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  • During last weekend’s Disrupt SF Hackathon events, 147 teams had 24 hours to design, build, test and present their products to judges. Only three teams had the chance to demo their projects in front of the crowd. The first place team was awarded a $5,000 grand prize.


    Techcrunch, the sponsor of the event, invited hardware hackers to “Build toys, robots, Arduino cases, or whatever you want and enter the Disrupt Hackathon as an inaugural hardware hacker. We dare you.” 400 hackers took TechCrunch up on their challenge.


    While the Sirious Margarita Maker “a highly complex system that allows you to tell Siri to make you a margarita, and the Memstash app “that helps you memorize anything” gave the winners a run for their money, three other teams beat them and everyone else out of the top prize.


    First Prize: Livebolt


    Livebolt is a cloud-based identity management system. It consists of a metal block that slides on the back of a physical lock. The block responds to an order from an iPhone app. Once a user passes authentication, the iPhone app can authorize the metal block to lock or unlock the user's door.


    Runner-up #1: Autopus


    Autopus is an app that lets sellers on sites like Craigslist to conduct auctions on their own listings. As bids are placed on their stuff, sellers gets notified and can monitor activity in almost real-time.


    Runner-up #2: HeatData


    HeatData provides a way to track the gestures of mobile website users. Knowing how users interact with pages helps vendors determine how to improve the design and UI for their mobile app.


    Many of the other teams didn’t go home empty handed. Sponsors like AT&T, Evernote, dotCloud, Ford, Locu, Microsoft Bizspark, Dropbox, New Relic, Pearson, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Qualcomm Labs, SAP HANA, SkyDrive, TokBox, Twilio, and Zypr all awarded prizes to the teams that made the best use of their services.


    TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year, and it's underway this week through Wednesday.


    Hold onto your smartphones, tablets and any other device with a broadband connection. There's a lot of innovation going on out there.




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  • Flipboard's new motivation
    Posted on September 7, 2012 by kduggan


    There’s no doubt that Flipboard, the iPad app that displays content from Facebook (FB), Twitter, magazines, and newspapers in a consolidated interface, made a huge splash two years ago. Its design became a techie and fan favorite. For one thing, just like reading a magazine, you could turn pages with the swipe of a finger. Apple named it the best iPad app of 2010. As of July, 20 million users had signed up.


    Now comes the next hurdle for the company. Just like Facebook, Flipboard cannot live on investor funds alone. It has to figure out how to make money through advertising. Co-founder and CEO Mike McCue has been pitching to major brands that ads on Flipboard generate more revenue for advertisers than the tired old banner ads on websites and mobile apps. Flipboard’s design requires readers to engage with an ad as they swipe to turn pages. McCue’s position is that people are ignoring the ads running down the right panel on a website. A Flipboard ad is more like a full-page print ad. In order to get to a magazine's stories, you have to flip through the pages.


    Flipboard is targeting their efforts on magazines like Vogue and Elle whose readers prefer the glossy, full-screen ads typical of those magazines. To encourage companies to advertise through Flipboard and get in front of the readers of these publications, ads of similar quality to those in the print versions are showing up in the Flipboard portfolio. Ads from companies like Verizon, Levi’s, and Universal Pictures are appearing within articles of publications like Vanity Fair and tech websites like Engadget and GigaOM. “They have figured out a way to make print ads look beautiful in a digital environment,” says Alan Cohen, OMD USA’s CEO.


    What do you think? Is Flipboard on the right track with their advertising strategy? The bottom line is whether the print ad format will cause people to buy their advertisers’ products. Would these kinds of ads make you want to go out and spend money any more than a banner ad would? Let us know!



    This post was posted in Apple, General and was tagged with Mike McCue, Flipboard advertising, Flipboard

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  • A couple of weeks ago a jury agreed with Apple in their latest lawsuit against Samsung, awarding Apple over $1 billion supporting its claim that Samsung infringed on their patents in the design of eight Samsung mobile phones and one tablet. But, there is method to Apple’s madness, and it isn’t putting Samsung out of business.


    What this verdict does give Apple is the upper hand in “negotiations” that are being conducted through the courts all over the world. Apple’s opponents include five of their largest competitors in the global war for smartphone and tablet dominance. It’s not just Apple claiming patent violations. Most of the mobile behemoths are fighting amongst themselves over license agreements.


