Vote for Mozy – Small Business Influencer Awards

Small Business Influencer AwardsMozy’s MozyPro cloud backup service for business has been nominated for a 2013 Small Business Influencer award in the “Apps” category.

The 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards “honor companies, organizations, vendors, apps and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market.”

We need your help! Click here to cast your vote for MozyPro cloud backup in the Small Business Influencer awards. You can vote once every 24 hours between now and September 9, 2013, when the voting will close.

93% of all companies that suffer significant data loss close within 5 years. Traditional backup solutions can be expensive and take weeks to implement, leaving small businesses vulnerable to revenue and productivity loss. MozyPro was designed specifically for SMBs.

Over 100,000 businesses trust Mozy to back up their data. Many of these customers are small businesses who use MozyPro to ensure that their data is safe and secure and is being backed up on a regular basis. One of these businesses is Dr. Earl, a dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about Dr. Earl’s Mozy story in this video:
 

My name is Zac and I work for Mozy

Welcome back to our “My name is … and I work for Mozy” blog series. We started this series about six months ago in an effort to showcase some of the incredible talent that is housed under the Mozy umbrella. We’ve attempted to expand across all our functional areas to show you that Mozy has successfully managed to find the best-of-the-best in talent. And I, for one, am excited to have the opportunity to work with incredible people, day in and day out.

This month, we’d like you to meet Zac Paynter. Zac is one of our Financial Analysts and is part of the Finance Team at Mozy. He handles company headcount, analysis and budgeting for customer support, general/administrative and Research & Development. In addition, he also works on forecasting, cost analysis, monthly close procedures, and financial reporting. As you can see there is a lot that Zac does and we are grateful he found a few minutes to help us with this blog series. The world really needed to know about Zac…and no, you can’t have him!

My name is Zac and I work at Mozy

I define my workspace as …
My home away from home…after all, I spend most of my day here with people that are fun to be around. You could also call it my science lab where financial genius is born.

A device I can’t live without …
A basketball. Nobody said it had to be an electronic device…

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Downing my protein drink, filling my water bottle, answering emails, and taking a deep breath as I prepare for another busy day.

My work routine is …
Changing day by day, but the same month to month. A week of closing the books, a week of reporting, a week of forecasting, and a week of catching up on everything else.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
It helps me “get into the zone.” Sometimes it’s nice to shut out any outside distractions coming from extremely loud co-workers and turn up the productivity while enjoying movie scores from The Dark Knight, Inception, Gladiator, Transformers, Sherlock Holmes, and Dirty Dancing….wait… scratch that last one.
Author’s note: Zac is most likely referring to the Marketing team when he refers to “extremely loud co-workers” – he has the unfortunate luck of having been assigned to a cubicle right by us. I will, however, say that he can dish it as well as he can take it and we never get tired of giving him a hard time!

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Prepare for the worst and expect the best. Finance is very demanding but also extremely rewarding. On one hand, you come to know the business very well while on the other hand; you have constant deadlines that tend to raise stress levels. Keep that Ibuprofen close by. ☺

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
Family, friends, mountain biking, hiking, camping, pretty much every sport that doesn’t involve a racquet. I’m currently training for a half-marathon, the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay and the Spartan Beast this summer.

My eating habits are …
Sporadic to say the least – green smoothies, brown rice, and veggies one day to pizza and chicken wings the next. I’m a bit of a social eater.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Blake Griffin. Dude can jump! I’ve always wondered what it’s like up there. Plus those Kia commercials he’s in make me laugh pretty hard!

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
Positive attitude, work ethic, spontaneity, sense of humor, and desire to learn.

Data Visualization for SMBs: Helping Make Sense of ‘Little Data’

Data Visualization for SMBs: Helping Make Sense of 'Little Data'Small-business owners are tapping Big Data more than ever before, but their demand for new data-based insights doesn’t mean that they’re immune to the overwhelming effect that a plethora of options and a flood of fresh ideas can bring.

If your sales team wants to see customer data put to use, give it to them in ways that they can use it on the go. That’s the message owners are communicating, loud and clear. Big Data analysis, meet “little data” delivery. Let’s look at a recent study that shows what that can mean.

