Xobni Creates Development Platform for Gmail & Outlook

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#Google#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Xobni, the contacts- and email-management company, is using the Gmail API we reported on earlier today, to create a developer platform for killing two birds with one stone. Using Xobni, developers will be able to make contextual gadgets for Gmail and easily port them over to Outlook. In a blog post, the company’s CEO, Jeff Bonforte, announced a Xobni for Outlook Developer Preview “that will allow any developer to test their Gmail contextual gadget in Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit).”Saying “develop once, deploy twice,” Xobni claims ease-of-development for its platform, in both Outlook, its forte, and Gmail’s contextual API. “Developers can now begin building applications that run inside of Outlook without having to build an entire Outlook plugin. (It) initially enables developers to build Contextual Gadgets that appear when the current email matches certain criteria. For example, a flight check-in application could run when a user is viewing an email containing a travel itinerary.”Extending a developer’s reach from one email platform to the other certainly is a powerful pitch. The claim should attract plenty of developer attention.last_img read more

Can The Internet Help This Woman Find The Perfect Gigolo?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… You may not know this but ReadWrite is owned by a company called Say Media, which owns a handful of other sites, including xoJane, whose readers are mostly women, and not just any women, but the kind who like to do naughty sex-type things and write about it on the Internet. Just check out this article about how to have Skype sex, by a woman who claims to have developed some expertise in this area.So, right. Let’s just say there’s not much overlap between the xoJane audience and our audience here at ReadWrite. But that may be changing, because the deputy director of xoJane, Mandy Stadtmiller, is on a quest, and I think our readers can help.You see, Mandy is looking for gigolo. And she wants the Interwebs to choose him. She is crowd-sourcing the decision and is letting readers vote on which of seven hunky dudes she should hire. The guys all work for a service called Cowboys4Angels, and they have names like “Vin Armani” and “Bradley Lords.”You can check out their photos here, or in Mandy’s post on xoJane where she lays out her scheme, but I warn you, there are a lot of pulled-down tighty-whiteys, which might be NSFW, depending on where you W. For what it’s worth, I’m voting for the gigolo who’s out hiking in a cowboy hat, no shirt and plate-sized belt buckle, because why not?Not only can you vote on the guy, you can also vote on which roleplaying fantasy Mandy should act out with the guy, and whatever readers decide, Mandy swears she will do it. Because that is just how she rolls.Thank You, God, For The InternetCynics might see this as just a craven ploy by Stadtmiller to gin up pageviews, which it is. We got wind of it when one of our reporters, Dan Rowinski, happened to visit the New York office of Say Media, where xoJane’s offices are located. Somehow Rowinski got talking to the staffers at xoJane, who told him that hey, we’re working on a tech story, and maybe you guys at ReadWrite can write something with it. This was the gigolo project. Now, Rowinski is a shy lad who has led a sheltered life, and of course he was terrified. He managed to escape the clutches of the New York City lady monsters, and when I ran into him the next day he told me what they were up to. I knew right away that, frightening and awful as this is, we must get involved with this important sociological experiment. Plus here at long last was our chance to achieve synergy with our sisters in arms at xoJane.I traded some mail with Stadtmiller this evening. She told me she came up with this idea after writing a somewhat disturbing post about depression and medication and sexual dysfunction, titled, “I’ve Been Going To Some Dark Sexual Places Lately In Fantasy – And It’s Bumming Me Out.” A sympathetic reader wrote in telling Stadtmiller she should do what the reader had done when she needed something to pick up her spirits, which was, “Go professional.” In other words, hire an escort.The reader told Stadtmiller about Cowboys4Angels. “I followed up as I knew it would be a fun, hilarious story,” Stadtmiller tells me. “I decided to do the crowdsourcing angle because I’m a dork, and I love shit like that. This seemed like a terrific way to involve crowdsourcing in something that was sexy and sexual and fun –and encourage reader engagement.”Ah, yes. Reader engagement. We talk a lot about that at ReadWrite, too, but so far our ideas have been much less daring. The best we’ve done is give away a Nexus 7. Different strokes, I guess. We’re bringing on a new editorial assistant next week. Maybe we can dream up dangerous and/or embarrassing things for him to do, and let readers choose his fate.Sorry, No SexStadtmiller, who just started a relationship, says she will act out some roleplay fantasies with the gigolo, but won’t actually have sex with the guy, if only because “super handsome ripped guys aren’t really my thing.” The roleplay choices are pretty tame. There’s no two-girls-one-cup action on the menu.Stadtmiller has pulled a gigolo stunt before, when she was reporting for the New York Post and hired a “prosti-dude” at a brothel in Las Vegas and wrote about her experience. It’s a hilarious read. Here’s a clip of her talking about it on the Joy Behar show in 2010: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market  Stadtmiller will go on the Joy Behar show later this month to talk about the new gigolo project, and to let that audience join in the voting. Then she’ll choose her gigolo. “I’m just hoping for a great story and experience,” she tells me. “I don’t have trouble getting dates, but this is an experience where readers can live vicariously through me – especially with the crowdsourcing component.” Is this what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he created the Web? Probably not. Anyway, here we are. The end times are upon us. Women are going crazy and turning into man-eating sex monsters. Next thing you know they’ll want to vote. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going over to xoJane to choose a gigolo. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Skype dan lyonslast_img read more

