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New Brainshark Team Edition

January 28th, 2012 01:30 admin View Comments

SlideShark_Logo-150.jpgWe’ve written before about Brainshark’s iPad slide show app and today they have announced the availability of SlideShark Team Edition. It adds admin controls, team-wide content sharing, and usage analytics to the individual features found previously.

With Team Edition, sales teams for example can share their slide decks as they tote about their iPads around the countryside. Individuals can still upload PowerPoint slides for their own use too.

It’s priced at $149 per user per year.

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As you can see above, account administrators can access info on which presentations and users are most active. They can also download usage reports.

Source: New Brainshark Team Edition

New Brainshark Team Edition

January 28th, 2012 01:30 admin View Comments

SlideShark_Logo-150.jpgWe’ve written before about Brainshark’s iPad slide show app and today they have announced the availability of SlideShark Team Edition. It adds admin controls, team-wide content sharing, and usage analytics to the individual features found previously.

With Team Edition, sales teams for example can share their slide decks as they tote about their iPads around the countryside. Individuals can still upload PowerPoint slides for their own use too.

It’s priced at $149 per user per year.

SlideShark Team Edition Analytics.png
As you can see above, account administrators can access info on which presentations and users are most active. They can also download usage reports.

Source: New Brainshark Team Edition

Apple Wins Patent For “Slide To Unlock” Gesture; But Still Gets Ripped Off By Espier Launcher On Android Market

October 28th, 2011 10:05 admin View Comments

Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

October 26th, 2011 10:13 admin View Comments

Patents

generalhavok writes “The United States Patent & Trademark Office has approved Apple’s patent on the slide to unlock gesture used on iOS devices. Interestingly, this patent was earlier dismissed in Europe due to prior art. With many Android phones using a similar slide gesture, it will be interesting to see how this new patent will affect the patent wars between Apple and Android vendors.”

Source: Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

EPIC Uncovers: Mobile Scanners Not ‘Certified People Scanners’

September 1st, 2011 09:02 admin View Comments

Government

OverTheGeicoE writes “The Electronic Privacy Information Center received more FOIA documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding mobile x-ray scanners (a.k.a. Z Backscatter Vans). We’ve discussed these devices befor. Perhaps the most interesting part is slide #11 (‘Disclaimer About Scanning People’) on page 6 of this PDF explaining that the radiation output of these devices is too high to comply with ANSI N43.17. In other words, they output too much radiation even by TSA’s questionable standards for airport body scanners. Regardless, the slide ends with the author stating that the ANSI standard ‘is not applicable to covert operations.’ What might that assertion have meant to the presentation’s intended audience?”

Source: EPIC Uncovers: Mobile Scanners Not ‘Certified People Scanners’

‘Superpoke’ To Be No More, Thanks To Google

August 28th, 2011 08:28 admin View Comments

Facebook

angry tapir writes “Apparently the age of ‘superpoking’ social network friends and throwing sheep at them is coming to a close. Google plans to shut down the social applications developed by Slide, a company it acquired a year ago for US$182 million. Slide products include SuperPoke, and photo management and decorating tools like Slideshow and FunPix. Slide’s applications like Slideshow were very popular on MySpace during its heyday, and found success on other social networking sites, including Facebook, where the sheep-throwing feature of SuperPoke caught on, entertaining and annoying many.”

Source: ‘Superpoke’ To Be No More, Thanks To Google

The Google/Slide Quiet Launches Continue With Prizes — Social Contests For Money

July 3rd, 2011 07:38 admin View Comments

The Slide group within Google has been busy. Disco, the group messaging app, quietly launched back in March. Then last week, Pool Party, a group mobile photo service entered into private beta. And today the team is back again with Prizes, a service that apparently aims to link up people with a problem to those with a solution — for money.

Found at Prizes.org (which DotWeekly reported that Google secured back in April for Slide), Prizes is still in beta testing. But it is available for the public to use right now — though contest creation is still invite-only. You simply sign up with Facebook or Twitter (no Google options) and you’re ready to go.

Once you sign up, you’ll be presented with a stream of activities you can do — such as creating a soul mixtape — for money. You can follow any of these contests, or drill down into them for more information. And you can submit entries (solutions) for each contest.

Each contest has a time limit for completion. And they can get votes from other users. Users of Prizes can also get messages from other users, and get notifications for the contests they’re following.

The money aspect is currently only open to users with a “credit history”, meaning users have participated in contests in the past or created their own. The transactions are handled through PayPal (again, not a Google service — Checkout).

The idea is fairly compelling, though as usual, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any mention of Slide or Google anywhere on the site. You have to drill into the TOS to find that Slide, by way of Google, is behind the service. Given the lack of Google integration, it seems that this is yet another example of Google giving the Slide team free reign to do as they wish within the company.

[thanks Adora]

Source: The Google/Slide Quiet Launches Continue With Prizes — Social Contests For Money

Pool Party: Google Has Their Own Secret Photo-Sharing App Too — Built By Slide

June 30th, 2011 06:11 admin View Comments

Back in March, we first exposed Disco, a group messaging app that the Slide team within Google had built. And that’s not all they’ve been working on. Say hello to Pool Party, another secret project by the same team within Google.

