With so many people now on Facebook, the service has become an indispensable tool for communicating with friends and family. Facebook’s iPhone app is the best version of mobile Facebook to date. The app lets you assign often-visited personal profiles or pages to your home page screens for easy access, upload photos or videos in a snap, or call up any friend with his or her number posted. If you have an iPhone and Facebook account, there’s no reason not to have this app.
Remember when you used to look in the newspaper for movie times? Yeah, those days are long gone. Many people now simply look up times on their PCs. With Fandango for iPhone, you can find movie times, watch trailers, read fan reviews, and buy tickets while you’re on the go. With hot films, it can be a good idea to get tickets early, and Fandango’s app easily allows you to do that. Flixter, a similar app, lets you buy tickets from movietickets.com, watch trailers and clips, and gives you professional reviews to read from rottentomatoes.com.
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One of the simplest apps the iPhone offers may also be one of its most useful. The Flashlight app turns the iPhone’s screen a solid, bright color. To tune the brightness, just swipe up or down with your finger. It sounds stupid, but it's useful in plenty of real-world situations, such as reading in bed, finding something in a dark room, and annoying the cat. It can even turn into a strobe light if you feel like giving yourself a headache.
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The popular social photography site gets even livelier with this iPhone app. The iPhone Flickr application lets you shoot, upload, and geotag your iPhone photos. The app also lets you browse your own photos, cycle through recent activity by your friends and family, and search for photos from around the world.