Trying to connect to the cloud after switching from Apple to Android products, or vice versa, can arouse nostalgia for messy piles of paper. Lyve Minds, a startup funded by storage company Seagate Technology (and showcased at CES this week) aims to erase the frustration with a free online app that can turn a family’s devices into a personal cloud capable of beaming data almost instantly from one device to another. “The consumer doesn’t want to manage all this stuff,” says Lyve Minds Chief Executive Officer Tim Bucher, a former Apple engineering executive.
Cooking Light describes a diet which leverages calorie tracking apps, exercise apps, social groups and other ingredients.
The sample of dieters in this group was diverse: “a mother of new twin babies; a 39-year-old type 1 diabetic man; a self-proclaimed queen of yo-yo dieting; a neurology nurse who works in a stressful, junk-food-fueled environment; a marketer who had already lost 18 pounds and wanted to keep it off; and a mother of young girls who wanted to increase her exercise regimen despite having zero me time (for her, weight loss would be a secondary benefit).”
Nice radio interview here with Editor Scott Mowbray on the diet by Kitchen Chat host Margaret McSweeney.
Many of the participants claim to have lost 20 pounds so there may be some new wrinkles here to consider for your New Year’s Resolution.
Appropriate post to remind everyone about their last minute gift list:)
"Dressed in his standard uniform--jeans and a company T-shirt under a sport coat--Libin begins telling the audience what it already knows: Evernote is growing rapidly. The service now has 75 million registered users, 35 million of whom have signed up since August. Evernote, Libin explains, is also partnering with 3M to let users digitize and store anything they can scribble on a Post-it note via the snap of an iPhone camera. But he isn't done. He's got Evernote backpacks, Evernote messenger bags and Evernote wallets to announce. These aren't cheesy conference swag; they're products customers can buy online. "We're a fashion brand now," Libin says. "Nobody saw that coming."
Evernote, for the uninitiated, is a nine-year-old service that allows users to upload notes--text, images and audio recordings--and organize them in online notebooks. As the company's elephant logo and "Remember everything" tagline suggest, Evernote's mission is to help users boost their memory by capturing every scrap of information they care about and preserving it indefinitely in the cloud. The app's search function can quickly and accurately recognize words within pictures, making it simple to turn to Evernote to find something you may have jotted down during a meeting the way people turn to Google to find Web pages."
I love rich mobile apps. In this post I described how apps from Starbucks, Home Depot, Delta and Walgreens are not just useful to consumers but increase one-on-one engagement with the brand.
I downloaded Cognizant’s new Code Halo app on my iPad and played with it. Unlike the apps described above it is not meant to help you navigate Cognizant’s services “store”. Instead it is a picturesque tour of its Crossroads model and its navigation of a growing number of social, mobile, analytical and cloud opportunities available to its clients. The aesthetics should be even better on a retina display, iOS 7 iPad than on my first gen Mini.
Subtle as it might be, the app does market Cognizant. It fits with a portfolio of guest columns, white papers, even a forthcoming book on the concept of Code Halos and the Crossroads model.
It is a fat app – 700 mb – but a sheer joy to navigate. Expect fatter apps as more brands deliver ever richer graphs and interactive features in their mobile functionality.
Over the last two years, the shift has been drastic. Among children under 2, the survey found, 38 percent had used mobile devices like iPhones, tablets, or Kindles — the same share as children 8 and under who had used such technology in a similar survey two years ago.
Tablets, in particular, have become far more common. Forty percent of families now own tablets, up from only 8 percent two years ago. And this year’s survey found that 7 percent of the children had tablets of their own.
In most versions of the current model, customer payment data are stored on the Internet for access via smartphone applications, such as the mobile version of PayPal’s site or specialized apps developed by a particular merchant. Starbucks(SBUX) customers can download the company’s app to their phone, load it with a credit or debit card, then pay at most of the coffee chain’s 11,437 U.S. locations by opening the app and waving their phone under a scanner. The company says more than 11 percent of payments in the U.S. and Canada are now made with mobile devices, thanks in part to a discounts and rewards program.
Other merchants have toyed with variations on that model. The 26,000 U.S. locations of sandwich chain Subway don’t have specialized barcode scanners, but their registers can print barcodes for a customer with the company’s app to scan with a phone camera and use to authorize an online payment. Chipotle Mexican Grill’s (CMG) app lets customers order from the road to avoid standing in the chain’s serpentine lunch-hour lines. Besides reducing barriers to payment, this can give retailers a much better way to contact a customer—and a closer look at her long-term behavior, says Richard Crone, chief executive officer of payment advisory firm Crone Consulting. “The real value is that they now know who their customer is and can reach out to them at any time,” he says.
Occipital has developed apps that allow people to scan objects in 3-D by walking around them, and to scan entire rooms. One shows how the sensor can enable augmented reality, where virtual imagery is overlaid onto the real world when seen through a viewfinder. In that app, a person plays fetch with a virtual cat by throwing a virtual ball that bounces realistically off real-world objects
Whether you plan to line up at midnight outside your favorite big-box store or prefer to score online deals in your PJs, the mass of deals and sales on Black Friday can overwhelm even the savviest of shoppers.
Fortunately, your smartphone is all you need to make sure you get the very best prices on everything on your holiday shopping list. Download these essential apps (like Amazon Price Check in photo) while the turkey is in the oven and prepare to save.