Storify launches a new look with a stronger foundation today!

I’m glad to read today that Storify have made lots of changes – They say they have rebuilt it from the ground up.

Storify is a new way of blogging your life in social media – You can make stories from the social web using moments, tweets, in the realtime. Just search on a subject on various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Google plus and make your own story!

Storify was Co-founded by@burtherman and @xdamman

I’ve always loved the idea of this, but to be honest most of the time, it didn’t work that well for me for various reasons, but now they have made big changes, I hoping that my problems with Storify are all over.  Then instead of screen printing the results like this I can actually embed a story.

The changes are …….

  • A new logo and new look. The search and the editor sides of the interface have been switched, and we have made it easier to add text to stories. Photo searches are displayed in gallery format and pictures shown larger in stories. Saving stories is more reliable.
  • A revised bookmarklet and all-new Storypad that lets you collect and save media from all over the web, and easily share what you’ve gathered with other Storify users. You can use media from anyone’s Storypad in any story.
  • Smoother drag-and-drop functionality, which makes it easier to build stories and reorganize them.
  • A collapsed view of your Storify story while it’s being built, so you can see it easily and organize it better.
Okay so maybe its not going to correct my problems of embedding the stories to WordPress and not really getting an answer on twitter, but I love it so much – I will carry on with how I am using it already, and hope they keep going with the improvements. Its worth the wait. Love it!
Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

Blippar – The QR code killer ?

Blippar – The QR code killerWho or what is Blippar… and is it The QR code killer !?

Blippar is a Uk Company that launched its free image recognition application earlier this year in android and apple stores.  Blippar is a new way to advertise or to get people interested in your brand, it might not be The QR code killer but it is a great way to use marketing and the technology we love at the same time. Blippar call it a little bit of magic in our phones.

Blippar™ is the first universal augmented reality platform aimed at advertisers.

 

Blippar Marmite

Turn a real world object in front of you into an interactive experience by using your phone, genius!

What it does is similar to the QR code, which I do love – but it is far, far more. The application uses the camera to recognise products. It might be actual bottles and packets or maybe posters, adverts, a building or even your logo on your business card or cup anything in the real word that is blippable you can turn into digital connections, information or interactive entertainment. The list is infact endless!

You hold your phone over the blippable item and you will see some magic appear, whether this be interactive games, interactive adverts or web-links like a video or even a coupon, its seemingly 3D as you can twist a turn the camera and it will appear to stay in the same place as you move around it.

I hadn’t taken much notice of Blippar before now, however, I saw this video by Randy Miller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRKYYrZTWho and his enthusiasm about this application really gripped me.

There doesn’t seem to be a vast amount of items that are blippable as yet, but the potential is huge – they already have some big names involved we just need the others to join.  I’m not sure this would be suitable for smaller organisations, as there must be a setup cost, where as of course QR codes are free. Yet, I hope that in time as it gets more and more mainstream it will end up cost effective enough for all to use.  (Not that I have any idea’s on costs).

What is also great is you can share what you like with your friends, on facebook, twitter or email.

To use Blippar is pretty easy too

To use blippar:

  1. Browse the catalogue for blipp-able things or look for a blippar ‘b’ in the real world
  2. Turn on blippar, hold phone up in ‘blipp’ mode (select the middle ‘b’ to start the camera), fill camera screen with the image, product or logo
  3. Blipp (your navigation and the orange button will slide off screen as a blipp is recognised). Note: no photo taking or touching or tapping of the screen required
  4. Just hold, wait, enjoy… and share
  5. Click the camera icon on the screen when experiencing a ‘blipp’ to snap a photo of it and share immediately via facebook, twitter or email
  6. Rate your blipps, leave feedback or suggest other blipps that you might like to see

Tips & tricks:

  • Fill the screen with as much of the target image as you can – as squarely on as possible
  • Hold very still and wait…
  • When blippar has recognised the image, the orange navigation will disappear and your overlaid content will appear
  • If nothing appears, move camera away from the image and then back again
  • Make sure your light is good, but avoid light reflecting off the image as far as possible
  • Once your blipp has appeared on the screen you can ‘track’ it – moving your phone in, out, and at angles to explore the content in more detail. If you lose the blipp, simply refocus as above to pick it back up
  • If you like what you see, share the blipp with your friends – via email, facebook, twitter or good old fashioned word of mouth
  • Blippar resyncs with new content every time you open it. Try to ensure you have access to a strong 3G or wifi connection when opening it after a while to ensure your content is speedy and up to date.
So, I hope that you download this free application and give it a try, it is pretty amazing.  You can see more on Blippar‘s Website.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  You can see if Blipper is The QR code killer
REQUIRES ANDROID:2.2 and up
Please note that the Android version of blippar is still in beta, we would appreciate any bug reports, suggestions or requests to be sent to info@blippar.com
Hope this helps

