Twitter’s making its experimental homepage visible to all visitors who aren’t logged in, the company has confirmed to BuzzFeed. This new landing page shows potential users what the website is all about at a glance. See, it might be your favorite social network, but a lot of people still don’t “get” it — for instance, we’ll bet more people in your family use Facebook instead. In its latest earnings report, Twitter revealed that it only has 316 million monthly active users, whereas Facebook almost has 1.5 billion (yes, with a B) by now. The company’s likely hoping that displaying celebrities’ accounts and tweets based on popular topics can entice curious folks to just give in and sign up for an account.
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You’re going to see a lot of apps rushing to take advantage of Windows 10 post-launch, but one of them will be particularly important if you’re a social networking maven. Twitter has released a new app for Windows 10 right alongside Microsoft’s shiny new platform, and the client is big on discovering content even if you aren’t signed in — you’ll see the top tweets and media in the app itself, as well as on the Live Tile. This certainly isn’t the most sophisticated app (it won’t replace TweetDeck any time soon), but it does offer a lot of the in-line media playback you’d expect in 2015, such as multiple photos, Vine videos and GIF animations. Really, it’s for that moment you decide that Twitter’s website isn’t quite enough for your needs.
Source: Twitter Blog
Twitter’s got a new temporary boss in Jack Dorsey (who’s actually the old boss) while it continues to search for a replacement for ex-CEO Dick Costolo as it dropped its second quarter earnings today. The bright spot is that its second quarter revenue was $502 million, a 61-percent year-over-year increase from last year. But the white-dude-in-charge switcheroo didn’t do much to supercharge Twitter’s monthly active users. The social network’s users only grew slightly from its first quarter number 308 million to 316 million this quarter which is a 15 percent increase from last year at this time. These numbers include SMS Fast Followers who Twitter did not include in its user numbers last quarter.
In today’s release, Interim CEO Jack Dorsey stated, “our Q2 results show good progress in monetization, but we are not satisfied with our growth in audience.” Dorsey also stated that the company needs to improve in three areas that include, “ensure more disciplined execution, simplify our service to deliver Twitter’s value faster, and better communicate that value.” Whatever that means.
While the revenue numbers are good (even though the company is still not profitable), the user growth is disappointing and the company continues to shed executives. Vice President of Product Management, Christian Oestlien announced that he was going to YouTube a few minutes before the results were released.
I am thrilled to be joining @YouTube! I can’t wait to start work with the team and our partners building the future of video together.
– Christian Oestlien (@christianism) July 28, 2015
Product Director Todd Jackson also announced he was leaving the company minutes before the results were released.
Excited for what’s next – joining @Dropbox to lead product and work alongside an incredible team!
– Todd Jackson (@tjack) July 28, 2015
During the live call, Dorsey noted that the Twitter team needs to focus and that the company will continue to question the reverse chronological timeline. Which is an odd statement because that’s basically how Twitter works.
There was also talk of integrating Vine, Periscope and Twitter into a single experience. While there is no update about that right now, CFO Anthony Noto said connecting the three experiences is a goal. In the meantime, Dorsey has a vision for the social network.
He stated that for users, Twitter should be, “as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening, delivered first before anyone else, direct from the source. Twitter also has to be the most powerful microphone in the world.”
But getting people to use that microphone has been difficult. According to Twitter research, Noto said, “the number one reason that users don’t use twitter is that they don’t understand why to use Twitter.”
As for finding a new Twitter CEO, Dorsey said, “we do not have an update to provide today.”
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Twitter has upgraded its notifications for iPhones and iPads, making them interactive to enable quicker responses. For instance, if you get pinged about a new message while using another app, the improved notification box that pops up allows you to favorite or reply to that tweet without leaving the program you’re using. In addition, the latest version of Twitter for iOS adds a button next to your avatar when you compose a tweet, which gives you easy access to drafts you’ve never gotten the chance to publish. Don’t bother unearthing old stolen jokes, though — Twitter’s bound to delete them anyway. You can download the update right now from iTunes; it might not be a major one, but both features are clearly useful if you’re always in a hurry.