We don’t know much about Pool Party other than it’s a photo-sharing app that the Slide team has built. It is also believed to be Android-only for now (as you can see in the screenshots below). The emphasis is said to be on creating group albums (“pools”) that show new photos in real time.

The app is currently in invite-only beta testing. And Google was able to secure the poolpartyapp.com domain for it — not quite as sexy as disco.com, but it will do.

What’s perhaps most interesting about this is that Slide is building these new apps within Google while other teams at Google work on similar projects. For example, Google+ features both a group messaging component (Huddle) and a mobile photo sharing component (Instant Upload). When I asked the Google+ leads, Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz, why they weren’t just using Disco inside of Google+, they both said they had no idea what I was talking about — while smiling.

It’s believed that Slide is allowed to work autonomously on their own projects within Google, and both of these apps appear to be very much proof of that. The question is if and when Google will use its own clout to promote these things. Disco is already on version 2 with no Google promotion yet.

Sadly, unlike Facebook’s secret photos app, we were only able to secure two photos of Pool Party. Enjoy.

 

Source: Pool Party: Google Has Their Own Secret Photo-Sharing App Too — Built By Slide

A TechCrunch Disrupt Proposal

June 4th, 2011 06:33 admin View Comments

Ah, true love.

Everyone was surprised — even Michael Arrington was left speechless and said he was “discombobulated” — after Julia Hu was proposed to onstage during her special product announcement at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City.

Hu, CEO and founder of LARK, was near the end of her presentation when someone called out that she had one more slide left to go over. As she clicked on the last slide, she screamed as her boyfriend came running up onstage to place a ring on her finger. It was the first ever TechCrunch Disrupt proposal and we caught the whole thing on camera.

It was sweet, touching, and hilarious. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to watch yet, the proposal and the backstage interview are below.

A huge congratulations to Julia and Jeff!

You going to have a seat?

Yes.

So, you have been working with a company in China called PCH.

Oh, oh my god.

We’re going to be OK.

Someone put the slide back up.

Oh my god.

ou .

Sorry.

What ‘s happening right now, just so the audience knows. Did you just get engaged to be married?

Yes Yeah.

You didn’t actually ask her, you just put-

I asked her on the flight Yes .

Do you guys want to reverse that and redo it?

Let’s try that again. All right.

Okay. So.

Julia, will you marry me?

Oh my God, yes. I’ve only been waiting for it.

I didn’t know that was going to happen.

Me neither.

Now we get back to business.

How did we, how did that get screwed up. Is the slide, you guys all saw the slide. I was like forget that, let’s move on, we got stuff to do in the middle of your, so That was 11 years, thank you.

Alright. I’m ready again.

You had no idea that was going to happen?

No, Did you see me?

Yeah, it took me a little while to figure out what was going on but Oh my God.

Did you know that was going to happen? Or you saw the slide.

Alright. He it just stole my thunder, didn’t he?

You said yes, because you wanted to get married, right, it was just in front of everyone, I mean, that’s a good thing, and everything?

Oh, yeah, yeah. My PR firm told me to do that, no, I was just kidding Did your P.R. firm actually set this up.

Congratulations. Jeff congratulations.

Thank you.

Hi, it’s Matt Burns with Crunch Gear, I’m here with Julia Hu of Lark this fantastic little sleep aid but first before we get to this something fantastic happened on our stage.

Oh my god it was so shocking.

you broke an alarm clock but more than that right?

that’s right.

you got engaged?

yeah.

that’s fantastic.

he totally sprung it on .

And everybody, nobody.

Not even Mike?

Not even Mike, and he loves surprises. So that’s fantastic, well congratulations.

Thanks

Hi, it’s Matt Burns with CrunchGear. I’m here with Julia Hu of Lark, this fantastic little sleep aid.

Yup.

But first before we get to this, something fantastic happened on our stage.

Oh my gosh, it was so shocking.

Well, you broke an alarm clock, but more than that, right?

That’s right! So, you got engaged?

I got engaged. Yeah.

That’s fantastic. And-

He totally sprung in on me.

And everybody- nobody knew.

Not even Mike.

Not even Mike and he loves surprises. So that’s fantastic. Well congratulations.

Thanks.

So let’s get back to the Lark. Can you tell me a little about it?

Yeah, actually I started it because of Jeff. He used to wake me up every morning, and go running and so, I had nothing to do, I wasn’t gonna, you know, kick him out on the streets so I made this happened.

Well that’s fantastic that you are engaged now. And I know. And now he gets to live a life with Lark.

Yes, exactly. So it goes on your wrist. and you launched this last year at TechCrunch, San Francisco, right?

Yeah, exactly, it was a concept that we had thought of through MIT, when I was a grad student there and we got together a bunch of engineers, won a couple of business plan competitions.

Right.

And then built this up.

We went stealth after we raised a round after TechCrunch, and today the product’s out!

That’s fantastic. So the-the big news here is that you working with PC Edge International, right?

Yes, yes.

