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Put Your thumb Away and Stop Hitchhiking, Hitch-A-Ride Now Live on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 8th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Hitch-A-Ride is a social media app that lets you connect with other people going your way. You can either use your own contacts or expend your horizons and accept rides from new friends as you carpool to your desired drop off.

Hitch-A-Ride requires you to sign-in to your Facebook account so there's less worry about getting in the car with a stranger (always say no if they offer you candy). If you decide to be a driver you can even make a few extra bucks picking up Hitch-A-Ride customers. The app saves you time and money by letting you carpool instead of having to catch costly cabs or call car services.

You can Hitch-A-Ride for free on the App Store now.

Rowl Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on January 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MISSING MORE THAN A G
Do we really need another social network? Does the question even need to be asked anymore?
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Hallelujah - Twitter is Adding Mute Functionality to its Mobile App

Posted by Rob Rich on May 12th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED :: Read Review »

Perhaps the biggest problem with social media is that it requires the internet - and the internet can be a rather unfriendly place. At least, some of the people in it can be mighty unfriendly. With this in mind, Twitter is rolling out a new mute feature for its apps and web service.

Twitter's mute function does exactly that: it hides all of a particular user's activity from your personal feed, whether it's responses, favorites, retweets, or anything else. Users who have been muted will still be seen by other users and may still interact normally, it's just that you won't see any of that. This also applies to push and SMS notifications.

Instructions on how to make use of this new feature for iOS can be found below.

To mute a Twitter user on iOS:
Muting from a Tweet:
Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
Tap the "•••" icon.
Tap "Mute" and "Yes, I’m sure" to confirm.

Muting from a profile:
Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
Tap the gear icon.
Tap "Mute" and "Yes, I’m sure" to confirm.

Pictorl: Pure Photo Sharing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 5th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PHOTO SHARING
A picture sharing app designed with a photo album appeal for iOS users to organize, edit and store pictures in one location.
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Postcard Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT SOCIAL SHARING
Need to share content to multiple different social media platforms at once? Postcard has just made that process so much simpler.
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Material: Blogs, News& RSS Tailored to Your Social Footprint is Your Own Personal Newshound

Posted by Rob Rich on August 28th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

At long last, the days of scouring the internet for the kind of news stories you're interested in are over! INQ has just released their new app, Material, and it aims to do away with the need to go looking for information.

The app syncs up with your Twitter or Facebook account, then uses a special algorithm to analyze your activity and cherry-pick the right news stories for you. Fashion, Music, Technology, Art, Manga, etc. Material will search through it all.


- Your material is unique and relevant to you.
- It takes seconds to join.
- Your Material changes as you do.
- Read it anywhere.
- It delivers new content twice a day.

Hipstamatic Oggl Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIP YET AGAIN
Remember Hipstamatic? It's back with a host of features to challenge the likes of Instagram.
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Organize Evening Plans With Wendr

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

How many nights out around the world rely upon social networking tools to arrange? I've done similar just now, tweeting someone to organize meeting up. It'd be easier to consolidate everything and sort out night time plans in one easy to use place, though. This is exactly where new app Wendr features.

Wendr asks users just one question: 'what are you doing tonight?' then provides all the tools needed to set a plan in motion. With everyone using Wendr, it's simple to see which friends are going out, staying in or open to suggestions. Alongside such simple entries, users can enter exactly what they're doing and where, making it easy to meet up.

Users can only view customizable crews of friends, ensuring there are no privacy concerns, and it's easy to add friends through Facebook to the app.

For those of us sitting in the office trying to organize evening plans, it should save plenty of time.

Wendr is out now and it's free to download.

Peter Molyneux Unveils Experimental App: Curiosity

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 10th, 2012

Over the weekend, details have emerged regarding Peter Molyneux and 22 Can's first iOS game: Curiosity.

Peter Molyneux is a name that will be very familiar to many PC and console gamers. Known for his outlandish and over-enthusiastic statements, pre-release, he's been responsible for some of the best games out there from the Populous series to Theme Park and Theme Hospital. He's also been behind the Fable series of games, one of my personal favorites, but also a series that has been overpromised frequently.

Having left Microsoft and Lionhead Studios in March to begin work at new company 22 Cans, Molyneux has just announced details regarding Curiosity.

The title is set for release on August 22 and will focus on players hacking away at a giant cube, made out of 60 million different shapes. It's all in aid of finding out exactly what's underneath all those cubes. Initially, only the player who hits that final blow will find out what's inside, hence the name: Curiosity.

It's best thought of as a social media experiment with 22 Cans studying how this news will spread.

It gets stranger, still, with the prospect of in-app purchases funding everything. A Q&A Session at Indie conference, Rezzed, has reported that players will have to buy a limited number of chisels that will improve their tapping strength. While most of these chisels will be inexpensive, a diamond chisel will also be available, priced at an eye-watering $50,000.

It's frankly pretty bizarre stuff. Will it work? Only time will tell, but we'll be sure to keep up to date on developments as Curiosity could prove to be a fascinating experiment.

Do let us know how you feel about the in-app purchases involved. Would you ever consider spending so much on this kind of app?

