Gerard LaFond is the VP of marketing for Pearson’s College and Career Readiness division and the co-founder of Persuasive Games. He’s currently working on the gamification of education through the Pearson start-up, Alleyoop. Kids spend hours a day on sites like Facebook and YouTube. They …
“AppScale is an open-source framework for running Google App Engine applications. It is an implementation of a cloud computing platform (Platform-as-a-Service), supporting Xen, KVM, Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus. It has been developed and is maintained by the RACELab at UC Santa Barbara. AppScale allows users to upload multiple App Engine applications to a cloud. It supports multiple distributed backends such as HBase, Hypertable, Apache Cassandra, and MySQL Cluster. It has support for Python, Go, and Java applications, taking the open source SDK provided by Google App Engine and implementing scalable services such as the datastore, memcache, blobstore, user’s API, and channel API.”
Microsoft’s Office 365 is not the future and neither is Google’s Gdocs. But it just might be Facebook or Chatter.
Methinks: I like the quote from Salesforce.com’s Scott Holden:
Holden says its goal of creating a “social enterprise” translated into three key collaborative elements: social profiles for employees and customers, an employee social network, and the ability to invite customers into that network. Unlike SharePoint, with its hierarchical, centrally defined group structure, Holden insists that the social enterprise breaks down hierarchies. “Teams tend to form organically,” he says.
But I don’t completely agree with the author. There is another major element to collaboration - what you are collaborating on! While Facebook and Chatter, and perhaps Google+ will define the social network, the work product is an electronic document of any sort.
I think that GDocs and many many others allow us to now collaboratively work on documents, presentations, source code, audio/video - all of these as electronic thingy and not files. And while Dropbox is extremely important, the exchange of ‘files’ is becoming quaint.
The future of collaboration is open and simple integration of pieces of the puzzle. The vertical stacks of IBM and Microsoft and Oracle are long gone. Vendors that can create a framework or quilt of patches of Facebook AND Salesforce.com AND ropbox AND Google and, yes, Mircosoft will be the dominant player in the near future.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)—At the 9th Annual SVG Open Conference today, Silicon Publishing presented a prototype for an HTML5 version of their popular Silicon Designer online editing platform.
Methinks: If their Flash based tools are any indication - the HTML5 version aught to be epic.
“Adobe has been a fan of HTML5 for quite a while now, and it’s stronger position in the mobile space has become more and more apparent. Rather than devote time and energy to working on a platform that 1) needed to be tweaked for different OSs and hardware configurations and 2) would never be as widely-used as they would like, Adobe decided that those resources would be better spent furthering HTML5 development.”
Methinks: I’ve been waiting more than a year for a definitive announcement like this. Do I dislike Flash? Heck no. But standardization and simplicity wins the game (almost) every time. I look forward to Flash quality design tools for HTML4/CSS/JS. Sorry, Edge is not there yet. Dreameaver was not even a good start.
ClickFox has put together an infographic on the effectiveness of mobile apps for customer engagement. If you’re deciding whether your business need a mobile app, you might want to take a look at this as additional data. If you’re in dining, maybe not. If you’re in mobile banking, and looking at an iOS app, maybe so.
The numbers for the infographic are taken from ClickFox’s “Mobile Apps Consumer Survey” from October 2011.
Robert Romano is the CEO/Founder of BookheadEd Learning, where his vision has blended the traditional and technological experiences of reading in the company’s flagship product, StudySync®. You can read more about his company at StudySync.com. We ask our students to be good observers, c…
"Luck is something that happens to you and your company. So if it’s outside your control, why bother to try to manage it? In our new book, Great by Choice, Jim Collins and I studied the role of luck in explaining corporate success. Our research suggests that you can indeed manage luck, although perhaps not in the way you might think.”
Methinks: I’m reading his new book now. I like the message.
(Reuters) - Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, IBM, GE and other top-tier American companies on Thursday urged the United States to fight for trade rules that protect the free flow of information over the Internet.
"Filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain opens her new documentaryConnected with a personal confession: She once faked having to go to the bathroom during dinner so that she could check her email on her phone. For many web-addicted people, that might not be too shocking a reveal, but for her it was a wake-up call — one that comes close to capturing Connected in a nutshell.”
Months after warning developers it would happen, the Google Developer team announced tonight that the era of unlimited Google Maps usage for free is officially over. Developers whose apps load more than 25,000 basic maps or 2500 stylized maps per day will have to cough up some cash.
An era has ended for the first API that really made mashups mainstream, most famously via housingmaps.com, a mashup of Craigslist rental search results and Google Maps. Unlimited access may no longer be available for free, but some observers say it’s a good move for the developer ecosystem. “For some developers this can clearly be an issue but overall it’s healthy for the ecosystem,” John Musser of API watch-dog site Programmable Web told us tonight. “Services need to be sustainable with business models that work for both sides.”
Technology isolates us. We end up with our faces glued to our computer or smartphone screens, and miss what’s going on in the world around us. It makes us antisocial and lazy. And if we’re not careful, it could take us on a one-way trip straight into Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Methinks: Is SaaS and hosted application something your SMB should be taking advantage of? Confused? I can help sort out the options and determine the costs of what you are doing vs what you could be doing.
You might think of Bitly simply as a service that shortens links for your Twitter feed. But to Hilary Mason, the company’s chief scientist, Bitly is building a fresh new way to know what’s going on in the world.
"We’re able to learn things from the Bitly data set that people have never been able to share before," says Mason. "What is the half life of a link? How long will people be able to pay attention to it? What percent of links being shared on the web right now tend to be about the weather?"
The QR code is a weird side effect of the mobile Web revolution. The idea is so nice; a link between the Web and the real world through the powerful computers in our hands. But even though they’ve been around for a while, QR codes are still mostly used for mundane purposes, rather than innovative ones.
The technology has three problems at a pretty low level: smartphones are still an elite product, the scanning process can be clunky, and QR codes look more like robot barf than something meant for humans. The potential is there, though. How can we make a better link between the Web and the world outside?