Google I/O 2014 – Keynote : Android TV, Android Auto to Everyday heros Luke & Charlotte Forwood

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Top Takeaways of keynote 2014

Material Design

Miniaturisation of Technology

Google I/O in under 9 minutes thanks to Verve

Catch up with Google full presentation

Of course this week we have to finish with Optus new ads and some Norwegian 80’s Power Pop

Also I want to mention a very Inspiring brave family featured on Channel 10 this week and I met Tom, at Optus, father of Luke and Charlotte and this is their story.

Luke Charlotte and Nicholas Forwood

$121,367.94 given

$125,000 Luke and Charlotte’s Goal

$3,632.06 still needed

Hi! I’m Luke, I’m 12yrs old and in year 7 at St Pius X College, Chatswood and I’m Charlotte, I’m 10yrs old and in year 5 at Sacred Heart, Pymble.

We have a baby brother, Nicholas, who is now 3 years old. In May 2013 he was diagnosed with Cancer – Neuroblastoma, Stage 4, High Risk. He is very cute, and cheeky, and has been a true fighter. The battle is long and hard and we are now only half way through it. The odds of survival of this cancer aren’t great but we are grateful that he has made it this far.

We want to do our part and so have decided to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project as they fund research into childhood cancers that are difficult to cure and have a low survival rate, like Neuroblastoma.

We decided to shave our hair. Yes, both of us! The shave took place at our baseball presentation night on Saturday 29th March at the Kissing Point Sports Clubhouse. It was an amazing night and we both love our new hair cuts.

We are amazed at the amount we have already raised but would really like to raise more because it is such a great cause.

Please helps us to help The Kids Cancer Project raise funds to cure Childhood Cancer so other kids don’t have to experience what our baby brother has.

Mum has done posts about Nicholas’ journey so far, so if you are interested in knowing more please check out her posts.

I just helped make a difference by supporting Kids Cancer Project #messengerforch… https://give.everydayhero.com/au/luke-charlotte-forwood
https://give.everydayhero.com/au/luke-charlotte-forwood


 

 

 

7.1 Billion Mobile Connections in the World and only 3.6 Billion people have a mobile device We Still Have a lot of Work to Do

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Opening of the key note for Xiaomi Mobile Asia

7.1 Billion Mobile Connections in the World and only 3.6 Billion people have a mobile device we still have a lot of work to Do

watch here http://www.mobileworldlive.com/mwl-keynote-xiaomi

 

Four Pillars of Collaborative Industry Initiative by Anne Bouverot GSMA

1. Personal Data
2. Connected Living : IOT (internet of things)
3. Digital Commerce – emerging markets
4. Network 2020 – 4g deployment and interoperable way of around of the world

Chairman of Korea Telecom called for Operators to be involved in creating a GLOBAL STANDARD for the IOT (Internet of Things)

watch here http://www.mobileworldlive.com/video-feature-mae14-day-1-highlights

According to CISCO’s research market IOT internet of things will grow to 14 Trillion US part of the new growth will be driven by products like Oral B’s connected toothbrush, that can talk to your dentist while your out for the day http://connectedtoothbrush.com/ It records brushing activity as data that you can chart on your own and share with dental professionals.

 

Interesting App from CISCO is the Global Internet Speed

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Cisco GIST allows you to measure your mobile connection speeds over cellular or wi-fi (if applicable) networks based on your location and download speed at the time of a test. Whether you’re a diehard Android fanatic or a recent Android inductee, this new application from Cisco will help you quickly understand the “gist” of what your device is capable of at any given time. This application will also enable you to compare your cellular and wi-fi speeds with other Android users around the world.
User Speed Classifications:
Web Grade (150Kbps – 449Kbps)
Your connection can support Web browsing, email, text messaging and other basic tasks.

Music Grade (450Kbps – 749Kbps)
Your connection is good enough for audio streaming or downloads and basic web browsing.

SD Video Grade (750Kbps – 1149 Kbps)
Your connection can support standard definition rich media content.

HD Video Grade (1150Kbps and Greater)
Your connection is strong enough to support high-definition rich media content.

Download your app for apple or android here http://gistdata.ciscovni.com/

 

Mobile Transformation – APPS for SPACE

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

 

Recently I met with Nick Skytland, world-famous for thinking globally and championing the concept of open collaboration as part of NASA and the space apps challenge

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/.

The big takeaway from Nick is not just open collaboration, transparency, and that the market has more brain power than a company that has 16,000 phd’s but a simple idea

Mobile transformation in the form of solving problems for space ultimately also solve problems back down here on earth. Our exploration of space is about our exploration of earth.

