Kevin Rose, formerly of Digg has been hard at work building up his new mobile app development company Milk Inc.  Their first project, Oink was launched a few weeks back at the Web 2.0 Summit.

The premise, take location-based check-ins the next level by allowing people to rate things in that particular location.  Want to find the best rated burgers in your vicinity?  This app is for you.  Visiting a tourist site, find the must-see spots.  Users can gain “Cred Points” by uploading photos, performing mini-reviews or rating spots in a “thumbs up, down or half-way” fashion.

The app is now live in the app store and available to play around with but a special invite is required to participate in the rating fun.  Stay posted for an update once I get my confirmation.


The Gamification of health is upon us.  As is the trend in Zombie culture. Combine the two and what do you get?  A fitness inspired mobile app that adds story lines to your daily workouts.

Highly acclaimed, mobile game maker, Six-To-Start has created a game called Zombies Run for  iOS and Android phones.  When users plug in their headphones and go for a run,  they  hear a narrated story of a zombie-infested world. You, the jogger takes on the role of “runner” with the job  to go out and collect supplies like ammo, medicine and batteries for your ragtag base of human survivors. The more you run, the more you acquire.

As reported by TechCrunch a new app from Massive Health is harnessing the recent consumer trend in mobile food spotting to put a new spin on personal diet diaries in their iPhone app The Eatery.

The concept is simple, snap a picture of what you eat and then rate it on a scale of “fit to fat.”  The food data is then measured and presented in an infographic interface to let you micromanage your eating behaviors.  In addition the application adds an element of crowd-sourcing by asking other users and friends to rate your food.

via Mashable


Ever since purchasing my iPad I’ve been on a hunt for a journal app that allows me to express my creative side.  I’m not shy about my love for visual note taking from sources like OgilvyNotes and new iOS app, Clibe looks like a great way for me to take a stab at it.   The application allows users to keep visual journals integrating text, brush-strokes and images via your library, iPad camera or Facebook account and place them right in the journal, doctor and manipulate them.

In addition, Clibe takes things a step further by allowing people to publish their journals in private mode or for all the world to see via their journal gallery.

The app is still in its infancy so give them a chance but I think the concept of social-journaling is a pretty interesting one.  It’s prompted me to go out and buy my first tablet pen to get the most of the experience.

Check out the site at:

An increasing number of geo-location/social apps are emerging to meet basic human needs, in this case bathroom lines.

Next time you are caught short or want to avoid never-ending lines in public bathrooms you simply have to fire up Cloo, a new mobile app that  will search through your friends to see who has available bathroom in the area!

They’ve also added  micro payments as an incentive into the service!

Download the app here

Contributor  Natalia Alonso

Irvine California-based startup, Drumbi is looking to make the next leap in caller ID functionality.  The company’s iOS application essentially combines text and call functionality by adding a subject line to phone calls.  In addition, the app can be linked to Facebook as well as adding a location of the caller and level of urgency..

In the short-term this may simply aid in the reduction of small talk however, the company has a larger vision in the area of customer service.  Imagine next time you place a call to an airline or cable provider and you have the ability to include your question or reason for calling in that call. Assuming the business audience buys in, they’ll have the ability to route you directly to the appropriate party to most efficiently answer customer inquiries.

The application is currently available in the iTunes store free of charge.  For more information visit their website at and take a look at the video below for a demo.