Posts Tagged Social Networking
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Juggling free time to spend with friends and family can be a surprisingly stressful business. How often have you found yourself wondering when to fit people in, or worse of all, finding yourself with some extra time that you didn’t realise you’d have, thus not having a plan sorted out? It’s a blessed curse really, and it’d be so useful to be able to use that time better. Enter the solution: Glomper Free Time.
Glomper Free Time makes it much simpler to share free time with friends, colleagues and even strangers (if you so wish), by hitting the “I’m free” button, selecting a time and duration, with the app determining the location automatically.
Any friends nearby with the app can then see who’s available and what kind of activity they want to get involved in for that period of time.
With enough users, Glomper Free Time should prove a great way of utilizing time better as well as meeting up with potential new friends. Just remember to encourage friends to sign up at the same time as yourself.
Glomper Free Time is out now and free to download.
HipGeo has already proven itself as a great travel blogging app since its launch earlier this year. The latest update should cement that even further.
The update provides full video capability as well as the ability to convert all the photos, video and text uploaded to the service into virtual ‘storytelling journals’ that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as shared with the HipGeo community and via email. Consolidated, it should prove a great tool for avid travellers.
The app groups together photos, videos and texts into a location, so it’s simple to browse what’s going on and where as part of a coherent album. A Trip Player and Day Map ensures that movements are clearly shown between the photos, videos and writing, making it easy for viewers to catch up on the traveller’s progress.
Alongside the ability to create such journals offline, before uploading when inside a Wi-Fi zone, HipGeo is a great all-rounder for those who want to blog their travels.
Released: 2011-08-15 :: Category: Travel
Everyone’s favorite one stop shop of social network apps, Path, has been recently updated to add even more features to lure users in.
Notably, users can share the movies they watch and the books they read with full previews, actor or author details, synopses and reviews. This feature alone should provide some great talking points amongst users.
Other features include an improved camera, new ways to improve photos such as the ability to enhance details in dark or bright photos. It’s now simpler and more personal to invite friends to use the app, and there’s a new notification system that’s more accessible.
Other visual and accessibility changes such as easier video recording and faster photo taking functionality complete the package.
With a regular flurry of updates, Path is fast becoming a very handy social networking tool.
The Path update is available now and the app is freely available for all.
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There’s a new photo sharing app on the App Store and this one doesn’t even require the user’s friends to have the app in order to view photos!
DabKick is its name and it comes from gaming company GREE’s CEO, Naoki Aoyagi.
Working much like other apps, it’s easy to add photos from the camera roll album, but the really neat feature is being able to send them to friends instantly, instead of rely on them checking the app. All that’s needed is to have their phone number or email in the iOS device’s address book.
Users and their friends can swipe back and forth through shots that have been taken, without any need for viewers to download photos to their phone. It’s also possible to chat while looking at the photos, and even talk over the phone about them at the same time.
It’s an intriguing way of doing things and could really save some time, rather than having to jump between different apps.
DabKick is available now, for free.
We’ve covered PlayUp before, appreciating its ability to bring sports fans together in their love of their chosen sport. Just in time for the London 2012 Olympics, a major update has been released geared towards keeping users informed during the summer Olympics.
The app offers users all the latest information on their favorite teams and athletes, as well as the latest news on the medal tally. That’s 17 days worth of coverage, across 26 sports, 39 disciplines and 302 medal events. Content is geared towards the geographical location of the user, ensuring that the most regionally relevant content is brought to the forefront when first launched.
It also provides free instant messaging around any event and the ability to virtually hang out with friends in private, as well as direct message them and create social groups.
Whether you’re excited by the water polo or thrilled by the BMX biking, PlayUp should have you covered this summer Olympics.
Check it out now, it’s available for free.
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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.
Brewster has less to do with drinking beer than the name suggests. It could make it a heck of a lot easier to arrange meeting up with friends, however.
The app offers a personalized address book experience. Appreciating that everyone is involved with numerous different social networks, Brewster brings everything together to create a personalized and merged view of your contacts.
Working in conjunction with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Foursquare and the iPhone Contacts list, Brewster adds images to every contact, while also providing updates and trends, job changes, house moves, and everything else anyone could ever want from such a consolidated service. It’ll even figure out mutual connections which can uncover some surprising results.
