Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge

first_imgAn Inishowen man who illegally operated as a taxi driver has been given the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.Edward McLaughlin (69) of Dunaff, Clonmany was before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him by the National Transport Authority (NTA). Mr Gerry Burke, NTA Compliance Officer, gave evidence that, along with a number of colleagues, he was investigating the illegal use of vehicles as unlicensed taxis in the Clonmany area on February 10, 2018.Mr Burke told Judge Paul Kelly that he approached a vehicle and asked the driver, McLaughlin, if he was a taxi operator, to which the defendant responded ‘yes’.Judge Kelly heard that Mr Burke and his colleagues hired the defendant to take them to Ballyliffin and noted that there was no taxi operator identification displayed.The court heard that after being cautioned by Mr Burke, McLaughlin made certain admissions to the compliance officer, admitting that his vehicle was being used as a taxi without a taxi licence and that he did not have a taxi operator licence.Asking the judge for leniency, Solicitor, Ray Lannon said his client was a single pensioner and part-time farmer who lived in a very rural area of Dunaff.Mr Lannon said McLaughlin did a lot for his neighbours, taking them to mass and on other runs and was otherwise ‘a good law-abiding citizen’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to January 15, noting that if McLaughlin paid the prosecution costs, he would apply the Probation Act.Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge was last modified: December 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalillegalInishowentaxilast_img read more

