Carbyn has built an entire HTML5-based OS. Carbyn is an online app operating system, bringing the same type of full App experience we all love on iOS but doing it in the browser meaning accessible by everyone on all devices; phones, tablets, and desktops new and old. Since it’s HTML5 there’s nothing to install and it works in the browser. You simply open a browser and log-in to Carbyn and you’re ready to go. They demoed it to be running on both an iPad and a BlackBerry PlayBook. Soon it will work on smartphones as well. Once you load up theRead More
Today's workforce is changing the concept of where work is done. A variety of new devices and services are empowering the mobile worker to work where, when and how he or she chooses. Thanks to laptops, smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi, that has all changed. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can file reports, hold meetings, edit proposals and complete practically all of your work tasks remotely. Social contact manager Gist has analyzed some of the data around the rise of the mobile workforce, detailing where they prefer to work and the devices they use to do it.
Lately you might have noticed QR (quick response) codes are popping up everywhere. They are being used as a marketing tool for businesses, ticketing, labeling, and even as wall decorations. When scanned on a smartphone, these 2D barcodes can direct you to a website, text or phone number. Folks at Lab42 wanted to find out if people were just scanning these codes with their eyes or if they were stopping to scan them with their phones. And if they were stopping, what makes certain codes so scan-worthy? Lab42 surveyed 500 Americans over the age of 18 to discover where peopleRead More
There are few ways to find your lost or stolen phone, but they all require that you set up the system beforehand. But if you ever lose your phone and don't have a contingency plan in place, you can remotely install Plan B (free, Android 2.0+) on your phone and locate it instantly. If you never installed a security app to begin with, it's a good second plan of attack in finding your phone. Lookout's Plan B is the app you turn to for stolen phones that don't have tracking software or remote location capability. Simply put, it letsRead More
Employees want to use their personal mobile devices in the workplace. And many potential new hires make this is a condition of employment¹. The good news? Companies that develop a strategy for supporting consumer smartphones and tablets stand to gain significant benefits. Mobile consumer devices make it easier for employees to choose when and where to get their work done — and those conveniences can lead to higher productivity. In addition, research shows that workers use their smartphones to build customer relationships and stay connected to social media. With the right training, each one of those always-connected workers could become aRead More
Samsung feels our pain, and has thus introduced SamsungDive, which lets you track and remotely control your handset when lost or stolen. Samsung's own service allows you to not only track a device, but to also take control over it remotely. GPS provides the user with exact coordinates of the device, and the user can then choose to either lock the device or wipe it clean. SamsungDive can track your device by using its known phone number and unique product ID. Upon request, the user is provided with the exact GPS coordinates of the smartphone or tablet, which can be usedRead More
Viber is a free app we've previously featured for making free calls from an iPhone over 3G and Wi-Fi. Now available for Android, you can call or text other Viber users (including iPhone users) for free. Despite being completely free, Viber doesn't have any ads. It also doesn't require you to register or create an account (it uses your phone number as your identifier) or create buddy lists—it works just like a phone. A big plus of the app is the free international calling and the ability to use Wi-Fi to place calls. All you'll need to make the mostRead More
Cisco reminds us 'How Big the Internet Is, and How Big It’s Getting'. The way Cisco sees it, the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people populating the entire planet. And that’s not just smartphones and tablets. It’s sensors tracking the health of cattle, and medical devices monitoring the health of cardiac patients and so on. And eventually, rather than always interacting with humans, they’ll be interacting with each other automatically, updating our daily schedules. Is this a big trend, a big business for Cisco and other technology companies.
When grocery chain Tesco wanted to expand their market share in South Korea, they came up with a brilliant idea. Because the people in South Korea work long hours they thought of an efficient way to sell their products. The Korean subsidiary Home Plus put up billboards in subway stations with their range of products, accompanied by QR, or Quick Response codes. All people had to do now is scan the QR codes with their cell phone and the groceries were delivered to their doorsteps. Tesco Homeplus Virtual Subway Store in South Korea
How Mobile Phones are becoming the new credit card - Money has evolved several times in human history: barter, coins, plastic and now phones. It is true commerce is next major advancement in mobile technology. Through the use of near field communication (NFC) chips, several companies are about to revolutionize the way we shop, replacing our wallets with our smartphone. Professional community service G+ decided to look deeper into mobile payment trends and created an infographic.