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November 15, 2012

Banjo’s Location Based App Rolls Out New Features

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Banjo Location Based App

Location-based social app Banjo launched the next version of its location-based mobile app on Thursday. The program now features a Facebook inspired news feed, access to second-degree social connections and a list of currently active connections based on location.

At the time of this post Banjo has 3 million users, not bad for a company that only launched in the summer of 2011 with critical praise during 2012’s South by Southwest.

Banjo collects information from various social networks includingTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare and then sorts that platform information by location. By using that information users can opt in to a specific location.

Using the location service users can also receive push alerts when a friend from any of their social networks are near their location. read more

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November 6, 2012

Facebook Adds Photo Filters To iOS Mobile App

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Facebook Photo FiltersThe battle of the mobile photo filter apps is under way! Yesterday it was revealed that Twitter was secretly working on an Instagram competitor and now Facebook has launched a filter program of its own.

Fresh off the heels of its Instagram acquisition the world’s largest social media network has delivered photo filters for Facebook mobile users.

The new iOS update adds Instagram-style filters to Facebook photos as users choose to use them. Pictures uploaded to an Apple-powered device are automatically eligible to use the filters.

To use the program users simple choose a photo to upload and then tap the wand icon. 13 different filters are include, among them are:contrast, cool, coffee, neon, b&w. and more. read more

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September 6, 2012

HootSuite Acquires Seesmic, Company Will Now Connect To More Social Platforms

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HootSuite Buys Seesmic

HootSuite on Thursday announced the acquisition of Seesmic, a service that breaks social media threads up into manageable groups for easy social media management.

With the acquisition HootSuite will be able to help spruce up the Seesmic dashboard which has lacked the type of pizzazz found on HootSuite products.

The two companies combined will mean a bigger social reach for customers. While Seesmic has worked to allow for Tumblr posting, HootSuite recently gained Google+ page access. Combined the company now has access to two of the fastest growing social platforms in the world.

According toAll Twitter:

Seesmic chief executive Loic Le Meur had tolay off half of his staffback in March, and this buyout from HootSuite is partially a talent acquisition for the remaining roster. Users of Seesmic software will be slowly ported over to HootSuite, who say that this buyout will further reinforce HootSuites position in theupper left quadrant of theTwitter Partnergraph.”

In the meantime HootSuite is allows Seesmic business users to try out HootSuite Pro. With their trial of the platform business users receivesocial networking profiles, access to bulk scheduling capabilities, ability to collaborate with up to 10 team members, monitor social analytic reports, and more. read more

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August 23, 2012

Facebook Releases iOS App Update, Speeds And Overall Performance Dramatically Increased

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Facebook iOS App Twice As FastIt’s about time! Facebook on Thursday began rolling out the new version of its iOS mobile based application to Apple users. As promised the mobile network application is much faster and performs at a higher level.

Before the update an HTML5 heavy application caused Facebook users to wade through an ultra-slow mobile version of the social networks system. Even simply opening the Facebook app took longer than other programs installed on a users mobile device.

In an interview withAll Things Don Thursday morning Facebook iOS mobile product manager Mick Johnson admitted that users expected more from the app:

People have different expectations when it comes to using Facebook for iOS. They expect a level of performance and speed that just wasnt there.

In the interview Johnson claims that benchmark speed tests show that basic functions such as scrolling through a news feed, viewing photos and loading the app are faster by 200%. read more

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June 27, 2012

Facebook Promises Much Faster iOS Speeds, Upgrade Likely For Late Summer

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If you access Facebook from an Apple iOS based device you are likely well aware of the horrendous speed at which the app operates. Now following thousands of user complaints the worlds largest social network has promised to speed up the platform.

Several anonymous Facebook engineers came forward on Wednesday to reveal that Facebook is completely overhauling the mobile app to be optimized for speed, noting that the mobile version which earns 2.5 times as much as the Facebook.com web platform will be ready by this summer.

The new platform for iOS based devices is being built using the Objective-C coding language instead of HTML5 for which the current application is built. Essentially the new version will take advantage of the iPhone’s hardware instead of rending most parts of the app as a webpage as it currently does.  read more

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July 31, 2011

Forecast App Sends Future Foursquare Check-In Notices To Your Friends List

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FoursquareChecking in on Foursquare is a great way to let your friends know where you are at any moment, however if you plan on having them possibly meet you at those locations it could mean waiting around for an unspecified amount of time, that is unless you have the Forecast app which pushes out “future check-in” locations to your Foursquare friends before you even arrive on location.

The mobile application, once installed on your Friend’s Smartphones can also user push notifications so your plans are immediately revealed to your friends, alerting them to the best places to meet up with you at any given moment.

Since the program works in conjunction to Foursquare, users simply log onto the system using their Foursquare account read more

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June 2, 2011

Using Ovi App Wizard to turn your blog into an app

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Despite reporting a hefty drop in sales because of stiff competition in the smartphone market, Nokia is still the world’s largest cellphone maker by volume.

With more than a third of cell phones in the world being Nokia and a sizable chunk of those units being enabled for mobile internet, it would stand to reason that there could still be a huge audience for blogs that remains untapped.

But downloading blogs on what is essentially still a cellphone could lead to a number of frustrating consequences.  With either the phone’s browser failing to download the site correctly or not being able to download the site in a readable form.

The solution to tapping this roaming audience of mobile internet users is to create a mobile app.

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January 28, 2011

Facebook Updates Android App, Adds Deals, Fixes Bugs

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Facebook Deals On AndroidGoogle Android users will be happy to learn that Facebook today released version 1.5.1 of their popular Android app, fixing several bugs found in the last version of the application, while adding Facebook Deals into the mix.

Users who check into locations around the U.S. will now see a yellow icon if that particular location is offering any deals through the program. At this time only U.S. locations are part of the Facebook Deals program.

While the new version promises to fix various bugs, some users on varying Android systems are now complaining that new bugs have been found, while some old bugs are still not fixed on their systems. Bug related issues appears to vary based on the version of Android in use.

Head over to the Android Market to download the new version of the application and give it a try.

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December 30, 2009

Can Tweetie (And Twittelator) Help Twitter Kill Off Old School Retweets?


Last month Twitter launched its new retweet feature in order to eliminate confusion and authenticate user quotes (as the copy & paste method was being exploited by spammers).

Although the new retweet feature solved the latter issue, it led to more confusion in the twittersphere as many users became upset at “seeing new faces” in their tweet stream. read more

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