It seems that Apple's new Ping service and Facebook are not currently on the best of terms. Facebook Connect integration has been removed from Ping after Facebook denied the connection due to Facebook's policy that any service that wants to hit their friend-finding API an extreme amount of times has to sign a deal agreeing to limit network impact and protect Facebook's user data.
Apple and Facebook never had a deal in place for this service when Ping was launched because negations broke down due to what Steve Jobs dubbed "onerous terms," but Apple used the API anyways until Facebook blocked access. Rumor is that the two companies are still negotiating to get the services to play nicely with one another, so this may only be a temporary disconnection.
If you are one of the hoards of computer users that has a glut of digital content on your machine that you really want to watch on your big screen in the living room you may have been eyeing some sort of media streaming device. Many folks will be waiting for the new Apple TV unveiled yesterday to hit stores and use that to stream their content as best they can. The big issue with the Apple TV and any other Apple product for that matter is that Apple gear is locked down.
With the new Apple TV coming in at only $99 a bunch of the big names in the streaming market cut prices to compete with Apple. Boxee has pinned an official price to its updated Box landing in November and isn't concerned with pricing the Boxee Box along the lines of the Apple TV. Boxee has priced the new Box at $199, $100 more than Apple.
Scosche is one of the premium brands in the market for iPod cases and accessories. It will come as no surprise that Scosche has unveiled a new line of cases for the iPod touch and nano that were updated and unveiled. Scosche has unveils several new cases that fans of the new Apple gear will find useful and will protect the new gadgets form damage.
One of the six new touch cases is the kickBACK t4 with a glossy polycarbonate exterior and a rubber interior in black, grey, and white with an integrated kickstand for viewing hands free. The next new case is the switchBACK t4 with exchangeable backs and a two-piece design to allow color customization and the case has a kickstand as well.
For a long time camcorders were not designed to be compact and portable. This was mostly because the hardware inside the camcorders was fairly large early on. As technology advanced and components shrunk along with video sharing sites like YouTube becoming crazy popular, camcorders slimmed up and went portable so users could take them everywhere. Sony has unveiled a new thin and portable camcorder for video fans called the Bloggie Touch.
The little camcorder is very nice looking with a brushed silver aluminum look case and shiny chrome trim. The thing looks a lot like your typical bar style smartphone to me. It's not a phone though and can record full HD video and shoot still shots as well. Those still shots can be taken in 12.8MP resolution.
Around 1,200 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about LAN parties and attendance.
As we launched the poll, many voted that they do attend LAN parties and the answer was looking pretty clear at that time. Now that we have ended the poll, we saw that a mere 31% of TweakTown readers attend LAN parties.
What is wrong with the rest of you or around 51% of our readers? And 18% don't know anything about a LAN party. Eh? Here is your answer.
If you are an ardent iPad user who is also a Twitter fiend today is your lucky day. The Official Twitter for iPad app has now landed and it looks pretty darn cool. You don't even have to have a Twitter account to use it, you can download and lurk all you want. The official app is built to take full advantage of the iPad interface.
The app uses Panes that let the user tap Tweet to open a pane on the right. If that Tweet has a video or a photo embedded, you can tap that to open it in another pane and then move between the panes open by swiping left or right. The app supports media inline. That means if a Tweet has a video in it you can play the video right in the Tweet without having to leave and if the video needs to load you can leave it loading and continue to check out the Tweets.
IFAs going on in Germany bringing geeks all around the world to see the offerings on display. One of the product types that is big this year and at the show in force are tablets to compete with the iPad. The guys over at Netbooknews have got some hands-on time with the cool Viewsonic ViewPad 10 and filmed the fondling for us to peruse.
The ViewPad 10 runs Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and Android 1.6 with some dual boot action. The guys note that the Android portion of the tablet hadn't been set up so they didn't get to see how well the Android aspect works. The tablet has an Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of RAM.
And following on from the previous post about the first official Samsung GALAXY Tab commercial, the Korean company has also released official press photos of its 7-inch Google Android based tablet mobile device on the company's Flickr website.
The images reveal a rather stylish and sexy looking device in my opinion, albeit maybe a little chubby, but it's a bit tough to tell properly from the photos. The device has a black front and a white back.
If the pictures are anything to go by, the device is targeted to very attractive and handsome 20 something's, so if you are older or younger and not attractive, give this thing a miss. Anyway, you can check out a bunch of the best shots in our gallery below or see the rest at the link above.
Even though we got an early look at the highly popular Samsung GALAXY Tab err tablet last week, the Korean based company has today taken off the wraps and officially announced it during the IFA show in Germany.
Not only that, as you can see above, Samsung has released one of the official commercials for its tablet on YouTube.
The 30 second long commercial shows off the versatility of the Tab and what it can do in a range of different environments.
Creative has been around for years and the company is probably most known by gamers for its line of Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs. The company also has a number of popular MP3 players and a myriad of other offerings including speakers and headphones. Creative has unveiled a new weatherproof outdoor speaker for the music fan called the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock.
The speaker sells for $199.99 and is available to purchase right now. The thing uses 2.4GHz wireless technology to connect to your PC and has a wireless range of 100 feet. The speaker strangely lacks a wireless transmitter, you have to buy that separately.