Category Archives: Mobile

Go Ahead! Dump Your Wallet and Live Out of Your Phone – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

In part one of this series I talk about the second hardest part of dumping my wallet:  choosing what four items I could keep inside my iPhone case.

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Go Ahead! Dump Your Wallet and Live Out of Your Phone – Part 1

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

iPhone Wallet

iPhone Wallet

I have been SO excited to write this article for a long time and now the time has come!  Yes, come on.   Dump your wallet.  Live out of your phone!

Almost.

The digital revolution has not yet been fully realized in my jacket pocket but we’re soooooo close that it’s worth getting started now. Those of you familiar with change management know that it’s not really about the technology – that’s pretty much here, thank you iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. It’s really about changing the way I do things day to day because that’s where things get really interesting.

The first part of this series covers my decision process – how I account for all the stuff I used to carry around in my wallet (stuffed in my pocket).  The second part walks through my own change management for adjusting to this change. Continue reading

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Reclaim Two Hours of Your Life Every Day – Part II

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

I was just talking to a friend of mine about part I of this article series when it occurred to me that getting yourself out of your email inbox includes training yourself as much as training the folks you interact with.  You really have to make it work for yourself and be little disciplined to reap the benefits.  This (cough) foreshadows part IV of this series.  The good news is that I talk about some cool toys in this article that can really help solidify your commitment to reclaiming these hours. Continue reading

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Peer-to-Peer Alert Systems – Part III

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This is the last of three articles exploring peer-to-peer communications and how these technologies could impact the timeliness and relevance of emergency alerting.  These first appeared in September, 2012 on the AWARE Forum.

Last week I wrote about the basics of peer-to-peer alerting for mobile devices and how peer networks might facilitate the dissemination of alerts. I also published Peer-to-Peer Alert Systems Part II that provided the several examples of mesh networks. In this article, I wrap up the discussion by presenting examples of star networks as well as combined mesh/star networks. Continue reading

Peer-to-Peer Alert Systems – Part II

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This is the second of three articles exploring peer-to-peer communications and how these technologies could impact the timeliness and relevance of emergency alerting.  These first appeared in September, 2012 on the AWARE Forum.

Last week I wrote about the basics of peer-to-peer alerting for mobile devices and how peer networks might facilitate the dissemination of alerts. In this article I provide several examples of technologies that demonstrate the first of two types of peer networks called “mesh” networks.

To recap from Part I: in a mesh network all devices that have some kind of peer relationship, talk to each other, and co-exist as equal peers. As devices move out of the network and form new ones with new peers, information is continually shared. Continue reading

Peer-to-Peer Alert Systems – Part I

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This is the first of three articles exploring peer-to-peer communications and how these technologies could impact the timeliness and relevance of emergency alerting.  These first appeared in September, 2012 on the AWARE Forum.

Mother Nature often provides terrific insight when looking for inspiration and innovation. The invention of VELCRO is a perfect example. When we search for improvements to alert dissemination, we need look no further than the 22,000 species of ants that traverse our planet.

The first lesson we can learn is that ants rely on more than one method for notifying each other of new sources of food or imminent threats. As we look more closely at our own systems it may help to examine alerting methods where ants are more successful than we are. The second lesson we can learn is that ants require no more infrastructure than what they already have on their bodies–a very efficient use of resources. Continue reading

Introducing Google Now

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

I originally posted this article on AWAREForum.org on July 5, 2012.

For those of you who own Android Smartphones, Google would like to get relevant information in front of you without you even asking. “With the predictive power of Google Now, you get just what you need to know, right when you need it.” Google Now should be available with Google’s next mobile operating system, Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean).

About to start your daily commute? Google Now presents the traffic conditions ahead of you and provides an alternate route without you even asking. Off to the airport? Google Now let’s you know if your plane is on time. Severe thunderstorms sweeping across your neighborhood? Google Now lets you know…well, nothing. Yet.
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