5 Ways You Can Fall in Love With Tagging Again

first_imgTagging content online is something that doesn’t seem to have taken off the way some people expected it to. Is it too complicated for widespread adoption? Is it too arbitrary to have the impact that formal taxonomies offer? Is it just too much work while you’re zipping around the web? Who knows – what’s important is that tagging web pages can still be very useful!I stopped using social bookmarking tools for a big part of 2007 because saving things for my own future reference wasn’t enough motivation to invest the time required. In the latter half of the year, though, I’ve seen what some other people are doing to make it worthwhile again. Here’s five and a half ways you can fall in love with tagging URLs again.1. Re-enforce your learning at the end of yearThe inspiration for this post came from social media aficionado Tim Bonnemann’s practice of tagging all the words he looks up online with the tag “dictionary.” At the end of the year, he posted the full list of links to his blog. What a great way to deepen recall of the things you’ve learned! 2. Build a collaborative tag stream for a community of practiceOne of the best things about tagging URLs is that all kinds of RSS feeds become available. One community of practice, a loose group of nonprofit technologists, uses the tag “nptech” to mark items of interest in, ma.gnolia, flickr, youtube and elsewhere. The feeds for nptech items in all of these services are then combined into one NPtech metafeed.That makes a good community news feed, but it can be taken even further. At one point as many as 2000 people were using the tag nptech – that can be a lot of information. Consultant Beth Kanter now publishes a summary of each week’s highlights from the Nptech feed over at NetSquared.3. Create a shared items feed and put it on your web pageMany of our readers probably use the shared items feature in Google Reader. That service continues to grow more sophisticated – last week it added any shared items feeds from your Gmail contacts to your list of subscribed feeds, for example. While that’s pretty hot – there’s something to be said for baking your own, too. If you tag items something like “toshare” in a service like or Ma.gnolia then you can share URLs that you find outside of Google Reader and you can switch feed readers/tagging services without loosing all your shared items subscribers. I did this on my personal blog this year by taking the feed from my items tagged “toshare” in and running it through the service FeedDigest. There I got a PHP snippet to display my links and notes on the sidebar of my blog (it’s also live here in javascript on the right of this post, albeit a touch wonky with CSS). I also spliced the toshare feed together with my blog’s feed (via FeedDigest) and ran the spliced feed through Feedburner. I then added a link to my sidebar offering my shared items + blog posts feed for subscription via Feedburner. Several hundred people have subscribed to get my links and knowing that someone else cares is a huge motivation to keep tagging things I find online. I open my bookmarking app to tag something “toshare” and while I’ve got it open I may as well give it a few other tags as well for better classification.This winter I switched from to Ma.gnolia for my social bookmarking and it was easy to replace the feed in FeedDigest with the Ma.gnolia feed. Nothing changed as far as Feedburner was concerned, it was still getting the same spliced feed URL – so all my subscribers are still getting my links.If you’re curious, by the way, the reasons I switched to Ma.gnolia include: OpenID login, a very active development team, engagement with the newest data standards like oAuth and APML, live customer support chat by Pibb IM (also with OpenID, RSS) and a couple of other very cool features. The user community there is quite impressive, too.4. Tag into a mobile readerIn addition to tagging things “toshare” I’ve also taken recently to tagging items “toread” and pulling that feed into Netvibes. Netvibes has a great that’s good for checking a small number of feeds in between full-reader sessions. Adding my toread tag to Netvibes has made it easy for me to catch up on things I want to read while traveling around town. Sometimes I’ll just read the most widely popular items from my toread feed, by running that feed through AideRSS and getting a new feed of the 20% of those items that were most tagged, Dugg, commented on and linked to. AideRSS can be applied on top of all of the methods on this list.It’s another way that I’m incentivized to open up that tagging interface more than I would be if I was only saving things for posterity. Now a searchable archive of key pages is available as a secondary consequence of tagging things toread and toshare.5. Tag your microblog postsIf you think opening up to save something is more trouble than it’s often worth, then I’m sure you’ll agree that it can feel really overwhelming to compose an entire blog post! (I wrote about this once and got linked to by the BBC, whereupon I was promptly called a loser by snarky British readers for even bringing up the dilemma. “Blogging,” one said, “is like wearing a coat that says I am Billy No Mates.” That’s the funniest insult I think I’ve ever received.)ANYWAY, I know I’m not alone in finding it much easier to share information over Twitter than by blogging or tagging in a social bookmarking app. Enter Hashtags. Like tagging for Twitter, hashtags are terms you put after a # in a post. then aggregates all the tweets using a given tag and publishes an RSS feed. Reading a feed of short messages sent from the #sandiegofires was very interesting, for example. Though you can certainly just subscribe to a search feed through a service like Terraminds – Hashtags let you do all the things in microblogging that you can do using the methods described in numbers 1 through 4 above. See also Dave Sifry’s new project Hoosgot – a service he calls the Lazyweb for the age of Twitter.5 1/2 The futureIn a future that leverage our Attention Data, we’ll be able to tag things in order to influence our Attention Profiles. What does that mean? It means that once you’ve exposed your Ma.gnolia APML (Attention Profile Markup Language) to your Bloglines RSS reader – then you’ll be able to influence the feeds that Bloglines recommends to you by tagging certain things in Ma.gnolia.Perhaps you discover that you love reading African photoblogs but you don’t know much about the field. Tag a few that you discover in Ma.gnolia and the next time you open up Bloglines it will notice that you’ve expressed a new interest and recommend some of the top African photoblogs in its giant feed database.That future isn’t terribly far off, in fact. Ma.gnolia already publishes a rudimentary APML file for each user and Bloglines has announced that it will support APML soon.ConclusionSo tagging hasn’t taken off like early fans thought it would – but it’s still really useful. If we explore ways that it can provide tangible, short-term, personal value then we can score the long term, aggregate value as a result. I wish it weren’t that way – but that’s how I’ve found value in the practice myself.So let’s tag some terms we have to look up the definitions for this year! Please let readers here know about any other super cool tagging practices you’ve experimented with. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Features#How To#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Security: Bad Bots Use Increasingly Sophisticated Techniques to Impersonate Humans

first_imgMalicious bots are on the prowl on the internet. A report from Distil estimates that more than one-fifth of internet traffic is from “bad bots.”  Up nearly 10 percent over last year.  “Good bots” also account for another fifth of traffic.The report found that the bases for bot attacks is data centers.  More than 82 percent of attacks from bad bots originate from cloud and data centers, up twenty percent from the previous year.  Low cost cloud computing is driving the rapid growth. The biggest targets of bad bots are ecommerce, healthcare and ticketing sites, especially online gambling and airline sitesDistil analyzed the level of sophistication of the bots being deployed and found that nearly three-quarters were relatively sophisticated in order to impersonate human behavior, like sending mouse movement and mobile gestures.Gambling companies and airlines suffer from higher proportions of bad bot traffic than other industries, with 53.1 percent and 43.9 percent of traffic coming from bad bots, respectively. Ecommerce, healthcare and ticketing websites suffer from highly sophisticated bots, which are difficult to detect.Distil Networks’ senior director of security research, , says airlines are also being targeted with a newer form of attack known as denial of inventory.Anna Westelius, said that “this problem is huge in airlines because there are a lot of bots going in and holding airline seats for specific flights. They are reselling them on other websites or holding them for competitive purposes. That does not only impact that airline badly because you end up with unsold seats or bad user experience, but it’s also a consumer problem because the airline prices increase.”last_img read more

