Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Search By Color

Glancely.com is a very interesting service that currently works with Etsy.com but may soon work with others. Their service will search for a specified product within a specified color range and the results show a spectrum of matching products.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Build Your Own Web App

DHTMLx.com

DHTMLX Touch is an HTML5-based JavaScript library for building mobile web applications. It's not just a set of UI widgets, but a complete framework that allows you to create eye-catching, cross-platform web applications for mobile and touch-screen devices.

The framework is compatible with the major web browsers for mobile platforms. Applications built with DHTMLX Touch will run smoothly on iPad, iPhone, Android-based smartphones, and other popular devices.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SimilarSites.com

Looking for similar sites to some website? I got some interesting results when I searched for "befunky" which is a site for adding special effects to photos.

Protect Your Website

Protect your website from profanity by filtering all the text content via an API from WebPurify.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mobile Payments To Explode Globally

Mobile payment systems are about to surge in users across the globe.

Some of the mentioned mobile payment providers:
Telefónica - Latin America
Globe - Philippines
Smart - Philippines
Orange - Africa
Vodafone Pesa - Africa
Gemalto - Latin America, Middle East, India
Trivnet - Latin America, Middle East, India
Telenor Easypaisa - Pakistan

Book Me Online

This is an awesome service to show your schedule availability and it ties into your existing calendars like Google Calendar, Lotus Notes, Apple iCal, etc.

The other awesome booking service I've seen is Bookd.com but it is catered more to the services industry.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo-Sharing is Growing

Photo-sharing services are growing in number and popularity.

Got Too Many Gift Cards?

If you received too many gift cards this holiday season, you might want to sell or trade them online.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Build Your Own Mobile App

Here is a growing list of mobile app builders you can use to make your own mobile app.

Google App Inventor

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How Was GPS Invented?

If you are interested in how our modern day GPS technology was invented, watch this short video.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

These are some of the best talks on the planet.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Alternative Payments

Here are more alternative payments options for customers without credit (cards).



Among others, Rixty and Coinstar offer similar services.

Friday, November 05, 2010

500 Startups

These might be the coolest super-angel investors on the planet. Dave McClure, the founder, seems to know what he's talking about. I've been reading about him on Fast Company and it's very good stuff. Keep an eye on them if you have a great idea.

500Startups.com

Look in Wikipedia for other super-angels.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Andreessen Horowitz Fund

Seems like this fund in Silicon Valley would be good to pursue because they will educate you to be a great CEO.

Andreessen Horowitz
NYT's Andreessen Starts 2nd Fund to Invest in Tech Start-Ups

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The One Sentence Pitch

Here is the perfect template for making your own one sentence pitch, to be ready for when you bump into that multi-millionaire.

Madlibs For Pitches: How To Perfect The One Sentence Pitch

It was constructed by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi

Friday, October 22, 2010

The sFund

I hope I can use the sFund some day.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/kleiner-perkins-and-partners-create-250-million-social-fund/?partner=rss&emc=rss

Excerpt from NYT: Kleiner is creating the sFund at a time when investing in social is hardly new. Several prominent venture capital firms like Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures and others, have been heavy investors in social start-ups. And several companies, like the game makers Playfish and Playdom, have already been sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Touch Books for the Little Ones

Upcoming touch books for the iPhone and iPad.

Webydo: From PSD to HTML

You might want to keep track of this upcoming service.
It takes a PSD and generates all the HTML, less tables  - meaning CSS-style layout.
Pass it along to your peers or otherwise keep them grinding at the mill the old way.

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Kids Need Drawing Pad

A drawing pad for little picassos built as an iPad app. This is exactly what my kids need.

DrawingPadApp.com
NYT review

myGengo: Translation API

A service called myGengo.com has an API for human-powered translations. I'm not sure what that all means but this is one service to keep track of.

Location-Based Advertising

There are some big players involved in this arena and here is a small list of them to help you keep up.

First are the actual providers of the location-based check-in data:
  1. Foursquare
  2. Facebook Places
  3. Twitter
  4. Gowalla
Then there are the ad-campaign services that use the above data to pinpoint your marketing:

Thursday, September 02, 2010

PeopleSmart: Look for Anyone

The new way to look for anyone is to use PeopleSmart.com

U Like Clear Wireless?

So u like Clear's 2 year commitment and excellent broadband service ey?

