Archive for July, 2010

The Onion News App for Android

July 14th, 2010

Our favorite satirical news outlet now has an app for that. The Onion News Network
is a free app that plays the entire Onion News catalog. Search options include the latest videos, segments, editors picks, and archives. Video sharing options enable you to send that video you love to whoever you like via email or Facebook.

It’s a shame they don’t have the articles as well, but you can always go to the mobile site for those. The Onion News Network app is sponsored by HTC, so you’ll see a couple ads from them, but they’re pretty unobtrusive.

The Testfreaks Widget

July 14th, 2010 is a great site for locating product reviews from actual consumers as well as expert test results on a large selection of products you may consider buying.

The main interface is simple and easy to use. Just choose your item from one of the main categories. Including things such as computers, car stereos, kitchen appliances, personal care, golf, phones and much more. Drill down further to find expert and consumer reviews, test results and even links to purchase products.

If you own a website, TestFreaks has created a JavaScript widget that you can use to display expert and consumer reviews.

The widget in its current form, needs to be modified in order to deliver the reviews for the product of your choice. Don’t fear though, this is as simple as finding the TestFreaks review page for your product, copy the URL for that page and replace the URL in the widget code with the one that you just copied.

This will get you well on your way to adding rich product content to your website.

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Envolve taps realtime website conversation

July 14th, 2010

Envolve is socializing your visitors in a way that is currently being ignored by the big social names. Envolve provides an embeddable, small form factor, website toolbar that allows visitors on your site to chat with one another.

This is a great way to allow visitors to engage one another about the content on your site. With the impressive list of options Envolve has… auto translate to 50 languages, direct links to Google maps to see where other participants are from and much more, Envolve will be hard to beat!

Envolve goes far beyond the standard website chat widgets available elsewhere.

Envolve makes the web truly social by providing Facebook-style chat for any website.

Websites are lonely places.

Envolve, a bootstrapped startup in Silicon Valley, is aiming to fix this by providing a rich JavaScript chat widget that looks similar to Facebook chat. Envolve’s vision is to turn every web page into a thriving convention hall where you can chat with other visitors about the site’s content.

Envolve believes there is still a vast amount of untapped social potential on the web. They aim to access that potential by facilitating meaningful conversations between people who, being on the same domain, almost certainly share a common interest. Over 1,000 sites already use Envolve — from niche bloggers to hobby fan sites to well known tech brands like

Envolve provides a rich set of functionality that allows visitors to:

· Start topical chats. Envolve lets you start or join a specific chat topic, this improves the signal-to-noise ratio.

· Have private chats. If you don’t want the world to see or join, you can keep chats private.

· Take chats anywhere. Browse from page-to-page and chats come with you, just like Facebook.

· Talk to anyone in the world. Through the innovative use of a translation API, Envolve does on-the-fly chat translation into over 50 languages.

· Share with friends. Each chat has its own short URL. You can share chats via Facebook, Twitter, and Email with these links.

Installing the Envolve widget requires pasting two lines of code into your site; Envolve also offers a WordPress plugin. (available here)

Envolve plays in a similar space as other chat toolbars such as the Meebo Bar. However, whereas the Meebo Bar offers one-on-one chats with people in your social graph, Envolve offers group chats with people viewing the same website.

Envolve is founded by James Tamplin and Andrew Lee. Tamplin and Lee have been working together for over two years and previously created, a lost-and-found service, which sold to Canadian competitor TrackItBack in February this year.

TinEye photo widget

July 12th, 2010

TinEye is an awesome ‘Reverse Image’ search engine.

They can locate and deliver images based upon an original image URL supplied by the user.

They also have an embeddable widget that will display a mass of images found for various searches. Each photo has a link to the site where its located as well.

How does TinEye’s reverse image search work?

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, there are 1,572,822,693 images in our image database.

When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match. Our fingerprinting technologies have been developed by Idée Inc.

TinEye does not typically find similar images (i.e. a different image with the same subject matter); it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.

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