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Fix…. My iPhone 3gs won’t restore after iOS5

 

Did you say this? My iPhone 3gs won’t restore after iOS5

My story…

After patiently waiting for 4 days for the dust to settle before I attempted to download the  iOS 5 Software Update for iPhone, some iPod touch and iPad . I connected up my iPhone and opened iTunes.

I was still apprehensive as so many people have had various problems, like music disappearing, album covers gone, various error messages but then some people said it was all fine and hunky dory.  To be safe I didn’t just rush and download the iOS software update – first I installed the updated iTunes, sync’d and backed up the iPhone and making sure everything was up to date, hoping this would help.

iOS5 downloaded in about 8 mins and installed really quickly, I thought it was too good to be true when it said iTunes needs to do a restore to complete. It went through the restore process only to come up with a message, saying that this unit could not be restored. Gutted – Try again and it says your phone is in recovery mode you must restore this iPhone.

Alert text: "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode..."

– then again the message – an error occurred while restoring this phone – it just goes into a loop.   I tried to restore it two more times before I gave up. My iPhone was useless, thanks iTunes.

Recovery mode, I don’t like this picture.

I did a little search on Twitter and Google to see if any others were having the same problem, indeed they were. However, no one could suggest a solution. Most seemed to be taking their unusable mobiles into Apple to see a genius.

ITunes and me have never had a good relationship  (I’m not sure if it is only since I have had windows7) so I knew what to do to get my phone back to normal. If you ever that the cannot restore problem this is what you need to do.

Plug it into another PC or laptop – and do the restore from there.

Then plug it back into your own PC and restore the back up that you already have saved.

Done, iPhone back to normal.

The only problem is this does not give you iOS5 and once you have done this you will be back to the old version.  But, at least your phone works and you have all of your numbers, apps and details back.

Now I am not sure whether to try again and see if it works this time or leave it  until there is a fix or I can get to an apple store to report this as a bug.

Fix below ……

If anyone has the reason that this is happening I would be grateful if you posted the answer on here, or if you found a way around it.

It would also be great to know, who had this problem, and are they using windows 7 – so don’t be shy – let us know.  Maybe we can help each other

Update…..

I have finally found out what was wrong – I had error codes 1603 and 6 – this fix wasn’t on apple, these were….

Things I tried

  • Restarting everything
  • Restarting apple mobile device in services
  • unplugging all usb’s
  • plugging lead in different usb ports
  • making sure everything was allowed in Zone Alarm – Firewall
  • allowing and un-allowing bonjour access to the internet
  • Stopping various things running in taskmanager that I though might affect it.

Finally ……

I just turned off the Zone Alarm (firewall) and restarted the PC 

Duh!

Fixed, I now have iOS 5 – and now I’m going to upgrade to an iPhone 4S LOL well not just yet.

 

Hope this helps

Where have all the Twitter stats gone

Where have all the Twitter stats gone? – Twitter Counter

All of my old trusted favourite Twitter stats tools have gone, like twitter analyzer and tweet stats, well Tweetstats is still running but only up to July and the stats are incorrect. Where have all the Twitter stats gone? I used to love these types of graph stats, they gave you interesting fun statistics for our social networking site Twitter, such as

  • who you @ the most
  • tweets per hour
  • reply stats
  • what you tweet about
  • location of tweeters

There are plenty of new analyzers that give you information such as what your influence is and your score due to how often you are retweeted and such like – its all about scores. We like scores too but we also love the fun stuff.

Where have all the Twitter stats gone – Twitter Counter

If you Google “twitter stats” now you will find at the top and still around is Twitter Counter following behind is tweetstats and twitaholic.

Twitter Counter is just one of the companies co-owned by the interesting internet entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten who is the co-founder of TheNextWeb.Com – SocialStatistics and useqwitter.  Boris is one of those truly fascinating characters that always seems to be coming up with new ideas and startups.

