Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Most Popular Electronic Device in America: the Television or the Mobile Phone?

Question: Would you guess more Americans own a television or a mobile phone?

Televisions, of course, have been an American mainstay and status symbol since the mid-1900’s.

On In the other hand, the mobile phone has quickly risen as a must-have technological accessory in recent years. In fact, today’s smartphone, with its bigger and better screen and video viewing capabilities, increasingly resembles a miniature television.

Answer: As drastically as the American media landscape has changed in the last two decades, the mobile phone has not overtaken the television as the most commonly owned electronic device in the U.S.

According to a January 2012 Nielsen report on media usage, 232 million Americans over the age of 13 own a mobile phone, while 290 million own at least one television. In fact, over one-third (35.9%) of American households own four or more televisions!

Check out the following infographic for more interesting facts.

How long until the cell phone overtakes the television? Or do you think it ever will? 

 

ZOMM reports on Nielsen's findings on American media usage.

Photo courtesy of blog.nielsen.com

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Four Theories About the Future of Mobile Devices

We recently recounted the top five rumors regarding the next generation iPhone 5. Complete with a rumored Liquidmetal casing, we got to thinking: if five months’ time promises space age Liquidmetal, what will the cell phone be like in, say… 20 years?

Of course, when one considers the astonishingly rapid evolution of the mobile phone in just the last 5 years, these ideas are little more than baseless speculation. Nonetheless, we’ve done a little research and these are our four favorite theories:

  1. One “futurologist” thinks the handsets of today will be deconstructed. One apparatus for touch input, another for visual display, and another for audio. This “complete physical interface” will blur the lines between digital, virtual, and real. Very sci-fi, right?
  2. Our mobile gadgets will be more durable because cloud-computing technology will take the processing strain off the device itself. Product life cycles will be longer and manufacturers will refocus on a more sustainable product experience. Another theorist believes they’ll be bendable and somehow utilize projection technology.
  3. Artificial intelligence will dominate. Think Siri—but better and smarter. These “data guardians” will pick and choose the information that reaches users based on a very intimate knowledge their lives and interests—yes, the kind of knowledge advertisers would kill for.
  4. The user experience will be healthier. New designs will free up users’ aching wrists and thumbs. The artificial intelligence will make the experience more efficient so users will spend less time consumed by these devices. And they’ll incorporate more medical diagnostic hardware so user health will be monitored in real time.

Of course, regardless of its form and functionality, you’ll want to keep your mobile device close at-hand, today and 20 years from now.That’s why we invented the ZOMM Wireless Leash.

What other space age features would you like to see included in mobile devices of the future? 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

5 Productivity-Inducing iPhone Apps

Life is hectic. Sometimes, in all the chaos, it’s hard to actually get anything done. However, like all things in the world, there’s even an app (or several) for the productivity-challenged. Today we rounded up five iPhone apps that are sure to get you back on the productivity train.

A list of our top 5 iPhone apps for increasing productivity.
Photo Cred: BusinessInsider.com
1. Clear
Keep yourself organized (and therefore more productive) with this list-keeping app. The simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to put things on a list…and check them off when you’re finished.

2. eWallet
These days, life involves a lot of passwords. Nothing slows you down (and frustrates you) more than not being able to login to your accounts because you can’t remember the password. eWallet uses 256-bit AES encryption to securely store your passwords, account information and card numbers.

3. Bump Pay
After a dinner with friends, who wants to take the time to count out (or actually has) the cash to split the bill? With Bump Pay you can easily transfer money from your PayPal account to a friend’s—with a fist pound.

4. Quick Office
Ever wish you could edit documents during the train ride to work? Maybe you need to have access to Word or Excel documents while away from your desk. That’s what Quick Office allows—create, view and edit Microsoft Office files from your iPhone.

5. myZOMM for iPhone
It’s hard to be productive if you can’t find your keys or don’t remember where you parked your car. Pair your iPhone with a ZOMM Wireless Leash Plus and the myZOMM app to get instant alerts if you walk away from your keys. Tag items, such as a parking spot or business, and get instant directions to that location when you’re ready to return.

 The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.