Well once my contract runs out with Clear, look at what I can get now:


The Virgin Mobile MiFi.....about the size of a credit card.
$40 a month, no contract, unlimited data

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FutureAdvisor: Invest Like This

If you currently have a 401K and other investments and are confused or clueless about how best to allocate your investments and get the most bang for the buck, here is a new service who can help. Instead of hiring your own investment adviser, just use FutureAdvisor.com.

TechCrunch review

Thursday, July 29, 2010

5Min and Answers

Answers.com has teamed up with 5Min.com to show appropriate videos for every question that is asked. I hadn't heard of 5Min before but they have a ton of videos and worth remembering.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

TinyChat With Real-time Translation

This nifty chat system is fully browser-based (no download required) and features real-time language translations so people you chat with don't have to chat in your language for you to understand.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Grasshopper

Grasshopper.com pitches itself as the entrepreneur's phone system. They may be right.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Medical Industry Pioneers

Here is a list of some innovators in the medical industry. By reading about them you will either partner with them, know who your competitors are, or learn something from them for your benefit.

http://www.tech50.org/companies.html

Cool Video Messages

Send a cool video message of your choice to get your point across and to make a good impression.

Mogreet.com

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Social Networking Training for Kids?

Do kids need help stepping up to a social network like Facebook? Some people think so, and they've come up with Togetherville.com to help them learn some valuable skills before embarking onto a full-blown social networking site.

For Children, A Social Nework With Training Wheels

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Online Bookings

If you service needs to take online bookings from your customers, here are some service providers I found:

Bookd.com
Rezgo.com
Clickbook.net
Libersybooking.nl

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

No Cash, No Problem

If you sell anything and are not currently accepting credit card payments, you may soon be in luck. New technologies will make it very easy for anyone with a smartphone to accept credit cards wherever they may be about.

Cellphone Payments Offer Alternatives To Cash

Here is one example:
SquareUp.com

Monday, April 26, 2010

Things To Do With A Cassette

Here are some interesting things happening with the old cassette tapes. It is interesting to me to know how creative people can get.

Hitting Rewind On The Cassette Tape

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Your Own Field Agents

Post a quick job for someone who owns an iPhone. Say you need to find out the price of a product at a store down from where you are. Have someone else do that for you and pay them. Or say you have a new service and need some on-site help convincing the biz manager, just post and see if anyone is nearby to help you.
FreeAgent.net
NYT's An App That Pays

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ready To Move To The Cloud?

Companies are slowly migrating their apps and data to the cloud. Are you getting ready to do the same? Here is some news about this migration.

Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Mini-Tasks get Mini-Pay

If you have some small tasks to get done, checkout these services that pair up providers with seekers. If you have only $5 to spare, there are plenty of things people are willing to do for that. For example, one person will send out a tweet about your site to his 35,000 followers.

Fiverr.com
Springwise review of fiverr

ShortTask.com
Springwise review of ShortTask

Thursday, February 11, 2010

MyTown: Check-in Game

Very interesting how some services are gaining traction that essentially make a "game" out of "checking into" real places, like restaurants, salons, etc. MyTown is one such game. I'm not sure how it all works yet. I hope to check it out soon.

Booyah! MyTown hits 1 million users before Foursquare or Gowalla

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Kwedit: Do You Promise To Pay?

This is a very serious player and awesome concept in the online payment industry. I think these people have a winning concept. I really like the fact anyone can make their payments by going to a 7-11, mailing it in, or via the "pass the duck" feature.

TechCrunch Review
Kwedit.com

Practice Storytelling

This is an awesome tool to get kids to be creative with telling stories. It is a set of cards that come in two types. You pull one card of each type. The first is a character, while the second is a situation. For example, "a cashier at a dollar store" may be the first card, and "who is afraid of getting old" is the second card. The person then proceeds to tell the story based on this character and situation. Two rules: the character must change in some way from beginning to end. The character must never die.

The Storymatic

Friday, January 29, 2010

Online Language Learning

The NYT put out some useful online resources for learning a new language. I really need to give this a try if I ever want to get beyond my English and Spanish.

The Web Way to Learn a Language

Monday, January 25, 2010

No Credit Card, No Problem

If your intended clients have only cash and no credit cards, you really need to start using Rixty.com. For some odd reason, they have a slightly different website at Rixty.net.

Apparently, Rixty is growing according to the latest round of financing talked about at TechCrunch.

Friday, January 22, 2010