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Forkly iPhone App Helps You Find Food and Drink You’ll Love

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A new iPhone app has joined the quickly-becoming-crowded space of food apps. It’s called Forkly and it helps you find food and drink you’ll love. Not only does it help you find new restaurants you might like, but once you’re at the restaurant, it will recommend dishes to try as well based on your own personal tastes.

Brady Becker and Martin May, founders of Brightkite, developed the new app. Forkly has actually been talked about for a year, but it’s finally here and made it’s quiet entrance into the world of apps last night.

Some are comparing this new app to another one called Foodspotting, but they say it focuses more on ratings than the actual pictures of the food, like Foodspotting does. After users note how they feel about a certain dish – like, love, okay or not for me  – Forkly creates a taste graph for each individual user, which helps in letting you know about other dishes you might enjoy.

There are many more features to this app for restaurants and bars, brands and even the media and bloggers. For bloggers in particular, you can share your tastes on Facebook and Twitter while you’re out and about. You can also embed tastes into your blog, as well as earn points when people like the tastes you post.

I can see this easily integrating into a personal, food, or travel blog really well.

Check out more of the features here and download the app at the Apple store here.

So tell us foodie and travel bloggers – how can you see yourself using this app on your blog?

LinkedIn Launches New Apps for iPhone & Android

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LinkedIn announced the launch of newly redesigned apps today for the iPhone, Android and a brand new HTML5 mobile website. LinkedIn says the new apps are faster, simpler and better. They’re claiming speed improvements from 2 to 10 percent, depending on the feature you are using.

Here’s a look at the areas where they’ve completely re-organized the application:

  • Updates: View updates from your network and top news from LinkedIn Today
  • Inbox: You can view your invitations and messages in one place
  • You: Access your profile, connections, share updates, and even more in the future
  • Groups & More: Browse and interact with your groups, as well as build your network through our People You May Know feature

With the number one request from LinkedIn mobile users being access to Groups, the company has answered. Now, both their iPhone & Android users can access a million LinkedIn Groups and discussions that take place everyday.

Starting today, you can preview the new mobile website by visiting touch.linkedin.com on your iPhone or Android device.

LinkedIn has said they’ll be adding additional features to their mobile apps over the next few months.

Check out this video from LinkedIn featuring the new apps for iPhone and Android.

Have you tried out the new LinkedIn apps yet?

ToutApp Comes to the iPhone, Helps with Those Repetitive Emails

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If you’re a blogger, business owner or heck, have a job of any kind then most likely you send a lot of emails. And I bet a majority of those emails say the same thing over and over. If you send emails like pitches and contact information, ToutApp might be just what you’re looking for. Up until now, this app was only browser-based but now it has come to the iPhone.

The browser version allowed you to set up templates for emails you sent out quite regularly. No more copying and pasting! Other features include tracking views and clicks of your emails and scheduling email delivery.

ToutApp for the iPhone is for people on the go. It allows you to quickly follow up on people you meet at conferences, networking events or business meetings. This could come in handy for all of you who are attending BlogWorld L.A. 2011. (You ARE going right?!)

For a list of features, check out the app at the iTunes store here.

Are there any unique ways you follow up with contacts after attending a conference?

 

Rovio’s “Angry Birds” Making Its Way into the Classroom

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What started out as just a seriously addicting game to play on your iPhone and iPod, has turned into a franchise gold mine possibly no one saw coming. I’m talking about Angry Birds. We first saw signs of this when they teamed up with the movie “Rio” and apparently, that was just the beginning.

Brace yourself for Angry Birds movies, toys and yes – educational books.

The Wall Street Journal says we can expect the first product to come out this month; a book entitled “Bad Piggies Egg Recipes”. The title “refers to the game’s porcine thieves, who become targets for an enraged group of birds after stealing their eggs.” For those of you who play the game, you know exactly what they’re referring to.

Next up, books in the classroom for kids ages 4 to their teens. The books embrace the Finnish education system concept, which is kids learn best while playing. One of the books teaches geometry lessons featuring an Angry Bird flying through the air.

Given the fact that there are currently 120 million active Angry Birds players, do you think this franchise has a shot of becoming extremely successful as they branch out into other areas?

Summify Introduces a New, Clean Design

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Summify is a mobile app that creates a daily summary of the most relevant news stories, from all of your social networks, and delivers it you by email, web or mobile. They’ve passed the 2 billion aggregated story mark, so they decided it might be time for a new design.

Their new design is simple, fresh and clean, with more pictures and Instapaper.

Here’s a brief description of some of the features and updates:

  • Profile Picture – visitors can now see who is behind each Summary. The picture is pulled from your Twitter or Facebook account
  • About Me – give people a taste of who you are in a few more words than Twitter. (200 character max) Found underneath your name
  • Accounts – easily view a Summifyer’s social accounts. Found to the right of their bio
  • More Summaries – under each profile picture, you will find buttons to previous and more recent summaries from that user.
  • Your News – headlines and excerpts now appear on top of each story’s image, contributors now appear on the right side of each story, filters have not changed, and share buttons are placed underneath each story, on the right side

The email summary also has a more simple flow and the social bar now includes a “Summary” tab.

