“The Web Innovators Group (WebInno) is comprised of people engaged in internet and mobile innovation in the Boston area.”
We’re two weeks away from our Fifth Anniversary Web Innovators Group event on November 29th, I wanted to share the demo’ing companies presenting that night, as we’ve just put together the program. The doors officially open at 6:30pm at the Grand Ballroom in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta, with the “Main Dish” presentations to the entire crowd starting at 7pm:
• FanSwarm (Ayeah Games) – Doug Levin
• HowAboutWe – Brian Schechter
• Moontoast – Blair Heavey & Marcus Whitney
Following those presentations, each of our “Side Dish” demonstrators will have an opportunity to give a quick 15-second overview of their service to the audience followed by a showcase of their company at tables spread throughout the periphery of the skyline suites room during the unstructured networking portion of the evening:
• Ginger Software – Miki Feldman-Simon
• My-Take – Rich Armstrong & Todd Hoskins
• Penmia – Puneet Gangal
• SocialSci – Leon Noel
• Smashion – Daniel Ruan
• Woopid – Brandon S. Kane
All of the above companies were selected amongst dozens of applicants looking to participate in the program. Unfortunately there was not space for other qualifying startups; if yours was not chosen, I’d encourage you to reapply for the next event.
Everyone who is interested in web and mobile innovation is invited to attend the event. Please RSVP (and find additional details) on our event page (http://webinno28.eventbrite.com/) if you plan to join us so we are able to print name tags and appropriately size the rooms.
Let’s face it, there is nothing more irritating in the online world than ads. Big flashing banners scream, “Lose 100 pounds in 30 days!” or “You Won $1000 (now just give us your credit card number to claim your winnings)!” Often they hog the screen and distract you from the content you’re actually trying to see. Thankfully there is a helpful browser add-on for Firefox called AdBlock Plus. Adblock allows you to pick and choose what ads you want to block on a given website. It gives you a filter to block images, flash, and even provides a list of removable objects. It’s a great extension to customize your web browsing experience and I use it all the time.
Visit here for installation and more information.
Yesterday, I was all ready to go get motivated with some music and hit the gym. Instead of motivation, I got disappointment and a playlist frozen on repeats of Miles Davis. Much respect to his music, but it was not situationally appropriate and thus, an issue. If this were my cell phone, I might just disconnect the battery to power it down, but since the battery for an iPod is located inside, I can’t remove it and put it back in. At first I figured I either had a lost cause on my hands, would have to reset it old-school style with a paperclip, or just wait for the battery to die. I figured out that having a frozen iPod is actually a pretty common problem, especially in the larger capacity iPods, because these have hard drives like a frozen computer might, instead of the flash-only (like a USB jumpdrive) and more stable memory on smaller ones. I also figured out that since Apple knows this might happen to people every once in awhile, they’ve included a pretty neat and easy solution to it. All you have to do is:
- First, make sure your HOLD button isn’t on (there is no orange showing)
- Hold the SELECT button in the middle and the MENU button on top for a few seconds
- Wait for the screen to go white
- Release the buttons. Wait for the Apple logo to reappears and your iPod boots up again
And the problem is solved! I can pick some better music, and the snag in my day was avoided. I do, however, think that it might drain a little of your battery each time you reset. I guess this makes sense, since it takes way more power to start up a machine than just keep it running. It’s certainly a better option than staring at your frozen screen until the battery dies.
Want to watch a video on it?
As a mom of an unusually tech-savvy two year old, I recently had to passcode protect my iPhone. There was a period of time that I recieved a few phone calls from friends who said they were calling me back when I didn’t think I called them in the first place. Weird. I then noticed that my Echofon app had disappeared and as a result, I was off of Twitter for a good two weeks (gasp!) until I downloaded the app again.
Perhaps I’m on it too much around my kid, or it’s my own fault for downloading Dora the Explorer app for her to play with, but one day, I saw my daughter grab my phone, swipe her little finger to unlock it, scroll through a page or two of apps to find her Dora game and finally, start poking at the screen to play it. So I watched her for a little while, and she made her way to my list of favorites to dial, held it to her ear and said, “Hello?”. I found the culprit, sorry sweetie, mommy’s locking her phone!
It’s really simple to do and if you haven’t figured it out yet, here’s the video on how to do it. You can put a secret 4-digit code to prevent unwanted users from deleting apps or calling people. Or, perhaps you have a nosy boyfriend or girlfriend and don’t want them checking your email, facebook or recent calls. Woopid saves the day again!
Today, we’re happy to give everyone a sneak peak at Woopid 2.0, and launch our exciting Apple iPad sweepstakes!
You can explore Woopid 2.0 at the Sneak Peak page, and enter to win the iPad as well. Click here to check it out.
Some of our favorite features:
New, Exciting Content All the great content you’re looking for, including the latest versions of all your favorite software.
Revamped Design & Interface Using Woopid 2.0 will be better than ever thanks to a stunning new design and a completely revamped user interface.
Interactive Community Share your own high-quality videos with the Woopid community, with some really cool ways for you to make money.
Employees can answer their own IT questions With Woopid 2.0, you or your employees can fire up your company’s customized Woopid portal and get answers to computer- and gadget-related questions.
See the rest here!
From “MakeUseOf.com”, one of the Internet’s best resource blogs “that feature cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive”, recently featured Woopid as the first stop destination for tech related video tutorials. Check it out here.
To quote the source, “EveryJoe is for men who don’t have time to surf the endless reaches of the web. You know what you like to read regularly but you like having tastes of other areas readily available at the click of a button. You work hard and you play hard, and EveryJoe helps you do that.”
Today, EveryJoe decided it wanted to share Woopid Woopid with its readership. Check out a nice piece they call “Woopid Keeps You From Being Tech Stupid“.
Jason Bean, the article’s author, says: “Do a little bit to improve and expand your knowledge in 2010. You can make a good start with uncovering some new skills using Woopid today”.
An interview conducted by TechSmith (makers of Camtasia Studio) was posted today on their website and in their newsletter!
“To the average geek, being peppered with “how do I” questions from family and friends is a minor annoyance. To Brandon Kane, it was a business opportunity.”
Click here to read the rest.
There has never been an easy way to check if your Internet browser, Flash and Java versions are all up to date on your computer…until now. Do I Need to Update.com is an easy to way to check, and then upgrade to the latest versions of these softwares.
April 1st came and went without much happening in terms of the infamous Conficker virus, but that doesn’t mean the threat is over. It’s easy to see if you’re infected, as well as protect yourself. Go ahead and watch this video to view the simple process.