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February 15, 2013

Share Files from Mobile Devices to Desktops Using Bump's Updated Web App

By Jacqueline Lee, Contributing Writer

Sometimes, we procrastinate for the most inane reasons. I have this ongoing plan to put up more pictures of my children around my house. To make this happen, the pictures need to travel from my iPhone (News - Alert) to my MacBook.

I start by looking for the cord to sync my iPhone. I look for a while, because I can never find a specific cord when I need one even though I’ve accumulated a desk drawer full of mystery cords.

If I actually do find the cord, then the next obstacle is iPhoto. Since I haven’t imported photos in a while, I have 269 photos in the queue. I realize that importing them will take forever, so I close iPhoto and do something else. I rationalize that I’ll import everything when I have more time. Of course, the project never gets completed.

Bump has come to the rescue of procrastinators like me. They’ve developed a new version of their Web app that allows you to transfer not only photos but also video, files and contacts from your mobile device to your desktop computer.

I would start by opening the Bump app on my iPhone (the app also works with Android (News - Alert)). Then, I would open bump on my computer. On my iPhone, I’d pick the photos that I wanted to share. With a press of the spacebar, the photos would appear on my MacBook.

My idea for using the new Bump Web app only scratches the surface of what it can do. For example, someone who needs to make a presentation could create the slides and other components on a desktop and simply Bump the presentation to a tablet.

If the conference room only has projection from a desktop computer, then the presenter could just Bump the presentation from the tablet to the facility’s desktop computer. No more dragging a laptop to meetings or trying to e-mail huge files to the conference center.

The Bump Web app that launched last May supported photo sharing, and the feature was tremendously popular. Use of the app grew 50 percent in the first two months of availability.

Bump’s added capacity should increase the app’s popularity even more. And you’d actually know that I have children when you visit my house, whether or not they’re home.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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