How might NFL discipline 49ers Reuben Foster?

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster had his marijuana-possession case dismissed Friday in Alabama, two days after the 49ers linebacker had domestic-violence charges dropped in a different case in Santa Clara County.All the remains from the fallout from his two offseason arrests is a misdemeanor weapons-possession charge that will be tended to at a June 6 pretrial hearing in San Jose.San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Reuben …last_img read more

At MWC 2017, a cutting-edge, crazy showcase of IoT solutions

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#featured#GSMA#Huawei#Intel#KopaGas#KT Corporation#MWC#MWC2017#NB-IoT#NBIoT#Nokia#Smart Cities#smart city#top#Veolia#Vodaphone#wearable tech#wearables Seal monitoringSeal numbers in the waters of Scotland are in decline. In response, The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU has developed smart telemetry tags using NB-IoT technology in a five-year study to track and monitor the movement of harbor seals and determine the causes of their population decline. The sensors are attached to 20 seals at present by strong glue to log detailed data on the animals’ behavior, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound.I spoke to Dr. Bernie McConnell of the Sea Mammal Research Unit, who explained that they were one year into their study and so far, had received rich data that enabled them to gain a greater understanding of what the harbor seals were eating. He also noted that “While this kind of project doesn’t result in big achievements for tech companies, it is important and it hs value.” He detailed that the NB-IoT could also prove beneficial in studies of marine life such as whales and sharks.Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive. The seals molt their fur every three months upon which the trackers fall off meaning the sensors are harmless to the seals but vital in providing important information on their wellbeing and living conditions.Connected safety clothingKT (Korea Telecom) has partnered with clothing manufacturer Kolon to create a connected jacket designed for use in remote locations, where the wearer may become stranded and cannot request help. It comes equipped with sensors that detect movements of a person in distress, then transmits them via a small NB-IoT module. The jacket is also furnished with LEDs and acoustic sensors to assist rescue. The company additionally developed the “IoT Life-Tech Jacket Marine,” an upgrade to existing life jackets. It not only contains a floating tube but also sensors and telecom modules that collect the wearer’s information such as identity, heart rate, and location and send it to emergency control centers.Historically, one of the great challenges in developing such solutions is their viability in rural or mountainous areas, where network coverage can be unreliable. This problem is overcome by NB-IoT technology, which enables connectivity in hard to reach locations. Additionally, NB-IoT also uses very low amounts of data, which potentially allows batteries to last for many years. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Cate Lawrencecenter_img The GSMA’s Innovation City at MWC created a space to reveal some of the most cutting-edge mobile-enabled products and services in the world today. There was plenty of spectacle worthy tech including connected vehicles (even a rickshaw), a robot playing a drumkit and immersive VR experiences.  Yet some of the most interesting are those that solve social or environmental problems where other methods are inefficient or ineffective. Here’s a sample of those showcased:Urban wastesmart-city-gestion-dechets-urbains-conteneur-connecteVeolia received first prize for NB-IoT innovators in the Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase’ competition.The competition was designed to encourage the development of new and innovative Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) solutions based on licensed Mobile IoT standards.Each entrant was supplied with an easy-to-use development kit which, although optional, helped with the development of new products and solutions that utilized licensed Mobile IoT technology.See also: Cisco brings digital know-how to smart buildingsOne of its innovations: connected containers that allow for smarter management of urban waste. The connected containers invented by Veolia are a major innovation in the field of smart waste management. Equipped with narrow-band (NB-IoT) sensors, they provide real-time visibility on their fill level and are also able to detect fires in the bins. It makes it possible to reduce the number of trucks needed for waste collection and consequently limit CO2 emissions.In partnership with the telephone operator Huawei, the data collected by sensors is transmitted via Vodafone Spain’s mobile network and then processed to optimize collection circuits. Connected gas metersCooking with charcoal and firewood is equivalent to being exposed to 400 cigarettes per hour, however in sub-Saharan Africa, while people want cleaner fuels, paying for gas up front is too expensive for most, exposing more than 80% of families harmful fumes every single day. African Gas provider KopaGas has created a solution to the problem through the use of smart meters and pay-as-you-go technology in Tanzania where customers pre-pay for small amounts of LPG gas for cooking through mobile payments. KopaGas was awarded a seed grant by GSMA through their Mobile for Development Utilities Program in 2015.The availability of commercial LPWA solutions is expected to take off this year and was a key theme as well as be a key theme at Mobile World Congress 2017. There are currently over 30 commercial pilots around the world across a number of sectors such as smart parking, smart water meters, smart grids and smart gas amongst others. This number is expected to grow dramatically over the coming months. By 2025 nearly 20% or 5 billion mobile connections will be cellular or LPWA (2bn cellular and 3bn LPWA.LPWA and NB-IoT seem to be the buzz words of MWC, surpassed only by the ubiquitous Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. But while the value of AI can be at times, limited to academic benefit, real-time, tangible real life results can be linked to NB-IoT advances. Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

