Category: App/Online Service

Cloud Backup Service MyShoebox Launches To Synchronize Photos Across All Your Devices

The good news about digital photography is that users have a number of ways to take and share moments with each other. But over the course of many years, most users have collected tons of digital photos from a multitude of different sources: digital cameras and smartphones, as well as photos shared by their friends on social networks like Facebook. That’s led to a frustrating collection of media across a wide variety of platforms and devices.

MyShoebox is launching to solve that problem by providing mobile and web apps to aggregate and organize user photos from a number of sources. It also provides unlimited storage for users to backup all of their photos and provide access to them on all the different devices that they care about.

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.

Futuristic startup super charges your possessions into digital life

What if your bike told you where it was if it had been moved? What if your camera suggested where and when to get the perfect shot? What if your guitar helped you find other musicians nearby who wanted to jam? What if smart meters turned on our washing machines when it was most affordable to do so?

These are not hypothetical situations out of a science-fiction novel. These are real possibilities that a startup called Evrythng is pursuing.

Evrythng is still in stealth mode, but during a meeting with founder Niall Murphy, I got an exclusive look at the technology and learned about The Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is the idea of connecting “non-smart” (dumb sounds so harsh) devices and objects to the web. Just as people have an online identity through the social graph, so can each and every object have its own digital fingerprint.

Read more at venturebeat.

Are You Ready to Unleash Your 3D.Me?

the3d.me transforms you (and a friend) in a truly unique way – reveal yours with an iPhone, iPad or Android Device – the first app for Facebook of its  kind. Just log into Facebook to get started with the app, pick a couple of  photos, grab your phone and find out if you’re a cowboy, vampire, pop star or something even more fantastic!

The magic of your animated 3D.Me can only be revealed with the free onvert viewer app.

When you use the onvert app your 3D.Me image comes alive with sound and movement, from smoke rising from a campfire, water dripping from your screen or bats flying through your phone.

Read the complete article at QR Code Press.

How Many Kids Made Your Clothes? A New App Will Tell You Before You Buy

Each year, factories, fields, and workshops around the world see about 215 million children ages 5 to 17 engaged in child labor, estimates the International Labor Union (ILO). While most of this is on the farm, a significant number of children spend their childhoods churning out mass-market (and high-end) clothing for import to the West.

The U.S. Department of Labor, touring the global economy’s factories and back-alley workshops from China to Africa, found children “work[ing” in locked shops, with armed guards preventing entrance and exit during work hours,” laboring as much as six or seven days a week for subsistence wages and no overtime. Tasks range from sewing buttons, cutting and trimming threads, folding, moving, packing garments, to more hazardous and deadly activities.

Read the complete article at Fast Company.

The Anti-Instagram: Normalize Gets Rid of Hipster Photo Filters

Warning: a new app can make you look more pimply and less hipster-chic.

That is, if you’ve come to associate how you look in real life with Instagram-filtered 70s-inspired photos of yourself.

Normalize, a new iOS app from developer Joe Macirowski, restores photos to “what they’re supposed to look like.”

“Normalize is the fast, easy way to bring new life to dull photos! The image-improving techniques used by this user-friendly application make colors more vibrant and hard to see details stand out like never before,” says the app’s description in the iTunes store. “The smart algorithm that powers Normalize automatically improves your photo without you ever having to make tedious manual corrections.”

However, if you take a look at a February blog post from Macirowski, detailing his reasoning for creating Normalize, it’s clear the developer has some pent-up frustration with now-ubiquitous, filtered photos.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

How Tech Has Changed How We Cook

The cooking site AllRecipes was founded 15 years ago by a group of food-loving anthropology grad students. In 1999, the then-two-year-old site surveyed its users, asking them questions about why and when and how they cook. Now, to commemorate its birthday, AllRecipes re-conducted that same survey, asking its current users the same questions it asked back in 1999.

The new survey’s overall findings, unsurprisingly but still intriguingly, involve technology: Our new gadgets, and the connective capabilities that accompany them, are drastically changing the way we cook. Smartphones are changing how we think about grocery shopping. Search engines are changing how we think about recipe-finding. Video sites, almost as ably as Grandma, are teaching us how to cure bacon and chop an onion and truss a chicken.

Read the complete article at The Atlantic.

Apps & Education

Infographic via onlinecolleges.net

How Your Browsing History Is Like A Fingerprint

Back in 2009, a tool showed up on the Internet to tell you “what the Internet knows about you.” It was a website that demonstrated how your browsing history could be sniffed — by sniffing yours and showing you all of the websites you’d recently visited. Boing Boing among others gave the “Web-privacy-related webapp” a thumbs up.

Turns out the folks behind the site planned to use visitors’ Web histories to run an experiment. They wanted to know if the history of sites we’ve visited are little fingerprints that are unique to us. Turns out they are in many cases say the researchers in a recently published paper, “Why Johnny Can’t Browse The Internet In Peace: On The Uniqueness of Web Browsing History Patterns.”

Read the complete article at Forbes.

BANKSY STREET ART REMOVED, NOW VISIBLE WITH AUGMENTED REALITY CIRCA APP

Here at Circa Mobile we dig Street Art about as much as we love historical photos. So that’s why we paid homage to our favorite street artist Banksy in this new video that demonstrates the Circa App in action. This street art in Westwood had been defaced and painted over. With the Circa App you can now visit the spot and see the artwork like it was still there. We had a lot of fun ghosting street art, memes, and photos around Los Angeles. You can ghost images too if you support the Circa App Kickstarter Project. We need help to raise $85,000 to continue development of this revolutionary augmented reality app called Circa.

Read more at Circaapp

(Un)Seen Sculptures Mobile Augmented Reality Art Tour

(Un)Seen Sculptures Mobile Augmented Reality Art Tour from Warren Armstrong on Vimeo.

In March this year, the second edition of (Un)seen Sculptures, a mobile 3D augmented reality art show, was put together by Sydney Artist, Warren Armstrong and presented by dLux MediaArts as part of Art Month 2012.

The exhibition was staged in Sydney, Australia, in locations along Darling Street, Rozelle, and throughout the Callan Park precinct, and featured works by local and international artists from as far afield as the USA, China, Portugal, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Read more at Vimeo