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Grab 50GB of Free Storage for Life on Box by Using the Android App

23 Feb

Grab 50GB of Free Storage for Life on Box by Using the Android App.

Grab 50GB of Free Storage for Life on Box by Using the Android App

Online storage and sharing service Box is serving up 50GB of free space to all Android users. All you have to do it log in from the Android app, which has been updated with some new features, by midnight March 23rd.

Last year Box gave iOS users this 50GB upgrade and now it’s finally Android users’ turn. Here are the instructions from Box’s blog:

This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:

1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android
2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app
3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
4. (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50GB with the hashtag #Box50GB

Your file upload limit will also be bumped up to 100MB. Your new 50GB total storage space can be accessed from any device (not just Android).

Updates to the Android app include bulk uploading, adding collaborators to a shared folder, leaving comments on files, and additional languages.

While Box doesn’t sync your files, 50GB of extra cloud storage could come in quite handy.

Rahul Vohra, does this beat being in GQ? LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive for ~$15M. “Englishmen Save U.S. Economic Woes.” #teechy

8 Feb

So yes, LinkedIn has bought contact management startup Rapportive, according to multiple sources we’ve contacted, as was first reported by Liz Gannes at AllThingsD.

The startup — which aggregates and displays the social networking accounts of the people you contact through Gmail — was backed for $1 million by seed investors Charles River Ventures, Paul Buchheit, Scott Banister, Jason Calacanis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dharmesh Shah, Shervin Pishevar, Roy Rodenstein, Kima VenturesZelkova Ventures, 500 Startups, Michael ZirngiblAshish Soni and David Cancel.

And at  $3 million pre-money valuation, many of those investors are happy with the modest ~$15 million in cash exit we’re hearing.

LinkedIn seems to have gotten choosier with regards to its acquisition targets as of late, picking up data plays Cardmunch, ConnnectedHQ and now Rapportive in order to bulk up on what would seem to be some mystery contact management product. Or maybe it considers itself that product?

He who controls the spice …

LinkedIn Picks Up Rapportive For Around $15 Million | TechCrunch.

Wahooly.com (Partnered w/ Klout) – Market a startup on social media and get equity in that startup!

1 Feb

Imagine if you had just a fraction of a percent of LinkedIn when it went public? Or, what if you had a piece of any company that got purchased by Google?

Now, what if you could have invested in these companies without actually… well, paying?

Welcome to Wahooly.com, a group of socially-connected individuals that together, help launch startups. As a member of Wahooly, you’ll be presented with up to 200 startups throughout 2012. If you like what they do and if you think that they have the potential to be the next big thing, you become a user.

Your compensation: A piece of the action.

By signing up as a user to one of the startups that Wahooly presents to you, you become a part of that start-ups growth. If you join all 200 startups that Wahooly presents to you, you’ll be a part of 200 startups.

HERE’s an example

Let’s say that a new socially-driven photo sharing service is in need of traction. They would contact Wahooly, we would ask them a series of questions, determine their potential in the marketplace and negotiate a percentage of equity for the services provided.

Once the details have been ironed out, we send the opportunity for you to check out. If you like it, you signup. If you don’t like it, you do nothing and wait for the next one.

For the sake of the example, let’s say you liked it.

Now, this new startup is looking to secure 5,000 users. That means that you, along with 4,999 other users all share equally in the opportunity. Not too shabby for simply signing up.

What if that wasn’t good enough, and you wanted more?

Fair question. You hold the key to how much money you can make. These startups are looking for active users, but more importantly, users that are willing to become advocates for their brand. So, based on three variables, we track how big of a brand advocate you are. This is tracking that you can monitor at any time by accessing your personal dashboard on Wahooly.com.

Your dashboard will provide you with the latest information on all of the startups in your eco-system, along with your ranking amongst the group (Tracking it will be your new addiction.)

So, how do you become a Wahooly member? ?Becoming a Wahooly member is as easy as signing up (with just a hint of mild hazing, but we’ll talk about that later). As a Wahooly member, joining start-ups is entirely up to you.

With a growing list of over 28,000 current members, we’re looking to expand with a solid team of socially-literate individuals. I mean, you don’t need to be Justin Bieber, but we do want to know that you’re capable of spreading a word.

Social capital is the future, Wahooly is making it a reality.

via Wahooly – Rewarding Influence.

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

12 Jan

Ok, so maybe it’s not true that you need to switch from Google to Bing if you’re a big Googler like I am, but recently, Google started prioritizing Google Plus search results over actual search results. With few people actually on Google +, why would you actually want to see those few people’s trending topics? If anything, wouldn’t you want to see Facebook’s trending topics as search results?

Well, Microsoft has that option to prioritize your Facebook’s friends’ links and posts.

Although, this may be great for search engine optimization (post something to Google Plus and then have it come up as the top result for someone’s else Google query), will this actually destroy Google and cause people to switch to Bing for more relevant and efficient results?

I actually wrote a lengthy final paper on this for one of my grad school classes (Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship with Dr. Yongseok Jang)…and it looks like my prediction may be coming true. (My Dec. 15, 2011 G+ post: “I’m starting to see some serious value in Google Plus. SEO for posts go straight to the top of google searches. May be the way G+ stays alive.” – https://plus.google.com/104130596638112501766/posts/H2csj1MJpCa)

Time will tell which search engine people will use. Until then, what are you sticking with and why? Google, and its potential for your own SEO, or Microsoft’s much-improved Bing? Will you start using Google Plus as a result of this?

Leave a comment below.

Source: Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine. (Gizmodo)

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

I just switched the default search engine in my browser from Google to Bing. And if you care about working efficiently, or getting the right results when you search, then maybe you should too. Don’t laugh!

