The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Cross-platform mobile push notification and in-app purchase service Urban Airship announced two new features this morning that mobile savvy marketers are sure to find compelling. In a world fast becoming more mobile, more real time and more data-centric, these technologies are very well timed. Hopefully they’ll be self-correcting enough that app users won’t be driven crazy. The company’s new Push Composer is a simple web-based publishing platform for publishing messages that will be delivered to app users’ iOS, Android or BlackBerry screens. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time and delivered to groups of users segmented by a variety of tags. The second new feature, UA Reports, displays daily metrics about notification open rates by time of day. With nearly 10 million notifications sent each day, Urban Airship says it intends to offer mobile marketing benchmarks, best practices for maximizing engagement through push and more data-centric insights in the near future.An Unusual CompanyWe first wrote about Urban Airship eighteen months ago, when the then tiny startup unveiled its plans to act as a technology middle-man for app developers interested in outsourcing the infrastructure required to take advantage of the new push notifications and in-app purchasing on the iPhone. The company was founded by a scrappy group of engineers with a bizzarre story: their previous employer collapsed overnight, offering company computers in lieu of final checks, they built and sold an online bacon delivery website and a number of them were fortunate enough to receive unemployment payments for bootstrapping entrepreneurs under an innovative program from the state of Oregon. Then they built Urban Airship. Led by serial innovator Scott Kveton, the company started landing customers fast and furious.Fast forward to today and the now venture-backed startup says it has more than 7500 customers, using the company’s services in almost 16,000 different apps, and adds an average of 43 new customers each day. In addition to push and in-app sales, the company was powering some of the first experiments with iOS content subscription. Urban Airship’s list of customers is long and interesting, from Target to the Guardian, Warner Brothers, the Vancouver Canucks and Groupon. That’s right – this little startup powers the push notifications for the fastest growing tech company in history. Say what you will about Groupon (I’m no fan) but that’s impressive.As we discussed in depth when it was revealed that push notifications were coming to the Twitter iPhone app, push enables new forms of interaction with mobile apps. Beyond increasing user engagement, push offers users opportunities to interact with apps in ways that are real-time, synchronous and rich with flow. The interruptive nature of push allows for finer-tuned prioritization of certain messages from certain sources. Push is a big deal, and Urban Airship makes it easy and systematic for app developers to implement it.From its humble beginnings, the startup has now grown to 25 employees, has taken over a spacious office in Portland, Oregon and is quickly hiring many of the most cutting edge engineers, designers and sales people in that tech-rich town. The building now houses a number of mobile startups, including former Twitter engineer Alex Payne’s forthcoming BankSimple. A publicly available mobile device testing lab is in the works as well, gathering devices from manufacturers around the world for anyone to come and test their apps on. Moving Beyond Speaking to GeeksUrban Airship says that companies come to it to save time and money on deploying push notifications, but there’s far more than can be done once the customers are in the door. The startup is building new features quickly – some go over well (like RSS to push) and others have been slower to gain adoption, like the feature the company calls “rich media push.”The two features the company is releasing today speak to a new audience, though. While the legacy product is ultimately an API play, the new features adress the needs of marketing organizations. Both features are being tested with existing customers but will be made generally available once that testing is complete.The new Push Composer is like a little blogging platform, or a Twitter client, but for writing Push Notifications. An attractive UI allows anyone to compose short messages, schedule them for delivery and segment the audience based on tags that users may have opted-into or that a mobile app provider applied to people themselves. For example: one group of recipients might like the Portland Trailblazers, another group may be people who have opened a push notification within the previous 24 hours. Tagged groups can be whatever you like. Click send and boom, the message will be sent and received in seconds.At launch the Composer does not allow users to determine what screen in an app gets opened when a notification is viewed, but the company says that may be offered in the future. Right now when recipients view a notification, the app simply opens up its front page.Even more interesting are the new UA Reports. At first the reports are simple. They just track app opens, time in app, and push volume over time.In time, Urban Airship hopes to see what kinds of data their customers want and to offer a wide variety of information based on that data it collects, cross referenced with other data sources. The