Forty years ago, a Canadian bank pioneered a brand new computer system that allowed non-programmers to help write code. The paradigm was so disruptive that it was ignored by computer scientists for decades. But as web apps get increasingly complex, and web devs become increasingly stressed out, "flow-based programming" may be raging back to life.
We’re not talking the obvious, if often impressive, stuff like Google Docs and Dropbox. These are the sites that save you hard drive space and clutter, and help you get by without having to shell out for software for just this one thing.
Ben Lang got the entrepreneurial bug at only 14 years old when he sold his grandfather's camera on Ebay. His latest venture is a social-learning solution for high-school kids looking to crib and compare class notes with their peers.
Using several different social networks can get confusing. Threadsy aggregates a bunch of them in a Web app, and mostly manages to make it compelling. It's basically a one-stop shop for online communication.
Sheesh, is this going to be Microsoft's enduring attitude? See something that's popular, copy it, try to make it a little better? I mean, there's Zune, Xbox, Bing, Bing Maps...the list goes on, but the newest addition is WorldWide Telescope.
The winners of the NYCBigApps competition are out: Top prizes go to Taxihack, Big Apple Ed, and Wayfinder NYC. And horror of horrors—none of these three is an app specifically for the world's sexiest fruit-flavored smartphone!