Recent Study: Big Data in a Smaller Package

A new report from data-interaction specialists at Roambi shows the explosion of demand for Big Data — and also for simple, mobile, and non-traditional ways to share, use, and assess all this information.

Start with the follow stats: while 83% of the business owners polled said they’d discovered surprising things about their business via Big Data, more than a third of the respondents simultaneously found the scale of of the material to be overwhelming and/or anxiety inducing.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the top three spending priorities among the business owners, in early 2013, turned out to be:

(1.) Data-visualization tools

(2.) Mobile hardware and software

(3.) Big Data solutions to business-intelligence questions

These three points come together in the following way: it’s data visualization tools that have taken the lead, in terms of mobile apps — second only to e-mail — among the respondents. Specifically, owners said they want new kinds of interactive charts and graphs to highlight what Big Data has to tell them.

Beyond that, what about how we use such tools? The following section takes a look at strategies for telling Big Data stories on a digestible scale.

Scaling Big Data: 3 Steps for Business Owners

Having the right tools, like the ones the Roambi study addressed, is one thing. But bringing Big Data to your next business project also requires some scaling steps on your part.

The following tips emphasize ways to reap the rewards, when it comes to Big Data’s surprising revelations, all the while scaling the experience to a team-friendly presentations and making them accessible business-wide.

— Quality Over Quantity: It’s tempting to cram every juicy statistic or important metric into one robust chart, but the end result can turn out cluttered and overwhelming. Remove redundant information, background colors, and 3D effects. Data visualization is meant to add clarity, not confusion. Know what story you want to tell and identify the specific data that will help convey your key messages and persuade your audience.

— Think for the Small Screen: Bear in mind that most presentations are opened up on mobile phones or tablets. Scroll through a 1,000-cell spreadsheet on your smartphone screen lately? Applications that are mobile-ready are more affordable than ever, so explore and select ones that allow you convey your Big Data findings in bite-size and graphics-supported segments. Think mobile first.

— Take Your Data to the Cloud: Juggling multiple sources of data is enough to handle already, so take the burden out of management and bring your material to the cloud for secure, affordable, and convenient storage. Most of your key business apps are already in the cloud — it’s time for your data to catch up.

And so, the days of text reports, slideshows, and spreadsheets may be on the wane. The next generation of business intelligence demands new — read: mobile and cloud-based — tools that illustrate the trends and connections all this next-generation analysis can provide.

Data sets and the things they can do for business owners may be bigger than ever, but the way we absorb this information has to match that usefulness in your employees’ everyday lives.

 

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‘Felt’ App Could Revitalize Greeting Card Industry

Welcome to Mozy’s App Profile, where we introduce new programs seeking to improve the way we live and socialize. This week, Mozy takes a look at ‘Felt,’ an iPad app that is breathing digital life back into the greeting card industry.

Sending greeting cards in the mail has become more of a novelty than a social standard in the modern, tech-dominated world. Most people would rather send an email or e-card than take the time to pick out a physical card, somehow find a stamp and drop it in the mailbox. In fact, I even recently received a wedding invitation via Facebook.

But ‘Felt’ is making greeting cards cool again. The iPad app enables users to browse through a variety of genres, select a greeting of choice (i.e. Happy Birthday) and write (with a finger or stylus pen) a quick note—all from the comforts of your couch. But Felt then transforms the digital into the physical. A user’s final product is properly printed and sent to your provided recipient.

Felt App - Step 1

(users can swipe through a variety of card genres)

Tomer Albert, Felt’s founder, realizes there might be some competition, but that Felt could still have the upper hand.

“There are a lot of apps that mails cards, but we’re the first app that lets you hand write the message and the address on the
envelope,” Albert said. “You’re drawing your thoughts. You’re putting yourself into the message. Your handwriting is 100% uniquely yours.”

Felt App - Step 2

(with a stylus pen, users can actually use their own handwriting on the cards and change the colors too)

Albert, who created Felt when he himself was confronted with the lack of iPad greeting card apps, wanted the app to be a quality option.

“We both curate designs and create cards ourselves,” Albert said. “The card is thick and crisp and recipients can’t tell that the handwriting is printed. The writing looks completely authentic. We use Kraft envelopes and Mohawk paper, which is regarded by paper aficionados as some of the highest quality paper in the world.”

