"app" entries

Four short links: 6 June 2011

Four short links: 6 June 2011

Paper App, Retro Net Simulation, Games Creator, Beginning Large-Scale Machine Learning

  1. Turning Receipts into Paper Apps (BERG London) — I love the idea of the modern web app sensibility bleeding back into the world, the same way classic offline design has informed online.
  2. Telehack — an amazing interactive reconstruction of the early net, part nostalgia part game part simulation. Check out the README for more details. (via Andy Baio)
  3. Stencyl — free Flash games creation tool. Brilliant because they’re creating and owning a corresponding market for in-game assets (icons, sounds, etc.). (via Andy Baio)
  4. Introductory Machine Learning Resources (Quora) — collection of pointers for beginners. (via Joshua Schachter)

And the BAFTA goes to … an app?

For the first time, an app has been nominated for a TV BAFTA.

"The Malcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone" application has been nominated for a TV British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, discusses the app and why he thinks it's being honored with the nomination.

Putting conference distractions to good use

The Donahue app aims to sync conference presenters and audiences.

A new app created by Tim Meaney, partner at Arc90, and Christopher Fahey, founding partner at Behavior Design, taps into and harnesses conference distraction. Here's how it works.

Four short links: 25 April 2011

Four short links: 25 April 2011

Healthcare Data, C64 Emulator, Python Machine Learning, and Startup Success Stats

  1. E-Referral Evaluation Interim Findings — in general good, but note this: The outstanding system issues are an ongoing source of frustration and concern, including […] automated data uptake from the GP [General Practitioner=family doctor] PMS [Patient Management System], that sometimes has clearly inaccurate or contradictory information. When you connect systems, you realize the limitations of the data in them.
  2. c64iphone (GitHub) — the source to an iPhone/iPad app from the store, released under GPLv3. It incorporates the Frodo emulator. Sweet Freedom.
  3. mlpy — machine learning Python library, a high-performance Python package for predictive modeling. It makes extensive use of NumPy to provide fast N-dimensional array manipulation and easy integration of C code. (via Joshua Schachter)
  4. What is The Truth Behind 9 Out of 10 Startups Fail? (Quora) — some very interesting pointers and statistics, such as Hall and Woodward (2007) analyze a dataset of all VC-backed firms and show the highly skewed distribution of outcomes. VC revenue averages $5 million per VC-backed company. Founding team averages $9 million per VC-backed company (most from small probability of great success). The economically rational founding team would sell at time of VC funding for $900,000 to avoid the undiversified risk. (via Hacker News)
Four short links: 22 April 2011

Four short links: 22 April 2011

Markov Logic Networks, Social News, Content Liberation, Rate Limiting Traffic

  1. Tuffy — a GPL v3 licensed Markov Logic Network inference engine in Java and PostgreSQL that claims to be more scalable than previous tools. (via Hacker News)
  2. Behind news.meif you are curious to see what they are reading, if you want to see the world through their eyes, News.me is for you. Many people curate their Twitter experience to reflect their own unique set of interests. News.me offers a window into their curated view of the world, filtered for realtime social relevance via the bit-rank algorithm. A friend and I have been using Instapaper for this, and I’m keen to see how it works. It’s interesting, though: the more people I “share” with, the less insight I get into any one person–it goes from being a mindmeld to ambient zeitgeist.
  3. Orbital ContentContent shifting allows a user to take a piece of content that they’ve identified in one context and make it available in another. […] Calling Instapaper a content shifter tells only half the story. It puts too much attention on the shifting and not enough on what needs to happen before a piece of content can be shifted. Before content can be shifted, it must be correctly identified, uprooted from its source, and tied to a user. This process, which I call “content liberation” is the common ground between Instapaper, Svpply, Readability, Zootool, and other bookmarklet apps. Content shifting, as powerful as it is, is just the beginning of what’s possible when content is liberated. I think they’re optimistic about liberation retaining attribution (there needs to be compelling self-interest to retain attribution) but otherwise love this piece. (via Courtney Johnston)
  4. Rate Limiting Traffic with Varnish (Dan Singerman) — I love that the technology which help you deliver web pages quickly also helps you deliver them not too quickly. (via John Clegg).

Another attempt at fixing the address book problem

Hiya taps the WhitePages database to update contact information.

WhitePages is putting its database of 200 million listings to work with Hiya, a free contact manager and iPhone app.

Does Apple's newly enforced policy really benefit Apple?

Reactions to Apple's rejection of the Sony Reader indicate Apple might not come out on top of this one.

Apple rejected the Sony Reader app, (suddenly?) enforcing a policy that requires apps to include an in-app purchasing option. The waters are muddy and nobody is really certain what Apple is doing, but the publishing world isn't taking Apple's lumps quietly.

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything

There's no time to waste in tackling the mobile technology cycle.

Mobile is a game-changer. Unlike many other emerging technologies where an immediate strategy is not a concern, mobile is front and center now to your users and customers.

Geeks and government converge at the FCC

Gina Trapani talks about the ThinkUp app and the FCC's first Open Developer Day.

What's the potential for geeks to work with government for better outcomes? Gina Trapani talked with O'Reilly Media about the first FCC Developer Day, ThinkUp App and Gov 2.0.

A new twist on "data-driven site"

How a billion points of app data shape TripAdvisor's website.

TripAdvisor is using data from its Facebook application to expand its website. In this Q&A, Sanjay Vakil discusses the inner-workings of this app-website relationship and he passes on advice for companies pursuing their own data-driven products.