What the BlackBerry Tablet and New Developer Tools Mean for Enterprise Mobility

first_imgOne notable feature is the dual facing cameras for video conferencing. Our Chris Cameron already noted the augmented reality possibilities of such a system, but the short term business use will likely be in video conferencing. This may seem like a consumer focused feature, but don’t forget that Cisco is positioning its tablet primarily as a mobile video conferencing device for the enterprise (though Cisco is expected to bring its TelePresence technology to consumers soon). The iPad doesn’t yet have a camera to support Apple‘s new Face Time standard, but don’t be surprised to see that in future iterations.The Cross Platform Future IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#mobile#news#Products#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now WebWorks, the center of RIM’s new development initiatives, will enable developers to build native BlackBerry apps in HTML5. “Webworks is key to RIM’s future as it’s based on HTML 5 and the new Web API’s,” Wang says “The move to open source will help improve the apps offerings for RIM, an area they have been failing in over the past 2 years.”Other platforms already exist for creating BlackBerry apps with HTML5, such as RhoMobile‘s Rhodes, PhoneGap, Titanium and the just launched DragonRAD.RhoMobile CEO Adam Blum is hopeful that WebWorks’ “use your web skills to write native smartphone apps” approach will provide a stepping stone to Rhodes. Both DragonRAD and Rhodes are focused on easing the development of mobile applications requiring interfacing with the backends of enterprise applications. Julian White the CEO of DragonRAD parent company Seregon emphasized that DragonRAD will support the new QNX based BlackBerry Tablet OS.However, the PlayBook’s support for Adobe‘s Flash and AIR are some of the more intriguing aspects of the announcement. Flash and AIR haven’t proved to be popular enterprise development platforms as of yet, but the support does demonstrate RIM’s willingness (or perhaps desperation) to support cross-platform apps. Adobe has been amping up its enterprise holdings lately. In July it acquired ECM vendor Day Software, a company that just happens to be one of the largest contributors to the popular open-source web server Apache. How much will Adobe’s increased interest in the enterprise intersect with RIM in the future?Aggressively Courting DevelopersIn addition to making it easier for developers to create apps with WebWorks, RIM announced an advertising platform and an in-app payments program to court more developers. Android and iOS have leapfrogged BlackBerry in the number of apps available, so RIM needs to do everything it can to bring developers to its platform. More monetization options is a great start. RIM will also partner with WebTrends to offer app analytics. Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… RIM bills the PlayBook as “The first multiprocessing, multitasking, uncompromised browsing, enterprise ready professional-grade tablet.” However, HP is planning a Windows 7 based enterprise tablet for this fall, and Cisco is planning an Android based enterprise tablet for Q1 2011 as well. Also, the iPad has already caught on well in the enterprise, and Forrester has suggested it can be secure enough for most enterprises. And with multi-platform device management software from companies like Good and Mobile Iron, forthcoming Android tablets from ASUS and Samsung are contenders for the enterprise as well.Forrester analyst Tim Sheedy is concerned with RIM’s strategy of tying the PlayBook closely to BlackBerry handsets. “It is as if they are doing it to make the BlackBerry phone a more attractive device (i.e. it is more about selling phones than PlayBooks),” says Sheedy. “I would have liked them to take a more offensive position with the device – using it as a way to grow the number of BlackBerry/RIM device users in firms – not just try to protect the existing base.”All that said, both the PlayBook and RIM’s development announcements are still impressive. RIM isn’t breaking any new ground with the tablet, but it certainly isn’t falling behind. “Moving to the 1 GHZ dual-core CPU and 1BG RAM for reader improves from the Torch’s latent users experience to a more natural fluid user experience,” Alimeter co-founder and enterprise analyst R “Ray” Wang says. “This now allows business users another paradigm to enable mobile scenarios in field service (repairs) and sales professionals and executives to drive consumer advances into the safe, scalable, and secure enterprise class RIM environment.”An addition to easing app development, RIM is more deeply integrating with other enterprise platforms, as I suggested it do earlier this year. Today’s announcements go a long way towards keeping RIM in the game and point towards a few key trends in enterprise mobility.Video Conferencing Goes Mobile klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… At the BlackBerry Developers Conference today, RIM announced its first tablet, called the BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as new initiatives designed to make BlackBerry development easier and more profitable. As previously reported elsewhere, the tablet will run on QNX, a UNIX-like operating system RIM acquired earlier this year. Notably, RIM will support the “full web” – including Flash – on the tablet as well Adobe‘s AIR platform for cross-platform applications. Enterprises seeking to avoid the consumerization of IT and those interested in developing across platforms will both welcome these announcements.last_img read more

