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Montage from Microsoft Labs introduces user-curated online magazines

In recent years, there has been a massive surge in popularity for audio-visual communication. Driven by an ever-increasing flow of data, the audio and visual channels are really our only recourse; reading text simply isn't fast enough. YouTube videos, Flash games and sites, infographics -- all of these, and more, are popular because of our limited bandwidth for the written word. It's almost like ...

Newsmap visualizes Google News, offers interesting differences between countries

With the rapidly increasing amount of data in our lives, visualization has become a new trend. Text has its limits, both cranially and in its ability to display large amounts of information. Visual tools have begun to emerge: Microsoft has Pivot, Firefox is trialling Panorama -- heck, almost every browser and operating system now visualizes data in some way or another. Newsmap, however, is old...

Video Tour: World Factbook Dashboard by IBM is data visualization heaven

If you love data visualization, this one's going to blow your mind: I just found an incredible IBM demo, called World Factbook Dashboard. It basically takes a ton of demographic and economic data (from the CIA World Factbook, I presume) and presents it in several beautiful ways that (mostly) make instant sense. This is one of those rare cases where screenshots simply would not do, so I rolled up ...

Top Twitter Friends visualizes your social network

Top Twitter Friends is a web service that creates a visual map for any Twitter account of the other accounts it is most frequently used to converse with. The site uses the Mailana social network analysis system to analyze Twitter conversations and come up with the data for the visualization. Marshall Kirkpatrick recently used the Top Twitter Friends web application to generate an analysis of a se...

Reflow visualizations are crazy

What's this "reflow" stuff mentioned in the title? We're glad you asked because you should probably fully understand know what we're referring to before you watch the vid. Reflow deals with the process by which a browser lays stuff out on a web page -- well, that's a simple way of putting it. Anyway, the video above is the reflow process of Wikipedia slowed and "visualized". We're unsure how th...

Tag Galaxy: Spacy way to browse Flickr

There are plenty of attractive visualizations for Flickr images. But Tag Galaxy is certainly the spaciest. Enter a keyword and Tag Galaxy will search Flickr for related images. You can either click the big ball of gas at the center of your screen to see some of the images, or you can check out one of the little related-tag planets orbiting the center of your tag galaxy (or solar system, really)....

YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos

For a while, YouTube was just, well, YouTube. Now under Google's wing, the popular video sharing site receives the random, occasional upgrade. Here's a new one: You can now browse videos related to the one you're watching through an interactive web-like interface. In order to access the feature, first full-screen your chosen video. At the bottom left corner, next to the play/pause button, you sho...

Eve takes exotic network monitoring out of the movies and into the 21st century

Ever wondered what a real visualization of network data moving hither and yon would look like? You know, one of those things from the movies where it all looks really exciting and, instead of flat graphs and line after line of ping replies, the data springs to life in a 3d environment where each remote and local host is displayed on a vast virtual field? Wonder no more. The brilliant hackers at ...

Neave Audio / Visual - Today's Time Waster

This time waster isn't a game... it's more like a web toy. Neave Audio / Visual is a web-based audio visualizer, using Flash to access either your microphone or wave-in port. The visualizations are simple, but effective. They're not going to win any awards for being super flashy, but unlike many other audio visualizations, these ones very obviously react to sound. It's particularly enjoyable to g...

What if your network traffic was a video game?

You know how in cheesy science fiction movies they always have crazy graphical representations for data. Like if the lead character is hacking into a database, he's never writing text on a screen. Instead, he navigates an avatar through a 3D landscape that looks uncannily like the building he's sitting in. Well, it turns out that when you do represent data visually, it can look pretty cool. Net...

Digg in 3D, you gotta see this

Michael Battle has created a 3D Flash visualization of Digg stories in a full-screen spectacle that is pretty cool. Digg has their own Flash visualization tools, but nothing like this. If you haven't seen this in action, it is rockin'. I still prefer to search through Digg stories the old-fashioned website way, but 3D digg is certainly a break from the ordinary everyday once in a while. I have an ...

Flash visualizations coming to Digg: Stack and Swarm

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has the scoop on a couple fancy new visualization tools that will be launching next Monday on Digg. Both are Flash-based visualizations that let you keep tabs on Digg stories in an eye-pleasing way. The first, Digg Stack, shows recent stories as vertical bars and diggs as blocks that fall on top of them, building up each story's "stack." You can click on a stack to...

Swarm the dot com: Browser for voyeurs

Swarm the dot com advertises itself as "a new way to browse the web and find the most interesting sites." Basically what it is is a Firefox extension that watches what sites you're browsing and sends them back to the Swarm server, which then displays them (along with everyone else's) in a cool Flash visual. From the Flash interface you can see what sites people are visiting in real-time, visit the...