    Apple big beef with its device-making rivals like Samsung, it that they use the Android operating system that Google gives away for free. According to Bloomberg Industries, Android accounts for about 60 percent of the mobile market, three times as large as Apple’s iOS. The big prize Apple has its sights on is having the dominant operating system in the device market. The problem many consumers, app designers and device manufacturers should have with Apple’s OS is that it’s a closed-garden operating system while Google’s (and Microsoft’s) is an open system. This means that Apple controls everything. (This was a point that Steve Jobs was always fanatical about.)


    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will probably deny a request by Samsung to throw out the verdict. Samsung’s lawyers will file an appeal in a higher court.


    Koh will still have to decide whether to issue an injunction blocking the sale in the U.S. of the nine Samsung devices in the latest lawsuit. If she decides in favor of Apple, Samsung will have to make some design changes, eliminating the offending features or pull them from the market. Samsung probably won’t expend too much effort on this since the nine devices are older ones, and they can still sell them outside the U.S. The hit to their bottom line should be minimal.


    Once the competitors get some legal satisfaction, they’ll make their financial deals over supplying products and components to one another. Even Apple will play nice. (Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer for mobile-device components).In the meantime, the companies are still doing business as usual with one another while they keep their lawyers busy in court.


    Telecom companies and consumers aren’t going to put up with a clearing out of the competition by Apple. Many of us like Android devices like Samsung’s, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS is a welcome addition to the competition. Bottom line: what ultimately happens from all this bickering is up to us.



    This post was posted in Apple, General, News and PR, Samsung, Smartphones and was tagged with patent lawsuits, patent wars, android os, Samsung, Google, Apple

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  • Think you’re pretty good with an iPad? Can you draw like this? An 84 year-old woman created this incredible self-portrait in the first thirty minutes of having an iPad in her hands.


    According to her grandson’s Reddit thread, “She’s 84 and never had a tablet, and wanted it for ‘art’.”


    As his story goes, he installed the app ArtRage and left his grandmother for thirty minutes. When he came back, she had created this work of art. The image was posted to Reddit and quickly shot to the front page.



    This post was posted in Apple, General, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with reddit post, grandma app, app, iPad

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  • For the second time in a week there are rumblings about a RadioShack-branded wireless carrier. The latest rumor pins a launch date on September 5th for their new no-contract cellular service.


    It’s being called the “RadioShack No Contract Wireless” (or the “RadioShack No Contract Wireless powered by Cricket") and will be operated on the Cricket Wireless network. Details are few at this point, but the latest leak reveals a few of the devices that will be available.


    The selection could include the HTC One V, Huawei Mercury and an unnamed 4.3-inch handset from Alcatel. Many of the devices on RadioShack’s network will feature Muve Music which offers unlimited song downloads, ringback tones and ringtones. All of the Muve Music phones will be equipped with an 8GB microSD card.


    There are no hints as of yet about pricing for the devices or the service. At the rate the rumors are coming, there should be a few more circulating before September 5th.




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  • 10 of our worst cell phone habits
    Posted on August 20, 2012 by kduggan


    1. Texting on the toilet.
    2. Reaching for our cell phones as soon as we wake up.
    3. Spending too much money in the app store.
    4. Taking photos of everything.
    5. Our continuing addiction to Angry Birds.
    6. The compulsion to reach for our charger whenever we see an outlet.
    7. Never removing our earbuds.
    8. Sending texts laden with typos.
    9. Staring at the screen while eating alone.
    10. Aimless app scrolling whenever we’re standing around waiting.


    What are the worst cell phone habits you are willing to admit to?



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  • The most common and popular Android Smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X,  the HTC One S and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx  by Verizon Wireless. Here's some interesting facts about the Android Smartphones is that the total number of Android Smartphones worldwide is  268,000,000 and more than 800,000 Android Smartphones are activated each day. More than 35 percent of the Smartphone markets in the United States are Android Smartphone users, more than 15000 Android Applications are released each month, more than 62 percent of those Android Applications are free and more than 15 percent of all Android Applications are games. Here are ten of the most popular Android Applications for the Android Smartphones:


    Top 10 Applications for Android Smartphones


    1)     Google Music lets a user upload 20,000 songs from a PC or Mac to the cloud; the Android application instantly syncs those tunes and playlists, so there’s no longer any worry about plugging a mobile device into the desktop to download their music. Google Music is nicely integrated with the Android Market and features popular songs free and other titles for $.49.


