Mobile

13
Sep

I've been attending Ann Arbor New Tech events since the group's inception back in February 2009, so it's my great pleasure to announce that Safford & Baker PLLC is now an official sponsor. What is Ann Arbor New Tech? It's a group of people from various industries and backgrounds (e.g., entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, marketers, students, etc.) interested in fostering local technology startups by organizing events, sharing resources, and building a supportive community. Ann Arbor New Tech’s signature event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Blau Auditorium, UM Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  The monthly event features three to five companies who are each given five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions.  Open announcements and networking follows. This month’s meetup is Tuesday, September 20th.  The presenting companies on tap include: Matt Piccinato, Had That Beer - web/mobile beer checklist app Kevin Krason, Traction - real world lead tracking Trevor Fitzgerald, Ignite Pages - real estate listing webpages Melissa Bugai, Booker - easy online appointment booking Jerry Paffendorf, LOVELAND Technologies - community maps & fundraising in the D - as featured in the New York Times! Hope you can make it.

16
Aug

Ann Arbor New Tech, brought to you by a2geeks, a group of people from various industries and backgrounds (e.g., entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, lawyers, marketers, students, etc.) interested in fostering local technology startups by organizing events, sharing resources, and building a supportive community. Ann Arbor New Tech’s signature event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Blau Auditorium, UM Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  The monthly event features three to five companies who are each given five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions.  Open announcements and networking follows. This month’s meetup is TODAY, August 16th.  The presenting companies on tap include: Alex Schiff & Chase Lee, FetchNotes - notes you'll actually use Alexander Honkala, AllHandsActive - Ann Arbor's downtown hackerspace Ryan Montgomery, Chext - balance your bank account via text messages Vinay Gupta, Joolze - changing homeowner energy consumption through social games Sam Hogg, GiftZip - recently acquired by gift card giant SVM!

05
Apr

Mobile Monday Detroit – Mobile in Healthcare

I've been meaning to checkout Mobile Monday Detroit for some time now. The next meeting is Monday, April 18th, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Compuware Center in Detroit. This month's event focuses on mHealth: Mobile healthcare, also known as mHealth, is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile technology industry.  What exactly is mHealth? It is healthcare enabled by the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices, and it is a technology that is transforming healthcare from a physician and hospital-centric system to one that endeavors to connect all the entities involved in the healthcare process (including patients) via mobile in order to achieve the collection of community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care. More on the event can be found here. Hope to see you there.

24
Jan

Safford & Baker in the News: Hacking Your Phone

Yours truly is quoted in this Detroit News article on cellphone "unlocking" and "jailbreaking" -- the act of modifying your phone to move to a new network or to download applications otherwise barred by your service provider. From the article: Some hacking companies and individuals stay within the law, but many others subvert the rules so they can offer premium phone services. Either way, customers run the risk that they could damage the performance of the phone and void their warranty. These services walk a narrow line between legal and illegal. "It's in the shadows," said Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecommunications industry analyst in Atlanta. "There are plenty of people who want to find a way to screw the system." Read the whole thing here.

16
Jul

Mobile Mondays – Michigan

The mission of the Mobile Monday Michigan Chapter is to "[e]ncourage innovation within the mobile sector and help Michigan-based companies participate in mobile initiatives through the import and export of visions, concepts, technologies, know-how and best practices, as well as the development of relationships related to the mobile industry."  Mobile Monday Michigan is having its first "official" meeting on Monday (of course), July 19, 2010, at 6:30PM in the Celtic Room at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub (318 South Main Street - Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104).  Xconomy Detroit has an article on the group here. I've been invited to present at this first meeting under the subject heading "Legal Issues in Mobile".  Rather than run through a list of legal issues, I thought I'd talk a little more in depth about location-based services and consumer privacy and protection.  This issue came up most recently when Apple changed its privacy policy, prior to the launch of the iPhone 4, to allow the company to collect and share location information about its customers.  You can read more about that here. I hope you can make it.