You are one of their first major clients, so could you tell me a little bit about that process about how from start to finish went Yeah. They work with much much larger companies, they chose us to partner, to become their first inaugural project for PC Edge Accelerator, which is sort of I thought that would be the Y Combinator, but for hardware start ups. So, you know they came to us. We had a lot of market data. We had prototypes but we had no idea how much it took to get from concept to product.

Sure.

So they helped with all the product sourcing. They helped with initial conceptual designs. They helped with sourcing all the materials.

Yeah, because getting a gadget to market is hard.

Yeah, yeah.

And so they really took a lot the pain out of it.

Exactly.

Making a web app is relatively easy in comparison, right?

Well everything has its challenges, so, I think we’re really good at technology innovation, at software development, all our online portal and sleep science. But they’re really good at taking the headaches away from you know, what Velcro do we use.

What Velcro did you use?

We actually sourced an extremely soft, breathable Velcro that’s actually like a fabric. And we went to stores all across the US trying to find this; nothing. They found it in two weeks in China, so.

You know sleep aids have been out for a while and we’ve seen quite a few at CES, but this one’s different in that it doesn’t go on your head.

Yeah well we want you to sleep well, Right that’s the thing, So this is hopefully very invisible that was our major major concern and we want it to be something that you could use everyday. At the fundamental core of it, lark is a way to wake up great and not wake anyone else up. So hopefully it’s solving a pain. And then f you want to improve, like you improve with fitness, then we can personally coach you through all of our sleep science.

I have two kids, and I do not sleep very well.

Oh my god.

Is his is gonna help me?

Well, so we will help you to be much more efficient in your sleep, and also we will tell you a couple of tips of being able to shift your sleep pattern so that you can sleep and fall asleep earlier in the day perhaps. So, when you get woken up in the morning, it might not be as jarring for you, or you can put the lark on the kids.

Yeah, that’s what they need.

And see if they can be trained to sleep better.

Man, they need something. Even Benadryl won’t work.

Oh my god.

Well thanks so much, Julian and Jeff.

Thanks you so much.

Congratulations, so much.

Thank you. We’re so excited.

Great.

lark.com.

When does it come out. I’m sorry.

Today. Today. So you can order today online or here at the booths. It’s one twenty-nine for Lark and one eighty-nine for Lark Pro, which includes the seven day assessment and the personal sleep coach for a year.

Great.

Source: A TechCrunch Disrupt Proposal

Why Would Google Release an iPhone-Only Group Messaging App?

March 27th, 2011 03:39 admin View Comments

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Were you tired of free, data-based messaging with apps like Beluga or GroupMe? Were you over quick and easy location sharing? In-line mobile image sharing? Push notifications? Then worry not, because Disco has come along to take away all the frills and leave your group messaging experience without any of the perks of a smartphone with a data plan.

The punchline here is that Slide – the company acquired by Google last summer – has just released an iPhone-only group messaging app that does nothing offered by all of its competition. Even Google doesn’t have much to say on the topic, but maybe that’s because the company behind the fastest growing mobile OS has something up its sleeve.

Over recent months, the group messaging space has been heating up. One app after another has shown up on the scene, offering its own distinct take on what’s important to mobile group communication. GroupMe, for example, offered groups that expired over time and free conference calling, for when messaging became too cumbersome. Beluga offered data messaging, rather than solely SMS, with inline image and location sharing. Both were validated in their efforts, in usage as well as funding: Beluga got bought out by Facebook while GroupMe raised $10.6 million. A number of other apps followed suit, with many of these features constituting the bare minimum. They seemingly set the bar for what users could expect from a group messaging app.

Then, along came Google’s, err, Slide’s entry into the field – Disco. It does none of the cool stuff that the rest of these apps do. It allows people to send and receive SMS in a group format, by creating a single number that everyone in the group can message to reach all other members of that group. There’s no map, no conference calling, no image sharing, no video, no Foursquare integration, no nothing. Sure, the app is in its beta release, but it is effectively months behind every other app out there in terms of features.

Even more appalling, the app is available only on iOS and on the Web. You read that right – the group messaging app effectively put out by Google is not available for Android.

A Google spokesperson described the release as one by a separate team within Google, not by Google itself, saying that “at Google, our focus is on rapid innovation — and the creation of small teams in which people can thrive is an example of that. We’re always looking for ways to give our engineers and entrepreneurs more freedom, ownership and support.”

But This Just Doesn’t Add Up

Sure, we’ve seen Google fumble around in the world of social before. That’s part of the reason it spent $182 million on Slide last August – to help “make Google services socially aware.” But the sticking point here is that a small team at Google just put out a product that doesn’t work on Google products. That would be more than a small misstep. Google can say that Slide is simply acting on its own and finishing up what it started, but that just doesn’t make any sense. What sort of service is Slide providing by releasing a group messaging app for one of its storied arch nemeses? Does this really add up?

Not even a little.

Our best guess is that Slide, and thereby Google, is releasing Disco for iOS and looking at baking it directly in to a future version of Android. Disco, the iPhone app, is just to land something on iOS and ensure cross-platform compatibility. It’s like landing sleeper units on the enemy’s shore, only to awaken when your plan is fully hatched.

Source: Why Would Google Release an iPhone-Only Group Messaging App?

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