How to Turn Your Smartphone Into An Emergency Kit | by Michael Soenen



Michael Soenen is the chairman and CEO of EmergencyLink, a free medical ID network which makes it easy for anyone to be prepared for an emergency. Follow the company@EmergencyLink.

Technology can help you find a restaurant, locate a parking spot, and even get you a date. But how can mobile appsimpact the more crucial aspects of a person’s life, like safety and well being?

While apps can’t replace your doctor or local police, there are many that can make a major difference in an emergency. Here are nine that will help you prepare for, react to, and report such situations.


Emergency preparedness isn’t just about extra batteries and jugs of drinking water. It’s about making sure you have access to the right information when you need it most. The following apps allow you to prepare for emergencies before they occur.

  • pMonitor: pMonitor lets parents use location alerts to, for example, know when a child arrives at school or is headed home. Users can create alerts for potentially dangerous situations as well. So if you have an elderly parent, you can set an alert that will ping you if that person happens to fall. In other words, this app will let you know whenever a loved one is in a bad situation so that you can respond.
  • Pocket First Aid and CPR: This app is useful to keep in your phone as a CPR tutorial. It can’t replace a certification, but it does offer best-practice reminders on how to properly administer this life-saving technique. It can be particularly useful to have a mobile app to walk you through the steps during a crisis when it’s easy to seize up.
  • Safety NET: This app is great for an elderly parent or a disabled loved one, as it monitors for things like falls or collisions. It then automatically alerts a previously selected emergency contact to call for help.

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Samsung top smartphone manufacturer in 2011: IDC

Of the top vendors, Nokia posted the largest year-on-year decrease, dropping 22.8 per cent to 77.3 million units shipped. However, its Windows Phone smartphones, which were well received at the Consumer Electronics Show, shipped “over a million units” in its debut quarter, according to Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop.

Research In Motion posted a modest 4.7 per cent growth year-on-year, shipping 51 million units thanks in part to its new BB OS 7 BlackBerry smartphones. But overshadowing these results was the global network outage in October, followed by announcements that its first BB 10-powered smartphones would not be available until late 2012. Such a delay gives the competition opportunity to attack RIM’s strongholds, IDC has said.

Despite patent infringement battles, HTC managed to more than double its shipments in 2011 from 2010 with 43.5 million units shipped, supported by a strong pace of device releases. It released the Windows Phone-powered Titan and Radar models, the Beats-influenced Rezound, and the LTE-enabled Vivid in addition to multiple other Android-powered smartphones in the fourth quarter alone. “As has been HTC’s approach all year long, these device launches kept the company’s product portfolio well attuned to both operator and end-user tastes. Despite the many high-profile launches during the quarter, however, the Taiwanese vendor still shipped lower volumes compared to the previous quarter,” observed IDC.

By Emily Tan|

GLOBAL: Despite Apple claiming the top spot in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the launch of its iPhone 4S, Samsung closed 2011 as the year’s top smartphone manufacturer with 94 million units shipped and a market share of 19.1 per cent, IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker research has found.

Samsung top smartphone manufacturer in 2011: IDC

Samsung was the biggest seller of smartphones last year.

Apple closed the year a close second with 93.2 million units shipped and a market share 19 per cent. Despite disappointment that the iPhone 4S wasn’t the iPhone 5, its launch saw Apple climb back into the market leadership position in the fourth quarter of last year (after ceding it to Samsung in the third quarter), shipping 37 million units in the last three months of 2011.

Overall, total smartphone shipment volumes reached 491.4 million units in 2011, up a strong 61.3 per cent from the 304.7 million units in 2010.This exceeds IDC’s initial estimate of 54.7 per cent for the year, but is still below 2010’s year-on-year growth of 75.7 per cent.  Leer más “Samsung top smartphone manufacturer in 2011: IDC”