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Arab technology startups:Top 10

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These startups were selected among 33 others who pitched their idea to Investors.The event “The 6th Investing In Technology Forum” aimed to be a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, regional corporate CEOs, and all technology leaders in the Arab region to get together to share experiences, develop relationships and explore business opportunities. The top ten startups that came up on top were:

Droubi:
A company that has invented and patented a new method of dental surgery.Centre aims at producing expanders together with all implantation requirements’ subject matter of our Letters Patent, which presents a new method for implantation, and avoids traditional methods which require costly equipment
with limited uses, in addition to the need for high expertise and qualification by a dentist, which, accordingly, result in high cost of implantation and limited spread out.

Glocalizer:
The company being formed will provide various integrated and multi‐tiered set of services to
consumers visiting numerous out‐of‐home outlets (e.g. cafés, hotels, hospitals, clinics,
banks, etc.). The services provided include audio and video media together with free
wireless Internet connectivity.All services of will be provided by a single hardware box (Localizer Plus™) and a single service supplier.The provided bundle of services will be used as a vehicle to serve commercial adverts to the consumers from multiple sources. Video broadcast will be complemented with embedded commercials in various forms. Audio playback will be supported by inter‐track commercials. Internet access will be supported by web‐based sponsored ads. All ads served by Localizer will be demographically tailored to suite the corresponding audience.

Applied Research Institute:
A company that works on new technologies for water treatment and organic food.
ARIJ is working on three products:
1. Environmental Technology: ARIJ is producing small scale waste water treatment, which is used for treated the household waste water and reuses it in agriculture. In addition ARIJ producing small scale wind energy unit to be used as a source of electricity in the household level.
2. Producing all kind of organics food, such as olive oil.
3. Creating software application, our product in this field: E‐Office and other application to be used for the financial and administration.

eSpace:
weNear is a framework that facilitates development of Proximity Based Services mobile
applications. The main focus of weNear is to be a backend for LBS/PBS applications that will
be developed using weNear APIs. weNear is a server side framework where you can store the
geographical location of the users, and hook an announcement to a certain location while the
proximity between the different users and announcements will be calculated by the
framework.

MobiLaps
MobiLaps’ product is an online network appliance, placed on ISP premises, that performs value added customization of web content and web services. The customization is based on personal and contextual information that web‐users entrust with their ISPs. MobiLaps’ first commercial application is Web‐Based Emergency Alerts: if a web‐user is in an area affected by an emergency/disaster, they will receive an alert in the form of an interstitial web‐page while they are browsing the web; without requiring them to install special software on their computers.

Talasim:
An online social network and photo gallery for comedy/funny content. Its a photo collection, from funny spelling mistakes to eccentric acts, it is a collection gathered over years from fans across the globe.

Aboker:
A company that works on technology to produce biofuel and silicon carbon from environmental waste.

Vertex:
A company that builds customised three-dimensional virtual worlds for education, real estate …etc.
Online 3D Virtual World, a futuristic open‐standard platform that transforms the lifestyle
and the work experience of millions of the internet users, whether they use it for business or
leisure. The virtual world will enable its users, to meet other users; network with peers;
communicate Effectively and elaborately; share information securely; document projects in
detail and on various abstraction and granularity levels; do business transactions,
conveniently and efficiently; collaborate on projects easily; innovate in designs and
productions naturally and freely; visualize products realistically, establish a presence that
reflects strong identity; market their products and services; advertise their offerings; and sell
products and services.

SilMinds:
A company that provides hardware acceleration technology thats speeds up intensive computing processes for Telecom Operators.SilMinds provides the world with the solution for
accelerating these operations by a factor of more than 50 while cutting down energy
simultaneously with a factor of more than 60 times.

Kindisoft:
A company that helps businesses to better protect their Rich Internet Applications based on Adobe Flash.Their flagship product, secureSWF, protects Adobe’s Flash applications from reverse engineering and decompilation.

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50 Tech Startups You Should Know, Pt 2

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The ten companies below is the next ten startup companies in Businessweek’s radar.

