Showing posts from November, 2011

X is for X-Ray Amazing iPad app For Kids


Agile Schools, How Technology is saves education

In this talk given at Yahoo!, Steve Peha, the president of Teaching That Makes Sense, makes a case for applying the processes and culture of the technology world to the world of education.

Gifts For UX Geeks

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ICE nabs domains, worst passwords, html5, android eats android

Download MP3 Authorities seize 131 domains associated with piracy and counterfeiting | via @VentureBeat  "Worst passwords" of 2011  Hotel-owners blackmailed with bad TripAdvisor reviews for not offering freebies via @TheNextWeb  AppMobi open sources its mobile HTML5 technology Will HTML5 kill mobile apps? | @scoopit via @adnetasia  Amazon Kindle May Be Damaged By Airport Scanners [Kindle] via @gizmodo  Amazon will take over Android app distribution  Adolfos tip - Greenfoot Provides a Visual Playground to Help Learn Java Greg’s tip - daily deals for geeks  Next SF New Tech reminder - Dec 7 Mobile  China Innovators - Dec 8 at Asia Society code btrax-vip25

Google calls their killings "Spring Cleaning"

" To recap, we’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience. In terms of the details, here is the latest update: Google Bookmarks Lists —This is an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which we’re going to end on December 19, 2011. All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual. As Lists was an English-only feature, non-English languages will be unaffected. Google Friend Connect —Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We're retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affec

Spotify losing? G Music Meh, Amazon Phone, US Cyber Warfare.

Download MP3 200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling? Brief add on Google Music. An Amazon smartphone in 2012? One analyst thinks so. Pentagon: Offensive cyber attacks fair game Cyber warfare not theoretical, can actually kill via @Zdnetasia Mexican Drug Cartels Target Social Media | via @rpvega Adolfos tip - How to get a free Stanford Comp Sci education Greg’s tip - Shopkick Next SF New Tech reminder - Dec 7 Mobile China Innovators - Dec 8 at Asia Society

Nerd Stalker Interview: Abhijit Phanse CEO United Layer

Interview with Abhijit Phanse, CEO of United Layer - the premier co-location provider and managed hosting company in San Francisco and he is also the managing partner at Accelon Capital — a private investment firm which specializes in investing in small to mid market growth companies. Mr. Phanse gives a look into his background which spans two start-up companies, a stint at National Semiconductor, Stanford Business School, starting a private investment firm and now CEO at a company that the private investment firm bought. Also Mr. Phase gives some advice to entrepreneurs.

Google Code-in Contest

From the Google Blog, " Every time you send a text, check a webpage or post a status update, you are using open source software. The Internet is made of open source. But have you ever created any yourself? If you’re a pre-university student between 13 and 17 years old, now you can—and win prizes along the way. Our   Google Code-in   contest starts this coming Monday, November 21, and you can sign up now. During the contest, which lasts for 57 days, participants can work on cool online tasks for   18 different open source organizations . Possible challenges include document translations, marketing outreach, software coding, user experience research and a variety of other tasks related to open source software development. Participants earn points for each task they successfully complete and can earn prizes like t-shirts, cash and certificates of completion. The ten participants with the highest points earned by the end of the competition receive a grand prize trip to Google headqu

Ten recent algorithm changes

From the Google Search blog, " Today we’re continuing our long-standing   series of blog posts   to share the methodology and process behind our search   ranking ,   evaluation   and algorithmic   changes . This summer we published a   video   that gives a glimpse into our overall process, and today we want to give you a flavor of specific algorithm changes by publishing a highlight list of many of the improvements we’ve made over the past couple weeks. We’ve published hundreds of blog posts about search over the years on this blog, our  Official Google Blog , and even on my  personal blog . But we’re always looking for ways to give you even deeper insight into the over 500 changes we make to search in a given year. In that spirit, here’s a list of ten improvements from the past couple weeks: Cross-language information retrieval  updates:  For queries in languages where limited web content is available (Afrikaans, Malay, Slovak, Swahili, Hindi, Norwegian, Serbian, Catalan, Mal

Ashton Firefox GoogleTV Branson Square on the Nerd Stalker Podcast

Download MP3 Firefox 8 cracks down on add-ons via @zdnetasia Ashton Kutcher Is A Cowardly Quitter Sir Richard Branson invests in mobile-payment startup Square via @ICICPARIS78 Adobe to drop Flash for Android and other mobile platforms Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Forge Partnership in Bid to Raise Online Ad Revenue via @adage Why Google TV will out perform Apple iTV Logitech CEO: Google TV 'cost us dearly,' no Revue replacement coming Adolfos tip - Gary V. Inc. 500 talk Greg’s tip - Kids and technology: The new rules of online safety via @Parent4SafeKids Next SF New Tech reminder - Nov. 15 APIs Mean Business!

Siri will cost, tablets dropping from the sky, Yahoo's awesome tech?

Download MP3 iPhone 4s battery problem siri will cost some technorati missing person yahoo releases amazing new tech When is it ok to give your kid a smartphone? OLPC tablets to be dropped from helicopters. Groupon IPO thoughts? Long term failure of web apis. and more on the Nerd Stalker weekly podcast with Adolfo Foronda and Greg Viloria.

Google Plus for Business and Brands is now live.

In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There’s friends and family, of course, but there’s also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we’re loyal to, and the TV shows we can’t stop watching (to name a few). So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide. People + pages, better together  Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too. For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour. Google+ pages give life to everything we find in the real world. And by ad

The 4 Pillars of a Customer Advocate Program

A relationship between a brand and advocate (assuming there is one) is built on love. Sounds cheesy but it’s true. One quote that I live by sums it up quite well … “if you love your customers, they will love you back and tell others.” Think of it as this concept of reciprocal altruism ; where by a brand gives to its customers without any expectation of receiving anything in return. And even then an advocate might not have high expectations from a brand other than to keep building “kick ass” products or keep providing stellar customer support. - Read More Thanks to @amywhiggins for the find.

