A new app by Miranda July (previously
) allows you to send somebody a message… sort of. When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. Watch the Somebody movie
posted by Cash4Lead
on Aug 29, 2014 -
) "is a competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design, and business to solve NYC's toughest challenges." One of the finalists is the recently-launched SketchFactor
, which aims to help users avoid "sketchy" neighborhoods by posting notes about crime, racial profiling, harassment, and desolation. Not surprisingly, the creators have faced racism accusations
. The developers have responded to the charges on their website.
posted by girlmightlive
on Aug 8, 2014 -
(Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) is a website that links to more than 300 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is a product of Sexy Codicology
, an independent project focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts and social media. It maintains a great blog about medieval manuscripts
, especially those that are available online.
posted by jedicus
on Aug 5, 2014 -
"In Silicon Valley, where The Work of creating The Future is sacrosanct, the suggestion that there might be something not entirely normal about this—that it might be a little weird that investors are sinking millions of dollars into a laundry company
they had been introduced to over email that doesn't even do laundry
; that maybe you don’t really need engineers to do what is essentially a minor household chore—would be taken as blasphemy."
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants?
on Jun 5, 2014 -
Conversely, it can be assumed the app might be useful as a sexual enhancement tool.
Max Levchin, of PayPal fame, has the new app, Glow. There are, of course, with experience and a little thinking out of the box, alternate possibilities for the thing.
Competition in Germany is already working on a competitive app, Clue, for women to likewise track their fertility cycle.
posted by chuckiebtoo
on Feb 17, 2014 -
a free iOS app
that could solve a lot of arguments, and probably end a lot of marriages.
It continuously records audio into a 12-second buffer (extend it to 5 minutes for $1.99), letting you save what you just, um, heard. Part Orwellian
, part Chappellian (NSFW)
posted by gottabefunky
on Jul 24, 2013 -
This is the story
of an artist who was able to take numerous photos of a sculpture of a horse's head, "Head of a horse of Selene" now found in the British Museum - but originally from near the Acropolis in ancient Greece (circa 438-432 BC) - and who then fed the said photographs (taken from many different perspectives) to a revolutionary (free) software/app called 123D Catch
(by AutoDesk, makers of AutoCAD), which then created the wireframes needed to print out exact replicas (in pieces that must then be assembled) on a 3D printer
. The artist makes it available on Thingiverse
, if you'd like to make one on your own on your
3D printer. If the demo video for 123D Catch
doesn't blow your mind, your mind has probably already been blown. With apologies to Dr. Hook
posted by spock
on Mar 7, 2013 -
We last discussed music discovery site TheSixtyOne
back in 2009, but it's changed pretty radically since then. Out with pages of spare, Facebook-like charts
, in with gorgeous full-screen imagery peppered with photos and information about each track and the artists behind them. Anybody can submit music to the site, where community listens and ratings elevate the best to the top, and users can directly tip their favorite musicians with purchasable credits. Explore by mood
, by Creative Commons
tracks, indulge in some gamification with quests
(in the top bar), or follow development on the official blog areasixtyone
. Returning soon: user-created listening rooms for dedicated playlists or topics. And if you own an iPad, don't miss the free companion app Aweditorium
, which sprawls the site's entire collection into an endless grid of playable audiovisual fun
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 28, 2012 -
"Looking back a year ago when conceiving this idea
, we thought it would be far too impossible to even attempt. We tried anyway. So, after months and months of recording/writing its finally finished: “Persongalize
”, a one of a kind personal song generator
, featuring thousands of different girl names available in the rock, pop and country genres. Yes, someone, (Karlton Tillman
), had to sing 1,816 names into these tracks, TWICE, since each name is sung
twice in each song."
posted by unSane
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Google makes great maps
. But Apple and Google aren't getting along well. So in its new iOS 6, Apple dropped all Google mapping tech in favor of its own Maps app that it promised would "blow your head off"
. Some people
like it. Others
don't. But the numbers
are that 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will lose at least one of the traffic, transit, or street views they had before. And even arch-supporter John Gruber acknowledges " the maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade"
. Google may produce an official Google Maps app for iOS. Then again, they may not
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Amazon has recently declared that tomorrow is Price Check day
. If you go into a brick and mortar retail store with Amazon’s new Price Check App
on your smart phone, and scan a barcode with the location settings active, and then report back to Amazon on the price of that product, Amazon will deduct $5 from your online purchase of that product. Amazon claims it’s trying to keep prices low for consumers, but others attribute the move to a less innocuous agenda
. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Dec 9, 2011 -
is a site that enables the user to enter transactions and track their bank balance via SMS. People sharing a bank account can also get updates when money is spent from the account by the other person. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 19, 2011 -