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Cisco CEO Pegs Internet of Things as $19 Trillion Market

Cisco CEO Pegs Internet of Things as $19 Trillion Market

By Olga Kharif Jan 8, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems Inc., delivers a keynote speech during a news conference at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2014. Close

Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said that the Internet of Everything — connected products ranging from cars to household goods — could be a $19 trillion opportunity.

In a keynote presentation yesterday at the International Consumer Electronics Show that also featured comedian Sarah Silverman, Chambers drew a picture of a world in which objects in homes, at airports, at hotels and elsewhere that are connected to the Internet know peoples’ preferences. That could lead to consumers buying more goods, he said. Such connectivity will have other ripple effects, including linked garbage cans reducing waste management costs by 30 percent, Chambers said at the giant technology trade show in Las Vegas.

“This is not about technology at all,” Chambers said. “It’s about how it changes peoples’ lives forever.”

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We have been selected to participate in the OneSpark 2014 in beautiful downtown Florida, April 9-13!

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Our team is definitely excited to represent the tech industry with the launch of our global online presence of App2GoCity and our surge to introduce our App platforms in over 270 cities across the U.S.

So, don’t forget to vote for us!  Our voter number is 20037 and we are about to rev-up our marketing campaign to spark interest from local, national and international future business partners.

Our campaign is called:  1App 1Idea

Our Goal is to create local tech jobs, provide opportunities for local partners and create both classroom and online interactive educational program to teach both young and older people how to code.

Check out one of our international partner code.org for more information.

Check us out on OneSpark’s website at:  beonespark.com for more information!

1App 1Idea is not just an idea, but it’s innovation and ideas of the past while moving forward…

One Spark organizers reflect on first festival in 2013, will seize 2014 for broadening festival

One Spark organizers reflect on first festival in 2013, will seize 2014 for broadening festival

Posted: December 29, 2013 – 7:35am  |  Updated: December 29, 2013 – 10:55am
Right:  One Spark co-founder and chairman of the board of directors Elton Rivas says the first One Spark has helped establish an identity for the event that he hopes will attract even more people in April.    Above: Hyatt Woods pitches the interactive Riverwalk Project, a mobile device-based program which features information based around Jacksonville's river walks pertaining to health, environment, arts and entertainment, and history.

Right:  One Spark co-founder and chairman of the board of directors Elton Rivas says the first One Spark has helped establish an identity for the event that he hopes will attract even more people in April.    Above: Hyatt Woods pitches the interactive Riverwalk Project, a mobile device-based program which features information based around Jacksonville’s river walks pertaining to health, environment, arts and entertainment, and history.
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The Times-Union  Lee McAlilly (left) and Zach Lever are the originators of Original Fuzz, maker of guitar accessories, such as guitar straps gear bags and cords. They are the recipients of funding from Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

            

The One Spark festival generated perhaps the most business and cultural intrigue for Jacksonville in 2013 and organizers for the second annual event planned for 2014 seek to capitalize on the momentum generated by the happening.

The inaugural One Spark in the spring brought an estimated 130,000 people to the downtown Jacksonville area, according to One Spark figures, with about 900 participants in the event that featured competition among “creators” — entrepreneurs, artists and inventors. Organizers of the event say Jacksonville gained some traction as a technologically advancing city.

Read more at Jacksonville.com:  http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-12-29/story/one-spark-organizers-reflect-first-festival-2013-will-seize-2014#ixzz2uFwXGtLE

Apple’s high-end Mac Pro goes on sale Thursday

Doug Gross, CNN

December 18, 2013 — Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT) | Filed under: Gaming and Gadgets
Apple's Mac Pro, which goes on sale Thursday, is designed for high-end users and starts at $2,999.
Apple’s Mac Pro, which goes on sale Thursday, is designed for high-end users and starts at $2,999.

(CNN)Apple’s Mac Pro, the high-end show horse of the company’s desktop line, goes on sale Thursday, restoring some luster to deskbound computers that have been overshadowed by the mobile revolution.

In some ways the Mac Pro, which will be available for preorder on Apple’s website and Apple stores, is like the fancy haute couture dresses that get walked down the runways of Paris and New York.

At more than $3,000, the sleek machine is more computer than most people need or can afford. But it serves as a showcase for what its creator can do.

“Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” Apple Vice President Phil Schiller said when he unveiled the new Mac Pro in June. It was a response to some analysts who say rivals like Samsung and Google have been rolling out fresher ideas than Apple the past couple of years.

The sleek black Mac Pro doesn\'t look like anything else on the market.

Fla. pop. on verge of surpassing New York State’s

Fla. pop. on verge of surpassing New York State’s

January 3

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Sometime this year, Florida will surpass New York in population, becoming the nation’s third-most populous state, and sun-seeking seniors are not driving the growth.

The milestone is validation of the sometimes messy but increasing influence of the Sunshine State as it approaches being home to 20 million residents at a time that historians may one day say was pivotal in the country’s history. Once Florida passes New York, only California and Texas will have more residents.

“Florida is kind of an icon of the 21st century in terms of the shifting population and the growing role Latin America is playing in transforming the country,” said James Johnson, a business professor at the University of North Carolina. “I think it’s going to be for the 21st century what California or New York was for the 20th century.”

 

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Content as a Branding Tool: Why It’s Not Just For the Big Guys

Content as a Branding Tool: Why It’s Not Just For the Big Guys

By: Outbrain (Published on 11.19.2013)

Photo Credit: Katherine Welles / Shutterstock.com

In recent years, big brands like Oreo and Coca-Cola have utilized content as a branding tool to reaffirm their positions in the hearts and minds of consumers around the world. Content serves as a powerful tool that helps tell their story and generate awareness without giving consumers a hard sell. Many small businesses look at examples like these and assume that content only works for large B2C brands with multi-million dollars budgets and already-loyal fan bases.

…every company, no matter how large or small, needs to worry about brand awareness…

The reality is that every company, no matter how large or small, needs to worry about brand awareness, and content is one of the most powerful branding tools around. Sure, it’s easy to focus on direct-response campaigns that can be more easily connected to sales, but the reality is that if your marketing efforts are only focused on pushing customers through the sales funnel, you’ll miss those individuals who don’t know your business even exists. A well-executed content marketing campaign can target these folks, while bringing your brand to life for existing customers and helping to separate you from the competition.

For example, Savvy Rest makes super high-quality organic mattresses and they’ve built a content program around educating consumers about healthy sleep. Their blog details what kinds of materials should be found in a true organic mattress and how those help give you a good night’s sleep. No hard sell, just useful information. They’ve used a variety of strategies to get this awesome content in front of LOHAS-minded consumers, including promoting it via Outbrain’s network.

 

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Want to go global? Put mobile first

Want to go global? Put mobile first

By Nic Newman, MD and Head of Strategy at Tigerspike, Special to CNN
December 2, 2013 — Updated 1445 GMT (2245 HKT)
Fall is coming, which means smartphone manufacturers will be launching new models with flashy new bells and whistles. But some forward-looking features are already part of existing phones. Here are five helpful features that other phone makers (Apple, are you listening?) would be wise to adopt. Fall is coming, which means smartphone manufacturers will be launching new models with flashy new bells and whistles. But some forward-looking features are already part of existing phones. Here are five helpful features that other phone makers (Apple, are you listening?) would be wise to adopt.
 Editor’s note: Nic Newman is EMEA managing director and head of strategy at Tigerspike, a personal media company. Going Global showcases entrepreneurs taking their businesses around the world, tackling issues like business strategy, marketing and international logistics.

(CNN) — The world is undergoing a mobility transformation. Since Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, more than 100 billion apps have been downloaded from app stores by consumers worldwide.

Gartner, the market research firm, has predicted that by 2015, tablet sales will be higher than those of PCs and laptops combined. There are now more connected mobile devices on earth than there are people.

This transformation is happening much faster than the dot-com revolution of the late 1990s, and businesses are catching on. Companies are already developing 20 to 30 apps on average in the three categories of consumer, business-to-business and (B2B) and enterprise.

These are already changing the way we live and work, wherever we are. Additionally, they are changing the way businesses interact with other businesses, investors, media, customers and even their own workforce worldwide.

Despite this, Gartner estimates that 60% of the Fortune 1000 companies will not have a mobile strategy in place by 2014. In my view, having a mobile strategy is not enough for businesses to succeed globally in the years to come.

What businesses need is a “mobile first” strategy, placing mobile opportunities at the forefront of their international growth.

