Facebook vs Twitter: Battle of Social Networks. Which should I use?

Facebook and Twitter have been dominating the social network for years. Many people ask me which one is better? As an avid user of both, I can answer this question, and it is easier than it seems: They are equally awesome, but in totally different ways. For me, Facebook is a way to keep up with my friends, whilst Twitter is a place to follow blogs and keep up to date with the tech world.

Facebook is incredible. Not totally in it’s quality (we will get to that later) but in the way that it has captivated so much of the population. Every single one of my friends uses Facebook which shows their dominance over the market. I’m not completely in love with Facebook, but it is so widespread now that you would be an outcast if you didn’t use it. For this reason, I use FB to talk and keep up with my friends, and maybe laugh at the occasional… daily… hourly meme 😉 Facebook does have it’s flaws though. The app, for example, is the worst app I have ever seen created for iPad. It is so ridiculously slow, you feel like you’re back on dial-up! There are also issues and inconsistencies throughout the network which bother me occasionally, but basically, Facebook gets the job done.

Twitter is a totally different type of social network. Not as much communicating with friends, but more following blogs, interesting people, celebrities etc which will make you want to get up in the morning and check your feed. I use Twitter to keep up with the tech world. Following all types of blogs which give me insight into the world of Apple. This is such a new and different way to get the news. We have evolved past newspapers, TV, email, RSS and have moved to the future of news, Twitter. The official Twitter app is decent but I would recommend Tweetbot if you get really into your tweets. Twitter needs to try and give more personal friend features if they want to overcome Facebook and win the majority of users. But as of now, they haven’t done that.

Facebook and Twitter are completely different, but equally dominant and awesome. I use both of them simultaneously, and I think everybody should. So stop reading my article, comment, subscribe, whatever, and then go tweet or make a FB status and find out which one is better for yourself. Or come to the conclusion I have and add both apps to their rightful place on your dock.

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Kickstarter for iPad – App Mockup


If you’re like me and you’re constantly checking Kickstarter for new iPad accessories etc, you are patiently waiting for Kickstarter to create a native iPad app.

I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a quick mockup of what a Kickstarter iPad app could look like. Inspired by the iOS 6 App Store, this could be a refreshing way to view and back Kickstarter projects.

RT, Facebook, Blog, whatever so Kickstarter can see this and help make it happen! 😉

All designs done by me, @SimpliApple

WWDC Banner Confirms iOS 6 Announcement!

Guess what? iOS 6 is just around the corner!

Banners in the Moscone Center are being out for WWDC this week and a few keen eyes have taken snaps of an iOS 6 banner.

The icon shows a water ripple background, which teases a new default iOS background.

iOS 6 is rumored to include a revamped Maps application, Facebook integration, new silver based UI, revamped stock apps, Siri for iPad, Mountain Lion features and a new multitasking system.

We will keep you posted on the day of WWDC! 😉


Stream Video from your Mac/Time Capsule to your iPad

Downloading videos is becoming more and more common these days, and of course the best device to watch these on is the iPad. Because the iPad is not the best device for downloading, most people download these videos on a computer. They then convert these files to mp4 and sync with iTunes. This can get a bit tedious for a single 20 minute episode of a TV Show.

I store my videos on a Time Capsule and wanted to stream the avi files I download to my iPad easily and quickly. Enter Video Stream.

Video Stream is an app that allows you to stream and live convert any video on your computer or Time Capsule to your iPad with no waiting times. Just download the Video Stream app and Server for your computer and add the folders you wish to access (add a Time Capsule or other external drive as you would any other folder). You can then open the app and navigate to the video you want to watch. Tap on it and it will begin to play instantly, no matter the format! You can also store these videos for offline viewing.

I have tried a lot of these apps (Air Video is the most popular), but I find that Video Stream has a very engaging interface and is updated regularly (retina display update was important for me).

Check it out and end your converting woes! ;)

Video Stream ($2.99 US)

By marsbars06 Posted in iPad, Mac

Sync your Mac OS X Documents folder with Google Drive

We all like backup and storage solutions such as Dropbox and the recently introduced Google Drive. They help us make a central folder to which we can access on multiple devices.

Do you ever wish you could just choose to sync your ‘Documents’ folder on your Mac to Google Drive without having to put everything into that Google Drive folder?

I wanted to be able to make Google Drive a seamless backup system that does not interrupt of confuse my workflow.

I have found a way to make your Mac OS X Lion created Documents folder your Google Drive folder. You will be able to keep everything in that folder (stored locally to Mac) and automatically have it backed up to Google Drive, making it accessible to other devices. Here’s how:

(Note: This is how I did this on my Macbook. I am not responsible for anything that happens as a result of this. Perform with caution).

1. Move or copy all files and folders in your Mac Documents folder to your Google Drive folder in Finder. This should back them up to the cloud.

2. Go into Terminal and type in “/Users/{home folder name}/” (Obviously replacing with your home folder name). Then type in “sudo mv Documents Docs”. This will rename the Mac OS X Documents folder to Docs. You don’t have to call it ‘Docs’. You can call it ‘MacDocs’ or something else but make sure it is one word. Now type in ‘killall Finder’ and wait for it to relaunch.

3. Find the Google Drive sidebar folder in Finder and right click on it and select rename. Rename the folder to ‘Documents’. Now you can drag the folder up to the spot that Docs is in the sidebar. Right click on Docs and remove it from sidebar. Now the ‘Documents’ folder will also have the sidebar icon that comes with Mac OS X.

4. Google Drive will come up with a sync error. When it says to locate the folder, direct the app to the newly created Documents folder. This will then fix the error and continue syncing.

5. You can now delete the Docs folder if you want to. Not necessary but can reduce clutter.

And that’s it! Your Documents folder will now be stored locally and automatically be uploaded and synced with Google Drive!

Let me know if you get it working or if you have any questions at @marsbars06 ;)

By marsbars06 Posted in Mac

SendTab should be Apple’s inspiration for iCloud Tabs

iPad. iPhone. MacBook. Work Windows PC.
This is a very common set of devices for somebody to have. We try to sync all our data between them, but there is still not a solid way. As great as iCloud is, it still does not cover some syncing between devices that should be standard. One of those, is tab syncing for browsers.

Web browsing can become very tedious when you are constantly emailing or copying URL’s between devices. This is not efficient as you want to be able to quickly and swiftly go between devices. SendTab to the rescue!

SendTab is a browser utility made my XOXCO. It has become something I use every day and for free, it is as much as you can ask for. SendTab allows you to send multiple tabs amongst computers and devices in your SendTab ‘network’. SendTab has browser extensions for Safari and Chrome and a bookmarklet and app for iOS devices. Simply create a SendTab network and you can start adding all your devices. When you find a tab you want on a different device, just press the SendTab extension/bookmarklet and select the device you want it on. This will then beam it to the device. When you next open that computer, the tab will pop up automagically!

SendTab is amazing, and until Apple revamps iCloud to fully sync all your data, I happily keep using it.