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Elderly Hardest Hit by Digital Divide

College Elder Care Survey: MOBILE tablet OWNERS needed! Working to Bridge the Digital Divide’ one question at a time.

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Elderly Hit Hardest by Digital Divide

Click to take the brief survey – share with friends/family.

SURVEY: Bridging Elderly Digital Divide with mHealth

As seniors age they endure many changes and losses. This can lead to isolation and loneliness. While many younger people are comfortable with mobile technology and the internet a great many older adults are not. This has been referred to as the ‘Digital Divide’ and affects millions in America. I’m working to change that. As President of the Madison College, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society the focus of my HONORS project involves conducting eldercare research in mobile applications for older adults. My team is entering the final stage of this critical research. I am calling upon my LinkedIn network for help with this effort. We are in need of more respondents – please be one or find one. It is hoped our research will lead to the creation of software that will help diminish lonliness and bridge the ‘Digital Divide’.

The mHealth SURVEY Madison College is conducting centers on TWO groups:

  • Those OVER 50 years of age that own a mobile tablet.
  • Those who provide health, housing or wellness services to adults over 62.

Your survey feedback will be used to help Senior Citizens – it is important! Time is short as we are near our data collecting deadline. Please respond ASAP. Do share this critical survey with the relevant audience. The Needs revealed by this eldercare survey will be addressed through the creation of new mobile apps for Seniors developed by my company.

Share the Survey LINK:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mhealthSeniors

Mobile Applications for Apple, Kindle and Android

Mobiles Hot. Whats Next?

Mobile Applications for Apple, Kindle and Android

Publishing Cutting Edge Mobile Apps

Google acquired Nest for billions, and then Facebook spent several more billion on Oculus VR. We’re only a few months into 2014, and already billions have been spent by some of the world’s largest digital players, with each of these companies eager to own the next big thing. Mobile is right here, right now, but everyone knows that…In the battle to find and claim the next device that everyone will want, these companies will soon realize that next big thing is not a thing at all: It’s your…READ MORE

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Amazon Cloud Drive Photo updated

I use the Amazon cloud drive – don’t you?  Just announced the photo save app was updated.

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With all the cloud storage options available it’s easy to forget about one or two of them from time to time, and Amazon is trying to remind everyone that it has a cloud storage service with a huge update to the Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app.

The newest update to Amazon Cloud Drive Photos bumps the app from version 1.9 all the way to version 3.0 to show just how much has changed. The app features a completely redesigned photo viewing experience, which the changelog says will “bring enjoyment back to viewing photos and videos on the go.”

The new version of the app has a simpler navigation that follows some standard Android guidelines like the left-side settings panel. That panel also includes a new status bar to show you the status of you automatic and manual uploads, though it’s hard to imagine why Amazon didn’t include a status bar in older versions of the app. Amazon also improved the sorting in the app, letting you put videos into their own folder and sort photos and videos by date and name.

Of course, Amazon Cloud Drive Photos still automatically uploads your photos and videos to the cloud service. Amazon offers 5GB of storage for free, which isn’t a whole lot compared to Google Drive (offers 15GB), but still not bad if you mainly use it for photos.

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos still looks closer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire OS than stock Android, but that’s to be expected. At least the company has a signature style for all of its apps that it sticks to.

Have you tried Amazon Cloud Drive Photos? Or do you use a different cloud service to back up your photos?

Retailers are under threat by the internet.

Retail Under threat from the internet

The Internet has changed everything — especially when it comes to shopping for consumer electronics such as TVs. The Internet now is the place where most consumers start their shopping, by checking specifications, reading reviews and comparing prices.

“No matter what I want to buy, I go to the Internet first — get an idea what the product is, what the price is,” said Syed Akhter, professor of marketing at Marquette University. “And as online retailers have figured out, once I go to their place, they make it so attractive for me in terms of price, in terms of assortment, in terms of varieties, that I say, ‘OK fine, I’ll buy it from you.’ That is what is happening.”

In other cases, consumers might first search the Internet, go to a retail store to see a product in person and then hunt online for a lower price — a practice called “showrooming.”

Unless a bricks-and-mortar appliance and electronics business has something special to offer the consumer, it will lose out to competitors, industry analysts say. That’s what happened to American TV, Akhter said.  American TV was undone by the Internet – Apps prevent that

Retailers are under threat by the internet.

Big Box or small time, the Internet has changed everything. Business must get mobile apps to survive.

“They didn’t have what we call in marketing a compelling value proposition,” he said. “That means I did not have any reason to go to their store. They were not…READ MORE
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Google Android Danger – Google Company tighten’s app store security.

If you thought downloading applications directly from Google’s Play – App Store meant the software was safe you were wrong.  So says Google critics after investigating user complaints.

A bit of caution in selecting which GOOGLE android apps to download is a good thing.

Worry is a good thing IF it leads to action.

It was discovered that after loading a legitimate Android app onto Google Play, researchers were able to update it with malicious functionality without triggering the malware detection system. Whoops.  READ MORE HERE…