Periscope’s latest version for iOS comes with a handful of useful features, including one for folks suffering from notification overload. Now, you can “mute” broadcasters you follow so you don’t get pinged every single time they go live. Don’t worry about missing their shows, though — their updates will still appear on your feed. The global feed has also been revamped to feature broadcasts relevant to your interests and language preference. Plus, you can now take advantage of iOS 8’s Handoff feature, which means that you can start watching a show on an iPhone or an iPad and transition to a MacBook without issues, and vice versa. Android users might notice that the the revamped global feed is now also available on their devices, and Periscope promises that the mute option will soon follow it to Google’s platform.
Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, has announced that she’ll be leaving the Android gaming company that she co-founded. The executive took to Twitter to make the statement, spending the better part of an hour thanking employees, developers and backers. Her tweets also confirm the long-rumored purchase of the company by gaming PC specialist Razer that, until now, had only been hinted at by third parties. The firm was one of the biggest early hits on Kickstarter, but when the micro-console was released to backers in July 2013, received plenty of criticism. Critics and users both attacked the build quality of the controller, game library and UI, and attempts to remedy the issue proved unsuccessful. Razer still hasn’t spoken about what it plans to do with the hardware, but its plans will now be run without the input of the console’s guiding light.
.@juhrman OUYA was a once in a lifetime experience. Now, I’m off to find the next…stay tuned!
– Julie Uhrman (@juhrman) July 27, 2015
.@Razer Can’t wait to see what you do. Take care of my incredible team and community…I know you will.
– Julie Uhrman (@juhrman) July 27, 2015
While Uhrman was making her speech, Razer was confirming to TechCrunch that it had, indeed, purchased the company. Nobody’s revealing how much was paid, but Razer founder Min-Liang Tan has revealed that the deal was done in cash. Most notably, he has picked up OUYA’s software assets as well as portions of its staff, but left the hardware portion of the business on the table. Instead, those assets will be folded into the team that’s behind Razer’s living-room gaming platform (itself another Android micro-console) the Forge TV.
If you currently own an OUYA, you’ll continue to have your device supported for another 12 months as a goodwill gesture on Razer’s behalf. It’s likely that you will, however, be encouraged to ditch the device in favor of a Forge TV as the year rolls on, with various “freebies, giveaways and promotions” planned.
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Source: Julie Uhrman (Twitter)
Hang around Twitter for long enough and there’s a good chance that you’ll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren’t theirs, whether they’re spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though: Plagiarism Is Bad has noticed that Twitter is deleting and hiding rip-off joke tweets due to reports “from the copyright holder.” While the causes likely vary, freelance writer Olga Lexell says that it’s because she genuinely depends on Twitter for a living. She’s field-testing jokes, and would rather not have others claim them as their own.
The deletions could do some good for a social network where it’s all too easy to pilfer text instead of retweeting. However, it also raises the potential for copyright abuse. Lexell notes to The Verge that Twitter usually scraps offending tweets without asking follow-up questions — it’s not clear just what research the company is doing to verify that the copyright claims are legit. After all, it’s possible for someone to swipe content from other sites and pass it off as a Twitter first. We’ve reached out to Twitter to learn more. Here’s hoping that the company is diligent, since you probably don’t want to see your witty remarks pulled down simply because they’re vaguely similar to some earlier saying.
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter is hiding tweets reported stolen. And it’s referring to the author as a “copyright holder” pic.twitter.com/DkteWMZ7zg
– Plagiarism Is Bad (@PlagiarismBad) July 25, 2015
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Via: The Verge
Source: Plagiarism Is Bad (Twitter)
Twitter just announced its second annual Twitter Flight developer conference set for October 21st in San Francisco. Like every other conference of this nature, the event is meant to reach out to devs and get them up to speed on the company’s developer-focused products. Unlike other tech firms, this year’s shindig will be Twitter’s first big event with a yet-to-be-named CEO and/or Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey taking the stage to share the social network’s news. The event will focus on the company’s mobile platform Fabric, its APIs for third parties and Gnip its enterprise platform. Of course with new(ish) leadership there’s also the chance that the company will use the opportunity to announce more consumer-facing products and changes to Twitter itself.
