The guys behind the mind-blowing photo-stitching software, Photosynth, are back with even more explosives for your brain. As part of SIGGRAPH 2008 the collaborative research team from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research showed off some changes and improvements that give Photosynth some even more stunning effects.
The new technologies move beyond the initial idea of stitching individual photographs together in a 3D environment, and can now actually manipulate color and tone within the photos.
It’s one of the those PC-only apps you’d really love to see on Mac.
Blip.fm is a new web app that lets you tell people what you’re listening to… with a comment.
The look and feel is also similar to Twitter posing the simple question ‘What are you listening to?’.
It’s a really nice example of integration and how apps and services are finally feeling “more connected” hooking up to Twitter, Last.fm, Friendfeed and others.
Rubbish Exhibit A:
I press play in iTunes, like the song, and want people to know about it and have a listen.
iScrobbler listens to what i’m playing
Last.fm receives that data and publishes it
Blip.fm looks at that data to help make suggestions for my “blip”
Twitter automatically sends out a new ‘”tweet”
My Facebook status and blog rss feeds are now updated with a direct link to the listen to the MP3.
The frustrated DJ inside me is grinning.
Speed: We’ve moved to a new infrastructure that makes every page faster. This new platform will enable us to keep up with traffic growth while ensuring Delicious is responsive and reliable.
Search: We’ve completely overhauled our search engine to make it faster and more powerful. Searches used to take ages to return results; now they’re very quick.
Design: Finally, we’ve updated the user interface to improve usability and add a few often-requested features (such as selectable detail levels and alphabetical sorting of bookmarks).
They’re also promising that it will be “faster, easier to learn,” and “hopefully more desirable.”
Take a look, or grab an account:
Jack Dorsey Presents Twitter
from biz stone
A lot of people ask me ‘What is Twitter?’ and to be honest it’s kinda hard to explain so it’s over to company founder Jack Dorsey to give some background on Twitter and its current use.
Turns out it’s a lot more than letting your friends know ‘Where you are’ and ‘What you’re doing’; and the bits we don’t normally associate Twitter with is actually where some of more interesting stuff is happening.
And now some clever developer has launched Stumbi, a StumbleUpon plugin for Safari. It’s free for the first 100 stumbles, after which you need to pay the whopping sum of $2 to keep using it.
I’ve just got into Twitter, early days and who knows if it’ll stick. I do love the way it captures a moment though.
So if you use Facebook there’s a nifty little app that lets you keep updating your blog + mates, whilst it updates your status in the background.
UPDATE: There’s seems to be a problem with the official app at the moment. You can’t get into your Facebook admin page to change the settings. They’ve also added an forced “is twitter:” prefix to the status. Not cool. An alternative is Twittersync, but i’m hoping Twitter sort out their official client sharpish.
UPDATE x2: All fixed.
There’s an interesting debate developing about how we manage our digital self. With the increase in social sites; think Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Last.FM, Delicious, etc… your social map is probably growing faster than you think.
It raises interesting questions about privacy and who owns your data. Do you really want all your data aggregated by third parties, or do you prefer a centralised self.
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