4sq facts: l’altra sera un’amica raggiunge il gruppo, casualmente in un caffè. “come hai fatto?” “ho visto su 4sq che eravate tutti qui”
mi ha indotto a riflettere sulla privacy, sulla completa assenza della privacy in questi tempi.
Inutile decidere di non segnare la nostra posizione, inutile resistere alla tentazione di aprire 4SQ o Gowalla, sicuramente lo avrà già fatto il nostro amico o qualsiasi altra persona presente nello stesso luogo, e magari avrà anche inserito il nostro nome tra i presenti.
Considerato l’incessante dilagare dei servizi di geolocalizzazione, come Foursquare, Gowalla o il promettente MobNotes, forse è il caso di rispolverare il Galateo aggiornandolo ai tempi moderni:
“Mario, posso condividere con il mondo il tuo party”
“Chiara, indico agli altri che siam qui a festeggiare il tuo compleanno”
It’s time to Christmas Shopping? Bring your cellular with you and start to search.
As reported by Deloitte, 20% of shoppers it will use or they have intention to use their cellphones as a smart searching tool for reviews, word of mouth, buzz.
One in five shoppers said they intended to use their cellphones to shop this holiday season, according to an annual survey by Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm. Of those, 45 percent said they would use their phone to research prices, 32 percent said they would use it to find coupons or read reviews and 25 percent said they would make purchases from their phones.
An interesting view of the growth and the trends of iPhone Apps on U.S. App Store, by Ben Lorica – O’Reilly Radar.
One crude measure for the relative complexity of developing apps across categories is to compare the number of apps per seller. The Top 5 categories in Nov/2009, were Books (17 apps per seller), Travel (6 apps per seller), Education (4 per seller), Reference and Sports (3 per seller). There were also 3 apps per seller in the Games and Entertainment categories in Nov/2009:
The iPhone is a fertile ground for Internet of Things, as a product called WideNoise shows. WideNoise is an iPhone application that samples decibel noise levels, displaying them on an interactive map.With the app you can take a sound reading, and if you so wish share that with the WideNoise community. You can check the average sound level of the area around you, which might be handy if you’re house-hunting or simply looking for a quiet spot to relax in.
(source: Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009)
WideNoise is the iPhone and iPod Touch application that samples decibel noise levels, and displays them on a worldwide interactive map.
Noise is pollution as well
We live every day surrounded by all kinds of sound around us. We are accustomed to this background noise, but in the end we feel relieved when, maybe in a park, that stressful noise disappears. WideNoise helps you better understand the soundscape around you.
MacManus reported on ReadWriteWeb that IBM will launch an iPhone app named Breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs will give consumers access to information about grocery food items.
It’s seems just another iPhone app, but Breadcrumbs will show how Internet of Things will spread on our life.
The larger trend here is the convergence of smart phones with the Internet of Things(i.e. Internet-connected real world objects). Devices such as the iPhone essentially become sensor and RFID readers, which allow consumers to interact with real world objects in a much more detailed manner.
Breadcrumbs is able to scan barcodes using the iPhone’s camera. The consumer simply points their iPhone at a food item and gets back relevant data. Other than product recall details, the information returned to the user is mostly the same as what’s on food labels – only it is pulled from the Web.