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WebbAlert Keeps You Updated

August 3rd, 2007 No comments

Morgan Webb of G4TV’s XPlay has started her own video blog, WebbAlert. Initially it will be daily from Monday to Thursdays. We’ve liked her on XPlay and so far, the first 2 video blogs show promise. The video blogs aim to be short snippets (about 5 minutes long) of the goings on around the web.

Check out the first 2 episodes…

WebbAlert – August 2, 2007

WebbAlert – August 3, 2007

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3 Free Pownce Invites

July 13th, 2007 27 comments

Our good friend Derek over at Widgets Lab was kind enough to provide us with a Pownce invite. If you didn’t know, Pownce is currently in private beta and available by invite only. We have not spent enough time on the system yet to provide a review, so here’s the info from the Pownce About page.

“Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends. What kind of stuff? You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more. You can do it all on our web site, or install our lightweight desktop software that lets you get out of the browser.” – Pownce About Page

If you’re interested in Pownce and would like an invite, we have 3 available for our readers. Just leave a comment on this post with your request and make sure to enter your email address in the email field of the comment form. The email will not be displayed and rest assured we will never share your email with anyone.

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More iPhone News

July 6th, 2007 No comments

Developing for the Apple iPhone

Apple has released Web Development Guidelines for the iPhone. Developing web applications for the iPhone involves Safari 3 and Safari Web Kit engine.

From Apple:

“Developers can create Web 2.0 applications that look and behave just like the applications built into iPhone, and provide seamless integration with iPhone applications and services including making a phone call, sending an email, and displaying a location in Google Maps. Third-party applications created using web standards can extend iPhone’s capabilities without compromising its reliability or security.”

[via The Unofficial Apple Weblog]

iPhone Apps and Widgets Lists

iPhone Application List

From iPhone Application List:

“iPhoneApplicationList.com is a site dedicated to 3rd Party iPhone Applications.The iPhone has not yet been released but already developers have released some amazing apps.”

iPhone Widget List

From iPhone Widget List:

“The List is a reference site to find iPhone widget and app concepts on the web. We expect this list to evolve from prototypes and concepts to working web apps formatted specifically for the iPhone.”

[via Widgets Lab]

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Wize not so Wise and a bit too early

June 5th, 2007 2 comments

We’ve spent the last 24 hours reviewing the new revenue-generating widget from Wize. Wize is a product research site that consolidates product reviews from various sources and scores each product on their Wize Rank scale. The new widget aims to help bloggers who post about products by presenting relevant products in the widget from the Wize system. If the blogger joins the Wize affiliate program, they will get a share of the revenue generated from the click throughs. While we love the idea, it does seem to fall a bit short. In our opinion, Wize would have been wiser to build-out the system more before release. To be fair, this is only a review based on what we have researched. We do not have access to a TypePad blog, so we have not done any form of real testing. This leads to our first complaint.

It is understandable to release products and services in a controlled manner. However, you get very few chances to make an impression. While TypePad has a large following, why limit yourself to just TypePad. Our guess is that the much of this is probably linked to the development necessary to make the widget content specific and targeted. The traditional Flash widget is limited in this respect and content aware widgets need closer integration with various blog platforms. If WordPress was added to the list, we would have been more receptive on this front.

Without being able to test on WordPress, we did not bother to try out the affiliate program. Though, we did take a look around to see where and how one would join. As far as we can tell, the current process requires you to contact Wize via an email form. Again, we understand the development and planning necessary to build an affiliate system, but a more automated process should be part of the initial release process. At this point, there are 2 major hurdles to the adoption of the widget and we haven’t even touched on the widget itself.

With those two items aside, the widget itself is a bit lacking. It appears that there is only one defined widget size and display. Being an initial release the limited offering is understandable, but this doesn’t mean you don’t give more consideration to the widget. First off, the thing is huge at 160 by 950 pixels. The good thing is it will fit in most sidebars, but in our opinion the height of the widget should be shorter. Standard wide skyscraper ad size is 160 by 600 pixels, why deviate from the standard? Much of the content in the widget could be made smaller without sacrificing readability. A few more pre-defined sizes shouldn’t have been difficult and should have been provided.

Some interesting things could have been done with variable sizing. For example, rather than just one widget taking up the entire sidebar, you can attach a 468 by 60 pixel banner to the end of each blog post with targeted products specific to that post. This way, a page with 5 posts on 5 different products can get the appropriate relevant product reviews. Or, a square format that provides the top rated product. There are many ways this widget can be used and this initial release is just selling itself short.

Overall, Wize and their widget have potential. We feel that there is a place for them, but there are already other product widgets available and their initial offering is far behind. From a business standpoint, we get the feeling that they are being overly cautious. Another few weeks to develop a few extra features and a better framework would have been time well spent. Let’s hope their next iteration is much more impressive.

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Friday Video 2.0

April 13th, 2007 1 comment

Found this over at Snipperoo Blog. It pretty much sums it up…

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