London Olympics: Ivan Ukhov wins gold in high jump

first_imgRussian high jumper Ivan Ukhov soared to Olympic gold on Tuesday, clearing 2.38 metres to pip Erik Kynard of the US to the title. Ukhov entered the competition as hot favourite after posting a world-leading 2.39 in Cheboksary, Russia, in March, and justified the tag by clearing five consecutive heights with just one fail.Kynard cleared 2.33 before knocking the bar over at 2.36, 2.38 and 2.40.Derek Drouin of Canada and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar shared the bronze with 2.29.last_img

Worcester’s Josh Adams deepens Premiership gloom for London Irish

first_imgmatch reports Reuse this content Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Premiership … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Topics With Worcester on the brink of confirming that their director of rugby, Gary Gold, will be departing sooner than planned to take up his new role as the US Eagles head coach, this was also a result that will be greeted with some relief in Northampton, who remain 14 points ahead of Irish and in control of their own destiny. A mere five minutes had elapsed when a neat left-footed chip behind the defence from Ryan Mills was neatly finished off by Adams in the left corner and Pennell’s conversion increased the visitors’ discomfort.In full flow the Warriors look a more than decent side, particularly with Hougaard back at scrum-half and the underrated Mills helping to pull the midfield strings. They have also suffered more than their fair share of treatment room agony and the premature departure of their unlucky tighthead, Nick Schonert, with another ankle ligament injury underlined the Premiership’s heavy attrition rate.It had a sizeable effect on a previously one-sided contest after Pennell had extended the lead to 10-0 with an excellent long-range penalty. First Greig Tonks clawed back three points with a 35th-minute penalty before Lewington showed rare pace to score a stunning solo try, regathering a bouncing ball ahead of a dawdling Adams. It was suddenly Worcester’s turn to fret, albeit briefly. In the final seconds of the half some space materialised in the Irish midfield and Adams, now the league’s leading finisher, redeemed himself with his eighth Premiership try of the season.The second half proved rather less eye-catching, aside from a spat involving Donncha O’Callaghan and the former Australian hooker Saia Fainga’a. The Irish lock appeared to take a tug at the ex-Wallaby’s dreadlocks at one point, prompting Fainga’a to retaliate with a swipe to O’Callaghan’s face. But the referee, Wayne Barnes, in charge of a record-breaking 191st Premiership game, opted not to show either man a card.Irish will probably need to win at least four of their last 11 fixtures to stand even a chance of survival, starting at home to Newcastle next Saturday. Worcester will head to Saracens under the command of the experienced South African Alan Solomons, drafted in to assist Gold back in October. The latter is not yet entirely writing off Irish – “They’ll never give up the fight” – but the Warriors can now look forward to Premiership rugby next season regardless of who is in permanent charge.Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Willison (Humphreys, 78), Mills, Adams; Lance (Olver, 59), Hougaard; Waller (Bower, 64), Singleton (Taufete’e, 64), Schonert (Milasinovich, 12), O’Callaghan (capt; Barry, 64), Spencer, Denton (Faosiliva, 64), Lewis, Van Velze. Tries: Adams 2. Cons: Pennell 2. Pens: Pennell 3.London Irish: Tonks (Bell, 54; Northcote-Green, 74); Cokanasiga, Fowlie (Tikoirotuma, 59), McLean, Lewington; Marshall, Meehan (Steele, 50); Reid (Elrington, 59), Fainga’a (Woolstencroft, 59), Du Plessis (Chawatama, 59), Van der Merwe, Paulo (De Chaves 17-29), Coman (capt), Cowan, Treviranus.Try: Lewington. Pen: Tonks.Referee: W Barnes (RFU). Att: 9,600. Rugby union London Irish The Aviva Premiership season has barely reached its halfway point but the odds on London Irish escaping relegation are already starting to lengthen. There was only one winner of this pre-Christmas basement battle with Worcester, now a full 10 points clear of their struggling rivals, and the Exiles will need something truly remarkable to avoid a swift return to the Championship.Worcester, who have picked up 17 points from their last five Premiership games, were far from perfect but two tries from their in-form wing Josh Adams and the accurate boot of Chris Pennell proved sufficient to inflict Irish’s 10th defeat in 11 league games. Irish’s director of rugby, Nick Kennedy, made no attempt to sugarcoat the bitter pill, conceding his team had been “very poor” and fallen short of the required level. “It’s very disappointing and frustrating…we’ve obviously given ourselves some work to do,” he said.In many ways this was a microcosm of the visitors’ season: more injury woe, a slow start and only the occasional flicker of real quality. This season’s Premiership is no place to be even fractionally off the pace and, with the exception of the dangerous Alex Lewington, the Exiles have found the step up in fitness and skill levels difficult to bridge. “I wouldn’t have minded losing if we’d come out and thrown some shots but we didn’t,” said Kennedy. “It’s a big hill, not a mountain, for me but we know we need to get better very quickly. There’s a gap in the league we did not want and the players have two choices now. They can wake up and feel sorry for themselves or do everything they can to fight and win the next game.”Even before kick-off there was an ominous start to Irish’s evening when it emerged their captain, Fergus Mulchrone, and the All Black prop Ben Franks had been injured in the morning’s captain’s run. The Exiles have endured relentlessly grim luck with injuries and, without seeking to make excuses, Kennedy admitted preparations had been disrupted. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Worcesterlast_img read more