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“The Amazing Race” Adds Video Tips and Team Checkins via Foursquare

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CBS has linked their hit show “The Amazing Race” with Foursquare and created a brand page on the site.

Given the topic of the show (traveling to different destinations all over the world) it completely makes sense for CBS to make this move.

Here’s the message on their Foursquare page:

CBS’s “The Amazing Race” celebrates its 10 year anniversary with 10 years of travel tips, trivia and more. Follow us for exclusive videos from host Phil Keoghan, a look back into the photo vault of previous seasons and fun facts from the Race. Grab your passport!!!

Fans of the show can now see when their favorite team checks-in at their next location.

As you’ll see on “The Amazing Race’s” Foursquare page, they are also using it to promote YouTube videos done by the show’s host, Phil Keoghan. His videos offer travel tips like never check a bag or how to stay fit while traveling.

I like how CBS has integrated everything. Fans can keep up with their favorite teams, as well as get great traveling tips via video – which adds one more fun element to watching the show.

What do you think of the show’s social media strategy?

AmazonLocal Arrives on the Kindle

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Back in June (around the same time they dropped California Amazon affiliates) Amazon announced they were joining the Daily Deals arena with AmazonLocal. The service was initially launched for people in Boise, Idaho, but has since opened up to several more states, with more to come soon.

Amazon announced they’re bringing their daily deals to the Kindle, beginning with New York deals and expanding to more cities in 2012.

Some of the deals for the New York areas of Downtown, Midtown, Uptown (including the Upper East Side and Upper West Side) and Brooklyn will include:

  • $7 for a one-hour bike rental in Central Park ($15 value)
  • $5 for $10 at Dangerfield’s Comedy club
  • $59 for one month unlimited yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Grand Central ($180 value)
  • $5 for $10 worth of ice cream and ice cream cakes at Coldstone Creamery

Users can purchase a deal directly from their Kindle without having to enter payment information. Once you purchase the deal, it’s delivered to your Kindle device. To redeem your voucher, just show the merchant your Kindle with the offer.

I imagine Amazon will carry this over to their rumored tablet.

Do you think this will increase sales among the Kindle? For those of you who own a Kindle, what are your thoughts on the new service?

New Posterous Spaces Makes It a Breeze to Share with the Right People

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Blogging tool Posterous (created in 2008)  introduced a new system this week called Posterous Spaces. It features more up-to date sharing and social tools.

They announced the new system on their blog saying, “Why did we create it? Simple – because we think you should be able to share online like you do in real life. That’s why you’ll find Posterous Spaces has intuitive privacy controls that make it a breeze to share with the right people, every time. ”

Here’s a video which explains Posterous Spaces.

Introducing Posterous Spaces from Posterous on Vimeo.

The company also announced Posterous Spaces for the iPhone. You can have all of the functionality right in your pocket.

Other new features they’ve added include “five new professionally-designed themes, a beautiful new reading experience, 3x faster loading times, slick new profile pages and more”.

According to cnet, Posterous still isn’t making any money, but say they are doing well and are focusing on user growth instead of revenues.

Do you use Posterous or know anyone who does? If you use the blogging tool, tell us what you think of the new system and if this will take the company to the next level.

Remember, Share and Discover Favorite Places with Jollyspot

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Coming to the iTunes store on September 16th is a new free appJollyspot. It’s a simple formula:  Google Maps + Your Favorite Places + FB Social Graph = A Social Yelp.

With Jollyspot, you can remember, share and discover favorite places. Most people love to try a new restaurant or cafe, but we’re much more likely to try it if it’s been recommended by a friend. Find a new restaurant, bar, shop, hotel and site anywhere in the world by your friends who have been there and done that.

More about Jollyspot:

It’s simple. We don’t ask you to check-in, earn points or compete.  Discovering the best is not a game, it’s about being inspired.  The Jollyspot database is not pre-seeded with promotions or advertisements.  All information in the app. is populated by you and the people you know.  We believe that word-of-mouth recommendations from people we trust are more valuable than any guidebook, website or forum.

It’s about places you love. Whether spots are high-end or budget, Zagat-rated or hole-in-the-wall, we believe that they’re worth noting (and trying) because you or people in your network love them. It’s not about being premium, it’s about being relevant.

Details matter. Jollyspot aims to be more than just a list of places and reviews.  We believe that the details count.  Tips like the best time to visit a bar, the name of the owner, the best table, the dish that took you to nirvana.  These insights, shared between friends, make a difference.

GetJar Gold Launches Today, Offers Premium Android Applications for Free

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There’s been quite a bit of talk lately about Amazon’s free Android app store and it looks like they may have a little bit of competition coming their way.

Third-party mobile application store GetJar is launching GetJar Gold today, which offers premium Android Apps for free.

The service has been in beta testing for the last month and is officially launching their service today. The launch will feature 50 free apps, including Fruit Ninja, Paper Camera, TuneIn Radio Pro, Solo, and Splashtop Remote Desktop. These ads are high quality, ad free and you can download them any time you want.

