People rely more than ever on mobile technology to find and book travel reservations. A slew of stats from the Internet travel giant Expedia show just how much people plan their trips while already on the go.
Google is bringing voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation to Android smartphone users in India. Users accessing Maps via the iOS app or Web will also be able to see traffic information in select Indian cities. While the functionality's been available since January if you've rooted your device, the official version lands today with a localized "Indian English" voice option. At the same time, it's adding live traffic information for major roads in big cities like Mumbai, New Delhi,Pune and Hyderabad with both arriving today on handsets running Gingerbread and up. As in other countries, Google’s traffic data is shown in a simpleRead More
The iPad, especially, is becoming prevalent in American education. More than 1.5 million are currently in use by students, and schools bought some 47,000 in the first month-and-a-half after its release. There are currently more than 20,000 apps meant for education, and 80% of learning apps in the App Store target kids. Some studies even show that students who have access to iPads do better in school than kids who don’t. All this information comes from creative media agency MDG Advertising, which pulled research from sources, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and others to produce the following infographic.
Software development is going mobile, bringing applications to phones, laptops and tablets everywhere. Gartner predicts that by 2015 mobile app development projects will outnumber PC application projects by 4 to 1.Mobile app developers are reaping the benefits of 45 percent year over year employment growth, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Dice.com reported a 100 percent increase in job posting for mobile app developers between 2010 and 2011. Developers with the right mix of skills can find boundless opportunity in the multibillion-dollar mobile app industry. Learn what it takes to become a mobile software developer. Mobile app developers hail from different walks ofRead More
Product designer Hangil Song explains how the rounded edges were inspired by pebbles in a stream, while sound engineer Joongsam Yun describes how they wanted to make the phone sound like a stroll in the forest. Read full story here.
Google's enabled a new function in its search engine, which will now hold onto your preferences, assigning them to your Google account and activating across all your web-ready devices and browsers. Saved settings include language preference, results per page and whether to enable Google Instant. It has also separated mobile and desktop options, to ensure your phone isn't clogged up with hundreds of results on a weedy 3G connection. Hit the settings tag on the Google search page to enable the feature. How to save settings to your account To get saved search settings, regardless of which computer or browser you’re using,Read More
That familiar image of a bright blue globe that greets you when you power up your iPhone actually has a story behind it. Dubbed the “Blue Marble,” the photo is a composite of thousands of images taken over the years, starting with the first in 1972 from Apollo 17. Robert Simmon, a data visualizer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and his team of engineers sort through 1.7 terabytes of information downloaded from orbiting satellites daily. To put that in perspective, that’s enough information to fill about 3,000 CDs, all from which the NASA team has to dig through andRead More
Asahi Kasei developed an RFID-enabled cellphone charm to hold medical records and important health care information, while France’s Code d’Urgence created a QR code with similar abilities. Mobile electronic medical records are the way of the future and can be crucial in the event of an emergency. These tools are highly mobile, and equip individuals with their medical history wherever they go. Asahi Kasei’s device, which measures 3 centimeters squared, is RFID-enabled and attaches to your cellphone. The device makes use of Sony’s “FeliCa” RFID technology, which is already used throughout Japan in mobile payment systems, such as Tokyo’s SuicaRead More
The advertising agency MDG pulled data from sources including Flurry Analytics, ComScore and others to create the infographic below. Check it out for the fuller picture of how mobile apps and mobile sites compare.