Big Brother Internet Will Watch Your Home For You

Dropcam is a startup that offers a whole new take on video surveillance.  If you decide to pay for the provided package, you are getting a webcam and access to an application that shows you what the camera is recording at any given time.  You can actually view the live video feed anywhere you have an Internet connection.  It is also available on the iPhone and iPad.

You can choose to receive email or mobile alerts based on criteria such as motion capture and time of day.  By paying the monthly fee, not only do you get access to the live feed, but you can also record and archive video whenever you want.  You can record and download several full days of footage per month.   Read more of this post

Merge.fm Brings Musicians And Fans Together

Modern technologies, such as the Internet, have redefined the music industry.  Musicians now have so many new ways of engaging their fans.  Merge.fm is a platform that enables them to share their new songs with fans and collaborators instantly.   Read more of this post

Find New Music, Books, And Movies That You Will Like

TasteKid is a discovery engine that provides instant recommendations for new music, movies, shows, books and authors based on your existing preferences.  It’s a cool concept, but I was skeptical at first about how well it would work.  Then I gave it a try, and it blew me away.  I input a few movies that I have seen and liked, and it output a bunch of movie titles, most of which I have also seen, and enjoyed.  This proves just how accurate this thing is.   Read more of this post

Organize Your Entire Life Online With Jibidee

Jibidee is a service that allows you to organize your entire life on the web.  It gives you a place to put everything into a single centralized place — contacts, media, tasks, etc.  A calendar is integrated into the application, and it can be used to remind you about birthdays or other events in your life.  You can opt to receive notifications via email or text message.

File hosting is another big part of the service.  It hosts just about any type of digital media you want — images, video, audio, etc.  Everything you store on the server will be secured via SSL encryption.   Read more of this post

This Website Will Find A Carwash For You

This one dares to be different, folks.  That’s why it could potentially be very successful.  FindACarwash.com provides a database of carwashes all across the US.  Users can find washes within their vicinity by searching and filtering results by the type of service offered, and then getting detailed directions to get there.  This could be a good service for people who have moved to a new area and are not yet acquainted with their surroundings.   Read more of this post

Is Fiverr.com Really Worth The Time?

We’ve profiled Fiverr before, but we’ve never gone into detail about how realistic the service actually is.  If you don’t know already, Fiverr is a service that allows you to buy and sell “gigs,” or simple tasks, for $5.  The startup makes money by taking $1 off of every $5 transaction.  It’s a genius idea, and it seems to be taking off fast, but from a user’s standpoint, is it really worth the time?   Read more of this post

GameStop Acquires Social Games Platform Kongregate

Large video game retailer GameStop acquired social gaming platform Kongregate today.  An acquisition price was not disclosed, but Kongregate says it is the home of 10 million monthly players who spend 23 hours a month using the site.   Read more of this post

If You’re Gonna Make A Commercial, Don’t Make It Suck

Someone has to say it.  The commercials from AllGood Home Improvement (you’ve seen them — those annoying “We’ll save you a LOT of money!” ads on CBS) are absolutely horrible.  If startups had a “DO NOT” guide for TV marketing, this would be on it.

One of the key elements of a good commercial is memorability.  Well, I’ll admit this thing is as memorable as hell, but for the longest time, I had no idea what it was attempting to advertise (in fact, I only found out when I decided to write this article).  But it was memorable.  And yet I still want to shoot myself every time I see it.   Read more of this post

Codesnipp.it – The Social Network For Developers [Get an invite!]

Codesnipp.it is a promising new startup that allows developers to share knowledge and code with other developers over the Internet.  It’s a really cool concept.  Basically it’s a full social network where you have a customizable profile, and you can share “code snippits” in a variety of computer languages, and other users can take those snippits and use them for their own software, or constructively criticize them to help you out.  But they are currently in private beta, so you need to be invited to join.  If this sounds appealing, we have invites to give away, and you might just get one.   Read more of this post

JotPress: An Alternative Way To Blog

JotPress seems like a very interesting startup to me.  It gives its users a whole new easy and free way to create and publish content on the web by using nothing but their email account.  JotPress allows you to type whatever you want and have it published instantly just by emailing it to post@jotpress.com.  You don’t even need an account with the website, just a working email address.   Read more of this post