No this is not an Aprils fools joke on Amazon’s part, this is a real and useful product. The Amazon Dash buttons will allow consumers to order frequently used items in tap of a button. These tiny receivers that connect via your Wi-Fi network allow you to reorder products in your house by simply clicking them.
The update is sent out to your phone to alert you so you can cancel the purchase if need be. Otherwise the button will automatically place the order so that you can receive the items as soon as possible. Dash buttons are held up via a reusable adhesive & a hook for you to hang it on certain places/surfaces. All of this is linked up between your Wi-Fi network & the official Amazon application making it easy to purchase products on the fly.
Amazon plans to offer these for a range of brands & products such as Tide, Bounty, Kraft Mac & Cheese and more.
Just press & never run out
Simple yet effective these basic buttons can come in handy in many households. Again this isn’t some April fools hoax. The tiny assistive devices are exclusively for Prime members right now. They’re currently free with an invitation request & you can sign up and learn more here.
Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.
The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.
Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.
The app features the ability to:
- Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
- Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
- Tap to “Heart” the stream
- Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later
Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.
That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.
Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)
Instagram has released yet another app in the photo/video tool space to acommpany their social network. Previously they released Hyperlapse their stop motion tool & today they’ve released Layout. As the name entails its a photo collage based app, making it easy to upload multiple photos in one to your Instagram or across the web.
Focusing on simplicity & ease of use controls.
Download Layout for iOS (Coming for Android soon)
You can view our full video review down below:
The app in itself features a very simple interface thats easy to use & navigate. Compared to other layout based apps I’ve used it has the most inuitive design from swapping photos, adjusting sizes, and more. However it is lacking in some areas as well. To break down here are the pros/cons
- Simple Interface
- Instagram Friendly Resolutions
- Supports up to 9 Photos
- Built in Photo Booth
These line of apps have been something Instagram/Facebook has been focusing on to keep the tools & experience in-house. Rather than incorporating these features into Instagram they’ve made completley dedicated apps to solve these solutions then tie back into Instagram. As of now this will replace my default collage app based on the UI experience alone. Grab your copy for iOS today for free!
Apple has just closed with a market value surpassing $700 billion the first company ever in history to do so. The technology empire is now the first ever company to surpass such a milestone beating out the likes of Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and Google. Recently disclosing their record breaking earning of $18 billion out of the $74 billion revenue they made silenced much of the press that forecasted Apple’s doom.
At the course Apple is going & with projected growth and product launches it isn’t inconceivable to think that they’ll be the first trillion dollar company.
To put things into perspective Apple as a company has the power to buy out its rival competitors such as Google or Samsung or for that matter both at their current market caps & still have billions left over. No big deal.
The bigger question going forward is their growth & future of the empire. With product launches such as the Apple Watch, future iPhone launches, and other avenues Apple may dive into can only lead to larger revenues. The question isn’t so much as what they’ll do from here but how high can the company go. Tim Cook Apple’s CEO recently made claims that they’re heading into their “biggest & boldest project ever.” with their recent investment into First Solar of $848 million to build a 1,300-acre farm of solar energy to power their all new HQ in California. This will lead to energy cost savings over time & ultimately money (not that they’re at loss of that).
Tim Cook recently went on to state in his interview at Goldman Sachs that he believe Apple can keep up their growth. More importantly that like Steve Jobs before him that Apple doesn’t believe in limiting themselves.
“We don’t believe in laws like the law of large numbers, Steve ingrained in us that putting limits on your thinking is never good.”
So whether its the Mac, iOS, or some other ecosystem Apple will focus on going forward we’re more than positive they’ll excel. Setting a new bar for competitors not just in the technology space but worldwide.
Thus begins the journey for the first ever trillion dollar company.
The popular social networking site Pinterest thats popular for its visual pin boards now adds a new feature “App Pins”. This feature allows for users to add apps to their pins which adds an install button that does allows the app to be downloaded without being taken out of the Pinterest experience.
Apple in conjunction with this feature release has taken advantage by making an official AppStore board with their own pins of featured apps.
This all of course only displays within the iOS app itself. Taking you directly to the app page within Pinterest to download said app. The new feature can prove to be a big push for pinners to showcase apps they enjoy & use. On top of that with a very cluttered AppStore a platform like Pinterest which is highly known for its various categories of boards can take advantage of this feature to cut through the noise. As for Pinterest they could use this model in combination with the promoted pins & ad-market to make some revenue from the new feature. Their users get a feature that makes app discovery & installation seamless which seems to be the trend nowadays. The less friction from point A to B makes it all the much better for the user. With Pinterest growing future already on track to surpass Twitter, new features that enable users to find more of the content they want with ease only strengthens their network.
Any thoughts on the new feature? More over I’m sure we’ll see creative ways users will integrate this features into their pin boards.
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