Felt App - Step 3

(users write the return and recipient address just like a normal card, but Felt takes care of the stamp and shipment)

The price point to use Felt is pretty minimal too. The app itself is free and the card and domestic postage costs $3.99 combined. Considering quality greeting card stores like Papyrus vend their “handmade” cards for upwards of $6.95, Felt’s cost appears to be reasonable. International shipping options are also in the works.

Felt is still looking towards the future and for ways to make the app more attractive to prospective users.

“We have very exciting new features planed for this year, but we don’t want to give away all of our fun surprises just yet,” Albert said. “However, we do want everyone to know that we’re continuously adding new card designs to the app.”

Felt iPad App

(cards are printed on quality paper, turning the digital experience into a physical one)

With technology always changing, it’s inevitable that apps like Felt will have to adapt. But Albert thinks people will still feel the need to personally communicate with one another.

“In five years we’d love to be the most personal, heartfelt way people communicate with whatever smart devices we’re using.”

You can watch Felt’s introductory video here and download their free app at the Apple iTunes store.

 

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The SMB Will: How to Protect What You’ve Built

The Small Business WillLegacy is important. It’s crucial. It’s part of the reason we draft wills. And while it’s a given that caring for legacy is part of what we do when it comes to family, what about when it comes to the infrastructure and ideas that surround your small business?

“There’s a common misconception that a will is just about distributing financial assets,” said Charley Moore, founder of Rocket Lawyer. But company “owners also need ‘business-wills’ to make sure their businesses can live on, even if they don’t.”

Moore and his colleagues offered some advice on how to make a business will happen, highlighting estate-planning tips that owners can use.

  • Address Different Business Structures: When creating a business estate plan, understand the ramifications of the corporate structure you’ve selected. Sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCs, and S-corporations each present different legal challenges.

“It’s important to plan for both disability and death,” said Christopher Johnson, an estate-planning attorney who consults with Moore’s company. “For sole proprietorships and single-owner LLCs and corporations, make sure you’ve given thought to who could take over for you, and how they would do it. This can be done with durable powers of attorney and trusts, and making sure the agent or trustee can handle your business or hand it off to competent people.

“For entities with multiple owners, be sure you have a buy-sell agreement with the other owners and that it coordinates with your LLC operating agreement or corporation’s by-laws,” he said. “If you have an S-corporation, be sure to have ‘qualified subchapter S trust’ language in your trust to keep its tax status. And if you have a trust, be sure to transfer your company to the trust. You can use an assignment form, or re-issue the shares or units in the trust name.”

  • Create a Buy-Sell Agreement: This document details what happens should a principal member of the team leave the business, either voluntarily because of sickness or death.
  • Pick a Knowledgeable Heir: To protect your business in the future you need to designate a successor. Remember, no one knows your business better than you right now, but the next owner has to fill that role — so make sure the heir to your legacy has the smarts and know-how to run things in your place.
  • Death & Taxes: Whether you own your business yourself or share it with partners, consult an accountant, as the IRS offers tax breaks for death and estate taxes.

Digital Considerations

A new survey by Rocket Lawyer showed that 93% of those polled were unaware or misinformed about what would happen to their digital assets should they die.

Don’t leave the decisions about your business’s digital details to someone outside the loop. From your company’s Twitter account to the intellectual property sitting in your servers, each component of the increasingly cloud-based way we work is part of a well-crafted will.

 

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New Instagram Platform “Song for Pic” Poses a Unique Avenue for the Music Industry

Song for a PicWelcome to Mozy’s App Profile, where we introduce new programs seeking to improve the way we live and socialize. This week, Mozy takes a look at ‘Song for Pic,’ a platform that adds randomized music to your existing Instagram photos (and videos soon too).

As recent as February 2013, Instagram hit 100 million active monthly users. The now-Facebook owned app has certainly introduced the online community to talented photographers and artists—as well as brought out the inner photogs in us all—but as of today, Instagram has yet to create a truly monetizable service.

Song for Pic, a new Instagram platform that randomly assigns music to a user’s uploaded photo, might eventually fill that void. While the platform is still in its infancy, the plan is for the music industry to piggyback on Instagram’s coattails to explore a much more instantaneous, and potentially lucrative connection with prospective users.

The inspiration for Song for Pic was about as straight forward as one would think.