Fusion-io, Inc
Fusion-io, Inc. provides enterprise storage architecture and I/O solutions. It offers ioDrive, a non-volatile solid state storage device based on NAND technology. The ioDrive protects data integrity, as well as improves server performance. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FON
FON Technology, S.L. is the WiFi community. It operates a network of WiFi hotspots worldwide. The company enables its members to share the wireless Internet access at home for free WiFi wherever they find another Fonero’s access point. FON Technology, S.L. is based in Madrid, Spain.

Huddle
Ninian Solutions Ltd., doing business as Huddle, owns and operates an online collaboration platform. The company offers Huddle.net, a network of online workspaces that include file sharing, project management, virtual meeting organization, and online collaboration and real-time communication tools. Ninian Solutions Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Inrix
Inrix, Inc. offers real-time, historical, and predictive traffic information solutions. It offers services, such as INRIX Connected Services, a suite of content services providing navigation OEMs and location-based service application developers with private label and go-to-market solutions for in-vehicle, PND, wireless phone, and other connected devices; INRIX Total Fusion, a traffic data service that combines real-time, predictive, and historical traffic information; INRIX Real-Time Flow that helps to develop real-time traffic data and traffic speed maps; and INRIX Nationwide Traffic Alerts that provides real-time congestion alerts for freeways, highways, and arterials. Mr. Bryan Mistele and Mr. Craig Chapman are the Co-Founders.

Jajah
JAJAH, Inc., a communications company, provides telephony solutions for consumers and businesses internationally. It serves include conference calls, scheduled calls, and text messages. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California with an additional office in Luxembourg. It has a research and development center in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Mr. Roman Scharf and Mr. Daniel Mattes are Co-Founders of jajah.

Ibibo
ibibo.com is India’s first entertainment and talent based social network. It gives the youth of India a unique platform to showcase their talent, express themselves, create their own social network, audience and fan club and hence get recognition. The ibibo community uses a plethora of powerful communication tools to connect and share their expression, ranging from instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photos, videos, asking and answering questions, exchanging free SMSs and chatting.

Justin.TV
Justin.tv, Inc., a video site, is an online community. It enables people to broadcast, watch, share, and interact through live videos. The company offers various channels to browse that include producers, social, entertainment, gaming, sports news and events, animals science and technology, and educational. Justin.tv, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in San Francisco, California. Mr. Justin Kan is the Founder and President of justin.tv.

Komli Media
Komli is a digital advertising and technology company enabling marketers to reach and acquire their audiences and publishers to maximize their revenues. Komli Media powers India’s ad network platform with solutions across lead acquisition, audience targeting, rich media, online audience measurement and brand impact measurement. Komli Media also represents premium content channels in Autos, Lifestyles, News, Sports, Technology, Entertainment, Youth and Business and Finance segments over the Internet. Headquartered in Mumbai, Komli Media is also located in Delhi (India) and New York (US).

Livescribe, Inc
Livescribe, Inc. provides a mobile computing platform. Its platform includes Pulse Smartpen, a computer in a pen that records everything the clients hear and write, as well as synchronizes audio to the written notes; Livescribe Dot Paper, a paper printed with a pattern of tiny micro-dots, which enables the infrared camera at the tip of the Pulse smartpen to track the written notes; and Livescribe Desktop that allows the digital transfer of notes and recordings from the Pulse smartpen to the personal computer. The company sells its products through distributors. Livescribe, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Oakland, California.

Kosmix
Kosmix Corporation operates as a content categorization engine for topics on the Web. It searches the Web to automatically generate home pages for topics, including health, autos, and trips. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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SeedCamp Tel Aviv:Top 20 startups in 2009

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Startup companies from Israel have been making waves on the international seen in the last two years. Conferences for startup demonstration purposes are exposing the talent from Israel. Seedcamp begun it in the early part of the year and shortlisted the following startups.

