Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mobile ID card for Facebook

Our mashup Mobile Facebook ID card has been updated. It lets you create mobile identification card with your Facebook ID.

Mashup lets you create mobile web page with QR code that presents your name and photo from Facebook. This mobile web page could be simply bookmarked (saved) right on your mobile phone. You can present (show) this QR code (opened mobile page) on the some check-in point (gate etc). QR code could be scanned right from your phone and your ID could be checked. You can see screenshots for the process here: how to confirm your identity with Facebook.

ID Card (mobile web page) contains a link to your Facebook profile. So this mashup could be used also as a quick way for telling about your Facebook page to other people.

Other use cases are:

- loyalty cards
- mobile tickets
- events registration

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Read JSON in Java

An interesting trick. You can easily transform a JSON expression to a simple Java object tree (map, arrays, primitive wrappers and string) with Java 6 and no additional framework. Actually, Java code uses JavaScript for getting objects from JSON. From here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Emergency communications for drivers

Geo Messages concept proposes adding location data as signatures to messages. And this model could be actually embedded into some vertical applications (services). Here is an example - InCar emergency.

This mashup provides a generator for in-car emergency communications. Service provider (renting agency) prepares a communication script for cars owners. This script contains some predefined-data (car model, year) and uses GeoMessages for adding location info during the deployment. Such script could be preloaded to driver’s phone or placed via QR-code right in the car. It is a fast way for emergency communications.

P.S. in the more generic form the similar approach provided in Geo Post mashup that lets add geo-located messages to blogs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cache for JSP

It is yet another solution for data caching in heavy loaded JSP sites. Custom JSP tag, helps you provide session level cache. Tag Once Per Session lets you calculate code chunks just once per user’s session and reuse cached data in the subsequent calls.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Software Deployment: Challenges and Successes

Guest post by David Malmborg. David works with Dell Kace and enjoys writing about technology, computers and saving money.

In the early days of business software, deployment was relatively simple. When a software upgrade was needed, companies bought software CDs through retail vendors and installed it onto their machines. Today, things are a little more complicated. The internet revolutionized the way software is sold, but it also opened the door to rampant software piracy. Software vendors, then, of necessity, became stricter in terms of both licensing and auditing.

Modern enterprise software deployment is more than just getting the right applications to the right people at the right time. In fact, software “deployment” can really be called software “management”— that is, an IT professional’s job does not end with the successful rollout of a software update. It’s more about managing software and software licensing year round.

Software Deployment Challenges

Poor software deployment can lead to a number of issues. One such has already been mentioned, but those companies that do not handle it properly can find themselves charged with hefty fines: illegal software usage. Unfortunately, this is sometimes not as easy to control as would be hoped. Employees may not understand all the implications of software licensing when downloading or otherwise installing software on their machines.

Another issue that many IT professionals run into is support. When attempting software upgrades, it is often not a simple matter of installing, but of making sure that users’ existing hardware, software, data, and preferences are compliant with the new application. This is especially important when making moving from one OS to another. Though there are tools that attempt to make the process easier, it is
often one that requires time to complete. A typical operating system update can take most companies anywhere from a year and a half to two years.

Other challenges include overbuying, fitting the upgrade into the workload of already-busy employees, and supporting newer technologies. It is for these reasons that successful software distribution is a full time job.

Deployment Methodology

There are resources and things that IT professionals can do to make software deployment a little more manageable, however.

Plan in advance – It’s almost a guarantee that there will be problems with software
deployment, but professionals that plan in advance for these eventualities are often the most successful. In order to do this, it is a good idea to involve both the end users and any support staff in the planning processes.

Repackage software – Software distribution is often best handled through a centralized software library. This provides ease of access and control of updates. This system also allows the right software versions to be transferred to the right employees.

Schedule software distribution – When software deployment takes place is just as important as how it happens. A good time to schedule distribution is during times of low bandwidth usage and during times that users are not actively working on their machines.

Train employees – Sometimes management makes the decision to forego training in order to cut back on costs, but this is often an essential step. Users need to understand the new software features as well as how their work routines could change.

Software deployment can be complex and time-consuming, but it is a vital part of most businesses. With the right strategies in place, software deployment can go smoothly.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hyper-local communications

Our mobile web application WiFi chat has been updated. What kind of object (real or virtual) can we use for joining together mobile users? We are not talking here about social networks members. We are looking a way for creating group chat. Here, for example, is a short list for several our applications:

City forum - discussions (forums) linked to places (POI - point of interest)
Geo forum - the similar to above (also mobile forums) but linked to location
Mobile forum - lets you add discussions to any physical object.
City chat - web chat linked to any POI (point of interest)
Geo chat - web chat linked to some location

And here is a new idea - WiFiChat. Forum and chat linked to some WiFi network. It is a mobile application that lets you see available (visible) Wi-Fi networks and link (attach) discussions and chats to them. We are not talking about connecting to WiFi networks. We are using WiFi network just as a sensor. If you can see it from your mobile, you are somewhere near. We can call it WiFi proximity. That is an idea. All people seeing the same network are in the some proximity. So, they could have some common points for the discussions.

Just one interesting remark – WiFi access point could be opened right on the mobile phone. And with WiFiChat application this phone will play a role of presence sensor uniting (combining together) local people for the communications.

Technically this application uses cloud forums from Disqus and web chat from Coldbeans.

You can load .apk right from Android Market:

com.wifichat

Also you can download .apk file right from our server: http://servletsuite.com/WiFiChat.apk. Here is an appropriate QR-code:

QR code for WiFiChat

WiFiChat, actually, is a side project for our new development - SpotEx. This application lets you attach (link) your own data to WiFi access points. We will describe it separately.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Directory of mashups

Our mashups directory has been updated. A huge collection of applications: Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, LBS, QR-codes, mobile HTML5 etc.

The latest release includes our context-aware applications (WiFi Chat), Google Plus API test (photo puzzle) and new Chrome extensions, for example

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Real time search for Hadoop

Interesting article: search in log files with a clever combination of Hadoop with Lucene and Solr.