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If you logged into your Twitter account on the web today, you might have noticed something new. If you had previously uploaded a custom wallpaper image or just used one of Twitter’s available designs, you’ll notice it no longer appears as the background of your Twitter homepage. A Twitter spokesperson told Engadget, “we’re removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users. Now, background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly (Tweet pages, list pages and collections pages).” The images have been replaced with a blank background with a very slight hint of blue. By removing the background images on homepages and feeds, Twitter is able present a cleaner more unified look to new users. It also means that there’s the chance that in the future, background wallpapers might disappear all together. So you might want to get used to the bland blueish-white background.
Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Let’s jump right into those headlines:
- It’s been found that Google Photos will keep uploading your photos to Google even if you uninstall the app. This is because it’s integrated with the Google Settings app that’s on every Android phone. So if you want to disable it forever, you’ll have to do so using the Google Settings app which is a little weird.
- According to reports, Facebook is working on a virtual assistant called Moneypenny ostensibly named after the James Bond character. Unlike most, Moneypenny is a virtual assistant to help you shop for things and it’ll be integrated into Facebook Messenger. Of course, we’ll provide more information as we get it.
- Late last week, developer Beamdog announced that they’ll be releasing a standalone expansion to Baldur’s Gate called Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. The game, which is coming later this year, will tell the tale of what happened between Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2.
- Twitter and its third party developers have been at odds for a long time thanks to Twitter’s ridiculous token limit that prevents Twitter apps from becoming super popular. In a recent announcement, Twitter has conceded that they need to make some changes and we hope that leads to more third party Twitter apps.
- After an absence due to some pranking, the Google Map Maker is re-opening its doors sometime in August. The improved version will have a stricter approval process and more moderation to prevent things like that prank where someone added an Android urinating on an Apple logo.
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Mountain Goat Mountain is a new game out of Zynga. It features some colorful and enjoyable graphics along with arcade-style game play. The premise is that you must climb mountains while avoiding obstacles. The mechanics are simple tapping and swiping so anyone can get into it. It is a Freemium title which means there are in-app purchases but overall, it’s a fun little time waster and something a little bit different out of Zynga.
WifiMapper is a new application that helps you find WiFi hotspots. The idea is that you open the app and it shows you a map where you can get access to free WiFi. According to the developers, the app shows over 650 million hotspots that you can access. The information is crowd sourced so you can add more if you find them and it also comes with Foursquare integration. You can also see a history of the hotspots you’ve connected to and how well they worked. It’s a solid app with some decent features and it’s free.
Red Bull Alert is a new alarm clock application that aims to get you up and out of bed before hitting the snooze alarm. It does this by integrating a social aspect where you can compete with your friends to see who wakes up the fastest. The app will also track your progress (or lack thereof) so you can see if the app actually does help you wake up faster. It’s a fun premise and it’s free to use.
HERE Maps is already a popular offline navigation option but this last week, Nokia released a public beta. It’s a bit convoluted to get as you have to join the beta group, become a beta tester, and then finally download the app. The public beta will have new features, a new UI design, and will be the place where Nokia tests all their new ideas. Do beware because that means there are bugs too. Click the button below for instructions on how to get it!
[Price: Free demo / $1.53]
Last up this week is a new first person shooter called Traitor – Valkyrie Plan. This is an FPS game based on a true story from World War 2 and features decent graphics, plenty of shooting, and you’ll also need a bit of stealth. The mechanics are fairly simple and manages to miss a lot of the pitfalls of other shooters by sticking to a simpler mechanic. Of course, this means that it isn’t as exciting as some shooters. In either case, it’s cheap and fun.
If we missed any great Android apps and games news, tell us about it in the comments! See you all next week on the Android Apps Weekly show!