iPhone Life magazine

Social Networking

NatsuLion

NatsuLionNatsuLion is a simple, basic, and relatively fast Twitter application. It does not have photo upload or GPS location capability, groups, or the ability perform searches—that’s what I like about it! It covers all the basics and has a few nice tricks (like shaking the screen to hide navigation controls, conversation threading, and showing the original messages when writing a reply). It even offers two color schemes: light background for daytime viewing, and dark background for night.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

AT&T now allows Skype and other VoIP programs over cellular network

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Big change yesterday. Until now, if you wanted to use Skype or another voice-over-Internet app that lets you make free or low-cost calls via the Internet, you had to do it via Wi-Fi. You couldn't use your iPhone's data connection. Yesterday AT&T announced that their policy had changed. People had long wanted this change because, for example, they can make international calls a lot cheaper using a VoIP service. This article from MacWorld gives more information.



A Busy Baby Boomer's Life

A day in the life of a very busy baby boomer—and the apps that help her get things done.

Weather  Channel MaxiNewsAlbert Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. He answered, “I don’t know. Why should I fill my head with things like that when I could look them up in any reference book in two minutes?” Like Einstein, I’d rather not keep everything in my head either. Unlike Einstein, I don’t have to look it up in a book—I’ve got an iPhone in my pocket! 


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IM on the iPhone

The features you should look for in an instant messaging app

 


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A Personal Assistant

Personal  AssistantWith so many sites and services available, unless you can get all of your friends and associates to agree on one, you’ll need half a dozen apps to stay in touch. Fortunately, there is one app that lets you stay in touch with all of the social network services you subscribe to—A Personal Assistant.

A Personal Assistant brings all of your social networks together in one easy-to-use app.

FreshFeed

FreshFeedPerhaps the top site for sharing feeds is the aptly named FriendFeed (friendfeed.com). There are quite a few apps that offer access to one’s FriendFeed account, but after looking at a number of them, I settled on FreshFeed. The app’s home screen provides a chronological list of your friends’ feeds and posts. Other screens offer access to more specific groups or discussions. I found the iPhone app to be even more versatile and usable than the Web-based version.

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn

LinkedInPerhaps the most interesting phenomenon to arise from constant connectivity is the “feed.” The feed refers to the ability to instantly share links, thoughts, articles, and pretty much anything else with your friends and connections. 
LinkedIn was originally designed as a business networking site, but today its home page barely mentions business connections. Instead, it focuses on the various feeds those connections have posted; allowing the user to know what his or her circle of friends and acquaintances is reading, writing or posting.

Facebook

FacebookEditor's ChoiceIn recent years MySpace’s dominance has been replaced by other social networking sites. The one finding the biggest place in people’s hearts and computers is Facebook. In fact, when I bought a 1st generation iPod touch, Facebook was one of the first apps I downloaded. It remains on my first screen to this day.

MySpace Mobile

MySpace MobileMySpace was the original social network, and although it has recently seen a significant decline in users and popularity, it’s still relevant. I’m impressed with how much you can do with their iPhone app. If fact, it incorporates almost all of the Web app’s main features into a simple and easy-to-use interface. You can even upload pictures or video that you take on your iPhone straight to your MySpace page. MySpace Mobile is a great mobile alternative for the desktop experience.

Facebook offers the most feature-rich social 
networking app for the iPhone.

 

 

Social Networking on the iPhone

Myspace Mobile, Facebook, LinkedIn, Fresh Feed, and Personal Assistant—all on the iPhone

It is always amazing to watch the tides of change flow through the world of technology. It seems like just yesterday, e-mail was the big new mode of communication. (Imagine! You can write a letter and send it anywhere in the world…no stamp required.) Then instant messaging came along, but now it doesn’t seem quite instant enough for many users. Social networking is the hot new technology, giving users the ability to communicate instantly with large groups of people.


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