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Police Get Geeky with Twitter

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 01:22 by Nick MacKechnie

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Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are using the micro blogging service to send out alerts on pertinent town information such as road closings, traffic problems, power outages and severe weather warnings. Although Twitter’s track record of periodically not working isn’t a good fit for disseminating critical information, more communities looking to get the word out may see Twitter as an easy to use broadcast system – I thought this was an interesting thing, and kinda cool…

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Windows Live Messenger Translation Bot Released

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:31 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Do you chat globally? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that the Microsoft Translator team has just released a new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger.  With this new bot, you can IM back and forth with friends who speak different languages while the bot does the translations for you. To use the new bot, just add mbot@hotmail.com to your contact list. Keep in mind that machine translation isn’t perfect – using slang or other colloquialisms can give it/you trouble.

At the moment, the translation bot support the following languages:

  • English to/from:
    • Arabic
    • Chinese Simplified
    • Chinese Traditional
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese
    • Russian (RUS->ENU only)
    • Spanish
  • Chinese Simplified <-> Chinese Traditional

More languages will be added over the next few months.
The team also suggests that the bot can be used in WLM on your smartphone for quick translations when you’re travelling in foreign countries. Not a bad idea, considering nearly all smartphones today can support Windows Live Messenger (if your phone doesn’t have WLM already installed, you can download it from here or you can get all the mobile tools from here).

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TinyURL Accelerator for IE8 Beta 2

Thursday, 4 September 2008 21:31 by Nick MacKechnie

Tim Heuer a program manager for Microsoft Silverlight and published author, has just created a new accelerator (formerly known as an “activity”) for IE8 Beta 2: the TinyURL Accelerator. His accelerator will be especially handy for anyone who makes use of this popular URL-shortening service.

In case you’re unfamiliar, TinyURL is a service that takes a long, unwieldy URL and shrinks it down to a more manageable size in the format of http://tinyurl.com/xxyyzz. This service and others like it have gained in popularity since the rise of micro-blogging tools like Twitter (and other similar services) which limit the amount of text you can type in for each update.

Tim’s TinyURL accelerator, as you may have guessed, integrates with IE8 Beta 2 to shrink down URLs. To use it, you highlight the hyperlinked text and right-click (or choose the accelerator icon in IE8) then choose the “Shrink URL” option. The accelerator will then automatically send the link to TinyURL for you. If you want to see it in action, check out the quick screencast he made and posted to his blog.

If you’re running the IE8 Beta, you can install the TinyURL Accelerator by clicking here.

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Federation – IM/Status Updates

Monday, 11 August 2008 06:55 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Thought of the day - So call me a Facebook and Twitter addict! I spend a fair amount of time on both and I do find it slightly irritating that I need to login to respond/chat to friends rather than using my favourite IM client. I’d love to see some sort of federation so I could use Live Messenger to update status’s on Twitter, chat to Facebook friends etc. Obviously there’s lots of reasons why this probably wont happen, least of all being technically possible, never the less it bugs me!

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Coming Soon: Get Facebook on Media Center

Tuesday, 8 July 2008 22:09 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Photato is one of the latest, soon to be released, plug-in to display photos from Facebook on Media Center. This is thanks to an application called Photato, which will be available in beta later this month. It looks like the Photato app will focus on bringing Facebook photos to your Vista Media Center – both those belonging to you as well as the photos that your friends are sharing. At the moment, the website for the application hasn’t launched yet, but for those interested in beta testing the application, you can email photato.beta@armchairware.com. (images thanks to Ian Dixon’s Blog)

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Update Facebook status with Windows Mobile!

Saturday, 5 July 2008 21:40 by Nick MacKechnie

Introducing FriendMobilizer, a free application for Windows Smartphones and Pocket PC's that puts Facebook into the palm of your hand. Check out the screenshots!

  • Get notifications sent directly to your home screen
  • Set your status
  • Approve friend requests
  • View Group/Event invites
  • Check your wall and inbox
  • Send your friends messages, pokes, and wall posts

The application is currently available for both Windows Mobile devices and Pocket PCs and can be downloaded from the web site at www.faceofmobile.com. However, according to the company, the generic software platform developed for FriendMobilizer will soon be ported to other mobile OS's as well. In addition, the company plans to build mobile apps for other social networks in the future.

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Download FriendMobilizer

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HowGood - The new Business networking site...

Sunday, 15 June 2008 22:57 by Nick MacKechnie

An entrepreneur (John Wall) is targeting his new website to impact Kiwi business networking as Facebook has with social networking. The site has been designed around a customer rating system for service providers in high-risk, low-trust industries, such as real estate or financial planning, where monetary stakes are high. It will be interesting to see if it suffers the same fate as OldFriends and FindaKiwi with competing sites such as Facebook and Linkedin pulling the rug out, however the focus is currently slightly different.

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Loopt’s Mobile Network Now Runs Virtual Earth

Saturday, 14 June 2008 05:06 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Loopt - The mobile social network that helps you connect with friends in the real world by dropping pins on a map to show your friends’ locations. What’s interesting about all this is that they chose Microsoft Virtual Earth to be the mapping service for Loopt.

 

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Collaborative SearchTogether Plug-In Available

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 22:47 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Fresh from Microsoft’s Research Group comes a new IE7 plug-in called SearchTogether, which lets you browse the web with your friends. With SearchTogether, groups can chat while they search and annotate the results with comments and ratings via a thumbs up / thumbs down button. The plug-in can also be used to do “split searching,” which is when a set of search results is split among the team, with each user working on a subset of the results. All the activity – chat, queries, comments, and ratings – are saved so that group members can later return to the search session and view the results.

 

If you want to try SearchTogether, you can download the plug-in from here.

Nick

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Stream live video to the web right from your phone!

Monday, 9 June 2008 21:35 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

With Qik's free live video streaming service, users can stream live video to the Internet in just two clicks from their mobile phone, and join others as they watch online and engage in live interactive chat.

Qik (pronounced 'quick') lets you share moments of your life with your friends, family and the world - directly from your mobile phone! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Enter your phone number. Why?
  2. Follow the link sent to your phone.
  3. You're live!

What are you waiting for?

Sign Up!

Nick.

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