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Meet Pheed, one of the seven social networks to watch out for in 2013

Image courtesy: Pheed
Image courtesy: Pheed

Two very exciting things happened in the Internet world in the week gone by. While one has the potential of changing the way we live online, the other, a gadget, will surely change the way we control the electronic stuff around us. 

And when that happens to you, remember, you read it here first.
 
Some of you may have come across the world "Pheed". Nah, it’s not some new word added to the English language. Instead, Pheed is a new smartphone app that has become a rage. It is a social networking app….but before you groan and say, “Oh no, not another one”, listen up.
 
What if I were to tell you that the Pheed iOS app bumped off Facebook and micro-blog Twitter  from the No:1 spot in the Apple Store? What if I tell you that Pheed is being hailed as the new Twitter? What if I tell you that you, the user, can make money even while using this app? What if I were to tell you that well-known business magazine Fortune has listed it as 1 of the 7 social networks to watch out for in 2013. Got your attention now?
 
The Pheed website was launched in October 2012 in Los Angeles, USA by a group of Internet entrepreneurs, while the App was launched the following month. Between then and now, Pheed has been on and off the No:1 slot in the Apple Store, such is its popularity.
 
Pheed was set up by a group of entrepreneurs. One of its co-founders is O.D. Kobo, a well-known Hong Kong based Internet entrepreneur, who among other things, also runs the Koolanoo Group based in China.
 
Pheed’s tagline is -Express Yourself. Here’s what this app offers, which will make you realise why it is so popular:
 
• Users can share text, photos, videos, audio and voice messages
• They can even use the app to broadcast anything they want, ‘Live’
• Pheed even allows members to share updates to other networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler
• User can monetize their posts or their ‘Live’ events by installing a Paywall. Members can set a price for others to view their posts or the ‘Live’ event. Charges can be on a ‘per view’ or ‘per month’ basis, and can range between US$1.99 & US $ 34.99 USD for one post or one month.
• Users can add a watermark to their posts
• Users can also subscribe to the channels of other users
• Using the ‘Remix’ feature, they can share and view other user’s post and
threads.
 
So go check out Pheed, it probably will be worth your while.
 
And now on to something even more exciting.
 
Image courtesy: MYO
Image courtesy: MYO
There’s now an arm band that allows you to control any electronic gadget around you provided it has a Bluetooth facility in it. No need to touch any buttons or use a remote control. Just wear the arm band and start controlling all your devices like your computer or television set with hand gestures.
 
Called the MYO arm band, this one was developed by Thalmic Labs, and shall be available late 2013 but you can pre-book yours now for just US $149, and wherever you are located in the world, it shall be delivered to you.
 
Thalmic Labs was founded by three University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering graduates, Aaron Grant, Matthew Bailey, and Stephen Lake. They began collaborating on building the technology behind the MYO armband, and today run a full-fledged company.
 
MYO works by using a combination of electrical activity in your muscles and motion control. MYO has an ARM processor and is powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. It connects to a device by Bluetooth. As of now, the MYO can be paired with Windows PC and the Mac, but soon, it will work on iOS, and Android, too. You can use this arm band to make presentations in office, play online games using nothing but your hand, or flip channels on TV without ever touching the remote.
 
MYO represents a fast-growing breed of gadgets called Wearable Devices. These are essentially computing devices that you can wear on your body. Smartwatches, for example, belong to this class of gadgets. Almost every hardware company worth its salt and then some, are today researching and building prototypes of wearable devices. Some like Thalmic Labs have even launched some of their products commercially, while others such as Google Glass, are still being honed.
 
So I end this column with a question – where is the world headed? To twist the old Chinese proverb/curse – Are we truly living in interesting times?
 
Previous columns by Sorab Ghaswalla
Sorab Ghaswalla
Sorab Ghaswalla
Sorab Ghaswalla is a journalist with near three decades of experience and has worked in well-known Indian and international print and television media organizations such as The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, United News of India (UNI), The Gulf Today and India TV. He has founded a Knowledge Services firm called New Age Content Services LLP, that leverages on the inherent strengths of the digital world. He also edits the website, www.whatsnewonthenet.com.
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