Tech + Gadgets
From their offices in Paris and San Francisco, Fotopedia’s 16-person team produces what is often referred to as a photo encyclopedia.
But it’s really more than that -- a mobile platform for immersive visual story telling on iOS apps built around themes, especially places.
Its eleventh and latest app, featuring thousands of photographs of Morocco, has just been released.
“Our mission is to help people discover beauty in the world,” says CMO Christophe Daligault. “The first word I usually hear when I load the app and show somebody is ‘Wow!’"
Over the past two years, one of the many programs Google has been testing and developing is called Business Photos. It grew out of the “street view” aspect of Google Maps, which provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the area around a street address.
Business Photos now extends that same technology inside certain local business establishments that want to give it a try. Among the first piloting the technology are the Soma restaurant Ironside, nearby wine bar District, Public Bikes, and the Brick Monkey, in Redwood City.
Like an unknown couple’s initials carved into a picnic table or a letter in a bottle that’s washed up on shore, there are messages to be found in every destination and hidden corner around the world. Now, Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake aims to capture and share them globally on Pinwheel, her new Hayes Valley startup.
Part of being an avid sports fan is a propensity for making predictions. We do it all the time, as in:
“Here comes Buster Posey. I bet he’s going to crush one over the fence.”
Blog posts come and go quickly, which is one of the joys but also one of the frustrations of the trade.
Over time, you can publish thousands of posts that are several hundred words long each, which will quickly add up to millions of words.
The problem for most bloggers is how to better preserve and monetize all of this work?
Well, San Francisco-based ebook publisher Hyperink has come up with an option. This week, it is introducing a concept it calls “blog books,” which are short (10-12,000 word) compilations of a blogger’s best, say, 25 posts on a topic.
Inkling, the interactive digital publishing company, started out with textbooks on the iPad, then moved into consumer titles with its ProChef cookbook, and now has partnered with Frommer’s to publish iOS travel guides.
The first seven guides (for Japan, France, Spain, Great Britain, Costa Rica, California and Alaska) are available on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
San Francisco-based Trulia, a national leader in the residential real estate search business, currently serves some 20 million unique monthly users.
And while it’s well established in the home sales market, more recently it has been moving aggressively into the rental space as well.
As anyone in the Bay Area knows, rental units can be hard to find these days. Trulia’s own figures show that rentals have gone up in price 11.1 percent in San Francisco over the past year (and 9.4 percent in San Jose.)
These changes in the rental market parallel the emergence of smartphones; thus the company's recent launch of a free iOS app, Trulia Rentals, provides some intriguing insights into how our lives are evolving in the mobile age.