The MOTODEV team recently tweeted a link to a post on their blog showcasing a geo-location push notification SDK for use by Android app developers. The SDK and app developed by Xtify create dynamic notifications that can be deployed depending on a user’s location. In the example showcased recently at CTIA, upon arriving at the Las Vegas airport, the MOTODEV team was greeted with a welcome message and prompted to further explore the Xtify app.
The below video isn’t the most entertaining piece of viewing, but it is interesting to see the various ways that this SDK can be deployed.
Xtify’s geo-notification is not the type of tool that would form the basis of an entire application, but rather it would be installed to run in the background of other applications. For instance, an app based on a brick-and-mortar store such as Best Buy that provides a mobile portal to their online shopping could inform you of sales and special deals as you enter the store. Of course, I would hope apps deploying this SDK would have the decency to allow users the ability to turn the function on and off, or else I fear this type of power could result in a lot of advertising push notification spam.
As Apple files its case against Samsung in the Netherlands, claims of tampered visual evidence are again making the rounds around the blogosphere. This time the Samsung Galaxy S looks to be the victim of resizing, making the phone appear more similar to the iPhone 3GS at first glance. While there are some striking visual similarities between the two smartphones, in reality the Galaxy S is both longer and wider than the iPhone.
Accusations of misleading visual evidence first arose with Apple’s suit in Germany over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a case based solely on the outward appearance of Samsung’s tablet in comparison to the iPad. The BBC reports that though evidence in the court filing appeared to be manipulated, the judge presiding over the case had a chance to examine both slates in person. The Netherlands case, however, is a bit more far reaching with Apple going after both the hardware and software designs.
Unlike the German case, Samsung had the opportunity to defend itself against Apple’s claims and pointed out a history of misleading evidence. The evidence in support of these claims apparently wasn’t enough to sway the court in Samsung’s favor. Though the misrepresentation of Samsung’s devices in these court filings do seem problematic, it is hard to determine the intentions of the visual evidence without context.