The Impact of Mobile Technology on Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management

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Logistics, supply chain, and transportation management will benefit from new mobile and networking technologies that will lead to collaboration among manufacturers in order to lower costs. Mobile Strategy GPS logistics near-field communications NFC retail RFID supply chain

Microsoft Buys Nokia For $7.2 Billion: What Does It Mean For Mobile Learning?

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Despite the deal, Float senior analyst Gary Woodill suggests iOS and Android devices are "sure bets" for your company, while the other manufacturers struggle. Industry News Mobile Devices Android Apple BlackBerry disruption theory Google iOS Microsoft Nokia Symbian

Why Recycling Our Mobile Devices Is Critical

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The enterprise plays a pivotal role in the move away from the “take-make-dispose” pattern of product manufacturing and toward a “reduce, reuse, recover, and recycle” strategy. The post Why Recycling Our Mobile Devices Is Critical appeared first on Float. Mobile Devices Mobile Strategy circular economy recycling reuse virtualization

Interesting Design and Construction Techniques

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Looks like we may be carrying mobile devices made of organic materials, which would allow for a more sustainable and greener manufacturing environment This article is somewhat related to mobile learning in that it talks about the form factor of mobile devices of the future.

Nokia’s Intriguing Vision(s) of the Future

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The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has issued several new videos on their view of the future of mobile devices. Following the footsteps of Apple, their concept are highly stylized designs that use the entire mobile device as an interactive display. The HumanForm is a tear shaped phone that is flexible. Here is a video of what they have in mind: Jarkko Saunamaki, Senior Design Manager at Nokia, has his own channel on YouTube with other videos showing prototypes of other big ideas.

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Surface RT Costs Microsoft $900M

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What is surprising, however, is that the company so grossly overestimated demand for the product that it apparently had its manufacturers build many millions, such that it would then have to write down the value of millions of units of unsold Surface RT stock,” wrote Ars Technica’s Peter Bright. (Comic via Matt Forcum) Microsoft took one on the chin last week when the company announced they had lost $900 million on the Surface RT. With quarterly revenue of $19.90

gPhone- Android and the clone wars

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The name Android evokes thoughts of the 1980s PC clone wars and the fact that Apple was ahead with the Macintosh for UI and experience, but Microsoft caught up by defining an OS and hardware clone manufacturers just conformed to a specificatio. This week Google announced Andriod, the long awaited gPhone. More importantly they discussed the details of their approach called the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) of multiple handset hardware and OS vendors.

Introducing the $35 tablet!

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An Indian manufacturer has made a lovely prototype, and has offered to supply 1m of the devices for $35m, which the government is considering to buy for education) But = still. $35 I had the honour of meeting one of the Global VPs at TATA today, and getting a small insight into the extraordinary power of the Indian market for technology. One part of our discussion was about the recent announcement of a $35 Android powered tablet targeting education Yes – you heard that right. $35 35 ! (it

Are Apps the Future of Mobile Learning?

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This task is made more complicated because of the variety of mobile devices that learners within organizations may have, whereas manufacturers like Apple can target only the devices they create. If the devices are standardized, organizations can create their own app stores and leverage the app stores of the manufacturers they choose to go with. As a developer, you constantly look for the “next big thing&#.

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Converting phone video to play on your PC

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This is often because phone manufacturers are pushing the envelope in compressing media (especially video), but the PC players are a bit slow to keep up. In the mobile learning world we seem to be forever converting media from one format to another. This is exactly the time to turn to the Open Source community, and today's post is to point out a few excellent sources of free media conversion

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Hacking Siri for Learning

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Retrieving manufacturer and model specific procedures (ex., When Apple launched the iPhone 4S, one of the key differentiators to previous models was the inclusion of Siri. For those who haven’t been bombarded yet by the marketing campaigns, Siri is an intelligent software assistant and a knowledge navigator that essentially functions like a digital personal assistant. You can find out more about it here: [link]. To get the official Apple spiel, see here: [link].