Friday, December 16, 2011

iOS5 Bluetooth

An interesting article about Core Bluetooth Framework in iOS:

Billboards would be able to broadcast coupons to nearby patrons - no cell reception needed.
A jukebox might advertise the song that’s currently playing with a link to purchase
Your car could broadcast its stats so that when you pull into a gas station the service mechanics will know whether you need an oil change.
Your company badge might broadcast your email address so that connecting at business events becomes even easier.
Your TV could broadcast the link to the current TV channel’s website.

Note, that everything is a push and so has got all the security problems. In the same time our SpotEx approach propagates the pull. And it is safety and anonymous.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Post-processing in Java web applications

This filter lets you post process incoming requests right in JSP pages. So each incoming request will be forwarded after the standard processing to some JSP page (provided as a parameter for this filter). This JSP will play a role of postprocessor - post-processing filter

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Restore dialogues in Twitter

Our mashup Dialogues in Twitter has been updated. It lets you restore the chain of tweets related to the given status (message). The use cases are obvious. You are reading some tweet with the question and also interested in the answers. Or, vice versa, you are reading some answer and need to restore the dialog from the beginning.

For the beginning just set a full URL for the tweet (or simply set status ID). For statuses published as reply to another tweet, mashup will restore the dialogue. Also mashup will lookup reactions to the given tweet. In other words it will try to restore the dialogue in the both directions.

You can also simplify your life and use an appropriate bookmarklet (Dialogues in Twitter) from our collection. In this case on the opened web page with the status (message from Twitter) just select a previously saved bookmark.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Your own mobile services

Our mashup Mobile pages has been updated. Our idea is to let users pre-load their mobile phones with some useful data pages. For example: mobile web page lets you share contact info, mobile web page lets you share some useful (important) link (e.g. price list, contact, resume etc.) and so on.

Pages will be created on Mobile pages service and transferred right to the phone either from short URL or via QR codes.

Service started just as a desktop web version for Mobile share mashup. It has been grown after that so sharing mobile contacts is just one of the available options. Right now you can:

- create a personal mobile web page for one click contact info sharing
- copy any long URL right to mobile web browser
- create a shareable bookmark on your mobile and share it later by SMS
- send a long text by SMS right from web site
- create a bookmark with some text content and share it by SMS
- create own mobile portal (collection of links)

Stay tuned, new features will follow shortly.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Preprocessing in Java web applications

Generic preprocessor is a Java servlet filter lets you preprocess incoming requests right in JSP pages. So each incoming request will be forwarded to some JSP page (provided as a parameter for this filter). This JSP will play a role of preprocessor.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sensors and locations

"The next big frontier for phone companies, social networks and apps developers is indoor positioning. Yet despite the huge opportunities no truly satisfactory indoor location solution has ever been found. All suffer from one or more of the same fatal problems; they are inaccurate or unavailable; they require occasional manual recalibration to remain accurate; or they are highly expensive and tied to individual buildings." - it is correct. But wait - what they (Sensewhere) are doing after that? Are they simply reinventing the collaborative location? It looks so as per this presentation. As usually there is a big question: hot to get the first element with known location in this cloud? Cross-referenced to whom?

Rather than getting indoor location in order to use it for obtaining location-related data later is not it better to get that location-related data directly? It is what SpotEx project about.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Mobile presense

Build an interactive HTML5 mobile presence for yourself, a business, or any brand - by InfoStripe

Hey , it is what we are doing in QR-code maker and Mobile pages

Thursday, December 08, 2011

More about custom check-ins

"Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming "Check-in Offers" Feature. It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to "check-in" via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount." - from TC

It looks like an idea about "do it yourself" check-ins is more than alive. Great! It is exactly what we offered in QRpon and Places for Facebook. You can really can create "own Foursquare" with exiting databases for places. With Facebook Places in our case.

The next logical step is to create check-in for things (not only for places). It is what our QRpon project offers.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Your own Foursquare

Our mashup Places from Facebook has been updated. Lets you create your own "Foursquare" for places in Facebook. Really – you can create customized check-ins for places. Each custom check-in is just a mobile web page where you can define content (offer), badge (e.g. benefits provided after check-in) etc.

Ask you visitors to check-in, mobile page will put custom defined data to user’s wall and show your "badge" after that. Really – your own "Foursquare". What is else? The stat for places provided by the Facebook. And your users are all Facebook users actually.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Drive Customer Loyalty

"Shopping center landloard DDR Corp. announced the launch of ValuText, a location-based, mobile marketing service designed to drive sales at 27 of its open air shopping centers.

Powered by Placecast, ValuText will send immediate offers from retailers within a designated shopping center via text message to opted-in shoppers once they enter a geo-fence around DDR's locations." - from here.


It is a "traditional" way - geo-fence. But you can do that with SpotEx. Wi-Fi network at retailer's location could be used as a trigger that shown new (hot etc.) items for customers nearby. Btw, customers do not need to discover their phones to retailer in this case.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Innovation Convention 2011

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Innovation Convention, Brussels, 2011



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   Web 2.0 Summit

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Daily photos from Twitter

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our mashup Twitter's day in photos has been updated.

It presents for you trends in Twitter, illustrated by the photos from Twitter (all stores for images, including Instagram and Twitter's own image hosting for example)

Technically it is based on our images search for Twitter

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vertical search for Twitter: food

One of the most delicious from our mashups has been updated. Get an idea about your next lunch right from Twitter. Mashup Food from Twitter provides a vertical search for Twitter and shows you the live stream of food pictures just published in Twitter. See what other people are eating right now.

New version supports Instagram and own image hosting from Twitter.

You can also pass the following parameters to the original URL:

lat - latitude
lng - longitude

and perform local search. For example:

Food in London
Food in Palo Alto

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tracking visitors in malls

"Big Box Brother: While You Shop the Mall, the Mall Shops You. From Black Friday though to the end of the December, two malls in southern California and Richmond, Va., will be following shoppers by tracking their cell phone signals. When somebody walks out of the Gap, into the Starbucks, out through the Nordstrom and on to the Auntie Annes pretzel stand, the mall will be monitoring." - from here.

