Category: Tech

teXTteXTer.com: a messaging aggregation service

texting texts

teXTteXTer.com or texting text is an idea to create one text service. You connect your texting services such as SMS, Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, etc. and receive all in one. You can respond to any of those received texts with the same or a cheaper alternative if you’re connected elsewhere.

Social Bargain Hunters.

shopping running

Whenever you look for something, someone else can find it cheaper, definitely. Social Bargain Hunter is a P2P market place where people can add what they want to buy, where they will buy it. Then it gets challenged by the social bargain hunters. It’s not about the right price, it’a about the best price. A social bargain hunter looks for the best (read: cheaper) deals. The difference between the original price and the found price is shared between the publisher of the loot and the hunter who has found the best deal. A percentage is kept by the platform.

This means you can start to make money by shopping. A woman’s wet dream, no? 🙂

Shopping

NoMoreFraud.org, an e-commerce fraude detection service and insurance. #oipd

e-commerce fraud

I am the owner of the feelgood brand for pregnant women ZOYOKO.com that offers designer maternity wear of the highest quality from a large variety of suppliers. We use Atos Worldline and Ogone for our online payments but in all fairness, they suck bigtime for vendors because they only protect the customer. In November we had a good sale for almost 900 EUR. As the credit card was Japanese and used in Greece, we waited for shipping the goods until the amount was registered in our bank account. We shipped the same day and a couple of days later the goods were delivered at the address requested.

In december, we got the request from ATOS to provide them with proof that we authorised the fraudulent payment and requested the payment back. We acted in good faith (we have regularly expats buying) and as we pay Ogone a monthly fee of 10 EUR + 0.3% of the total revenue on top of the normal fees for fraude detection. I was really upset when they told us WE should configure the module ourselves and that it is no guarantee it will detect fraude. It can only assume there is a higher risk of fraud involved… When they told us we should contact every customer whereby the ‘lights’ are orange (>75% of the cases…) and ask them to pay by bank transfer, I felt deceived. So not only do they not take any responsibility, they just make you pay without asking or delivering a service worth the price.

From my frustration I got the following idea. A Mollom-like fraude detection service and insurance in case it goes wrong.

What’s a Mollom like service, i hear you think? Well, it uses the wisdom of the crowds not only to detect but prevent misuse of spam comments on (blog/)websites. By offering it for free to small sites, it gets the adoption it requires to grow its knowledge base. Also, it has a build-in robot detection step 2 authentication in case of doubt wherein real people can enter a captcha to proof they’re human.

So the NoMoreFraud pitch is the following;

credit bank card fraud

NoMoreFraud facilitates and guarantees payments on websites while blocking fraude. The service is in direct contact with Card Stop services around the world, it automatically blocks any payment instantly when it knows a credit or bank card is used falsely. Basically it aggregates all blocked bank and credit cards in the world instantly, so both vendors as well as customers are protected better against fraudulent use of stolen or lost cards.

The service works in close collaboration with authorities around the world to catch the thieves who (try to) use the credit card.

On top of pay per use fee (0,1% of the transaction cost), you can get extra insurance in different formulas (1 EUR per month for up to 1.000 EUR value, 10 EUR per month for up to 10.000 EUR value, …) but normally, over time this insurance should become obsolete.

Triesikstie: virtual war rooms & standup meeting rooms. #oipd

Triesikstie offers an extra service to Google Hangout and/or Skype whereby you can add a virtual room to a conference call. This virtual room can be filled with images, presentations, documents, etc that need discussion. Or these documents can be used as the input for a brainstorm or just to keep track of the daily progress in SCRUM or agile working environment. You can dress up the room and indulge your customers, partners or co-workers in an unique remote virtual collaborative (marketing) experience.

triesikstie virtual meeting room Triesikstie only costs $1 per room per day and offers unlimited user access.

Remote controlled and electric-powered baby stroller. #oipd

electric-powered mountain buggy When going uphill, a stroller or buggy can be really heavy. We’re currently in Brittany and some streets (such as Rue Longue in Morlaix) are really steep…

So I was thinking about giving the stroller some additional electric power when pushing it uphill or when there is just a lot of wind. Also it would be nice, as mentioned by Tom Van Der Biest, that a remote control would also be very nice. What I think would be especially useful is that the stroller is traffic aware and runs automatically in front of me taking up the traffic in front and behind me. When I speed up my tempo, the stroller goes quicker. When I change course, the stroller adjust his. I could even go jogging with my stroller without any problems. I believe our Mountain Buggy is a perfect fit to be altered to this solution because it’s perfect for almost any terrain I have come across in the recent years.

Microsoft Tafiti

Tafiti is an experiment for a search engine site from Microsoft. It runs on the new Silverlight platform (you’ll need to install a plug-in – This is Microsoft answer to Adobe’s flash). Although it is new, it uses the existing Live Search as basic search engine. The visualizations are rich and aim to meet the needs of people who do research online. I don’t think it helps them very much and it’s just a bunch of form over function. The speed and efficiency (what we look for in search engines) is rather poor and having to download and install stuff to use a search engine is just too much to ask for. No-one will use it more than… euhm … twice. And I guess that’s still very optimistic 🙂

Read more about it here and here.

A couple of things.

Bitlet I dig this kind of stuff. It puts a smile on my face. I just clicked: “I’m feeling lucky” 🙂

See the universe.

He’s down to earth, knows economics, broadcasts a podcast, works with sharepoint and he is only 14; Daniel Brusilovsky. He’s just amazing, here in this interview with Robert Scoble (aka Scobleizer).

Anymails

Anymails is a visualization of my received emails.
I have investigated how I can use natural metaphors to visualize my inbox, its structure and attributes. The metaphor of microbes is used. My objective is to offer the user another experience of his email world.

The project was developed during the MFA thesis “Natural Metaphor For Information Visuzalization” (thesis.zip, PDF, 7mb) at the Dynamic Media Intitute Boston in 2007.

The emails used in the prototype are read from the users local Apple Mail database. The prototype was built with Flash and Processing. The Anymails source code (OS-X 10.4.9 ppc) is available for download (2.5mb).

Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia (must see)

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/37

About this Talk

Jimmy Wales assembled “a ragtag band of volunteers,” gave them tools for collaborating, and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished encyclopedia of the future. Here, he explains how the collaborative approach works, and why it succeeds. Along the way, he debunks some controversies, explains the “neutral point-of-view policy” and why it is non-debatable; and details the Wikipedia governance model: a democracy with a bit of aristocracy and some monarchy thrown in.

About Jimmy Wales

With a vision for a free online encyclopedia, Wales assembled legions of volunteer contributors, gave them tools for collaborating, and created the self-organizing, self-correcting, ever-expanding, multilingual encyclopedia of the future. Read full bio »

Graphical inspiration

http://sunlightlabs.com/visualizingearmarks/ – graphically interesting stuff
http://www.cogenz.com/ – nice design
http://www.yuntaa.com/ – very nice design
http://wefeelfine.org/ – WAAAW –> very cool design)