Wednesday’s Apple Event was jam packed with updates across many of their products and spanned just over two hours. Weeding through the lot of verbal masturbation, obligatory superlatives, and the several guest speakers who were all “thrilled to be here” were expected.
If you couldn’t avoid succumbing to the voluminous early reports of predictions leading up to yesterday’s event, then you wouldn’t have been surprised by the announcements either. That’s an unfortunate reality, too, as all of it would have been much more magical without any of the leaks being realized earlier. It was a large event, in a large space, and took much longer to go through but people knew what was [...]
Connecticut startup Wearsafe Labs has raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to develop advanced wearable personal safety products, starting with the Wearsafe Tag—a small wearable panic button.
The company initially set out to raise $75,000 and surpassed that goal in less than four weeks.
“We couldn’t be happier with the success of this campaign,” says co-founder Phill Giancarlo. “But even more important, we are so appreciative to those who backed this project, who believe in our mission to really make a difference in this world.”
Wearsafe’s first product, the Wearsafe Tag, is a low-energy Bluetooth wearable device that can [...]
In an effort to bring wearables to the medical field, Google has developed a health-tracking wristband that could give physicians real-time, detailed information about patients, even when they’re away from the hospital.
Developed by the Google X research division, the device can measure and report heart rhythm, pulse, skin temperature, and environmental circumstances like light exposure and noise levels.
“Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials,” said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, in an interview with Bloomberg.
The device is designed to [...]
Mylo is a new app that helps men select the perfect outfit for any occasion. It pairs items from a wardrobe of 20 staple pieces, taking both the weather and the day’s activities into account.
After installing the app, you simply select your style and tell Mylo what clothing items you own, and it will tell you exactly what to wear each day—based on the weather and what you’re up to. If you’re missing any key items, you can purchase them from a curated selection within the app.
If you need an opinion on something, Mylo can connect you directly to a human stylist, who will make recommendations over a video call.
Mylo is in currently pre-launch [...]
NYC startup LawTrades has unveiled Larry, a just-crazy-enough-to-work service that provides users with legal help via text message. It’s an invisible app—half human, half robot—that answers legal questions 24 hours a day.
It’s a bit like having a lawyer in your pocket.
LawTrades, which we profiled last year, makes legal help more accessible to small businesses and consumers by offering a marketplace that connects clients with lawyers.
I spoke to Ashish Walia, COO of LawTrades, to see what this new service is all about.
He explained that when someone subscribes to [...]
In its ongoing effort to offer faster deliveries, Amazon wants to turn ordinary people into couriers.
The company is currently developing a mobile app that will pay individual users, rather than carriers like UPS, to help deliver packages, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon is also considering paying local retailers to store packages en route—either renting space from them or paying a per-package fee.
Such a service could offer Amazon greater end-to-end control over the buying experience, lower shipping costs, and leverage when negotiating with larger carriers. With that said, it’s not clear how Amazon will vet deliveries or who will be held responsible for [...]
After attracting more than 20,000 users to its web platform, Matchup has launched a a free iOS app for cross-device fitness tracking and competition.
The Matchup iOS app allows users to connect Fitbit, Jawbone, and Withings fitness trackers to participate in fitness challenges with friends. It harnesses the power of community and competition to help users stay focused and meet their goals. Research suggests that working out with a partner increases your chances of success. Matchup aims to surround you with a community of peers for support and accountability.
“One of the biggest challenges we see with fitness trackers today is retention,” the company said in [...]
Paris startup S4M (Solutions for Mobile) today announced that it has closed an $8 million Series A round of funding from Entrepreneur Venture and Bpifrance. The company will use the new funding to grow its mobile performance technologies globally.
S4M aims to use its programmatic mobile demand platform to master all the challenges of mobile advertising for its clients, including Open RTB (Real Time Bidding), Mobile Adserving, Tracking, Media Buying Optimization, and Purchase Funnel Management. The startup has established an impressive clientele including a number of household names: BMW, Levi’s, Cartier, and Disney.
According to Comscore, mobile advertising will [...]
In March, we showed you how to install Movie Box—the popular free movie streaming app for iOS—without jailbreaking. Unfortunately, quite a few people have run into problems with the installation process, so we decided to put together a list of some alternatives. If you couldn’t find a solution to your problem in the comment section, give these apps a try instead.PlayBox
PlayBox is a great movie-streaming app and probably the best alternative to Movie Box. The only caveat is that its installation process is a bit wonky—it requires a specific username and password on the first run, and occasionally the account gets disabled. But once you’ve got it installed, [...]
If you’re looking for a free movie-streaming app to use on your non-jailbroken iOS device, you’ll love PlayBox. It offers a wide selection of popular movies right at your fingertips, and you don’t need a jailbreak to install it. It’s also a great alternative to Movie Box, for those of you who have been running into problems with it.
To install PlayBox on your iOS device, follow the instructions below:
1) Visit this link on your iOS device.
2) Tap the “PlayBox HD Download” link, then tap “Install.”
3) Important: When the app finishes installing, open it and sign in using the username and password on the [...]