IPP Support for QuickBooks Online

first_imgDuring VMworld 2010, a presentation slide showing various retail boxes that represented VMware products was displayed on massive screens for the thousands of attendees. The speaker on the stage posed an amusing question about the choice of clip art: “Do we even sell software in boxes anymore?”Similarly, you might think of QuickBooks as a cardboard box you saw in the rapidly shrinking aisle at your local big box retailer. Think again! Let’s take a look at how developers can target the QuickBooks Online platform.You Down With IPP?You don’t have to be naughty by nature to appreciate that implications of working with a platform that has doubled the size of its customer base. So the blog update earlier this week regarding beta access to IPP for QuickBooks Online is a welcome announcement for developers. In a nutshell, developers that get registered and involved in the beta will be able to sell the fruits of their labor within the Intuit App Center. In addition, the previous RWH coverage of opportunities for Adobe Flex developers, Intuit has extended opportunities to those wishing to deploy within IPP using Google Web Toolkit, servlets, JSP and RESTEasy as part of a general server-side container approach.The IPP Java Developer Toolkit project is hosted at which serves as an open source repository for various tools and components for IPP developers. The Java toolkit includes the client libraries as well as tools and examples for developers to get started. A quick scan of the forums also indicates that is growing. The stats for last month indicate they have +1600 registered developers with over two thirds being non-Intuit. Recent updates indicate an increased emphasis on OAuth. Also, the Intuit team is reinforcing that Quickbooks is not the sole starting point — as evidenced by their own FAQ — since you do not need to be a QuickBooks user to try or buy these apps.If you are a current Adobe Flex or Java developer are you considering the IPP for your next revenue generating app? Let us know in the comments below! Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#Services Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid jay cuthrelllast_img read more

