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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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#Digital #Wellness now a corporate strategic pillar- EmoryU uses Fitbits to help employees 'Move More'

#Digital #Wellness now a corporate strategic pillar- EmoryU uses Fitbits to help employees 'Move More' | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
"This program fits within the Healthy Emory strategic plan which focuses on three key areas: increasing physical activity; improving healthy eating and nutrition; and enhancing stress management skills," he says.
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Emory University subsidizes fitbit wearable step tracking devices to improve 1200 employee wellness, leveraging the fitbit corporate wellness program http://bit.ly/1cNGtgv


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We think digital devices, wearables, watches, and fitness apps as personal health improvement devices. Corporations are also seeing them as useful ways to improve their bottom lines as they expect that healthier employees are more productive, less prone to taking sick days, etc. I expect this trend to grow at a rapid pace in the future.


Warning: of course, this raises a number of concerns regarding information privacy and the use of private health data by corporations. The fear that employees may have - I know I would - is that the corporation will use the data to discriminate against employees. For example, they could raise or lower certain benefits, such as insurance premiums, for employees that do not exercice as much as others. Big data coming from millions of device users could provide those "standards" or benchmarks. A proper governance program must be put in place along with strong and long-term communication plan.


Further reading using the wearables, data or privacy tags in my blog

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 13, 2:24 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating story of how the Healthy Emory strategic plan focuses on ways to increase the physical activity of its employees and to reduce work-related stress using digital devices such as personal health apps and wearable fitness devices.  There are questions of privacy here as well, But, those issues can be worked out over time.  The basic idea is simple:  healthy employees will produce results over a longer period of time than employees who let their health slide.   Aloha, Russ.

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Hyperliens: quand 4 géants flirtent avec 16 startups via @lesAffaires

Hyperliens: quand 4 géants flirtent avec 16 startups via @lesAffaires | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Bombardier, Desjardins, Sobeys et Québecor Média ont chacune soumis un enjeu d'affaires à des startups.
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Super smart event that brings startups together with large corporations. A montreal first AFAIK.

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Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing? via @Make

Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing? via @Make | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I've been involved in technology, but this time they might be right.
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Been waiting for this to emerge for a while given the intensity of interest around wearables and internet of things.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BUSINESS?

In the wearable space, I guess what you want to wear are the sensors, not the processing gear. So being able to create cheap custom sensors allows businesses to gather more information  about the environment their products and people go through, then analyze it remotely to make decisions. This is a possible component towards that goal.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 9, 7:56 PM

Intriguing story from reporter Farid Mheir.  Wearable technology is slowly being integrated into contemporary fashions.  It won't be long until sensors built into our basic clothing will monitor our health, buying habits, and perhaps our social inclinations.  This could be a mixed blessing in the "wrong hands."  Think mind control, the monitoring of populations, and even crime control. The movie "Inception" comes to mind.  Aloha, Russ.

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Revenge of the nerds: a technology University degree as highest return of all via @ECONdailycharts

Revenge of the nerds: a technology University degree as highest return of all via @ECONdailycharts | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Engineering and computer-science students earn most, achieving an impressive 20-year annualised return of 12% (the S&P 500 managed just 7.8%). Engineers were also least dependent on institutional prestige: graduates from less-selective schools experienced only a slight decrease in average returns.

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I made the right choice 30 years ago... but it was not a calculated one but rather a heart-felt one. Lucky choice I guess.

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Wearable tech nearing tipping point via @ipsos

Wearable tech nearing tipping point via @ipsos | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

According to a recent study conducted among American adults by Ipsos MediaCT, Apple is the presumptive king among wearable devices. When asked which brands Americans would consider purchasing in the wearable category, Apple (62%), Google (44%) and Samsung (43%) were the top three most mentioned brands, not at all surprising given they dominate the mobile platform market. Fitness brands were also highly mentioned, with Fitbit (31%) ranking fourth in consideration and Nike in sixth (27%).

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Fitness drives the wearables market

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European map of obesity via @withings

European map of obesity via @withings | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A higher prevalence of obesity in Northern and Eastern Europe United Kingdom, Iceland and Scandinavian countries, except for Sweden, are in the group of the countries most concerned with overweight and obesity issues. Is it because of the climate or due to eating habits? Some of them are among the wealthiest countries. With a prevalence …
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Data gathered with a simple device - the withings connected scale - can provide evidence of obesity and where it is most prevalent in Europe.