Mobile Devices: Breaking Through the Walled Garden

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I am a fan of the HowStuffWorks podcast “Stuff You Should Know” Recently, I listened to the episode titled, “What’s The Future of the Internet” and the discussion on net neutrality and the walled garden of devices got me thinking about how device and OS manufacturers are restricting our experience of the Internet and the implication this could have to learning in general and mobile learning in particular.

ICT lessons learned from Rwanda

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They are using the Universal Access Fund to achieve this and are manufacturing devices in-country to lower costs. At the recent Africa – Continent of Opportunities: Bridging the Digital Divide event in Berlin (see my notes here ), Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Rwanda, shared some lessons from 15 year of ICT adoption in his country: Vision 2020 is a Government development program in Rwanda , launched in 2000 by Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

Have You mEnabled Your eLearning For iPads?

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Since its launch, back in April 2010, Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads – a mind boggling quantity unmatched and way ahead of any other device manufacturer. It literally revolutionised the ‘hand held’ mobile, tablet market across the world. Unsurprisingly, global enterprise’s interest in the iPad is growing and it is reported that a staggering 94 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are either testing or deploying the iPad.

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8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

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Here’s another statistic that bodes well for mobile, Apple sold more iPads in Q4 2011 than any individual PC manufacturer sold PCs. 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems.

Top 10 Use Cases of Mobile Training Solutions

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Pharmaceutical Industry: The Pharma industry is constantly challenged with training their sales personnel on the benefits and side-effects of the drugs they manufacture and market. Technological advances have made people addicted to their portable devices be it smartphones, tablets or laptops. With mobile devices, people have instant access to a sea of information.

Format Wars in the Mobile Space

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Today, however, that same family of 4 would typically be in the market for one cell phone per individual in the family making the market much larger, thus the stakes for mobile manufacturers much higher. Since the early 1980′s, gaming manufacturers have used proprietary software with digital locks to keep their content from landing on other consoles. The problem here is that while there are some gaming manufacturers that create games for many formats, others do not.

Workers Favoring Mobile Devices Over Laptops

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52% of the 1400 respondents said they could see themselves using their smart phone as their only computing device (if manufacturers continue to improve those devices). I stumbled onto an article from the Wall Street Journal called “Time to Leave the Laptop Behind&# and found some interesting information about trends in employee preferences while traveling.

Take A Leap Of Faith With Mobile Learning

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We normally use mobiles in short bursts of 1-2 minutes and in environments as varied as being on the Tube, on a plane with no connectivity, or inside a high decibel manufacturing facility. This article was originally published in Learning Technologies 2013’s special show guide issue. Mobile Learning has been on the horizon for a long time but has met with scepticism and technical constraints in its early days.

M-Learning Decisions: Web App or Native App?

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“We use BES server to give us relatively secure access to our internal network,&# says Alfons Schermaier, senior architect at chemicals manufacturer PPG Industries. I’ve written a couple of posts about the differences and the advantages and disadvantages of native applications and web applications when it comes to mobile learning. Check out these previous posts on Apps for the future and Google vs Apple to see where I was coming from.

Mobile Devices: Breaking Through the Walled Garden

The Mobile Learner

I am a fan of the HowStuffWorks podcast “Stuff You Should Know” Recently, I listened to the episode titled, “What’s The Future of the Internet” and the discussion on net neutrality and the walled garden of devices got me thinking about how device and OS manufacturers are restricting our experience of the Internet and the implication this could have to learning in general and mobile learning in particular.

mLearning: Moving Beyond the App

The Mobile Learner

The first factor is the design and manufacture of hand held devices that are small, yet powerful enough to act as mini computers. Apps are the foundation of all mobile platforms. The explosion in the use of mobile devices, especially smart phones, is the direct result of two factors. The second is the design and development of applications that run on these devices that allow users to access information and accomplish tasks on the go.

