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Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of August 19th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
Google Hosts Online Comedy Clubs Using Hangouts: Invite your friends to watch live comedy shows together online with Google+ Hangouts, a clever video calling kind of thing that allows you to interact live with a comedian. While you watch, the hangout software picks up any noise levels and they will suggest an optional donation to Comic Relief based on the ammount of your laughing.

MagicScroll: A unique scrolling system that lets you scroll web pages without moving them, making it easier to read long articles without being distracted.

Products
Loop: Loop is a drawing app for iPad that lets you easily create short hand-drawn animations and share them via email, Tumblr and in the Loop gallery.

Canopy: A web app that allows site visitors to view Amazon product recommendations from others – they then do a nice job of automatically formatting the product for a nice clean presentation like you might see on more design-focused marketplace sites like Svvply.

Hi-Response: A highly responsive WordPress theme by designer Emil Olsson. Complete with a solid default design, simple and satisfying interactions, and seamless navigation, the theme is ideal for personal or studio portfolios, blogs, or any other sort of website displaying art and/or design of any kind.

Visuals
Reshaping New York: A mind blowing data and info visualization of how New York City was reshaped and affected during Bloomberg’s years as mayor.

Offscreen: Offscreen is an “old-fashioned” magazine in high-quality print, exploring the life and work of people that create websites and apps. They tell the less obvious human stories of creativity, passion and hard work that hide behind every interface. Issue 6 is out with Daniel Burka, Jeff Veen, and more.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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