Category Archives: Apps

Twitter is tracking the apps on your phone

Just as an FYI, in case you didn’t already know this…

Gigaom

In its latest effort to improve its ad targeting, Twitter will start collecting information on what mobile apps its users have downloaded.

If you’re in the Pandora camp instead of the Spotify camp, Twitter will know. Harbor a penchant for celebrity gossip with both the TMZ and Perez Hilton app in your arsenal? Twitter will know. If you’re on a diet and you’re tracking your calories with an app, Twitter will know.

The company says it’s using the information to benefit you, by improving its recommendation engines on other Twitter accounts you should follow. As mentioned in the Twitter Analyst Call, an “instant timeline” for new users is also on its way. Information on what apps a person has downloaded could help Twitter build that.

The second purpose, one not mentioned by Twitter in its blog post, is the holy grail of free consumer web companies: Ad targeting. Twitter needs as much information…

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Meet Plague: An app plumbing the depths of viral networking

This sounds SO COOL. The collision of science, art and technology.
“In such an off-grid network, there’s no easy means of blocking individual users or flagging content. As devices get close to one another they link together, share their content and then disappear without a trace, truly emulating the behavior of epidemiological pathogen. It’s a fascinating concept in networking, but also one that’s a little bit scary.”

Gigaom

We use the term viral to describe the way information spreads across the internet, but a new social communications app has taken that concept to its extreme. Instead of using the word “virus” as a metaphor, an app called Plague developed in Lithuania is making the virus the model for how it spreads content from device to device.

Plague shouldn’t be confused with Plague Inc., the extremely twisted but highly addictive mobile game, but they share a similar goal: to engineer a virus that will infect the world. In Plague Inc. you’re stuck within the in-game world, though, while Plague spreads from phone to phone across the physical globe.

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Every disease is a simple bit of content, whether text, a link, a photo or a video. When you unleash it, it immediately seeks out the nearest four smartphones with the Plague app installed, infecting them with your content. When…

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NYC to Host World Cup for Problem-Solving Startups This Month

“We’re not looking for the next Angry Birds or Yo,” Ms. Harris said. “We’re looking for the next solution to traffic gridlock, a pathbreaking health care app or the next breakthrough in testing water for unsafe chemicals.”
This looks like an amazing competition.

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Capture Who will triumph? (Screengrab: YouTube)

From standing out on Kicktarter to vying for VC, startups have to work so hard to get noticed that you could call the whole tech industry a competition.

On November 20, NYC will host a literal startup competition — Challenge Cup 2015, wherein startups focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in education, energy and health care will compete for prizes and meet with mentors, partners and investors.

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Philips launches wearable for chronic illness, to make the internet of things medical-grade

Who’s going to Structure Connect next week in San Francisco? We can’t but we’ll be watching for your tweets and blogs from the front lines.
This is a really interesting idea and also, since medical records are involved, this will be a great moment of improving cloud security. We haven’t checked in with the EMR development community, but they must be buzzing with preparing for the coming Internet of Things.

Gigaom

The people who most need fitness trackers and quantified self gadgets aren’t necessarily the ones using them. People who are chronically ill could benefit from wearable technology and the data those devices provide, but the gap between the consumer and the medical market looms large.

[company]Philips[/company], in partnership with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, is trying to bridge that gap with a device targeted at people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease affects former smokers and makes it progressively more difficult to breathe. Through a partnership between Philips and [company]Salesforce.com[/company], the proposed medical-grade device would send data to a certified cloud platform, and caregivers can then pull the data into a variety of apps.

Unlike your [company]Jawbone[/company] data, for example, the data coming from the COPD device would be usable by doctors, because the device would be certified by regulatory bodies and prescribed by doctors. And because…

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If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

While we can’t reveal our must haves yet, we are excited to soon. We think what we are developing is right on target too, seeing as we are creating a tool with an emphasis on collaboration, as it has also been our thoughts that there isn’t enough. Creating a common open ecosystem to integrate apps, devices and communications protocols has been at the forefront of our process, so it’s nice to see that we’re right on target. At least, according to TechCrunch.

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Jim Hunter is chief scientist and Nate Williams is the executive vice president of Emerging Business at Greenwave Systems. Williams is also an adviser for the Internet of Things Consortium.

It looks like this IoT trend is starting to catch on with the developer community. At least, that’s a conclusion one could draw from the reported results of a new Evans Data Corporation survey. Of the 1,400 developers who participated in this survey, 40 percent said they were either working on applications for connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) now or expect to begin work on applications within the next six months. 

Google’s purchase of Nest for $3.2 billion was a seminal moment for IoT. This event both validated the market and placed significant attention on IoT. Subsequent acquisitions of Dropcam (by Google), Axeda (by PTC), and SmartThings (by Samsung

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Do You Selfie?

The first line of this article is worth repeating verbatim: “In an act of clairvoyance, Hugh Dornbush and Alex Lasky snatched up the domain Selfie.com two years ago, when the word wasn’t yet a ubiquitous part of the lexicon.”

Because how often does that happen?

Selfie.com is also furthering the idea of the selfie and taking it from a still image to a 24-second video.

In our world of social media, we are increasingly connected and disconnected. The current world is full of groups of people huddled silently, staring at their phones. If Selfie.com takes off, will conversations, albeit mediated by video, return to silent groups? It certainly seems to be Selfie.com’s aim and it will be interesting to watch it manifest!

 

 

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relayr Gets $2.3M To Foster An Internet Of Things App Ecosystem

IoT is an exciting space to watch. It’s exciting to think about the future (the good, the bad and the SkyNet) but it’s especially exciting to witness the present, the manifestation of those hopes and dreams about the IoT in clever kits and intriguingly-designed pieces like this. We just love it when smart meets art.

We’ll be keeping an eye on relayr and watching how their bigger vision unfolds and potentially intersects with ours!

TechCrunch

Berlin-based relayr, maker of the WunderBar, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware dev kit which resembles a chunky chocolate bar, has closed a $2.3 million seed round, from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors.

The startup had previously raised a €250,000 friend and family round, and had been on track to close a €500,000 seed earlier this year — but received a higher funding offer from a different set of investors, which is the $2.3M round it’s reporting today.

relayr said its new seed investment will be put towards expanding its presence in the U.S., with the startup having already established a foothold in North America, with plans for more growth and upping its visibility there (it’s recently been showcasing its kit at DroidCon NYC and the World Maker Faire). It’s not abandoning Berlin, though, and intends to relocate to a new, larger HQ in the German capital at the end of September to accommodate planned new hires to expand its 20-strong tech…

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