Palumbo and Walczak Named MVC Doubles Team of the Week for Second Time

first_imgST. LOUIS – Carmen Palumbo (McLean, Va.) and Daria Walczak (Lodz, Poland) of the Drake University women’s tennis team are the Missouri Valley Conference Doubles Team of the Week, the MVC office announced Tuesday, April 9. This is the second time this season the pair are the MVC’s top doubles team after previously winning it on Feb. 19. Drake hosts its final home match Saturday against Valparaiso. First serve at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. Print Friendly Version Last week, Palumbo and Walczak went 2-0 and helped Drake split its first two MVC matches. They claimed a 7-5 win over Reghan Lynch/Claudia Toledo of UNI in the No. 1 match in a 6-1 victory over the Panthers. They followed that with a 6-3 win over Alye Darter/Mara Presot of Missouri State in the No. 2 match in a close 4-3 defeat to the Bears. The perfect week improved the pair’s record to 11-7 together.last_img read more

Sharks suffer another ugly loss, but do not want to see major changes

first_imgBOSTON — The Sharks never really gave themselves a chance Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-1 at TD Garden to bring an unceremonious end to a five-game road trip and one of the uglier opening months of the regular season in recent team history.Martin Jones, under siege for most of the night, had 36 saves as the Sharks finished with the road trip with a 1-3-1 record and ended the month of October at 4-8-1.Continuing a nearly season-long problem, the Sharks had to kill five …last_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector

first_imgThe Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is South Africa’s fourth Public Protector since October 2016. (Image: Public Protector, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive guide to how the process works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a complaint.The Public Protector receives and investigates complaints from the public against government agencies or officials, and has the power to recommend corrective action and to issue reports.The Public Protector’s services are free and available to all and, if you lay a complaint, your name will so far as possible be kept confidential.The Public Protector is appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the National Assembly, in terms of the Constitution, for a non-renewable period of seven years.Website: http://www.pprotect.org/The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the Public Protector’s office.How does the Public Protector work?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, who will then investigate the complaint. Think of the Public Protector as a referee who can look at all sides of a problem. If the Public Protector finds that your complaint is justified, he/she will do whatever possible to find a solution to the problem, which includes recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report the matter to Parliament, which will debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Investigations are mostly done informally, but the Public Protector can summons people to give evidence under oath or affirmation when this becomes necessary.Complainants should not fear being victimized for “blowing the whistle” on corrupt or improper practices.All information that comes to Public Protector – including the identity of complainants and their sources of information – is treated as confidential.Who can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is independent of government or political parties and can investigate:Government at any level. This includes central and provincial government, state departments and local authorities.Any person performing a public function. This includes anyone performing any official duty which affects South Africans, for example a state employee such as a policeman or an electoral officer.Corporations or companies where the state is involved, for example Eskom and Telkom.Statutory councils, for example the Human Sciences Research Council or the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.What can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is tasked with investigating improper prejudice suffered by the complainant or another person, for example as a result of:Abuse of power.Unfair, capricious, discourteous or other improper conduct.Undue delay.The violation of a human right.Any other decision taken, or situation brought about, by the authorities.Maladministration.Dishonesty or improper dealings with respect to public money.Improper enrichment.Receipt of improper advantage.What won’t the Public Protector investigate?Complaints outside of the Public Protector’s mandate include:Judgments by judges and magistrates, including sentences imposed by them.Private acts by individuals.Private companies.Doctors or lawyers who are not working for the state.However, the staff of the Public Protector can help by telling you where to complain or what to do in such cases.In certain cases the Public Protector may refer you to a court of law where going to court is the best way to deal with the problem. Since the Public Protector does not act as anyone’s legal representative, you will be referred to a lawyer if the matter must go to court.How do I lay a complaint?Should your complaint be about prejudice, you should try to solve the problem yourself before complaining to the Public Protector, for example by:Speaking to the official(s) involved; or, if that does not helpWriting to the person in charge of the official(s), for example the head of the department, or the chief executive director, or the town clerk.You could also consider approaching your Member of the National or Provincial Parliament. Only then, if you are still unable to solve the problem, should you make a submission to the Public Protector. You can do this by:Toll free line: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: (012) 366-7142Email: customerservice@pprotect.orgFilling in an online formThe following information should be contained in your submission:The nature of your complaint.The background to your complaint.Reasons why you feel your complaint should be investigated by the Public Protector.Steps you have taken to solve the problem yourself (if applicable). You should mention names of the officials you have been dealing with, on what dates, and what was said. Copies of any correspondence between you and the officials should be attached to your letter.A telephone number where you can be contacted, if you have one.In some instances the Public Protector may require a statement under oath before investigating.If you are unsure whether your problem is something the Public Protector will investigate, or if you cannot write, you can phone the Public Protector’s office on 0800 11 20 40 (toll free), or visit http://www.pprotect.org/ for other numbers. There are trained professional staff members who will listen to your complaint, big or small, and conduct investigations.In some cases the staff can help people to find quick solutions to their problems. The staff can also tell you where to complain if the Public Protector cannot help you.You could also visit the office for an interview or a consultation, if you prefer. It is better to write first and ask for an interview in the letter.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.Updated October 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Box CEO Aaron Levie On The Future Of Data Storage [Video]

