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Flickchart Faceoff

Popspotting #178: “Flickchart Face-Off” (Dec. 14, 2011)

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Flickchart Faceoff

About a month ago, we counted down our favorite ways to waste time online. One of Jen’s picks was Flickchart, a virtual battleground for movie lovers. The concept is simple: pit two movies against each other, and choose the one you like best (or dislike the least). So today, we decided to the Flickchart challenge together.

Not an original idea, perhaps, but a fun idea for sure. Disagree with any of our picks? Horrified that we haven’t seen a must-see movie? We want to hear from you!

Cheezburger

Popspotting #158: “Wasting Time Online” (Nov. 2, 2011)

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CheezburgerOn the rare occasion Facebook goes down, global productivity goes up. (This is not a proven fact, but it sounds right.) The Internet is a wonderful, nearly magical tool, but its primary use seems to be to waste time. So in honor of procrastinators everywhere, we both share our five favorite online time wasters. And to keep things interesting, we excluded social networking sites… where honestly, we probably spend the most time.

Jen’s list ranges from food blogs to online trivia. Probably no surprise there. Beyond some geeky sites, Ryan goes with the web’s ubiquitous LOLcats… but has a good excuse.

Do these picks seem too obvious to you? Enlighten us! We’re always looking for new and interesting ways to get our money’s worth out of our ISP.

Foodspotting

Popspotting #138: Great Apps (Sept. 28, 2011)

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FoodspottingAs a follow-up to our June show highlighting Jen’s favorite photo apps, both of us share five apps that we can’t live without. While we’re iPhone users, almost all of these apps are available for Android smartphones, and most have web interfaces as well.

Jen’s top five are Vlix (video clips), Fruit Ninja (arcade game), GetGlue and GoMiso (media checkins), Foodspotting (food photos) and Shazam (song identification).

Ryan is a fan of Autostitch Panorama (panoramic photos), RunKeeper (fitness tracking), Glympse (live location sharing), Evernote (notekeeping), and Remember The Milk (task management).

Honorable mentions include Pandora, Tweetbot, and Google+.

And we should mention that if we had put this list together a month ago, we may have also included Photovine and Gowalla. But Google killed Photovine a couple of weeks ago, and Gowalla has completely changed direction from location checkins to local guides.

Of course, there are thousands of apps out there, and many gems we’ve probably never heard of. If there’s a killer app you use every day, please tell us about it!

Instagram

Popspotting #70: Photo Apps (June 15, 2011)

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InstagramAnd now for something completely different. Finally pushing the envelope for our “Wildcard Wednesday” show, we go geeky with a look at our favorite smartphone photography apps. As iPhone users, these picks are iPhone centric, but several of them are also available on Android.

Jen is an iPhone camera app junkie, and has tried over a hundred of them. (Of course, there are thousands out there.) Among the apps making the cut are HipstamaticInstagram, PicPlz, Burstn, and Camera+,

Do you use any of these photo apps? Are there any you’d recommend? And if we do another app show, what sorts of apps would you suggest we check out?

And if apps are not your thing, nor music nor books… what else should we do for our Wednesday shows? Anything goes!

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