As convergence descends on the living room we are starting
to see a lot of televisions designed to deliver web content over a broadband
connection, bypassing a standalone PC. New models introduced by Sony, Samsung
and Sharp at CES all showcased various ways of digesting online content. Of the
three manufactures, Sharp’s Aquos Net offering was most the most [...]
great deal of speculation on the direction of mobile marketing in 2008 has
centered on delivery of location based services (LBS). Industry observers
are questioning whether this will be the year when this holy grail of mobile
applications finally sees significant adoption.
deny the appeal of the convenience and targeting capabilities promised by LBS,
yet, until recently, efforts to [...]
While it looks well… ugly, to be frank, this little baby was all the rage at this week’s Mobile World Congress. That’s right, it’s an Android phone. Or at least, it will be.
A full write up can be found at last100, but I will summarize the highlights of what everyone is getting so [...]
Organic has been pretty busy with location based applications and various prototypes for our clients. As part of this process, we have spent considerable time with various applications, services and devices – both with GPS and without GPS.
I recently learned about the “Blackberry Tracker” application and web site by Tech9 Computer Solutions which is built [...]
I’m so over Twitter. I haven’t wanted to admit it to myself, but a couple of things really tipped the scales for me. The first was this Newsweek article from 1995, which famously called the Internet a passing fad. The fear of being the guy (or gal) is a big part of what drives the [...]
While working the other night I needed to research a particular implementation of what I was attempting to do. After Googling & hitting the usual suspects of dev sites, one site in particular really blew me – an arcade game site. The Exceptional Experience for me was that these guys prototype their game development in [...]
The much anticipated online version of Photoshop has finally launched. Between the launch of AIR, Adobe Media Player, Photoshop Express, and the upcoming release of Thermo, Adobe has solidified their intent on creating applications that span the gamut of web & desktop applications, while keeping user experience at a premium.
With Express, you get a tuned-down [...]
I love this idea. Toyota
has just launched a web service that allows users to create their own “coat-of-arms”
which can then be downloaded as a high-res image. The idea is that Scion owners
can then use the images they create as personal icons for online profiles or
even have them airbrushed on their vehicles. Scion has always targeted [...]
If you’re slightly OCD with your software tools like I am, you’ve tried all the IM clients out there. Including the official ones like MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo IM, ICQ, etc., as well as the 3rd party ones such as Trillian, Pidgin (formerly GAIM), and Miranda. Each may have strengths in one area, but weaknesses [...]
Yesterday, Amy Hoy and Thomas Fuchs of Hypenated People launched a fairly simple but powerful Twitter application, or “social experiment” as they refer to it, called Twistori. Using a real-time twitter search tool, Summize, the site pulls in live data based on six common but emotionally-charged phrases: I love, I hate, I think, I [...]
This past weekend several Organics
attended the NYC iPhone Dev Camp at Brooklyn Polytechnic University to share their views,
questions, and experiences with development on this exciting new platform.
I was able to attend two sessions,
one on user experience/interaction design and the other on business models. Most
agree that the UI conventions employed on the device are well [...]
Last night Google launched their cloud computing suite to compete with Amazon’s S3/EC2/SimpleDB stack of utilities. The SDK is aimed at giving developers a way to leverage the big iron of a company as large as Google on the cheap.
Things of note – some good, some bad, some both:
- Only Python is currently supported (more [...]
For someone who doesn’t travel a lot, I wouldn’t think I would care a tremendous amount about a personalized itinerary management tool. But I do! Not being a trip veteran, I get a little woozy when thinking about all the daunting things I have to remember in order to have a smooth trip; flight numbers [...]
Feast your eyes and update your brain with news that not only matters, but looks good too (regardless of the latest tragedy occurring on our big blue marble).
“Spectra, a news visualization tool, gives consumers an alternate way to navigate msnbc.com in a three dimensional viewing state. Spectra offers comprehensive, up-to-the-minute news coverage, user customization, dynamic [...]
By now most of you probably have heard about Google’s latest assault on the social network front: Google Friend Connect. It promises every Webmaster and site designer the addition of social features to his or her website with minimal effort. No server software to install, zero configuration, and no programming required, all one has to [...]
PMOG is a Passively Multiplayer Online Game. This game allows you to leave traps or gifts on any web page. You can also take missions across the internet, discovering new content while leveling up.
To play, you need to use Firefox and add the PMOG extension.
The really interesting opportunity with a game like this is the [...]
