The Internet of Things(IoT) — it’s the envisioned world where everything from electric toothbrushes to hydro-electric power plants will be plugged into the internet, interconnected, monitorable and controllable, hopefully only by those with the appropriate security privileges. Increasingly the future of IoT is already being realized today, and it is being aided and supported by technologies like big data, cloud computing and mobile. As an IT director said, IoT is making a “billion the new million.”The hype around IoT has been strong as major tech vendors try to grab hold and redefine the technology in a way that best promotes their strengths. Cisco and Intel are recasting the ‘Internet of Things’ as the ‘Internet of Everything’ (IOE). GE has taken more of a manufacturing and enterprise view and is calling it the ‘Industrial Internet’. Now, Microsoft, longtime vendor of personal computer software, has put their own spin on the IoT concept, trying to make the concept more personal — they’re calling it the Internet of Your Things.Microsoft’s general manager of marketing, Barbara Edson, said that the concept of 212 billion interconnected devices by 2020 is something that most people just can’t get their heads around. She say’s it’s confusing both to businesses and consumers. “So many people are talking about IoT, but it’s really just a network. A simple concept that’s blown up. IoT is really a huge buzz word. It’s not a revolution, it’s an evolution. We really don’t think it’s a rip and replace. It’s about using the infrastructure you already have, connecting the devices that are already in place.”
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez A couple of these features are already in the works, as it turns out. The blog AboutFoursquare.com recently found that the Android application offers a feature called “Google Check-ins,” accessed by tapping the checkmark icon on the “Stream” page of the Android app. This feature is built on top of Google’s location-based service Latitude, which introduced check-ins in February, but lacks the Latitude branding, it seems. Users who check in by way of this service can post that check in directly to their stream on Google Plus, limiting its visibility by Circles (groups), if desired. Google Check-ins would be Google’s direct counterpart to Facebook’s Places, and could easily be NFC-enabled in the future.Business pages, the Google equivalent to Facebook Pages, have also been promised in Google Plus, reports Mike Blumenthal, referring to a comment left by Google VP of Local and Commerce on Blumenthal’s blog:“…yes, we will have (SMB) business profile page on Google Plus. I can’t announce a launch date yet, but we want to make them great, and we’re coding as fast as we can.”Putting it all together, it becomes clear that the current NFC support discovered in the Google Plus Android app is only the beginning. Future updates to the app could expand the support to enable things like NFC-based check-ins, or NFC smart posters that link to business pages. Oh wait, Google already has those. It makes sense that this could then be tied into the Google Plus service, like so:Tap a poster, visit the Google Place page, check in at the business, share to Google Plus. Yes, that would work.For more NFC news, go here. Additional Sources: NFCWorld, PocketNow, Blumenthals, AboutFoursquare(also image credit), Ridz.sg (also video credit) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What’s the benefit of such a thing, besides being a clever little trick? For now, that’s all it is, but it indicates that NFC will likely grow to become an important part of the Google Plus social network in the future. More practical uses for the technology, when more widely supported by handset makers, would be for tasks like performing check-ins (i.e., registering your arrival at a location), sharing contact info with others, “friending” Google Plus users and navigating to particular pages.Google Plus Features that Could be NFC-Enabled Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Singapore-based developer Ridzuan Ashim spotted NFC support for tag reading in the Android application for Google Plus, the new social networking service launched into private beta only days ago. NFC, short for near field communication, is a wireless technology that enables data exchanges over short distances. The technology is currently present in a small subset of phones, including some Nokia devices, Google’s own Samsung-built Nexus S, variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and others.But what is NFC doing in the Google Plus app?Video Demo of NFC in Google PlusIn the video posted by Ashim, he demonstrates how NFC makes sharing easy within the social networking service. Using a Nexus S, he scans an NFC tag containing the “text” record type, which is one of the four specific RTD’s (Record Type Definitions) defined by the non-profit industry association NFC Forum. This specification describes how text content can be stored within an NFC tag.When scanned, the text stored in the tag automatically populates the “Share your thoughts” screen in the Google Plus Android app, which is typically used to post personal status updates to Google Plus. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Tags: IATA IATA stresses importance of open borders following slowdown in passenger growth rate << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group GENEVA — Global passenger traffic results were up in May but are still below the 20-year average growth rate, reports IATA.May traffic rose 4.5% compared to the same month in 2018, which was in line with the revised April traffic growth of 4.4% and above the recent trough of 3.1% year-on-year growth recorded in March. However, it remains below the 20-year average growth rate of around 5.5%.“Passenger demand growth has slowed compared to the past two years. This is in line with slumping global trade, rising trade tensions and weakening business confidence. In this challenging environment, airlines are managing capacity carefully in order to optimize efficiency,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.International traffic demand rose 4.3% in May over the year-ago period, which was down 5.1% growth in April. All regions recorded growth, led by airlines in Latin America. Total capacity climbed 2.1%, with load factor jumping 1.7 percentage points to 80.4%.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongNorth American airlines’ traffic rose 4.8% in May compared to May 2018, a slowdown from 5.6% annual growth in April. Capacity climbed 2.7% and load factor strengthened 1.7 percentage points to 83.6%. The comparatively strong U.S. domestic economy and U.S. dollar is helping to offset any trade-related softening in international travel, says IATA.De Juniac stressed the importance of open borders to the overall health of the airline industry.“Aviation is the business of freedom, connecting people and trade and creating new opportunities for growth and development. But to be effective, the business of freedom relies on borders that are open to the movement of people and goods—and aircraft,” he said. “In recent weeks, we have seen extensive airspace closures owing to political tensions. These closures have contributed to longer and less efficient routings, higher operating costs and increased carbon emissions. Without any compromise on safety, it is vital that governments work to minimize airspace closures so that the Business of Freedom can continue to deliver its benefits as efficiently as possible.” Thursday, July 4, 2019 Share
in Data, Origination, Servicing The picture gets rosier for housing as home prices continue their climb back to the top.One recent price index puts the July increase for prices at 0.9 percent, with prices achieving their first sustained recovery on a year-over-year basis since the market went bust in 2007.[IMAGE]According to “”FNC””:http://www.fncrpi.com/, which recently released the Residential Price Index, property values also went up in July, securing gains for the fifth straight month.[COLUMN_BREAK]Home prices also ticked up more than 4.6 percent since January this year, the firm said.Figures for indices covering prices across the country and 40 metro areas revealed a sustained pickup, with home prices gaining cumulatively by 3 percent over the last three months.The firm found two much larger indices reporting 12-month highs, with positive growth marking a first in five years. Prices rose in several cities, including San Francisco (4.4 percent), Detroit (3.6 percent), Boston (3.4 percent), San Diego (2.2 percent), and Riverside (2 percent). Chicago showed signs that it may be suffering from a seasonal setback, according to FNC, with prices down 0.9 percent in the Windy City.Roughly half of the markets showed signs of growth, helped along by Phoenix (10.1 percent), Detroit (7.2 percent), Houston (5.8 percent), Miami (4.3 percent), and Dallas (4 percent). Some of the same cities also saw prices appreciate. Those included Detroit (10.1 percent), San Francisco (9.1 percent), Dallas (8.7 percent), Boston (8.1 percent), and Washington, D.C. (7.7 percent), FNC said.
06Mar Rep. Alexander: Michigan needs a practical, responsible course of action for road funding State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, issued the following statement following the governor’s budget presentation, which included recommendations for a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase to cover road funding costs across Michigan:“Michigan drivers already pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation, and under the governor’s proposal, they’ll be forced to pay the highest gas tax, too.Like anyone else who drives in this state, I absolutely agree more must be done to improve Michigan roads. In fact, many local townships in our Jackson community are already doing more as the state continues to roll out its 2015 road improvement plan, which will be fully implemented by 2021. Because there were so many years Michigan invested absolutely nothing from its general fund into road repairs, this will take time to overcome.Our state is projected to spend more than $4 billion on road and bridge improvements before this fiscal year is through – that’s the most in state history. We must take these existing appropriations into account before we start taking money out of Michigan drivers’ pockets in the form of a gas tax.I look forward to finding a more practical and bipartisan solution for Michigan drivers. We all want better, safer roads and bridges, but we have to be purposeful and thoughtful in order to create a successful plan.”### Categories: Alexander News