On this week's Mac|Life show, Robbie and Flo discuss Apple's response to the negativity surrounding Final Cut Pro X's release. Also, Google's got a new social networking thing. Maybe you've heard of it?
On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.
If you simply can’t get enough of social networking apps, you’ll be overjoyed with Mobli, which hit the App Store over the weekend. Billed as “a new real-time visual media platform,” its founders are calling it “what Twitter should have been.”
Facebook unveiled another update to their iPhone app on Monday, still ignoring the public cries for an iPad-native version but fulfilling at least one wish that many users have had -- the ability to rub out friends while on the go.
Getting a bunch of people coordinated is seriously one of the toughest things to do. Sure, you could use Google Docs, a massive email thread or some kind of travel website to keep track of what's going on, but does that every really work? No.
However, what you can rely on is that everyone's probably got a cell phone on hand, and GroupMe works on a variety of mobile platforms to help unify you and your crew and keep you all on the same page. GroupMe enables you to create a group, keep track of these folks, communicate with them via social networking and SMS, and even share photos. In addition, you can also have a group call to keep in touch with one another the old-fashioned way--via an actual group chat. Follow along to find out how to use this application to better organize your life--and your posse.
Taptivate’s Friends app for iPhone and iPod touch is like that social butterfly everyone liked back in school. It attempts to be all things to all social network users, and succeeds admirably, allowing you to access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace in one slick iOS-powered package.
Going on a trip? Don't bring your laptop. The iPad works just as well as a photo editing and uploader tool, so you can get those vacation photos from your SD card up to Facebook in no time. All you need is the iPad, the camera connection kit and a speedy Wi-Fi (or, if you sprang for the mobile contract, 3G) connection and you'll have your friends envying your trip to sunshine land in no time.
If you're anything like us, you've tried and failed to convince your friends and family to agree to the use of a single social networking site to make staying in touch a no fuss affair. With Mom on Twitter, your old roommate on Facebook and your co-workers all rocking out on MySpace (um...really?), sharing your life can be a real pain -- especially when it comes to firing off a few photos to everyone you want to keep in your personal loop. Fortunately, thanks to a slick new web-based service, sharing your image files across multiple platforms has never been easier.
Totally bummed that Facebook doesn’t have an official app for the iPad almost a year later? You may not care too much after downloading the free Facepad app, which could be the slickest third-party app yet for the social network.