Everything Social Networking
You’ll find all kinds of stuff posted at my blog, so keep checking back. You’ll find a lot of information related to social networking, Facebook, Twitter, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), just cool internet tools and technologies.
Name: Steve Hart
Job: Interactive Development Director for a large media communications company.
Interest: Everything Social Networks, SEO, Blogs, and Media Publishing.
It seems like everyone got an iPad for Christmas this year. Here’s my list of must have free iPad apps in no particular order:
1) Facebook This is a must have for any Facebook user. The iPad layout makes it easy to use and follow your friends.
2) Yelp Looking for a good place to take your car, go out to eat, or any local business, then Yelp is your must have app. Yelp provides user reviews and details about the business.
Going to the movies, then you can’t live without Flixster. The Flixster app gives you all the box office movies in your area. You can set your favorite theaters for the ones close to your home. The Rotten Tomato rating and users reviews will help you in selecting the best movies.
4) Skype With the addition of FaceTime from Apple, Skype has become less important. It is still in my top list of apps for its text and video chat features. Remember, not everyone has FaceTime and FaceTime only works when connected to WiFI. Give Skype a try.
5) Calculator Pro A simple but useful tool.
6) Stop Watch Another Simple but useful tool
7) Pandora For the best in personalized internet radio on your iPad.
8) Zite Best news reader customized to your reading habits.
9) HBO GO If you’re an HBO customer, get all the HBO shows directly on your iPad.
10) Zillow The best in real estate monitoring and shopping. Housing, apartments, and land. Make use of the advanced filtering to power up this app.
12) Words with Friends If you like Scrabble, and who doesn’t, then connect with fellow Scrabblers and play Words with Friends.
13) News app A shameless plug for the Orange County Register.
14) Find My iPad It will happen and you’ll be glad you have this app.
15) Any game Come on, have a little fun. There are a lot of motion sensor games that will give you a new appreciation of the capabilities of the iPad.
For the developer or techie here are a few others
1) Testflight Tesing iOS apps, then this is your test partner.
2) UUID Viewer UUID Viewer is a simple app to allow access to your iOS device information that is most often needed to allow your device to be added as a development item
3) DropBox With a free Dropbox account and the Dropbox app for the iPad, you can export and import files easily via Wi-Fi and 3G access.
Here’s a fun Christmas treat. Have Santa call someone. It’s free.
To have a personal message sent to that special someone, use this website: http://www.sendacallfromsanta.com .You can personalize your message to be traditional, or get a little funky with some the the pre-canned message options. Either way, its pretty funny.
Your message can be sent to a phone number, email address, or share it on Facebook or Twitter.
Here’s a sample:
Brought to you by Google Voice services.
There’s a new cell phone service provider in the market – Republic Wireless. What set’s this provide a part form the rest is the all inclusive cheap rate. The catch is you must be accepted for membership.
Republic Wireless is counting on you to be connected to a third party WiFi service most of the time and that you’re not a heavy phone user. If you exceed either of these requirements, you could be kicked out of the program.
From Yahoo News: The company keeps costs down by routing as much of its network activity as possible over wifi internet connections, which are better equipped to handle data-intensive activities like streaming music and movies with no additional cost, assuming you don’t max out your home bandwidth limits. This gives the carrier’s 3G networks a little bandwidth breathing room, which translates into the $19 deal. As for traditional 3G mobile data, the carrier borrows Sprint’s network.
Republic Wireless uses a system called the Cellular Usage Index (CUI) to determine if you qualify for their service. If you don’t use you’re phone too much, you’re the ideal customer. Heavy users who eat up mobile bandwidth can be kicked out of the program after multiple warnings. The average cell phone user would probably qualify for their service.
The only drawback is they have one handset, a modified version of the LG Optimus running Android 2.3. The phone will cost you $199.
Their beta program is currently full, but check it out at http://www.republicwireless.com/join
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