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Stay.com

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 20 July 2012 – Stay.com

For those who are already on holiday or who are planning the next adventure, take note! Stay.com, the site that allows you to create travel guides to share with friends and family, has updated its mobile features to include downloadable maps and offline guides. This means that even you can use them without an internet connection, you don’t have a big load up time, and you also avoid mobile charges. Fantastic.

The guides are easy and super quick to download and are simply stored on your phone for whenever you need it. You can find travel advice from experts and fellow travellers, as well as hidden gem tips from friends and family. It’s a fully interactive map with 116 cities to chose from, and takes up minimal space on your mobile.

Another cool feature is that the app can also be linked to Facebook – this enables you to personalise your guides with recommendations from friends so you can discover that awesome restaurant or shop that they have been raving about in Paris.

Stay.com’s new features are a Tin It. Bon voyage!

Pathbrite

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 14 July 2012 – Pathbrite

This week we are looking at Pathbrite, a free digital platform that allows you to present your achievements online by constructing visual portfolios.

As the web becomes more visual, so too are online CVs and portfolios.

The idea behind Pathbrite is that traditional CVs and portfolios don’t give prospective employers or clients enough information about the individual and provide a true representation of their character.

It is aimed at 18-to-25 year old students and young job seekers, however the portfolio function is also ideal for designers, PRs and anyone in the creative industries looking for an easy and attractive way to showcase work. You can include articles, pieces of code, design projects and media coverage sourced from YouTube and Dropbox.

For the jobseekers out there, you can present evidence of learning, skills, and accomplishments in an eye-catching customised way. Once you had added your info you can also link your Pathbrite page to various social network accounts.

We have signed up to the service and played about with it. It was extremely user friendly and quick to upload examples of media coverage in a visually appealing way.

This is a great startup and although it is aimed more at students and jobseekers, we think it will be a great way to display our coverage to clients. Check out the results of our experiment here.

Tin It.

London – A City Through Time

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 6 July 2012 – London – A City Through Time

With the start of the Olympic Games fast approaching, the spotlight is shining firmly on London. But there’s far more to our glorious capital than the events of 2012.

Here to enlighten us is Heuristic Media’s new iPad app, London – A City Through Time, which was released this week, and brings to life nearly 2,000 years in the life of the city.

Whether you’re interested in people, buildings or events, this app has got it all and in every media. There are over 6000 articles on everything from museums to rivers, and more than 2000 rare prints and photographs. And with audio tours and 35 Pathé video clips of iconic London moments, this app is an informative and visual extravaganza at your fingertips.

Brighten up a commute with the History on the Tube section, which provides entries for each station you pass through. Or, to compliment a visit to the tourist hot spots, you could check out the 360º views of the best sites. The Browse on Map feature allows you to zoom in and out of a Google Map, tapping on article icons.

And, while all this content could seem overwhelming, it’s linked together with a synchronised timeline. We can swipe through by century, period, monarch or even individual year, with thumbnails popping up for particular articles or historical events helping us navigate the depths of London’s history.

Although it’s a rather pricey £9.99 and is currently only available for iPad, there is a wealth of content to keep locals and tourists alike informed and entertained. So, London – A City Through Time is a Tin It!

Way of Life

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Tin It or Bin It – 28 June 2012 – Way of Life

Are you fed up of those old habits that you just can’t seem to break? The ‘Way of Life’ app offers the means to change any aspect of your life through its simple and flexible monitoring system.

It allows users to track any habit or activity – good or bad – over time, requiring a simple ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘skip’ choice for the habits users have chosen every day. These choices are displayed on a graph and over edtime it builds up a clear picture of how you have fared and even allows you to share your achievements through social media (if you want to share your flossing record for the last year that is).

It only takes a minute a day to input the information on your habits and it even sets a daily reminder… so you really have no excuse!

‘Way of Life’ is a simple but smart idea and the app has an intuitive interface to make it as easy as possible for the user. There is, however, a sense of novelty which is likely to wear off after a while. Even the best apps cannot keep a user interested forever and ‘Way of Life’ will almost certainly lose some of its appeal after extended use, despite the daily reminders. It is a question of whether you have the willpower to use the app long enough for it to make a difference.

