During TV ad breaks, platform sends companion ads to second screens

Second screens are causing a problem for television advertisers — while they’re spending money broadcasting their spots during popular TV shows, audiences are largely using it as an opportunity to check their phones or do something more interesting on their mobile devices. Aiming to solve this problem, Xaxis Sync is a new platform that pushes content from TV commercials into mobile advertising in order to regain the attention of consumers who turn to their mobile during ad breaks. READ MORE…

Pocket Printer enables printing on the go

This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Despite the relative newness of 3D printers, we’ve already seen a portable version that can fit into owners’ backpacks, so it makes sense that there should be a mobile version of traditional paper printers. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Pocket Printer is just that, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. READ MORE…

Device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and smart TV in one

Owning a number of different devices can often mean having to regularly transfer data between them to keep them synced, or storing private information in the cloud. Offering a truly connected alternative, Seed is a set of mobile and computer products that use the processing power and data of a single docked smartphone. READ MORE…

Custom SMS notifications help users decide if they should bother checking their phone

Caller ID has made it easier for both businesses and consumers to make a decision before they pick up the phone since its implementation in the telecoms world, and we’ve even seen apps such as SayWhat provide subject lines for incoming calls. With today’s smartphones, the urge to check every notification is now one of the biggest timekillers, and new Android app called Mumble uses custom alerts to give more information about the type of text message they’ve received before they look at their device. READ MORE…

Service prints SMS histories onto miniature scrolls

Almost everything we do or say on our mobile and tablet devices is recorded and archived, comprising a huge database of moments in our lives. While futuristic services such as Eterni.me intend to use them to help recreate loved ones after they’ve died, Tx.to is a startup that lets anyone print their favorite text message conversations onto decorative scrolls as a memento. READ MORE…

Made-for-iPhone hearing aid offers smart extras

Regular readers of Springwise may remember the BioAid, a system developed by the UK’s University of Essex that turns an iPhone into a makeshift hearing aid. Now Danish tech company ReSound has launched its ReSound LiNX, a high-end hearing aid that has been developed to be 100% compatible with Apple devices, offering a number of extra functionalities. READ MORE…

Bus company brings seats to life with AR

Public transport journeys can be a pain when customers forget to bring a book or some music to pass the time. We’ve already seen Spain’s National Reading Plan enable train users to get the first chapter of books on their smartphones through QR code posters, and now First Aberdeen in Scotland is getting passengers to scan the backs of its seats to receive information and entertainment on their mobile devices. READ MORE…

App promises clean water for kids in need when users simply ignore their phone

We’ve already seen how smartphones can be leveraged to aid global causes such as cancer research with Samsung’s Power Sleep app. Now UNICEF is challenging smartphone users to make a difference by ignoring their devices through the Tap Project app, which helps provide a day’s worth of clean water to children in need for every ten minutes users refrain from touching their phone. READ MORE…

Samsung is getting smartphones to cure cancer while owners sleep

Considering how useful smartphones are, there’s still plenty of untapped potential. Locket has already gone some way to earn smartphone owners cash by turning their lock screens into ad space, and now a new app called Power Sleep harnesses the computational power of the devices to crunch data at a time when they’re otherwise not in use. READ MORE…

Wall-mounted panel enables and organizes guests’ home wifi use

Getting a visitor onto the home’s wifi network usually involves reciting long strings of letters and numbers, and even then there often isn’t any way to control their access to shared files and devices. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, Pylon is a wall-mounted panel that simply requires guests to tap their phone to connect to the wifi, with restrictions set by the homeowner. READ MORE…

App enables users to add typography to their video messages

Smartphones have placed high definition cameras into the hands of many consumers, enabling them to easily capture their lives on digital film. However, tools to edit and organize this raw footage with the same ease are few and far between. While apps such as Cinch are going some way to give users complex editing tools, Wordeo is a new app that lets amateur filmmakers quickly organize their clips and add their own text to tell a better story. READ MORE…

App rates cold calls by how annoying they’re likely to be

Although unwanted telemarketing calls are much more associated with landline phones — whose numbers are publicly available — than smartphones, those with mobile devices are likely to have experienced some unwanted contact from companies. Now the PrivacyStar app has introduced an alert system which lets users know the likelihood an unknown number will be a blacklisted company or scammer. READ MORE…

Mobile-only magazine strives for quality journalism and fair writers’ fees

The tough economy of the media industry is resulting in record layoffs of journalists and increased reliance on snappy and populist content to retain the attention of today’s mobile web surfers. We recently saw how startups such as Uncoverage are using new business models to keep longform investigative journalism alive, and now Offline magazine for iOS offers five high quality pieces of writing each month — specifically tailored for mobile users — while also giving talented writers a stake in the app’s revenue. READ MORE…

Roving dental practice will come to your office

New York’s Manicube has been delivering quick, in-office manicure appointments to those too busy to leave work, and now Studio Dental is doing the same for San Francisco workers who can’t find the time to regularly see their dentist. READ MORE…

Bus brings banking services to customers in rural areas

Boston’s City Hall To Go scheme has seen the municipality’s administrative services placed on wheels to reach those in the suburbs, and now Spain’s Bankia hopes to do the same for its financial services, with the aim of helping out those in rural locations. READ MORE…