Joost – Invites Still Up For Grabs

•May 11, 2007 • 10 Comments

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Joost definitely isn’t new news. And to be honest, I’ve kind of held off writing about it on here because it seems every other man and his dog have already covered it. And rightly so. Although I haven’t covered it, that doesn’t mean to say I haven’t been enjoying it! I think it’s a fantastic service.

Recently though I’ve been asked by various people if I have any invites left. Which, I do! So I thought I’d post on here and let you know that if you want an invite so you can start to use Joost before it’s general public release, just drop a comment on this post and I’ll send you one. Make sure the email address you add below in the comment is the address you want the invite sent to.

You’ll be enjoying free, full screen internet TV in no time at all!

For those of who are still a little unsure as to what Joost is all about, head here and watch the pretty cool short Joost intro.

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What’s Joost all about?

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Who Wants A Letter?

•May 4, 2007 • 1 Comment

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the email to postal service called Postful and mentioned that this was still in Beta. Quite kindly I received an email the other day from Justin Garten from Postful who prompted me to set up an account to which he would then add some funds for me to give it a whirl.

They’re currently only distributing post through the US area. So my question is….who wants to receive a letter? (Sir Charles, I’ve already got one earmarked for you). I’m keen to give this a go and see how it works out.

Fortunately for anyone who receives this you might actually be able to read it as I’m sure a typed letter is going to be much more legible than a hand written one by me!  Although it’s true you can’t beat hand written for a personal touch.

Justin – maybe you should also consider adding a user’s handwritten (scan of) signature to the letters. Making it more personal?

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Do Not Call

•May 4, 2007 • 1 Comment

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The Australian Government have been putting out some pretty clever initiatives recently. More and more are being advertised on the TV. Just yesterday they launched Do Not Call. The purpose of the site/service is for people to enter their home and mobile number to the register. By doing so it will (should) remove your name and number from all telemarketing lists. Telemarketers must not make calls to numbers listed on the register. If they do, they may be in breach of the legislation and will face penalties.

The initative was obviously an immediate hit as so many rushed to the website yesterday to log their details, the servers crashed.

However, apparently you can still receive calls from charities, religious organisations and registered political parties. You can also still receive calls from market researchers.

I added my details today. Why do I now feel like I’m going to be hounded more than ever?

Seeing as the majority of telemarketing calls now come from outside of your country destination, I’m wondering whether this will still come into force?

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Atten.TV

•May 4, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Well….when I first saw this I couldn’t help but think this was an abbreviated form of Attention TV. But apparently it’s pronounced ‘Attentive’. Maybe it’s just me?

Atten.TV is a pretty interesting idea although I’m not sure it could hold its weight of something spectacular. I might be proved wrong.

Atten.TV, created by Seth Goldstein, turns ‘personal clickstreams into social media’. You can broadcast yourself (your own station) and people can track what you’re looking at.

So whilst you might subscribe to someone’s del.icio.us stream and you like what they save, you could now potentially (if they were signed up and providing a broadcast) follow their clicks and view what they were watching.

Definitely an interesting concept and certainly different. But hmmm. What do you think? I’d be interested to see how this goes.

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Motion Sensors – The Future?

•May 3, 2007 • 2 Comments

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Interesting article over on the Beeb website that looks at a motion-sensitive laptop being developed.

Controlled much like a Wii the laptop will respond to a user’s movements when moving the machine, up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards.

The technology is currently being developed at BT’s research labs in Ipswich.

BT researcher David Chatting said: “We want to give people access to services in as simple a manner as possible.

“PCs are still very complicated. We are interested in the older user who is slightly fearful of this technology. The PC, monitor and mouse puts them off.”

He said the idea was to make using a computer as easy as using an Etch-A-Sketch toy.

The BT Balance will allow ease of browsing through documents with a simply flip of the monitor. Maps could also be read and navigated by tilting the monitor in the corresponding direction.

Read the full article here.

This isn’t a first time we’ve seen motion sensors in devices though. Yes, the recent ‘obvious’ is the Wii. However, for years these types of sensors have been in Apple and IBM notebooks. You can read about the Apple Sudden Motion Sensor from 1995 2005 here.

Bringing us a little closer to the ‘now’ the iPhone is also supposedly meant to have a screen that changes orientation when you rotate the device. However, Nokia have already come to market with motion sensors in their 5500 Sport. They released full SDKs to access their motion sensor APIs here.

Other recent examples include the D904i from NTT DoCoMo in Japan, featuring a tiny motion sensor that detects shaking and tilting. Predominant use for this at the moment is for mobile gaming with a similar scenario to the Wii.

Sharp Corp and Matsushita Electric Industrial are using built-in cameras to detect motion. By moving a finger from side to side infront of the camera users can control on screen characters and their movements.

Don’t get too excited though as these phones are scheduled for release in Japan in May with no current plans for overseas distribution.

It looks like motion sensors might be the new feature for handheld devices.

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Cheat Neutral – The {short} Movie

•May 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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You might remember (?) but back in February I wrote about Cheat Neutral. Instead of offsetting carbon, Cheat Neutral’s efforts are directed towards funding monogamy-boosting offset projects?!

Just this morning I received an email from Alex Randall from Cheat Neutral asking me to check out the short movie they’ve just produced around Cheat Neutral. They’ve also entered it into Scene Won / Global Cool film competition. Global cool is a big celeb climate campaign started by Dan Morell who also started the Carbon Neutral company. So, they figured it’d be funny to enter and more so – if they won.

Blurb on the short…

Since the 60s, concentrations of heartbreak, cheating and jealousy in the atmosphere have risen dramatically. CheatNeutral offers a unique market-based solution to this essential problem of modern life. Follow the founders of cheatneutral.com to the BBC, Parliament and the high street as they try to convince the public to take them seriously…

Cheat Neutral The Movie

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Tangler Goes Public

•April 30, 2007 • 2 Comments

Last month I wrote about a new start up based here in Australia called Tangler.

I’ve been having a good play around with this service and I’ve found it great in what it has to offer. Firstly – there’s been some great conversation with fellow people in the start up space. Not only locally in Australia, but worldwide. Advice, questions, queries and suggestions. There’s also been talk of general local news and gossip. There’s been critique of other sites, offering of professional services and I’m sure all whilst Tangler have been receiving some quality feedback for their private Beta launch.

So much so, that yesterday Tangler left its private Beta release to move into a public Beta release.

What does this mean? It means anyone can now join and get into the discussions or start their own live discussion group. You don’t need to be invited.

Something that has kind of been nurtured through the private beta launch is the Beta Club Network.  It’s a group specifically for feedback on web2.0 start ups. If you jump in there now you’ll see current feedback discussions for start ups such as Mumspace, Minti, Idiomag, Scouta, Ggluenote, Remember the Milk, Omnidrive , dLook and many more.

A great pull for Tangler and a great service for start ups alike.

Go join now and find a group that relates to you.

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