Augmented Reality: Enhancing our View of the World

first_imgSpending on Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will reach $160 billion by 2023, according to estimates by IDC. Production of AR headsets is increasing 141 percent annual, and is expected to reach 32 million units in 2023. Just a few examples of AR applications include: Educational – Students can visualize and interact with objects to understand the topics that they’re studying. Museums – Artwork will be augmented to enhance the experience of the museum visitors. Equipment Maintenance and Repair – Augmented visuals to help diagnose and then explain the step-by-step repair of equipment. People with disabilities – Translation of environmental data. Visual information can be converted to audio, or audio can be converted to visual.center_img Augmented Reality (AR) is digital data that superimposes a user’s view of real-world objects. It is technology that enhances the things that we see, hear and feel. Healthcare – Visualization assistance for physicians in surgeries. Marcus Torchia, IDC’s research director for Customer Insights & Analysis , said that “augmented reality is gaining share in the commercial market due to its ability to facilitate tasks, provide access to resources, and solve complex problems.” Mike Elgan, journalist for InsiderPro, writes that “as the prices come down, the dam will burst and AR will become a runaway platform just like smartphones were 10 years ago.”last_img read more

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Top 10 Enterprise Products of 2009

first_imgOur list includes three companies that made the list last year. We expect that this list may have some surprises. We welcome your feedback on the products that made the top 10 and your thoughts on ones that didn’t make it.Microsoft Windows Azure and SharepointMicrosoft has made huge strides with Sharepoint 2010. It is expected to continue its march into the enterprise this coming year. It may not be a best of breed application by any means, but its API is attracting a healthy number of third-party vendors. These companies are developing services to bring a level of transparency to enterprise data, which has historically been trapped in data silos.But Windows Azure is Microsoft’s most exciting development. Ray Ozzie unveiled the cloud-based platform at the Professional Developers Conference last month and it is living up to its promise. It supports Ruby on Rails and MySQL, another sign that open-source is welcome on the Azure platform. Dallas, its mashup service, embraces the computational power of cloud computing, giving developers the ability to create their own applications that they may sell via the Azure platform. All in all, the services Microsoft is providing makes it a natural fit for the Top 10 list.Jive Software SBS 4.0 This Portland-based company continues to make strides into the enterprise. Earlier this Fall, the company unveiled Jive SBS 4.0, its most significant update to date. SBS 4.0 is Jive’s latest version of its enterprise collaboration technology. Jive may be the most threatening competitor to Microsoft Sharepoint. Its platform integrates with Microsoft Office and the iPhone, and provides a social layer that users find compelling. Jive recently raised $12 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital.Salesforce.comSalesforce.com took a deep dive into the social space this year, culminating with Salesforce Chatter, a real-time service that acts as an internal social network for its customers. It was the culmination of a big year for the cloud-based service. Force.com, its application platform, saw significant growth. To date, developers have launched 135,000 applications on the platform. Furthermore, a growing number of third-party services are integrating with the platform, showing again how important Salesforce.com has become in the Enterprise 2.0 space.SocialCast Social Business IntelligenceOne of our favorite companies in the web space, SocialCast is one of those services that just seems to understand the market and execute accordingly. What sets it apart is the user interface and SocialCast Social Business Intelligence and its sophisticated analytics environment, which will be a critical aspect to any service providing a real-time feed in an enterprise environment.Google AppsGoogle is making a clear move into the enterprise in a number of ways. Most recently, it enhanced its integration with the Blackberry. Google Sites recently had a major upgrade. Overall, Google is investing heavily in features to give enterprise customers more incentives to switch from Microsoft Office.We’ll see how 2010 turns out for Google, but the path looks pretty clear for Google Apps to make further gains in the enterprise.MindTouchMindTouch continues to find traction with its open-source services. Its most recent offering, MindTouch Cloud, is an open-source alternative to Sharepoint.Its ability to stitch together different data elements gives MindTouch an advantage in the enterprise, as customers seek additional ways to create dashboards that provide views into their internal systems and external environments.Cisco CollaborationThis choice may be a bit of a surprise, but we feel that Cisco’s investments in VOIP and collaboration services position it as a major player in the market. The company is acquiring Tandberg, it launched a social network service for internal use in the enterprise, and its VOIP service is now integrated with Salesforce.com.We see 2010 as the year that Cisco must tie it all together. It needs a glue to connect all of the services that it offers. Unlike Microsoft or IBM, Cisco lacks an underlying data structure. Still, the company’s deep commitment to collaboration technologies in 2009 shows how it is transitioning to a new market that is built in many ways upon a social fabric.SocialtextThe Socialtext story dates back to the days before Web 2.0. It began as a wiki provider and has since transformed itself into a collaboration service with real-time, microblogging integrations. In the past year, the company has continued to innovate – most recently with SocalCalc, the spreadsheet service that allows for multiple users to collaborate simultaneously across multiple documents.The challenge for Socialtext is to move past its perception as a wiki provider. The market is far larger for a collaboration platform and Socialext knows it. It will face steep competition in the enterprise against entrenched players like Microsoft and newcomers like Jive Software.present.lyThis is another company that may be flying under the radar to most, but is taking a smart approach with enterprise customers. Present.ly is an enterprise collaboration service that provides a real-time activity stream. It is profitable and growing, and is taking the steps required to gain the trust of enterprises. Its security is tight and it offers the choice of an on-premise solution.present.ly is one of those elegant services that we admire for its smart fit with services like Twitter; and its compatibility with an array of mobile and web-based services.Apple iPhonePerhaps one of the most revolutionary consumer products of our time, the iPhone is now also having a dramatic impact on the enterprise. Waves of business users have adopted the iPhone, creating demand for a new generation of enterprise applications.It’s the Web that matters. Apple understands that dynamic far more than RIM and its Blackberry, which has a tough fight on its hands in 2010. There is no slowing down the iPhone; it’s quickly becoming the app of choice for the enterprise.In ConclusionIn 2009 we saw the rise of collaboration services, the maturing of cloud computing and advances in SaaS platforms. The rise of mobile technologies will continue in 2010. And social technologies in the enterprise? Well, they’re here to stay.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 2009 may be remembered as the year that enterprises truly understood the importance of social software. This was manifested by the rise of enterprise collaboration services, cloud computing technologies and the growing importance of mobile technologies for the enterprise.Web-based services are moving fast into the enterprise, raising questions about document-based environments in a world increasingly influenced by real-time information. We saw this time and again as the year rolled on. It played an important factor in how we developed our top ten list.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#2009 in Review#enterprise#Trends last_img read more

