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Sonar Prepares For Android Roll Out, Get A Beta Test Key From Thedroidguy

Sonar's CEO Brett Martin explains Sonar at TechCrunch Disrupt photo: TDG LLC

Sonar is one of the hottest people discovery apps on the iOS platform. They were a runner up at TechCrunch Disrupt NY last May. I had the chance to meet CEO Brett Martin at TechCrunch Disrupt NY that’s where I found out that Martin grew up in Ocean City, Maryland, a town I had lived in for many years immediately out of high school. We had joked that when they made the move to Android he owed me an interview, after seeing Sarah Perez’ story about Sonar on Monday, it was time to call in that interview.

When Martin explained Sonar on the Disrupt battlefield he showed that Sonar showed people results based on place. For instance, using Sonar at Disrupt he found that there was a friend of a friend present, there was someone who went to the same college as him, and someone who and another who specialized in startups. All those results were relevant to Martin. From there, knowing just a kernel of information about someone else, helps break the ice.

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Chamillionaire Arrives At Tech Crunch Disrupt, Nexus S In Tow, And Loves It

Tech Investor/Hip Hop Artist Chamillionaire at TechCrunch Disrupt SF (Photo: TDG LLC)

Back in July when tech investor/hip hop artist Chamillionaire attended the TechCrunch Mobile First event he asked some pressing questions of Android lead designer Matias Duarte.  Chamillionaire had expressed frustration over the Android phones that he has already used.  He struck a nerve in the Android community who thought he was just another rapper dissing Android.

We found out in an interview with Chamillionaire and Thedroidguy that lasted over an hour, that Chamillionaire’s main frustration was that he was told Android devices would do things they wouldn’t do. He was also frustrated with the way store level employees would respond to his questions, the same responses a lot of ordinary Joe customers get.  For instance, he had problems with his Epic 4G, he was told by a store employee he had too many apps on his phone. Like many, Chamillionaire thought that was the idea.

Chamillionaire is an early adopter and rather tech savvy investing in companies such as Disqus that handle the comments here on TDG. He also explained that he was very patient when it came to technology that’s why he decided to give Android not a second, third or even fourth try, he is actually on his fifth try now with a Nexus S 4G.

TDG is on the ground at TechCrunch Disrupt where Chamillionaire told our Silicon Valley Editor, Tony that he loves his Nexus S.  According to Chamillionaire’s blog he’s also tried a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and reportedly loves that as well.

TDG AT TCD: Appscribe

Here on thedroidguy.com, we review and recommend some great apps for you to check out. Usually, there are lite or free versions but in order to support the developer, please try out the paid versions. However, with all the great apps out there (and a shallow wallet for some), paying for each app can add up quickly. Only if there was a way to get multiple premium apps for a low cost. Wait, there is! (more…)

TDG AT TCD: YouNow Launches At Disrupt

The Crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011's Start Up Alley photo: TDG

TechCrunch Disrupt is going on in San Francisco and of course Thedroidguy has a team on the ground there.  By now we’re sure you’ve heard that Mike Arrington did do the opening remarks, his last as any official part of the TechCrunch team.  However, as Arrington pointed out, this TCD in San Francisco isn’t about Arrington it’s about the companies and one has really impressed us so far.

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Huge Week At Thedroidguy

This week we’ve got a huge week planned for our loyal Twitter followers, TDGN listners and TDG readers. First off, this weekend we’ve got teams in Pennsylvania, New York and DC to cover the 10th anniversary of September 11th with meporter, the 360 app and live share.

Then Monday-Wednesday we have a TDG crew at Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco, where the story about Mike Arrington has overshadowed any chance of any hopeful start up from getting any press, but we’ll be there to cover all the action just like we did at TCD NY.  Learn about the newest start ups to hit Android and the tech scene. How many location based services will we see? And is Arrington hosting or not? Watch TDG coverage throughout the event.

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Zaarly Now Available Coast To Coast And On Android

When we first heard about Zaarly at South By Southwest in March we were pretty stoked. Zaarly buzz was everywhere and we wanted in.

If you’re not familiar with Zaarly it’s a new community driven, opposite of classified ads or Craigslist service. Basically if you need something you post it to Zaarly, with what you’ll pay and voila, someone takes you up on it and you get what you want.  This can be anything from a six pack, milk, a used lawnmower, furniture movers, concert tickets, old stereo equipment etc etc etc.

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Snoball, Perhaps The Easiest Way To Donate Money (From TechCrunch Disrupt)

Here’s another great idea that came from TechCrunch Disrupt this week at Pier 94 in New York City.  TDG’s Cameron Wright came running down Start Up Alley on Tuesday to tell me about Snoball saying that it was “Bad Ass”, so of course I had to go find out what Snoball is.

Snoball is a new website that allows users to set up the ability to donate to their favorite charity by doing things they do in everyday life. Snoball starts when you sign up at snoball.co and create your own profile.  From there you create rules as to what you want to do to trigger your donation and how much you want to donate.  You can make up your own rules or do them based off a tweet or foursquare check in.

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TechCrunch Disrupt Closing Ceremonies

Who will win the $50,000 Grand Prize and the Disrupt Cup??

