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Augmented Identity App Helps You Identify Strangers on the Street

By this point, we’re all familiar with augmented reality, but Swedish mobile software firm The Astonishing Tribe is taking information overload to the next logical step: augmented identity. Mashing up face recognition technology, computer vision, cloud computing, and augmented reality with the complex digital lives many of us lead on the Internet, TAT has created an app that allows you to gather information on a person and their social networking life simply by pointing your camera phone at their face.

Dubbed Recognizr, the app essentially works like this: the user points the camera at a person across the room. Face recognition software creates a 3-D model of the person’s mug and sends it across a server where it’s matched with an identity in the database. A cloud server conducts the facial recognition since and sends back the subject’s name as well as links to any social networking sites the person has provided access to.

Source:  Popsci

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iPhone Apps Have Entire DuPont Corian and Zodiaq Palettes at your Fingertips

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DuPont Invites iPhone & iPod Touch Users to ‘Get Connected’ to Color with One-of-a-Kind mySurface App

Users Now Have Entire DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® Palettes at Their Fingertips

  • DuPont is revolutionizing the way consumers, architects and designers choose their surfaces with mySurface, the first iPhone application of its kind in the surfacing industry.
  • The mySurface app will allow users to search for DuPontTM Corian® solid surface and DuPontTM Zodiaq® quartz surface colors by hue, providing a color swatch that fills the screen along with information on how to order a sample.
  • Users of mySurface have all 130 colors of Corian® and over 60 colors of Zodiaq® at their fingertips, inspiring homeowners, architects and designers to experiment and imagine the design possibilities.
  • mySurface is making it fun and easy for consumers to match countertop colors with their kitchen and bath designs with this all-in-one tool.

Source:  DuPont

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Portable Apps – your computer, without the computer

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your computer, without the computer™

PortableApps.com Suite™ is a complete collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you’re ready to go.

portable – carried or moved with ease
app – a computer program like a web browser or word processor

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

No Special Hardware – Use any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod/MP3 player, etc

No Additional Software – Just download, run the portable installer and go

No Kidding – It’s that easy

Source:  Portable Apps

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40+ awesome free Windows apps you can download in 2 seconds

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Desktop/Shell Enhancements

Launchy (408Kb) – Hotkeys FTW! Launchy does more than hotkeys, of course, but even if you add a bucketload of plugins it’s still under 1Mb.

Open++ (114Kb) – Helps you tweak your context menu six ways from Sunday. Pair it with another app like NirCmd for a nice one-two punch.

ViGlance (198Kb) – Want Windows 7’s iconized taskbar in XP or Vista? ViGlance pulls it off in just under 200Kb. It also swaps the start button for the orb (on XP, of course) and does program grouping and pop-up window lists.

VirtuaWin (385Kb) – Most Linux distributions enable multiple virtual desktops by default. Windows doesn’t support them out of the box – so you’ll need an app like VirtuaWin. It’s a good way to keep your workspace organized.

XNeat (797Kb) – No need to bother with separate apps to shuffle your taskbar icons, roll up windows, or add transparency. XNeat does it all in a single, tiny package. Also allows you to hide windows, minimize to tray, create keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more.

Encryption

DiskCryptor (740Kb) – One thing TrueCrypt can do that OmZiff can’t is encrypt volumes. DiskCryptor can do it, too, and it’s well under the 1Mb mark

LockNote (320Kb) – If the only thing you really want to encrypt are some private thoughts and notes, Steganos’ GPL LockNote is a good choice.

OmZiff (408Kb) – Protecting sensitive data with encryption is never a bad idea. While OmZiff doesn’t have the massive featureset of TrueCrypt, it’s one-tenth the size and provides all the essential functions and includes a file shredder and password generator.

File Tools

7-Zip (919Kb) – Sure, 7-zip’s main application window is ugly, but who uses it? All the archiving and extracting power you need is just a right-click away.

Everything (334Kb) – A great desktop search tool, Everything indexes your drive contents quicky and supports find-as-you-type. There’s a portable version available as well, and it’s even smaller.

FastCopy (194Kb) – Both FastCopy and TeraCopy are great, free apps that make copying and moving large amounts of data easier. For me, FastCopy wins because it’s free for commercial use, Open Source, and about one quarter the size of TeraCopy.