Via BBC News: “Microsoft has now released, in beta form, its long-awaited WorldWide Telescope, a free tool that pieces together some of the world’s best ground telescope and satellite images, using data and imagery from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, among others. The tool allows users to pan and zoom [...]
Crackberry.com has purchased a currently unreleased version of the Blackberry – the 9000.RIM has given the Blackberry a huge facelift – the user interface is a slick black with white icons, similar to a PSP.
Of course the list of technological advancements are huge: 650mhz CPU, video playback, Wi-Fi, 3G network support, hi-res screen, video recording, [...]
For those of you who might be interested, Firefox 3.0 is
being released today. Downloads are expected to be available after 1pm.
According to the article that I read in the Detroit Free Press they are expecting this
browser to be much faster than IE. Will it continue to eat into Microsoft’s
dominant market share?
I know I will [...]
Texting just got easier! Jott.com goes beyond Twitter to convert voice recordings into text messages, e-mails and more. You call 866-JOTT-123A series of questions are asked and then you say your message.Then your message is transcribed and delivered to email, text, Twitter, etc. I’m not sure about the accuracy or that this is very convenient. [...]
Increasingly we are all using rich internet applications – be it Facebook, gmail, Pandora or the dozens of others out there. However the downside is that you still have to get to them on a browser – wouldn’t it be great if you could experience an RIA as a full on desktop application. [...]
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It has been about a week since the launch of Google Knol, a user-generated knowledge-base project that some have referred to as a Wikipedia-killer, while others put it more in the boat with a Squidoo or Mahalo. Since then, there has been a great amount of press around whether or not Google [...]
Yesterday, Google launched a beta feature called “walking directions” on Google Maps. While the directions are limited to routes shorter than 6.2 miles (or 10 kilometers), they provide a few useful advantages for walkers over regular driving directions. First, the walking directions ignore the direction of one-way streets. Second, it supposedly takes into account [...]
Every day, the web sees the announcement of another avenue for communication. It could be a new social network, a new microblogging tool, or a new aggregation platform that allows you to start wrangling your social content stream into one space. Even with the move towards more aggregation, the sheer amount of information [...]
Did you leave early last Friday to get your Iphone? Uh-huh~ So now you have you iPhone in hand, and finally got it activated, let’s put some cool apps on it.
Loopt provides a cellphone-based GPS sharing system with the goal of providing an innovative social mapping tool that allows friends to visualize one another using [...]
Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo
Mozilla Labs announced today that it has released a new experimental solution called Ubiquity. Ubiquity is a method for non-developers to create mashups out of the pages and content they are already surfing.
This is dramatically different that what is already out there. Solutions like Yahoo Pipes! [...]
App Store appears to have got off to an incredible start. In a few months there
are several thousand applications available both free and for a minimal price,
and consumers have responded. In its first month alone, it generated
around 60 million downloads and $30 million in revenue for Apple. Those are
incredible numbers when you realize that [...]
In the latest in the very ongoing quest to bring interactive TV to life, Yahoo and Comcast just announced that they are partnering with Intel to deliver widgets for digital TV. Interactive TV a reality? After so many promises, can it really happen?Are Yahoo, Intel and Comcast the ones to make it happen?
The announcement [...]
“What if your photo collection was an entry point into the world, like a wormhole that you could jump through and explore…”
No, this is not a tagline for an upcoming sci-fi film. This is the tagline for a breakthrough technology brought to you by… Microsoft?
The technology is called Photosynth. It’s an application that [...]
Recently, LivePlace.com (owned by Brad Greenspan one of MySpace co-founders) accidentally provided a brief preview of a 3D virtual world called City Space. It is rendered in OTOY – an technology capable of rendering cinematic quality 3D visuals in a web-browser. From this particular footage – it also appears to be [...]
Over the past several weeks Organic’s Emerging Platforms Group has been working with our friends at Drop.io on a location-aware extension of their already awesome file sharing service. Drop.io understands that there are some unmet or poorly met needs that are inadequately addressed by the services and applications most people use to transfer, share, and [...]
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Editor’s Note: For the entire month of September, the year of Google’s 10 year anniversary, they will be marking the occasion by asking their experts, “What’s going to happen in the next ten years?” Since their philosophy is that the best way to predict the future is to invent it, their [...]
Sekai Camera, which has been written up quite a bit since launching at TechCrunch50 on Tuesday, is basically a realtime data overlay onto video from the iPhone’s camera. While I’m not sure walking around looking “through” an iPhone is an optimal execution, the idea of a localized data / social communication heads-up display is pretty [...]