first_imgnick statt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Aaron Levie#Box#ReadWrite Mix Last week, ReadWrite Editor-in-in-Chief Dan Lyons sat down with 27-year-old Box CEO Aaron Levie to discuss the complex market of enterprise cloud technology in the third ReadWrite Mix event in San Francisco.(See also Aaron Levie On The Uncertain Landscape Of Enterprise Software, Aaron Levie On Finding Mentors & Mixing Enterprise/Consumer Cultures and Aaron Levie On Growing Up During The ’90s Tech Boom)When not discussing his hilariously-named teenage startups or early ambitions to join the MLB, the one-hour sit-down saw Levie and Lyons discussing nearly every facet of the enterprise software business, from how it started and what is now to how Box aims to lead the way into its uncertain future.This 2:19 clip illustrates Levie’s uncanny ability to make even the most seemingly mundane topics – the growth of data storage – sound fascinating  As storage costs go down, Levie sees Box’s opportunity to give away more space at a lower price. “Probably in the future, you will use us for infinite storage,” he says, because “the amount of capacity we have is increasing at a faster rate than our ability to use it.”  3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

Orissa: Posco land acquisition halted due to rains

first_imgHeavy rains for the second day prevented the land acquisition for Rs 52,000 crore POSCO 12 MT steel plant project by Orissa government, even as social activists and leaders rushed to the area to support the anti-displacement brigade.”Like Friday, heavy rains prevented acquisition of land on Saturday also. Our teams were ready, but work could not be started because of rains,” Additional District Magistrate Paradip Sarojkanta Choudhury said.The process of land acquisition was stalled due to protests by locals as well as ‘Raja’ festival for five days since Sunday and will commence again on Monday.”Everything depends on the weather,” Jagatsinghpur district special land acquisition officer Surjit Das said.The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements with deployment of police force in the proposed plant site near Paradip to prevent any untoward incident.Meanwhile, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which spearheads the agitation against land acquisition has plans to oppose the acquisition by forming human chains.Politicians, social and civil right activists along with educationists are now making a beeline to Dhinkia village in the proposed plant site.A group of activists led by Swami Agnivesh rushed to the proposed project area. “It is illegal to hand over fertile land to a multinational company. The government has no right to destroy a well developed agrarian economy in the name of establishing the country’s biggest FDI,” Agnivesh said.While a delegation of Congress is slated to visit Dhinkia soon, leaders of CPI and CPI(M) and a BJP team are scheduled to tour the area next week.– With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins Signs Trike For Charity Auction

