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How 100 iPads saved Greece $140 billion

The Apple (AAPL) tablets, equipped with a custom-made debt-restructuring app, were handed out to the leadership team, including representatives from the Finance Ministry, the Hellenic Exchange (the Greek equivalent of the NYSE), the Bank of Greece (their version of the Federal Reserve) and the three external banks that managed the deal, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lazard.

The idea was to give the participants a rich set of analytic tools and real-time, secure connections to both the global clearing systems and the back offices of banks around the world.

"During the lead-up to the launch," says Apfel, "members of the financial leadership team were spending over half their time on the road, meeting with investors or financial overseers from the EU and other parts of the troika. There was a palpable need to create a financial decision-makers’ platform that could follow the financier – not vice versa."

Full Story: CNN

Posted at 1:49pm and tagged with: tech, technology, applications, tablets, mobile, collaboration, economic,.

How 100 iPads saved Greece $140 billion

The Apple (AAPL) tablets, equipped with a custom-made debt-restructuring app, were handed out to the leadership team, including representatives from the Finance Ministry, the Hellenic Exchange (the Greek equivalent of the NYSE), the Bank of Greece (their version of the Federal Reserve) and the three external banks that managed the deal, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lazard.
The idea was to give the participants a rich set of analytic tools and real-time, secure connections to both the global clearing systems and the back offices of banks around the world.
"During the lead-up to the launch," says Apfel, "members of the financial leadership team were spending over half their time on the road, meeting with investors or financial overseers from the EU and other parts of the troika. There was a palpable need to create a financial decision-makers’ platform that could follow the financier – not vice versa."
Full Story: CNN

thenextweb:

The rise in app installations per device corresponds with the amount of time people are spending on apps vs. perusing the mobile Web, with Nielsen reporting that users are consuming 8% more time on native Android and iOS applications than this time last year. (via US Smartphones Have an Average of 41 Apps Installed)

Posted at 5:31pm and tagged with: tech, technology, applications, smartphones, attention, trends, tablets,.

thenextweb:

The rise in app installations per device corresponds with the amount of time people are spending on apps vs. perusing the mobile Web, with Nielsen reporting that users are consuming 8% more time on native Android and iOS applications than this time last year. (via US Smartphones Have an Average of 41 Apps Installed)
Make no mistake, there is a trend happening: HTML5 websites are usurping apps in some areas. Media apps will be one of the first categories to be killed off, but over time we’ll see more apps migrate to HTML5. Particularly as some very large companies on the Web, notably Facebook and Google, are heading in this direction already.

thenextweb:

Bloodnote is a simple app where you can track your blood pressure and control your health. Created by Peter Bajtala and Matt Ludzen, Bloodnote’s wonderfully minimal design turns a mundane task into something much easier on the eyes. (via Checking Your Blood Pressure Just Got Really Sexy)

Posted at 1:51pm and tagged with: health, technology, internet of things, applications, tech,.

thenextweb:

Bloodnote is a simple app where you can track your blood pressure and control your health. Created by Peter Bajtala and Matt Ludzen, Bloodnote’s wonderfully minimal design turns a mundane task into something much easier on the eyes. (via Checking Your Blood Pressure Just Got Really Sexy)

smarterplanet:

MissionTix is providing wristbands with built-in RFID tags that venue operators can read via an Android-based NFC-enabled smartphone and a cloud-based software application.

Starting in June, concert goers at two Baltimore music venues will have the option of purchasing reusable RFID-enabled wristbands instead of tickets. The system enables concert promoters to validate tickets electronically using a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phone—Google’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus—and an application loaded onto the phone that accesses a cloud-based server, on which is stored information regarding the tickets. 



The service is being marketed by MissionTix, a Baltimore ticketing service that is employing NFC wristbands, the codeREADr application and hosted back-end software provided by Boston media content company Skycore. Although NFC-enabled ticketing for concerts and festivals is not a new concept, MissionTix’ version features a reusable silicon wristband that a consumer could load and reload with tickets for participating venues. Therefore, individuals attending concerts at one location could have the tickets validated there, and then use the same wristbands at another place and time. MissionTix envisions the solution being utilized not only for concerts, but eventually by merchants, enabling users to load a prepaid account and use the wristband to pay for purchases.   

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: tech, technology, applications, smartphones,.

thenextweb:

Flurry tapped a sample of 8 million mobile users across all application categories, with its analytics tools tracking more than 180,000 iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and HTML5 apps. The chart below shows the fastest growing categories based on where consumers are spending most of their time. (via Photo & Video Apps: The Fastest Growing App Category)

Posted at 12:01pm and tagged with: tech, technology, attention, applications,.

thenextweb:

Flurry tapped a sample of 8 million mobile users across all application categories, with its analytics tools tracking more than 180,000 iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and HTML5 apps. The chart below shows the fastest growing categories based on where consumers are spending most of their time. (via Photo & Video Apps: The Fastest Growing App Category)

bijan:

Thanks to the combination of smartphone proliferation, the app store distribution model, FB Open Graph integration and Twitter, we are seeing mobile apps reach incredible metrics very fast - particularly in daily installs and sign ups.

It’s has me thinking about a number of things:

FB Open…

Posted at 6:32am and tagged with: tech, technology, trends, startups, applications,.

thenextweb:

Suarez, who’s not even old enough to have a Facebook account, has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. He’s established his own company, CarrotCorp, has made two iOS apps that are currently in the App Store and is now a MakerBot operator! (via Remember Thomas Suarez from #TEDx? See What He’s Up to Now)

Posted at 2:51am and tagged with: tech, technology, innovation, applications, demographics,.

Bouncers ‘checking Facebook on phones’ as identification

Full Story: BBC

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: applications, tech, technology, social media,.

Bouncers ‘checking Facebook on phones’ as identification


Full Story: BBC

thenextweb:

Over 2,000 people from 24 cities world-wide took part in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, producing over 200 solutions using NASA data sets, over two days at the end of April. The ‘codeathon’ brought event together citizens who wanted to collectively address critical challenges. The idea is to use minimal resources to compete with other teams around the world, utilizing publicly available space and data to design innovative “solutions” to a pre-determined series of global “challenges.” In NASA’s case this took part across all continents and even in space on the International Space Station. We stopped by the San Francisco codeathon taking part at Techshop and spoke to astronaut Ron Garan, and Willow Brugh from Geeks Without Bounds - SF’s location lead, about their involvement with the project. (via Inside NASA’s Space Apps Challenge [video] - The Next Web)

Posted at 10:11am and tagged with: innovation, applications, tech, technolohy,.