App Store on Apple TV?

  From ilikecode: “it completely changes the economics of signage. Even if Apple pays zero attention to features for this market, it will become the dominant device in use, and a great opportunity for iOS developers.” Well at this point we might as well wait and see what Apple reveals today, but this is great …

Tesla, best car in the world?!

From Gear Patrol More than half of the Tesla owners were actually sitting there in their cars waiting for them to charge, either napping, goofing off on their phones, or, in one case, changing a diaper in the back seat That is the most interesting observation in this article, don’t even bother reading the rest. …

Robot room service in hotels

From the NYTimes. Relay, a three-foot-tall rolling robot, can make room service deliveries and drop off small items like toothbrushes and phone chargers. The robot requests elevators via Wi-Fi, calls the room ahead of its deliveries and (when it senses the room door has opened) pops open a two-cubic-foot cargo container before departing with R2D2-like …

Target Launches Beacon Test In 50 Stores

From TechCrunch: In Target’s case, the company says that the technology will be used not only to trigger deal alerts like new offers from Cartwheel (its mobile couponing service), but also provide information and recommendations to shoppers, like an alert about what nearby apparel items are trending on Pinterest, for instance. Blaaaah! 🙁 In a …

How App Design Can Hurt App Development

From TechCrunch: This also requires a realization that app development is not a linear process, and an end to the all-too-common workflow of designing an app and simply handing it over to developers. What’s needed, instead, is an organic process where designers and developers work together to create a vision that’s compelling and exciting — …

Drive-up stores

From Engadget: Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery store in Sunnyvale, California that will rely solely on internet orders — you’d schedule pickups instead of wandering aisles This is exactly what Target/Walmart should have been experimenting with years ago. Unlike ordering prepared food (like a pizza) which you need at a specific time and place, …

Apple Watch is going to be huge

From WatchAware: …in the years to come innovations will happen that will make the Watch far more compelling. The screen, the battery, the speed, the applications, and the sensors will all be noticeably better. Not only that, but the Watch will likely do something we haven’t thought of. It’s hard to say what that is …

Why aren’t retail stores copying Starbucks?

From The New York Times: Wall Street has been watching Starbucks’s introduction of a mobile ordering and payment system, which is available in more than 4,000 stores around the country. Mr. Johnson said that 20 percent of all money paid to Starbucks in the United States came in through its mobile app. “These new capabilities …