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  • Avi Lambert 7:29 PM on 09/04/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Microsoft Office, Now On iOS, Highlights A Powerful Lesson For Incumbents 

    Avi Lambert:

    An interesting, ironic event that will be long talked about in the coming next many years where the war for digital returns will be waged on consumer, enterprise, institutional and individual screens.

    Originally posted on TechCrunch:

    Editor’s Note:  Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a  TechCrunch  columnist, and an investor at Haystack. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.

    Finally, Microsoft’s flagship Office suite (Excel, PPT, Word) is available on one of its key rival’s mobile operating systems: Apple’s iOS. Nearly seven years after Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, Microsoft has finally built native products for Apple’s iOS to extend its popular, high revenue-generating Office suite to another platform. It begs the question: Why so long? The easy, quick, and snarky answer is to suggest that Microsoft finally surrendered to the new mobile platform gods — but, that would be too easy. Perhaps, under new leadership, the powers that be at Microsoft conceded that, when it comes to mobile, the Windows platform and Surface lines, despite passionate attempts from within, wouldn’t hold a candle…

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  • Avi Lambert 12:43 AM on 06/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: architecture, , iab, IC, ICT, interactive advertising, , keywords, , , premium themes, , reputation management, social networks, , Wordpress MU   

    The WordPress Question: Themes 

    ImageSelect from the Best

    Skinning themes on content management systems has been one of largest services growing in the new media ICT space over the last 25 years. Themes are pretty much the sum of content management systems of different type: mailchimp, Twitter, Facebook, Aweber, Drupal and Salesforce have to be part of this discussion about digital marketing. This post explores a brief question asked by people commonly, like so “I want to use WordPress but I don’t know where to start.”  Here are what we hope are some useful answers. 

    Keywords are your Bullseye 

    Free and Premium WordPress themes offer different things for different people. On the other hand, getting your business online must respond closely to the needs and expectations of user audiences. Based on your budget you can reliably expect to get what you pay for. At a start, with cheap domain names and hosting packages people are moving perhaps too fast out of the gate. That said, mobile and last-mile marketing is only going to grow over the next decade. Looking at responsive, mobile and efficient digital properties is a good idea. But what do you think?

    As the world’s 5th most trafficked social network, WordPress is a smart choice for VIPs. 

    Engineer Mobile Internet Experiences 

    WordPress surpasses other content systems by offering the ability to leverage existing large scale social networks for content marketing, distribution and aggregation. In addition to the idea of a being an author, expert, organization or enterprise the fact is the cluetrain arrived a decade ago. Social, mobile and last-mile has arrived.

    The internet has disrupted the way we do business, live our lives and interact with goods, goverment and services. In other words, the high level perspective about social media culture and the impact this has had on enterprises, complements a low level resolution what you see out there on the web. Follow the blog for more tips and tricks on digital and interactive advertising.

    Cloud Reputation Management

    Retain an edge, efficiently manage your social presence. WordPress can help you achieve social ROI quickly. We live in an age of explosive expression and customers are online. Convenient systems with a low learning curve for new users is sticky. Make a good first impression, keep ‘em coming back. Be reliable, authentic and discoverable. Your expression is what matters.

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  • Avi Lambert 11:30 PM on 05/04/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Google’s secret Android TV set-top box may finally make an appearance 

    Avi Lambert:

    Disruptive technologies are about business models, market values and scale.

    Google’s pricing strategy is worth watching out for.

    Originally posted on Gigaom:

    Google (S GOOG) is working on yet another TV product dubbed Android TV, the Verge reported Saturday . Android TV will consist of a much simpler interface than its predecessor Google TV, and screenshots shown by the Verge actually bear a striking resemblance to Amazon’s (s AMZN) new Fire TV, which the online retailer launched this week.

    Google has been cooperating with third-party developers to bring apps for services like Netflix, (s NFLX) Hulu Plus, Pandora (s P) and Vevo to the platform, but apparently also plans to support an extended list of Google services, including most notably Hangouts, which suggests that an Android TV product may include a camera for video chats in the living room. Also included is extended support for Android-based games.

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    It’s been an open secret in the industry that Google has been working on a more defined set-top box experience ever since Google TV failed…

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  • Avi Lambert 11:29 PM on 05/04/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Gesture Recognition Using Ultrasound 

    Avi Lambert:

    Haptic technologies in the Photonic arena – broadband communications and the Internet of Evertything, the growth of #IoT and accessible, convenient, mobile communications – will change. Gesture recognition, like Leap Motion controllers and Kinect videogames, a trend of the future. We’re in early days now.

    Originally posted on Hackaday:

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    You’d be hard pressed to find a public restroom that wasn’t packed full of hands free technology these days. From the toilets to the sinks and paper towel dispensers, hands free tech is everywhere in modern public restrooms.

    The idea is to cut down on the spread of germs.  However, as we all know too well, this technology is not perfect. We’ve all gone from sink to sink in search of one that actually worked. Most of us have waved our hands wildly in the air to get a paper towel dispenser to dispense, creating new kung-fu moves in the process. IR simply has its limitations.

