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Apps: Social Networking

Ping, is not ready for prime time yet!

Ping is very confusing for some people, so here's my explanation and the way I see it.



A Whole Lot of Tweeting Going On?

Its simple to see some of these newer apps on the rise but some of the most important ones are whats most popular; not just new.  Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and other blogging websites alone are all popular amongst not only the younger age group; however every single group of ages!  Companies are now using Twitter as well as Facebook to promote and advertise and we see it more and more everywhere we turn.  Specifically, Twitter seems to be on more of a rise since its launch.  The 140 character limit on a "tweet" seems to allow for more of a quick and to the point message to send to all of its followers.  

 



Whistle Phone Updated

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The Whistle VOIP app recently received an upgrade. If you are a current customer, you would have received that same email also. What I like about this app is that it's Free to call anywhere in the continental US. So what if you have to wait 10-15 seconds after listening to an ad before your call is connected (That is how is stays free). While, I do not use it every day, it does come in handy, especially when I can save a few bucks on a long distance call or use it as a back up service.

One of their newest updated features, for a Limited Time though, is to use as many pushes as you want.



Osfoora - Twitter Client of Choice

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I have searched and searched for an app that allows me to easily manage my Twitter feeds on my iPad. I have tried many and have settled in on Osfoora. Things I like, are the ability to follow multiple feeds, built in URL shortening, ease of customization, not to mention a comfortable layout. I find that I tap less with Osfoora than with other Twitter apps, and saving time is a big deal. It does cost $3.99... and for me, it's well worth it. http://www.osfoora.com/



Ping

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I’ve been using Ping for the iPhone since its initial release date, and I’ve been extremely happy with it.  

Ping is a text-messaging app. There is no monthly charges and no roaming charges to Ping someone, but they must also have a Ping account. This is great for your family and friends and saves a bundle.



Rē not for me, not yet. Still prefer a dedicated Universal Remote Control.

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While attending CES, I blogged about the trend of using an iPhone or iPod touch as a universal remote.  Since then, I have had a chance to play with the  from NewKinetix.

I really wanted to like the Rē.  I am the gadget guy, who always has the latest of everything.  I have owned numerous high-end universal remote controls, from Philips, Sony, Logitech (Harmony) and Monster Cable.  I am not opposed to spending $100 or more for a device that can connect all of my audio and video equipment and displace multiple remotes.



Pages shines on iPad

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Well after having my iPad for a solid day now, and the hype is wearing off, let me tell you, it is definitely not just a big iPod Touch or iPhone.

Where to start?



The skeptic's iPad review

I am on record as having some reservations about this new device so I am obliged to give credit where it is due.

This thing is fast... zippy even! I never would have said that about my netbooks, one of which I sold to make room for the iPad that I am typing this on. I am sure there will be frustrations, such as when I visit a website that requires Flash or if I have to type at length, but so far I do not feel as if I am missing out on anything, even as I type this on my iPad. I am getting faster at typing with this virtual keyboard. The trick is to make a leap of faith and trust the autocorrection. And find a comfortable way to hold the iPad.

The device is heavier than I expected. Heavy may not be the right word. It has more heft. It is substantial.



goober VoIP and goober IM — free apps out today, cheaper rate than Skype

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Two free apps announced today increase your options for making low-cost calls via your iPhone or iPod touch. goober VoIP is like Skype in that it can use the data capability of your iPhone via WiFi or 3G to make telephone calls. But the rate is 1 cent per minute compared to Skype's 2.1 cents per minute for calls in the U.S. and Canada. International calls are around 1.4 cents per minute. The first two minutes of any call are free, and you get 100 free minutes when you first sign up.



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