Posts Tagged Digital Futures
Which produces a more dynamic and holistic biography of an individual, here’s a link to mine.
Apart from regularly polling your services feeds for updates to keep an up to date representation of your digital profile | expression, they have also introduced a set of Vizcards (digital comments | business cards)
I certainly like the simplicity of the Vizify service and the overview function it provides. While Linkedin is a great service for professional networking, it can feel busy or noisy with corporate profiles, and discussion groups etc. In comparison Vizify provide focus on the individual and space to present for each facet or feature in the biography which is refreshing and seems to me to produce a more nuanced and holistic summary of that individual.
Do you use an infographic based biographical summary service?
I had intended to post this a long time ago, closer to this generation of devices launches, but the opportunity passed.
However, I still thinking it is fascinating to watch the portfolio of devices these internet and manufacturing giants are assembling. Much of the commentary and opinion has been developed much further elsewhere, however, even collecting images these device suites together on the same page and admiring the aesthetics is reason enough to post.
By announcing the arrival of the Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 to complement the existing Nexus 7. Google have intimated that the application and content state within a mobile user experience across a related set of devices, is as a complete and integrated experience possible to date. Of course this is not the 1st time it is has been brought together, but Google’s Nexus | Android is certainly aesthetically and technologically appealing.
Apart from the mass of OEM hardware manufacturing specialists bringing products to the market place, Amazon and Microsoft are the notable service companies making a inroads into the mobile device market.
Almost standing apart Samsung has that oft commented upon position of being a hardware partner with any of these key internet giants, as well as offering a portfolio of devices of its own. Very much making the market work for it in more than one way.
Certainly I see the consumer having benefitted from the general evolution of touch based mobile devices, initially championed and established by Apple , and brought to extensive commoditisation and choice through the market entry of Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Of course there are other players now making moves Ubuntu and Mozilla, as well as Blackberry still trying to retain a market position and relevance.
If nothing else this post will represent a moment in technology evolution, capturing the phase of the commoditisation and proliferation of these touch based mobile devices.
Do you have a favourite device or vendor?
Like Curious Mitch points out here Google Reader is not the only service in recent times to close its doors to consumers, particularly those that have grown up used to using ‘free’ or ‘freemium’ model services from various web enabled services.
In fact like Mitch I’ve blogged about a couple of service closures in recent times:
And also would add these services, which have recently shut their doors :
While I agree with Mitch about the need to assess your service portfolio and understand the risk/impact of closure of any service you may be consuming. Obviously the ‘free to use’ services would be presumed to be more vulnerable, it doesn’t mean those services you may be paying for are not at risk from a failing business model or an aggressive move from a competitor to acquire it. Remember what Nokia did with Dopplr or Google to Jaiku… (the list goes on and on).
Sure there may be pain in the disconnection and lose of services rendered by that service. But the thing to do is to “Be Prepared” to move on, switch services, try an alternative or something different. One door closing, is may be the opportunity for a new door to open. Make sure you have a way to liberate your data – and try and find services that support transition and transfer as easy as possible. Something that is a little more effort, but does build resilience of a kind is to spread your needs across a set of similar services. (e.g blog at Tumblr and WordPress)
So R.I.P and R n’R (rip and replace) go hand in hand in the developing world of internet services.
But this may be only phase or transition as these internet services evolve from start-up status, into established service provider and more technology infrastructure and utility service providers. Dion put a good post up on the acquisition spree of major enterprise vendors as they move into these service space. Perhaps these service discontinuation scenarios will become a less frequent issue in the future. When data movement is more easily transferable, and a common set of services is available more stable service providers. However, that may be conjecture… so remember – Change happens!
Again, while I don’t claim expertise on the “cloud computing” phenomena let alone storage, it is an area that fascinates me for delivering technology and service based innovation. Especially considering all the data proliferation era that is often spoken about in statistical superlatives (e.g. article from Forbes).
Now the concepts around Information Lifecycle Management, and Digital Asset Management and the use of Hierarchical storage management or the related Automated Tiered Storage are not new, and there is a lot of traditional technology around to deliver or cover some of those aspects.
