@Voxer: para qué tener un Smart-phone, si se puede tener un Walkie Talkie. Algunas cosas del pasado se reviven fácilmente, sobre cuando alguien se da cuenta que aún tienen algo de vida…

A small startup has been climbing up the iTunes App Store and Android Market charges over the last few days. Called Voxer, it provides a walkie talkie push-to-talk voice service reminiscent of Nextel. Or, in modern parlance, it’s sort of like text messages but with voice instead of text. It’s basically a direct competitor to another startup, HeyTell, that we’ve covered, as well as TalkBox… and getting to be more of a competitor every day, judging by its recent trajectory.

The app has gone from #40 to #6 within the past week in the social networking category of the United States App Store, following its rise earlier this year in random other countries like Brazil and Saudi Arabia. It’s now a trend among many Twitter users, too. (Yeah, the social networking category isn’t especially big once you get past the leading web services, but this much growth for this type of app is unusual.)

To use Voxer, you simply download it from either store (iTunes here, Android here), create a new identity or log in with Facebook, sync it with your phone’s address book and/or Facebook, then start chatting with other individual friends, or groups that you join or create. The interface shows a text message style interface. You hold a talk button to record a quick message for the other party, although there’s also an option to listen live to an incoming message that a friend is recording. You can also send text messages within the flow of correspondence…

Yo currently has over 50,000 active users, after launching as a joke on April Fools’ Day. Users have sent over 4 million Yo’s to each other. Without ever having officially launched, co-founder and CEO Or Arbel managed to secure $1.2 million in funding from a list of unnamed investors, except for co-founder, angel, and Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg, who participated in the round.


You know what isn’t cool? $35 million isn’t cool … So in a move that makes truth stranger than fiction, Justin Timberlake, who played Facebook president Sean Parker in a movie called The Social Network, has taken an ownership stake in a real life social network as part of News Corp.’s Myspace sale.

Outgoing Myspace CEO Mike Jones just tweeted congrats to Timberlake on the deal. My verdict? This is super weird, especially considering the guy who Timberlake played in the film gave a lengthy explanation of why the social network failed, in an interview last week.

According to the press release, Timberlake will play a “major role” in strategy and creative direction for the beleaguered social network. The release makes no mention of exactly how much of a stake the pop star will have.

“There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place,” Timberlake was quoted as saying. The new Myspace site will be unveiled at a press conference later this summer.

So is this Timberlake news an attempt by Specific Media to leverage the mother of all celebrity moments in order to begin the arduous process of reinvigorating the property? Well it’s definitely provided a distraction from the tales of doom and gloom surrounding the sale and layoffs.

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Christmas is just around the corner and for just $3,920 you can get a really creepy and uber-realistic mask of your own face. And if you want to get crazier you can pay $5,875 for a replica of your entire head.

Japan never ceases to surprise me!

via TechCrunch:

 A Japanese company called REAL-f is creating so-called 3DPFs (“3 Dimension Photo Forms”), copies of human faces “in 3D”. 

The way it works is that REAL-f first shoots pictures of a person’s face from various positions and imprints the image on vinyl chloride resin stretched over a mold. According to the company, it’s unique production technology makes sure that even details like the iris and blood vessels are replicated accurately.

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Today, 360Cities published a series of historical 360° photos of Hiroshima, taken six months after the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb codenamed “Little Boy” on the Japanese city (on August 6, 1945). It was the first time an atomic bomb was used as a weapon.

According to Wikipedia, “Little Boy” directly killed an estimated 80,000 people, and by the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000–166,000. Approximately 69 percent of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed, and about 7 percent severely damaged.

You can see the chillingly devastating effect of the bombing in 5 panoramic photos (one, two, three, four, five), courtesy of the Hiroshima Peace Museum. The images were shot by three different American photographers, and one Japanese photographer.

(via Amazing Panoramic Photos Of Hiroshima After The Atomic Bomb Blast | TechCrunch)

“It gives you social energy. It gives you taste of friendship.” It’s Facedrink! And you better go buy some because it will be sued out of existence any minute now.

Following in the footsteps of the unofficial Mark Zuckerberg action figure, some
dude named Barry Moustapha (ROFLCOPTER) has created a lawyer-magnet energy drink. It’s themed with Facebook colors and proudly displays an “Add as Friend” button on the label. I’d be suspicious this was a hoax, but there’s a photo of a real bottle and reviewers confirm it leave a worse taste in your mouth than getting Poked by your dad…
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Google has made public Project Tango, a way to use your smartphone and software to make real time 3D models of your surroundings.

Google also announces Google Capital, a late-stage venture fund, to be able to reach more startups and take advantage of new…

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Quick interview by Alexia from TechCrunch with us, the WillCall team! We were listed as 1 of the 7 most ‘interesting’ Startups from the 500StartUps Demo Day, alongside friends and fellow start uppers, Snapette, Manpacks, Culture Kitchen, Singboard, Storytree and LaunchRock.

