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SquadEdit Webapp Review

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SquadEdit: Paired-programming remotely?!
http://www.squadedit.com

Overview: SquadEdit allows any number of people to edit code files simultaneously from your browser. Load the files you want to edit, invite your collaborators, and start coding! Everyone sees the edits as they occur.

Pros:
+ Great if you need to do paired-programming without being in the same physical location!
+ Include code files locally or remotely
+ Syntax highlighting!

Cons
- Text chat is so yesterday if need to collaborate in real-time. This app needs voice chat.
- You cannot actually code at the same time. When one person is editing the file, it becomes locked!
- Sharing a collaboration link should be integrated into the app
- Not free

Verdict:
2 Codes Edits / 5

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The Wub Machine Review

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The Wub Machine: Wub Wub Wub! Dubstepify any song you want!
http://the.wubmachine.com

Check out my song here!

Overview: Input any song / sound file you want and the machine will magically convert your song into dubstep! You must hear it to believe it!

Pros:
+ Dubstep-ify ANY song in the world!
+ Autopost your song to Soundcloud
+ Download your song for FREE!
+ Quick! Less than 10 minutes!
+ All songs generated don’t sound the same!

Cons:
- I don’t personally like dubstep

Verdict: 
4 Wubs / 5

All Wub-Machined songs can be found here:
http://soundcloud.com/tags/wubmachine?order=latest

Wind Waker theme: 
http://soundcloud.com/nickman300/title-wub-machine-remix

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Tip Tuesday!

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I’m starting a new segment for web app developers, Tip Tuesday!

I’m going to give you tips and tricks for web app development that I’ve learned while developing http://trivbot.com!

Today’s tip: Autotweet interesting things that your app’s users do from your own personal Twitter account!

YOUR followers will see all of this traffic to your site and will go check it out (in theory)!

What do you think? Discuss in the comments!

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pdfCV: Auto-Resume Generation Review

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pdfCV: Automate the resume process!
http://pdfCV.com

Overview: Aggregate data from LinkedIn to automatically generate a resume for you! 3 different resume templates / styles ensures your resume looks like you want!

Pros
+ Automatically generate a new resume or CV without entering your information!
+ 3 different templates
+ Forces you to keep your info updated on LinkedIn!

Cons:
- Should integrate with Gravatar!
- Should be able to push changes you make back to LinkedIn

Overview:
3 new resumes / 5

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BitPit: A JS BitCoin Miner

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BitPit: Mine Bitcoins using other people’s CPUs!
http://bitp.it

Overview:

BitPit provides a JS script that you can include on your website. When users vist your site, extra bits of their CPU are used to generate BitCoins for you!

Caveats: 
1. Causes people’s browsers to crash!
2. JS mining is thresholded to slower than even the slowest GPU.
3. Looks like they are no longer accepting people into the JS pool.

Verdict:

SKIP IT!

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VeloCity Venture Fund Finals!

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I had the pleasure of hosting the VeloCity Venture Fund Finals this June! 

Check out an overview video of the event!

Here is VeloCity’s blog post about the event: http://velocity.uwaterloo.ca/events/velocity-venture-fund-finals

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UsabilityHub Review

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UsabilityHub: Test your designs and concepts with users WHO AREN’T YOUR FRIENDS!
http://www.usabilityhub.com

Overview: This site offers 3 tests that you can run on a screenshot of any website you’d like. You can get instant feedback about your design!

NavFlowTest - Determine your conversion rates!

ClickTest - If users have 1 click, where will they place it on your site?

FiveSecondTest - What will users remember about your site after viewing it for only 5 secs?

Hits:
+ 3 different tests
+ You get to help other developers
+ Sneak peek at soon-to-be-released websites!

Misses:
- None, it does what it intends to do and is FREE

Verdict:
4.5 Site Tests / 5

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Looking for Apps to Test!

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I don’t want to review the web apps that people have been using for years. I want to check out the latest and greatest BRAND NEW apps!

Want me to test out your Alpha/Beta app from a developer’s or enduser’s perspective? I’d love to!

If you know of some great emerging apps, send them to me!

@BarbaraEMac 
OR
http://bit.ly/iJtMgD

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Turntable.fm Web App Review

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Turntable.fm: Habbo Hotel meets Spotify / Grooveshark

http://turntable.fm

Overview: DJ your favourite music and get immediate feedback (Awesome/Lame) from the crowd! The more awesomes, the more DJ points and the better avatars you get!

Hits:

+ Cute avatars!

+ FANTASTICALLY AMAZING MUSIC

Misses:

- Who else is in the room with you?

- Needs mini-user profiles

- Moar avatars?!

- Few bugs

- DJ spot monopolization

Verdict: 4.5 Brand New Songs / 5

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What do you want to see?

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What do you want to see on cAPPtionTV? Let me know at:

BarbaraEMac@gmail.com

@BarbaraEMac

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