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App.net – What is it? Hands on with App.net and Review

What is App.net?

App.net is an innovative tool that lets you post to a social stream, communicate with other users, browse ad free streams, it lets developers write apps and tap into social graphs and more.

App.net has a bare interface, with four landing pages. You can view your personal stream, which includes your own posts, mentions, the global feed and posts from those you are following. There is also a profile page with a cover photo and avatar.

On App.net, you can post up to 256 characters. This is almost twice the amount as Twitter. You can reply to other posts and users in a similar way to Twitter.

Who uses it?

App.net isnt exactly a mainstream social networking site just yet. Right now, it has a growing audience, but Twitter is still king. App.net is seen to be more of a community, great for bloggers and those looking for informative news streams and quality posts. App.net has far less spam than twitter, has no ads and a clean interface. It is a great social network for those who enjoy sharing posts, reading new things and keeping up to date with the world. App.net is still under constant development, so expect it to gain popularity in the near future.

Is it free?

There is confusion as to whether or not App.net is a free social networking site or a paid one. Well, it is both. You can sign up for free and use pretty much all the features and still browse ad free, or you can upgrade to a premium account for some extra features.

App.net is also available for iOS and Android on their respective app stores.

The future of App.net?

App.net is an exciting, innovative new way of social networking. It works similar to twitter, but maintains a much cleaner user interface. A free tier of app.net has been released and you can still pay for a premium account.

If you remember back in the day when Twitter first started, its first users gained immense popularity. This is why I recommend signing up to App.net, just in case it makes it as big as Twitter has.

But the bigger question is whether or not this will be the case. Does app.net stand a chance against the twitter giant? I would say yes, given the spam covered state that twitter seems to have achieved. Twitter is a great social networking site, but having used app.net I can honestly say which I prefer (app.net).

Soon app.net could be the leader in social networking, particularly among blogging communities.

Top 8 Social Networking Apps for iOS/Android Devices

Social networking is the biggest thing right now. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter or one of the many booming social networks out there, many people are in some way connected to the internet. And the best part about the latest smartphones like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy is that there are a huge variety of social networking applications available for you to keep connected while on the go. Check out these top 5 social networking apps for Android and iOS. Other popular apps include Youtube, Blogger, Game-Cheats.org, LinkedIn, Digg and Reddit.

1. Facebook

The killer social network that has taken the world by storm and even has its own movie about its creation. Facebook is the most popular social network in the world and is available for download on your iOS or Android device. Features include online chat with your Facebook friends, photo uploads, video uploads, check ins at your location and more. This is a must for anyone serious about their online social networking.

2. Twitter

While Facebook is excellent for keeping up with family and friends, Twitter has a more worldwide approach. Twitter is an excellent way to keep up to date with celebrities, popular brands, companies and so on. Furthermore it is also a great way to get your name out there and tweet to the world. You can also keep your tweets private if you wish, allowing only followers to see them. Twitter is available for download on your iOS and Android device, with features including iOS integration, allowing you to tweet from anywhere on the phone, as well as photo uploads, a twitter stream and even twitter widgets on Android devices.

3. Instagram

Not a fan of status updates but love to take a picture? This one might be for you. The app that has made a real indent in the social networking of the internet. Instagram allow its users to upload photos that can then be edited with a set of filters. These are no ordinary filters though. According to many instagram users they transform your images and allow you to create a neat and stylish collection of images. Other users can follow, like and comment on photos. Instagram is available for download on iOS and Android, and includes features like sharing to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and more.

4. Pinterest

Another image based social networking platform. Pinterest allows users to create an online, virtual pin board. This board can include images from the internet or images you upload, and can even be linked. Pinterest users can create multiple boards with different categories or themes, as well as secret boards for those concerned about privacy. Pinterest is available for download on both iOS and Android, and offers a sleek and intuitive interface that works well with the Pinterest website. You can scroll through boards, share pins, comment and more.

5. Tumblr

Tumblr is an all time favourite for many internet bloggers, allowing them to create their own website within seconds and really customise it to look any way they want. Tumblr offers a huge range of themes and allows you to upload blog posts, images, links, videos and more to your own personal website. You can also create multiple blogs, manageable from one account. Tumblr is now available for download on iOS and Android.

6. Google +

Google + is slowly making its way throughout the internet, and it is likely that in the near future Google + will be an important social networking platform competing with Facebook. Google Plus works much like Facebook, but with a more community oriented approach. You can create groups, communities, start video conferences and more. The Google Plus app is available for download on both iOS and Android.

