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You may have noticed that it is harder than it used to be to get friends and friends of friends to Like that new Facebook Page you’ve created. That’s because the Suggest To Friends feature, and related page functionality, has been down for much of the time since late 2010. Facebook recently thought they fixed it, but it still hasn’t been working.

A variety of complaints have been registered – see Facebook’s discussion board at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=10381469571&topic=21434 – including:

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Maybe you can’t vote for the Academy Awards winners, but you can still decide which movies you like, what you think about the TV broadcast (and the hosts), and the biggest question of all . . . Did ABC and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences do a good job with the mobile application?

The application, which is available on iPhone and iPad, but not Android or Blackberry, consists of two sections: The Oscars and The Academy.

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Almost one year ago we reviewed some of the top retailers’ mobile applications. Now with holiday season here once more, it is time for a second look at those brands, along with a few others. Overall, the applications are looking a lot alike, with many of the updates coming just in time for the 2010 shopping season.

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In the early 1990s, the U.S. government gave Network Solutions a monopoly to maintain a database of Internet domain names.

At the time, mainly government agencies, the military and educational institutions cared about having a Web site. A single entity to register and keep track of all URLs kept things in order. It seemed fine at first.

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I miss Vindigo. I used it constantly on my Palm V, and once it came to Verizon’s deck, I used it every day.

My home, office and other important locations were saved, so Vindigo was always where I wanted it to be. And I loved that you could enter in any cross street or zip code and immediately get great, localized information about the nearest restaurants, movies or a dozen other categories – even bathrooms, so take that George Costanza!

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It’s now approaching the third week since Hotmail changed their format, which negatively effects over 350 million users. While the web version is mostly a step backward, it’s Hotmail’s Mobile Internet site that is appallingly buggy and has become frustrating to use.

Here are some example problems on the iPhone that are new to Hotmail’s revision:

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With all the talk about reading books on the iPad, Kindle and the other tablets and readers coming to market, it’s nice to know that smartphones already offer eBook readers for free. So if you can handle the smaller screen, one of these could be for you.

As usual, the choices on the iPhone were the most numerous and of the highest quality, with the top applications reviewed below.

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Some of the most active movie studios in the application space are Paramount Studios, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Here is a look at what they are doing, along with an apples-to-apples review of one of their most popular superhero applications.

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In the world of mobile applications, especially iPhone apps, there are many choices presented around any single category. The 2010 Winter Olympics is no exception, but unfortunately the Olympics apps are far from world-class.

 

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One week after the Golden Globe Awards aired, a person might go into the iPhone App Store, BlackBerry AppWorld or the Android Marketplace trying to find products related to this year’s top movies. Perhaps many of the titles will even be listed in one place, such as a search for “top movies,” “movies” or “Golden Globe winners.” Unfortunately, it does not work so easily.

For example, type “top movies” into the App Store search and the results come back with fewer than 25 items. And of those, there is not a single branded movie application. No “Avatar,” “Up In The Air” or even “Twilight” and “Ghost Busters.”

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Retailers have begun to launch mobile applications, but there are many brands who haven’t done anything yet, so there’s still time to get products up to snuff, or improve what you already have. All ratings are based on apps built on the iPhone, because thus far iPhone apps represent the best versions that brands have produced (and not all companies have converted their apps to other platforms like Android). Read the full review, or reviews can be linked to individually: Amazon; Best Buy; Home Depot; Target; and Wal-Mart.

 

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