Esquire made it to the newsstands with the first e-ink cover for their 75th anniversary issue. Certainly eye catching and PR worthy. Conceptually it’s got a lot of potential – a dynamic piece of cover real estate. As owners of reasonably strong content, Esquire could have done something compelling. The issue features “75 of the [...]
CNN is running a really great banner ad by Apple. Check it out, and make sure you have your sound turned on!
It might seem like a mistake to put “really great” and “banner ad” in the same sentence, but in truth there is a lot of work and thought that goes into them, at least [...]
Video games are becoming more and more Web 2.0 (and beyond) every day. With recent releases like Little Big Planet, it’s pretty clear that we can expect more and more social networking functionality to be used by the video game industries.
For example, Microsoft is releasing its new Dashboard for the Xbox 360 in mid-November [...]
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It’s one of the toughest marketing challenges of recent times… how do we measure the success of social media? I see countless posts everyday where someone says they have it figured out, or that it will never be figured out, but nothing quite measures up to the need. How do [...]
Has this ever happened to you? Has your contextual advertising turned into a contextual nightmare? Maybe you became the butt end of the joke for many blogs creating not the kind of buzz around the brand you were hoping for. Or worse, maybe it has happened and you don’t even know it.
There are some amazing offerings to the consumer that come packaged with the next generation of web technology:
- A Semantic Desktop, for intuitive file organization
- Cloud computing means access to your files anywhere, anytime
- OpenID means not having to juggle multiple username/passwords
It’s a personal digital assistant for your personal digital life. It knows about [...]
Can we just come to terms with our overpopulation problem? Admit it… this online world is becoming awfully crowded. And it’s not just the people you are connecting to, it is the content they are contributing.
13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. There are over 184 million bloggers world-wide. [...]
Twitter was all a-buzz yesterday about Mr. Tweet, a personal networking assistant that algorithmically scans your network and the entire twitter network to recommend you people that you should be following. It makes recommendations based on how many connections you share and the # of followers the person has. And because of that, [...]
First, Smule took the app world by storm with their simple but ingenious Sonic Lighter, that allowed you to see where other people around the globe had their flames burning bright at the same time as you. Next, they launched a special campaign edition where people could burn their lighters blue or red in [...]
Sprint has a really interesting new site to promote it’s mobile broadband offering. It’s called “Sprint NOW” and it is a futuristic personal information / news dashboard made of a screen full of cool visual widgets giving you a snapshot of our World now.
There’s a broad range of widgets showing, for example, the current [...]
From the title alone, one would have expected the recent Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to have dealt primarily with the “usual”: advertising, user-generated content, social media, and consumer trends. But this conference was a lot less about where the web meets marketing, and instead focused on where web meets world.
The final speaker [...]
Editor’s Note: ThreeMinds and Organic welcomes Karri Ojanen, seasoned blogger and information architect to the team.
Much of the Internet, as we know it now, is still top-down, highly virtualized, and not truly mobile. Most of the updates people post come from the comfort of their chair at the laptop, but, in social media, the use [...]
During the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this year, Paul Otellini, the CEO of Intel Corporation, brought up an interesting paradox about Moore’s Law, the theory that computer hardware will drive ever smaller and more complex at an exponential rate. Rather than embrace my inner-geek and describe what that means when we get down into [...]
Real proof that traditional paper billboards are not as immortal as the vampires promoted in this Brazilian subway ad campaign. The following video shows great examples of how a movie release campaign came to life. You can see it in action in the link below:
For the movie release of Twilight in Brazil, Ginga Interactive created [...]
For the launch of the third of the X-Men franchise movies, “Last Stand” Organic worked with Myspace to allow users exclusive functionality if they added the X-Men profile (www.myspace.com/xmenthelaststand) as a friend. The media plan included promotion to this page and skinning myspace.com home page for the first time ever.
More than [...]
I recently downloaded the GoodRec application for my iPhone (thanks Angela!). The concept isn’t new: find your favorite things and rate them/read other reviews. Categories include: restaurants, bars & nightlife, wine, movies and books.
What makes GoodRec notable is that the experience is inherently intuitive. From your mobile, you can search/sort per location of interest [...]
All Dan Kaminsky wanted was to get free wifi at Starbucks. Instead, he discovered the ultimate hack – a security flaw coded into the very DNA of DNS, and with it:
“… a moment hackers around the world dream of … a tool that could give them unimaginable power.”
It’s now known as the Kaminsky attack – [...]