Employee scheduling apps are undoubtedly increasing in popularity. Targeting small and large businesses appealing to the relief of the daunting task in scheduling staff hours. The increasing number of smartphones in the hands and pockets of the workforce in all age demographics has seen a concerted rise in employee scheduling apps like When I Work and Schedule Head. Making these apps specifically helpful for employees without set schedules; servers, bartenders, cashiers, part time employees, and seasonal or on-call positions all tremendously benefit from making the schedule process portable. The apps allow the business owner and manager are provided the convenient ability in accessing, creating, and publishing a schedule remotely through the apps, send to employees alerting each affected schedule through push notification, text message, or email. The business efficiency the apps create provides the business the realization in eliminating and at least decreasing scheduling conflicts and confusion, more importantly the extra time to focus on what is important, the business. 

The When I Work platform provides a number of cost saving, analytical, convenience, administrative options, and controls at a nominal and cost effective structure no matter the size of the business...small or enterprise. When I Work provides payroll budgeting and expense forecasting, manage and track overtime in real-time. Make more informed decisions while scheduling. If an employee is scheduled to work over their budgeted hours, the scheduler will instantly alert you next to that employee's name. Quickly see if your schedule aligns with your expected payroll expenses. Use the schedule/payroll export option to get a look at total hours, wages and expected payroll expenses. When someone calls in sick, how much time do you spend scrambling to find someone to come in at the last minute? The manager uses the "Shift Replacement" function to quickly find qualified and eligible candidates to cover a shift at the last minute. By clicking the shift that needs to be filled, select the employees to offer it to then send. Each employee selected will receive a mobile alert, text message, and email about the available shift, first to confirm gets it and knows to report to that specific shift immediately. This is all accessible and available through the desktop full site version and mobile applications for Android and iOS devices. Staff availability and communications are streamlined and setup for success with consistent messaging and delivery agents.

Schedulehead has all of the functionality and features of When I Work with the added benefit of automatic scheduling and notifications for upcoming events. The main difference between schedulehead and When I Work is staffing for specific events and ongoing unchanged employees with set roles in a specific location or locations. Schedulehead targets catering, mobile bartending, contractors, housekeeping, event staff, production companies, delivery services, and non-profit organizations with volunteer staffing requirements. If you work in catering, you have a lot of scheduling on your plate. Schedulehead was born in the services industry, raised in the front of the house and majored in management. It doesn’t matter if you have a service staff of 10 or 100. The employee scheduling software keeps track of performance, skills, history, and more all automatically and doing the thinking for you. Schedulehead prides itself on having a brain and working like you do, managing, running, and notifying your staff of their schedules and open shift for upcoming events. Schedulehead has Autotext, imagine you are an event staffing agency with an event approaching that is understaffed a number of servers, schedulehead knows this and automatically send text out to qualified individuals you have setup for your profile.

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The reality of your business, is that not all employees are created equally. Schedulehead is the only app that keeps track of employee performance and rewards those who do better (schedulehead.com).

Scheulehead sends out the text to the individuals with the details, asking if available, text back a set word, schedulehead replies with details for the event, the individual accepts and is confirmed for the event or denies and is not put back into the availability mix for this specific event. What a time-saving and efficiency driving process that is thinking for you, the event manager or small business owner and taking the stress and headache of scrolling the rolodex attempting to locate potential candidates to work the event.

Whether you are looking for the ability to save time in scheduling employees or cutting back from ibuprofen, the two application platforms along with the competition guarantee a realization of two to four hours saved weekly in scheduling efforts these time and money saving must haves are prepared to take on the responsibilities and return you to what matters most, your business.

PORTLAND, Ore. — You've heard it all before, but which is rumor and which is fact? Now Jordan Edelson, founder and CEO of Appetizer Mobile, one of the top 10 mobile app developers, spills the beans on what he believes are the facts about the iPhone 6.

"I'm pretty sure of our information -- one of our jobs is to make make smart analyses, to connect the dots," Edelson told EE Times. "Apple has also specifically reached out to us in the past to do certain things to our applications to get them ready for specific product features. They are still secretive in how they operate, but are giving advance notice on specific parts as well."