The Biggest Challenges of Building a Custom Chat App and How to Overcome Them

first_imgThe fact that users are always seeking more and more social connectivity has caused a boom in the creation of messaging applications – some, of course, more engaging than others. If you’re thinking about taking a shot at this ever-growing market, here’s a heads up: as everything worthwhile in life, building a custom chat app will pose a few challenges. From the get-go, you’ll want to settle on one big decision: accessibility. Whether it is to send a quick message or share a file, users will want to access the application any time, anywhere. You’ll want to make sure your use is fully accessible both on mobile and desktop. Taking on a deep dive into these challenges in 3, 2, 1. The Challenge: Picking Core Real-Time FeaturesFact: chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Facebook Messenger have raised the bar. Users expect a core set of functionalities to be available on the cloud communication services they choose. From voice calling to live streaming, it’s essential to address all their requirements of today’s tech-savvy users. Overcoming the Mysterious World of Real-Time FeaturesMake sure you don’t only stick to the minimum viable product for your chat app, the core set of real-time features you enable have to work – and work well! Here’s a list of the functionalities we suggest keeping on your radar:Give instant messaging priority. Basic. Users should be able to send one-to-one and group messages instantly, efficiently and in real time. Host custom fonts, stickers, and emojis. This adds a bit of spark on conversations and keeps them lively.Allow users to mute chats. Group chats are especially active and some of the buzz may be a bit much, so allow users to be able to mute them altogether.Enable statuses such as “read, sent, and seen” for the messages. Everyone wants to see whether their message was received or not. Enable video and voice calls. Your users will expect to be able to make individual and group calls as well as video chats.Allow file transfers in several different formats like voice notes, videos, images and documents.The Challenge: Choosing the Right Tool Stack for Your Messaging ServiceThe right anything will significantly depend on what you’re looking for. All the variables you’ll have to take into account to choose the right technical tools can be daunting. So choose wisely, this will make all the difference when it comes to the security and functionality parameters you’ll need to make a successful chat app. Overcoming the Paralysis-by-Analysis of Tech RequirementsThe server architecture becomes a significant part of your chat app. From the single point of entry (load balancer) through the application logic, all the way to its database and back. Make sure your database can scale correctly. As far as databases go, you’ll need it to scale horizontally. There are some solutions in today’s market (like Amazon’s DynamoDB) that make this more accessible to a certain extent. Don’t reinvent the wheel with the architecture. We suggest using services that already offer the basics of this architecture. Twilio, for example,  is a programmable cloud communications platform that works as building blocks to add messaging, voice, and video in web and mobile applications. When using this type of service, you won’t have to spend all your resources designing extremely complex server clusters and architectures, but rather, you can just put the pieces together and choose the features you want.Use a front-end framework like React or Angular. These are probably the two most popular JavaScript-based web app frameworks. We suggest using them because they make creating a modern web client easier.The Challenge: Making Your Chat App Stand OutBuilding a “normal,” message-sending app is no longer going to cut it. Users and their ever-growing needs will expect your custom text messaging service to have some type of differentiator. Why should they switch from the mainstream applications to yours? You’ll have to give them something to get excited about. Overcoming The “Normal” App SyndromeWith such high expectations and users always looking for an infinite source of everything in a single place, think about having one of these unique features built as a core functionality of your application:Send push notifications to keep users active within the app and inform them when new messages have arrived.Provide the ability to sync reminders and events to their calendars.Enable message broadcasting so that users can send a single text to different contacts regardless of them being in a group or not.The Challenge: Providing Top Security on Cloud Communication ServicesMessaging apps can host sensitive and confidential data. If yours is not secure enough, users will be wary about using it, and this could result in low product adoption. While building your text messaging service, keep in mind the level of security you want (hint: high, very high). Encryption is not only desired but expected by most users nowadays; no one wants their proprietary information transmitted over the internet in the clear. Overcoming Security ConcernsSecurity is not taken lightly when it comes to the cloud communication services out there. Most (successful) messaging apps have applied one of the following tactics: Make it so that the private key is stored on the device itself and therefore inaccessible without the device.Allow the ability to time a message so that it disappears from both the sender’s and the receiver’s devices a certain amount of time after it’s read.Build an always-on, reliable, genuinely end-to-end encryption where no one can decipher the content of the messages.Here’s a snapshot of end-to-end encryption when using a cloud communications platform like  Twilio: The Challenge: Getting Actual Users and Having Them StayEngage. Such an overrated word and yet… so much riding on it. If your users are not engaging with your product, it will undoubtedly, be difficult for your app to be successful. By building a rocking text messaging service with all the right real-time features, implementing additional functionalities, securing the personal content transferred within and securing the technological stack you’re on the right track but, that alone, won’t make your app a success.Overcoming the Product Adoption HurdleWhen it comes to product adoption, think “how, when and what will my audience actually use?” That’s the basis of everything. Now, to break that down into actionable pieces of information:Create a good onboarding experience for your chat app. By simply pointing out where everything is within the app, creating tooltips and/or messages for users, you can increase the amount of features they are using and, therefore, make sure they stick around.Personalize their experience. Was your app built for different segments? Create different screens and tooltips making their experience unique. Aligning the experience with each of the user’s needs will increase the chances of them continuing to use the app. Help them spread the word. By creating easy ways to share the application and providing incentives, you can encourage early adopters to spread the word.Keep them updated. Whenever you launch a new release, change a functionality or implement a new feature, let the users know. Whether it is through a blog post, a newsletter or an in-app notification, they’ll appreciate you keeping them in the loop.  Check Yourself. To recap on all the ways to make your messaging app a success, we’ve created this checklist to help you go step by step on every point. Diana GonzalezMarketing Specialist at Scopic Software Marketing specialist at Scopic Software where we craft and execute marketing strategies for companies in over 10 different industries. 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