Twitter should hire this guy, with his clear crisp succinct style, to write their company blog posts.?
New Jersey-based iOS app developer Andrew Fernandez just published the V2.0 of his social TV app Renewed, which takes on other apps in this space with an interesting twist. Renewed says it knows which shows are going to get canceled, and which ones will get picked up for another season, simply based on the data it gathers from check-ins.
The app displays a health meter for each and every show. These predictions may be based on a small user base for now, but Fernandez told me that he has bigger plans for this kind of data. ?My big goal for the data is to make it available to networks and studios as another measuring tool similar to Nielsen Ratings,? he told me via email, adding: ?Some companies are correlating the social data with spikes in ratings, I would like to actually create real-time accurate ratings.?
Competing with Nielsen solely based on check-in data may sound like a very ambitious proposition, but Renewed?s approach definitely shows us that new technology is going to offer new ways to measure viewership and engagement. Fernandez said that he plans to integrate automatic content recognition technology to automate check-ins and also prevent people from cheating the system.
In the near future, Fernandez also wants to add more content sources to Renewed. Version 2.0 of the app already allows users to automatically jump to a specific episode of the show within the Netflix, HBO Go and iTunes apps. Renewed also makes it possible to comment on an episode via Facebook or Twitter, and check in via Miso and GetGlue.
Check out a few screenshots of the app below:
Lex Friedman, writing for Macworld:
Macworld has spoken with several developers behind third-partyTwitter apps — or at least, we?ve tried. Some developers arenotably hesitant to speak on the record, lest they incur Twitter?swrath; the fear seems to be that since Twitter is now exertingmore control than ever over access to its API — which developersleverage to make their Twitter apps work — that irking Twittertoo much might result in a developer?s API access getting revoked.
If you worked at Twitter, wouldn’t this give you pause? Does Twitter really want its developers to fear them? Fear breeds resentment.
Explaining his optimism, the developer referenced existingdevelopers? ability to double their user bases, and highlightingthe fact that ?Twitter left the door open? for developers bysaying that, once they hit their user caps, they would needexplicit permission from the company. That?s better than sayingthat once you hit the cap, you?re entirely out of luck — thoughTwitter hasn?t said under what circumstances, if any, it wouldgrant third-party developers increases in those user caps.
?I don?t know what the end-game is, and I?m not sure [Twitterdoes] either,? the developer said. ?We?ve all known for a whilethey don?t want third party clients; I?d love to know why.?
Wouldn’t we all??
Gedeon Maheux of The Iconfactory:
For the past several months, we?ve been working on a major updateto Twitterrific that we?re very excited about. There were concernsthat this new version might end up on the cutting room floor priorto Twitter?s announcement, but after reviewing the newrestrictions and speaking with the team at Twitter, we?re pleasedto report that our development plans remain unchanged.
Sounds like good news.?
Speaking of interesting typefaces, FF Chartwell is kind of mind-blowing. (Via Mark Wilson.)?
Aaron Pressman thinks I should have spent more time in my review of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display complaining about third-party Mac apps that haven’t yet been updated with retina-caliber UI elements, and particularly those which don’t even support retina-quality type:
The program in the upper left corner is Microsoft Word. Look atthe jaggies in that 12 point type. Ugly. Now look over to the topright. That?s Apple?s own Pages program with the same words in thesame font also at 12 points. Yummy. Likewise, in mid-screen isApple?s TextEdit program. Smooth as a baby?s bottom. And in thelower foreground, Adobe?s Dreamweaver with text that looks like,well, like ass as Gruber might say.
But, hey, the guy at the Apple store tells me everything will looka lot better as soon as other software makers update their apps totake advantage of the Retina display.
No doubt, that’s one of the significant downsides to buying a MacBook Pro with Retina Display today. And no surprise, Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite apps are among the apps which don’t even support retina-quality type. (That list includes my beloved BBEdit as well.) I’m not sure what Pressman’s argument is, though. It’s no different than any previous transition — PowerPC to Intel, classic Mac OS to Mac OS X, etc. Apple ships first; developers like Microsoft and Adobe catch up later.?
David Pogue, writing for Scientific American:
The people want movies. None of Hollywood’s baffling legalconstructs will stop the demand. The studios are trying to preventa dam from bursting by putting up a picket fence.
The Padcaster LLC today announces its namesake product, The Padcaster, and accompanying Lenscaster add-on are officially shipping. Designed for video journalists, videographers, DSLR shooters and more, the brand new Padcaster transforms an iPad into an on-the-go production studio, providing an easy and professional way for users to create stunning videos on the iPad, from storyboarding and shooting to editing and sharing. The possibilities are virtually endless.
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Tom Warren, The Verge:
Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro software will be priced at $199 after apromotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013,according to one source familiar with Microsoft’s plans. Thesoftware maker will also offer a Windows 8 to Windows 8 Proupgrade option at retail stores for $69.99 until January 31st whenthe price reverts to $99.99.
Microsoft previously announced its $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgradepricing for existing Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 users— a price available exclusively online for those wishing todownload the software without a DVD option.
What decade are we in??
Speaking of typewriters, I adore this typeface by Kris Sowersby. It’s a better Courier than Courier.?