Cloud Tech, Docusign, Salesforce, Technology

Salesforce1 Boost

Salesforce saw a major increase in adoption for its Salesforce1 platform for social, mobile and cloud applications. Pushing its new concept called “The Internet of Customers”, Salesforce is referring to the infrastructure that will connect its marketing cloud applications and databases.

In its first month, the Salesforce1 Customer Platform drove a 96 percent increase in Salesforce1 mobile app active users and a 46 percent increase in active users of custom mobile apps. The company predicts somewhat of a tech revolution, where companies will connect every employee, partner, product, app and device to their customers using the power of social networks, mobile devices, and cloud computing.

The company reports that partner apps built and optimized for the Salesforce1 Customer Platform have already doubled since its launch. More than 250 partners have committed to delivering new Salesforce1 apps on the Salesforce1 AppExchange.

“Salesforce’s strategy is for Salesforce1 to fuel ‘a golden age in enterprise apps’ by acting as a platform upon which both enterprise customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) can develop and run new apps that are fully integrated into the Salesforce user experience,” said Dr. Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT, Ovum

DocuSign, an electronic signature transaction platform is part of an integration with Salesforce. “DocuSign for Salesforce1 creates new opportunities for DocuSign customers to extend the value of Salesforce by delivering apps and data Relevant Products/Services in a single place where everything is connected in the context of the customer,” said Keith Krach, chairman and CEO of DocuSign. “As the global standard for eSignature, DocuSign for Salesforce1 brings our powerful and easy-to-use eSignature solution to more customers globally so they can close deals faster in the cloud and in person from the convenience of their mobile device.”

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New Gadgets, Technology

Razor Unveils Fully Modular PC Prototype

Already a well respected gaming hardware producer, Razor is looking to make PC gaming accessible to the more casual gamer with Project Christine.

Moving away from the boxy “tower” design of traditional gaming PCs, Project Christine is essentially a sleek looking rack of empty bays. These bays can be filled with modular components simply by sliding them in, ranging from GPU, CPU, RAM and any other computer component.

It offers the power and customization of a gaming rig but without the complicated cords and chips that often present a difficulty barrier to entry to less hardcore gaming fans.

The unveiled product is still a prototype, and CEO Min-Liang Tan plans to “throw it out to gamers and see if people like it.” If results are promising, Razor would being planning to make Project Christine a mainstream reality.

You can look over the Project Christine and its features at Razor’s announcement page here.

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Business, New Gadgets, Startup Highlights, Technology

Startup Highlights – You Can Now Talk To Your Dog For $65

The latest bizarre crowdfunding tech story is the dog-to-English translator device from No More Woof. The device looks like a small, telephone headset worn on a dog’s head that functions by picking up brainwave patterns associated with common dog responses and translating them into English phrases such as “I’m tired” or “I’m hungry”.

The website offers a range in products and price placement, ranging from a $65 “Micro” model capable of vocalizing “2-3 thought patterns” to a $1200 “Superior” model that learns algorithmically and may give your dog the ability to put multiple, pre-recorded statements together, aka speak sentences.

The developers stress that the project is still in its early stages and that the offered products are research support rather than end designed projects, and list a number of future research goals such as artificial limb control for disabled pets or training enhancements. However the “Holy Grail” of the project is two-way communication translating human language into “dog”, or potentially any animal.

You can look over the project website yourself here.

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Cloud Tech, Docusign, Internet, Marissa Meyer, Salesforce, Yahoo

2014 – The Year Mobile Won

In an appearance on Bloomberg TV, Google CEO Eric Schmidt outlined his thoughts on 2014, general tech trends and Google’s biggest mistake that it plans to correct in 2014. Among other topics, a major sticking point was that if 2013 was to be the year of the mobile, then 2014 will be the year that mobile has won.

Mobile has been on a sharp rise for the last few years, and in 2012 many predicted that 2013 would show the best has mobile has to offer but other tech giants seem to agree that the best is yet to come.

Cloud giant Salesforce.com and CEO Marc Benioff dedicated their famed cloud convention Dreamforce to highlight the release of Salesforce1, a condensation of their business suite onto mobile. Benioff and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer continued to have a keynote on how going mobile-first was the way of the future.