7. Stumble Upon

This one is not just a social networking app but also a great way to browse the net and find new sites to share and talk about. Stumble Upon allows its users to stumble through popular web pages and even submit their own. Great for those looking for some online entertainment, and a great time killer. You can also find some really interesting web pages, depending on your chosen stumble category. The stumble upon app is available for download on both iOS and Android.

8. Spotify

Not just a social networking application, but also a music power house. Spotify is a unique application that allows you to stream music online front the huge Spotify database, including pretty much every new mainstream song you can think of. Furthermore, you can turn on the social features of Spotify, letting you post Facebook updates and tweets about the music you are listening to. Spotify is now available for download on both iOS and Android.

 

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14 Apps Android Has That iOS Doesn’t

Here are 14 apps Android Has that iOS Doesn’t

1. App Lock Smart App Protector

App Lock is a great app that offers locking of key phone features, individual applications and files. This is a great app to keep things private and stop snoopy individuals from getting access to your secret files or apps. You can disable phone features based on where you are too via geofencing.

2. Timely

Timely is a superior alarm clock application that goes beyond a pretty user interface. You can set challenges for the snooze button to stop you from sleeping in too much, and you can even sync settings and alarms between devices using the cloud.

3. Flash

Believe it or not, Flash still plays a pretty big role on the internet. Apple will never implement Flash on iOS, but Android has for a while now. While even Adobe has lost interest in Flash, there are still circumstances where it comes in handy, like flash games for example.

4. Cover

iOS does not let you customize the lock screen. Android does, especially with apps like Cover. You can customize your lock screen so that it shows apps and notification depending on your location. For example, entertainment and social apps will show up at home while mail and work apps will show up at work. Pretty handy if you like a customized lock screen and definitely something for iOS users to be jealous of.

5. Go Launcher EX

iOS was a big update for Apple, changing the entire look of the OS. But Android users have always been able to customize the look of the Android OS with themes and launchers. Go Launcher EX is a great example of this, theming your Android launcher and giving the OS an entirely new look.

6. Locale

Locale works similar to the location awareness of Apple’s Do Not Disturb mode, but also can monitor battery life and turn off battery draining features when levels are low. You can set different settings for different locations. If you don’t need Bluetooth in a certain location, set it to automatically switch off when you reach that location.

7. NFC

Apple has never appreciated the potential of NFC and has instead gone for AirDrop. NFC apps probably won’t make it onto iOS anytime soon, if at all. Android users on the other hand can make full use of NFC features, like triggering certain actions in certain places. You can also share contacts and information, or trigger scripts.

8. BitCoin Apps

Apple recently got rid of a number of Bitcoin apps from the app store, annoying a whole bunch of users. Android on the other hand, is accepting the Bitcoin movement. There are a number of BitCoin counting and earning apps available on the Play store.

9. Tasker

Tasker is an advanced Android app that can do some really cool things. It works like the automator app on Mac computers, but for Android devices. You can set tasks to occur automatically after certain triggers or at certain times. Very handy for automating tasks.

10. Swype

You can’t change the Apple keyboard without a jailbreak. On Android you can download apps like Swype. This app lets you use your touch screen for scribbly input. It works great once you get the hang of it. There are also many other apps that allow you to change the keyboard layout and style.

11. Event Flow Calendar Widget

A great way to improve the Android lock screen, Event Flow Calander Widget lets you see your upcoming appointments, events, weather forecasts and more on your lock screen. You can also set a number of different home screen widgets.

12. DashClock Widget

Another lock screen changer, DashClock Widget lets you see the date, time, weather, unread messages and emails, missed calls, calendar events, battery percentage and more, all on your lock screen. There are also a huge range of extensions available on the Play Store. These include Facebook notifications, Feedly and even SnapChat alerts.

13. Aviate

Aviate lets you completely change the way you use your Android phone. It creates a whole new home screen that changes throughout the day and gives you the information you need based on the time, your location and other factors. This is a great app that can do things like provide you with information when you wake up, give you traffic alerts and directions, and even check out photos and reviews of local places of interest.

14. AirDroid

AirDrop lets you turn you Android device into a server that can be controlled from any web browser. Through a simple installation, you can do things like read and respond to messages, use apps, play media, manage files and more from the comfort of your browser. You can even take screenshots and use the camera.