What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Google#mobile#news Related Posts Reportedly, Internet retailer Amazon.com is at work building its own standalone mobile application store for Google Android devices that would possibly appear on Amazon’s own Android-based tablet computers. Amazon has yet to comment on these rumors, but gadget site SlashGear recently got its hands on what appears to be the Amazon Distribution Agreement, the legal document which interested developers would have to sign before being able to participate in Amazon’s program. One major caveat: Amazon has yet to comment on any of these rumors or the leaked document, so we cannot say with certainty that they are legit. However, the originalleaks occurred via tech blog TechCrunch, a site whose sources are generally trustworthy and accurate. Later, the documentation containing Amazon’s Terms & Conditions was sent to SlashGear, which seems to further confirm Amazon’s plans. Why Does Amazon Want Its Own App Store? As to why Amazon would build its own app store, the most logical reason is that the company is interested in making a non-Kindle device to better compete with Apple’s iPad and its accompanying iTunes. Android would be the most logical choice for this. However, as any Google Android user will tell you, the current Android Marketplace leaves a lot to be desired in terms of search, navigation and ease-of-use, a surprising miss for a company known for “organizing the world’s information.” Amazon may think it can do better, given its years of retail experience. What We Know (Reportedly) Again, while nothing is official, the reports out there now are very detailed. Developers following this story should be aware of the following items, listed below, which have been confirmed independently by multiple bloggers on multiple sites:The revenue split on apps in Amazon’s store is odd. The agreement reads: “For each sale of an App, we will pay you a royalty equal to the greater of 70% of the purchase price or 20% of the List Price as of the purchase date.” The annual fee for participation in the Amazon app store is $99, the same as Apple’s.Amazon retains the right to modify your binaries and add their own DRM to your apps. The store is U.S. only (for now?)Apps can’t be sold in other App Stores for less.Developers must deliver any “bug fixes, patches, and other updates” as soon as they are available. (In other words, you can’t update the official Google Android Market first then Amazon’s Market.)Apps can be pre-ordered. Amazon is retaining the right to set app prices, perhaps: “We have sole discretion to determine all features and operations of this program and to set the retail price and other terms on which we sell Apps.”Another App Store, Not Necessarily a Bad ThingObviously there’s concern that the launch of all these parallel app stores for Android is going to be damage the overall Android experience because there’s no one central place to download apps as there is with Apple and its iTunes property. Verizon, for example, just announced its own VCAST Android app store which will appear on its Android-based smartphones alongside the Android Market. And there are already independent marketplaces like GetJar, which feature Android apps as well. This fragmentation may be confusing to users or it may not end up being a big deal at all. While some will feel that pre-installed app stores are just another form of unnecessary “crapware” Users, as it turns out, don’t really mind the additional apps that come pre-loaded on their mobile devices. Amazon’s store represents another choice for users, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plus, the company really knows retail. The only questionable items are the somewhat restrictive policies about the timing of updates and the off-putting choice to incorporate DRM into apps. However, nothing is set in stone yet, since this isn’t an official announcement. Until that time, we’ll hope, along with the developer community, for the best. sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Even though hundreds of thousands of Germans have opted out of having their homes displayed, Google Street View is now live in Germany. Search Engine Land reports that the small town of Oberstaufen is the first to appear in Street View, with – as promised – many residences blurred out. While the estimated 244,000 households that opted out represent only a fraction of the German population, the country has still been very critical of what it sees as an invasion of privacy by the Google Street View mapping process.Now that the deadline has passed for Germans to opt out, Google plans to roll out Street View – blurs included to more cities by the end of the year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … You can’t hug every cat and it’s hard to test apps on every phone, too. “One of the major challenges for [mobile] platform vendors, carriers, and handset manufacturers is how to make sure the best apps are available on their products,” writes mobile developer Jason Grigsby, co-founder of a new nonprofit organization called Mobile Portland.“One of the biggest challenges for mobile developers and businesses is getting access to devices for testing. Not even the largest of companies can afford to purchase all of the possible devices on which their software or services may run on.” Mobile Portland hopes to find a solution in the place where those two challenges come together and is building what it believes will be the first community mobile device testing lab in the United States. It’s a very ambitious project.Grigsby writes that the lab will offer hundreds of different mobile devices that developers can use to test out how their apps behave on each. Developers of location-based apps will be able to check the devices out and use them around the city.