The New Microsoft Surface Tablet and the Rear-view Mirror Effect [Mobile]

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I admire the fact that in designing and manufacturing a Tablet, Microsoft chose not to “copycat” the iPad and instead took a chance with a bold new approach to Tablet computing. Herbert Marshall McLuhan, the late, great philosper, who is known for coining powerful expressions, such as “the medium is the message,” had one quote in particular that has stuck with me for a long time, namely: “The past went that-a-way.

Flash Player On Devices – Going Mobile Just Got Easier

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But iPhone aside, Adobe has been doing a lot to try to get mobile device manufacturers to include the Flash Player on their devices as either a stand-alone player or a browser plug-in. As one Google guy I spoke with recently said, “everyone is thinking about mobile.&# And that is a really good thing for mobile learning.

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Here’s Why I am Excited about Google Glass [Video]

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This is why it isn’t surprising to me that Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch. source: bluebugle. When you consider that the average smartphone user checks his/her device 150 times per day, it doesn’t take much to realize that the next big thing will be wearable computing. Smartphones are incredibly smart, they help us in so many ways throughout our day (maps, reminders, status updates, etc.),

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Is eLearning on Tablets Really mLearning – My Stance

The Mobile Learner

Being able to get a different view when you rotate the devices doesn’t make the experience ‘uniquely mobile’ The landscape view is a way manufacturers try to incorporate more resources on a smaller screen to try an mimic the desktop.

Across Africa the Feature Phone is Not Dead – Your Weekend Long Reads

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Transsion, a little-known Chinese handset manufacturer, now sells more phones than any other company in Africa. Quartz Africa reports that last year feature phones took back market share from smartphones in Africa. The market share of smartphones fell to 39% in 2017 (from 45%), while feature phones rose to 61% (from 55%).

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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RCS Messaging – 8 New Mobile Marketing Features Last week, Google announced that 27 more wireless carriers and device manufacturers have signed up to start supporting RCS messaging, which allows businesses to develop more enhanced mobile messaging programs. Drop it like it’s bot: Brands have cooled on chatbots Facebook, like many brands, is focusing away from chatbots. Key quote: “Users expect personalized, human-like assistance from bots — and that’s where they fail, at least for now.”SMS

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The New Moto X gives us a Glimpse into the future of Mobile and Predictive Computing

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This is a great start and I look forward to more manufactures doing more. This morning I received an email from Motorola with the subject Moto X. Ready when you are. I mostly ignore emails telling me about new smartphones, but the copy inside the image definitely got my attention today. Here’s what it says in case you didn’t get the email: Moto X responds to your voice – no touching necessary.

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Voice for Development: Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

If you’re into manufacturer, you can now buy one of a range of Alexa Development Kits for a few hundred dollars to construct your own voice-controlled products. While ICT4D innovates from the ground up, most tech we use comes from the top. Yes, it takes a little time for the prices of commercial services in Silicon Valley to drop sufficiently, and the tech to diffuse to the audiences we work with, but the internet and mobile have made that wait short indeed.

mLearning: Moving Beyond the App

The Mobile Learner

The first factor is the design and manufacture of hand held devices that are small, yet powerful enough to act as mini computers. Apps are the foundation of all mobile platforms. The explosion in the use of mobile devices, especially smart phones, is the direct result of two factors. The second is the design and development of applications that run on these devices that allow users to access information and accomplish tasks on the go.

Keep Contact Lenses Current with Acuvue’s Easy Text Reminders

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Contact lens manufacturer Acuvue has come up with an easy way to help people remember to get their lenses renewed. If you’ve ever had contact lenses, you know that the refill process can be a pain – and if you forget your refill, you might spend a day or two walking around half-blind until you fix the problem! You text in when you need your prescription refilled; Acuvue will text you back with a reminder when the time comes. It’s that simple.