For those of you who use Summify, what are your thoughts on the changes?

Instagram Reaches 150 Million Photo Uploads

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Instagram made an exciting announcement today. They have just reached a major milestone – 150 million photo uploads. That’s 150 million photos in just 9 months. Amazing!

The service is now seeing 1.3 million photos uploaded each day, which they say is an average of 15 photos per second. Pictured above is the 150 millionth photo uploaded by @janefot.

From their blog:

We’re constantly amazed by the range of photos shared on Instagram. People use Instagram to snap photos of everyday moments with friends and family and also to document significant personal moments, like weddings and honeymoons. There are Instagram photos from major events like the World Series and the Grammys, and some Instagram photos have even made the national news. Artists and celebrities have begun to give fans a unique look into their lives through photos, while brands like Burberry have started to realize the power of communicating with their followers through images.

This app is continually in Apple’s Top 25 “Free Apps”.

Congratulations to Instagram! See some of their favorite photo uploads here.

Does Amazon’s “Free App of the Day” Hurt Developers?

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There’s quite an interesting story circulating on several different blogs regarding Amazon‘s Android app store. I am sure you’ve seen their “Free app of the day” and probably, like myself, have taken advantage of it. A free app? Sweet!

The problem with the free app, is that it may actually be hurting the developers of the apps. It all started when ShiftyJelly had one of their apps featured as Amazon’s Free App of the day and as Gizmodo says, the developer thought they had hit the jackpot. The jackpot ended up being a big fat zero when they found out developers do not receive a single cent from the free app of the day promotion.

Here’s the email ShiftJelly received before their app was featured:

As you may already know, the Free App of the Day offer placement is one of the most visible and valuable spaces on the Amazon Appstore. We would like to include your app “[name removed]” in our Free App of the Day calendar. We have seen tremendous results from this promotion spot and believe it will bring you a great deal of positive reviews and traffic. It is an opportunity to build your brand especially in association with a brand like Amazon’s. The current price of this placement is at 0% rev share for that one day you are placed.

The results ended up being that they “sold” over 100,000 apps that day and they received nothing. You might ask if at least being featured helped their sales the next day and maybe even the next? The answer – nope. They said that “the day after saw a blip in sales, followed by things going back to exactly where we started, selling a few apps a day.”

ShiftJelly ended up removing their app from Amazon’s app store. You can read their entire story here.

What do you think? Does Amazon’s free app feature benefit only Amazon and the customer, while leaving the developers short-handed?

 

 

Skype Launches an iPad App, Then They Don’t

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iPad and Skype users were excited yesterday when an official Skype app for the iPad was released. Until now, users were having to rely on the iPhone Skype app which operated on a fraction of the screen.

Unfortunately, Skype prematurely released the app and had to pull it down. They tweeted yesterday, “To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today.”

Some initial tests reported that the app seemed to be working smoothly, but taking a minute or two to load all of your Skype contacts. If you own the original iPad, you obviously can’t participate in a Skype chat or call, but you can view them.

Here’s a video of Skype for iPad, where a user managed to grab a screen shot of the new app before Skype took their video down.

When will we see the Skype iPad app launched again? Not sure, but Skype did say, “We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.”

We’ll keep an eye on this story and update you again when it is launched…for real.

Foursquare to Roll Out New Pages Feature This Week

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According to AdAge, Foursquare will roll out a new pages feature this week where anyone, not just brands, can create a page. As of now, only brands can create a page where users can follow them and see “tips” that are left.

Starting this week sometime, everyone – from brands to the average citizen – can create a page and leave tips for others to follow.

Foursquare’s product manager, Noah Weiss, says “We’re seeing 70 new brand page sign-ups a week with the old system. When we launch this, anyone will be able to create a brand page that can be followed.”

This new feature will allow users to develop a connection with people on Foursquare, without having to reveal where their location is. This will also encourage users to do more writing by leaving tips on the locations they visit. They are hoping this additional content will add more value to the app.

Another important change is the ease of signups for pages. The 75 person Foursquare company had been approving accounts through a hand-written process, but now with the new feature, it’s done completely online. The new process only requires a Twitter account to authenticate.

Will you use the new Pages feature to create your own page on Foursquare?

 

Groupon & Foursquare Partner Up for Real-Time Deals

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The rumors are true. Groupon and Foursquare have been in talks to form a partnership, Mashable has learned. Both U.S. and Canada can expect to start seeing daily deals in the explore tab of the Foursquare application. Chicago is the first city to see the Groupon real-time deals and location-based Groupon Now.

All U.S. and Canada Foursquare users can expect to see the Groupon deals along-side Foursquare roll out this Sunday.

This partnership is beneficial for both companies. Groupon will share an undisclosed amount of revenue with Foursquare, while gaining exposure and broadening their audience reach.

A company spokesperson says “Foursquare’s goal is to help people connect in the real world, discover new places, and save money through Specials and Deals. We’re excited that Groupon’s daily deals and real-time deals will now be included in our Deals platform”.

For those of you who use Foursquare, can you see this partnership adding value to the application?

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