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August 22, 2008

iBlogSpot With LifeCast (iPhone App Review)

Over in the official Blogger forums, users have been begging Google to develop an iPhone App for Blogger.

While users do have a way of posting images and text to their BlogSpot blogs (via mail-to-blogger), blogger users are demanding more, leaving the “iPhone-to-blogger field” wide open.

LifeCast, an app developed by Sleepydog may offer a solution to Blogger users–who’s latest update now make it “BlogSpot friendly.” read more

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August 19, 2008

TypePad iPhone App: What’s Up With All The Hate?

Hate! Loathe! Whine! Spit!

That’s the first impression I received after browsing through the reviews of Six Apart’s iPhone App on iTunes.

While many were upset that a TypePad account would cost them 495 pennies a month, others seemed upset that this app would not work on Movable Type (or even Vox) despite the obvious indication that this is a TypePad only app. read more

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August 18, 2008

iPhone App: Tumbling With Tumblr (What’s Good, And What’s Missing)

For those of you who have no idea what Tumblr is, you can think of it as a cross between Twitter and a blog.

Not to long ago, Bitfire Systems created a native iPhone app that allowed Tumblr users to post text, images, and links for their friends to see. read more

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August 14, 2008

What I Love And Hate About The WordPress iPhone App

Whether you are a “Movable Type maniac” or a BlogSpot fan (note: this author is), you have to admit that WordPress has done an impressive job in building, maintaining, and supporting both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

After discovering a few weeks ago that WordPress had launched an iPhone app, I decided to download the program and give it a spin, to see if the app was pure hype or “purely awesome.”
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August 13, 2008

iPhone Blogging Apps: The Good, The Bad, And The Buggy

For those (un)fortunate enough to part a few hundred “big ones” to own an iPhone, you are probably busy testing out dozens (out of the hundreds) of iPhone apps Apple has released on their iTunes store.

While there are many apps dedicated towards entertaining you via music, gaming or enhancing your life (productivity wise), there seem to be less than a dozen apps dedicated towards blogging–with about half of them being somewhat useful. read more

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July 28, 2008

CellSpin announces iPhone mobile blogging application

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CellSpin has announced that its software will now support Apple’s iPhone, allowing users to capture audio, photos, and text, and publish to blogs on a number of popular platforms including Blogger, Live Journal, Live Spaces, and TypePad, as well as other popular sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Pownce, Picasa, Flickr, and eBay.

Various types of media are supported, including voice blogging, photo blogging, and standard text blogging.

A more dubious use, according to the press release, is the ability to “record candid audio conversations and embarrass friends” (they will kill you when they find out), as well as — more seriously — being able to securely send media to eBay auctions, set up podcasts, send voice meeting minutes to a blog, and take part in CellSpin’s community blogs (“clogs”).

CellSpin CEO and co-founder Bobby Gurvinder Singh said, “The iPhone is the mobile platform CellSpin was created for. This perfect blend of our elegant application and Apple’s sophisticated hardware produces a combination that is intuitive to the user, yet also a tour de force of technical capabilities. CellSpin is the coolest app for the hottest handset in the market today.”

CellSpin is already available for a variety of other mobile phone operating systems, including Symbian, Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0, Palm OS and BlackBerry.

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July 16, 2008

The Increasing Appeal of Microblogging

Blogging relies on technology which is sure to change at a rapid pace. A recent development is “microblogging.”

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July 14, 2008

Mobile Blogging Just Got Better (Mofuse Opens Professional Accounts For Everyone)

Mofuse, a web service dedicated to creating mobile versions of blogs (including one for the iPhone), is discontinuing their pro accounts and is instead giving away all of their premium features to new (and “freebie” users) without charging them a dime.
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June 19, 2008

2008 Should Be Year of the Ultraportable

I earlier wrote how ultraportable notebook computers can be a blogger’s best friend. I’ve been carrying my Asus Eee in my bag most anywhere I go, and I use it to do some work while waiting for the kids to finish their preschool classes, or when the wife goes grocery shopping. An ultraportable plus a public hotspot (or 3G connection via my mobile phone + Bluetooth) can do wonders.

It’s definitely a wonder how computer manufacturers these days have made these small gadgets so inexpensive and hence so ubiquitous with the gadget-crazy crowd. Sure, $100 PC was yesterday’s news, and the creators weren’t even able to meet the target price point (meant for students in developing economies). But what made ultraportables popular is their relatively low price point and availability to the general public. At about $300 to $400 each for a full-fledged portable computer, who wouldn’t bite? And so Asus had started a trend back in October of last year. This year, a lot of other manufacturers have followed suit with their potential Eee-killers (so to speak), which should make a lot of people happy, whether blogger or not.

There’s the HP 2133 Mini Note, touted as the “rich man’s Eee” with its classy styling and almost full-sized keyboard. This is one machine you wouldn’t be shy to take out of your bag at any high-end cafe. And according to reviews, the keyboard is a wonder to use. Perfect for posting lengthy blog entries, I think. The only gripe with the Mini Note is its use of the VIA C7 platform instead of an Intel one. Reviews say performance is not stellar, especially the editions that run Vista.

Acer has announced the Aspire One, and Dell has its upcoming Latitude E Series. MSI has its Wind, and even Asus had recently launched its EeePC 901 and the soon-to-launch 1000 series. These all run on the Intel Atom platform, which promises to give users five to seven hours use in between charges due to very low power consumption. That should be a big plus factor. None come close to the HP in terms of styling and design though–the keyboard is the HP’s killer feature.

There are a handful of other computer manufacturers who have showcased their own ultraportable offerings, whether these in the form of ultra-small computers or larger, but very slim and ultra light ones. Competition is tough, and it’s good in that computer makers are forced to price their offerings competitively.

With the influx of inexpensive ultraportable computers this year, there is no doubt that both professionals in the new media business and casual users alike would enjoy the wide array of mobility tools. And I think the term “ultraportable” should earn its place as one of the relevant words this year.

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June 12, 2008

fring offering mobile blogging gadgets to Beijing Olympics bloggers

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fring, the mobile communications service provider, is offering anyone already on their way to Beijing for the Olympics this summer (or anyone willing to stump up the airfare) the chance to blog about the Games using a sweet mobile blogging setup.

Successful applicants (thereafter called “fringsters”) will get a 3.5G mobile phone with GPS, camera, local SIM card, and near-unlimited data plan. In return, fringsters can “microblog” their experiences of the Games with text and photo updates. Obviously, it’s a fairly light-hearted affair, as their blog suggests:

“…the fringCommentator will regularly micro-blog with quick updates & pictures (the winner, the loser, the cutest flag-bearer, the poor girl who lost her swimsuit, the poor guy who dropped the baton in the 4×100 meter final… you get the idea).

If you want to apply, you’ll need to be a fring user already. All the other relevant details can be found in this blog post.

(Via Tech Digest)

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