Tiered storage is a data storage environment consisting of two or more kinds of storage delineated by differences in at least one of these four attributes: price, performance, capacity and function.
Any significant difference in one or more of the four defining attributes can be sufficient to justify a separate storage tier.
Automated Tiered Storage is the automated progression or demotion of data across different tiers (types) of storage devices and media. This movement of data is automatic to the different types of disk according to performance and capacity requirements.
So where does AWS come into this? Here’s how I see it:
same with recently updated iconography from: AWS Simple Icons
I think with the combination of AWS Storage Gateway, AWS S3 and AWS Glacier Amazon has pretty much got a wrap on this. This storage service combo gives cloud based hierarchical storage management, that has a gateway entry point into the traditional enterprise data center, rule based storage policies, an api as well as market leading price point. I think the CIO will soon find this an appealing combination, easing his/her cost concerns around storage of data and record archives necessary for compliance to various financial and legal stipulations.
Is that not an awesome combination!
Do you think they’re on to something?
For the first time ever, the City of Manchester invites you to dig underneath its digital skin.FutureEverything, Open Data Manchester and Manchester City Councilare looking for experts and innovators to hack, code, programme and experiment with the city’s sets of open data to build new applications and develop future services.
Utilising the open data sets from DataGM made available by Manchester City Council and public sector partners, participants are welcome to produce anything they wish – develop applications to help people find their way around, stay safe, discover new experiences and everything and anything in between. All data is released under the Open Government Licence.
Taking place at MadLab in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Saturday 17th November, the Manchester Hackathon is set to be an intense, productive and exciting collaboration between the brightest minds in software development and data processing. Entries from both teams and individuals are welcome, and there are cash prizes to be won for the best product at the end of the session.
Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM – Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM (GMT)
36 – 40 Edge Street
The Northern Quarter
M4 1HN Manchester
They recently released the news that they’ve “decided to shutdown the stand-alone Gist service.”
This makes a lot sense, from looking at the need to further integrate the myriad of social and contact based services we all rely upon and then really embed those services into the underlying platform.
- Since our acquisition we built the BlackBerry Playbook Contacts app and more recently, our team has been tasked with creating the native address book/contact manager for the next generation platform, BlackBerry 10.
- In addition to our core focus on the Contacts app, we have been given expanded responsibility for everything social at RIM including BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter apps and instant messaging as well as much of the identity platform, location services and user analytics features.
It’s good to see them acknowledge other players in this space – see their support page
I’ve tried Nimble, and will take a look at some of the others on list.
I wish the Gist team luck in delivering this goal of pulling much more together and integrating services the across the SOLOMO (SOcial-LOcal-MObile) |rich contact management space.
Other sources of SOLOMO material:
Do you think SOLOMO (SOcial-LOcal-MObile) is a growing space for application services?
This is going to go a long way to help Google establish a firmer foothold in the digital consumer market, beyond their stronghold of web services and grow the Android mobile platform into a core delivery platform | access gateway into many other Google products and services.
This will also be a warning shot to other digital consumer stalwarts such as Microsoft, Amazon and Sony. Particularly as these are working to combine product with services. There are a whole bunch of hardware and product manufacturers which will be also watching, but much of their activity is in becoming “manufacturer of choice” to these conglomerate mega-brands.
However, this is not an overnight takeover, for a start nowhere on Google.com is there any link to the Nexus mini-site. However, it is highlighted on the Google Play mini-site:- in fact the Nexus 7 is available for pre-order now! (in the UK)
I think there will be a pang of regret and surprise (amongst these competitors : Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Sony) at how comprehensive a service | product suite that Google is establishing and how rapidly these parts have been assembled. Certainly looking at how these companies are evolving their web presences for the digital consumer, I think it is fairly clear that Google has a well thought strategy and presentation to the consumer market. Amongst the others, it seem more “mixed message” at what it is they wish to be their primary delivery to the consumer (e.g. just products, already established services) – but not necessarily such a “front & centre” digital consumer experience.
What do you think?
Or do you think another provider has a better set of products and services?