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The effects of end of year festivities on health habits via @withings

The effects of end of year festivities on health habits via @withings | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An overview of the impact of the end of year festivities on health: sleep, weight and physical activity
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No surprise in the data: people go to bed late on xmas and new year and wake up later the next morning. But the difference in each country seems to demonstrate that Americans don't party a lot and that French party more than many others. Here again, no surprise... ;-)

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Lessons learned from Flame, three years later, demonstrates sophistication of computer viruses via @Securelist

Lessons learned from Flame, three years later, demonstrates sophistication of computer viruses via @Securelist | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Three years ago, on May 28th 2012, we announced the discovery of a malware known as Flame. At the same time we published our FAQ, CrySyS Lab posted their thorough analysis of sKyWIper. A few days earlier, Maher CERT published IOCs for Flamer. In short, Flame, sKyWIper and Flamer are different names for the same threat, which took the world by surprise as the first major discovery after Stuxnet and Duqu.

Since the discovery of Flame, we reported on many other advanced malware platforms, including Regin and Equation, yet Flame remains special in terms of being one of the most complex, surprising and innovative malware campaigns we have ever seen.

Looking back at the discovery of Flame, here are some lessons we learned.

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A short account of the level of sophistication that computer viruses have achieved. And a video that pleades for the need to keep computers secure.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 31, 1:03 AM

Reporter Farid Mheir has warned us for years that our computer networks are extremely vulnerable to cyber attack and cyber terrorism.  This report from Chris Soghoian confirms what many of us now know--malware campaigns directed against our communications and industrial networks will become more sophisticated and dangerous.  sKyWiper and Flamer are just the beginning of the offensive.  About all we can do is reduce our vulnerability  by making our computer systems more secure and avoiding questionable transactions online.  As a past victim of identity theft, I've given up using ATMs, banking by e-mail, and most credit card purchases--these systems are full of security holes that are being exploited daily.  You can dismiss my concerns if you wish--Just wait to you get your identity and credit ruined.  Your time is coming.  Aloha, Russ.

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Transitioning to standard software: 5 key lessons from ERP pioneers via @McKinsey

Transitioning to standard software: 5 key lessons from ERP pioneers via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Standard software would appear to be an imperative for insurers, but the time and money required to make the change are limited. The software-vendor market is emerging, but the track record is scanty. Standardization is not a panacea, of course, and every insurer has to find its own way through this rocky terrain, but core-system-replacement lessons from the manufacturing and production industries could make the journey shorter and significantly reduce the risks.
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For my friends in the insurance industry that are making the transition to packaged software, they may find confort in the following paper from McKinsey. The lessons learned and the 5 principles they highlight are good but do not provide a silver bullet or quick fix: you are in for a long and difficult transformation. Sorry...

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La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques

La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Les bracelets d'entraînement, c'est pratique. Mais la technologie sportive, c'est bien plus : dérailleurs intelligents, piratage potentiel et capteurs pour visualiser...
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The Great Decoupling means it is not a great time to have ordinary skills via @hbr

The Great Decoupling means it is not a great time to have ordinary skills via @hbr | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Output is on the rise, but workers aren’t sharing in the bounty.
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Sunday morning must read. The article interview with 2 of the biggest proponents of digital transformation sheds light on a fact: not everyone will benefit from digital transformation. What is interesting is that middle class - the corner stone of American culture - is most affected by digital. As they say, "However, it’s not a great time to have only ordinary skills. Computers and robots are learning many basic skills at an extraordinary pace.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 2, 9:41 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this somewhat disturbing report from http://www.hbr.com. The skills that once built the middle class in this country are being assumed by computers, big data, and digital technology, leaving many formerly employed workers out of a job. The reasoning is cold, but accurate. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) growing exponentially, the need for humans and their attendant weaknesses is decreasing. Machines are cheaper in the long run...people are not. We are becoming a real "throw away" society, with the elements tossed being people with outdated skills. The only reason I survived my excellent liberal arts education (history, political science, and philosophy) was that I acquired some technical skills in the Air Force and in my civilian role as a broadcast journalist and RF engineer at a local network of radio stations. I was kept on staff because I could fix things and save my employers money and time. Those without a technical skill will face a difficult and unforgiving future. When I returned to substitute teaching, I still had a learning curve to master, since my school was fully immersed into the digital classroom. I was one of the lucky ones to remain employed until I voluntarily retired. A cautionary tale for all of us. Good luck. Get some technical skills. And learn to be indispensible. Aloha, Russ.

