Every once in a while I stumble on to a new tool. This one found me when I was looking to use a neighbors fax machine to send a video production estimate. (yes in the digital age - when we are making digital videos - production estimates still go via fax) The neighbor was not home - and the B&E charge simply was not worth it. A quick google search uncovered HelloFax. Yes! Rage against the machine! HelloFax is a great tool.
You can use your browser to send free faxes sans machine: just enter a phone number, upload a doc (PDFs, JPEGs, etc.), and HF'll deliver it to your desired destination, which, considering it's a fax machine, is probably somewhere the 1990s.
Word Lense is one of the coolest apps in the iTunes store. The app takes an image stream from the iPhone's camera, applies real-time image processing and pattern recognition tricks to it, and it then "plays" with any text it finds in the scene before displaying it on the iPhone's screen. The PLAY part is the interesting bit. The app developer, Quest Visual, calls it a "real time translating app" and begs you to "turn your iPhone into the dictionary of the future--now!" The app comes with a toy option that lets you reverse words it recognizes in the scene, or delete them altogether.
For a long time, LinkedIn has allowed companies to showcase their products and services through their own page. They’ve taken this a step further by letting individuals recommend their favourite products and services. It will also allow companies to collate recommendations.
Customer product reviews were described as ‘undeniably influential’ in a recent report released by eMarketer. Jeffrey Grau, the report’s author notes that “for many purchases, shoppers find the best advice comes not from family and close friends but from strangers who have similar interests or who embody a lifestyle the shopper aspires to achieve.” Overall, it finds that customer reviews are a bigger part of the pre-purchase decision making process, with customers reading more reviews, and spending more time doing so.