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Desti is a Siri-Like Travel App for Northern California Outings

Desti App

Since Apple introduced Siri last year, millions of people have become familiar with the intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator.

Now, another artificial intelligence app that uses a natural language user interface is on the scene.

Colorized, an App That turns Your iPhone into a Social Sketchpad

Colorized

A little more than six months ago, Yan-David Erlich was sitting in a restaurant when he noticed a waiter bring a black-and-white coloring pad plus some crayons to the children sitting at the next table.

“I started wondering what the online equivalent of that was,” he recalls. “And I realized that while it’s hard to draw with a mouse, it’s easy when you use your fingers on a touchscreen.”

That realization led to Colorized, an iPhone app that facilitates “social sketching.”

Publish Your Own Book at a Low Cost with Blurb

Blurb Books

Until quite recently, it would have been difficult and expensive for you to publish your own physical book, especially one filled with photos.

But thanks to San Francisco-based Blurb, and its on-demand publishing platform, you can do so now for as little as $3.95 for a pocket book to $49.95 for a large, 12 by 12-inch coffee table book.

The Startup That Sends The Mechanic To You

Your Mechanic

Those of us covering startups use the word “disruptive” all the time–probably too frequently in some cases.

But it’s certainly the right descriptor for Your Mechanic, which sends a car mechanic to your home or office to provide repair and maintenance services at roughly half the cost of what you now pay at the shop.

Social Shopping Startup Sneakpeeq Carries 4,000 Indie Brands This Holiday Season

Sneakpeeq

Sneakpeeq is a social shopping marketplace, both on the web and the iPad, that showcases some 4,000 indie brands in home, living and style products.

Founder Henry Kim says he discovered how difficult it was for these smaller brands to reach customers when he visited a large trade show in Las Vegas and saw that they could not get buyers from the major retailers to even visit their booths.

Two Sense: Help Me, My Girlfriend Uses Facebook Too Much

Facebook Shirt

My new girlfriend is somewhat of a Facebook fiend. Every place we go, she "checks in" and tags me. Once there, she takes photos and posts them. She posts to my wall every few days and now, after three months of dating, she wants me to change my status to "in a relationship" with her. I check Facebook maybe once a week and I don't like living my life online, broadcasting my every move and my intimate relationships. My friends are teasing me about how often I'm showing up in their newsfeeds since I met her, and I'm a little embarrassed. How do I broach this subject with her?

The "Game of Books" Seeks to Incentivize Young Readers

Game of Books

Back when BookLamp launched in August 2011, we called it “a Pandora for books.”

BookLamp is a publishing technology company that developed something called the Book Genome Project, which uses the “DNA of language” to analyze and compare books based on their thematic makeup, character types, and language elements.

12 Holiday Gifts for The Techie

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the techie—where utility meets style and gadgetry—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

Click to buy 7x7's $50 gift book for techies!

In the book:

This Thanksgiving, Pick the Winners of NFL Games on Pickmoto's Mobile App

Pickmoto

A long time ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Michigan, part of the background every Thanksgiving day at my aunt’s house on Oxbow Lake was the Detroit Lions football game on TV.

The Lions still carry on that tradition, as do a few other NFL teams, and thanks to a brand new little startup started by three guys out of their apartment in San Francisco, this Thanksgiving football fans have a new way to enjoy these classic games with others.

Twist Takes the #OMW Tag Out of Real-World Meetings

Twist is about time,” says founder and CEO Bill Lee. “If you’ve ever wasted time waiting for someone, then you know the problem we are trying to solve.”

Lee says the idea for the app, which is available in iOS and will be in android soon, came to him last year when, as an angel investor, he had around 200 meetings.

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