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With three major social networks out there now (Google+, Facebook, and Twitter), I find myself explaining the difference between Facebook and the others more often than ever. How Twitter is best for real time sharing en masse; how Facebook focuses on personal relationships; and how Google+ allows you to create small communities out of the people you know for “know your audience”-style sharing.

Since Google+ entered the ring, Facebook has been feeling the pressure to step its game up. They launched video chat with Skype from within Facebook, no extras needed. Most recently, they’ve launched Facebook Messenger, an app that makes it easy to communicate with Facebook (and non-Facebook) friends to really build those personal relationships.

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Does your company need good internal communication? If yes, how do you go about achieving it? There’s Skype and Google Talk, but neither of these are very efficient at group conversations, and a lot of communication in a company must be received and understood by a group of people. Inviting everyone to a Skype chat is laborious, and on Google Talk — forget about it.

However, a third option allows easy group conversations with minimal effort. This application is called HipChat.

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IM: instant messaging. Almost everyone on the globe is using it. Since the invention of the Internet and e-mail, people have stopped exchanging letters and started to exchange e-mails. As instant that was, we wanted something more instant. Enter instant messaging. And now, with every device connected to the Internet, people want to take their IM clients everywhere.

What do you use to stay constantly connected to your IM accounts? I’ve been using imo instant messenger for a while now and I’d like to share my thoughts about it. It’s one of the best IM clients for Android I’ve tested so far, with a clean user interface and multiprotocol support and — what I like the most — it’s free and ad-free!

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I was pretty excited, as I am for most products from our favorite Mountain View company, about Google+. While they were less than successful with Orkut, Wave, and Buzz, they promised Google+ would be better, different — and they weren’t lying. After using Google+ for a few days, I can honestly say it’s becoming my favorite social network. One of the reasons for this is a rock-solid Android app, which makes using Google+ on the go an incredibly enjoyable experience.

If you want to get a comprehensive walk-through of the Google+ service itself, read The AppStorm Guide to Google+ over at Web.AppStorm.

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WhatsApp Messenger is a cross platform messaging application available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone and Nokia phones. The app works using the internet connection (3G, WiFi or mobile data plan) of your phone. Android, Blackberry and iPhone users can send and receive pictures, audio notes, and video messages too.
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The default SMS applications on most Android phones are dry and lack features. They do what you need them to do and that is about it. GoSMS Pro is a feature-rich messenger replacement which aims to bring some extravagant touches to your texts.

The amount of features in GoSMS is more than what most people will need, and trying to identify and explain each one individually would be absurd. If I had to convey GoSMS to someone quickly, I would say it has depth that other applications (messengers especially) don’t quite reach. There is a level of customization offered that I have not seen replicated in any other application.

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Ran out of milk and need to remind your husband to pick up some on the way home? Need to remind your friend about your big football game on Sunday? Got to ask your sister about tickets to an upcoming concert? Retire the calendar. Put away the post-it notes. Take a look at Bubble.

Bubble is a note-taking application that connects notes with your contacts so that, when they ring, you are easily reminded. Whenever your contact calls, your bubbles pop up to inform you of any of the notes you made for that contact. You’ll never forget to ask your friend about their job interview ever again. (more…)

As a web developer/programmer/nerd, this is a statement I get a lot: “Hey Joe, you know what would be cool? An app that [insert something here].” Sometimes I’ll get a justification that it “shouldn’t be too hard to do” (they’d probably feel differently if they were programming it), or more commonly I’d get, “I think a lot of people would use this.” That’s how a lot of great ideas get started: someone has a want or need. On the other hand, sometimes a developer wants to take on a project, but doesn’t have an idea to run with. Need An App aims to bring these two groups of people together.

Need An App is a pretty simple app with one purpose: get app ideas from people. Once you use the app to submit an idea, “a team of Android developers will continuously evaluate the proposals … and your desired app may be realized!!” This seems pretty cool.
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There’s a number of times you might need send a polite hint that you’re busy. Say you’re watching a movie at a cinema and don’t want to break the unwritten rule against phone activity. Or you’re driving and don’t want to break the governed law of not texting whilst driving. However, it would still seem rude to completely ignore the sender’s attempts to get in touch with you.

Well, luckily you’re phone is smart. You can use a variety of applications to automatically respond to your messages noting your inability to respond. Bzzy is one of these applications that not only responds to text messages, but also counts how many you missed.

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It is rare that an application is made with children as the primary target audience. However, Spy Parent LLC have made Bully Block, an application that helps your kids keep the not-so-nice kids at bay. Children are getting mobile phones at younger and younger ages, and since parents know they are at risk of getting dropped, cracked, sat on and so forth, they choose happy-medium phones where affordability meets functionality. Many small Android phones are being flung at kids when they ask their parents for a smartphone, because a cracked screen on a Desire HD or iPhone 4 is neither easy nor cheap to replace.

Bully Block offers something that older phones did offer, but a lot of modern smartphones seem to have missed out on: the ability to selectively block recipients from calling or texting you.
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