5 Technology Tips For the New Year

David Bergstein
Written by David Bergstein
on January 11, 2012

As we are just getting started in 2012, I would like to share with you some of my top technology tips for the coming year. I have pulled these together mainly with accountants in mind, however this should also be relevant to other professionals. Take a look at the list and let me know what you think or what your tips are for the coming year. Read further >


Optimizing Channel-Specific Experiences of Content and Software

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on January 04, 2012

Recently I made a post about creating meaningful user experiences in a multichannel world. That post talked about the issues of leveraging a single content asset over a variety of devices. I am an early adopter of mobile devices and my personal collection has expanded to include an iPad, iPhone, and Kindle Fire for personal use and a Blackberry for business use. I use Blackberry, by the way, only for email and phone calls. The recent addition of the Kindle Fire has made me look at the issue of multichannel user experience in greater depth. Here are specific examples of the issues: Read further >


Meaningful User Experiences in a Multichannel World

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on December 14, 2011

Creating a positive user experience out of a single content asset is more challenging than ever. Just think about a single treatise. It can be available today in print, CD-ROM, as an ebook on the Kindle device, the Kindle Cloud Reader or the Kindle iPad app. It could be available on the Kindle Fire, taking advantage of color and graphics. It could be available as a PDF accessible through the Kindle, iPad, or a PC’s deskt0p. There are many ways to make it available through the iPhone. It also could be accessed through a Web-based research application, such as IntelliConnect. In the context of Web-based research applications, user experience can differ according to the type of browser used – Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer – and even the version of a particular browser, such as Internet Explorer 8 versus Internet Explorer 9. Early adopters might be experimenting with Internet Explorer 10. It’s a multichannel, multi-browser world. Read further >


Innovation

David Bergstein
Written by David Bergstein
on November 30, 2011

I just sat through a presentation of a practice management software application that transformed the way people worked and functioned. Innovation according to Wikipedia is the ”creation of better or more effective products, processes, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by markets, governments, and society.” It is interesting to note that innovation differs from invention where as the former is relating to use of a new idea or method and latter is the creation of the idea. Read further >


Flipboard, your personal magazine

Ruud Kluivers
Written by Ruud Kluivers
on November 28, 2011

I assume you have heard about Flipboard, and bet that if you own an iPad you may be a Flipboard user just like me. For those not familiar with Flipboard, think of it as your very own personal social magazine. The Flipboard app pulls information from the web, both from news sources and from your friends pages and services, like Facebook and Twitter. All this information is presented automatically in an appealing magazine-like format. Needless to say the content of your magazine is updated continuously.

Personal settings travel with you

Recently Flipboard released a new version and introduced Flipboard Accounts. I believe this is a big deal in those environments and households where not every single individual has its own iPad. With Flipboard accounts you can share an iPad but still have your own very personal Flipboard magazine. As the company states; “With Accounts, your reading preferences stay with you no matter how you access Flipboard. For example, families and friends who share an iPad can log into Flipboard and find their favorite sections.” Read further >


Being Disconnected in a Connected World: Are You Prepared?

Rosalie Donlon
Written by Rosalie Donlon
on November 07, 2011

I live in Connecticut and we were hit by a freak snowstorm on Oct. 29, with up to 18 inches of snow in some areas. I’m fortunate that I have power and heat, but as of Nov. 3, approximately 540,000 electric company customers still have no power. This situation, which follows a similar loss of power in August 2011 as a result of Hurricane Irene, made me think about ways to remain connected and productive. Read further >


It’s a Mobile World! Are you Ready for the “Post PC Era?”

David Bergstein
Written by David Bergstein
on November 04, 2011

The November issue of the Journal of Accountancy has an article where experts explain what should be on your wish list for 2012 or a preview to Tech 2012. Rick Richardson comments are most interesting to me in terms of intelligent solutions. “ I think one of the biggest issues is they’re now throwing around a term called the post-PC era. That is an (era) where the desktop and/or laptop computer, at least for some users, is going to have a metamorphosis in terms of who uses it and for what is it used.” Read further >


Concept Zepp: Solving Personal, Research, and Social

Raymond Blijd
Written by Raymond Blijd
on October 31, 2011

“The next big thing needs to be a proactive approach to knowing where data lives and what it means. It needs to include tools to keep data organized and secured regardless of location.” I lifted this quote from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog because it sums up part of Zepp, a concept that I have been thinking about for the past few months. Read further >


Frankfurt Book Fair: “C” Like Convergence

Burkhardt Vitt
Written by Burkhardt Vitt
on October 14, 2011

Last year the iPad dominated most of the discussions at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This year it’s about platforms – two years ago it was all about eBooks. Attending a discussion on apps, enhanced eBooks, pricing and content strategy, representing an eBook manufacturer, the CEO of an eBook-platform and two publishers, the most frequent term I heard was “convergence.” Read further >


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