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Think GPS is cool? IPS will blow your mind

Think GPS is cool? IPS will blow your mind | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
For all of their awesome applications — from portable navigation devices, to self-driving cars, to cruise missile targeting — the American Global Positioning System and its Russian cohort GLONASS have two fundamental flaws: They don’t work indoors, and they only really operate in two dimensions.

Now, these limitations are fair enough; we’re talking about an extremely weak signal that has traveled 20,200km (12,600mi), after all. Passing through concrete and other solid obstacles is hard enough for a strong, short-range cellular signal — you can’t seriously expect a 50-watt signal traveling 12,000 miles to do the same. Detecting a GPS signal on Earth is comparable to detecting the light from a 25-watt bulb from 10,000 miles.

The situation is a little more complex when it comes to detecting a change in altitude; GPS and GLONASS can measure altitude, but generally the data is inaccurate and too low-resolution (on the order of 10-25 meters) for everyday use. Even with these limitations, though, space-based satellite navigation systems have changed almost every aspect of society, from hardware hacking to farming to cartography to finding a girlfriend.

What if we had a navigation system that worked indoors, though? What if we had an Indoor Positioning System (IPS)? Believe it or not, we’re very nearly already there.
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iPhone : a 100Bn$ / year business that didn't exist 5 years ago and now makes 58% of Apple's revenue

iPhone : a 100Bn$ / year business that didn't exist 5 years ago and now makes 58% of Apple's revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The iPhone accounted for 58% of Apple's total revenue last quarter.
The iPhone didn't exist five years ago. Today, the iPhone business alone is more profitable than Exxon.
You can see how the iPhone has gone from zero to a hundred billion annually in the span of five years.

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Google's Dropbox Killer Is Here

Google's Dropbox Killer Is Here | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Here's what you need to know about the new storage service:

- You get 5GB of storage for free. That amounts to a few thousand songs or photos. You can upgrade to 25GB for about $2.50 per month and up to 1TB (probably more space than you will ever need) for $50.
- You can share files you upload with Drive. If it works with Google Docs, it shares seamlessly and anyone you share it with can edit the document. It's pretty much how Google Docs works already.
It synchronizes across all your devices — but not the iPhone yet. - - - There's a Mac and Windows desktop app for Drive to upload files, and Google is working on a version for the iPhone and iPad.
- You can search across your entire Google Drive. Type in a keyword and Google will parse all your files to find the ones that are most relevant to what you're seeking.
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How Microsoft Will Try To Stop The iPad From Invading Big Companies

How Microsoft Will Try To Stop The iPad From Invading Big Companies | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
When all else fails, change the rules....
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Big Data age puts privacy in question as information becomes currency

Big Data age puts privacy in question as information becomes currency | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
This month, the US chain Walmart bought the startup Social Calendar, one of the most popular calendar apps on Facebook, which lets users record special events, birthdays and anniversaries. More than 15 million registered users have posted over 110m personal notifications, and users receive email reminders totalling over 10m a month.

Of course, when a Social Calendar user listed a friend's birthday or details of a holiday to Malaga, she or he probably had no idea the information would end up in the hands of a US supermarket. But now it will be cross-referenced with Walmart's own data, plus any other databases that are available, to generate a compelling profile of individual Social Calendar users and their non-Social Calendar-using friends.

The second decade of the 21st century is epitomised by Big Data. From the status updates, friendship connections and preferences generated by Facebook and Twitter to search strings on Google, locations on mobile phones and purchasing history on store cards, this is data that's too big to compute easily, yet is so rich that it is being used by institutions in the public and private sectors to identify what people want before they are even aware they want it.

