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Mention Keeps Track Of Your Mentions on Social Media

Mention App

 

If you’re active on various social networks, then you might find it difficult to keep track of all the mentions you’re getting as people respond, leave comments, and converse with you online. Most social media suites come packed with a host of features so you can manage a number of accounts. But if you’d rather just track your mentions without all the other features, then you can download Mention instead.

It’s an that lets users set up real-time alerts for any mentions that they get on various social media sites. Organizations can also use this to monitor any mentions their brand or company is receiving. The service isn’t available for free, although you can try it out for 30 days to see if it meets your needs.

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Sharks ‘Tweet’ When They Get Too Close To Shore

Shark Week

 

Because of movies like Jaws, people have become more conscious (and sometimes, overly paranoid) about sharks and whether or not one might suddenly bite them while they’re in the water. Most beaches aren’t infested with sharks, and a lot don’t wander too far out into the shore. That said, sharks do occasionally end up in areas where people are frolicking by the beach, so unless the beach has posted some warnings about it, then there’s no need to fret.

The odds are against most people because they don’t find out that there’s a shark in the waters…until the shark is a few feet away. With this in mind, scientists in Western Australia have devised a different system to alert people of the presence of sharks in the water: Twitter.

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SickWeather Maps Out Where the Sick People Are So You Can Avoid Them

SickWeather

Getting sick sucks. Catching a bug during the holidays sucks even more. Sick people are around us all the time. Some might be mere carriers, while others might already be sick even though they aren’t exhibiting any symptoms just yet. If you want to minimize the odds of bumping into someone who has a cold or is down with the flu, then you might want to check out SickWeather before you leave the house.

SickWeather’s advanced logarithm analyzes posts and status updates by users on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter and checks for any mention of illness or sickness. It takes note of the places where these illnesses or sicknesses are mentioned and flags these locations down on the map. Alternatively, you can also search by specific illnesses on the map to see which sites are relatively safe (cough and cold zones) and which sites are places that you should definitely avoid (chicken pox-infested areas.)

Check out SickWeather here.

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The Lowdown on Virtual Security and Keeping Safe On the Interwebs

Fake Gmail

These days, hearing about people who had their accounts hacked or their personal information stolen is becoming a more common occurrence. Malware is on the rise, and hackers out there are taking advantage of users who are careless when it comes to online security. This is partly why many people resisted the concept of the cloud when it first came to be. Ironically, many of those people are probably already using the cloud, even though they don’t realize it.

Lots of online services, from email storage and notes, apps, file storage and archiving, are already cloud-based. With so many options, there will come a time when you’ll forget where you stored a specific file or message. You could search all of your apps and accounts manually–which is infinitely harder when you’re on your mobile–or you could just fire up CloudMagic, a cloud-searching app which we covered earlier.

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‘Feeling Cagey?’ Adds Nicolas Cage’s Mug On Your Selfies

Nicolas Cage Selfie

His personality and antics have spawned the creation of unusual art and makeup bearing his image. Now another thing that’s using the likeness of Nicolas Cage to spread fun and laughter is Feeling Cagey?. It’s a website that features a continuous stream of Nic’s mug plastered on a variety of face shapes and bodies that belong to men, women, and children.

It’s humorous and provides some mindless entertainment when you’re stressed or bored. Nic Cage as a baby, Nic Cage as a smexy model, Nic Cage as a girl with Nic Cage as a boyfriend…how is that not entertaining?

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‘BetterMe’ App Shames You Into Becoming a Better Person

Better Me App

What motivates you to become a better person? What makes you want to achieve your goals? For most people, it’s self-satisfaction. For others, it’s peer pressure and approval from other people. In a sense, the BetterMe app would seem like a better fit for the latter group, don’t you think?

BetterMe is described as an app that utilizes public humiliation to encourage the user to be on time, break bad habits, keep appointments, and be a better person overall. It features an alarm clock, a goal tracker, and a GPS check-in system that work together to make sure you complete your tasks–or else.

GPS Check-ins: First input the address and time of your gym, class, or work schedule. Then the app will use GPS to check if you arrived at your destination on time. If not, then you will be shamed on Facebook!
Goals: Goals are announced on Facebook. It asks your friends to hold you accountable. The app will later ask if you have achieved your goal and if not then you will be shamed on Facebook.
Alarm: Snooze this alarm clock and receiving a shaming immediately.

BetterMe is available from the iTunes App Store for free.

‘Give It 100’ Encourages People to Learn a New Skill While Recording Their Progress

Give it 100

The thing about routines is that they can be boring. Since life is basically composed of a series of routines, then you might want to mix things up every once in a while so you don’t fall into a slump. The simplest way to do that is to get a hobby or learn something new. Eager to help you out on the latter is Give It 100, which is an interactive site that encourages people to practice something for a hundred days.

The premise is simple. You start off with choosing a skill or hobby that you want to learn or take up, like dancing or painting. You can sign up for lessons or teach yourself by looking for tutorials online. Through the website, you’re then tasked to upload a ten-second video to show your progress at your current project.

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PicPaperie Turns Instagram Images Into Gift Wrap

Picpaperie

So you’ve bought the perfect gift. Now it’s time to get the perfect gift wrap. Nice wrapping paper is like icing on the cake; it’s not the main thing people bite into, but it adds to the whole gifting experience. You could go and buy generic gift wrap with Santa and his reindeers printed all over, or you could get specially customized wrapping paper from PicPaperie.

The service basically turns an Instagram image into wrapping paper. The whole thing will be covered in grids with the selected image, so choose wisely. So if it’s a gift for your sister, choose an image from her feed that you know she’ll particularly like. If it’s for your SO, choose a picture with you in it and wrap it up with a box.

PicPaperie was recently funded on Indiegogo and will be launching soon. You can sign up for updates on their website.

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‘What Would I Say?’ Facebook App Generates Status Updates That You Might Say

What Would I Say

Too lazy to think about what to say on your next Facebook status? No worries, because there’s an app that will do the thinking for you. It’s called “What Would I Say?” and it’ll generate a status that you can post on your profile with the click of a button. The statuses are random, but they’ll all be tailored to your posting habits. That’s because the app works by going through your past post history and doing some mixing and matching to come up with a brand-spanking new status.

Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history. All computations are done client side, so only your browser ever sees your post history.

The web app was created during the Hack Princeton 2013 Hackathon by Pawel, Vicky, Ugne, Daniel, Harvey, Edward, Alex, Max, and Baxter. Its popularity has skyrocketed and they’re putting it to good use, too, as they’ve added a link to donate to the Philippines’ typhoon relief fund on their website. Check out the app here.

VIA [ NDTV ]