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07. 15. 2007

Shifd the Sunday Times


We spend Sundays reading the Times, so it seems the perfect day to talk about Shifd, the newest web-app developed by New York Times R&D. Created in about 20 hours at the Yahoo! BBC Hack Day in London last month, Shifd works, but it remains a conceptual product.

Shifd is a mobile application that allows users to easily share web feeds, listings, maps, personal notes, and dates between their desktop computer and mobile phone. In order to sync your computer with your mobile phone, your phone will have to be hacked (RFID-enabled, which might be a little excessive).

Any content added to your Shifd.com personal page (web feeds, Yahoo! Local Search listings and maps, personal notes, and other data) can be transferred to your phone for browsing. Before transporting content, the user can easily organize its order by dragging and dropping. When the user picks up her phone and walks away, her computer will automatically recognize that she's shifted to a mobile environment, sending her a text message with a link to the mobile version of her Shifd.com page.

If you're on the move, you can quickly specify the amount of time you'll have to read, and Shifd can determine how much content to send to your mobile phone. While you're out, if you realize that there's an article you want to read in-full, you can specify that on your phone, and when you sync your phone back up with your computer, that content will be automatically displayed on your PC screen.

Born out of 20 hours, imperfect and clever, we're sure that great things will shift out of this original idea.

To learn more watch the video here.

Visit TechCrunch who first reported this story here.

Posted by chrissie    Category: on the web | software
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Rob Jackson:

Very very cool. I want to use that!

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