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Social Networking

LaTwit

LaTwitLaTwit has the features a casual user would want, but the UI is strange. If you like being different, you may appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

LaTwit; latwit.mac65.com

Twinkle

Twinkle

Twinkle is an old favorite and still a good example of what a casual user would want. It includes a simple UI and the ability to upload images and find local tweeters; it even allows access to Facebook. My only complaint is that you have to have a Tapulus account to use it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Twinkle

TwitterFon

TwitterFonTwitterFon has a few more features than NatsuLion, but it still has a simple and easy-to-use interface. Additional features include the ability to upload images, search on tweets, and display tweets near you. Although you might not consider these basic features, even new users may want to do a little more than read and post basic tweets after a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


TwitterFon
; twitterfon.net

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.

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