This just goes to show that developing a unique idea that creates a community with a service that people can get behind can make you a success. Today, Google acquired its thirteenth third party company when they bought Dodgeball.com. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, here is a rundown:
Dodgeball is a service designed to get you in face-to-face contact with friends, friends of friends, and even crushes. All that is required is a cell phone with text messaging. You sign up for an account and give Dodgeball a list of email addresses for your friends. These people become a part of your network, as do any friends that they recommend when they sign up. The fun begins when you are out and about. You simply send a text message to Dodgeball as follows:
Now, Dodgeball is available cost-free in just about every major US city. So if I were doing this from Seattle, I would send a text message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if I were at the Space Needle then my message would be “@Space Needle”. Now Dodgeball goes to work. Any of my friends who are within a 10 block radius recieve an email and/or text message telling them “Your friend Andru is at Space Needle [address here]. Why not stop by and say hi?” It is simple a great meetup tool. Now, you can format your message in different ways so that instead of contacting your friends, it will send you back a list of friends of friends in the area. You can even just typ in a destination, and it will send you a message back telling you the address and cross streets. Google obviously aw the potential in this service, as have many of its users. If you live in a major US city, check them out at www.dodgeball.com.
One thing that can get very overwhelming as far as business is concerned is email. Personally, I receive over 400 email messages per day. If I didn’t have a system in place to manage it all, I would quickly become a victim of information overload. Your email client can do a lot more than just display electronic messages sent to you from colleagues and friends. We take a look at a few ways to use email to save time, and bring you even more business, after the jump.
Global Gadget Magazine I4U, Gear Live, and Playfeed Announce Exclusive E3 Podcast And Video Coverage
I4U Future Technology News, the Premier digital gadget online news publication, is set to bring E3 coverage to a whole new level. Journalists will be on hand to bring unfiltered reports to readers, listeners and video viewers worldwide.
“This years E3 is going to be special, even for non-hardcore gamers,” states Luigi Lugmayr, CEO of I4U LLC. “The new consoles will also change home entertainment in the near future.”
Our team will produce Podcast and video news reports optimized for multimedia devices such as the iPod, Playstation Portable, and Smart Phones from both the big pre-show press conferences and after show events. Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Revolution will all make their debuts this year, and I4U will be there to bring you the latest coverage from the show room floor. Look for interviews with the top names in gaming, new console updates, hottest holiday titles and everything else that matters. Playstation Portable owners can look forward to video coverage downloads formatted exclusively for their console.
I’ve been wanting to do something neat to my computer for a long time. I thought of etching something into the side window, thought of adding water cooling, I thought of doing a bunch of things. Well, in my search ventures online to find something neat to do I found a really cool mod to do with your PC using a PSone LCD Screen. Jump on down to see how it went.
I have been messing around with Dodgeball.com for a couple of weeks in the Seattle area, and I think the service is pretty cool. I haven’t done much more than test it, but I like the idea behind it. Apparently Google liked it to - so much so that they have acquired the company, making Dodgeball.com the thirteenth company that Google has picked up. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, it is simple. Sign up is free, and you are then able to send a text message to email@example.com whenever you are somewhere that you want to meet people. For example, if I am at Pike’s Place Market hanging out, I can text firstname.lastname@example.org with the message @pikes place. Now anyone on my contact list that happens to be in a 10 block radius will get an email and/or text message which says “Andru is at Pikes Place”. Very cool. Dodgeball is available in most major cities. Congrats to Google for picking this one up.
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British scientists have put together an anti-gravity machine which has the ability to levitate heavy stones, coins, and other metals in the air. Using a powerful magnet, the anti-gravity machine uses diamagnetism, which essentially means that you can place non-magnetic object into a powerful magnetic field, which then causes the object to take on a weak magnetic force of its own. While the levitation technology isn’t new, it has certainly never been at a point where it could lift objects like lumps of metal and heavy stones before. One step closer to that levitating Segway I have been wanting.
Read More | The Guardian
The Google search engine is a powerful force. We have all heard of the different ways you can manipulate the search field to find things that people would rather keep private. Now it appears that someone has uncovered another security flaw, this time concerning iCal. Now, after talking to Joel it was made clear to me that the user needs to do something in order to get their information out there. Apparently, if you publish your iCal, anyone can view it if they know what to plug in to Google. Check it out for yourself. Click on a result to view the calendar, addresses, appointments, and all. Unfortunately, many users will publish a calendar on the web to share with friends, family, or co-workers, not knowing that it would become available for all to see. Perusing through the search results, you can find personal addresses and phone numbers - things I am sure the users probably didn’t mean to broadcast across the interweb.
Canada’s local phone companies were hoping that VOIP services would be left unregulated similar to other Internet services. Instead, what is expected to happen is that the CRTC will bring VOIP under its umbrella which would mean that the large telcos like Bell Canada and Telus Corp. would need to seek CRTC approval for their prices. This means that if they want to slash prices to compete with VOIP services like Vonage and Primus Telecommunications, they need to go through the proper channels to do so. This gives startup VOIP services and easier time of gaining footing, as well as giving cable companies like Shaw, Rogers, and Videotron the ability to compete.
Read More | The Globe and Mail
Yahoo! has made a very bold move in the digital audio download arena. Yahoo! Music Unlimited will bring its users music downloads, similar to services provided by Napster and Rhapsody, for the extremely low price of $7 per month. If you purchase one year all at once, it costs just $60 - that is $5 a month! The music is your standard DRM protected WMA format and can be transferred to portable devices, same thing offered by all the other music stores that aren’t called iTunes. It even allows you to share music via Yahoo! Messenger. Comparatively, NapsterToGo costs $15 per month. I have been messing around with the interface for a bit, and it is honestly just a bit buggy. My guess is that they will have their programmers working on a new build throughout the day in preparation for launch tomorrow. $60for one year’s worth of music? That just may be too hard to pass up.
Read More | Yahoo! Music Unlimited
The Internet is a crowded place, and as you will notice, it is hard to develop a truly original idea that someone else is not already doing. That being the case, your individuality needs to stem from your own originality. One of your main goals should be to stand out from the pack, positioning yourself in an optimal spot in your marketplace. Here are a few tips on gaining that edge:
- Go with something you know. The more knowledge you have about the sector you hope to enter, the greater the chance that those seeking out that information will find your site to be a resource. If you can prove that you know your craft, you will build credibility and a strong rapport with your visitors.
- Go with something you love. Building on the first concept, if you can develop something that you are not only knowledgeable about, but are also passionate about, you will gain a nice personal fulfillment from your work. The fun you are having will come across in your work to your readers, as you will likely be more excited about the effort required to make it a success. You will also be able to come into contact with others who share your passion, again making your venture that much more rewarding.
- Provide a cost-free resource. Whether you are writing articles or selling merchandise, web surfers are attracted by content which they do not need to pay for. Whether that is an ad-supported RSS feed or a merchandise giveaway, give your visitors a reason to not only be excited about your online presence, but to want to return to see what’s next.
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