Approlix
Mobile advertising and B2C loyalty platform. ApProlix helps retailers increase loyalty by offering customers visiting a chain store to install the store’s mobile widget. The solution is composed of a SaaS Location based-CRM (LB-CRM) for the retailer side and InProximity interactive mobile engagement clients on the consumer side (mobile handset).

Clear Applications
Online recruiting platform that enables employers to assign each candidate an evaluation score by conducting cognitive, personality and professional tests. This is particulary attractive to employers who wish to save costs on testing centers and shorten the cycle of due dilligence on a job applicant.

comparComparsante
A health focused user generated content site that displays ranges of prices for drugs, consultations & surgeries as well as additional health products & services. The company plans to increase the transparancy in drug related research by publsihing studies and collecting feedback on health services and products from users

Corbomite Games
founded in 2006, Corbomite Games is a casual game development studio focused on story telling adventure games. The company has released two games to date: “Pizza Morgana” and “Zbang” in cooperation with Israel’s leading cartoonists.

Coretal
Coretal develops Configuration Management Solution for databases, tailored for teams that require synchronization between source codes and database structures. The company was founded in 2006

Devunity
A social collaboration platform, that provides a collaborative development environment online. The platform operates on the cloud and lets coders deploy their developments to cloud services such as the Google App Engine and Amazon Cloud Services. Devunity is a TC50 Finalist and has been backed by Yossi Vardi

freeFree Way
Aiming to connect existing navigation services and applications into one big shared network. Using that connection, Free Way plans to offer device agnostic, accurate traffic condition & social localized information in real time. Big idea in early stage. Founded in 2009.

fyzFYZ
Develops a management platform targeted at municipalities and local governments. The system is a mashup of services, aggregating geo-coded events, thus helping municipalities address problems in a timely fashion. Founded in 2008 and developed in .Net and Silverlight.

icontentiContent
Semantic advertising technology. iContent analyzes the semantic meaning of the text on a page and delivers semantically matching ads. As I understand, this takes Google Adsense a step forward since the matching is not based on the actual keyword, but on the semantic meaning of the page.

jagagJagagMobile
An easy to use mobile site creation platform for consumers and businesses, enables the creation of WAP sites in minutes. Jag and Go promotes the sites through a link at the end of text messages sent from the site. The company is already live with 35,000 mobile sites already as well as a hosted white label mobile service for affiliates.

Jamamate
A social network for musicians and music lovers focused on music creation and sharing.

Qoof
brings video to the eCommerce world by producing online videos on products, inserting sales information into videos and promoting them through a distributed, multi-channel, targeted and personalized video commerce network. Qoof is one of the more experienced start ups on this list, and is already working with 500 retailers. Most recently, Qoof won of Mashable’s open web awards in the embeddable widgets category.

SekiNdo
Brings more transparency to the online advertising process. Sekindo provides a marketplace of ads, providing publishers the ability to choose ads for their websites based on targeting and pricing, and advertisers simply approve publishers’ choice. An automated system, automatically displays an ad whenever manual chosen ads are not available. SekiNdo’s ad network currently serves 300K daily impressions in the Israeli market after launching the Israeli platform 3 months ago.

Sendm
A many-to-many SMS messaging solution. Users can send group text messages to their phone contacts AND social network connections using Sendm’s network agnostic technology (supports GSM, CDMA, EDGE, UMTS). Similar to Facebook messages, users who received a Sendm SMS can see the recipient list and choose who they reply to. Sendm has strategic partnerships with IBM, SUN and Gemalto.

SenseMatic
Developer of social mobile apps. SenseMatic’s first product is GetSweet, a location based aggregator of social network information and a mobile chat platform.

similarSimilarWeb
Think of Similar Web as an improved Stumble Upon. SW is a browser Add-on that analyzes surfing characteristics and offers the user easy access to related sites.

syntensitySyntensity
Developing a technology-rich platform for virtual worlds and online 3D games. The company’s innovation is in the improved efficiency it brings to the virtual worlds games, providing a better user experience and lower deployment costs. Founded in 2008, still in stealth, but check out these videos.

