The Weekly Techno Briefs helps you keep pace with the fascinating and constantly changing world of technology. This week's edition tells you how the Amazon Wallet is going to make your wallets and purses lighter, how a temporary tattoo unlocks your phone, and how your iPad can now click 3D images.
Have you heard about Amazon Wallet?
Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly basic – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or have the ability to store credit cards or debit cards. Instead, the wallet only offers the ability to store and organize your gift cards and other store and loyalty cards. According to the application’s description, Amazon Wallet lets you either scan or type in your gift card, loyalty card and membership card’s information to “reduce the clutter in your leather wallet or purse.” The cards are then available in a digital format as a barcode, QR code, text or image.
Temporary tattoo to unlock your phone
Motorola has teamed up with a company called VivaLnk to make a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Apply it to your skin, hold your phone up to it, and your phone unlocks. The tattoo is an ultra-thin Near Field Communication (NFC) circuit, wrapped up in medical-grade 3M adhesive that won’t (or, at least, shouldn’t) leave a scar on your skin.
A New Digital Tatoo for Moto X
3D pictures from iPad
Itseez3D, the first app to partner with computer vision technology company Occipital, can turn any picture you take with your iOS camera into a 3D object. The app works by mounting the Structure Sensor to an iPad and then moving the camera eye over and around the subject you are taking a 3D picture of.
LinkedIn to acquire Bizo
LinkedIn just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Bizo, a company that helps advertisers reach businesses and professionals. The deal is anticipated to be worth around US$175 million (€129 million). Bizo offers targeting and analytics for display and direct response ads.
Dropbox becomes smarter
Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier service launched earlier this year. The Start-up has unveiled a host of new features to enhance Dropbox for Business. They include new (and more secure) ways to share documents, and an interesting move that points to Dropbox’s bigger platform ambitions: the introduction of full-text search.
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.