Google I/O, Google's developers conference was this week and there's some interesting cloudy things to coming from it. On the Australian front, there's quite a bit of talk of banking innovation and mobile.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) a large proportion of Aussie businesses are missing out on the opportunities from being web.
- ABS Reveals the Great Australian Business Online Fail - Power Retail
Apparently unstructured big data excites Australian banks. Are they doing anything with that excitement?
- Unstructured big data excites the big banks - Banking Review
While the afore-mentioned banks are getting excited about big data, the "little guys" are eating their lunch in innovative services. Maybe the banks just expect buy their way in later? (Credit to CBA and ANZ for putting their toe in the water with such efforts as Kaching and goMoney)
- Connected consumers go where banks haven't - Sydney Morning Herald
CBA aren't keeping quiet about their mobile efforts either. They're expecting big things for mobile banking this silly season.
- CommBank predicts mobile banking will dominate by Christmas 2012 - Banking Review
Not to be outdone, St George (Westpac) are now getting into the mobile payments game with "Pay To Mobile".
- Bank battle of the apps hots up - Australian Financial Review
Around the world
Some interesting numbers on usage and engagement with Mobile apps and the Mobile web. The Top 50 Apps take about 50% of usage time.
- Apps Proliferate, but How Do Users Engage? - eMarketer
Google have take a step towards seamless cloud apps. Google Docs will allow you to edit offline in the not too distant future.
- Google gives Google Docs offline capabilities - Computerworld
Google trying to reinvigorate its competition with Amazon's cloud services.
- Google launches IaaS Compute Engine - Computerworld
If you're after some more Google I/O news, check out the article here.
Something to consider when you're looking at which mobile platforms to support. Is there writing on the wall? What does it say?
- RIM delays BlackBerry 10, reports plummeting sales - Computerworld
It's definitely taking a long time to get reasonable (price and speed!) data access when you're in the air. Let alone some clarity about the actual, if any, effects of electronic devices on planes.
Rats and mice
Create a user interface from anything (that conducts a little bit of electricity)! Fun.
- Create UIs Out of Anything, With This Kit From MIT - Fast Company
Are you a pixel addict with your digital camera? Or maybe a conspiracy theorist? Either way, check out the resolution on this 1 gigapixel photo.
- Smile, because there's nowhere to hide - Sydney Morning Herald
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