Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Medical Marijuana? Now There's an App for that

The country's largest grassroots medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), launched a first-of-its-kind, free iPhone application today that will provide a vast array of tools for people new to the issue as well as for seasoned activists. ASA teamed up with iWeeds -- an application company that serves the medical marijuana community -- in order to make it easier for advocates to get educated and take political action. The ASA Advocate App gives users access to all of the organization's projects and programs.

"The ASA Advocate App is another way to empower grassroots action that is bringing change on medical marijuana policies to every corner of the country," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "We have to be innovative if we want the widespread public support that exists for medical marijuana to translate into concrete results," continued Sherer. "The ASA Advocate App will help put greater pressure on all levels of government to adopt sensible medical marijuana policies."

Specifically, the ASA Advocacy App will provide immediate updates on rapidly changing local, state, and federal issues across the country to keep users on top of the latest in medical marijuana politics, science, law and community action. In addition to ASA news feeds, users will also have easy access to political action alerts, video advocacy trainings, and ASA's printed publications, such as newsletters, condition-based booklets, and legal manuals, all from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The ASA Advocate App even guides users to businesses in their community that support the work of ASA.

The ASA Advocate App will also allow users to become members of the organization's 50,000-strong grassroots network. And, because of the heightened concern over federal interference in medical marijuana states, the ASA Advocate App connects users to a legal hotline and enables them to sign up for raid alerts and activist phone trees. The ASA Advocate App is currently only accessible from Apple devices, but will be expanded to Android and other application markets over the next few months.

Since 2002, ASA has been educating patients, doctors, lawyers, scientists, key decision-makers, and the general public on issues concerning medical marijuana. The organization has also used lobbying and litigation over the years to help achieve the goals of protecting and expanding the rights of medical marijuana patients across the U.S.


2012 iPhone 5 release date update, new design overhaul possible

It has been a while since we last reported on some iPhone 5 rumors, but you’ll be interested to know that we now have some fresh information courtesy of an industry analyst, who believes that Apple will finally announce a true iPhone 5, or sixth-generation device next year.

While many will feel that the iPhone 4S is a great addition, adding innovative features like Siri, many iPhone 4 owners feel that the upgraded device doesn’t warrant an upgrade, and isn’t the true successor to the iPhone 4 after so much hype about what the next device may include.

Requests that are top of the list include things like a 4-inch edge to edge OLED screen, but one of the priorities that remain for iPhone fans is a brand new design, one which would offer a significantly different appearance than the iPhone 4.

With this in mind, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest rumors from analyst Gene Munster and Piper Jeffray, is that he forsees 2012 as the year of the redesigned iPhone, a sixth-generation model that will release sometime during Summer, as reported from Apple Insider. He also believes that it is very likely that there will be significant changes to Apple’s products in 2012, considering that the company did not make any major hardware revisions in 2011. These words back up similar rumors which we told you about at the start of November, in which Digitimes claimed that Apple would bring hardware revisions to each product line, such as the iPhone, iPad, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro.

Some additional comments by Munster also put further strength behind the rumors that a new iPad 3 is coming. However, he believes that Apple will just introduce one new model to replace the iPad 2, rather than release a new iPad with different screen and capacities, a business model which Samsung are utilizing with their Galaxy Tab for example.

How would you feel if the iPhone 5 had a complete redesign? From our point of view, it would feel a little strange since everyone is used to the iPhone 4 now, but knowing Apple – any such design overhaul by Jony Ive would well be worth the wait.