Facebook raised eyebrows recently by reporting that most of its members are using the service from a mobile device as opposed to a typical computer. If this and other indicators prove accurate, many businesses are in for destruction, opportunity or both.Fact is that we’re in a full-blown technological transition whose breadth might surprise you. But not Larry Page, the Google chief executive who said in an October 2012 earnings call that “it’s hardly surprising” that mobile search and commerce is growing. Page further noted that while an “abundance” of connectivity “causes disruption, it also creates amazing opportunity.”Smartphone Owners Are Young And RichPart of that opportunity comes from the fact that smartphone users tend to be richer and younger than the general population. According to a 2012 survey by demographics researcher Nielsen, smartphone ownership can be described as a function of age and income. Mobile penetration peaks among 25-to-34 year olds making more than $100,000 a year, and bottoms out with 65+ year olds who make just $15,000 to $35,000.But that means there’s still a lot of growth to come as smartphone ownership continues to trickle into ubiquity.Among mobile device buyers in the U.S., two-thirds are choosing smartphones over “feature phones” for their next phone purchase. But so far, among these 233 million mobile users, currently only 36% smartphone owners, according to Nielsen estimates from 2012. For comparison, Nielsen believes there are 192 million PC users and 290 million people who own television sets.So, how can you convince your bosses and colleagues to take advantage of this historic mobile opportunity? The following data points and examples from leading companies can help.Remember, the point of these numbers is to motivate, not frighten, so you don’t need to grab them and run screaming into your boss’s office (although this might prove a useful strategy if your business has yet to galvanize around a mobile strategy). It should suffice to pull up this post on your smartphone during your next meeting, and slyly slip an anecdote or two into the conversation.When all attention turns to you for insight, you can riff on the words of Mark Zuckerberg in the most recent Facebook earnings call: “I think our opportunity on mobile is the most misunderstood aspect of [your company] today. Most people underestimate how fundamentally good the trend towards mobile can be for [your company].”1. AppleApple now sells 1.7 million iPads a week.2. Bank of AmericaBank of America averages 10,000 new mobile subscribers each day, according to chief executive Brian Moynihan. He says growth is strong among his company’s “preferred client area” – this resulting in an uptake in BoA’s brokerage arm Merrill Lynch.3. FacebookSome23% of Facebook’s $1.3 billion in advertising revenue now comes from mobile, up from 14% from last quarter. The number of daily Facebook users on mobile devices now exceed those on the Web. 680 million people are coming back at least once a month, an increase of 57% from the previous year.4. GoogleAs of Q3 2012, Google had an $8 billion mobile revenue run rate.5. LinkedInLast year, mobile was the fastest growing service inside of professional social networking company LinkedIn.In 2011, 15% of total unique visits came from mobile devices according to chief executive Jeff Weiner. But according to a more recent earnings call, an average of 25% of Linkedin’s unique users came through mobile apps, up 13% from the previous year.6. NetflixNetflix claims to have 33 million “streaming members.”Most of them are not using PCs to access its service, according to Internet researcher The Sandvine Group. The company found that non-traditional device users consumed more; for example, a Netflix customer using an Xbox 360 consumed twice as much content as the average subscriber.7. PinterestAccording to Nielsen’s annual social media report, 39% of all social networking time is spent on mobile apps and the Web. Among social media sites, newcomer Pinterest led in mobile growth with 1,047% year-over-year growth.8. Plenty Of FishOnline dating site Plenty Of Fish saw the mobile movement as early as February 2012, when 40% of the site’s U.S. signups came via mobile devices. In a post published then, the company estimated that the site would be 60% to 70% mobile by the end of 2012 and summarized a sense of bittersweetness in the company’s casual tone:Now, it’s great to have all this traffic, the only problem is now one has figured out how to make similar levels of money on mobile as the web, unless you do some real scammy stuff. So ya its great to have more traffic on mobile than every other dating app combined in english speaking countries but it doesn’t matter much if you can’t really monetize it at high levels and it starts to canabilize your web traffic. [sic]9. YahooAccording to Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, Yahoo saw 200 million monthly unique mobile users in 2012. “From a monetization perspective, this is still a very nascent source of revenue for us,” she said in a recent earnings call. “With any platform shift, revenue always follows users, and Mobile will be no different. Smart monetization of this usage is inevitable.” There are 234 million Americans age 13 and older using mobile devices according to comScore.10. ZyngaThere are 22 million Zynga mobile daily active users, according to a recent earnings call for the social gaming company. Revenue brought in by mobile customers represents 20% of all virtual goods sold by the company.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#mobile#Mobile Ads#Mobile First#mobile technology taylor buley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
