Twitter to be set aflutter…

Twitter, the self-professed ‘pulse of the planet’ is set to make big changes over the coming weeks.

Alex Payne, an engineer at Twitter earlier posted the following tweet;

“If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You will soon.)”

This comment straight from the company’s mouth, has gotten some third party developers worried. While most users still access tweets and update through the website itself, a large number of tweeters use programs such as Tweetdeck and Twitterfox on their computers, and apps such as Twitterific or Echofon on their smart phones, which are often packed with useful features to tailor the social networking service to their separate platforms.

It’s tough to see what more the popular micro-blogging site can add without risking losing its image as a slimmed down, basic site which has a news-feed and update box and cluttering our interfaces like some other sites. It will be interesting to see what’s added, with some suggesting the possibility of inbuilt geo-location (featured on a lot of third party apps), redesign for the allowance of twitter ads, which are being introduced in the upcoming months – helping to get the site some

iPhone app for twitter

Could we be seeing this in the app store? Is it a feature to look forward to?!

Twitter might also be working on an app of its own, after hiring some UI guru’s straight from Linkedin, who were largely responsible for the social networking site’s app for both the iPhone and other mobile platforms.

It will be interesting to see how Twitter will integrate some of their new features which might be popping along. The site recently got it’s fingers burned after introducing their ‘Retweet’ function which fell foul of users who preferred to use the term ‘RT’.

Many commentators have suggested that this is because users prefer to see Twitter as an entity separate of any corporations, where the people themselves make the site rather than the functions.

We’ll have to wait and see for the upcoming months to reveal what Twitter have up their sleeves, and if we’ll even like it.

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Opera jumps aboard the iPhone bandwagon, at last…

Opera, one of the worlds most popular browser makers has today revealed that they intend to launch Opera for the iPhone.

The parent company to the popular software says that the new browser will load webpages up to six times faster than Safari since it compresses content when downloading a webpage for viewing which in turn can also reduce browsing costs significantly per MB, which means the GB which O2 grace us with goes a bit further.

The popular browser, turned app will feature tabbed browsing, google search in-built,  speed dial showing thumbnails of your favourite websites and a password manager.

All of which are much, much handier than features in Safari for the iPhone, which is still unchallenged in terms of web browsing on what is the worlds most popular, and infamous phone.

opera browser for the iPhone

Functional, smooth, solid - a lot to look forward to from Opera

Opera are also sounding quite optimistic about their chances of having the app approved by Apple. The hardware, and software giant has been typically hesitant of allowing apps which mimic too closely the functions of its own native apps to appear on its store. Opera may be betting on the large amounts of negative criticism which Apple have been attracting thanks to their strictness, when their own browser goes through the approval process.

With the upcoming release of the iPad, which may still revolutionise portable computing, Opera may also be looking to jump on board from the beginning, offering users an alternative to Safari when surfing any where with a nice big 10” screen and making the iPad feel much more like a full computer, with choices among browsers etc. Rather than a big iPhone.

Having proven themselves time and time again on Macs and PC’s for being able to produce solid and fast browsers, the software company should do well against Safari, which has seen recent fall backs on the browser market share stats with the arrival of Chrome on the scene.

Opera is already on pretty much every other platform, and is the worlds most popular mobile browser, so landing on the app store is really allowing it to cover all the basis, and should give Safari a good run for its money.

There’s no doubt that the Opera iPhone browser will be a brilliant app, well worth the download, that’s if it gets approved.

So watch this space, or rather the space under ‘O’ in the app store…

Google to take on Apple? Again?!

Google looks set to release their own pad computer following Apple’s release of it’s long expected iPad on Wednesday.

If the rumours and mock-ups are true then it brings Google’s attempts to jump into the hardware industry and tackle Apple’s might into the foreground.

Looks like an iPad, a... G-Pad? Too many jokes right there...

The software giant may be taking advantage of the criticisms being thrown at Apple over the iPad, such as lack of flash and webcam integration, and the manufacturers well-known strictness when dealing with apps and software which need to be approved before appearing in the app store for download.

Google’s open source nature may deal a serious blow to Apple’s attempt to take over the ebook and new found pad market (even if it is just the old tablet market with a new lease of life), using a pad running its open-source Chrome OS which the device will probably run on but is still to be tested on any major scale in the consumer market.

Whether or not Google’s device could be an iPad killer is yet to be seen, if it is released at all. The search giant’s much awaited Nexus One was expected to be an iPhone killer when it came out earlier this year, however take up has been poor and failed to dent the growing iPhone market which is showing little or no signs of being slowed by a competitor.

Google definitely don’t bring the wow factor or coolness to the table that Apple does, or even the hardened experience and solid production that Microsoft brings, but at the very least it they show the computer world that Google is tenacious and wouldn’t be put off by a let down by a larger competitor, even if they can’t match the hype levels that come with Apple launches.