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Twitter Co-Founder Launches Jelly, but Will It Go the Way of Aardvark?

JellyIf I were to bet on a company doing great things, it would be one founded by Biz Stone. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Biz and he’s one smart cookie–I’m stating the obvious considering he co-founded Twitter.

His new company is called Jelly and it’s an app that lets you share photos with your friends and ask them to identify the contents. Here’s how Jelly describes its use:

Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, “What’s this?” That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers.

CES Opens with an App Scavenger Hunt and the Reinvention of the PC

CES2013The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES) officially opens on Tuesday, but already there’s plenty of news coming out of the showroom floor.

Over 3,000 exhibitors are getting ready to unveil the hottest new gadgets and gizmos including new advances in computing, mobile, car tech, wearable tech and just plain fun stuff. What you won’t see at CES is an Apple booth or a Microsoft booth. Both of these companies prefer to be the center of attention and that’s okay because it means more room for the start-ups and under-appreciated innovators that will change how you interact with the world.

Almost 50% of Online Christmas Day Traffic Came from Mobile

mhOjonIOnce again, mobile owners ruled the internet on Christmas Day setting a new record. According to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, 48% off all online traffic on the holiday came in on a mobile device. That’s an increase of 28.3% over last year.

Mobile also accounted for nearly 29% of all online sales for the day, beating 2012 by a whopping 40%.

Smartphones and tablets both played a huge part in the numbers for different reasons. Smartphones drove 28.5% of all online traffic compared to tablets at 18.1%. But when you look at sales, the numbers flip. Tablets accounted for more than double the online sales on Christmas – 19.4% tablets to 9.3% smartphones.

Tablet users also spent more, an average of $95.61 per order, versus smartphone users with an average of $85.11 per order.

How Accepting Bitcoins Could Help or Hurt Your Business

Bitcoin SignDo you know what Bitcoins are? Before today, I thought I did but I was wrong. My mission to understand this new form of virtual currency started with an article on Bloomberg called “Bitcoin Buys Burgers to Beer as Shoppers Go Virtual.

I had always assumed that Bitcoin was like Paypal. You put real currency into an account so that you can use it to buy things easily. It’s like an ATM card with a Mastercard or Visa logo. Only, it’s not.

Bitcoin is actually an entirely separate form of currency. It’s the digital equivalent of using Monopoly money to pay for your meal. It’s not minted or backed by any one country. And though we need to compare it to our native currency just to keep our brains on straight, it actually has no relationship to almighty dollar. . .or the Euro or the British Pound.

Infographic: How Android Updates Work

Preview_HTC2Android is certainly a mainstay and it is no longer a question of whether iOS devices from Apple and Android devices will compete but just how much much they will go at each other.

One mystery in the Android world for those who are not developers is the Android OS update process. Which version of Android you have is often determined by your carrier and the device you have. It can be a little maddening to not be able to update your device to the current OS as easily as most iOS users can and do.

HTC is trying to remove a little of the mystery with a detailed infographic that gives insight into the Android OS process necessary. I say insight only because for me a complete understanding is impossible since each of these steps requires other steps within a step that I simply have no exposure to. Needless to say I have assumed that it’s a fair amount of detailed work and I am comfortable with that.

Here is the infographic and you can click the image to enlarge it.

According to Ads, Galaxy Gear Makes Stalking Easy and Effective …. Neat-o!

I like Samsung’s stuff. The messaging in their ads, well, I guess it’s a matter of choice.

Of course, if you find a girl who is impressed with stalking via technology and thinks it’s ‘cool’ then I guess this is the way to go.

What’s your take?

Are Tablets Taking Over? In a Word: Yes

I love my iPad but would I ever get rid of my PC? Not me. But I’m not really the best test case since I work online for a living. Let’s ask Mr. and Mrs. Average Public.

“Would you consider purchasing a tablet as a replacement for your personal laptop or desktop computer?”

adroit table survey 1Looks like the table(t)s are turning!

The cute pic and the information comes from Adroit Digital’s latest report which is appropriately titled “2014: Are Tablets Taking Over?”

Not only are people turning to their tablets on a more frequent basis, 43% say they have two or more tablets at home. 17% have more than 3. A year ago, I would have been surprised by that number but now that my son realized he could watch Game of Thrones on my iPad I’ve begun to think about becoming a two tablet home.