A New Smartphone That Looks Like a Pocket Watch

A company based in Berkeley, CA known as Monohm plans to release their version of the smartphone next week. It is called the "Runcible" and was named after a nonsense word created by an English poet. The watch was designed and engineered by Apple and Sony Alumni - Aubrey Anderson, George Arriola, and Jason Proctor.

The phone has a circular shape and a convex wooden back. It is designed to be easily held in your hand, and has a screen on front with a camera on back. It can do everything a normal phone can do - make calls, send texts, browse the Web, and so on. However, it cannot use apps.

Producers of the watch/phone feel it is a great alternative for people who don't "live" off a smartphone.

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The Social Network You Can Wear

A joint venture between the design teams at MIT's Tangible Media Group and the Fluid Interface Group have resulted in the creation of a "wearable" social network. The t-shirt shows your interests, organizations, or even if you are a compatible organ donor. The collar of the shirt has a special tag that lets you connect it to your phone or Bluetooth device. It will be able to alert you whenever there is someone within 12 feet of you who also is wearing the same type of garment.

Once you are notified, sensors in the shirt allow you to read either a handshake, touch, or high five before the shirt starts transmitting your data to the other individual and to your social networks.

Designers of the shirt say that its intention is to help others to learn how to better interact with one another in reality and not just on the Web. Also, it may be helpful for large groups of people to be able to stay in touch with each other during industry conferences, meetings, and so on.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/26/tech/mci-social-network-wearable/index.html

Are iPhone Users Smarter Than Android Users?

A recent study performed by Chitika - an online advertising network - found that more college graduates tend to have iPhones. Alaska (66%), Montana, and Vermont have the highest percentage of iPhone users, while Delaware, Iowa, and New Mexico (41%) have the lowest. Also, Chitika found that increased wealth was linked to greater iPhone sales.

In the first month of sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, over 80% of sales from the U.S. were from males - over 60% of which made over $75,000 a year, according to Slice - company that tracks purchases from American consumers.

Additionally, the study noted that sales of the iPhone correlate to the population densitry of an area. The more densely populated a place is, the better chance there will be higher iPhone sales rates in that particular state.

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Google is Going to Be a Wireless Carrier

Google has plans of soon selling cell phone service along with its Android phones. For years now, the company has been putting together all of the pieces of the puzzle to be able to provide this service to consumers. They already make the most-used mobile software on the planet, and they design and sell their phones online. They have become an Internet Service Provider, as well, with the Google Fiber initiative across the U.S.

All that is needed now are cell towers to help with creating a nationwide network for users. Instead of building their own, they plan on carrying their service over Sprint and T-Mobile networks. It is speculated that Google will be paying $2 per gigabyte, so this means that they could become one of the cheapest cell service providers on the market.

Kevin Smithen, Macquarie Securities analyst believes that by 2018, Google will be paying Sprint $750 million and T-Mobile $250 million for its services. This means that if Google chooses to break even, they could potentially sell $1 billion in wireless services.

Read more of the story here: http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/23/technology/mobile/google-wireless/index.html

Research Shows That Yelp is NOT Doing Their Job to Catch Bad Reviews

Recent reports indicate that Yelp's filter for reviews doesn't seem to be doing its job. Reviews have been found with promo codes, which would seemingly violate Yelp's guidelines, on Uber and Lyft, as well as on other Taxi cab services. For quite some time now, this filter in place has been the subject of a lot of controversy among small business owners as it can effectively promote a business and give more attention to one that has more "positive" reviews, even if they are fake or riddled with special promo codes.

Strategy Response noted that after doing some research of their own, they found that there were many Uber customers that were spamming Yelp's review so that they could promote their own code. So, whenever someone uses the code, the person will get $5 in credit with the business. This means that most of the 5-star reviews for the taxi service are biased since they are only promoting a code and not actually reviewing the company itself. Last year, many celebrities came under fire for using their Uber codes on Twitter, including: Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Even though something like this doesn't really matter on Twitter since it isn't going to cause someone to choose one business over another because of a better star rating, Yelp is a completely different story altogether. Obviously, these so-called reviews are biased, but Yelp's filter isn't doing a good job at getting rid of them. Strategy Response was able to find these reviews for Uber across various locations in the U.S., including for their business in Louisville, Charleston, and Kalamazoo.

So, how exactly can this have an impact on a small business? Uber and Lyft are gaining an unfair competitive advantage in the market because of all of their "positive" 5-star reviews that aren't being filtered out properly. A Harvard study found that a restaurant was able to get a 5-9% increase in their sales based on an increase of a single star in Yelp. This is causing many small business owners to lose customers and become very frustrated with Yelp's review system, understandably.

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