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Shoutitout launches Mac app, plans to launch Windows as well

Shoutitout has just announced via blogpost, Shout by @admin and Shout by their new account @siodesktop that they have official launched a Mac app. They also say in the blog post that they have plans to launch other desktop applications as well in the future but don’t have an estimated time yet.

The site has launched a full landing page for the app at http://mac.myshoutitout.info, we don’t now at this time where the Windows app would be located but they probably do.

The app is built around HTML5 and a browser implant, it also has multitasking windows and allows you to add your Twitter, Facebook and Myspace profiles.

The app has almost everything the site does except the fact that it doesn’t have the ability to post a video, or attach a link which is why it gives you access to sio.me.

The app has gotten positive feedback but remember it just launched so the bugs haven’t been found yet.

This comes at a good time for Shoutitout. Twitter has been busy all week and Google+ got a 3rd party Mac app this week as well so it is a great way to say “Hey, we’re still here.”

 

 

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Google+ gets a 3rd party Mac app

Sully Taylor, Creative Director for Teens in Tech, has built a 3rd party Mac app for Google+ and it just went live.

The app is pretty simple and has every feature and is basically the actual web browser ported onto your computer.

This is interesting because Taylor says next week he has big plans for the app but wanted to go ahead and get something out there. We aren’t exactly sure what these “big plans” are yet but we are investigating.

The new app requires Mac OS X and Google Chrome but some users are reporting issues downloading it with Lion, I am using Lion and not having issues however.

Taylor is a member of the Google+ development program, basically a currently privet API, which he will use to make major changes to the Mac app.

The one noticeable problem so far as that there really isn’t a way back if you click a link that makes you leave Google+ , but every app has its issues.

The app also has push notifications to remind you to check Google+ as much as possible if you are an addict like some (me *Cough*).

Here is a preview of the main page of the app:

Instagram reaches 150 million photo uploads

Instagram’s 7 million users have now posted 150 million photos on the site at the speed of 15 per second 80% of them being filtered, this just 9 months after the app went public in the app store.

This stat means that Instagram is doing about 1.3 million photos a day and that its putting up competition against several smaller photo sharing service and is on its way to compete with the big players like Flickr, Photobucket and Facebook.

Instagram has remained in the top 25 of the app store for over a month now, this has allowed it to become a mobile social network, not just an app.

Instagram still lacks one thing, an Android app, which still hasn’t come out yet and no one has gotten any word of but Instagram has said since the start and still says it will eventually come, the question is just when will it come.

Here is the 150 millionth photo:

Twitter launches HTML5 iPad version

Twitter has just announced that it is going to start rolling out its new HTML5 improved iPad version of Twitter.com to its users and that all iPad users should have it by the end of the week.

The app is full of HTML5 and an improvement of the one paneled page that is currently the Twitter mobile site. No surprise that it is similar to the HTML5 apps for Android and iPhone.

According to mobile development Manuel Deschamps tells us that an HTML5 version of the iPad will come out to the public soon.

A quote from Twitter’s Carolyn Penner:

The HTML5 app provides a great option for people who prefer to use the browser over native apps. Its two-column view is consistent with the Twitter experience you’re used to (on Twitter.com), and it takes advantage of touch gestures and other device capabilities.

Screenshot of the new app:

Google Plus launches iPhone app

Google+ has launched a native iPhone app officially, finally. This is Google’s description of the app:

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

The app basically holds everything the site has to offer, its just not quite as nice of a UI. Here are screenshots:

Twitter for Android gets an overhaul

Twitter has just launched some important updates to its Android app, push notifications and multiple accounts. So if you use more than one Twitter account you can toggle between them without logging out and then logging in again.

This feature has been on the Twitter for iPhone app since before it was owned by Twitter. Twitter is yet to appear on the web client to the relief of 3rd party developers who are using that as their last hope of a feature they have and Twitter dosen’t.

The push notifications aren’t really that big since you already get a notification in the update but if you really like Twitter and want your phone to go off every time you get a @reply, go ahead and set that up.

Why Pingfm removed Shoutitout support

Around a year ago when Seesmic bough Pingfm, the site for sending messages to several social networks, it removed several services from its list, the most major one was Shoutitout. We since have been wondering why, well we now know.

It turns out there was several reasons, one was that Pingfm was being used for allot of Shoutitout spam, both companies were looking for a fix when the acquition happened, Seesmic, the acquiring party saw an opportunity to take advantage of and did, removing Shoutitout support.

This moved on to the second reason, they wanted to boost the popularity of Seesmic being used to Shout, which is why they focus manly on Android when it comes to Shoutitout, that seems to be Shoutitout’s biggest phone market. Thus since Pingfm was the, at the time, the biggest Shoutitout 3rd party client they removed the competition.

One thing did backfire, Android is now the newest popular 3rd party application.

Tumblr launches iPhone app 2.0

Tumlbr has launched version 2.0 of its iPhone app, and its completely re done, making it allot easier to post to multiple blogs.

Tumblr announced the new launch of its Tumblr staff blog saying that the app:

has been recoded, rewired, and rethought from the ground up to offer you the very best of the Tumblr experience.

Some of the changes include a new UI for checking out the blogs you follow, creating new posts and managing several blogs. This basically puts the stuff on the old app that was much harder to access within a few clicks.

Tumblr has also rolled out features not previously on the app like writing and responding to messages and the ability to join within the app. Plus you can find new contacts using your phone’s address book.

The most major change however is how easy it has gotten to change between blogs. Now it only takes a few clicks, it used to take you going deep into advanced options and picking the blog you want to post to.

If the iPhone weren’t so hard to type on this app would have everything you need to blog right on it.

 

Seesmic to cut Blackberry support

According to a recent blog post by Seesmic they will cut support for Blackberry on June 30th. The idea is so that they can focus more on other more popular services like Android and Windows phone 7.

Seesmic encourages its users to try out Seesmic for the other OS and try its desktop and web clients as well. We aren’t exactly sure how you are supposed to use an Android or iPhone if you have a Blackberry but Seesmic wants you to.

If you are like most people and don’t have both a Blackberry and another smartphone you can try out some of these apps:

Seesmic also appears to be trying to sell its Blackberry client since it is the nicest client on the market for Twitter Blackberry. This is according to the tweet below posted by Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur.


What Twitter iOS 5 integration will look like

Up on Apple’s website are the first screenshots of the Twitter integration into Apple OS that was told you was coming. Fun fact: @GilbertsoLANO the account used in the screenshot, its also the account used in testing Twitter photo’s even though the twimg.com/status_photos/ twimg test link has now been changed to pic.twitter.com.

Coming out in the fall Twitter for iOS 5 will use Twitter Auth to allow you to tweet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The Twitter integration will also play well with your iPhone contacts to fill in your friends name when your direct messaging or @replying them. It will also use your phones GPS to apply location to tweets.

This is what the new Twitter iOS 5 looks like on the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone on the new upcoming Twitter app.

The picture below is an example of how the tweeting process will look via the iPhone camera. This will be included as an option on the share button on the left. This can be linked to Apple’s low wifi photo sharing.

This is what it looks like when you share a tweet with the other 3 apps with Twitter integration Youtube, Safari, and Maps. This integration will apparently use Twitter’s new photo feature along with the iPhone’s new notification system but we are hearing that its up to the individual app to designate how their notification banners will appear.

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