While announcing they’ve reached 150 million active users, Instagram told The Wall Street Journal that they’re preparing to introduce advertising and should be ready to begin selling ads within the next year. However, there’s no word yet about what ads on Instagram would look like.
Facebook is currently testing a new option where you can add your professional skills to the work and education section of your timeline. This another step Facebook is taking to further leverage social connections to help users find jobs — entering LinkedIn’s territory.
Secret Handshake uses the Leap Motion gesture controller, combined with Clover’s shopping cart point-of-sale API, to allow people to pay using only a unique hand gesture or “secret handshake.” That means you don’t have to have a phone with you, or a payment card or anything at all in fact. So long as a retailer has a POS system that can work with the Secret Handshake software and the Leap Motion controller.
Most of Google’s augmented search products have been limited to the company’s own services. “Context” is a browser add-on adds more options for personalised search using the APIs from Evernote, Dropbox, Spotify, and Trakt – the latter for searching for info about your favorite movies and TV shows.
For fitness addicts multitasking while working out means listening to audio books while while exercising. But if you are one who believes that actually reading the text of their favorite novel beats any audio version, you’re in luck. Weartrons, has developed a solution called Run-n-Read that lets you read text on your tablet while running.
Last Friday, eBay acquired Decide.com, a Seattle-based price-forecasting start-up that used predictive analytics to help consumers decide whether they should buy a product now or wait for the price to drop. While the company’s focus has been on providing pricing information to consumers, now it will be building tools for sellers on eBay’s marketplace.