Archive for April, 2010

SMS can reduce missed appointments

Mobile solutions for healthcare

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare provider, is using mobile as a means of cutting costs on its communication infrastructure.

Kaiser needed to find a solution that would cut patient communication costs and at the same time have the potential for a national rollout and have a considerably short development and implementation time. The company turned to mobileStorm.

“The strategy was simple: prove SMS can reduce missed appointments,” said Jared Reitzin, CEO of mobileStorm, Los Angeles. “At $150 a pop, missed appointments cost organizations like Kaiser millions of dollars per year.”

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Android overtakes iPhone: more traffic in U.S.

It seemed all to come: Android has overtaken the iPhone in terms of data on smartphones in the U.S.. According to figures from AdMob, an agency that places advertising banners in applications and collects figures . AdMob gives a partial overview of the smartphone market because they do not operate on all platforms, but a comparison between Android and iPhone is doable. Android is now accounting for 46% of web traffic in the U.S.. The iPhone has dropped to 39%. But indicates this also that there are more Android then iPhone users? This conclusion can not easily be made.

The difference might have to do that with Android more and  more applications are offered for free (since there are still many countries that have not yet paid applications available, including Belgium). Thereby developers are using on the Android platform relatively more ads to earn money with their apps. Thereby more Android users  will be detected in the systems from AdMob. The Android-datatraffic is growing monthly by 32 percent, from 72 million searches in March 2009 to 2 billion in March 2010.

Radio.nl Android application

Friday 23 april MobileWeb.be released a new Android application Radio.nl!

With this application you have access to the best radio stations from the Netherlands and this on your Android device! You can browse and listen to (currently) 280 radio stations, including: Radio 538, Radio Veronica, 3FM, Sky Radio,…

For more information check http://mobileradioapp.nl and you will see a lot of information and a list of features!

For a video review you can watch this nice video made by AndroidWorld.nl

Tablets: Android is coming

There is not only the iPad in life. Google can count on a lot of manufacturers to release tablets based on Android. The most interesting one might be the Archos Home Tablet 7 that’ll be released in the coming weeks for a price around 200 €.

That tablet will provide a touch screen of 7 inches (resolution of 800*480) with an internal memory of 2 or 8gigabytes, expandable via a microSD slot. The battery is announced to last 7 hours when watching video. Wifi will be integrated but there will be no 3G, which is why the name refers to “Home”.

Will it be interesting enough for customers ?

Archos is a France based company which mainly released high-end PMP (Portable Media Player).

Source: http://www.archos.com/products/ht/index.html?country=us&lang=en

Apple Sells 8.75 Million iPhones in Q2

Apple announced its second quarter earnings results today and, once again, the company outperformed market expectations with its best non-holiday quarter ever. The company posted $13.50 billion in revenue and a net quarterly profit of $3.33 per diluted share. This obliterates Wall Street estimates of $2.45 a share.

It was also a big quarter for Mac and iPhone sales. The company sold 2.94 million Macintosh computers — that’s a 33% increase year-over-year. It also sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter for 131% growth year-over-year. Furthermore, the company sold 10.89 million iPods, which is a 1% decrease year-over-year.

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iPhone 4G: it is coming?

Engadget posts a couple of images purportedly of a prototype iPhone 4G. The backstory is quite sketchy, though the site does believe it may actually get some hands on time with the device.

Apparently the phone was found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case. Right now we don’t have a ton of info on the device in question, but we can tell you that it apparently has a front facing camera (!), 80GB of storage (weird, right?), and isn’t booting at this point (though it was previously, and running an OS that was decidedly new).

The iPad, the saving of the newspaper industry?

This week we received our long awaited iPads. One of the 450.000 that were sold in the first days.

We have to admit that we are thrilled by the capabilities of this tablet device: the ease-of-use, the great multi-touch screen, the speed (what a difference with the iPhone!). We are also very surprised to see already a large number of newspaper apps in the AppStore.

