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Why Lack of Context is Killing Your Mobile App

Mobile was a fairly easy medium to ignore for several years. After all, smartphones were new, and most people still surfed the Internet on a laptop or desktop computer. However, that is no longer true today. Two-thirds of Americans who own a cell phone now use their phone to go online, and for 21 percent of phone owners, their phone is their primary source of using the Internet. This means businesses can no longer get away with ignoring mobile or building apps based off of websites built for PC’s. The world of mobile is significantly different than that of the desktop computer because mobile is all about context and that context is constantly changing. While prime time television hours are fairly set in stone, mobile phone users are checking in at all times of day from a variety of locations.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/why-lack-of-context-is-killing-your-mobile-app/

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Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/27/technology/sony-smartwig-patent/index.html

Wearable technology is on the rise! Wigs can now register blood pressure along with brainwaves! Bravo Sony!

Sony files patent for a “SmartWig”

sony smartwigRegular wigs are so passé. Sony has just filed a patent for a “SmartWig”.

LONDON (CNNMoney)

Sony is taking wearable technology to a whole new level.

The Japanese electronics company has filed a U.S. patent for a “SmartWig,” which will use sensors to detect everything from blood pressure to brain waves.

The wearable wig could also be used in a number of practical ways, such as helping blind people navigate without any extra assistance, said Sony (SNE) in its filing.

It could also come in handy for the gaming industry, especially for virtual reality fans, and could be hooked up to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and radio transceivers, according to the patent application.

Related: The Sony Playstation 4 is only for very serious gamers

Wearable technology is starting to become a hot trend, with both Google(GOOGFortune 500) and Samsung (SSNLF) jostling for market share.

Google launched Google Glass in May and Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September.

Both products have generated a lot of buzz but skeptics have been pretty vocal, questioning the cost and benefits of the devices.

Don’t expect to see the “SmartWig” on store shelves anytime soon.

The technology is still in “fundamental research stage and it has not been decided whether to commercialize the technology or not,” said a Sony Europe spokesperson.

Related: Google Glass: Limited and clunky

Sony has been trying for years to keep pace with rapid changes in the consumer electronics business, struggling to match the innovative gadgets produced by rivals such as Apple (AAPLFortune 500).

Sony just released the new Playstation 4 this month, its first new gaming system in seven years. The system sells for $399 and is competing against Microsoft’s(MSFTFortune 500) rival Xbox One for sales in the upcoming the holiday season. To top of page

 

First Published: November 27, 2013: 9:58 AM ET

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Space Instagram

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/28/tech/innovation/the-stratospheric-rise-nasa-instagram/index.html

 

 

NASA has taken another step to ramp up the space program, this time reaching mobile users via the application Instagram. Check out this IGer’s pic of the day!

 

 

The stratospheric rise of NASA’s Instagram

NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.NASA posted this snap of astronaut James H. Newman on November 20, 1998, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station.

Out-of-this-world photos from Nasa’s Instagram

(CNN) — 350,000 followers agree: no one does selfies quite like NASA.

It’s the year of the “selfie” and the year that social media-transmitted self portraits were taken to new heights, with the arrival of U.S. space agency NASA on Instagram.

In less than three months, the space agency has accumulated over 350,000 followers and given them an incredible insight into the day-to-day lives of astronauts and Nasa’s work unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

NASA launched the account on September 6 — promising to take its fans on “an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond” — and soon spawned a slew of viral trends.

The account’s first post highlighted the launch of the agency’s LADEE research robot. But the spacecraft’s lift-off threw up some unexpected results in the form of an ill-fated photobomber, soon to be known as #nasafrog.

New photographs from NASA’s satelites and spacecraft have spread across the internet, too — a fresh view of Saturn making headlines — in addition to candid scenes aboard the International Space Station.

Three months in, the account is going strong, picking up hundred more followers each day. And that’s as good an excuse as any to have another gawk at 15 of the most awe-inspiring, incredible and moving NASA Instagram photos so far.