Fling (230Kb) – Those cheap hard drives make an excellent place to back up and archive your files. Fling not only handles drive-to-drive sync, but it also plays well with FTP servers and USB flash drives. It’s one of my favorite discoveries this year.

QDir (439Kb) – If you can get used to the multi-pane crazines, QDir is an awesome tool for manually managing your files and folders.

Space Sniffer (863Kb) – CCleaner does a great job of removing crap from your system, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper. Space Sniffer helps you locate unwanted space hogs graphically.

Suction (180Kb) – One great way to keep mess to a minimum on your system is to consolidate similar directories – that’s exactly what Suction does. It’s portable, too!

WinCD Emu (783Kb) – Daemon Tools and Virtual CloneDrive are more well-known programs for mounting ISO images as virtual optical drives in Windows, but WinCD Emu provides almost the same functionality in a smaller package. It handles ISO, IMG, CUE, BIN, and RAW files.

Internet and Networking

Ammyy Admin (548Kb) – While it lacks TeamViewer’s speed and bonus features, Ammyy still provides firewall-friendly remote control. There are no ports to open, and if trust is an issue you can run your own Ammyy router (85Kb) instead of using theirs.

GMail Notifier Plus (985Kb) – With kicked-up support for Windows 7’s jumplists, this is a useful, sexy helper app for anyone with a GMail account.

Hamachi (989Kb) – Even though it’s about 50% bigger than it used to be, Hamachi is still pretty dang small – and very useful. Its zero-config VPN makes remote access to your systems a breeze.

HydraIRC (949Kb) – The installer pushes HydraIRC over 1MB, but the portable version squeaks in under the wire. Features a tabbed interface, skin support, DCC chat and transfers, channel monitoring, and loads more.

iFTP (838Kb) – I love the second line from the developer’s site: ” I originally wrote i.Ftp to be the first freeware graphical client for BeOS, but someone beat me to it by a few days and well nobody notices who comes 2nd.” That might be true, but he still put together a very capable FTP client with SFTP support.

NewsSifter (262Kb) – An intelligent RSS feed reader that analyzes new items based on content and sorts them into categories that you create.

Putty (444Kb) – Classic SSH/terminal client. ‘Nuf said.

uTorrent (270Kb) – I’ve been using uTorrent as long as I’ve been downloading torrent files. It’s got all the features I need in a client (and more) and it’s well under the 1Mb mark even if you add the WebUI zip file. Sure, there are other options, but uTorrent takes it easy on my system resources and just gets the job done.

Wakoopa (309Kb) – A fun (and informative) social app, Wakoopa tracks your application usage and lets you see what programs other users are running. It’s a great way to discover apps you may not have tried before.

Multimedia

Evil Player (537Kb) – A lightweight, minimal audio player, Evil Player support all the major formats and streams Icecast and Shoutcast (which can be recorded as well).

Fotografix (370Kb) – This little gem has generated quite a bit of buzz since I first wrote it up. It’s an excellent lightweight Photoshop alternative, with features like layers, masks, filters, scripts, and editable type. If the developer’s site is down, grab the file from Rapidspread.

Greenshot (160Kb) – An open source screen capture tool, Greenshot supports full screen, window, and selection captures, saving to multiple image formats, and annotations. Both a portable version and installer (404Kb) are available.

iDump (197Kb) – Need a free, portable app to backup the contents of an iPod? iDump is a good tool for the job, and it downloads in a flash – even on dial-up.

NCH Express Burn (390Kb) – ImgBurn is my default Windows burning application, but Express Burn sports a lot of the same features and packs them into a much smaller package.

VideoCacheView (65Kb) – It’s hard to pick a single NirSoft app to list, because so many of Nir’s utilities are under 1Mb and they’re all handy. This one scours your browsers’ cache files for FLVs and SWFs and allows you to save them for offline viewing.

Office and Productivity

ArsClip (986Kb) – A better clipboard manager with tons of configuration options and features. It’s packaged as a zip and totally portable.

CintaNotes (365Kb) – drop it on your Flash drive, and CintaNotes provides an excellent way to collect snippets, links, and any other text data. It supports tagging and search-as-you-type.

Converber (253Kb) – Its unit-conversion super powers are tought to beat. You might not use Converber often, but it’s small enough to keep around just in case.

