Posts Tagged ‘mobile app’

Power To Your Own Data: Haggle Helps You Make Deals

haggleFormer Personalized Media CEO Rajiv Salimath hosts a launch party March 1 for his latest venture, Haggle. What Haggle’s about, he says, is letting people use their own data to show venues – starting with restaurants – how they’re a valuable customer, and turn that to their purchasing advantage.

Users can apply today for their shot at getting personalized pricing via the Haggle mobile app through realtime digital interactions with businesses that have also signed onto the platform. By launch that should include some 75 restaurants in New York, with the goal of hitting 100 to 150 there and another 150 in the San Francisco area in the spring.

How it works, Salimath says, is that users give the app access to their social data, which it crunches and gives back to them. “We take all your social and digital data and convert it to real-world metrics that matter,” he says. “We give you the data to negotiate with businesses.” It calculates four scores including social influence, loyalty to a particular spot, history of going to places of that type generally (seafood restaurants, for instance), and purchasing power, and based on those scores a screen swipe for the locale reveals the personalized discount that venue is willing to give the user – which he or she may attempt to further negotiate online. All the user needs to do is show the screen to the wait staff for the discount to be applied to the bill.

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Urbanopoly: Gamers’ Way To Smarten Up Cities

What makes a city smart is having the right information at the right moment for the right stakeholder. Opening up city government data is the first step to that, and some cities are actively doing so right now – New York City, San Francisco, Boston in the U.S., for example. Those that aren’t should perhaps take a peek at the Urbanopoly mobile app for Android devices, which takes the approach of consuming, creating and assessing the quality of Smart City-related data.

“I believe that this kind of application could convince people and public authorities to release their data set even if the data is not high quality,” says Irene Celino, senior researcher and senior consultant at CEFRIEL which, with the Politecnico di Milano within the PlanetData Research Project, developed the mobile game based on human computation and Linked Data technologies. The effort was co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. “Even if they’re not sure of the quality of the data you can still make it open and ask the community to improve it. This is the moment in which a real collaborative system can be built between individual citizens and administrations and app developers and scientists.”

Introduced in May and debuting on Google’s AppStore in July – and presented last week at ISWC — Urbanopoly, one of the finalists of the Semantic Web Challenge 2012, is a social, mobile and location-based game with a purpose that started with the Milano region in Italy and then added Amsterdam and Boston locations.

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Beepl Loses CEO, Heads Toward Mobile App

Q&A startup Beepl has gained public interest since coming out of stealth mode in January, but the company has unfortunately lost CEO Steve O’Hear. The article states, “O’Hear confirmed his departure to TechCrunch and says that he remains a minority shareholder and director — although given his departure as CEO he may be leaving that role soon, too. It is not clear yet who is permanently replacing O’Hear as the CEO, but we have heard that the move comes at the same time that Beepl is pushing out a new release of its site and gearing up for a mobile app launch.” Read more

OpenWays Apps Turn Phones into Keys

OpenWays has created a line of mobile apps that allow smart phones to be used as hotel room keys: “Mobile Key by OpenWays is the first and only ubiquitous mobile phone-based front-desk bypass solution that is truly deployable today and enables hotel guests to use any of the 5.8 billion cell phones worldwide as a room key. It is fully interoperable, carrier independent and highly secure. This self-service option is meeting guests’ demands for more service and it’s reducing hotels’ operating costs while building competitive advantages.” Read more

Kids, Job-Seekers, Sun Worshippers: There’s (Or Will Be) A Mobile Semantic App For You

Recently the Semantic Web Blog let readers know about the IntelliVocab app from Faqden Labs. The semantics-infused app for the Android, iPhone and iPad, is aimed at helping students prepare for vocabulary sections of SAT, GRE and GMAT tests.

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The company now is aiming to re-purpose the data-meaning and

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collaborative interaction principles behind the technology to address needs at opposite ends of the spectrum: The grammar-school set and job-seekers. “Fundamentally from our perspective our technique is not to use core semantics like RDF triples and all, but we are building products based on the essence of the Semantic Web,” says founder Irfan Mohammed. “That is, to have meaning to the data so you can personalize the experience.”

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Google News Gets Local

Google recently announced a few changes to its news search feature. According to the article, “Android and iPhone smartphone users now have the option to see news stories relevant to their current location via the Google News mobile News Near You feature. When visiting Google News from one of these devices, you are prompted via popup whether you want to see news near you. If you choose yes, then this section will be added to your standard Google News layout on that device. (Note: This feature does not appear to be compatible with the FireFox browser for Android.)” Read more

Exploring the Options for Social Content Aggregation

An article from ThreeMinds takes a look at the future of social content aggregation and discusses the approach that ThreeMinds has chosen to explore with their app, BroadFeed. The article states, “One way to view intelligent content is by how, as it moves from source to user, it becomes integrated into an application, correlated and aggregated with other content, augmented with richer information and metadata and then filtered for delivery. The smarter we can make each layer, the richer the experience and navigation we can provide to the user.” Read more

News360 Semantic Service Gets You Local, Personalized News On Your iPhone

What do you get when you combine Semantic Web technology, geo-targeting capabilities, and Apple iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad? How about News360, a free App Store/iTunes app that can give you local news drawn from hundreds of content sources around the world based on your current position. While the team at News360 that developed the technology is based in Russia, the company’s focus is on English-language content, and about 80 percent of its users are U.S.-based.

The app was just updated at year’s end to include, along with some UI redesign and layout features, up-to-date stock graphs for all public companies and more data and links between objects in the dossiers it collects for each of the 130,000 different entities it currently tracks across the Internet. Plans for the service, which can extract users’ favorite objects so that news is more personalized, were to grow from 600 content sources to 1000 by the end of December, says Roman Karachinsky, chief business development officer at News360, with the bigger next-steps goal of reaching 2,000 or 3,000.

Approximately 150,000 articles are indexed by the service each day, and a chunk of them have their full text processed for semantic analysis, with the help of Microsoft’s cloud resources, so that they are available to users no later than 15 minutes after their original publication.

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