The title of this article says it all. Who needs to ever leave their laptop or tablet now? From VentureBeat. “Hulu is teaming up with Pizza Hut on a new type of in-context advertising that’ll let you order food during a commercial break — right from the screen you’re watching.”
I’ve been fascinated with new methods of electronic payments. There are lots of new offerings, providing ways to use mobile devices and key fobs. I see using them in a rush – at convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants…but I never imagined using them in a shopping mall. That’s probably because I don’t go to shopping malls anymore. Clearly I’m not the only one. This article from TechCrunch… ” Once a key differentiator, mobile payments are fast becoming a commodity and are widely used by retailers. Yankee Group found that 61 percent of large merchants already use a mobile checkout or plan to in 2014. We are seeing the major payments players recognize this, realizing that they can’t bank on razor-thin profit margins from swiping fees alone.”
Community initiatives, hackathons, and civic development workshops can be really transformative. This project in Queens is just one example. “That situation led the non-profit Coalition for Queens to start Access Code, a unique training program that teaches people from the Queens community to code iOS apps, while receiving mentorship and guidance on career development and entrepreneurship from notable figures from the New York startup scene. Six months after the first Access Code class of 21 students completed the 18 week course, the 15 graduates who accepted job offers have seen their income rise from under $15,000 to an average of $72,190; the other six students are either still in college or have chosen to launch their own startups. And the class as a whole is commendably diverse in an industry that has been struggling to attract women and minorities: it’s 50 percent women, 50 percent underrepresented minorities, and 40 percent immigrants.” From Vox.
Great post on GigaOm about the days when everyone didn’t have a blog. The post refers to it as the “Indie Web.”
A post by long-time tech blogger Dan Gillmor about the decline of the “indie web” got me thinking about the old days of the blogosphere, and how powerful the unedited voice of a single passionate blogger can be. Have we gained as much as we’ve lost?
I put these sites in my Reader, and am really enjoying them all. But it’s hard to read so much analysis of the same thing. GigaOm is coining the phrase “Explanatory Journalism” which works well. We’ll see how they all grow…. ” With the launch of The Upshot from the New York Times, there are now three major sites going after the “explanatory journalism” market. Each has its own unique flavor, but is the market for that kind of content really large enough to support that many sites?”
These numbers are amazing. “The number of people who launch apps more than 60 times per day on phones or tablets doubled in the past year.” From Time magazine.
Finally integrated – this will be nice to have. “Google is crossing off a major complaint about Hangouts this week: the messaging app will finally merge your SMS and Hangouts conversations. Users can pick between Hangouts and SMS when sending a given message, but that’s it. There’s no option to use Hangouts with SMS as a fallback option, which is the approach Apple takes with iMessage.”
Consumers are demanding a faster and cleaner experience as well. That is one of the reasons apps are being used more than mobile web browsers. And of course it also remains true on a computer screen. “As businesses demand faster user experiences, the nature of the internet is going to change.” From GigaOm
IFTTT is one of my favorite services. It is getting particularly interesting as it adds sensor devices to its service. Notice “11 Top IFTTT recipes to Activate Now”, link on the Mashable page. “IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through “recipes”. These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the weather in the mornings and saving your tagged photos to Dropbox.”
Fun article from TNW. I didn’t even think about it, but these could definitely all use a refresh. “What is one everyday device or gadget you’d love to see totally re-engineered by a startup and why?”