Take a look at two apps that have been developed as part of the open collaboration using a concept development using #rhok random hacks of kindness

SOL

http://solweather.com/

TeeMinus10

http://www.teeminus10.com/

 

NASA DSN (Deep Space Network) Canberra turns 50 in 2014

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

NASA DSN Canberra celebrates 50 years this year @CanberraDSN https://twitter.com/CanberraDSN

Australia is host to 1 of 3 listening posts for NASA’s deep space network http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/

Deep Space Network 46 #DSS46

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Canberra NASA listening post  is most famous for their retired antenna deep space network 46. This antenna received the first images of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. This retired antenna started life 1965 at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station for the Apollo missions. Its small dish X Y configuration makes it ideal for tracking near earth spacecraft and when in commission moved rapidly.

 

Deep Space Network 34 #DSS34

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Deep Space Network 34 can be maintained while tracking transmission and reception equipment was built underground in 1997 when it was constructed.

 

Deep Space Network 33 #DSS33

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This is the largest steerable parabolic antenna  in the southern hemisphere and uses X, S ,L  K, Ku bands. Constructed between 1969 and 1973, it rotates on a film of oil approx. 0.17m and weighs 3000 tonnes.

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A short history of Deep Space Network

The human fascination with the world around them has prompted the exploration of our planet, from climbing the highest mountains, to plunging the greatest oceans depths. Equally, our fascination with the universe around us has taken humanity from the relatively safe confines of the Earth’s biosphere into the black, unforgiving vacuum of space. The space race began on the 4th October 1957, when the former Soviet Union launched a rocket carrying a tiny 83.6kg aluminium sphere named Sputnik-1 into Earth orbit. For the first time an object built on Earth was in space – the first artificial satellite. On 2nd January 1959, the Soviet Union launched the Luna 1 spacecraft, followed on the 3rd of March by the United States with the launch of Pioneer 4. Escaping the Earth’s gravitational pull, they reached the Moon, passing above its surface before eventually going into an orbit around the Sun. These two craft heralded the advent of interplanetary travel. The scientific community could now seriously begin looking towards the Moon and the planets as objects of exploration. To accomplish this, a communications network was needed that could receive and transmit information and instructions between the spacecraft and controllers back on Earth. Early attempts by the US Army to launch robotic spacecraft were supported through a series of ground stations set up in California, Nigeria, and Singapore, that were managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In December 1958, JPL was transferred from the US Army to the newly formed NASA, and a decision was made to form a more comprehensive arrangement of receiving stations, the Deep Space Network. These stations would be responsible for the tracking and relay of information between mission operations centres at JPL and their interplanetary spacecraft.

You can keep up with testing #dsn #DSS35 testing continues. Watch on webcam http://1.usa.gov/1hwZaFd and on DSN Now http://1.usa.gov/1iKgZhB

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Digital Humanitarian : Towards a Code of Conduct: Guidelines for the Use of SMS in Natural Disasters

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Agile Disaster Response strategy day to prepare your company and your services to discuss the guidelines and your preparedness for Natural Disasters

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Around the globe right now there is a systems thinking approach taking place not just for Telecommunications and Emergency Services providers, the NGO’s and Aid Relief are at the driving edge and have resulted in reluctant innovation with SMS platforms.

How can Agile Analysis + System Thinking assist in these future reluctant innovations?

According to the BBC report on SMS Code of Conduct

A bit of thinking ahead of time could result in saving thousands of lives in the future

Agile Achievement suggest that you prepare for your natural disaster strategy review by downloading and review the Code of Conduct: Guidelines for the Use of SMS in Natural Disasters from GSMA

http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/towards-a-code-of-conduct-guidelines-for-the-use-of-sms-in-natural-disasters

There are a number of active companies involved in the advancement of thinking and systems and approaches to responses to natural disasters and the role that technology can play to keep people linked during the crisis, located for medical treatment and delivery of emergency aid.

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Mapping is the direction that seems to be the most logical of directions with some of the newest innovations are taking place with Ericsson connected city  http://www.ericsson.com/campaign/connectedcity/#/startPage/

As we know with Power comes great Responsibility as we recently have seen in London with the privacy challenges around the capture and use of”BIG DATA” gathered. The City of London removed the technology by http://www.presenceorb.com/ with the removal of mobile phone recycle bins as they were capturing GEO Locations of smart phones users walking by and extrapolating information.  http://qz.com/112873/this-recycling-bin-is-following-you/

Each phone uses a unique address, called a MAC address, when it connects to WiFi device. By recording the address, it is then possible to track when a   phone reconnects. The technology can track speed and locations, potentially allowing personalised advertising that even adapts according to changing   behaviour.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10237811/Bins-that-track-mobiles-banned-by-City-of-London-Corporation.html