vizmoVizmo
Claims to cut the phone-based customer service interaction costs by up to 90% with its mobile self-service platform. The technology presents on screen information and navigation menus to mobile callers upon placing a customer service call.

wepaperwePapers
Think of Scribd meets Slideshare. wePapers is a content sharing platform, aimed to help university students, lecturers and researchers to publish, share and find academic documents

Read more: The chosen start ups of mini seedcamp Tel Aviv

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The Summit Series: 5 Best Startups of 2009

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The summit series is a community of the world’s most influential innovators.The summit is inspired by events like the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and Davos.The latest conference in Aspen recorded 115 top young entrepreneurs and inspiring philanthropists under the age of 35. These five startups were most impressive at the conference

iAmplify.com
iAmplify.com has a web-based downloadable library containing a variety of advice and entertainment content to meet the needs of consumers. These audio and video podcasts can be uploaded to iPhones, laptops, desktops or most popularly to iPods from Apple Inc.. “We’re all living a mobile lifestyle… shorter content, that you can take with you, are the trends,” says Murray Hidary, CEO of iAmplify. With over 30 categories of quality content published by high-profile experts such as Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) and Suze Orman, it is easy so see why this startup has been featured by CNN, New York Times, LA times, NBC, and Time Magazine to name a few.

iContact
iContact is an industry leading email marketing service with 47,000 customers and 400,000 users. Delivering a cost-effective and organized online interface that provides custom e-mail marketing services for both small businesses and large corporations. With a choice of over 300 templates, iContact caters to experts and amateurs alike, allowing them to add features to meet their needs such as subscription management, autoresponders, open and clickthrough tracking, spamcheck, bounce-back handling, integrated surveying, and other advanced analytics. While giving customers the tools to implement efficient e-mail marketing, iContact also has a database of free educational content, training sessions, and live chat support.

Phonetag.com
If you hate wasting your valuable time listening to voicemail, this latest product may just be the answer. Phonetag will send you a text and e-mail with the exact message received from your home or cell phone within 3 minutes. The phone number can be easily added to your contact list and you now have a searchable and dated note. Say goodbye to your assistant, because this service has it all! Phonetag also compiles an unlimited inbox for you, available through your personal webpage. You can e-mail or text directly from the transcribed message, as well as play the audio version attached to the e-mail.

Stylecaster.com
This upcoming fashion website caters to all your shopping needs with a personalized portfolio dedicating every angle of their platform to the user. While enhancing the consumer experience, Stylecaster also caters to businesses through targeted branding and product integration. While displaying a 360 degree view of your daily outfits from your wardrobes, they also deliver style ideas that coordinate with the local weather and events you plan on attending. With editorial advice from the most prominent experts, trendsetters, and stylists in the industry, Stylecaster offers a collection of videos, interviews, and blogs to further expand your fashion education.

XG Technology, Inc
XG Technology, Inc has been developing an innovative product that may potentially revolutionize communication systems through Xmax, their proprietary 4G technology. It is a FCC approved VoIP (Voice-over-internet protocol) that utilizes low frequency radio waves, deploying from South Florida. The consumer will benefit from a low-power, low-cost, long-range telecommunications XG Flash Signal.
The handset device, called the xMax TX-60, is equipped with the essentials of a cell phone with the addition of the patented xMax VoIP ability.

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5000+ Web Resources to Do Just About Anything Online

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The 5000+ Resources to Do Just About Anything Online link contains the biggest collection of resources I have ever stumbled upon on the internet.The category of resources includes :blogging and podcasting,communication tools, photo and video tools,tools for work, tools for personal productivity,web browsing tools, web development tools,web search search and bookmarking and miscellaneous tools. Enjoy.

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Y-Combinator Launches 9 Startups

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YCombinator, the Silicon Valley start-up incubator, launched its ninth class of companies yesterday. Here is the initial list of companies.

FlightCaster: Predicts flight delays up to six hours before airline notifications (pictured right). The team of 11 uses algorithms incorporating weather reports, earlier flights and FAA notifications to predict when flights will arrive. The company plans to focus on consumers at first and help companies track their corporate passengers. Later on, the plan is to offer the service to airlines that want to improve their customer relationships.