Lists ensure that nothing feels too overwhelming, with a favorites list for extra organization. Throughout the app, everything about Brewster is stylish and intuitive to use.
Brewster is out now and it’s free to download.
Those of us who regularly attend networking events for work, and those who just hang out at plenty of parties will appreciate this dilemma. You meet someone, you want to get to know them better, either for personal or business purposes, but you forget their full name and lose the chance to add them to Facebook. What do you do?
There’s a solution in the form of new app Friendthem. The location-aware app fixes this problem by allowing users to connect on the spot and immediately friend each other on Facebook. There’s no need to look up their name or get the exact spelling correct, the app sorts all that out for the user making it an ideal way to hook up online with the person standing next to you, if you so wish.
It’s not perfect just yet, as the app relies on people to have Friendthem installed, but it is a great step towards making networking much faster and simpler.
It’s free to download, so what have you got to lose in trying it at your next event?
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One of the most popular blogging platforms out there, Tumblr has recently updated its iOS app.
Version 3.0 comes with all manners of new features, most notably a completely revamped and sleeker dashboard. Increasing compatibility with the iOS format, tap based functionality is improved and swiping through the composing interface has been introduced. It should all make for a much simpler app, ensuring users can blog content even faster than usual.
High resolution photo support is now included, proving particularly beneficial to those of us with the new iPad and iPhone 4S, although the app isn’t Universal just yet.
For those without a consistent internet connection or those currently abroad, offline support will be a great hit with users able to post new blogs, reblog content and comment on others’ work all while offline.
Spotify support and the ability to search tags is also supplied.
The Tumblr update is available now.
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Here’s an app ideal for the romantics amongst us. Weesh is all about generating romantic relationship timelines from the user and their partner’s Facebook profiles. Essentially, it’s a lovely way of keeping track of the history between a couple.
Right from the outset, the app collates information from each person’s Facebook account, thus creating a timeline of the memories. Weesh then offers a shared photo album for the couple so they can upload moments they’ve had together, as well as a mapping feature to keep track of where they’ve visited together.
Weesh helps plan for the future, also, with the introduction of the Weesh board, allowing couples to add things they’d like to do, as well as a section that reminds them of special events such as birthdays or anniversaries.
Ultimately though, Weesh is a sweet way of bringing together a variety of memories. Couples are bound to enjoy this free experience.
Many people have privacy concerns when it comes to social networks such as Facebook, understandably so, especially when dealing with images of family members such as children.
Burst is the latest app hoping to encourage users away from bigger networks, with a focus on sharing just with close friends and family. The app requires just one touch to capture then store and organize mobile videos and photos. It’s then simple to share such moments with the special people in one’s life.
Burst can tag and title those moments along with information from the user’s calendar with everything securely stored in the cloud.
Users can restrict who views the content and be notified via Push notifications, email or SMS when a family member comments on the images.
For those looking for a more secure social networking app, Burst will prove invaluable.
Burst is out now and it’s an Universal app.
Waze has been a fascinating example of the power of crowd sourcing since its inception in 2010. We’ve loved it ever since with its steady stream of updates keeping things fresh. Now comes one of the more ambitious updates.
Update 3.2 now provides Waze users with the means in which to keep track of real-time gas prices along their route, along with the ability to update prices themselves, where neccessary.
The new category search makes it simple to check things and at certain participating locations, it’ll even be possible to receive exclusive in-app discounts on gasoline. Partnerships have already been arranged with Kum & Go, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (Exxon and BP stations) and Vintners Distributers (Shell) locations.
One other major new feature is the addition of waypoints to coincide with the new categories, including gas stations, parking lots and car repair shops.
Waze has little competition given its free nature, but now there’s all the more reason to check it out.
Waze is out now for both iPhone and iPad. It remains free.
Plenty of apps are already out there offering photo filters but few offer over 300 different filters. That’s what FilterMania 2 offers and, even better, it’s free this weekend.
