On both iOS and OS X, there exists an URL scheme that Safari supports that will launch FaceTime directly. It’s a great way to let you provide others with a quick and easy way to get in touch via video chat, or to manage FaceTime contacts.
Twitter continues its march of social networking dominance, spurred even further into the spotlight thanks to a recent high profile race to a million followers between Ashton Kutcher and CNN, and Oprah Winfrey’s decision to sign up this past Friday. Along with its massive increase in popularity comes a growing library of useful third-party Twitter tools. Here are four new web apps that offer unique features that could be especially beneficial to web workers.
twi.bz: Better Name-Dropping in Shortened URLs
URL shortening is a necessity when using Twitter thanks to its strict 140 character limit. Some URLs exceed that limit by themselves, even without any context. The problem with most URL shorteners, though, including bit.ly and TinyURL, is that they mask the site of origin of the story, so you can easily be misled by tricky taglines or overlook something you may otherwise have clicked on. Read More about 4 Twitter Tools to Add to Your Toolbox
Iconfactory and ARTIS Software bring their game, Frenzic, to the iPhone. Finally! I’ve been waiting for this since before the iPhone even came to market. The simple yet challenging pie-based puzzle game really, truly seems like a match made in geek heaven, as the co-founder of Iconfactory once said.
So often — as John Gruber points out — games built for the desktop PC don’t translate well to a hand held device such as the iPhone. But this time it seems to be different. The touch controls make for quite a natural playing experience in Frenzic (for iPhone), in fact, more so than with the typical mouse pointing interface. This will definitely be my new bathroom game time-waster of choice. And if I may gush, just a little, the Frenzic UI is just so sharp, responsive, and downright perfect for the iPhone platform!
If you’re new to Frenzic, you can give it a whirl on your Mac for free to see if you dig it. If it’s nothing new for you, you might be so inclined to check it out in the App Store. It’s $4.99, which seems to be in about the middle of the majority of iPhone App pricing. Your mileage may vary, but I find it a very solid five bucks to spend in the App Store.
Side note — this is the first time I’ve noticed that iTunes links are going to a clean URL at itunes.com (http://www.itunes.com/app/Frenzic), versus the typical ‘phobos’ link. Am I just behind the curve (not at all out of the question!) or is this newly implemented by Apple? From what I can tell, itunes.apple.com and itunes.com are the new phobos, though some URLs are cleaner than others (Frenzic in this case).
Break to Show Full-length Films; company moves beyond clips in a bid to reach advertisers, movies available to include Ghostbusters, Men in Black and The Fifth Element. (MediaPost)
Clearleap Gets $3.3 Million; company looking to a combo of set-top boxes and partnerships with TV service providers to deliver broad choice of video to the living room. (VentureBeat)
Warner Bros. Bringing Legal Movie Downloads to China; official online distribution a move to fight rampant piracy. (LA Times)
Netflix Getting Out of the Used DVD Biz; company shifting focus to rentals and direct streaming. (Netflix Blog)
Starz Bulks Up Its Movie Catalog; company gets movies from Summit, Lionsgate, IFC and others for its 16 TV channels as well as its broadband video service. (Broadcasting & Cable)
CNN President Credits UGC for Success; Jonathan Klein says reliance on social networks, Twitter and amateur video helps his network reach younger viewers. (Contentinople)
Astronauts Cast Absentee Ballots; crew makes a get out the vote video from space. (io9)
The dance between consumer tech companies and bloggers is fraught with grand entrances, missteps and even broken toes, but the story Allen Tsai is telling over at Mobiledia essentially involves the company beating the crap out of the blogger in response to a company mistake.