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Briefly: Social networking for writers, Xtand review

updated 09:45 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2009

iPhone Developer Training

In brief: Mariner Software has announced a new social networking site that allows writers to post their own work or read and comment on material from other users. MacNN has recently taken a look at a device that holds an iPhone or iPod touch on a desk. The Just Mobile Xtand is stylized to complement the design of the iMac and Cinema Display, while holding the device in either the portrait or landscape orientation. Intrinsic Development Corp. has announced that it will offer another iPhone developer training course, as its previous series received a strong response.

Mariner Software has announced the launch of, a web site designed for writers of all types to publicly share and critique their work and the work of others. Opening an account allows members to upload a story or other written work, create groups or write reviews. To encourage involvement, the site has a point-based reward system. The more a user reviews others work, posts comments, etc., the more points are earned. After earning enough points, the writer will be able to post his or her own stories for review.

For those looking for a new way to show off their iPhone or iPod touch, one option is the Just Mobile Xtand. MacNN has reviewed the stand and found that it is a good support for both devices. The product is made of solid aluminum and features the same look as the iMac and Cinema Displays. The Xtand is easy to adjust and can hold the device in both portrait and landscape orientations. The most significant problem occurred when the phone was inserted into the stand, causing the setup to become top-heavy and prone to tipping.

Intrinsic Development Corp. has announced that it will be hosting additional iPhone Developer Training Courses. The next UK series will be held in London on March 2nd through the 4th. The objective of the training is to enable attendees to become proficient in the use of the iPhone SDK. They will learn essentials of Objective-C and Cocoa Touch as well as learning the tools, libraries, concepts, and the most effective implementation methods, with plenty of hands-on exercises.

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