If your account is public, blocking a user does not prevent that user from following you, interacting with your Tweets, or receiving your updates in their timeline. If your Tweets are protected, blocking the user will cause them to unfollow you.
Not only does this policy change make no sense (it effectively nullifies what it means to block someone) but I don’t see how this helps Twitter either. It’s just a stupid move for both the company and users.
In a refreshing departure from its iconic flick-and-throw style animated gameplay, Rovio is out with a brand new Mario Kart-like game depicting the ongoing battle between the winged warriors and pesky pigs with Angry Birds GO!
Angry Birds GO! delivers ‘breakneck speed’ downhill racing on Piggy Island in the first three-dimensional version of the series for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The game works off a freemium model. Some of the cars cost $50 to buy.
Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing “Normandy” with a special “forked” variant of Android that’s not aligned with Google’s own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line.
If this project isn’t scrapped, the day this ships to consumers will be the day that perfectly epitomises all that is wrong with Microsoft.
Apple has just launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts campaign for 2013. In previous years, this campaign was available only in a few select countries, but not in the United States. For the first time Apple will now allow U.S. customers to participate in the giveaway.
The new name doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I presume it alienated people who believe in holidays other than Christmas, so they changed the branding to be more inclusive.
A by-product of dropping the Christmas branding is a new look for the app itself. Gone are the holly and snow decorations … replaced by ambiguous gold circles. The app looks pretty good, but the icon is sloppy. It’s not flat enough for iOS 7 and adorns a weird (uneven) edge effect at the top-left and bottom-right corners.
Wall Street Journal:
Eight U.S. technology giants are making a joint appeal to reform government surveillance activities, following a stream of disclosures about actions by the National Security Agency.
Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL–bitter rivals in some cases–are issuing an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress along with a set of reform principles to better safeguard the information of Internet users.
When the four giants in the technology space collectively band together on something, they are probably right. The open letter can be found at ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple suggested that he speak with its employees who actually have something to do with antitrust, such as its general counsel or chief compliance officer, whereupon Mr. Bromwich had a tantrum. He made blanket requests for proprietary documents well beyond his mandate and bypassed Apple’s in-house counsel by sending letters directly to board members and executives ordering them to meet with him without their lawyers present, accusing the company of “a surprising and disappointing lack of cooperation.”
Then, shortly before Thanksgiving and out of the blue, Judge Cote proposed to amend her injunction to grant Mr. Bromwich even greater powers than he already claimed and also to make monthly briefings to her on what he finds—without Apple present. She denied any previous ex parte contact, but Apple’s lawyers say Mr. Bromwich told them that he doesn’t need to wait for the January deadline because Judge Cote privately instructed him during the interview process for the position to get off to a “fast start.”
Time to grab the popcorn.
The Associated Press:
The company demonstrated the technology to The Associated Press this week at its busy, 24-hour Fifth Avenue store in New York City. At this particular store, Apple has installed about 20 iBeacon transmitters, some of which are simply iPhones and iPads, which come with the capability as part of the iOS 7 mobile software released in September. The transmitters use Bluetooth wireless technology to sense your exact location. That’s not possible with GPS, which don’t work well indoors and aren’t good at distinguishing between locations that are just a few feet apart.
Apple likes giving small exclusives to different news publications at the moment. The Associated Press seems to be the only institution that got a demo of the iBeacon technology. TechCrunch and Mashable were the only sites to get access ahead of time to the iPad Apple Store app.
In the past, Apple gives out one embargo to many sites, like with iPad and iPhone product reviews. More minor features wouldn’t be given to anyone — they’d just announce via a press release. “Doing things differently now” rings true here.
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‘Ambitious’ new online news site spearheaded by Jessica Lessin. At $40 a month, I don’t think it is plain sailing. It’s a bit of a shame that the logo isn’t Retina-optimised.
As we’ve previously reported, Apple began giving away select paid apps in its Apple Store app recently as an added incentive to download and check out the app.
This week in particular Apple has replaced the free app with free music from iTunes instead. The playlist is appropriately holiday themed and features songs such as Silent Night by Kelly Clarkson and The First Noel by Mary J Blige.
I don’t think the song choice is particularly compelling, but this is not the only opportunity for Apple to give stuff away — it will likely do the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ giveaways soon.
Still, whatever Apple chooses to give away is better than the ‘gift’ Apple retail store employees received. Their Christmas gift was the opportunity to buy a $50 iTunes gift card for $40. Big whoop.
The Next Web:
The toolkit will help developers create Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome app polyfills, through Apache Cordova. The steps include modifying for mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations, and of course, testing.
After all the work is done, Google says the apps will be good enough to publish to both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The requirements suggest Android 4.x will be supported initially, although Cordova could work with Android 2.2 and 2.3 as well. iOS support is still marked as “TBA” but development has already started.
App approval is going to have a field day with this one.