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Hudway app delivers windshield HUD for driving

After Garmin released its $129.99 HUD gadget in July, it was only a matter of time before something similar landed for smartphones.<p>Hudway is a free iPhone app (coming for Android by February of next year) that reflects driving directions onto your windshield for low-visibility conditions.<p>It works …

Google Maps

We need computer sight to make smart homes smart

Today home automation works via remote controls or smartphones, but most people agree that there are intermediate steps before we get to voice or …

First Data Acquires Cardless Customer Loyalty Startup Perka

Global payments and e-commerce solutions giant First Data said it has bought Perka, the cardless loyalty mobile app and program.<p>Perka — based in both …

Loyalty

Automatic’s quantified car device debuts in Apple stores

Automatic Labs, a San Francisco startup trying to turn unconnected cars into connected ones, just got a distribution boost courtesy of Apple(s aapl). …

Yelp Doesn't Just Drive Customers Into Local Businesses, It's Also Getting Them To Buy

Yelp is indispensable to local searchers, especially those inclined to make a purchase. Ninety-three percent of U.S. Yelp users in a recent Nielsen study said they at least occasionally make a purchase from a local business after using Yelp. On mobile, Yelp's local services are even more relevant, …

Yelp

Watch out, PayPal: Amazon's following the money

PayPal needs to watch its back. Amazon is coming for its digital payments crown.<p>The introduction of "Login and Pay with Amazon" on October 8 was a signal that Amazon is getting serious about digital payments at a time when other tech titans, such as Google, Apple, and Facebook, have the potential …

Social Media Demographics: The Surprising Identity Of Each Major Social Network

We explained in a recent report why many brands and businesses need platform-focused social media strategies, rather than a diluted strategy that aims to be everywhere at once.<p>In a new report from BI Intelligence, we break down the demographics of each major social media platform to help brands and …

Social Media

Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2% [Updated]

The tablet category is continuing to eat the PC’s lunch, albeit it’s a large lunch so the feast is taking a while. Analyst Gartner expects worldwide tablet shipments to grow<p>42.7% 53.4% [<i>Gartner has issued a correction to its earlier figures</i>] this year, with shipments reaching 184 million units. And …

Facebook ad profit a staggering 1,790% more on iPhone than Android

A study of more than 200 billion ads on Facebook says that mobile ads on iPhone generate 1,790 percent more return on investment than ads on Android. Even worse, advertising on Android actually costs more than it returns.<p>The study is by Nanigans, one of the biggest buyers of Facebook ads, and it …

Fitbit Force review

I’ve come to a sobering conclusion about myself: I’m not a very active person. Despite maintaining a gym membership and only the best intentions, I still prefer to read, watch TV, and play games. This is precisely why I’ve never invested in a fitness-tracking gadget — if I’m not moving that much, …