Archive for August, 2012

August 17th, 2012 Posted by tasty

HUBBL : Your smart telescope to spot apps !

Hi Tasty followers !

 

We like to share with you smart initiative about mobile and web discovery tools . A nyc start up is on the point to launch a new application to help mobile user discover… applications. Here is HUBBL !
They just explained us their concept :

 

 The name Hubbl is our tribute to the Hubble Space Telscope and Edwin Hubble the father of modern cosmology.

 

“ Mobile App discovery in it’s current state is very inefficient. Users end up looking at the same subset of top apps everywhere, while there are so many amazing apps waiting to be discovered. Moreover, developers find it difficult to take their incredible apps to the hands of the user. And a bridge had to be built to connect these islands. Mobile App discovery was something that had long bothered us, and finally Hubbl decided to do something about it.

 

The spark came when one of us was walking around Manhattan (Varick and West Broadway to be exact) trying hard to look for sign of a star in the night sky, and the idea dawned upon us. The app universe is just like the star filled sky in the night and there are as many apps today as there are stars in the sky. The sky was once mysterious and baffling until the humans invented the first Telescope. From there we went on to discover so many new surprises, we made sense of new stars, discovered galaxies and constellations, we leaped beyond the obvious and the universe became more accessible to us. The Telescope changed everything. That is exactly what we wanted to build. A smart telescope to spot apps, which will make us discover new surprises, accurately spot apps based on interests and needs, and finally make the app universe more accessible to all of us.

 

 

How exactly are we going to do it?

 

Hubbl is a novel App discovery model that lets you curate, find and share apps in a very simple and social way.
We at Hubbl think that present algorithm driven app discovery approach is borderline orthodox and deficient. And with thousands of new apps added everyday, the existing solutions are also not very scalable Hubbl solves this problem by introducing first of its kind community driven interest based curation platform. As we are assembling your purple telescope in our labs we are also trying to make it incredibly smart, so it’s less effort from your end and more about the joy of discovering great apps. “
blog.hubblapp. com  -  August 2012 

 

Available in september on the App Store. By then, you can try a web beta version on www.hubblapp.com 
Enjoy !

 

August 17th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s Discovery – Songza – Right music at the right time

  • Device : Iphone – Android – web
  • Price : Free
  • Country : USA
  • Data-base : N/A
  • Link : www.songza.com

Songza is a free music streaming service for web and mobile. Depending on the period of the week, your mood, activitiy, culture,… it lets you browse thousands of playlists, create your own playlists collection, search for playlists by song or artist.
Just like in an hotel, you can ask for the Concierge service to find music, singing under the shower on monday morning, livening your saturday night party,… Songza will find `right music at the right time` but not necessarly the ones you enjoy ! Indeed, the system lacks a recommenation system taking into account the user’s taste.

 

+ Everything is free and no premium version.
++ Concierge System is fun and useful, depending on the time of the day, you can really find matched musics.
- As Last Fm services, users can’t select a track or an artist but only a playlist. Ad banner on each screen.
- – Songza is not really a music discover application, user can’t give his tastes and influence results. It’s only a playlist player.

 

Thanks to Songza I discover Harry Belafonte with the song Jump in the line

 

August 10th, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery : DISCOVR

  • Device : Iphone – Ipad – web
  • Price : $2.99 – $4.99
  • Country : Australia
  • Data-base : Echonest
  • Link : http://discovr.info/

Discovr developed a discovery application for various content : music, movies, applications, people. After entering a search, results appear as round icons scattered on a plan.
In the Music version, clicking on an icon reveals six new artists belonging to the same musical universe as the original selection. For each of these icons, several actions are possible, listen to 30 second extracts of the most popular tracks, obtain bio, share on social networks or new broaden the search by clicking again on an icon.

 

 

Be careful not to open too many icons at once, after a few minutes of use, the map of results can become somewhat complex and the user would tend to get lost in his research.

+  Showing results clear and legible connections between artists.
++  Rdio account holders can extend their research and listening on Rdio Application
-  No way for the user to indicate the suitability of links between artists.
–  No recommendation tool integrated. User discovery experience is thus limited to results elected by the application.

 

Thanks to Discovr I discovered The Magic Sam’s Boogie

 

August 3rd, 2012 Posted by tasty

Today’s discovery : Ghostly Discovery

Device : Iphone – web
Price :
Free
Country :
USA
Data-base :
Ghostly International
Link : 
http://ghostly.com/discovery

The Californian indie music label, Ghostly International, has released a new musical app suitably named Ghostly Discovery. This app associates a colour to your current mood and offers you a range of Ghostly’s electronic artists and songs to match your feelings. These matches also allow you a quick preview of their sound, the choice to buy the music, and even a bio of the group.

Ghostly Discovery
Yes, it offers only electronic music available on the Ghostly International label, but we still give it kudos as an interesting app matching our moods with some electronic beats.

 

 

+ Color system associated with user’s mood is really fun.
++ Initiative taken directly from an independent music producer to promote their catalog. It`s rare we see this.
- It’s possible to indicate favorites, but you can’t access them later.
– Application is a promotional tool for Ghostly International and therefore offers only label artists.

 

Thanks to Ghostly Discovery, I discovered Lusine with the tracks Two Dots

 



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