With every step you take, you’re using energy to produce more energy – some of which is absorbed or dissipated, but what if you could harness the movement of every step and use it to charge your cell phone? That’s exactly what researchers at Georgia Tech is doing. The team led by Zhong Lin Wang have developed 4″ charging disk that’s capable of charging smartphones 50 times more efficient than generators of the same dimensions.
The small charging devices uses metallic disks that vibrates with the wearer’s steps. The vibration causes electric current to flow through the disks, generating electrical charges. If you’ve ever gotten static electricity from walking on carpet, you’ll understand the principle behind the device. Read more
Social network giant, Facebook, is seeking to deliver the internet to parts of Africa using 11,000 Solara drones. The unmanned aerial vehicles would behave as low flying satellites, capable of streaming internet data to underdeveloped regions that currently have limited access. The drones will come from Titan Aerospace, a company that Facebook is looking to acquire. Below, you can view a video of the technology behind Titan Aerospace’s Solara.
One thing that’s becoming quite evident is the growing number of photos everyone with smartphones accumulates. Do we even go back and look at them the next year or ever?
If you’ve got thousands of photos, but have no easy process to actually look at them, you should check out this iOS app, Throwback, which just became available for Android users. It’s a photo app that works like a digital time capsule.
Android tablets are gaining momentum in global sales – so much so they were able to overtake the formidable iPads. The findings comes from Gartner research firm: A 127% jump in tablet sales in 2013 saw 61.9% of that market share going to Android devices last year, compared to that of that iPad, which was only at 36%, down from the previous year’s 52.8 percent despite a growth in sales from 61.4 million from 10.4 million. As a company, however, Apple sold over twice as many units of Samsung, its closest competitor.
Samsung dominated social media platforms during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – garnering at least 44.2% of all brand mentions. According to research from Synthesio, the technology company was mentioned across social media, blogs, and comments at least 1,246,000 times. Samsung’s rival Nokia came in second with 586,200 mentions, a paltry 20.8% in comparison.
For the first time in December of 2013, mobile users were turning to their smartphones more than their desktop computers to browse the web. With that kind of growth it’s no surprise that mobile advertisement is growing equally fast, especially the in-app variety.
Just last year, US consumers saw mobile ads at an estimated $8-$10 Billion spending rate, and that number is expected to reach $18.3 Billion in 2015, propelled by ads for both tablets and smartphones. There are about 4.5 Billion mobile subscribers in the US, but only 25% have internet access at home. That’s a very ripe market for mobile advertisement. Read more
To date, Kickstarter’s $1 Billion mark has brought in 5.7 million users from 224 countries on all seven continents, most of which was in the last 12 months alone. Not surprisingly, a large percentage of those donations came from the US, followed by the UK – $663 Million to $54 Million, respectively. Kickstarter also recognized some of its more prolific and prominent users like Neil Gaiman, a celebrity figure who continues to share and support hundreds of projects to Hope Leman, the site’s very first project backer. Read more
Flappy Bird clones are still dominating the iTunes app store. This week, it’s Jumpy Jack and his skateboarding antics. Unlike the original Flappy Bird, Jumpy Jack comes with rewards for users who can move through the obstacles.
Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.
Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more