What Salesforce Doesn’t Tell You At Dreamforce

What Salesforce Doesn’t Tell You At Dreamforce

Salesforce, a pioneer in delivering business software over the Internet, is turning to social business and collaboration services to expand into new markets and keep its revenue engine running. So it’s no surprise that the company’s Dreamforce user conference in San Francisco this week is a love fest for social networking for business. But…

114 Entrepreneurs On 1 Train For 8 Hours Pitching Ideas

114 Entrepreneurs On 1 Train For 8 Hours Pitching Ideas

Think an elevator pitch is hard? Try selling your vision with a beer in each hand, balancing in the aisle of a train barreling north at 80 mph. That’s exactly the challenge posed by Geeks on a Train, a veritable Nerd Express from Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, where passengers will “rethink business” among like-minded entrepreneurs and…

Google I/O: Google+ Gets Native Android App; iOS Coming Soon

Google I/O: Google+ Gets Native Android App; iOS Coming Soon

To close out the Wednesday keynote at Google I/O, SVP of engineering Vic Gundotra retook the stage to talk about Google+, which reaches its first birthday tomorrow. Gundotra announced the first native tablet app for Google+. It’s an Android-centric experience available today, but Gundotra says the iPad version will have the same features and…

Google I/O: 1 Million Android Devices Are Activated Every Day

Google I/O: 1 Million Android Devices Are Activated Every Day

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Vic Gundotra took the stage Monday to open the Google I/O Android keynote to excited applause and thumping techno music. “Thank you for betting with Google, and thank you for supporting us,” he told the excited developers in attendance.
The first exec to take the stage was Hugo…

Google I/O: ReadWriteWeb’s Live Analysis is About to Begin

Google I/O: ReadWriteWeb’s Live Analysis is About to Begin

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Over 5,000 people have gathered at Moscone Center in San Francisco for the opening keynote of Google I/O. There’s a disorganized horde of people – mostly white, mostly male – on the second floor, eager to get good seats upstairs, slow-clapping in anticipation. We’re expecting new…

Noteworthy Upcoming Big Data Conferences

Noteworthy Upcoming Big Data Conferences

Big Data has had its marquee conferences with Strata and Structure, but there are several newer venues that you might want to consider, including two conferences coming up in St. Louis. If you are just getting started, or even if you are an old hand, these are great places to learn more about this fast-growing technology.

Can Journalism be More Scientific?

Can Journalism be More Scientific?

While the SxSW conference is already a distant memory, some of us are still catching up on the recorded sessions. One worth listening to is a discussion by Gideon Lichfield, the media editor of The Economist, and Matt Thompson, the editorial production manager for NPR. The session covered What Journalism Can Learn from Science, and looked at…

Checking Out Ford’s 2013 Model Car Tech System

Checking Out Ford’s 2013 Model Car Tech System

Electric cars are the biggest trend in new vehicles, at least according to media coverage. But Internet connectivity in cars
must run a close second. Of all the car manufacturers, Ford is probably giving online connectivity the biggest push. While at SXSW I checked out the latest version of its infotainment system, SYNC with MyFord Touch, in a…

Home Security or DIY Big Brother? Sensr.net Tests The Market…

Home Security or DIY Big Brother? Sensr.net Tests The Market…

There were only about 15 people at the Smart Homes Meetup at SXSW, which took place in a meeting room at the Hilton Austin. Ironically, the air conditioning didn’t seem to be working. Not much smart technology in this room, I thought, mopping my brow and pouring myself a glass of iced water. But as I began working my way around the room, I…

iDriving a BMW

iDriving a BMW

“Would you like to drive it?” asked Rob Passaro, Head of BMW AppCenter, as we finished up our in-car interview from a suburban street in Austin. I’d been admiring the BMW 650i convertible from the passenger seat, particularly the state of the art infotainment system that was the subject of our discussion. But I didn’t need a second invitation to…