Bump, Flock apps to remain active for the immediate future
Bump, the contact and content-sharing app for iOS and Android triggered by bumping smartphones into each other, has been acquired by Google. The company, founded in 2008, will now become integrated into Google's existing teams, though the Bump app itself and a group photo sharing app called Flock will continue to operate for the moment.
Bump app update sends photos to web browser
Application and file sharing app Bump (free) has been updated to allow for photo transfers between a phone and a computer. Users of the app can go to the Bump website on a computer, then after selecting photos to share, can bump the phone into the spacebar to send the images to the browser. Images could then be saved to the computer or shared through social networks with a short link.
Bump Pay brings personal payments to iOS
Bump has just released a new iOS app, Bump Pay (free, iTunes), that lets users transfer money between their PayPal accounts by simply touching their devices. Users just need to put in their PayPal account details, and enter the amount of money they want to send to another iOS device. No fees exist outside of the PayPal transaction and the needed credit card.
Apple patent sets groundwork for iPhone NFC shares
A newly published Apple patent application could lead to NFC (near-field communications) iOS devices but also possibly conflict with other device-to-device sharing plans. A "Device-to-device workflows" patent would set up a handshake between two devices that would exchange data in a multi-step script when the two get near. As an example, a primary device could request contact information, bring up the camera app to take a photo of the contact, and get a bookmark in the web browser to the new contact's website.
Hands-on with Gogobeans for Android and iPhone
We had the opportunity to get a quick test of a new service from Gogobeans at the ShowStoppers event at CTIA on Monday night. The Android, iPad, and Android app gives you a cloud locker, much akin to Dropbox, but is both more flexible and more interesting to use. It can not only share media but also shares what would normally be a URL; a contact, a website or even an App Store or Android Market title becomes a "bean" that you can push to a friend, who downloads it from your locker rather than from your device.