Best Social Media Apps for iPhone/iPad: Your Social Life Better Connected

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Best Social Media Apps for iPhone and iPad

Social media started off its journey on the web, and gradually it found a spectacular reception on the small screens of smartphones. The only reason that could be attached to this transformation is a quick response, or reaction users wanted to register on social media. This has inspired (or forced) smartphone makers to design and develop social media apps for users, who can immediately log on to the respective media to interact with their friends & family.

iPhone app developers came up with quick solutions and designed compatible social media apps for iPhone and iPad. The apps listed here are for social media geeks, who are continuously hooked to their Facebook walls and Tweeter handles. Apart from traditional apps, we have listed lesser known but equally useful apps for you. Explore each app and download your choice of apps on your iPhone and iPad.

Best Social Media Apps for iPhone and iPad

Best Social Media Apps for iPhone and iPad

#1. FireChat

FireChat Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Though this can’t be slotted into social media section, it indeed gathers people on the same page with its freebies. By this, I mean users don’t need Wi-Fi or mobile data, or Messages app on their iOS devices. So how exactly does it send messages? FireChat uses Bluetooth connection of users for nearby communication. The only drawback of the app is that private messaging cannot be done quickly, and group chats with some members can get disorderly.

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#2. Wishbone

Wishbone Social Media iPhone App Screenshot

Wishbone is for the folks who never seem to get enough of fun-loving conversations. The app is a good-looking package for almost everything you would love to stay tuned. For instance, you can keep yourself updated with everything that’s rocking fashion world and also explore music as well as humor.

That’s not all; you will also be able to catch up with things that are rollicking the lives of celebrities. Want to look at your very best in the birthday party of your friend? Conduct a vote to find out in which dress you would be able to rock the dance floor!

Compatibility: iPhone
Price: Free
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#3. Periscope

Periscope Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Periscope had created quite a buzz when it was first released in March 2015. Till then, it has garnered a tremendous response from users. The app was acquired by Twitter before it was publicly launched. The app was designed in a better way than the competitors’; moreover, developers of Periscope added some unique functionality to make it different. Good looks, smart interface, and heart system made Periscope a rock star on social media; so much so that now the noun has become a verb: “How about Periscoping our event?”

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#4. Timehop

Timehop Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

It’s nice to peek into the past. Timehop helps you live your yesteryears. The app simply brings your old photos and posts from your iPhone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare and replays your past. It is like walking down memory lane with Timehop. Celebrate some unforgettable moments in your life and stay connected with friends.

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#5. GroupMe

GroupMe Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

GroupMe is a home for all the groups you are a part of Family, Roommates, Friends, Coworkers, Teams, Events and more. Start adding people to their phone numbers or email IDs; even if they don’t have an app on their iPhones, they can participate in chat over SMS. You can manage notifications effectively; if you find some chats offensive, you can always mute those conversations or entire app. GroupMe boasts some exclusive emojis to express your emotions; why use words when you have the amazing list of emojis?

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#6. Path

Path Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Unlike Facebook, where thousands of known and unknown friends flock to post, comment, like, and share your stuff, Path has charted its own route. It allows you to create a close-knit group of your friends or family; this group could be your inmates or best buddies, or they could be your siblings, cousins, and parents. Like an Offline world, you can share photos, videos, thoughts, places, music, TV shows, movies, books, workouts, and sleep. Use creative tools to make funny and creative photos to share with members.

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#7. Snapchat

Snapchat Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Snapchat doesn’t need any introduction. The app was launched as Picaboo, which disappeared from the market; after a few months, the same app appeared Snapchat. The short-lived messages were responsible for the instant hit among college students, who like to create photos with awkward selfies, blurry videos, and funny faces. The app has quickly impressed teens, who are particularly hard to please; even Facebook is fumbling in this category.

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#8. Messenger

Facebook Messenger Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

A Messenger from Facebook allows Facebook users to chat with one another. Apart from chat, the app lets users create groups and send photos. The app was first launched in 2011, and after three years, Facebook made it compulsory to download Messenger on smartphones for all Facebook users. However, this move of Facebook met with a strong backlash from users, who complained about performance issue and privacy concerns.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#9. WhatsApp

WhatsApp Social Media iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

With the advent of WhatsApp, traditional SMS has lost its foothold. Unlimited messaging is the key attraction of WhatsApp coupled with sharing photos, videos, and audios. The app also provides a facility to make calls if your smartphone is connected to Wi-fi or mobile data. The important feature of this app is WhatsApp Web, which allows users to use all phone app features on the browser of the computer. The app became so popular that Facebook acquired it. It is the most downloaded apps in the US today.

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price: Free
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#10. Hootsuite

HootSuite iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

So, you find it a bit difficult to manage all of your social accounts? Go for Hootsuite to get on top of your multiple social accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn right from within this app.

Use this app to quick post messages to your favorite social app. Take the utmost advantage of the AutoSchedule feature to effortlessly schedule messages for a number of days. Check out all of your accounts and deal with them from within the app. To use the app without any restriction, update to the premium version (USD 29 per month).

