Tag Archives: apps

Send location to third party apps including Google Maps, on iOS.


iOS stock Maps application now allows you to send the searched destination to available map apps. Third party apps however need to be updated by developers to have this functionality work for their apps.

This is good when you are sending location from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. After sending the location to mobile device, just tap on Apps tab and select the third party app you need to navigate in.

So far it’s working with tie if my apps, Waze and Google Maps. Thus has made my driving life a bit easier that I don’t have to copy destination and paste it in different apps before searching for the route.

Lockitron: Lock your door with your smart phone

We are getting surrounded by smart devices. From fitness bands to thermostats, everthing has become smart. What is this smart and what makes these devices smart? The answer is here.

Lockitron is a simplest device to move dead bolt on your door remotely either to LOCK or UNLOCK position. This add-on to existing compatible deadbolt is wifi/bluetooth compatble and can be controlled via smartphone app or on Lockitron.com dasboard.

How tough is the installation?

Installation for a tech savvy person should not be an issue but, for an average user it could be difficult. Please follow the included manual thorougly as it explains the installation process pretty well. The on confusion users need to consider is to remember whether your door locks clockwise or anti-clockwise and whether it’s in locked or unlocked position at the time when you actually install Lockitron on the deadlock knob.

Features:

  • Control door lock remotely from phone app or Lockitron dashboard.
  • Give access to friends, family or maintenance prople without having to share the actual key.
  • Knock alert on smartphone alerts you when theres someone at the door. This feature could be very useful to get alerts at the time of actual break-in.
  • Disable lockitron from website if smartphone is stolen.
  • Bank level security with 256bit encryption. This makes it virtually impossible to hack your Lockitron account.

What comes in the box?

This is what comes in the box!

 To order visit www.lockitron.com.

Messaging, Video Among Top Battery-Draining Apps | Re/code

Source: Messaging, Video Among Top Battery-Draining Apps | Re/code.

Is your smartphone suffering from a case of battery fatigue? Do you find yourself hunting for electrical outlets in unfamiliar places?

The problem may not be with the phone, but with the apps you’re using, according to a new study from Alcatel-Lucent that evaluates the efficiency of mobile applications.

Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Viber and Nimbuzz rank among the worst offenders when it comes to battery drain. These apps, by their nature, are constantly rousing the phone to send or receive a message.

In an attempt to provide users with instant gratification, some apps constantly contact the mobile networks, instructing it to alert the phone whenever an incoming message arrives. This repeatedly wakes the device from its dormant state — serving as a silent battery-killer. To counteract this problem, some apps hold a radio channel open to the device so it can continue sending and receiving messages over a period of time. This also drains the battery.

“It’s the sort of thing people do not necessarily know,” said Josee Loudiadis, Alcatel-Lucent’s director of network intelligence.

Alcatel-Lucent used its mobile network analytics technology to measure app usage by more than 15 million subscribers on mobile networks in North America, Asia and the Middle East. A study to be released April 30 seeks to identify which of the leading mobile applications most tax network resources, consume the most data and deplete battery life fastest.

The applications that put the most demand on mobile networks are, not surprisingly, the most popular: Google Search, Facebook, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and YouTube. These account for the greatest data volume and require the most signal capacity (that is, the need to open a radio channel for each device to attach to a network to send or receive information).

Network operators know their data consumption is about to skyrocket whenever consumers download iTunes, launch video streaming service Netflix or post photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram. These are all well-known bandwidth hogs. But other, less obvious apps, such as Internet radio service Pandora and photo pinning site Pinterest, also devour resources.

Among data-intensive video apps, YouTube depleted battery life fastest, as users jump from one video to the next, watching multiple videos in sequence.

Another factor Alcatel-Lucent weighted in determining an app’s efficiency is “chattiness” — a measure of how often it connects to the mobile network to send or receive data. The chattier the app, the more it drains the battery.

Among social media apps, BlackBerry Messenger is the chattiest, sending out a radio signal 343 times for every megabyte of data — compared with Windows Live Messenger, which makes five times fewer connections to the network. Google is almost twice as chatty as Yahoo during searches and Internet browsing, the study found.

The most efficient applications are among the first to appear on mobile devices: Mail apps including Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL mail. Developers have refined these apps in a way that reduces the demand on networks (and devices), downloading mail when a user opens the app instead of sending continuous notifications when each new message arrives.