It’ always a good day when we can announce a new app here at Rocksauce Studios. Ticktalk is an iPhone app designed to make you a better speaker, acting as a metronome to keep you talking at the proper rhythm. The app offers six different speeds (ranging from the incredible fast “auctioneer” to the slowly-paced “southerner”), helping you control and master your own voice. Ticktalk will be available soon, but head on over to the official site to check out the design and sign up to get notified when it’s available!
Some people like to joke that Facebook as the power and the cash flow of an entire country, but this may be the first time they’ve ever actually had to face down an actual nation: Germany is demanding that Facebook remove the facial recognition software its been adding to its system. Although Facebook claims that this tech will be used solely for easier photo tagging, Germany is leaning toward the popular sinister version of this, claiming that Apple is building an illegal database of names and faces. What do you think?
This Techcrunch writer thinks app developers are abusing push notifications. And you know what? He’s probably right. Look for more on this in today’s Q & Answers column, where Rocksauce Studios CEO Q Manning will address this directly.
Speaking of CEOs, Best Buy has a new one…and the company’s stock took a tumble. Since we like brick-and-mortar stores, we wish Best Buy the very best. While we’re the on the subject, a leaked memo suggests that Hulu will be getting a new CEO soon…but current CEO Jason Kilar doesn’t know that he’s out of a job yet.
Twitter has created new rules for its API, making the creation of third party Twitter clients far more difficult than it has ever been before, with one CEO comparing the new rules to North Korea. One of the biggest sticking points is a user limit, which will prevent third party Twitter apps from supporting over 100,000 people. And then there are the Twitter clients built to assist the disabled and the blind, which will suffer under these new rules. Bad form, Twitter.