Compatibility: iPhone, and iPad
Price:
Free
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That’s all, for now!

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iPhone X/8 Plus Crush Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ in Battery Life Tests

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Despite being equipped with much larger Li-ion battery packs, new tests have revealed that the battery life performance of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices pale in comparison to Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. Independent battery performance tests conducted by PhoneArena revealed that even despite their voluminous superiority, Samsung’s S9 and S9+ are […]
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Samsung Galaxy S9 battery life problems and what it means for Apple

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When done wrong, higher performance hurts power efficiency. When done right, power efficiency enables higher performance.

Lithium-ion batteries are getting a lot of attention these days. Everything from the Galaxy Note 7 recall to, yes, Apple’s discounted battery replacement program for older iPhones, means that it’s top of mind for many customers. So, it’s not surprising the Exynos version of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is making headlines for its battery performance this week, and not in a good way.

From Yonhap News Agency:

The battery performance of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S9 smartphone trailed behind rival products, industry watchers said Monday, causing consumers to express discontent.

From the same report:

Phone Arena, another industry tracker, also said in its report that the battery of the Galaxy S9 lasted 7 hours and 23 minutes in its test, which is an hour below the Galaxy S8’s 8 hours and 22 minutes. Apple Inc.’s iPhone X and LG’s V30 held comparable figures of 8 hours and 41 minutes and 9 hours and 34 minutes, respectively.

AnandTech tests were even more brutal:

The Exynos 9810 Galaxy S9 absolutely fell flat on its face in this test and posted the worst results among our tracking of the latest generation devices, lasting 3 hours less than the Exynos 8895 Galaxy S8. This was such a terrible run that I redid the test and still resulted in the same runtime.

Yonhap theorizes that Samsung Electronics has become more conservative about battery capacity, given the catastrophic failures consumers experienced with the Galaxy Note 7. But capacity alone is seldom, if ever, an issue, as Yonhap itself explains:

 “Although the battery’s capacity is also important, the phone’s optimization algorithm is very crucial,” an industry insider said. “The Galaxy S9 came with various new features, which possibly led to more stand-by power consumption. (Samsung) may have failed to develop power-saving algorithms properly.”

It’s possible there’s something going wrong at the system level that’s just burning power, even when it shouldn’t. That’s the best case scenario for everyone.

Otherwise, it’s a bigger problem, but one that’s probaly simpler than conservatism. At least partially. Samsung recently chose to care about single core performance. It’s something Apple has cared about and architected for for years. Samsung has obviously seen the advantage and is now making it a priority as well. But, drastically increasing single core performance has cost. Absent a dye shrink or previous generations being so inefficient that there was significant room for improvement, that cost is power consumption.

AnandTech put it this way:

This is such a terrible battery performance of the Exynos 9810 variant that it again puts even more clout into the new SoC. My theory as to why this happens is that not only do the higher frequency state require more energy per work done than competing SoCs – because this is a big CPU complex there’s also lots of leakage at play. The DVFS system being so slow might actually be bad for energy here as we might be seeing the opposite of race-to-sleep, walk-to-waste. The fact that Apple’s SoCs don’t have any issues with battery life in this test showcases that it’s not an inherent problem of having a high-power micro-architecture, but rather something specific to the Exynos 9810.

Also, this:

Unfortunately it feels like S.LSI keeps being one generation behind when it comes to efficiency – the A72 beating the M1, the A73 beating the M2 and now the A75 beating the M3. If you were to shift the microarchitectures one year ahead in Samsung’s favour then suddenly we would have had a much better competitive situation. What needs to happen with the M4 is a much larger efficiency boost to remain competitive with ARM’s upcoming designs and actually warrant the use of an internal CPU design team. Currently a 17-22% performance lead does not seem worth a 35-58% efficiency disadvantage along with the 2x higher silicon area cost.

The same feels like it applies to Samsung and Apple. Samsung perpetually feels a generation behind when it comes to efficiency.

Android Central‘s take:

That sort of battery performance is abysmal for a flagship phone like the Galaxy S9.

The truth is, hardware is tough. And silicon is especially tough.

Given infinite time, any good silicon team could design a system-on-a-chip that would achieve maximum performance at maximum efficiency up to the limits of known physics in our universe. Release schedules are the opposite of infinite time, though. You get a few years to plan, but you have to ship every year.

What Apple’s done to meet that demand is to establish a solid foundation and to build and iterate on it each and every year.

Apple A7 was the first 64-bit ARM chip in a phone. Apple A10 Fusion introduced paired efficiency and performance cores, so that reaching higher wouldn’t leave a gap beneath. Apple A11 Bionic increased the performance of the efficiency cores, while also introducing a neural engine and everything required to support Face ID. And all with at least the same, sometimes better battery life.

It’s not just a multi-year plan, it’s a multi-year investment.

To complicate matters, unlike Apple, Samsung has chosen to use two different chipsets for its phones: Exynos, which is made by Samsung’s silicon company, and Snapdragon, which is made by Qualcomm. It’s the Exynos version specifically that’s experiencing these problems.