company says it believes that app developers will eventually make decisions based on the data the reports deliver: what kinds of notifications get the most response? What kinds of features are users best alerted to by push? Which features or content types should be more prominent in the experience of the app? The company says, for example, that one of its magazine customers found that push notifications and icon badges for its mobile apps were being opened more often at 9 PM than at any other time of the day. In response, the magazine now regularly pushes new content and notifications around 8:30 to prime the pump for evening readers.Push notifications are great for keeping users engaged with apps, but some mobile devices handle them better than others. On iOS they are frankly terrible – though rumors are flying that drastic improvements may be forthcoming. Will putting push composition in the hands of marketers lead to notification overload, a declining user experience and consumer backlash? That seems like one of the risks, but one that Urban Airship hopes to tackle with data-based education about best practices. The company says it has one full time engineer dedicated to metrics right now, but does not offer any formal training or guidelines in pushing just right instead of too much.“2011 is the year that mobile apps need to prove their value,” says Urban Airship’s Jason Glaspey in the company’s announcement today. “With thousands of apps fighting for consumer attention and an average app lifespan of one month or less, developers and marketers need powerful tools.”With a full-speed-ahead attitude and plenty of momentum, Urban Airship will now try to provide just that kind of tools. Hopefully the data analysis the company shares with its customers will help keep trigger-happy push composers in check and not lead to an overwhelming flood of notifications. Time will tell. It looks like this new mode of communication is about to become easier and smarter than ever before.
Washington, Jul 1 (PTI) Competitive team games may have originated among hunter-gatherers, to help men to hone their physical skills and stamina, and see how each performs under pressure, a study has found.Competitive team games in which men test their mettle against others are universal across the world, and may have deep roots in our evolutionary past. The games helped men hone their skills, assess the commitment of their team members, and see how each performs under pressure. All these activities suggest motivation to practise skills involved in lethal raiding, said Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon in the US.Play behaviour in humans and other animals is thought to have evolved as a way to develop, rehearse, and refine skills that are critical for survival or reproduction.Chase games, for instance, build stamina and speed, which is helpful for evading predators. Similarly, play fighting is believed to develop skills used in actual fighting. Although many animals play fight, only people do so in teams.The findings, published in the journal Human Nature, suggest that team play fighting is not a recent invention of agricultural societies.For the purposes of this study, researchers analysed how widespread indigenous forms of coalitional play fighting were among hunter-gatherer societies, and whether these games rehearse motor skills used in lethal raiding. This type of play involves the use of coordinated action and non-lethal physical force by two opposing teams, each of which attempts to attain a predetermined physical objective, such as scoring a goal, while preventing their opponents from doing the same.advertisementThey analysed the early ethnographic records of societies described as hunter-gatherers in Murdock’s Ethnographic Atlas. Although play (or its absence) was not commonly or extensively documented by early ethnographers, researchers found information about hunter-gatherer team contact games for 46 of the 100 culture regions in the atlas that contain hunter-gatherer societies.Activities using sticks to hit objects (and sometimes people) were the most common game type, followed by games involving kicking and games similar to rugby. The researchers also found many instances of activities involving running, grappling, parrying and throwing. These physical skills mirror those used by hunter-gatherers when raiding other groups. Coalitional play fighting may have served as a practice ground for learning how to coordinate striking, blocking, kicking, dodging and projectile-throwing maneuvers amongst coalition members, all in an effort to increase the chances of success and reduce the chances of injury during potentially lethal raids.”Interestingly, mock warfare was found in 39 per cent of culture clusters and boys’ mock warfare in 26 per cent. This suggests that motivation to engage in coalitional play fighting emerges in childhood,” said Sugiyama.The safe confines of a game did not only have physical benefits but provided an opportunity to work as a team. Men learned to anticipate, monitor and strategically respond to the actions of their opponents, and continuously assess situations as both sides tired or lost combatants.”Periodic participation in such games during childhood, adolescence, and early to middle adulthood provides individuals with opportunities to viscerally assess the aggressive formidability and commitment of their own and – when played with neighbouring groups – other coalitions as their composition and skills change through time,” said Sugiyama. “The widespread evidence for such games among hunter-gather societies suggests that the motivation to engage in them is a universal feature of human psychology, generating behaviour that develops, rehearses, and refines the coalitional combat skills used in lethal raiding,” she said. PTI MHN MHNMHN
