Mobility is a movement that is not going anywhere any time soon and with our current focus on entertainment (because of the Olympics, obviously) we realized that the easiest way to seek entertainment is in fact, on our smartphones. So, we put together a list of the newest entertainment apps developed and in development that we are currently excited about. Recommended use: outside of the office.
Travel By Drone – A collection of drone-generated masterpieces grant intrigued viewers the opportunity to search and explore the world by video. Get an aerial perspective of popular views and destinations from Boulder Beach, Australia to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Truly embark on the world’s most mystifying views all from your smartphone.
Anchor FM – Do you find yourself talking about hydrangeas, Pilates, car restoration, or Yoda for hours on end? If you said yes to any of the above, chances are your friends are getting pretty annoyed hearing about your obsession – BUT – it’s possible the podcast community is interested! Anchor is an iOS app for recording, sharing, and listening to short audio clips or mini podcasts. Not only can users start conversations, but also contribute to them. So go ahead, your global audience about Yoda’s endeavors, you can educate.
Buttered Popcorn and Surround Sound – You know better than anyone else what you like, but what if there was an app to measure your movie interests? Before anyone gets any ideas, I have to stop you – There is an app and it’s called Taste! Taste is a movie recommendation engine that suggests films based on how your personalized calculations relate to the ratings of other movie-goers curiously “similar” to you. Expect the app to be released later this year, until then please continue to aimlessly guess which movie to see.
Time to Upgrade from Microsoft Paint– Tayasui’s Memopad is the quickest, freshest digital notepad equipped with 9 tools for doodling, drawing, painting, sketching, and more! Doodlers can create masterpieces and then easily share on any social network. Interested? The app is compatible with any iOS-equipped device, so get ready to become the next digital van Gogh!
That Can Only Mean One thing – Yes, it’s time for a [fun] one! Apparently Drake has his own search engine…and yes, it is exactly what you’d expect it to be. “Let me Drake that for you” allows users to search anything and reveal how it relates to Drake. If anyone has heard of anything more absurd, please let us know!
We hope you found your daily dose of entertainment, check back next time for another edition of FLIRTcasting!
Brands and businesses are constantly searching for new ways to engage their audience and have often turned to social media. The latest craze of social media apps is Snapchat. With an estimated 100 million daily users and 400 million snaps (pictures) shared per day it’s a no brainer that corporations would try to tap into Snapchat to share their brand. However, using Snapchat to develop corporate identity has its own challenges and benefits. The challenge of Snapchat is that a post only last seconds before they’re gone so every second has to be useful and memorable. This also plays into the benefit of Snapchat. Since Snapchat lives in the moment it can make posts feel more personal and exclusive, which is the key to using it successfully as a brand. Corporate Snapchats have taken advantage of exclusivity in many ways, some of which are a mini movie, behind the scenes content, and product announcements.
It seems that content creation has become a photo-driven process (or at least the content we are attracted to most). Today though, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to get a beautiful photo. All you need is your smartphone and a steady hand. Most everyone with a smartphone has taken a photo, but it’s not the photo-taking part that is so captivating. It’s how you are EDITING them that attracts us. Regardless of the platform you are using, it’s safe to say a picture done right really is worth a thousand words.
With the rise (and plateau) of Instagram along with other photo editing apps you may have on your home screen, one is beginning to stand out amongst the rest: this gem is called VSCO Cam. Read on to learn more about the next big app in mobile photo sharing and editing!
“There is no safety, there is no comfort, there is no security for you in this life anymore, unless when you’re walking down the street you can feel a hard rectangle in your pants” preached Jerry Seinfeld on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. The hard rectangle Seinfeld was referring to was the cellphone, or what many of us can easily refer to as our fifth limb.
Depending on who you ask, 2014 is the year of mobile. Or maybe it was 2013. Or maybe it was 2007 when Apple launched the iPhone. In 50 years, we will see when the historians decide to pinpoint as the year for mobile, but one thing we cannot deny in the present. Our dependence on “the hard rectangle” in our pocket is no longer just a matter of social commentary; our dependence is an undeniable fact. Mobile is now, and here are the numbers that back it up.
They come like clockwork at the end of every event: event surveys. Whether by paper, email or app, these simple questions have to walk a tightrope between not asking too many questions (so as not to spook the attendee) and asking enough questions to get some useful information back about the event. Event organizers fret over how to walk that line, when it really doesn’t matter. When was the last time you saw ten percent survey completion? You’re usually lucky to see five percent.
And from those paltry responses come even slimmer information. What’s the last thing you learned from the post event survey? That the room was too cold? That one of the breakout sessions was boring? What exactly is an event organizer supposed to do with this “information?” Read more…