“I loved Instagram from the first moment I tried it,” said Ricardo Fonseca, Song for Pic CEO. “But I also felt it was missing an important artistic component: music.”

A few months later, Song for Pic was born.

The platform is extremely easy to use. When a user enters the main site, they’re prompted to enter their Instagram user name and password. Song for Pic then automatically retrieves a photo from the Instagram account, and assigns four random songs. The songs range features classics and/or very well known songs, “Like from Kris Kross to Michael Jackson to Aretha Franklin—just to name a few,” Fonseca said.

A user then has the option to share their new and improved Instagram photo to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and/or Tumblr, so that friends can vote on which of the four songs they think is the most appropriate for the given photo.

But perhaps the recent news of Instagram incorporating video—in an attempt to challenge Vine’s short-lived monopoly—is a prime case of “right place, right time” for Fonseca’s tune-centered platform.

Perhaps more so than photos,”video already has the audio element,” Fonseca said. “The result of mixing video and one random song would most likely have a music video quality, which with the appropriate song, could be quite fun [and hopefully have mainstream appeal].”

Fonseca, who is currently unaware of any other start-up working on a similar platform, realizes that the market could quickly become flooded with competition. That said, the future is still bright for Song for Pic.

“The possibility of instantly buying the song was always a goal in this project,” said Fonseca. “At the very least, Song for Pic will certainly be a new way for people to discover music [...] and a fresh way for the music industry to reach [them].”

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – July 22

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a safer GPS, technology that can read fingerprints even if they’ve been wiped away, and contact lenses that can zoom in and out. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Garmin Creates GPS that Projects Onto Windshields

Garmin HUD GPS

These days drivers have so many choices when it comes to choosing a GPS for their cars. There’s the built-in versions, the hang-on-the-windshield types, smartphone apps, and more. Garmin, one of the leaders in the GPS industry, has developed new technology aimed to make navigation safer and more useful, according to VentureBeat. The “Heads Up Display”, or HUD, connects to Garmin’s StreetPilot and Navigon apps via bluetooth and projects the navigation information onto the car windshield, keeping details in the driver’s line of sight. The cost of the HUD is $130, and it has to be paired with Garmin’s apps.

Contact Lens Allows Wearers to Zoom in and Out

It’s still in the testing phases, but if all goes well there will soon be a contact lens on the market that will give wearers the ability to zoom in and out on focal points. Nic Halverson of Mashable reports that “the telescopic lens is just over a millimeter thick and is composed of a central unmagnified optical path, surrounded by a ring of movable components that magnify the view 2.8 times.” The creators of the lens have been testing the technology using a pair of Samsung 3D television glasses. Although the prototype is still attached to the glasses, researchers are hopeful further testing will result in being able to bring the lens to market.

Apple’s New Macbook Air has All-Day Battery Life

2013 Macbook Air

On first glance, Apple’s new Macbook Air model doesn’t appear to be much different than the original design created two-and-a-half years ago. But it’s not the look that has techies excited about the product–it’s the life of the battery. According to Brooke Crothers of CNET the original 13-inch Macbook Air battery ran for 7 hours and 27 minutes, and the new version goes for 14 hours and 25 minutes. The design of the computer hasn’t changed, nor has the resolution of the screen, making the battery life the major upgrade for the 2013 model.

New Fingerprint Technology Can Provide ID Even if Surface has Been Wiped

Although it seems like something from the television show CSI rather than real police labs, a new form of fingerprint technology is making things tougher on criminals. TechnoBuffalo’s Brandon Russell writes that Leicester University scientists have developed a color-changing fluorescent film method to capture hidden or latent prints on metal surfaces. It can be used on weapons like guns or knives, as well as surfaces like doorknobs and appliances. There will still be ways around getting caught–like wearing gloves–but the new technology will put an end to being able to wipe away prints from a crime scene.

 

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WiseRadar, your startup’s most important newspaper

WiseRadar AppIn the news! Yahoo acquires Qwiki, buys Bignoggins, and will live-stream this year’s Emmy Awards. But wait!

Ask yourself: Should I read this?

Unless you are Google, you probably can’t spare the time because it’s not relevant. For small business owners and entrepreneurs, there’s a new solution for filtering through all the noise in the news to discover the most relevant stories for your business.