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the newly opened ARC Lumber Treatment Plant, is a welcome investment that will help to further grow the country’s economy. “The launch of this facility is a clear indication of the owner’s confidence in the country and its evolving business environment. The launch of the lumber treatment plant certainly represents the kind of innovative response from businesses needed to drive our economy and country to the next stage of its development,” he said. Mr. Hylton was speaking at the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility at its Bell Road location in Kingston, on Wednesday, March 13. The Minister further noted that innovations of this type contribute to strengthening the country’s export capacity and is consistent with advancing the national export strategy, which seeks to improve the country’s export performance by advancing the competitiveness of firms and sectors, while enhancing the business and trade environment. “ARC Manufacturing, with its innovative plant, represents the next wave of value-added manufacturing that we expect will benefit directly from the implementation of the Global Logistics Hub, which will serve as a global supply chain platform to support the country’s export sector,” he said. Mr. Hylton further noted that the launch also signifies the company’s efforts to improve the competitiveness of the lumber supply sector in Jamaica. “Management’s efforts to push the company further up the value chain will inevitably position it to take advantage of export opportunities and to generate export earnings, while creating employment and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country,” he said. The Minister praised Osmose Inc., a wood preserving company which collaborated with ARC to establish the facility, for the “strategic partnership in allowing the technology to come not simply to ARC but to Jamaica.” General Manager for Osmose Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Javier Romero, said the facility, which is the first of its kind in Jamaica, “is the most modern and advanced plant I know in the Caribbean and the Latin-American region.”While the plant, which is fully automated, has the capacity to treat approximately 500,000 board feet (BF) of lumber per 40-hour week, Dr. Romero noted that it has the potential to treat 50 million BF per year, “allowing ARC to cover the domestic demand and also export markets.”He further noted that he is pleased that the company will be using the most environmentally friendly preservative in its treatment operations. The plant, which occupies approximately 11,000 square feet of space, is equipped with a pressure tank; four holding tanks; and a control room. It utilises a process called Pressure Treatment for its lumber and wood products. The type of treatment used is a form of micronized copper preservative, which is widely used in the construction industry in the United States.ARC is one of Jamaica’s leading manufacturers and distributors of building materials. The company locally manufactures construction wires and mesh, nails, fencing and roofing products. It also distributes lumber, cement, steel and steel products.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
Kolkata: IIT Kharagpur, the oldest and largest one in the country, has initiated a pilot project to protect the rich cultural heritage of the cities and towns along the Hooghly river. The project would focus on five former trading posts and garrison settlements near Kolkata along the Hooghly river – Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandernagore, Serampore and Barrackpore, an IIT KGP statement said .The pockets bear traces of Portugese (Bandel), Dutch (Chinsurah), British (Barrackpore), French (Chandernagore), Danish (Serampore) presence, as well as India’s own rich culture. The pilot project has been initiated by IIT Kharagpur’s department of humanities and social sciences, in association with the University of Liverpool, UK, the statement said.Principal Investigator on behalf of IIT KGP, Prof Jenia Mukherjee said, “These places, being peripheral cities surrounding Kolkata, are not getting enough exposure. And yet, in these cities too, heritage buildings are making way for apartments, multiplexes and so on.”Among the top priorities of the project is the conservation of centuries-old buildings, which are mainly private houses, she said.Lack of funds makes maintenance difficult for even those willing to preserve their properties, Mukherjee said adding, “We will be seeing if it is possible to build up a public-private-partnership for the upkeep of these structures.” The project is being jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and the Indian Council for Historical Research and the idea is to involve the people of the region as “owner-custodians” of this heritage, she said. The project team recently held an exhibition at Chandernagore with the Institut de Chandernagore which got an overwhelming public response. The Institut de Chandernagore is one of the oldest museums of the region and boasts a collection of French antiques.
