Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Orbit for iPhone

Orbit aims to do for your iPhone what Syngergy does for Palm's webOS -- aggregate all your contacts and their status -- but with an equal and opposite focus on notification management.

So, not only can you link together your friend's contact info along with their Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can group them into various "orbits" (and each contact can be in more than one "orbit"), create all manner of filters, and raise or lower the "volume" of notification you receive.

So, you can set the volume of your raging editor in chief to "high" and your in-laws to "low".

TiPb has discussed this before -- after the rush to Push Notification, we have devices pinging and poping at us all the time and that can become as useless as no notifications.

Orbit [Free -- iTunes link] has just gone live in the App Store, check it out. Video after the break!

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Rene Ritchie

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Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010


I am trying it out now, not exactly sure what it is suppose to do..btw first (always wanted to do that)

I downloaded orbit about a month ago and it wasn't quite what I expected. However, if it just went live, how did I have access to it so long ago?

I have several issues: 1-my friends status updates from facebook and twitter are not showing up when I click on the update tab! I have to actually click on "all" and then I can see some updates, but they are not all there. 2-My address book goes from a, b, c, w, e, f....