July 9, 2013 Last Updated 9:55 am

Twitter and Vine get big app updates

Twitter has a certain attitude towards app updates: the more the better. As a result, users get a lot of opportunities to complain about their apps, and occasionally to applaud the changes.

Twitter-app-icon-smFor the increasing number of users who are direct messaging through Twitter, the latest app update will be welcome. The iOS Twitter app now does a better job of handling direct messages by marking as read all such messages throughout the various ways one can read them – the apps, the website, the desktop apps, etc.

I should add that this is the 12th app update so far this year for Twitter. If this were Einstein Bagels the next one would be free.

Also updated over the July 4 holiday was Vine, the software solution acquired by Twitter in October of last year. The iPhone app is now on version 1.3 (as is the Android app, updated on the same day).

The update is listed as “our biggest yet” and that may well be true as the update brings in 15 new channels of content that users can post to.

Here is the full “What’s New” section:

What’s New in Version 1.3
This update to Vine is our biggest yet!

CHANNELS
Browse or submit your posts to 15 new channels — from Comedy, Art & Experimental, to Cats, and more

ON THE RISE
Discover new and interesting Viners right from your Explore screen

REVINING
Share your favorite posts with all your followers on Vine in one tap

NEW CAPTURE TOOLS
Shoot with style using the new focus, grid, and ghost tools

PROTECTED ACCOUNTS
Allow only people you approve to follow you and view your posts

Also in this update:

• Fixed an issue that caused the camera to focus unnecessarily while recording
• Improved cache control and less disk space usage
• Faster search for hashtags and people you mention frequently
• Crash fixes and other miscellaneous improvements

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