New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for October 2011

first_imgFind My Friends — (Free With iOS5 and iCloud Support)Stalking your friends has never been easier. Find My Friends works by sending a request to a friend to see their location and their location will pop up on a map. There are sharing options and privacy controls. It is a simple and powerful cloud-based location app from Apple that could be great for people bar hopping in San Francisco or Manhattan and want to find where their friends have bounced to after too many rounds of Jagermeister. Notable Updates For OctoberIt is always important to remember to go into your device and update apps on a regular basis. Updates provide new functionality, performance and security upgrades and make sure that the bugs from the last version have been taken care of.Notable iOS Updates:Pandora, XFinity TV, Dropbox, PlainText, Bing for iPad, Instagram, Google Search, Google+, Washington Post, IMBb Movies & TV, Zaarly, HeyStacks, 7Notes, Evernote, Bank of America, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Angry Birds Rio (Might Eagle), Read It Later Free, Pulse, Showyou, Qwiki, Flipboard, Quora, Foursquare, Order & Chaos Online, Flixster, Twitter.Notable Android Updates:Barcode Scanner, Bolt Browser, Camera Fun Pro, Dolphin Browser (security fix), FxCamera, LinkedIn, Flixster, OpenTable, Opera Mobile Browser, Pulse, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google+, IMBd Movies & TV, Robo Defense, QR Droid, Drunk Man — (Free) Like games so stupid and simple that they turn out to be a lot funner than you ever thought possible? Drunk Man is the game for you. Basically, you have this guy who went on a bender. He leans to the left and you have to adjust by tapping to the right. Vice versa for the other way. This guy is pretty drunk so the game is actually quite a bit harder than you might think. Try it after a couple cocktails and watch your whole world collapse upon itself, in a gutter, with a brown paper bag. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation — (iPad — $6.99)The trend of releasing dynamic console apps to tablets continues with Modern Combat 3. This is a stunning game for the iPad for those that like the whole shoot-em-up military combat games. The graphics are excellent and do not lag on the iPad 2 while the controls are designed for multi-touch and gestures. Really, a breakthrough in games for mobile devices. Mobo Task Killer — (Free)Just about everybody I know has Advanced Task Killer on their Android devices. This is the next evolution. It monitors apps that are running in the background and lets you kill them to save battery life with a button called “optimize.” It can also perform this capability with a shake of the phone. It has all the goodness of Advanced Task Killer, with the ability to go into the app and individually check apps that you want to stop running. There is also an ignore list for apps that you do not want to ever shut down. This app literally just took the place of Advanced Task Killer on my Android. That is saying something for one of my most used apps ever. AndroidAndroid came out with Ice Cream Sandwich this month but the apps for the new tasty version of Google’s mobile OS have not yet hit the shelves. Here are some interesting and functional Android apps to keep an eye out for. Iris — (Free)What is Siri spelled backwards? Iris! It is like Siri’s evil Android twin. The rumor goes that Iris was put together by a group of hackers in a matter of hours in an attempt to give Android Siri-like capabilities. It can do almost everything that Siri can do such as use voice to search the Web, send texts and make phone calls. Iris is not quite as cute and sardonic as Siri but does the trick, giving Android’s voice capabilities a boost. Most new Android devices will have its requirements (Voice Search and TTS library) pre-installed. The difference between Siri and Iris is several million dollars of development time and multiple years of refinement of Siri’s capabilities and feedback outputs. But, Iris has potential. Marvel Comics — (Freemium)Love Android? Love comics? Love Captain America? You are now in luck. The Marvel Comics app for Android brings the Marvel library to mobile (an iOS version was released earlier this year) as a spot for downloading and purchasing comics of the iconic line of super heroes from Marvel. Really, what nerd does not geek out with comics? Pawntique — (Free — iPhone)This is one of those apps that you probably have not heard of. Pawntique is an app that helps you pawn stuff for cash. It helps people secure short term cash loans on items they wish to pawn, just like your local hock shop. Pawntique will appraise items when you send them to the service or have an expert come to you (for larger items). When it is time to ship, Pawntique will send a courier to pick up the item. If you send the item in, Pawntique will appraise it and make an offer, which you can accept or decline. Related Posts Facebook for iPad — (Free)When Facebook finally released an iPad version of its platform, the entire world of tablet carrying social denizens yelled at once, “it is about bloody time.” The Facebook iPad app is a significant upgrade to using the iPhone version at 2X setting. It is simple, functional, handles status updates and pictures well and institutes just about everything that Facebook has tweaked within the platform over the last several months. The future of Facebook mobile resides with HTML5, especially Timeline, but the iPad app at least gets people off the social giant’s back for the time being. Apple had a great month in the new app department, mostly spurred by the release of the iPhone 4S and all the iOS5-based applications that developers have been working on throughout the summer. Android also had an interesting month for new