Monday, June 29, 2009

Teenage Entrepreneurs Are Coming!

Here comes the mass of teenagers who want to do their work and get paid for doing their own thing. It's interesting to read about what they are doing or planning to do. Read NYT's story entitled Teenagers Are Building Their Own Job Engine.

One such venture mentioned is

Thursday, June 25, 2009

DoNanza: Multiple Freelance Searching combines all search results from various gig sites all into one. In other words, when searching for a job, just use their service to search all other websites dealing with freelance work. The links point back to the originating website. You can also discover many more freelance sites by looking at the search results.

Two Appointment Schedulers

I found out about these two services that provide an online scheduling system for appointments, which could be used by massage therapists, dentists, doctors, hairstylists, etc. I have a friend who is a photographer who may be able to use this to book his appointments. One great feature is that BookFresh can integrate with Google Calendar and iCal.
TechCrunch's review

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Voice Faster Than Texting?

We all know how long it takes to make a voice call. You have to wait for the tone for someone to pick up or wait for the prompt to leave a message. Texting is so much faster because you just pick up the phone and start texting. Then the receiving party could be busy so you leave a message. To play the message the receiving party needs to navigate through the menus to hear the message.

Enter You have to see the video to really get excited about all this. Soon you will be able to pick up the phone and start talking, regardless of whether or not the receiving party is available. To hear a message just pick up the phone and hit your contact. It starts playing instantly. If you notice someone is leaving you a message, you can answer the call and immediately get connected to carry on the conversation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Mobile Payments War

It looks like the battlefield is getting filled up quickly and the action is very brutal in the mobile payments world.

CNET covers this story quite well.

The NYT also does a good job.

Also read the NYT Bits blog

Some of the mentioned mobile payments services are:

Boku Mobile Payments

It looks like has a better worldwide coverage than for sending and accepting mobile payments.

Check out Boku's Coverage

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vumber: Virtual Phone Number

I need a virtual phone number because I often change my cell carrier and cell phone number. So whenever I get my business cards printed I want to be able to keep handing them out up to the last one, instead of throwing them away whenever my phone number changes.

Enter It is the answer to my needs. I can sign up for a phone number in any area code and redirect this vumber to any of my real phone numbers and keep updating it whenever I need. I've been waiting for Google's Grand Central service, but I have never been able to get accepted into their beta program. So now I can try Vumber instead.

Here are some other players:

Virtual Numbers on

Friday, June 12, 2009

WizeHive: Group Collaboration

This looks like a very promising service for managing a group effort of work. If you have heard of or used Basecamp, you might want to consider this one as well.

Wix: Stunning Flash Sites for Free

Create your own Flash-based websites for free using any of these templates. Everything is easy to do with lots of drag-n-drop. The results looking really good. They also have a Premium level for added services like hosting and ad-free.

DIY Sidebars For Firefox

Ever wanted to build your own browser plugins but did have the time to learn all the API? Now there's a much easier way to do this. Mozilla's Jetpack aims to revolutionize the way these things are built. There's some really cool stuff you can do, like loading videos into a sidebar to keep watching them as you continue surfing.
Some cool video demos
TechCrunch's review

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wow! Man's Own Shopper

For those men who hate shopping for clothes for themselves, here is a radical new approach. Now you can have your own personal (female) shopper with which you communicate via Skype. She will take a look at you and listen to all your tastes and dislikes. Then she will send you a box of possible clothes you might like. Buy the ones you want, return the others.

TechCrunch review