It what we wrote in SpotEx by the way :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

QR-code shop

eBay is opening a temporary physical store in the West End of London before Christmas. What’s so special about that? No tills – all purchases made using QR codes and smart phones - from here.

P.S. link provided by QR-code maker

Friday, November 25, 2011

Men vs. Women


It is a good illustration for our SpotEx project :-)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

WATN - safe location sharing

Our mobile service WATN (Where Are They Now) has been updated. It is mobile web application (HTML5) provides a new safe way for sharing location info. There is no sign-in and no third-party servers with user's identity and location.


Here you can see our WATN presentation

You can copy service right to your mobile browser (iPhone, Android, Bada - any HTML5 browser) with the following QR-code:

QR code

http://watn.linkstore.ru (it is a mobile site).

A new version supports avatars (profile images) for users.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

City forums

QR code

Our mobile web mashup City forums has been updated.

Mashup combines places from Foursquare and cloud forums from Disqus. Just a wrapper lets you discuss places in your city. It is HTML5, so the whole application works on the mobile phones like iPhone, Android, Bada etc.

http://cforum.linkstore.ru

(it is a mobile site).

You can copy this link right to your mobile browser with QR-code above. Alternatively you can use the following short URL: http://bit.ly/aFCbjF

P.S. btw, you can see tips from Foursquare with our Geo browser mashup.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Real objects and discussions

Our mobile mashup Mobile forum has been updated. It lets you create a mobile web page for the discussions (via Disqus API) and an appropriate QR-code for the quick access. Just place this code on any real (physical) object and you (your customers, visitors etc.) will get a forum for this object. Tested for HTML5 mobile browsers (iPhone, Android, Bada, Opera 10.1 etc.).

Check out also the following similar applications from our directory:

Geo talk - discussions on the map
City forum - Places + discussions
Place card - Facebook like for the real objects
QR-code maker - mobilize your content with QR codes

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Geo Search

Our mashup Geo search has been updated. Lets you see local news from Google illustrated by the local photos from Twitter. Just click on the map for the place you are interested in.

You can provide the following optional parameters for the base URL:

lat - initial latitude for the map
lng - initial longitude
zml - zoom level

Also mashup supports language settings for the map. Parameter's name is - hl. For example:

http://geo.linkstore.ru?hl=ru
http://geo.linkstore.ru?hl=en etc.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Combining SMS and Mobile Apps for Special Offers

Guest post by David Malmborg. David works with Dell and enjoys writing about technology, computers and saving money.

Many companies have tried to communicate with their customers with SMS messaging in the past. It is simple, convenient, and has the potential to reach a huge number of potential consumers. However, if it’s not done just right, it also has the potential to become an annoyance and unwanted interruption.

The biggest mistake that companies make with this form of marketing is to believe that simply having a phone number makes it okay to use for this kind of messaging. If a company sends an unsolicited text message to any phone, though, it can immediately turn that customer against them. Sending offers through SMS messaging should only happen when the customers have opted in and indicated that they are open to this kind of information.

There is one other disconnect between the SMS message and the sale that retailers have to overcome.These texts can reach the potential customer at any time, in any location, and when they receive the information, they may not be in a position to do anything about it. Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world, it is far too easy for the simple message to slip their minds – and they won’t act on the offer even when they are in a position to do so.

A Different Solution

Dell is using a combination of SMS messaging and its new mobile app to overcome some of these concerns. By texting the word "OFFER" to 335548, consumers can opt-in and start receiving exclusive offers on various products (currently, Dell is offering $100 off of an XPS 15 or XPS 17 laptop). At the same time, customers will receive a download link for the new Dell Mobile app.

This application is available for both Android phones and iPhones, and it can be downloaded for free straight from the individual app stores, and it provides a lot of features for mobile consumers. Dell.com is one of the largest online retailers, and this app was designed to provide a secure and streamlined shopping experience as well as a number of other tools that can help a customer through the buying
process.

The Dell Mobile app includes a shopping advisor that can provide important information before a customer makes the final decision, a side-by-side comparison engine to look at a few products at the same time, and a simple way to look at many ratings and reviews. It also includes an order tracking tool so customers can see exactly where all their purchase are right in the same app they used to buy it.

The biggest difference, though, comes in the ability for customers to immediately use the special offer they received via SMS messaging right in the Dell Mobile app. There is no longer a disconnect between when a consumer receives an offer and when they can put it to use. Combining SMS and mobile applications can bridge that gap and make it easier for consumers to take advantage of some exclusive offers.

P.S. editorial notes to our readers: yes, we accept guest postings. Feel free to contact

P.P.S. by the way, you can replace (complete) SMS-based services with Twitter. Check out for example our 411 for Twitter service. It is a good technology for creating such kind of services.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Place Card - Like button for real object

Our mashup Place card has been updated again. Lets you place Facebook Like button on the physical object.

Mashup creates QR-code for mobile page (and that page itself, of course) with Facebook's Like button. As soon as QR-code (e.g. placed on the product's wrap) is scanned and an appropriate URL is opened in the mobile browser we can show Like counts. And of course, mobile user will see who from his/her friends likes that too. As a result – we have a simple recommendation system on the base things from Facebook.

And it is possible also to check out stats for created pages (we are using FBstat here)

Profile image from Facebook

A quick way for getting profile images from Facebook. E.g. for user zuck you should be able to use in your HTML page some like this:

<img src='/servlet/fb?name=zuck'/>

etc. It is what our new component in JSOS is for - Facebook profile image servlet

Monday, November 14, 2011

Socialize your search

Our mobile web mashup - Ask friends has been updated. It is a wrapper for Google search lets you share your search query with your friends in Facebook. Mashup simply posts your query on Facebook’s wall and redirects you to Google SERP. Who will help you the most?

Mobile site: http://askfriends.linkstore.ru

You can use also the following QR-code:

QR code

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Idea being stolen by VC company?

Fatdoor Founder Sues Benchmark Capital, Saying It Stole His Idea for Nextdoor. Really? Why do they (VCs) need to stole ideas?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Directory of mashups

Our mashups directory has been updated. A huge collection of applications: Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, LBS, QR-codes, mobile HTML5 etc.