apps but the real intriguing flood will come whenever Ice Cream Sandwich becomes widely adopted and, finally, we can start adding real Android tablets apps to our apps of the month column. Check out the selections for October 2011 below. We again brought back the updates portion of the column, with a list at the bottom of important app updates users should be aware of. Check it out below. The list, as always, is a bit subjective so please let us know in the comments if we missed an app or you have found one that you cannot live without.Cross-Platform AppsNews360 — (Free – iOS, Android)This is not exactly a new service, but the late-October release of its 3.0 version for iOS and Android makes it a good candidate for a cross-platform app of the month. News360 is often compared as a “Pandora for news.” As such, News360 plays in the same realm as, Newsy, Flipboard and most of all, Zite. We have written about News360 multiple times at ReadWriteWeb over the last several months. It crawls the Google+ API for personalized news and has Facebook and Twitter integration to personal news.Red Karaoke — (Free — iOS, Android)Bring your own personal karaoke machine with you wherever you go. Really, that is about as simple as it takes to describe Red Karaoke. It streams music to your phone with the words so you can sing along. It can also record you dubious renditions for posterity so you can show off to all your friends the audio and video of you killing it on Free Bird while on the bus. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement iPhone, iPadApple had a big month, so let’s start with some of the big apps and some smaller ones that you may not have heard of.Siri — (With purchase of iPhone 4S)Siri has become a cultural phenomenon within a month of its release. If you have an iPhone 4S, ask Siri what the meaning of life is. There is a good chance she (it?) will say 42, which is the most appropriate answer I can think of to that question (but, damnit, what is the question?) Siri has spawned some funny sites, such as this one that takes look at people asking Siri some serious or naughty questions. We at ReadWriteWeb think that Siri should actually have the voice of George Takei, but there are an inordinate amount of Star Trek fans on staff. I voted for a Yoda voice. On a more serious note, Siri lets people search the Web, send texts, emails, phone calls and a bunch of other features through voice-activated software. The genius behind Siri is not the technology but rather that Apple gave Siri a personality, one of the company’s more brilliant marketing insights in years. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Espier Launcher — (Free)Are you an Android owner with iPhone envy? Don’t be. Espier is an application launcher that makes you Android look just like an iPhone 4/S. It can create folders just like iOS and has gesture motions to open apps, close apps or bring up folders. Who needs to be different? Everything comes back to Apple eventually. NHL Gamecenter (Free – iOS, Android)Anybody that knows me knows that I am a sucker for a good sports app. I am also a hockey nut, having spent multiple years as a NHL beat reporter and still freelancing in the sports realm on a semi-regular basis. Other sports apps make it into the Apps Of The Month catalogue, why not the NHL? This year’s version of the NHL Gamecenter acts as your daily hockey diary on the go for scores, schedules, news and highlights. If you upgrade to the premium version you get radio broadcasts and video highlights, among other features. Tags:#Apple#Facebook#Google#mobile#web MobiUs — (Free — iOS)MobiUs is a mobile browser that is dedicated to bringing great Web apps using HTML5 to iOS. It also acts as a browser extension with eyes on helping HTML5 kill Flash on mobile devices once and for all. Check out our coverage of MobiUs here and here. Skitch — (Free)I admit, this is a little bit of cheating on my own rules. Normally an App Of The Month needs to be released in the month that is being written about. Skitch, the popular screen-grabbing tool bought by Evernote earlier this year, technically came to Android at the end of September. But, since Skitch is perhaps my favorite desktop application of all time, exceptions can be made. Download screen shots, annotate pictures, add art to pictures you have taken, crop, zoom, markup, add filters, Skitch does it all. The best part? Once you are done with your picture, you can save it to Evernote. (Note, Skitch for Mac used to take the below screen shot of Skitch for Android. So meta.) dan rowinski SoundCloud — (Free — iPad)SoundCloud is not a new service, but its iPad app was just released at the end of October. Our John Paul Titlow shows us how SoundCloud can make the iPad into a truly dynamic content creation device by allowing users to record sound and share it amongst friends. This could be a great device for indie bands that want cheap distribution, podcasts for Internet personalities or a recording tool for journalists. Evernote for iPhone and Android has voice recording capabilities that it syncs to the cloud for playback just about anywhere. That is what SoundCloud does, just with a better UI, social sharing and overall functionality. Lookout — (Free — iPhone)The security app that is not a security app. Lookout caused a minor controversy on ReadWriteWeb when we wrote about it in the middle of October. Really, what Lookout does for iPhone users is remind them to be diligent about security. It tells you if you are on insecure WiFi, makes sure you have the latest version of iOS on the device, can remote lock and wipe the device or find it through location settings and a Lookout account. It does not do anti-virus, but, does it need to? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Robin’s Kickstarter Splash Points To Users’ Smartphone Storage War

