App DescriptionMacWorld said, "Facebook has been striving to be all things to all people: an e-mail service, a newspaper, even a place to share videos. But it hasn't been a radio stationâ€”until now." Friends Aloud HD is a personalized â€śNews Radioâ€ť that can broadcast your friendsâ€™ news directly to you, optimized for your iPad. Friends Aloud HD reads your Facebook news feed aloud so that you can stay connected with your friends anytime, anywhere.
Wall Street Journal said, "If you need to be abreast of the updates that continually bombard your Facebook account, a new iPhone application has been released called Friends Aloud which might help you stay on top of all those updates, by reading the your Facebook updates out loud to you."
Appolicious said, "If keeping up with your Facebook news feed is so important to you that you do dumb things like read it while driving, Friends Aloud Lite can make your life safer while making sure you don't miss a status."
Friends Aloud HD features:
â€˘ Read aloud your latest Facebook news feed posts and their associated comments in a pleasant, easy-to-understand young womanâ€™s voice
â€˘ Display each post on the screen using the full iPad screen and native character set, so that you can tap around to read posts at random
â€˘ Automatically shift to reading only new posts for as long as you leave the app running
â€˘ Intuitive play, pause, and skip forward/back buttons, just like the iPod
â€˘ Continue reading aloud while in the background, just like the iPod
â€˘ Understand and read some common computer jargon such as smiley faces, texting-style abbreviations (LOL, ROTFLMAO, etc.)
â€˘ Mute posts from friends or â€śliked pagesâ€ť that you prefer to skip
â€˘ Use standard Facebook login to connect with your friends
â€˘ Number of comments read can be limited to none, the latest 5, 10, 20, or a maximum of 50
â€˘ Read headlines of links, photo albums, and videos
â€˘ Read as far back in time as you wish by tapping â€śOlder postsâ€ť
Why use Friends Aloud?
â€˘ Listen to your friendsâ€™ postings while driving, walking, in a meeting, at work, anywhere your eyes are otherwise occupied
â€˘ Keep your eyes on the road so that you donâ€™t get pulled over for â€śtexting while drivingâ€ť or â€“ worse â€“ cause an accident
â€˘ Relax your eyes by listening to, instead of reading, your friendsâ€™ news
You can try some of these great features via the free iPhone version Friends Aloud Lite. It has many of the same capabilities of Friends Aloud HD and reads aloud using the same easy-to-understand voice, but it contains advertising and is limited to reading aloud only the latest 10 news feed posts at any one time.
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May 31, 2011 Initial Release