Guest post: Building an iOS app for external devices

Some mobile apps will interact with external devices, an increasingly common occurrence in what many call the “Internet of Things.”  A well-known example is Square, the app that allows users to use an iPhone or iPad with a specially made scanner for credit card transactions.  Home automation apps, such as SmartThings or Belkin’s WeMo Switch, […]

GigSky promises an end to high mobile data roaming charges

If you travel frequently to many countries and don’t want to pay exorbitant fees for mobile data roaming, you should consider GigSky, an online retailer of global data SIM cards in three formats: mini-SIM, micro-SIM and nano-SIM. As of this writing, each SIM card costs $19.95 and can be used in unlocked smart phones, tablets […]

The new challenge for Wi-Fi hot zones: video on smartphones

Large Wi-Fi hot zones have been making news again, in Santa Clara (thanks to the city’s smart meter project), San Jose (free Wi-Fi downtown), Petaluma (free Wi-Fi hot zone), New York City (thanks to Google), and in metro stations, shopping centers and on public transportation. Many cities and private enterprises now have money to roll […]

Free launches 2 EUR per month no-contract mobile phone plan

Free, the fourth mobile operator in France (and a subsidiary of Iliad-Free), has launched an even cheaper mobile phone plan: 2 EUR per month, no contract. It includes unlimited texts, 2 hours of voice calls (to mobile and fixed lines in France, the US and Canada), and access to Free’s Wi-Fi hotspots. If you exceed […]

WBA survey: more smartphones connect to WiFi hotspots than laptops

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has released a new survey conducted during the 3rd quarter of 2012 among its members to gauge the status of the Wi-Fi market. The WBA got 386 responses, the largest percentage (23%) came from integrated operators, followed by 18% from mobile operators. The survey reveals several interesting points: (1) Smartphones […]