The latest release includes our context-aware applications (WiFi Chat), Google Plus API test (photo puzzle) and new Chrome extensions, for example

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Profile image from Twitter

A quick way for getting profile images from Twitter. E.g. for @t411 you should be able to use in your HTML page some like this:

<img src='/servlet/twi/t411'/>

etc. It is what our new component in JSOS is for - Twitter profile image servlet

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ask friends

Mobile web mashup - Ask friends. It is a wrapper for Google search lets you share your search query with your friends in Facebook. Mashup simply posts your query on Facebook’s wall and redirects you to Google SERP. Who will help you the most?

Mobile site: http://askfriends.linkstore.ru

You can use also the following QR-code:

QR code

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

QR-code maker - mobilize your content

Our mashup QR-code generator has been updated. It is a quick way to mobilize any content (just a copy/paste procedure). Simply copy your text and get mobile web page as well as an appropriate QR code. URL, email, phone numbers in your text could be automatically converted to hyperlinks (or click-to-call links). Also mashup can add HTML5 audio controls for mp3 (ogg, wav) links.

You can also add file for downloading, open links with wireless transcoder (lets you see web pages on the limited mobile web browsers), program your mobile page for one time access only, share your page in the social networks.
For one time access your visitor will be able to open that page only once. Could be convenient for delivering some secure or non-free context.

A new version of mashup lets you add mobile discussions to your page as well as Google Analytics.

P.S. the similar mashups that inspired discussions feature are City forums and Mobile forum

Monday, November 07, 2011

WHOIS for Twitter

Our mashup Info from Twitter has been updated. It lets you pickup from the social graph other resources, associated with the given twitter account. It is a dead simple way to discover who is your new follower and who you to follow to in Twitter. Whois for Twitter.

You can directly type a name for twitter account on the mashup's page or pass it as a parameter. For example;

http://tinfo.linkstore.ru?u=t411

Also here you find an appropriate bookmarklet for this service.

P.S. check out also Whois for Facebook

Internet of things

"IoT-A, the European Lighthouse Integrated Project addressing the Internet-of-Things Architecture, proposes the creation of an architectural reference model together with the definition of an initial set of key building blocks. Together they are envisioned as crucial foundations for fostering a future Internet of Things. Using an experimental paradigm, IoT-A will combine top-down reasoning about architectural principles and design guidelines with simulation and prototyping to explore the technical consequences of architectural design choices" European projects

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Location aware posts in Facebook

Facebook’s documentation for publishing is very bad. It sucks actually.

Post objects are now location-aware. As per Facebook. However, I can’t find in the API how you can add location to a post when publishing via the API. Does it work?

Analyzing Social Media Data

A couple of interesting articles (and links) about analyzing social media data ( mostly - twitter):

Analyzing Social Media Data
Analytics for Real Time web

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Facebook stat for sites

Our mashup - FBstat has been updated. Lets you obtain stat data from Facebook for any given URL (share counter, like counter, comments and clicks counters)

P.S. as a similar mashup check out also Social Graph for sites

P.P.S. technically it is based on the custom tags from Coldbeans

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Facebook stats for pages

People Talking About (that might not be the final name for the metric; at press time, Facebook wasn’t sure) will measure user-initiated activity related to a Page, including posting to a Page’s Wall, "liking", commenting, sharing a Page post or content on the Page, answering a Question posed to fans, mentioning a Page, "liking" or sharing a deal or checking in at your Place. - from Mashable

It means that if you create your own customized check-in in Places for Facebook you will be able to monitor the stat via Facebook itself right on your page for place

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

GeoLoco conference

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Geo-Loco, SF, CA



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   Geo-Loco

Social graph and social links for sites

Our mashup Social links has been updated.

Lets you search for sites associated with the given URL (e.g. other sites from the same author) as well as for the links (recommendations) in the social networks.

You can directly set your URL and search type in the request too. For example:

http://news.ycombinator.com - more ycombinator
dzone.com - links to dzone

P.S. check out also Whois for Twitter

Monday, October 31, 2011

WATN mobile web service

Our mobile service WATN (Where Are They Now) has been updated. It is mobile web application (HTML5) provides a new safe way for sharing location info. There is no sign-in and no third-party servers with user's identity and location.


Here you can see our WATN presentation

You can copy service right to your mobile browser (iPhone, Android, Bada - any HTML5 browser) with the following QR-code:

QR code

http://watn.linkstore.ru (it is a mobile site).

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hotlinking for Java servers

How to prevent hotlinking for Java servers - Force referer filter in our servlets suite.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

YouTube player API

A good example (see source code) for YouTube player API - Tubalr

P.S. see also Mobile Video masup

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The future of Web development

A new Opera labs release shows couple of interesting things:

a) a first look at how a browser can split content into native pages. This proof of concept implements CSS3 extensions to split content into pages that can be "turned" in a natural manner through gestures rather than point and click, control the positioning/floating of figures in multi-column layouts more precisely and provide a consistent navigation system for such content that is independent of your documents.

For example, turning the contents of an entire web page into a rudimentary paged experience is as simple as including the following in your page:

@media -o-paged {
html {
height: 100%;
overflow: -o-paged-x;
}
}

b) support for getUserMedia HTML5 API. For example, it is how to get camera's content in JavaScript:

// Replace the source of the video element with the stream from the camera
var video = document.getElementById('sourcevid');
if (navigator.getUserMedia) {
navigator.getUserMedia('video', successCallback, errorCallback);
function successCallback(stream) {
video.src = stream;
}
function errorCallback(error) {
console.error('An error occurred: [CODE ' + error.code + ']');
return;
}
} else {
console.log('Native web camera streaming (getUserMedia) is not supported in this browser.');
return;
}

API conference

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is API conference, London, UK



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   API conference

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bookmarks for locations

Our mashup Location bookmark has been updated. It is a practical use case for QR codes. Mashup lets you create two things:

1) QR code for mobile map associated with the given address
2) HTML for putting that QR code on your site

So with this tool you can place on your own site (blog etc.) – e.g. somewhere in Contacts or About page QR code for any given address (e.g. address of your company, office etc.). And any visitor of your site will be able simply to scan this code and load that map right into own phone. So they (visitors) do not need to write/print/remember your address/driving directions etc. Just load an appropriate mobile map right from your site. Loaded map could be simply bookmarked on the phone (loaded map is just URL).
And driving directions as well as many other interesting things will come automatically with the mobile map (we use Geo Messages here).