KA TypeIn (920Kb) – A fantastic little app that lets you easily create and reuse text snippets. You can get advanced with it as well since it supports variables. Also does autocompletion.

List² (32kb) – You certainly don’t need Excel to create very basic spreadsheet-style lists. This app is more than capable, and it takes up about as much space on your drive as the first page of Excel’s help file.

TinyPDF (586Kb) – Just north of half a meg, and able to create good quality PDFs from any application via file > print. No longer freeware, but you can grab the last free installer from Freeware Files.

TinySpell (590kb) – Not all our favorite apps include a spellchecker. TinySpell fills the gaps and boasts a 110,00 word dictionary.

WinWorkBar (593Kb) – A productivity-boosting calendar and todo list / GTD application rolled into a sidebar (that can be set to autohide).

Utilities and Maintenance

CCleaner (979Kb) – One of the best file and registry cleanup tools around, and the portable version still still weighs in under 1Mb.

FileHippo Update Checker (154Kb) – FileHippo is a great place to download popular free applications. It’s not cluttered with deceptive ads and the site is well-organized. The Updater is a smart way to keep your installers up-to-date.

HijackThis (793Kb) – A must-have for malware cleanup. I don’t recommend HJT to casual users, but if you’re a DIY-er with a good idea what should and shouldn’t be in your registry, it belongs in your toolkit.

Magical Jellybean Keyfinder (367Kb) – Before you reformat your system it’s a good idea to back up the product keys for your installed programs. Jellybean is a free, Open Source app that quickly digs up your keys and saves them to a TXT or CSV file.

NirCmd (86Kb) – I tried, but deep down I knew I couldn’t get through this list without a second NirSoft app. NirCmd packs a ton of command-line Kung Fu in a single download.

Process Lasso (544Kb) – Gives you better control over the processes running on your system. If you’re typically using loads of applications at once, Process Lasso can help keep your system running smoothly. Tweak things manually, or let ProBalance do the work for you.

UltraDefrag (374Kb) – A good defrag tool helps keep your hard drive running like clockwork. Under half a meg and open source, UltraDefrag even comes in 64-bit flavors and there’s a micro build (as if 374Kb wasn’t small enough already).

Unlocker (252Kb) – I hate trying to delete a file only to have Windows notify me that I can’t because the file is in use. Unlocker provides a simple remedy to that problem.

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Ubiquity – awesome web task engine for Firefox

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Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Introducing Ubiquity

An experiment into connecting the Web with language.

It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

You’re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to.  You’d like to include a map. Today, this involves the disjointed tasks of message composition on a web-mail service, mapping the address on a map site, searching for reviews on the restaurant on a search engine, and finally copying all links into the message being composed.  This familiar sequence is an awful lot of clicking, typing, searching, copying, and pasting in order to do a very simple task.  And you haven’t even really sent a map or useful reviews—only links to them.

This kind of clunky, time-consuming interaction is common on the Web. Mashups help in some cases but they are static, require Web development skills, and are largely site-centric rather than user-centric.

It’s even worse on mobile devices, where limited capability and fidelity makes this onerous or nearly impossible.

Most people do not have an easy way to manage the vast resources of the Web to simplify their task at hand. For the most part they are left trundling between web sites, performing common tasks resulting in frustration and wasted time.

Enter Ubiquity

Today we’re announcing the launch of Ubiquity, a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.

The overall goals of Ubiquity are to explore how best to:

  • Empower users to control the web browser with language-based instructions. (With search, users type what they want to find. With Ubiquity, they type what they want to do.)
  • Enable on-demand, user-generated mashups with existing open Web APIs. (In other words, allowing everyone–not just Web developers–to remix the Web so it fits their needs, no matter what page they are on, or what they are doing.)
  • Use Trust networks and social constructs to balance security with ease of extensibility.
  • Extend the browser functionality easily.

Source:  Mozilla Labs

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iHandstick for iPhone 3G 3Gs iPod Touch 2 Gen 3rd Gen – iphone game grip

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Introductions:
To make your iPhone / iPod Touch (see compatibility below) make more friendly when you take your them as a game console.  A similar grip enjoyed by millions of Playstation gamers.