Welcome, WiseRadar, “personalized news for the startup world.”

Founded by Jean Friesewinkel, a developer, engineer and former business consultant at Bain & Company, WiseRadar aggregates and curates news about your competitors, customers, and market into a simple, digestible email.

Users start with the first step, which is to “setup your radar.” You add competitors that WiseRadar will help monitor. The list of companies comes from the Crunchbase and AngelList directories, but you can also request to add unlisted businesses. Then, voila! What you do with the competitor news and your extra free time is up to you.

As the co-founder of Blank Label, a luxury menswear company, I decided to sign up for WiseRadar and give it a whirl. After I received beta access, I added nine businesses to my radar (WiseRadar recommends adding ten). Shortly afterwards, I received my first curated email digest.

The email begins with a friendly greeting, “Welcome, Danny! Your radar is up and running.” And then prefaces with:

To make the most of our beta, here are three things you should know:

  1. Morning reports. Your digests will arrive on weekdays at 7am, and will include up to 5 stories relevant to the companies you’ve added.
  2. No noise. We make it a principle to only send relevant stories. But if you don’t receive anything for a while and think you should have, please let us know!
  3. We’re here to help you. You can simply reply to your digests with questions or requests. We’re just getting started, and we’ll always be listening.

Below is your first digest. Enjoy!

The meaty part of the email included links to five stories about companies on my radar.

The first link was the only one that was truly relevant, although outdated — nearly four weeks old. The second story featured a new startup we had never heard of, which I shall soon add to my radar, and briefly mentioned a competitor I listed. The third and the fifth stories mentioned a competitor, but were irrelevant because they featured a business we didn’t care about. The fourth story came with a bad link.

Although my remarks seem critical, the fact is, the companies on my radar have been quiet lately. As a user of Google Alerts, to keep tabs on the competition, I have heard the crickets chirping over the past months.

Tools like WiseRadar, which aim to provide a more sophisticated version of Google Alerts, are important because they minimize the distraction that comes from too much news.

I am a reformed news junkie. When I first fell in love with startups back in 2009, I read every-and-any article TechCrunch published. And I was busier than I ever could have imagined. But being busy isn’t the same as being productive.

Getting caught up in the hype of news is one of the biggest traps small business owners and entrepreneurs fall into that leads to massive bouts of non-productivity. (Email is another.)

People, small business owners and entrepreneurs especially, are an emotional breed. We are attracted to news that shocks or ‘wows’ us. For this reason, catchy headlines from Mashable and picture slideshows from Business Insider easily fill up an afternoon that could have otherwise been used towards creating real value. When I came to this realization, I deleted the bookmarks on my web browser and started doing real work.

Simply put, read less news. You’ll be happier, and your business will thank you.

For beta access, apply with your LinkedIn at the WiseRadar website.

 

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Sketchfab Has a [3D] Vision for How Models Should Be Displayed Online

Welcome to Mozy’s App Profile, where we introduce some of the new programs seeking the way we live and work. This week, Sketchfab recreates a 3D world on a 2D screen..

Despite the amazing technological advancements you’ve seen in your life, the images on your computer and smartphone can’t fully replicate the three-dimensional world around you.

Sketchfab is trying to change that. The New York-based startup has a vision to create a website where designers can properly showcase their 3D model work as it should be–with height, width, and depth.

“There are major web platforms for each media format,” said Alban Denoyel, CEO of Sketchfab. “YouTube [is] for videos, Slideshare [is] for slides, and Soundcloud [is] for music. Sketchfab [wants] to become the online home for 3D files.”

Unlike artist video reels, where viewers only get a limited, awkward taste of an artist’s work, Sketchfab enables viewers (and prospective clients) to fully experience all of the finer graphic details–like zooming in and out, into and around every nook and cranny of the model. Sketchfab’s Sony PS4 model, for instance, provides users with a unique view of the new gaming hardware.

“3D models are incredibly engaging, and do exactly what the internet does best–convey information,” said Denoyel. “They display levels of detail that you either can’t get from a photograph, or would need multiple photographs to convey. And [3D models] give the user full control of how they take that information in, as opposed to photo and video, whose point of view has been decided on by someone other than the user.”