We are optimists so lets give ‘Way of Life’ the benefit of the doubt as it certainly will be useful for creating good habits or breaking old bad ones – to those of us who can stick at something for a little while at least. Perhaps there should be another app to encourage us to use our old apps…

For the time being, we say Tin It!


Klik

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 25 May 2012 – Klik

Face.com’s new facial recognition mobile app, Klik, has just launched out of Beta. ­Using Face.com technology, the app aims to automatically identify the faces of your friends before or after you take their photos.

And just how does it know who your nearest and dearest are? Well, to use the app you have to configure it with your Facebook account, and the facial recognition software analyses the faces in your photos and remembers the name associated with each tag.

This could take up to one full day, and Klik will only recognise the people you are friends with on Facebook.

If Klik can’t identify the person in the picture you can put it in “Learn Mode” to manually ID the face – if you continue to identify unknown faces and save them then the app’s ability to recognise those faces in future photos improves.

There are some great additions, like the Instagram-esque photo filters to give your snaps that creative edge. And, of course, you can share – on Facebook, Twitter, email and Klik itself. You can also check out friend’s photos and see the locations where those pics were taken.

But it’s the app’s ability to read your location and make use of that info which, coupled with the facial recognition technology, gives it a decidedly creepy feel, and raises privacy concerns.

And because of this Klik is a Bin It.

ColourDNA

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 30 March 2012 – ColourDNA

ColourDNA has just launched a shiny new app for the iPhone. It’s described as “a proprietary algorithm for social discovery”. It basically discovers a bit about your likes and interests and recommends things they think you will like – from music and books, right through to art and gadgets.

First things first you have to select your favourite colour. The whole concept of the app revolves around colour (just in case the clue in the name didn’t tip you off!).

ColourDNA believe that your preference for certain colours reflects certain personality traits. Now this is where we start to become doubtful. Even though the algorithm highlights the importance of colour preferences, we can’t help thinking that other personal interests like music, films, food, books etc reveal a wealth of information about a person, more so perhaps than a simple colour can. Also, just like our moods, our favourite colour can vary.

ColourDNA incorporates a lot of features from Facebook, Foursquare and Pinterest and has existed online for some time now, so it does seem a natural step for the introduction of the app. It is an intriguing concept but we remain unconvinced for now. Only time will tell if people will take a liking to it and want to continually use it.

We wish them every success but unfortunately this is a Bin It.


Hungry mind

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 9 March 2012 – MindSnacks

Thanks to a new app called MindSnacks, gone are the days when you have to read a pile of boring textbooks to learn a new language. The new educational app provides fun, interactive language learning games in over 13 different languages.

It features six entertaining games designed to build essential vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and conversation skills. You work your way through 50 levels of language content, playing games and completing fun challenges as you go. The app also includes a unique learning algorithm that uses proven methods of memorisation training to make sure you don’t forget anything. Muy inteligente.

The goal is to progress through a set of engaging and fast-paced challenge games that test your knowledge of material provided by the app. After each game is completed, the user can see how many points they received toward unlocking the next level, and how many words have been mastered. These features are fantastic for motivation and mean that you can become hooked very quickly. It was created to make learning as much fun as possible and it seems to do exactly that.

MindSnacks is aimed at those who are just starting out, as well as beginner and intermediate learners. For English speakers, there are options to learn French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Chinese.

The only drawback is that it is currently only available for iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. Despite this, MindSnacks is a Tin It. Fantástico!

Hashpix

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 2 March 2012 – Hashpix

Newly launched, Brooklyn based Hashpix allows you to buy limited edition photos from the best Instagram photographers.

For photography lovers it’s a great (and legal!) way to purchase cool, creative images, and for the photographers, it’s a great platform to make some extra money and showcase some of their best work. You can choose between three sizes of prints and can turn them into posters, postcards, magnets and anything else that takes your fancy.

Founder Jason Culbertson, said: “These fans love their photos, and the photographers should be able to make money by continuing to do what they do every day.”

Photographers just apply through the Hashpix website and submit photos for sale. If chosen, Hashpix just take 30% of profits after the printing costs, with the photographer keeping the rest.

Not everyone can apply though; photographers need to be an active Instagram user and have a large fanbase who interact with their photos.

Hashpix have started out by selling photos from 12 of the most popular Instagram photographers, but as it grows and builds its members it will continue to add more to its roster.

