I should not have been surprised, really. After all, everyone and their mom is creating a phone app for practically everything. Why not create apps that will help people who are going through the messy process called divorce? [Read more…] about Getting Divorced? There’s an App for That. Seriously.
Just in case there are some of you who have a Windows Phone…I think I am not wrong in assuming that. The Windows Phone Marketplace is what the Android Market is to Android phones and the iTunes App Store is to iOS devices. So the news is that the Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached a milestone, that of 50,000 apps.
If you do not think about any other platform, 50,000 is not a small number. Then again, with the explosion of mobile devices these days, this figure may be a milestone for the Windows Phone Marketplace but it is still lagging behind the two other major platforms. [Read more…] about Windows Phone Marketplace Hits 50,000 Milestone
The fast lane seems to be where most people live in these days. For professionals, this seems to be even more applicable. While it can be enjoyable and fulfilling to live a busy and productive life, there is the issue of stress. The levels of stress and how you manage stress can be damaging in the long run, and if not addressed properly at an early enough stage, people’s lives may simply break down.
That’s where therapists and coaches come into the picture, except that not everyone has the time, money, or proclivity to actually consult a stranger to pick their brains and hearts. But what if there is an app that can “replace” a real, live therapist?
It may sound strange, but there is something in the works that can at least help monitor your mental state. The therapist app takes advantage of the microphone and the accelerometer that are standard in advanced smartphones today. It is the brain child of Tanzeem Choudhury of Cornell University, in tandem with Andrew Campbell of Dartmouth. Choudhury’s system tracks behavioral traits with the help of medical professionals. The idea is to observe things like how people speak – the speed and intonation, for example.
The team is still doing a lot of tests to make sure that the app can track the right behavioral traits that have a direct connection to mental health. At the end of the day, however, the therapist app can’t really replace a licensed therapist. What it can do is to help people improve their overall wellness condition by being able to monitor the amount of stress that a person is dealing with and how he is able to handle it.
If, for example, the app shows a person that he is consistently being stressed for days, it is an indication that he needs to make certain changes in his life. It can even mean that it may be time to see an actual therapist before things get even worse. The app will soon be available for specific age groups. The team hopes to be able to develop an app that will be applicable to all demographics in the future as well.
People might not always remember to bring along their tablets or laptops, but most will most likely be bringing around their smartphones with them wherever they go. The reason is simple: because it’s more convenient, handy, and light. It used to be that only businessmen were into smartphones, but when Apple’s iPhone arrived at the scene, it attracted and gathered millions of new users who use the device not only as a phone, but also as a gaming, academic, and business device.
Let’s take a look at some iPhone apps from the iTunes App Store that was created with the goal of increasing the productivity of its user. We only have twenty-four hours a day to do all of our stuff, so why not spend a little bit of time working on trying to make each second count?
If you need a hand managing your family, then the Cozi Family Organizer app is there to help you. It’s sort of like an all-in-one app to manage not your time, but also your family’s, while allowing you to create, save, and update to-do and shopping lists. [Read more…] about Top 6 iPhone Apps To Increase Your Productivity
Talk about taking advantage of a brand’s popularity by expanding one’s horizons even more! This is exactly what gaming company Rovio is doing. Not content to sit on their laurels with the success of the game Angry Birds (and all its other variations), Angry Birds the movie, and a host of other branding stints, Rovio is now venturing into something totally unexpected – the kitchen!
Now one would think that the kitchen is the logical place to be for birds and pigs, the main characters in the game, but the characters are not exactly meant to be eaten, are they? Rovio’s cookbook, however, is going to focus on EGGS. Yup, the self-published cookbook is going to feature family-friendly recipes with eggs as the main ingredients.
No wonder these birds are so full of angst! First they’re pitted against pigs that are colored green – for goodness’ sake, I don’t know why they have to be green! Then they have to be put on a slingshot and hurtled through the air. The impact has to hurt – not to mention the sensation of flying unnaturally. Now, their eggs have to be the focus of a cookbook! Then again, I suppose that they can be thankful that the cookbook is not a specialty cookbook featuring poultry.
Seriously, though, Rovio seems to be spreading themselves thinly in an effort to gain more revenue. It is rather surprising as one would think that with the amount of exposure that they have, Rovio would not need much in terms of marketing services, paid search company services, and the like. However, it seems that the company is not earning as much as most people think (that includes me, I suppose) – hence the aggressiveness in branching out and identifying other sources of revenue.
Since I have been known to go out and spend money on most anything Angry Birds (the last purchase being a cute bag for my nephew), I won’t be surprised if I find a copy of the new cookbook in my possession. After all, I do like my eggs!
The cookbook will be available in next few weeks in both traditional print format and app form.