“When we set out to create a device testing lab, I thought it would go faster than it has,” Grigsby wrote about the project last night, upon discussing the organization’s relationship with nonprofit tax status. Mobile Portland has been working with city leaders on the project and, living in Portland myself, I’ve been excited to hear rumors of the lab for months. The lab will live inside the building of Urban Airship, a fast-growing mobile data services provider best known for offering push-notifications as a service.The project will no doubt be far more complex than just putting hundreds of phones in a room; mobile software testing software is already a thriving field and successfully testing across different devices is a tough moving target.It’s not just about different screen size and buttons. It’s also about benchmarking, performance optimization and other considerations. Leading players throughout the mobile app ecosystem agree that developer education concerning app optimization, helping developers learn how to not be lazy in building their apps, will be an essential factor in helping the whole mobile world move forward and make more effective use of new platforms, from HTML5 and its local storage to application-enabled mobile carrier networks.From device performance to interface with networks to end-user usability, the things that could be tested are many. There are many emulators on the market (and there’s DeviceAnywhere, a “non-simulated” remote testing technology), but nothing can beat a real device in the hand. “Long-term mobile usability practitioners know that people interact differently with a device in their hand than with the same web site with the same pixel count on a computer screen,” veteran mobile designer Barbara Ballard once wrote.The prospect of gathering, paying for, maintaining, updating and co-ordinating testing experiences for hundreds of mobile devices is daunting. To be honest, I think the office space being allocated to the project will quickly become far too small. It sounds like something mobile developers are likely to travel from far and wide to experience, if it can successfully be built. If developers can build better apps across more devices, then consumers will have all the more choice in choosing which phones to buy and phone makers will have to compete all the more to differentiate themselves. An effective testing environment could be meaningfully disruptive. It could also be awesome. Tags:#mobile#NYT#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatrick read more
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Nosh, a mobile app for iOS and Android that lets you post and read reviews and photos of individual dishes on the menus of restaurants, has released an updated version of its app that supports sharing photos of food with friends in private locations – like the food you cook at home. Craig Walker, CEO of the company that built Nosh (Firespotter Labs), previously co-founded the companies that became Yahoo Voice (Dialpad) and then Google Voice (GrandCentral). Walker says that private locations were among the top user requests when the app launched six weeks ago.Food nerds are often even more proud of the food they make at home than what they find around town to eat – but most food photo and review services don’t support home cooked food posted without a publicly visible location. Now Nosh users looking for nearby food won’t see the enchiladas that came out of your oven and come knock on your door – but your friends on the network will see them in their stream of updates from contacts.Today’s updates to Nosh also included posting to Foursquare, more granular filters in search and the ability to post longer reviews and higher-quality photos through the Nosh website – you’re no longer limited to posting from a phone.The home food photos is particularly exciting though. Almost every social network on earth could use an improved understanding of the difference between home and other locations. Failure to respect location privacy at home can spoil a person’s willingness to expose location data anywhere else, too. Flickr came up with a very interesting way to handle that division last week.Aren’t there already a lot of food photo apps in the world, I asked Craig Walker? Why start another one? Walker said that Nosh’s approach is different, but that this is also just how startups work.“GrandCentral was the 15th solution like it and everybody asked why we’d be successful when previous efforts weren’t – but we were,” he said. “If it’s a good idea there will always be more than one person working on it. I’ve never been too worried about that.”The home photos and the web posting both indicate to me that there are likely plenty of different ways that apps in this space could continue to innovate through competition. That sounds like good news for all of us who love to use our mobile devices to more intelligently engage with the offline world and its food. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market read more
brian proffitt Tags:#solution-series#Sponsored Resources Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While you may or may not take stock in the effects of global warming, one thing has been made abundantly clear in recent years: when nature strikes, practically nothing can withstand it. The best thing to do, of course, is prepare for the worst. As unsavory as that might sound, it’s critical to get a plan together before the worst does happen.It is important to understand something right away: disaster recovery may not mean you will be able to recover everything right away. So the first thing to do is establish a prioritization plan that answers this one question: what do you absolutely need to keep your business going?Assigning priority like this is key, because even if you have diligently saved every scrap of data and safely stored it off-site, just like all the disaster recovery specs tell you, you simply may not have enough computing and storage capacity to run that software and data right away.Brian Proffitt is a veteran technology journalist, analyst, and author with experience in a variety of technologies, including cloud, virtualization, and consumer devices. Follow him on Twitter @TheTechScribe and Google+ at +Brian Proffitt.So, what you need to do in your disaster recovery plan is determine the absolute minimum in applications, data, and hardware resources you will need to keep your business running. For example, you will probably need your customer database and all of your front-facing applications… but will you really need HR’s database right away? Or your development systems? After you determine what needs to be started first, keep going on the list, figuring out which systems will be re-activated and in what order. Such prioritization should also be applied to your data. What data needs mirrored or backed up in near real time? What needs just hourly or even daily backups? Get your data strategy in order and it will greatly smooth out your recovery process.Virtualization will also mitigate the resource problem. If your systems are virtualized, they can be brought back online much more quickly and efficiently in a virtual datacenter. Virtual servers also have the advantage of being moved out of harm’s way, if you have enough time to prepare for a disaster, such as a flood or hurricane. A disaster is just that; a disaster, and as much as you might want it, you will not be able to turn-key your systems back on the next day. Be realistic in your objectives, because even the best recovery periods can take time. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market read more
