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Pinboard is a simple social bookmarking service with a strong focus on speed, discovery and organisation (using tags). With a powerful API, a vast number of ways in which you can add bookmarks to it and blazing fast search, Pinboard is well worth the price of admission and has quickly become the home for the bookmarks of thousands of users.

Pinner is a universal app that leverages Pinboards API to bring its benefits and power to the comfort of your device. After having used it my main Pinboard client for a couple of weeks now, I have found it to be of great value and can honestly say that the more popular and mainstream apps are in for some competition. (more…)

Information overload is a major headache. With a huge surge in the amount of user generated and professionally created content, it’s getting tougher to find the right type of content that aligns with our interests. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter try to bring some sanity by providing content from the people you know (or want to know).

Relying on a circle of friends and peers isn’t going to solve the problem of content discovery altogether, though. There got to be a better way to curtail the inflow of news from sources that are irrelevant, but at the same time helping us identify new and hidden gems in the rough. App.news tries valiantly to solve the content discovery problem over at the Twitter competitor App.net. (more…)

App.net developers have produced a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple ports of Twitter apps to innovative apps that support App.net’s file storage API. Apps that support the service’s basic user timeline are plentiful, but the spotlight has shifted to the apps that ditch conventional design and support App.net’s new and innovative features. Chimp is one of the newest App.net clients that does just this, and today we’ll put it under the microscope to see just how well it stands up to the competition.

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Most of the buzz around App.net has been gone and it is not a headline anymore. However, we can’t deny its growth with the invitation-based freemium accounts and the file storage API, allowing users to store files in their own server.

Still, App.net is mostly known as a social network with an ever-growing development of new clients to host the conversations. There are so many clients being released that we could write almost once a day about them, yet after having tried Felix, I doubt you’ll ever look back. (more…)

Pinboard is a simple bookmarking service that allows users to bookmark webpages and funnel in bookmarks from many other services and browsers. Pinboard is similar to Delicious, except significantly faster and less social. Bookmarks are stored in the cloud, so users can access them anywhere. The service features tag support and a read later queue, and bookmarks can be labelled as public or private. The service is available for a one-time fee, which currently sits around $10. The fee grows with each purchase, which serves as a way to prevent unsustainable growth.

Although Pinboard is an excellent service, there’s a lack of solid Pinboard applications in the App Store. The service has a mobile version, but it’s missing many of the perks that native apps take advantage of. Collin Donnell’s Pinbook is a universal Pinboard client that attempts to bring the best aspects of Pinboard to the iPhone and iPad.

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Ever since I decided to cut the cord and get rid of cable a little over a year ago, I’ve found myself watching a lot more videos online. I soon realized that since I was now forcing myself to do this, there was a good amount of video content online that could help me get my limited TV fix. I have also been noticing that many of the news websites are starting to put more video content online than ever before, which is a welcome sign for people like me.

Through this continual experiment, I found that although I liked watching videos on my computer, I preferred to watch them on my iOS devices. When I learned about Frequency a couple of weeks ago, I just had to give it a try to see if it would meet my needs. The easiest way to explain it, is that it is your personal video app where you can get content from around the web and watch it on your iPhone. (more…)

In the past half a decade, there has been a tremendous shift in the way news is delivered to us. Twitter, as an Internet model, revolutionized the way we access information from all our favourite news sources. But there is still one huge problem with an Internet-based news model: There are too many news sources out there.

Enter the newest news delivery method: curation. Unlike an aggregator (like the Huffington Post or RSS feed, for example), news curators aren’t simply fetching articles from their favourite websites and posting them in one place. They hand-pick articles and deliver what they deem to be the most important news of the day into hand-picked packages of content.

Dave Pell is a news curator (or, as he pitches himself, a human algorithm). His universal app (and email newsletter) is called NextDraft. And his work is brilliant. (more…)

One of the primary functions of my iPhone (besides work related stuff, as it’s technically a work phone), are the general smartphone functions — check social media, take photos, check email. While the iPhone obviously has really fantastic apps, email apps has always been something that I feel leave more to be desired. The default mail app is a bit bland and at times unintuitive. Sparrow, which is beautiful, always seemed a bit slow to me, plus it really bothers me that the app doesn’t automatically get new messages.

But Gmail … well I’ve been a Gmail faithful since April 2004. When I saw they redesigned their iOS app, I was downright giddy. Let’s see how it stacks up. (more…)

App.net is the social network that made significant news earlier in the year. Launching with a price to users of $50/year, critics of App.net highlighted how price would like driver user adoption down, especially with many comparisons being drawn with Twitter.

Tapbots, in the world of iPhone apps, is probably best known for Tweebot, an immensly popular iPhone client for Twitter. Netbot is the Tapbot-developed counterpart to Tweebot, and quite possibly the best third-party client for App.net. Let’s take a look. (more…)

The concept of a paid social network may seem laughable to some, but thousands of App.net supporters have turned this concept into reality. While the initial topic of conversation on App.net was App.net itself, chatter has shifted to everything from technology to Felix Baumgartner’s epic free fall from the edge of Space. The longterm success of the network is questionable, but it’s clear that the increasing quality of conversations housed within the confines of the network will greatly increase its chances.

Adian, by Phrygian Labs, Inc. was the first paid App.net iOS application to breach the walls of the App Store, and it performed extremely well for such a short development cycle. Several months have passed since Adian’s initial release, and App.net’s once barren app landscape has transformed into a lush playground for App.net geekery. There’s now a client for almost every type of user.

How does Adian stand up to the current competition? Is it still a contender for App.net marketshare or has it grown stagnant? (more…)

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