While these apps and devices are being created, tested and eventually released, a quiet revolution of biohacking has occurred simultaneously. Using DIY IoT technology, social media and the hashtag #WeAreNotWaiting members of the diabetes community have been taking matters into their own hands, developing platforms and apps and cloud-based solutions, and hacking existing products.The Open Artificial Pancreas System project was invented in 2013 by Dana Lewis and Scott Leibrand and other activists. They’ve created a safety-focused reference design and a reference implementation of an overnight closed loop APS system that uses CGM sensors’ estimate of blood glucose (BG) to automatically adjust basal insulin levels, to keep BG levels inside a safe range overnight and between meals.In regard to monitoring, diabetes activists have also created Nightscout, which combines a commercial product called Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), a DIY transmitter, and the free and open-source Nightscout code that enables CGM data to be shared on a cloud, where it can be distributed to other devices like a parent’s phone or smartwatch.Inherent in these efforts is the underlying sentiment that:“We believe that we can make safe and effective APS technology available more quickly, to more people, rather than just waiting for current APS efforts to complete clinical trials and be FDA-approved and commercialized through traditional processes. And in the process, we believe we can engage the untapped potential of dozens or possibly hundreds of patient innovators and independent researchers and also make APS technology available to hundreds or thousands of people willing to participate as subjects in clinical trials”. Connected devicesOne of the most notable diabetes devices of recent years is the MyDario all in one glucose meter. It enables people living with diabetes to test their blood glucose levels in seconds, directly onto their smartphone. A corresponding app can share this information with medical professionals and family members and also helps track carb intake and exercise. WearablesWhilst you would like to think that wearable devices are becoming more and more prevalent, this is not really the case when it comes to diabetes management. The FDA only approved one diabetes connected device in 2015 and three in 2016. Two examples of these:Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitory SystemDexcom has been providing a digital makeover to its continuous glucose monitoring systems for some time and the latest incarnation is the Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitory System.The wearable sensor and transmitter can collect glucose measurements and send it directly via the companion app to a smartphone. Readings are available every five minutes, and the app can alert patients through alarms if glucose levels are headed toward being too high or too low.Medtronic’s MiniMed 670GIn September 2016, the FDA approved the world’s first pancreatic insulin pump. Developed by Medtronic, the MiniMed 670G is the first device to combine an automated glucose monitor and an insulin pump and the first hybrid closed loop system in the world. It administers an accurate amount of insulin as required and will also automatically shut off insulin release when a drop in sugar levels is detected. This minimizes the risks of taking too much or too little insulin, both of which can have fatal consequences.The device has a continuous glucose monitor that constantly measures blood sugar levels. A sophisticated computer algorithm then figures out if someone’s blood sugar levels are too low or too high, and when too high, will give the correct insulin dose to bring the blood sugar level down.However, this device isn’t yet a fully automated artificial pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes will still need to determine how many carbohydrates are in their food and enter this information into the system.Biohacking diabetes It’s currently awaiting FDA clearance before release, and future developments include integration of data from other digital health devices like fitness trackers and the ability for users to ask Watson questions and get particular insights on demand. Cate Lawrence The world marks January 11 as the 95th anniversary of the date that insulin was first used in humans to treat diabetes. Since then it would seem that barely a week passes without another device or treatment in the works. According to the Centre for Disease Control, more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.Health monitoring is a critical part of daily diabetes management. A range of apps, connected devices, more recently wearables can assist people to monitor, treat and manage their health. As tech companies compete, let’s take a look at what on the market and what’s in the future: Follow the Puck Tags:#artificial pancreas#biohacking#connected health#DexCom#diabetes#ehealth#featured#IA#IBM Watson#insulin#Medtronic#NIghtscout#OAPS#Suggestic#top#wearables Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… What’s next?Machine learning and AI are the latest tools in preventing (in the case of Type 2) and managing diabetes. An example of the Suggestic app that employs machine learning technology to extract and validate causal patterns between each person’s genes, metabolism, diet, and psychology. IBM Watson Health and Medtronic have also joined forces to create the Sugar.IQ app. It’s an app that uses real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin information from Medtronic pumps and glucose sensors.Its aim is to find hidden patterns in diabetes data and will offer real-time and personalized insights. The app will provide individualized guidance in understanding and help to manage elements of daily diabetes decisions by creating a single platform that brings together relevant data and provides context and insights. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Smart technology can dramatically improve the lives of people with diabetes. However, it is difficult to manage the nexus between consumer demand and medical compliance as smart health devices take a long time to come to market and their costs may make them inaccessible to many. But it’s likely we’ll see more developments in 2017 as more and more technologists work to combat the problems of diabetes. read more
Human skeleton remains were found strewn near a garbage dump close to the post-mortem section of the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) here on Saturday, officials said.The SKMCH is in news for the death of more than 100 brain fever-afflicted children since June 1.“Unclaimed bodies after post-mortem are cremated in due course. These skeletal remains are found at the spot where cremations are said to take place. But I agree this should be done in a more humane fashion,” Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent of the SKMCH hospital said.The embarrassed hospital superintendent was replying to queries from a swarm of journalists who have been camping in the town to cover the epidemic-like situation that has arisen in the wake of the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which has claimed close to 140 lives across the state, with this north Bihar district alone accounting for 127 deaths.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpur Bearing the brunt, the SKMCH, which is one of the largest government hospitals in the State, has witnessed the death of 107 AES-afflicted children since June 1.“The post-mortem section comes under the administrative control of the principal of the medical college attached to the hospital. I have asked him to set up a committee to look into the matter and take remedial measures,” Dr. Shahi added.Meanwhile, as news channels beamed the horrific images, the district administration swung into action and Sub Divisional Magistrate (East) Kundan Kumar and Superintendent of Police (City) Neeraj Kumar rushed to the spot.“We will not like to comment on this episode until we conduct a thorough inquiry”, the SP (City) said.Locals say with disgust that improper disposal of dead bodies has been a long-standing problem in the area and stray dogs can be often seen pouncing upon half-burnt corpses. read more
Harbhajan Singh extended his fairytale run with bat to help India take a significant lead over New Zealand and provide the platform for the hosts to push for victory in the the second cricket Test in Hyderabad on Sunday.Harbhajan smashed the Kiwi bowlers to smithereens during his swashbuckling unbeaten knock of 85 off just 82 deliveries, and his unbroken 69-run last-wicket partnership with S Sreesanth helped India finish the day at a commanding 436 for nine, thereby enjoying a lead of 86 runs.SCOREBOARDHarbhajan’s knock was laced with seven boundaries and five massive sixes. Such was his onslaught that India racked up 113 runs in the final session.Earlier, a fluent half-century by VVS Laxman characterized India’s display in the first two sessions, but it was Harbhajan’s knock lower down the order that swung the pendulum in India’s favour.After a century and a fifty in the first Test at Motera and his sterling display with ball on the second morning in Hyderabad, the ‘Turbunator’ kick-started his innings with a couple of power-packed shots to the fence. The feisty off-spinner then pulled Brent Arnel for a massive six over deep square-leg to signal his intentions.But his best moment came when he launched into Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori, after rain interrupted the match for 18 minutes.Vettori had taken four wickets by then, including the one of Sachin Tendulkar, but Harbhajan was unfazed. He lofted Vettori over long-on for a massive six and then, in a repeat of his earlier shot, sashayed down the ground to score the maximum again.advertisementThe lusty hitting continued unabashed as the 50-run partnership between the two came up in double quick time, of which Sreesanth’s contribution was a mere 10. Long-on turned out to be Harbhajan’s favoured area as the Jalandhar man greeted Chris Martin with a massive six over that