BeeTV – Television, Movie and Sports Recommendation Engine [100 Invites]

Last year, we had featured Criticker -a movie recommendation engine. BeeTV is something similar, but for television shows, movies, sports and news. The Milan based beeTV was founded in 2006, but was launched in the 2008 DEMO conference.

Like most similar services, beeTV asks you to rate a few familiar TV shows and movies upon signing up. Based upon your initial ratings, it then prepares a recommendation stream (called your “Personal Content Channel” or PPC).

BeeTV-Personalised Television Reccomendation

BeeTV’s interface is spectacular. But, that’s not all it has going for itself. The organization is pretty neat. Enter your Zip code and it will churn out recommendation that includes content from your television provider. BeeTV can even help you find shows to watch on your computer, on your mobile phone and on your iPad. What’s more, with beeTV, you can easily filter out the freebies hidden amongst the crowd of premium offerings.

BeeTV released it’s iPhone app earlier today and an iPad app is in the works. It is also working with set-top box manufacturers to bring personalized recommendations directly to your television. BeeTV is currently talking with multiple system operators (MSOs) to integrate their on-demand titles and to connect their set-top-boxes to enable recording and reminders notifications. BeeTV will be hooking up with your cable’s API to allow you to control your set-top-box remotely. In the future, you will be able to record your favorite shows with the push of a button from your iPhone or BeeTV’s web interface.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Bee-TV-Reccomended There is a definite need for services like beeTV. Thanks to the abundance of TV channels and TV shows it is almost impossible to manually keep track of what’s new and what’s hot. BeeTV enables you to stop wasting time, by quickly finding content that you will like. It’s a pity that this service is currently limited to the US. I am sure everyone would love to have a localized version of beeTV for themselves.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Invites: Currently beeTV is in closed beta. However, we have 100 invites to give away. Just head over to and use the invitation code bee.techiebuzz.

Webby Wednesday: Know the Technology Used by Websites, Create Email Aliases and Know What Your Facebook Friends are Liking

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

W3TechSites – Know the Technology used behind a Website

If you are a blogger or a webmaster, you would like to know the software and technologies used in various websites and forums. Normally, we look into the source code to find the name of the software used – whether it be WordPress, Joomla or may be Phpbb for forums.

However, there is an easy solution – just head over to W3techsites and enter the URL of any website, blog or forum. You will see a detailed report on the various technologies used by the website.

TempAlias – Create an Alias of your Email Address

Getting too much junk emails from spam sites? Why not create an alias of your email address and use this alias to perform temporary sign ups at download pages, forums or in sites where you will never visit again.

An email alias works just like a URL shortening service. You create a “masked” version of your real email address and use this masked version for temporary sign ups.

This is not a fake email address- any email sent to your email alias actually lands in your real email inbox.

To create an alias of your email address, head straight to and enter your real email address in the text box. Hit “Generate Alias” and it’s done, you have your email alias up and ready to be used.

You can also set an expiry date on the alias or set an upper limit on the number of email addresses received. After this limit, your email alias will stop working. – Find What your Facebook Friends are Liking

If you have a lot of friends at Facebook, it becomes really difficult and time consuming to keep an eye on the never ending pool of updates. Some of your friend “likes” a story and an update is thrown in your wall.

If you want a daily digest of Facebook “likes” of your friends, might help. The site aggregates all the stuff liked by your Facebook friends on different sites like YouTube, CNN, blogs, News sources, forums and other popular sources on the web.

It’s a nice way to know what pages your friends are reading, what videos they are watching and you can use the categories from the sidebar to narrow your searches to a particular topic.

On each Wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Iagram Is an Encyclopedia Of Diagrams

Diagrams are one of the most unique and simple ways to illustrate a concept. They often work where words don’t. However, searching the internet for diagrams isn’t easy so Iagram has put together a collection for you. Iagram is an encyclopedia of diagrams nicely arranged in an alphabetical order.

So whether you need a diagram to explain the solar system to your 5 year old or want to know what an HDMI cable is made up of, Iagram has it all. In addition to the easy-to-use browsing feature, Iagram also lets you search for diagrams or browse by category such as  Science and Technology, and Geography and places. If you like something, you can also share it on your Facebook profile.