[Source: Eurogamer]
[Source: Eurogamer]

Sidecastr Turns The Past Into The Future

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 3rd, 2012
iPad App - Designed for iPad

There is nothing more frustrating that having the plot of a show spoiled, thanks to some oversharing fan on twitter.  That said, some people love to see the realtime reactions of social media during their favorite shows.  The invention of DVR and video streaming services complicates matters even further, because now consumers can watch whatever they want, whenever they want.

For those that like the best of television on demand and social media, there is a new indispensable application that must be added to your arsenal: Sidecastr.  This innovative tool allows you to follow what happened in the twitterverse, almost as if it were on taped delay.  Using the internal iPad microphone to determine where the viewer is, Sidecastr syncs up the world's reactions, like they were watching the program right along with you.

The best part is that this awesome new app is available at no charge.  So what are you waiting for?  Take it out for a test spin and let us know what you think.

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FeedFriendly Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on May 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EASY TO USE
Combine the top three social network newsfeed updates into one location with the help of FeedFriendly.
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News.me Finds the News You Can Use

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 5th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

One of the downsides of a landscape dominated by social media is the fact that the noise level is often through the roof. Thousands of links can fly through your feed in minutes, and it's tough to know what's important and what's just fluff one of your friends posted up when drunk. For those of us who don't have time for the clutter News.me is here to do the heavy lifting for us.

The app scans your Facebook and Twitter feeds and grabs links to articles that seem to be really resonating with your personal community. If you tend to associate with a more gamer-specific crowd then you'll see a lot of stories revolving around video games; if you lean toward sports then scores and highlights from yesterday's games will appear onscreen. News.me strives to deliver all the content you care about and nothing you don't.

The app also supports offline reading so you don't have to worry about having a signal, as well as displaying what friends are saying about each story on the feed so you can have your finger on the pulse of the conversation. With so much information out there we have to be smart with how we consume it, and News.me seems poised to be one of the best tools out there for doing just that.

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Mashable Launches New iPad App

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 5th, 2012

Fans of Mashable can now take the megasite with them wherever they go via the new Mashable for iPad app. The app features the site's full feed of blog stories and news posts, all optimized for viewing on your tablet. Furthermore, posts are also divided into categories, so you can easily sort all the tech articles, business posts, and so on with a simple tap. Furthermore, the app features robust social media options, allowing users to quickly share via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and the app displays how many times each story has been shared so you can see at a glance what's making waves on any given day. Last but not least, swiping left or right on an article drills down and provides more specific content, while swiping up or down loads more stories.

Even though Mashable previously launched an iPhone app with somewhat similar features, this new creation is made especially for the iPad and seems to be more feature-rich than its handheld cousin. The interface has also been revamped to appear more attractive and easier to navigate, which users always appreciate. The total package is very nice, and we're excited to see what new bells and whistles are added in future updates.

[itmsapp: 503757688]

Streamglider+ Wants to be Your World Aggregator

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on February 15th, 2012

A new challenger has entered the news aggregation realm, as Streamglider+ has officially launched and is taking aim at the likes of Flipboard. The app seeks to aggregate everything that's important to you, allowing you to mix in RSS feeds, YouTube channels, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more into one centralized app.

Streamglider+ boasts three different modes; lean-forward scrolls news and headlines across the screen, lean-back presents photos or news stories in a slideshow format and magazine mode presents fully stories just as they'd be found in a periodical, with no need to jump in and out of a browser. It's all very slick, and the pro version is currently free so there's really no reason not to check it out.

Of course the big question is can Streamglider+ dethrone the likes of Flipboard? It's a very cool app, but when you come late to the game into a space dominated by a rival what are your odds of success? We'll be interested to see how this slugfest plays out over the coming months.

[itmsapp: 489677137]

Stay in the Tech-Savvy Loop With AskJack

Posted by Rob Rich on July 28th, 2011

Jack in the Box (the social media blog, not the blacklisted burger joint) has released their own iPhone app, designed to cram everything from the website into a more iOS-friendly package, even including their Facebook and Youtube feeds. Ten of the tech industry's biggest websites are featured, and funneling their news feeds through the tiny clown head in a box is as simple as a few quick taps. Setting it all up takes a minute, at most.

From there it's a simple matter of checking-in with Jack every once in a while. The two newest articles appear in a speech bubble over the tiny toy's head, and once something good pops up a tap is all that's needed to check it out. Of course, the tiny bubble can also be expanded to make browsing the list easier. Searching through the plethora of news stories is all done using an in-app browser with a handy "tab left/right" function that makes jumping from news item to news item a breeze. Simply tap the right arrow and it loads the next news item.

And what if it's a slow news day? Well then there's an entire history of social media to read up on, of course. Hidden under the not-so-hidden Evolution tab is a tree that chronicles the growth of digital and social media, which itself contains a fairly extensive encyclopedia of terminology to help out the less tech-savvy. Not sure what the word "aggregator" means? Tap it and get the definition. It doesn't do much to help with news-gathering, but it's still a nice feature to have for anyone who isn't entirely up to date on networking sites such as Twitter and the like.

Sure, information-gathering isn't a new concept for the App Store., but that doesn't make AppJack any less handy to have around. It puts the content of ten major tech sites in one convenient place, and does so for the low low price of absolutely nothing. Not a bad deal, eh?


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