Seadragon. Microsoft launch their first iPhone app.

I’m a Mac users who’s been desperate to give Photosynth a whirl. It’s always looked absolutely wicked.

Today Microsoft Live Labs got some massive brownie points with the release of their first iPhone app, Seadragon.

Seadragon is the core technology behind Photosynth. It’s designed for zooming smoothly in, out and around photos over the Internet, regardless of bandwidth constraints or image size.

It’s technological trick is to store images in multiple resolutions and deliver only the bits needed to present the view a user wants at any given moment.

Anyway it’s bloody brilliant, make sure you check out the Galaxy and Nebula photography.

Here’s a visualisation from Last.fm:

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More about Seadragon:
http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Microsofts_first_iPhone_app_Live_Labs_releases_Seadragon_Mobile36113259.html

Download Seadragon:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299655981&mt=8

Insider Marketing Tips: Part 1 – QR Codes

Pepsi is the first brand to put QR codes onto every can. To over-generalise… geeks know what QR codes are; normal people don’t.

As part of my soon to become legendary “insider guide to marketing”, here’s how to get the boring world of QR codes into the mainstream.

Kelly Brook, suggestive spray shots + tits.

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The ad guys will be mad at me letting this secret out.

via The Sun

Social Atlas. Dopplr makes their City Pages public.

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Matt from Dopplr came in to do a lunchtime talk at glue about 3 months ago. They do some amazing data driven visualisations and their site looks drop dead goregous in a browser or on a mobile.

They’ve had internal city pages as collections of information and tips for Dopplr users for over a year, but now they’ve made them public.

Perhaps the most noticeable, eyecatching thing about the new pages is the inclusion of Creative-Commons-licenced photography of the world’s cities powered by Flickr.

So if you’re looking for places to have breakfast in Amsterdam, Dopplr has suddenly become a whole lot more useful.

Read the full blog post:
http://blog.dopplr.com/2008/11/27/new-city-pages/

Follow my pathetic travels:
http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/hellokinsella