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Customer Experience Maturity Of Indian Organizations

forrester - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 10:00pm
This report will measure the CX maturity level of Indian organizations across 6 key disciplines
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Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

techmeme - 5 hours 53 min ago

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View  —  Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data.  Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints …

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Citymapper raises $10M to help you navigate on buses and trains (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)

techmeme - 8 hours 8 min ago

Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Citymapper raises $10M to help you navigate on buses and trains  —  Citymapper, a mapping app that specializes in navigating the complexities of public transportation in big cities, has raised a $10 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital with participation from Connect Ventures, Index Ventures and Greylock Partners.

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Microsoft starts letting Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews (Emil Protalinski/The Next Web)

techmeme - 10 hours 3 min ago

Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft starts letting Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews  —  Microsoft today announced the launch of a pilot program that lets Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews.  The company says the roll-out will begin this week with a small group of developers who have been pre-selected …

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Drones 101 and why your August smart lock hasn’t shipped just yet

GigaOm - 11 hours 17 min ago

Between Amazon threatening to use drones to deliver packages, to etiquette questions about what to do when you find a fallen drone, the tech set and popular culture has become obsessed with the flying machines. So I asked my colleague Signe Brewster to come on the show to offer us a little intro to drones course. After all, many of them are connected. She shares a lot of information about what’s on the market today, what they are doing and how hard it is to learn how to fly them indoors. She also asks for help in connecting her venetian blinds.

The second half of the show I talk to Jason Johnson, the CEO of August, a maker of a smart lock launched last June. The $199 lock was expected in December and then in late Spring, but now it’s been pushed out indefinitely. Johnson explains why it’s taken so long to ship. The short answer is that it’s hard to build a smart lock, but the long answer is worth hearing. You might learn something about building consumer products. Johnson ends with his thoughts on how the smart home will come together and avoids telling me product August will improve next.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Signe Brewster and Jason Johnson, CEO of August.

  • It’s drones 101 time as we discuss what is on the market, what they can do
  • I try to think of ways to make a drone work for the connected home. Maybe it could walk my dog?
  • What makes a lock smart. Or a robot?
  • Why hasn’t my darn smart lock shipped yet?

Where is August going next with connected consumer devices?

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Connected device companies like Nest And Fitbit start side businesses selling data to utilities and health insurers (Parmy Olson/Forbes)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:55pm

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Connected device companies like Nest And Fitbit start side businesses selling data to utilities and health insurers  —  The Quantified Other: Nest And Fitbit Chase A Lucrative Side Business  —  The real value in smart gadgets may be not in what they tell you but in what they say to your doctor, insurance company and utilities.

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Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years (Brad Chacos/PC World)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:50pm

Brad Chacos / PC World:
Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years  —  Microsoft's Office may be the go-to productivity suite in the business world, but there's apparently plenty of room out there for challengers to thrive: On Thursday, the Apache Software Foundation announced …

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Speed Stacking is Still a Thing

metafilter - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:31pm
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"I'm on my feet like Tough Actin'® Tinactin®."

metafilter - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:27pm
How many rappers have name-checked Tough Actin' Tinactin brand anti-fungal skin products? More than you would think.
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Could "Liking" A Brand On Facebook Waive Your Legal Rights? (Greg Sterling/Marketing Land)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:40pm

Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Could “Liking” A Brand On Facebook Waive Your Legal Rights?  —  There is a very disturbing trend in the world of corporate terms and conditions.  Consumers (and small merchants) are increasingly being forced by fine-print clauses into binding arbitration to resolve disputes with companies.

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poop should be renamed "doof," since that is food backwards

metafilter - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:12pm
Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt shadows chef Wylie Dufresne for a day.
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One Medical Group Raises $40M To Help Reinvent The Doctor's Office (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:05pm

Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
One Medical Group Raises $40M To Help Reinvent The Doctor's Office  —  Disruptive primary care medical practice One Medical Group, is announcing $40 million in growth capital led by Redmile Group, with participation from current institutional investors.  The company previously raised $77 million …

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Ubuntu 14.04 will power "first commercially available Ubuntu tablets" (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:30pm

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu 14.04 will power “first commercially available Ubuntu tablets”  —  From May 2013, a tablet running an early version of Ubuntu Touch.  —  Andrew Cunningham  —  Canonical today is releasing Ubuntu 14.04, a Long Term Support (LTS) edition for desktops and servers and an update to the versions of Ubuntu for phones and tablets.

