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Romney to announce VP choice through a smartphone app

By Chris moody July 31, 2012

Four years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama made his vice presidential choice public by sending a mass text message to supporters. on Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s campaign announced they will make their announcement through a smartphone app.

The campaign launched an app called ” Mitt’s VP,” which will send the news straight to a smartphone using push notifications and then allow the user to easily spread the word on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

“The first official way to learn the name of the Republican Vice Presidential candidate is by using our new ‘Mitt’s VP’ app,” said Romney Digital Director Zac Moffatt in a statement.  “Users of the app will be the first to get the news on the biggest political decision of the year through an instantaneous alert on the one device most people carry around the clock — their phone.”

The campaign promises supporters that they will receive the news “before the press,” although in 2008, word leaked out that Obama had chosen Joe Biden before the campaign was able to send the text message.

Beth Myers, the campaign adviser in charge of Romney’s search for a running mate, said the decision would be announced “soon.”

“Soon everyone will know who Mitt Romney selects as his Vice Presidential running mate,” Myers said. “With this new app, users can be the first to know the second member of America’s Comeback Team.”

The app is available on iPhone and Android phones.

Romney to announce VP choice through a smartphone app


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    Posted by admin - August 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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    Test it out: Free Web-based turn-by-turn GPS – Gadgetbox on msnbc.com

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    Tired of going to Google Maps on your phone when you’re driving and hoping you can make it far enough without having to look at your screen? Don’t like the idea of using an expensive, dedicated GPS smartphone app? GPS software maker Telenav may have the answer to your prayers with Scout for Apps.

    Msnbc.com’s Wilson Rothman wrote about this program when it was in development a few months ago, and Wednesday it became available to developers — and to consumers — to try. 

    I headed over to Scout.me, and used the Web-based program to find directions from where I live to a deli in a nearby community. then, I simply asked it to send the directions to my iPhone. Within seconds, I received a text message with a link to spoken-word turn-by-turn directions — on my phone’s Web browser. There was the standard nav voice most of us are used to hearing, reading the directions I asked for, along with a route map, with no particular app required.

    Right now, Scout for Apps is only out for Apple’s iOS platform, but an Android version will be available later this year, Telenav says.you may be wondering why a navigator that doesn’t require an app has “for Apps” in its name. “Scout for Apps is the first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation service for mobile phones,” Telenav said in a news release. “Developers can integrate the service by simply adding one line of code, making it ideal for social, travel and shopping apps, or any other app or website that includes points of interest, places or addresses.”

    The Yellow Pages app, made by Avantar, was one of the first testers of Scout for Apps, and Wednesday released an update incorporating it into its free program.

    “Previously, when users clicked on an address in our Yellow Pages app, we provided a standard map experience to help users get to their desired destinations,” said Adrian Ochoa, Avantar CEO in the Telenav release. “Now with Scout for Apps, our customers will receive full-blown turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, and they will never have to leave our app to get those directions and guidance.”

    For us, the beauty of it is seeing how any location-aware Internet-connected device can suddenly give you turn-by-turn directions, without too much specialized software. There’s no reason why, in the near future, every map will come with a moving, realtime “You are here” indicator, and along with a friendly voice to guide you elsewhere.

    To learn more, here’s Telenav’s video about Scout for Apps for developers:

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      Posted by admin - March 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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      5 Deals to Look Forward to in 2012

      Consumers fed up with rising prices on fuel, food and other purchases will be happy to find that some things may actually be cheaper in the new Year.

      The same economic uncertainty that’s driving many prices up has also created a handful of silver linings for consumers — particularly those planning a big-ticket purchase or trip in the short term, says Jack Plunkett, chief executive of market research firm Plunkett Research. Growing competition between web and bricks-and-mortar retailers has also generated more deals beyond the usual roster of furniture and household linens sales that pop up every January. “What we’re going to find, long-term, is that you get your best deals on the Internet,” says independent retail analyst Jeff Green. But for now retailers are “trying to keep people in stores for as long as they can.” That means more sales.

