Sick of tabbing back and forth between your favorite news sites and social networks? Let pulse ease your browser burden. The news-oriented app allows you to select from several different categories based on different interests (tech, food and fashion, to name just a few) and then it rounds up the latest stories using that information. You can also add your favorite sites, blogs and social networks, and integrate directly with your RSS feed. And if that's not alluring enough, Pulse is easy on the eyes too.
I've heard plenty of folks say that Pinterest is for everyone, but let's get real here. Have you ever really looked around the site? It was very clearly designed with women in mind. And for that, I am thankful. Bros have their MMOs and us ladies have pins. And more pins. And OMG, even more pins. And we never have to give it a rest, either, thanks to this iPhone app, optimized for Apple's hottest new handset.
I'm listing Fab.com's app next because it's the perfect transition from Pinterest. You can pin a bunch of crap you want, and then you can sate that shopping bug straight from your iPhone 5 with Fab. And I promise, this one isn't just for the ladies, Fab has a little something for everyone - even your dog. From quirky tees and unique baubles to crazy kitchen gadgets and gourmet snacks, this popular shopping app has a knack for listing only the most interesting products. Each deal has a time limit and a quantity, so burn through that Christmas cash while you still can.
You don't need to be a Twitter power user to justify this one, but it's likely you'll become one after using it a few times. Really, Tweetbot is like the enabler for all tweeting addicts. An insanely clean interface makes for an overall smooth experience, and smart gestures let you interact with optimal efficiency. You can also manage several timelines from one page, and create lists for those friends who you interact with the most.
To be totally clear, I'm not including this because it's an amazingly designed app (it's not), I'm including it because it's frickin' Facebook. And a smartphone without Facebook is like a meme with no text; it just feels ... empty. In the sake of fairness, the social network is continually working to update its mobile apps, so we should see more improvements here soon. Most recently, the iPhone app was updated to include the ability to choose from specific photo albums when uploading from your phone.