Posts Tagged ‘dishtip’

AppCrawlr App Discovery Service Goes More Mobile

rsz_app4AppCrawlr, the semantic mobile app discovery and recommendation service, is adding Windows Phone apps to its iOS and Android app-finder solution. The service, which debuted earlier this year (see our story here), has at its heart the TipSense content discovery and knowledge extraction technology, which also lies behind the company’s DishTip food discovery service.

Microsoft has been trying to pick up some steam in the mobile phone market, acquiring Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion in September and this month announcing Update 3 of Windows Phone 8 that supports faster processors and larger screens. Its market share has grown, according to Gartner, to 3.3 percent worldwide, to put it in the #3 smartphone slot. Gartner also noted, though, that Microsoft has work to do to grow interest among app developers.

Microsoft recently calculated more than 100,000 apps in the Windows app store. Though that’s far less than what you can find in the iPhone App Store – which reportedly boasts something along the lines of 1,000,000 – it’s still nice to have some help to find what you really want among tens of thousands of apps. From every app detail page, users can search on a single platform or to find across Windows Phone, iOS, and Android operating systems.

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TipSense Apps Make Your Decisions Easier

Josh Constine of TechCrunch recently shared some of the cooler features of TipSense, a great company from last year’s SemTechBiz Start-Up Competition. Constine writes, “No one wants to read thousands of reviews. You just want answers. Luckily there’s TipSense, a new startup whose algorithm sorts big messy data sets. TipSense’s site DishTip tells you what to order at restaurants, for example, while its AppCrawlr deduces an app’s best and worst features and lays them out with competitors on a comparison chart. TipSense is so smart I bet it gets acquired… or at least fields plenty of buyout offers. That’s because while people won’t shut up about big data, few companies have viscerally proven to consumers why it’s important. David Schorr built and bootstrapped TipSense over the last four years to change that. I met him at SXSW, was very impressed, and he agreed to let me write the first official interview with him about his stealthy startup.” Read more

Discover The Mobile App You Really Want

The semantic technology platform behind restaurant dish discovery service Dishtip (which The Semantic Web Blog discussed here) has made its way to a new domain: mobile apps. The company last week unveiled AppCrawlr, which uses its TipSense content discovery and knowledge extraction technology to cut through the noise to help users find the app that’s right for them in a world of hundreds of thousands of options for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

“With traditional search models there’s no easy way for guided discovery to narrow down from all the apps out there to what you want,” says Dave Schorr, who with Joel Fisher is a co-founder of TipSense LLC. Keyword searches aren’t going to help you find apps that help when you are having a bad day, for instance, or understand that someone looking for a dating app (as in relationships) is looking for something different than someone looking for a date (as in scheduling and productivity) app. But searches on AppCrawlr can suss those out, taking data from from all across the web – blogs, tweets, reviews, and so on – and surfacing and organizing the concepts and topics buried in all that unstructured data.

“It’s a new paradigm to manage a large data set,” says Schorr. “We’re using concepts to come up with a much better experience for discovery.”

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Some Semantic Treats For A Happy Halloween

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/ Sarah_Ackerman

It’s that spooky time of year again – in your neighborhood and on the Semantic Web, too. Put on your goblin getups, and see how some semantic webbers and related sites are getting Halloween treats into their mix:

 

  • We’ll start with a response we got to a query we posed about how you might have some fun with Halloween-oriented SPARQL queries. From Bob DuCharme, solutions architect at TopQuadrant, comes a query to extract a SKOS taxonomy of horror movies from DBpedia.

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Hot Mashups for Finding Hot Meals

The semantic web has a lot in store for businesses, researchers, and government in 2011. But what about the rest of us? One tasty way everyday people can benefit from web 3.0 is through mashups. The three food-finding mashups featured in this article are semantically-powered resources for hungry consumers (no pun intended). Read more