Gillmor Gang: Not the Republican Convention
The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — laughed all the way to the bank, if the bank was the burgeoning integration of the push notification bus. Amid the usual technical glitches (Skype noise cancellation meets ComCast bandwidth blockages) the Gang nonetheless persevered into an ahead of the curve consensus. Google + remains an inordinate locus of interest, as Google continues to blur the Apps/Docs/Gmail/GDrive services together. On the iOS side of the fence, AirPlay and iMessage retain an edge in differentiation, with Microsoft and Amazon bringing up the rear. Those (@kteare) who predict third party bridging of the unification services may be waiting for Clint Eastwood to ride to the rescue. Bring on the Obamacrats.
Lambda Labs Is Launching A Facial Recognition API For Google Glass
Lambda Labs, an early stage startup out of San Francisco, is preparing to release a facial recognition API for developers working on Google Glass apps. The API will be available to interested developers within a week, company co-founder Stephen Balaban says. The move comes on the heels of a Congressional inquiry into Google’s new wearable technology, still very much in the prototype phase. Lambda Labs’ facial recognition API, launched into beta last year, is already used by 1,000 developers, including several major international firms. It now sees over 5 million API calls per month, and is growing at 15 percent month-over-month. Balaban also says that the company has been cash flow positive since November. Now that same API has been tailored specifically for Google Glass Apps to enable both facial and object recognition. Applied to Glass, the technology will enable apps such as “remember this face,” “find your friends in a crowd,” ”networking event interest matching,” ...
To Ease Small Screen Nesting, Pinterest Mobile Adds Search Suggestions, Mentions, And Notifications
Pinterest works best on the web, with its big images and pinning from other browser tabs. But mobile is the future and Pinterest needs to play catch up there. Today Pinterest mobile added search suggestions to make single screen pinning easier. Its iOS and Android apps also got basics like notifications and mentions. Pinterest will need to add value, not just port its website, to win on mobile.
Hack replaces normal iOS notifications with Facebook “Chat Heads”
Rebel against one giant company to entrench yourself more with another!
Apple Kills AppGratis' Push Notifications In Second Hammer Blow To Its iOS App Discovery/Promotion Business
After booting out app discovery and promotion platform, AppGratis, from the App Store earlier this month for violating two clauses of its developer T&Cs, Apple has now followed up with a second blow to the business -- by killing its ability to send push notifications to existing users of its app. AppGratis has claimed it has some 12 million users of its app.