These work across multiple PIM (email | phone | contacts) and social networking services to bring together a rich and comprehensive profile of your contacts.
Typical service features include:
- Rich contact profiles
- Picture | Avatar
- PIM contact details
- Latest updates on connected networks
- Latest relationship history
- Shared networks and frequent contacts
- Autosuggest of contacts in mail creation
- Contact sync services across devices and between contact management stores (address books)
- Gadget | Extension services to incorporate further services
Since I’ve been using a Blackberry 9300 Curve I’ve been able to use both the Gist and Xobni applications for Blackberry, in addition to the integration I already have with Gmail. (the images above give some idea of the Blackberry mobile UI to these services).
As these systems bring together a single cloud store of contacts, available through multiple form factors and mobile devices. I see stronger pull for these services in an Enterprise or business context. For example in sales, where finding that contact, understanding the relationship history, recent updates etc. could create better lead generation or decision making in pursuing an opportunity. Which is probably why Rapportive are now part of Linkedin.
I am a little surprised there isn’t more integration and support in the enterprise, these type of products could definitely help overcome some of disconnect and lack contact to enterprise expertise and resources that remote workers experience.
Does a unified and integrated view of your key contacts appeal to you?
Are you using these products?
In the print screen examples below you can see how the extension expands out from any browser tab to show the discussion and content in your community related to that page.
This print screen shows the expanded discussion thread taking place.
When it’s not required it can be easily tucked away onto the right hand scroll bar, like so.
I have to agree with other commentators like Alan Lepofsky who write :
“I don’t say this often, but Jive Anywhere has the potential to be one of those rare “game changing” technologies with respect to the way people work.”
In his article “Jives Latest Release Takes Integration To 11”
I think of this tool in the following way:
In the world of the hunter|gatherer, the foraging for knowledge by the information worker, this is now a must have tool! Jive Anywhere brings the community to bear and support that virtual roamer, and allow them to return the goods into the heart of community – the people and context that matter in an instant. At its best reducing the time to action and response, but in simple terms helping people stay in touch and up to date.
This pervasive availability of connectedness into your core community, to garner and share knowledge in this way is a real step change. Especially with the support of context “cartridges” for particular sites or service providers. (e.g. Salesforce.com)
I liken this to the evolution of browsers that brought social network connectivity into each tab, via the extension apps and underlying API integration of from the social network. Also this mimics the advantage that blackberry had when it brought email, voice and texting into a single mobile device. In some way Jive are jumping ahead of their competition with this browser extension release.
There are a couple of things I would like to see evolve in this extension:
- multi-community support – in the same way that some twitter extensions support multiple twitter, it would be useful to use the tools for different communities and contexts.
- better support of SSO | Identity federation – I don’t see it supporting common enterprise security configurations in its current state.
- mobile browser | app support - many people will browse the web on smart phones or tablets, and they will need this extension in those devices contexts as well.
Download and Install Jive Anywhere from >> here
What do you think? Have you tried this yet?
An Infographic of my musical playback history Feb 2011- Feb 2012 from lastgraph
So it was with interest I learnt of the new music service from The Lounge.
The Lounge is a full music streaming service with a large on-demand music album catalogue, play back from commercial and public broadcast services and audio hardware integration with Pure Radio devices.
The subscription for the full service – support of streaming your playlists etc. to devices and playing music on-demand is available for a reasonable £4.99/month*. (*only in available in the UK)
So it does make good competition for Spotify at least in the UK.
Will I move service?
No, not at present. I am not ready to move across. Why?
- However, that integration with Facebook is a feature I enjoy and appreciate.
Finally the effort of curation and assembling playlists all over again, is a barrier too far. Not inconsiderably effort has gone into their assembly and now they’re created in Spotify, they are shareable and subcribable. To lose that library of musical taste and disconnect from the sphere of musical sharing is not something I can not stomach.
The Infographic from lastgraph (at the top of the post) is a great example of the app and service I benefit from the extensibility from Spotify and Last.fm – the “limitations” in catalogue are bearable for service amenities such as these.
So what do you think? Is the The Lounge for you?