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Fleetmatics launches LogBook for iOS, a one-stop approach to Hours of Service (HOS) management for commercial drivers

With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate requiring commercial drivers to digitally manage their time behind the wheel (Hours of Service or HOS) just six short months away, the launch of LogBook for iOS by Fleetmatics, a Verizon company, puts HOS management in the palms of drivers’ hands.

Fleetmatics LogBook manages drivers’ HOS by combining critical data from the vehicle with status updates made in the mobile application by the driver. Drivers simply log into the mobile app and start driving while their HOS are logged automatically. Dispatchers and back-office teams also benefit from real-time HOS status, violation alerts, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) and more through Fleetmatics’ web-based interface.

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Charge your iPhone 7/Plus wireless made by mophie

mophie—the #1 mobile battery case brand in the US(1) — announced the charge force™ case made for iPhone™ 7/7 Plus, charge force™ case made for Samsung Galaxy S®8/S8 Plus, and charge force powerstation mini. These latest additions to the charge force ecosystem are designed to advance easy wireless charging for the latest leading flagship devices.

“mophie is committed to developing technologies that keep devices charged all day,” said Chris Ahern, President at mophie. “This case accomplishes that goal, not through additional batteries, but by making charging throughout the day effortless.”

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Belkin will soon add HomeKit support to their Wemo IoT solutions

Continuing to expand its award-winning Internet of Things ecosystem, Wemo®, the smart home brand from Belkin International, today announced it plans to enable Apple® HomeKit™ compatibility to more than two million Wemo solutions on the market.  With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users will be able to ask Siri® on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch - “Siri, turn on Wemo,” or “Siri, dim the living room lights,” or use the Apple Home app on any of these devices.  Users will also be able to include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than one hundred other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go.

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iPhone Bikers: go touring with the new NAVIGON Cruiser app

Are you a motorbike rider? Then we have good news for you: Get the latest smartphone app, NAVIGON Cruiser and save 20% on the unlimited usage package for Europe, North America or Australia & New Zealand.

Find gas stations along your route and get the latest information about the weather conditions. With the personal route adjustment options you can easily adapt the curviness and the bendiness of your route to your needs. And in case you have a couple of spare hours on the weekend, Cruiser will assist you in finding exciting round trips in your area.

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IBM gives pilots MobileFirst flight apps

IBM today announced the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group selected MobileFirst for iOS apps to provide a seamless experience across flight operations processes. With apps, Fly Now and Roster for iPad, pilots will be equipped with relevant information and flight-related updates.

The use of the apps are expected to enhance pilot productivity by digitizing manual processes related to airline operations and regulations. These mandatory processes are critical aspects of flight readiness from pre-flight right through post-flight operations.

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Brookfield Residential Offers Apple HomeKit Standard in New Neighborhoods

Brookfield Residential is the first national homebuilder to offer Apple HomeKit technology as standard in new communities, officials of both companies announced. Starting with the Delano neighborhood in Irvine’s Eastwood Village, all new Southern California homes by Brookfield Residential will be Connected Homes, interfacing with Apple’s Home app, and integrating with HomeKit-enabled accessories including lighting, thermostats, locks and Wifi.

“We always think forward to anticipate consumer demand, and Brookfield Residential has for more than a year explored collaborations with Apple HomeKit controls,” said Brookfield Residential Chief Operating Officer Adrian Foley. “Now the market is ready to align on a large scale with Apple’s clear and convenient HomeKit design. We will offer buyers The Connected Home Experience with Apple HomeKit in all our new Southern California neighborhoods.

Brookfield Residential’s Connected Home blog page is here.

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GE’s multifunctional Sol gets HomeKit support this summer

The industry’s first Amazon Alexa-embedded lighting product – C by GE Sol – is adding to its convenience and fun as GE announces new features and opens a promotional wait-list window, giving early adopters first dibs on the product, plus an exclusive 20 percent discount. Sol combines functional illumination, a contemporary design, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you’d find in an Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device.

Sol, which gets its namesake from the circular shape and illumination of the sun, is part of GE’s vision to unleash the ultimate living experience with smart products tapping into new potential at home. Starting today, consumers signing up as Sol early adopters will be first in line when product ordering goes live, also receiving a 20 percent discount off the suggested retail price of $199.99. Product is expected to ship in September from and

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Lufthansa collaborates with IBM for their new internal iOS Apps

IBM today announced that Lufthansa Group is introducing a new mobile offering for employees, powered by MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline’s ground operations and boost customer service. With Manage Gates for iPhone, flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for Lufthansa passengers.

Travelers today expect the best of both worlds—the lowest fares and a first-rate flying experience. Airline carriers need to identify new strategies to differentiate their operations in the hyper-competitive market that has evolved in the digital world. Mobility has become one of the most promising solutions for the aviation industry as it reinvents business models and operations.

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Santander has embraced Apple Pay

Santander Bank today announced that customers can now add their Santander MasterCard credit and debit cards to Apple Pay, giving them an easy, secure and private way to make payments at participating merchants in stores, apps and on the web using their Apple devices.  Apple Pay is the newest of many customer-focused innovations the Bank has launched recently to advance its mobile strategy and ensure it’s delivering a great digital experience to its customers.

“Our customers have been telling us that they want to do more on-the-go digital banking using their mobile devices,” said Michael Cleary, Santander’s Head of Consumer and Business Banking. “At Santander, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers. We’ve responded to their feedback by investing more resources in our mobile banking platform and upgrading the digital tools and services customers need to truly bank anywhere with Santander, and Apple Pay is a great example of that innovation.”

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Please welcome with us the Decora Smart Lighting Controls to the HomeKit family

Leviton announced today the release of the Decora Smart™ product offering with support for Apple HomeKit, allowing for customizable lighting control using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Siri. This new family of products features three devices including 600 Watt and 1000 Watt in-wall dimmers, as well as a 15 Amp switch with multi-way capability. These dimmers and switches are all wireless and individually HomeKit-enabled, requiring no centralized hub or bridge to coordinate the accessories throughout the home.

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