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The evolution of lifelogging #infographic

The evolution of lifelogging #infographic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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I remember 1992! and just pre-ordered the narrative clip 2: can't wait to become a cyborg... ;-)

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America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz

America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Outfits like code.org and Black Girls Code help, and so do some employers: Google’s Made with Code aims to bring women into the field, while payments company Square offers high school code camps. Intel just last week pledged $5 million for computer science programs at two high schools in Oakland, California.
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How can students learn to code when their teacher are often clueless about it and software professionals - in high demand - make much much more as developers of games and 0.99$ ipad apps...? Lately resources are starting to appear - see some in the article.


Why is this important? IMHO learning to code is important because it teaches about structure and procedures and thinking through every possible scenario. It is a way of life, more than a technical skill. No?

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 20, 1:22 AM

As a teacher, I have to agree with reporter Farid Mheir.  The new jobs being created now and in the future will require knowledgeable people familiar with code, digital technology, and cyber security.  The workplace is changing, and schools are hard pressed to give students the necessary digital tools to meet the jobs of the future.  Mr. Mheir has a valid point when he says, "Code teaches us structure and procedures and thinking through every possible scenario."  Life is like that, too. It's time to join the 21st century and provide tools that students can use to make a decent life.  That means, of course, teachers (myself included) must do the same.  Learn now or be passed by and forgotten.  Aloha, Russ.

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Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement

Are you ready for this? Lovely is a smart wearable sex toy that puts a unique spin on the #quantifiedSelf movement | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want their sexual performance analysed by a virtual sex coach? Exactly, and that's the thinking behind (or on top, or reverse cowgirl, or...we'll stop now) Lovely - the smart wearable sex toy for couples. Just landed on Indiegogo, Lovely slips on to a male you-know-where and is made of body-safe, silky smooth, medical-grade…
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Looks good but not certain I am ready for so much personal data but I guess it has to happen at some point in time... ;-)

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HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter

HidrateMe Smart Water Bottle helps you track your water intake for #quantifiedSelf junkies via @kickstarter | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
HidrateMe, a smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated
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The bottle promises to track your water intake and remind you when you have not taken enough.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

All quantified self trackers want to track your food and water intake but it is a pain to do it manually. I guess this lowers the barrier to track your life thoroughly.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 10, 11:27 PM

Intriguing  device, but I just don't want my life overly regulated...Machines will replace us soon enough.  I can see a system such as this for those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetics, those suffering from kidney problems, or some autoimmune diseases.  Aloha, Russ.

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LinkedIn Profile Best Practices Tip Sheet via @elvisrun

LinkedIn Profile Best Practices Tip Sheet
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 9, 7:33 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this great infographic on LinkedIn.  LinkedIn is my preferred social media site, because most of the professionals I met when I worked as a broadcast journalist in Hilo, Hawaii had their profiles on LinkedIn.  This site is a must have for those wishing to advance in their professions.  The network connections are a valuable counseling and referral site.  People on LInkedIn seem to have a positive, can do attitude.  Facebook seems a bit "cheezy" and flippant at times.  Aloha, Russ.

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New and different sources of information - @c2mtl conference from @competia

... For more information: http://www.c2mtl.com Follow C2MTL: Google+: https://plus.google.com/108232844581846257744 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/C2MTL ...
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Estelle Metayer provides amazing examples of new and different information sources that you can leverage on the web.

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How to spot a fake LinkedIn Profile | Iain McDonald. Chief Disruption Officer

How to spot a fake LinkedIn Profile | Iain McDonald. Chief Disruption Officer | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A few years ago I posted a technique to spot twitter users who had amassed a fake audience which was quite popular (link). Today I'm going to post a couple of
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I've been asked to connect with so many people recently, I've already wondered how they got to find me (I am very careful and always validate how I know a connection before I accept them in LI). This article is very timely as it provides ways to spot and manage not to get caught in accepting fake people that use social networks to spam.


Also follow the link on how to fake large twitter audience http://bit.ly/1Kw5EQ7

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What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone

What one million people sleep patterns tell us about the impact of major events during the year via @jawbone | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Instead of staying up binging on House of Cards, celebrate sleep week by pledging to go to bed early. It'll help your body and mind get the sleep it needs.
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fascinating what data from many people can tell us.

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The annual #mustread from @KPCB is out! @maryMeeker 2015 Internet Trends Report

KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report, 20 years after the inaugural “The Internet Report” was first published in 1995. Since then, the nu…
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The reference for anyone tracking Internet related technologies and solutions. 196 slides of pure bliss...

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 2, 1:28 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this report.  It's truly amazing how far technology has taken us in the past two decades.  These slides are a real treat!  Aloha, Russ.

