It's been a busy day for Paris-based ModeLabs. Only a few hours ago we posted an item on a slider phone it made for MTV, and now there's an update about its project with Tag Heuer. The buzz around the co-branded phone was renewed last week when rumored photos were posted on various blogs, though Tag Heuer certainly has been in no great rush to bring the handset to market.
Tag Heuer has been threatening for months to get into the mobile handset game, even hinting about a branded watch phone. (Actually make that years, not months--the company's timetable for such a product began in 2004.)
The watchmaker may finally be preparing to make good on its protracted promise, as purported images of its new phone were posted on Le Journal Du Geek and are making their way across the blog circuit. The handset is reportedly named the "Meridiist" and comes with optional crocodile skin, which may be the most noteworthy aspect of the phone other than … Read more
Veeple is a new video-captioning service that lets you add small moving notes or links to Web videos. It will host clips up to 100MB in size, or you can simply access the ones you've got hosted on other sites like YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook.
The one standout feature is how incredibly simple it is to add the various types of annotations. All you have to do is click your mouse to start recording, then once again to stop. The note will follow your cursor, so if you're dealing with a moving subject, you're not limited to placing a note in one spot and having it lose placement.
There are several types of captions and annotations to use, from basic speech and thought bubbles, all the way to text overlays and links to off-site Web pages. There are also links to eBay, MySpace, and Facebook--the latter two effectively let you live-tag any of your social-networking buddies. For instance, in one video I tagged one of my friends with his Facebook profile, and the other to his MySpace page. A person watching the video only needs to click on that link to get jumped right there, but will know what they're clicking on without having to read a description because of the little site logos that are used to represent the links. In theory, Veeple could add many more services down the line, or plug into those site data APIs to let you search through your buddies to make tagging easier.
Another service that's been experimenting with live tags is Asterpix, which recently released its auto-tagging service. I prefer Veeple's tagging system to Asterpix's despite the fact the entire process is manual; however both offer a huge leg up to YouTube and other's standard captioning offerings.
Check out the video embedded after the break to see it in action. Keep in mind there's already a lot going on in this video, so the amount of visual overload from these live captions depends on how much self control the Veeple author has.
It's hard enough to distinguish a new product in the ridiculously crowded mobile phone market, and even more so when it comes from an outsider--such as a clothing company. But rather than just make another phone whose only difference is a logo, Levi's is at least trying something different that capitalizes on one of the trademarks of its jeans: the red tab. No, it's not a cloth tag sticking out of the keypad, but a red section of the limited edition "Red Tab" phone being sold by French retailer Colette for 550 euros (about $870).… Read more
Asterpix, a video tagging service we looked at late last year is launching some exciting new technology later this month. It's a new automated tagging service that will go through any video you plug in and use its recognition algorithms to tag and link whatever's in your video to informational resources about it on the Web.
In its current state, the service lets you accomplish a similar feat, adding text and URL links to various objects--although the process is manual. On the 17th, users will simply be able to run videos from many major hosting services through Asterpix'… Read more
In the process of reviewing a client's Flickr account with my colleague and fellow Searchlight blogger Brian Brown, we noticed that Flickr has recently added nofollow tags to links placed within its Web site. Flickr has been one of the few social-media entities to continue to offer "link juice" from links placed with user-generated content (in this case photo descriptions), making it a viable entity for improving inbound links to a given site.
While it's understandable that Flickr implemented nofollow tags for the exact same reason other social-media sites have--misuse and spamming--it nonetheless marks another step … Read more
I get my music from several places. Over time I've ripped most of the CDs in my collection and have also bought songs on iTunes. Though file sharing is tempting--and fairly popular judging by our Most Popular list--I've only used those applications a couple of times over the years for long lost remixes. I guess I try to stay legal out of respect for the musicians, but this article isn't about the legality of file sharing.
The problem is, when you get your music from a lot of different sources, you end up with strangely tagged tracks … Read more
Tag is a new gadget for children that does all the work of a teacher: it gives phonics lessons, sounds out works, sings songs, and most importantly, keeps track of the student's progress.
The pen-like device is from the same company that made the LeapPad, San Francisco Bay Area-based LeapFrog.
The demo of the Tag Reading System garnered the most buzz in the morning session here at Demo 08 in Palm Desert, Calif. Using the same technology found in its current product FlyFusion, which is aimed at 8- to 13-year-olds, the Tag gadget is aimed at teaching reading to … Read more
Busy and absentee parents, meet your new best friend. As part of Demo 08, the emerging tech conference which takes place in Palm Desert Januaury 28 to 30, LeapFrog is unveiling a new handheld learn-to-read technology that interacts directly with real books. Available this summer for $50, the Tag Reading System uses a pen-based reader (pictured) to provide audio for the stories, "as well as the fun-filled games and activities spread throughout the pages."
The press release describes the product this way:
"The Tag handheld works with Tag-enabled books to create an independent and interactive reading experience … Read more