The Comunicano Daily for Wednesday November 19, 2014
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Lots of news from different parts of the connected world this morning. For starters, IBM wants to take on the problem with email, via a new service called Verse. Hopefully, the song doesn't remain the same. Verse comes at a time when Google is also rolling out INBOX and services like Slack are taking a major foothold in the pseudo time communications sector.
International Business Machines Corp. is launching a new offensive against Google Inc. and others in the email market, offering a Web-based service that marks a rare direct appeal by Big Blue to end users. The computing giant on Tuesday is unveiling IBM Verse, an email service melded with other collaboration and social-media functions.
It's no surprise that smart conferencing service providers see the need to line up with the mobile operators. In my blog post today on VoIPWatch I called out a very key reason as to why both UberConference and Cisco's WebEx have moved in that direction.
Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers. AT&T is working with Cisco on a cloud-based, video collaboration service that will be available for almost any device when it launches next month.
Wireless charging isn't about mobile payments. At Starbucks t's all about keeping your phone topped up with power while you're coffee cup empties. The real reason is this offering will help keep people lingering around the coffee shop longer, which is one more change in experience design for the Seattle company that was for a few years encouraging their customers to come and go with loud music, cold temperatures, etc. I guess they have caught on.
For the past couple of years, several competitors have been duking it out to become the standard for wireless device charging. Consumers have mostly chosen to wait on the sidelines, grudgingly toting power cords or battery cases for those times when their phones won't make it through the day.
It's often been said that we don't have to worry about Big Brother watching us, as we're all reporting enough publicly on our own. Well now the data we collect via Fitbit is being used in court. This creates all kinds of interesting legal situations.....for starters in physical rehabilitation the data is useful to your medical team, but could be harmful to your legal case.....
Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture. How do you show that someone who's been in a car accident can't do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation? Till now lawyers have relied on doctors to observe someone for half an hour or so and give their, sometimes-biased opinion.
CUPERTINO, California-November 18, 2014-Apple® today announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch™-Apple's most personal device ever. Apple has the world's most vibrant and innovative developer community, and now these developers can begin developing WatchKit apps before Apple Watch becomes available.
An iPhone is required - at (almost) all times. In Apple's own words, Watch apps extend iOS apps. "You begin your Watch app development with your existing iOS app, which must support iPhone." That's in part because Watch apps' processing power is all coming from the iPhone.
Google has begun letting third-party developers build apps for Android Auto, with the release of a new set of APIs for its in-car software platform. The initial set of APIs out the door support audio and messaging apps, similar to the launch set of features being offered by Apple with CarPlay.
WhatsApp, perhaps the best example of Over The Top (OTT) communications services anywhere just added encryption. This comes at a time when new services like Secret and Whisper are growing in users.
Whatsapp Just Switched On End-To-End Encryption For Hundreds of Millions of Users
Growing up in Soviet Ukraine in the 1980s, Whatsapp founder Jan Koum learned to distrust the government and detest its surveillance. After he emigrated to the U.S. and created his ultra-popular messaging system decades later, he vowed that Whatsapp would never make eavesdropping easy for anyone.
People use Facebook Groups every day to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends. Today, we're introducing a new Facebook Groups app that helps people share faster and more easily with all the groups in their life.
We're excited to share with you a few new features we've been working on to continue to make Venmo an easy, secure, and fun way to pay people. Easy: Link your bank without your checkbook We've now made it even simpler to link a bank account to Venmo if you use Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, or Citibank.
Last month Spiceworks released a study about mobile security in the enterprise - or, as the case may be, lack thereof. The company found that despite ever-present threat of hacks into corporate systems, corporate IT shops are not investing in mobile device management software or buying mobile device security software, at least not at the levels they should given the deep inroads mobile devices have made in the corporate environment.
It used to be the Diary that television viewers kept was the sacred cow of television ratings. Then came the PeopleMeter. But with the advent of downloaded and streamed content, all that goes out the window. Now Nielsen is going to track the rest of the content, to really tell networks and content producers who is watching what.
Nielsen plans to start measuring SVOD services next month for the first time, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing Nielsen client document. Nielsen meters can measure viewership without the OK from Netflix, Amazon Prime and the like - by analyzing a program's audio components to identify which shows are being streamed.
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