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.”
But app indexing is not just Google introducing another corpus into its search engine. The mobile app-sphere is where people live these days — not so much the web. Google must be there. Huffman knows this. “Google should be the premiere place in user’s minds for finding apps, discovering great apps and finding the content and the capabilities inside of those apps,” he says.
The company faces challenges in doing this. For one thing, it had to figure out how to rank apps in search results. Google has endless experience ranking websites, but it has had to come up with new signals to identify the apps most likely to have the best information. (Apps with lots of downloads and high user rankings are more likely to have better information, and Google ranks the deep links within those apps more highly.)
Another potential hurdle is getting total buy-in from developers, who must not only allow Google to scrape their content, but actually do some work to make their apps integrate fully into Google’s scheme. This seems like a no brainer. After all, if the data in your app surfaces in a Google search result,users are more likely to use that app. What’s more, Google has started to give results from apps that are not installed on a user’s device. For instance, if you are searching for a recipe, Google might give you a deep link to a cooking app you don’t have. In those cases, there’s an opportunity to download the app. “So we actually are kind of promoting your app in line,” says Huffman.
Three steps to an answer: (1) holding and tapping the phone while “Blurryface” plays on Spotify and (2) asking Google who’s singing lead, will (3) surface the frontman of Twenty One Pilots. Note that at no point is the Google app or a browser involved
There was almost no way Swift wouldn’t lure developers in large numbers. Apple gets to decide which languages can be used to write apps for iOS devices, and legions of coders take heed because the average Apple user generates four times as much revenue for developers than the average Android user. It almost didn’t matter whether Swift was any good.
But it turns out that Apple's new software language has also managed an impressive feat: It has thrust a new language on programmers without inspiring widespread hatred. Early reviews of the language have been overwhelmingly positive, and a survey in February of more than 26,000 developers conducted by Stack Overflow, a website for coders, named Swift the world’s most-loved computer programming language.
The mobile home 2.0 from a design firm in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“Ecocapsule is powered by a built-in wind turbine complemented with an array of solar cells. Dual power system and a high-capacity battery ensures that you will have enough power during periods of reduced solar or wind activity.
Spherical shape is optimized for the collection of rainwater and dew and the built-in water filters allow you to utilize any water source.”
“Ecocapsule fits into a standard shipping container and no special preparations and precautions are necessary to transport Ecocapsule worldwide. It can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal.”