During the fashion show eight sequences like Make in India , Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Videsh se swadesh, Woollen wear, bridal wear were presented by leading fashion models. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) of MSME Government of India participated in the 35th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) organised from November 14th to 27th at Pragati Maidan. This year, the theme of IITF-2015 was “MAKE IN INDIA”. KVIC has set up biggest ever exclusive pavilion. The sales in khadi pavilion recorded approximately 20 lakh per day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Giriraj Singh Minister of State for MSME, inaugurated Khadi fashion show as chief guest in presence of Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC along with Anup K. Pujari, Secretary, B.H. Anil Kumar Jt. Secretary MSME and, Arun Kumar Jha, Chief Executive Officer, KVIC graced the occasion.First time in Khadi Pavilion a large statue of Mahatma Gandhi was put up at the main entrance of the Hall for taking “selfie with Gandhiji”. This had become hotspot of the pavilion, as people from all age groups visited and took selfie with Gandhi ji in different poses. First time two hundred participants’, i.e artisans, craftsmen and khadi institutions from across the country had put up their most exclusive products in the pavilion. Ten nationalized banks have also associated with KVIC as sponsors and had put-up their stalls inside the pavilion. First time, the technical demonstration of spinning and weaving of khadi has been displayed in the Pavilion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn India, Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The Khadi movement promoted an ideology, an idea that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high priced goods and clothes which the British were selling to them. The British would buy cotton from India at cheap prices and export them to Britain where they were woven to make clothes. These clothes were then brought back to India to be sold at hefty prices. The khadi movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods including cotton and promoting Indian goods, thereby improving India’s economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khadi for rural self-employment and self-reliance (instead of using cloth manufactured industrially in Britain) in 1920s India thus making khadi an integral part and icon of the Swadeshi movement. The freedom struggle revolved around the use of khadi fabrics and the dumping of foreign-made clothes. When some people complained about the costliness of khadi to Mahatma Gandhi, he started wearing only dhoti.
47% of digitally mature organizations, or those that have advanced digital practices, said they have a defined AI strategy (Source: Adobe). It is estimated that AI-enabled tools alone will generate $2.9 trillion in business value by 2021. 80% of enterprises are smartly investing in AI. The stats speak for themselves. AI clearly follows the motto “go big or go home”. This explosive growth of AI in different sectors of technology is also beginning to show its colors in software development. Shawn Drost, co-founder and lead instructor of coding boot camp ‘Hack Reactor’ says that AI still has a long way to go and is only impacting the workflow of a small portion of software engineers on a minority of projects right now. AI promises to change how organizations will conduct business and to make applications smarter. It is only logical then that software development, i.e., the way we build apps, will be impacted by AI as well. Forrester Research recently surveyed 25 application development and delivery (AD&D) teams, and respondents said AI will improve planning, development and especially testing. We can expect better software created under traditional environments. 5 areas of Software Engineering AI will transform The 5 major spheres of software development- Software design, Software testing, GUI testing, strategic decision making, and automated code generation- are all areas where AI can help. A majority of interest in applying AI to software development is already seen in automated testing and bug detection tools. Next in line are the software design precepts, decision-making strategies, and finally automating software deployment pipelines. Let’s take an in-depth look into the areas of high and medium interest of software engineering impacted by AI according to the Forrester Research report. Source: Forbes.com #1 Software design In software engineering, planning a project and designing it from scratch need designers to apply their specialized learning and experience to come up with alternative solutions before settling on a definite solution. A designer begins with a vision of the solution, and after that retracts and forwards investigating plan changes until they reach the desired solution. Settling on the correct plan choices for each stage is a tedious and mistake-prone action for designers. Along this line, a few AI developments have demonstrated the advantages of enhancing traditional methods with intelligent specialists. The catch here is that the operator behaves like an individual partner to the client. This associate should have the