The app that’s taking social networks by storm

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If a timehop post has not yet made it onto one of your social networking feeds yet, then it’s only a matter of time before you start getting inundated.

Timehop is the latest in a long raft of applications and services reviewing your social media posts from time gone by..

Where timehop differs is, each day of the week the application will build a collection of posts and pictures that your posted last year from a range of networks;

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… once the app has collected posts, it sends a push notification, tapping the notification displays a timeline view of all of last years posts.

Under each of the posts is a button to push the historical update to social networks of your choice, allowing you and your followers to relive the past.

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You can grab a copy of timehop completely free of charge from the iOS AppStore

The App has already received rafts of rave reviews from users all over the world.

It certainly can stoke up the old memories, pulling back information from all the sources is a great insight into what you was up to a year ago..

Do you use any of the other services that do similar things? Let me know below.

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Trying to use the BBC iPlayer

Android iPlayer

Android iPlayerI have to be honest I loved this app. Always downloaded programmes to watch, however there appears to be some problem with the app and every time I go to downloaded content the app is forced to close.

This is on my Samsung Note 3, has anyone else experienced this problem or is it me? I have reported the problem but have not heard anything back as yet. Come on BBC let me get connected.

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Popular Calendar App FREE for 48 hours

Calendars 5 is an extremely popular Calendar app alternative which normally sells for a premium in the AppStore. However, you can currently grab it completely free of charge for the next 48 hours!

Calendar App

Calendars 5 not only manages your events, but also seamlessly hooks into iOS reminders too. Giving you a one stops hope experience in time keeping.

Unlike the stock calendar app, appointments can be made using natural language input. For example “meet Dave for lunch at 12 on Tuesday”

Calendars 5’s iPad variant makes full use of the iPads large display, and looks nothing short of first class!

The app is only 23mb, and will work on any iOS device running iOS 6 or higher.

You can download Calendars 5 from the AppStore using this link

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Facebook 10.0 for iPhone released

In an unexpected twist from Zuckerbergs illogical timeline sorting, the latest release of the Facebook app for iOS features a new setting… One that 99.98% of Facebook iOS users have been crying out for!

You can now actually sort your feed by most recent posts! Who’d have thought it.. Finally you don’t have to see what Facebooks algorithm thinks you want to see.

All be it slightly hidden away, under the right hand side menu system, and not at the top of the screen like in past app updates.

Facebook Settings

Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of the Facebook app and it’s updated features.

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Hands on: xScope

Back in October this year a StackSocial bundle offer landed in my mailbox. Since I started receiving these bundle mails they have never ceased to amaze me with some of the software they contain.. Most of the bundles include a piece of popular ‘flag ship’ software, and all of them contain smaller pieces.. Generally pieces I have never heard of before, and often on first glance I look at them and think – “I’m not sure I could make use of that” however I generally install them anyway, because … Hey – you should never judge a book by its cover!

One such item was xScope by Iconfactory .. xScope is a collection of 8 tools in one easy to use utility, primarily aimed at developers – the tool makes it unbelievably easily to achieve the perfect design and layout of pretty much anything on-screen. It’s ideal for aligning and measuring images, divs, tables, forms, controls and much much more.

The tool floats on top of all other applications and uses a simple “grab and drag” control on the ruler to make measuring as easy as possible.

xScope

But it doesn’t stop there.. You can also use xScope to check out what your design/application/site will look like on screens of various sizes with a simple click of a button!

xScope Screen Size

When I first downloaded the tool, I didn’t think I’d ever really use it.. How wrong was I, it soon became an important part of any design and development tasks! It even sports pride of place on my super clean minimalistic dock!

So to recap:

The good:

I am a big fan of anything that makes tasks around design and development easier and more streamlined, this certainly goes a long way to help with this. I think the price for such a powerful little utility is just right, even more so if you manage to bag it in a bundle.

The bad:

This is a tough one, as the tool doesn’t really have any downsides.. When I first started using it, reading the ruler correctly was a bit of a challenge – but once I got used to over stretching it slightly I quickly worked out that quirk.

The bottom line:

I am really please StackSocial decided to include this in their bundle, and I am pretty positive I will be upgrading to later versions as and when they arrive. This tool easily bags a 5 star rating from me.

Rating:

5.0 star big Hands on: xScope

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