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Announcing The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’re really excited to announce the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app! The reading and sharing experience was key for us, so we kept the functionality smart and simple. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve integrated with Read it Later and Instapaper, so that you can mark things to read later. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app.We invite you to find out more details about the ReadWriteWeb iPhone app and download it now from iTunes. Tags:#Admin#web I’d like to thank the developer of the app, Nicolas Koenig, who runs an iPhone development shop from the Netherlands called Toopia. Toopia also created theThermometer iPhone app, which enables your iPhone / iPod touch to get the current temperature based on your location. I’d also like to thank ReadWriteWeb’s Webmaster Jared Smith and Marketing Manager Elyssa Pallai, who both put in a lot of work to develop this app.So check out the new ReadWriteWeb iPhone app and download it from iTunes. Then tell us what you think!Camera Plus Pro is the only iPhone camera app which offers geo-tagging, full-resolution photo editing, and multiple and simultaneous photo uploading to various sites. You can tag, search and personalize photos. Visit now and explore other power-packed features! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanuslast_img read more

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As Internet Growth Slows, Tablets And Mobile Data Are The Industry’s Best Hope

first_imgowen thomas Related Posts Tags:#Internet#Internet usage#Kleiner Perkins#Mary Meeker#mobile#mobile revolution Growth in Internet usage on the whole is slowing, technology investor and analyst Mary Meeker warned in her latest Internet Trends report, an annual exercise in looking at the state of the industry that she’s done since her days as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and has continued at Kleiner Perkins, the venture-capital firm where she’s now a partner.While Meeker spent most of the report, which she published online and delivered at the Code Conference in Los Angeles Wednesday morning, looking at the Internet’s opportunities, the first line of the report should give people pause:• Internet Users<10% Y/Y growth & slowingfastest growth in more difficult to monetize developing markets like India / Indonesia / Nigeria  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting • Smartphone Subscribers +20% strong growth though slowingfastest growth in underpenetrated markets like China / India / Brazil / Indonesia Tablets are surging, with unit shipments growing at a 52 percent annualized rate; tablets have now surpassed both desktop and laptop PCs in sales. And mobile data usage is growing even faster, at 81 percent.Yet if overall Internet usage isn’t growing, especially in the developed markets where it’s easiest to make money off of users, that suggests that tech companies are, to a large extent, just reshuffling deck chairs, shifting share around as consumer habits change.Or they’re looking to make more money off the users they have. Meeker pointed out that Google makes six times as much money per user as Facebook does, and twelve times as much money as Twitter.One area where Meeker sees growth is the continuing shift of video usage from linear television to on-demand, online video.See also: Goodbye, TV Channels—And Hello, TV AppsMeeker’s complete report is available on Slideshare:KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Abhishek Banerjee sets target of over 250 seats for Trinamool in 2021 poll

first_imgSenior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday set a target of winning 250 plus seats in the next Legislative Assembly poll. Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of the TMC and is nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the BJP’s thinking of winning Bengal has no basis.“In the next assembly poll in 2021, we should fight to win 250 plus seats in the state. The BJP thinks it can win Bengal. But they are wrong. If our party supremo Mamata Banerjee permits, we would score 10 goals against BJP everyday and they won’t stand a chance against us,” Mr. Abhishek said while addressing TMC’s students wing-Trinamool Chatra Parishad- foundation day rally here. The total strength of the West Bengal assembly is 294. They (BJP) has emptied the coffers of central government and RBI and are lecturing others on financial issues, he said. While referring to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s decision to give Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre, Abhishek said the reserve money of the central bank has also been exhausted due to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, while reacting to Abhishek’s claim, said he is living in fool’s paradise.“He is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks that TMC will win 250 seats. The TMC would find it tough to get even 30 seats and acquire main opposition party status,” Ghosh said. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC.The TMC’s tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. In the last few years, the saffron party has made deep inroads in Bengal and emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth positions respectively. It’s leaders are now asserting that their next target was to unseat Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly elections.last_img read more

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LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again

first_imgHead trainer Buboy Fernandez was also present at famed boxing gym during the training session.Pacquiao parted ways with Roach before his bout against Lucas Matthysse in July, but had said he wasn’t closing the door on a return.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach working the mitts. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is back in his old stomping ground with a familiar face by his side.READ: Manny Pacquiao back in LA, trains even on Christmas ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rain or Shine headed to Bahrain to bolster buildup for new PBA season BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The eighth division world champion worked the mitts with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who is now serving as a consultant for Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Adrien Broner, at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Friday.Manny Pacquiao with his trainers at Wild Card Gym. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOREAD: Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fightFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPacquiao flew back to LA before Christmas as he continues his training camp for the January 19 welterweight title defense, his first bout in the United States in two years.READ: Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

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