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Designing for multiple screensImproving layout performanceManaging audio playbackOptimizing battery lifeRemembering usersSharing contentCapturing photosMaintaining multiple APKsDeveloping for enterpriseMonetizing your appDesigning effective navigationFor example, here is some sample code for designing for multiple screens. This is an example of using RelativeLayout which allows the developer to specify layout in terms of the spacial relationships between components. Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Google knows what the biggest problems are for Android developers. Fragmentation, screen sizes, monetization and design are high on the list. For instance, designing for multiple screens is one of the biggest advances in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The next step after developing for different screens is to make them perform better, hence the next class on the list, improving layout performance. There are some prerequisites to Android Training. You should know the basics of writing code and how to develop an Android user interface. Android Training does not start from scratch. It is designed for developers looking to refine their apps. In time, Google is likely to come out with more beginner classes and more advanced classes. Apple has long given developers a full set of training tools and directions. Check out the iOS Dev Center to see content like “Learning Objective – C: A Primer.” If Google wants to fulfill chairman Eric Schmidt’s prediction that mobile developers will be writing for Android first by the middle of 2012, it is going to have to close the gap between the perceived quality of Android apps versus iOS apps. Consumers are going to want to buy Android apps the way they do iOS apps that at this point is not the case.Mobile developers: you going back to school? Do you see Android Training as a good reference point to building your own apps (sample code is always helpful)? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces In days of yore, kids wanted to be policemen, kung fu experts or jet fighters when they grew up. They saw what was being glorified on television and in the movies and said, “Daddy, that is what I want to do!” These days, kids may want to grow up to be great mobile developers. It could happen.Google is making that easier than ever to learn to develop for Android. Last night it introduced a new beta program, Android Training, a collection of classes designed to help mobile developers make better Android apps. Google realizes that in the realm of public opinion Android apps are perceived to be inferior to iOS. Hence, Android Training is targeted to help developers make slicker, sexier, more functional apps. Android Training will be led by the Android Developer Relations team. The program will grow in time but as of today it has 11 basic classes. The program has code snippets and sample code that developers can build from to help create better apps. Here is the starter list: dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market And here they were: The arrival of the Metro-style interface for selecting programming choices (which some Xbox players are already doing). This was followed by a preview of a Metro-style programming guide for Verizon FiOS, which will soon also be tailored for Comcast subscribers (who know they’ll still have to subscribe to Comcast’s HD STBs whether they use Xboxes instead or not). If you happened to see the movie Star Trek VI (the last one with the original TV cast) when it premiered in theaters in 1991, perhaps there may have been a moment (or a dozen) when something occurred to you: You didn’t have to dislike or even fail to appreciate these actors on-screen to realize, yep, there’s a reason why this is – and should be – their last performance in this venue.Although the fellow who runs CES, the CEA’s Gary Shapiro, introduced Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Monday evening by saying that Microsoft would be taking a “pause” from CES keynotes after this year, if you sat through the entire hour and eighteen minutes, you probably felt it even if you’re a Microsoft fan. It really is time. One moment longer would be one too long.For most of the keynote, Ballmer was seated across a patio table from American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, both trying nervously to generate banter like two cars trying to jump start each other in an Alaska snowstorm. It was clear that Seacrest hadn’t read much about the material before showing up on stage, as he was constantly searching for the location of his cues. TV people expect their cues to come from teleprompters, at eye level; public speakers look down toward monitors showing PowerPoint slides.