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Palm Facebook App ReviewWho likes a bandwagon? The technology industry, for one. It just loves bandwagons! Especially online bandwagons. If there's one thing you can be assured of, it's that shortly after a popular idea floats to the surface of the fetid cesspool that is the Internet it will attract a mob of hangers-on, desperate to lift themselves out of the stinking mire. Thus the proliferation of "Digg this!" widgets, the virus-like spread of Google Maps onto every mobile on the planet and the access to eBay from anything more advanced than a sundial. Everyone wants a piece of the action. Preferably before someone else has chewed on it.

The biggest tech bandwagon of recent years has been social networking. Even if you don't use Facebook or MySpace, you've probably heard of them. Facebook is such a glamorous-looking bandwagon Microsoft paid $240 million to get a tiny little space on it. Now it's Palm's turn to try and muscle their way on board, with the release of their new Facebook for Palm application. How does it compare to the desktop experience? Will it be enough to get them noticed amidst the swarm of competitors? Is it a clever remora fish or a nasty hookworm? Read on for PIC's in-depth review...

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Can'T delete messages in Inbox!

amjz @ 7/10/2008 10:40:59 AM # Q
I noticed that there is no way to delete a message in inbox using the Facebook for palm on my Centro, am i wronge and there is away to do that?

RE: Can'T delete messages in Inbox!
asiayeah @ 7/10/2008 7:27:57 PM # Q
No, I don't think you could do that. I have the same problem.

This one should be added to the to-do list for next-version. Palm should have a way for users to send their feedback in.

And let's see when Palm will release the next version...

With great power comes great responsiblity.

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iPhone facebook application

nastebu @ 7/12/2008 10:47:37 AM # Q
Tim, to be fair, you should include the new iPhone facebook app rather than the website. Here's a Youtube link:

RE: iPhone facebook application
freakout @ 7/12/2008 11:43:08 AM # Q
Are you sure that's a separate app? Looks identical to the iPhone website: (you can visit that in a regular desktop browser too)

Happy to update the comparison chart, if there's a version that I've missed...

RE: iPhone facebook application
mikecane @ 7/12/2008 3:34:49 PM # Q
Hello, McFly!!! It's an APP!

- launches iTunes. iTunes. Have you heard of it/ Or are you one of those Linux-luvin' Freetarded Commies?

RE: iPhone facebook application
Gekko @ 7/12/2008 4:46:48 PM # Q

i really don't get all this myspace/facebook crap. maybe i'm getting old?

RE: iPhone facebook application
abosco @ 7/12/2008 6:17:51 PM # Q
The Facebook application for the new iPhone is crap. The web-app is better. The new app allows you to upload photos and such, but you can't even write on other people's walls. Are you serious? One of the most basic functions of the website, basically the only reason why most people use it, and they didn't even include it?

Stupid. They will update it eventually. Facebook was always on the cutting edge of iPhone development with their applications. Now they're already far behind. Some of the applications I've downloaded today and yesterday have absolutely 100% blown me away.

Like this one - Shazam. Have you ever heard a song on the radio or in a store, really liked it, and wish you knew what it was? With this free app, you simply press the Tag Now button, it'll sample the audio (adjustable 8-15 seconds range), connect to the company's server, and come up with results, including the full track information, as well as a link to buy it in iTunes (and download directly to your phone through the iTunes Wifi music store) or view similar YouTube videos (which takes you to the YouTube app and plays the result automatically). It then saves your tags, and you can build on these lists or delete them.

We have tried this with countless obscure bands, records, one-off tracks, and B-sides. Every song, every time. It doesn't matter if it has background noise or if the music is quiet, distorted, or in a low-point in the song. It has a 100% accuracy rate from what I've seen. All user reviews have been glowing.

Also, AOL Radio has been an unbelievable godsend to me. Over Wifi, 3G, or EDGE, you can listen to any CBS radio station or internet radio. I've found four local radio stations that I listen to (it finds your local stations based on your GPS location, or barring that, your cell-tower triangulation location), and it even displays the song information, again, with links to iTunes to buy the song, or favorite the station.

