This is just downright cool… Augmented Reality technology via the Junaoi mobile app (iPhone) to enhanced your experience reading a magazine. The cover of the magazine shows Sandra Maischberger, the well known TV personality, hiding behind her raised hands. When viewed through the smartphone`s camera, however, the popular TV host appears smiling cheerfully at the viewer. See more info HERE
Archives for August 19, 2010
So, by now I’m sure most of you facebook users have heard that FB is now integrating more location sharing, this via the “Places” service. Driven by a partnership with Microsoft – think Bing Maps – the service enables facebook users to now check-in and share their location directly within facebook – personally I feel like I already do that via foursquare, GoWalla, and other apps that have a direct facebook connect setup so maybe I’m missing all the hooplah!
To use Places via your mobile you’ll need to update your mobile app (facebook for iPhone has a new update) or you can also hit the site using a mobile web browser by visiting touch.facebook.com. For a little more info, Chris Pendleton (@BingMaps) of Microsoft Bing offers up a few tips on his blog including… “Just like that, the check-in will flow to your profile on Facebook.com complete with a Bing Map, a pin of your location and any commentary you’ve added to your check-in. Places also includes the ability to see where your friends have checked in, a link to get directions to a place (via Bing Maps) and a Like button for the respective place page. The place information bubbles up to the actual Places page which has a larger map experience, plus an update for you to see all of your friends who’ve visited that location. This means you can see where your friends are checking and discover new places.”
Unfortunately I can’t actually test Places on my facebook Mobile as I’m in Canada and in all the freaking wisdom of the app, the service comes to an abrupt halt at the 49th parallel… although apparently service in my region is coming soon… “thanks for your patience”
Location Based Marketing Summit is set to take place September 29-30, 2010 in New York City. According to conference organizers, this is the leading event for Fortune 1000 companies seeking to maximize business strategies, including marketing and commerce, using location based services. LBMS attendees walk away with a deep understanding of what works and why and are able to take the next steps in implementing LBS into their marketing strategy.
Sept. 29-30, 2010 – New York City See http://www.locationmarketingsummit.com/
Check out the impressive lineup of speakers, including key strategists from the following companies: Skyhook Wireless, Brightkite, Placecast, Where, Lasso, Booyah, Google, USA Today and more!
Interested in seeing the latest from Nokia USA? If so and you happen to be in the L.A area then this may interest you… you’ll be able to pull up a beach chair and get your hands on a cool, new, Nokia E73 smartphone – best of all, I’ll be there hanging on the beach as well getting a close-up look at all the cool functionality in this latest “E” series device… honestly, the Nokia E series devices (think the best of Business, pleasure, and social all in one) are quite amazing, recall the Nokia E71 from a couple of years ago that was hands-down, the toughest device I ever had to return (they literally had to rip it from my hands).
From the Nokia WOMWorld Team…
Got your sunscreen? Got your shorts? Got your suit? Wait, what?
We’re having a beach party this Saturday in LA, with a bit of a work/leisure theme based around the Nokia E73…and you’re invited. Naturally, all of the usual beach goodies will be there – volleyball, jet skis, Nokia devices – so it should be fun! We’re going to put together a film of the day, so bring your best Hollywood shades.
It’s all happening at 3.00pm on Saturday 21st August at:
The Sunset Dream House, Sunset Beach, LA – See Details HERE
Many of you know by now that I’ve recently gone on a pretty lengthy road trip. Well, I’m now settled (sort of) and the journey is done. After the trip I had a couple of observations made along the trip (mostly headed West on I-84) regarding the use of social location check-in and how to be more productive doing so.For safety reasons mostly, I elected to checkin from various stopping points along my journey – this to help keep friends and family aware of where I was and to ensure them that things were going well – I highly suggest this use of foursquare, gowalla, loopt, or any other location checkin service.
The biggest issue though is carrier reliability. As you can imagine, at many points along the way, cell coverage was scarce or down to a mere one bar or half a bar (I was using iPhone on AT&T). Many times though I was very frustrated at not being able to upload photos, the upload service crapping out half way through – this was happening very often and even when the cell signal seemed very strong… yes indeed, good old, dependable AT&T!
This got me wondering though, what if I absolutely needed to upload a photo for safety concerns.. perhaps stumbling onto an accident on the interstate, or if I get in an accident and don’t know where I am but want to blast a photo to help identify me, or perhaps I’m in a restroom at a rest stop and being mugged… there’s loads of possibilities and fine solutions that can be provided by social location check-in. THE most reliable solution I found is to use Pegshot (see pegshot.com or see @Pegshot). The service, like many others is focused on social check-in, with your uploads being linked to Twitter and facebook but unlike foursquare, Pegshot supports uploading digital images and video… and best of all, the service uploads FAST, very fast! The service definitely rocks and the Colorado-based start-up has done a great job fine-tuning their algorithms to ensure a quick and painless upload. Well done PegShot! You can see my Pegs HERE