Is UberSocial The New UberTwitter?

Update: Probably Yes. See updates below.

If you have been seeing tweets on saying that UberSocial is the new UberTwitter, you are probably falling into a pit. First off, UberTwitter was banned earlier today by Twitter and they would not risk coming out with a new name because of what they have at stake.

The owner of UberTwitter; UberMedia, own a large number of Twitter clients including the recently acquired . Performing such a circumnavigation on the ban Twitter put in place would ensure that the new client got blocked along with all other UberMedia properties.

Also the site UberSocial is hardly functional. The downloads don’t work and the website is just not owned by the owners of UberTwitter. I might be wrong but you can check the Who Is information and I doubt it is owned by UberMedia.

Rest aside, stay away from UberSocial and if you are in so much of a desperate need, check out the UberTwitter alternatives for Blackberry.

Updates Below

The UberSocial site is owned by UberMedia. I have been able to confirm it through Who IS information which match those from UberSocial and UberMedia. They are both hosted on the same name servers:

However, UberSocial has not yet been submitted to the World and neither is the site functional. Whether renaming a client to another name would give it another chance on Twitter is yet to be seen.

Nevertheless, this has been an endless fiasco of a client being banned and it coming into the system by changing it’s name to another brand altogether when it was already one of the most popular brands on a device.

Sorry for jumping the gun on this, but sometimes you miss out on researching things fully and then come across updates which require you to re-justify what you wrote. I will try and ensure that this does not happen in the future.

UberTwitter Alternatives for Blackberry and iPhone

Earlier today, Twitter blocked the popular Blackberry client for ; UberTwitter. This must have come as a huge blow for users who relied on the software for checking on their tweets, replies, messages and updating their status.

Twitter Bird

If you are a or users and can’t access Twitter because you used those clients, here are some alternatives for you which are pretty good.

users can try out Echofon for Twitter (free) or TweetDeck for iPhone (free too) or the Official Twitter client for iPhone (free). If you are a Blackberry user, you can use the official Twitter client (free) or   Seesmic for Twitter (free) or Tweet Genius (free).

Android users can search the market place for the official Twitter client or also use for Android which is available in the marketplace.

UberTwitter and twidroyd Not Working? Twitter Suspended Them

Update: Added comment from Twitter below.

If you are user of the popular clients for , or ; UberTwitter or twidroyd for Twitter, you might not be able to use those applications for some time now.

We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.

Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.

has officially suspended the two clients for violating of policies. So UberTwitter and twidroyd users will no longer be able to access their tweets, replies or messages and update their statuses.

We are committed to helping you continue to use Twitter during the disruption of these applications. You can download Twitter for Blackberry, Twitter for Android and other official Twitter apps here. You can also try our mobile web site or apps from other third-party developers.

The Next Web found the note which was posted on the Twitter support blog, where Twitter suggested that users of these clients use another app for their Twitter needs. Though the note mentioned that these clients were blocked for policy violations, there was no updates on what policies they had violated.

Nevertheless, lot of Blackberry users will be left out in the cold because UberTwitter is one of the most popular clients. You could switch to the official Twitter client for Blackberry for now till this issue is resolved.

We have emailed Twitter for more information and will update this post as soon as we get any updates from them.

Update: Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner responded back with a comment

We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.

We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.

We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.

So it looks like UberTwitter violated several rules including trademark, character limits and making money by editing tweets.

Update 2: Left out in the cold, check out some UberTwitter alternatives for Blackberry and Android.

Blackberry Playbook 16 GB Priced at $499

The Blackberry Playbook is supposed to be one of the strongest competitors to the Apple iPad and the slew of Android 3.0 powered tablets which will launch in a couple of months, barring the new HP Touchpad, which was announced yesterday.

It was unveiled months back by Research in Motion and will be available soon. However, we still didn’t have any official word on the pricing of the Playbook. It was speculated to be priced at $399 for the 8 GB version and at $499 and $599 for the 16 GB and 32 GB versions respectively.

It seems that the pricing was right. A leaked image reveals that the Blackberry Playbook is priced at $499 for the 16 GB version and will be available by the end of March at Office Depot. The pricing is quite good, especially when compared to the Motorola Xoom which is priced at $800.

Blackberry Playbook Price

The Blackberry Playbook comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 5 MP and a 3 MP camera with support for 1080p HD video recording. It also offers Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. It will run a new tablet OS based on the QNX architecture.

via Crackberry

Android Overtakes Symbian, Becomes the Highest Selling Mobile OS

Canalys, an independent analytics firm, has disclosed that Android is now the highest selling mobile operating system in the world. According to its analysis, the total shipment of Android handsets jumped from 20.3 million units in Q3 to 32.9 million in Q4 2010. Contrary to what you might expect, Symbian, the previous leader in the smartphone segment, also saw an increase in the number of units shipped, and climbed from 29.9 million units to 31 million units. However, considering the rapid growth experienced by the entire smartphone industry, Nokia has little to brag about.


Besides Nokia, other players who have reason for disappointment are Research in Motion (RIM) and Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 arrived too late in the quarter to make its presence felt. On the other hand, RIM continued to struggle to compete against the accelerating onslaught of Android devices. Although mid-range devices like Curve helped RIM to overtake Nokia in Latin America, it ended up shipping less than 15 million handsets.

