Thursday, July 31, 2014

Self-destruct sharing

How to share self-destructing data:

Digify - mobile application
Secure notes - web service and REST API

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

IoT dictionary

Monday, July 28, 2014

Directory of mashups

Our mashups directory has been updated. A huge collection of applications: Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, LBS, QR-codes, mobile HTML5 etc.

The latest release includes for example our new mobile tool: Bluetooth Data Points.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Place 2014

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is Place 2014, NY 2014

Place 2014

/via Bluetooth Data Points


Our new paper: D. Namiot and M. Sneps-Sneppe "On software standards for smart cities: API or DPI"

This paper discusses the global unified standards for software products and existing approaches (de-facto standards). Using specific examples of interaction with Bluetooth Low Energy tags we compared existing approaches to the development and the proposed global standards (FI-WARE). Can a unified approach to the creation of services to cover all the possible use cases and scenarios for new services? The paper emphasizes the need to address the prevailing trends in the design to create a standard. Also, we highlight the critical importance of such a thing as the time to market for new applications and services developed according to the proposed standards.

DOI: 10.1109/Kaleidoscope.2014.6858494

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Check-in advertising

Check-in based advertising is growing dramatically as the popularity of social media increases. This study explores which social cues are appropriate for check-in based advertising in social media based on media richness theory and how content effectiveness affects content generation intention based on achievement motivation theory. - from this paper.

There are several our papers, devoted to check-in advertising:

Namiot, D., & Sneps-Sneppe, M. (2011). Customized check-in procedures. In Smart Spaces and Next Generation Wired/Wireless Networking (pp. 160-164). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Namiot, D., & Sneps-Sneppe, M. (2011, October). A new approach to advertising in social networks-business-centric check-ins. In Intelligence in Next Generation Networks (ICIN), 2011 15th International Conference on (pp. 92-96). IEEE.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

City Chat

QR code
Our mobile mashup City chat has been updated. HTML5 mobile web application lets you talk with other visitors for the same place (café, office etc.). Lets you add on-demand chat service for any particular place. No registration required. Check it out from your iPhone, Android, etc.

(it is a mobile site).

You can copy link right to your mobile browser with the QR-code above. Or use the following short URL:

You can include chat into your own mobile site. The basic URL accepts the following optional parameters:

lat - a latitude of place
lng - a longitude of place

For example: City chat, Palo Alto.

Techically, it is a mobile web mashup which uses Foursquare and chat engine from Coldbeans.

As a similar "city-related" application see also City forums, geo-chat and Never eat alone application.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MobileBeat 2014

We continue to share links for monitoring the interesting events in Twitter. Now it is MobileBeat 2014, San-Francisco 2014

MobileBeat 2014

/via Geo Messages

Local mobile chat

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Our mobile mashup Geo chat has been updated. HTML5 mobile web application lets you chat with other people in the proximity. It is anonymous chat, you do not need a special account. It is just a text chat with people nearby (e.g., in the same café, in traffic jam, etc.) Check out it from the iPhone, Android, or any HTML5 browser.

(it is a mobile site).

You can copy link right to your phone with QR-code above. Or use the following short URL

You can use this chat in your own mobile web applications. The basic URL accepts the following optional parameters:

lat - latitude of the place
lng - longitude of the place

for example: Palo Alto, University Avenue, Starbucks

There is the similar mobile mashup City chat - the dialogues there are connected to some place from Foursquare. Geo chat is almost the same, but implemented for any geo place without the connection to some predefined place

Technically, it is a web mashup that uses chat engine from Coldbeans.

As per similar "city-level" applications check out also City forums or City Guide

P.S. as per hyper-local chat see also WiFi chat application

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In-proximity chat & forum

Our mobile web application WiFi chat has been updated again. What kind of object (real or virtual) can we use to unite mobile users? We are not talking here about members of social networks. We are looking a way for creating group chat. Here, for example, is a short list of several our applications:

City forum - discussions (forums) linked to places (POI - point of interest)
Geo forum - the similar to above (also mobile forums) but linked to location
Mobile forum - lets you add discussions to any physical object.
City chat - web chat linked to any POI (point of interest)
Geo chat - web chat linked to some location

And here is our new idea - Wi-Fi Chat. Forum and chat linked to some Wi-Fi network. Communication tools based on ideas of network proximity. It is a mobile application that lets you see available (visible) Wi-Fi networks and link (attach) discussions and chats with them. We are not talking about connecting to Wi-Fi networks. We are using any Wi-Fi network just as a sensor. If you can see it from your mobile, you are somewhere near. We can call it Wi-Fi proximity. That is an idea. All people seeing the same network are in the proximity. So, they could have some common points for the discussions.

Just one interesting remark – Wi-Fi access point could be opened right on the mobile phone. And with WiFi chat application this phone will play a role of presence sensor uniting (combining together) local people for the communications.

Technically this application uses cloud forums from Disqus and web chat from Coldbeans.

You can load .apk right from Android Market:


Also you can download .apk file right from our server: Here is an appropriate QR-code:

QR code for WiFiChat

WiFi chat, actually, is a side project for our new development - SpotEx. This application uses ideas of proximity as a service and lets you attach (link) your own data to Wi-Fi access points. We will describe it separately.