Of course, QR code created with this mashup could be placed anywhere. E.g. add it to some article in your blog, print and place it on the wall etc.

P.S. similar projects:

QR map - lets you create QR code right from the map. Also can create a link to mobile friendly map (iPhone, Android, Bada – any phone with HTML5 browser).
Mecard - lets you create QR code for loading address data (contact info) right from your site

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mobile video pages

Our mashup Mobile video has been updated. It is a tool for creating mobile video sites. Lets you collect on the one mobile web page all the video from Youtube you are interested in. So as a result user will get mobile web page for using directly or as a part of your own mobile site/portal. Mashup presents also a QR-code for loading that page directly into your mobile browser.

Here is an example: puppy channel



P.S. For other mobile development tools check put also mashups Mobile pages and QR code maker

Friday, October 21, 2011

No more check-ins in Forsquare?

"In regards to location-based applications, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley talked about how the app is becoming more passive, and hinted at kicking check-ins to the curb. Crowley said that the company is moving away from check-ins to focus more on the Radar feature, which collects information about where you are, what direction you're going and lets you know when you're close to places on your lists." - from here

I think there are simply much more users in Facebook. So what is the point check-in in Foursquare and translate that record to Facebook where all your friends are. You can check-in via Facebook directly. And FB has got a huge base of places.

/via QRpon - customized check-ins for Facebook

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Android location

"Android distinguishes two location provider types with the following accuracy:

- Fine-grained location provider like the GPS provider with an accuracy of less than 100 m.
- Coarse-grained location provider like the network location provider with an accuracy of 100 – 500 m"

A Good Look at Android Location Data - nice article

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LocNav USA 2011

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Location and navigation, SJ, CA



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   Location and navigation

Local Q&A sites

Mobile web mashup Geo forums supports discussions (Q&A forums) connected to geo points.

Now you can use this service in your own mobile sites (portals). Just add the following parameters to the base URL http://mtalk.linkstore.ru:

lat – latitude
lng - longitude
region – region (language). ISO code.

For example:

SF, Union Square

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Facebook Like for real objects

Our mashup Place card has been updated. It is a simple recommendation system on the base of Facebook.

Like button from Facebook could be placed on the mobile web pages too. And as soon as this mobile page is devoted to some real business (place, location) than the word "Like" has got a very real sense – who from your real friends recommends this business.

Mashup Place card is an example for such kind service. This mashup lets you create a mobile web page with business description (text, address, contact phone and email) as well as an appropriate QR-code. This mobile page contains Facebook Like button. You can place created QR-code on any real objects. So as soon as this QR-code is scanned and page is opened your visitor will see who from his/her friends in the social network likes (recommends) this business.

Web 2.0 Summit

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Web 2.0 Summit, SF, CA



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   Web 2.0 Summit

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mobile discussions for real objects

Our mobile mashup Mobile forum has been updated. It lets you create a mobile web page for the discussions (via Disqus API) and an appropriate QR-code for the quick access. Just place this code on any real (physical) object and you (your customers, visitors etc.) will get a forum for this object. Tested for HTML5 mobile browsers (iPhone, Android, Bada, Opera 10.1 etc.).

Similar applications from our directory:

Geo talk - discussions on the map
City forum - Places + discussions
Place card - Facebook like for the real objects
QR-code maker - mobilize your content with QR codes

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mobile geo-forums

Our mobile web mashup Geo forums has been updated. Mashup introduces free discussions (forums) associated with geo locations. It is HTML5 mobile web applications, so this application works on any phone with HTML5 browser (iPhone, Android)


QR code


Geo forums.

http://mtalk.linkstore.ru

(it is a mobile site).

You can copy this link right to your mobile browser with QR-code above. Alternatively you can use the following short URL: http://bit.ly/igPCBR

It is cloud based implementation. Mashup saves data in Google Fusion tables and uses forums from Disqus.

P.S. related links:

City forums - mashup combines places from Foursquare and cloud forums from Disqus.
Geo chat - web chat with geo locations

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hyper-local chat and forum

Our mobile mashup WiFiChat has been updated.

What kind of object (real or virtual) can we use for joining together mobile users? We are not talking here about social networks members. We are looking a way for creating group chat. Here, for example, is a short list for several our applications:

City forum - discussions (forums) linked to places (POI - point of interest)
Geo forum - the similar to above (also mobile forums) but linked to location
Mobile forum - lets you add discussions to any physical object.
City chat - web chat linked to any POI (point of interest)
Geo chat - web chat linked to some location

And WiFiChat is a new idea. It is a forum and chat linked to some WiFi network. This mobile application lets you see available (visible) Wi-Fi networks and link (attach) discussions and chats to them. We are not talking about connecting to WiFi networks. We are using WiFi network just as a sensor. If you can see it from your mobile, you are somewhere near. We can call it WiFi proximity. That is an idea. All people seeing the same network are in the some proximity. So, they could have some common points for the discussions.

Just one interesting remark – WiFi access point could be opened right on the mobile phone. And with WiFiChat application this phone will play a role of presence sensor uniting (combining together) local people for the communications.

Technically this application uses cloud forums from Disqus and web chat from Coldbeans.

You can load .apk from here:

http://servletsuite.com/WiFiChat.apk

or use an appropriate QR-code:

QR code for WiFiChat

You can also download this application right from Android Market

WiFiChat, actually, is a side project for our new development - SpotEx. This application lets you attach (link) your own data to WiFi access points.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Internet of things

A very good article: The Internet of Things and the cloud:

"The current storage infrastructure and file systems that backup and form the backbone of the cloud are archaic, dating back 20 years. These systems may be familiar and comfortable for infrastructure providers. But over time, block-storage architectures that cannot provide instant snapshots of machine images (copy-on-write) will continue to be prone to all sorts of failures. Those failures will grow more pronounced in the M2M world when a five-second failure could result in the loss of many millions of dollars worth of time-specific information."

