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The team at jācapps is immersed in the mobile world all day, every day. And we all have our own insights into how to make your mobile strategy work better. Be sure to stop by our blog each week for some interesting thought starters.

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    How Mobile Technology Is Affecting Public Transit

    Purchasing tickets for any event or transportation in person is a thing of the past. I, for one, know that when I purchase a plane ticket or a concert ticket, I conveniently do so on my smartphone. It is fast and extremely easy, so what businesses wouldn’t want to jump...
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    A Healthy Alternative

    One of our custom applications, Food Tripping, was featured in a great article by Health.com entitled “10 Healthy Eating Apps This Nutritionist Loves”. From the brilliant minds at SHFT, their goal is to lead a more sustainable lifestyle through film, design, art, and food. This app is designed to help...
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    A Taste of Apple's New Patents

    IMAGE: US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE Recently, Apple has acquired a slew of new patents that could eventually make its way onto the iPhone. According to Mashable, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has approved the “Track My Friends” feature. This new feature would let users monitor others’ locations in...
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    10 Years of Radio Apps

    Radio apps have grown substantially since our friend, James Cridland, developed the world’s first streaming mobile app for a radio station back in 2005. Back in the time where there were no app stores, no wifi for mobile, and data was extremely expensive. That time is long gone, and after...
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    5 Ways to Promote Your App on-Air

    by: Bob Kernen We frequently get calls from our clients asking why nobody is downloading their apps anymore. Our response is always the same, “How are you promoting it?” Promotion. Obvious, right? But usually, the response is, “Oh, were we supposed to do that?” Typically a station promotes their app...
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    IKEA Brings Qi into the Home

    The Swedish furniture chain, IKEA, will soon be coming out with new pieces that will be incorporating Qi technology. With this, we will be able to place our mobile devices onto “charging pads” on the furniture, and in turn will charge our phones wirelessly. According to Mashable, “Qi is a...
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    Reclaim your listening occasions!

    by: Bob Kernen The H&R Block man’s rallying cry is “Get your billions back, America!” Well, to borrow the tone, if not the content of his ubiquitous-this-time-of-year yawp, c’mon “Get your listening occasions back, radio.” At one time, everyone had transistor radios, boom boxes, Walkmans, even stereos. Now most people...
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    Radio's Most Innovative: XAPPmedia

    We are delighted to offer a new way to monetize your apps. XAPP Ads are interactive audio ads that enable you to respond using just your voice. It is simple. If the advertisement interests you, simply speak to engage. No more fumbling with unlocking your phone or trying to remember...
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    Cheers!

    Everyone has heard or experienced it by now – it is difficult for companies to attract and retain exceptional, creative, and hard working talent. Many HR teams spend endless amounts of effort on this task. At jacapps, we consider ourselves lucky to have the wonderful team we do that works...
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    Throwback Thursday

    Even in the early 1900’s, people were buzzing about the possibility of mobile telephones. According to Wired, the world’s first car phone, invented by Lars Magnus Ericsson in 1910, had to be hooked into wires along the side of the road, but hey, it was still mobile! Here, you can...
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    Top 5 Pet Moments at jācapps

    While we are hard at work making the best mobile apps out there – we do like to take time to appreciate our furball friends. 1. That time Santa Paws came to visit 2. Charlie becoming our spokesdog (he loves car rides) 3. Sheena trying to take over official spokesdog...
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    Mobile Technology Is Helping the Growth of Smaller Businesses

    According to Mobile Commerce Press, studies by both The Boston Consulting Group and Qualcomm reveal that mobile technology has become a major factor of growth for small to medium enterprises (SMEs). As mobile technology keeps growing, we, as consumers, are relying heavily on our mobile devices for a plethora of...
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    Smart Jewelry - the Latest in Wearable Technology

    Smart watches are all the rage right now, especially as we eagerly await the new Apple Watch, but watches are not the only wearable technology to look out for. Trellie, a pioneer in wearable technology, has recently announced that they will be coming out with smart jewelry technology. According to...
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    It’s an Apps, Apps, Apps, Apps World

    Coming off another hot holiday season of smartphone sales (did Santa get you that new 6+ you wanted?), there is more evidence that mobile apps are the currency of Web 3.0. If the fact that 86% of smartphone usage is on apps, compared to only 14% on browsers, wasn’t enough...
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    Car Device Will Help Drivers Stay out of Harms Way

    There are a plethora of expensive vehicles out there that are fully equipped with gadgets such as cameras, sensors, and other technologies. Not everyone can afford the cars that come with all of these extras, but a new device has recently emerged for those who do not have a technologically...
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    The Top 9 App Trends from 2014

    App Annie, one of the top app measurement platforms, has come out with their annual report that pulls the big app trends from the past year. Let’s take a look back at what trends were the most notable. 1. According to the full report, “Google Play has increased its lead...
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    Mobile Technology for the Disabled

