I was a long time user of an early pioneer location-based site Plazes dating back to July 2005. Then in 2008 the announcement was made that the acquisition of Plazes was made by Nokia. After absorbing their 13 or so employees it still functioned but became very dormant. I would have thought Nokia would jump on the opportunity to integrate an existing location-based service into their phones directly. Instead I watched it languish.
It seems that recent announcements points to Nokia Maps for Plazes data. Unfortunately I cannot find a single piece of it. Locations are muddled, past reviews and check-ins seem to be non-existent. So I found a tiny link for their Pulse beta.
What is Nokia Pulse™?
Nokia Pulse is an exciting new way to check in with the people you care about most—your family and close friends.
Nokia Pulse automatically tags the photos, updates, and links you send with your location. So every conversation, from pickups and drop-offs to meet-ups, is as instant, private, and simple as sending a text, but far more useful and engaging.
And because it’s integrated with Nokia Maps, finding people nearby, discovering new places, and getting directions is a snap.
Pulse only runs on very specific phones and a mobile web interface for the rest. Windows Phone 7 was the first choice listed. You must have a Nokia account to use the service so it would have been nice if they ported over my login information and history into Pulse from Plazes. it appears they had no intent. With almost 1200 Plazes across 12 countries I have a lot of historical data there.
Plazes service Radar also appears in Pulse showing you close locations and people based on your contact list. Once again I have to rebuild this in the Nokia Maps world so I have lost all of that connectivity.
Attempts the last few weeks to log into Plazes to see if I can export the data in some format return a single sad screen:
We are making the service better to handle your request the way you expected. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Check back in a minute or two.
Shame on Nokia for not taking advantage of an existing user base and historical data.
Skype is storing your file transfers in their cloud now – where and how long?
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 9:28a Chris Miller With the recent changes of Skype moving to a cloud based architecture some of you may be seeing a link when sending file transfers. These transfers used to be peer to peer. Skype has not issued any statement or documentation where or how long these file transfers are stored.
As part of Skype’s move to a cloud-based architecture, pictures sent via chat are now uploaded to the cloud. All of our Skype clients are currently moving to this new cloud-based architecture, and once we complete the [read] Keywords: server
Checky helps you stop checking your phone so much – Virtual Gratification Syndrome
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 2:09p Chris Miller How many times a day do you check your phone or tablet? Checky can help by telling you the number of times and where you do it using the location services built into your device. The idea of the free application is to inform you where and how often you keep checking for that Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS). Think about your own habits and when you unlock that screen.
In the car? Of course
In the elevator? Yes
At lunch? Always
At dinner? If the other person does
In bed? Oh yeah
Random [read] Keywords: application
Streem launches to offer unlimited cloud storage for one flat rate
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 12:13p Chris Miller Streem is launching Streem Drive to offer unlimited cloud storage and streaming for one flat monthly rate. Should offerings Dropbox, Box, Copy and others be worried? Maybe they should since Streem will also offer 20GB of free space to everyone to get you hooked.
Streem is taking a new approach with unlimited storage by utilizing deduplication of cloud files and using proprietary technology to stream movies and audio to your devices. They hope they can compensate and estimate the large need for s [read] Keywords: security
Social Identity – Public Personal Private at SxSW 2014 (video)
Sun, Mar 16th 2014 7:43p Chris Miller Presented at SxSW 2014, Social Identity is not just your socially shared content, but your identity you build on the public and personal social networks that affect you privately.
In this recorded session I walk through the definition of social identity and how to split it into personas. I show where we have all made the worst mistakes along the way and how to get out of exposing our social identity.
With the amount of private identity data we share accidentally across the social sites and the a [read] Keywords: mobile
Felt – send handwritten cards from your iPad via SxSW 2014
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 1:38p Chris Miller Felt was a finalist in the Accelerator Social Technology category at SxSW 2014. This iPad application lets you create handwritten cards that are mailed for you.
Using their pretty slick iPad application, you choose the type of event card you want to send from Felt, including awesome artwork ones that can be used for anything. I like the fact they offer cards that are not just built around holidays and events, yet have very good artwork. You can also find some simple ones.
After choosing th [read] Keywords: apple
Ferris – a video app for living stories
Sat, Mar 8th 2014 12:12p Chris Miller Ferris was at the SxSW 2014 Accelerator showing off their living story video app. We look at use cases and how it works. It is just in beta now.
The Ferris idea is based around multiple people recording at the same time and geographic location.
Ferris is a stunning mobile video app for creating and contributing to living stories. Ferris joins together relevant mobile video clips based on location, time, topic and category to create a fluid, evolving and interactive stream of relevant content.
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Samba.me launches for SxSW and accesses your contacts
The Samba.me service is a video sharing platform that records the reaction of the receiver and sends it back to the sender. For example I record a skating video (maximum time is 16 seconds) with a person falling. I send the video to a friend via the Samba.me app. When they watch the [read] Keywords: google
Would you hand over 30,000 Instagram followers for free?
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 10:32a Chris Miller How much are 30,000 real Instragram followers worth? Apparently free to young artist Luz, courtesy for SuicideGirl Carrina Vargas. With everyone putting a dollar value on the number of social media followers across the networks, you see brands and people try to build followers and sell or leverage them to sell advertising. No one just hands the account over freely do they?
Well I watched Noelle (formerly @carrinavargas on Instagram and now do just that. She made one final post as she starte [read] Keywords: