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File Under: Events, Web Apps Goes to Comic-Con

The 2010 San Diego Comic-Con is coming up on July 21-25. There’s so much going on, it’s triple-extra impossible to fit everything of interest into your schedule.

But at least you can maintain some sense of organization amidst the chaos with The start-up is bringing its incredibly useful calendaring web app to the massive comic book and fandom convention. Find it at

Build a personalized agenda by picking panels, movies and parties from a master schedule of everything that’s going on. Create a free account and get a unique URL you can share with your friends. Sched also looks great and performs well on iPhones and other mobiles. There are maps to help you find everything, too.

Originally created by programmers Chirag Mehta and Taylor McKnight, Sched first popped onto our radar at SXSWi 2008, where the app gained a lot of traction. The simple calendar has remained a geek favorite at big events — they’ve done CMJ, Sasquatch, The Next Web and Black Hat, among others. Most users prefer it because the Sched guys list both official and unofficial events on the calendar, and because there’s a social sharing feature that lets you see which parties and events are the most popular and which ones your friends are attending.

Check out the Sched’s dedicated site for Comic-Con. Check back often, and the schedule will be updated continuously. And follow Wired’s coverage on Underwire.

File Under: Browsers, Mobile

Opera on the iPhone? Yes, and Soon


AUSTIN, Texas — Opera Software has a version of its Mini browser prepped and ready for the iPhone. Opera Mini 5 for the iPhone will be available in the App Store in a matter of weeks, but the company is demoing a beta version of the tiny mobile browser here at South by Southwest Interactive.

We got to see a live demo of the app in action, but we weren’t allowed to photograph it due to the company’s agreement with Apple. The screenshot at left is all that’s been approved for distribution.

Opera Mini 5 has the same features as all other implementations of Opera Mini for other mobiles. It syncs history and preferences data (like Speed Dial), it has a customizable search field, and it can discover and subscribe to RSS feeds. It also has an elegant tab switcher that lets you browse your open tabs like you’re shuffling a stack of cards.

All versions of Opera Mini use proxy servers to squish pages and images before they’re delivered to your phone, greatly speeding up page loads over slower connections. Opera claims a 90% compression rate, which is impressive, but the trade off is that you lose one of the iPhone’s special features. There’s no multi-touch on the iPhone version of Opera Mini. You can double-tap to zoom, but not pinch to zoom. Even so, it’s nice to have the option to load an alternative browser onto the iPhone, which right now only has Mobile Safari.

Look for it in the App Store some time in the next few weeks. An Android version was recently released as well. Try it out at Opera’s site.

File Under: Events, Location

SXSW: See All Austin Check-ins in One Place


Cliqset has produced this nifty web app that aggregates status updates and check-ins sent from people in and around Austin to all of the different major location-sharing services — Gowalla, Foursquare, Twitter, Brightkite and of course Cliqset. It’s called Cliqset Crowd

It’s a nice tool you can use to get in on the location sharing game if you, like me, are one of those people who prefers to observe from the outside. With this all inclusive map, you certainly won’t miss anything big.

File Under: Events

Webmonkey Goes South, Then West, for SXSWi


We’re headed to Austin, Texas tomorrow along with the crew from Wired’s Underwire blog to attend South By Southwest Interactive. The week-long nerd fest starts Friday, and we’ll be reporting from the trenches.

If you’re headed down to SXSWi, here’s what Webmonkey will be checking out. If you’re not going this year, you’ll be able to follow along from home here on the blog and everywhere else on the intertubes using the hashtags #sxsw, #sxswi and #sxsw2010.

The Wired Party, of course. Monday, March 15th at 5pm.

Molly Holzschlag from Opera leading a discussion about the current issues surrounding web browsers. Saturday, March 13 at 12:30pm.

The crew talks up their data format, which aims to let real-time status updates work across the entire social web. Saturday, March 13 at 9:30am.

The Beauty in Web Design panel, where designers will contemplate what it takes to move beyond usability and into real beauty on the web. Friday, March 12 at 2pm

New Publishing and Web Content, Jeff Zeldman’s panel about the use of web standards in e-books, e-magazines and the future formats of digital publishing. Saturday, March 13 at 5pm.

The Mozilla Party, happening right after the e-publishing panel. Saturday, March 13 at 6pm.

The SXSW Web Awards on Sunday night.

Google’s Hackathon, a hands-on app-building workshop. Sunday, March 14, all day.

Evan Williams’ keynote. We think he’s going to talk about Twitter or something. Monday, March 15 at 2pm.

Fun with HTML5 Video. As messy as the landscape is, there’s still some cool, creative stuff being done on the bleeding edge. You’ll see some of it here, Sunday, March 14 at 3:30pm.

Google Talks About Gmail and Buzz on Sunday, March 14 at 5pm.

The Bigg Digg Shindigg, with a live Diggnation broadcast and a live set from The Walkmen. Saturday night at Stubb’s BBQ

Scott Gilbertson will be holding down the daily coverage on the blog while I’m attending these (and other) fabulous SXSW events. I’ll also be tweeting as @webmonkey whenever anything interesting happens, which should be often. So stay tuned!

File Under: Other

Submit Your New Site to SXSW Awards

SXSWThe 12th Annual SXSW Web Awards is now accepting submissions. To qualify, your site needs to be brand new or completely redesigned in 2008, and fit into one of these categories. Get to polishing up that site, because the deadline to enter is December 19.

The cost is $25 per site. You can enter in multiple categories, but you have to pay another fee. The entries are judged on visual design, functionality, interactivity, content, and creativity by “industry peers and experts.” To get an idea of what flies with the hip SXSW crowd, check out last year’s finalists.

And if there’s a name on that list that looks familiar, it might be because won last year in the Classic category.

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