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I will admit, I am not a huge movie junkie that is always up on the latest and greatest that’s coming out to the theater or DVD. Before having a kid, I used to watch a lot more movies and go to the theater more frequently. But now, I barely know when they come out and before I know it, it is gone from the theater and then you have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

Flickd is an app that can hopefully help me out with making sure that I never miss a movie again. For you movie buffs out there, you are definitely going to want to read further and check this app out. It has got some great features and takes advantages of the gesture features of the iPhone. (more…)

User generated content defined the whole Web 2.0 era. From written word to videotaped recordings, common folks took control of everything and shared it publicly for free. Sharing videos and pictures has exploded exponentially, aided by easy to use mobile apps and social networks. Twitpic is one such web app and it is synonymous with image sharing on Twitter. Millions of folks use it to share their photos everyday.

Consider it the defacto Twitter web app for uploading images and videos along with tweets. Curiously, such a successful, social multimedia sharing platform didn’t bother to come up with a mobile app. Up until now. Recently, this free image sharing network launched its iOS app and after the break, let’s take it for a spin. (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…)

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…)

There are a lot of apps out there that will let you take or choose a photo, filter it with some cool effects, and then send it to the ‘net, but let’s face it — only a few of them do it well. Instagram has been a bit hit, but its recent acquisition by Facebook seems to have left many feeling like it’s gone way too mainstream. Which means it’s time to find the next big thing.

Enter Via.me. This iOS-only app is guaranteed to draw comparisons to Instagram, but that’s OK, because it’s all good news without any of the bad: It offers a similar photo-and-filters combo, it’s free, it makes it super easy to share via social media, and it even offers reformed Instagram users the ability to import all their photos through the Via.me website. And, most importantly, it’s fun to use. Click “more” to take a look. (more…)

Congratulations and welcome to the club — you’re now the proud owner of a new iPhone. And right after your figure out how to add your contacts, make phone calls, set up your email and send text messages, you’re going to wonder, “Which apps should I download?”

That’s where I come in. I’m here to save you from embarrassment. That’s right, because all your already-have-an-iPhone friends are going to bombard you with “Haven’t you downloaded that app yet?” until you’re fully dialed in. So here are 50 common yet useful and well-known apps to get you started covering many of the bases you’ll likely use your iPhone for: social networking, entertainment, news, productivity and more. And the best part? They’re all free.

Click through to take a look at your starter kit. (more…)

Ever have one of those friends who always seems to know where to find the cool stuff? You know, the guy who has that awesome desk made out of reclaimed wood, or the girl who constantly has vintage apparel but finds it in the weirdest places? How sweet would it be to have their connections and be able to get all that stuff without doing a lot of the hard work?

That’s pretty much the concept behind Svpply, a website dedicated to collecting all the good stuff and the shops that sell it, without you having to hunt it down yourself. Now they have an iPhone app, and it’s pretty innovative in its own right. Let’s dig in and find out more after the jump.  (more…)

It seems like I’m writing a post about a new social network every other day. One day it’s Path, the next it’s Pinterest, and of course, we all have to hop onboard the ride because then we’ll be known as the cool kids who joined that network before it was cool. Managing these things can be a real pain in the butt.

So now we have Streamified, which isn’t a social network but a social network aggregator. Think of it like Flipboard, but instead of making individual magazines out of your feeds, it combines them all into one giant feed to rule them all. Want more? Of course you do.  (more…)

Looking at mobile trends we’ve all heard about check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla. These apps rose in popularity because they offered great features and were enticing to new users with badges and profiles. A new brand app Localmind follows in a similar pattern in building a global Q&A type social network.

With Localmind you can connect with people in your area and help to answer the question “What’s going on?” Residents have the ability to send out questions and others living in the same area can pick them up and offer solutions in real-time. It’s a new way of thinking about information sharing with an emphasis on local current events — not to mention the app looks beautiful and showcases a brilliant example of iPhone UI design. (more…)

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