How to turn your phone into a biometric scanning machine

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Discussion:  A California tech company has designed an app for the iPhone 4 and 4S that can read a person’s biometric information.  By adding the app, the AOptix Stratus, and a wrap-around device to an iPhone, the smartphone turns into a portable identification device.  This technology could come in particularly handy for police, border agents, and airport… Read more »

‘iPhone Doc’ rides on Apple’s coattails

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Discussion:  Dr. Brendan has seen its iPhone repair business boom as Apple’s popularity soars.  Dr. Brendan’s business, which repairs iPhones and other Apple computers and devices, is growing fast and showing no signs of slowing down.  The business is completely unsanctioned by Apple, but that fact has not affected sales thus far.  As Apple continues… Read more »

Smartphone growth in the U.S.: Nothing but blue sky ahead

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Discussion:  Accordig to Asymco’s Horace Dediu, and ComScore’s most recent U.S. smartphone data , smartphone growth is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping.  After studying the graph to the right, it becomes apparent that Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android are squeezing out the competition, and that there is a large market for… Read more »

10 years later, Apple’s ‘crazy’ retail gamble is a hit

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Discussion: Ten years ago, analysts thought Apple was crazy to get into the retailing business.  But over 300 stores later, Apple has definitely proven their risky model a success.  In fiscal year 2010, 13% of Apple’s total sales, roughly $3.2 billion, came from the stylized and shiny stores, including their flagship 32-foot glass cube New… Read more »

Near field communication transforms travel in Japan

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Discussion: Outside of Japan, adjusting to life viewed through a mobile device is still in the early stages, but in Japan, it is second nature.  Near field communication is transforming travel in the populous island nation with mobile apps to pay for a Tokyo bus, streamline a domestic traveler’s airport experience to 15 minutes, and… Read more »

Report: iPhones secretly track their users’ locations

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Discussion: A team of researchers at iPhone Tracker recently discovered that iPhones and 3G-enabled iPads appear to be tracking and storing data about their users’ whereabouts without their knowledge.  Although most cell phone providers collect similar data as part of their operations, it is kept behind a firewall and normally requires a court order to… Read more »

Online photos: Are they the new digital fingerprint?

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Discussion: Digital photos on the Web may contain information revealing where and when the shot was taken and might even lead to the identification of the faces in the photo.  Coye Cheshire, A UC Berkeley professor, is researching people’s perceptions of the pictures they post online and he’s learning that people tend to perceive a… Read more »

Does your firm need its own mobile app?

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Discussion: ABI Research, a marketing intelligence company, says that almost 8 billion apps were downloaded in 2010.  Ebay claims 15 million people worldwide have downloaded its iPhone app in 190 countries and in eight different languages.  Clearly apps are popular but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for every business.  Apps are expensive and… Read more »