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Brandon Kalinowski

One of the apps that I have installed is Bump. Bump is an iPhone and Android app that has been making sharing contact information and pictures easier than ever. There is also a separate PayPal application that uses the Bump API to make transferring money easy. When you meet someone that you want to send something to, just launch the app and literally bump phones together. There is no need to mess with typing long email addresses or trying tricky methods such as enabling Bluetooth. So how does it work? There are two parts to Bump: The app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on their servers in the cloud. The app on your phone uses the phone's sensors to literally "feel" the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then they just route information between the two phones in each pair.

Now you can use Bump with any computer!

Well I had always thought that it was a cool thing but never had any reason to use it partly because not everyone has the free app installed. Well just recently, a new update has gotten me excited about the app again.
Te app got an upgrade that makes it crazy-handy: you can now use Bump to quickly and easily transfer photos to your PC.
How easily? Nothing-to-install-on-your-PC easily. You just fire up the app, choose the photos you want to transfer, open up the Bu.mp Web site in your browser, and then "bump" your phone on the space bar. Presto: done! What an insanely cool and useful time-saver. I tried this out myself on a few computers and I have to say it works quite well and intuitively.

Now whenever I have something that I want to share with a friend's computer, I will use this app. Unfortunately bumping to PC only supports photos, not videos, music, or contacts.

Brandon Kalinowski

I specialize in integrating technology seamlessly to help others tell compelling stories. For instance, I helped a professor construct a live television studio. I also managed a student news program. These and other experiences spurred a fascination with live streaming. I intern for Legion M as a streaming technical and data analyst. My expertise includes modern web design, video editing, and photography.


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