Felt – send handwritten cards from your iPad via SxSW 2014

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Felt was a finalist in the Accelerator Social Technology category at SxSW 2014.  This iPad application lets you create handwritten cards that are mailed for you.

Using their pretty slick iPad application, you choose the type of event card you want to send from Felt, including awesome artwork ones that can be used for anything. I like the fact they offer cards that are not just built around holidays and events, yet have very good artwork.  You can also find some simple ones.

Felt card selection

Ferris – a video app for living stories from SxSW 2014

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Ferris was at the SxSW 2014 Accelerator showing off their living story video app. We look at use cases and how it works. It is just in beta now.

The Ferris idea is based around multiple people recording at the same time and geographic location.

Ferris is a stunning mobile video app for creating and contributing to living stories. Ferris joins together relevant mobile video clips based on location, time, topic and category to create a fluid, evolving and interactive stream of relevant content.

Once a video is posted to Ferris, it self-updates, joining any number of streams based on user, location, date and time, hashtag and category. Each person’s video is automatically woven into a single, united narrative for the most unique view of the world around them.

Samba.me launches for SxSW and accesses your contacts

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Samba.me first entered the iTunes store in February 2014 and are preparing for a SxSW appearance for the first time. A privacy policy for the app worries us. They collect both anonymous and identifiable information.

The Samba.me service is a video sharing platform that records the reaction of the receiver and sends it back to the sender. For example I record a skating video (maximum time is 16 seconds) with a person falling. I send the video to a friend via the Samba.me app. When they watch the video it is simultaneously recording their reaction to the video. This recording is then sent right back to me for viewing.

What was interesting was the access and information it needed when performing these features

How to revoke and block third-party Instagram app access to your account

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How do you revoke and block third-party app access to your Instagram account? Here are the steps required. Instagram has numerous third-party applications that people are allowing access to their account by loading them on their devices and via the web.

Everytime you add another application, it prompts you to log in using your Instagram username and password via their authentication API. By doing this, you are then giving certain rights to that application.  Some rights you may give are:

  • Access your basic information (Includes photos, friend lists & profile info)
  • Like photos
  • Comment on photos
  • Follow/Unfollow other users

Keep in mind some of these apps only do the above with your express permission, while others may do it automatically.  You have to pay special attention to what permissions the third-party app is looking for. To start checking what apps have what access and to revoke third-party access you need to access your Instagram account via the web.

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Once logged in, click on your image and name in the upper right and select Edit Profile. You will then get a list of options on the left side that allow everything from changing your password, editing your profile and managing applications.  That is where we are headed.