Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TechTalk April 20, 2015

Jatin is in the house from and we are cooking with oil when it comes to technology!

We have some great Google and drone stories.

We also had a nice chat about the Jabra Sport Rox earbuds.

There is a lot going on with Google and mobile searches.

The Podcast of the entire show!

And the show notes!

Jabra Sport Rox 599 dhs
earbuds, 3 sets of ear wings, 1 arm band, 1 fitclip, 1 usb cable
According to Jabra, the Sport ROX Wireless earbuds are built to US Military rain, shock, sand, and dust standards making them sweat and stormproof. Though on the same page Jabra calls them ‘LIFE PROOF: WEATHER & SWEAT RESISTANT’ and in my running in the dumping rain experience, there is definitely a difference between -proof and -resistant.
Super easy online connection instructions and earbud fitting!
beats Headphones?
solo drone:
Googles new handwriting app!

For Google’s first attempt at a handwriting suite, the app isn’t bad. Compatible with both smartphones and tablets, it’s usable with or without a stylus, recognizes printed and cursive writing, and supports 82 different languages and 20 distinct scripts. Like the handwriting input on Windows 8 and above, it can input text in any app or browser field — if you want to handwrite your tax returns for some godforsaken reason, there’s nothing stopping you.

Ikea is in the loop with furniture with wireless charging built in!
Targeting a launch date of late Spring 2015 for the United States, IKEA has started rolling out a line of furniture in Europe that includes wireless charging pads for recharging mobile devices. Of course, the mobile devices have to be compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard in order to take advantage of the charging pads. However, IKEA will be selling adapter cases for popular smartphones that aren’t currently compatible with Qi wireless charging, specifically the iPhone 4 through iPhone 6 models and Samsung Galaxy S3 through S5 models.

Apple Watch, so is there an issue? Has Apple misjudged is this going to work?

This is the shoe that falls after rumors of Apple not-so-secretly hoping to eschew the usual launch madness at their retail stores in favor of a more orderly online buying experience.
In fact, some reports claimed that not only would Apple have limited quantities of Apple Watch available at launch on April 24, in many locales, there would be no quantities available in stores. This included, notably, the entire United Kingdom.
If you read the wording carefully in today’s release, it’s still not clear that this won’t be the case. Yes, there will be stores in the UK where you can try out and “experience” Apple Watch, but presumably none where you can walk out with one on launch day. We’ll see if that’s the same story in other locales as well.
While frustrating for many consumers, this strategy actually makes some sense. Apple is used to launches that are models of efficiency despite their massive scale. Sure, they’re often unable to fully meet demand, but that’s mainly because demand keeps growing. Under Tim Cook, who, remember, used to run Apple’s operations, aside from a few blips, product launches have been pure precision.

Sold out! How Many were for sale?

Google set to shake up its mobile search

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.
The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly." Websites that don't fit the description will be demoted in Google's search results on smartphones while those meeting the criteria will be more likely to appear at the top of the rankings — a prized position that can translate into more visitors and money.
Although Google's new formula won't affect searches on desktop and laptop computers, it will have a huge influence on how and where people spend their money, given that more people are relying on their smartphones to compare products in stores and look for restaurants. That's why Google's new rating system is being billed by some search experts as "Mobile-geddon."

Easy to use dropbox and office online! Hmmm is this a sign of something?

Tumblr and Yahoo the party is over? Do we care? CreativeMornings uses a tumblr posting system.

After two years in which Tumblr was for the most part allowed to manage its own affairs, Yahoo is moving to begin exercising more direct control over the social blogging platform it acquired for $1.1 billion in May 2013, according to The Information, which first reported the news on Wednesday. The Information claims the decision was announced at a meeting between CEO Marissa Mayer and top execs last week.
Reflecting the closer control that Yahoo will exert over Tumblr, founder and CEO David Karp will now report to one of Mayer’s senior vice presidents, The Information reports.
The move follows somewhat disappointing results from Tumblr, which has seen a big increase in user number but less explosive revenue growth. Back in April 2012 Tumblr had just over 50 million blogs generating 55.8 million posts a day; in February 2015 it boasted 231 million blogs generating 87 million posts per day. Meanwhile, the total audience increased from 300 million in 2012 to 428 million in mid-2014. However, the company will likely miss Mayer’s forecast of $100 million in revenue this year -- doubtless an ambitious goal, considering its total revenues came to $14 million in 2012.
However, it’s not clear exactly what impact closer supervision will have on Tumblr’s business operations or user experience. So far Yahoo has been cautious about upping the amount of ad inventory, as most ads are “native,” placed in user feeds through sponsored posts, potentially damaging user experience if too many start appearing; but investors have been demanding to see more return on the pricey acquisition.

Linkedin Buys! (many of my students were not sure what linkedin was)

With an eye on educational services, LinkedIn is betting big on The social network for business types has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in cash and stock for the online learning company.
Co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, specializes in consumer-facing subscription-based courses. The company also caters to corporate, government and educational organizations with its lyndaEnterprise, lyndaPro, lyndaCampus, lyndaLibrary and lyndaKiosk products.

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