This application allows you to receive money that is used to donate to food banks when you eat out at restaurants. It is only running in San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura County, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Phoenix so far, but its growth looks promising. They use a tracking feature to analyze the number of people that would be attending food banks to look at the need for this.
With the new Google Play application, users can listen to millions of songs already in the Google Play’s library as well as upload up to 20,000 songs of their own to access anywhere! The music is streamed to give the user the capability to listen anywhere. It is such a large library that it is at war with the other music streaming applications.
The Yankee Group has come up with the Bluetooth Smart technology. This ability will help businesses interact with customers more by adding an intelligent factor to location services. It will allow businesses to change the Geo-location based on a persons interests. It uses a smaller geofence than most other services which is proven to be more effective.
The Federal Communications Commission has released an app in hopes that it will generate accurate comparisons of wireless carriers mobile speeds. The app called Speed Test App for Android will collect information, such as upload and download speeds, latency, and signal strength to allow the FCC to publish a map of this information in the next year. This map is expected to help consumers decide which services to go with and see if consumers are getting what they may be paying for. This creates an incentive for carries to improve their data services.
This is a fascinating step towards transparency in understanding current data speeds and what the average consumer is receiving currently. The data gathered will be interesting for multiple reasons, for designers designing applications to understand what sort of connection their target audience may have, consumers wishing to purchase plans, and providers to know what speeds their competitors may have. I only fear that much like internet speeds, this will mean that certain areas will not be developed as quickly as others, leading to large pockets that only have a slower connection, much like towns and areas that have no other option aside from dial-up, due to the inability or lack of desire for a provider to bring anything else in.
SnapOne and IqMetrix has come together to create a cloud based platform for families. The device is created for families protections and can be connected to any computer, tablet, or phone. SnapOne has also included SnapSync and SnapPlay, which allows you to easily playback music from the web, along with giving you data backups for devices. The company has also created the could based system to have a panic button a gps tracker for families as well. Right now the company has a funded amount of over $4 million.
AT&T has revealed a $5 ‘day pass’ option for tablet users in need of a connection. This is a change from their previous options of having a month long connection for $15. AT&T is relying on the assumption that their LTE network might be superior to other connections, such as hotel or airport connections. AT&T believes this connection is an alternative to paid Wi-Fi hot spots in airports or hotels as well as giving consumers a last minute option for a connection. This is a great option to paying for a Wi-Fi connection as it allows the user to still have connectivity no matter where they might go. This might be the best option for travelers to ensure they have a data connection without having to locate the nearest Starbucks or similar option. This is a really interesting development in the pay as you go type services.
Mobile technology is rapidly changing the face of communication in the most remote areas of the world. Today, out of the seven billion people in the world, approximately six billion are cell phone subscribers. In response, companies, governments, and NGOS alike have realized the potential of this tool in addressing today’s most pressing global challenges.
Education and health are two of the biggest ways the article mentions among other areas. Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clara-tsao/6-ways-mobile-techology-h_b_4054076.html
Samsung has created a SmartWatch that is designed to connect wirelessly through bluetooth, to a Samsung Smartphone. The Smart watch allows you to do a small amount of tasks. This includes checking your text messages, email, media playback, and also taking calls. The watch is seen as a purchase that probably is not worth your money. All the tasks that can be performed on the Smart watch, are simple and can be performed on your phone. Samsung has teamed up with Evernote and My fitness pal to add apps to the smart watch. However, the watch is bulky and not sleek looking at all. The watch is just a copy of your phone on your wrist.
Paypal unveils their new device called Beacon. Beacon is a small device that devotes itself to shopping and restaurants. The device will check a person into whatever store or restaurant they enter and offer new product offers based on that person’s interests. When the person is done, they can check themselves out without having to go through the cashier. The device uses low energy and does not need internet to be used. The biggest plus for Paypal is their connection with NCR. As of now, many of Paypal’s competitors, such as Square, MasterCard and clinkle, are getting their products out there too. However, Paypal has a very large user base. Beacon is set to release 2014, until that time, Paypal has released an app that is similar to beacon, but not quite like it.
Google Glass has been the most talked about topic in technology for quit some time now. The possibilities are endless, and with this simple app, Google Glass may have became more convenient than ever.
Google Glass owners can now control the interface by swiping and tapping their way on an Android phone or tablet via the MyGlass app.Updated Thursday in the Google Play story, MyGlass offers an alternative to Google Glass owners who may not always want to nod their head or speak a command to control the device. The app takes advantage of sceenchat, which lets you and other people peek at what you’re seeing through your Glass display. You can then touch, swipe, and tap on your Android device to directly control Google Glass.
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