Features:
- Light weight: 98g
- Easy installation
- A friendly handheld grip for your iPhone 3G / 3Gs / iPod Touch 2nd / iPod Touch 3rd when you gaming.
- Good Hand feel

Suitable for:
- iPhone 3G / iPhone 3Gs
- iPod Touch 2nd Gen / 3rd Gen

Package Contents:
- iHandstick for iPhone 3G /  3Gs / iPod Touch 2 Gen / 3rd Gen

Source:  USB Fever

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Use pictures to search the web from Google Goggles

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Use pictures to search the web.

A picture is worth a thousand words.No need to type your search anymore. Just take a picture.

Find out what businesses are nearby.Just point your phone at a store.

This is just the beginning – it’s not quite perfect yet.Works well for some things, but not for all.

Your pictures, your control.Turn on ‘visual search history’ to view or share your pictures at any time. Turn it off to discard them once the search is done.

Source:  Google

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8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

iphonemonitor  8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

It’s a safe bet that one of your doctors has an iPhone. But what you may not realize is that he or she is using it as part of your overall treatment. From reading APGAR scores to x-rays, there is a fascinating array of health-care tech available in app form. Some are created by savvy developers, while others are built out of necessity by the doctors. Currently, the FDA has no over-arching regulation in place for mobile medical apps, despite the fact that they have indicated in the past that under certain circumstances the iPhone may be considered a medical device and therefore regulated as one, according to a report by Brian Dolan on Mobihealthnews.

“Many medical imaging software applications are considered medical devices and, as such, are regulated by the FDA,” says Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “FDA regulations mandate that rigorous processes must be followed during software development, productization, and maintenance.” Dedicated resources, domain knowledge and familiarity with standards allow companies such as Merge to speed up the submission process, but approval varies by product and the process to get an app to market, as outlined on the FDA’s Web site, is a rigorous one.

Source:  Fast Company

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The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite of Products

Thanks to the innovations of AirStrip Technologies, state-of-the-art remote healthcare surveillance is now a reality at hospitals nationwide.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite™ is a collection of robust, dynamic software solutions that are setting a new standard of care – affording healthcare providers in a variety of practice areas anywhere, anytime access to critical information that can improve patient safety and strengthen communication between healthcare professionals.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite includes AirStrip OB™, AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™, AirStrip CRITICAL CARE™, AirStrip IMAGING™ and AirStrip LABORATORY™. AirStrip OB is already FDA cleared and the other applications in the suite are in advanced stages of development. The Suite offers the latest remote healthcare surveillance technology across multiple healthcare disciplines. For more information on the specific features and functionalities of the products within the AirStrip OBSERVER Suite.

Source:  AirStrip

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Open your Mercedes with your iphone mbrace app

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Hughes Telematics recently announced its partnership with Mercedes-Benz on the automaker’s new line of “mbrace” mobile telematics solutions. The system, which connects mbrace-equipped vehicles with an app installed on the user’s Apple iPhone or RIM Blackberry, allows people to lock and unlock their doors, contact roadside assistance, get in touch with a local dealer or find their vehicle in a crowded parking lot. It’s a relatively trick technology that we spent some time with at the LA Auto Show, and there’s plenty of potential on the horizon.
Although the functionality is pretty basic so far, it’s seamlessly integrated with the vehicle and covers the most essential elements of telematics setup.

The user logs in and enters a pin (required every time you use the app for security and safety reasons) and then can choose between three tabs:

  • Vehicle: Lock and unlock doors, vehicle location and assistance
  • Dealer: Contact a local dealer or find one nearby
  • Account: Manage your account with M-B, make payments, etc.

The interface on the iPhone is decidedly more sexy than the Blackberry – no surprise considering the age of RIM’s OS – but both systems work as advertised and the potential for expansion is easy to envision.

Hughes representatives hinted at the possibility of diagnostic, maintenance reminders and a summary of daily driving information (mpg, fuel efficiency, miles traveled, etc.), along with integration with the vehicle’s navigation system to find preferred routes to and from a location based on traffic conditions. Nothing revolutionary, but that’s not what it’s about – it’s about integration. The rest will flow as the systems get more complex and assimilated into the vehicle’s internal systems. Naturally, there’s plenty of talk about lifestyle applications, covering music, messaging, note-taking and other seemingly simple programs currently available on most smartphones.

Source:  Auto Blog

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