“We have a chance in the next year to really raise our game, our product line, to the next level, across phones, PCs, tablets, TV, the Xbox,” opened Ballmer. “And really the heart and soul of that will be our kinda featured attraction tonight, our new Metro user interface.” “Of course, things change – that’s the essence of this industry,” he replied to Seacrest at one point. “In some senses, maybe the only two things that are constant: Number one, things change. And number two, people don’t want to compromise on what they have today. They want the best of what they have and the best of what they want. Nobody wanted to give up anything they had on their desktop, for example, when the world moved to notebooks. It’s a wonderful thing. The Windows PCs evolved – it was a programming machine, it was a productivity machine, a music machine, a video machine, an Internet machine. But we don’t give up anything.” Tags:#CES 2012#conferences#web And a live demonstration of a little girl who was obviously a few years graduated from Sesame Street, using the Kinect tool to toss imaginary coconuts into Grover’s cardboard box.Not all of these are bad things – certainly I would have seriously considered this Kinect app for my daughter had it been made available a decade earlier. It’s just that the first rule of public speaking is “Know Your Audience,” and this amalgam of software-related events, most of which we’ve already seen, speaks to a vastly different audience than the one assembled here in Las Vegas. The audience is doing the types of things that Ballmer describes as “blah-blah-blah-blah-blah.” There was a disconnect this year, a clear sign that Microsoft has moved one way and CES another. Rather than prolong the agony, perhaps it’s best to just say it’s time, and move on. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Easily the most painful moment of the evening came, sadly, from a gospel choir that had been hired to improvise wonderful, joyful sounds based on tweets that were being streamed in over the speakers’ monitors below stage. It wasn’t painful for the music; the voices were actually good. Some of the tweets they were singing were selected refrains of excitement from viewers looking forward to the upcoming Xbox-related announcements. scott fulton This evening, we saw the first sign of later builds of Windows 8 running on “Intel-inspired” ultrabooks, than the Developer’s Preview that premiered last fall in Anaheim. The green background tone of the Metro-style Start menu has been muted to more of a teal, and multiple saved bookmarks in IE10 are now multi-colored. Besides these factors, there was not much noticeable difference. Not since 1995 has the layout of an operating system been considered the keynote attraction at an electronics conference. Metro is the overall style of layout being applied to new apps for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and now Xbox 360. “I think people will be kind of impressed at how it lights everything up.”Seacrest thought that was a cue for something. It wasn’t, so he searched for some sense of direction. Finding none at eye-level, he quickly ad-libbed: “When you said, ‘Metro,’ you looked at me in a strange way… Is it the jacket, the sweater, or the combination?” Ballmer got the joke, and then feigned laughter, which is about the second most painful thing you can witness Ballmer ever doing. Even for a company that may yet have some irons in the fire, it was hard to watch this company stretch things out for time. There were truly painful moments, reminiscent of sitting through an infomercial for Time-Life Music, with some ’50s legend of the stage now running on fumes, filling an hour reminding you about how excited he was and how great the past used to be.It’s no secret that stage show producers plant folks in the audience to help applaud at the right moments and generate enthusiasm (I’ve sat next to a few). This year, when the applause came from about eight people in response to the arrival on-stage of the Windows Phone part of the presentation, the groans from the rest of the crowd drowned them out.Then Seacrest, who truly is a stranger to quiet crowds, tried to jump in and save the day, as though this were a Vegas lounge act and it was bombing. Holding out his hand in their direction as if to invite them to stand, he said, “The design team over here.”“We definitely took a different approach than everybody else,” Ballmer then explained, “and I think we’ve got a unique and beneficial experience. All these phones these days, they all make calls, they connect to the Internet, they e-mail, social networks, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah,” he added in what has come to be heralded as Ballmer’s typically dismissive attitude toward market categories where his company is not the leader.“If you take a look at it, the other phones make the sea of icons, the sea of applications, the kind of view of the world. What we’ve really done with Windows Phone, I think, is have a better way by putting your people, the people who are important to you, whether it’s dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions in somebody’s case, I might think,” the CEO added, trying to hand off to Seacrest. There was a train of thought there that would have been oh, so welcome at CES 2009, when Microsoft had a prototype concept but opted instead to hold those cards close to its chest, and tout Windows Mobile instead.When Ballmer moved to the topic of Windows 8, the old syndrome continued to rear its ugly head: starting a new train of thought, building a metaphor, and then finding himself descending into a list of things popping into his head that, impulsively, he could not then ignore. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts read more
In general, e-commerce retail can be thought of in three main parts: customer acquisition, conversion and retention/measurement.Customer acquisition is what the majority of digital marketers are concerned with. It’s all the different product advertising efforts across all digital channels that lead a customer to discover your products.Conversion is about getting the customer to make a purchase. To a certain extent, this is about the experience your website presents a customer, but mostly it’s about whether you have the product the customer wants to buy and are you selling it at a price they are willing to pay. Conversion, therefore, has a lot to do with your price and inventory management.Retention and measurement are about how much each new customer is worth to your business — i.e., how many purchases are they likely to make. This means integrating your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems to make sure you are getting the maximum profit from your customers for your advertising spend.Each of these three pieces of the tripod is equally important in order to have a successful business, and each one collects an incredible amount of data. Unfortunately, in the majority of