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Really liked this post, though I must confess i’m still a devoted Tweetie user, there’s nothing else out there with the same refined interface that has caught my eye. I’m not a power user of Twitter either so the missing features don’t really bother me though I do agree we shouldn’t have to put up with the lack of feature in the application. There are so many more promising Twitter clients in the App Store for iOS than for OS X, maybe the Mac App Store will remedy this though. Regardless, an update should have been put out for Tweetie a long time ago. Tweetmate though. Wow. It looks to have the kind of ‘refined interface’ i’ve been waiting for. Huwbert out

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Twitterrific for Mac was the reigning Mac Twitter client. Other clients, such as Tweetdeck, had been built in Adobe Air and released multi-platform, but us Mac users prefer Cocoa based applications. I was a diehard Twitterrific user myself. It was a fine app, and it worked for most.

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Steven Spader is accused of using an iPod to guide him to victim Kimberly Cates, then hacking her to death with a machete.

One of the details to come out of the trial taking place in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire is how the 18-year-old Spader found his way through the one-story family house in the hours before dawn to reach his victims, Cates and her young daughter Jaime.

Spader and a group of teens allegedly planned to randomly break into a house and kill the occupants. So he and three other teens are said to have collected weapons (knives and the machete) then parked near the Cates’ home.

After breaking in, they cut power and used an iPod taken from Jaimie’s room to illuminate their path to the master bedroom, where mother and daughter were asleep.

Prosecutors say Spader used the machete and co-defendant Christopher Gribble used a knife to hack at both victims.

Jaime, now 12, was badly wounded but was left for dead and survived.

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I don’t know what to say about this if i’m honest, usually I comment about Apple related news stories, but wow, this ones knocked me for six. Huwbert out.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” - Steve Jobs
I think this sums up the Apple experience perfectly; we don’t buy into it just because it looks pretty, of just because the UI is amazing, or just because of the great customer service, or just because anything now with the iconic apple with a bit taken out has become a status symbol. We buy into the apple franchise because of all of those things, the whole package.

Well I never knew! This is actually new news to me that Apple were the ones who discovered Halo, and I don’t blame Steve for being pissed, having Halo would have been massive for Apple! Heres an extract about it from the always reliable Wikipedia but please check the source for the full story:

Originally developed as a real-time strategy game for the Apple Macintosh platform, Halo: Combat Evolved went through several iterations before arriving at the console first person shooter for which it is recognized. When the developer was bought by Microsoft in 2001, the game was rapidly finished and became an Xbox launch title and platform exclusive.

People are arguing it doesn’t matter and Halo on OS X wouldn’t have made any difference anyway, Halo wouldn’t have been popular as it is today if it weren’t for the Xbox platform. But I completely disagree! The whole point of Halo on the OS X exclusively was to boost Apples popularity and credibility within the gaming community, trash the old stereotype that Mac’s can’t play games, you know? And imagine, if Halo for the Mac had taken off, nowadays we could have been able to play it on our iPhones, our iPod Touches, our iPads! Oh woe is me, I guess i’ll have to settle for the copy of Halo: Combat Evolved I have installed on my Mac… it’s good enough I guess, but we could have had so much better! Huwbert out.

Yuck. That’s all i’m thinking right now about this ‘PlayStation Phone’. Allegedly ‘ the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch’ thats the oval in the centre i’m assuming? My question, how are you going to use that for multitouch, I doubt you could barely fit two fingers on there. Really think they should have just stuck with the d-pad style controls. 
Personally, I think it’s going to crash and burn. It looks like a tacky piece of kit and it’s basically a PlayStation Go with added phone functionality - Android phone functionality at that! Rather than a phone with added gaming functionality. Because its a PlayStation Go with a mobile OS added on I think when its being used as a phone - 70% of the time maybe? - it’s going to be pretty fiddly, with the slide out game controls just there, being useless. iOS got it right: being able to to play games the same way you would actually use the phone - touch input - without compromising the device itself - apart from battery life of course! - this ‘PlayStation Phone’ on the other hand has not got it right, and god help it when it goes retail. I might be wrong, but I doubt it. Huwbert out.

Yuck. That’s all i’m thinking right now about this ‘PlayStation Phone’. Allegedly ‘ the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch’ thats the oval in the centre i’m assuming? My question, how are you going to use that for multitouch, I doubt you could barely fit two fingers on there. Really think they should have just stuck with the d-pad style controls. 