So what exactly is the SMS Platform role in a Natural Disaster and for the Digital Humanitarian especially in the area of under served markets

Lets look at the role of SMS in a disaster cycle

SMS in Disaster Cycle

Insights from Haiti sourced from Issue 48 Humanitarian Practice Network

The Haiti earthquake: breaking new ground in the humanitarian information landscape

by Dennis King, US Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit

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http://www.odihpn.org/humanitarian-exchange-magazine/issue-48/the-haiti-earthquake-breaking-new-ground-in-the-humanitarian-information-landscape

One of the contributors to the Towards a Code of Conduct: Guidelines for the Use of SMS in Natural Disasters Souktel have a number of successful initiatives with the SMS link for jobs to aid here is a link to one of their case studies for aid in Palestine and keeping isolated women in Iraq connected.

http://www.souktel.org/aidlink-crisis-response/416-gaza-aid-delivery-by-sms-looking-back-one-year-later.html

http://www.souktel.org/aidlink-democracygovernance/115-iraqi-womens-groups-use-sms-alerts-and-surveys-to-strengthen-communities-promote-peace.html

One of the major suppliers in this space  is Frontline SMS read here on there medic service http://medic.frontlinesms.com/

FrontlineSMS was one of the first platforms to help harness the power of mobile technology for social change. Having seen how SMS was widely used in sub-saharan Africa in 2004, Founder Ken Banks built and launched the first prototype of FrontlineSMS in 2005. Our first official user was the Kubatana Trust, in Zimbabwe. Interest in the platform grew rapidly, and we created the kiwanja Foundation, now the Social Impact Foundation, to house our work. In 2008, FrontlineSMS became open-source and began to see focussed sector-specific and awarded a Silicon Valley Tech Award . In 2013 they were also named the #1 Tech NGO in the world by the Global Journal.

Another player in this space is http://www.ushahidi.com/

Ushahidi”, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name “Ushahidi” has come to represent the people behind the “Ushahidi Platform”. Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phones. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be used by others around the world. Since early 2008  they have grown from an ad hoc group of volunteers to a focused organization. The current team is comprised of individuals with a wide span of experience ranging from human rights work to software development. We have also built a strong team of volunteer developers primarily in Africa, but also Europe, South America and the U.S.

A recent BBC report looks at all angles of the digital humanitarian debate

Digital humanitarians are increasingly entering a crowded arena, and it has been
suggested that these well-meaning volunteers, sometimes monitoring and sending
texts or tweets for example, complicate the work of established emergency and
relief agencies.

For more on this listen to Click BBC report on SMS Code of Conduct http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01n9gmd/Click_SMS_Code_of_Conduct/

Best Practices around Social Media for Disaster Cycle

Social Media in Disaster Cycle

http://www.unapcict.org/ecohub/best-practices-the-use-of-social-media-throughout-emergency-disaster-relief-1

Four best practices were established: plan for social media use before a disaster occurs, utilize popular and relevant social media tools, localize disasters in social media use, and utilize mapping efforts.

Agile Disaster Response strategy day to prepare your company and your services to discuss the guidelines and your preparedness for Natural Disasters email info@agileachievement.com to facilitate your workshops and Agile consulting.

Scaled Agile : Telstra Case Study & Experience Centre

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recently the Telstra Case study of Scaled Agile was blogged and presented at Agile Australia

http://scaledagileframework.com/new-telstra-case-study/

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Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 3.40.36 PMTelstra is Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet. When Telstra’s Enterprise Data Warehouse delivery team began their Agile journey, they found themselves struggling to make the leap from agile projects to an Agile program.  After reading Scaling Software Agility and Agile Software Requirements,” notes Mark Richards (Agile Coach) and Em Campbell-Pretty (General Manager, EDW Delivery), “we were inspired to establish Telstra’s first Agile Release Train.
” Later, they both followed up with SPC certification to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

This Case Study and presentation, from Agile Australia 2013 in June, covers how SAFe provided a recipe for success, reflecting on how Telstra translated Program-level SAFe theory into practice, transforming not only the delivery capability of the EDW team, but also the culture.

Here is a link to the slides and case study

http://www.scaledagileframework.com/telstra/

On other news this week an inspired visit to Telstra’s experience centre, where partners like Samsung, Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom have digital labs showcasing some exciting things in the future.

The overall theme of the centre is about  improved connectedness with customers/employees around the country or across the world through these new technologies.

These included products such as the pack and fold V-Pod, stand alone video conferencing, that could be placed in rural or remote areas such as libraries, schools, hospitals, councils etc. It reminded me of looking at the public phone of the future a V-Pod.