The app divides up the filters into 20 different categories, ensuring something for everyone. Categories such as nature, light, frames, space, retro and urban should prove particularly popular with FilterMania 2‘s filtering technique adding a photo layer on top of original photos, making for a stunning effect.
It should prove an ideal way to improve upon a typically ordinary photo, while adding a nice touch to already cool photos. Filter opacity can be adjusted to accomodate many tastes, before sharing via numerous services such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr. A Live Feed option allows users to see other people’s creations for inspiration.
Check out the video below for an idea of what to expect. FilterMania 2 is out now and it’s free across this weekend.
Take a look at the latest news one day and it’ll be clear that there is tons to take in. Every day, a huge number of different events and stories occur and it can be tough to keep track of everything without spending a lot of time catching up.
Scoople is a new app that hopes to make it fun and easy to find the news that you’re interested in. The app offers users a series of yes/no based questions to assertain what stories the reader is interested in. Hundreds of different articles are organized every day, covering numerous different subjects ranging from politics to celebrity gossip.
Adding a gaming twist to things, Scoople assigns points to each answer, determining how others voted and providing leaderboard facilities. It’s simple stuff but a convenient addition to an app with a great idea behind it.
News junkies will enjoy a fresh new way of keeping track of the latest news.
Scoople is out now and it’s free.
Instagram has done wonders for the photo sharing app world. That doesn’t mean there isn’t time to try out a new photo sharing app, one with some very useful features when it comes to contextualizing the content.
That app is WeHeartPics. The free to use app holds the lofty ambition of helping its users to make sense of their life’s fragmented moments by organizing them into forms of stories. Put a selection of photos together and it tells so much more than just one detached image.
The app offers a few different ideas for what kind of photo stories to create such as everything about the user, their family & friends, their home, place of work, hometown and regular places they visit.
Like other photo sharing apps, it’s easy to add friends or strangers in order to check out what’s going on around the world. Users can also share their WeHeartPics content on Pinterest or their Facebook timeline, thus consolidating their life.
It’s all quite a charming idea amongst a wave of photo sharing apps that don’t seem very personal. WeHeartPics is out now so why not give it a shot?
Released: 2012-03-19 :: Category: Photography
There’s a new social networking app vying for everyone’s attention. It’s called Manifest and it’s all about showing people what’s cool or not. Think of it as similar to the Facebook “like” button but with the potential to show what’s trending.
All the user has to do is take a photo of whatever they see and class it as either “cool” or “dumb.” They can then share it with their followers and friends either through the app or via Facebook and Twitter.
It sounds incredibly simple, mostly because it is, but it’s got some fun potential. Users can browse globally or locally meaning they can check out what’s trending near them. For tourists, it could prove a great way of checking out what’s cool near them. For everyone else, it’s still a fun way of seeing what’s going on nearby and what deserves giving a miss.
Manifest is out now and it’s free to use.
There’s been a major update for the Google+ app and it’s finally looking pretty stunning.
When first launched last Summer, the service was looking a little functional yet unexciting. This time round, it has had a huge overhaul and is looking much more glamorous.
Everything about Google+ is that bit more stylish, from crisper fonts to larger profile photos and a more inviting home screen.
Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of Google+, puts it best in a blog post about the update, explaining that the company is “embracing the sensor-rich smartphone (with its touchable screen and high-density display), and transforming Google+ into something more intimate, and more expressive.” He goes onto explain that the focus is on “fun and performance” with numerous subtle changes such as the placement of the +1 button, making the whole experience easier.
The update is out now for all to see. Let us know what you think of the facelift.
[Source: Google Blog]
Twitpic has provided many regular Twitter users the means by which they can share images alongside their text-based tweets. Now there’s a whole app devoted to the wonders of Twitpic.
The app, cleverly called Twitpic, is very similar to Instagram but more tightly integrated with Twitter. Users can easily share their photos and videos with other followers, while also applying filters if they so wish. Other editing options such as cropping, orientation and adjusting brightness are also included. Other sharing comes in the form of being able to view photo timelines from people the user follows, as well as checking out the most popular Twitpic users.
It is all very much like Instagram but with the huge amount of Twitter users out there, it should form a great new place to check out the latest images of the world.
Twitpic is out now and it’s free to download.