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Color location-based photo sharing app makes a big splash on iPhone and Android

Just when Instagram had reached the peak of trendiness, along comes the next big thing in mobile photo-sharing: Color. Color is an iPhone/Android app that lets you share location-tagged photos. What's new about Color is the way it builds your contacts: it shows you photos from people who are currently within 100 feet of you, whether you know them or not. If you're around someone all the...

GroupMe group messaging service launches beta BlackBerry app

GroupMe, the group texting and call conferencing service that made its name by relying on SMS to send group messages, has launched an application for BlackBerry smartphones. The app is still in beta stage, and it doesn't seem to incorporate the most recent changes to the company's iOS and Android apps, which now also let you use your data connection to send messages. GroupMe beta for...

Facebook acquires Snaptu to bolster 'dumb phone' mobile apps

Facebook has plunked down between $60 and 70 million on mobile app developer Snaptu, which creates Java-based applications for feature phones. Snaptu had been hand-picked by Facebook to develop its non-smartphone app, and the acquisition means Snaptu will now be part of the internal team. Snaptu's reach goes beyond Facebook, of course: the company's mobile app also integrates with Twitter, Picasa,...

GetGlue BlackBerry app now available for download

GetGlue, the popular social activity check-in app, has finally arrived in BlackBerry App World. Now, users of just about any BlackBerry 8xxx or 9xxx device with OS 5 or better can share what they're watching, reading, playing, listening to, or thinking about. After a little more than a month in beta testing, GetGlue is now fully ready to provide BlackBerry owners with a way to earn piles of...

Useful keyboard shortcuts for Twitter.com

When Twitter.com unveiled its recent overhaul at the end of 2010, one of the least-discussed features was the addition of some excellent keyboard shortcuts. Some keyboard shortcuts only work from some pages, but we'll mark those where appropriate. n -- post a new status update (works from any page) r -- reply to your selected tweet t -- retweet (only works on Twitter profiles...

Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 beta now available for download for OS 6 devices

Good news BlackBerry-wielding Social Network fans -- Facebook's BlackBerry app just got an update to 2.0 beta. The new version brings with it a redesigned UI, some new features and Facebook Chat integration. Highlights include, an improved News Feed, which now lets you scroll through your feed a little easier, and removes the problem of accidental 'Like' clicking. You can now post photos to...

How to edit your comments on Facebook

Facebook recently rolled out an update to its commenting system. Now, instead of pressing Comment, you simply press the Enter key to save a comment. More excitingly, however, Facebook silently rolled out another new feature at the same time: you can now edit comments! If you comment on a friend's status update, link or photo, you can now press the 'X' in the top right corner to edit it. Your...

RIM's BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform beta SDK now available for developers

RIM have announced that their BlackBerry Messenger-based social initiative, dubbed 'BBM Social Platform,' has made it into public beta. Promised at the end of September last year, RIM has created a BBM SDK, opening up its popular messaging service to developers for integration into other apps, pushing the social edge, allowing embedded chat, status updates, location sharing, and file transfers. ...

Facebook for Android update improves images, security (in theory)

Facebook updated its official app for Android devices last night, bringing significant image-posting improvements, bug fixes, and a promise of "improved security using SSL." Changes for the app's handling of images include users now being able to upload photos to their friends' walls and also to groups. Photos are now supposed to always maintain their correct orientation when uploaded, but...

Twitter adds permanent HTTPS option for improved security

Those of you who don't want your Twitter account 'jacked like so many unsuspecting Firesheep victims, take heed! Twitter has added an "always use HTTPS" option to its settings page for added security while you tweet, @mention, and DM. There's really no reason not to enable permanent HTTPS, so click the drop down by your avatar, choose settings, and then head all the way to the bottom of...

Photoshop.com gets featured albums in galleries, new profile pages

Adobe's Photoshop.com, the free online brother of the most-used photo editing suite, has received a couple of updates this week, focused on making the service more appealing to both its users and those who view their photos. First up, Photoshop.com galleries now each have a space in which your favorite album gets featured. This happens in a so-called 'hero carousel' that now shows up at the top...

Frenzy for Mac is a social network inside Dropbox

You probably weren't expecting the next social network to pop up inside your Dropbox storage, but that's exactly what Frenzy is. From the developers of Dropzone, the "Swiss Army knife of drag and drop for the Mac," Frenzy is a private social network that lives entirely in hidden folders within your Dropbox cloud storage. With Frenzy, you can share links, files and messages as well as see...

How to prevent people from seeing your recent activity on Facebook

Facebook changed its privacy controls a few times in 2010, and while it's now quite easy to block entire groups from seeing your location or contact details, there's no obvious way to hide your recent activities. Recent activities are everything you do on Facebook, from commenting on a friend's wall to posting photos or changing your relationship status. If a friend visits your profile they...

Instagallery for iPad lets you view and interact with Instagram photos, create slideshows

Instagallery is an iPad app that lets you view a gallery of Instagram photos. The app shows you popular Instagram photos once you start it up, but you can also sign in with your Instagram account. If you do that, you'll be able to see photos from the people you follow, view your own photos, "like" photos, view and add comments, and see who your friends are following. Photos are shown at...

Twitter puts its foot down, calls for client consistency and tightens controls

Realistically, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time when it comes to Twitter's attitude toward non-official clients -- likely around the time the company turned Tweetie into Twitter for iPhone. Now, in a developer forum, Twitter's Ryan Sarver has penned a post which leaves little doubt. "[...]user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a...