Bring Your Own DeviceIt’s estimated that by 2016, connected mobile devices will account for 61% of all Internet traffic. Of that traffic, a significant amount is generated from the mobile workforce, using their own personal devices. Now, companies have an “Internet of Employees” and the days of IT groups sanctioning the devices allowed on the network is quickly fading. Instead, CIOs are facing a broad, diverse array of personal devices — 95% of global organizations now allow employee-owned smartphones and tablets in the workplace. However, that doesn’t diminish the need for CIOs and IT groups to focus on what some are calling the “coming mobile mayhem” in regards to device management, data security and network availability.

Companies now must start developing plans to support the “Internet of Employees” and create policies spanning security and network availability as more employees blend their personal activities with their work activities on their devices (many employees will use their smartphone for email, while streaming Spotify at the same time).

Companies may want to consider offering employees provisioned devices of their choice (similar to Yahoo! offering employees free Windows, iOS or Android devices). With centralized mobile management, it’s easier to build the appropriate infrastructure to support the Internet of Employees.

Over 60% of lost or stolen smartphones are believed to contain sensitive and/or confidential company information. It’s incumbent for organizations to devise some type of security policy as it applies to personal devices in the workplace.

Some studies seem to indicate that employees are more productive when allowed to use their own personal devices in the workplace. Companies have to balance the “mobile mayhem” of thousands of employee-owned devices on their networks vs. the inherent need for security as it applies to company IP and the integrity of their network operations.

Unhappy with your Lookback video? Too many photos of your ex? Of other people’s exes? Now you can edit your video … sort of.

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It’s a start at least. Facebook lets you choose from a pre-selected group of photos and status updates for each section of the video. I still didn’t get the photos I really wanted in there, but I got rid of the ones I didn’t want. That’s good enough.

To edit your movie:

  •    Go to Facebook.com/Lookback.
  •    Click Edit in the top right.
  •    Scroll down and select from the pre-selected items. I didn’t realize that you can pick from more than one page of items at first, but it’s still pretty restrained.
  •    When you’re done, you can view your video.
  •    Click Update. Your video will update, and you can update your status with it.

The catch? It updates the original post you made with your video and does not make a new one.

For a laugh, you can also view what a Facebook movie would look like if it told the real truth.

There’s a new app, iPhone only, called Secret. I love it. I’m addicted to it. We’ve all seen sites such as the Post Secret project and Texts from Last Night, where anonymity is vital. This is the app version of sharing secrets, anonymous and interactive.

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Basically, you can post what you really think and you’re mostly anonymous. There’s every sort of update in the world appearing on Secret – from potential startup acquisitions to depressed folks in need of a place to not be judged  to comments about someone’s cat. It’s an app filled with words, with fears, feats of daring, love, humor and everything else. You can post anything – no filter – and add a background or upload a photo to go with it.

Your name is not included. You can say what you think. After all, a social media study recently showed that 48% of people will hold back their opinions and feelings on Facebook for fear of judgement or having the unpopular viewpoint. On Secret, you are unfiltered.

I won’t say you’re not judged, because you can’t control what people say in the comments. But I haven’t had an unpleasant experience yet.

Now, the anonymous thing is really mostly anonymous. The app hides the identity of the posters. BUT, it looks at your address book and tells you whether a friend, or friend of a friend, posted something (then listed as in your circle). It also lets you know if the posting was just popular and therefore everyone is seeing it. If it’s a popular secret, outside of your circle, then you also see the location of the poster (ie, San Francisco).  Again, mostly anonymous.

Still, I love the app. In Secret, I can share the things I would never share on Facebook or Twitter. Emotional things, snarky things, random things … but things I don’t necessarily want associated with the image I try to project, but things that are still wholly me.

Join the app. It needs more people, more interaction. It’s brand new this month.

My only complaint is that, in order to run it, I need to use my iPhone in airplane mode on wifi. Hey developers – create an Android version will you? The whole world does not have an active iPhone.

 

Remember when watching the Olympics was limited to just prime-time television? In particular, I remember Lillehammer. I was in college and my roommate and I would watch the Olympics, followed by Letterman (who sent his mom to the Games), and then wrapped up by Bob Costas. We had a crush a Bob Costas. But that was the extent of the Olympics in our world.

Now, everything has changed. You can view the Olympics 24/7 if you want. NBC is streaming 1,000 hours of Olympic coverage in addition to 539 hours of television. That’s a lot of time. If you’re an Olympics junkie, and you think you can look past the rather distasteful politics and practices of the 2014 Games,  you’ve got a lot of options. 