    2)     One of the most unsettling features about Android Applications is their uncanny ability to often reach the market without any testing for malicious software. However, WEBROOT SECURITY AND ANTIVIRUS will take care of all of your malicious software worries and concerns. This application for Android users such as Sony Xperia Play, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, etc.. free version automatically scans a phone for viruses and blocks malicious Web sites and SMS messages and also includes a device locater feature, which is activated from the company’s Web site.


    3)     SWIFTKEY X which can be purchased for $3.00 is perfect if your thumbs don’t fly on a touch-screen keypad, and newfangled typing options like Swype do not work This Android Application also features offers corrections and predictions as you type, and it can scan your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and SMS accounts to refine its predictions.


    4)     ANY.DO is a free Android Application that is an Internet component reminder service that features an auto-fill feature to save keystrokes, and tasks can be rescheduled by dragging entries from one day to the next. Reminders come reliably on schedule, and when a task is complete, the entry can be crossed out with a swipe of the finger.


    5)     8TRACKS is a free Applications that allows Android users such as Sony, HTC, Samung, etc.. to listen to other people’s music. With 8TRACKS strangers are your new Disc Jockeys with the simple name of an artist or genre, and it delivers related playlists from other listeners.  It's like having a virtual audience of listeners before you, ready to indulge your musical tastes.


    Top 10 Applications for Android Smartphones


    6)     PAPER CAMERA allows users to see the world through a novel, original, stylish and captivating lens with real time cartoon and painting effects displayed on your camera feed. Paper Camera allows you to access the ultimate collection of cartoon/sketch/comic book/half tone/noir/neon and many other effects painted directly on your camera.


    7)     TEXTONLY — BROWSER allows smartphone users to intends to help you reduce your data usage by up to 90% through the displaying of readable content only, doing away with ads,scripts and images without taking away from your Smartphone texting limits. Most sites with good RSS feeds will be supported, and over 95% of websites are compatible with the TextOnly Browser.


    8)     BEWEATHER delivers quick, essential weather related information with a flick of the thumb. BEWEATHER forecast data is from Weather Underground, a service that has built a loyal following and a good reputation for reliability.


    9)     GOOGLE CURRENTS delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. Every Edition they include is free and features Publisher Editions such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, Popular Science, ABC, 500px, Fast Company, Scientific American, CBS, The Atlantic, your favorite blogs and feeds and Google trending editions.


    10)  SPEAKTOIT ASSISTANT is the next best thing for Android Smartphone users next to Siri, the personal assistant for iPhone 4S owners. However, while it doesn't have the same capabilities are Siri it does include, it opens a Google search with a few key words from your request, which is often faster than typing. Maybe it should have closer comparison to Dragon Naturally Speaking Software. 




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  • Best Accessories for AT&T HTC Smartphones


    AT&T is an international communication corporation that offers international voice and data coverage for any United State Phone Service Carrier in more than 220 countries around the world. They also offer data in more than 205 countries and 3G network services in more than 145 countries and in the more recent years they've become the proud creators of the HTC Smartphone Family. The HTC Smartphone family includes the HTC One X, the HTC One S, the HTC One V, the HTC EVO 3D, the HTC Radar, the HTC Sensation, the HTC Explorer and the newest member of the HTC Family, the HTC Rhyme. Here are some of the most popular accessories for the collection of HTC Smartphones:


    1)      The HTC Media Link allows your Smartphone to be intensively immersed into high definition entertainment with this HTC Media Link. This Media Link allows you to watch movies from HTC Watch Applications, videos and photos from your own personal collection, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu and more from your HTC Smartphone onto your big screen television. With its Dual Screen Mode the HTC Media Link allows you  to share a movie or photo slide show on your HD TV while you email or surf the internet. The HTC Media Link is easy accessible and easy to set up, it's even portable enough to take with you whether your at home or on the road.


    2)      HTC Car Accessories another very popular accessorizes for your HTC Smartphones. Some of these Car Accessories include the HTC Car Kit which is specifically designed for your HTC Smartphone and your car. Some of its unique features includes the ability for you to notice a more driver friendly user interface come up on your phone, complete with large icons and easy to access navigation and phone book. In car mode, the HTC Car Kit enables your HTC Smartphone to automatically activate when your smartphone is placed into the phone cradle.