With Apple and its consistent processor architecture per year per device, everything is a known quantity. This season’s iPhone X and iPhone 8, for example, all run on the same Apple A11 Bionic system-on-a-chip (SoC), on every carrier, in every region.

That means every component, from the rest of the hardware to all of the software, is a known quantity, and can work as part of an integrated whole to eek out as much performance while maintaining as much efficiency as possible.

Having two silicon targets just means, as opposed to infinite time, you have half the time to optimize for each.

Meanwhile, customers have come to expect phones that are faster and more battery efficient than ever. Oh, and lighter too.

(Internet experts love to talk about increasing battery size, but lightness is an incredibly important part of usability — never mind thermal insulation and RF interference, no one wants to buy the heaviest phone on the carrier shelf.)

Meeting and exceeding those expectations is a huge challenge. Pack a battery wrong and it burns. Boost performance wrong and it burns out.

But architect it right and the performance doesn’t come at the expense of the efficiency. The efficiency enables the performance.

Not everyone thinks about these things when buying a phone, or when arguing about specs on Twitter.

But it’s clear Apple is thinking about it deeply. And it shows in iPhone X, where the custom silicon drives everything from the machine learning-based biometrics to the display technology to the industry leading performance and, yes, the power efficiency that allows for extended battery life as well.

And it’s absolutely something consumers should think about not just when buying a phone but when investing in platform.

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MIT’s CSAIL lab studies aquatic life with robot fish

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a solution to a problem faced by marine biologists around the world.

Getting a closer look at ocean life can be a challenge. Conventional methods require boats, divers, and camera rigs. Together, these tend to disturb both sea creatures and their sensitive habitats, such as coral reefs.

The observer effect also applies: the creatures’ behaviour changes as a result of them being watched.

The solution is obvious: blend in, which is why MIT has developed a robot fish, SoFi, which moves just like a real one.

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SoFi is made of silicon rubber. It has an undulating tail and can control its own buoyancy, swim in a straight line, turn and dive up or down, all controlled via a waterproof Super Nintendo controller.

“To our knowledge, this is the first robotic fish that can swim untethered in three dimensions for extended periods of time,” writes CSAIL PhD candidate Robert Katzschmann, lead author of a new article about the project published in Science Robotics.

“We are excited about the possibility of being able to use a system like this to get closer to marine life than humans can get on their own.”

Exploring coral reefs without disturbing them

Swimming untethered has been a challenge for robots until now. In part, this is because using standard radio frequencies to communicate underwater is practically impossible. Instead, the SoFi system uses acoustic signals that allow divers to take control using a modified Nintendo remote from up to 70 feet away.

SoFi has had successful test dives at Fiji’s Rainbow Reef, where the robot managed depths of more than 50 feet for 40 minutes at a time. The robot fish was able to record high-res photos and videos using – appropriately enough – a fisheye lens.

“The authors show a number of technical achievements in fabrication, powering, and water resistance that allow the robot to move underwater without a tether,” says Cecilia Laschi, a professor of biorobotics at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy.

“A robot like this can help explore the reef more closely than current robots, both because it can get closer more safely for the reef, and because it can be better accepted by the marine species.”

Read more: CSAIL team pairs robots with VR for smart manufacturing

Looking ahead

Katzschmann has said that plans are already in the pipeline to improve SoFi. For example, the team wants to increase the fish’s speed by improving its pump system and improving the overall design.

They also want to add tracking algorithms to allow SoFi to follow real fish automatically using its onboard camera.

“We view SoFi as a first step toward developing almost an underwater observatory of sorts,” says Rus. “It has the potential to be a new type of tool for ocean exploration and to open up new avenues for uncovering the mysteries of marine life.”

Internet of Business says

With the media’s coverage of robotics tending to focus on humanoid, industrial, transport, or aerial drone applications, marine robots are often overlooked, but in fact are a major area of development worldwide. For example, robots that move on or below the ocean waves play an important role in environmental, climate, or disaster monitoring, and have applications in offshore installation maintenance too.

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You Can Now Check out ‘Life is Strange’ Episode One for Free

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It seems the cadence of episodic game releases on the App Store goes a little something like this: A game that follows a pay-per-episode DLC schedule will be released on the App Store, and it’ll cost money. As more episodes are released, the first episode goes free to entire new players into getting their feet wet in the series and then buying the rest of it. Telltale has been following this model for years now, and it seems Square Enix is following suit with Life is Strange [Free]. The whole first episode recently was made available for free, and it’s difficult to think of many people playing through it and not wanting to continue.

We reviewed the first episode when it was first released last year, and the basic premise of the game has you playing as a high school student with the unique ability to rewind time to alter the story. In some cases, fiddling with the timeline will result in good things, and sometimes the results will be terrible- Ya’know, like most time travel stuff.

The art style of Life is Strange is fabulous too, and even if you somehow don’t get sucked in by the story, it’ll be a quick (and now free) visual treat for you to enjoy. Definitely give this one a look.

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iOS 11.3 Battery Life Compared To iOS 11.2.6 In Video Comparison

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