first_imgRelated Posts Nextbit is not just any Kickstarter startup. The company, formed by Google and HTC alumni, unveiled its Robin smartphone earlier today and, as of this writing, nabbed more than half of its crowdfunding goal on the first day. So far, more than 1,100 backers have pledged upwards of $400,000 towards the $500,000 target, making Robin’s launch look like an inevitability. The reason for its success seems to stem from a very clear and straightforward message that cuts to the heart of a common complaint from mobile users: lack of storage. See also: Why Android Won’t Save BlackBerry, And BlackBerry Can’t Help AndroidCalled “the only cloud-first smartphone” by its makers, the device runs a customized version of Android that automatically offloads photos, apps and more, and stashes them online. Google’s mobile OS is already very cloud-centric, from Gmail to Google Photos. But Robin takes it another step further.  Storage WarsThe speed with which the Robin’s Kickstarter campaign has taken off can’t simply be down to the discounts on offer for early birds—it shows users really don’t want to worry about local storage any more.Our mobile devices increasingly manage to do more these days, which also means that people store more on them. But built-in phone storage can be expensive, as larger capacity models run at a premium. Meanwhile, features like SD card support are quickly going out of style, in favor of unibody designs unmarred by things like unsightly card slots or removable back covers. See also: Chip, The $9 Computer, Could Fuel An Explosion Of New ApplicationsRobin attacks this problem as its raison d’être. The device is more affordable than the full retail cost of other premium smartphones, at $399 (full price, though some $349 tier offers are still available at the present moment). For the money, it offers 32GB and 100GB of online space. That cloud storage is key. Rarely opened apps automatically dispatch themselves to the cloud, with their icons grayed out until you need to use (and download) them again. It also backs up full-sized photos over Wi-Fi. There’s another benefit of this approach. Like Google’s marketing approach for its Chromebooks, Robin’s promotional video practically says, “Don’t worry if you drop it in the drink [or see your dog chew on it], because you can just pick up where you left off.” phone boasts distinctive looks as well: Users can pick from a Mint or Midnight color theme, and the handsets come with a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. Devs, Start Slimming Those AppsNextbit’s success points to the frustrations today’s mobile users put up with, and if this marks the beginning of a trend, then many app makers may have to consider more lightweight approaches to building their software and services. Users likely lose patience first with large apps or apps that cache a lot of data. Games can be some of the worst culprits, and the category could explode further still, if trends like virtual reality explode. But really, any kind of media application is also most probably a storage hogger (particularly if it doesn’t have a strong cloud component).Consumers are clearly nonplussed at having to pay so much for larger phone-storage capacity, just to manage their apps and photos. While, it’s too soon to say if Robin’s tactic hits on the right formula to solve this dilemma, early signs look good. The approach itself, however, is not entirely revolutionary—in fact, it’s somewhat similar to the approach Google and Apple are already taking. An Android or iPhone user can now quickly retrieve apps, contacts, emails and photos with a single sign in on a new phone, even if the process isn’t as intuitive or as seamless as Nextbit is trying to make it. iTunes, Google Play, as well as third-party apps like Netflix and Spotify, already keep content in the cloud and download it as needed. What the Robin brings to the table, though, is an intelligent, automatic clear-up process that saves users the effort of doing the same job manually. Or at least, that’s the claim. Cloudy MattersFor tech makers, cloud storage may seem like the answer to some major problems, but it’s not a panacea. It can come with its own set of issues for them and their users—such as available bandwidth, data use, cost and connectivity. Still, if Nextbit’s early Kickstarter popularity proves anything, it’s that developers need to work on syncing solutions that operate like magic—without leaving users with a huge data bill or a buffering icon at the end of it. That’s not easy. As of 2015, plenty of users still want that local, offline option despite their storage woes—Amazon beat Netflix to the punch with an offline mode earlier today—and that’s likely to continue until high speed Internet access becomes more ubiquitous and inexpensive. Meanwhile, Google and Apple will probably watch Nextbit’s rise with interest. So don’t be surprised if iCloud and Google Drive become even more essential to their respective platforms in the years to come.Images courtesy of Nextbit Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… How AI is Learning to Play with Wordscenter_img david nield Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Tags:#Android#cloud#mobile#Nextbit#smartphones#The Robin last_img read more

