It doesn't look like this has spread to mobile platforms yet: I have Google Maps on my Helio Drift phone (oops, I called it a phone), and it does … Read more
Ever think that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to mashing up Web data feeds? Yahoo apparently thinks so, too.
On Wednesday, the Web giant released a beta of Yahoo Pipes, a hosted development tool meant to make it easier to build mashup applications that combine different Web feeds. (See this CNET News.com story on Yahoo Pipes for more information.)
The idea is that people use a visual layout form to wire together a series of structured data feeds. Mashups, obviously, can be developed, but Pipes is supposed to make the process of developing them easier, … Read more
If you upload pictures, video or illustrations to iStockphoto or are a customer who uses the site to buy that content, you could have some new options soon for using the site.
The company has released some details of its interface so that outsiders can create Web sites or software that tap into the site's abilities, according to a company forum posting earlier this month. The objective: "to allow the iStockphoto community to expand the functionality of istockphoto.com, provide useful tools for community members, and attract new members."
Some users already are coming up with ideas … Read more
Put a bunch of passionate geeks in a hotel meeting room and what do you get? An "unconference," of course! I headed over to MashupCamp at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday to see what the avant garde of the Web developer world is up to.
There were some interesting sessions discussing issues in commercializing mashups (see this CNET News.com report). But the Speed Geeking contest, where people have five minutes to demo their mashup applications, was the most entertaining.
Unlike the many mashups that use the Google API to aggregate news, 10x10 uses the RSS feeds from the BBC World Edition, New York Times International News and Reuters World News to create a visual mashup of the world's most popular news.
About every hour, the top 100 words from those feeds are chosen through 10x10's own linguistic analysis. Corresponding images for those words, used editorially from the news sites' own stories, are then displayed.
The images are listed from left to right and top to bottom in order of importance. (The No. 1 keyword is the upper-left … Read more
Just got a ping from the developer of Listpic, a service that provides a visual interface into Craigslist. Want to see all the motorcycles for sale in your area? Or houses for rent? This tool will display just the pictures. Clicking on one displays a pop-up of the listing. Clicking again pops you over to Craigslist. It also works with personals. Very easy to use, very useful, and a lot of fun. Thumbs-up from me.