Facebook Plays Role in Pittsburgh Hostage Case
During a six-hour standoff at a downtown Pittsburgh office, a 22-year-old man’s messages of despair were answered by friends before he surrendered to the police.
Applifier’s Everyplay Wants To See Your Game Face
Applifier, a Helsinki-based mobile gaming network, wants to see your game face. Their product Everyplay, which records players at their best (or worst) moments inside mobile games, is launching a new feature today that uses the iPhone’s front-facing camera to record your reactions. Yes, the videos are maybe a little awkward. See the one above. There’s probably a viral video montage in here someday. The new feature, called “FaceCam,” is in beta and a public launch is expected in March. Everyplay is a bit of a pivot for Applifier, which was born out of game developer Jussi Laakkonen’s frustration in attraction users into his social games. The company then built up a large cross-promotion network on the Facebook platform for independent game developers. It grew to 150 million monthly active users. But the industry changed as players migrated toward smartphones and tablets. They created Everyplay as a way for mobile games to grow virally as players share videos of themselves with ...
Time Tracking App Chronos Shows You How You Spend Your Days – And How Your Friends Do, Too
Debuting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, Chronos is a new time-tracking application for iPhone that shows you how you spend your time as well as who you're with, where and when, so you can set goals for yourself. Using the built-in sensors on the iPhone like the compass and accelerometer, for example, in combination with location databases from Google and Foursquare, Chronos can track whether you're at the office, at home, at the gym, a restaurant, a bar, or anywhere else. The clever thing here is that the app tracks your activity passively by simply running in the background on the phone, then automatically categorizing the hours you log appropriately ("work," "exercise," etc.). You can also optionally connect with Facebook to compare your activity with select friends.