Prime-time TV: No cable required, NBC will be broadcasting the biggest events each night. However, this won’t be live as the time difference between the US and Sochi is extreme. But you can still get your figure-skating fix this way, even if you don’t have cable.

Cable TV: Many of NBC’s 539 hours will actually be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. NBCSN is a cable station and until today, I wasn’t even aware I had it. (In the SF Bay Area, try ch 81.)

Online: Around 1,000 hours of live events will be streaming on NBCOlympics.com. They will tell you this is free, but there is a catch. You need to authenticate your specific cable provider. So yes, you can view it, but you either need cable, or have a friend willing to share their user name/password.

NBC Sports Live Extra App: No pay-for-cable needed here, you can download the app and watch those 1,000 hours live on your mobile device. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Additionally, standard news apps from outlets like CNN, MSNBC and others will cover the outcome of the competitions as well as the politics around Sochi. 

Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Social Media: If you don’t want to watch, but still want to follow along, and your own Facebook feed just won’t fit the bill, you can find the Sochi Olympics all over social media. So far, the hashtags look to be #sochi2014 and of course, #Olympics, although I’m sure others will emerge.

   - Twitter: Follow @NBCOlympics for the NBC version and @USOlympic for tweets from the overall team. Additionally, the team has put together a list of tweeting athletes competing in the games. NBC has put together a list of tweeting commentators and I bet they’ll have their own list of tweeting athletes within the next couple of days.  You can also follow Scott HamiltonBrian Boitano, and Shaun White, all in Sochi for the Games, and Lindsey Vonn, who is commentating state-side for the Today Show.

Shaun White's latest tweet

Shaun White‘s latest tweet

- Instagram: Some basics include TeamUSA,  NBCOlympics, Sochi2014, USsnowboarding, and Olympics.  At the bottom of this CBS post, you can find a list of all of the athletes on Instagram.

- Facebook: Both Sochi and NBC have Pages for the Olympics. I’m sure, with a little searching, you’ll probably find fan pages or follow abilities out there for your favorite athletes.

As for the politics, I hope we show the world that, like Jesse Owens in Berlin, we can stand strong against discrimination.

Know of any other ways to catch your favorite sports during the Olympics? Let us know in the comments.

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.44.25 AMFor years, I’ve moved between Android and iOS, usually changing operating systems when a new phone grabs my attention. It’s a constant “push and pull” problem: the combination of a phone’s unique features, the operating system, and my desire to have a “perfect mobile experience”. Rarely is that experience as perfect as I want it to be. As an iPhone loyalist, I judge everything against the experience I have with iOS, Apple’s hardware, and the overall platform’s ecosystem. As iPhone has seemingly “shrunk” in form factor, staying at an untenable 4″ screen size in light of other manufacturers’ growing screens, I’ve gravitated toward the larger-screen phones, most recently, the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5, for once, is the perfect phone for me. It’s size and form factor seem the perfect size for my palm, my pants, and my weary eyes. KitKat is the best version of Android to date and, simply put, I’ve never been so satisfied with a smartphone. I’ve kinda cast away the thoughts of going back to iPhone. Yes, there are the nagging rumors of the coming iPhone 6 with a larger screen, but KitKat has a hold on me unlike any that iOS has ever had.

However, Apple’s advantage is their App Store. And, with Facebook’s iPhone-only new app, Paper, being released today, I’ve begun to wonder: can one app make me go back? I hate the feeling of being left out: when an app is only available on “another” platform, I get frustrated. Facebook turns 10 years old today, and there’s new research that shows its users have evolved their expectations of what the Facebook experience means for them. In light of this, Facebook’s Paper app is an attempt to evolve how Facebook interacts with its users and how it expects to provide new types of interaction between you and your Facebook friends. Paper reformats the typical Facebook experience with a more visually stunning approach (similar to what Google Plus did with their app), and turns your Facebook feed into a “Flipboard-like” magazine experience. Development of the app was led by a team that Facebook acquired from Apple in 2011, and represents Facebook’s obvious prioritization of rich visual design. The obvious plus to Paper is it gives you a platform-specific experience optimized for what that platform can best provide. In this sense, it may mean more fragmentation in apps if Facebook determines to release platform-optimized Facebook experiences across the board. However, it also means that Facebook evolves from being a fast-food experience (dumbed down UIs to provide a similar experience across all devices), to a more holistic and optimal experience based on whatever platform you’re on. The Paper app could signal a new frontier in designing and developing app experiences that mold more to its user’s context, and is a step-forward to a more humanistic experience. This means our platform decisions may no longer be made based on just price, carrier subsidies, form factors, and operating systems. We may begin making decisions based on all these plus the type of app experience we prefer based on how we use our phones.

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