worrisome claim no doubt. But the real scenario could really be Microsoft wanting to fully test the hack to make sure it doesn’t break anything for future updates, especially considering M doesn’t make stock ROMs publicly available for download. Essentially, if you mess up your phone you could have to return it to your carrier to re-flash.

Nonetheless, we’d advise you to hold off on jumping on the Chevron bandwagon if you haven’t already. A couple days of waiting is far better than a week or more to get back a borked phone.

Apple Forces Toyota To Remove Scion Theme From Cydia.

  • April 5, 2011 3:00 pm

We here at GS thought it was a bold, yet welcome move when we saw Toyota release an official Toyota Scion theme for distribution in the Cydia App Store. Apple on the other hand wasn’t too thrilled. In a forum post detailed over at ModMyi, forum owner and repo admin Kyle Matthews claims to have been contacted by Toyota’s advertising agency “Velti”. The story is that Apple contacted the ad agency more or less demanding the ad be removed from circulation as well as the theme. After a couple of phone calls the deed was done and the Toyota Scion theme is no more.

Perhaps someone should tip Apple off to the fact that it is 100% legal to jailbreak and make use of Cydia…

Download The New Android 3.0.336 Music Player Now!

  • April 5, 2011 2:27 pm

You may or may not have seen an article earlier showing off a new Android 3.0.336 music player compliments of TechFrom10. Now you can have that very same version of said app all to yourselves. Besides the prettier face, WiFi streaming and a new Cover Flow-esque recently played tracks list among other things populate the new app.

Download the new Android 3.0.336 music player here. Just make sure you have at least Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Android App/Trojan Outs You As A Cheap, Pirating Fool.

  • April 4, 2011 2:41 pm

If you’re a fan of less than legal means of obtaining music, videos, and/or apps, avoid downloading the free “Walk and Text” app from the Android market. While it may seem like a deal considering the real Walk and Text seels for $1, it’s actually far from it — it’s a trojan. It isn’t the most nefarious of trojans, though it’s damaging nonetheless.

Once downloaded, this fake Walk and Text app grabs such information as your phones IMEI number, contact list, and other private data which is then sent back to a remote server. From there, every single contact in your contact list with a phone number is a text message saying:

“Hey, just downloaded a pirated App of the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. I’m stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck. Don’t steal like I did!”

Yeah, pretty embarrassing not only because it makes you look like a thieving idiot, but also a thieving idiot who doesn’t have a good grasp on basic English grammar. Of course, if you don’t have a texting plan, paying for several hundred text messages at ~$0.20 a pop won’t be all that entertaining either. You’ve been warned…

Another App Switcher Hits The Market: Dock4Droid

  • April 4, 2011 9:38 am

The stock Android recent apps pane isn’t all that robust. If you’re a power user such as some of us here at GS, you’ve no doubt got at least double the 8 app maximum open at any given point. While there are already countless usable app launchers in the Android Market, new options are always exciting to explore. Dock4Droid (previously Taskie) is a revamped/new fast app switcher that allows you to quickly scroll through all of your open apps instead of a set list of most recently used ones. The free version of the app doesn’t allow you to change any of the default settings. But for a mere €0.69, such functionality can be yours. Go ahead and give it a shot and let us know what you think.