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It’s no secret that the Internet is getting more social, and that some of the most recognized individuals are the people who are able to leverage their social authority to become tastemakers and thought-leaders. If you take a step back, you can even tell that the social media networks that were once thought to be designed to keep you in touch with your friends are now more obviously serving a different purpose: linking you with various (or your own) brands and catalyzing word-of-mouth advertising.

But without a definitive metric with which to measure this influence, improving your social dominance can be confusing and frustrating. There have been several attempts to quantify social media “influence,” but one of the most successful thus far is Klout. Klout is a service that aggregates your social media interactions across various services, and uses a set of algorithms to give you a score based on how influential you are.

Klout recently released their long awaited iPhone app, so let’s take a look. (more…)

Instagram has become a phenomonom. It’s really quite rare that a service gains such a wide adoption that it becomes a household name. As someone who spends a large part of his day reading and writing about the technology industry, i’m no stranger to a lot of lesser-known apps (i.e., one’s my friends probably wouldn’t have heard of). Instagram is different; my Facebook stream is littered with Instagram shots, and I see people every day taking photos with the app.

Facebook clearly recognised the Instagram team were onto something when they bought the app for a billion dollars. A day or so ago, Facebook released Facebook Camera, a brand new app that is probably going to be the future of Instagram. (more…)

Ever since Apple introduced their Cards app, you knew there were developers out there thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Instead of being bummed because of a missed opportunity, they slowly started to come out with their own versions.

Take for example, the one that I am reviewing today, named Cardmon, their version is somewhat similar to Apple’s, but definitely has some different options. I am not going to go into detail on comparing and contrasting them, and instead will show you what Cardmon is all about. Who knows, this could be a viable option to Cards. (more…)

Now that I have a family, I want to make some great home movies for my kids so that they can watch them over and over as they get older. Nowadays, with the handiness of having an iPhone, I am constantly taking pictures and capturing videos of them. This is not a bad thing, but I find that when I want to sit down and actually make a movie of a special event, I feel overloaded with the amount of media that I have. This is where an app like Magisto can come into play and make life easier. The concept behind the app is pretty neat and I bet it could probably help a few of you out there.

Magisto, in a nutshell, does the work for you when it comes to creating those home videos. As much as I love iMovie on my Mac, it takes time and patience, two things which I don’t always have. Magisto makes the creating of the home movie process fun and very easy to do. Let me show you what I am talking about after the jump. (more…)

Since its inception, the iOS App Store has birthed many an app battle. Whether it be Rovio taking on the world (and winning) or minnows like Draw Something causing a stir amongst the big guns, success is not guaranteed but competition is one thing you can count on.

Read later apps are no different, since the original iOS apps were released by Read It Later (now Pocket) and Instapaper in 2008, competition to be the de facto standard has been fierce. Cue the release of Readability in March, another competitor and another piece of the pie to fight for. Want to know which app is best? How do their features compare? Stick around to find out. (more…)

With summer just around the corner, we can all look forward to getting out of the house a bit more. Unfortunately, gas prices tend to jump up this time of year, so getting around town will start to become much more expensive. At times like this, those of us who would like to avoid those high gas prices, (or simply don’t own a car), turn to public transit.

There are are a number of apps that can help you navigate public transit in a specific city. For example, New Yorkers have a number of great options for understanding the subway routes. But I’ve been looking for a solid, well-rounded public transit mapping app for the iPhone that can work anywhere. I recently came across HopStop, and have been using it for a couple weeks. My thoughts after the jump. (more…)

Having such a simple premise, Twitter has been able to be translated to many different platforms and user interfaces. While the quasi-stock Twitter app is a great way to access the social network, as well as third-party apps like Tweetbot, wouldn’t it be cool if an app could pick out the stories posted to your stream, so you can get access to the news you care about, while leaving the commentary for later? That’s where News.me comes in.

News.me is an iPhone app that filters and processes your Twitter and/or Facebook streams to pick out the links your friends and followees have posted that will interest you. While not being recommended as a replacement Twitter app (simply because it uses Twitter as a source, but doesn’t let you actually interact with it), it does offer you a quick way to access crowdsourced news without all the commentary and more social-oriented posts. Let’s take a look at it after the jump.  (more…)

Ever since my first child was born, almost a year ago, I have taken more pictures and video than I ever had before. We are posting a picture of our son crawling on Instagram, sharing him take his first steps on Facebook, and tweeting out to the world when he smiled at us for the first time.

With all of the social media sites that are out there that we can use to share our precious moments, we would have a handful of pictures on Instagram, some videos and more pictures on Facebook and Twitter, and others in albums in Picasa, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow combine all of these social media sites into one place so we could view ALL of our pics in one place? This is where an app like Jolicloud can really come in handy on your iPhone. Let me show you more about what I am talking about after the jump. (more…)

One of the most talked about subjects in all of app-dom (and one of my personal favorites) is gamification. The idea that we can use software (usually mobile) to change the way that we think about our everyday activities by turning even the most mundane tasks into a game. One of the first, and arguable still the most persistent, examples of gamification is Foursquare, the app that award you points for simply going places. Experiencing the world outside of your apartment was all of the sudden a competition amongst you and your friends.

Since Foursquare, we’ve seen many attempts to gamify your everyday life. Today, Fitocracy aims to motivate you to get fit by turning your visits to the gym into a game. The web app and it’s companion iPhone app let you discuss with your friends, compare point totals, complete challenges and quests, and more. Let’s dig in and see how it works. (more…)

Your iPhone is great for connecting you to the people you love, but it can also be great at connecting you to the world around you. When you plan a roadtrip, you just don’t get out the giant road atlas and the stacks of paperback sightseeing guides anymore. For a long time now, you’ve been going to the Internet for all of your maps and activity planning. And now you’re leaving those reams of paper behind and looking to your iPhone.

For your next big roadtrip to America’s great parks and preserves, National Parks by National Geographic has you covered. Those piles of guides that were outdated in only a couple of years are now on your phone with updates from National Geographic in their National Parks app. Filled with colorful shots of the parks and packed with things to do once you get there, National Parks is a go-to for tourists to America’s national parks and preserves. (more…)

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