I signed up for Google’s Project Fi on a $379 (+ tax) Nexus 5X for this feature:
“if you're traveling to one of the 120+ countries where we have coverage you can call and text to anywhere in the world. Unlimited international texts are included in your plan. If you're using cell coverage, calls cost 20¢ per minute. If you're calling over Wi-Fi, per-minute costs vary based on which country you're calling and you're charged only for outbound calls.”
Sprint wanted $ 3 a minute during a recent trip to Asia. On a summer trip to Canada, their roaming partner Rogers had us on a 2G data network, so the Fi phone will definitely be glued to my passport on every international trip.
I can also use it as a hotspot in the US – the tests I have run so far show downloads of at least 5 mbps – and as high as 25 – on the Fi Sprint and T Mobile networks. It’s the poor man’s version of the Verizon 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack – which by itself is listed at $ 199 (+ tax). And its plans start at $ 20 a GB (down to $ 10 if you buy 10GB). Fi is $ 10 per gb, prorated for the data, and $ 20 a month for the base service.
But wait - it gets better.
The 5X is extremely light. It has a great camera. Introduces me to Android Marshmallow (with tight integration with many Google apps I regularly use) and the next-gen rapid charging USB-C cable. Google ported my Voice number over so I continue to enjoy its call forwarding, voice mail and other features (some advanced features are not supported with Fi)
Finally, it should make a nice loaner phone when we have visitors from overseas.
“Working with Corning, Apple created pliable iPhone cover glass. Swipe it, and the phone works the way it always has. But press it, and 96 sensors embedded in the backlight of the retina display measure microscopic changes in the distance between themselves and the glass. Those measurements then get combined with signals from the touch sensor to make the motion of your finger sync with the image on screen.
Some of this technology was first revealed in the Apple Watch, which has a feature called Force Touch. But 3D Touch is to Force Touch as ocean swimming is to a foot bath. Screen size makes a difference, but the software on the iPhone 6S has a liquid ease. Apply a tiny bit of pressure anywhere you want to explore something—a restaurant link inside a text, an 11 a.m. meeting invite buried in an e-mail—and a peek at the restaurant’s Web page or a window into your calendar hovers expectantly in the middle of the screen while everything else blurs into temporary opacity. Press a little harder, and what you’ve been peeking at pops fully into frame. Release your finger, and you’re right back where you started. Presto chango, no home button required.”
Once those savings came to light, it was only a matter of time before he would sell his Chevy Volt and start looking at Tampa differently. "I never thought about how idle my car was." he said. He figures he used his car less than 4 percent of a day.
Tribridge does not have a transportation fleet, but there are about 650 employees across the country and many of them travel for work. Up until DiBenedetto (in photo) implemented Uber for Business at Tribridge, they were taking taxis, renting cars, and paying to park those rented cars here in Tampa and wherever they traveled.
“Never had we looked at rental cars as a line item until we looked in mid-experiment and we said, ‘Holy cow, we spend a lot on rental cars,’” he said.
Oracle invited me to moderate a thought leader panel at OpenWorld. Mike Fauscette of IDC, Mark Smith of Ventana and Holger Mueller of Constellation made great conversation about the digital journey of HCM.
So it was apt we used a digital tool to engage with the audience. Crowd Mics gives the audience a microphone, text commenting and a live polling system.
Tim Holladay, co-founder (also in video below) showed the audience how to turn their phones into microphones – no need for someone to sprint across the room with a Shure. Or they could type in their questions.
I could look at their comments and ask the panel, or broadcast oral questions from the audience using an iPad.
YouTube is now the world’s third most popular online destination. Of the 3.2 billion people who have Internet access, more than 1 billion watch YouTube. It has more American viewers ages 18 to 49 just on mobile than any cable network. Revenue increased by an estimated $1 billion last year. (Google is coy about profits.) The site is available in 61 languages. It has a million advertisers.
And more than ever, YouTube is the ultimate destination for kids logging on to the Internet. It pretty much owns kids’ eyeballs at this point. One of its core demographics is 8 to 17 years old. According to a 2014 survey of 6,661 kids and their parents by youth researchers Smarty Pants, 66% of children ages 6 to 12 visit YouTube daily, including 72% of 6-to-8-year-olds. When Variety asked a bunch of teens to choose their favorite stars among 20 names, the top five were all from YouTube.
The combined company, Didi Kuaidi, accounts for 99 percent of the country’s online taxi business and 78 percent of its private car business—a total of 8 million rides a day, according to researcher Analysys International. In July the company raised an additional $2 billion from investors including Alibaba, Tencent, and Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singaporean government, and boosted its value to $15 billion. This latest funding round has one clear purpose: keeping Uber in Didi’s rearview mirror.
Uber has 11 percent of the country’s private car business and is raising $1 billion to claim more. In a June message to investors, Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said expanding in China is Uber’s top global priority and that he plans to put Uber in more than 60 Chinese cities, up from 11, within a year.
Beginning early next year, Starbucks’ loyalty club members (of which there are millions) will be able to read theTimes’ top news of the day as well as some select articles for free on the Starbucks mobile app. In effect, Starbucks becomes a kind of publisher.
Not that the Times is exactly new to Starbucks.
“We have proudly sold millions of copies of the paper in Starbucks stores for more than a decade, and are excited to bring this experience to the next level by enabling Starbucks loyal customers to take the best of The New York Times with them wherever they go, whenever they want it,” Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement.
To generate routes, Rudder connects with local municipalities to source street light coordinates. It also uses open sourced city data to generate the brightest paths for walkers.
The app is currently in Beta, but new features are soon to come. You’ll be able to adjust your routes based on preferences for lighting or speed, and share your location with friends and family. According to the site, the app will even help you fight off “ninjas, vampires, and the boogeyman”.
Once the gravelly voiced, graybeard face of the retail chain he founded, Mr. Zimmer has been refashioning himself as a technology entrepreneur. On Monday, he will unveil his new company, zTailors, a website and app that connects customers and their frumpy wardrobes with on-demand tailors who are ready to make house calls.
“In the closets of Americans, there is billions of dollars’ worth of apparel that has accumulated over the years,” he said. “It doesn’t all appear on the good side of the closet. It doesn’t all fit. That’s either because it has shrunk, or you have grown.”