Webscape: Business cards get smarter
Kate Russell's weekly review of the best apps and websites.
In this age of digital-everything the traditional business card is fast becoming irrelevant. Camcard is a great example of how storing and sharing contact details has been brought up to date using smartphone technology. The basic app lets you capture card details with optical character recognition so it can be easily indexed on your phone.
LinkedIn users might prefer CardMunch, a free app that feeds the captured data from a business card straight into you social profile so it is very convenient if you are a power LinkedIn user. It is only on Apple right now but apparently Android and Blackberry versions are in development.
Another option is Bu.mp which is free on iPhone and Android. It lets you bump handsets with other users to share your contact details and other files via Bluetooth. With over 125 million downloads so far the app has been so successful it was announced this week the company has been snapped up by Google.
Cloud-based website builders will let you throw together sites without any coding skills, but you cannot generally get too creative with template customisation. Not so with Webydo, a new service that offers as much flexibility as writing your own HTML but you never need to look at the code, which means pretty much anyone can get stuck into the design process.
If all that digital creativity has fried your brain, why not unwind with a little Coffitivity? This quirky site plays the ambience of a friendly coffee shop to help you relax your mind.
That is also the principle with naturesoundsfor.me - which lets you build your own four-track mix from a selection of soothing nature sounds.
If you are one of the 19.5 million people who picked up an iPad in the second quarter of this year Opera has just released Coast, an elegant, secure and gesture-rich browser designed specifically for your tablet. Instead of bookmarks the minimalist home screen loads up with familiar looking icons, with swipe and tap navigation.
- 20 September 2013
- BBC News