    What if there was a better way? Check out [Ackerley] and [Lydia's] work on gesture recognition using ultrasound. Such technology is cheap and could easily be implemented in countless applications where hands free control of our world is desired. Indeed, the free market has…

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  • Avi Lambert 2:24 AM on 13/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: commerce, finance, information, knowledge, marketplace, , security, systems   

    An important list of activities 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intelligence_gathering_disciplines

    Wikipedia – List of intelligence gathering disciplines

     
  • Avi Lambert 1:34 AM on 13/02/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Marc Andreessen: Tech Is Still Recovering From A Depression 

    Avi Lambert:

    Mobile Commerce news

    Originally posted on TechCrunch:

    Venture capitalist  Marc Andreessen , Palantir co-founder  Joe Lonsdale and Goldman Sachs COO  Gary Cohn  sat down today at the Goldman Sachs conference in San Francisco, to talk about the thing investors always talk about: Tech.

    The Netscape founder, taking the same stance he’s had for years, was ever the ebullient optimist. (Because what else are VCs paid to do?)

    He argued that advances in mobile and chip-making technology signaled exponential expansion of the market. He said tech isn’t overhyped and could have “decades” of growth ahead of it. Echoing economist Carlota Perez’s research, he said world-changing technologies like the web usually settle into a more mature deployment phase after an initial period of hype and investor frenzy.

    Andreessen was hopeful about how the Internet of Things could transform the way people live, and credited Moore’s law with the potential to put a chip in everything: “What if we…

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  • Avi Lambert 10:30 PM on 03/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: artificial intelligence, code, computers, , hashtags, machine learning, plain language, quotes,   

    I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. Alan Turing
    The Breakdown Machine learning is the word still used by computer scientists to talk about how code languages work to create applications, software and programs. Thing is, machine learning is before us Twitter hashtags are used around the globe all the time. They’re popular, and for good reason. But do we barely notice the science behind what makes Twitter’s API work so well? Yup. So there it is. Machine Learning – a key technical term. Working to bridge science with plain language. Link to quote source. - hey there, you’re awesome
     
  • Avi Lambert 6:25 PM on 29/01/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: copyright, digital learning day, digital rights, DLDay14, e-learning, mood, , storytelling   

    January MOOC Blues 

    This is personal story about taking a free course, and then putting the brakes on after the first couple of weeks. The train left the station, or rather I withdrew earlier today. For me right know there are really too many spheres being juggled keeping me from learning and getting work done with teammates in the course. Really, the blues are more about being a team leader, leaving early. But that’s not like a captain leaving a sinking ship, no. Not at all. Don’t think that for a second. Anyway, there it is, screenshot below is from the first mook course I have ever taken.

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    It was kind of a funny feeling seeing that a group that I started wasn’t going to be lead by me an longer. Let it go. Just let it go. Anyway, the experience was teachable in that the picture above is kind of freaking hilarious if you ask me. It was a Moocfail moment. Usability is a big part of what makes websites, and web experiences positive. NovoEd is an innovative and interesting platform. Let’s leave at that. As far as helping me recognize the power of free and paid-for MOOCs, massive open online courses, I can say, yeah, I’ve learned something.

    With digital learning day just 7 days away, the benefit of MOOCs is clear. For me, moving forward I guess the goal is to keep on learning.

     

    Here’s a video about Digital Learning Day, putting the focus on education in the elementary school system in the US.

     

     

    Follow #DLDay14 to help trend the idea for local PACs across the continental United States and Canada 

     
  • Avi Lambert 5:36 AM on 24/01/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Snowden Answers Our Burning Data Collection Question: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? 

    Avi Lambert:

    Re-blogging to read later. #productivity & #lifehacking with #wordpress

    Originally posted on TechCrunch:

    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is answering the Internet’s burning questions. Surprisingly, he was even gracious enough to answer my question: “What’s the worst and most realistic harm from bulk collection of data? Why do you think it outweighs national security?”

    Snowden, who was granted protection in Russia from American prosecution, has been somewhat press-averse, only holding a few select media interviews. This time, he went directly to netizens to respond to President Obama’s big national security speech last week.

    I posted the full response Snowden gave me below. In essence, he argues that the government’s bulk storage of our digital lives causes self-censorship and opens up the potential for severe abuse.

    “Study after study has show that human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free,” he wrote.

    He also notes that mass-spying…

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  • Avi Lambert 5:35 AM on 24/01/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio Search Engine turns the world’s radio stations into a music jukebox 

    Avi Lambert:

    I’ll be sure to try out this new radio toy, you?

    Originally posted on Gigaom:

    This is cool: Radio Search Engine, a new site launched out of beta this week by serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson, turns tens of thousands of radio stations into an easily searchable music jukebox.

    Let’s say you want to listen to Royals from Lorde. Just search for the song, and Radio Search Engine will show you a dozen or so radio stations from all around the world that are playing it right now, ready for you to tune in. The site also offers a list of Top 20 Adult Contemporary songs, which start playing with a single click.

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    Once you start to play a song, the site starts to assemble a playlist of similar songs — kind of like Pandora (S P) if you will, but with the differences that these songs are playing in real time on different radio stations. Here’s how Robertson described the technology that’s working in…

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