The most important thing for data holders in the Big Data age is the kind of information they have access to. Facebook's projected $100bn value is based on the data it offers people who want to exploit its social graph. Its holdings include more than 800m records about who's in a user's social circle, relationship information, likes, dislikes, public and private messages and even physiological characteristics.
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Android Is Suddenly In A Lot Of Trouble

Android Is Suddenly In A Lot Of Trouble | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The mobile operating system that was ready to take over the world last year is facing several issues.
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Microsoft Burns Another Half Billion Online

Microsoft Burns Another Half Billion Online | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The good news: Microsoft has stabilized the amount of money it loses online. The bad news: It's still on track to lose almost $2 billion online this year.
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"Cloud français": l'Etat va investir 75 millions d'euros dans le projet Orange-Thales

L'Etat, via le Fonds national pour la société numérique (FSN), va investir 75 millions d'euros dans le projet alliant les entreprises Orange et Thales, pour développer une "centrale numérique" (cloud computing) qui stockera les données informatiques stratégiques françaises.
Il s'agit du premier investissement de ce fonds, lancé en mars 2011, ont souligné dans un communiqué commun le ministre de l'Industrie et de l'Economie numérique Eric Besson et le Commissaire général à l'investissement René Ricol.
Le FSN dispose d'un total de 4,25 milliards d'euros, dont une partie est destinée à accompagner en investissement les acteurs développant de nouveaux usages, services et contenus numériques. Sa gestion est assurée par la Caisse des Dépôts.
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Apple Stores Perform 17 Times Better Than The Average Retailer

Apple Stores Perform 17 Times Better Than The Average Retailer | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Amusing ! It could have been relevant to compare to Amazon... for the same goods. The title is typical Apple Worshipping.
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Here's Who Owns Apple Stock

Here's Who Owns Apple Stock | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The vast majority of Apple's stock is owned by financial advisors -- a whopping 84%.

Hedge fund managers are the next biggest owner, with 7%. Only 1% is owned by individual investors, and another 1% by mutual funds.

These numbers come from Eric Jackson, who dug them up from Bloomberg and shared them on Twitter this morning. They're a few months old.

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This Rare Video Shows An iPad Being Made Inside A Foxconn Factory

This Rare Video Shows An iPad Being Made Inside A Foxconn Factory | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Rob Schmitz of American Public Media's show Marketplace is only the second reporter Apple has ever allowed inside its Chinese factories. This video, which comes to us from The Next Web, gives us a better look at what it might be like working for Foxconn, Apple's Chinese manufacturing partner.

 

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iTunes’ Windows Problem

iTunes’ Windows Problem | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"iTunes has turned into an operating system — kludgier and uglier than many — a role it was never meant to fill."

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The Only Two Smartphone Companies That Matter

The Only Two Smartphone Companies That Matter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The Only Two Smartphone Companies That Matter

There are only two smartphone companies that matter: Samsung and Apple.

This chart shows preliminary smartphone shipment estimates for Q1 from analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco. As you can see, it's a two horse race. Everyone else is irrelevant.
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Big Data: How Personal Clouds and ‘VRM’ will revolutionise Customer Relationships - STL Partners / Telco 2.0 Research

Big Data: How Personal Clouds and ‘VRM’ will revolutionise Customer Relationships - STL Partners / Telco 2.0 Research | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A video interview with internet guru Doc Searls, fellow of Harvard University, in which he describes the concept of ‘VRM’ (Vendor Relationship Management) and how it will revolutionise customer relationships.
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What Your Klout Score Really Means | Epicenter | Wired.com

What Your Klout Score Really Means | Epicenter | Wired.com | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
"Last spring Sam Fiorella was recruited for a VP position at a large Toronto marketing agency. With 15 years of experience consulting for major brands like AOL, Ford, and Kraft, Fiorella felt confident in his qualifications. But midway through the interview, he was caught off guard when his interviewer asked him for his Klout score. Fiorella hesitated awkwardly before confessing that he had no idea what a Klout score was.