We think this is a great idea and we can’t wait to see more of the collection as it rolls out.

Hashpix is a Tin It.

Lemon

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 24 February 2012 – Lemon

We are always interested in handy tools that can help us stay organised and keep track of our money, so when we heard about Lemon we were intrigued.

Lemon is a web tool and mobile app that lets you collect and store your paper and email receipts all in one place and is great for people who shop online frequently for business or pleasure.

It enables you to see how much money you spend and what you spend it on. You can even share your business receipts with your accountant, automatically and in real time, which all sounds pretty nifty.

Users can store their receipts via email and by scanning them using their mobiles. The Lemon app will do the rest, and have your receipts turned into analysable files. If your accountant or boss needs exact copies of the receipts, the app can provide a URL for them to download and view the scanned copies.

To create reports, users just go to the Reports section, select the relevant data and Lemon will generate the information you have requested and present it in a chart.

Lemon’s key service of converting your receipts to analysable digital data and storing them is free, however they do offer three premium services that have a monthly subscription fee – Business, Family and Data plans. These options allow you to link up more accounts, view more detailed data analysis and share it all with your accountant.

There are a few issues with Lemon. With the free account, you are not able to add multiple users and you are subjected to ads, however if you upgrade you can combat these issues. Also, it is not an original idea – there are a few similar services out there such as Expensify, Receipt Bank and Shoeboxed.

So Tin It Or Bin It? Lemon is a handy tool to help manage your money and receipts, simply and all in one spot. It can save you a lot of time and potentially even money as you learn how to spend smarter.

This app is a Tin It.

Facebook Cover Photo Trouble? There’s Now an App to Help You

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 17 February 2012 – Facebook Cover Photo trouble? There’s now an App to help you

Last month we reported that Facebook’s Timeline will be eventually rolled out to all users.  We, like many others, have struggled to find a really cool, cute or clever cover photo to impress our online buddies. Also any pictures we did decide on didn’t quite fit the rectangular space allocated. So we were excited to hear that there is a free Android app available that saves you hassle by helping you choose a cover photo.

Facebook Timeline Covers:D33P (pronounced Deep) lets you input your own photos or lets you choose from its own gallery of cover art. There is a selection of over 50 cover art to choose from – zombies and dinosaurs can inspire a frightened profile picture for example. You can also take a photo right in the app, while previewing how it will look on your profile.

This app is a lot of fun and there is an option called “seamless mode” that takes a segment of the cover photo to become the profile picture, which means you have one quirky, seamless image.

Some of the new Cover Arts photos installed include special holidays such as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Australia Day etc.

This app is currently free but will not stay that way for long so if you like the sound of it you should download it while you can. Facebook Timeline Covers:D33P is fun and does what it says on the tin. TIN IT.

Use Facebook Friends to Help You Find a Job

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 3 February 2012 – Use Facebook friends to help you find a job

It’s Friday again already, which means its time for your weekly social media rundown. This week we are looking at career website and community Glassdoor, who have just announced the launch of Inside Connections. The new feature enables job seekers to discover if they know someone at a company where they want to work and provides inside information on the company.

Users can sign into Glassdoor using Facebook Connect and search through 150,000 companies. If they are interested in a specific organisation they can find out which connections, within their Facebook ‘friends’, and ‘friends of friends’, is a current employee or has worked there previously.

Inside Connections enables its users to browse information such as job listings, salary details, interview questions and anonymous reviews, which means they get the inside scoop on what its actually like to work at specific companies, before they sign on the dotted line.

Glassdoor’s new service does sound pretty useful but does it stand a chance against professional networks such as LinkedIn? The team at HTR think so.

LinkedIn is great for making professional connections but linking up through Facebook has much more of an informal and unofficial touch, particularly when you are just starting your career and trying to get your foot in the door. The people you interact with on Facebook know you better and are interested in your personal development. It’s your friends and family that will do what they can to get you started. We think that it’s a great service and we think that it could change the way young people find jobs in the future. In light of the current high unemployment figures at the moment, anything that can help people find work can only be a good thing.

Glassdoor’s Inside Connections is a Tin It.

