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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Two Glorious and Free Instagram Apps for the iPad

While most of us using Instagram from the iPhone or Android, I personally found it easier to use it from the iPad. First of all, in terms of user experience, it is much more enjoyable to browse pictures from a bigger screen. Let's say you check your Instagram once a day (or a week) but you still don't want to miss any of your friends pictures, it makes more sense to just open your iPad and see more pictures at one glance.

If you don't have an iPad, you can still get a better experience from websites like: http://statigr.amhttp://extragr.amhttp://web.stagram.com,
http://www.gramfeed.com, and there are plenty more tools to choose from over the net.

But if you do have an iPad, I highly recommend that you use one of these two great apps:

Podgram - Allows people to view, like and comment on photos just like in Instagram. View your own feed, search photos by tags or location, subscribe to tags, share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and email, or save to Poket for later. You can also easily save photos to your camera roll. What seems like an interesting feature is the ability to print   a photo as a postcard, including delivery and billing (using Sincerely) directly from Podgram.

Overall, a useful app that is dead simple to understand.

It still amazes me how the Pinterest layout improves visual content display. Like it or not, it is pretty awesome when other services understand this has proven to be a better way of showcasing visual elements. With this in mind, Pictacular takes Instagram and present it like Pinterest where you can see a larger view of photos with likes and comments. You can do all your Instagram activity same as on the iPhone, with no additional features, just with a real better photo navigation. For example, one thing that bugs me on Instagram today is that you can't browse pictures scrolling left or right. With Pictacular, you can, and I love it.

The only thing that both services don't have (nor I could find a service that does it) is the ability to upload pictures from your iPad to Instagram. It is probably something that Instagram themselves won't allow.
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Techono.me Registration Is Now Open!

On October 25, 2012 you can be a part of the next Israeli company to launch at techono.me. Techono.me is the event where the newest and most interesting Israeli ventures launch their product to an international audience while receiving the support from the local community.
As in years past, we will have writers from The NextWeb (Robin Wauters) and TechCrunch who will cover the contestants and event live as well as participate in the panel.

Our Keynote Speaker is Jay Adelson who is a serial internet entrepreneur. His career includes Netcom, DEC's Palo Alto Internet Exchange, co-founder of Equinix, Revision3 and Digg, and CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc. Adelson was named a member of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World!

If you are not familiar with Jay's show: Ask Jay, take a look at this video. You can also prepare your questions to Jay as we will have the same format of 'Ask Jay', on stage.

Six new companies will present their new website/application for the first time on stage. The core of the event is to expose and support them. I'm doing Techono.me for the fourth time with Eddy Resnick, joined by a new member to our team, the great Donna Abraham-Griffit! Together we hope to achieve a successful event at least as in previous years.

Registration is now open for all. This year the venue is smaller than the years before so if you're planning to join us, make sure to grab your ticket fast.

Hillel Fuld will be covering the startups for the Huffington.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mobile Apps + Facebook Connect = Notification Trap

You know all of those great apps that promised they will never ever spam you?
So here's the problem, they do. Even if they had no intention to spam you at first, they just follow a notification trend, and if it's OK by one service it is probably OK by all of them.

Flash news, it is so NOT OK.

iPhone users with Instagram, Path, Foursquare, Highlight, etc, might feel the same as I do. These services have an update that I often find useless: "Your Facebook friend XXXXX joined our service" The problem is that I have way too many friends on Facebook (lots of people do), and more than 50% of them are friends because they read my blog, or just follow my updates on Facebook. Needless to say that most of them, I don't know in person, or by name. So to get an update about someone that has joined an app just because I signed up through Facebook connect has become a nightmare. Listen, I'm fine with updates that telling me someone has requested to be my friend, or comment on my activity, but to notify me about everyone in my friend list that is joining your app is somewhat annoying and on the verge of spam.

I don't know what is the average number of friends a person has on Facebook, but I'm sure it has grown over the years, and the more you have friends, it is more likely that you get more notifications. In anyway, maybe it is just me, but I feel this is a piece of information we don't really need in order to know our friends using the same service.

I love all the services I've mentioned but please, be fair to your users. Give the ability to disable some of the notifications. Some services BTW, already do: Instagram, and Foursquare. Sadly, I'm sure other new services will follow the new notification trend because everyone is OK with that.

