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Why if you miss Siri you’ll miss the future of the Web

Why if you miss Siri you’ll miss the future of the Web
Siri is the most useful thing I’ve seen so far this year. But after playing with it, getting an interview with its CEO (video here on building43) it’s even more important for you to pay attention to. It is the best example of what the web will be. Let’s go back. Web 1994 was the “get me a domain and a page” era. Web 2000 was the “make my page(s) interactive and put people on it” era. Siri is the best example. Why is it so different? Because on the back end they’ve stitched together a sizeable group of APIs from services like Opentable to Flightstats. Before it was common only for a couple of APIs to be joined together, here they have dozens. That’s the other thing. Why is this really new and important? No, the real secret sauce and huge impact on the future of the web is in the back end of this thing. I just asked Siri “who checked into the Half Moon Bay Ritz?” But the team now could hook up Foursquare’s APIs and make this question answerable. This is the future of the web. Related:  Software, apps & plugins

iPhoneHeat Graphic.ly Wants To Blow Your Mind Away With Digital Comics (Vid Will digital books will ever match printed ones for sheer reading pleasure? What about comic books and graphic novels? I think it depends on what device you are reading them. A startup called Graphic.ly is taking a similar approach and adding social elements. The AIR app gives you a taste of what is to come. When you load a comic book—there are about 70 right now and growing from independent comic book publishers, but Baldwin hopes to add Marvel soon—you can click on each panel to make it pop forward and become bigger. The AIR app is decent, but I really want to see this on an iPad. Graphic.ly launched as a TechStars startup last summer when it was called Take Comics.

How to restore iPhone app data from backup | iPhone Atlas The iTunes App Store has been around for eight months and now lists more than 25,000 apps. If you're like me, you've probably purchased a dozen or more of these apps and hopefully, you're backing up your computer regularly to protect your purchases. But backups only work if you know how to use them to restore lost data. Frequently, the iPhone and iPod Touch require complicated restores and multiple layers of backup; this how-to will show you how to conquer the restore beast. Step 1: Reinstall your apps in iTunes A friend recently experienced a power failure that resulted in damage to his iTunes library file. iTunes automatically regenerated the file, but the iPhone and iPod Touch apps and their data were missing. We restored the apps easily from his backups and so they ended up where we expected them: Mac ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications or Windows C:\Documents and Settings\USERID\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\Mobile Applications. Afterward, the apps synced again with the iPhone.

Rapportive | Making email a better place Leverage Sales Navigator insights anytime you send an email. View rich LinkedIn profile data for your contacts directly in Gmail, and use that knowledge when you reach out next. This Chrome extension is available in two flavors, “Lite” for free LinkedIn members and “Premium” for LinkedIn Sales Navigator subscribers. Sales Navigator Lite for Gmail will let you See rich LinkedIn profile data for your contacts directly in your Gmail, and use that knowledge when you reach out next Mention icebreakers, including shared connections, experiences, and interests, to build rapport with your contacts Hover over any email address anywhere in your message to quickly view their profile to stay informed on who’s who With a Sales Navigator subscription, this extension will unlock additional premium features: Save contacts as leads in your Sales Navigator account Use TeamLink to see if prospects are connected to your colleagues and get a warm introduction

Transferring your iTunes Library For most users, iTunes does a great job of handling all of the details of managing your media library for you, allowing you to manage your content through iTunes itself and not having to worry too much about the underlying files and folders that make up your iTunes library. Unfortunately, this user-friendly approach has one serious limitation: When it comes time to move your iTunes library, it can often be a bit of a challenge to figure out exactly what pieces you need to move and how to go about doing this. Many iTunes users start out with a basic iTunes library and use the default settings to store all of their media content on their primary internal hard drive. Another common scenario many users find themselves in is what to do when they upgrade to a new computer. How iTunes Manages Media Content The first and most important point is that iTunes is designed to handle all of the details of the underlying file system for you. iTunes: The Database versus the Content

Leaked Video: Swyping Versus iPhone Typing. (Swype For Android I A year ago, Swype launched a new way to type on a touchscreen phone at TechCrunch50. Swype was created by the inventor of the T9 predictive typing system used on most phones today because he felt that new text input methods for small touchscreens are sorely needed. Today, the startup announced the first phone to use the technology will be the Samsung Omnia II on Verizon. As you can see in the video above, which shows a side-by-side comparison of typing on the Omnia II versus on an iPhone, the way you type with Swype is you literally swipe your finger from one letter to the next as fast as you can. In the video, the Swypist beats the iPhone typist hands down, so to speak. More phones with Swype built in will be launched next year. Will Swype give Android an edge over the iPhone?

iPHONiX Skype to make group video chat the next killer webcam feature | Starting next week, Skype will begin beta testing a new group video chat feature on Windows PCs, according to the Associated Press. The feature will let up to five people join in on a video chat simultaneously, which is a big leap from Skype’s current limit of two users to a video chat. Group video chat will initially be available for free, but Skype plans to start charging for it within three to four months, along with other new features. The company also plans to bring the feature to Macs later this year. Skype consumer business general manager Neil Stevens said the group video chat feature was one of the most requested by its users. Now webcams are integrated into practically every laptop (including bargain-priced netbooks), and we’ll also be seeing them in smartphones like the HTC Evo 4G and the next-gen iPhone this summer. Skype has also leapfrogged Cisco at bringing the technology to consumers. Are you making or losing money with marketing automation?

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