Feeling more productive yet?

What’s your favorite productivity app?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A Countdown of Our Five Favorite iPhone 5 Rumors

It seems that as soon as Apple releases a new iPhone, the whole world almost immediately begins speculating on the next generation iPhone. What will it look like? What will it do? How soon can we have it? And exactly how much will it cost?

With only five (speculated) months separating us from the iPhone 5, let’s take a look at the top five rumors circulating about the next-gen iPhone, countdown style.

Our next generation iPhone 5 rumor coundown

(Image courtesy of iphone5latest.com)

5. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cell phone technology, but apparently it is with the iPhone 5. Rumor has it the iPhone 5 may feature up to a 4.6-inch screen, compared to its predecessors’ 3.5-inch screens.

4. Of course, better is always better. The new iPhone 5 will supposedly operate on the better, faster 4G LTE network.

3. Bigger, better, and totally different. Some speculate that Apple is testing its iPhone 5 prototypes in the iPhone 4 and 4s case to avoid leaks. They believe the actual iPhone5 will take on a completely redesigned and positively mysterious form.

2. While the screen may be bigger, the docking port may be smaller. According to some speculators, this “miniaturized dock connector” will free up space in the iPhone for “other components.”

Drumroll, please.

1. Our #1 rumor about the iPhone 5 is that it will be made of Liquidmetal! Sounds very space age, right? Liquidmetal or “amorphous metal alloy” is described as a “metallic glass” and should be thinner, lighter, and tougher. Sounds good to us!

Planning on investing in the next iPhone? Don’t forget to protect your investment with a Wireless Leash (and accompanying iPhone app)—because nothing’s worse than a really cool phone…lost.

What’s your favorite rumor circulating about the iPhone 5?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Smartphones and Restaurants: Taking Your Phone to Dinner [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine this: You have a dinner date with friends on a Friday night. You need to decide where you’re going, what time to get there and what to order. How do you decide? Chances are that you’ll use your smartphone to help you make one (or more) of those decisions.

According to research done by Lab42, 20 percent of you will user your smartphone to communicate dinner plans, 19 percent will use your smartphone to find a restaurant and another 20 percent will view a menu on your smartphone.

The infographic below shows these (and many more) facts about how Americans are using their smartphones before, during and after eating dinner out at a restaurant. If you’re planning a dinner date soon, consider trying our Personal Concierge service—they’ll take care of all the details while you play with your smartphone.

Smartphone infographic

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

How Much Does it Cost to Lose a Smartphone?

60 million. That’s the number of phones lost, stolen or damaged each year. If you’re lucky, you’ve never had to deal with the headaches, costs and general frustrations that come with losing a phone. To most people, losing a phone is worse than losing their keys, wallet or car. And when you break down what all replacing a lost phone entails, it makes a lot of sense.

lost smartphone
While the total costs to replace your phone will depend upon the type and the carrier you utilize, it’s not just the money that you have to worry about. Often times our smartphones hold business contacts, bank passwords and even photo galleries. So on top of the nearly $900 dollars it would take to replace an iPhone, you’ve lost valuable contacts, information and memories.

Jeanette Pavini, contributor at Market Watch, shared a story about one of her readers:

“Her iPhone was stolen while she was on public transit. She didn’t have phone insurance, her renter’s insurance didn’t cover the loss, and she was told if she canceled her phone contract, she would be liable for a hefty early termination fee. In the end, she paid a small fortune and learned a big lesson.”

 The lesson learned? Don’t lose your phone! Stories like these are exactly why Laurie and our team created the Wireless Leash—so no one would ever have to deal with the pain and struggle of replacing a lost phone. With our Wireless Leash you can make a one-time investment that will protect your phone time after time.

Have you ever lost your phone? What things did you have to deal with to replace it? Share your story by leaving a comment!

 

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Lost Cell Phone Project

Have you ever lost your cell phone? If you found it—did someone else return it to you? Was it in the hands of a stranger for a period of time?