Facebook Timeline

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 27 January 2012 – Facebook Timeline

Facebook announced this week that they are rolling out Timeline to all users. It will be compulsory in February for user’s entire history (the ‘story of their life’) to be exposed in reverse-chronological order on their profile. That includes status updates, photos, marital changes and other major life events. In a nutshell it means that those embarrassing posts and photos that you had forgotten about will resurface. Yikes.

Not surprisingly Facebook has received wide criticism for this. Key tech site Mashable said, “Facebook must know that putting a ticking clock in front of users is bound to make very few of them happy, yet here it is, stop watch in hand.” Until recently users had the choice to opt-in to Timeline, now they will be automatically switched over – whether they like it or not. However you are given seven days to delete the content that on you profiles and hide what you don’t want to display.

We have taken a peek at the new look and played about with it. It looks fairly slick with the cover photo and new layout but it is also quite cluttered due to the massive amount of statuses and photos now displayed in the Timeline.

To tie up with the new feature, Facebook are also introducing apps to personalise your page with interests such as cooking, listening and reading. A user listening to Spotify on a smartphone, for instance, will default to posting every song to their Timeline for all their ‘friends’ to see. So it’s crunch time, is Facebook’s new Timeline a yay or a nay, a Tin or a Bin? It’s an interesting idea but the fact that they are forcing their users to change to this radical new feature leaves a bitter aftertaste. It would have been nice to have a choice in the matter.

For now it’s a Bin It.

Stranger danger?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 13 January 2012 – Stranger danger?

This week we are looking at an app called Situationist, which apparently aims to create extra-ordinary situations in your everyday life. Sounds exciting but it is quite a big claim to follow through on.

The app uses geo-location and looks to make your every day life more exciting and random by alerting you to other user’s proximity and encourages members to interact with each other in unpredictable situations. The situations can vary from things like hugs, compliments, scare tactics, or even…revolutions. Users upload their photo and pick the situations they want from a list, knowing that those choices might then occur anywhere, and at any time.

It’s certainly intriguing but possibly not for the right reasons. Stalker tool perhaps…?

One of the visionaries behind the app, Ben Carey states that this is the complete opposite of what they are fighting against: “When the media deliberately demonise strangers as paedophiles, stalkers or terrorists, it is time to fight back and reconnect with our fellow citizens and human beings”.

This idea is certainly great in theory but when you look closer, it really just boils down to strangers doing random things to you.

Despite the best intentions this app is just plain weird and that’s why it’s probably banned from the app store. This is a BIN IT.

Take a Wander

Friday, January 6th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 6 January 2012 – Take a Wander

After a brief break we are now back in 2012 with your weekly social media need-to-know.

We have been looking at a free iPhone app called Wander, which connects pen pals and Instagram to allow users to look at and take part in the lives of others all over the world, whilst also interacting and sharing with them.

Not everyone has the money or opportunity to go travelling around the world, so this free app can help to satisfy your curiosity for other cultures and help you become closer to the lives of others.

Wander creates connections with people you have never met through photo based conversation threads and provides the opportunity to explore different surrounding in an interactive, expressive way. Magic.

Each week, you can explore a new part of the world with a new user acting as your local guide. The app works by highlighting a new guide, from over 80 countries and across 6 continents that you can choose to connect with.

If you connect, the app will then suggest photo-based missions to start the interaction. You then upload them to the conversation. No worries if you don’t speak the same language, as there is a built in translation feature to aid your communication.

Wander currently has 12,000 app downloads and nearly 1,100 photos shared each week.

The only downside appears to be that is it currently just available for iPhone users, however the app will soon be rolled out for Android devices. Hurrah!

Wander seems to be the natural step in social networking and for that reason it’s a TIN IT.

Apple introduces personalised snail mail and friend stalking

Friday, October 14th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 14 October 2011 – Apple introduces personalised snail mail and friend stalking

Apple has introduced a free ‘Cards’ app this week. It allows you to get creative, and design and send personalised, physical greeting cards to all your friends and family, choosing from over 20 template designs.

Buying and sending your postcard or greeting card is similar to buying a song on iTunes. You just enter your Apple ID password and then simply place your order. Apple will then print the card, put it in an envelope and mail it to your loved one on your behalf. Brilliant.

Cards is not an original idea. There are many other websites and apps out there doing the same thing, however this is an Apple app, and with its style and simple design, looks set to refresh and revitalise the crowded greeting card industry.