Geo-Loco Talk: Daily Deals Suck! Why and What to Do about It

Daily deals hold the promise of serendipity, discovery, mystery and surprising value. They can also be addictive, and can re-set consumers’ expectations about price and value.  Ten one-night stands does not make a “relationship.” Fortunately there are now plenty of integrated marketing and communications tools, platforms and analytics to enable savvy marketers, shopkeepers and brands to stay out of trouble. We will explore basic ways to turn crack cocaine into customer goodness and solid, profitable new relationships. Moderator:   Dana Oshiro, Senior Analyst and Publishing Strategist, NetShelter Panelists : - Lilia Martinez-Coburn, VP Product of BluLabel - Jeremy Geiger, President of Retailigence - Chris Silva, Industry Analyst, Mobile of Altimeter Group - Laurence Marks, Chief Revenue Officer, ChoozOn

Gary Vaynerchuk Recent Talk at Inc5000


Validating Ideas Through Prototyping

Chris Risdon - Validating Ideas Through Prototyping from UIDesign Group on Vimeo . Validating Ideas Through Prototyping View more presentations from Chris Risdon "The usefulness of prototyping is well established. Prototypes better communicate the experience of products and services than static documentation. This recognition has brought out many tools that make prototyping faster and easier. But just recognizing that you need to prototype in your design process is not enough. Prototypes can serve many different purposes as well as communicate to different audiences, such as stakeholders, users, and developers. We're moving beyond simply evangelizing prototyping and now understanding different prototypes for context specific circumstances. In this session we will tackle prototyping specifically to test and validate design ideas and concepts with users. These prototypes aren't for stakeholders nor developers, but end users. These prototypes aren't for usa

The Great Indoors Talk Geo-Loco Conference

The Great Indoors: the Future of Indoor Location Based Services and Advertising Retailers have spent decades perfecting concepts such as “drive aisle” and “shopping experience.” Should we simply toss that out? How can we look at apps and services “in-store” Just because “we can” does not mean “we should. We will explore tactics to stay away from “creepy” and flip the consumer engagement. This will create better “opt-in” and welcomed suggestions right “from within” the store or venue. Moderator: Mike Boland, Senior Analyst of BIA/Kelsey Panelists: - Ankit Agarwal, CEO of Micello - Marc Kleinmaier, Business Development – LBS, Lifestyle & Gadgets at Nokia - Doug Galen, Chief Revenue Officer of shopkick - Tom Owen, Business Development, EveryScape.

Pirika clean the world

I love this simple idea .

Grow! for Bloggers interesting Japanese Startup

" Grow !" is the platform to support Publishers who create the contents what you like. You can support them financially, and share it with your friends. "Grow!" is the platform to be supported by your fans, and spread your contents to the world. You can get "Grow!" to embed "Grow! Button" on your website.

Facematch SF New Tech Japan Night Startup Winner

Cool but creepy? Facematch

Synclogue Synch you Apps

Ever wondered if you could use your favorite software on every PC you work on? Synclogue lets you keep your applications synchronized. No more hassles trying to install same software on every PC.

Yahoo! Announces Cocktails

Developers, time to geek out. Yahoo! has been working behind the scenes for the past several months on an exciting new technology that we think will deeply impact the web developer community. We call it “Cocktails” and it’s the technology powering Livestand, which we launched today at  Product Runway . “Cocktails” is a mix of HTML5, Node.JS, CSS3, JavaScript and a lot of ingenious, creative mind-bending tricks from Yahoo!’s engineers. Today, we are announcing two Cocktails: Yahoo!’s Mojito, an environment-agnostic JavaScript web application framework, and Yahoo! Manhattan, a hosted platform for Mojito-based applications. Yahoo!’s Mojito Mojito is a JavaScript web application framework that makes “ your stuff run on both sides ”, browser-side and server-side. With Mojito, developers will no longer have to write different code for the server backend and browser frontend. Not only that, but going forward there should be no more warnings on web pages reading “JavaScript enabled

Kinect meets the Pixies

My favorite part of this is the Pixies song they are using.

Don't you hate it when your cables fall? Sumo

Sumo is an elegant and useful cable management tool designed to be placed on a desk, tabletop or workstation to prevent cables from dropping off the edge. Sumo acts like a paperweight for your cables and features high-tech Japanese micro-suction pads underneath for even further grip. Cables are now easily weighed down and remain in place yet they can still be repositioned.

The Rise of the Marketing Technologist

Or…Scott Brinker’s latest smash Broadway hit, The Book of Marketing. If you are working at the intersection of digital and marketing, you will enjoy Scott Brinker ‘s presentation from the recent Adobe partner day in NYC. This is an updated and extended version of talks that he gave at Search Insider Summit and Pivot.

Take a walk in the park with Street View

Whether you’re planning a trip to a park around the block or around the world, you’ll now find more parks showing up in Street View. Over the past year, the Street View team, equipped with the  Street View trike , traveled to 22 different countries to photograph some of the world’s most beautiful and unique parks. Starting today, you can explore the couple hundred new special collections we’ve added by visiting  our gallery . You can now tour  High Line , which sits 30 feet in the air, over the bustling streets of New York City. The park sits on an elevated freight train spur that spans 1.5 miles and cuts through the western side of Manhattan. Because of Robert Hammond and Joshua David’s efforts, visitors can experience an innovative park that would have otherwise been a demolished urban structure. You can tour the park in Street View here: View Larger Map Across the pond, you can visit  Kensington Gardens  in London. Once privately owned by Kensington Palace, the majestic arbor s