Eee PC hands-on

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There is a 9-inch screen model coming soon (a few days), as well as similar-sized machines from just about every major PC manufacturer, so this is definitely one class of mobile devices to watch. Jonathan Nalder www.mlearnxyz.net I’m on secondment from my Learning Support teacher job this week to a Master Class in using ICTs for Inclusive Education.

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Western New Yorkers Fight Air Pollution Can Fight Air Pollution Over Text

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The Smoke and Stink Campaigns are designed help neighborhoods address the issue of large manufacturing plants emitting foul-smelling and hazardous chemicals into the air, causing respiratory problems and other illnesses for residents. Niagara-region citizens are breathing easier thanks to a series of new mobile messaging campaigns to fight air pollution from Grow 716 , the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo , and the Clear Air Coalition of Western New York.

The Mobile Learning Engine (MLE) for Moodle

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By contrast, different handsets designed by different manufacturers each have their own web browser which implements bookmarks in different ways, making it very difficult to train a user in how to bookmark a Moodle page as the process is specific to their device. One recent interesting development in mobile learning has been the creation of mobile interfaces for Online Learning Environments.

Google Goggles will rock m-learning.

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A textual search is useless, but a visual search would allow you to take a photo of the chair and let Google’s servers offer some suggestions about who might have manufactured, designed, or sold it. Back in 2006, I made some predictions about where mobile learning might be heading, including the use of augmented reality or “Heads Up&# data displays to provide information on a learner’s environment and allow learning “in situ,&#.

3 Consumer Groups Drive Nearly 70,000 Calls and Defeat the DARK Act

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Consumer groups have been fighting for years to make labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) mandatory for manufacturers. When a crucial piece of legislation is working its way through Congress, how do you mobilize your supporters and make sure their voices are heard on Capitol Hill? Food & Water Watch , the Organic Consumers Association , and the Environmental Working Group faced this very question.

The United Auto Workers Use a Crucial Negotiation to Double Their List Size

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Last fall, with a contract renewal looming, the United Auto Workers were negotiating with the Detroit Three auto manufacturers. The negotiations extended past their expected close in September, and on into the late days of November. As the negotiations dragged on, eager auto workers wanted to hear updates about how the discussions were progressing.

The touchscreen XO – a (p)review & update on OLPC Australia

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Once hyped as the ‘$100 laptop’ at at time when such machines cost many hundreds more, the final manufacturing price of the XO-1 was closer to $200 plus – but even so the impact of the XO’s development was enough to shock traditional computer companies such as Intel and Microsoft into helping birth the netbook and focusing on emerging markers with new energy. Preview: XO-4 Duo hybrid laptop/tablet from OLPC Australia. Based on use of an early XO with touchscreen prototype.

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mLearning Testing Tools & Methods

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from the device manufacturer’s support site or other common web locations. As active practitioners and consultants for enterprise mobile learning initiatives, a frequent question we get asked is “What kinds of tools can you recommend to help us test our mLearning content before we release it to our mobile workers?”

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The future is mobile, but will it be participatory or proprietary?

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The key features of a vendor or proprietary system is that the manufacturer determines the specific purpose for its use and designs it so that the user can accomplish that specific use relatively easily and not much more. If such a machine breaks, consumers accept that they may need to replace a part from the manufacturer or purchase a new one.

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Cell Phones in Education Part 2: Assistive Technology

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More and more cell phone manufacturers including RIM and Palm are 0pening up their own app store with free and paid apps to personalize and extend the potential uses of their hardware. There is baggage that comes with the term “assistive technology&# as the use of this term often generates certain stereotypes. One of them is that assistive technology is specialized technology.

How Should YOU Be Using Mobile? Let These 4 Organizations Be Your Guide

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4) 3 Consumer Groups Drive Phone Calls to Congress & Stop the DARK Act in Its Tracks Bread nutrition facts Consumer groups have been fighting for years to make labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) mandatory for manufacturers. This post originally appeared on Salsa Labs’ blog. For the original post, click here. Everybody knows that mobile is the best platform to reach the most people.