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Recent changes to Google’s privacy policy have spurred many thoughts of abandoning ship in search of Google alternatives. While leaving Google altogether is probably an overreaction, it’s worth taking inventory of just how much or your data travels through the Google pipeline. Yes, Google services have no monetary cost, but there is a privacy cost involved. Soapbox aside, it’s also every geek’s job to tinker.

Google search alternatives such as DuckDuckGo are growing in popularity, but users of services such as Google Reader have few other choices. Shaun Inman’s Fever is a self-hosted feed reader that offers several improvements over Google Reader, but unfortunately, Fever’s mobile experience is limited to web clips. Sunstroke is the first native iPhone application built for Fever, and today we’ll see if this app can maintain Fever’s personality while offering all of the features that make it a superior alternative to Google Reader. (more…)

Just recently, I wrote a review of Leef App for iPhone. The idea is built around accessing Forrst and browsing the latest questions, shots, code snippets, and popular links. Up until recently, there hasn’t been much competition for Forrst on iOS.

Except the new release of Bosquet really turns things around. This is a much more simple application compared to others that access Forrst or Dribbble. It provides all the default features you would expect with a third-party API connection. Plus, the app is fun to use and only comes with a $0.99 price tag! Let’s get into it after the jump. (more…)

There are a large handful of Twitter clients in the iOS App Store. Both iPad and iPhone users have a wide variety to choose from, and we are seeing new applications enter the store each month.

Tweetlist is another such client with a pretty big twist: you can quickly flip through all of your different Twitter lists from a single easy-to-use interface. Let’s take a look after the break.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Cartoon Network. It’s been on cable television since early 1992 and still airs some of the best animated series around. Plus, their sister network Boomerang airs all the nostalgic classics from the days of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Recently, I had a chance to play around in their mobile app for the iPhone and iPad. It hosts plenty of useful features that any fan of Cartoon Network would enjoy. Along with typical schedules and show listings, you can also log into your cable network account through CN, then stream cartoon shows right on your device. Let’s find out more about this truly amazing piece of mobile software that combines the Internet with traditional cable television after the jump.

For the longest time, I didn’t feel the need to play around with alternative iOS browsers. Why would I, when Mobile Safari fulfilled just about every need that I had? I was content with Apple’s default offering, and would skim through browser reviews just to say I had checked out the competition.

This changed with a review that I read on our sister site, Mac.AppStorm. Joshua Johnson reviewed Sleipnir, a browser that combined WebKit rendering with a powerful, gesture-based navigation system. I immediately downloaded the app on the iPhone and began to play with it. Here are my thoughts.


When you think of website search engines, it’s big-name brands like Google or Yahoo! which come to mind — even Microsoft’s Bing is doing very well in the rankings. However, there is an underdog in the mix and it’s not Dogpile.

DuckDuckGo Search is a very simple engine which borrows a lot of traits from Google’s UI. Their search functionality is easy to use and also includes extra features for custom searches — in this way you can limit to specific domain names or even search in alternate places such as Wikipedia. Their web app is certainly fantastic, but the company has done an even better job for their iOS app, which we’ll delve into after the break.


Social news is still a new idea in the realm of social media. Digg itself only launched into popularity back in 2005. Currently it has lost a lot of attention over to the social news community Reddit, but there are still many loyal diggers cascading down the front page. Along with the attentive v4 redesign we’ve also seen a new iOS app launch.

This release still includes most of the functionality you would expect from Digg. It’s easy to log in and start voting on stories, both popular and trending. Unfortunately, we have also lost a lot of content such as mobile user profiles. So is it worth the download?


Google Reader is by far one of my favorite services. In case you haven’t used it, Google Reader allows you to read all your RSS feeds on the same place, share them and add notes to them easily. It’s been available for quite some time now, and it’s just great because it’s simple and reliable. Since I got my iPhone, I’ve been reading my feeds using Google Reader straight from Safari since they have a mobile version (which is pretty good I might add). Lately though, since Flipboard for iPhone was launched, I’ve been reading all my Google Reader news from that app.

But to change things up a bit, I decided to take a look at GoReader. It’s an app that works specifically with Google’s service and syncs everything as well. Let’s see if it’s a viable replacement for its competitors.


Tumblr has been a very renowned service since its launch in 2007, and even the huge downtime they had last year didn’t seem to affect their popularity. Two years after launching, in 2009, Tumblr acquired Tumblerette, a very popular iPhone app for the blogging service. Today it’s simply called Tumblr and it’s available in the App Store for free.

In this article I’ll be talking about this app’s functionality, what you can do with it and why it’s so great to keep your blog updated on the go.


The world of content management systems has come a long way in the last couple years. As the online world steadily becomes more mobile, these systems have sported some fantastic apps that make the management process as seamless on the go as it is at the desk.

While those worlds of WordPress, Squarespace and other popular content management systems go mobile, there’s one ecosystem that’s been left out of the party: Drupal. Thankfully, the talented fellows at decided enough was enough and created the gem we’ve all been waiting for. Introducing Drupad: bringing Drupal on the Go.

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