Category Mobile Technology

Apple changes to rule 4.2.6

In October 2017 we published a blog post about Apple’s recent announcement that it would aggressively enforce rule 4.2.6 for iOS submissions. As a reminder the rule bans apps based on templates to live stand-alone on its app store. The…

What the Tech?! Apple Music

  Apple Music, n; A new streaming music service from Apple, announced yesterday. Apple Music combines iTunes, Beats Radio, and social networking to create a one-stop music haven. Apple Music’s main branch — streaming — is very similar to Spotify, but likely…

What the Tech?! Giphy

Giphy, n; A hugely popular search engine for animated images known as GIFs. The service integrates with popular communication services, making it dangerously easy to find and share GIFs (whether you need to or not.) The Giphy database is full of…

What the Tech?! Periscope App

Periscope App, n; Live video app recently acquired by Twitter. Periscope, like the recently-popular Meerkat, streams live video from your phone to Twitter, where anyone can join in and watch. Though Meerkat and Periscope are identical in their mission to create…

What the Tech?! Super App

Super, n; A new social network from Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, that has users respond to text prompts on top of images, then share with big audiences or small. Super’s app a mashup of many popular social apps, including Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and…

What the Tech?! Project Fi

Project Fi, n; Google’s newest code-named venture, a wireless phone network. Like many other secret Google ventures (Project Loon, Project Ara), Project Fi seems to be aimed at developing smartphone markets; the service is rumored to offer pay-per-gigabite plans and refunds…

What the Tech?! Meerkat App

Meerkat App, n; Live streaming mobile app that sends feeds directly to Twitter. Meerkat‘s app lets anyone send a livestream of what’s happening — be it news or every day life — into the Twitter-verse for others to watch and follow.…

What the Tech?! Project Loon

Project Loon, n; An endeavor from Google to deliver Internet for the world through connected balloons. Project Loon, which began about four years ago and has been tested over New Zealand and California among other spots, wants to place “floating cell…

What the Tech?! Wireless Charging

Wireless charging, v; The powering up of devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers without a wired connection to a source of electricity. Also called “inductive charging,” the process transfers energy between two objects by way of an electromagnetic field. Samsung’s next…

What the Tech?! Ubuntu

  Ubuntu, n; An open source operating system for computers, tablets and now, phones. Ubuntu — which translates into “human-ness” — offers developers the opportunity to contribute to the code that builds the platform for the purpose of personal learning and…

What the Tech?! Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens, n; A head-mounted display that uses computer technology to broadcast holographic imagery (i.e., virtual reality) before your eyes. HoloLens is like a cross between the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Google Glass. The goggles are designed to bring computer magic…