You will not find Appetizer Mobile LLC, based in New York City, as the developer of any apps in Apple's Store, not because the company also develops apps for Android and BlackBerry, but because Appetizer Mobile develops apps for others who put their names on them. As such, Edelson has been working on upgrading its growing library of more than 150 client apps for iOS-8 -- the iPhone 6 operating system. From that he has gleaned tid-bits here and there, some from Apple itself, that Edelson claims give him a clear picture of what to expect.

"We've made a business out of analyzing advance information sources -- identifying the truth in a sea of rumors -- then helping our customers zero in," Edelson tells us.

Artist's rendering of iPhone 5s (left), iPhone 6 (middle), and iPhone Air (right) created by Martin Hajek. (Source: Martin Hajek)
Artist's rendering of iPhone 5s (left), iPhone 6 (middle), and iPhone Air (right) created by Martin Hajek.
(Source: Martin Hajek)

Appetizer Mobile not only develops apps for others, but helps them market and launch them -- everything from children's apps for Montessorium to apps for divas like Lady GaGa. Appetizer Mobile has been honored by Apple in two of its commercials mentioning its apps, namely Introduction to Letters and Introduction to Math, both for Montessorium.

Many of Appetizer Mobile's work is dead-serious encrypted security apps. One it is currently developing for hospitals -- Eattending -- will assist doctors in sending medical orders with their phones, sign forms on their phones, and fax them to any machine in the hospital. At the other end of the spectrum, Appetizer Mobile is also currently developing a virtual reality app for Yankees manager Joe Girardi as well as some newer ones that will bear its own name.

Edelson has not signed any non-disclosure agreements, though he nevertheless does not want to disclose his sources, but here's his scoop on what to expect from the iPhone 6.

First of all, a lighter, more scratch-resistant sapphire screen: Not only has Apple stockpiled 4.7 inch screens from existing sources, "but Apple has purchased its own sapphire glass facility to make lighter more scratch-resistant screens, not only for iPhones, but for wearables, like the iWatch, which have an even greater need to be scratch resistant."

As far as size goes, the iPhone 6 itself will use a 4.7 inch sapphire screen with up to 400 pixels-per-inch, compared to 320 PPI in the iPhone 5s. "Many consumers won't be able to tell the difference, but Apple has to keep up with Samsung, which is using 400 PPI screens on their high-end offerings...

"The switch to the A8 processor will give the iPhone 6 a 30 to 50 percent speed bump, and the internal memory will almost certainly get bumped up to 1 Gbyte over the 500 Mbytes used today. There will also likely be a model offered with 128 Gbytes of flash memory, over the 64 Gbyte maximum offered now."

One surprising revelation about the iPhone 6 is that it will likely use a wireless recharging cradle. Just drop the phone into a velvet cradle, and inductive coils will wirelessly recharge it. Edelson predicts the iPhone 6 will be announced before the iPhone Air and the iWatch, but eventually, he foresees a single, very stylish charging station that the iPhone, the iPad, and the iWatch can all drop into at the bedside.

The more surprising revelation, according to Edelson, is that the iPhone 6 may use ultrasonic communications with the iWatch, rather than Bluetooth. "Ultrasonic pairing can be made seamless for auto-pairing. And its more secure than Bluetooth."

As to the big 5.5 inch brother, Edelson predicts that it will be called the iPhone Air "since it will be more of a phablet than a phone."

Edelson also predicts that the headphone plug will likely be eliminated in the iPhone 6 because it's too big to accommodate the thin profile. "Its the biggest port on the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6 will be thinner." Instead the ear-plugs will likely use the lightning port, which will no longer be needed for charging.

View the entire article at: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1323620

3. Gear VR Is Expected to Focus on Media Consumption

While many VR headsets focus on gaming, that may not be the case with Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Here’s the Verge‘s take on how consumers will use the Gear VR:

“To help prevent disorientation, Samsung will reportedly offer users a view of the outside world when they need it by tapping into the rear camera on Galaxy smartphones. A built-in touchpad will also allow wearers to control the Gear VR’s software, though SamMobile doesn’t have any images of what Samsung has in the works there. Oculus is said to be responsible for creating the device’s user interface, but rather than gaming, Samsung is purportedly putting a focus on media consumption with its entry into the world of VR.”

In a phone interview with Jordan Edelson, CEO and founder of Appetizer Mobile, Edelson shared some thoughts about how Samsung might implement media content in their VR interface:

“Historically, what’s Samsung has done is create an interface to wrap around media content. They create an ecosystem for users to get content within a system. Virtual experience apps might put you in a virtual movie theatre environment, possibly with interactive elements. The interface might support voice integration navigation.”

