Using our bright and shiny Apple gear to navigate the web, it’s easy to think the Internet is all LOL Cats and sunshine, and that everyone who interacts with our social-networking profiles and other online presences really is our friend. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Depending on what you share online, where you share it, and how you control it, people who may not have your best interests at heart can find out an awful lot about your life--and potentially use that information against you.
Apple issued a rare weekend update to iTunes, and if you happen to be one of the few, the proud who actually use Ping, you’ll want to pay attention: They just made the social networking service much, much better.
By now we’ve all heard about the drama between Apple and Facebook over the introduction of Ping back on September 1. Apparently the drama doesn’t end there, as a new report sheds some light on Cupertino effectively leaving the record labels out in the cold prior to the launch of iTunes 10.
While Apple’s new Ping social networking service for iTunes 10 was launched with great fanfare three weeks ago, users were discouraged to find that Facebook integration was not part of the mix -- and still isn’t today. But if you think waiting a few more weeks might help, think again.
Twitter made a big announcement this afternoon from its west coast offices. The microblogging service has announced a new Twitter.com. The new site will feature a new user interface with a much bigger sidebar that will take up half of the screen real estate on your monitor (or, if you prefer, your mobile device). The right pane will also have mini profiles of users with their recent tweets. Twitter calls it a, "richer, faster experience"
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.