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Tapbots has enjoyed much success with their third-party Twitter client–Tweetbot. Though Twitter’s own app has the bulk of iOS users, Tweetbot is widely regarded by many as the best iOS Twitter app (The Iconfactory’s Twitterrific 5 being a second contender for the title). Such accolades are certainly warranted, as Tweetbot provides users with a slew of fantastic features (e.g. timeline syncing, muting) that are nowhere to be found in Twitter’s own offering.

When iOS 7 was first introduced at WWDC in June, the stark new design lead many to wonder what Tapbots would do with Tweetbot. After all, the app’s dark and heavy textured design doesn’t lend itself to iOS 7’s focus on simplicity. After months of hard work, Tapbot’s dynamic duo—Paul Haddad and Mark Jardine—put those question to bed with the release of Tweetbot 3. (more…)

Like most individuals, I’m all for things that make my life just a tad bit easier; it’s one of the reasons why I spend so much time researching apps. There are plenty of productivity options to be found in the App Store, but many lack a key characteristic that makes a productivity tool so incredibly handy — automation. Instead of manually setting an action into motion, why not utilize a tool that can do it for you?

IFTTT, an acronym for If This Then That, is an Internet service that launched in late 2010 that’s designed to automate tasks that you create. The service has received considerable praise since its release, even being named one of Time’s 50 best websites of 2012. Since it came out in the App Store last week, IFTTT seeks to become one of the best iOS apps in 2013. But will it? (more…)

As someone that loves music I’m often searching for new artists and songs to love, as well as new methods of accomplishing this task. Twitter #music, a new music discovery service released in April, had a lot of promise but ultimately fell out of the limelight rather quickly. As a recommendation service, I found Twitter #music to be lacking in terms of how recommendations were offered, as well as not giving users a means to offer recommendations.

By comparison, #nwplyng offers a full music sharing experience with one major caveat: Instead of piggybacking on a major social network, #nwplyng is it’s own social network. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Vine and countless others to keep tabs of, is it plausible to find room for another social network in your life? (more…)

The best thing about always having my iPhone is that I can constantly record all the cool stuff happening around me. I do an amazing thing, I take a picture of the amazing thing. The only problem is that once I’ve shared the photo to Facebook or Instagram or wherever, it’s just gone. I’m not going to come back in three months and relive the amazing things I did on a particular day through social media posts. It would be awkward to accomplish, and, let’s face it, the results wouldn’t be that attractive.

Enter Days, a great app for recording all of the swell stuff you do in a twenty-four hour period. It looks good and was made for keeping a day’s worth of activity in a single neat update. We’ll take a look and see how it fares against all the ways you already have to share all of your stuff. (more…)

An application programming interface — or API — isn’t something everyday tech users need to think about. At least not until Twitter announced the version 1.1 of its API in late 2012, which included a host of restrictions that essentially killed off development of new third-party Twitter apps. Already released third-party apps, such as Tweetbot, fortunately were given a stay of execution, but developers were required to make changes to their apps based on the new API.

When that news hit, I downloaded and toyed around with the official Twitter app for iOS and I was far from impressed. The overall usability was fair, but nowhere as impressive as the other third-party Twitter apps that I had come to know and love. But, being of a curious mind I kept Twitter on my phone so that I could check out future updates. Recently, the app was updated to version 5.7 and I decided to give it a trial run as my default Twitter app. Has it changed for the better? (more…)

Remember when Bump was the new app? There was really something genuinely satisfying to physically Bumping your phone to share contact information. Well, Bump has done a lot of growing up since the old days. From starting out as a contact sharing app, to diverging off into a payment app, and now having evolved into a file transferring app (that Bumps with your computer too!), Bump is making sure that you haven’t forgot about it.

See what’s up Bump’s proverbial sleeve after the jump. (more…)

I adore Twitter. The idea of a micro-blogging service holds tremendous appeal to me, and millions of other people. But the only people that will see something I tweet and care about are my followers. Sometimes, I just want to throw something out there and figure out where it lands.

Enter Airendipity, a new iPhone app that lets you do just that. (more…)

Over the last couple of iterations of the iPhone, we’ve seen it develop into a pretty good camera. I can easily say that the iPhone 5 will probably become my everyday camera and video recorder. Gone are the days of having to have a separate camera and/or video camera along with your device.

Not only does the technology of the iPhone make it a good camera, it is the apps that come out for it that make it even better and more enticing to use. For example, Ptch has their own take on being able to shoot images and gives you the opportunity to display them in an easy way to show them to others. There are a handful of apps out there that do similar things to Ptch, but I haven’t seen one with its ease of use. Let’s take a closer look at it and see how it works. (more…)

There was once a small social network called Path. It existed only on mobile devices, save for the pictures that some people post publicly on Twitter — in my opinion, that kind of defeats the purpose of Path as a social network, but I’m not going to talk about that. Path was getting a lot of critical acclaim up until the point where it was discovered they secretly uploaded your iPhone’s address book to their servers. That whole ordeal was widespread on every major publication and really hurt their credibility.

Back in February, Kevin Whipps discussed how trust had been compromised due to this mistake that Path made. He explained that there’s really no way to fix it since everything already went too far and it looked as if they were really invading your privacy. In any case, I still use the service and rather like it, but it still has a good ways to go before it’s near success. Let’s find out why after the break.  (more…)

Foursquare is great to see where everyone is right now, but the app is next to useless when you want to actually meet up with your friends. By the time you get to your friends’ supposed location, it’s a crapshoot on whether they will still be there (unless of course you call/text/email them, but who does that?) This is where Forecast comes in. By connecting with Foursquare, Forecast users can essentially share their predetermined destinations and arrival times with their friends. This is perfect if you know the general time and location of where you are going later in the evening and want to send an informal invite out to your friends to join you.

Interested? Learn more after the jump.

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