|“My view is that crowdfunding will be really important in some industries, but not in all. A good example is technology companies. If you are in an early stage, tech startup, especially in Silicon Valley, and you can’t raise money from Angels or VC firms, that is a very bad sign.” — Ryan Caldbeck|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is crowdfunding, which is financing a startup project with relatively modest contributions from a large group of individuals, rather than seeking substantial sums from a small number of investors. It’s been a big buzzword since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act.
|“Not only can your photos be shared through Lytro’s site, once your images are uploaded to Lytro’s servers, you can share them all over the web (via email, Facebook, etc.) with the use of a Lytro embedded player, much like the one used to share YouTube videos. That way, anyone looking at your photos in the player won’t need any sort of extra software, they can just click anywhere on the image to shift focus.” — Grant Hatchimonji|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is light field photography, an imaging technology developed (pardon the pun) by Lytro that makes it possible to adjust the focus in an existing picture. The cool thing is that you probably won’t have to buy a $500 light field camera to fool around with this photo tech — you’ll be able to mess around with it right from your iPhone or Android phone once they figure out how to the heavy lifting (processing) in the cloud.
Here’s a gallery to visit so you can see light field photographs for yourself. (I should be able just to embed an iframe and show you right here but WordPress keeps stripping out the code.)
|“All of the major software vendors — Sybase, Oracle, Microsoft, and many others — have products specifically aimed at wireless and mobile users. The big issue, though, isn’t so much the applications and where they run but rather the data and where it resides and how it’s managed.” — Craig Mathias|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is mobile application manager (MAM), a network administration tool for remotely installing, updating, removing, auditing, and monitoring software programs installed on smartphones and tablets.
“Maybe we should start making scary sounds when someone uses poor grammar in a conversation, just like compiler warnings.” — Slashdot comment by ameen.ross
I love this idea. It would make company meetings so much more fun!
|“Hundreds of businesses, including Facebook, Zynga and dating website Lavalife, are among merchants that now accept direct-phone-billing payment. And that’s despite the high commission rates — 10% to 20% of the transaction — that the billing companies charge merchants.” — Roger Yu|
“The next version of Windows Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based desktop management tool, will allow for the sideloading of apps — that is, the installation of apps directly from Intune, without going through each device’s app store.” — Colin Steele
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is sideloading, the installation of an application on a mobile device without using the device’s official application-distribution method. Sideloading works differently on different mobile platforms. On an Android OS device, you simply check a box in the operating system settings. On an Apple iOS device, however, you have to jailbreak the device.
|“There are four reasons that have been ballyhooed around for this acquisition to happen: Microsoft wants to show it is social, Microsoft bought the talent and experience (which is the main reason cited by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft), Microsoft wanted to buy clients that would not have chosen SharePoint and convert them, and Microsoft is building a convoluted “something” using Skype, SharePoint, Office, and Yammer.” — Esteban Kolsky|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Yammer, the enterprise social service just snapped up by Microsoft for $1.2 billion. And that’s not a typo.
|“In the car, Siri will be the go-to person for the obvious stuff — finding music, placing phone calls and texts, locating a good sushi restaurant — but I bet she could also raise and lower windows, start wipers, dial in a cruise control setting, close the trunk, and more.” — Jim Motavalli|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Siri, Apple’s voice recognition system. At last month’s World Wide Developer’s Conference Apple announced that General Motors, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Jaguar/Land Rover will be integrating Siri into their vehicles through a program they’re calling Eyes Free.
|“Cloud computing promises many benefits: It can reduce IT costs and downtime while vastly increasing storage, mobility and provisioning options. But, it’s also a potential security nightmare: perimeters disappear, clients and servers move around at will, and old models of access control, authentication and auditing no longer apply.” — David Newman|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is CloudSwitch, a company that makes cloud migration software. SearchCloudApplications.com has put together a handy guide comparing many of the leading cloud migration platforms.
|“Single tenancy goes hand in hand with those proprietary mainframes that Larry [Ellison] wants his customers to buy because that’s the best thing for Oracle.” — Marc Benioff|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is single-tenancy. Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Marc Benioff (Salesforce) have been debating whether or not you can lure customers with promises of a single-tenancy architecture and still call it “cloud.” Ellison thinks you can. Benioff says that clouds, by definition, are multi-tenant.