RethinkDB: This company offers a database engine that’s designed for solid-state drives, which use flash memory chips and are several times faster than traditional hard drives relying on rotating disks or platters to store data. RethinkDB says databases today are slower because they are designed for that older generation of hard drives. They optimize for high-seek latency, or how long it takes for a rotational drive’s platter to move, which costs valuable time.

DailyBooth: This start-up is a “Twitter for pictures.” Instead of using 140 characters to describe what you’re doing at the moment, you snap a picture instead. The site has rapidly become popular among teenagers, who use it to take pictures at least once a day and round up comments from followers. Founder Jon Wheatley says the site has zoomed past 3 million unique visitors a month.

JobPic: Have secret yodeling skills you want to teach? JobPic is a marketplace where service providers auction off what they can do. It’s kind of similar to Elance or Odesk, but what makes it different is that sellers can suggest services instead of leaving all the power to buyers to define what the market demands.

Mixpanel: Any developer that’s creating applications for Facebook, the iPhone or other platforms probably wants to keep track of how their users are engaged with their work, whether that’s convincing consumers to buy goods or battle zombies. Mixpanel is a real-time analytics platform that tracks how users work with these applications. The developers can define whatever actions they want to track by inserting Mixpanel’s script into specific places in their code. Mixpanel targets that middle-market of developers who might find Google Analytics too basic and high-end services like Omniture too expensive.

JobSpice: Making resumes are a pain. You have one format for print, for which you’ve used the same Microsoft Word template for years. Then converting it to PDF is another hassle. And then if you want to send it online, you have to worry about messing up the formatting. JobSpice is an online tool that pledges to solve that by giving you pre-made or user-generated templates that work both online and offline. JobSpice prompts you for the basic information like your address and work history and formats it into the template of your choice. The company plans on partnering with university career services or working with companies who want a more unified application process.

HighlightCam: This start-up takes long videos and automatically condenses them to the most interesting parts. Founder Michael J.T. O’Kelly, an MIT physics Ph.D. student developed the product because he and his wife wanted to see what their pet rabbits were up to while they were gone. O’Kelly and his partner Mike Katsevman are hoping to target mommy bloggers who want to keep tabs on their babies, the security camera market and content providers with large video collections that need highlight reels of their libraries. The company has a free version and a premium product that costs $8.99 per month. Their software works by giving each frame in a video two ratings: one for motion and another for audio. If there are sudden changes in the frame’s composition or sound, it will highlight them.
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Olark: This company has created a chat widget to make it easier for visitors to engage with the business behind a Web site. Users will stop by a Web site and see a chat prompt hovering in the corner, asking them to communicate with business if they want. For example, a real estate agent might want to make it dead-simple for a homeowner to contact them. Instead of digging out the real estate agent’s contact information, they can type into the floating chat prompt and reach the business owner if they’re available on the other end. Olark works seamlessly with a number of chat clients including GTalk, iChat and AIM.

Bump Technologies: This company got a bit of viral attention earlier this year when it launched an iPhone app that let you share contact information just by bumping your phone against another one. Bump Technologies, however, has far more in mind than just sharing contact details. Founders David Lieb, Andy Huibers and Jake Mintz see it as a platform for sharing content like your favorite music and as a ubiquitous standard for physical interactions between mobile devices.

RentHop: This site tries to outdo Craigslist in the apartment rental market with more specific search features and a function that lets you schedule showings. You can narrow down your search by specifying how many bedrooms you want or your price range. There’s also a drag-and-drop feature for limiting your search to a particular area on a map. The site has multiple payment structures. It can charge by listing or by actual conversions, meaning when the site helps a landlord finalize a deal with a tenant. The site is already profitable: it’s made close to $15,000 in its first 30 days.