One thing the site currently lacks is to let people submit their own diagrams. This focus on user-based content would allow Iagram to grow tremendously. Another nice addition would be to enable discussions around each diagram so the site becomes more interactive. Over all, it is a great resource for somebody who is searching for diagrams.

Buy/Sell Discounted Gift Cards With CardPool

Gift cards are better than cash, or are they really? Often times people get gift cards for stores they don’t like or would have preferred receiving cash instead. One way to turn your gift cards into cash is to sell them on sites like Craigslist, but another much smoother way is to use a site like CardPool.

CardPool buys your unwanted gift cards at a discount price as long as their is no associated fees or expiration date attached to your card. You fill the online form, mail in your card and get a check in mail. It is a great way to liquidate those unwanted cards and get some hard cash to spend.

On the other hand, you can also buy gift cards at a discounted price via CardPool. Browse through different categories or go through merchant names to see something you like. Cards are offered at a discount of 3% to 30% depending on the vendor and some other stuff. Once you make the payment, CardPool will mail you the card free of cost and give a 100-day purchase guarantee.

It is a great resource built around a very simple idea and will probably do even better as more people learn about it.

Buy Sell Gift Cards

[Via LifeHacker]

Get Your Free ClipArt at

lady-bugI often spend too much time looking for the right image to use in a blog post or web page. My biggest problem is finding an image that I can use without worrying about copyrights. Most of the images you find on the web are not labeled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Since I’ve found, I think I’ll be saving a lot of time. Everything there is completely free. There are no strings attached. You can use their images in anything you publish.

open-clipart has been doing this since they were founded in 2004. This is what they say about their project:

The usage of the name is to convey connection to Open Source software and culture. Also, the word conveys the concept of the project lowering barriers for participation for submission of artwork, development on the project, use of the site and use of the clip art stored.

If you just want to use the freebie art, you only need to go to the site and type in a search term or use the categories to find what you need.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

Download Clipart

If you are an artist, they’d love to get your help with this project. Here’s how to get involved.

If you’re just an average graphics-challenged person like myself, be sure to tell everyone you know about this cool website.

GQueues: A Task Manager That Syncs With Your Google Account

With hundreds of to-do lists and task managers available on the web, it is hard for any one of them to stand out. But GQueues still does that partly because of its rich features but mainly because of its seamless integration with Google. GQueues allows you to sign-in with your Google account so you don’t have to waste couple of minutes filling out a registration form.

Once in, you can start making Queues and add tasks to your Queues. Each Queue can be renamed and have a unique color to easily distinguish it from others. Items can be added to a queue with a single click, can be duplicated, sync with Google calendar, add tags or even add notes to each item. Items within a Queue can be easily re-arranged by dragging them to the desired position. The whole queue can also be reordered by date or item name.

Clicking the check box next to any item marks it as complete and move it to the ‘Completed’ tab of that queue. All open items can still be viewed in the ‘Opened’ tab. Complete queues can be shared via a permanent URL or embedded in a web page or blog. Queues can further be sorted into different categories such as Home, Work, Fun or any other ones you need.

Even though most of the features are free, GQueues does offer a lot of premium features for $25/year such as email/SMS reminders, assigning tasks to other users or advanced integration with your Google calendar. Gqueues can also be integrated with Google Apps which makes it all that more useful. Here is a video showing off some of the features offered by GQueues:

[Via LifeHacker]

Call and Create a Public Voicemail as MP3

phone-msg-2-mp3 There are many file sharing services out there. Many offer simple free file hosting, however, I don’t know of any that offer as many ways to share files and share ideas as the service. I recently received a letter from them that mentioned a cool feature I wasn’t aware of. Here’s the letter:

Few know this, but it’s easy (not to mention useful) to record a voicemail inside a drop.

Here’s how:
1. Start a ‘drop’ with 1-click
2. Inside the drop, hit the button that says ‘create a free number’
3. Call that number and leave a voice message
… that’s it! The message will automatically become an mp3.

Reporters use this function as an easy way to record interviews on-the-ground and podcasters use it for their shows. We like to leave personal greetings on drops filled with photos for our friends and family.

Check out the voicemail we left for you – and leave us a message in return.