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iBotta, new app that pays you to shop

iBotta is an app that has recently taken off and become increasingly more popular since Apple recently named it a “Best New App”. The goal of iBotta is to provide its users a platform where they can earn cash just by shopping at grocery stores, home improvement stores, retailers and even restaurants. iBotta reports that users have already earned over 3.7 million dollars in cash back. The premise is this, you go into a grocery store and load up iBotta, the app shows you items that you can buy and earn cash back for, you purchase the item and provide proof of purchase by using your receipt as a record and iBotta gives you the cash via the app. From there you can load it on numerous forms of gift cards or transfer it to a paypal account. The only limitation I notes so far is that the products available to earn cash back on are limited. If the company can get numerous more restaurants and companies on board this app could prove to be very beneficial to consumers.

Source: iBotta

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Twitcasting

A app that has successfully spread in japan is starting to turn heads. Twitcasting is an app similar to twitter, however you broadcast and watch live video feed. The app also pushes the videos to your twitter feed so that people can see. It’s mostly popular in japan, with brazil and mexico not to far behind. The company is hoping to see how it goes in america, however they may have some legal issues with twitter itself. The app to download is very unusual, you must download two apps, one to make the video and the other to publish it. WE already have instagram video and vine that does it in one single app. Although twist casting has not become popular in america, it is available for download on android and iPhone.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/22/this-social-video-app-is-more-popular-than-facebook-in-japan/

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Twitter App Begins Alpha Testing

Twitter’s new app is now in the Alpha testing stage. It is a first come, first serve opportunity to test the new application. Users should expect the application to be buggy and crash, as it is in testing and their job is to find errors. Interested users much search for the Google Group and join. They then can try to sign up for the alpha testing.

Click here for more information.

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Knock iPhone App Wirelessly Unlocks your Mac

A new app called Knock allows users to unlock their computers without a password. For $3.99 Knock allows a Mac to be unlocked just by knocking on a paired iPhone. The two devices connect over Bluetooth LE, allowing a phone to automatically detect when it nears a paired computer. Though the knocking effect can also be achieved by waving an iPhone in the air, Knock suggests just tapping on it through your pants’ pocket, so you never have to pick up the device.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5069614/knock-iphone-app-wirelessly-unlocks-your-mac

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Fly like a millionaire on a Fresh Jets private jet (membership is free!) | VentureBeat

Fresh Jets is an app that connects individuals with seats on private jets.  Timmy Wozniak, CEO and cofounder of Fresh Jets  said that 1/3 of private jet flights are flown empty.   The company licenses its software to jet owners and charter operators who can use it to sell available inventory, much like Uber did with cars.  The app is free, they just make their money from licensing to jet owners and business’.

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PlayStation App arrives November 13

Gamers have awaited the day when they would be able to check their Playstation profile on their phones, well now they can. The Playstation App will be free for iOS and Android devices and will even allow players to use their device as a second screen for some of the new Playstation 4 games.  And Users will finally be able to purchase content from the Playstation Store on their mobile device.

 

PlayStation App arrives November 13 – GameSpot.

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Cannonball

A new app by the name of cannonball has been created for iPad. The app is made to make sorting through emails easier for users. The app functions best with iPad. A user can sort through their email like they are actually sorting through real mail. There are multiple sections to sort emails, just as you would with mail. There is junk, bills, coupons, letters. The app also allows the user to look through different emails they thought they would never pay attention to. The design of the app could be the reason behind why it’s popular. The realistic feel it gives to users could be a good thing. The app does have some problems, such as searching for different emails, because of it’s unique searching tool. The app was created in Massachusetts by two MIT alumni.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/22/cannonball-for-ipad-wants-you-to-love-e-mail-again/

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Foursquare and small Business Ads