This is a fun, creative app and we predict it could really take off.

Cards is a TIN IT.

Cards wasn’t the only Apple app launched this week. ‘Find my Friends’ is a location app which allows you to keep tabs on your friend’s location.

We don’t know about you, but if we want to get hold of our friends to find out where they are, we usually just give them a call or drop them a text. This app seems a bit creepy in comparison.

Find my Friends shares your location with your accepted friends, all of the time, which is different to one of the top location apps FourSquare, and not something that is very appealing.

Before you even begin you have to wait about for your friend to accept your request and then, you have to accept there’s back.

Once you are both finally connected, you can click on your friend to see their current location completely in real time. Yet again, this is different to FourSquare, as with the latter, you have to option to ‘check in’ to a place that you think will of interest to your friends. I’m not sure any of our friends, no matter how much they love us, would appreciate a boring update that we are going to the supermarket or just walking home!

This all feels too much like a complete invasion of privacy and a bit pointless. This is not something we will be continuing to use.

Sadly, this app is a BIN IT.

Man versus machine

Monday, September 5th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 2 September 2011 – Man versus machine

For all the literary lovers out there, there is now a website that can recommend you books using an algorithm. Launched last week by Aaron Stanton, BookLamp is to books what Pandora is to music.

The website analyses a book’s style of writing and assigns numerical values to the ‘Story DNA’, which is described as the breakdown of the settings, themes and characters.

We don’t know about you, but we choose books through human recommendations – from friends, family, colleagues, book reviewers in newspapers and Amazon user reviews.

Obtaining electronic recommendations from an algorithm that has not read and experienced the book just seems a bit dubious. We love technology but sometimes you just need a human touch.

BookLamp can’t distinguish between good prose and sloppy writing styles, so it is lacking the quality control that you usually get from someone you know and trust.

Also, the BookLamp engine can sometimes recommend a ‘zinger’ – which is a book that makes sense from an algorithmic perspective but not from a human view. This seems to be a major problem and something they will need to work on to perfect.

So far there are only 20,000 titles in their database, which means that your choices are fairly limited at this stage until more publishers come on board.

BookLamp is a work in progress. It sounds like a good idea initially, but on closer inspection there are some flaws.

We are not entirely convinced. Think we will just stick to old-fashioned book recommendations from friends and family for now, and come back to this once the BookLamp engine has had time to expand and fine-tune itself.

BIN IT…for now.

Maximising your impact on Twitter

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 26 August 2011 – Maximising your impact on Twitter

Twitter is great and we sure love to tweet, but lets be honest, it’s sometimes pretty difficult to be consistent with your tweets. It seems to be that you either post lots at once or don’t tweet enough. This is where Buffer comes in.

The app, co-founded by Leonhard Widrich and Joel Gascoigne, builds a ‘tweet queue’ and spreads your updates out over time, meaning that you never have to flood your followers again with tweets. You simply add your tweets to your ‘Buffer’ and they spread them out over the course of the day. Simple.

Now, when you’re browsing the net and you come across lots of great content, you don’t have to post it all at once – this handy little tool will spread it out so you don’t tweet eight things in a row and annoy your followers.

Conveniently Buffer also has an analytics feature for every tweet you send so you can see exactly how many people your tweet has reached and how many followers have re-tweeted.

Another advantage is that Buffer has extensions for every major browser so you don’t even have to visit the website.

We think scheduling tweets is definitely the way forward, however we would not recommend scheduling all of them. Finding the right balance between ‘Buffering’ and live tweeting seems to be the best and most efficient way to use Twitter.

Buffer is a TIN IT.

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Question Time

Friday, August 12th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 12 August 2011 – Question Time

Today we have been looking into a new startup called Knod.es, which is a useful app to help you find the most suitable people in your network to answer a specific question.

It beats going on Twitter or Facebook with an open ended question, which doesn’t usually generate a good response (they are best for broadcasting and sharing). Instead, Knod.es narrows the search down and looks at the public activity of your social media contacts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

When you search for a select word or phrase, the web app looks for people who have mentioned that exact term. It also allows you to search for people who have talked about that term or even worked at a particular business. To make things easy for you so you’re not faffing about, once you’ve located the appropriate contacts you can message them all in one go, and even better…they don’t have to be on Knod.es.

