Collaboration is about working together, and when we can work through our IT systems to connect with each other simply and easily in the ways that make knowledge flow to where it needs to be, only then will we have achieved the real benefits of our investments in IT, applications, and networks. Interoperability between social media sites is something that's so easy and effortless today in the consumer world, that we mostly take it for granted. For example, if you send out a tweet, you can make it automatically appear in your Facebook news feed. Sharing your favorite bits from your photo or video sharing site is usually as easy as tapping a button. Simple, easy social connectedness between all the places we keep our information online is the norm (yes, there are exceptions, but that's my point; they are exceptions.) Consumer quality integration, however, is much less common for enterprise users. Integration between business applications typically comes at great cost because of its … [Read more...] about Enabling collaboration with open APIs
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Esri.com has a really cool interactive map where you can view information about cyclones and hurricanes in your area. The hurricane feeds update every 15 minutes with the latest information on things like hurricane paths, both projected and historical, as well as precipitation levels. Storm surge information is also updated every 20 minutes. This is key considering that storm surges are the biggest threat to property and life from hurricanes. One of the coolest features of this map is that anyone posting videos, photos, or tweets can attach it to this map. Small icons representing the user's social media channel of choice cover sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. The social data provided on this map goes through all the standard social channel API's plus the PDC (Pacific Disaster Center). Here's the breakdown: News Feeds: We gather the headline news from various on-line news agencies and pass each link through the RSStoGeoRSS web service. We use the Aggregated Live Feeds … [Read more...] about Social Media: Hurricanes, cyclones and real-time reporting, oh my!
Remember the rumor that Apple was going to update its Apple Store app to include real-time iPhone inventory status? Well, it never came to pass, at least the way I imagined. In 2008 a developer built an iPhone 3G tracker by scraping the Apple Store’s JSON data feed (Apple quickly pulled the feed). Then in 2009 Apple posted an official iPhone 3GS tracker that was updated hourly and linked to its sales system. Unfortunately, it's 2013 and the current implementation is incredibly obtuse and difficult to use. There's no simple chart that simply shows where to find an iPhone 5s in stock. It's a huge step backwards from 2009. To find an iPhone 5s near you, you need to go to Apple's buy page, click on the configuration you want, then click on the tiny blue "check availability" link in the right navigation bar. From there, you can enter your zip code to see availability at five stores at a time, for that configuration. If you want to check another color or … [Read more...] about Unofficial iPhone 5s tracker helps customers find gold (Update: And then there were two)
The Google Glass API has been available for some weeks, and over the weekend my ZDNet colleague Steven J Vaughan-Nichols blogged that the source code for the Glass devices was now available. I decided to have a look at how developers can build apps for glass. It's a bit stranger than you'd think. I assumed it would be that Glass was just like another Android device, albeit with a funny screen and new input method. Moreover, I'd assumed that users would download and run apps on it much like a smartphone. However, the device is not structured anything like a smartphone, and the programming model is similarly differently structured. Whenever a user sets a Glass device up, they get given a "timeline". It's through interaction with this timeline that the device works. For example, take a photo, and it appears in your timeline. Receive an email, and a notification appears in your timeline. Timelines are a collection of "cards". You've likely already seen pictures of … [Read more...] about Just how do you write apps for Google Glass?
The Boston Marathon bombings caused the most pronounced wave of sadness across the Internet that the creators of Hedonometer had tracked in their five years of measuring online happiness. Hedonometer, a site that gauges the "daily happiness averages" on Twitter by looking for certain words in English-language tweets, debuted this week. The index charts the "emotional temperature" of a given day on Twitter going back to Sept. 2008. The happiest day online as judged by Hedonometer turns out to have occurred very early on in the period studied thus far. Dec. 25, 2008, the first Christmas Day tracked by the project, enjoyed a very joyful 6.37 happiness average, with words like "Christmas," "merry," "family," and "holidays" turning up frequently in tweets on that day. Prior to the Boston bombings, the saddest days recorded by Hedonometer was Dec. 14, 2012, the date of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The happiness average on that day was just 5.89, but … [Read more...] about Researchers: Boston Bombings Make the Internet Especially Sad