Spotify is seeking to make using its app while driving safer with the recent introduction of a Car View screen. The option, which currently only works on Android and over Bluetooth, has larger type and eliminates nonessential information to reduce the distraction factor.
Salesforce is upgrading its Lightning Platform to give marketers and administrators the ability to create mobile apps on their own. Lightning Platform Mobile offers three tools aimed at building, running services and publishing, with mobile publishing also available through Salesforce's Community Cloud.
City Brain, an AI-powered smart traffic system that analyzes roads in real time to coordinate signals, has dramatically reduced congestion in Hangzhou, China, according to Alibaba, which created the system. More cities in China and elsewhere are experimenting with City Brain and other smart traffic systems to lessen commute times and optimize emergency services.
Beijing has implemented electronic meters for street parking spots in three districts since the start of the year. The government plans to expand the smart parking program to the entire city by year-end.
There's a high risk of secondary accidents while first responders are dealing with crashes and investigating the scene, but drone technology and 3D printing can cut down on that vulnerable time by quickly mapping crash scenes so traffic can return to normal much sooner. The sheriff's department in Tippecanoe County, Ind., experimented with drone imaging in 2018 and found that and it "can cut 60 percent off the down time for traffic flow following a crash," Capt. Robert Hainje says.
Mike Zeto, general manager of AT&T's Smart Cities business, talks about internet of things innovations that are changing how cities deal with crime, traffic and more in this interview from CES 2019. He says AT&T's smart sensors are listening for gunshots, monitoring traffic and air quality, and making sure street lights are working.
More than 772 million email addresses and almost 22 million passwords have been exposed as part of a series of hacks dating back to 2008. The compromised information is on security researcher Troy Hunt's website, Have I Been Pwned, where individuals can check if their information has been compromised.
The Boston-based startup Sense plans to use fresh funding to upgrade its machine-learning energy monitoring app for the Connect IoT platform that Landis+Gyr's power meters use. Users will be able to track home energy consumption in real time, as well as remotely learn which appliances need fixing or are active.
GameStop has completed its $700 million sale of 1,284 AT&T Wireless stores to Texas-based Prime Communications. The sale will allow the retailer to increase its focus on its core gaming and collectibles businesses, said Executive Chairman Dan DeMatteo.
App Annie reports that Facebook scored big in 2018, with WhatsApp the most-used app worldwide during the later part of the year and Messenger the most downloaded as well as the most used overall. Four of the five top used and downloaded apps were Facebook properties: Facebook itself, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger.