Simpler Processes Make Better Systems

Simpler Processes Make Better Systems

Fun learning stuff today as I watched the Momentum 2016 SMB Customer Spotlight: How App Annie and Hotel Planner Drive Efficiency with DocuSign webinar.  Docusign implementation  for App Annie (delivers data and insights to succeed in the app economy) and Hotel Planner has scaled with their business and improved efficiency. Click here to watch.

Takeaways:
*simpler processes make better systems
*shifting users from pcs and macs to mobile
*empowering users to take responsibility for tasks, actions
*share success stories internal and external

It is expected that paper contracts (in the hotel industry) will be mostly replaced by digital within 5 years.

Launch Plan Idea – Initial release. Educate internally. Educate clients. Launch to clients.

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One Facebook Page to Rule Them All

One Facebook Page to Rule Them All

Does your business or organization have more than one location? If so, have you requested Facebook Locations for your page?

It’s pretty simple to request and setup. Visit the links below to learn more.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about Locations:
www.facebook.com/business/help/174184552932540/?ref=CR

To download the Locations Guide:
www.facebook.com/pages/locations/product_guide/Locations_Guide_en.pdf

Should I Stay or Should I Pokemon Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Pokemon Go?

Pokemon GoIs indecision bugging you? Should you join Pokemon Go? I was pulled into the fray after hearing the social media buzz and “Pokemon” hunters began showing up at our workplace. I wasn’t really into the game as a young adult, but I knew about the game and it’s following.

WHAT IS POKEMON?
Pokemon are fictional creatures that humans known as Pokémon Trainers catch and train to battle each other for sport. The Nintendo game was very popular in the 1990s.

WHAT IS POKEMON GO?
With the launch of a mobile app, Pokemon Go, recently there’s been a surge of Pokemon popularity. Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. Pokemon fans love this concept since it places the game in their “real” world – thus the augmented reality.

The app is free: Android I iOS

SIGN UP
Use your GOOGLE account or your email to create a Pokemon Go profile.

Mark Johnson Catching my first Pokemon GoNotes for Gameplay:

COMBAT POWER (CB)
Instead of being ranked by levels, Pokemon are ranked by their Combat Power. Common Pokemon and unevolved Pokemon will have a lower CP. Evolved and rare Pokemon typically have higher CP. Your Pokemon can raise their CP by powering up through Stardust and Candy, two items that can be obtained by a variety of methods, such as catching Pokemon.

TEAMS
Work your way up to Level 5 in order to join a team.

GYMS
Pokemon Gyms are claimed by a team and, based on the Gym’s Prestige level, a number of trainers can assign their Pokemon to protect the Gym. One of those trainers is the Gym leader. The Gym leader’s level is marked by a crown and has the highest level Combat Power (CP) Pokemon at the Gym.

SETTINGS
Want to turn off background music, adjust power settings, etc…? Tap the Pokeball icon on the screen, then look in the upper right-hand corner.

 

POKEPROFITS
The app is free, however the developers are offering in-app purchases to generate revenue. Localized ads and selling user data are a couple of ways I could seem more profits for it. Some Pokemn Go locations sell goods and services which make hunters prospect consumers. And for the lazy hunters, Uber could take a stake! 🙂

What other ways do you see this app further monetizing?

Virtual Reality VR 360 Painting with Glen Keane

Virtual Reality VR 360 Painting with Glen Keane

Visual artistry and storytelling is headed in a fantastically new direction with virtual reality (VR) 360 technology. “There’s a frustration that I have, wishing that the flatness of the paper would go away, and I could actually dive in.” Glen Keane.

His flat drawing has become sculptural drawing. Watch his story and how virtual reality (VR) 360 has opened a new world for his creativity.

WWDC Apple Keynote 2016 Notes and Takeaways

WWDC Apple Keynote 2016 Notes and Takeaways

My notes and takeaways from the 2016 Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Eight years ago the Apple AppStore included 50 apps. Today there are over 2 million apps and there have been over 130 billion downloads.

Improving people’s lives by creating great products to change the world.

Apple is revealing a new focus with four Apple platforms (category defining and world changing):

PLATFORMS

  • Watch OS
  • TV OS
  • OSX (macOS)
  • iOS

PRODUCT EXPERIENCES

  • Macintosh
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple TV

Watch OS3 will offer access to information more quickly. About 7 times faster than OS2.  An app dock is now available and accessible with a side button.  A control center is available by swiping up from the bottom (like the iPhone). Message updated with smart replies and “scribble” for writing replies.  Activity ring  and numerals watch faces are added.  Swipe to switch watch faces.

SOS on the Apple Watch is activated by pushing and holding the watch. Sends emergency call (through cellular services) and notifies emergency contacts. International coverage.

New workout app encourages competition with Activity Rings.

Developer API updates for the Watch 0S3 offer new opportunities.  Free upgrade for users in Fall 2016.

tvOS will offer more extension from content developers via apps. It has grown from 80 to 1300 video channels and now has over 6000 apps.  Multi-channel in real time, games and larger on-demand services are a few of the new offerings.

