Apps & Software

For many disabilities, empathic developers have provided new utilities that improve certain functions for the iPhone or Android. While it largely depends on your disability, application diversity gives users the versatility to use these different utilities at their own merit and accommodation. These are some of the best applications, providing different functions, but facilitating quality of life issues by offering insight, information, or accessibility.

This is a guest opinion piece written by Jeff Tinsley, CEO of MyLife.com. “I think a ‘Yelp for People’ is a fine idea. That’s right; in fact my only issue with the announcement of the Peeple app last week was that the company isn’t taking the concept far enough.”

BIRD is an intuitive wearable worn on the tip of the finger that transforms any surface into a multi-touch interface with 3D interactive capabilities.

Despite the growing competition, Philips Hue light bulbs are still the kings of all smart, Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs. These color-changing wonders will literally transform your home, and all you need to do is screw in a light bulb.
IMAGE 2 AppsPart of the success of Hue lies in Philips’ early decision to provide a Software Development Kit (SDK), meaning there are now over 200 third-party iOS, Android, and even a few Windows Phone, apps that control your lighting in ways you never dreamed possible.

The cloud has proven itself invaluable for businesses to be agile, yet finding a secure way to access applications while protecting the corporate firewall remained a major barrier to entry for many enterprise companies, until now. IBM has announced today a solution to this problem called Bluemix Local.

You’ve tinkered with a NEST, installed a couple of Philips Hue light bulbs, and now you’re hooked on home automation. What’s the next step? To truly make your home “smart,” you need a home automation hub (also known as a smart home hub).

Here, we’ll detail the different options on the market and help you decide which hub will work best for your home.

We did it folks! The 1st annual REACH NeXT event was a great success! Before we get to the winners I wanted to give a big thanks to Christen da Costa of GadgetReview and Co-founder of REACH. Also, another huge thanks to Gray Bright of The Tomorrow Show, Cauri Jaye, Chris Dover, Rebecca McLauchlan of rhubarb studios and Cameron Kashani! All the amazing that went down yesterday could not have happened without you :)

Live streaming apps are a burgeoning trend in the social media sphere, and as their popularity continues to grow, it is essential that businesses leverage these apps in order to engage a rapidly growing consumer audience with controlled content at their disposal. The early embrace of live streaming allows businesses to position themselves as ahead of the trend in emerging technologies and provide their stakeholders with compelling content.

With the Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery developers can be modern day heroes. What I like about this hackathon is that it really gives developers an opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

It has come down to the top 20 companies that will be battling it out to be top dog of REACH NeXT. What’s REACH NeXT? Well, let us refresh your memory (in case you’ve been living under a rock :)).

REACH NeXT is a one day pitch showdown to spring board the most brilliant and pioneering minds in tech. As a collaboration between TechZulu, Gadget Review and Rhubarb Studios, our mission with REACH NeXT is to deliver a day of VALUE and awareness with the ever-changing innovation surrounding us, so you walk away feeling informed, inspired, and connected.