Posts tagged: Microsoft

I Want to Print My Mobile Photos – A Windows Phone User’s Tale of Woe

Carrie Sylvester
 May 14, 2014

Recently, I have been thinking about printing photos from my smartphone. I have a high-resolution camera phone with some advanced photo features and had taken some pictures that I thought came out particularly well and a few I applied some artsy filters to as well. I wanted to see if they looked as good off screen. As if somehow Snapfish read my mind, the service introduced a promotion to get people printing photos from its smartphone app. The mobile-only promotion offers 100 free prints a month (4 x 6-inch), for one year, for mail delivery only.

Being a Windows Phone user, I went to see if there was a Snapfish app in the Windows Phone store. A search for “Snapfish” resulted in “We couldn’t find a match.” Then I searched for Shutterfly, which found a “Shutterfly” app, which was not from the official Shutterfly but from an unknown developer instead. I even dug far back in my photo print memory and looked up “York Photo” – no match. I expanded the search to “print photos” and a long list of apps came up but only a handful of recognizable brand names — Walgreens and Kodak Pic Flick being two of them.

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Microsoft Hopes that a “Royalty Free OS” Will Bring More Windows Mobile Devices to Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Apr 7, 2014

Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.

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Microsoft becomes first foreign cloud provider in China

Allison Correia
 Apr 1, 2014

It looks like Microsoft won the race for China’s cloud market, by announcing just the other day that its Azure cloud services are available in China, making them the first global public cloud provider in the country.

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September News Heats Up Mobile Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 20, 2013

Image credit: ZDNet

iOS (iPhone) in the News

Apple once again held true to its history of a September iPhone introduction. There was much speculation around the impending announcement and Apple delivered by introducing two models on September 11th — the iPhone 5c and the 5s. Although the overall excitement for some seems to be waning that never stops the true Fan Boys; the very day the phones were announced, there was a guy in Tokyo that lined up in front of his local Apple Store and lines continue to form wherever the phones will be available even though they will be available  on September 20th.

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 – who says a camera phone ISN’T a “real” camera?

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 15, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020

So you think your camera phone takes “good” pictures? Last week Nokia introduced a new smartphone that plans to change our definition of “good” mobile photos. The handset manufacturer from Finland introduced the Lumia 1020 on July 11th in New York City, a Windows smartphone that features a 41 megapixel camera with advanced photo features.

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Dandelion Distribution and Other Observations from O’Reilly Tools of Change

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 11, 2013

The idea behind dandelion distribution is simple. Imagine thousands of dandelion seeds being spread by the wind. Of these, only a few may ever grow into dandelions, but that’s enough. As it relates to e-books, dandelion distribution happens when reproduction and distribution are so cheap as to be virtually free. This idea is encapsulated in the book Spreadable Media by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green, and it was also discussed at length during one of the keynote sessions at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference (February 12-14 in New York City).

Panelist Cory Doctorow (more on him at Craphound.com) suggested that book publishers consider replacing their traditional “mammalian intuition” (i.e., the idea that each book is precious and must be protected by any means) with “dandelion intuition” (where it is acknowledged that any individual book has a small chance of success and therefore the strategy should be designed around spreading as many ‘seeds’ as possible). This concept goes against traditional publishing logic, but so did a lot of other ideas at the conference.

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Who’s Getting a Tablet for Christmas?

Alan Bullock
 Oct 16, 2012

In April of this year, InfoTrends surveyed more than 1,300 U.S. adult consumers about their use of smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected television. We found that about 31% of them were using a tablet — more than double the percentage from a similar survey just ten months earlier. We expect the growth of tablets to continue for quite some time, fueled in part by the flood of lower-cost devices recently announced (and rumored to be announced) before the holiday season. In fact, nearly 36% of those not already using a tablet indicated that they thought they would purchase one in less than a year. Read more »

Apple’s New iPad – It’s All Good or It’s All Bad

Jeff Hayes
 Mar 8, 2012

Now that the speculation frenzy has been relieved with Apple’s introduction of the new iPad yesterday, I’ll give my perspective on what it means for the market. The short answer is that if you are a publisher, content producer, advertiser, marketing services provider or Google, it’s all good. If you are a printing company or equipment supplier with no presence in digital media, it’s all bad.

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HIMSS 2012: Interoperability, Mobility, and New Innovations in Healthcare IT

Other Posts
 Feb 27, 2012

HIMSS 2012, one of the largest health information technology conferences in the United States, was held in Las Vegas last week where vendors showcased a variety of new hardware and software relating to the healthcare market. One of the biggest announcements during the conference was the new CDA standard approved by HL7, which addresses universal requirements for the conversion of unstructured, paper documents into files that can be distributed into EHR systems.

This was great news for vendors like Nuance, Canon, and Fujitsu, who demoed their solutions, MFPs, and scanners as being CDA compatible with the ability to seamlessly integrate documents into an organization’s EMR. Nuance’s eCopy ShareScan streamlines the scanning of paper documents to electronic documents using existing hardware. (Nuance also plans on incorporating clinical language understanding (CLU) into their capture software later this year). Canon MFPs were used to demonstrate the eCopy solution at their booth and at the Interoperability Showcase, where attendees could watch several live use case scenarios simulating healthcare environments and witness how standards-based transactions streamline clinical workflows regardless of device brand or software or service provider. Fujitsu and Inofile also showcased their new document imaging solution running on the ScanSnap device. The Inofile software is designed to help healthcare organizations reach Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Read more »

Nothing Is Scarier than Comic Sans

Jim Hamilton
 Oct 31, 2011

As we celebrate Halloween today, I wonder how many of you (at least those of you who love words and typography as much as I do) would agree that there is nothing scarier than the use of Comic Sans in the hands of the design-challenged. Read more »

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