Google changed the way search works this week. It deeply integrated Google+ into search results. It’s ostensibly meant to deliver more personalized results. But it pulls those personalized results largely from Google services—Google+, Picasa, YouTube. Search for a restaurant, and instead of its Yelp page, the top result might be someone you know discussing it on Google Plus. Over at SearchEngineland, Danny Sullivan has compiled a series of damning examples of the ways Google’s new interface promotes Plus over relevancy. Long story short: It’s a huge step backwards.

A lot of people are crying foul, and even “anti-trust.” Sure, it does seem pretty transparently designed to drive traffic and users to Google Plus, and to make Google Plus brand pages the go-to place for a company’s social media presence. And it’s true that results from Facebook and Twitter in particular have been noticeably kicked down.

But I didn’t switch for political reasons, or as an act of protest. I don’t care if Google hurts Twitter or Facebook—or even Friendster for that matter. Boo-hoo. I only care if it hurts me. And this does. Google broke itself.

For years, Google Search has been the highest quality web product I’ve ever used. It has remained consistently essential as an information-delivery mechanism. I typically hit it hundreds of times a day—on my phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. But with one update it wiped out all those years of loyalty and goodwill it had built up. Sure, I can opt out of social results with a click—but as with all things I don’t want to have to opt out. I don’t want to have to make that extra click. I want to enter a query, and have the most relevant results returned to me as quickly as possible. (And if Google genuinely doesn’t think it’s a big deal for people to take the extra step oft opting out, why has it focused so relentlessly on optimizing speed for so many years?)

The great thing is, of course, you can just switch. Hit up your browser preferences, and swap your default to Bing. I know, I know, but yes I’m serious. Sure, Bing had a rocky start. But if you haven’t seen it recently it’s worth another look. It has a super clean interface. It’s fast. Andoperators work the way you expect them to. Best of all it’s relevant.

In short, it’s a lot like Google. Not the Google of today, but the Google you fell in love with, the one that put your search results above its financial ones. The Google that delivered.

DAMNIT, I WANTED TO DO THIS! Google’s creating wearable, computerized glasses for digital, augmented display of everything in your sight. Yes, like Terminator-style.

20 Dec

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?.

Will Real-Life Google Goggles Replace Your Dorky Eyeglasses?

Recently there have been reports that Google is working on wearable computing. But the latest rumor suggests that it’s actually planning to gives us all our own heads-up displays.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that, in the secret Google X labs, the company is working on forms of wearable technology — in the form of something like a watch.

But now 9to5Google claims that Google is aiming much higher than that. In fact, it suggests that Google is developing a full heads-up display built into a pair of normal-looking, thick-rimmed eyeglasses. They suggest that, though there would likely be few buttons on the arms of the glasses, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.

The idea isn’t that the glasses would be just an Android peripheral — rather, they would communicate with Google services directly in order to provide an augmented display for the user. Yes, like Terminator.

It’s the logical next step from Google Goggles. Especially when you consider that the latest update to Goggles means that it can now constantly scan for objects and text instead of requiring the user to snap a photo. Google Goggles already takes account of location information too, a feature that these glasses would surely require.

9to5Google say that the Google X lab is already working at the “late prototype stages” of development for the glasses. But, as this is all currently still rumor, there’s no word on estimated cost or due date. [9to5Google; Image: Mr. T in DC]

Dearest music labels, can you please stop trying to make Grooveshark a guinea pig? Where are all your lawsuits against Google and Amazon?

15 Dec

Just as Google takes down any music or music videos that are uploaded by Google/YouTube account holders and deemed “copyright-infringing” by music labels or artists, so does Grooveshark.

So why not sue Google as well? You’re just trying to shut down a smaller, but innovative company that was one of the first movers and sponsors of music in the digital, streaming age.

By the way, I heard of this thing called Google Music. I’ve currently uploaded over 13,000 songs to it too. Oh, and I did the same for Amazon Music.

But wait, did Google and Amazon get your permission before starting these music services like Apple did? No. Google reached out only after starting its service, and Amazon still has ways to come.

So why not work things out fairly with Grooveshark?

Be fair to everyone, or just let the innovators continue changing the world we live in for the better. I’ve bought concert tickets for musical artists I found on Grooveshark that I would have never purchased had I not heard their music streaming on Grooveshark.

Google: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2061404/Google-launch-Google-Music-major-labels-signing-up.html

Amazon: http://allthingsd.com/20110329/amazons-cloud-service-is-a-legal-b-illegal-c-probably-here-to-stay/ 

Grooveshark to be sued by Warner and Sony — Tech News and Analysis.

Holy crap! Carrier IQ is secretly installed on any cell phone you have, recording every keystroke, button-press, password, website, text, and sending this to Google, AT&T, Sprint, and others.

2 Dec

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.

Worse: it’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.

via Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated).

Google now has a search for recipes for all you last-minute Thanksgiving wannabe-chefs. Try “Pumpkin Pie” and click “Recipes” on the left-hand side.

23 Nov

pumpkin pie – Google Search.

Have an Android? Get DocumentsToGo for FREE! ($14.99 for ~MS Office!) #teechy

21 Nov

Daily App Deals: Get Documents To Go for Android for Free in Todays App Deals.

TRY OUT THE NEW GOOGLE MAPS NOW. 3D Graphics, 360-degree rotational view, and 45-degree tilt. Do it.

18 Nov

1) Go to http://maps.google.com

2) Click the “Want to try something new?” link in the bottom left corner.

Try something new with Google Maps!

3) Read

4) Take the tour!

It’s simply amazing, and one of the best updated to Google Maps since its launch.

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