companies, that data remains siloed within the team that collected it. Data is not being fed back into other parts of the marketing machine; as a result, revenue is being lost and ad spend is wasted.I believe that in order to create a truly optimized marketing process, retailers need to integrate their product advertising efforts with inventory management and price competitiveness.Let’s look at what can be achieved by breaking down these marketing silos.Product advertising and price managementI’ve talked before about how if you fail at pricing, you’ll fail at product advertising. What this means is that Google (and other PLA networks) include price competitiveness as an algorithmic signal. According to our research, lower-priced products generate 4x more conversions than expensive products.If your product’s price is above the average, it’s virtually impossible for you to reach position one, no matter how high you raise your CPC (cost per click) bid. Therefore, bidding higher (or at all in some cases) on products that are not priced competitively is a complete waste of money.The key takeaway here is to not waste your advertising budget bidding aggressively on overpriced products. Instead, use product advertising performance as a way to test the price elasticity of your products. Play around with raising and lowering prices to find out where the optimum conversion level is.Even if you can’t change your products, you should at the very least be using pricing data to inform your product advertising strategy. Focus your ad spend on those products that are competitively priced, and use them as a gateway to your website.Product advertising and inventory managementData silos and misaligned metrics between the advertising and merchandising departments can cause retailers to waste significant amounts of money.In many organizations, excess budget is allocated to products that quickly run out of stock, rather than products that really need an advertising push to sell out. In fact, according to our research, around 40 percent of ad budgets are spent on products that will run out of stock within three weeks. On the flip side, only 21 percent of budgets are allocated to products that won’t sell out within three months.The way I see it, there’s no sense in wasting money on products which will run out of stock anyway. Instead, PLA (product listing ads) budgets should be used to add market pressure to slow-moving stock that would benefit from additional support.Using feed advertising systems and an advanced product advertising tool, you can use inventory to direct product ad investment based on your sell-through rate and stock level.Product advertising and CRM/ERPOne reason too much ad spend is going toward products which would sell anyway is that digital marketers are focused on improving ROAS (return on ad spend). This ROAS model of measuring search marketing simply doesn’t work.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: Breaking down silos in e-commerce retail Posted on 11th August 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Breaking down silos in e-commerce retailYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingBreaking down silos in e-commerce retail read more
LiveRamp makes its IdentityLink available for RTBYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 LiveRamp’s IdentityLink visualizationIdentity resolution provider LiveRamp is now making its IdentityLink available for real-time bidding (RTB) on any demand-side platforms (DSPs).IdentityLink provides an anonymous identifier that pinpoints a specific individual across multiple devices and channels, including offline. With IdentityLink as part of their targeting data, LiveRamp said, advertisers can limit their advertising frequency to specific users and make opt-outs more persistent.Because IdentityLink works with a variety of matched cookies as well as mobile device IDs, LiveRamp also says its identity lasts longer than a single browser cookie.Previously, IdentityLink was available only to supply-side platforms via the Advertising ID Consortium, and selected DSPs. LiveRamp said IdentityLink is available free of charge to SSPs, and now to any DSPs.Why you should care. As a key member of the Consortium, LiveRamp’s IdentityLink is central to that organization’s effort to reduce the hassles and inaccuracy of cookie matching. Cookies can only be read by the domain that dropped them, so matches are made by ad tech firms between cookies, enabling the tracking of users across domains.But the accuracy of the match rate can be 60 percent or less, meaning that nearly half of all cookies are not matched. IdentityLink, which contains its own cross-device and cross-channel graph, ties deterministic connectors like email addresses to the same person across data sets, and then identifies that person with an ID that can be used across cookies or attributed to a mobile device ID.If IdentityLink is now freely available on both the supply- and demand-sides of advertising, it could go a long way to reducing the need for the ad ecosystem to match cookies, and it could help provide a consistent user ID across channels.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post LiveRamp makes its IdentityLink available for RTB appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: LiveRamp makes its IdentityLink available for RTB HomeDigital MarketingLiveRamp makes its IdentityLink available for RTB Posted on 27th February 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share read more