For those of you wondering how the relationship between the ad developers and GetJar works exactly, here’s an explanation from TechCrunch:

With GetJar, however, the company pays the developers for the applications on a per install basis, which ensures developers get paid. GetJar, in turn, generates revenue by offering sponsored listings within GetJar Gold to other application developers.

The post goes on to explain how the model is similar to Google Adsense where developers will bid on how much they are willing to pay on each install.

Check out the GetJar Gold service on the GetJar website, as well as their stand alone Android application here.

What do you think of the quality of free Android apps available and do you think this is some serious competition for Amazon?

Only 12 Percent of Smartphone Users Access Check-In Services

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Are you a frequent user of smartphone check-in services like Foursquare or Gowalla? I don’t use them because personally, I don’t want people to know where I am. I guess I like going incognito.

Come to find out, I’m not alone. A recent study by Pew shows that only 12% of smartphone users use theses check-in services.

The study shows that 59% of smartphone owners use their phone to access social networking sites, and 15% use their phone to access Twitter. As for sending photos, 80% and sending or receiving texts was 92%.

So, what do you think this study shows? Are check-in services’ popularity slowing down, at a stand still or just getting started? To me it seems when someone first starts using these check-in services it’s fun and exciting, but after awhile, it just gets old.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

The Motorola Droid Bionic is #worththewait

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The people behind the Motorola Twitter page have been busy bees. It looks like they have ramped up a social media campaign where they are giving people a free Droid BIONIC saying it’s #worththewait.

Here are a few of their latest tweets.

@hockette We know it’s been awhile but we’re making it worth-your-while. DM your name & email to get your Droid BIONIC on us! #worththewait”

@_pleslie_ Bet you’ll be even more excited when we give you a Droid BIONIC on us! DM us your name and email for more details #worththewait”

@unc_carolinafan O yea, we’re serious! DM your name and email! #worththewait”

Motorola teased fans about the Droid Bionic launch by creating an app for fans to go on a scavenger hunt in hopes of winning one. The scavenger hunt started on September 4th and runs to the 7th, which makes some guess the Bionic will be released on the 8th. Participants have been running around the city snapping photos of laptops, tablets, HDTVs in hopes of winning “the smartphone that controls them all”.

They also launched their Facebook page, which looks pretty darn awesome, which confirmed a few of the specs which are: 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, wireless connectivity to printers, Android 2.3.4 “Gingerbread,” and 1080p HD video recording.

And to think I *just* purchased a Samsung Fascinate through Verizon. I can’t wait to hear more about the Droid Bionic. Were any of our BlogWorld blog readers lucky enough to be contacted by Motorola for a free Bionic? Let us know!

40 Percent of Mobile Phone Users Own Smartphones

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The growth of smartphones continues to be on the rise according to a recent study released by Nielsen. The data shows that 40% of mobile phone users own Smartphones.

As far as the operating system, Android OS comes in first place with 40%, while Apple iOS is in second place, with 28 percent. Be sure to check out this map to see which state you live in – Android or iPhone.

The survey also covers possible future trends with those who say they want to purchase a smartphone in the next year. One-third said they would like an Android device and another one-third said they would like an iPhone. (I personally just went with an Android device and love it.)

Android is in the lead as the “Next Desired Operating System” with those who typically purchase the latest technology first.

As for the “Not Sures”, those are  people who purchase the latest technology gadgets later on and who don’t see its value as much as the “Innovators”.

Why do you think there’s a slight swing (40% as opposed to 32%) to an Android device with the “Innovators”?

Adobe Launches CreatePDF for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

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You can now create PDF files from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with CreatePDF. Adobe launched the mobile app today for $9.99 at the iTunes store. This is Adobe’s first official crack at enabling PDF creation on iOS devices.

CreatPDF for the iPhone

Here are a few of the features for CreatePDF:

High Quality PDF Creation

  • Creates PDF files that look exactly like the original using the same technology as Adobe Acrobat

Intuitive Interface for PDF Conversion

  • Convert email attachments or files stored in the cloud or any application by opening them within the Adobe CreatePDF application

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  • Hand over converted PDF files to other applications, including sending as email attachments with one touch

For those of you on the go and working from your iPad or iPhone, you can use this app for any document that needs to be sent as a PDF. This eliminates the need to be at your desktop, unless you’re doing something more sophisticated.

So far, the reviews have not been so great, although there’s only 2 at the time of this writing. One reviewer was disappointed when she discovered you could create PDF files, but could not open them from an email. She did like the clean interface, but would like it to be able to open the PDF documents.

Do you find this app useful enough to pay $9.99 for or would you rather just wait to send the PDF when you’re back in front of your computer?

Update: In regards to the comment made by the reviewer that she could not open PDF documents from an email, for opening and viewing PDF files on your iOS device, you can currently use the default PDF Preview. Adobe Reader for iOS will be coming later this year.

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