A Hospital CIO Perspective on Precision Medicine

first_imgIn the below video interview, I talk with David Chou, Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer with Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy HospitalOpens in a new window. In addition to his work at Children’s Mercy, he helps healthcare organizations transform themselves into digital enterprises.Chou previously served as a healthcare technology advisor with law firm Balch & Bingham and Chief Information Officer with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also worked with the Cleveland Clinic to build a flagship hospital in Abu Dhabi, as well as working in for-profit healthcare organizations in California.Precision Medicine and Genomic Medicine are important topics for every hospital CIO to understand. In my interview with David Chou, he provides the hospital CIO perspective on these topics and offers insights into what a hospital organization should be doing to take part in and be prepared for precision and genomic medicine.Here are the questions I asked him if you’d like to skip to a specific topic in the video or check out the full video interview embedded below:What’s the CIO’s perspective on precision medicine and genomics?Opens in a new windowWhat do you need to do to prepare your organization for the shift to precision medicine?Opens in a new windowWhat are some examples of where precision medicine-based care is already a reality?Opens in a new windowWho should lead precision medicine efforts?Opens in a new windowWhere do you think precision medicine is headed? What should CIOs expect to see happen ten or 20 years down the road?Opens in a new windowAre smaller healthcare players going to be able to participate in precision medicine and automation, or will they be shut out?Opens in a new windowDo you think precision care and genomic medicine are going to become the standard?Opens in a new windowWhat’s the most exciting thing you see happening in precision medicine, and how are you going to take advantage of it?Opens in a new windowWhat’s your approach to balancing on-premise storage and cloud storage?Opens in a new windowWhat would say to someone who thinks that talk of precision medicine is all hype?Opens in a new window What are you doing in your organization when it comes to precision and genomic medicine?last_img read more

Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association: Saving lives of trapped trekkers

first_imgIn September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height. THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’,In September 2005, when four bodies were spotted over the Kangla Glacier, the authorities were perplexed over their identities as nobody had been reported to be missing. The real daunting challenge, however, was to retrieve the bodies from 19,000-ft height.THE BRAVEHEARTS: LMSA volunteersAfter a week-long expedition, the Layul Mountaineers’ and Skiers’ Association (LMSA) was able to retrieve one body. It was identified as that of a Swedish woman, who had disappeared in the area 23 years ago with three others.The feat earned the search party a pat from the local administration and the Swedish Embassy in Delhi. For LMSA volunteers, however, it was just another mission accomplished.Founded by Norbu Panse, LMSA is a voluntary organisation of natives-farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, lawyers and even priests-based in Keylong, the administrative headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district which specialises in rescue operations.The organisation was born in the wake of a disaster. In 1979 Lahaul was hit by a series of snow avalanches and landslides that caused more than 250 deaths. The locals had no training in rescue.They depended on teams from outside the valley which could operate only during winters via helicopter. Panse, then a havaldar of Dogra Scouts who had trained at the army’s High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg, set up a self-help group in his village Yurnath near Keylong. In 1981, LMSA was born.Himachal PradeshIt focused on adventure sports and trained local youth in rescue techniques. The association now has over 100 volunteers and employs ingenious methods in its operations. These include using “Chhang”, a local brew, to revive those trapped under snow and making goggles out of plastic bags to help victims overcome snow blindness. In the Kangla Glacier operation they used a carry-on gas cylinder to make a sledge to bring down the body.”Our volunteers know the terrain like the back of their hand. Their scattered presence helps in a real-time rescue effort,” says Panse. r    “Helping those in distress is like religion to us,” says trainer and a founding member Bishan Dass.LMSA has become the first port of call for the administration when people get trapped in snow. “They are quite an asset in crisis situations,” says Lahaul-Spiti Superintendent of Police Asif Jalal.But, for the “bravehearts”, saving lives is a way of life.advertisementlast_img read more