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.
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: http://www.myclibe.com
Hyper-concerned parent just got a new tool to keep tabs on their little ones. Evoz is an iOS based application that turns your mobile device into a baby monitor and lets you listen to your child from anywhere in the world. Taking it a step further, if you’re too busy to listen intently, the service will send you a text or E-mail when your baby starts crying.
On June 23rd, David Ogilvy would have celebrated his 100th birthday. In celebration of this event, Ogilvy China released an application via iOS that replicates what a pitch session might have been like with the iconic Ad Man. Once downloaded, the app adds a contact to your address book at which point you can then hold a video call over facetime to pitch your ideas. Mr. Ogilvy then responds back with a few witty remarks in response.
Mobile photo applications are all the rage and brands are increasingly getting into the action. Nike has worked an integration with one of the more popular apps, Hipstamatic on iOS where they’re offering users a free “Hipstapack” which includes a Nike camera skin, and a couple of B+W film filters. Nike has also partnered with photographer Chris Hornbecker
Three words summarize Steve Jobs’ plan for iCloud, “Free, Storage & Sharing”
The service will allow users to download and share various iOS and Mac OSX files including photos, music, calendars and books to multiple devices with some applications working with Windows-based systems.
One of the more notable announcements surrounded iTunes where users can re-download previously purchased music files on other platforms once set up. In addition, iTunes Match was announced in which your non-iTunes library is scanned and matches similar content and uploads it to the cloud. This service will be available in March for $24.99 and includes up to 20,000 songs.
What’s free? 5GB of mail, document and back up storage for music, apps and books. It all be available this fall.
Another service has emerged that attempts to tap into the “social fabric of TV.” I’ve played around a whole lot of these services (Miso, GetGlue etc.) but have yet to find one that I can see myself adopting more than a week or so out of sheer novelty. Perhaps this one will change my mind. Some of you may remember a post a few months ago about a Shazaam’esque service that applies the technology to television viewing called “VideoSurf.” Well Into Now beat them to the punch hitting iTunes first. The technology identifies what you’re watching based on 12 seconds of input and then adds a social element allowing users to share what they’re watching on Netflix, iTunes & IMDB. It also integrates elements of passive discovery by recommending other programs you might like or the ability to search by topic. For instance, the image below are the results against “Charlie Sheen Winning!”