Apple’s WWDC Live Blog

10:00 AM PST

The World Wide Developers Conference is just about to begin.  For those of you who don’t know what the WWDC is… It is the annual presentation from Apple announcing to the world new products, software and company goals.  This is the same stage where Steve Jobs changed the world by presenting the iPhone 1 in January of 2007.

Some have speculated that the 2013 Keynote address from CEO Tim Cook will reveal a new iOS operating system with a “flat look”, an introduction into a new music streaming service & a possible iWatch.  Time will tell.

Follow along on your iOS Device at the following link.

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2013/

10:09 AM PST

The opening to the conference as flashy as usual.  The fancy graphics featured black and white dots that interacted with some catchy phrases on the screen.

“We can confuse Abundance with Choice”

“Craft around our intentions”

The beginning graphics may have offered some insight into the new iOS 7 design “black, white and flat all over”.

Anki Drive

The first big topic of the day was Anki Drive, which is a “robotics and artificial intelligence company” that introduced their video game featuring driverless cars on a map like rug.  Does this introduce Apple’s interest in driverless cars?

Aniki Drive Presentation during the WWDC

Aniki Drive Presentation during the WWDC

Waze, a driving app that identifies traffic patterns in users was recently purchased by Google for $1.3 Billion.  http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml  Waze has been discussed to having groundbreaking potential in the driverless car arena.  Keep an eye out for Anki Drive.

OS X Mavericks

For the last 10 software updates, Apple has used the name of big cats, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion etc.  As they are running out of Big Cats to name, a presenter cracked a joke naming the OS X “Sea Lion”.

After a quick laugh, the real name of the new software was revealed as Mavericks, based on the state of California, where the company originated and continues to innovate in.

–          Smoother & more convenient use of multiple displays was introduce

–          App Nap is introduced to free up unused memory when programs are in use

–          Safari will introduce a cleaner home page and a side bar that links your twitter feeds to links posted by those you follow

The operating system will be available this Fall.

iOS 7

iPhone has been ranked #1 by JD Power for the last 9 years running.

Al Gore loves iOS7

Al Gore loves iOS7

New Features Available – John Ive

–          “Biggest change to iOS since the launch of iPhone”

–          Typography

–          Layers with advanced application hierarchy

–          Depth & recognition capacity

–          “Instantly familiar” with organization

New Features

Control Center

–          Swipe up from bottom to release accessibility preferences

–          Brightness, flashlight, music player

Multi-Tasking

–          Preserves battery life when applications are in use

–          Frequent background activity

–          Patterns when you open apps and updates to your trends “intelligent scheduling”

–          New App navigation (double tap)

Safari

–          New full screen look

–          Smart search field with tap on top of bar

–          New tab interface

–          iCloud Keychain accessibility

–          Reading list with links from social sites

–          More than 8 tabs available

AirDrop

–          Share documents, files with friends around your device

–          Accept or decline share

–          “Bump” feature

Camera

–          Swipe between video or still

–          Built in filters

Photos

–          Photos are separated into moments

–          Time & place where images were taken

–          Organize by collection, year and places

–          Sharing options updates

Siri

–          New interface

–          New voice options – Male & Female available

–          Integration with Twitter, Wikipedia & Bing

Auto Makers who will be integrating iOS in their built in monitors by 2014

Auto Makers who will be integrating iOS in their built in monitors by 2014

iOS in the Car

–          Car manufacturers including iOS monitors

New Built in App for iOS7

New Built in App for iOS7

App Store

–          Search apps based on age range

–          Search popular apps by your location

–          Automatic app updates, no more notifications

Music

–          iTunes Radio

–          keeps track of every song you listen to

–          add to wish list

–          1 touch buying

–          Free with ads

 Other features

–          FaceTime Audio only – over wifi

–          Phone, FaceTime & Message blocking

–          Notification sync

–          Do not track option on Safari

Final Release this Fall

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The End of Distracted Driving? – Continued

Earlier this week we posted an article about distracted driving and various movements to reduce the exposure.  In this article we discussed a government grant that was given to Massachusetts and Connecticut to spot texting offenders on the road as well as a new mobile application that aims tto prevent distracted driving by disabling a phone’s functionality while it is in the hands of a driver.

We received a tweet from @freshgreenlight later that afternoon with more information to contribute to the discussion of distracted driving.

* Fresh Green Light describes themselves as a “21st Century driving school” with locations in Rye, NY, Greenwich, CY and Darien, CT. 

Here’s what we found:

Insurance Companies HAVE already joined the cause to prevent against distracted driving.  Esure has developed a free app for Android phones that disables various apps and blocks phone calls and texts while drivers are traveling in excess of 10 mph.  The DriveOFF application has yet to offer discounts or incentives to download.

DriveScribe is another free app that focuses on monitoring driving habits of young drivers.  The system blocks text messages and calls while also reporting speed to the administering party.  The app can also detect whether a driver has blown a stop sign or not.

Canary certainly dominates the monitoring aspect of distracted driving, but does little to prevent said behavior.  The app lets parents see phone use and exact driver location in real-time.  The app will also send notifications to parents when their driver enters “restricted zones” that can be established.  This app will have success with those who behave when they know they are being monitored.

We have also found a very helpful map that communicates how quickly this country has adapted safe driving laws in regards to texting and driving.  The map can be found here from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

While new model vehicles are being equipped with their own on-board computing systems, the communication between phone and car will begin to optimize for safer and more convenient travel.  Until the day that driverless cars rule the road, there will always be risk for distracted driving, but until then, it is up to entrepreneurs and investors to create safer and more secure solutions to prevent accidents.

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Favorite Mobile Apps for Agents

In a tech savvy atmosphere, it is important to have information at the palm of your hands.  In the insurance industry, it can be a difference of mere minutes that determine if you have a market blocked by a competitor or not.

Below, we have included some Mobile Apps that we feel can increase submission time and increase the chances of binding coverage.

ACORD ONE – Allows users to complete various Agency Company Organization for Research and Development forms with digital entry on your mobile device.  This is a free application for all CapDat Acord users. Available on Apple & Android tables & Phones.

Expensify – This is for those on-the-road producers or those who may expense various purchases for business. The app can read receipt images, track your driven mileage & sync bank account & credit cards.  The app is free at the Apple Store & GooglePlay.

SignNow – Digital signatures may become more and more popular as more companies & brokers do not print tangible policies.  This is a rather simple application for signatures, but expect growth with this application as technology permits more secure authentications.

For more information about mobile applications that may be useful for you as an agent, visit http://bit.ly/13vlFSL.

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