On today's show, we celebrate the dubious holiday that is Foursquare Day (coming tomorrow), Skype has an Android vulnerability that Donald thinks might just be a feature, and Nintendo is going HD just in time for people to stop buying video games. Also, Best Buy says DVD windowing is totally working, if you enjoy manipulating customers into continuing to pay for a dying format. And Priceline founder Jay Walker sues most of the Internet. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Google's Latitude platform was a relatively early entrant into the current wave of location-aware apps--but until this point, it's steered clear of the "check-in" language that trendy start-ups like Foursquare have popularized. No more: Latitude's iPhone app, in an update announced today, finally allows users to check into specific places and share their location with their friends.
It joins a similar feature for the Latitude Android app, announced last week right before the notorious check-in playground of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, at which Google also announced a promotion with … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--Just one year after it initially previewed its new Internet Explorer 9 browser, Microsoft formally launched the software today at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW), bringing in representatives from launch partners from The Huffington Post, Foursquare, Groupon, and Pandora to demonstrate an experience that looks less like the Web as we know it and more like the app ecosystem of a smartphone or tablet.
"We're used to the Web getting better because of everything other than the PC," Internet Explorer's Dean Hachamovitch said of how the most innovative kinds of Web development have, … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--There was a time, just a couple of years ago, when you could figure out almost everything going on at the South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) just by keeping an eye on the #SXSW hash tag.
Whether it was an impromptu wine party hosted by Gary Vaynerchuck or a Laughing Squid meet-up or word about a great panel going on, that hash tag was many people's essential organizing principle.
AUSTIN, Texas--It can't be easy for Josh Williams, the CEO of geolocation service Gowalla, to see once-close rival Foursquare plastered all over his hometown this week for the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW). On the massive outdoor "Pepsi Max Lot" where lucky Foursquare check-ins can earn users "golden tickets" to a Monday night concert by Big Boi, at local vendors participating in a blockbuster partnership between Foursquare and American Express, or just on the smartphones of the tens of thousands of geeks who flood the Texas capital for the conference each year.
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AUSTIN, Texas--Hailing the 2010s as "the decade of games," Seth Priebatsch, founder of the Google-backed start-up SCVNGR, brought a bright dose of dreamy enthusiasm to the first official keynote of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Plowing through problems from education reform to global warming, and how they could be addressed by applying the principles of games, the skinny Priebatsch showed up for his talk, "The Game Layer on Top of the World," in a bright orange polo shirt with matching sunglasses perched atop his head and spoke with the jerky staccato of … Read more
Foursquare has upgraded its Android and iPhone apps to version 3.0 to kick off some new and enhanced features.
Tap a certain category, such as food, nightlife, or shops, or type in a specific phrase, such as "books" or "gas station," and Foursquare will show you a list of local spots, anywhere from 2 to 10 miles from your … Read more
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
Opera launches a mobile browser-based app store
A new iPad magazine app called Zite arrives
Foursquare launches version 3.0 of its mobile app with more emphasis on rewards and recommendations
Mitsubishi has built an elevator that you can operate with voice commands
A new study shows that women who base their self-worth on their appearance share far more photos of themselves on Facebook
Have you often looked out the window of a plane and wished you could find out about what you're seeing down below? Thanks to a new service that went into alpha testing today, you could soon do just that.
Known as MondoWindow, the service aims to let anyone onboard a Wi-Fi-enabled plane get real-time information about the places they're flying over. And as the service gets more sophisticated, it will likely add all kinds of additional features like audio programming, videos, and games, all related specifically to the places you can see five miles below you.
MondoWindow comes … Read more
If you travel around the world, you sometimes find yourself marveling at just how many different cultures can intersperse every second word with an expletive.
It's a talent that some might say the British have turned into something resembling an art form, as long as you have a refined interpretation of what constitutes art.
I am therefore expleting with joy that an English city has been named, by the politically correct techies at Foursquare, as the world's rudest.