In a lot of ways Salesforce is cloud, with no other true competitor in sight and cloud has always been about digitizing technological function to make it more fluid. Taking cloud services to mobile seems to be a logical extension of that.

Many important cloud based companies have either already endorsed Salesforce1 by supplying apps for the platform, made their own mobile improvement efforts or both in the case of companies like Docusign (whose CEO Keith Krach already collaborates with Salesforce) and their recent announcement of their 2014 Winter release and a focus on improving the mobile experience.

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Business, Cloud Tech, Communications Tech, Docusign, Social Media

Momentum 2014 Conference Signups Are Open

It seems that tech conferences give their attendees just enough time to recover before announcing a new get-together in San Francisco. Hot on the heels of Dreamforce 2013 last month, Docusign has announced their annual tech conference Momentum 2014 and signups are already available online.

The official website claims it will be “3 days of unparalleled networking and discovery” and it should live up to that statement if Momentum 2013 is any indication. Last year’s event gave Docusign a chance to showcase major advances in e-signature and cloud and the permeation of e-signature into almost every major industry. This year’s emphasis is on becoming 100% digital, and attendance promises “actionable strategies to cut costs, conserve resources and make your company truly unstoppable.”

Like any good technology conference, Momentum 2014 hosts numerous tech celebrity speakers. Docusign executives Keith Krach (CEO), Tom Gonser (CSO) and Roger Erickson (VP of Customer Success) will all have speaking events. The two guest stars this year are John Hinshaw (VP of Technology and Operations) from HP and Zach Nelson (CEO) from cloud software company Netsuite.

Momentum 2014 has two events March 4-6 event running in Docusign’s home in San Francisco and a London conference taking place on June 4. Early bird passes are currently selling for $795 (compared to a normal price of $995) with a 3-for-2 bundle going for $1,990 and an 8-for-5 at $4,975. Docusign has always had a strong tradition of content marketing, and the Momentum announcement combined with their recent 2014 Winter Release indicates a major effort to catch the tech community’s attention before the year closes out.

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Going Green, International, Technology

Electronic Waste Expected To Hit 65.4 Million Tons By 2017

A recently published study has found that recycling of electronics may be more important than ever. Profiling 180 countries, the study determined that the increasing integration of electronics into mainstream life has resulted in a massive build-up of “e-waste”, expected to hit 65.4 million tons in 2017. Electronics

The US alone was reported to generate 9.4 million tons every year making it the largest source of e-waste in the world. China came in second at 7.3 million tons per year.

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Image courtesy of US Army Environmental Command via flickrcc

An unfortunate cleanup solution for developed countries has been to simply ship it to lesser-developed countries and dump e-waste there, where locations for proper recycling do not exist and attempts to scrap it result in exposure to harmful chemicals and heavy metals – often by child workers. The US ships 26,500 tons of e-waste to poorer countries each year.

The EU has drafted legislation in hopes of addressing the problem, and Britain will be the first country to implement the changes. New laws coming into effect in the UK starting 2014 require EU member states to recycle 45% of electronic products place on the market.

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New Gadgets, Technology, Transportation

McLaren Announces New Windshield Based On Fighter Jet Technology

Sports car designer McLaren recently announced that they intend to do away with windshield wipers in favor of new technology used in fighter jets. Dismissing windshield wipers as an “archaic technology”, McLaren cars utilizing the new gadget could be coming out as early as 2015.

Image courtesy of Basheer Tome via flickrcc

McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson says that he was inspired when he noticed that military jets don’t have windshield wipers for low-level flight, and that he managed to find out why from a source within the military at great effort. The technology Stephenson is referring to is thought to be running 30khz ultrasound waves through the windshield, creating a vibrating “forcefield” that keeps the windshield clear of rain, small debris and even insect residue.

Mainstream integration of the technology could bring multiple benefits to drivers, mostly that a sufficiently low price could result in cost savings from not having to replace wiper blades. There is also the possibility of a small boost in fuel efficiency, since the wiper blades disrupt airflow going over the vehicle and generate resistance.

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