Three iPhone Apps To Save Yourself & The World

Three iPhone Apps To Save Yourself & The World

We saw a cartoon recently that shows the attendees of a “Climate Summit”, with a single naysayer yelling out from the back of the crowd “What if it’s a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?”

Well, in the spirit of creating a better world for nothing, we bring to you three iPhone apps that we hope can help do just that.

LoKast : The Disposable Social Network

LoKast : The Disposable Social Network

Here’s an idea for you: instead of slowly amassing followers, like on Twitter, or carefully culling your friends list over time on Facebook, making sure everyone is in their appropriate list and category, collect and dispose of friends like you ask for the time or a spare cigarette on a busy city street.

That’s what Lokast, the self-described…

Spotify Founder Leaves Us Looking to MOG, Napster & Others

Spotify Founder Leaves Us Looking to MOG, Napster & Others

Everybody piled into the ballroom today at the Austin Convention Center to hear Spotify CEO Daniel Ek give the final keynote interview of SXSWI of 2010 fully expecting to be blown away with the release of the peer-to-peer music player.

Instead, we got somewhat evasive and allusive answers on when to expect a U.S. version and were left looking to…

The Rocky Road for LBS: Beyond Smartphones and LBS Games

The Rocky Road for LBS: Beyond Smartphones and LBS Games

The first thing we think of these days when someone mentions “location-based services”, or LBS, are the mobile social platforms we’ve gotten used to “checking in” to wherever we go – Gowalla, Foursquare, Brightkite, MyTown and the like. But looking forward in the LBS market actually requires us to look back to feature phones and a GPS-less…

Twitter Announces @Anywhere Platform

Twitter Announces @Anywhere Platform

During his SXSW keynote interview today, Twitter’s Evan Williams announced the service’s new @platform. While the keynote interview itself was rather forgettable (a large part of the audience left before it was over), the @platform will have wide-reaching consequences for Twitter and its ecosystem. This new platform will allow publishers to…

Get 7 Million Songs In Your Pocket: MOG Unveils Mobile App

Get 7 Million Songs In Your Pocket: MOG Unveils Mobile App

Calling itself an “all you can eat, on demand, whenever you want it” music service, MOG gives its users access to “just about every artist, album and song ever made” for $5 a month – certainly not a deal to scoff at.

Today, at the South By South West festival in Austin, the company has announced the release of a mobile version of its…

Why Wikipedia Should Be Trusted As A Breaking News Source

Why Wikipedia Should Be Trusted As A Breaking News Source

Most any journalism professor, upon mention of Wikipedia, will immediately launch into a rant about how the massively collaborative online encyclopedia can’t be trusted. It can, you see, be edited and altered by absolutely anyone at any moment.

But how much less trustworthy is the site for breaking news than the plethora of blogs and other online…

Cartoon: Can’t Go to SXSW? We Feel Your Pain

Cartoon: Can’t Go to SXSW? We Feel Your Pain

For anyone in this business who isn’t at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week, pretty much every social media channel feels like sitting next to a high school clique loudly talking about a party you weren’t invited to.

If SXSW doesn’t interest you, or if you’re able to rise above it all, then my hat’s off to you and your Zen-like transcendence.

Privacy Is Not Dead: Danah Boyd Talks About Privacy at SXSW

Privacy Is Not Dead: Danah Boyd Talks About Privacy at SXSW

During today’s SXSW keynote, social media research Danah Boyd, who works for Microsoft Research New England and is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, talked about online privacy. Specifically, she focused on how users can navigate issues around online privacy and how developers can help them to do so.

What Google Will Do in China (SXSW Presentation)

What Google Will Do in China (SXSW Presentation)

Kaiser Kuo presented today at SXSW about Google in China. He spoke about how the Google situation will impact Chinese Internet users, other companies and the Chinese government.
In the presentation, Kuo (who also spoke to ReadWriteWeb a week ago) clarified how censorship in China works. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the Great Firewall…

Open Thread: Pitch Your Panel for SXSW!

Open Thread: Pitch Your Panel for SXSW!

In just a couple more days, a healthy section of the RWW team – and a good number of our friends and fans – will be convening in Austin for South by Southwest Interactive. A couple of us have been asked to speak on panels; we wanted to share that information with you and ask you to share your panels and talks with us (and the rest of our readers…

SXSW 2010 for Noobs

SXSW 2010 for Noobs

A ReadWriteWeb Guide

So, you’ve booked your passage, you’ve made sleeping arrangements, you’ve got your Interactive Badge all lined up and you just can’t wait for the second week of March to roll around. You’re a first-time SXSW attendee!

We know the feeling: The manic excitement, the trepidation, the wondering which essential knickknack you’ll…

ReadWriteWeb Co-Hosting SXSW Party With PBS, NPR & Others

ReadWriteWeb Co-Hosting SXSW Party With PBS, NPR & Others

SXSW Interactive is just around the corner, so it’s time to make your party plans for Austin, Texas! ReadWriteWeb’s SXSW party – in partnership with PBS, NPR, and others – is happening on Sunday, March 14, from 9pm at KLRU’s legendary Austin City Limits Studio. There will be shuttles to and from the Austin Hilton.
We invite you to enjoy some…