It would be interesting to hand a smartphone to Alexander Graham Bell. I don’t think he could fathom that his invention would translate to what it is now. In what started as a line and a can has evolved to include video communication, cloud computing and sending images and messages to your dearest ones instantaneously. Even more mind-blowing is how quickly the technology has evolved over the past 20 years. (more…)
Here’s an interesting open resource that enables book publishers to easily publish school textbooks in a tablet ready, mobile format (Android and iOS). Teachers use the Content Management Website to select existing courses or to create new courses by mixing and matching items from our library with their own educational material. Students use the iPad or Android, or web app to download and view these courses, filled with videos, slideshows, e-books, PDFs, text, audiobooks, and Web links.
I stumbled onto some research findings recently and what got my attention was not the headline, but rather, what the headline didn’t say. The pitch was that according to a study, 66% of small business use mobile technology (smartphones, tablets) but when you think about that, what it really states is that 34% of small business don’t use [or support] mobile technologies… wow! That’s stunning really… and apparently the common excuse is a “lack of customer demand”. Huh??
Google recently rolled out an update to the Google Maps mobile app for Android. Here’s how it works. Load up gMaps and locate yourself (make sure GPS is enabled). Then, using the drop-down menu in the top left corner, drop down the options that are available to you. In the middle you’ll notice an option to Checkin.
… And Enable Multi Tasking!
No huge surprise here in some recent research findings from RazorFish that show the smartphone as being the most favored home device. Interesting to see that the handy gadgets are enabling more multi-tasking at home, but also are enabling users to slip out of awkward social situations! The findings are based on responses from more than 2,000 respondents and also reveal the most popular smartphones at the time (Nov 2011) were the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Nokia N9. (more…)
Some of the latest metrics about social media are out from Comscore with no huge surprises I guess… The study on mobile social media usage based on data from its comScore MobiLens service, showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their mobile device in August 2011, an increase of 37 percent in the past year. The study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or event while on their mobile device.
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GORequest for iPhone the Government outreach mobile app enables citizens to communicate with local governments and report items of concern… Nice! About the app… See a pothole that needs filling? Barking dog driving you crazy? Graffiti making a mess of your neighborhood? Tap right into your city and report the issue fast with GORequest for the iPhone! Just open the app, select your issue, and take a picture – the app knows the location and who can fix it for you. No more time-consuming trips or phone calls.