I was shopping yesterday and had my first interaction with an NFC enabled store kiosk. My mobile has NFC and I purchased some writable tags a few months ago to experiment with. It’s useful to me to have a tag on my wireless charger that puts the mobile into sleep mode when I set it there. But I had yet to have a retailer avail themselves of this. Continue reading Near Field Community
I love my Kindle. I know that RMS calls it a swindle and abhors the DRM that makes it what it is. For me what it is a lightweight, reading platform with a battery that I never worry about charging, text that adjusts to my failing eyesight and a library in my suit pocket. I love that I can sample materials from the amazon store before I buy and that my library can be deployed across a series of linked devices. The cloud tracks my progress and keeps me synced and the whims of my personal reading preferences are catered for. All that said I love browsing at Hodges and Figgis and Dubray. I find many of the books I want to read in piles and on shelves in the stores. I want the showroom to get their brokerage cut. This doesn’t happen today and I want to figure out how it can. Continue reading Apparently They Call it Showrooming
The Independent today headlined with an ‘investigative’ piece detailing how the revenue will be using ‘sophisticated mapping technology provided by GeoDirectory to quantify access to services and apply a multiplier to the property tx to be implemented later this year. In a nutshell (and details of the entire scheme remain publicly hazy – let’s talk about that tonight) they propose to triangulate access to services such as the Luas, the DART, shops, schools and other amenities to increase tax payable – assuming you use things closer to you. The first question I have to ask is : Is this is overly simplistic (fair, equitable, legal) way of determining taxable property value? Clearly it is deserving of deeper investigation itself…but there you go. What do you think?
I was attracted to a short Guardian post this morning that asked the simple question – Who uses Twitter in Africa – and where are they based? Simple enough and a great little research question. The article references Mark Graham and the Oxford Internet Institute. The selection of eight quick maps gives a small glimpse at the power of being able to tap into the Twitter API and do some quick geospatial visualisation to answer some useful research questions. The static images are merely tantalising (and the Guardian’s coverage is superficial) however and I clicked through to see if there was more meat in the underlying research. Continue reading The Uneven Geography of the Web
Hardly wondered what sort of segue was necessary to link to Philips innovation, but wondered what thought might be around this bright idea;-)
Funded as part of the Knight New Challenge grant last year, the OpenBlock initiative is basically trying to exploit the hyperlocal news market through a crowdsourced and social media augmented application that functions as an open data portal. It’s innovative in that it offers a tripartite approach appealing to consumer, reporters and sponsors, but does it result in more informed and engaged communities? There’s a very limited functional demo (alas just for Boston, MA) but it does give an idea of the SM augmented mashup combined with linked open data within an ecosystem that supports and cultivates community opinion and contribution. Continue reading What Sort of Lightbulb is This?
Salon has an interesting look at the impact of a pilot project in Paris (CityPulse) that distributed 100 sensor wristbands and tracked a variety of environmental factors as well as paths taken over the space of a year. Part of the Smart Cities initiatives that emerging worldwide and aided by IBM and Cisco among other corporate players, these programmes demonstrate the potential for a touted €16B annual market. It’s about making people and things digitally aware and networked. Continue reading Urban Information via the Green Band
According to a new report by the ISACA, ‘Nearly 60 percent of smartphone users employ apps that access their location data despite having concerns about risks to their privacy and even personal safety.’ So basically although they know the risks, people weigh them and consider the benefits worthwhile. Or do they? Do people really get it? Are they really aware of the risks. It’s intriguing that many people are more concerned about the inconvenience of having advertisers drown them with offers than those with criminal intent mining the social media and using geolocation apps to target victims. What do you think??
A rather shrill, but nonetheless prescient article from Computer World Tech World that reminds us of the downside of location-based services and apps. In eight realities about location-based apps the author reminds that there are grave and serious dangers inherent in all social apps and services that we embrace all too freely.
ps. the title quotes from Andrew Lewis: ‘If you’re not paying for something; you’re not the customer, you’re the product being sold.’
TechCrunch has an interesting look at the important events in the evolution of FourSquare as it approaches its third anniversary. The article also has a very brief look at what the author feels are the future opportunities and challenges.