capacity to offer opportune direction on the most proficient method to do design projects. For instance, take the example of AIDA- The Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant, deployed by Bookmark (a website building platform). Using AI, AIDA understands a users needs and desires and uses this knowledge to create an appropriate website for the user. It makes selections from millions of combinations to create a website style, focus, image and more that are customized for the user. In about 2 minutes, AIDA designs the first version of the website, and from that point it becomes a drag and drop operation. You can get a detailed overview of this tool on designshack. #2 Software testing Applications interact with each other through countless APIs. They leverage legacy systems and grow in complexity everyday. Increase in complexity also leads to its fair share of challenges that can be overcome by machine-based intelligence. AI tools can be used to create test information, explore information authenticity, advancement and examination of the scope and also for test management. Artificial intelligence, trained right, can ensure the testing performed is error free. Testers freed from repetitive manual tests thus have more time to create new automated software tests with sophisticated features. Also, if software tests are repeated every time source code is modified, repeating those tests can be not only time-consuming but extremely costly. AI comes to the rescue once again by automating the testing for you! With AI automated testing, one can increase the overall scope of tests leading to an overall improvement of software quality. Take, for instance, the Functionize tool. It enables users to test fast and release faster with AI enabled cloud testing. The users just have to type a test plan in English and it will be automatically get converted into a functional test case. The tool allows one to elastically scale functional, load, and performance tests across every browser and device in the cloud. It also includes Self-healing tests that update autonomously in real-time.SapFix is another AI Hybrid tool deployed by Facebook which can automatically generate fixes for specific bugs identified by ‘Sapienz’. It then proposes these fixes to engineers for approval and deployment to production. #3 GUI testing Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) have become important in interacting with today’s software. They are increasingly being used in critical systems and testing them is necessary to avert failures. With very few tools and techniques available to aid in the testing process, testing GUIs is difficult. Currently used GUI testing methods are ad hoc. They require the test designer to perform humongous tasks like manually developing test cases, identifying the conditions to check during test execution, determining when to check these conditions, and finally evaluate whether the GUI software is adequately tested. Phew! Now that is a lot of work. Also, not forgetting that if the GUI is modified after being tested, the test designer must change the test suite and perform re-testing. As a result, GUI testing today is resource intensive and it is difficult to determine if the testing is adequate. Applitools is a GUI tester tool empowered by AI. The Applitools Eyes SDK automatically tests whether visual code is functioning properly or not. Applitools enables users to test their visual code just as thoroughly as their functional UI code to ensure that the visual look of the application is as you expect it to be. Users can test how their application looks in multiple screen layouts to ensure that they all fit the design. It allows users to keep track of both the web page behaviour, as well as the look of the webpage. Users can test everything they develop from the functional behavior of their application to its visual look. #4 Using Artificial Intelligence in Strategic Decision-Making Normally, developers have to go through a long process to decide what features to include in a product. However, machine learning AI solution trained on business factors and past development projects can analyze the performance of existing applications and help both teams of engineers and business stakeholders like project managers to find solutions to maximize impact and cut risk. Normally, the transformation of business requirements into technology specifications requires a significant timeline for planning. Machine learning can help software development companies to speed up the process, deliver the product in lesser time, and increase revenue within a short span. AI canvas is a well known tool for Strategic Decision making.The canvas helps identify the key questions and feasibility challenges associated with building and deploying machine learning models in the enterprise. The AI Canvas is a simple tool that helps enterprises organize what they need to know into seven categories, namely- Prediction, Judgement, Action, Outcome, Input, Training and feedback. Clarifying these seven factors for each critical decision throughout the organization will help in identifying opportunities for AIs to either reduce costs or enhance performance. #5 Automatic Code generation/Intelligent Programming