Nokia Intros the Intelligent Mobile Phone Bots

Recently, Nokia introduced these mobile add-ons called Nokia Bots.  According to Nokia, these Bots are a collection add-ons that autonomously learn your personal preferences and improve the user experience with your daily routines.

The Nokia Bots run on your mobile phone’s homescreen and observe how you use your phone daily. What these Bots do is determine whether you would still benefit from some customization which they  automatically configure and activate  by themselves.

Currently available for the Nokia N97 and N97 Mini, there are currently four Nokia Bots waiting for your perusal if you own any of the said two smartphones. These Bots and what they ca do are:

Profile Bot  - add-on that helps you by automating profile changes during meetings. This is useful if you forget to turn your phone before a meeting and turn it back to normal mode after the meeting.  After suggesting profile changes you can accept this by a single click.

Alarm Bot – learns your regular waking hours and suggest alarms and profile changes nightly before you go to sleep.

Shortcut Bot – A pretty useful add-on that gives you quick access to your most frequently used applications. It learns your preferences in the background and updates shortcuts automatically.

Battery Bot – reminds you when you need to charge your phone’s battery every evening before you go to sleep.

You may download all these Nokia Bots here.

Technorati CEO imparts the future of the company

technorati Technorati CEO imparts the future of the companyBlog search company Technorati has faced mounting criticisms over the years, mostly coming from disillusioned fanatics of the site. Luckily, the IDG News Service was able to interview Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra to help us understand the future of the company.

It’s quite long so here’s the short version. Technorati is and will remain a blog search engine with many features to come. It also does not consider itself as direct competitor of social news sites like Digg and Slashdot. Its traffic has doubled in size at the expense of Google’s Blog Search. From 948,000 visitors in 2006, it reached 2.8 million last year.

Because the company is full of ambitions, it will definitely ask for more funding for expansion and combine it with the revenues it has generated. However, Jalichandra did not provide a direct answer if there are plans of selling the company to bigger players.

International expansion is also included in the target list of Technorati. It currently has a joint venture with Technorati Japan and its database regularly contains about 30 different languages.

Unfortunately, Technorati is yet to find the solution to stop spam-blog problem.

Via InformationWeek

Technorati gets another makeover

Technorati has redesigned its site once again in its desperate effort to regain the stronghold they once enjoyed. The site hopes to bring back the focus to its core audience – the bloggers and advertisers.

Armed with such aspiration, Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra has done what every struggling players do – imitate. Three months after the last redesign of its Front Page, it is now in news aggregator format just like TechMeme and New York Time’s Blogrunner.

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Moreover, it has also new offerings dubbed as Blogger Central and Today in Photos. TechCrunch describes the former as a resource page for bloggers while the latter shows popular news via photos and news items included in those news items.

While it is premature to predict if these new features can help resolve the dwindling page views and monthly visitors of Technorati, the effort to revamp its strategy and develop new features is a big step forward.

Via TechCrunch

Technorati appoints Richard Jalichandra as President and CEO

richard large Technorati appoints Richard Jalichandra as President and CEOTechnorati, Inc., the leading authority on the universe of blogs and social media on the web, announced today the appointment of Richard Jalichandra as President & Chief Executive Officer. Founder and former CEO David L. Sifry, who, since August, is the company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, made the announcement today on the Technorati blog.

“As Technorati continues its growth into a genuine, revenue-phase business, the Board and I have been focused on finding that exact right individual to lead this extraordinary company to its next great level,” said Sifry. “Richard Jalichandra is clearly that person – his experience, leadership capabilities and track record of success are incredibly impressive.”

An experienced senior Internet executive, Jalichandra has held leadership roles across the media spectrum: as a client; running several agencies; at several large publishers; and at an advertising network. Prior to joining Technorati, he held significant leadership roles at Exponential Interactive (Tribal Fusion’s parent company), Fox Interactive Media and IGN Entertainment. Most recently, Jalichandra worked on a variety of Internet media projects as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Battery Ventures, an advisory board member at and Pixsy, and as an M&A and strategy consultant for several other Internet media properties.

“Technorati is a storied name in the Web 2.0 pantheon, so it’s an honor to have been selected by the team to lead the company into its future,” said Jalichandra. “I look forward to getting to work and getting to know all the people associated with this great company.”

Technorati CEO steps down

technorati Technorati CEO steps downDavid Sifry today announced that he has stepped down as CEO of Technorati. While the search for a new CEO continues, Teresa Malo (CFO), Dorion Carroll (VP-Engineering), and Derek Gordon (VP-Marketing), will manage the day-to-day operations of the company. Sifry will transition himself as Chairman of Technorati’s board.

Sifry also announced that eight members of its team are leaving. “Because we’ll be focusing our efforts more precisely moving forward, it became clear we needed to adjust our expense structure to be more appropriately aligned with our priorities moving forward,” he wrote in his blog.

Technorati “refreshed”

homepage tm Technorati refreshedTechnorati unveiled its redesigned site ushering in Technorati’s widening of scope. Actually, it was a “major refresh.”

“The world has changed. This isn’t just about blogs anymore. And to be of service to you, we have changed too,” David Sifry, founder of Technorati said in a blog post. “This is only scratching the surface, and we’re going to be rolling out lots more updates and innovations throughout the rest of the year. We’re going to continue to work on performance, making things faster and more stable. Every now and then searches still fail for our users or take too long to respond, and that’s a top priority for our backend team to fix. We’re going to keep listening to you, our users – It is an honor that you give us your time and attention – over 11.7 Million people last month visited Technorati. We’ve tripled in visitors and traffic in under 5 months. Thanks for telling your friends about us. Thanks for putting your faith in us.”

Okay, enough said. Go check out the refreshed site.