first_imgHere’s something for the young cyclist in your life.Galt Trike Signed By Bradley WigginsSir Bradley Wiggins has signed a Galt trike for a charity auction raising money for TheTOYProject.Bradley Wiggins – or Wiggo, as he is more affectionately known – sped into the public’s conscience in 2012 following a mesmerising display in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Yet to those who had been following his career in the years before, Wiggins had been a huge success in bike racing across the world for a long time.TheTOYProject provides basic support tools for children across the UK who have lost a family member or friend. These could be toys to use in play therapy to help children open up about their feelings or simply a teddy bear to comfort them at night. In addition to their work with bereaved children they provide toys to children in hospices and hospitals.The auction runs until April 6, and can be accessed via Sellebrity.org.uk.last_img read more

Apple Watch comparison Series 3 vs Series 4 which should you buy

first_img $413 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It Apple Watch Series 3 $349 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 38mm: $199 | See it at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 44mm: $499 | See it at Amazon See All The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises 4:28 40mm: $399 | See it at Amazon See It reading • Apple Watch comparison: Series 3 vs. Series 4 which should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $399 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 18 Walmart News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Comments Best Buy •center_img To be fair, I don’t go on too many 6-hour hikes — at least not without some kind of break in between — but if you do hit the trails on the weekend, or train for longer distance races, those extra hours of charge definitely come in handy. While the Series 4 is no Garmin or Polar smartwatch which can last you through an Ironman, the Series 3 would barely make it through a full a marathon. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Added health features  One of the most important new features to come to the Apple Watch with the Series 4 is the FDA cleared EKG feature that can help users screen for potentially life threatening medical conditions like Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) which can increase your risk of stroke. The EKG even helped me detect a slight irregularity in my own heart rhythm during a cardiologist visit. Nothing too serious, but still worth me knowing about. It’s the only direct-to-consumer device that can do this at the moment, and for some that could be worth its weight in gold. That said, the Apple Watch Series 3 does share some other great heart health features with the Series 4 that don’t require the EKG. They can both alert users if they detect abnormally high or low heart rates during a period of inactivity, features that have helped multiple users catch some pretty serious medical conditions. With the update to WatchOS 5, even older Apple Watches (Series 1 and later) got the irregular heart rhythm notification. The feature takes a look at the space between heartbeats and can flag if it’s indicative of AFib. But only the Series 4 can provide the additional EKG data for a doctor to get a more detailed look at the electrical activity happening in the heart. Most doctors will still require a traditional 12-lead EKG to diagnose a heart condition, but it provides a much richer picture than what the optical heart rate can show. The EKG on the Series 4 is equivalent to a single lead EKG. vanessa-hand-health-apple-watch-ekg-electrocardiogram-9681Put your finger on the electrode on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 4 to take an EKG. James Martin/CNET The other big health feature unique to the Series 4 is fall detection. It has an improved accelerometer and gyroscope which allow it to detect when the user has taken a bad fall. If the user is unresponsive after a minute, the Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services, plays a message that tells them the user has fallen and shares their current location. The Watch also shares the location with emergency contacts if they’ve been programmed in ahead of time. This feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 been credited for saving a 67-year-old man’s life in Norway after a night-time fall that left him unresponsive on his bathroom floor and other similar stories have continued to surface since it’s release.  Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Most bang for your buck  If you’re purchasing your watch through Apple, the Series 4 with cellular costs $499, while the Wi-Fi only model costs $100 dollars less. Same goes with the Series 3 at $379 with cellular and $279 for Wi-Fi only.  