Dashboard App’s Compared: Twitter

April 20, 2009

If you haven’t heard of twitter yet, you must be living under a rock. The  interactive site is a way to let people know what you’re up to. Twitter is already extremely easy to use, so why not make it easier to use? Twidget, Twitgit, and AirMailr all strive to do this in the form of a dashboard a.k.a. widget’s

Twitgit, is made by Ben Ward, it  is the reigning king in it’s ease of use. When you first lunch Twitgit you are presented with a user name and password screen, after those are entered you are taken to a list of your followers  tweets and a simple text entry form with a send button at the end. Their is no option’s what so ever in Twitgit, which may make it a big turn off or a simple way to update your status.


The next widget may not be the easiest to use but it is, the one that will give you all the web features in the widget form! The name of this app is airmailr, and it’s quite cool. Airmailr allows you to look at your friends latest tweets, view messages addressed to you, send and recieve Direct Messages, use twitter’s search feature and of course tweet. Airmailr is the only widget that gives you any real settings. It allows for notifications, changing of text/avatar sizes and more! Although this app does sacrifice some ease of use as just to get up and running you have to exit the application, it may be worth it for some users that want a web like experience in their dashboard


   AirMailr Whole










Twidget, is developed by Aqua Box and allows you to simply update your status, gives you a look at the last 20 tweets whether that’s everyone’s, or only the people who you follow, there is also an option to hide other’s tweet’s which makes it an affective way to quickly update your status. The supreme feature of Twidget is the ability to DM, reply and favorite messages, although airmailr has this ability and more Twidget does this while not sacrificing to much of it’s ease of use.

  Twitget's Splash Screen twidget-main1









In conclusion all of these apps are good twitter apps for your dashboard, as far as choosing one, it all depends on how you want to use twitter in your dashboard. I reccomend Twitgit for any one who wants to send out a quick tweet. I suggest Airmailr for those who can sacrifice ease of use for features, and I say Twidget for something in between



Thanks for reading!


App Review: NBA Game Time Where Amazing is yet to Happen

April 19, 2009

NBA Game Time is distributed by NBA Digital, and is the NBA’s first official app with live game information. Although it is a solid app, it is hopefully the prequel to something greater.

The app loads up in about two-seconds, and you are presented with an NBA logo, with 4 tabs along the bottom. The App gives you scores, schedule, playoffs, and standings.

Under scores you can chose between today’s games, yesterday’s games, and tomorrow’s game’s. When tapping on a day it gives you a scrolling list of all the games that are being played on your selected day. It also tells you the time of the game, the teams playing, and the TV network it will be on. If any game is going on as you’re in the application, their will be a notification like number (similar to when you have new mail) signifying the game that is going on now. Tapping on a game in progress or already played presents you with, a box score including, player stats, quarter by quarter scores and if the game is in progress the quarter along with the time.

The next tab “Schedule” let’s you scroll through a calender. Once you have selected any day on the calender you can view all the games of that day and when they are being played, along with which network they will be on, if any.

The second to last tab dubbed as “playoffs” let’s you swipe left and right, as if a photo, the playoff bracket. The playoff bracket gives you a looks at the road to the finals and all the games in the series and when they will be played along with which network.

The fourth and final tab labeled as “Standings” gives you a look at the regular season standings. In a very simple and easy to understand format.

As far as a summary of features, you can view in-depth scores, take a look at upcoming games, see the bracket, and just as a reference you can take a look at the regular season standings.What I want to see: The summary of features (above) doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? The app’s only must-have feature is scores really. What I really want to see, is some news, a way to pick your favorite team so you can see all their scores and their news, as soon as you launch the app, and some post-game highlights in video form, at that any video at all would be nice. The app right now is free although if the NBA wants to release a paid version with any of the above features I would happily buy it. 

Version Number/Bugs: NBA Game Time is in version 1.1 as of writing this article. The app crashes occasionally when taking a look at a box score.

In Conclusion, this app should really be called “NBA Game Time: Where amazing is yet to happen”. Hopefully this app is the stepping stone to something much greater. You can find this app in the app store as a free download, it’s worth a download if you’re a basketball fan.

-Daniel Kane