This app, which went live in private-beta a month and a half ago, is not a unique concept. There are a few similar applications out there like this, but Knod.es takes a different approach – it gives you a list of potential contacts for a specific topic rather than just solely helping to answer your question.

It went live in private-beta a month and a half ago, so only time will tell if this takes off. It does look very promising though.

TIN IT.

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Internet Addict?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 4 August 2011- Internet Addict?

Have you ever stopped to wonder how long you actually spend on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube? Or is it simply too scary to think about?

Well for those who are curious (like us), there is now a new browser plug-in called Voyurl that will tell you how many hours you actually spend browsing online.

Users who install it get a detailed description of how they use the web, which is updated in real time. This includes how much time you spend browsing, the sites you spend the most time on and your browsing patterns. Additionally you can compare your behavior to the average user to see where you fit in.

Voyurl also produces a complete list of what sites you visit and how you behave on them. Detailed factors like scrolling and mouse hovering are taken into account.

Voyurl is currently in private beta but there is a section on the site that allows you to click to ‘get a beta invite’.

So TIN IT or or BIN IT?

This is a TIN IT for those who are brave enough to confront their browsing habits. However for those who are freaked out by the concept, this would most likely be a BIN IT.

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Picture this…

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 22 July 2011 – Picture this…

With so many different social networking sites and photo applications you can literally have hundreds of images scattered across different platforms and websites.

This week we have discovered Pictarine, a website that gives you a way to pull together all your shots from Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc into one simple place. Genius.

Pictarine creates an album on your chosen service, with the title, description and specified privacy whilst maintaining third party site album structure. The site also allow users viewing access to their friend’s photos on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, meaning that Pictarine enables you to see nearly all of the photos your friends are posting to the web. Clever eh?

You can now share you private Flickr photos with a few Facebook friends or your Instagram photos with your Yahoo contacts (something that was unheard of before) using what Pictarine calls a ‘Zest’. When you create a Zest you choose photos from wherever they are and share them with anyone and everyone you want.

It has been available to the public since May this year and has already attracted 3,000 users. They have just updated their features this week to include Instagram and Twitter integration.

We think this is a great site that helps to pull together all your photos in one place. There is no denying it, Pictarine is a TIN IT.

Pictarine

Last.fm introduces free festival app

Friday, July 15th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 15 July 2011 – Last.fm introduces free festival app

Summer is well and truly here which means the temperatures are high, the days are long and the music festival season is upon us.

However there is a slight problem … the dilemma of which festivals to go to. With so many on offer, all with amazing line ups, how do you pick? Well using Last.fm of course!

The popular music website has introduced a new free Festival App to help you make your mind up. It is available on iTunes and Android and was launched just this week.

All you need to do is download, connect to your Last.fm account and the app will make some recommendations based on your individual music taste and also tell you which festivals your friends are attending.

Drawing from Last.fm’s database of almost two million events, the app narrows the choices down to approximately 4,500 upcoming festivals worldwide.

It organises the festivals under the headings of ‘compatibility’, ‘nearest’ and ‘date’ and once you select a festival you will be offered information on the event and the lineup.

The downsides are that you can’t buy tickets for the festivals using this app, and it won’t be useful if you don’t currently use Last.fm. However this is still a very nifty little app.

This is a Tin it.

Last.fm festival app

Facebook expands to video chat

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 8 July 2011 – Facebook expands to video chat

This week, Facebook announced a partnership with Skype to add video chat to the social networking site used by 750 million users.

Now, whenever you browse to a friend’s profile, you’ll see a new button between the ‘Message’ and ‘Poke’ buttons that says ‘Call’. Click that, the other user will see a popup asking if they want to accept a call, and you’ll be connected straight away. The first time you use the feature you will need to install a small plug in, but once this is done you are good to go.

We at Hot Tin Roof love to keep in touch with our friends so think this will be great new way to connect with them, whether they are in the same city or on the other side of the world. It seems like it will easily fit into our current social media habits as well.

The new feature is great as there is minimal amount of set up (just a few seconds to install the plug in) and you don’t need to create a new Skype account to use it.

One drawback however is that at launch, Facebook’s video chat service will only be able to connect two users, whereas the new Google+ system (which was announced a week before) allows group video calls. To stay ahead of the competition, Facebook will probably have to offer similar features.

