A new application launching today on the iTunes App Store wants to make mobile shopping – including organizing products you like from multiple stores and receiving price drop notifications – as simple as taking a screenshot on your phone. SnapUp, as the app is called, is able to automatically identify and recognize the products you save as screenshots in your iPhone’s Camera Roll, allowing you to then move those products into lists, keep track of sales and other deals, and then finally buy when the price is right.
“The biggest problem in mobile – from a consumer standpoint – is that there’s no way to bookmark anything,” explains Mehta of the challenges faced when mobile shopping. “In order to bookmark something you need to have it work inside each app, and each app has a different UX [user experience] for bookmarking something or sharing it,” he says.
There's more to writing than writing. This is the deck from my 2014 talk at the Web Conference at Penn State. It describes the importance of the "workflow" mindset for approaching your writing, a framework for analyzing your workflows and choosing appropriate tools, and a number of tool recommendations for each section.
Salesforce, the maker of online tools for tracking customers and helping employees collaborate, is the latest company to try and capture the buzz around wearable devices, following in the Nike-clad footsteps of Samsung and Apple. Earlier this week, it introducedSalesforce Wear, a set of code libraries to help build apps that connect Salesforce's data with smartwatches, activity trackers, computerized glasses, and other sensor-laden gadgets we wear on our bodies.
The obvious thing to do with this software is build simple notification apps. Meetings get more productive if employees aren’t constantly pulling out their smartphones, and can instead stay in touch with a simple glance at the wrist. But I'm more intrigued by the notion of connecting the world of work to the world of fitness.
While much of the talk around geofencing has focused on driving foot traffic with an ad delivered to a nearby customer, a growing number of retailers are recognizing opportunities with geofencing after stores close or when a location has shut its doors for good.
The trend points to the growing sophistication of mobile marketing, with brands increasingly looking beyond simple location to take into account other factors that can drive more contextually relevant experiences for consumers. For example, by geofencing stores that have recently shut down, retailer Ashley Stewart hopes to retain customers by driving them to another nearby outlet or to its mobile site.
Thirty-nine million people in the world are blind, and the majority lost their sight due to curable and preventable diseases. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come by?
than half (57%) of U.S. smartphone owners who see in-app ads find them interruptive, and only 20% think the ads are relevant to them, according to a new Forrester report on the future of mobile advertising.
At the tail-end of last year, we presented a guide that showed jailbroken iOS 7 users how to utilize the Cydia Store for the purpose of speeding up their devices. But if you don’t, for whatever reason, happen to have introduced your device to the wonders of Evasi0n, we’ve outlined a few tips that could help you speed up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running stock firmware, specifically for hardware that is old, like the iPhone 4, 4s, etc.
In actual fact, these handy hints will serve you well even if you are jailbroken, and proves that you can still enhance the functionality of your device in an organic, tweak-free manner if you so wish.
Company continues to find success in the mobile field
Starbucks has found a significant degree of success in its mobile commerce initiatives, but the company is not yet satisfied and intends to establish a larger presence in the mobile field. Convenience is the key to mobile success, and Starbucks has plans to introduce a new service that will have convenience as its most attractive feature. Starbucks will soon introduce a new feature to its popular mobile application that will allow customers to order products directly from their mobile device. They can use this same device to pay for these products.
Cnet reports that Google wants to challenge Amazon’s dominance in the e-commerce market by expanding the resources of its Google Shopping Express service.
Shopping Express is a service that lets users buy products from local retailers, and delivers them to their doors the same day or next day. It was first announced in March 2013.
Recode was first to release a report detailing Google’s plans to beef up the Shopping Express service by investing as much as $500 million into it. However, Cnet says that number is “quite exaggerated”, according to sources close to Google.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 millionsmartphones worldwide in 2013, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.
In addition to that, tablets will rise to break the 300 million unit mark in 2014 (combining tablet shipments of 263 million and shipments of “other ultramobiles” of 40 million units).
These two numbers are critical for understanding the driving force behind the third important trend: according to ComScore, mobile users will surpass desktop users in 2014.
Location’ is a core part of many mobile services these days. Local news, local weather, local restaurants, local hotels… you name it. But GPS and location-based services are perhaps most useful for finding your way from A to B – and letting others see where you are.
While there are a number of location-sharing services out there such as Glympse, Routeshare has just entered the fray with its own take on the concept.
Routeshare for iPhone is more specifically about sharing with another person where you are and how long it will take you to arrive at a specific destination, rather than what route you’re taking. You simply enter a destination, select how frequently you want to display location updates, and hit ‘Start’.
While a lot of the early Internet of Things chatter brought us things like internet-connected lightbulbs, plugs and many other household items, Isitbump.in wants to use a network of little connected boxes to save you time in your local shops.
Your smartphone is a sight for sore eyes. Literally.
If you’re one of those people who glances at their smartphone 150 times a day, chances are your eyes are paying the price for your screen addiction.
Staring at your smartphone -- or tablet, e-reader or laptop, while we’re at it -- for too long can lead to tired, itchy, dry eyes, and even blurred vision and headaches. Think zombie eyes and you’re there.
The iPhone 5s, as is often the case with new iPhone releases, brought with it a bunch of new and exciting features, including Touch ID, gold color configuration, and a 64-bit processor - the first to be found within a smartphone.