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

Directory of mashups

Our mashups directory has been updated. A huge collection of applications: Twitter, Google Maps, LBS, QR-codes, mobile HTML5 etc.

The latest release includes our context-aware applications (WiFi Chat), Google Plus API test (photo puzzle) and new Chrome extensions, for example

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Where Are They Now

It is well known fact that the question "where are you" is one of the most often asked in the world of mobile communications. 600 billion text messages per year in the US ask "where are you?" – as per Location Business Summit 2010 data. No doubt, it is the most popular question in mobile networks. But location sharing over mobile phones still faces challenges. And privacy here is probably the biggest concern.

Actually our Geo Messages project solves problems with privacy. With Geo Messages users can share location info peer to peer as signatures for messages. But it is pure one-to-one relation. What if we need to monitor several people? Here is our new service WATN. It lets you monitor locations for several people, as well as share your own location to some group of people. Obviously, in this case we need some third party server that saves our social graph (who is sharing data to whom). But we can offer the safe solution that does not hurt your privacy.

WATN requires no sign-up. It combines anonymous server-side data with local personalized records.

What if we separate location info and identity data? Just three steps:

a) assign to any participant some unique ID (just an ID, without any links to the personality)
b) save location data on the server with links to the above-mentioned IDs
c) keep the legend (descriptions for IDs, who is behind that ID) locally


In this case any participant may request location data for other participants from third party server (as per sharing rules, of course), get data with IDs and replace IDs (locally) with legend’s data. With such replacement we can show location data in the "natural" form. For example: name (nick) plus location. And in the same time the server (third party server for our users) is not aware about names.

What does it mean technically.

Server keeps location info with IDs:

(a)
ID1 -> (latitude, longitude)
ID2 -> (latitude, longitude)
ID3 -> (latitude, longitude)
Etc.

And social graph – who is sharing location to whom:

(b)
ID1-> (ID2, ID3)
ID3 -> (ID1)
Etc.

Local client keeps legend:

(c)
ID1 -> (name or nick)
ID2 -> (name or nick)
Etc.

The algorithm. Client restores own ID (or obtains a new one). After that client saves location data on the server and obtains shared location data (by the social graph). Client modifies received data and replaces IDs with known names. So, after that our client side application is ready to show location data with names instead of IDs.

Naming. Where are the above-mentioned names (nicks) for IDs come from? WATN uses peer to peer sharing. It means that any user shares own location to another person directly. There are no circles, lists etc. As soon as some user is going to show own location info to another person he simply sends notification about this to another email address (phone number in case of SMS).

Such notification contains some text with explanation "what is it" and, what is obviously should be the main part of this process, a special link to WATN. This link contains an ID for the request originating party.


As soon as this link is fired, WATN application (client) becomes aware about two IDs: own ID1 for this client (see description above) and ID2 from the "shared with you" link (originated request ID). So, if notification is accepted, we can add social graph record (on the server) like

ID2 -> ID1

(client with ID2 shares own location info with the client with ID1. Or client with ID1 identity may read location info for ID2)

But because the notification link comes from email (or SMS) the receiver is aware about the context. He knows simply email headers ('From'), phone number or name in address book SMS comes from. It means the receiver can assign some nick (name) for ID in "shared with you" link. Actually it is a part of confirmation: set some name and confirm. And that name (nick) we can save locally. So, it is like "two phase commit" in databases – save a new social graph record on the server and create a new legend locally.


It is obviously, that in this schema each client has got own legends. We can have different names for one ID (each client technically can assign own name).

Implementation. WATN is mobile web application (HTML5). So, we can use localStorage as a persistent store for legends.

Additional options. As soon as you share your location info, you can leave messages attached to your location. WATN users that can read your location data will see your messages too.

And any time you can delete ID (as well as erase all the associated data) from the system.

You can load WATN application right to your mobile browser (iPhone, Android) with the following QR-code:

QR code

Direct link is http://watn.linkstore.ru (it is a mobile URL)

P.S. there is another service with the "similar" abbreviation: Where Are You Now.

Steve Jobs

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Geo Messages for Chrome

Geo Messages describes peer to peer approach for sharing location information, where geo data could be transferred as a signature for messages (email, SMS).

There are several implementations for this schema (Java Cards, Android application, mobile HTML5 web applications). And now you can use Geo Messages as Chrome extension too.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Visual Geo Search for Layar Vision

This concept of Layar Vision layer associates some geo-data (POIs) with logos of companies. It answers the following questions: how to get nearby devices (places) with the same logo. E.g. each ATM has got bank’s logo. So, it is just a practical case - for any ATM that does not work for example we can find the nearby places with ATMs from the same bank.


Layar Vision layer here is just a wrapper for collection of geo-layer. Each geo-layer describes ATMs for the selected bank. And “bank selection” process coded as a vision enabled layer. User can see bank’s logo on the ATM, recognize it via vision enabled layer and call (switch to) geo-layer (“see more ATMs for the same bank”). We can switch to geo-layer manually (as an action in Layar Vision response) or via auto-trigger.

5 Ways Facebook’s New Features Will Fuel Social Shopping

Interesting. Actually, our QRpon could be also presented as social shopping stuff.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Geo messages for SIM cards

Our presentation for Simagine 2011:


We are among Shortlisted Companies and Products there.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Chrome installer error

Two laptops - the same deal. Could not install Chrome for Windows XP due to error 0x80040890. Google search shows two things:

a) we are not alone
b) there is no reaction from Google

Bad use case, Google. Will stay with Firefox

SSL for free

I have come across a site http://www.social-server.com. It allows you to convert your existing URL into a secure one (https) for free.

