Code. Soylent. Twilio Client Lets Developers Integrate VoIP Calling Into Any ... Twilio, the company that’s on a mission to help developers bake telephony into their applications, is launching a new feature this morning that could well give rise to a slew of startups (or, at the very least, a bunch of new features in existing web and mobile applications).
In short, it’s letting developers integrate the flexible and cost-efficient power of VoIP — the sort of technology used by services like Skype and Google Voice — into their own applications. And it saves developers the hassles involved with building out the infrastructure typically required to handle a VoIP service. Meet Twilio Client. At a high level, Twilio Client is probably best described as a platform that facilitates embedded VoIP communications, but that’s confusing and doesn’t really demonstrate what exactly it does. So let’s try a few examples. Obviously this is going to give Skype some competition. Of course, most of this is not free. Twilio Client could be a big deal. Gigwalk Launches: Wanna Get Paid for Taking Pictures with Your iPhone? In the 1990s, peer-to-peer networks were a revelation.
They allowed people to pool together tiny parts of their computers, and those pooled together parts could do far more together than the average computer or connection could do on its own. It enabled everything from swapping pirated music to making cheap transcontinental calls via Skype. But what if you could do the same thing with tiny parts of people’s day? Grab five to ten minutes here or there, at the right time and the right place, to complete a massive task no one person could do on his or her own. That’s exactly what a new startup called Gigwalk is trying to do, using the power of– you guessed it– the iPhone. The first beta customer was the navigation company TomTom. You can imagine a lot of companies that could make use of a cheap, flexible mobile workforce paid just a few dollars at a time, no management costs or hassles involved.
Seidman says there are different motivations for different people. Hackspaces get closer to home. 19 August 2010Last updated at 11:27 By Jamillah Knowles Online reporter The Noisebridge Banner over the door to the hackerspace in San Francisco To the mainstream DIY fan, the shed may be a kingdom of peace, quiet and power tools.
But increasingly "social sheds" are springing up around the world. People come to these places, known as hackerspaces or hacklabs, to meet others, share ideas and make things. Part of the hackerspace establishment is well-known maker and electronics expert Mitch Altman. He is one of the founders of his local hackerspace, Noisebridge, now based in the Mission district of San Francisco. "As a little kid I was beaten up for being geeky. The idea for Noisebridge was seeded during a visit to Germany, where Mr Altman heard about the benefits of shared maker spaces. "They looked at what works best for people to help each other," he said. Crosshead Noisebridge is a large space dedicated to open use and the trading of skills. The only rule is "be excellent to one another". Real-time maps and traffic information based on the wisdom of the crowd.