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Pretty Geeky is an ongoing series that explores the role of style and design in wearable technology. Wearable device maker Misfit has teamed up with Swarovski to create the Swarovski Shine Collection, the companies announced Monday. This collection pairs Misfit’s waterproof sleep-tracking devices with Swarovski crystals to create two new wearables and nine accessories for the new line. The main crystal pendant can be placed in any of the collection’s bracelets, bands, or necklaces, or worn as a clip-on. Despite its sparkly, jewelry-like appearance, Misfit’s new device works like any other fitness tracker—the pendant pairs with the Misfit mobile app to log your sleep hours, food, weight, and physical activity. Recently, the wearables universe has been working with various fashion designers to give their devices an extra oomph in the style department. Intel and Opening Ceremony released the MICA “luxury smart accessory”, and high-fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has teamed up with Google Glass to redesign its face computers.This lean towards fashion seems to be a push back against the clunky, “made-for-men” wearables we see out in the market all too often. But the Swarovski Shine Collection, while beautiful and feminine, really only speaks to a small demographic of wearable lovers who also aren’t shy about wearing a large piece of sparkly jewelry. The pendant as a fitness and sleep tracker seems stylistically out of place, as well.In a first for Misfit, the violet Shine wearable is solar-powered, effectively erasing the need for replacing batteries or plugging in cables—something that could be a game-changer for all wearables in the future.The Shine wearable is sold in three sets, which includes two accessories each for $169.99 to $249.99. The nine accessories are sold individually from $69 to $149. Related Posts Tags: #fashion#fitness tracker#Misfit#Misfit Shine#Misfit Wearables#Pretty Geeky#swarovski stephanie ellen chan The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement read more
Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Related Posts Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies It took only 20 minutes for the Time, the latest smartwatch from Pebble unveiled Tuesday at 7 a.m. Pacific, to meet its Kickstarter crowdfunding goal of $500,000. In fact, only 34 minutes after launching, Pebble Time hit a million bucks in crowdfunding, and it’s set to cross $2 million less than an hour after launch. It shows no sign of slowing down: If anything, Pebble Time backers are hitting the accelerator.Pebble seems keenly aware of the ridiculously high demand for the Time, having doubled the number of early-bird backer levels available on Kickstarter from 5,000 to 10,000. At that tier, backers can buy the Pebble Time at $159, a $40 discount from its planned retail price of $199. Its other tiers have also been increased to accommodate the ever-growing number of backers, which, as of this writing, is well on its way to hitting 10,000 within the first hour of the campaign’s existence.See also: Take A Look Inside At What Makes Pebble TickPebble was born on Kickstarter back in 2012, and has since become known as the company responsible for making the smartwatch product category viable. Despite some rocky moments with the original Pebble campaign—largely due to the incredible demand—backers look willing to bet big on the company’s ability to deliver with the new Pebble Time, which has an estimated delivery date of this May.However, as with every Kickstarter campaign, increased success brings the possibility that a creator won’t be able to meet higher order demands. While Pebble is a seasoned smartwatch manufacturer at this point, it’s entirely possible that the overwhelming success of its campaign so far could be more than it can handle when it comes time to produce the Time in large quantities.Let’s hope that Pebble knew what a hit it had up its sleeve this whole time, and that we’ll all be wearing our new Time smartwatches this summer. Meanwhile, there’s no telling how high its pledge total will go by the time its campaign ends in 30 days.Photos courtesy of Pebble; GIF by Lauren Orsini for ReadWrite Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… Tags:#crowdfunding#Kickstarter#Pebble#Pebble Time#pebble watch#smartwatch#smartwatches#wearable#wearable tech brian p rubin read more
CCH Tax Day ReportLegislation has been enacted, applicable to all initial credit certificates issued after June 30, 2017, that expands the eligibility for the biotechnology investment tax credit available against Maryland corporate and personal income tax liabilities. Amendments specify that a qualified biotechnology company includes a company that has been in active business for a maximum of (1) twelve years, (2) twelve years from the date the company first received a qualified investment under the program, or (2) fifteen years if the Department of Commerce determines that the company needs additional time to complete the process of regulatory approval. Additionally, a biotechnology company includes an entity that becomes organized and existing under the laws of any jurisdiction for the purpose of conducting business for profit within 2 months of receiving a qualified investment and provides for recapture of the credit if the entity does not satisfy this requirement.(S.B. 226; H.B. 373), Laws 2017, effective June 1, 2017 read more
More states have joined the Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) tax amnesty program for online marketplace sellers. New participants include:the District of Columbia,Massachusetts,Minnesota,Missouri, andNorth CarolinaTaxpayers should note that the District of Columbia and some states will have requirements in addition to the program’s requirements.The MTC has created a voluntary disclosure initiative for online marketplace sellers that will be available for a limited time.Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, Multistate Tax Commission, August 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
FBI Studio Tours : Philly’s Phinest Phloss October 14th | 5:30pm – 7:30pm Floss Barber Inc., Suite 310 (Studio Office) | 1420 Locust Street Floss Barber Inc. would like to open their doors to DesignPhiladelphia and the public! You are invited to take a tour of our studio complex through the glass doors of creativity, on the third floor of the Academy House Building. Free and open to the public. Insider tip : In addition to being an artist, I’m also a graphic designer – so an event like this is exciting to me. I love seeing what it’s like behind the scenes of major projects – from seeing the materials used to the process in which is was made. This is that kind of event. Floss Barbers’ Interior Design is crisp, clean and balanced. You may be able to get a sneak peak of one of their current projects, SugarHouse Casino while there! Judith Leiber – The Art of the Handbag September 10 – October 17 | 11:00am – 7:00pm The Galleries at Moore: Window on Race | 20th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway Judith Leiber is widely recognized as a major figure in handbag design, having created more than three thousand different motifs during a career spanning over thirty years. This exhibition features twenty-five designs that highlight the breadth and range of Judith Leiber’s work including examples of early beaded bags from the 1970s to more recent creations from the 1990s. Leiber’s designs transcend objects of utility to become objets d’art placing Leiber in an elite group of designers such as Lalique, Tiffany, and Cartier, creators of high quality products for public consumption that have come to be regarded as art. Free and open to the public. Insider tip: If you’re a fashionista, i know i don’t have to tell you who Judith Leiber is. She creates incredible art that translates into fashionable and elaborate jeweled clutches and bags. I’m sure you’ve seen them on red carpets with the celebs. Amazing. A must see. Re-Mix : Bikes October 11th | 1:00pm – 5:00pm The Design Lot | 313 South Broad Street Calling all cyclers! Come over to The DesignPhiladelphia Design Lot and customize your ride with art materials from Blick Art Supply. Assistants will be on hand to help you personalize your bicycle. Open to all ages. Free and open to the public Insider tip: This is a great event for the family or just for you and some friends. You can all get creative and Re-Mix your Bikes to turn them into one of a kind pieces of art. Art supplies can add up, so this is such a special treat for free! (Love that!) DesignPhiladelphia 2009 Kick-Off Party in LOVE Park(Photo by Bryce Gibson) SA VA : Native Gypsy October 13th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm Sansom Street between 17th and 18th Streets | 1700 Sansom Street SA VA Native Gypsy: Fall Fashion Show & Community Street Fair, a part of this year’s DesignPhiladelphia. SA VA Native Gypsy will showcase the SA VA Fall collection during an outdoor runway show on the 1700 block of Sansom Street. Surrounding neighbors will participate in outdoor vending and entertainment with DJ and special guest speakers. The event will benefit the Career Wardrobe, an amazing organization that helps women transition back in to the work force. This event is free and open to the public. The rain date is Friday, October 15th. Insider tip: You definitely can’t go wrong with an outdoor block party with a positive purpose. Mix that with a outdoor runway fashion show by SA VA, and you have yourself a party on Sansom Street. This is an awesome way to get over the hump in the middle of your week! How to Launch Your Design Product in the Martketplace October 10th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm Terra Hall 5th Floor, University of the Arts | 211 S. Broad Street This workshop by Elissa Bloom presents an overview of the key strategies for launching your product in the marketplace. Bring your product or product ideas to the workshop. At the end of the workshop, we will create ‘mind maps’ to guide you to the next step. Free and open to the public, RSVP to email@example.com Insider tip: Elissa Bloom is a self taught designer who got discovered by Bloomingdale’s. Now, her line is carried in various upscale shopping institutions. Her whimsical beaded art adorns every bag, coin purse and clutch. She has an inspiring story for artists and designers trying to start their careers. It’s worth making the trip out to have a session with her. Old City Windows October 7-17 Streets throughout the Old City District of Philadelphia | 200 Arch Street Old City Business Collective is inviting everyone to Old City for an exciting exhibit of windows and storefronts on display. “Old City Windows” is part of a contest sponsored by the OCBC as part of the DesignPhiladelphia celebration in October. Stroll the historic blocks of Old City filled with window displays designed by students, recent graduates, professionals, and artists in various fields of design. Free and open to the public Insider tip: For those of you on the run and can’t really commit to a scheduled event, throughout the month – you can vote for various window displays that you think are designed the best. How fun and convenient! Make sure to take a stroll or drive through Old City! Stacey Flygirrl Wilson:Picks for DesignPhiladelphia Thru October 17 Various Locations In Flight October 10 | 4:00pm – 4:00pm 803 S. 4th Street Octo Design Group and Skai Blue Media will host an exhibit highlighting the effects of the BP oil spill. In the weeks prior to the event, Skai Blue Media will host four weekend workshops where, for $1, attendees can create an origami bird or another animal affected by the spill. All proceeds will be donated to animal rescue organizations along the Golf Coast. Free and open to the public. Insider Tip: Make sure to stop by this impactful event brought to you by Philly 360 creative ambassador, Rakia Reynolds. Not only can you see amazing creative works, but you can also help make a difference to help Animal Rescue Operations effected by the BP Oil Spill.. And that makes this event that more special. DesignPhiladelphia is the largest design festival of it’s kind which brings together over 450 creative thinkers and artists for ten days of design events. There are so many amazing and innovative events to choose from, but here are some of my top picks and insider tips. The Art of the Martini in Glass October 9 | 3pm-6pm More Than Old | 144-146 North 3rd Street An exhibition of martini glasses, vintage to hand blown contemporary. Additional barware will be on exhibition. Orangetinis and light refreshments will be served on Oct 9 from 3-6 pm. Free and open to the public. Insider tip: I love glass art. If you saw my last blog on Philly 360, I featured a glass artist. This is just a fun exhibit that is just a little different compared to your typical showcase. And who can pass up free Orangetinis? I mean, really. read more