We are very excited about this. TIN IT for sure.

Facebook & Skype partnership

Music to our ears

Friday, June 10th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 10 June 2011 – Music to our ears

The team here at Hot Tin Roof love our live music, but it is sometimes pretty difficult to keep on top of what bands are playing nearby.

A new free social platform for live music called SongKick sounds like the solution to the problem. It lets you know when your favourite bands are playing and makes it super easy to track and plan upcoming gigs. Fantastic.

It sends email alerts when your favourite artists are playing in your area, lets you buy tickets for shows and create concert calendars. It scans your iTunes, looks at your locations and sends you a list of gigs that you might be interested in.

SongKick is not yet available on Android so it misses out on a very large market…however Android users can download a free similar app called ‘onTour’ to help plan their concerts.

So TIN IT OR BIN IT?

We say TIN IT. What’s not to like? It’s free, fun and useful and if it helps us to hear more live music this can only be a good thing.

Concert crowd

Shnap Happy

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 3 June 2011 – Shnap Happy

It’s officially the start of the summer and so this week Hot Tin Roof have been looking at a fun new app to help you jazz up all your holiday photos and let you rate other user’s images or ‘Shnaps’.

Shnap is a free iPhone app that has been described by Mashable as ‘Instagram meets Hot or Not’. You upload your own photos (which have been stylized with effects and filtering) and rate other users’ photos using the rating system: ‘Lol, Meh, WTF, Cool or Wow.’ As a heads up it can become very addictive!

The bottom line is that if you love taking pictures and you like social media you’re really going to love this app. It takes away the passivity of browsing photos and encourages you to rate them in a competitive fashion.

TIN IT OR BIN IT? This app keeps us ‘shnapping’ all day long so it’s a Tin IT.

Shnap

Name that theorem

Friday, May 13th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 13 May 2011 – Name that theorem

Hot Tin Roof has been looking into the brilliant and unique TheoryMine this week, which lets you name a personalised, newly discovered and totally unique mathematical theorem after a loved one, teacher, friend or even yourself (for the egotistical people out there). For only £15 a pop you can be rubbing shoulders (metaphorically of course) with Pythagoras and Fermat. Amazing.

The newly discovered theorem is generated by one of the world’s most advanced computerised theorem provers. TheoryMine is a spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh and was created by Italian mathematician, Flaminia Cavallo, one of the country’s leading young scientists.

It’s the perfect present for the maths geek in the family or anyone who is struggling to find something a bit different for their loved ones. There is certainly nothing else like it and it is a very interesting concept, so we say TIN IT. We even think a Hot Tin Roof mathematical theorem might be on the cards…watch this space.

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Video killed the radio star

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 6 May 2011 – Video killed the radio star

This week we are looking at the video sharing app Socialcam, who have just launched a brand spanking new feature.

Socialcam has been described as ‘Instagram for video’ and was created by Justin.tv. It is a video-sharing app that makes uploading videos to social networks easy as pie.

As of this week it is now available on the web, where users can view profiles featuring all user’s Socialcam videos, tag friends and see a list of which users they’re following on Socialcam. This feature has been previously available on Android and iPhone apps but this is new for the web and viewable to everyone, even non users.

Socialcam is focused on the social aspect of mobile video. Much like the photo application Instagram, Socialcam users can upload videos automatically, tag people in the video and share the video with friends across all social networks.

This video sharing app sounds great (easy upload, social network compatible and now available online) however like anything there is usually a drawback. With Socialcam it seems to be that they don’t seem to have any privacy features, so every video you upload is made public. The creators describe it as ‘the easiest way to share videos with friends’ but you could very well be sharing your videos with random strangers! Ahh!

So TIN IT OR BIN IT? We think this is a fun, easy to use application which will be loved by many, especially with the launch of the new feature this week. We say TIN IT.

SocialCam

Techie Goodies

Friday, April 29th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 29 April 2011 – Techie Goodies

This week we have been looking into the brand new launch of Living Techie, the ‘you-know-what-on’ for techies (their tag line, not ours). It is basically a Groupon for techies and hipsters, similar to AppSumo and Startups.com and was created by TechCrunch writer Roi Carthy.

