Shadow Puppet Is A New Storytelling App For Sharing Narrated Slideshows Of Your Photos

TechCrunch

Storytelling today means crowding around someone’s phone as they describe their photos. Shadow Puppet bring that show & tell experience online by letting you share a voice-over with an animated slideshow of your pics. Built with Greylock money by Carl Sjogreen, the Googler who sold travel startup Nextstop to Facebook, Shadow Puppet let you talk people through everything from vacations to app demos.

The free iOS app combines the ease of taking great photos with the movement, audio and storytelling strengths of video. Most of us can’t film, act or direct very well, so our Vines and Instagram videos come out crappy. But anyone can make a compelling Shadow Puppet — even kids.

That’s because it’s a natural behavior, something we actually do a lot already. “Shadow Puppet really started with this simple observation: Every time we’d go out to a park or restaurant with friends, someone would get out…

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Google’s latest ‘moonshot’: improving health and extending your life

Gigaom

You’d think Google (s GOOG) already has its hands full building driverless cars, working on green energy projects and deploying internet-connected balloons – on top of running its search business. But it seems that the company is just beginning to embark on what could be its most ambitious venture yet: improving health and extending the human lifespan.

In a Time magazine story and Google+ post today, Google CEO Larry Page said that as part of its latest “moonshot,” the company plans to launch a new company called Calico, focused on health and aging.

“OK … so you’re probably thinking wow!  That’s a lot different from what Google does today.  And you’re right.  But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there’s tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people’s lives,” Page wrote in his post. “[We] are excited about tackling aging and illness. These issues affect us…

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