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To Catch Up, Walmart Moves to Amazon Turf

To Catch Up, Walmart Moves to Amazon Turf

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

Neil M. Ashe of Walmart Global E-Commerce at the company’s dot-com headquarters, @WalmartLabs, in San Bruno, Calif.

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A plucky Silicon Valley company, forced to compete for talented engineers, is trying it all — recruiting billboards on Highway 101; workplace perks like treadmill workstations and foosball tables; and conference rooms named after celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

The name of that arriviste company?

Walmart.

The country’s largest retailer, which for years didn’t blink at would-be competitors, is now under such a threat from Amazon that it is frantically playing catch-up by learning the technology business, including starting @WalmartLabs at Walmart Global E-Commerce, its dot-com division.

 The two retail behemoths, one the king of the physical store and the other the conqueror of the online world, are battling over e-commerce — competing for the most talented engineers, trying to gain the upper hand in the new frontier of same-day delivery and warring over online pricing. They want to control not just Internet shopping but all shopping. Even as Walmart pours money into technology, Amazon is building a physical presence across the nation, adding warehouses and pickup locations. Both companies’ moves indicate that they believe the future of commerce is not just stores and not just online but a combination of the two. For the first time in decades, Walmart, which drove company after company out of business, has a competitor it sounds a little scared of.

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In War for Same-Day Delivery, Racing Madly to Go Last Mile

Tina Fineberg for The New York Times

The Delivery Showdown: A business reporter for The Times tests eBay’s new same-day delivery service.

There’s a hot new job in tech: delivery guy.

Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Steve Ahboltin of Deliv, a start-up that uses crowdsourcing, checks a phone app to verify delivery information on packages he is picking up at the Stonestown Galleria Mall in San Francisco.

Readers’ Comments

When do you begin your holiday shopping, and where do you look for the best deals? Tell us how you shop for the season in the comments below. The Times will feature a selection of the responses this week.

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, same-day delivery has become a new battleground for e-commerce.

For all the sophisticated algorithms and proprietary logistics software involved, many services come down to someone like Fermin Andujar, who finds himself racing to a store, scanning the aisles for the requested items, buying them and rushing them to the customer.

According to eBay’s job description, he is a “valet,” dispatched on Manhattan streets as a personal shopper on a bicycle or in other cities in a car.

The app for eBay Now, the company’s local shopping service, promises that valets will complete a shop-and-drop-off not just in the same day but “in about an hour,” a timetable crucial to the company’s intensifying efforts to one-up Amazon in the delivery game.

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Can wearable technology boost productivity?

Can wearable technology boost productivity?

By Dr Chris Brauer, Special to CNN
October 21, 2013 — Updated 1152 GMT (1952 HKT)

Editor’s note: Dr Chris Brauer is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Management Studies and Founder of the Centre for Creative & Social Technologies(CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Follow him on Twitter. “Thinking Business” focuses on the psychology of getting ahead in the workplace by exploring techniques to boost employee performance, increase creativity and productivity.

(CNN) — With great power comes great responsibility. There is some confusion over whether this quote should be attributed to Voltaire or Spiderman.

Either way, the message is the same and one that should be resonating with the inventors, companies, brands, media, policy makers and industries hitching a ride on the innovation bullet train of wearable technologies.

What is cloud computing?

Wearable tech

Did Apple’s CEO dis Google Glass?

Wearable tech tracks your life

Our original Human Cloud research project at Goldsmiths, University of London in partnership with cloud computing provider Rackspace focused on the socio-economic impact of wearable technology moving from novelty and entertainment to health and lifestyle.

We conducted a survey of 4,000 adults in the UK and US and spent six weeks with 26 participants experimenting with these new technologies, from fitness bands like the Fitbit, Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband, to sensor-based wearable cameras like the Autographer.

With echoes of Stephen Hawking’s voice on Radiohead’s “OK Computer” album, participants experimenting with wearable technologies felt fitter (68%), happier (75%), and more productive (84%).

The nuances of the human experience was reflected in the six archetypes of wearable technology users we identified from deep qualitative research from the curious, controllers, and quantified selfers to the self-medics, finish line fanatics, and ubiquitors.

“As you can see, today has not gone well so far,” says one self-medic participant mournfully, looking at two graphs: one shows he only took 394 steps that day, the other that he only got five hours 28 minutes sleep. When asked why he wears technology, his answer is to “prevent delusion” and so that function is at least achieved.

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