It is for the Facebook developers: all apps, including page tab apps, must migrate to OAuth 2.0 for authentication. The old SDKs, including the old JavaScript SDK (FeatureLoader.js) and old iOS SDK (facebook-iphone-sdk) will no longer work. In addition, iframe Canvas and Page Tab apps must support HTTPS and provide a secure canvas or secure page tab URL.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flu. Take care

The latest news about flu. What and where. Illustrated.

Over The Air 2011

We continue to publish links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is OverTheAir conference, Bletchley Park, England



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta:   OverTheAir conference

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Growth for mobile

As per Mobilize 2011 conference: "According to GigaOm, areas of potential growth for mobile include cloud services, connected devices (the Internet of things), health care, SoLoMo (social location mobile), hyper local targeting, and payments."

We are in the hot area with our SpotEx stuff!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

About images search for Twitter

We’ve prepared a widget for Twitter’s images search (on the base of our Images search mashup). So, this widget is embeddable and we can use it in the separate projects.

You can see how does it work in our Eurovision mashup for example

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mobile web development

An interesting framework on the top of PhoneGap - Mulberry

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mobilize 2011

We continue to publish links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Mobilize conference, SF, CA



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta Mobilize conference

HTML5 frameworks

A framework is basically software application which assists developers to quickly design and develop dynamic websites - a great collection of HTML5-CSS frameworks

Friday, September 23, 2011

Go Chrome

Our first dive into Chrome extensions: Local map with local data

Lets you see a snippet for local map, your position (latitude, longitude) as well as real time local news (illustrated twitter stream + local search)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Directory of mashups

Our mashups directory has been updated. A huge collection of applications: Twitter, Google Maps, LBS, QR-codes, mobile HTML5 etc.

The latest release includes our context-aware applications (WiFi Chat) and Google Plus API test (photo puzzle), for example

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Google Plus photo puzzle

A puzzle from Google Plus profile's image: Restore the Google+er. Just set profile ID or any Google Plus related URL and get a puzzle created from user's profile.

By default shows a puzzle of Google's CEO. You can directly set Google+ ID (or URL) in your request. For example:

http://gpuzzle.linkstore.ru?u=106772153441863846202

Time killer for Google+ fans.

P.S. you can see the similar photo puzzle for Facebook

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Context-aware computing: local messages

Our presentation for NGMAST - 2011:


It is about our SpotEx. You can see here the description for our approach to WiFi proximity. And here is a side product: WiFi chat.

W3G conference

We continue to publish links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is W3G conference, Nottingham, UK



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta W3G conference

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spam in social networks

Just found an interesting article Detecting and Characterizing Social Spam Campaigns.

Hot area, we really need to pay attention to this topic in our plans for post-graduates. For googling: detect spam posts in online social networks article

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Classified on Twitter

Our mashup Buy-Sell has been updated. Lets you match 'buy' and 'sell' tweets. It's sort of like a Craigslist for Twitter. This mashup connects Buyers And Sellers On Twitter.

Mashup supports geo search. So you can see related tweets for the specified area only. Just use latitude and longitude as parameters to the original URL:

lat – latitude
lng – longitude

For example, buying and selling in:

London
Palo-Alto

Mashup lets you see "buy-and-sell" tweets with photos. Also you can directly pass your search string to the basic URL. Parameter's name is q. For example: iPad

P.S. see also Tweet vs. Tweet mashup

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Places and Facebook

You are welcome to check out a new version of our mashup Places from Facebook.

Lets you search for places, show them on the map, copy locations to mobile, check-in anywhere as well as prepare mobile web pages for customized check-ins. For customized check-in place owner (or advertising agency, for example) can define all the aspects of check-in - data to be posted on user's wall, data to be returned as a confirmation, Google Analytics code for stats monitoring.

You can directly pass the following parameters to the basic URL:

lat - latitude
lng - longitude
q - query for search

For example, Facebook in London

P.S. See also QRpon – customized check-ins for Facebook

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tweet vs. Tweet

Hot or not, EURO vs. USD, $MSFT vs. $GOOG, Chelsea vs. MU etc. - all this in our updated mashup Tweet versus Tweet.

You can directly pass search terms to URL. Parameters are: t1 and t2.

E.g. $MSFT vs. $GOOG:

http://tvt.linkstore.ru?t1=$MSFT&t2=$GOOG

Also you can use this mashup in "local" version. Just pass the following parameters to the basic URL:

lat - latitude for search
lng - longitude for search

E.g. Tweet vs. Tweet in London

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mobilizer - QR-code maker

Our mashup QR-code generator has been updated. It is a quick way to mobilize any content (just a copy/paste procedure). Simply copy your text and get mobile web page as well as an appropriate QR code. URL, email, phone numbers in your text could be automatically converted to hyperlinks (or click-to-call links).

You can also add file for downloading, open links with wireless transcoder (lets you see web pages on the limited mobile web browsers), program your mobile page for one time access only, share your page in the social networks. For one time access your visitor will be able to open that page only once. Could be convenient for delivering some secure or non-free context.

A new version of mashup lets you add mobile discussions to your page as well as Google Analytics.

P.S. the similar mashups that inspired discussions feature are City forums and Mobile forum

Getting feedback

Just a short remark for the memorizing: TalkBin that has been acquired by Google, TalkTo I saw on TCDisrupt use SMS. Why do not go to Twitter messages as T411 for Twitter does? At the end of the day messages in Twitter are SMS too. But that channel does not depend on telecom operator.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Local photos



Mobile version for our Images search for Twitter mashup has been updated:

http://localphoto.linkstore.ru (it is a mobile site).

Lets you see the recently published photos nearby. So, you can see local photos as well as search them by the keywords. Mobile web application that works on HTML5 browsers (Android, iPhone, Samsung etc.)

This latest version supports the following features:

1) you can pass get-points as parameters for the above mentioned URL (parameters are lat - latitude and lng - longitude) and create a mobile link for photos. For example, live photos from London:

http://bit.ly/b58X2X

2) you can directly set search string. Parameter's name is q. For example:

http://localphoto.linkstore.ru?q=sport

btw, you can use here some name from Twitter, hashtag etc.