      Shoppers will still need to exercise caution, experts say. One category’s price break is often counterbalanced by rising fees in a different area. One example: Rising charges for cellphone data use often eclipse price cuts on text-message plans. “Little savings here and there may not help much,” Plunkett says. But here are some deals that could help consumers keep their budget in check in 2012.

      Consumer electronics

      Prices typically drop in January and February as manufacturers introduce the latest in computers, televisions and other devices. That’s likely to accelerate this year as stores look to better compete with web sites, Green says. TV prices in particular continue to drop. During the last few months of 2011 the average price of a 42″ LCD screen fell below $500 for the first time, reports market research firm NPD Group. in 2010, the average price was closer to $600.

      Shoppers may find that the deals don’t extend to all orders or categories, says Lindsay Sakraida, features director of deal-tracking site DealNews.com. Shortages have increased prices on components such as hard drives. other items are cheap because they aren’t worth it: a standalone GPS, for example, is now largely redundant for smartphone users, she says.

      Text-message plans

      With the introduction of Apple’s iMessage and other apps that let consumers message each other for free, experts say there’s little reason to shell out $10 to $50 per month for a text-message bundle. At the least that could put an extra $120 back in the budget for 2012.

      Just don’t expect it to stay there. The average smartphone user consumed 435 MB of data per month during the first quarter of 2011, according to Nielsen. That’s up 89% compared with the previous year and well above the 200MB threshold for AT&T’s and Verizon’s cheapest data plans. Verizon also nixed its unlimited data plan this year, while AT&T introduced a plan to throttle the speed of its heaviest users.

      Travel to Europe

      The European debt crisis may be a boon for travelers: one U.S. dollar currently buys 0.76 euro, up from 0.69 euro on Sept. 1. That’s enough to give travelers an edge on hotels and daily expenses, says Melissa Klurman, a contributing editor for Travelocity.

      The problem: rising fuel prices and airline capacity cuts have kept international fares moving higher. The crisis and in turn, the euro’s value — could also stabilize next year, diminishing savings for travelers who book well in advance, Plunkett says. The Continent may also be less hospitable than in years past. “European workers are disgruntled, so you might also run into a strike or two,” he says.

      Wine

      Bargain bottles are becoming more prevalent as boutique wineries spring back and consumers curtail consumption, Sakraida says. “People are now less likely to spend over $30 a bottle, so wineries are focusing on lower price points,” she says. A number of new flash-sale sites also offer high-end wines at discounts of as much as 50%.

      Experts say some sales and low-priced bottles may mask so-so vintages, so it’s still important to read reviews before shelling out for a case.

      Interest rates

      Consumers planning to buy a house or a car can expect rates to stay low and maybe even go a little lower through mid-2012, Plunkett says. “This low interest-rate environment we’re in is going to be encouraged by the Federal Reserve,” he says.

      Those savings, however, might be the only break purchasers get. Automakers have projected an increase in sales next year, which could lead to sparser incentives, he says. And that same low-rate environment has also pushed down yields on checking and savings accounts, according to rate-tracking sites DepositAccounts.com and Bankrate.com. “You might as well put your money in your pillow,” Plunkett says.

      5 Deals to Look Forward to in 2012


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        How do I connect my Palm Treo Smartphone when sending text messages?

        I just activated a Palm Treo Smartphone model 650, and it's working great. I can make phonecalls, but when I try to send a text message, it says that it is unable to connect tot he network. What does that mean, and how do I fix/make the connection? Please help!

        How do I connect my Palm Treo Smartphone when sending text messages?


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        Posted by admin - December 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

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        How to send txt from Australia to the US?

         Well as you may know the, Haiti Through Text Message Campaign (heres the link: http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/haiti-red…

        And yes of course, I want to help! My friend and I sent texts but they don’t send! so it got me thinking, is there some code we need to send to US?

        Thanks, Very very very much :)

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        How to send txt from Australia to the US?


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