Personally, I think it’s going to crash and burn. It looks like a tacky piece of kit and it’s basically a PlayStation Go with added phone functionality - Android phone functionality at that! Rather than a phone with added gaming functionality. Because its a PlayStation Go with a mobile OS added on I think when its being used as a phone - 70% of the time maybe? - it’s going to be pretty fiddly, with the slide out game controls just there, being useless. iOS got it right: being able to to play games the same way you would actually use the phone - touch input - without compromising the device itself - apart from battery life of course! - this ‘PlayStation Phone’ on the other hand has not got it right, and god help it when it goes retail. I might be wrong, but I doubt it. Huwbert out.

From Angry Birds to Paper Toss to Super Mega Worm, There’s An App For You.

hello, i know i said i was going to do a post/review of the independednt mac app store bodega. but i’ve just gotten completely distracted, i’ll get round to it eventually, but for now, you’ll have to settle with this post.

now, before i became the owner of a lovely ipod touch, i have to admit i was sceptical about the reports saying ios is more popular than a lot of single purpose gaming platforms. however, i have seen the light! since getting my ipod touch i’ve discovered the complete wealth of beautifully designed ios games! from angry birds to paper toss to super mega worm there’s an overwhelming amount of variety! i think it’s because of the variety of users of ios devices that has spawned all of these varied apps. you have people who just play games casually, for them there are the bare bones games like paper toss and such. then you have the hardcore gamers, the one’s who also own a xbox or a ps3 (or even a wii!), they usually prefer games with a plot, for them there are loads of ported apps, a great example being assassins creed which has been done really well as well as a tone of other apps by developers. or even if you’re one of those morons who gets up at two in the morning to water their crops, you’ve got farmville for ios now!

i also think the game centre has been a massive help to apple in getting new customers, though i only have one friend on it - please add me on it im ‘huwbert.’ thats right huwbert was taken but not huwbert with a full stop! - i’m sure it’s a massive appeal to a lot of other users, the ability to compete and share scores, its like mobile xbox live. even for me though with one friend i’ve enjoyed using it, even just browsing the games compatible with game centre i’ve discovered some great apps! also its always nice to know i’m number 23214 on the super mega worm leaderboard; thats right; i’m better than 62006 super mega worm users!

i have a feeling i’m going off on a tangent here, what i’m trying to say is whoever you are, there’s a game in the app store for you. before i got my ipod i wasn’t a gamer at all, now i’ts the category of the app store i spend the most money in! i feel apple really hit a gold mine, they have brought games for the average joe to the mainstream, and their getting 30% commission off of every purchase!

i’m really not too sure what the purpose of this post was, but i promise now i’ve come to this revelation i’ll be trying to do more ios game reviews. anyways, thats all i had to say really. huwbert out.

so many great beta app’s this week. i downloaded justnotes a couple of days ago and i’m loving it so far! the app has built in syncing with simplenote for ios which is really useful when i’m on the go. simplenote and justnotes have replaced the default notes app on the ipod touch. although justnotes is really functional there is definitely still room for improvement, the icon is in my opinion pretty ghastly so ive replaced it with the default ios notes app - one thing about the default app i really like! - also the graphics within the app aren’t exactly great with the cog for the preferences looking a little jagged, however i’m sure as the app moves out of beta these will improve.
the only other issue is that as far as i know you actually have to go into the applications preferences to quit it! another thing which i’m sure will change if enough people moan about it! regardless of the aesthetics of the app the syncing with simplenote has proved really useful while i’ve been using it as well as justnotes supporting hot-keys which has definitely helped my productivity.

so many great beta app’s this week. i downloaded justnotes a couple of days ago and i’m loving it so far! the app has built in syncing with simplenote for ios which is really useful when i’m on the go. simplenote and justnotes have replaced the default notes app on the ipod touch. although justnotes is really functional there is definitely still room for improvement, the icon is in my opinion pretty ghastly so ive replaced it with the default ios notes app - one thing about the default app i really like! - also the graphics within the app aren’t exactly great with the cog for the preferences looking a little jagged, however i’m sure as the app moves out of beta these will improve.

the only other issue is that as far as i know you actually have to go into the applications preferences to quit it! another thing which i’m sure will change if enough people moan about it! regardless of the aesthetics of the app the syncing with simplenote has proved really useful while i’ve been using it as well as justnotes supporting hot-keys which has definitely helped my productivity.