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March 23, 2011No Comments

on: agora

Agora is a service built on the Foursquare API, designed to match you up with likeminded folk when you check in at a location. It is a brilliantly simple idea.

Here is the user scenario: Let’s say you arrive at a bar where twenty others are checked in. Agora will work its magic in the background, using the Twitter API to analyse who you share similar interests with. The service will then send out a tweet telling you and the others similar to you that you should meet, giving them scores based on their similarity to you.

If you’re somewhere like New York or London, with a highly active Foursquare community, Agora could be a useful networking tool. Foursquare co-founder, Dennis Crowley recently  described the app as a “Hot use” for the API, and  suggested improving the app by filtering out people who you check in with on a regular basis.

Agora was built in five hours by New York-based at the first Foursquare Hackathon. Its creator, New York-based Pierre Valade is planning to build the service into a social calendar solution that simplifies scheduling in the same way that Dropbox made filesharing refreshingly easy. Valade was one of the entrepreneurs pitching UnionSquare Ventures VC Albert Wenger in elevators at SXSW last weekend. Here’s his brief, literal ‘elevator pitch’.

 

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Agora at Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown (Convention Center) by albertwenger. Uploaded with SoundCloud iPhone

Agora is quick and easy to try. Just connect it up to your Foursquare account from its website and you’re good to go.

 

[via TNW]

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January 18, 2011No Comments

on: ad supported content

There are some models that never die.  A new study reveals that nearly nine in 10 iPad owners would rather watch ads than pay for online content such as TV shows or magazine and newspaper articles, according to a study from Knowledge Networks, an online research firm.

"Not as many people are willing to pay for magazine or news content than we thought they would," said Knowledge CEO Simon Kooyman. - Source Ad Age

What apps have you paid for and why?  What content of any are you willing to pay for?

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January 17, 2011No Comments

on: london’s street museum

This is by far one of my favorite ideas of the year. The museum of London, put out an app lets you see the London streets as they once were.  The app transports you from the clean streets of today to developing or even war torn streets of yester-year with riviting archival content.

Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSfATEZiUYo

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October 1, 2010No Comments

on: color stream

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Calling all art directors! Color Stream is a color app that feels like it’s working with you rather than against you! If you work with colors everyday like I do, or if you enjoy looking at and creating colors, this app’s for you. Check it out at: http://colorstreamapp.com

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October 1, 2010No Comments

on: color stream

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Calling all art directors! Color Stream is a color app that feels like it’s working with you rather than against you! If you work with colors everyday like I do, or if you enjoy looking at and creating colors, this app’s for you. Check it out at: http://colorstreamapp.com

on: color stream via @jpenabickley

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