Category: Mobile Apps

Escape – Malaysian Video On Demand Service

Category: Mobile Apps, Reviews

My previous post was about watching the likes of netflix and hulu outside of the US. If you are Malaysian, you can now enjoy a similar local Video On Demand (VOD) service called Escape that is launched by Celcom recently. (www.escnow.com)

Escape is exclusively for Celcom customers at the moment. Registration is straight forward, as long as you are holding Celcom number, you can register for it. Both prepaid and postpaid numbers are eligible. Payment for the movies is also straight forward, since the payment is directly deducted from your credit (for prepaid) and added to your monthly bills (for postpaid). full details »

Efficient Way to Consume Content on the Web

Category: Mobile Apps, Usability

For the past few months this is how I consume the content on the web and mobile, I primarily use this method to read longer blog posts and articles. I also use it to save articles so that I can read them later.

What’s the current problem?

You would ask “what’s the current problem that it requires this kind of solution?”. Well, the current problem is that there are many great blogs and websites on the web that are simply difficult to read. This could be due to many reasons. Here are some of them:

  • using small font sizes for the content
  • using dark backgrounds behind the content
  • using difficult to read font-styles
  • blog layout is not user-friendly
  • too many ads on the blog
  • etc etc.

The Solution

Solution is a product called Readability that works with your web browsers, smartphones and tablets. Here is how it works.

1. You sign up for an account with Readability and drag the browser bookmarklets to your browser’s toolbar. Bookmarklet works with all the major web browsers. (You can also install Google Chrome extensions)

2. And when you are browsing the web and come across a good blog post or an article that you would like to read..

3. You just press the bookmarklet and it will send that particular page to your Readability account. Google Chrome extension gives you few options when you press the button; Read Now, Read Later, and Send to Kindle. full details »

TinEye – Searching for images the other way

Category: General, Mobile Apps

tineye.pngTinEye is an image search engine that employs image identification technology rather than keywords – you upload sample image (or give URL of the image) and the search engine will find for you images that has the similar shapes, concepts, characteristics.

The results can be the same image, modified version of the image or a different image altogether as seen below. Also, the naming of the images do not really matter in this case as long as they match in appearance.

tineye_results.png

If you want to see more examples of search results, see cool searches page.

Additionally they have iPhone app which allows you to search for products using your mobile phone’s camera. Just take a picture of the product to start searching for product info and reviews. Cool Stuff!

Website: http://tineye.com