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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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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Business, Google, Robots, Technology

Google Acquires Robotics Company Boston Dynamics

Google announced on Friday that they had completed an acquisition of robotics company Boston Dynamics. The company has gained recognition for its animal-like robot designs that balance on most terrain and are capable of running faster than humans.

Boston Dynamics is best known for their “Big Dog” robot model, which became famous in a viral video demonstrating the bot’s ability to walk in snow and ice, and even stay upright after being kicked. They have also uploaded a more recent product demo of  the quick but noisy “Wildcat”, a galloping four-legged robot that can reach speeds of about 16 mph.

This is the latest in a recent Google trend of acquiring robotics pioneers in the US and Japan, indicating either a push at developing commercial robotics products in the next few years or the more the popular theory; that Google is developing killer robots akin to the Terminator.

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Cloud Tech, Internet, Technology

Salesforce Announces New App Salesforce1 At Dreamforce 2013

If Dreamforce 2013 drilled anything into your head, it should be that Salesforce.com believes mobile is the future. The theme started with Marc Benioff’s key note and culminated in the announcement of the cleverly named Salesforce1, a mobile app that attempts to bring all of Salesforce.com’s mobile products under one roof. There is so speculation on what exactly Salesforce1 will offer but what does seem clear is that a priority is to offer a single platform with unmatched customization for both business owners who use the technology and developers who want to create apps for it.

Salesforce1 has taken an API-first approach that allows developers a lot more control over how they take advantage of the app. An app market called AppExchange has also been retooled on the Salesforce website, allowing developers to put their apps up for consumption.

Big cloud companies have already jumped on board and uploaded apps that are already available for Salesforce1 or will be very soon. Docusign CEO discussed the integration with Salesforce last month, and their app on AppExchange already has plenty of positive outlooks. Though not crowd favorites yet, other big companies like LinkedIn and Dropbox that have had past integration with Salesforce also have apps already presented.

Salesforce1 clearly has plenty of backing, and is continuing to ride the building wave of industry hype. That said Salesforce1 at its core is a refinement of existing products, not the creation of a new one. It’s hard to say whether or not it will have a significant impact but by making it the focus of Dreamforce 2013, Salesforce has certainly made sure that all eyes are on cloud mobile for a little while.

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