Apparently, most Americans would have rummaged through that lost phone of yours. Symantec recently conducted a study where they lost smartphones on purpose. The phones were bugged with tracking and logging software that kept track of where the phones went and what information was accessed.

lost phone study
From an article on MSNBC about the study:

“To spice up the test, the phones had an obvious file named ‘contacts,’ making it easy for any finder to connect with the phone’s rightful owner.   But the phones also offered tempting files, with names like ‘banking information,’ and ‘HR files.’  

Some 43 percent of finders clicked on an app labeled ‘online banking.’ And 53 percent clicked on a filed named ‘HR salaries.’ A file named ‘saved passwords’ was opened by 57 percent of finders. Social networking tools and personal e-mail were checked by 60 percent. And a folder labeled ‘private photos’ tempted 72 percent.

Collectively, 89 percent of finders clicked on something they probably shouldn’t have.

Meanwhile, only 50 percent of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner’s name was listed clearly within the contacts file”

The results are pretty shocking to us—especially when you realize that most, if not all, of the lost phone finders weren’t criminals. These were normal, everyday people who found a lost phone and decided to snoop.

So how can you prevent this from happening to you? First, you can set a passcode on your phone—half to three quarters of people don’t take this simple step that adds a layer of protection. Second, you can invest in a device that prevents phone loss. Our Wireless Leash is made especially to make sure you don’t ever find yourself without your phone.

How do you protect your phone from being lost?

 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

4 Common Gadgets Being Replaced by Smartphones

Smartphones are completely ingenious; there’s no question about it. As they continue to gain popularity, though, some other gadgets aren’t faring so well. When you have a handheld device that can do some many things, it’s only natural that other devices will fade to black.

smartphones
Take these four common gadgets for example:

Digital Cameras

Nearly all smartphone owners use their phone to take photos. The 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S is just as good as, and in some cases better, than digital cameras.

GPS Devices

Mounting your smartphone in your car while you drive is the same as using a portable GPS system—and you don’t have to pay $200 extra for it.

iPods/mp3 players

Very few people want to actually carry around an iPod and a phone. When you can load your entire music library on to your phone, why bother with both?

Standard wristwatches

No, we don’t think watches will go away completely. However, between using a smartphone to check the time and the development of Android-based watches and wristbands for iPod Nano, the watch as we know it may be history.

As these devices make their way out, we’re especially interested to see what new innovations come about. The evolution of technology never ceases to amaze us.

Have you phased out any of these gadgets in your life? Are there others your smartphone has replaced?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Cell Phone Addiction: How Serious is it?

In 2006, Jon Markman wrote an article for CNN that started out like this:

“When you get in your car, you reach for it. When you’re at work, you take a break to have a moment alone with it. When you get into an elevator, you fondle it.

Cigarettes? Cup of coffee? Nope, it’s the third most addictive substance in modern life, the cell phone. And experts say it is becoming more difficult for many people to curb their longing to hug it more tightly than most of their personal relationships.

With its shiny surfaces, its sleek and satisfying touch, its mysteries and air of sophistication, the cell phone connects us to the world even as it disconnects us from people three feet away…”

cell phone addiction

And to think, this article was written before the iPhone was released. Cell phones—and particularly smartphones—have come a long, long way since 2006. Along with that, do you think the addiction has worsened?

We love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave a comment below with your answers to these questions:

Are you addicted to your cell phone? Do you think addiction to cell phones (in general) has worsened over the past five years?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Pew Research Study: Americans and Their Cell Phones

The most recent report from the Pew Research Center looks at how Americans use their cell phones. The findings are very interesting and likely prove to you that you’re not alone in the way you feel about your cell phone.

smartphone study

Here are what we thought were the three most intriguing findings. Take a look and then weigh-in with your comments!

  • Cell phones are an important tool in emergency situations – 40% of cell owners said they found themselves in an emergency situation in which having their phone with them helped.
  • Text messaging and picture taking continue to top the list of ways that Americans use their mobile phones—three quarters of all cell owners (73%) use their phones for each of these purposes.
  • Cell phones can help prevent unwanted personal interactions – 13% of cell owners pretended to be using their phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around them.

Do you think this study is consistent with you and your peers’ behaviors? Get in on the discussion by leaving a comment!

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