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User RR writes: “We have SilkRoad v2.0 ready to launch and is now in its final testing stages. Our site has all the features of the original one and we have kept the same style of forum for your ease.” […] Users are already planning ways to keep the new site secure. This includes the creation of something called BitWasp, an “open source, anonymous bitcoin marketplace specifically built for use in conjunction with Tor or I2P via the hidden services such as .onion websites and eepsites.” Lire la suite →

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Como ya comenté hace no muchos posts, una de las cosas que más llamaron la atención del ultimo iPhone 4S es este sistemita de comandos de voz (SIRI), que promete convertir el teléfono en un asistente personal. Bueno pues aquí hay un video donde se ve el sistema en acción. A varios geeks les gustará verlo. Comparto liga…

If the iPhone 4S has one standout feature, it is the Siri personal assistant. You ask Siri to do things by speaking to it, and it can call anyone in your contact list, send them a text message or email, set up a meeting, play a song, set up a reminder for yourself, get directions, or just ask a question. It is a conversation starter in more ways than one. Siri is the kind of feature that makes you want to whip out your phone to show a friend or a total stranger. John Biggs and I covered Siri in yesterday’s Fly or Die episode on the iPhone 4S, but I taped this extra video to go into more depth. It’s just better to see Siri in action that to read about it. Siri isn’t perfect. Sometimes it runs into network issues, picks up background noise, or gets the wrong question because your instinct is to start talking before it is ready. But it is the most impressive voice-computer interface out there right now…

Cuando decimos que internet es un invento informativamente revolucionario, que puede ofrecer gratis contenidos de calidad para todos, estamos hablando de un potencial, no de algo ya siempre viable ni mucho menos rentable. Seamos honestos, actualmente este medio vive de la publicidad (como muchos otros). Las cosas se mueven por dinero, los contenidos son algo que cuesta caro (cuando son generados y de buena calidad), y además la gente es feliz consumiendo basura. El internet tampoco es el santo grial del conocimiento, el redentor de la cultura o el emisario de la educación de masas. Sólo es un reflejo de las sociedades que lo crearon, y como tal replica todos los errores y problemas de un periodismo que es tan corrupto dentro como fuera de línea, y con todo los vicios y carencias que eso conlleva…

The blunt truth is, online advertising is a numbers game. And, even on niche sites, the number of salable page impressions required to even break even is huge. There are just too many pages of content being produced for advertising to remain a viable long-term business model. The New York Times can’t make money online, the Guardian can’t, Slate can’t and Salon barely can. As Bercovici points out, even Slate’s attempts to launch verticals aimed at business readers, and women, were relative failures.

There are maybe two general-interest publications which can reasonably claim to have cracked the free content code: The Daily Mail and the Huffington Post. But in truth the only way those publications can afford to pay their growing armies of real, grown-up editors is by selling millions of pages of animal stories and celebrity fluff, churned out by underpaid hacks. One day I want to produce a HuffPost slideshow of the best Daily Mail celebrity slideshows - it’ll clean up.

AND YET. It’s easy to wail and moan about how the Internet is killing journalism, but that dystopian future only exists if we assume that the Internet is the only place that editorial content can possibly live. In fact, over the next five years or so what we’re likely to see is a bifurcation in digital content.

On one side, those content producers who choose to stay on the free-and-open web will be forced into making more and more ethically dubious decisions to stay profitable. Out will go professional writers and church-and-state separation of content and commerce; in will come more Groupon-style “reader offers”, affiliate links behind every keyword and an Idiocracy of dumber and dumber linkbait. Ten ways to make extra income with Lady Gaga Sony Porn - Kittens!…

Interfaces de luz. Presiento que cuando este tipo de tecnología (llamada Omni-Touch) sea asimilada y aplicable en todos nuestros gadgets y dispositivos, vamos a pasar por toda una nueva revolución tecnológica, caracterizada -a diferencia de la actual- no por cambiar cómo nos comunicamos entre personas, sino cómo nos podemos comunicar entre personas y máquinas…

Soon you, too, will be able to talk to the hand. A new interface created jointly by Microsoft and the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute allows for interfaces to be displayed on any surface, including notebooks, body parts, and tables. The UI is completely multitouch and the “shoulder-worn” system will locate the surface you’re working on in 3D space, ensuring the UI is always accessible. It uses a picoprojector and a 3D scanner similar to the Kinect. The product is called OmniTouch and it supports “clicking” with a finger on any surface as well as controls that sense finger position while hovering a hand over a surface. Unlike the Microsoft Surface, the project needs no special, bulky hardware – unless you a consider a little parrot-like Kinect sensor on your shoulder bulky. While obviously obtrusive, the project is a proof-of-concept right now and could be made smaller in the future…

Después de leer esta nota, me queda claro que la palabra “privacidad” muy pronto quedará en desuso, al menos como se acostumbra utilizar actualmente en cuestiones de propiedades digitales. Si seguimos igual, la vigilancia pronto podría ser perfectamente sistematizada. Esperemos que este big brother sea más benévolo que el del relato Orwelianao…

If you carry a phone, your location is being recorded every minute of every day

How’s this for synchronicity: Google Glass started shipping on the same week that CISPA passed the House, 3DRobotics unveiled their new site, and 4chan and Reddit pored over surveillance photos trying to crowdsource the identity of the Boston bombers.

Cameras on phones. Cameras on drones. Cameras on glasses. Cameras atop stores, in ATMs, on the street, on lapels, up high in the sky. Modern cars log detailed data their manufacturers can access if they so desire. Oh, and “if you carry a phone, your location is being recorded every minute of every day.”

In 1999, Sun CEO Scott McNealy said: “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Sadly, that sounds more prophetic every week.

I’ve been arguing for years that “Soon enough, pseudonymity and anonymity will only exist online; in the real world…they’ll be more or less extinct.” The hunt for the Boston bombers is to the coming world of surveillance as a 1980s PC is to a modern server farm. Facial recognition, gait recognition, drones the size of dragonflies — all here already. Just imagine twenty years from now. Every step you take outside will automatically be tracked, indexed, and correlated to all of your previous activity ever…