As I said earlier, the Series 4 is your best buy if you don’t mind paying more for the extras, but if you’re trying to save some cash, or you already have the older model, then the Series 3 is still a great choice. Winner: Apple Watch Series 3 Which Apple Watch should you buy? When it comes to watches, and technology in general, there’s no one-size fits all answer. It really comes down to each person’s needs. Your use case may be completely different to mine, but at least now you have a better idea of what you’d be getting from each. The cheapskate in me would probably end up sticking to the Series 3. As a generally healthy 30-something, the Series 3 has just about everything I need from an Apple Watch for less. See Apple Watch Series 3 at AmazonI personally would rather spend the extra money on the LTE connectivity (on the Series 4) to free me from my phone on runs and workouts, or spend it on an extra watch bands to dress it up. But if money weren’t an issue, I would go all in for the LTE version of the Series 4, because of the larger screen, better battery life and added health features. And those added health features on the Series 4 could be even more valuable for certain people, especially if you’re above the age of 65 and want that safety net that comes with the fall detection and EKG features. Either way you can’t go wrong, both are great options if you’re ready to add some tech to your watch and keep tabs on your ticker. See Apple Watch Series 4 at Amazon Garmin Best Buy Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG Apple Now playing: Watch this: Which Apple Watch looks and feels better? At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share the same basic design: square watch face with rounded edges, swappable bands and a variety of metal finishes to choose from in two sizes. To spot the differences we need to take a closer look. The Series 4 has a slimmer body, but its screen is actually 35 percent larger than the 38-millimeter version of the Series 3 and 32 percent larger than the larger 42mm Series 3. The screen on the Apple Watch 4 has grown to 40mm and extends almost edge to edge with rounded corners, contrasting with the thicker bezels and square corners of the Series 3. This means you’ll have more finger space to type in your passcode on the 4. Plus you have more watch faces to choose from. The Series 4 takes advantage of the extra screen real estate by adding more watch complications on some of the watch faces allowing you to see more information at a glance. It also seems brighter and sharper than the previous model and was easier to read in direct sunlight. 37-apple-watch-series-4-larger-44mmThe Apple Watch Series 3 (left) has thicker bezels with square corners. Sarah Tew/CNET The Series 4 feels more comfortable when pressed tightly around the wrist. The optical heart rate sensor has now been reduced to a single dot outlined by an electrical heart sensor. That’s used to power the EKG feature, along with a second electrode on the digital crown. Despite the slight size difference, both watches still use the same sized bands which you can swap out to get a totally different look. Audio in general sounds better coming from the speakers on the newer Series 4. Its speaker is now larger and 50 percent louder, according to Apple. Apple also switched up the position of the microphone, which is now located opposite the speaker between the digital crown and the home button, making calls sound clearer. And on that digital crown — last year Apple added a red dot on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 to differentiate the LTE version from the regular Wi-Fi model. Obviously this is a matter of personal preference, but I was definitely not a fan. This time around Apple made the distinction a lot more subtle by adding just a red outline of the circle around the digital crown for the LTE version. You’ll also notice a slightly different feel when using the digital crown. The Series 4 has added haptic feedback when you use it to scroll, which has a slightly more satisfying feel, though probably not a game changer for most people. Also worth noting that only the Series 4 comes in the stainless steel option (at least on the Apple Store). The Series 3 is only available is Space Gray and Silver aluminum finishes. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch has the faster, smoother experience? The Series 4 has a faster 64-bit S4 processor, which Apple says is twice as fast as the previous version. In theory this means it will probably give you a slightly smoother and faster experience, but to be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference for most basic tasks like activity tracking and notifications. Other than that, the software and user experience should be exactly the same. Every Apple Watch, with the exception of the first generation Apple Watch, received the update to WatchOS 5. The update added a handful of new features like automatic workout detection, Siri shortcuts, a walkie talkie app and the ability to stream your favorite podcasts. Winner: Both Which Apple Watch has the strongest connectivity? According