    3)      Another set of HTC Car Accessories includes the HTC Car Mic Bluetooth Speakerphone which operates as a large speaker and microphone wrapped in a compact and creative design. The HTC Car Microphone allows your smartphone to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to the Car Microphone, all the while letting you now have the convenience of a hands free smartphone. The HTC Car SteroClip is a perfect accessory for the smartphone users on the move. The HTC Car SteroClip allows you to wirelessly stream music from your HTC Smartphone through your car stereo speakers.


    4)      The HTC Family of Smartphone is sure to include just as awesome and adaptive line of of HTC Smartphone Accessories including a collection of lithium ion batteries. The HTC 1250mAh Lith-Ion Battery and the  HTC 1520mAh Lith-Ion Batteries both features  manufacturing warranty that'll cover your HTC Smartphone Battery in the unlikely event of a Smartphone tragedy. It also the exact son battery that come with your original HTC Smartphone purchase. The good news is that it's also impossible to notice especially if it replaces the original HTC Smartphone Battery.


    Best Accessories for AT&T HTC Smartphones


    5)      Digging around your wallet, purse or pocket trying to find your ringing HTC Smartphone can be a daunting and often challenging task especially if your hear your Smartphone ringing but you can't answer the phone call. The HTC Smartphone comes equipped with a wonderful collection of HTC Cases and Pouches including the Two Toned Horizontal Black Cell Phone Pouch, an Extra Large Vertical Pouch and even a Black Sport Armband Case all of which let you easily and successfully answer your HTC Smartphone at a moment's notice.


    6)      The HTC Smartphone also comes equipped with a collection of HTC Bluetooth Hands Free Headsets, a smart device that every Smartphone user should have. The QuikCell Azure Blue Q9 Bluetooth Headset offers simple and standard capabilities at a low cost to you, it also enables you to use your Smartphone securely and safety while driving your vehicle. The HTC Jabra EASYGO Bluetooth Headset offers some specific features such as complete noise cancellation, a battery life of more than six hours and more than 200 hours of talk time. It also features you to answer, end, and switch calls without the use of your device.


    7)      HTC Desktop Chargers such as the will suit your personality and your HTC Smartphone all the while allowing you to place your phone into the holder and let your phone begin charging back to full battery life. The Sensation 4G USB Sync also includes a 2nd Battery Charge Cradle that allows you to work from the comfort of your desk all the while monitoring your HTC Smartphone for incoming texts and phone calls. The HTC Desktop Chargers guarantee that your HTC Smartphone will charge even if your browsing your phone via the web, emails or even watching your favorite television program or movie. The HTC Desktop Charges also feature an LED that indicates charging status when equipped and functioning.


    8)      Memory Cards are especially another important accessory to have especially if you use your HTC Smartphone on a regular basis whether once a daily or even multiple times a day. HTC Memory Cards feature the ability to save every application, picture, song,movie and video you download or capture because its inevitable your HTC Smartphone will eventually run out of space. HTC Memory Cards also feature the ability to transfer endless amounts of data and files to and from your Smartphone, it's also an amazing way to increase your HTC Smartphone Internal Memory Drive and it'll also keep your smartphone running in tip top shape.


    Best Accessories for AT&T HTC Smartphones


    9)      HTC Stylus Touch Screen Pens allow you to keep your screen looking fresh and free of any fingerprints, especially if your a media mogul and feel your fingertips are just a little to big for your HTC Smartphone Touch Screen, all you'll need to do is pick up your Stylus Touch Screen Pen. The HTC Stylus Touch Screen Pen features a small, compact design that easy and efficient to carry around in your pocket, guaranteed to work on every mobile device whether its capacitive or resistive and comes in variety of colors and styles.


    10)   Finally, every good HTC Smartphone must be successfully protected from dirt and dust, grit and grim with an HTC Smartphone Screen Protectors. The HTC Smartphone Screen Protectors come in a variety of styles and colors ranging from generic, to ultra-clear, to anti-Glare, to Mirror, to AR Screen Protector, to Fingerprint resistant/glossy Screen Protector and even privacy screen protectors. The HTC Smartphone Screen Protectors promise to reduce the glare and other reflections when your smartphone is in direct sunlight, is precut and ready for instillation on your smartphone directly from its package and allows for easy viewing when your HTC Smartphone is placed at a 90 degree angle.