    As we are seeing every day, technology is rapidly evolving. So much so, that Israel has begun experimenting with making mobile technology accessible to those who have disabilities. These technologies are also beneficial for able-bodied users. For example, Project Ray has developed a phone for the blind, which also allows...
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    The Future of the Biometric Interface

    It can be frustrating when you log onto your Facebook account and see that it has been hacked. Sure, you can go in and change your password, but who says that your account won’t be hacked again? It is safe to say that a good amount of people have run...
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    Mobile Healthcare Apps Are Making It Big in 2015

    As research has shown, mobile usage is climbing. From shopping to watching videos, using mobile has become the new normal in our society. It is so popular that hospitals and doctors offices are even getting in on the mobile movement. Mobile healthcare applications can help you track your personal fitness,...
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    Giving through Mobile

    'Tis the season to be giving, and what better way to give back than by donating to your favorite charities? With mobile technology, it is extremely easy to donate to any organization or charity. According to this article by PYMNTS.com, donating via mobile is showing results that people are donating...
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    Mobile Payment - Who Will Come out on Top?

    More and more companies are deciding to jump on the mobile payment bandwagon. This new phenomenon is not only beneficial for companies, but also for consumers. Mobile payment makes transactions easy and fast, therefore making lines move faster and more efficiently. You also won't have to worry about fumbling around...
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    How Technology Affects Media

    According to the Buzzfeed Insights Report, social, mobile, and online video are three technologies that are drastically changing media. Social media usage has grown and will not stop growing any time soon. Instead of watching television, reading a newspaper, or even going directly to a company website, people are beginning...
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    Mobile Apps Vs. Mobile Web

    Although app and mobile web usage is pretty much neck and neck, app usage seems to be creeping its way ahead. As of right now, both app and mobile web coexist. There are still a good amount of people who use mobile web, but more and more companies are building...
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    Mobile Usage is on the Rise...

    ...and it won't be slowing down anytime soon. From basic observation, it is easy to see that the use of digital media has increased in the past few years, and usage is still steadily moving upward. According to a report by eMarketer, American adults spend more time on digital media...
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    Mobile Stocking Stuffers!

    The holidays are a crucial time for mobile. So many people purchase new devices that the week after Christmas has become known as one of the biggest weeks of the year for the iPhone and Android App stores. So you should make sure your app is ready. Here are some...
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    The Power of Paper

    Disposable battery packs are not a new concept, but this battery pack – the Mini Power, is of a different breed. Most external battery packs are built with lithium ion, while the Mini Power is built with paper. That’s right, a PAPER battery! Unlike a regular external battery, it is...
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    Is There an Echo in Here?

    Amazon has recently come out with a new product titled the Amazon Echo, and it is definitely creating a buzz! So what is this Amazon Echo, and what does it do? For starters, it is voice controlled and it is always on. You can ask for music, weather, news, or...
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    3 Dos and 3 Don'ts for Your Mobile Strategy

    If your station has joined the mobile revolution, congratulations. Your brand is now part of the biggest, most transformative technology trend in the world since TV. But just because you have an app doesn’t mean the work is done. Here are some things you should do (and not do) to...
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    App Glut(tons)

    The mobile trades this week are abuzz about whether or not we’re in an “app glut.” The catalyst for this is a comScore report that 65.5 percent of us didn’t download an app last month. At first, this might seem alarming to people (like me) who make apps for a...
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    Be Disruptive

    Digital disruption. You’ve probably noticed that it’s everywhere. The Supreme Court on Wednesday decided the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v Aereo. Aereo is the new technology that for just $8/month will let you use a tiny antenna to capture and record over-the-air programming to watch on your TV,...
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    Nice Platforms!

    No, I’m not talking about shoes. But the way some media companies think about new media platforms, you’d think they were living in the 70’s. Name one successful media company that is entirely focused on one platform or delivery channel. You can’t do it. It doesn’t exist. From TV networks,...
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    Location, Location, Location

    The mobile space, lately, is sounding a lot like the real estate business. Remember the worldwide web? Having conquered the world and made it a little smaller, digital technology is getting a lot closer to home. Having all the world’s information in your pocket is really cool, but sometimes it’s...
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    Millennials in Motion

    Last month as I sat on Woodward Avenue in Detroit watching 30,000 examples of Detroit’s (and the world’s) four-wheeled finest roll by, I was struck by something – the drivers of these cars were mostly … okay, I’ll just say it ... old. My sister said, “these cars are so...
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    Have You Made The Top 30?

    With seemingly infinite media choices facing the consumer wherever she goes – online, music streaming services, the “center stack,” and of course, radio stations – only so many brands break through. This is becoming even more problematic as the options multiply. Thinking about the challenge of the “connected car,” drivers...
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    The Single Bullet Theory

    Reddit recently released an app for their highly popular Ask Me Anything feature (AMA). If you’re not familiar with it, Reddit gets notable people to sit down for a session with their users where those users can, as the title suggests, ask the person anything. The concept has led to...