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  • Mikonoclast offers personal icons for social networking

    Mikonoclast offers personal icons for social networking

    A Cedar Park, Texas based startup called Mikonoclast, LLC recently launched Mikons.com, a site for self expression, social networking and commerce. Through clip art. The service is all about little icons; mikons is presumably a play on “my icons.” You can claim, share or draw your own mikons in a shockwave drawing feature. The sharing function allows you to put a creative… Read More

  • Umundo makes mobile photo and video sharing easy

    Umundo makes mobile photo and video sharing easy

    Umundo is a new service that allows users to share photos and video captured on mobile phones without the need to set up an account. By entering a phone number or email, anyone can subscribe to a feed in a number of online readers or in iTunes. Code is also available to display video on MySpace pages. Oliver over at MobileCrunch wrote a positive review of Umundo last night and compares it… Read More

  • Google Research prototypes ambient audio contextual content

    Google Research prototypes ambient audio contextual content

    A team from Google Research has developed a prototype system that uses a home computer’s internal microphone to listen to the ambient audio in a room, determine what is being watched on TV and offer web-based supplemental information, services and shopping contextual to each program being watched. It’s strange, but it sounds like it works and people might really like it. … Read More

  • Kozoru searches in your favorite sites by IM

    Kozoru searches in your favorite sites by IM

    Kansas based Kozoru launched a new service today called BYOMS, or build your own mobile search. It’s a handy way to search inside preselected sites by IM on a desktop or mobile device. Think Rollyo mashed up with AIM. Though not the easiest thing in the world to figure out at first, it could be a real time saver once you’ve got it set up. Kozoru is a two year old company founded… Read More

  • SplitGames vs Swaptree

    SplitGames vs Swaptree

    Following Mike’s analysis on Swaptree I have compared it with SplitGames , a French company that is also playing in the courtyard of product trading community but that is playing by different rules. In my view, more relevant. The service is available in French only for now. SplitGames is only is focusing on videogames. This category is probably the most relevant for product trading if… Read More

  • NetVibes gets an ecosystem

    NetVibes gets an ecosystem

    Paris/London based NetVibes, which provides a personalized Ajax homepage, released significant upgrades yesterday, including new plugins and community sharing features. Tariq Krim, NetVibes CEO took us through this new version. First they have released 2 new plugins accessible in the default feed menu. One is displaying hottest digg news and the other helps you monitor Ebay activities. They… Read More

  • SixApart To Launch Comet, Renamed Vox, on June 1

    SixApart To Launch Comet, Renamed Vox, on June 1

    San Francisco based SixApart, which owns the Typepad, MovableType and LiveJournal blogging platforms, will start letting users test their new Vox (formerly Comet) hosted blogging platform on Thursday, June 1. Initially a few thousand people will be let in, and they will ramp up from there. Vox was initially introduced last fall at a DEMO conference (click here for details and a video archive… Read More

  • Download Your TV – The Current Options

    Download Your TV – The Current Options

    Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff. As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning in to a station at a scheduled broadcast time seems quaint at best. Today, 7% of U.S. households have a digital video recorder, or DVR and most cable companies offer a… Read More

  • Maxthon gets ready to face browser War

    Maxthon gets ready to face browser War

    Maxthon browser: a Beijing based company we reviewed recently, will announce today an investment with Charles River Ventures and is preparing a version 2 of its already very popular browser that is supposed to be realeased in weeks time. Maxthon went over 50 millions downloads since last time we reviewed them. They are now over 55 millions and are growing at the speed of over millions per month. Read More

  • Improve yourself with Mecanbe

    Improve yourself with Mecanbe

    Mecanbe is an Australian start-up founded by Adam Korbl that will enable you to track your goals in life. It still is in development but the founders were kind enough to take us through a first preview of the service. Mecanbe is a service for self-coaching and self-improvement. As you can see from the screenshots below the service is very nicely designed and has many applications and… Read More

  • Do More: Online To Do Lists Compared

    Time is our most valuable commodity. Productivity pays. Procrastination costs us time and money, and leaves us stressed, exhausted and unreliable in the eyes of others. For many, the classic “To Do” list is the remedy. But for heavy web users, there are a number of recently launched to-do list products to choose from, with convenient sharing and other features, and easy to use… Read More

  • CityCita is jumping into the social organization jungle

    CityCita is jumping into the social organization jungle

    After Meetup and recently reviewed Renkoo, France based CityCita is bringing up together a new service that help groups create group events in a smart way with a nice series of features. CEO Jamin Rubio mentionned they are about to launch the service in private beta next Monday and the services will be aimed at the US market first although anyone will be able to register the service. The… Read More

  • Comparing the Mapping Services

    Comparing the Mapping Services

    Online mapping has come a long way in the last year. Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight – challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest. The Google Maps API enabled developers to create new applications and mashups, thereby pushing the Google Maps brand to mainstream audiences. Read More

  • Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2

    Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2

    We’ve analyzed the services that sell digital music and are presenting the results in a two part post. This Part 2 compares the subcription music services that let you access an entire music library of up to 2 million songs for a single monthly fee. Part 1, posted last Thursday, focused on the pay-per-download services (such as iTunes). While the pay per download market is dominated by… Read More

  • Let’s Buy Some Music: Part 1

    Let’s Buy Some Music: Part 1

    We’ve analyzed the services that sell digital music (iTunes and its competitors). This Part 1 focuses on the pay-per-download services. In Part 2 (now posted) we’ll compare the all-you-can-eat subscription services. While compact disc sales have declined 19 percent since 2001, online music sales have started to boom. According to a recent report by the International Federation of… Read More

  • Will Wikio challenge Google News and Technorati?

    Will Wikio challenge Google News and Technorati?

    Wikio, a Switzerland based company, was released in private Beta yesterday night (in French). It is one of the most ambitious web launches born in Europe this year. Pierre Chappaz originated this idea after the successful adventure of his vertical ecommerce comparison engine Kelkoo, that was sold to Yahoo. He’s going to try to make it again but this time with an interesting news… Read More

  • The State of Online Feed Readers

    The State of Online Feed Readers

    Syndication is undoubtedly the heartbeat of the web 2.0 movement. A feed reader, the most common solution to consuming synidcated content, saves the user time by monitoring countless sites and sources and providing near real-time updates to one location. There are a number of different types of readers: web-based, desktop, Outlook based, etc… This post is focused solely on web-based… Read More

  • Typepad is launching blog widgets

    Typepad is launching blog widgets

    SixApart’s Typepad is about to announce Widgets for bloggers. And this is about to simplify the life of million of bloggers who until now had more or less to deal with placing html code in their template to customize and enrich their blogs with third party features. First this has nothing to do with Yahoo/Apple desktop Widgets. Typepad will offer users a much easier and seamless way to… Read More

  • Sky-Click: your web call-center with Skype

    Sky-Click: your web call-center with Skype

    The success of a service can sometimes be measured according to the business activity it is generating around it (think of accessories for Ipod or recently SkyLook). Skype’s success is giving many ideas to imaginative entrepreneurs (the Skype-conomy). Switzerland based Sky-Click is a an interesting idea released by Ads-Click that already launched a white label adwords/adsense-like… Read More

  • Maxthon: the browser that rocks

    Maxthon: the browser that rocks

    Maxthon is in my view the best alternative to Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera are doing a great job (both in product and buzz) but they just don’t catch up with Maxthon. Founded by the very young and brilliant Jeff Chen in 2003 in China (under MyIE name), Maxthon became very quickly popular in Asia (awarded last year in Red Herring Asia ) and all over the world. The big difference… Read More