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With the long US Labor Day weekend coming up, it’s time for TUAW readers and fans of TUAW TV Live to take off from their hard work, grab a cold one, and join in on the discussion of all things Apple. Today’s show will feature the usual parade of new and cool gizmos and apps for all of your favorite Apple toys, as well as the usual chat about what has happened in the news this week.
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On August 23 we reported on issues Citrix GoToMeeting clients were having with the FaceTime HD webcam in the latest MacBook Air (mid 2013, Haswell). At the time there was no firm timetable for getting the issue fixed.
Today I spoke with Sampath Gomatam, the VP and GM of Real-Time Collaboration at Citrix; he’s the exec responsible for the GoToMeeting software. He told me the issue was caused by a problem with how the video engine for the software worked with the video drivers of the new Macs. Citrix wasn’t alone with these issues; even Apple’s own Final Cut X had problems with the new MBA’s camera at first.
Flipboard (and Google Currents. et al) competitor Material has gone live in the App Store. From a quick glance, Material look like just another magazine-type newsreader, but Material has tackled one of the biggest annoyances about newsreaders that others haven’t: the setup.
With most newsreaders, the first time you launch the app you need to tell it what types of news you are interested in and from what sources you like to get your news from. Material skips that mundane setup phase all together by bringing you the content you want to read straight away. It does this by scanning your Facebook and Twitter feeds and sees the types of articles you like to read and the people you are following and adjusts your preferences accordingly.
The official Twitter app has taken a fair bit of stick over the years, especially with the likes of Tweetbot hanging around, but it’s fair to say that in recent times, things have improved dramatically. Today, Twitter for Android and iOS have both been given rudimentary updates, with the main alteration being that conversations between tweeters are now clearer, rather than showing up as individual tweets.
There’s nothing worse than checking the Twitter feed and seeing part of the conversation, and when you try chasing it up, feeling like you’re on a treasure hunt. Twitter has finally addressed this issue, and with the feed now showing the three most recent tweets within a conversation, you can get a bit of context on what’s going on. If you wish to probe the conversation further, simply tap on it, and the interface will extend to show the full correspondence. It’s that simple.
Although smartphones are getting progressively better in all departments including power, performance and battery life, one must still take care in order to maximize the lifespan and so general daily operations are carried out without hitch. After all, technology is still far from perfect at times, and if you’re in ownership of a mobile device, you will have encountered dwindling battery life and performance at some point. But with an app like Super Optimize for Android, you can keep your device in good health for as long as possible, and if your device is currently struggling to cope with the daily grind, this one is for you.
Whether you’re running out of storage space, or your device just feels a little lethargic and in need of a belated Spring Clean, Super Optimize for Android has the tool set required to get your smartphone or tablet firing on all cylinders once more. Set in a Holo-eseque interface, it’s very easy to navigate through the various options, and once you have applied the tweaks, your device should be left feeling a lot slicker and ready for action.