The Comunicano Communique for Thursday January 21st 2016
The Comunicano Communique
Today I found a bunch of "interesting" watches and reads for you. The first item is from a company I'm advising, Telzio. They're a small, Los Angeles startup with big ideas. They're taking advantage of the Amazon Echo's API to show innovation. Speaking of the API, if you're at IT Expo next week in Fort Lauderdale, I'll be moderating a Keynote Panel on Wednesday. It's all part of the run up to this Summer's "All About The API" event in Las Vegas. Take a watch, then a read...
Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson
Telzio Talks To Alexa...The Amazon Echo Digital Assistant
Here's an interesting YouTube video that shows off what you can do with the Amazon Echo API.
General Motors is investing $500 million in Lyft, part of a wider-ranging strategic partnership that will include a rental program for drivers of the car-sharing service and the creation of an on-demand autonomous car network.
You may have heard of blockchains and Bitcoin as exciting new innovations but you'd be forgiven if you're confused about what they are or their relationship to each other. Blockchains provide a way to store information so that many people can see it, keep a copy of it, and add to it.
With the growing popularity of on-demand services, it's only natural to see their appeal not only in the consumer space, but also to business users. According to Certify, a provider of travel and expense report management software -- in 2015, for the first time, more people used Uber (41 percent) than taxis (20 percent) or rental cars (39 percent) while on business trips.
Meanwhile, Skipper says that the folks at Apple have "been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers." That's why there's no TV service yet to fill out the new Apple TV box, although that could change at any time.
Facebook has long argued that it's a great place to talk about live TV while watching live TV, including big-time sporting events. Now the company is dangling a new carrot in front of sports fans: A game hub for following play-by-play updates, live stats and expert commentary for your favorite teams all inside of Facebook.
FreedomPop, a startup that targets mobile voice and data services to cost-conscious consumers, said it has raised $50 million more while introducing a new "global" hotspot. The new round of funding, which takes its total beyond the $109 million mark, will be used to stoke growth and accelerate its international expansion.
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Apple on Thursday announced plans to open its first iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy to provide practical skills and training so they can contribute to the growing app ecosystem. According to the announcement, Apple will partner with a local institution to develop a curriculum with hopes of adding to an already diverse developer community.
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