Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com
by Ryan MacInnis
Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
A-Ha Social Business Summit - New Hampshire #throughglass
Google Glass Explorer Donald Schwartz attended the A-Ha Social Business Summit where everyone was there to share social marketing knowledge with a focus on video. So, of course, he was busy all day with Glass demos and discussions around where wearable might fit into the social mix.
Interview: Larry Grumer, Energy Harvesters CEO
Last week I attended TechCrunch’s Boston Pitch-Off, where 15 startups had 90 seconds to pitch their products and services to a panel of judges.
Voted "fan favorite," Energy Harvesters LLC is commercializing the Walking Charger™. Embedded within your shoe, the device transmits the kinetic energy built up from walking into a battery to charge your phone. By being voted "fan favorite," Grumer and co-founder Sherry Handel won two tickets to TechCrunch's Disrupt event in New York next April.
I caught up with co-founder and CEO Larry Grumer to talk about this interesting concept.
NFC Is Far From Dead: Here’s Why
In the last few years, analysts and reporters have repeatedly declared NFC dead, while technology providers struggled to make it work. But there are some major players that are clearly not ready to give up on it, and that’s a good thing. NFC is a great technology with the potential to play a big role in mainstream mobile payments adoption.
Analyzing the App Generation
The rapid innovation of digital media and its impact is as big as the introduction of the written word or printed messages. This is according to Harvard psychology professor Howard Gardner, and I couldn't agree more. Gardner made this statement as he and co-author Katie Davis discussed their new book "The App Generation" at a packed First Baptist Church in Harvard Square.
Google Now, the Future of Your Website
I've been spending a lot of time with Google services lately as I explore switching from my trusty iPhone and iOS to Android, specifically the Nexus 5. It's been a surprisingly smooth transition, and I've started to prefer Android to iOS, in many ways because of the deep integration with Google Now, which gets me the right information at just the right time.
A few other notable stories include: Paying tuition with Bitcoin, Sony's SmartWig Patent, Why AWS rules the Cloud, Visitors booking their stay to a luxury hotel using Twitter, and Teaching with Open Source.
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