I tried Siri with great anticipation when it first came out, but like many others I ended up turning it off once the entertainment of the built-in Siri eggs passed (which was pretty quickly).
Siri comes no-where close to the promise of the advertising and hype – it is not surprising that some class action suits against Apple have emerged in the last few months related to Siri.
This is an interesting paper that is worth reading - A Generation of Software Patents .
Some highlights from the paper: most software firms do not patent; most software patents are obtained by a few large firms (mainly for defensive purposes rather then to promote innovation); and software patents are more likely than other patents to be involved in litigation (and number of lawsuits have more than tripled since 1999).
Some other sites related to software patents:
I ordered a suit from Indochino today. I originally came across their website through a news article on their company.
I visited their website and their prices for a custom made suit were very reasonable. They also provided for virtually every customization or mix and match of style elements you could want.
The Indochino website provides instructions on how to make the measurements necessary for a suit. However, after looking at what was involved I was certain I would mess up one or more of the measurements. At this point I decided I wouldn’t order from the website.
By chance, I noticed on their website that they had a local “Traveling Tailor” store coming to Ottawa for a few days in April where they would do all the measurements. I took advantage of that service today and it took about an hour to walk through the style selection, measurements and payment.
The Traveling Tailor operation had a very strong customer processing workflow in place, the store was well laid-out and they were well-staffed. It was a very pleasant and efficient shopping experience.
Indochino is a well-funded VC-backed start-up based in Vancouver. The Indochino business model relies heavily on automated machine cutting of fabrics and China-based labour for assembly. The finished suit is shipped by FedEx within 21 days. They offer every guarantee of satisfaction one could expect.
In three weeks I will see how well Indochino works. Some survey results from other Indochino customers is available in this blog posting from January 2012.
Update – June 9 – my order has not arrived. So much for their 21 days promise! Now I have to chase them to get my suit or a refund. Their website has a big warning about a heavy backlog of emails… that does not bode well. I’ve come across other postings of people complaining of orders not arriving and unresponsive customer service.
I’ve tried many webmeeting services over the years and have been consistently using gotomeeting (http://gotomeeting.com).
I regularly try new services where I am looking for more frictionless “adhoc” or on-demand meetings (gotomeeting has delays installing client software and launching the viewer for the participants), multi-meeting managers services (one master account, multiple authorized meeting managers), and overall lower costs. Things that are must haves: low cost, 100% reliable operation, high fidelity screen sharing and audio.
I recently tried “http://join.me” and would not recommend it. My experiences:
- The audio bridge quality is absolutely horrible – echo, and poor quality sound.
- The screen sharing response is very laggy for the conference participants and can be pixellated.
At best, the join.me service may be suitable as a free service for internal team use perhaps but certainly not as a paid service, and certainly not for use for a customer presentation or demo.
Mobile communications is the new frontier of government and public relations. New changes to congressional rules have allowed organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) to get critical information out to the public and legislators using mobile technology. Purple Forge is powering organizations such as the API to mobilize this information in a fast and cost effective manner.
Purple Forge and the American Petroleum Institute were honored with two Pollies™ for the mobile applications (http://myappsinfo.com/api/) developed for advocacy of the petroleum industry at the annual American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) awards held in Austin, TX on Friday, March 30. The Pollies™, considered the Oscars of political consulting, are scored and awarded by a blind panel of industry judges chosen from inside the association.
“America’s energy future is our top priority and we take great pride in educating the public on what this industry can do and mobile applications have become a powerful communications tool in our outreach,” said Marty Durbin, Executive Vice President of the American Petroleum Institute. “ We are now able to reach thousands of Americans every day with apps on their mobile devices – people who care about creating new jobs and securing more of the energy we need. These awards serve as further proof that U.S. energy security matters and that the public is paying attention.”
The API mobile applications were developed to engage both the public and legislators with critical information about the oil and gas industry in the U.S. New rules in Congress have allowed legislators to carry mobile devices into the house, and with energy policy taking center stage in the 2012 election campaign the API apps allow the public and decision makers to carry production and employment data at all times.
“The American Petroleum Institute was able to recognize the opportunity with the new house rules and put what would have been binders filled with paper into an application that is readily accessible to any legislator,” said John Craig, VP Sales and Marketing. “By placing an Economist-like ‘Book of Numbers’ on the oil and gas industry into the hands of legislators, they are helping to create fact-based debate that will lead to better overall legislation for the public.”
The mobile applications are available for download on the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices.
Mobile applications have become table stakes in political campaigns. Purple Forge (http://www.purpleforge.com) worked closely with the Green Party of Canada to develop the most innovative mobile application used to date in a national political campaign. The four AAPC Pollie(TM) wins help underscore that importance for the 2012 election campaign season.
Purple Forge and the Green Party of Canada were awarded four Pollies™ at the annual American Association of Political Consultants (http://www.theaapc.org/) awards held in Austin, TX on Friday, March 30 for their mobile application developed for the 2011 Canadian federal election campaign. The Pollies™, considered the Oscars of political consulting, are scored and awarded by a blind panel of industry judges chosen from inside the association.
The mobile application was developed to allow volunteers, supporters and donors to find out who their local Green Party candidate was based on their postal code and make donations to the party from their iPhone device. However, the most innovative aspect of the application was the gamification of political tasks. Users could earn points for volunteering, getting friends to pledge to vote or requesting a lawn sign. These points were run on a national scoreboard, allowing Green supporters to internally compete to be the parties’ greatest advocate.
“Mobile applications dovetailed directly into our party’s campaign strategy of engaging Canada’s youth and instilling in them a competitive spirit to help get the first Green Party MP elected to Parliament,” said Craig Cantin, former Deputy Campaign Manager. “In an era when young people are becoming even more disenchanted with politics, the Party wants to use every new technology to reach out to our youth voter.”
“We are extremely proud of the recognition the AAPC provided to this innovative campaign application,” said John Craig, VP Sales and Marketing. “This was the most innovative application that has ever been deployed in a federal election, and we look forward to providing this technology to campaigns in the US and around the world in 2012.”