to Apple, the new black ceramic and sapphire back panel on the Series 4 Watch makes it easier to transmit and receive radio waves. This is supposed to translate into better cell connectivity for you. Don’t expect iPhone level connectivity on either Apple Watch. Both my watches were on different carriers, so I didn’t get a chance to compare them in the wild, but in general I found the Series 4 to be pretty reliable when I taking calls or streaming music phone-free. Summoning Siri on the other hand was a different story and I was constantly met with a “Hold on…” response on both. This only really matters if you’re planning on getting the LTE-enabled versions which cost $100 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts. The Wi-Fi versions should be the same in terms of connectivity. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch is best for fitness? If your main concern is fitness, there are two key reasons to splurge on the Series 4: the larger screen and the — spoiler, see more below — longer battery life. At least those are the key reasons for me. I like to check my pace and heart rate while I run, and having that larger, brighter screen really helped. I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road for long to check my stats. With the Series 3 it’s a bit harder to see and I would have to slow down to check. Same can be said with just about any other outdoor sport like cycling or swimming where quick access and clear visibility is key. That said, they both share a lot of the same great running and fitness features that came with WatchOS 5 like the pace alerts, which give you a gentle nudge when you go above or below your target, and automatic workout detection which lets you start an exercise without having to set your watch. This last feature though only applies to running, walking (indoor or outdoor), swimming (open or pool), elliptical and rowing machine. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Battery life that holds up on those long workouts  After wearing them during my regular work days — which roughly consist of a mile-walk to work, sitting mostly in front of a computer, the walk back, a 30-minute run or pilates class and chasing after a toddler — I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the battery drain. Mileage may vary for you, but both my Series 3 and the Series 4 survived with just about 40 percent juice to spare after I collapsed in bed at the end of each day, with the Series 4 usually ahead by a few percentage points. I was wearing the smaller versions of each with LTE turned on, but no calls or music streaming directly on the watches. But on weekends, when I’d go on longer hikes or runs, the difference was more pronounced. According to Apple, the Series 4 lasts for about six hours of continuous exercise compared to the Series 3 which goes for about four. To be clear, that’s if you’ve started a workout in the exercise app. I even went on a 6-hour hike up Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco with both of them to test the claim (make sure to check out the video for the play-by-play). And sure enough, the Series 3 died a few minutes past the 4-hour mark, while the Series 4 kept going well beyond the 6-hour claim. I ended the hike at about 6 hours and 20 minutes, and still had enough battery to get me through my 30-minute commute back home before finally dying. 42mm: $229 | See it at Amazon Tags 6:29 The Apple Watch Series 4 and 3. Angela Lang/CNET Apple packed a lot of great new features in its latest Apple Watch Series 4: a faster processor, brighter, bigger screen, louder speaker and an FDA cleared electrocardiogram feature (ECG or EKG) that can help screen for potentially life-threatening conditions. But for a lot of people, the best thing about Series 4 is that it’s made the previous generation Apple Watch that much more affordable. The Series 3 has a similar design and shares a lot of the same specs that make us love the Series 4, but for a lot less. So, which one is right for you? Sure you can find deals out there on both models at any given moment, but in general expect to pay about $400 for the cheapest (non LTE ) version of the Apple Watch Series 4, and about $130 less for its Series 3 counterpart. If you’re on a tighter budget, this may be the deciding factor, especially because the Series 3 tends to have better deals than the Series 4 and you can get away with spending less than $200 if you do a little digging (right now it’s on sale for $199 at Walmart). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. However, for those of you who may be willing to spend a little more on the bells and whistles and want to know the differences in detail, keep reading. $349 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Watch Series 4 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Wearable Tech Mobile Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch See it Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated)last_img read more

