Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New SugarSync Features in the Pipeline?

One of my favorite software tools of all time, SugarSync, seems to be ready to shake things up again. I already wrote about this company and their killer backup and sync software. They have since released their iPhone and blackberry client but just recently released a new windows mobile client. They have also announced upcoming Symbian and (long awaited) Linux support too.

But now things are getting really interesting. Now it seems that they are getting ready to sync up with social networks. I haven't seen anything from SugarSync yet, but I can presume that once your data is synced with SugarSync, the new features will allow you to easily (or maybe even automatically) send your data to facebook, myspace, youtube, and the like. Thus, all of your "stuff" can be streamed out all over the internet even though its only uploaded once. It seems that they're pitching this for media publishers who upload their crap to a dozen different websites every time they make a small change. But it would be nice for consumers too.

Additionally, on their second, somewhat hidden website, they have a modified logo with the image of a TV being synced. It seems that Sugarsync has plans to invade the living room. I'm not sure how this would work, but I would bet its either an XBox Live application, or something similar to the NetFlix appliance. Its a great idea. You could go to your friends house, turn on his XBox and listen to all the music thats sitting on your home computer... even if your computer is turned off.

Its clear that SugarSync wants to be on anything with a display to broaden its user-base to the max. I'm all for it. The software is easy to use, works great, and I can't wait to see what they have got next. SugarSync is the begining of true cloud computing.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Has Obama infected the tech-world?

It seemed like just a couple of months ago, the only thing the tech-world was interested in was adding new facebook gadgets and finding another way to make an old application "social" (See flock, wesabe, mint, and probably hundreds more). But in the last few months I've seen some change in the blogosphere and I'm wondering if its here to stay. Some big players (see Lessig) are starting to pay attention to the "stuff that matters." Even Obama's site, with its web 2.0 and social feel, bridges the do-goodery world with the tech one.

I can't tell if this is the beginning of a trend or just a handful of people caught up with Obamaitis. I hope its the former, but for it to have any impact and produce anything impressive, it has got to keep its pace up for at least six months.

I'm gonna start looking out for this more now.