Like online pioneers LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, apps including GetDismissed, LegalTap, WinIt, and Fixed—the last specifically designed to fight parking and traffic tickets—promise users relatively cheap and easy legal counsel. Some offer brief chats with lawyers, others work on a contingency basis, and still others rely primarily on software that can detect potentially dismissal-worthy errors in legal paperwork. “These kinds of applications work to increase access and availability,” Houlihan says. Some are also referring users to legal counsel in cases involving business incorporation, employment contracts, and other matters.
“I said years ago that I don't want to call phone numbers; I want to call people.
Facebook Messenger lets you do just that because you can send a communications request to anyone on the platform without needing or knowing their phone number. Facebook Messenger has essentially become the white pages of the smartphone age.”
FordPass incorporates several different separate sub-systems: FordGuides, FordPay and FlightCar.
FordGuides will be kind of like General Motors' OnStar, but rather than simply helping you with navigation, roadside assistance or restaurant reservations, FordGuides will help you solve your mobility concerns. Essentially, think of them as your personal mobility concierge — free of charge.
FordPay is essentially what it sounds like: A way to pay for features of FordPass. With this initial introduction of FordPass, Ford has partnered with McDonald's and 7-Eleven to make consuming fast food easier.
FlightCar, to me, might be the most interesting part of the FordPass app. At first, it'll be used to help you share or borrow a vehicle when you travel, which is neat. However, down the road, it'll be utilized for ride sharing, car sharing and multi-modal transportation. That means, in the future, FlightCar will get you from door to door anyway it needs to — from ride share to public light-rail to bicycle.
Lastly, in order to support this wild new idea of personal mobility that isn't centered around owning a $40,000 hunk of steel, Ford is also launching FordHubs in New York, London, Shanghai and San Francisco that will have real-life FordGuides onsite to help you with mobility solutions.
But on the call Iger acknowledged such deals aren’t forever. Meanwhile, standalone subscription apps are already here, and we can be sure more are coming. HBO Now, which is owned by Time Warner, has the potential to build a very real audience without, say, Comcast or Verizon. The Disney-21st Century Fox-Comcast–owned Hulu serves up a suite of up-to-date shows. The content is what consumers want—and, as Iger points out, we all want the best user experience. If apps can serve our needs better, then apps seem to be what we want. Traditional TV might not go away, but media giants can’t depend on the old ways alone.
At the media event, the company also introduced a Siri-enabled remote with touch sensitive capabilities that will expand the platform’s gaming potential.
“We believe the future of TV is apps,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple said games like “Galaxy on Fire” and Walt Disney Co.’s new Star Wars game, “Disney Infinity,” would come to Apple TV. Popular real estate sites like AirBnB and Zillow also are developing apps that would allow big-screen house hunting.
StoreDot says its smartphone batteries can fully recharge in 60 seconds, compared with an hour and a half for the average device. Proprietary amino acids, used in place of some of a typical battery’s lithium components, allow for safer, quicker charging, StoreDot says.
I signed up for Google’s Project Fi on a $379 (+ tax) Nexus 5X for this feature:
“if you're traveling to one of the 120+ countries where we have coverage you can call and text to anywhere in the world. Unlimited international texts are included in your plan. If you're using cell coverage, calls cost 20¢ per minute. If you're calling over Wi-Fi, per-minute costs vary based on which country you're calling and you're charged only for outbound calls.”
Sprint wanted $ 3 a minute during a recent trip to Asia. On a summer trip to Canada, their roaming partner Rogers had us on a 2G data network, so the Fi phone will definitely be glued to my passport on every international trip.
I can also use it as a hotspot in the US – the tests I have run so far show downloads of at least 5 mbps – and as high as 25 – on the Fi Sprint and T Mobile networks. It’s the poor man’s version of the Verizon 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack – which by itself is listed at $ 199 (+ tax). And its plans start at $ 20 a GB (down to $ 10 if you buy 10GB). Fi is $ 10 per gb, prorated for the data, and $ 20 a month for the base service.
But wait - it gets better.
The 5X is extremely light. It has a great camera. Introduces me to Android Marshmallow (with tight integration with many Google apps I regularly use) and the next-gen rapid charging USB-C cable. Google ported my Voice number over so I continue to enjoy its call forwarding, voice mail and other features (some advanced features are not supported with Fi)
Finally, it should make a nice loaner phone when we have visitors from overseas.
“Working with Corning, Apple created pliable iPhone cover glass. Swipe it, and the phone works the way it always has. But press it, and 96 sensors embedded in the backlight of the retina display measure microscopic changes in the distance between themselves and the glass. Those measurements then get combined with signals from the touch sensor to make the motion of your finger sync with the image on screen.
Some of this technology was first revealed in the Apple Watch, which has a feature called Force Touch. But 3D Touch is to Force Touch as ocean swimming is to a foot bath. Screen size makes a difference, but the software on the iPhone 6S has a liquid ease. Apply a tiny bit of pressure anywhere you want to explore something—a restaurant link inside a text, an 11 a.m. meeting invite buried in an e-mail—and a peek at the restaurant’s Web page or a window into your calendar hovers expectantly in the middle of the screen while everything else blurs into temporary opacity. Press a little harder, and what you’ve been peeking at pops fully into frame. Release your finger, and you’re right back where you started. Presto chango, no home button required.”
Once those savings came to light, it was only a matter of time before he would sell his Chevy Volt and start looking at Tampa differently. "I never thought about how idle my car was." he said. He figures he used his car less than 4 percent of a day.
Tribridge does not have a transportation fleet, but there are about 650 employees across the country and many of them travel for work. Up until DiBenedetto (in photo) implemented Uber for Business at Tribridge, they were taking taxis, renting cars, and paying to park those rented cars here in Tampa and wherever they traveled.
“Never had we looked at rental cars as a line item until we looked in mid-experiment and we said, ‘Holy cow, we spend a lot on rental cars,’” he said.
Oracle invited me to moderate a thought leader panel at OpenWorld. Mike Fauscette of IDC, Mark Smith of Ventana and Holger Mueller of Constellation made great conversation about the digital journey of HCM.
So it was apt we used a digital tool to engage with the audience. Crowd Mics gives the audience a microphone, text commenting and a live polling system.
Tim Holladay, co-founder (also in video below) showed the audience how to turn their phones into microphones – no need for someone to sprint across the room with a Shure. Or they could type in their questions.
I could look at their comments and ask the panel, or broadcast oral questions from the audience using an iPad.