App for Detecting Land Mines

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What a great app!

Engineering students at Harvard University have developed a cell phone app that, when paired with an ordinary metal detector, can be used effectively to detect land mines. Instead of just beeping when it passes over a metal object, these enhanced metal detectors present the shape of the object found below ground…

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Smartphone App Finds Empty Parking Spaces for Drivers

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A smartphone app gives information about open parking spots.

The most agonizing everyday experience the urban driver must face?  The search for an empty parking place.

It is part sleuthing and part blood sport. Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists to finally ease into a space only to discover that it is off limits during working hours.

 

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Retailers Need to Reach Out and Touch More Mobile Users

 

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Fifty-one percent of shoppers are more likely to buy from retailers with mobile-specific websites.

Retailers must answer the call to make mobile shopping easier and more engaging or they risk getting disconnected from the majority of mobile device users.  While 89.7 percent of the U.S. population aged 18 to 64 have mobile phones, only 49.1 percent are using their phones to shop, according to Arc Worldwide, the marketing services arm of advertising agency Leo Burnett.

 

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Google App Now Translates Your Conversations

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Google’s Tranlsate App for Android now allows users to translate conversations in Spanish and English. 

Not content with solving every sudoku puzzle, Google has now dismantled the language barrier.  An update to Google’s Tranlsate App for Android now allows users to translate conversations in Spanish and English.

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Technology That Claims Will Help You Drive Safely While Texting

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Highway Loss Data Institute found no decrease in crashes in in states with driving-while-texting bans.

Can adding new layers of technology really fix a problem created by technology?

Software developers and hardware makers are rushing to help people stay connected via their phones while driving, even as states ban driving and texting or talking on the phone without a hands-free device.

 

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Dream Jammies Uses iPhone App to Monitor Your Sleep and Shake You Awake

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Forget alarm clocks. Dream Jammies will shake you awake. Alexander Reeder’s technologically enhanced pajamas are connected by a series of wires to an iPhone App that allows you to get shaken awake by someone connected to the other side. No matter how far away they may be.  (video)

 

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Facebook Trying to Gain a Foothold in the Location-based Social Networking Space with Hot Potato

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Hot Potato focuses on ‘events’ versus ‘location’ check-ins.

“If you can’t acquire them, squash them” – might be Facebook’s new mantra in trying to create a foothold in the location-based social networking space. Since Foursquare spurned Facebook’s advances for acquisition in favor of seeking more funding – the mighty social network of half a billion has put Plan B into motion – acquiring Hot Potato, another check-in service for a fraction of the cost.

 

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iStorytime – Storybook App Integrates Video of Sign Language in Story

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iStorytime has made a new app for reading with children, Danny the Dragon. It’s not the content of the storybook, however that’s got us excited. This app for iPhone and iPad is one of the first (if not the first) to include video of the story being read with sign language enhancement.

 

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