Described is a technology by which a gesture made with a source device (e.g., a cellular telephone), such as a throwing or pointing motion, is used to automatically set up a connection with another device to which the gesture is directed. Audio signals output during the gesture, e.g., such as at the start and end of the gesture, are detected by candidate (listening) devices. The device having the least time difference between detection of the start and end signals is the device that is generally best aligned with the throwing or pointing motion, and thus may be selected as the target device. Once selected, a connection such as a network connection may be set up between the source device and the target device for further communication, such as for application data exchange.
Viewing apparel in a store or a catalog may not show a purchaser how the item will look in different light or settings. A user may select elements of a scene, such as a setting, a mannequin, a pose for the mannequin, and apparel/accessories from a web browser-based application. The selected elements are processed by a hierarchy of services that first divide the scene into component elements, render each element, and return the result to a composition server that combines and flattens the renderings into a 2D image. The 2D image is viewable on any platform or browser without the need for special graphics hardware.
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Determining a mobile operator for a mobile device. The mobile operator is determined using one or more of an international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) and a current operator name (CON) and service provider name (SPN) pair. Correlations between the IMSI and mobile operators, and between the CON/SPN pairs and mobile operators, are maintained. Correlations between unrecognized CON/SPN pairs and mobile operators are created based on a quantity of requests received from the mobile devices. In some embodiments, identifying the mobile operator enables financial transactions by the mobile device when visiting, for example, a mobile applications store.