September has arrived, and that means iTunes 10 has landed as well, complete with a swanky new icon, a streamlined (and mostly colorless) new look and a new social networking feature called Ping. But what exactly is Ping, and does it live up to all of Apple’s hype?
If you've been pining and praying for Apple's impending music-based Event to finally herald the advent of iTunes Music streaming from the clouds on high, you might end up a wee bit disappointed.
Trusted sources are speculating that we're most likely going to see a major overhaul of iTunes next week, but instead of the from-the-cloud-service that many of us have been dreaming of, the changes to the venerable media application may be aimed more towards social media functionality and the way in which we purchase media from the iTunes Store.
If you're already using Seesmic to keep simultaneous tabs on all of your social networks, you'll be thrilled to hear that the latest rendition of the popular desktop application is now available as a beta download. If you're not already using Seesmic, you're still going to want to pay attention.
Seesmic, for the uninitiated, is a one stop shop application for all of your social networking needs that allows for simultaneous aggregation of Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and a ton of other social networks. In essence, it's a swiss army knife of social networks for your Mac.
Microsoft has updated its Bing iPhone application to contain even more goodies than before. Bing is slowly winning us over when it comes to searching, but this application might have been the tipping point. Not only are there social networking features packed right in, but there's also a new search option called Visual Scanning that lets you scan books, movies, and more to see relevant results.
Facebook addicts, Facebook has released a new update of its ever-so-popular iPhone app. The new update includes the ability to watch Facebook videos, as well as check and write on the walls of events. Also, uploaded photos are now 720 pixels wide.
Check out the 3.1.3 version of the Facebook app fixes after the cut.
In case you were thinking today’s news would be all about the iPhone 4 or the imminent release of iOS 4, think again. Apple rival Microsoft is making waves with Monday’s release of a Windows Live Messenger app for the iPhone, and it’s absolutely free.
Once a stronghold of privacy, Facebook has started playing fast & loose with users’ personal data in recent months. If you’re scratching your head wondering how all of this affects you as a user of the service, read on.
MacNN reported today that the U.S. Patent Office
has published a patent application from Apple, describing a
proximity-based social networking tool. The plan appears to be the
ability for people in the same general area (as defined by the span of a
WiFi network or Bluetooth connection) to spontaneously form groups and