Also, Apple made a remote control that works absolutely seamlessly for iTunes and Apple TV. When I throw a party, I have iTunes on my laptop playing music from playlists on shuffle. Now I can control it without having to keep the laptop out in the open. And only I can control it. Nice.

As for games, I bought Cro-Mag Rally and it is a total blast to act like I'm actually steering the car (accelerometer) by rotating the iPhone clockwise/counterclockwise. The graphics are phenomenal, and the gameplay is fun as hell.

Long story short, I have been absolutely blown away by the creativity of the applications, and how well-integrated they are with all features of the phone. Literally every application makes use of location services (from Weatherbug to Geotagging), the camera, links to email, phone, web browser, or driving directions. The only drawback? Battery life is a far cry from what it was on my previous iPhone. If I'm playing Cro-Mag or using 3G, the battery goes down QUICK. And this sucks because the iPhone still doesn't have a replaceable battery.

As soon as TomTom or Telenav releases a turn-by-turn landscape GPS program (both have shown off fully working prototypes in PR statements) and we get MS Office documents with peripheral support (keyboards and such), this phone will be almost 100% perfect.

Fellas, the next-generation in mobile technology is truly here. And it can only get better.

NX80v + Wifi + BT + S710a

RE: iPhone facebook application
nastebu @ 7/12/2008 6:41:44 PM # Q
Gekko, I'm right with you. Facebook makes my eyes glaze over. At least it's not myspace, which gives me the same headache as I would get if I stared into a neon sign for an hour.

RE: iPhone facebook application
grubber @ 7/12/2008 6:57:56 PM # Q
iTunes sucks. Can't believe people here are into that horseshit.
RE: iPhone facebook application
Gekko @ 7/12/2008 7:17:02 PM # Q

bosco - can the iphone stream bloomberg radio?

RE: iPhone facebook application
abosco @ 7/12/2008 8:04:34 PM # Q
No sir. It's in .ASF, which is a proprietary Microsoft audio format. There is a Bloomberg application, but it does not have a radio feature either. And it doesn't look like it's available in the AOL radio app. Unless you buy a WM phone, you're SOL.

iTunes sucks. Can't believe people here are into that horseshit.

You do know that you can download apps directly on the iPhone, have them automatically install, and skip iTunes completely?

NX80v + Wifi + BT + S710a

RE: iPhone facebook application
grubber @ 7/13/2008 6:17:38 AM # Q
No, I wouldn't touch an iPhone (or any current Palm devices for that matter) willingly. Yuck.

RE: iPhone facebook application
mikecane @ 7/14/2008 9:18:34 AM # Q
I had a Facebook account for like a week. Feh.

I'm still on MySpace but check in now only every 7-14 days. I still get interesting Bulletins. Alas, events get missed all the time.

I don't understand this frikkin fascination with turning any phone into a radio. I can understand the use for an emergency - news - but for music?!!? For music there is this thing called - oooh! - a radio! Now, if you were to tell me I could get a whole bunch of BBC stations from *England itself*, might change me mind.

abosco - have you tried to use the BBC iPlayer yet?! Those Jirbo apps crack me up. Those animal icons are hugely cute and funny. Do you know about Stanza for ebooks? Looks like Da Bomb, baby!!

RE: iPhone facebook application
Gekko @ 9/30/2009 2:52:27 PM # Q
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need internet?

pinky @ 12/28/2009 12:47:27 PM # Q
does this app use internet on the phone or is it like an offline sort of thing?
RE: need internet?
Tim Carroll @ 12/28/2009 6:21:36 PM # Q
Yep, you'll need a data connection. It does cache data for future sessions, but you can't even open the app without a connection.
RE: need internet?
Gekko @ 12/28/2009 6:27:51 PM # Q

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