Business

Where in the World is Robert Scoble @SXSW ?

Why is it worth your while to track down Robert Scoble? Perhaps a $1000 might be an incentive? Hint: He's attending South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas for the next couple of days and he's tied into a major Augmented Reality Contest that could earn a lucky winner a $1000 prize.

Junaio's App Moves Indoors To Put The AR In ScavengAR Hunt @SXSW

Developer Metaio just released Junaio 2.0, an updated version of their augmented reality browser with the most cutting-edge features available today. Strategically planned to debut at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference(SXSW) March 10, 2020 in Austin, TX, the Metaio team have integrated the app into a special event titled "ScavengAR" that will provide conferees with an opportunity to experience the capabilities of the application first-hand.

Bodega: Hidden Shoe Store With Entrance Through A Vending Machine

Everyone knows that the hottest businesses are the ones that are impossible to find, because they're just so highly sought after they have to be discreet. We've seen hidden sushi restaurants that are all the rage, and now there's a shoe store that's following suit in an even more unique way.

'Tweet Defense' Calculates Twitter Stats For Game App Advantage

For members of the Twitterati who have been accumulating Twitter followers just for 'bragging rights,' now you may have a legitimate reason to do so. Here's a mobile game application that actually analyzes your Twitter stats  - number of followers and tweets - and then awards you bonuses based on its calculations. It's the next evolution in game apps where developers  are experimenting with pulling data from Web 2.0 services and social networks and integrating them into virtual games.

Evoke -The Social Network That Churns Virtual Game Theory Into 'We Are The World'

If you were tasked with saving the world in 10 short weeks, where would you possibly begin. Well if you're a gamer or an optimist, you might consider kicking the tires of a new type of social network. Evoke is a mash-up of the virtual and real worlds that is markedly different from any gaming enterprise that went before. Become your own super hero and solve the world's greatest challenges by evoking collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, resourcefulness ...and yes, even courage.

Ultime Réalité: The Ultimate Thrill With Abduction And Stalking Services

If you've ever dreamed of being abducted or of doing a little harmless stalking that won't end in a jail sentence, then there is one French company more than ready to make those dreams come true for those thrill-seekers!


Will Steve Ballmer's Microsoft & Obama's Administration Share A Cloud?

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer's almost fanatic focus on cloud computing this month. With catchphrases like "we're all in" and "the cloud fuels Microsoft and Microsoft fuels the cloud" he makes it sound like his company is the lone pioneer in the field. Or when he does allude to Google, Amazon and Apple it is done in a dismissive manner. Could this ramp-up of 'all-things-cloud' be part of a larger alliance Ballmer is solidifying with the Obama Administration?

From Russia With Love, Chatroulette 17-Yr Old Founder En Route to USA?

While well known as a habitual truant at his high school, when 17-year old Andrey Ternovskiy is not where he's supposed to be, he's taking business lunches and entertaining offers. However the goose that laid the golden 'webcam' egg might be ready for a major change in his very short life.  There's evidence that he just might  be packing up the Internet's next shiny thing and transplanting it from Moscow to the Silicon Valley, in hopes of converting rubles into Ben Franklins.

Manpacks: Men’s Underwear Subscriptions Alleviates The Embarrassment Of Holey Socks!

I recently wrote about another subscription service that helps shopophobic men maintain their personal hygiene without ever having to leave home to purchase their products. Now there's another business that helps these gentlemen with the essentials.


Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

Pod Hotels Feature Capsules, Cabins, Igloos & iPods

There was a time when travelers sought out spacious hotels for business and leisure. Large guestrooms signified luxury and comfort and the traveling public was willing to spend the higher room rates for connecting rooms, suites and penthouse level accommodations. In fact any hotel room that exceeded 400 square feet in most city hotels was considered roomy.  However, times do change and today we're adjusting to recessionary times by employing cost-cutting measures at work and  when we travel.  "Pod Hotels" is the latest segment of the hospitality industry to emerge as the trend-du-jour to address those needs.

Toy Traveling: Send Your Inanimate Friend For A World Tour!

Travelocity may have started it with its jet setting gnome, but the new trend is taking pictures of inanimate objects in various places around the world. The only problem is to send your toy to get its picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower means that you've got to get your own plane ticket.


'United Breaks Guitars' Music Trilogy Now Complete With Debut of Song #3

Even though United Airlines donated $3000 to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and Taylor Guitars ponied up a couple of replacement guitars, Dave Carroll is following through with his original promise to produce and record three songs dedicated to his now infamous damaged guitar incident. For those that don't know Dave, he is the songwriter/singer whose guitar was damaged on a United Airline's flight from Halifax to Nebraska last summer.

The Business Card Revolution Continues - 10 Totally Unique Business Cards

Business cards just aren't static little rectangles anymore.  Some now hold data.  Some you have to light on fire just to get the business's contact info.  Others are just... strange.  One thing is for sure: the business card is changing with the times.

Your iPhone Is A Prime Target For Wiretapping, Stringer Bell

For anyone that was addicted to the HBO show, 'The Wire' you are probably  already familiar with how law enforcement can wiretap phones. For those who remember the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to obtain information from suspected terrorists, you know how the federal government's policies infringed on privacy rights. But did you also know that our smartphones can become our own worst enemy?