Forget Tweets- Meet ‘Chirp’!

A new app called ‘Chirp’, developed by Animal Systems, enables iPhones and iPads to share images through a short burst of sound. Animal Systems is a spin off of the computer science department of University College London, and the lead developer on the app was Daniel Jones.

Jones explains that the biggest challenge was “making sure that we had a system that would work equally well in environments that are particularly noisy. So, in  a pub, or on a bus… to be able to work in all sorts of different real-world places.”

Jones adds that the capability is similar to Bluetooth- one advantage though is that once the app is installed, devices do not need to be paired in order for the transfer to work. Though the technology is only available for iPhones and iPads today, Jones and Animal Systems hope to expand the program to radios, tvs and PA systems. Any device capable of sound should be able to ‘read’ a Chirp.

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Girl Scout Cookies Go High Tech


Everyone loves a Girl Scout cookie.  But now it seems that with a bit of technology, getting your Thin Mint fix from the scouts could be even easier!  Thanks to the new smartphone app, The Girl Scout Cookie Locator – with the assistance of GPS technology – users can find out where the nearest place is to locate their Girl Scout cookies.

All you need to do is input your city/zip code and then the locations will pop up.  In addition, you will receive directions on getting there by car so you will be with your cookies in no time at all.  Similar in style to the Cookie Finder app, the Girl Scout Cookie Locator has the added benefit of letting users find their cookie personalities.  So it’s all a bit of fun, but if you are a lover of these cookies, why not get them a bit earlier?  With this new app you need never be far from a Girl Scout Cookie again.