Tinker offers ‘homepages’ for Twitter hashtags

Techcrunch reports on Tinker, the latest offering from Glam Media. Tinker allows users to set up a 'homepage' for events discussed on Twitter, aggregating Tweets and user details. I haven't used the service yet - it's closed, private beta - however, it sounds like a significant improvement on hashtags and trends. In fact it may prove a really powerful idea, as these aggregate 'homepages' may become the first port of call for those wanting to keep up with breaking news, particularly if Tinker integrates other feeds and services.

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Fuzzboxes, stomp pedals and circuit benders: a film

Part one of Fuzz, a great documentary about fuzzboxes, stomp pedals and the people who make them (the other seven parts are in the related feature section). Featuring the work of boutique pedal makers like Death by Audio and Robert Keely, with interviews from Wolfmother, Jon Spencer, Pete Frampton and others, Fuzz is a fascinating insight into a closed world with lots of meaty facts for guitar nerds. Unfortunately, the best book about building guitar pedals, effects and other musical projects, Electronic Projects for Musicians, is considerably out of date. Fortunately, there's lots of ad...

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Renegotiating power in the digital economy

More details have emerged of the digital rights agency proposed in Lord Carter's Digital Britain Report. The central plank of the new policy is the creation of a digital rights agency to handle all digital content rights issues, in film, music, etc. Lord Carter admits the proposal is a straw man, and if it is 'torched' by the industry, he has indicated that the government will introduce its own legislation or abandon the industry to its own fate. I suppose it is conceivable that the new channel owners, the old channel owners and the producers will come to some sort of agreement as suggest...

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Analogue blogging in Liberia

This film of Liberia's Blackboard Blogger has been making its way round the internet in the last few days. And while I admire theĀ  ingenuity, I think it's a pretty clear example of the growing information gap between the rich and poor at both home and abroad. More detailed on information poverty and the digital divide here.

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Internet much more influential than TV and newspapers

Fascinating quantitative research from Fleishman Hillard and Harris Interactive confirms that the internet is now, by some margin, the medium that most influences our behaviour. In the UK the internet takes 42% of influence, TV 22%, radio 14%, newspapers 12% and magazines 9%. And while in the UK the internet still takes less of our time than TV (38% for TV and 30% for Internet), in France it takes moreĀ  (38% to internet and 35% to TV). This may just reflect the relative superiority of British public service broadcasting, however, the trend is clear. The report continues by breaking dow...

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The Guardian Content API

The Guardian has just announced the launch of an open Content API. This is a remarkable step when you consider how many newspapers are still struggling to fashion a coherent online identity. However, the Guardian, which Jan 09's ABCes show is now attracting almost 30 million monthly uniques, has long understood that it isn't just a newspaper, but a multi-touch, multi-channel content provider. From my perspective, perhaps the key point of the announcement is that developers will be allowed to use the API to create their own commercial services, and though this is subject to certain restrict...

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9 augmented realities

Augmented reality is a combination of real-world and computer-generated data blended in real time. Still perplexed? Then the augmented reality demos below should help. GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality Demo The GE Smart Grid is a good place to start if you want to see augmented reality in action for yourself, however, you will need a printer and a computer with a webcam. Augmented Reality GIS Maps httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFwzFby2eNo If you still don't understand augmented reality, watch this video. The person holding the map in the video sees only a flat 2D paper, while those watch...

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