As Published In
Oracle Magazine
July/August 2013



Mash Up

News • Views • Trends • Tools


Audio Apps

Many smartphones have surprisingly good built-in microphones, so a growing number of apps are taking advantage of the mic’s capabilities.


o43mashup-book “If you know what you’re looking for, you’re more apt to find it. That’s as true for finding insights as it is for tracking down a lost pair of socks.”

Charles Kiefer and Malcolm Constable, coauthors of The Art of Insight: How to Have More Aha! Moments (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013)

Create and use persistent chat rooms and share files within a group using this app (and, for US$2 per user per month, its Web-based back end). Invited guests of the group see only what the group chooses—great for showing progress to clients. Free (Android, iPhone).

Your Turn

 What is your company’s policy on telecommuting?

A. Telecommuting is supported, without limits.
B. Telecommuting is supported, with limits.
C. Telecommuting is allowed on an occasional basis.
D. Telecommuting is not supported.
E. Other

THX Tune-up
Adjust the sound (and picture) on your home theater, and then play THX trailers to show off your tuned system. Requires Apple TV or an AV adapter on your device. US$1.99 (iPhone, iPad).

Sound Meter Pro
This sound pressure level meter app uses your phone mic to measure noise volume in decibels and shows a reference. It has been calibrated for many specific device models. US$0.99 (Android).

Awareness uses your device’s mic to sample ambient sound as you listen to music, and then feeds important noises (such as car horns) to your headphones for safety. US$6.99 (iPhone, iPad). 

Binoculars—and More


Ever tried to manage a camera, binoculars, and a video recorder during a concert or bird-watching expedition? Sony lets you stop juggling by combining these devices into one. Its DEV-50 binoculars feature 0.8 to 25 times variable optical zoom, image stabilization, autofocus, and splash and dust resistance. But the real surprise comes from the built-in HD camcorder and 20.4 megapixel still camera, which capture both 2-D and 3-D images, while you view them through the binoculars. You can send those images and videos (which are geotagged) to your computer or TV, or view them through the binoculars. The binoculars operate for about two hours on one battery charge.

Telecommuting’s Toll


Working at home is a hot topic these days.

A recent study found that telecommuting is an important option for workers, but is also limiting. More than 300 global executives were asked their opinions about telecommuting.
Source: The Korn/Ferry Institute 

Don’t Lose It

Do you ever misplace your phone, your keys, your bag, and/or your kid? The hipKey is a tough, stylish aluminum fob that communicates via Bluetooth with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When the hipKey and the i-device get too far apart—you decide how far—one or both makes a 90-decibel shriek. Put the hipKey on your key ring or in your child’s pocket, or attach it to anything else you want to keep track of, such as your luggage while traveling. The device also has a find-me feature that alerts your i-device to make the hipKey alarm sound, and vice versa. US$89.95.


Percentage of North American CIOs, IT directors, and IT managers surveyed who say they do not have the time, practices, or tools to collect information on the utilization of their IT investments.
Source: Kovarus IT management survey



Send us your comments