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Alone On Valentine's Day? There's An App For That

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 14, 2013 10:01 AM

There’s really no excuse to be alone these days unless you really want to. As the shift in online dating moves from web to mobile, there are a host of digital apps at the ready to pair you with your match. Besides, what better day to jump into the dating pool than Valentine’s Day?

Below is a sample of Valentine’s apps that caught our eye and will maybe catch your heart:

Social discovery mobile GPS dating app SinglesAroundMe (SAM) introduces singles in the same hood. Users choose how much information they want to share on location maps with options to keep it Exact, Hidden or Approximate, which displaces their precise location on maps by approximately 1-2 miles. As V’Day has approached, the company reported a 300% surge in daily downloads of the app which counts upwards of 100,000 daily exchanges.

The Tinder photo-social app, “limits the conversations to people you've actually expressed an interest in. So each of those conversations starts at a very deep level," said Sean Rad, co-founder and CEO Tinder, which developed the app of the same name. The app pulls member photos from Facebook, anonymously indicating interest. If both people like each other, messages can be exchanged. Tinder says it’s matched more than 10 million couples since their launch last September.Continue reading...

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QR Peep Show: Wonderbra Mobile Decoder Strips a Supermodel

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 4, 2012 12:11 PM

There is a moment in time when preadolescent boys come across ads for X-ray and they are convinced that their late-night dreams have come true: An easy way to see through the clothing of any nearby woman has become available to them.

Of course, the whole thing is a sham, but the idea of being able to see through walls and clothes and everything else is fun to try on for a while. And now, of course, like everything else, there is an app for that.

The good folks at Wonderbra are happy to help the citizens of the United Kingdom see just what’s underneath what one particular woman is wearing, and she just happens to be Brazilian supermodel Adriana Cernanova.

Wonderbra's UK advertising (watch below) and French campaign is featuring a QR code so viewers can download an app and use their “Wonderbra Decoder” to see on their phones just what she’s got on underneath. Surprise! It’s all made by Wonderbra.

“We are showing Adriana in her clothes, including simple jeans and t-shirt, and through our new and unique app, consumers can reveal the Wonderbra behind the look,” said Martina Alexander, marketing manager for Wonderbra, according to Mobile Entertainment. “It’s really female-friendly and links to the outfit, which was important to us.”Continue reading...

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With D.C. Setback, No Smooth Hailing for Uber

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 20, 2012 05:24 PM

Uber, the San Francisco-based startup at the intersection of mobile, car transport and logistics, is disrupting the industry and causing wide-spread regulatory reverberations.

The app for U.S. urbanites to book a cab on iPhone or Android OS smartphones has emerged as an alternative to overcrowded public transit and an escalating dearth of regular taxis, but now finds itself in the crosshairs of local taxi and limousine commissions. The key issue, is Uber a limousine service or a cab service? Answer — a bit of both.

It's pitched as "Everyone's Private Driver. Request a swanky ride in a black car with just the tap of an app! We're changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone." A clever marketing tie-in just saw the Uber app used by New Yorkers to hail vintage gangster cars in a "free on demand" (a double entendre for NYC cable VOD subscribers) promotion for the third season launch of Boardwalk Empire on HBO.

This week the app launched in Boston and last week in Dallas, making it available (in theory, if not in practice) in 15 cities in total: San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, Atlanta, and beyond the U.S., London, Paris and Toronto. But it hasn't all been smooth hailing — D.C.'s taxi commission has just proposed new rules to shut down Uber.

Uber's execs thought they had recently passed muster in Washington, following a six-month battle in the District of Columbia to legalize sedans used by its car-service partners.Continue reading...

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Sony and LG Woo With Free Apps to Bring Photos, Facebook to Life

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 6, 2012 10:18 AM

‘Million Moments’ is the latest free photo viewer app for smartphones from Sony Digital Network Applications (SDNA), enabling users to organize their cherished smartphone photos in a magazine-like format with a variety of layouts. The upgrade, available through the App Store and Google Play enables a changeable book cover photo, photo rotation, and chosen order of display from 'Oldest first' or 'Newest first.'