Foursquare has expanded its platform for small businesses and their advertising. Small business now will not have to go through the sales team to get their advertisements into the app. Foursquare has also created a way for businesses to know that their advertisements are working. If a customer goes to a business because of the advertisements then foursquare is now apart of the reason that business is bringing in income. The business will only pay when a person clicks on the advertisements or a customer checks into the restaurant. This new change will not effect existing users, except for advertisements to businesses that they may want to go to.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/14/foursquares-latest-revenue-grab-expanding-its-ad-platform-to-1-5-million-small-businesses/

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Paying restaurant bill with your phone

A new app called COVER has been created to help with paying the bill at restaurants. The app has been in Beta in New York for 10 months with local restaurants who are partners with the company. Cover helps to split the bill of large groups of people eating together. The person tells the restaurant that they are paying with cover. From there whatever is put on the bill is split evenly amongst those who ordered. The app is created to cater to customers, however, it has some problems. The app splits the bill evenly based on how many people are in the group. This means that if someone ordered an appetizer or an expensive drink then everyone pays helps pay for it. The app also helps with the accounting situation restaurants must go through making in more simple for them. Cover is still in testing and still has different features that need to be added. But this can be the future of paying for dinner.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/cover-launches-in-nyc-to-let-you-pay-restaurant-bills-with-your-phone/

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Project Collaboration App “LiveHive” Analysis

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/79106.html

LiveHive is a project collaboration App that is free to download on the Google play store.  This application is essentially a way for a team to upload content to a group oriented cloud system.  This means that users do not have to worry about file extensions or requirements, but simply upload content to a “workspace” where other users can access and use the content.  The cost for 30 workspaces is 24 dollars per month, and can be used by an unlimited amount of team members.  LiveHive has its downsides as it does not allow for much else besides uploading content, for example timelines, milestones, and goals cannot be set.  It is not a replacement for project management software, but is definitely an upgrade from email based project collaboration.

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New App Tirecheck Does Exactly What It Says

Tirecheck is a new app the iphone that uses your phone camera to check your tire pressure. Just put in your make and model, then snap a quick picture of your tires. The app will tell you if your tire pressure is low and how much money you could save by inflating your tires. It is an interesting concept and the company claims it is accurate within 2 psi; however, I would recommend keeps a tire pressure gauge anyway. The app struggles with overinflated tires. Overall, the concept is promising, but too new to be trusted alone.

For more information, click here.

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Paypal App allows users to pay with picture

There is a new feature for the paypal app that allows users to upload a picture of themselves to their paypal account, and then pay for things at certain shops without having to use cash or a credit card.  The user simply “check ins” to the restaurant or store via the paypal app on their smartphone, and when it comes time to purchase the shop owner can pull up their picture on their own paypal app and have the user press “charge” on the app.  This will then charge the order put in by the shop owner to charge the person whose picture is on the app.  This is a new way of purchasing things with technology, and does a good job of combining something that people already use with something they do very often.  The only problem, in my opinion, is the steps needed to check in and then charge.  It almost seems easier to pull out my credit card and swipe.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-app-reviews/10229463/Paypal-app-review-how-a-picture-shows-the-end-of-the-PIN.html

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Ikea’s 3D furniture app: first look

The Ikea 3D Furniture app is a new way at purchasing and testing how furniture from IKEA looks in a house.  It uses augmented reality to take furniture from an IKEA catalogue and “places” it in your house.  The app is very useful for finding if a piece of furniture fits into the area and this includes from size, to shape, to even color.  This technology isn’t brand new, but is becoming more mainstream especially when a large company like IKEA uses it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/10247596/Ikeas-3D-furniture-app-first-look.html

 

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Google Translate iOS app

Google recently released its Google Translate app for iOS users, and this allows them to hand write letters or characters from different languages and it will translate them to your native tongue. This is very cool because it will speak the translation out loud if you want, or even translate what you say to the microphone and translate it on your screen. This is just one app that breaks the language barrier and it’s nice to see Google is spreading the love and dropping this on the app store for apple users.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603842-94/google-translate-ios-app-can-now-translate-your-handwriting/