I can think of several other ways to use a public (or private) online voice mail. There are many other useful features you might want to check out. Here’s short video about them:

Here are a few of our previous posts about the site and services:

1. Extension For Google Chrome

2. | A File Sharing Program, which is more than just RapidShare

3. Send 100MB Attachments With Yahoo Mail

4., A Service To Privately Share Your Files

5. Extension For Google Chrome

Be sure to let us know if you have some new ideas how to use this or any other file sharing service.

Webby Wednesday: Find Rhyming Words, Compare Translations, Pick Best Color Pallets and Capture Full Page Screenshots

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Find Rhyming Words with RhymeZone

Rhyming words are often required when you are composing a poem, writing a short story or may be searching for a creative domain name. If you are a writer, and need to find rhyming words online, check out RhymeZone – an online dictionary of rhyming words in English language.

Apart from the rhymes, the site also suggests antonyms, definitions, synonyms, related words and words that sound “similar”. You can also define rules to fine tune your searches. For example: You may want to match each letter of a phrase or match consonants only. Pick the Best Color Pallets

If you are a web designer and need a simple tool which can suggest matching color pallets, look no further than Yeah, the name sounds peculiar but the service is awesome. You supply a hex code to the site, click the magic button and the site returns a list of matching colors with their corresponding hex codes. Click a color and the hex code is copied in your Windows clipboard. Neat!

The site also shows random colors in the bottom so you always have some design inspiration ready at hand.

QuickTranslator: Translate and Compare Translated Texts Online

Online Translator is a web based language translation service, which is powered by both Microsoft and Google’s technology. You can use this service to translate text into other international languages.

The unique thing about the service is that you can compare the results from Google and Microsoft side by side. Then, you can choose the translation which is more precise. There is also a “Say it” button which lets you listen to the translated text. The maximum length of text which can be translated is 1000 words.

Capture Full Page: Capture Full Page Screenshots of any Website

There are both desktop tools and browser extensions available to capture screenshots, but the advantage of web based tools is that you do not need to install anything. CaptureFullPage is one such service which lets anyone capture a full page screenshot of any webpage.

To capture the screenshot, just paste the URL of the webpage in the URL field of the site. Once the screenshot is ready, you can download the image in JPG or PNG format. The service also let’s you resize the screenshot to small, medium and large formats. No registration or sign ups are required to use the service.

On each wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Tubeoke: View YouTube Video and Lyrics Of the Song Side by Side

While watching YouTube videos, sometimes you may want to see the lyrics of the song. One of the ways is to search for the song lyrics, but you have to navigate away from the YouTube video page for searching the lyrics. You can not watch the video and read the lyrics of the song from the same page.

Another way to find lyrics is to search the captions or in the comments section of the YouTube video. But there is no surity that the lyrics will be there in the captions or in video comments, because it depends on the person who has uploaded that video.

TubeOke makes this possible by showing the lyrics of the song in the same page where the video is played. Works quite simple – just go to the site and search for an artist or a song name.

Hit “Search”and this will open the search result page containing a list of videos. Click a video thumbnail and you can watch the video and read the lyrics of the song from the same browser window.

The concept of the site is to provide an easy “Karaoke” service so that you can sing along while watching a YouTube video.

Techie Buzz Verdict

I tried the service with some songs and the results were very accurate. It can’t get better than this – watch the video and perform a “Karaoke” of the song by reading the lyrics.

Do you know of any similar service which does the job even better? Please share your ideas in the comments section.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

TinePayMe: The Easiest Way To Sell Stuff Online

Traditionally, if you want to sell something online you would either setup a store or put it up on eBay. Even though both these options are great, they don’t work for each and every situation. For example, if you want to sell only a couple of items and want to target them to a certain group of people, none of these would work. In such situations, a better solution is to use a service like TinyPayMe.

It takes less than 2 minutes to setup a sale on TinyPayMe; you can include as little or as much information possible including price, quantity, pictures, description, tags, location and any personal info that you want to publish. You can sell physical items as well as digital content using TinyPayMe. Once you have created your listing, simply share the link with desired audience or embed it on your website or blog. A user will be able to purchase the item through PayPal instantly.

The service however is not free, they do charge 5% of the selling price as their service fee. You can also donate a portion of every sale to a specific charity if you want. There is also an option to display pageviews, include listing in search results and require a shipment address from the buyer. Over all, TinyPayMe is not a world-changing solution but can work really well if you are trying to do a very targeted sale and think the convenience is worth the 5% fees.

[Via DownloadSquad]