Monthly Archives: February 2010

Microsoft Pivot – an innovative way of browsing information

After playing with Pivot, I have been really existed by the possibilities that Pivot offers.

Pivot makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun.

Simply speaking, Pivot is a tool that helps us visually browse collections of information.

Pivot screenshot 1

Figure 1: Item view in Pivot while browsing the mathematics section of Wikipedia

What really excite me is that Pivot is based on the concept of collections (group of objects that have common attributes). For website with huge amount of information, as Wikipedia, it is really a great way of browsing because you can apply filter information and have a visual result. These collection can also be assembled manually (it is a simple XML file) so it could be a great way to share an important amount of information easily.

Pivot screenshot 2

Figure 2 – National parks, filtered by type

Get more information and download pivot from Pivot’s website.

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Siri, the mobile personal assistant

This mobile personal assistant looks awesome!
Unfortunately, for business model reason (the application is free and make money on referrals fees whenever someone buy through the service), the service works only in the US…

Interesting interview to watch with the Siri CEO and VP engineering.

Still is a great application to have on your pocket 🙂
Currently the application is available only on the iPhone but they claim to have support for other mobile platform coming soon.

If you are interested in getting more news about Siri, register.

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