Oh, Blockbuster… it seems like no matter what you do, you just can't get it right. Take for instance your latest attempt to reboot your video-on-demand service, which curiously leaves out iOS entirely. OK sure, there are a lot of Android users and that's one potential audience, but to omit an iPhone and iPad app seems a little misguided to us. But hey, you can watch rentals on your Mac… hello? Anyone interested in that…?
Digisocial is the latest free iPhone app with ambitions to become its own mobile social network. Instantly familiar in design to anyone who’s used Instagram or Path, Digisocial adds the ability to send and receive HD-quality voice messages, and even record audio to accompany uploaded images. It’s a clever idea that mostly works as promised – the app is fast and responsive at sending text or voice messages, and it’s quite entertaining the first few times you use it. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think Digisocial is just one announcement away from obsolescence, should an existing rival decide to incorporate the same concept.
If there's such a thing as a "private" social network, it's got to be Path. Until now, the micro sharing service has been limited strictly to smartphones, but that now changes with the debut of Path for iPad on Thursday.
With its privacy gaffe earlier this year squarely behind them, the folks at Path are forging ahead with new features to make sharing with loved ones better than ever. Bigger photos, movie and book sharing and more are all on deck in Path 2.5.
When it comes to sharing digital photos, there’s a seemingly endless supply of online vendors who are all too happy to offer their services to you. Facebook is certainly the most obvious choice since most of your loved ones are also already members -- but not everyone feels comfortable with the social networking giant’s privacy policies. Here’s a look at eight places we like to frequent -- and MacLife.com readers are encouraged to share their favorites in the comments!
The controversy over Path uploading users’ address book data continues to create ripples across the tech world, with two members of Congress sending a joint letter to 34 developers of social apps in an effort to understand how they collect and use such data.
Now that the firestorm over the Path app downloading a user’s entire address book appears to have subsided, it’s only natural that Apple would be put back in the crosshairs with another privacy gaffe -- and this time, one that gives developers access to your photos.
You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.