FanChatter: This start-up tries to bridge the gap between big-name brands and their consumers through social media. The company focuses on sporting events, concerts and conferences. They’ve designed marketing promotions like a user-generated photo campaign for the Minnesota Twins. Fans e-mailed photos in from their mobile phones to appear on the scoreboard during a real game. FanChatter then turned that around, creating online galleries that fans could turn around and share on social networks. They’ve also supported Twitter chat boxes on sporting Web sites.

Listia: This company is trying to be the eBay of free stuff. It’s a site where you can give away belongings that are too nice to throw away but too much of a hassle to try and sell. Listia is a place where you can auction off these goods, and either keep the proceeds or donate them to charity. Prospective buyers bid on goods with Listia credits, which they can purchase outright or earn by referring friends or auctioning other items.

Directed Edge: This start-up is trying to get past search as a way to find content that’s meaningful to users. Directed Edge sees itself as a real-time recommendations engine fueling product, social application and ad suggestions. The company has a number of potential product lines. It works with online retailers, analyzing consumer purchasing and product ratings data to recommend goods to customers.

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The 35 Best Iphone Applications

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Hundreds of Iphone Applications are submitted to the App store for approval everyday and hundreds get enlisted everyday.There are more than 60,000 applications released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. At present, we are looking at hundreds of applications being released every single day. How does the average iPhone user find the gems in this deluge? Unfortunately, the process is entirely overwhelming for the average iPhone user. The bulk of consumers use iTunes’ Top and front page listings. Since placement on the top lists is derived entirely from unit sales, there is a disturbing skew towards the $.99 applications. This not only discourages big developers from putting high budgets and serious resources towards development of really useful applications and games, but also does a disservice to us, as iPhone users. If all we see are ninety-nine cent gimmicks and toys, how will we realize the true potential of our device? Apple attempts to offset this with editor’s picks, but this simply isn’t enough to make sense of the App Store.

The following is a round-up of the top picks so far this year by by Alex Ahlund, founder of AppVee

1. Slacker Radio

A fantastic alternative to Pandora, which carries a larger catalog and offers Premium accounts that offers something we’ve always loathed about Pandora – unlimited song skips. (Similar: Pandora, WunderRadio, Last.fm)

2. Hey Where Are You
A beautifully simple application that takes advantage of Push Notification, by letting users ask and answer the question “Hey, Where Are You?” (Similar: Loopt)

3. Textfree Unlimited
Currently the best alternative to high SMS plan costs, offering free text messaging using Push Notification.

4. Bento
Create simple databases to store information about every aspect of your life.

5. TweetDeck
Our new, favorite Twitter client that takes advantage of the same layout as its desktop counterpart – multiple columns, separation of user groups, and more. (Similar: Tweetie, Twinkle, TwitterFON)

6. Print and Share
Print files, emails, web pages, contacts, images and even snapshots direct from your camera, straight to your home printer. Simple setup and works perfectly.

7. Flight Tracker
Watch flights in real-time and get up-to-the-minute arrival and departure times. This has saved me countless delayed pick-ups from the airport.

8. Read It Later
Store any web page for offline reading or to mark as a reminder to read. A bit tricky to setup at first, but it will quickly replace bookmarking for articles.

9. iEmoji
Activate emoticons in your keyboard to include in emails and text messages. Works only for iPhones, but the end reader does not need the app to see emoticons in your texts.

10. Birthday Reminder
Rarely check Facebook to see upcoming birthdays? This app downloads all of that information so you can access and easily see upcoming bdays offline.

11. Mover
Swap contacts and photos with other iPhones in an easy way. Requires both users to have the application, but it is free and quick to download. (Similar: Bump)

12. Simplify Music 2
Listen to your entire music library from your home computer, streamed quickly and without any lag. (Similar: Simply Music, imeem)

13. Cell Minute Tracker
We prefer Cell Minute Tracker to AT&T’s minute tracker any day. Much simpler, easy to navigate and much faster.

