The mobile world has not stopped as we count down to the launch of Samsung Galaxy S IV this week. We cover some leaks about the highly anticipated phone. Social media gives us a bunch of announcements on from Twitter updated mobile apps and then Facebook went and (again) redesigned your beloved News Feed.
Check out this week’s episode of my 5 minute weekly tech update show for the non-tech savvy, Heads Up:TECH episode 13 this week:-
For more details on the stories covered, click on the links below:-
Samsung Galaxy S IV upcoming launch[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
We now know that this Thursday, 14 Mar 2013, Samsung will unveil their 2013 flagship Android superphone. They even released this teaser video.
As we count down closer to the date, the rumoured specs, suspected features and leaked images started to surface.
Twitter and TweetDeck updates[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Twitter have been busy. In the last couple of weeks, they’ve been announcing a slew of updates for their mobile apps and mobile site.
- Twitter Blog : An Update to Twitter for Windows Phone
- Twitter Blog : Twitter for Firefox OS
- TechCrunch : Update for Twitter’s iOS, Android Apps and Mobile Site Includes Top Tweets From The Past and Better Browsing
- Twitter Blog : Mobile app updates : Enhancements to search, web browsing and more
TweetDeck (owned by Twitter) also did their announcement – that they’ll stop TweetDeck for iOS, Android and their Adobe AIR clients. They’ll be focusing on their mobile web app and Chrome apps moving forward. They also announced stopping Facebook integration, which means TweetDeck will be for Twitter only.
- SlashGear : Twitter stops support for Tweetdeck Mobile and AIR apps
- TweetDeck Blog : An Update on TweetDeck
On a side note, Posterous, also owned by Twitter will shut down on 30 April 2013. Read this TechCrunch article > Posterous will shut down on 30/4, Co-Founder Garry Tan Launches Posthaven to save your sites[/symple_toggle]
Facebook new News Feed coming[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Facebook announced that they’re, once again, redesigning the Facebook News Feed. Although the News Feed technically have not been changed for 2 years, it’s a welcomed change when Facebook uses more white spaces and cleans up the navigations and notifications.
The new layout will also show much much bigger pictures, it also allows you to filter your News Feed by “Most Recent” stories, “All Friends” only posts and more.
For more info, and/or to signup for the waiting list, check out http://www.facebook.com/newsfeed
- TNW : A deep dive into Facebook’s News Feed Redesign: Success, and only a few party fouls
- SlashGear : SlashGear 101 : This week’s Facebook News Feed Redesign
- TechRadar : First Look : New Facebook News Feed
Other Re-designs of the Week[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Google+ announced their small redesign just a day before Facebook’s announcement. Your Google Plus profile pictures are now crazy big and there are some other minor enhancements.
- ReadWrite : Google+ Update Adds Crazy Big Cover Photos + Other Stuff
- Google+ Post : Some profile and page improvements
YouTube also announced a new redesigned layout, which is now officially out of beta for all. It’s much cleaner and more inline with overall Google+ look and feel. For more info, check the video below or their YouTube One Channel Product Page at http://www.youtube.com/onechannel
- TNW : YouTube’s redesigned “One Channel” layout is not available for all users
- YouTube Creaters Blog : YouTube One Channel, now available for everyone
Yes, Blackberry Z10, the first all-touchscreen phone from the new Blackberry 10 OS is officially in Malaysia and on sale since last Saturday, 9 Mar 2013. There’s a one month exclusivity with Maxis where you can now purchase the phone with very attractive plans. Or wait until 8 Apr 2013 when Celcom and DiGi starts selling it with their plans.
- WinnieKepala.com : All Touch Blackberry Z10 Launches in Malaysia
- WinnieKepala.com : Blackberry Z10 Availability Party at Marini’s on 57 (Coming Soon)
- Gizmodo : Blackberry 10 : Which Apps Will (And Won’t) Ever Be There
Question of the Week (QOTW)
With the Samsung Galaxy S IV launch so close, I have to ask…
Are you excited about the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV?
Until I see you again next week, likely with the coverage on SGS4…