New app: Radar - think Twitter with photos

Some of you know that I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas earlier this month and got to see some apps that had not yet been released.

Radar, from Tiny Pictures ( is one of those apps, and it just hit the AppStore, so I can finally talk about it!

I've been fortunate to beta test Radar for a few weeks and I can tell you it is addicting!

It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Twitter came about during a time when we were limited by short SMS messages. Radar makes it easy to communicate with photos, and gives context to your text messages. Going from Twitter to Radar is kind of like the difference between text-based adventure games and first person graphical video games. There's no turning back! But don't give up your Twitter account yet... Radar integrates with it!

Radar could be the killer app for the iPhone, especially if Apple upgrades the iPhone camera to meet the quality level of the screen, and of apps like Radar.

Did I mention it's free? I have no business relationship with them, other than I got to play with it before it went public!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,, developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.