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Featured applications of the week: Hulu Desktop, Awdio, The Auteurs, Foursquare, Spectives, Daytum, and more!

by Jolicloud Team

October 10th, 2009

This week we bring more to listen to and to watch on Jolicloud, as well as some great tools to access, track, and visualize data.

Hulu Desktop

The new Hulu Desktop is on Jolicloud to bring a lean-back viewing experience to your netbook! Flip between TV episodes and clips, and full-length movies with side-to-side clicker motions. The full-screen video just works! This application is only available in the US.

Hulu Desktop


Traveling the world looking for quality DJ booths, the Awdio team connects listeners to live music from clubs, bars, and stages in real time. The new player lets you choose from over 100 venues feature in the music sources list, from Drom in New York to the SubClub in Glasgow or Privilege Coco Loco in Ibiza.


The Auteurs

The Auteurs brings the concepts of an online cinematheque and a cinephile forum together in one place. Sign up for free and check out what’s available in your area – a number of movies are free to view in high quality. There are also forums to chat with like-minded members, and great film reviews on The Auteurs Notebook.

The Auteurs

Liveplasma is a site that suggests new bands, movies or directors based on your existing taste, and Jinni recommends movies using its Movie Genome Project. Nasa TV is also on Jolicloud, to get the latest updates on NASA missions and follow them live.


This location-based service is based on your Twitter network with an added layer of social gameplay: Foursquare helps you to meet up with friends but also rewards you for exploring your city and being adventuresome. Check-in at the same location a few times, and you’ll become the mayor of that spot.



Mayomo (or Map Your Moment) is a powerful social network for mobile citizen journalists with a goal to display private views on public issues, via video reports. Ask for news and information from any country. The MaYoMo’s world map also includes Virtu, a Virtual continent where you can find content about computer games and virtual worlds.



With a visual approach to feeds, Spectives is a site that allows users to create ‘collections’ made up of the images illustrating new posts on the sites they follow. You can easily create your own collections or copy feeds and entire collections from other users.



When designer Nicholas Felton decided to convert his annual reports into an online service, he created Daytum, a site to produce attractive charts based on your day-to-day data. With over a million entries, the easy interface has been used for various purposes, including building sleek looking CVs.


Other applications to access and analyze information include Digg Labs, which features great visualizations of popular stories and topics on Digg, Readfresh, a service that watches your favorite sites for you, and Tineye, a reverse image search engine. helps you find out more about other Twitter users, and Threadsy consolidates all your conversation threads into one interface.
Get up to date with new slang words and phrases with The Urban Dictionary, and enjoy a daily dose of Dilbert!

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October 10, 2009
5:27 am

I think that all of the app updates are fabulous, but I can’t help but wonder: Where are the important interface and usability changes? Just clicking over to Get Satisfaction reveals that there are some very requested (necessary, in fact) changes. Is there any place to read more technical updates on what, if anything, is being worked on under the hood? Additionally, where are compatibility updates posted? Do we just need to continually check the compatibility chart and look for changes?

October 10, 2009
8:49 am

I second this. I am really excited to check out all the new apps you add quite frequently, but it seems as though development had been channelled into apps and not to interface and usability as Matt suggested above. It would be a pity to see the project’s focus shifting this way.

It doesn’t mean that we don’t love and appreciate all the fancy stuff you keep on pouring out each week though :)

October 10, 2009
11:45 am

Yes, please.

We’re all hungry for more information on what’s coming down from the Jolicloud.

The weekly apps are important, but details of what you’re working on for coming betas is what will keep us all from straying to another distro. I’d love to see a weekly development update here in addition to the Friday apps.

Pep Streebeck
October 10, 2009
12:27 pm

I agree with Vlad, Zoltan, Matt! Let’s hear more about OS progress and less about another Twitter-Google Maps-discotheque mashup. A weekly development update would be much appreciated.

October 10, 2009
7:20 pm

I like this list. Especially Spectives! I founded it :)
When you really like visual subjects as gadgets, photography, cars, funny pictures or design, you should check out Spectives. It lets you follow sites visually.

October 11, 2009
2:25 am

I think that especially with the impending release of Google Chrome (OS), Jolicloud will need to really take to heart all of the suggestions over at Get Satisfaction, or die out. As harsh as that sounds, with all of the star power that Google commands and their intended focus on the cloud and netbooks (similar to the Jolicloud focus) Jolicloud will really need to step up its game to gain market share.

the best (most?) requested feature is that the modified UNR desktop be somehow completely abandoned for a universal UI (the same UI shown in all of your screen shots — the UI you’re proud of). This would require features like an ‘installed apps’ tab from where apps can be launched, and perhaps even a modification of local file browsing. Is this being worked on at all or is it deemed impossible or simply a bad idea? The community is curious but hasn’t heard back from you! Why bother having an account over at Get Satisfaction if you’re users can’t get satisfaction?

We’re in the dark! Help us out Jolicloud! Keep us from defecting.

October 13, 2009
5:20 pm

I think all the team works very hard.
They work on each subject: the kernel, the user interface, the cloud, the community…
Some news should arrive by the end of the year.

October 14, 2009
7:16 pm

Of course they work hard. I never meant to call that into question. I was merely pointing out the fact that there is very little transparency in this project if they are indeed addressing user concerns, because there hasn’t been any kind of “OK, we hear you all loud and clear — we’ll fix it,” kind of post, and there hasn’t been any indication at all that apps and compatibility aren’t the entirety of the teams focus.

They’re doing all kinds of things, no doubt — we would just love to know about it.

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