Assistants Coding a huge project from scratch is often labour intensive and time consuming. An Intelligent AI programming assistant will reduce the workload by a great extent. To combat the issues of time and money constraints, researchers have tried to build systems that can write code before, but the problem is that these methods aren’t that good with ambiguity. Hence, a lot of details are needed about what the target program aims at doing, and writing down these details can be as much work as just writing the code. With AI, the story can be flipped. ”‘Bayou’- an A.I. based application is an Intelligent programming assistant. It began as an initiative aimed at extracting knowledge from online source code repositories like GitHub. Users can try it out at askbayou.com. Bayou follows a method called neural sketch learning. It trains an artificial neural network to recognize high-level patterns in hundreds of thousands of Java programs. It does this by creating a “sketch” for each program it reads and then associates this sketch with the “intent” that lies behind the program. This DARPA initiative aims at making programming easier and less error prone. Sounds intriguing? Now that you know how this tool works, why not try it for yourself on i-programmer.info. Summing it all up Software engineering has seen massive transformation over the past few years. AI and software intelligence tools aim to make software development easier and more reliable. According to a Forrester Research report on AI’s impact on software development, automated testing and bug detection tools use AI the most to improve software development. It will be interesting to see the future developments in software engineering empowered with AI. I’m expecting faster, more efficient, more effective, and less costly software development cycles while engineers and other development personnel focus on bettering their skills to make advanced use of AI in their processes. 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Monday, November 19, 2018 Posted by NEW YORK — Airbnb has reported its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market.Revenue during the third quarter breezed past the US$1 billion level as guest reservations boomed internationally in places like Beijing, Mexico City and Birmingham, England, the San Francisco company said Friday.Airbnb expects a record one million guests to stay at Airbnb listings across the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday.Airbnb acts as an online booking agent for homeowners to make extra income by renting rooms, apartments and houses. Its growth has drawn the ire of the hotel industry and communities in the U.S. and abroad, where locals are uneasy with the constant turnaround of guests in their neighbourhoods and apartment buildings.In some markets, like New York and Miami, there is evidence that home-sharing has cut into hotel profits, pushing some larger chains to get in on the action. Last month Marriott said it was expanding its home-sharing pilot in London to three additional European cities, while Hyatt announced it was pulling out of a money-losing collaboration with luxury home-sharing company Oasis.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerMany cities and states across the U.S. have tightened rental guidelines in order to regulate the rapidly growing industry. New York and Washington have both imposed strict limits on short-term rental companies, and housing-starved San Francisco has done the same, in addition to suing or fining homeowners who illegally rent their homes.In Europe, officials in top travel destinations are grappling with the massive growth in home-sharing. Residents of Venice and Barcelona have staged repeated protests, saying the influx of visitors is driving up rents and forcing out locals. Parisians are complaining about the onslaught of tourists in their neighbourhoods and buildings, late-night parties and drunken revellers.Airbnb listings in Paris have grown to 65,000, from just 4,000 in 2012. << Previous PostNext Post >> Airbnb says revenue for Q3 2018 was best ever, topping $1 billion The Canadian Press Share
February 20, 2012One of the announcements in our report from Friday, Feb. 17. 2012 talked about an interview with Paolo Soleri by Prof. Constance Devereaux, Program Coordinator NAU Arts and Cultural Management. Prof. Constance Devereaux visited Arcosanti with a group of students from the NAU ACM 410 class to use Arcosanti as a case study for examining leadership transition and strategic planning, as these are two significant issues with which an arts and cultural manager should have experience.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein, Sue]The opportunity to observe and study these two areas in an internationally-known organization which itself is working on these areas would provide an incredible experiential learning opportunity. 3 to 4 visits are planned during the semester.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]Students would formulate a case-study research question that would ideally be a real issue that Arcosanti is interested in. Students would then conduct the study and produce a written report with recommendations.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]