Cool Springs-based app developer Metova has wrapped up the development of Wi-Fi Parent, a tool that will let mom and dad put limits on when their children can use their Android mobile devices. Wi-Fi Parent is based outside Kansas City and is the brainchild of software architect and frustrated dad Stephen Pickell.
"I was already paying $4.99 a month for a service through my carrier that could set curfews on placing calls or texting, but it couldn't turn-off Wi-Fi, music or games. Kids are smart enough and technologically savvy enough to know that just because they can't call their friends, doesn't mean they can't Skype them. That's how this app came about."
Two-year-old Vertical Consultants, which advises lessors working with wireless service companies, has launched a division that will work with municipal governments. Vertical Consultants boss Hugh Odom has been pounding the streets saying telecom companies often — through strategic intent or by mere omission — aren't paying leaseholders a fair value for their real estate.
“We have and will continue to offer information and our expertise to municipalities across North America as it relates to matters associated with proposed or existing cell tower, rooftop or other types of telecom agreements that a municipality may be or already is a party to. We believe we can provide options as well as opportunities related to these assets that are currently overlooked and can ultimately be a source of additional revenue for municipalities of all types and sizes.”
iHospital announced Monday the opening of a service center in Nashville, the company’s newest locale.
iHospital Nashville will provide same-day, walk-in diagnostics, service and repairs for any kind of Apple device. The shop is located near Vanderbilt University and in the Elliston Place strip center that is home to, among others, Calypso Café and Edible Arrangements.
Founded by Ross Newman, iHospital has opened six locations (in Atlanta, Nashville, New York City and Tampa) nationwide since 2010. Unlike with most repair centers, no appointment is necessary.
Cable giant Comcast is rolling out — finally, says CED Magazine — its Anyplay technology, which lets subscribers view any show live on their iPads and soon their Motorola Xoom devices. The first two cities to get the service — see its details here — are Nashville and Denver.
In a blog post today, Comcast's senior vice president of video product development Mark Hess wrote: "With AnyPlay, you can watch the channels that are included in your linear channel subscription through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad, and very soon the Motorola Xoom tablet. This means that while someone else watches a program in the living room, for example, you can watch another show on your iPad from the backyard deck, kitchen or other places around the home."
Comcast's announcement comes shortly after the company extended its deal with Walt Disney Co. and announced plans to let subscribers view live content from ABC, ESPN and other Disney networks outside their homes.
AT&T yesterday announced its plans to drop its $39 billion bid to purchase T-Mobile due to stiff regulatory opposition.
The proposed merger would have brought together the second- and fourth-largest telecommunications carriers in the United States, ultimately surpassing Verizon Wireless to be the largest telecom in the country. As recently as 11 days ago AT&T said it would not back down (though Chief Financial Officer John Stephens did seem to betray a bit of uncertainty). Instead, AT&T is out $4 billion with nothing to show for a proposed merger that drew instant fire from consumer groups and spectrum geeks.
Downtown-based LifeWay Christian Resources is giving away before the end of the year mobile applications to 1,000 churches around the country. LifeWay is teaming up on the program — which looks to have a value of at least $750,000 — with its two-year-old app development partner, Roar.
Cable channel CMT has launched a bundle of smartphone applications for Sprint customers that includes some of its own offerings as well as those of the Grand Ole Opry and Rhapsody, among others.