New DriveWise App Curbs Distracted Driving [Product Launch]

DriveWise Tech News EditionWhen you hear that 30 states have enacted distracted driving laws, what comes to mind? Texting and driving?

Unfortunately, the problem is much bigger.

Due to the explosive growth in smartphone sales, a lot more than texting is going on behind the wheel. Given that 26% of Americans now read news on mobile devices, here at BuzzVoice, we decided to develop an app specifically designed to make keeping up with news in the car a safe, enjoyable experience. It has ONE button. And, of course, it talks.

Introducing DriveWise – Your Mobile News Narrator [iTunes link]

Now You Can Keep Your Eyes on the Road – and SAFELY Keep Up with the Web’s Top News & Blogs at the Same Time!

With a single tap, DriveWise scours the web’s top sources and reads breaking stories aloud to you. It’s the safe & easy way to keep up with your favorite topics in the car, train, gym – or anywhere reading is a bad idea.

The first version of DriveWise lets you LISTEN to the web’s top tech sites on your iOS device, including:

-TechCrunch
-Mashable
-Gizmodo
-Wired
-ReadWriteWeb
-CenterNetworks
-Ars Technica
-The Next Web …and More!

Checkout the brief DriveWise demo video below:

For less than a dollar, DriveWise makes it safe & fun to keep up with the news you love while boosting productivity – Download it Now and tell us what you think at Feedback@BuzzVoice.com.

… Promote safe driving & help save lives – Tell your friends to get DriveWise too.

Email to Steve Jobs Puts Lucky Developer on Front Page of The App Store

BuzzVoice 3.0 on the front page of The App StoreWe’ve all seen the flurry of news stories about Steve Jobs responding directly to emails from regular people and developers. It’s become an Internet meme, with reputable sources like The New York Times, Wired , TechCrunch and others attesting to the authenticity of the emails.

Perhaps the most controversial [alleged] response from Jobs is the recent thread between Jobs and an irate iPhone 4 owner about the iPhone 4 antenna issue – an issue so hot that Apple is holding a press conference to address it [Read the thread on the iPhone 4 reception issues on The Boy Genius Report].

Since Jobs seems to read his own email and has expressed a passion for reinventing the news experience on Apple devices during his keynotes, we decided to take a chance and shoot him an email.

In our email titled “Pandora for news,” we explained how 26% of Americans now read news on mobile devices, and that for a nation of commuters, fitness fanatics and multitaskers, reading news on tiny screens is not only a bad user experience, but also a dangerous one. We added that 28 states have enacted distracted driving laws as counter measures. Then, we went on to explain how we used the iPhone SDK to create BuzzVoice, a “magical” new way to consume news on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.

Steve Jobs on BuzzVoice 3.0We included a link to a fun video showing how our cloud-based streaming audio service lets people *listen* to over 1,600 of the web’s top news and blogs – making getting news on the go, easier, safer and more fun, and added a link to the new BuzzVoice 3.0 app On The App Store. Lastly, we asked him to feature BuzzVoice 3.0 on The App Store so that Apple device owners could benefit from using it in the car, train, gym, or wherever they happen to be.

We didn’t expect a response. In fact we haven’t received a direct response yet, however, we just noticed that BuzzVoice 3.0 is now featured on the front page of The App Store.

Thanks for listening Steve – we’re pinching ourselves.

PS: The screenshot we included about him being the “smartest CEO” may have done the trick.

BuzzVoice Will Run On Apple’s New iPad Tablet

The iPad featuring BuzzVoiceListen with BuzzVoiceAt the Apple Event in San Francisco, Steve Jobs unveiled the company’s long-awaited tablet named “The iPad.”

The 9.7 inch multi-touch device offers Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, weighs in at just 1.5 pounds, and sports a full 10 hour battery life.

And since the iPad runs the iPhone operating system, it will offer functionality similar to the iPhone and iPod touch, including the ability to run “most” apps from Apple’s App Store. 

When the iPad goes on sale in March- at a surprisingly low price of $499 - BuzzVoice will run on the revolutionary new device, allowing you to stream audio versions of breaking stories from the web’s top 1,400+ blogs and news sites.

Lastly, for development on The iPad, Apple announced the availability of a new software development kit that will allow us to optimize BuzzVoice for The iPad. Stay tuned for more exciting features!

Don’t want to wait for The iPad? Get BuzzVoice on the App Store now for your iPhone or iPod touch, or sign up on your computer on the BuzzVoice full site.

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For more news on The iPad, check out the indepth coverage on TechCrunch, Mashable, TUAW, Engadget and Gizmodo, and, be sure to add these great blogs to your BuzzVoice playlist, so you can listen to them in the car, at the gym – or anywhere.