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Archives: April 2012

LinkedIn iPad App Connects Calendar To Contacts

The professional social networking site LinkedIn has launched an iPad app. The app, which is designed for the iPad’s retina display, is designed to be the first place for professionals to check in during the day to read news and see what is going on with their industry.

The LinkedIn blog has more: ” Imagine having one place where you can get all the info you need about who you’re meeting with that day, trending and timely news that is impacting your industry, who’s changed jobs and what your coworkers are sharing, liking, and commenting on. We’ve pulled all this for you, all in one place.”

It comes with tons of cool features. One cool feature is the ability to sync your iPad’s calendar so that when you have a meeting coming up with someone, their LinkedIn data will show up on your calendar, a great way to get the full background on who you’ll be meeting with. Read more

Ask an Inmate a Question on Quora and Help Them Get to Silicon Valley

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The social web empowers people who would once be cut off from the world to connect with others and maintain social ties.  This can get tricky when we talk about offering this freedom to convicted felons, but a a San Francisco program called “The Last Mile” is attempting to leverage the web and social media to help train inmates.  The program trains selected inmates for eventual employment as a paid intern in Silicon Valley, and one of their training programs is responding to users’ questions about prison on Quora.

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Draw Something Now Available For The Kindle Fire

The hot new Android app Draw Something was released in the Amazon Appstore today.

If you haven’t used this app yet (I have not), let me sum it up for you. It’s a drawing app, obviously, and it has a lot of line, brush, and color options (which cost extra). The app even includes over 2 thousand suggestion subjects, just in case you get stumped. But it also does a lot more.

Have you ever played Pictionary or charades? That’s what this app does, and it even lets you play over the web with other users. You can play against your friends from Facebook or Twitter or the app can connect you at random to another player.

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New iPhone to Get Self Destruct Feature

The iPhone will lock down your phone if someone enters 3 wrong passcodes, and you can even wipe all your data remotely. But if that’s not secure enough, you might want to consider waiting for the new iPhone. The developers at Aatma Studios have come up with a new idea for securing a phone. It works under the theory of “If I cannot have it, no one can”. This is just a concept, but it’s still cool.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Celebrity Dating, Courtesy of Reddit

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What makes Reddit so special?  Is it the democratic comments process which ensures that the most lauded comments are seen first?  Is it the proliferation of pithy, humorous image memes in the AdviceAnimals subreddit?  I’d wager to say it’s the strength of the IAMA (I am a) and AMA (Ask Me Anything) subreddits, which allow Redditors to chat with people with special characteristics.

The latest Reddit IAMA to go viral was with a non-celebrity who dated a celebrity.  It was submitted Sunday night and already has 1500 comments.

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New Nook App For Windows 8, Part Of B&N Microsoft Partnership

Barnes & Noble has released its Nook eReader app for Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform.

The app is part of news that the two companies have formed a strategic partnership, creating a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focused on digital content. The new subsidiary, which is being referred to as “Newco”, brings Barnes & Noble’s digital and college businesses into one business unit. Microsoft will invest $300 million in the company in exchange for an approximately 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own the rest.

William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, stated: “The formation of Newco and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments.”

Chomp Is Gone From Android | Tumblr President Leaves | Rise Of Social Apps

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Apple Kills Chomp for Android (GigaOM)
Apple acquired app discovery service Chomp earlier this year, betting that it would help make app discovery easier and better on its iTunes App Store. The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued. Ars Technica Chomp’s app allows users to search the App Store using a proprietary algorithm to figure out what apps actually do (instead of just using keywords or app names). The app also allows users to see which apps their Facebook or Twitter friends have reviewed, adding a social networking element to the service. MacRumors Apple reportedly paid about $50 million for Chomp, which also had a deal with Verizon to power its Android app search tools. That agreement will presumably be ending as Chomp completes its integration into Apple and focuses all of its attention on iOS. SlashGear Still, beyond the annoyance factor for Android users previously relying on Chomp to ferret out new software, the real interest should come when Apple better integrates the engine into its own store. According to sources speaking when the deal was first revealed, Apple intends to use the technology to dramatically improve the discoverability of new and interesting apps in its increasingly crowded store. Read more

Samuel L. Jackson, Siri & Google Drive: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including our blog’s new expansion, free apps and why the social gaming industry needs writers.

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3. This is What Would Happen if Samuel L. Jackson Met Siri
4. What Is an App?
5. Why the Social Game Industry Needs Writers
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3 Ways to Visualize Text with Infomous

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Now that artsy sites like Pinterest and Instagram are reaching critical mass, even writers need a way to make their stories pop. Recently, publishers like The Economist, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly have turned to a text visualization tool called Infomous to give readers a fresh perspective on current events. Here, Infomous president Paolo Gaudiano shares three ways to use the tool.

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