SlimWare Utilities has announced SlimComputer, software that will assist in removing bloatware from new computers. The 1.0 version was released on October 12 and helps computer owners identify and remove those pre-loaded “promotional programs , toolbars, links to advertising or trial offers.” Bloatware is typically undesirable because of the slowdown effect it has on new computers.
In a collaboration announced on October 15, Google and SLOOH will work together to use SLOOH images in the Google Sky layer of Google Earth. This will add images of tens of thousands of celestial objects into Google Sky, and more images will be added as soon as they are captured.
The Statue of Liberty, a gift to America from the French in the late 1800’s, almost didn’t make it across the ocean due to The American Committee’s inability to raise enough money to finance the site and the pedestal on which the statue would sit. Thankfully, Joseph Pulitzer and his newspaper, “The World,” turned to an early form of crowdfunding by involving the American people in his campaign to complete the monumental project.
In an effort to help commuters save money and promote general health, the London Cycling Campaign recently created a city-wide bike-share solution, in which commuters could take advantage of biking to work using one of the city’s 300 different bike-share stations housing over 5,000 bikes.
Crowdrise is an online fundraising site that uses the power of the crowd to gather donations for U.S. registered charities. Started by actor Edward Norton in early 2010 for the purpose of raising money for the conservation of a Kenyan land reserve, it soon grew into a useful tool that allows you to “inform, fundraise, and build support because it connects you to the crowd.”
Sony has announced Stage Two of the Open Planet Ideas project, a collaborative effort with IDEO and WWF. Sony received 330 inspirations from stage one, and from this pool, the expert panel identified six key issues revolving around clean technology and preservation of natural resources, which will be addressed in Stage Two. Participants have until November 29, 2010 to answer the stage 2 questions.
Copenhagen climate conference may not have succeeded but that has not daunted the spirit of MIT which has launched a unique contest aiming to generate interest in world climate decisions. Specifically the contest will try to find answers to what the people think the international climate agreements should focus on.
The term “crowdsourcing” always reminds me of the book, “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” (which has been on my reading list for years). A Wired writer coined the term in 2006 by combining “crowd” and “outsourcing.” Wikipedia (itself probably the best example of crowdsourcing) defines crowdsourcing as “the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd)…” These days people usually use it to describe what Wikipedia calls “crowd wisdom.”
Minted, launched two years ago by Mariam Naficy, is another success story in the crowdsourcing world, that also helps designers get life long annuity for the sales generated from the designs created by them.
An online furniture store has emerged that uses crowdsourcing to design furniture. Made has taken the traditional process of designing furniture and converted it into an interactive experience that removes showrooms, warehouses, and additional expenses.