QR code

You can copy mashup right to your phone with the QR code above. Or use the following short URL http://bit.ly/cX2cCd

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

JSOS ver. 7.45

Coldbeans Software announced the next milestone in JSOS (servlets office suite) development. JSOS reaches the version 7.45.

This largest collection of Java servlets and filters provides 150+ "out of the box" components ready for building web-pages. One of the biggest parts is the rich set of filters. Package includes such components as XML and WML transcoding, access restriction, traffic restriction, caching, profiling etc. All components are configurable, so you may incorporate them into your own design frameset. Components from JSOS do support mobile web, so the same set of components can be used for wireless users too. At this moment JSOS provides a largest set of servlets and filters over the Net.

Check out the latest version of Java Servlets Office Suite here: http://www.servletsuite.com

Monday, September 12, 2011

Local data

"By now, on traditional computers, we know how to find the information we seek, whether via sites like Google, Wikipedia, or through social networks. On mobile, however, our information needs and habits shift. On the go, we typically want smaller bits of information quicker, usually calibrated to our location. We are less likely to engage in longer discussion, and more likely to add questions in the hopes that machines, crowds, or some combination can produce relevant information. This shift has opened the floodgates of activity in the personalized search and Q&A space, with an impressive number of new applications vying for user attention in a crowded marketplace." - from here

I think it is a great task - collect fragmented data about my current place on mobile. Mashup of mashups for mobile world.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

TC disrupt

We continue to publish links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is TechCrunch Disrupt, SF, 2011



/via Geo Messages

P.S. and the same in Twi-gazeta TC Disrupt

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Peer to peer location sharing

We are not alone with our Geo Messages

"Services like Loopt and Google Latitude can broadcast a user’s location constantly, but that can eat into battery life and can also prompt privacy concerns. By pulling location rather than pushing it out, Echoecho lets people control when and how they make that information available to others. And since it can be used without both parties owning the app or joining a social network, it’s a simple way to provide location updates." - well said!

Glad to see Google Ventures agreed with our opinion about peer to peer location sharing.

You can see also the presentation from ICUMT-2010:

Friday, September 09, 2011

New GAE pricing

A very good overview for new pricing model of GAE

Excessive instances cost:

sudden parallelism
idle instance setting
decrease response time
other?

And by the way, Google App Engine becomes much more complex to deal with ...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

QRpon - customized check-ins for Facebook

Our mashup QRpon has been updated again.

QRpon is a specialized CMS (content management system) that lets any business create a special mobile web site. This web site lets users automatically, just after confirming the identity, post business-defined information on the Facebook's wall. In the exchange for this posting (action) mobile web site will show a confirmation for the benefits. E.g. coupon, discount info etc. In other words - anything that could be presented to the staff on the business side for claiming the benefits.

How to present that created mobile site for the potential users? It is where QR-codes help us. CMS lets businesses create mobile web site as well as an appropriate QR-code. Because it is mobile web (HTML5) application there is no need for downloading. Just scan QR-code and get URL opened.

Automatically, this approach obviously supports also physical check-ins. There is no way to mark you "at this location" being actually nearby (based on GPS location) or even far away (via API). QR-code should be scanned, and it is a physical action that could be performed on-site only.

So for the business this approach offered a mobile web site (sites – business can create more than one site, update them often etc.), presented on-site with QR-code sticker, that lets visitors exchange posting in the social network (e.g. Facebook’s wall) for some benefits. And all site's aspects (what is presented on the site, what should be posted to the social network, what should be presented as a confirmation) are defined by the businesses themselves. Another possible explanation – try to think about the current check-in system (e.g. Foursquare) and just replace the standard posting (notice) from Foursquare with your own text. Obviously your potential users do not need to download (install) mobile application and do not need to register in some new service (beyond their Facebook accounts). And another important difference from Foursquare (Facebook, Twitter etc.) check-ins – the need for the physical presence.

You can see also the description here

P.S. as per customized check-ins see also our mashup Places from Facebook

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Places and customized check-ins for Facebook

You are welcome to check out a new version of our mashup Places from Facebook.

Lets you search for places, show them on the map, copy locations to mobile, check-in anywhere as well as prepare mobile web pages for customized check-ins

You can directly pass the following parameters to the basic URL:

lat - latitude
lng - longitude
q - query for search

For example, Facebook in London

P.S. See also QRpon – customized check-ins for Facebook

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Facebook and Loyalty Program for Brands

There is an interesting reading - Facebook is Not a Loyalty Program for Brands. Some facts:

It turns out, 88 percent of Facebook members never return to a Page once they’ve clicked the "Like" button (according to recent research by BrandGlue).

Worse, "Like" is no longer reserved for special, meaningful affinity towards a brand — we’re blasted with "Like us" messaging on a daily basis, which reduces the value of a "Like" alone.

That is why we think customized check-ins applications like our QRpon are steps in the right direction. See the above-mentioned article: one of the key factors is "Ability to add in psychological motivators throughout the experience". These important psychological motivators borrowed from the world of game design and traditional loyalty programs are key in turning a one-time user interaction to long-term loyalty and lifetime user value.


Monday, September 05, 2011

Inline cache

TimeStamp taglib. An interesting model for cache. Server-side application returns HTML markup with invisible tags. Each tag contains time stamp. On the client side we can compare time in the tags with time stamp in cookies for example. Depends on the results we can hide some content via JavaScript's DOM manipulation.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Getting public -2

A new conference with our presence:

NGMAST 2011. September 14-16, 2011 Cardiff, Wales, UK

About location-aware mobile messages
Dmitry Namiot (Moscow State University, Russia); Manfred Schneps-Schneppe (Ventspils University College, Latvia)

It is about SpotEx. We will publish the presentations.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Advertising in social networks

Our presentation on AFIN-2011


This paper describes a new model for check-in process: customized (or business-oriented) check-ins. This approach introduces a new mobile service that lets any business publish customized records (statuses) in social networks (Facebook in the current release) in exchange for some benefits (discounts, gifts, coupons) provided for the customers.

For the business, this service introduces a new way for advertising in the social networks. For the consumers, this service introduces a way for exchanging access to the own social graph for some benefits (e.g., gifts, discounts, coupons).