Showing posts from September, 2005

[Cool] Real-time value of Game Money to Real Money

Cute, shows graphs of how much game money is being exchanged for real USD money.

Web service for calling phone

Motorola Contest

Imagine your car contacting the mechanic directly to schedule its next oil change or downloading a music video from your car stereo to watch on a conference call with a friend across the globe.

Is this the future of mobile communications? You tell us.

To help visualize the next generation of seamless mobility, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today launched MOTOFWRD, a nationwide competition challenging emerging innovators to depict – either through words or visuals – how tomorrow’s society will answer to the consumer demand to live life wherever, whenever and however. Seamless mobility is a set of solutions that will provide easy, uninterrupted access to information, entertainment, communication, monitoring and control when, where and how we want regardless of the device, service, network or location.


Tor GUI Contest

Tor is a decentralized network of computers on the Internet that increases privacy in Web browsing, instant messaging, and other applications. We estimate there are some 50,000 Tor users currently, routing their traffic through about 250 volunteer Tor servers on six continents. However, Tor's current user interface approach — running as a service in the background — does a poor job of communicating network status and security levels to the user.

The Tor project, affiliated with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is running a UI competition to develop a vision of how Tor can work in a user's everyday anonymous browsing experience. Some of the challenges include how to make alerts and error conditions visible on screen; how to let the user configure Tor to use or avoid certain routes or nodes; how to learn about the current state of a Tor connection, including which servers it uses; and how to find out whether (and which) applications are using Tor safely.


[Mobile] Video Snacking on Mobile Devices

Sounds plausible, could be a new genre. Though I wish phone carriers could open up access more and make it easier for average developers to innovate. EBay, Amazon, and Wikipedia didn't emerge because people had to ask for lots of permission.

While consumers may not have the patience to watch a feature-length movie on a 2-in. square LCD screen, they may likely view commercially-produced short clips-- "video snacks"-- up to 10 minutes in length.