Reimagining Home Improvement: Houzz vs. Better Homes and Gardens

Reimagining Home Improvement: Houzz vs. Better Homes and Gardens

We’re running a series based on Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report mid-year, in which she listed 50+ industries that are being “reimagined” by social and mobile technologies. One of her slides was about the home improvement information industry, which up till recently revolved around broadcast media like magazines and TV. Meeker pointed to a…

Why Pinterest Has NOT Reimagined Scrapbooking

Why Pinterest Has NOT Reimagined Scrapbooking

There’s been a lot of talk in the tech community that Pinterest has changed the popular art of scrapbooking. Internet analyst Mary Meeker even suggested that Pinterest had reimagined scrapbooking. But after looking at how two scrapbooking gurus are using Pinterest, our conclusion is that the lucrative scrapbook market is still ripe for…

Reimagining Sports News: Bleacher Report

Reimagining Sports News: Bleacher Report

Sports news website Bleacher Report (B/R) was mentioned twice in Mary Meeker’s 2012 Internet Trends report: as an example of re-imagination of both sports news and TV. Bleacher Report, founded in 2006 by four sports fans from Silicon Valley, has become so influential that Time Warner is rumored to be trying to acquire it. What makes B/R stand…

Tokyo Toilet Tour! A Photo Walk Through Toto’s High-Tech Showroom

Tokyo Toilet Tour! A Photo Walk Through Toto’s High-Tech Showroom

Twenty-six floors above Tokyo’s Shinjuku district sits one of the city’s coolest showcases of Japanese gadgetry: Toto’s flagship showroom, where visitors can check out the latest in high-end toilet and bath technology.
From automatic-everything “washlet” toilets to a $30,000 light-up bathtub, there’s a lot to explore.

No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

The U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1787, guarantees freedom of religion for its citizens. Sweden’s Constitution Act, passed in 1974, grants the same freedom, but having been ratified in the electronic age, explicitly extends the right to express that freedom in “transmissions” and “recordings.” Now a Swedish group is trying to take advantage of…

Read/Write Daily: Heavy Metal

Read/Write Daily: Heavy Metal

Today’s theme is heavy metal. There’s not a geek on this earth who doesn’t have a thing for extreme vehicles. Here’s a Friday roundup of nice rides.
If you’re quick, you might even be able to buy one for yourself.

Dead? Social Media’s Explosive Growth is Only Beginning

Dead? Social Media’s Explosive Growth is Only Beginning

Social media, types of media where everyday people can publish and subscribe to what one another publishes, have changed the world. At least in the United States, though, their rapid expansion through acquisition of new users may be over.

Facebook specialist Eric Eldon published a compilation of statistics from around the web this week on…

Photo Exploration App Trover Comes to Android

Photo Exploration App Trover Comes to Android

Trover, a free mobile app for exploring places through photos, has launched an Android version after a good start on iOS in July. The Seattle-based startup is focused on what it calls “spatial browsing.” Trover is a photo-sharing app that arranges discoveries on a map, so that users can either explore sights right around them or browse places…

Driverless Tractors & Farmer Drones of the Future (Video)

Driverless Tractors & Farmer Drones of the Future (Video)

In case you’ve fallen behind in your farm machinery reading, a recent video from Farm Equipment Magazine is worth giving some special attention. The video below gives a preview of a new product called the Kinze Autonomy Project, a new set of tractor and grain cart unveiled this Summer that drive themselves to harvest crops and that can make…

Rugby World Cup: Your Online Guide

Rugby World Cup: Your Online Guide

The 4th largest international sporting event in the world kicked off this week in New Zealand. The Rugby World Cup is surpassed in scale only by the soccer World Cup, the Summer Olympics and the Tour de France. Due to New Zealand’s time zones, rugby fans all over the world may be relying on the Web to keep up with the action. Given that…

New iPhone App Shows Kids the World, With Flat Stanley

New iPhone App Shows Kids the World, With Flat Stanley

I’m thousands of feet in the air, speeding across the United States, flying from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas. When I land, I’m going to send a picture of myself to my nieces back home – but it won’t just be a picture of one of their favorite uncles in a place they’ve never been. There will be a familiar avatar in the picture with me – a Flat…

United Pilots Get iPads [Video; Screenshots]

United Pilots Get iPads [Video; Screenshots]

United Airlines has announced it is converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. This is yet another sign that tablets – and in particular Apple’s iPad – are changing the way people access and interact with content. We’ve already extensively covered how iPads have impacted the magazine and…

Trover Lets Users Explore Places through Photos

Trover Lets Users Explore Places through Photos

Trover, a photo-driven app for exploring places, has launched out of private beta. Trover lets users share location-tagged photos and browse them by time and location.

Though Trover is a photo-sharing app, it is organized for exploration, not just for browsing images. Don’t think Instagram; Trover’s roots within Seattle-based travel startup…

How the U.S. Army is Using Social Media

How the U.S. Army is Using Social Media

One of the most interesting aspects of Web technology and social media nowadays is how it’s being deployed by non-techies. Recently I had the chance to connect with the U.S. Army to find out how it is using the Web. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, online video and more is currently in operation at U.S. Army HQ.
I spoke to Suzanne Nagel, Digital Chief…

Banjo’s New Mobile App Connects People & Locations

Banjo’s New Mobile App Connects People & Locations

The most important thing you need to know about Banjo, the Palo Alto-based startup launching its new mobile app today, is that it’s not another social network. “Banjo is a social discovery service,” explains CEO Damien Patton. “It’s a layer on top.” What he means is that you don’t have to build a community on Banjo, you don’t have to add or…

The State of the Online Help Desk

The State of the Online Help Desk

I had one of those terrible and all-too-typical experiences yesterday. I had to call a customer service number. I called, struggling with the voice-activated answering system, cursing vociferously in hopes of triggering some sort of special mechanism to connect me directly to a real person. Finally my turn in the phone queue came and – of…

Advertisers Ramping Up on Local Spending, Popular News Aggregator Reports

Advertisers Ramping Up on Local Spending, Popular News Aggregator Reports

Contrary to the beliefs of some Internet entrepreneurs, local news and advertising is not dying. If advertising professionals can be believed, targeted local advertising is one of their primary goals, with the market expected to grow to $35 billion by 2014.

Local news aggregator Topix held a “State of Local Online Advertising” survey with some…