Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Art to Digital Instantly

So when was the last time you drew something and then had to find a scanner to be able to put it online? And how would you like to carry around that scanner anywhere you went? Nope, that's not for me. I'd rather just carry a pen and make my drawing appear instantly online. Well, you can almost do that now. Just the "instantly online" isn't built-in, yet.

Meet the INKLING

Monday, August 29, 2011

Samsung's ChatOn: iMessages Competitor?

It looks like Samsung may have an answer to Apple's iMessages with their new ChatOn cross-platform service. However, I think iMessages is built into the iOS which means developers can use it within their own apps, whereas ChatOn may be just an app.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bizness Apps

If you need to create a mobile app or web app, you might want to consider BizApps first, especially because they are very affordable.

Native Or Web? Bizness Apps Adds HTML5 Platform To Let SMBs Create Their Own Apps

Friday, August 26, 2011

DoughMain: Kids' Financial Education

I need to keep an eye on this service. It seems they have some great ways of helping parents reward their kids for doing chores and also teaching the kids about managing money.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Photos Turned Into Art

So you are photo enthusiasts using an iPhone? You are now doing what's being called "iPhotography," the latest craze about turning ordinary photos into works of art just by using your smartphone.

Webcam: The New Credit Card Reader

Guess what? If you have a webcam, you just got yourself a new credit card reader. So why bother with buying a specific hardware for reading credit cards?

Jumio Comes To Wordpress, Turns Blog Readers' Webcams Into Credit Card Readers

Diffbot: A Modern Screenscraper

There's services out there that do screenscraping, like Kapow. Most do this work by looking internally at the html code to target the exact elements to extract from a webpage. On the other hand, Diffbot, supposedly uses even more senses to accomplish a more accurate extraction of any elements on an entire website. One way is by categorizing every webpage into one of twenty different possible categories. It also uses bots, algorithms, computer vision and artificial intelligence to process the content on the Web the way a human being can. Pretty incredible. So why does anyone need a screenscraper? Well, the new services based on Diffbot are now just starting to bloom.

Monday, August 22, 2011

NFC Stickers For Everything

TagStand.com is hoping to sell you stickers with NFC chips in them and to help you in keeping track of them wherever and on whatever you stick them on. Applying these NFC stickers to real-world objects is going to create some interesting interactions between the offline and the online worlds.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Photovine = Fun!

Now this seems like a really fun photo-sharing app. You take a picture of anything. Then someone else adds a similar picture, and so on. So let's see....share with me a picture of the best prize you have ever won.

SPDY Faster Than HTTP

SPDY is an improvement at the application-level for transporting content across the web. Since it was developed by Google, the browser Chrome uses it to speed up all the Google services, and that's why Google Reader and Gmail seem a whole lot faster on Chrome.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Group Messaging Killing SMS

Here are some group messaging services that are killing SMS.


Here's another article about why SMS is going away, may be not so soon, but for sure.

An excerpt:
One thing is more clear than ever before: between iMessages, Beluga, GroupMe, Kik, Google's new Huddle feature of Google+, and now Facebook Messenger, SMS is under complete and utter assault. Yes, most of those service are compatible with SMS, but only so they can be parasitic off of it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Worst Devastation Ever

I have never seen anything like this before. Horrific and evil.

The Augmented City

Here's some news for the augmented reality crowd. It's a demo of the future augmented reality city. So it looks like augmented reality will be going 3D in the near future.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Instant Photos Booth

Instaprint introduces it's photo booth which automatically prints similarly-tagged or location-based photos. Each instaprint box has its own unique tag or gps-location and any matching Instagram pics are automatically uploaded and printed. Yes, I think it only works with Instagram pics.

Augmented Twin Towers

Here is a different use of augmented reality.

Tivo For Radio

Here is the new service that can record any program on the radio and you can play it whenever and wherever you need. It's free, and will be ad-supported in the future.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011