Tech Report: Bump Your Smartphone To Make It A Flash Drive

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The newest version of a popular app can now turn your smartphone into a virtual flash drive. It’s called Bump and how it works really seems like magic.

You run the app and then you go to the company’s website, which is bu.mp and then you actually tap the spacebar with your phone and then it asks you if you want to connect. When you say yes the file either goes from the phone to the PC, or vice versa.

I tried it with my Macbook Air and it worked, despite me having to scratch my head over wondering how. I never logged in nor did I ever tell it who I was. It uses a combination of cloud computing and geolocation technology. So by proximity it knows who I am because of the phone-tapping action.

There have been other apps that allow you to use your phone as a thumb drive for example but this really takes it to a whole new level. It’s cool and there are other ways to do this, like emailing a file to your phone or PC. So it’s not like this was a problem that was unsolvable, but it solves it in a unique and fun way. This product already allowed you to transfer files phone to phone by bumping.

The bottom line here is I was able to take a Word document from my Mac move it over to my iPhone and read it from there. How useful is that?

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