Patrick Mahony – A Tech-Based Answer to Food Insecurity and More

Patrick Mahony – A Tech-Based Answer to Food Insecurity and More

Economic distress can be devastating not only to families, but can lead to issues over eating regularly. In the latter case, that vulnerability with respect to children can have a detrimental effect on their physical growth and educational performance. This issue becomes especially important during the summer months, when schools aren’t in session.

Patrick Mahony mRelief

To address the issue and many other problems, mRelief has created a tool that can be accessed either online or by text message. It allows individuals to quickly determine if they’re eligible for a host of social services, including food stamps, and is currently available in 42 states.

Tech specialist Patrick Mahony notes that more than 30,000 families have been aided by mRelief, with that process for determining eligibility taking only five minutes of their time.

“All you need to do is go to their website, http://www.mrelief.com/#, enter your zip code and whatever government assistance you’re seeking. When it comes to obtaining free or discounted meals, you can get a quick answer on where to go for free or discounted meals for children,” Mahony said.

Given the fact that many low-income families may not have available Internet access, the program can be accessed by simply texting the zip code information to 1-844-877-6111 and waiting for a response.

It may seem shocking, but more than $11 million worth of food stamps goes unclaimed every year, either due to lack of access to applications or simply being unaware of their availability.

Patrick Mahony is impressed with mRelief’s efforts in a variety of areas, especially for an organization that began less than two years ago. Speaking about this latest tool from this non-profit organization, Mahony said:

“Just the peace of mind it offers parents is something you really can’t put a price on,” said Mahony.

Caltech sues Apple for infringement of WiFi patents

Caltech sues Apple for infringement of WiFi patents

The California Institute of Technology has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Broadcom, who is one of Apple’s suppliers of WiFi chips.
The university claims that Apple has knowingly used and advertised gains from patented technology in almost all of its major products from the iPhone 5 forward. The patents were awarded between 2006 and 2012 and includes the two most recent 802.11n and 802.11ac standards. Broadcom’s technology is using IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders invented by the California Institute of Technology. Apple and Broadcom are allegedly infringing upon four patents owned by Caltech.
List of Apple products that infringe the patents include, but not limited to :

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Air
  • IPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2
  • MacBook Air
  • Apple Watch

Apple has manufactured, used, imported, offered for sale, and/or sold products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents since approximately 2012. If the patents are seen by the jury as valid, the process will move forward to determine how much CalTech might be owed in damages.

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

Most companies will expect year-on-year growth if they are performing well, but Apple has reported they’ve smashed their own App Store sales record over the past year, including the biggest single day of sales over its history during the holiday season.

In total, Apple reports the App Store took in over $20 billion during the course of 2015. When you compare to 2014, where the App Store was estimated to have taken in an estimated $15 billion, you can start to comprehend just what a big year 2015 was for the guys and girls over at Cupertino. Over the two weeks ending on January 3rd alone, customers spent a record $1.1 billion on apps.

Since the App Store launched in 2008, Apple says it has paid out close to $40 billion to developers.

Of course this money doesn’t go straight into Apple’s sizeable coffers, but instead will be distributed in various amounts to iOS developers. In an ironic turn of events, it’s Microsoft who is set to receive one of the biggest pay checks from Apple due to Minecraft (which the company acquired from Mojang on November 6th 2014)

Apple itself would have taken around $6 billion in revenue from the App Store in 2015; based on earning 30 cents for every $1 spent in the store. Other big contributors to Apple’s big year included Clash of Clans, and subscription-based apps like Netflix and Hulu.

Not just content with having its biggest year on record, Apple also witnessed the biggest single day in the App Store’s history. On January 1st, users spent $144 million in the store.

Since the App Store launched in 2008, Apple says it has paid out close to $40 billion to developers. The company is often mocked for how much it brags about its numbers, but Apple can afford to when they remain so large and notable.

Apple is also quick to point out that it is “responsible for creating and supporting 1.9 million jobs in the US alone,” 75 percent of which are a direct result of the iOS ecosystem. That’s some impressive stuff.

Amazon’s new smartphone play is being bloatware on your new smartphone

Amazon’s new smartphone play is being bloatware on your new smartphone

Amazon built a smartphone, and by most reports it sucked pretty hard. Now they’ve found a new way to suck at smartphones: by shoving bloatware onto phones made by other companies.

According to sources familiar with Amazon’s machinations, they’ve been kicking around the idea of “integrating their core services” on other makers’ smartphones. That means they want to see things like the main Amazon app, Underground, Instant Video, Kindle, Amazon Photos, and Amazon Cloud Drive shipped on, say, the G5 when LG loads up their firmware at the factory.

Nobody really likes bloatware, but it’s certainly tolerated by plenty of smartphone users. And in fairness to Amazon, they do make some pretty terrific apps and no one is more aggressive with how they price and bundle their services. Look at all the extras you get with a $99 Prime subscription. You get all the video and music you can stream, which would cost you about $10 a month each from someone else. You get unlimited photo storage. You get access to free e-books via the Kindle Lending Library. You even get 20% off pre-orders for new games now.

Does Amazon want a bigger piece of the app store pie? Absolutely, and negotiating integration deals with other OEMs will be a lot easier to pull off than building an amazing new smartphone. Throw a few bucks at most manufacturers, and they’ll put any old garbage on their devices.

What Amazon’s really after, though, is more orders from more customers. They’re not experimenting with drone delivery and registering as an oceanic freight forwarder because they anticipate moving fewer goods any time soon. They want to continue dominating the e-commerce landscape forever, and your next smartphone just might help them do that.

Misfit Introduces Shine 2, the Latest Aluminum Tracker

Misfit Introduces Shine 2, the Latest Aluminum Tracker

Misfit debuts its upgraded activity and sleep tracker, the Shine 2. This aluminum tracker performs the same basic functions of the Apple watch, like activity tracking and call/text notifications, but has a much lower price-tag.

If the idea of the Apple watch intrigues you, but the $600 price tag scares you, then Misfit’s latest gadget might be for you. Two years ago, Misfit claimed a large chunk in the wearable space market with its activity monitor Shine, which was designed as a more attractive, aluminum tracker than its plastic-looking competitors. The Shine 2 was recently released, which is an upgraded version of Misfit’s Shine. Some of the specs for Shine 2 include: a vibration motor, a capacitive sensor, bluetooth technology, 12 LED lights, a 3-axis magnetometer and a 3-axis accelerometer, a 6-month battery life, water resistance, and more.

The Shine 2’s 3-axis magnetometer, a way to measure rotational movements, improves the capabilities of the original Shine by more accurately tracking activity and sleep. Also, the Shine 2’s capacitive sensor provides for improved tap detection so that the Shine 2 has more advanced touch responsiveness. Similar to the Apple watch, the Shine 2 alerts the wearer of calls and texts. Another cool feature is called the ‘Misfit Move,’ which uses vibration technology to prod the wearer to get moving. While Shine 2 is not as fully functional as the Apple watch, it is still capable of performing the same basic functions as the watch but with a much lower price tag of $99 versus the $600 Apple watch.