region. He treated Arnel in a similar fashion hitting him for a four and a six on the on-side.Earlier, resuming at an overnight 178 for the loss of two wickets, Laxman and Dravid survived a testing morning session after Vettori removed Sachin Tendular early.Laxman was elegance personified from the word go and was a sheer delight to watch, especially in the session between lunch and tea. The stylish Hyderabadi began the session after tea with an on-drive off Arnel before gliding the bowler towards the third man for another four. A flurry of boundaries followed moments later. Using his wrist, Laxman caressed Arnel through the on-side and then swept Vettori over midwicket for fours. He was not done yet and produced another gem, this time a wristy flick off Arnel.After Dravid departed for a patient 45 just after lunch, Suresh Raina came in and started on a positive note. He played an off-drive first up and followed that up with another well-timed boundary through the covers.But, in trying to hoick Vettori, holed out to Marin Guptill. Raina was Vettori’s second wicket of the day, to add to his dismissal of Sehwag yesterday evening.After the hosts’ cautious approach in the first session, Dravid started the proceedings after lunch in fine fashion, cutting a short and wide Arnel delivery through cover and mid-off and, in the next over, steered Martin through the gully region for another boundary.But, just when Dravid was approaching his fifty, Southee had his man.Earlier, locals here filled the stands in anticipation that Tendulkar would get to the coveted landmark of scoring his 50th Test century, but their hopes were dashed when Vettori had the champion batsman caught at first slip by Ross Taylor in the day’s fifth over.After a 20-minute stay during which he survived a run-out scare and some uneasy moments, Tendulkar rushed down the track without getting to the line of a delivery that turned away after pitching on the leg stump.The last-minute slog took the edge and Taylor stretched to his right to complete a fine one-handed catch, much to the delight of the visitors.Local boy Laxman then joined Dravid and the two ensured that India did not let go of the advantage, which Sehwag gave them with his blistering batting on Saturday.Buoyed by the local support, Laxman started with a bang, punching Martin through the covers for a boundary. Martin then tried to unnerve Laxman with a short one but the Hyderabadi was equal to task and pulled it over midwicket for a boundary forcing Vettori to replace the bowler with Southee.Dravid, at the other end, was biding his time and waited for the bad deliveries. While there weren’t many bad ones on offer, but Dravid was quick to latch on to a bouncer from Southee. The Karnataka batsman rolled his wrists on it and managed to send the ball to the boundary through a packed on-side field that had a short leg, short square-leg and short midwicket.advertisementLaxman, meanwhile, flicked Southee to the boundary and then whipped a Vettori delivery off his pads for same result.With inputs from PTI read more
Kochi Tuskers Kerala might be out of reckoning for the IPL play-offs but skipper Mahela Jayawardene said his team has not done too badly in its debut season and would aim to be more consistent.”We need to try and be more consistent, that’s a key word in Twenty20 cricket,” Jayawardene said after his side’s eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Indore on Sunday.More than the win, the Sri Lankan was delighted by the manner in which his team achieved it. “The other day we couldn’t defend 180, today we executed our plans.” With 12 points from 13 matches, Kochi are placed sixth in the points table, and the skipper, after playing his last IPL match of the season, wants his teammates to finish it on a high.”We want to finish off the season on a high, with 14 points, and we’d like to say we had a good season,” Jayawardene, who will be leaving for England to join the national team, said.A disappointed Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne felt his team was 100-120 runs short against Kochi. “It was probably one of those nights when you were 100-20 short. We can only try as much as we can. I’m proud of our guys as they are trying very hard. (But) to lose four games in a row, we’ve just made too many mistakes,” said Warne.Kochi batsman Brad Hodge, who was declared man of the match for his all-round show, said the side is still short of where it should be.advertisement”We’ve performed pretty well.We are short of where we need to be, but it’s coming together.Chasing a low total, the plan was to just go in there and play with freedom and get the job done,” Hodge said.”We are up against Chennai, it’s going to be a tough game but hopefully we can pull it off.” ” It’s good for us to come up here and put in a good performance.Warne’s got me out plenty of times, I got lucky to be honest.Used to bowl to him at the Junction Oval.- With PTI inputs read more
Tuscaloosa Police need your help finding a man accused of breaking into someone’s home last week.It happened Aug. 8 in the 100 block of Lakeview. When officers arrived, they were given video evidence of an unknown black man entering the premises and taking items from it.If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.