Total Wallet Blog Series: The Totally Smart Digital Wallet Part 4

Zappz Studios goal with Total Wallet is to simplify your life in one app. Using the totally smart digital wallet app we are working towards eliminating the need for a physical wallet!

The fourth part of the Total Wallet blog series that we are reviewing is the More Cards and ID function of the app.

This is another passcode protected section of our totally smart digital wallet – intended to protect your drivers license, nexus card, passport, and any of the other cards you choose to store in here! We are still working with jurisdictions around the acceptability of some of these cards in a digital format – but if you bump into the right police officer or border gaurd without your wallet, the Total Wallet just might save your day!

Scan and store those ID’s, along with a photo of the front and back and store for safe keeping until this technology is universally accepted!

You can also scan and store all your other cards in this section – think about your gym card, your local coffee shop card, your always popular library card!

As awesome as Total Wallet already is we are not finished. Download Total Wallet today and stay tuned for even more cool functionality that will in fact simplify your life in one app!

 

 

 

Total Wallet Blog Series: The Totally Smart Digital Wallet Part 3

Zappz Studios goal with Total Wallet is to simplify your life in one app. Using the totally smart digital wallet app we are working towards eliminating the need for a physical wallet!

The third part of the Total Wallet blog series that we want to review is the Usernames & Passwords function. Are you one of many in “password hell”? We were at Zappz Studios until we came up with the Total Wallet! Inside the Usernames & Passwords section, all your usernames and passwords can be easily entered and securely stored with passcode protection. Store your bank card password, Facebook, Twitter, email, computer, Apple ID, subscription passwords, and anything else you have! 

Need to update any of them? Click on your “account” and edit or delete the username and/or password easily and efficiently. You can also share any of them through the easy-to-use “share” button on the top bar within the section.

Check out Total Wallet – the totally smart digital wallet – today to simplify your life and stay tuned to more blogs on Total Wallet.

Total Wallet Blog Series: The Totally Smart Digital Wallet Part 2

Zappz Studios goal with Total Wallet is to simplify your life in one app. Using the totally smart digital wallet app we are working towards eliminating the need for a physical wallet!

Part 2 of the Total Wallet blog series we want to tell you about the Lists & Notes functions of the app. Total Wallet provides an easy to use platform for creating lists and notes. Once you create your lists and/or notes you can then save them or share them over multiple platforms through our Sync and Save function. Have a grocery list you do not have time to pick up? Send it to a roommate, significant other, or friend and have them pick it up on their way home!

The Sync and Save function not only allows sharing lists and notes across multiple devices, but also stores all your information securely in the cloud. If you break, lose or upgrade your smartphone, simply download Total Wallet again, enter your password and get all your data back within one, life simplifying app!
Check out Total Wallet – the totally smart digital wallet – today to simplify your life and stay tuned to more blogs on Total Wallet.

Total Wallet Blog Series: The Totally Smart Digital Wallet Part 1

Zappz Studios goal with Total Wallet is to simplify your life in one app. Using the totally smart digital wallet app we are working towards eliminating the need for a physical wallet!

In Part 1 of the Total Wallet blog series we are reviewing the Loyalty and Gift Card function of the app. Total Wallet allows you to easily scan and store all your loyalty cards in your smartphone. If you are like most people you either have a “Costanza” wallet, like our good friend from Seinfeld, or you leave the majority of them at home in a junk drawer never collecting the rewards – now you don’t have to! Scan and add your cards, access them in My Loyalty Cards (you can even select your most used cards and highlight them in  “favourites” for even more convenient use) and throw those old beat up cards in the recycling.

Stop missing out on loyalty points because that card did not make the “wallet cut” – download Total Wallet today.

Not only can you store all your loyalty cards, you can also scan and add any gift cards you may have in that junk drawer. Keeping all your gift cards in one place is convenient but also ensures you can use every last penny before taking it out of your wallet.

Check out Total Wallet – the totally smart digital wallet – today to simplify your life! Stay tuned for more blogs on Total Wallet.

Must Have Smartphone Apps for Your Summer Road Trips

The weather is hot, the sun is out, and summer is heating up.   Living in Vancouver we are in perfect driving range from a variety of big festivals, outdoor events, and camping.

Creating the atmosphere for a memorable road trip used to take a long time. You had to get your maps out, look at all the attractions you wanted to stop at and create the perfect mix cd.

Now in the world of apps there are thousands of options for all these tasks.

Here’s a few of the apps the Zappz team is loving to help make that summer road trip even better.

Audio:

nzY7QJp Spotify: There are a couple of very popular music apps, but Spotify is still on top. Their free option allows you to stream music, create your own playlists, and has over 30 million songs to choose from. Subscribe to the premium version and download playlists to your device to take on the road while saving your data usage. Now that apple is creating their own music streaming service it will be interesting to see if Spotify can hold their number one spot.

Visual:

event_217953192 Animoto: With this app you can easily turn your road trip photo’s into amazing videos. Pick images and/or videos from your camera “roll,” create the perfect mood with a song (either one provided by Animoto or uploaded from your phone), choose a background, and hit create. You can then share your video via messages, email, Twitter, and Facebook.

Entertainment:

download (1) Heads Up: Created by Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up is usually meant for family  events, but it makes for a great time on the road. How it works is the person  guessing holds the phone up on their forehead and the others get them to guess what is on the screen… all while filming the shenanigans.

madlibs Mad Libs: Mad Libs is an old-school game that has been moved to the app world.  Mad Libs asks the players for words and then puts them into a story that you then  read. The app comes with a couple free stories, and then asks you to purchase  more.

icon175x175 (2) Family Car Games: This $2 app is not a typical game, but more a resource for  over a 100 no-equipment-needed games you can play on the road. They are all  family friendly, and you can sort through them by age, friendliness, difficulty, or  type of game.

