The Obama campaign worked with Square to develop a custom-built mobile payment app for Obama For America, and gave Fast Company a first look. The app is currently available to staff and will be available in the Store in the near future. See more->
Finally, an app that systematically destroys your self-esteem!
This week, she’s launching WotWentWrong, a web app that solves the “mystery of why promising new romances ended unexpectedly or successful first dates vanished.” Rather than let one-time affairs just fade away—which can cause “lasting damage to someone’s self-esteem and future relationships”—Melnik has created a method for receiving customized feedback about what went wrong. “WotWentWrong is the breakup app for couples who never really broke up,” she says. “We’re providing a socially acceptable way to tie up the loose ends, learn from what happened and improve your dating Zen for the next relationship—no stalking required.”
Is Siri a novelty or are you using it on a daily basis?
In September, Aviary launched a free suite of photo-editing tools that could be embedded in any iPhone or Android app, enabling developers to transform their apps essentially into mini-mobile-Photoshops. Today, the New York-based startup unveiled the second version of its software development kit, or SDK, complete with new auto-enhance tools, filters, stickers, a fresh redesign—not to mention plans for monetization.
Photography’s renaissance rests on a few unbeatable advantages. Compared to other kinds of content—songs and movies—photos are, technically and legally, much easier to share and mash up. If you come up with a great, unexpected new site centered on TV shows, you need to get huge servers and pay for expensive bandwidth and licensing deals. If you’ve got a fantastic new take on photos, often all you need is an app. That app lives on a smartphone, which is the world’s most popular point-and-shoot camera. For the first time, cameras are connected to the Internet, they know who your friends are, they know where you are, and they can be constantly updated with new powers. The camera is powerful (Apple’s iPhone 4S is 8 megapixels) and intelligent, and the pictures keep getting more interesting.
Ginger.io just won the $100,000 Data Design Diabetes challenge, because it silently analyzes your phone usage data to figure out if you’re depressed. For diabetes patients, that could be a lifesaver.
First Look: BankSimple’s iPhone App Aims To Reimagine Your Money
Today’s Infographic via Co.Design: A Video History Of The iPhone. Boy are we glad it’s not 1983, anymore!
Everyone’s talking about the new iPhone 4S, which is officially due to arrive in consumers’ hands on Friday. But what are people really saying? Let’s take a look at what words truly dominate all of the major reviews so far.
Apple’s fifth iPhone is expected to debut later this month, barely four years after its original model redefined the word smartphone. Here, we trace the burgeoning iPhone empire.
iPhone 5? Good Lord, already?
The images are of a purported engineering drawing of the iPhone 5 that’s been circulated ahead of the actual device’s release (in three months or so?). They’re renderings, so potentially very easy to fake, but they really have a ring of authority. What can we learn from them? Apple is embracing big-screen thinking to match up to the increasing number of Android devices that sport screens over 3.5 inches across diagonally.
In fact, if you peep at the drawings and make some scale guesses based on the existing iPhone 4, the screen on the iPhone 5 is close to 4 inches in size. It’s much bigger, and requires a slimmer bezel that places the screen as filling the iPhone’s top surface practically edge-to-edge. Better yet, this tallies with another alleged leak from inside Apple’s Chinese supply chain that revealed a bezel for the next iPhone—it almost identically matches this new drawing.
We can make the guess about the phone’s screen size from this leaked bezel, and also thanks to one big design hint we’re seeing here: The iPhone 5 is essentially the same as the iPhone 4. This makes good sense. Apple included some revolutionary design decisions in the current iPhone, and would be unlikely to step away from them so fast, partly thanks to the cash investment the iPhone 4’s design must have required. We can also believe these really are design drawings, given to case and peripheral manufacturers, because many of the leaked case designs that arrived before the iPad 2 proved to be accurate—right down to the position of the buttons, ports, and speaker grilles.
But what about Antennagate? Apple seems to consider the matter closed, although it included some subtle antenna design tweaks in the recent Verizon CDMA version. It could easily evolve the antenna design further still for the iPhone 5 to ensure there’s still less signal attenuation when users hold the phone. The all-metal rear chassis rumor from the other day isn’t ruled out by this new information either, since it’s entirely plausible Apple could replace the sheer glass rear face with a metal one to make the device slightly thinner, lighter, and potentially cheaper—the same design refinements that have just gone into the iPad 2.
Twitter Study Suggests Verizon iPhone Won’t Be a Bloodbath for AT&T, Droid [Exclusive]
The iPhone is coming to Verizon, and everyone, from analysts to Jon Stewart, is already sounding the death knell on AT&T. But how are actual consumers reacting to the news? Who is planning to switch from AT&T to Verizon? And how many are planning to stay?
To find out, we sought help from social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon. More.