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How to Create a More Engaging Consumer App for Business The development of your app isn't something that happens overnight, but rather it is something that takes place over time and through multiple iterations. While you may have developed the framework for your app already, improving engagement and innovating to provide a better user experience is a completely different process. There are plenty of ways that you can improve user engagement, but these five strategies will help you improve your app while also reducing the risk that your "innovative" updates actually decrease user engagement. Use 'Innovation' Thoughtfully The biggest problem with "innovation" is that most of what we put into that category is actually damaging to your overall user experience and engagement. When it comes to adding new innovative features to your app, it's important that you really sit ... (more)

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Cloud Infrastructure Concerns | @CloudExpo #IaaS #Cloud #OpenStack

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Cloud Infrastructure Concerns By Liz Durst Last month, I returned from an overseas trip to a friend’s wedding to find the zombie apocalypse happening in my neighborhood near downtown San Jose. People of all ages and demographics united together in what looked like strange cult gatherings in public parks, stumbling around the streets of the South Bay with eyes glued to their phones and occasionally yelling something strange like, "OMG I hatched a Nidoking!" Cars would come to abrupt halts in front of me at unexplained times—I half expected a scene fr... (more)

The World's Many IoTs | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #InternetOfThings

The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important? The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what sho... (more)

Monetizing IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Monetizing IoT: Show Me the Money The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you'll make money - not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there's no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are ... (more)

Beacon Technology | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Beacon

Beacon Technology: Everything You Need to Know to Start Coding By Peter Kacandes Unless you've been living under a rock the last couple of days, it's been almost impossible to miss the wildly popular release of Pokemon Go mobile application. Central to the application is geo-location, which is used in conjunction with augmented reality to place virtual characters in the real world where they can be sought and captured by game players. Clearly, users have found this to be fantastically entertaining, hence the incredible popularity of the launch. What this phenomenon really shows is ... (more)

[video] Home Automation with @iDevices | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

"IoT is the core expertise for our company. We make home automation products. We don't require a Hub in our products so if you have Wi-Fi in your house that's the only investment you have to make - a Wi-Fi router and you buy our products and they automatically connect to the Wi-Fi router,"  stated Shawn Monteith, CTO and VP of Engineering at iDevices, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center!... (more)