Edelson’s predictions about a virtual theatre environment mesh well with a report fromAndroid Central, which reports that the Gear VR will include core apps such as VR Panorama and VR Cinema.

Edelson added that the VR headset is likely to draw on accelerometer data from your smartphone. It’s also possible that Samsung could release a gaming wristband that would allow for hand controls or motion tracking. Samsung’s existing line of wearables could also get future updates to support this kind of functionality.

View the entire article at: http://heavy.com/tech/2014/08/samsung-gear-vr-headset-oculus/

A new kind of consumer-friendly insurance health company is employing technology in ways that make insurance intuitive, intelligent and simple.

For example, Oscar has a network of 40,000 providers in the tri-state area - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - that allows consumers to get an insurance quote in a virtual instant. It also provides 24/7 access to doctors through telemedicine, offers plans with free generic drugs, and makes integrated use of smart mHealth technology.

Earlier this year the company received a healthy dose of funding—$80 million —a strong indication that the growing field of mHealth technology is gaining momentum among patients and healthcare professionals. If the trend continues, mhealthtechnology will be used even more frequently through innovative health insurance offerings in the years to come.

What might the future look like for mHealth insurance and app development? What does it mean for medical practice? We spoke with Jordan Edelson, Founder and CEO of Appetizer Mobile, about the future of mHealthcare delivery and utility.

TPP: Tell us about Oscar and how they are making intuitive use of technology, data, and design to provide health insurance services.

Edelson: Oscar is extremely forward-facing when it comes to new technology advances. They are one of the first healthcare companies to have put a telemedicine plan in place.

Under this system, doctors are on call 24/7 to talk with patients and prescribe medication if needed. They are using technology and design to humanize healthcare.

TPP: What is the significance of the industry moving in this direction?

Edelson: It entails a more wide-spread healthcare system. When people have access to immediate medical attention through a mobile application, diagnoses can be made rapidly and more efficiently.

TPP: What are the top three trends in mobile medical app development?

Edelson: First, mMedical apps will provide secure ways to capture and store sensitive medical data. Second, these apps will provide analysis and diagnostics for patients in real-time. Apps will allow doctors to obtain a secondary opinion or consult a specialist instantaneously. Eventually, as the technology progresses, doctors will have access to a large database of anonymous data, expanding their resources for comparative analysis.

The third important trend is that wearable health technology creates new censors and data points, providing doctors with extensive data to analyze when comparing results. For example, heart rate censors and contact lenses that monitor blood sugar in diabetics will be able to provide the doctor with additional information that he or she may not have ordinarily be privy to in that extent.

Furthermore, if the censor detects heart issues, it will be able to alert your doctor in real time.

TPP: Where do you see the trends taking the industry in the next 5 years or so?

Edelson: We will see significant changes to the industry within the next five years as more points of data become available to healthcare providers. With the additional data, medical professionals can provide patients with more in-depth and comprehensive analysis. With the use of smart systems, the analysis can be done in real time and provide feedback the patient otherwise could not have gotten.

There will certainly be a greater level of data available to healthcare providers as the storage of medical records increases.

In about five years, we will probably see more doctors utilizing these records for comparative analysis, which can assist in accurately diagnosing patients' conditions.

We will also see more and more of analysis done at home, minimizing the number of doctor's visits. Soon sonograms will be accessible through the iphone.

TPP: What are the pros and cons of consumer companies (rather than medical companies) producing biometric devices for the general population?

Edelson: The pro is that they tend to be more straight-forward and user friendly. However, on the other hand, medical companies may produce devices with more accuracy and precision due to stricter protocols and procedures.

TPP: What type of regulatory oversight do you think should be applied to consumer mHealth technology and devices?

Edelson: There should be regulations surrounding the storage of medical data, including how it's stored and who has access to it. There should be mandated privacy standards in place.

TPP: How can doctors stay informed of the best apps for their patients to use?

Edelson: Doctors should stay informed of the general technology news, as new advancements are made every day.

View the entire article at: http://www.theprogressivephysician.com/index.php/Practice-Management/mhealth-insurance-and-healthcare-trends-the-future-is-coming-to-a-device-near-you.html