Startup Battlefield

Audience Choice Awards – GetAround

Startup Battlefield – 5 finalists

[email protected]

GetAround

BillGuard

Sonar

InvoiceASAP

Final Three –

Bill Guard

GetAround

Sonar

2 runners up – because the companies were of such high caliber.

Get Around wins the Disrupt Cup $50,000 Grand Prize.

GetAround

BillGuard

Sonar.me

The Worst Thing We Saw At Disrupt: Project Zebra

We received the email below on Tuesday morning. That was of course fail number one, go ahead and try and get some time to pitch us on the same day at a major event but that’s not what’s wrong with Project Zebra.

After reading the email and press release below I decided to check it out, it seemed interesting to say the least but I was really curious about how the location based war game would work.  I’m always down for new ways to use social media and gaming.  Now understand that Contract Killer, Deer Hunter, and Big Time Gangster from Glu are my favorite games, this story isnt going to be about violence.

So anyway, I stopped by and met with Barry Scott. Now this is of course an iPhone game but after 2 days of being at TechCrunch Disrupt I’m used to that and most of the iPhone developers are eager to talk to me about coming to Android or finding developers (see story tomorrow)

Project Zebra is exactly what they said a location based war game.  It uses your geo location to find the buildings nearest you. You, through your character ,accumulate guns, tanks, bombs, machine guns etc to take down the building.  Here’s where my enthusiasm turned to disgust, the building on the screen in our demo was Disney World. Disney World really? Can I feel good about accumulating guns and bombs and tanks to take down Disney World. Of course this was for demo purposes only and we weren’t in Orland we are in New York.

When I made that quick assessment hey we are in New York not Orlando Scott asked if I wanted to see local buildings. That’s when it flashed right before my eyes, in less than 4 months we will be commemorating the 10 year anniversary of 9-11, do I want to take down buildings in New York… No

Fail terrorist wanna-be dirtbag.

Dear member of the media,

Project Zebra invites you to go to war at TechCrunch Disrupt today. Check out our live presentation and meet our UK-based company’s founder, Barry Scott, in Startup Alley this Tuesday. For your information, we’re enclosing our latest release below. Also, here’s a link to an interview with Barry that gives you some insight into what Project Zebra is all about: https://venista-ventures.com/?page_id=49

Thank you for stopping by at our zebra-patterned table and checking out the game.

Project Zebra’s First Appearance in the US – UK-based Company to Showcase its Location-Based War Game Today in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC

New York City, 5/24/2011. Project Zebra, the UK-based developers and creators of the iPhone game foursqWAR, are celebrating their US premiere today, showcasing their location based game app at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City. Project Zebra’s founder and lead developer Barry Scott will demonstrate the company’s plans for fast-growing, location-based applications and present the latest version of foursqWAR, a geo-social game that is already seeing great reviews for its iOS version and set for launch on Android, Facebook and HTML5 later this year.

With its presence in the conference’s “Startup Alley” today, Tuesday, May 24th, Project Zebra is looking to raise its international profile amid a booming mobile market. A concentration on products that combine social and location-based, real-world interaction distinguishes Project Zebra from its competitors. Earlier this year, Project Zebra announced an investment (amount undisclosed) and collaboration commitment from Venista Ventures, a Cologne, Germany-based venture capital firm that concentrates on the mobile sector.

In Project Zebra’s game foursqWAR, players take on the role of military tacticians, using virtual troops to battle for real-world locations. The game is currently available on Apple’s App Store.

Project Zebra will be in New York City for all three days of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011, May 23rd through 25th. Individual meetings can be arranged by e-mail to [email protected].

Project Zebra Ltd. is based in London, United Kingdom, and led by founder and CEO Barry Scott, an entrepreneur and iOS development specialist. The company was established with the help of an investment from Cologne, Germany-based Venista Ventures.

Play Pass, One Of The Coolest Ideas That We Found At TechCrunch Disrupt

Play Pass is a really cool browser plug in that allows you to win “discounts” off products at some of the biggest names on the internet.  Right out of the gate we thought the same thing that you’re thinking right now, big banner ads that say “Win Win Win” and want you to try 15 offers to get something free… NOPE

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Skylines Launches Unique Real Time Photo Search Engine For Android, IOS and The Web

A company out of Amsterdam is looking to change the world when it comes to finding relevant real time photos on the internet.  The Skylines photo search engine can be accessed via their website at skylin.es an Android app or an iPhone app.

So what makes Skylines so different? First off Skylines searches photos posted in real time from instagr.am, yphoto, twitpic and other similar sites to see what photos people are posting and tagging. From there Skylines allows you to search by topic or by person.  For instance Monday at Disrupt they were demoing skylines by searching for the hashtag #tcdisrupt which showed every photo from any of these sites, posted publicly, with the hashtag.

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Disrupt NYC 2011 Coverage: Quixey

We’re bringing you continuous team coverage of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011. Earlier today we saw an amazing app discovery engine called Quixey.

Quixey is great because it searches just about every platforms apps known to man and commercially available. But sure that sounds easy enough right? Well Quixey has put a whole new spin on searching for apps.  Now instead of using keyword algorithms or recommendations from someone who doesn’t know you, it actually searches by what you need the app to do.

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