14. QuickOffice
Edit Word and Excel documents on the go.

15. Photogene
There are a multitude of photo editing apps out there, but you really only need one. Crop, rotate, adjust colors, and add filters with Photogene. (Similar: Camera Bag)

16. Skype
Superb quality Skype-to-Skype over WiFi using the Skype application. Finally be free of your computer and microphone to make those long distance calls. (Similar: Truphone)

17. Kindle
Skeptical at first, but found eBook reader surprisingly easy on the eyes and good for taking in a quick chapter. Offers plenty of free content, but won’t be replacing your physical Kindle.

18. Beejive IM 3.0
We mentioned this on last year’s roundup, but it deems reiteration. So far, the best multi-IM service client on the iPhone, now with Push Notification. AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and more.

19. Redlaser
Extremely reluctant to include this on the list, but it does deserve a bottom slot. Scan UPC codes for price comparisons on the go, but wait for an update for improved scanning and database.

Best Games

20. Real Racing

Standard track based racing game, but has the best graphics on an iPhone game to-date. Worth it alone to see what the iPhone is capable of.

21. Sims 3
Slightly watered down Sims 3, but still an excellent version on the go. Fantastic graphics and runs well.

22. My Brute
Create a fighter and compete in daily arena matches. Very simplistic, but highly addicting and will bring you back daily.

23. Mecho Wars
Advanced Wars for your iPhone and iPod Touch, enough said. Interesting art style and background story.

24. Zenonia
The first fully featured traditional 2D action RPG for your iPhone and iPod Touch.

25. Peggle
The time sucking, simple Pachinko style casual PC game from PopCap ported to your device.

26. Marble Blast Mobile
Another PC game port where you roll your marble through various levels, filled with obstacles and hazards.
http://www.appvee.com/t/iphone-app-review-marble-blast-mobile

27. Myst
Do we even need to explain this one?

28. Merlin’s Legacy
An original IP based around two dueling wizards, battling for control across a 2D side-scrolling field. Interesting game mechanic based on spells and timing.

29. Assassin’s Creed
A smaller version of Assassin’s Creed on your iPhone and iPod Touch. Plays rather smoothly and provides solid entertainment.

30. Oregon Trail
The classic Oregon Trail, updated with fantastic graphics and animation. Will keep you entertained just like when you were in school. Try not to die of dysentery.

31. Rolando 2
The sequel to the popular game of rolling little Rolandos around to save the kingdom. Your hands may cramp from hours of play.

Fun Timewasters

32. Doodle Jump
Dominated the Top 25 list for quite a while. Accelerometer based movement—you guide your Doodle to bounce off platforms, jumping to the highest point possible as you avoid getting hit.

33. Mouth Off
Cover your mouth with your device and show off an assortment of crazy mouths that animate to the input sound of your voice. I’ve annoyed dining mates with this one more than once.

34. Pocket God
Well done, episodic content based on a simple toy of dealing with your islanders. Fun to show off to friends and receive new updates.

35. Flight Control
Elegantly simple and highly addictive game. You direct various planes to different landing strips, all the while trying to avoid collisions. Updated with Bluetooth device co-op.

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7 Mobile Video Applications

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The success of youtube has been phenomenal even though revenue generation has not been so good as the user traction. A lot of other startups are replicating the same model for smartphone users. Video streaming is better and has always been on Phones. Software Entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this and have tried to give users mobile video applications.The following are a few of them as noted first by readwriteweb.

1. Ustream: Ustream recently announced the launch of their Recording App for the iPhone 3GS. The app can syndicate video to Ustream, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Ustream also lets mobile viewers discover new videos by common hashtags in the Media Feed. The company’s recently launched a white label solution for conference and business broadcasting.

2. 12cast : After much anticipation, 12seconds.tv released their video application for the iPhone 3GS. The app allows users to create a short 12 second video clip and from here they can share the video’s short URL with their friends through Twitter.

3. Twitvid and Posterous : Both Twitvid and Posterous allow users to create videos on their mobile phones and email them to be uploaded to the site. With Twitvid, friends receive a DM message with a link to the newest video. ReadWriteWeb recently covered Twitvid in a round up of Twitter video apps . Meanwhile, with Posterous, your files are instantly converted and embedded as a flash player on your site.