Travel:

waze_app_iconWaze: Waze is a great navigation app that offers multiple routes, real-time traffic, speed trap notifications, and gas price comparisons. It is a community-based app, which means it’s updated by other users. This app is great because it combines multiple app functions into one.

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 CoPilot GPS: Waze is a great navigator, but it only works when you have a data connection. If you happen to find yourself off the  grid, having a secondary offline navigation app like CoPilot GPS can be a lifesaver. Just be sure to download the free maps for the areas you plan to travel to before you hit the road; you’ll only have to sacrifice a few gigs of storage space.

mzl.mjzrkdch  SitOrSquat: This is a very clever name for an app, and marketing tactic by      Charmin, that helps you find nearby public restrooms. It’s very useful when     you’re on the road and you’ve gotta go. Each restroom listed comes with a user rating of cleanliness, and you can add your own rating after your visit.

gear_app_hotel_tonight_300x300 Hotel Tonight: Sometimes you just need to take a last minute road trip and just drive and figure everything else out later. For those who heed adventure’s call without sorting the details, Hotel Tonight is there to bail you out. Available in 12 countries  you can search for last minute hotel deals for next crazy adventure.

Food:

icon175x175 Food Tripping: You’re on the open road, exploring new and curious places. So why not try some new local restaurants and healthy alternatives to fast-food  chains wherever you are? But it’s not all just organic coffee shops and sustainable  vegan eateries. Food Tripping locates the closest eateries, juice joints, farmers markets, and even microbreweries. Er…. just don’t drink and drive.

icon175x175 (1) TVFoodMaps: Want to eat at those cool restaurants you see on TV? This is the  app for you. TVFoodMaps helps you find, track, and hopefully eat at the same restaurants you  see on shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Man V. Food, Best Thing I Ever  Ate, No Reservations, Top Chef, and more. Good luck, and good eating.

Local Attractions: 

og_logo Findery: Adds some personality to your list of must-see destinations. Read and leave traveler’s notes about local secrets, best eats, or particularly weird  experiences in places around the world. Plot your treasure map, find new places, create your bucket list.

Any must have Road Trip apps we missed?

Got a Fitness App Idea? Might Be Time to Build It!

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The fitness tech and wearable device industry is rapidly growing.

According to a recent study by Tractica, more than 75 million wearable devices will be deployed between 2014-2020. It anticipates that smart watches will be the largest category of wearables in the workplace, followed by fitness trackers and smart glasses.

Not only is the wearable fitness industry on the rise, so is the health and fitness industry in general. A separate report released by IBISWorld states “over the 10 years to 2020, industry value added, which measures an industry’s contribution to the overall economy, is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4%,” that’s 2% more than the Canadian GDP is estimated to grow.

Currently the industry generates revenue close to $3 billion/year in Canada and employs 50,000 people.

If you have an idea for a fitness app, now is the time to move on it. The industry is growing and the market is ready.

If you can combine your idea with wearable technology, that would be ideal.

This allows the focus to be on selling the product versus the emerging world of app marketing.

For instance, the new HidrateMe water bottle and app, is taking advantage of this growing industry by combining the need to stay healthy and hydrated.  The smart water bottle syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated. They started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000 and are now currently sitting at $117,207 with 39 days to go.
Experts are comparing fitness technology to the growth of the sales in tablets in recent years  Those sales jumped 40% in two years.

Zappz currently has a fitness app in the works and another wearable app being drawn up and researched. We would love to be apart of helping you see your app come to life, contact us for a quote.

14 Tips for Mobile Security

downloadIn light of the recent Starbucks Hack I wanted to do a little research on app security.

75% of mobile applications will fail basic security tests through 2015, according to Gartner. Apparently this includes big name apps like Starbucks, however Starbucks denies fault blaming weak user passwords.

Here are 14 general tips to keep your phone secure.

  1. Don’t leave your phone unattended in a public place
  2. Lock your phone when you’re not using it and change your password regularly
  3. Change default passwords to something more complex
  4. Avoid using unprotected Bluetooth networks and turn off your Bluetooth service when you are not using it
  5. Activate your phone’s tracker capability. If your phone is stolen or lost, use the tracker app to lock it remotely.
  6. Only install apps on your phone if they come from a trusted source. Most official app stores verify the authenticity of their products, so they’re much safer. Before downloading any app, read the description and reviews to understand what you’re getting.
  7. Check app’s permissions before installing them. If an app requests access to your personal information, don’t install it or deny the request.
  8. Avoid accessing important locations such as bank accounts via public Wi-Fi that may not be secure.
  9. Turn off your auto complete feature so critical personal data isn’t stored on the phone and must be re-entered every time you need it.
  10. Regularly delete your browsing history, cookies and cache so your virtual footprint is not available for prying eyes.
  11. Use a security app that increases protection.
  12. Delete text messages from unknown senders that ask for your information, and avoid clicking links in messages. Some hackers send messages that appear to be from your bank or another trusted source. If you click the link in the message, the hacker can steal your information or install malware on the phone. Don’t download apps via text message; this is a common way for hackers to infect your device.
  13. Access the Internet on your phone only from a secure Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi networks that aren’t secure allow nearby hackers to intercept your data when you get online. Don’t do any shopping or banking on a public Wi-Fi network; hackers can swipe your bank account number or other financial information. If you have access to a cellular network, use it instead of public Wi-Fi.
  14. Your smartphone may have been hacked if you notice apps opening by themselves or if the battery drains much faster than normal. Unusual charges on your wireless bill also indicate a problem.

Are you worried about your mobile security? What do you use to protect yourself? Do you think Starbucks should be taking responsibility for the hack?