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Tufts Magazine / Winter 2015

Tufts Magazine / Winter 2015 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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A slightly longer read than usual but very interesting step back for those that consider the impact of technology evolution.

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Computer intrusion inflicts massive damage on German steel factory

Computer intrusion inflicts massive damage on German steel factory | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The incident is notable because it's one of the few computer intrusions to cause physical damage. The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's uranium enrichment program has been dubbed the world's first digital weapon, destroying an estimated 1,000 centrifuges. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that a fiery blast in 2008 that hit a Turkish oil pipeline was the result of hacking, although it's not clear if the attackers relied on physical access to computerized controllers to pull it off. The suspected sabotage of a Siberian pipeline in 1982 is believed to have used a logic bomb. Critics have long argued that much of the world's factories and critical infrastructure aren't properly protected against hackers.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Article is short but links to the IDC report is included.


This goes along with previous posts I wrote in the past: http://bit.ly/1Cgw469

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 29, 1:26 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this "wake up call" about the spread of industrial espionage.  The damage done by computer intrusions is mounting, this time spreading to Europe where malicious code caused severe damage to a German steel factory. Mheir has warned us before about the economic and political damage such hacker attacks could cause to our industrial infrastructure.  Hopefully, someone in our intelligence community is aware of this.  No one and no thing is safe anymore.  Whether we believe it or not, we are in a state of war.  Only this time, the weapons are malicious code, persistent malware, and outright sabotage.  When you consider how dependent we are on digital devices for commerce, industry, and defense, the threat should be taken seriously.  To ignore the obvious is courting economic disaster.  This is not good news. The culprits are fairly well known--The Peoples Republic of China, North Korea, Russia, and militant ideologies from the Middle East.  China and North Korea have specially trained cyber squads whose mission is to penetrate and compromise our industrial research, data, and production.  If you doubt my contention, just do a little research on cyber terrorism and discover  how pervasive the efforts of these countries are.  Of course, we are active in this field as well.  Welcome to the darker side of the Internet.  Aloha, Russ.

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Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts

Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Researchers from Drexel University in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, have invented a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to form a knitted textile that can store energy to power sensors and electronics integrated into smart clothing.


Via OFFICIAL ANDREASCY
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Huge revolution around the way when these technologies become mainstream. Applications in healthcare, wellness, safety, quantified self, and many others in the business world will become possible.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 26, 1:27 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir on this fascinating report on wearable technology.  Another application of this new fashion trend is the ability to charge your digital devices without using a plug-in wall transformer. Just imagine charging your smart phone or iPad by donning your jacket and taking a leisurely walk in the afternoon.  Some of these fabrics used silver impregnated wires that will activate smartphone apps that can monitor your heart and pulse rates and give doctors a readout on your basic daily fitness.  This development will change how doctors diagnosis illness before symptoms appear.  The health applications of this new technology are truly amazing.  Aloha, Russ.

Farid Mheir's comment, May 26, 7:21 PM
@Russell R. Roberts, Jr. thanks for the great comments and editorial, I always appreciate reading your insights as they bring much value to the posts.
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Report on mobile app usage in Canada: The Great White North Testing Ground via @flurry

Report on mobile app usage in Canada: The Great White North Testing Ground via @flurry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
May 13, 2015 | Vidya Subramanian

Canada has long been an important country for app developers. It’s often where developers first launch their apps – to test and solicit feedback before distributing their apps globally. So, what makes this market unique in the mobile ecosystem? In Flurry from Yahoo’s latest report, we take a closer look at Canadian mobile usage to understand where it’s similar and where it’s different from the rest of the world.  

Flurry from Yahoo currently measures 38 mil
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Health and fitness are top apps growth in Canada. Interesting...

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Slack is killing email

Slack is killing email | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It’s been four years since Stewart Butterfield last sent an email to a work colleague. His team long ago replaced email with a chat app that plugged in to all their favorite services like Twitter,...
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slack is an incredible app for internal team collaboration that is indeed killing email. Just now getting on board so really cannot comment in detail but appears to be useful and very "Web+mobile" friendly.


Phenomenal growth, the company is fastest to be valued at 1B$ (in nly 1.25 year - see http://read.bi/1SbJLuP) has 750k active users and adding 1M$ in revenue every 11 days.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 21, 7:23 PM

Fascinating article from reporter Fahrid Mheir.  Apparently, "Slack" is giving e-mail a rough run for the money.  The Slack app reportedly is "Web + mobile friendly."  If anything is destined to replace e-mail, it will probably be something like the Slack app.  Aloha, Russ.

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