4. Livecast Bambuser and Flixwagon : Livecast, Bambuser and Flixwagon are all similar services that allow users to stream videos live to their channels, blogs and Facebook accounts. Depending on your community preference you can upload vlogs, short films and vignettes.

5. Qik : Qik allows users to stream live videos to their channels, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Justin.tv accounts. One nice feature of the Qik video for Android is that users can trim their clips via their phones before uploading them. ReadWriteWeb named Qik one of the top 100 products of 2008.

6. Kyte : While it doesn’t support live streaming, Kyte’s iPhone 3GS app allows users to record video and upload it to their channels in an extremely easy manner. The service also offers branded mobile sites for big name celebrities.
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Saas Startup Ideas

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Software as a service is being talked about everyday by trend experts, Industry Bloggers, and trend predictors.I have been Thinking about how best to to take advantage of this wave.But it is not that easy to build a startup to serve the businesses.I have been thinking about ideas that can fly and subsequently emerge into a company that can scale like salesforce. Salesforce is the leader of the software as a service market. The 7 Secrets to SaaS Startup Success by Salesforce is great.I am attracted to this market, but I need a lot of insight to run a company like that. Ben Yoskovitz has great insight in the saas market. What Do SaaS Companies Have to Prepare for 2009? has a lot of advice. .
For all the trends and companies taken saas to the next level visit. .

A couple of ideas I have stumbled upon whilst surfing the web:

• Professional Virtual Office Easily manage your data (emails, contacts, meetings, documents, tasks,…) in your virtual office from any computer with a Web browser and an Internet connection. Share yourdata and access shared data efficiently in the context of work or leisure groups. Your data are safe andavailable anytime on the Web, on a PDA (online or offline) or on a WAP capable cell phone.

• Simplify your Online Life . develop tools that improve Internet user’s digital lifestyles. Tools make it easier to communicate online, whether that means one web-based inbox for email and social networks or some other method the community has yet to dream up.

• Contact Management Easily create, manage, and search an unlimited number of contacts, export to vcards, even share contacts with any email address. On the run? Seamlessly download and view your contacts on your phone, laptop, or iPod. Gone are the days of business cards piling up and sticky notes on your desk, Keepm makes everyone you know searchable, shareable, and always accessible.keepm.com (good concept)

• Segment: “Platform as a Service”. Product: a web-based development & hosting platform allowing small businesses to model , build and manage autonomously their own information system, for a small monthly fee.

• Web hosted Virus scanner for enterprises instead of relying on downloadable software. Enterprise subscribes to scan their computers automatically.

• As search engine that crawls and searches for reports on Africa and developing countries. Information aggregated are bundled as reports and sold to companies that needs market analysis and other info for business decisions.

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Google Storms Africa With SMS Search, But….

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Internet penetration Africa is not as rife as it is in the US, Europe or Asia.Few people have phones in their homes.It may be a walking distance, but access to internet does not come handy.Internet access in Africa is still very low compared to the rest of the world.The latest internet usage in Africa as published by Internet World Stats is 54,171,500 compared to the 1,542,098,608 the rest of the world share.Google the leading provider of search on the Internet has brought the search service to Africans on their phones through SMS. Google has partnered with some mobile telecommunication networks to provide search capabilities for Africans on their phones.Individual keywords are sent via SMS to the network by short codes.The result is also sent back by SMS. Africans don’t need to be on the internet to access the service.Africa has the world’s highest mobile growth rate and mobile phone penetration is far higher than Internet penetration. By focusing on SMS-based service, Google will be able to reach a far larger number of potential users than by working on web-based apps.

The service in Ghana where I come from is not as popular as I thought it will be.The service is still Available on one Network provider.The usage is still low.Just maybe the message did not go down well with the target market.I found out about the service on one of Google sites.A lot of African who do not have internet access rely on Radio and Television for information such as Daily News, Sports, Health, Weather and Stock prices.A new service like what Google provides needs a lot of marketing at least in Ghana my home country.

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