The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
AOL launched two new video ad units for publishers on Tuesday, an expansion to its ONE by AOL: Publishers platform that launched in January. The new features —Out-Stream and SideView — target a growing challenge for publishers: viewability. According to a blog post by Robert Leon, head of AOL publisher product commercialization andsolutions, the two new video players “enhance viewing experiences and extend revenue opportunities for publishers.”
In recent years, Put Me in the Story, the line of personalized books for children, has been a huge hit for its publisher, Sourcebooks. What’s more, this trend has coincided with the surge in popularity of adult coloring books.To that end, since the beginning of 2016, personalized adult coloring books have been responsible for a whopping 40 percent of Sourcebooks’s Put Me in the Story sales.The two books the publisher currently has out, Keep Calm and Color On: For Stress Relief and Keep Calm and Color On: For Your Inner Creative, were released in the fall of 2015 and quickly gained attention from television shows, including “The View,” “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.” Customers also responded positively, gifting the books to friends and family interested in creative ways to relax and de-stress.
iOS 9, the mobile OS that powers Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, got a significant update Monday (when Apple also unveiled a new 4-in. iPhone and a 9.7-in. iPad Pro) with the arrival of iOS 9.3. The updated OS introduces several new features, including new 3D Touch shortcuts for existing system apps, Wi-Fi call support for Verizon customers, the ability to encrypt individual Notes, and — most prominently — a new Night Shift mode that automatically shifts the white balance on newer iPads and iPhones to a warmer color spectrum to help reduce eye strain and improve sleep. iOS 9.3 also brings updates to CarPlay, as well as enhancements to make the iPad a better tool for educational use.
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 specs vs. Google Pixel C, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S – CNET
Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro has all the power and performance of the original extra-large iPad Pro, in a smaller size. Inside, there’s a powerful processor, up to 256GB of storage and a new “True Tone” display that adjusts its color based on the light around you.
Arovia has created SPUD, the Spontaneous Pop-up Display. SPUD is the world’s first high resolution, 24-inch computer screen that collapses to the size of your fist and weighs less than a pound. With SPUD, users will have the large and portable screen they need, anywhere they want. SPUD can connect directly to a phone, tablet, or laptop.Mobile professionals need large, portable computer screens to view and/or compare documents without scrolling and switching between windows. They work away from their desk at least 10% of the time and work at various locations including the client site, hotel, airport lounge, coffee shops, co-working spaces, and different parts of their house or company. Since large computer screens increase productivity by 50%, SPUD users can get up to three additional hours of computer related work done in a day compared to their peers who work on smaller screens. But the SPUD isn’t just great for work: anyone with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone can benefit from an additional 24 inches of screen real estate. From watching movies on the go to being that gamer with the bigger screen advantage, the SPUD gives users the versatility to GO BIG wherever and whenever they want!
Sure there are portable monitors you can take along with you to increase the screen real estate of your laptop. You can even use your iPad as a second monitor with an app like Duet. But neither of those options will give you what you’re really craving – a take-with-you display that expands to a full-sized monitor so you can get some serious work done when you’re on the road. The Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (SPUD# from Arovia, exhibited at this week’s South By Southwest Festival #SXSW), will be exactly that.
Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), an open source initiative with the goal of speeding up the mobile web, officially launched today. The open-source program promises to reduce load times and optimize news articles for mobile reading. “An AMP page is four times faster and 10 times less data,” said Richard Gingras, senior director of news at Google, in an interview with Re/code. “It’s instantaneous. It’s there right away. And that’s really powerful.” Google reports that hundreds of publishers have already incorporated the AMP code into their articles.AMP works like this: when a user launches Google search in a mobile browser, AMP stories appear at the top of the results. They are labeled “AMP” and are designated by a green lightening bolt. Users can scroll horizontally through AMP stories and new articles will generate as they scroll. The pages are simplified, limiting things like embed codes and Flash, which can slow down load time. This could have a huge impact on publishers’ traffic as more consumers are accessing content via mobile as opposed to desktop.