Behind the scenes of a walk through for The Roots Picnic with Brandon Pankey Our Music Insider – Laiya St. Clair – wanted to give you an exclusive sneak peek of the ins and outs of putting together this year’s Roots Picnic. She’s going to take you through everything leading up to the Roots Picnic with three episodes featuring: The Roots’ management doing a walk through of the venue, one of the DJs prepping for the Picnic, and some exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Roots rehearsing with De La Soul. And stay tuned for more videos, because you know we’ll be covering the Picnic over the next two days, so you won’t miss a thing that happens backstage this weekend. First up in making The Roots Picnic happen, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey of SEFG (The Roots’ management), takes us on the venue walk through before the Picnic. Watch this exclusive footage below. And, look out for episodes 2 and 3 tomorrow morning. read more
The Roots 4th of July Jam Featuring Talib Kweli Tuesday, July 3 8 p.m. TLA 4th & South Streets Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration(Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC) Concerts/Live Performances It’s time for Philly’s ultimate summer jam. We have concerts and performances happening around the city. And, if there’s anything Philly knows how to do, it’s putting on a good show with hot music. We have some major talent hitting our stages, including The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall, Gerald Veasley, Regina Carter and more! Friday, June 29 Laura Izibor Penn’s Landing 301 S. Columbus Boulevard 5 pm – 10 pm Saturday, June 30 Geral Veasley & Regina Carter Penn’s Landing 301 S. Columbus Boulevard 11 am – 10 pm Sunday, July 1 Byron Cage (Gospel Sunday) Penn’s Landing 301 S. Columbus Boulevard 11 am – 7 pm Wednesday, July 4 Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks In front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval Your Guide To Philly’s 4th Of July Celebration – Wawa Welcome America! Wawa Welcome America! is a 10 day-long celebration in Philly that kicks off on June 25 and ends July 4. With three firework shows, concerts curated by Questlove of The Roots, lots of food (and we do mean a lot!) and more, Philly is definitely the place to celebrate. Check out everything going on in Philly for Wawa Welcome America! Food Whether it’s a 4.5 ton hoagie, unlimited ice cream or sample dishes from some of Philly’s top restaurants, you will definitely get a real taste of Philly when you take part in some of Wawa Welcome America’s food events. Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1 Taste of Philadelphia June 29, 5 – 10 p.m. June 30, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. July 1, 11 a.m. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street Insider tips: Bring your appetite and enjoy all the flavors of Philly. Participating vendors include Gi Gi & Big R’s Caribbean Soul Food, La Marqueza, Lil Dan’s Food Truck, Marabella Meatball Company, Sweet Box and many more. Wednesday, June 27 Wawa Hoagie Day 12 noon – 2 p.m. Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Independence Mall West 6th and Market Streets Insider tip: There will be a 4.5 ton hoagie served. Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1 Super Scooper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival June 30, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. July 1, 12 noon – 5 p.m. Walnut Street & Columbus Boulevard Insider tip: For just a $7 donation, you can enjoy ice cream for hours each day. All net proceeds will benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund, helping to find a cure for pediatric leukemia. Tuesday, July 3 Questlove Presents PSK – Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs Tuesday, July 3 9 p.m. Voyeur 1221 Saint James Street Insider Tip: Questlove is throwing the ultimate pre-event with his annual dream party PSK – and he’s invited a few of his celebrity DJ friends to help him! On Tuesday, July 3rd Questlove along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina, DJ Statik and others – collectively known as #PSK or the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs. Best Places to Watch the Fireworks Along the Delaware River Philadelphia side of the Delaware River • Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing • Morgan’s Pier • Independence Seaport Museum • SugarHouse Casino • Race Street Pier • Washington Avenue Green • Penn Treaty Park • Village Belle • Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing • Spirit of Philadelphia • Ristorante La Veranda Camden side of the Delaware River: • Adventure Aquarium • Battleship New Jersey • Wiggins Park Benjamin Franklin Parkway • Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park • Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is shut down in honor of the celebration • Boathouse Row • Kelly Drive • Martin Luther King Drive • Schuylkill River Park • Best Western Center City • Bistro St. Tropez Saturday, July 7 A Star-Spangled Night with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing Insider Tips: Arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. If you get there early, you’ll be able to grab a great location for the concert and the fireworks. Fireworks Philly will sparkle and light up like you’ve never seen before with three separate nights of fireworks. Get ready to ooh and ahh. Saturday, June 30 Concert & Fireworks Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing Wednesday, July 4 Party on the Parkway 12 noon – 6 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Between 18th & 23rd Streets Insider tip: Seven blocks of music, dancing, cultural activities, arts, crafts and live entertainment. Look out for Questlove’s Stage. Line up is still TBA. We hear a couple of our ambassadors will be hitting the stage. The Roots’ Fourth of July Jam Featuring The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall and more 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Between 18th & 23rd Streets Insider Tip: There will be a fireworks show following the Jam. read more
We just wrapped up a historically hot September in Columbia.The National Weather Service says the average temperature at Columbia Regional Airport was 75.8 degrees last month. That ties the all-time record set in 1897.The forecast calls for cooler temperatures starting Thursday.
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More videos to come! I thought I had a understanding with Eddie who was running the camera, hmm. So, you guys – this was me in the hotel room prepping for IDF!* *Ian Thomas is a persona by Second City on behalf of Intel, and not a real individual.