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    The first time you picked up that Galaxy S III at the store, you fell in love with it. It had such a sleek, smooth feel, and so thin… Your service provider had it in that gorgeous pebble blue color. Sold!


    Then the clerk recommended hiding its beauty with a case or skin and a screen protector. Really?


    Sorry to say, you have to consider it. Here are a few reasons:


    Drops. Your phone will fall out of your pocket or slip out of your hand at some point. Given that you are probably hanging out on the concrete more than at home on the carpet, you know even the strongest case is going to get damaged. (And if that dent is in a spot where you hold the phone, you’ll get irritated again every time you make a call.) Besides, a cracked screen would really ruin your day.


    Germs. You’ve heard the horror stories. Most devices carry more germs than a toilet seat. That’s not just an ugly rumor. Study after study proves it. If you’re bothered by that, clean your phone regularly. If you’re the kind of person who likes that Spring cleaning feeling, wrap your phone in a skin and change it out if it really gets gooey or stained. A screen protector is even easier to swap out, so you can do those even more frequently.


    Look. A white Case is a beauty, but sometimes you need to show some personality. You want to show a little red once in a while, but not all the time. That red skin will look really good over that marble white case during the holiday season.


    Price. Even on contract, that S III set you back $200. Replacing it would hit you for at least $500. For that kind of money, you could buy a skin for every day of the month.


    Cases are designed to be smooth. That makes them slippery. That makes them more likely to be dropped. Hmmmm. Maybe that’s another reason that manufacturers make them that way…




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  • Battery life can make or break the popularity of a cell phone. Manufacturers make a lot of promises, but in real life testing their claims rarely hold true. CNET recently updated the results of their talk-time testing. Here are their results listed in talk-time hours.


    We hope your device is near the top of (or at least on) this list:


    1. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx – 19.78
    2. LG Optimus Vu (unlocked) – 16.08
    3. Apple iPhone 4 (with 3G off) – 14.55
    4. RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 (on T-Mobile) – 12
    5. Kyocera DuraPlus (Sprint) - 11.47
    6. Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T) – 10.3
    7. ZTE Fury (Sprint) – 10.02
    8. Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular) - 9.47
    9. LG Optimus 3D Max (unlocked) – 9.35
    10. Huawei Mercury (Cricket Wireless) – 9.32
    11. Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint) – 9.2
    12. Kyocera Milano (Sprint) – 9.2
    13. Samsung Focus S (AT&T) – 9.01
    14. Kyocera DuraCore (Sprint) – 8.95
    15. Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T) – 8.9
    16. LG Lucid (Verizon) – 8.47
    17. T-Mobile Prism – 8.32
    18. RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T) – 8.1
    19. Pantech Swift (AT&T) – 7.27
    20. Huawei Ascend II (U.S. Cellular) – 7.25


    Here are the bottom 20 and how miserably they performed:


    1. Motorola i412 (Boost Mobile) – 3
    2. ZTE Chorus (Cricket Wireless) – 3.35
    3. LG Encore (AT&T) – 3.6
    4. LG Saber (U.S. Cellular) – 3.9
    5. Huawei M835 Ideos (MetroPCS) – 4
    6. Nokia Lumia 800 (unlocked) – 4.12
    7. RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 (Verizon) – 4.18
    8. HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular) – 4.5
    9. HTC Arrive (Sprint) – 4.5
    10. Huawei Ascend 1 (Cricket Wireless) – 4.72
    11. Huawei Ideos X5 (unlocked) – 4.75
    12. Samsung Zeal (Verizon) – 4.8
    13. HTC Trophy (Verizon) – 5
    14. HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon) – 5
    15. HTC Desire (U.S. Cellular) – 5
    16. Pantech Jest 2 (Verizon) – 5.3
    17. HTC MyTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile) – 5.4
    18. HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) – 5.5
    19. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mobile) – 5.63
    20. ZTE Score (Cricket) – 5.67


    It’s interesting that there's such a wide range of results on the talk-time for the 20 best batteries, and less than three hours difference from top to bottom of the 20 worst. Note that Verizon doesn’t appear on the best list but does have five placements on the worst. It looks like the equipment itself isn't the only determining factor for battery performance.




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