The daily deal email list goes out to people who have companies listed in Crunchbase, the free technology company database run by TechCrunch. People who receive Living Techie emails can then share them with other people via a special link.

Roi Carthy has said that they ‘purposefully built a club house for employees of the tech/start up industry but that once a deal is received it can be shared with anyone’. All this sounds great so far, however there are thousands of techies and early adopters that don’t work for a CrunchBase company and it seems a bit like another AppSumo. Roi Carthy as said that although similar, Living Techie is focused on actual retail products and not just on premium software and web services like AppSumo. Okay that clears that up, there is a difference…

Many of our clients are on Crunch Base so it will be interesting to see how this goes. If it becomes as successful as AppSumo then that would certainly be something.

So TIN IT OR BIN IT? As Living Techie has just launched and is in its early stages we can’t be too sure if this will stand apart from its competitors, however it will certainly be interesting to watch, and we all love a good deal don’t we? So we are going to TIN IT…for now at least.

Living Techie Logo

Secret Obsessions

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 22 April 2011 – Secret Obsessions

Ever wanted to know what music your friends are really listening to? Well now there is a brand new app called Songasauraus which will let you do just that. We at Hot Tin Roof are an inquisitive bunch so when we heard about this app we thought it held some appeal.

It was launched by .net/SharePoint developer Kaveh Azari last week and it lets you check out other user’s music collections. Don’t worry though…all those people who secretly listen to Britney Spears or the Spice Girls do have the option to share their embarrassing listening info. Phew.

Once you are connected you can see what songs people in your network have listened to recently, what songs you have in common with friends and how many times they have listened to that song. You also have the option of buying any of the songs listed via ITunes, so it helps you to expand your music collection, which can only be a good thing, right? Songasaurus has managed to make something that’s sometimes very solitary, the act of listening to music on your iPhone, completely social.

Like any app however, it does have its downsides. Just now it is only available on the i-Phone which ignores a large market of Android users. Fingers crossed that this will soon be sorted.

All in all however Songasauraus sounds great but it poses the question…how much do we really want to know about the actual listening habits of our friends?

So TIN IT OR BIN IT?

We say TIN IT. Its a very simple, fun concept and will satisfy people’s curiosity (perhaps a little too much though if you discover your best friend or boyfriend is actually a closet Westlife fan. Yikes!)

Songasauraus

Throne up

Friday, April 15th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Friday 15 April 2011 – Throne up

The Royal Wedding 2011, there is no escape – even at Hot Tin Roof!

To save you the trouble, we’ve been looking at all those lovely Royal Wedding apps.

Hello Magazine have a free Royal Wedding app with photos and commentary leading up to the big day, and The Mirror have announced a paid for app called ‘Wills & Kate a Royal Love Story’. Cringe.

There is even a Royal Invite app where you can pretend to your friends that you have been invited to the big day by showing an onscreen invitation. Who are they fooling? Apparently the onscreen invitation isn’t even close to the real thing, so it really begs the question…what is the point?

Of course it’s all just a bit of fun. However we can think of lots more fun apps than this.

We really don’t see the appeal personally but we know there will be people that will love the novelty of these apps. The question is however…are they so interested that they will actually spend money on them?

Royal Wedding apps, TIN IT OR BIN IT? We are making an executive decision to BIN IT!

However there was something else that caught our eye this week, which was a lot more fun…a Royal Wedding Sick Bag. Now that’s more like it.

This unusual souvenir is created by graphic artist Lydia Leith and is hand screen printed. It has been designed as an antidote to the vast amounts of kitsch memorabilia currently being produced in the lead up to the big day.

This Royal souvenir is a definite TIN IT.

Royal Wedding Sick Bag

Commuter’s dream come true?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – Thursday 7 April 2011 – Commuter’s dream come true?

We are very excited this week about the launch of a new app called TravAlert.

Ever worried about missing your stop on a bus, train or plane and as a consequence missed out on some precious shut-eye?

Well there is now an app that allows you to catch up on some beloved zzz’s or listen to music while you travel without having to worry about missing your stop. Genius.

TravAlert works by sending out a GPS signal on a regular basis to work out your location in relation to your stop. You set an alert for either minutes or miles away and hey presto, you are free to read a book, chat with friends or have a cheeky nap.

We think they are definitely on to something…simple idea but very useful. TIN IT!

TravAlert


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