Archive for the 'ICT' Category

The end of the two year smartphone contract

Good article by Andrew Arnison addressing another area where operator need to find new business models: the 12/24mth contracts.

However, I think this model is changing, as consumers increasingly balk at the idea of being locked into a particular smartphone, network or tariff plan for two year periods. Instead there is a growing trend for consumers to finance the purchase of their device themselves, without requiring a network operator device subsidy.

Read the full article here.

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Google handwrite search

Pretty awesome and recognizes handwriting amazingly accurate. Handwrite lets you write your search right on the Google homepage.

Chic Engine Helps You Find That Dress You Saw on Pinterest

It is not new but the story behind impresses me in terms of idea creation and also it represents new ways how information can be found closer to the real-life search approach: “I saw this white dress the other night, and want to get results for a this type of white dress and not just a dress which has the same shape.” Jonathan Allen wrote about Chic Engine on searchenginwatch.com:

What does breast cancer screening have to do with fashion? More than rubber bracelets or ribbon broaches.

Adrian Rosebrock, from Catonsville, Maryland, has put into action insights from his day job as a developer at the National Cancer Institute unit to make a visual search engine.

Working in the breast cancer screening unit, Rosebrock has been developing metrics to detect cancer in images and taking those learnings about computer ‘vision’, namely histology, and applied it to the problem of shape and color in visual search in the fashion vertical.

His project, Chic Engine, matches the shape and color of any image led query you input, either via a image file upload or a hosted image URL – provided you are looking for clothing matches. Currently the index of returned products comes mainly from ShopStyle but what is available so far is an impressive demonstration of how visual search could be something to look out for.

Full article

Bump Launches Payments App Powered by PayPal to Share Money

Bump, the app that lets users “bump” smartphones together to share contacts and photos, is launching another service to let users pay the same way. It’s called Bump Pay.

It’s a simple solution, powered by PayPal, and designed to solve the headache of splitting drink or dinner tabs. Similar solutions exist, including one from Venmo and even PayPal’s own Bump-enabled app which came out in 2010. (ING Direct’s tech is also made possible by Bump.) But now Bump, an app that’s been downloaded by more than 80 million users, has decided to introduce a new app, rather than update its original.

Read the full article on FastCompany

The future of mobile

Presentation of Business Insider

Square: Accept credit cards with your mobile phone

The payment solutions of Square caught my attention today, especially the second product “Cardcase”. Anyone experiences with it?

Square credit card app

Square Cardcase

Google added 750 people to its Manhattan office in 2011

The internet giant has expanded heavily with 4 new NY offices and adding 38% more staff in the recent years, especially in New York City. After acquiring four New York companies and going on a hiring spree for its media and advertising arms, Google now has about 2,750 employees in New York City, a 38% increase from 2010, the company told The Wall Street Journal. Check out the new offices designed after the city below. Not sure if I could concentrate with all the playground around but certainly a great environment to foster ideas and creativity.

(via wsj)


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