TwitterCounter also owns twitaholic and these tools merge into each other nicely to create a complete overview of your twitter statistics. I actually thought that Boris was buying up all of the old sites when I read that he had obtained twitaholic but he confirmed that he hadn’t.

 

Where have all the Twitter stats gone

 

Twitter Counter provides statistics of Twitter usage and tracks over 14 million users and counting. Next to that it offers Pro Twitter Stats for even more powerful statistics and sells featured spots on its website to people who want to gain more followers.

You can see why, Twitter Counter graphs your followers, following tweets and mixed, and tell you how many on average you gain or lose per day and also predicts your future amount of followers. Its a great way to show off your stats to your followers or to look up other peoples stats.

You can view 100 top users, and 100 top lists

The site also contains links for many other twitter tools that you may want to use.

I like this application and I do use it a lot, if you haven’t used it yet, I suggest you pop over and have a look.

http://twittercounter.com/

Hope this helps to find – Where have all the Twitter stats gone.

 

Warning – 3200 Error downloading iOS5 – Apple

As usual Apples servers are under a lot of stress with everyone worldwide trying to download the new operating system out today for iPhone iPad and iPod Touch.

It appears to download but then it comes up with an internal error, 3200 – where you have to just start again with the downloading.  It is purely because Apple cannot cope with the astonishing number of downloads at the same time.

Some have been saying they have been downloading for hours – others it was a quick download but it won’t install – they get this error.

The best thing to do is leave it for a few hours when Apple say it should be resolved.

I do know of some people that say they have it working but I am assuming they got it right at the start – but as time goes on the more we are seeing people complaining about an error.

Some have also said they have lost their contacts so please back up before you start the download.

What tweeters are saying…..

Have you managed to download it and have it working yet?  How long did it take? What is it like? 🙂

Blackberry down for 3rd day – USA join the club!

Photo Credit D Sharon Pruitt

Blackberry users are still suffering with a lack of email, internet and BBM messaging!  Users in Europe, Africa and the Middle East have had to endure these outages for a total of THREE days, some of which was intermittent.  However, the drama just increased furthers as now we are hearing of user in America losing services as well.  Americans on Twitter seem to be in shock that they have no service on their Blackberry even though this has been going on in other parts of the world for two days.

PerezHilton is not pleased as we can see from this tweet.

And Kourtney Kardashian said….

Rim – Research in Motion has issued the following statement regarding the outages.

“The messaging and browsing delays being experienced by BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure,”  

“Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested. As a result, a large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service as quickly as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we will continue to keep you informed.”

Although Blackberry understand that problems can happen, they cannot understand, why it is taking so long to fix, or why they cannot be told how long it is going to be down for.  I assume this is because they just don’t know.

In the meantime this doesn’t look good for RIM who’s shares fell abruptly yesterday – after falling all year.

Hopefully this will be resolved soon, before users get really annoyed and get themselves down to an Apple store for an Apple iPhone 4S.

No, they wouldn’t do that – would they?

Hope this helps.

 

Blackberry services still down worldwide

 

Blackberry smartphones in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – EMEA  cannot connect to the internet, send instant messages (BBM) and emails due to a server crash or (serious fault) at RIM who make the Blackberry. It was suggested this was worldwide earlier but now it seems to be just EMEA –  the first problems were reported at 11am today almost 6 hours ago now, and users on twitter are getting very frustrated.

Four hours ago there was an announcement from T-Mobile on their website which states

There is currently an issue with sending and receiving via the BlackBerry Messenger service as well as using BlackBerry internet services. We’re investigating this with the maunufacturer RIM as a matter of priority and hope to resolve the issue soon. We’ll keep you updated regarding the issue over the course of the day.

All other major networks are reporting that RIM are still investigating and offer no time for a fix as yet.

What the tweeters are saying…..

Some are now reporting that they have internet but not all, so maybe it is starting to come back now?

35mins ago on the Blackberry Facebook page – this announcement was made …

Is yours still not working?

People are now starting to say that they have either internet or messaging back on their Blackberrys after 12 hours of silence!

UPDATE – Problems are occurring again – Blackberry users are reporting that it is working intermittently at the moment, some say nothing all day – Tuesday 11/10/11 

Hope this helps.