The interviewer pulled up the web page for Klout.com—a service that purports to measure users’ online influence on a scale from 1 to 100—and angled the monitor so that Fiorella could see the humbling result for himself: His score was 34. “He cut the interview short pretty soon after that,” Fiorella says. Later he learned that he’d been eliminated as a candidate specifically because his Klout score was too low. “They hired a guy whose score was 67.”"
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Out of the 6 billion people on the planet 4.8 billion have a mobile and 4.2 billion own a toothbrush.

Out of the 6 billion people on the planet 4.8 billion have a mobile and 4.2 billion own a toothbrush. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

3 interesting factoids from today Spark Notes

• Out of the 6 billion people on the planet 4.8 billion have a mobile and 4.2 billion own a toothbrush.

• 20% of Google searches each day have never been searched for before.

• 30% of B2B marketers don't track the impact of their social media marketing on lead generation and sales.

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Making money in mobile apps isn't easy: Majority of app developers are moonlighters - FierceDeveloper

Making money in mobile apps isn't easy: Majority of app developers are moonlighters - FierceDeveloper | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Mobile applications have a central place in the wireless industry but despite their pivotal role, most developers who create these apps find it very difficult to succeed in this business and even harder to make money at it. 

The challenges gained new context last week when Evans Data Corp. released findings from its latest survey of global developers. The company revealed that the vast majority of application developers develop their apps on a part-time basis while they earn their incomes in other ways.
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Nokia: Three Big Problems

Nokia: Three Big Problems | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
As Jean-Louis Gassee states in his last Monday Note:

"I see three life-threatening problems for the deposed king of mobile phones.

First and potentially most lethal: Nokia is burning cash. As the chart above documents, Nokia’s Net Cash went down 24% in one year. From page 5 of the Earnings Release: “Year-on-year, net cash and other liquid assets decreased by $2B…. Sequentially [emphasis added], net cash and other liquid assets decreased by $.9B”. Here, the word sequentially means compared to the immediately preceding quarter, as opposed to the same quarter last year.
Elsewhere in the document, on page 6, we learn Microsoft provided $250M in “platform support payments”. If you back this amount out, you see Nokia’s operations have in fact consumed $1.15B, a significant fraction of the company’s $6.4B Net Cash. This cannot continue for very long and leads Henry Blodget to worry Nokia could go bankrupt in two years or less.
Henry’s view might be a bit extreme; Nokia has assets they could convert to cash, thus giving itself more runway for its recovery efforts. But, as we’ll see below, the company’s prospects in both phone categories don’t look stellar. And bad things happen to cash when the market loses confidence in a company’s future: vendors want to be paid more quickly, customers become more hesitant, all precipitating a crisis.

Second, the dumbphone (a.k.a. “Mobile Phones”) business, still Nokia’s largest, is now in a race to the bottom:
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10 Awesome Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools

10 Awesome Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
By: @Garin After researching over a thousand Twitter Tools for the Twitter Tools Book I came across many tools that tried to add value by presenting a different way to visualize or analyze your ("@CEUtoolbox: Here are a few handy tools that..***** Cool tools. Marty
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Managing Distraction: How and Why to Ignore Your Inbox

Managing Distraction: How and Why to Ignore Your Inbox | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The problem confronts you each morning, like a squalling baby that must be fed NOW. It’s your email inbox, loaded with capital letters and exclamation marks and missives marked “URGENT.” Unlike with that baby, however, you’ll need to ignore even some of the most hysterically worded if you want to stay gainfully employed.
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Technocom 2 : un deuxième investissement pour le FNA

Technocom 2 : un deuxième investissement pour le FNA | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Dans le cadre du Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA), le FNA été mis en place pour soutenir les entreprises qui développent des innovations technologiques en leur apportant des fonds propres à un stade très précoce. Doté de 400 M€, le FNA réalise des investissements dans des fonds d’amorçage gérés par des équipes de gestion professionnelles et qui réalisent eux-mêmes des investissements dans de jeunes entreprises innovantes en phases d’amorçage et de démarrage. Il ne finance pas directement des entreprises