A connected home also was a highlight which showcased the latest integrated control systems for the home. Via the use of a single tablet (eg an iPad), all the home’s electrical devices can be controlled with one swipe of a finger, replacing several remote controls. television, internet, Foxtel, home security, the lights, and surround sound, could all be controlled easily with one single device.

The next horizon medical lab was a highlight, which is also featured in the Telstra Our Connected Future video at the top of this blog, showcasing some of the things that Telstra have in the experience centre.

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Bored of Earth Get Ready for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Mars One is taking applications for a 9 year One Way Trip to Mars

https://apply.mars-one.com/

Here are some of the criteria you need before applying to literally a job offer out of this world.

http://www.mars-one.com/en/faq-en/21-faq-selection/251-do-i-qualify-to-apply

What are the qualifications to apply?

Qualifications

In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem – some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process.

The astronaut selection process

In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.

Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.

Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.

Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut

Characteristic Practical Applications
Resiliency
  • Your thought processes are persistent.
  • You persevere and remain productive.
  • You see the connection between your internal and external self.
  • You are at your best when things are at their worst.
  • You have indomitable spirit.
  • You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason—you trust those who guide you.
  • You have a “Can do!” attitude.
Adaptability
  • You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation.
  • You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them.
  • You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different from your own.
  • You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds.
Curiosity
  • You ask questions to understand, not to simply get answers.
  • You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not.
Ability to Trust
  • You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others.
  • Your trust is built upon good judgment.
  • You have self-informed trust.
  • Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust.
Creativity / Resourcefulness
  • You are flexible in how an issue / problem / situation is approached.
  • You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking solutions.
  • Your humor is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response.
  • You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness.
  • You are aware of different forms of creativity.

Age

The astronaut selection program will be open for applicants who are 18 years or older.

Medical and Physical Requirements

In general, normal medical and physiological health standards will be used. These standards are derived from evidence-based medicine, verified from clinical studies. The applicant must be free from any disease, any dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints, visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses, free from any psychiatric disorders. It is important to be healthy, with an age- and gender-adequate fitness level. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position. The standing height must be between 157 and 190 cm.

Country of Origin & Language

Mars One accepts applicants from any country in the world. It is possible to apply in one of the 11 most used languages on Internet: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese. The official language will be English. Nevertheless, when a candidate applies for the selection program, it is not necessary for him or her to possess an extensive knowledge of English: we will provide candidates with documentation in different languages. As applicants progress through the selection procedure, requirements on their English skills will increase.

Read more about the plan here http://www.mars-one.com/en/mission/summary-of-the-plan

Pay with your Face are you Ready ?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

If you missed this in the news yesterday, this was the big story worlds first facial recognition payment software by a Finnish company. The word “Uniqul” comes from Latin word Unicus, which means “the only of its kind”.


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The guardian have been quick to ask people’s opinion on this new Facial identification technology being tested in stores and hotels that want to ‘spot’ celebrity customers. Are you OK with shops using software that could recognise you? http://lnkd.in/aP6x_K

                               Should shops be allowed to use facial recognition software to…

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Facial identification technology is being tested in stores and hotels that want to ‘spot’ celebrity customers. Are you OK with shops using software that could recognise you?

If you read further you will find that some stores and hotels in London are also trialling facial recognition to identify celebrity clients with a package from NEC a VIP-identification technology designed by NEC IT Solutions is supposed to prevent lack of recognition.

Chris de Silva, vice president of IT Solutions at NEC, told the Sunday Times that the company had addressed privacy concerns and found that most high-profile customers are “quite happy to have their information available because they want a quicker service, a better-tailored service or a more personally tailored service.”

And here we thought Nicholas Cage and John Travolta’s Face Off was just a little bit to futuristic??

Glass: A Flexible Future with Corning’s Willow

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Devices are expected to experience a change with the new flexible Willow Glass by Corning. Willow opens us up to flexible thinking, and a flexible future that is different to the sturdy Gorilla v3 by Corning that making waves for its durability.

See the new device by Samsung recently covered by the Telegraph

We wait for the roll out of these smartphones and other products using flexible glass world-wide

Glass : Corning v’s Google

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

In a recent Agile Business Analysis course we got thinking about the future and the conversation of Google Glass started. Where are we going what will the impact of Google Glass have on medical industry, the movie industry, telecommunications industry, manufacturing, motor and retail industries?

To experience it

http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-it-feels/

A great example of first adopters are the Media Industry and have already responded with the New York Times having a google glass app.

http://www.nytimes.com/googleglass

Its not just Google that have had Glass connecting us to the future, but Dal Corning makers of Intelligent Glass that can provide seamless connection in all areas of lives.

There are lots of interesting articles from the first group of google glass users and lots of debate about implications of wide adoption.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/13/google-glass-winky-mike-digiovanni

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