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5 Smartphone Apps That Save Lives

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

5  Mobile Apps To Keep You Safe

Using a cell phone while driving, or even walking, is a major issue among smart-phone users. Truth is, it can wait—but since most users ignore the serious danger this habit presents, here are a few apps to help keep you and those around you safe.

1.  Awareness (Essency)

Awareness is a wonderful little app that utilized the microphone in your phone to transmit outside noise through your headphones. You control the threshold and volume of the sound so you can enjoy your tunes while remaining aware (get it?) of your surroundings. Never worry about getting smacked by an ice cream truck on your afternoon jog again.

2. Type n Walk (CGactive LLC)


We have all been there—trying to coordinate the nights events via text while walking through the house and then– *SMACK*– your big toe meets the corner of the coffee table. No? That’s just me?   What if the background of the text window could somehow magically replicate the surroundings? Type n Walk uses the on-board camera to see what that beautiful 5 inch touch screen is blocking, and displays it as the background of your texts. No more running into walls, street signs, or street performers for that matter. Airheads, space cadets, and communication junkies alike can benefit from this app.

3. Pocket First Aid & CPR (The American Heart Association & Jive Media) 

Be prepared to be the hero you always wanted to be with the Pocket First Aid & CPR app. If this app can help Dan Woolley survive 65 hours under a pile of rubble, it can help you. This app features 34 videos and 46 HD illustrations to walk you through adult, child, and infant choking and CPR scenarios.  The app also comes complete with an enhanced medial profile section so you can access and share insurance, allergy, doctor, and other information in times of need.

4. PulsePoint (PulsePoint Foundation) 

A social network for life savers—PulsePoint alerts registered CPR certified users of nearby cardiac emergencies using location-based services. Although the app has current limited availability, the future life-saving potential is impressive. The app also directs citizens to the exact location of the closes public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as users can photograph and geo-tag locations throughout the city.

5. iTriage (Healthagen LLC) 

Created by two ER doctors, iTriage answers all of your medical questions. Search symptoms, learn about potential causes, and find the most appropriate facility or doctor. A must have mommy-app, iTriage can provide crucial information like ER wait times, pre-registration for select facilities, one-touch access to emergency hotlines, map and directions, and everything else you need to ensure the safety of those around you.

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Your Phone as…Your Wallet?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Remember those keychain credit cards from McDonald’s, gas stations and other establishments?  The idea was to link it to a credit card and upon purchasing goods, just “swipe” it as you would any credit card.  Simple and convenient.  The same kind of technology is starting to arrive on Android phones.

Called, “Google Wallet”, shoppers can authorize an application to charge a preexisting Citi MasterCard card or deduct money from a prepaid debit card (you can add funds from your bank account or a non-Citi-card). Google just announced today that Wallet will also soon support Discover, Visa, and American Express accounts. It will be interesting to see if people take advantage of this.   Hopefully security measures will be bulked up to protect you and your purchases if you ever lose your phone..

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Abt's Mobile Electronics Installers Do It All

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Abt’s mobile audio department can turn your car into your own personal playground. John S., mobile electronics department manager called me today and said, “Do you want to come down and see an iPad that I just put in the dash of a car?”

I grabbed my camera and headed down to mobile electronics. I had an image in my head of what I thought it would look like, and admittedly, I wasn’t sure what the iPad would do, but I knew it would look cool.

When I got to the installation bay, I looked in the passenger door as John finished putting on the final touches and tested everything to make sure that the stereo and iPad worked correctly. I told him how cool it looked and then I stopped and said, but what does it do?

< John explained that the iPad could control everything from the ignition, to the locks, to the security system on the Tahoe. He went on to show me it worked in conjunction with the Viper Smart Start App on his Blackberry.

In addition to controlling major systems in the car, it also performs all the functions of an iPad, like accessing iTunes and iPad Apps.

The iPad works off the wireless or 3G network, so if you want to use it as a GPS, radio, or streaming video player, go for it. You can do virtually anything with it.

For more information or cool ideas for your car, contact Abt’s mobile electronics department today!

-Kelly B.

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