IoTino at the awards

The IoTino concept has been submitted to the current round of IoT / M2M Innovation World Cup, where supposedly 100s of projects and concepts have been submitted. Hence, chances of winning are slim.

On a positive note, people I talk to about the gains of IoTino are generally positive.

Also, I’ve secured that hardware design and production can start pretty fast provided market interest.

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Microsoft and patent trolling

This is a sad story:

Microsoft makes more money from Samsung than from Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox combined

What incentive does Microsoft then have to be competitive in the smartphone/tablet arena? Answer: None. They are just going through the motions, as they always have.

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NFC in iPhone 6

For a very specific use, not for generic triggering (at least for now):

I want to use NFC for things other than paying for stuff

Apple has locked down the NFC chip in its phone so it can only be used for Apple Pay. If you want to use it for exchanging contacts, checking the fare on your transit card, or whatever else, you’re out of luck. No iPhone for you!

(Quote from Wired)

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News from WWDC14

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, integrated barometer (!), mobile payments, Apple Watch, and more.

The 6 Plus is further blurring the line between phone and tablet (or phablet).

And a bit of sarcasm: “The bottom line: You will feel like a lesser human being if you don’t immediately purchase one of these phones.”

The Only Things You Care About From The Apple Event

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NFC in iPhone 6?

I don’t like to spread rumors (and it’s still a rumor), but many have written about upcoming support for NFC in iPhone 6, and it would for instance be very welcome for use with Abiro’s CliqTags, as described here: Can I use NFC tags with CliqTags, and if so how? Hopefully the scenario described also works with iPhone/iOS.

The rumor started already during May, and as rumors go people seem quite convinced that it’s true, but you never know with these things.

Here’s one of the more detailed notes about this, also describing NFC:

iPhone 6, NFC & TouchID: Apple’s 2014 Mobile Payments Push Explained

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News about Twitizer

A few new features added to Twitizer, and a few more are on the way, reflecting the fact that it’s mostly used for tweeting videos nowadays, and that it was in dire need of a redesign.

Twitizer Blog

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News about CliqTags

A collection of news published lately:

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Updated apps

Google is closing down the old AdMob service they acquired from AdMob Inc, and replaces it with a complete end-to-end upgrade.

That has required changes to all apps using such ads, and a few other things were enhanced as well, as per below:

HighLight

  • Better-looking flat icons.

My Checkin

  • Uses Google Maps Android API v2.
  • Also a slightly new look with button icons.

Twitizer Uploader

  • Updated the look to that of twitizer.com.
  • Increased stability and size of uploaded files.
  • Reintroduced ads.
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Twitter mania

Here’s a summary of Web apps Abiro provides that have a relation to Twitter.

Click to see more information and to go to respective site.

CliqTags

Build mobile campaign sites (supports Twitter feeds).

CliqTags300

Trends

Follow Twitter trends via charts and events.

Trends

TweetLink

Create self-contained tweets.

Twitizer

Tweet with multimedia. See also Twitizer Uploader.

Twitizer - Timeline public

More is on the drawing board.

Ask us about integrating with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.

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News about Twitizer

Normally news about Twitizer is posted on the Twitizer blog, but here’s an aggregation of things that’s happened the last months in reverse order. See the blog for more.

  • A flat design with mono-colored icons and buttons, a new logo and a more consistent color scheme
  • Support for emojis
  • When uploading a video, it will show up in the Twitter stream as well, by including the link to YouTube
  • When uploading one or more pictures, the first one will also show up in the Twitter stream
  • If posting a tweet with a location you can now deactivate the display of the map
  • When you enter http://twitizer.com/@name you are taken to that user’s Twitizer timeline
  • Links, usernames and hashtags in messages behave as expected
  • Fully supporting the latest Twitter API (1.1)
  • When removing a message at Twitizer, it’s now removed at Twitter too (including any retweets)
  • When clicking on the Twitter icon for a user or message, you are taken to that user or message on Twitter
  • Much increased performance by caching pictures both on the server and in the browser

Twitizer - Timeline public

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