It’s a reasonable point, but it’s worth remembering that this is a developer launch aimed at getting people to build applications against the Fire Eagle APIs. We’ll be showing off some of these very soon.
It’s a bit weird, but there you go!
Samantha Tripodi did the visual layer of design for Fire Eagle and she did an extraordinary job. She and I played for ages with different feels and stories until we found this one. It’s gorgeous.
Our first iPhone location updater! Very exciting! Erica got this up and running in a couple of days (at most) from when she started playing with the API. Very cool.
If you’re interested in Fire Eagle, I think this is the article I’ve read with the most substance.
I’m going to give my perspective on the whole thing soon once my brain de-clenches. He got to thank the team before I did, which is a bit frustrating!
This post really made me happy. It’s such a big deal for us that we work out how to give control back to the people using the service. Seems like we’ve got that at least partly right.
“Users of the PresenceRouter OS X application to fling your Plazes presence about to Jaiku, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Wamadu, Frazr, Nabaztag” and now (alpha support) Fire Eagle!
Stops third party sites asking you to give them your logins. Now they can just get formal permission from you to access contact information instead.
Browser Plus is pretty interesting. At the moment my understanding of it is pretty slight. I need to dig further into that one.
It just allows you to update your location from a widget, but it was also put together in just a couple of hours which gives you some sense of how hard Fire Eagle is to develop against.
Want to update your location with Twitter? Now you can. Jesse did a version of Danger Day for the very first public alpha of Fire Eagle last year. Lovely to see him back with us again!
My particular favourite line is about the “Twitter for Location” description. I really hate that one too. I don’t think it explains what we made at all well.
The thing I’m most proud of, I think, is that the quality of the team really shines through in the thing we made. However well it goes as a project, I think it’s a classy thing.
Really looks pretty fascinating. Moreover, the picture of Jon Pertwee is wonderful. Explore! Explore!
A couple of months ago I was asked by Icon Magazine to write a review of the OLPC XO laptop for the developing world. You can read the finished article in their January issue or on their site (OLPC review on Iconeye.com). However, since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about the context and background
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