More than 278 million mobile devices lie idle or deactivated in the United States, and nearly half are smartphones, according to consultants at Compass Intelligence.
Most of those devices are destined for the recycling heap, but as for the others, that’s cash sitting neglected in drawers, according to an article in The New York Times. Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones that sell for $270 new could be worth $200 used. A Wi-Fi-only 16-gigabyte iPad 2 costing $400 new could fetch $300 or more. See how to sell them for the highest price.
Hope for Innovation Is Found in the Cloud
Innovation isn’t dead, it just moved to the cloud, according to GigaOM.
Cloud computing has made innovation something anyone can do, said GigaOM’s Derrick Harris.
“Somewhere in between Pinterest and biotech, startups are using the cloud to make enterprise software available as a service and disrupt the business models of the very companies that helped build Silicon Valley,” Harris writes.
Even though social media companies may dominate the startup landscape, they’re part of a fundamental change in the way people communicate with each other thanks to cloud-based computing resources and the ubiquity of powerful mobile devices.
GigaOM plans to talk more on this subject at the upcoming Structure conference in San Francisco.
President Wants Government Agencies to Focus on Mobile Apps
President Barack Obama has ordered all government agencies to offer more of their services in the form of mobile apps, according to Mashable.
A new memo called “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People” requires each agency to make at least two services, used by the public, available on mobile devices within 12 months.
“For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need,” says the memo.
“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” Obama said in a statement.
Mobile App Bump Can Now Push Photos to Your Desktop
Bump Technologies launched a new website feature, allowing Bump’s mobile app users the ability to share smartphone photos to their computers by physically bumping the phone against the PC keyboard, according to AllThingsD.
The photos are hosted online, and users can choose to download the images to their hard drive or share them using a short URL. Previously, Bump’s mobile app allowed for sharing photos and contact information between mobile phones, but not directly to a computer. Find out more about it here.