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T’was ten years ago… (Lotus Connections & Quickr)

Unfortunately I’ve just missed the actual anniversary, but I thought it worth celebrating that this week marks a decade since the announcement (on 22nd January 2007) of two products that have had an immense impact on my working life, Lotus IBM Connections and Lotus Quickr.

Louis Richardson: When do we learn?

I’ve long been a huge fan of Louis Richardson’s presentation and story-telling style, and therefore it’s no surprise that delivers the most persuasive explanation of how collaboration and communication networks can be infused with cognitive/AI abilities to stimulate learning, mentoring and personal development

IBM Speech Sandbox

IBM Speech Sandbox

On the next WTF Tech podcast episode (to be published this week), Darren, Jesse and I spent a fair amount of time discussing Virtual Reality and our personal experiences with using the new technologies. One of the apps available for the Vive system via HTC’s VivePort solution marketplace is IBM’s Watson-based IBM Speech Sandbox.

IBM posts 4th quarter and full year 2016 results

From the official press release: Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $12.39, down 9 percent compared to the 2015 period. Net income from continuing operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $11.9 billion compared with $13.4 billion in the year-ago period, a decrease of 11 percent. Or, as the register […]

Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life

One of the most enjoyable educational apps I’ve yet experienced : Join broadcast legend Sir David Attenborough to explore more than 1000 of the greatest wildlife moments ever filmed. Explore the most comprehensive collection of Sir David’s work ever released online. Includes six decades of highlights from more than 40 landmark BBC programmes, including Planet […]

A few podcast recommendations for 2017

There has undoubtedly been a resurgence in podcast production in the past 2-3 years, with a number of focused audio podcast networks growing rapidly – organisations like Relay, 5by5, The Incomparable are launching new shows on a regular basis. Meanwhile, major broadcast corporations such as the BBC, CNN and PBS are putting an increasing number of their productions out in podcast format to allow replay and listing offline.

If it has been a while since you checked out podcasts as entertainment, I’d wholeheartedly recommend that you take some time to peruse some of those listed below. There’s some real gold to be found!

Awesome Apps

This week’s Awesome Apps: Bear and Infuse Pro (plus a bonus, Duet Display)

Each Monday I’ll be selecting a couple of tried and tested apps that I use on a regular basis – one that is business or productivity-related and another that adds value during leisure or down time. Given my professional focus is on collaboration and community, and my work involves documenting and delivering strategic recommendations, facilitating workshops and training large groups of executives and community members, I’d expect that a good number of apps will be useful in those and similar scenarios.

Blogging 365

New Year, New Start and all that…  Looking back, there’s no doubt that my blogging output has fallen away over the past few years as other forms of social contribution have risen (podcasts, Twitter, enterprise communities), and I want 2017 to be different.  I love that blog posts are the one form of created content […]

Droneboarding in 360

Remember that I shared a couple of days ago?  Well, Casey has now shared the footage from the many Samsung 360° cameras that were used in the shoot, and the footage is impressive to say the least…

Ruark Backpack II: Wishing Sonos offered something similar

The new BackPack II transforms our R1 deluxe tabletop radio and MR1 wireless speakers into completely portable products. It frees these miniature marvels from the mains power socket and into the bathroom or onto the decking and the great outdoors. Placing batteries inside takes valuable speaker capacity which can result in unrefined sound, but BackPack […]

Gil Scott Heron

‘Mandate my ass!’

Not much has changed in 35 years… Full lyrics (via azlyrics): Well, the first thing I want to say is: Mandate my ass! Because it seems as though we’ve been convinced that 26% of the registered voters, not even 26% of the American people, but 26% of the registered voters form a mandate or a […]

Social Communications

My musings on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft announced Teams last week, a direct competitor to Slack, and a new component of Office 365. How does it compare to Slack, and where does this leave Microsoft, IBM and Jive?

Before the Flood

Forget the temporary distractions of elections, lost emails, Brexit and the like. This is the real crisis that we are facing…

Microsoft Surface Studio

Introducing Microsoft Surface Studio

Well this changes everything… Stunning design, brilliant innovation (love the ‘drafting table’-enabling hinges and dial), and truly pro-level performance. This or a 3-year-old Mac Pro? Not difficult to choose is it? Of course, this may all change again tomorrow. We shall see…