Technocom 2, doté de plus de 30 M€ à l’issue de ces engagements, financera pour des montants allant de quelques centaines de milliers à plusieurs millions d’euros des créations d’entreprises issues de la recherche publique, académique ou industrielle française, dans les technologies numériques appliquées aux réseaux, à l’énergie, à la maison intelligente et à la santé. Technocom 2 prévoit de financer et d’accompagner une quinzaine de jeunes entreprises à fort potentiel de croissance.
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Context by MEX – mobile user experience

Context by MEX – mobile user experience | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The ability to understand user context is increasing continuously. New sensors and data points colour ever more detail into the picture of who a user is, what they’re doing and where they are interacting with digital services.

The way in which design responds to context, however, lags this new availability of contextual data points. This is due partly to the relative complexity of creating contextually responsive digital experiences and partly to a misconception among designers that users are willing to change their context in order to gain access to particular products. In reality, such life altering products are few and far between. Most experiences, and particularly those distributed across multiple digital touchpoints, can be made better by embracing contextually responsive principles.

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The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The presidential campaigns have the technology to know more about voters than any other bids in history...

 

"In recent primary states, Romney aired two very different ads on local news websites: one for supporters, and another for those who may not support him. This sort of thing could pop up on television as well very soon. Within five years, Will Feltus of the National Media predicts, advertisers and politicians will only target households where the messages can have maximum effect. And just like that, the days of shared commonality over a played-out commercial will be over. Women won't have to endure Cialis marketing, and men will be skipped when it comes time to air the Tampax ads."

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Four Management Rules Facebook's Seventh Employee Learned From Mark Zuckerberg

Four Management Rules Facebook's Seventh Employee Learned From Mark Zuckerberg | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Rule 1: Put the product visionary in charge, not the business leader. Colleran: "I went into Facebook having been a Babson educated entrepreneur who thought that the entrepreneur is the business owner and you come up with a business plan and you go and build the product.I think having worked for Mark and looking at other examples from the Valley, I’ve realized that it takes the product visionary to be the leader. It’s not the entrepreneur who has the business background to just plan an idea. If I had been in Mark’s shoes throughout the Facebook experience I would have made a lot of by-the-book decisions that would have been the wrong decisions for the company."

Rule 2: Don't get comfortable in a niche market if a bigger one is there for the taking. Colleran: "[Back in 2006] a lot of people felt like we shouldn't expand past college. We owned the [college] market, a hugely valuable market. We could have just stopped there and said this is what we set out to do: To be the biggest US college web site and we’ve got this audience now and that it’s 97 percent penetrated. Now let’s go and figure out how to monetize that market or give them what they want. Mark was very clear that this was not about college, and [he] expanded Facebook to high school. Then he expanded Facebook to adults."

Ruke 3: Sometimes, the customers are wrong. Loud wrong. Colleran: "When we launched the News Feed [in 2006] it was midnight in Pacific Time. People had gone to bed with the old Facebook and woke up with the new Facebook. We were all under the impression that it was a great product. But users freaked out. It was the first time that users realized this thing was going to keep changing and Mark was going to keep pushing the envelope. Now, you can’t imagine Facebook without a News Feed. It’s an industry standard thing. But for a while, there were protests and a million people joining the “I hate News Feed” group and every news crew outside of our offices. If you were a public company or not a product visionary you probably would have rolled back that feature when a third of your user base start protesting. [Editor: Zuckerberg did not.]"

Rule 4: Don't sell crap just because people will buy it.  Colleran: "[Zuckerberg doesn't] want to splash big disruptive ads on the site. In the older days, that was the only choice you really had if you wanted to monetize the web site. You had to play by the rules of the ad industry. You could sell an [Interactive Advertising Bureau-approved] ad unit and or an even bigger IAB ad unit. That’s what ad agencies would buy. You’d be one site of 20 that were on a plan that you’d get the same creative and targeting requirement that everyone else had. Luckily, Facebook went into a different direction and its continued growth allowed it to rewrite the rules."
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