A new version of the Siri remote app is launching.  650,000+ tv shows and movies available. “Live Tune-In” feature will allow you to go directly to live network channels. Single Sign-on makes it possible to sign-in once and you get access to all of your apps. Dark Mode adjust lighting according to the environment.  Apps sync between your other devices with Apple TV. Kick apps allow you to share video, photos, etc….

OSX will change to macOS. Latest version will be macOS Sierra. Focus on continuity (device flow) and iCloud. With AutoUnlock you can logon if you are wearing your watch (using time of flight networking security). ApplePay on the web is now available for desktop/laptop users – uses iPhone TouchID or Watch.  Siri available. Available to developers now. Public beta will release in July at beta.apple.com. Available to everyone in the fall.

iOS 10 

Lock and home screen experience. Raise to wake allows wrist/hand movement to go through notifications quickly before going past the lock screen.  Slide left to get to the camera.  Slide right for widgets. More options for other views and music.

Siri. Services over 2 billion requests a week from Apple users. It is now open to developers.

Quick Type brings Siri intelligence to the keyboard. “LSTMs” deep learning advances Siri. Multilingual typing also available.

Photos is smarter. Now offering enhanced computer vision. Using processing on the device to provide face, scene and object recognition. New tab is named “Memories”.  Most special photos set aside in categories: people, places, related.  Memories will auto-compose video clips and photos with options for editing (length, mood, etc….).

Maps is redesigned. Smarter. Suggested places and ways to filter through them. Pan and zoom on the map. Find places along the route. Now available on CarPlay. Turn-by-turn on the instrument cluster of your vehicle. Map extensions will be available to developers.

Music has over 15 million paid subscribers. Newly designed. New layout for “Now Playing”.  First tab is now the Library with a new section of downloaded music. Songs now have lyrics available. Smart technology offers mixes just for the user.

 

Net Neutrality Turns Down Telecom, Cable and Wireless

Net Neutrality Turns Down Telecom, Cable and Wireless

The U.S. Appeals Court upheld Net Neutrality today.  Net Neutrality allows government regulation of telecom, cable and wireless services.

Relating to internet service providers (ISPs), the FCC will oversee how they handle web traffic on their networks. This includes allowing the FCC to review consumer complaints against ISPs.

Next, the telecom industry will take their fight to the Supreme Court.

Consumers, the FCC and internet businesses seemed pleased with the outcome.

Click here to read the complete ruling.

Click here to read the NPR article.

Virtual Reality VR Therapy to Fight Depression

Virtual Reality VR Therapy to Fight Depression

World Health OrganizationAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability. Jan 28, 2015

Research from UCL and ICREA-University of Barcelon immersive virtual suggests that reality therapy could help people with depression to be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms.

Click here to read more.

I-1 Instant Film Camera

I-1 Instant Film Camera

Impossible’s I-1 Instant Film Camera is the first brand-new camera system to use the classic Polaroid 600-type format in more than 20 years. So, for around $299 you can relive or experience for the first time the thrill of shooting a photo and developing it immediately.

Some of the specs:

  • Accepts 600-Type & I-Type Instant Film
  • 82-109mm f/10-67 Lens
  • 5-Zone Autofocus System
  • Removable Pop-Up Optical Viewfinder
  • Advanced Ring Flash with 12 LEDs
  • Physical Lighten/Darken & Flash Controls
  • Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 Connectivity
  • iOS & WatchOS Apps for Manual Control
  • Built-In USB-Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery

Watch the unboxing vid from Robert J Carmody:

Click here to check out the Impossible Project YouTube channel for more videos and info.

Click here to check the features and price at B&H.

LinkedIn Data Breach May 17

LinkedIn Data Breach May 17

Notice of Data Breach

You may have heard reports recently about a security issue involving LinkedIn. We would like to make sure you have the facts about what happened, what information was involved, and the steps we are taking to help protect you.

What Happened?

On May 17, 2016, we became aware that data stolen from LinkedIn in 2012 was being made available online. This was not a new security breach or hack. We took immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all LinkedIn accounts that we believed might be at risk. These were accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that had not reset their passwords since that breach.

What Information Was Involved?

Member email addresses, hashed passwords, and LinkedIn member IDs (an internal identifier LinkedIn assigns to each member profile) from 2012.

What We Are Doing

We invalidated passwords of all LinkedIn accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that had not reset their passwords since that breach. In addition, we are using automated tools to attempt to identify and block any suspicious activity that might occur on LinkedIn accounts. We are also actively engaging with law enforcement authorities.

LinkedIn has taken significant steps to strengthen account security since 2012. For example, we now use salted hashes to store passwords and enable additional account security by offering our members the option to use two-step verification.

What You Can Do

We have several dedicated teams working diligently to ensure that the information members entrust to LinkedIn remains secure. While we do all we can, we always suggest that our members visit our Safety Center to learn about enabling two-step verification, and implementing strong passwords in order to keep their accounts as safe as possible. We recommend that you regularly change your LinkedIn password and if you use the same or similar passwords on other online services, we recommend you set new passwords on those accounts as well.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Trust & Safety team at tns-help@linkedin.com. To learn more visit our official blog.

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