Sketchfab also provides users with the ability to make on-the-fly stylistic edits with the “Toolbox.” Users can choose between a shadeless or original render, as well as transforming it into a wire-frame style in either white, grey, black, or blue.

The model platform also takes 27 different 3D formats, has exporters available for most major software platforms, and each model has its own embed code. The latter means, from a social standpoint, that Sketchfab makes sharing simple. Linking or embedding a 3D model is as elementary as a YouTube link.

And there doesn’t seem to be much competition, either.

“There were many attempts to do a web-based 3D viewer before,” Denoyel noted. “But all of them required plugins, which is a no-go today.”

Considering the ease and seamlessness of the platform, the appeal of Sketchfab is universal–and has a lot of long-term potential.

While the company is still exploring various revenue models, Denoyel’s eyes are on capturing the market. “The absolute focus is to be the number one community for 3D designers on the web” he said. “Because you can make 3D models of anything, [...] 3D models will become an integral part of media in general, as well e-commerce and brand marketing, amongst other verticals [like the tech world]. Imagine going to Amazon.com, and instead of needing to click through 10 different photos to get an idea of what a product looked like, you could instead fully interact with a life-like 3D model.”

Even though Sketchfab is still in its infancy, the site is quickly becoming popular. In fact, Sketchfab’s 3D model of the new Sony PS4 received more views than Sony’s official trailer–and in just five days, the model haseclipsed the 430K view mark.

As exciting as Sketchfab’s initial success has been, the future of 3D model technology might revolutionize the types of media online users share.

“3D scanning technology will be built into smartphones, which means anyone will be able to create a 3D model,” said Denoyel. “And [users] are going to want to share their creations–the same way people want to share their photos and videos. [...]”

Denoyel thinks “that’s a pretty good place to be.”

 

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – July 15

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a cast that won’t itch, a baseball team with a social media hub, and a robot ape you have to see to believe. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Robotic Apes Aim for Space

Robot Ape

German researches have created a robotic ape and hope to bring the invention to great heights (literally). Megan Treacy of Treehugger reports that this incredible life-like robotic ape mimics movements of the actual animals, using its back feet and front knuckles to move about. It can walk forward, backward and side to side without a tether. While many robotic animals have been created with the intentions of use in search and rescue operations or surveillance, the creators of this ape have higher expectations–they would like to be able to send it to space. The company that funded a large chunk of the project is the Agency of the German Aerospace Center, which may ultimately use the ape for work on space stations, other planets or even piloting spacecraft.

3D Printed Casts Could Make Recovery a Breeze

3D Printed Cast

Say goodbye plastic baggies for showers and coat hangers for scratchings. Designer Jake Evill is aiming to put an end to heavy and itchy molded casts for good. According to CNET, Evill has developed a Cortex exoskeletal cast concept using 3D printing. The cast is light, strong, full of holes for air to get through, and safe for showering. The way the idea would work is that someone with a suspected fracture would get an x-ray as well as a 3D of the injured area. A cast would be then be individualized for the person and the injury, providing more support for the healing bone. The cast is still just a concept, but there’s a real possibility of it being available in the healthcare industry at some point. No word on whether it will be called the Evill Arm, but it should.

News for iWatchers? Apple iWatch May Be on It’s Way

Rumors have been circulating for a while now about Apple making an iWatch, and it looks like it may be true, as the company has now filed for a patent for the device in Japan, says Erica Ogg of Gigaom. Unofficial reports have said that the iWatch may run iOS and have a pedometer and heart rate monitor. It could also have the capability of making calls and checking points on a map. The iWatch would be part of the fast-growing industry of wearable technology, which is projected to make about $1.5 billion next year. The filing of the patent doesn’t necessarily mean the release of the product will come right away. For now there’s no telling how much time it will take for these to hit the shelves.

Major League Baseball Team Creates Social Media Cafe at Ballpark

The San Francisco Giants baseball team is being called a digital leader after it created a Social Media Café at its stadium AT&T Park. The café is Major League Baseball’s first social media command center and is located inside Peet’s Coffee, which is set behind centerfield, according to Forbes. Inside, fans can use their Twitter and Instagram accounts on six, 55-inch screens. The café also provides visitors with a place to enjoy coffee, recharge their phones, get a Wi-Fi connection–all while watching the game.

 

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