Apple ended up in the third spot with 16.2 million shipments, and posted healthy growth rates. The availability of iPhone on Verizon is expected to help Apple in closing the gap with Symbian. However, for the moment, Android simply looks insurmountable.

Dropbox For Blackberry Updated To Version

dropbox blackberry

The Dropbox team recently released a new version of their BlackBerry application. The new version is numbered and it comes with some fixes and improvements. If you who have been following the recent forums builds, then you won’t notice much difference in this version. You can easily download the latest version of Dropbox for Blackberry from the Dropbox Blackberry Forum. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • saving non-ascii texts results in garbled text
  • handling of edge cases when running out of space on sd card and in device memory
  • open-edit-upload usecase wasn’t working for devices with encryption enabled
  • share link freezes for some users
  • open-edit-upload usecase fails for files with non-ascii filenames
  • ‘would you like to allow logging’ dialog shouldn’t appear on first launch
  • on rotatable devices, in image gallery, the displayed/cached image is smaller than screen size (shouldn’t happen)
  • music/video stops when screen fades out
  • user gets a ‘not enough room to write file’ message when trying to open a file that’s already open in docs2go
  • uploading file changes for file stored in folder with non-ASCII characters can result in creation of damaged folder name with contents of a new file
  • user interface rotation glitches on some screens
  • BES permissions problems
  • resolve some chronic upload retry issues and related UI glitches
  • file browser lagginess when dealing with non-ASCII characters in file names

Dropbox for Blackberry app is currently available only for BlackBerry smartphones running under the BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher. If you’d like to leave feedback for version, headover to this Dropbox forums thread. To download the Dropbox For Blackberry app, head over to this page.

Entire CDMA BlackBerry Lineup Leaked

If GSM isn’t your thing and the previously leaked BlackBerry devices don’t interest you, you should be pleased to know that the folks at CrackBerry have turned up what looks to be the entire 2011 CDMA device lineup from RIM.

In what is titled “NARC BlackBerry Roadmap” and stamped as “Strictly Confidential” 7 different devices are indicated along with they respective estimated launch/availability dates. Of course, the PlayBook is shown for the next quarter of 2011 and will be the first tablet   device from RIM to use their new QNX-based platform.

The presentation slides detail upcoming smartphone devices such as the Montana, Monaco and Malibu – a series of new touch screen smartphones that will be sporting BlackBerry 6.1 along with what RIM is calling BlackBerry Evolution 6, a highly integrated and seamless user experience with social networking, universal search as well as HTML5 and NFC capabilities.

It is quite clear that RIM hopes to push further and further into the consumer market by including features and hardware such as full HD 720p recording, augmented reality and OpenGL support for a better gaming experience.

For an entire view of the slides that detail more about each device, be sure to visit CrackBerry for the lineup.

5 Tablets To Look Forward To In 2011

While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the . iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.

However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.

Apple iPad 2

Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the . It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.


iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.

What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.

White BlackBerry Torch Coming Soon To Vodafone UK

white blackberry torch

Back in August, RIM (Research In Motion) launched the BlackBerry 6 OS powered BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone. This is an amazing device, which has a touch-screen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Torch is already available in the UK, but if you were waiting for the white color variant of this amazing device, then we have a good news for you. According to Vodafone UK, the white BlackBerry Torch will be soon available, exclusively on the airwaves Vodafone UK.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 features a 3.2 inch HVGA touch screen display, 480×360 pixels resolution, BlackBerry 6 operating system, optical trackpad, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto-focus, Image stabilization, 2x digital zoom, Light and proximity sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 512 MB flash memory, 512 MB SDRAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, VGA (640×480) video recording, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.

The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

RIM Releases Security Advisory For DoS Against BES And Devices

RIM has carved the way with enterprise security and holds a high amount of corporate users in the mobile market, but every now and then they encounter speed bumps that might come in the form of support issues, bugs and security vulnerabilities. While Blackberry doesn’t see near the amount of publicly disclosed weaknesses as other mobile platforms such as Android or webOS, RIM does regularly audit and push updates to BES, BIS and client device software aimed at closing and mitigating possible security risks related to their software. KB24547 is a security advisory that RIM published late in 2010, indicating the existence of a vulnerability pertaining to the PDF rendering and control engine of the attachment service in BES 5.x as well as third party applications that utilise BES core, such as Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes Domino and Novell GroupWise.

The advisory details the susceptibility of BES to a possible buffer overflow leading to a Denial-of-Service on a hand-held device. For the vulnerability to be successfully exploited, an attacker would need to have a Blackberry user, with an account tied to a BES, open a modified PDF file. The PDF would be “filtered” through the attachment service and may allow an attacker to execute code on the BES hosting server or hang the machine. RIM has marked it extremely high, with a CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) score of 9.3 out of 10. It is recommended that all BES administrators obtain the Interim Security Software Update to ensure they are protected.

In addition to the BES vulnerability, RIM has released an advisory for a client-side DoS affecting hand-held Blackberry devices. While the CVSS score is a relatively low 5 out of 10, RIM recommends that all users ensure they are running the most up to date version of their device software. The vulnerability affects many devices running OS 5.0.0.x and causes the browser to hang while processing a specially crafted web page, forcing the user to reboot the device. Advisory KB24841 was issued less than a week ago and affects many devices including the Blackberry Bold 9700, the Tour 9630 and the Curve 9300.