Apps & Software

On Tuesday PayPal acquired card.io, a smartphone credit card scanner.
According to Hill Ferguson, VP Global Product PayPal, card.io will integrate its credit card information capturing technology to PayPal’s mobile wallet. The payment details were not made public.

Calling or texting while driving is a traffic offence punishable under the US federal law.
But Nuance has cancelled it (sadly only for those with BMW 7 Series).
The firm this week launched a new feature for the 2012 BMW 7 Series, dubbed the Dragon Drive! Messaging. The feature will be extended on the BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles this summer.

According to Dow Jones, sources close to Facebook say the giant social network is reportedly working on a job board through a third party firm to be launched this summer.
While Facebook has not officially announced anything, if it releases a job board, there will be a shift in the online recruitment sector.

Late last month Apple withdrew 39 of its green compliant MacBooks and desktops from EPEAT,the registry for promoting green electronic purchases.
Now, San Francisco city officials plan to block the purchase of Apple desktops and laptops for use by the all its municipal agencies.

Former Spotlight: LA Tech Company Zugara announces its Webcam Social Shopper availability for PrestaShop merchants worldwide.
The Webcam Social Shopper (WSS), is now available as an official module for PrestaShop’s apparel merchants. PrestaShop is one of the fastest growing ecommerce platforms in the world (with over 127,000 stores and counting), and the launch of “WSS For PrestaShop” marks the first time any ecommerce platform has offered an augmented reality (AR) module to its e-tailers.

Apple has been working hard to get you hooked on your iPhone, that’s if you have one.
A new survey from Gazelle released on the iPhone’s 5th birthday claims more consumers are hooked on the iPhone than on Facebook, Sex, and even alcohol with the iPhone having a tremendous impact on thousands of its consumers.

Google has from late last year embarked on an in-house cleaning project. The giant search engine is set to end less used products or combining a number of them into more resourceful ones.
In November 2011, Google’s spring clean saw a number of services shut down like Knol, Friend Connect and Google Wave. This added the number of services closed or combined to thirty and as usual paving way for superior ones

There has been talk for the past week about Microsoft making a “Major” announcement here in Los Angeles. Wait no more!
Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise.

We’re driven by challenges and the desire to win. It’s in our blood as humans, some more than others. Gamification fuels that drive and brings the competition to technology. We see it in web applications, mobile apps, project management tools, etc. But if you’re a company looking to motivate your employees or engage with customers where do you start?

For those companies looking to venture into the mobile space, there are multiple platforms in market to help accomplish the move. However not all those platforms can provide companies with all tools needed. Appcelerator’s Titanium is the only mobile cloud platform to enable fully native-cross platform, mobile app, hybrid and HTML5 web development, from a single codebase.