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

100 Invitations to test out Hopflow - Content Discovery App for the iPhone

Hopflow is an iPhone app that helps you discover news, content and whatever interests you on the web. Once you download the app, easily set up your reading list, and the app will learn you from there.

When I first heard about HopFlow I didn’t give it much attention. I thought it is yet another RSS reader for the iPhone. One of too many to choose from. Then I’ve tried it once or twice, and it was just OK for me. But funny thing happened, it was its push notifications (one every day I think) that reminded me to come back and check the app until I actually start using it (normally, push notifications just annoys me). So it wasn't love at first sight, but during the use I understood how much I needed
exactly such app .

Hopflow has one of the easiest mobile interface I saw and a very simple look & feel, but this is what makes it so appealing to use - it's simplicity. Quickly browse stories and get a clear picture of what happens, or what you have missed. You can share stories by clicking on the 'Like' button, or use the 'Rehop' function to share on both Facebook & Twitter (you have to connect the services first in order to do so)

The App also enables you to share statuses and photos with friends inside the Hopeflow community, but I found this feature to be less important since I really am looking for a place where the focus is on the news (in my case, tech news).

To get your invitation, download the app:

Inside the App, click the Hopflow logo, or ocean, and enter the invite code: “orli”, and hop-in using twitter or facebook.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Made In Israel - Startup Map

Michael Eisenberg (Benchmark Capital) set a Challenge few days ago, asking developers from Israel to create a similar map to the one Mayor Bloomberg unveils in NY, showcases more than 500 local companies based on their location, plus available list of jobs within these companies.

Inspired by the map, and Eisenberg's challenge (and probably the promised wine..), one developer has decided to take on the task and create a simple tool to help Israel-based companies quickly add themselves on a map.
There's also a "who's hiring" section that helps find hot jobs in Israeli startups.

Amazingly, Ben Lang, who created this map, did it while he had some time off from the army. Hopefully someone will help him take it to the next level because some features are missing: wider map, company search, clickable links, street view, related photos, etc.

Meanwhile, If your company based in Israel, make sure to add it to the list:
It is that important.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The New Generation of How-To's

Have you also noticed that you use more apps on your phone than ever before? The first app page on my iPhone is simply not enough to contain all the apps I love and use. It happens because at least 50% of my browsing time is from the phone.

And with this usage growth, more useful applications are born. My latest favorite is definitely Snapguide. It has one of the best mobile interfaces on the App Store today, and it easily enables you to share your talent with friends and the Snapguide community (which is growing rapidly). You might think it is anther Pinterest kind of service, but no. Snapguide is the next phase of Pinterest where you are the one that create content and publish it to the world. Original content. Nothing beats that. Moreover, it's a new generation of how-to's, where everyone knows something that can be useful to other people and they actually take the time to create a quick guide to present an idea, recipe, art, craft, or anything that comes in mind. Surely the concept of sharing your knowledge with others is not new, it is just improved.

What's so impressive about Snapguide is that it uses the iPhone to create something meaningful from your daily basis activity without the effort. It is basically adding a documentation layer to our life where people would want to take pictures and videos of something they do in order to teach someone else. It's brilliant.

Even if you don't feel you are the 'creating guide person', you can still browse other people guides based on your personal interest, and if you don't have an iPhone, you can do it from the website - it is pretty amazing to see guides from all over the world about so many topics. And surprisingly they all look good.

On a personal note, I'd love to see more flexibility in the web version, like a quick edit option which is missing right now.

Overall Snapguide is what I like to call: Simplicity at its best service. Download it.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Best Alternative to Picnik.com

In April 19, (2012) Picnik is closing its website completely.
After being acquired by Google in Mar, 2010, the service was active for two years, and soon will  join Google+. It's good news if you use Google+, but probably bad news if you don't. I was, and still using Picnik editor constantly to improve pictures and screenshot, so of course I just had to find good alternative. Surprisingly, Befunky does the job just fine. In fact, it has more tools and filters than Picnik ever had, and you get a lot more for free. If you never used it before, you should definitely give it a try.

Befunky has a long list of edit features where you can crop, rotate, resize, sharpen, and just about every filter you can think of to make your photo look amazing. You can than save it, share it, print it, and all of this before you even signed up to the service.

On top of everything, Befunky has a long history of applications for pictures (mobile included), this is their specialty. It is a reliable service, with very easy to use editor, tons of options (really, never seen so many on one service), and most of it is free - Can't think of any reason why not using them as your primary photo editor.
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