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All Things D: Digital Trends From TV & Rockets to Authentification Pills & Speech Recognition

June 11, 2013 by  

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All Things D just held their 11th annual conference in Rancho Palos Verdes California in late May. Imagine a few hundred billionaire and millionaire game changers in a room at an oceanside resort, discussing the latest digital technology trends that impact a host of industries: from government, retail and consumer electronics to mobile advertising, digital TV and everything in between. It makes you wonder: Are we moving to a world that looks something like this? Digital world Some of the trends and reccuring themes are not new this year, but they are more pressing as storage gets cheaper, bandwidth gets faster and it is becoming more common to program your home and tap into a mobile device for nearly everything we do. How people think about things that were once a Star Trek-like discussion are now becoming reality: energy sources, Google Glass that brings virtual and augmented reality to life in more ways than one, electric versus gas powered cars, a trip to Mars if you have a bank account big enough to afford a ticket, wearable devices and how we will view what we now call TV in the next decade.…

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NewspaperDirect’s PressReader 3.1 For Reading On The Road

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I was given a complimentary trial of NewspaperDirect’s PressReader 3.1 and was blown away. I immediately thought of my father-in-law who lives in India but follows newspapers in the US, Europe and of course India from cover to cover no matter where he is in the world, and how I needed to get him a subscription. I was very impressed with their publication offering: over 2000 digital replicas of newsletters from around the world, including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. And translation options. The new PressReader is optimized for the retina display on new iPad screens which means that the text is super sharp and clear. Their SmartFlow technology enables you to easily view all the articles in a horizontal stream and to select and zoom in on the articles you want to read. It felt like a really clean and sophisticated reading experience. And you can share, tweet, print or post an article to Evernote as an option. The app is free to download. The pricing options are USD 29.95/month for unlimited access or 0.99c per issue. Perhaps there is use for a hybrid option where you could subscribe to…

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5 Cool Mobile Apps For Travelers On The Go

June 5, 2013 by  

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As a small business owner, you run the show on the go—so you rely on your smartphone for all those important details that make up your busy day. Ever worry some of those important pieces might be slipping through the cracks? From CRM to social media to scheduling, these great apps ensure you’re always in the right place at the right time with the right people—and with no disconnect from your day-to-day business operations. May13 Remember Every Note with Evernote
Whether you’re in a meeting, catching a cab, or taking a well-earned coffee break, Evernote has you covered when inspiration strikes. Sync photos, files, notes, videos, sound bites, to-do lists—just about anything—to this cloud-based junk drawer for easy, searchable access. Finally, you can have some fun collaborating on team projects, whenever, wherever. FREE. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Know When They Work with WhenIWork
Your managers have plenty to do aside from the regular hassle of employee scheduling. The easy and intuitive WhenIWork app allows managers and employees to organize shift trades, manage time-off requests, notify stakeholders of important scheduling changes, and more. A simple “Do I work Tuesday?” text message produces an instant, automated answer, so your managers and


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On Yahoo’s Purchase of Tumblr: A Whoah Nellie Culture Clash?

May 28, 2013 by  

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Schedule, Share and Discover Lifestyle Businesses via Kuyam

May 15, 2013 by  

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  If you have ever wanted Yelp and OpenTable to merge then you will be happy to hear about Kuyam. Kuyam is a new innovative online scheduling platform.  Essentially it allows busy people to find and have lifestyle appointments booked in just a few clicks.  Discovering anything from spa and hair salons, to health and exercise classes.  There is even options to discovering tutoring and babysitting for the kidos. Becoming a user is free, and after that you narrow down the service you want, what time you are available and how you plan on paying for it; then Kuyam does the rest.  Rather than you making calls and discussing availabilities.  Once your appoint is set it appears on a calendar on the Kuyam site.  Appointments are easy to change, adjust, or cancel as needed. A mobile app is on the horizon for Kuyam as well which will truly expedite the efficiency of a busy person’s day.  Kuyam is working to make the connecting and discovering of local businesses easier than ever.   Photo Credit: Kuyam.com


Lithuanian Start-Up Demos Cool GooGPS Travel App on Tablet PC

May 7, 2013 by  

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I discovered (and used) an interesting new GPS app from a Lithuanian company when I was in Vilnius Lithuania recently. Gogoapp (4) They call it GooGPS, and the model is data for travel and tourism for visitors. Imagine a Samsung like tablet PC that is loaded with all the best of a city – main attractions, festivals, events, museums, churches, restaurants and hotels, that is light enough to hang around your neck while you meander through a new city. Then, imagine along side of that data, you have access to all your social apps like Foursquare, Twitter and Instagram, a video camera for easy capturing and a browser to check email….all on a device that is connected 24/7 and limited for E10 a day. Gogoapp (5) UAB is a global pioneer that is successfully developing a new business model – rent of tablet PCs for travelers. These guys have created a set of programs called “interactive travel guide” that works with a modified Android operational system. In the system which is within a portable 7-inch tablet, you have 3D navigational maps, connected to their controlled interactive guide with places of…

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Take a Look at the Websites & Search Engines 10 Countries Use Most

May 3, 2013 by  

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Data was compiled March 2013 Sources: Alexa and InternetWorldStats. The above is an excerpt/portion from a much larger infographic by TopComputerScienceDegrees.


Alas, Twitter is Coming of Age in America

April 30, 2013 by  

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Twitter is finally coming of age in America. The citizen journalists of twitter far surpassed the real time coverage of cable television of the events during the Boston and Watertown siege. Those like @michaelskolnick, @diggaduh, @wesleylowery, @sethmnookin, and many others too numerous to name, rocked. They were individually and collaboratively monitoring police scanners, reviewing multiple feeds, often standing in the streets, and tweeting live coverage, thereby, emerging the victors of the news cycle spoils. It was fascinating to watch, and an honor to participate. This was guerrilla crisis management in the streets come to America. Remarkably, Fox News rose to the occasion getting their helicopter up in the sky over Watertown Thursday evening, while CNN limped along with a sleepy and often foggy Jake Tapper. Given the sheer volume, it is perplexing that only the next morning did the authorities notice and move to shut down the twitter feed for security purposes during the continued manhunt. To put this in context, we know that all facets of social media (predominately twitter) came to fruition during the Arab Spring. But that was over two years ago, and social media has matured, grown in power, penetration and numbers from…

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