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Microsoft's Xbox One passes 5M units sold to retailers, but Titanfall boost not enough to beat Sony (Josh Ong/The Next Web)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:05pm

Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Microsoft's Xbox One passes 5M units sold to retailers, but Titanfall boost not enough to beat Sony  —  Microsoft today announced that it has sold over 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers around the globe, but sales of the system have still lagged behind rival Sony's PlayStation 4.

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Exclusive: Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada (Martyn Williams/PC World)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:40pm

Martyn Williams / PC World:
Exclusive: Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada  —  Google has expanded its Project Loon tests to the Nevada desert and, for the first time, into licensed radio spectrum.  —  Google declined to comment on the secret trials, but a local official confirmed they are related to Project Loon …

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Klout to quietly shut down Cinch Q&A app on April 18 (Josh Ong/The Next Web)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:15pm

Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Klout to quietly shut down Cinch Q&A app on April 18  —  Klout notified users of its Cinch question-and-answer app in an email today that it will discontinue the service on April 18th at 12pm PST.  —  Cinch launched last September in an effort to help Klout users tap their influencer and expert graphs for advice.

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Uber adds new $1 “safe rides fee” to UberX rides

GigaOm - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:03pm

Uber announced today that it will start tacking on a $1 “safe rides fee” to every UberX ride. In a blog post, the company said the extra dollar would go towards security measures, like background checks and driver education. Both Uber and Lyft extended their insurance options to cover drivers better last month. The extra $1 won’t be too much of a cost burden though after UberX cut prices earlier this year.

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I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you

metafilter - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:55pm
Won't you please, please won't you be my neighbor? NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star. Kepler-186f is a planet about ten percent bigger than Earth that orbits within the habitable zone of its star. The light there is dim and orange, and it only gets about a third of the sunshine we do, but that may be enough for life. If you go outside tonight, there might be someone 500 light years away looking back at you...
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Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)

techmeme - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:50pm

Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million  —  On-demand grocery startup Instacart is fielding term sheets for a big new round of funding, according to sources.  We've heard the new financing could be led by a non-VC investor, and according to one source it would value the company at up to $400 million.

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Google is sending dummy Glass units to prospective Explorers

GigaOm - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:46pm

Would you like to try out Google Glass before spending $1500? Unless you know somebody with a pair, you’re out of luck. But a user on Reddit has posted images of the next best thing: a program where you can try on Google’s Glass-compatible frames and see whether they look good on your delicate face. Google has confirmed the trial program through its Google Plus page.

In exchange for a $50 deposit, Reddit user clide received four pairs of Glass in the mail, each with a different titanium frame and different color Glass unit. All four pairs of Glass were nonfunctional. One photo shows a broken USB port, presumably so it could not be charged or plugged into a computer.

Clide received his invite through an email update on the Explorer program. Unlike most Google initiatives, the ordering process did not take place online. He posted:

To sign up I went through a series of phone calls where I had to give them information in small chunks. One call to say I was interested, another to give them the best time to call me, another to give them my address, and a final one to give them my billing info for a $50 hold on my card.

We tried the phone number Clide posted with the photos earlier this afternoon, but were unable to reach a person.

Other eyewear companies, like Warby Parker and Shuron, send multiple sample sizes to their customers free of charge, mainly because eyewear fit is a tricky, individual process. Although Google Glass does not have sizes, it does have four frame options and five colors to choose from. This program seems to be targeted at certain customers and continues Google’s pattern of distributing Glass in ways that are not available to the general public.

On Tuesday, Google had a one-day Glass sale to expand its user base. Its product page currently shows the eyewear as out of stock.

 

 

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