Many major publishers have endorsed the iPad and have announced products for it, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan, and some of the publications already available include Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, GQ, Popular Science, and The New York Times.

Le Monde has made a great newspaper reader, with lots of additonal features and  a comprehensible payment model (in-app purchase or linked to a subscription):

Le Monde iPad App Rackspace

Le Monde iPad App Rackspace

Le Monde iPad App Double Page View

Le Monde iPad App Double Page View

Le Monde iPad App Article Details

Le Monde iPad App Article Details

USA Today has made the most use of all the new iPad specific features, amongst others: various screen elements, interactive advertising formats (including video),…

USA Today iPad App Home Page

USA Today iPad App Home Page

USA Today iPad App Video Advertising Mariott

USA Today iPad App Video Advertising Mariott

The Guardian has published a remarkable picture slideshow “Day in Pictures” format called “The Guardian Eyewitness”:

The Guardian Eyewitness iPad App

The Guardian Eyewitness

The Guardian iPad App

The iPad also allows to display all the existing iPhone apps of newspapers. For De Standaard this looks like follows (normal size, and double pixel size):

De Standaard iPhone App on iPad

De Standaard iPhone App on iPad

De Standaard iPhone App on iPad 2x

De Standaard iPhone App on iPad 2x

The user experience is acceptable, but it is clear that a more adapted iPad app brings a lot more features and possibilities to bring emotion to the readers.

With the announcement of the introduction of the iAd, Apple aims to transform the market of (mobile?) advertising which might further bring new sources of revenues to the newspaper companies.

SMS action for Haiti generates 426.672 Euro

In January 2010, MobileWeb and the three mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus organised the action SMS 4666 to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  People were offered the possibility to send a SMS message to contribute 1 Euro to the participating humanitarian organisations.   In a period of 1 month, a total of 426.672 euro was raised.

On Thursday April 15th, this amount was donated entirely to the participating organisations:  HAITI LAVI 12-12,  the Belgian Red Cross (Rode Kruis / Croix Rouge) and Doctors Without Frontiers (Artsen zonder Grenzen / Médecins Sans Frontières).

Radio 1212,  the joint initiative of the Flemish radio stations Joe FM, MNM, Q Music, Radio 2 and Studio Brussel has given an important stimulation to the action, generating more than 235.000 SMS messages in only 1 day.

Apple Announces Multitasking and many more in iPhone OS 4.0

At its ‘Sneak Peek Into the Future’ media event today, Apple announced several major feature additions, including multitasking and an in-app ad network, to iPhone OS 4.0 for release this summer.

The most significant new feature of iPhone OS 4.0 highlighted by Jobs is multitasking, which recent rumors had indicated might be coming. Apple had not previously implemented this feature out of concern for battery life and overall performance, although Jobs said that the company had found a way to implement multi-tasking without these negative effects.

Providing a demonstration of multitasking, Jobs showed a pop-up tray at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen – which is triggered by double-clicking the home button – with the icons of all currently-running apps displayed. Clicking on the desired app opens it without closing the other apps. Scott Forstall, SVP of iPhone Software, described the multitasking feature in more detail, claiming that the company “distilled the services” that third-party apps need to run in the background, and these services are available as APIs to developers.

The seven multitasking APIs now available to developers are: background audio, voice over IP (VOIP), background location, push notifications, local notifications, task completion, and fast app switching. Demos highlighting the new APIs used Pandora, Skype, TomTom, and Loopt. Incoming notifications can be shown just below the status bar or in a pop-up dialogue on the home or lock screen.

While the iPhone 3GS and late 2009 32 GB and 64 GB third-generation iPod touch will be fully-compatible with iPhone OS 4.0, earlier models of the devices will not support all of the features announced today. Notably even the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch will not support multitasking. iPhone OS 4.0 will also come to the iPad in the fall.

Source: macrumors.com