Users can also add 'labels' to specific photos to build albums with just these 'labeled' photos, creating millions of moments worth keeping. Supported languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Korean and Japanese. 

Over at LG, meanwhile, the brand's mission is to show the best things in life are even better in 3D. LG 3D Studio plays with the possibilities, and 3D Newsfeed, their first app, puts your Facebook wall in 3D, as you can see below:Continue reading...

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Xerox Rochester Jazz Fest Swings With Augmented Reality App

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 31, 2012 03:09 PM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is now available beyond upstate New York via an augmented reality mobile app called “Jazz Finder.”

A series of jazz genre posters placed throughout the city during the nine-day festival lets users scan any poster with the iPhone or Android app which provides historical information, sampling from the 110 festival artists and tracking of musicians' set times, and snap photos with an artist’s AR avatar for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

"As creative technologists, we are inspired by the immense contribution Xerox continues to make to the computer-science revolution," comments Motive CEO Brian McSweeney, the New York/Dublin-based digital agency that produced the campaign in collaboration with Xerox and Roberts Communications.Continue reading...

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IBM THINK: A Virtual Time Machine, From NYC Pop-Up to MoMA to Tablets

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 26, 2012 01:19 PM

The new IBM THINK app for Apple iPad and Android tablets is inspired by scientific advances over the centuries, combining history and technology in an "innovation time machine." It’s a virtual timeline of images and historical anecdotes ranging from the history of ancient measurement to modern metrics of atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope, to the Wright Brothers' prototype airplane in 1903 through modern airline mechanical parts simulations and the history of metal detectors.

“Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, IBM THINK brings to life stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather prediction and medical advances,” blogs IBM's head of design, Lee Green. “It documents the roots of Big Data, from early charts and scales to microscopes and telescopes, from RFID chips and biomedical sensors in clothing to breath-sensor diabetes detectors. Given its strong educational bent, the app will even be used to create lesson plans for middle school students later this year.”Continue reading...

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Am I Blue? Sentiment App Color-Codes Your Messages by Mood

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 14, 2012 11:52 AM

You've heard of sentiment analysis of social media. Now, get ready for sentiment analysis of messages directed at you.

We're not sure if Lorraine Chambers ever sported a mood ring, but the Master's student at the University of Portsmouth has created an app that color-codes messages so before reading them, users can get an indication of the message's tone, and perhaps get a heads up on if they’ll feel better or worse for having read them. As you might expect, green is for positive, red is for negative and blue is for neutral.

"The ultimate objective of this application is to make the user aware of the negative contents they receive so they are able to manage their stress in the best possible way,” comments Mohamed Gaber, senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth's School of Computing.

"For example, if most of what is received from social media websites by a user on a particular day was negative, it is important that the user attempts to take an action in order to not get stressed, especially if this may affect the individual's performance at work and/or their behaviour at home."

The app (only for Android phones so far) warns users of negative, angry messages from Twitter, Facebook or texts, or contrariwise, heightens anticipation of good news. The technology is based on a desktop equivalent developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and analyzes the sentiment of the message itself.Continue reading...

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American Express iPhone App Serves Up Local Offers

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 15, 2012 04:04 PM

In its latest social spending salvo, American Express has launched a mobile offer engine, a “spend graph”  for U.S. cardmembers that recommends and ranks local merchant offers real-time based on spending history and location.

“We developed our mobile offer engine with three key points of differentiation in mind: relevance, convenience and value,” stated Josh Silverman, president of the U.S. Consumer Services Group at American Express. 

Piloted via the "My Offers" feature on the American Express iPhone app, local offer recommendations will be concentrated in Los Angeles and New York City with an overlay of nationwide merchants such as Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts.  

“My Offers” leverages the Smart Offer technology that powers the company's card sync programs with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare connecting merchants and Cardmembers.

"In an increasingly crowded marketplace, where consumers are bombarded with daily deals, we saw an opportunity to help our Cardmembers save time as well as money by curating meaningful offers for them," added Silverman.

Users can download or update the iPhone app to see "Offers Available for You," along with a dashboard that shows offers added to their card, expiration dates, and savings delivered via a statement credit within three to five days. The brand has also enhanced its Go Social entry tool for SMB’s.Continue reading...

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