Council Approves Port Covington Deal

first_imgBaltimore’s City Council has given final approval to $660 million in public financing for Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s mixed-use waterfront development.Artist’s rendition of what the Port Covington Project would look like after completion. (Courtesy photo)The council voted 12-1 on Sept. 19 to approve the public financing package for Port Covington. The $5.5 billion development will have offices, homes, restaurants, green space and a new campus for Under Armour, a sportswear company.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation.last_img read more

Kolkata is City of Hope now Mukesh Ambani

first_imgKOLKATA: Mukesh Ambani, managing director of Reliance India Group, started his speech on the dais of Bengal Global Business Summit 2019, saying that he was happy to be back in the City of Joy, which is also “the City of Hope now.”He went on to laud the remarkable transformation brought about in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that both the state and Kolkata are reaching new heights of progress. “I had mentioned in my speech at this summit last year that under your leadership, West Bengal is becoming Best Bengal. This is indeed coming true. My warmest congratulations to you and your leadership in taking Bengal to greater heights,” Ambani said to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe mentioned that Bengal’s GDP has crossed Rs 10 lakh crore, which was less than Rs 4 lakh crore when the Trinamool government came to power in the state. He added that the rate of growth of the state’s GDP is 9.1%, which is higher than the national figure. “Bengal has gained a foothold in the group of the fastest-growing states in India with an all-round turnaround under Didi’s leadership. Agriculture is booming and income of farmers is rising. This state accounts for the highest rise in credit flow to the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector among all Indian states. Bengal’s rise is leading to the rise of the whole of Eastern India. Bengal, along with the other eastern states, will contribute a quarter of India’s GDP by 2035,” said Ambani. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said the transformation of Bengal reflects the growth of the entire country, which is all set to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2019, overtaking the United Kingdom. “We are ahead of all countries except the United States, China, Japan and Germany. In about a decade, India will become the third largest economy with a GDP of over USD 10 trillion – which is about four times the size of our economy today. In two decades, India will become the second largest economy in the world,” he added. He said by 2047, the year when India would celebrate 100 years of its independence, it will be capable of becoming the biggest economic power in the world. “Reliance will be the most trusted partner in the fulfillment of the dreams of nearly ten crore people of Bengal,” he said. He urged the people of Bengal to embrace the revolution of digital technologies and said that it will be one of the biggest factors for both the state and the nation’s growth in future. Ambani concluded his speech saying that Reliance will always be beside the Chief Minister in her efforts to turn the state into “Shonar Bangla”.last_img read more

Tablet or Smartphone It Matters When Designing CloudBased Products

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Entrepreneurs are building cloud-based products for customers with an ever-growing list of ways to access those products. There’s the web browser, tablets, smartphones, phablets (which are still incredibly awkward), wearables, browser apps, plugins, bookmarklets, etc. Who knows what devices will deliver software products in five years (my money is on the computerized contact lens).The interesting part is that for any given piece of software, consumers are accessing it via different devices for different reasons. They’ll use the mobile phone app for a certain task while using the desktop for something else. Or they’ll use the tablet app for one thing, but the mobile phone app for another. These are the behaviors that must be understood to deliver a satisfying and delightful product experience. Entrepreneurs need to know which device customers are using to build appropriately.Related: The Man Behind Google Docs on Opportunities in the CloudThis “By Device-Action” concept is best illustrated with an example. At Kashoo, the company where I work, we build cloud accounting software for small business owners. As with most cloud-based applications, our customers can access Kashoo via web browser, a native iPad app and a native iPhone app. The typical Kashoo customer is what we consider the “new entrepreneur.” They’re not tied to a desk. They don’t work five eight-hour days. For better or for worse, the line between work and personal is blurry at best. Instead, they work from wherever, whenever, thanks to the devices that allow them to.Customer research and data analysis has showed us that our customers are doing specific accounting tasks on specific devices. For example, they’re using the iPhone app to quickly snap a picture of an expense receipt.That makes sense. Imagine someone at an airport food court opening up their laptop and holding a receipt in front of their webcam. No one would.Box is another great example. Typically, document generation happens on the desktop but once uploaded to Box, collaboration, access, editing, sharing and plenty more happens most often via mobile devices. Box understands this product use by device-action and thus builds accordingly.Extracting trends from your app analytics will help you understand how your customers are accessing the product and what specific tasks the doing. When the product is in its infancy, without a significant dataset, ask your current and potential customers what they might use your tablet app for versus what they’d use your smartphone app for. Have them tell you what they’d expect to get out of the desktop app. You’ll likely be surprised by their responses and you’ll have a better idea of how to build.Related: Could Nebula One Reinvent Cloud Computing for Businesses? September 4, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more