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Mobile is changing data and data is changing mobile.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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When was the last time you went a day without checking your smartphone? Or even an hour? According to Ofcom, over 60% of Scots own a smartphone and more than half of us say mobile is our preferred means of getting online. Such devices are now so firmly entrenched in our society that it’s hard to remember a time before we had them.

With the increased use of mobile comes an avalanche of data generated, captured and analysed. What does this mean for the way brands interact with us, as the marketers track every click and swipe?

Ian Hammond, head of analytics at big data analytics company Aquila Insight takes a look at how data will change mobile and vice versa:

1. Get busy living

Many of us already rely on our phones to run our lives. We use our mobiles to complete everything from our weekly shop, telling Tivo to record Strictly while we’re in the pub and our phones are collecting data 24/7. This means that mobile servicer providers, such as O2 and EE, are a major source of marketing information and they could eventually become the biggest. Traditional recipients of our data such as retail banks will become disenfranchised if they fail to adapt.
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‘Hackers’ to Save NHS £3m+ With Free Patient Handover App

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The creators of a free software app which took top prize at the first ever NHS Hack Day believe the product has the potential to save the NHS more than £3M per year.

NHS Hack Day brought together doctors, programmers and software developers to create innovative and high-tech solutions to everyday problems within the NHS. In just 24 hours the winning team created a browser-based “Patient List” system to improve the handover of patients.

Replacing the traditional task-list method usually used by staff, the application uses a feed from the hospital’s electronic medical records to provide doctors with a list of all their patients, allowing them to create task lists, update a patient’s record of care and better manage the handover of patients between shift teams and hospital departments.

Paul Wilson, MD of New Context Scotland, says: “I’m delighted to announce that we are developing our winning idea into a free open source product that can be easily downloaded and installed by any NHS hospital trust. Our solution will reduce the errors that occur during shift handovers and when patients move between departments. We estimate that this innovation has the potential to save £3.6 million worth of time – time that can then be devoted to frontline patient care.

“We’re currently working hard to get the product beyond the proof-of-concept stage and our efforts so far can be viewed online by the public.”

The application has attracted the attention of Professor Sir Liam Donaldson who, in a recent interview with E-Health Insider, said: “So many of the problems in healthcare, the errors, the mistakes, the lapses in standards of care occur during handovers of care from one team to another.”

The inaugural NHS Hack Day was held in late May, with 10 teams submitting their applications to an expert panel of senior clinicians and IT advisors, chaired by the former chief medical officer of England, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson.  The winning team was made up of New Context Scotland’s Paul Wilson and Adrian Mowat, ValueDecision’s Eckhard Schwarzat, Tactix4’s Rob Dyke and Dr Colin Brown of the Health Protection Agency and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Formerly known as EdgeCase UK, New Context Scotland is part of New Context, Inc, a global consultancy, which includes Silicon Valley tech guru Eric Ries as a general partner. New Context provides web and mobile software development for startups, corporations, and governments in North America, Asia, and Europe.

For more information and to view product development to date visit: https://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/561741.

http://newcontext.com

ColourDNA

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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Hot off the press we deliver the week’s most ground breaking social media news,
oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

Lastly, we’ll tell you whether it’s tin material or bin material!

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Tin It Or Bin It – 30 March 2012 – ColourDNA

ColourDNA has just launched a shiny new app for the iPhone. It’s described as “a proprietary algorithm for social discovery”. It basically discovers a bit about your likes and interests and recommends things they think you will like – from music and books, right through to art and gadgets.

First things first you have to select your favourite colour. The whole concept of the app revolves around colour (just in case the clue in the name didn’t tip you off!).

ColourDNA believe that your preference for certain colours reflects certain personality traits. Now this is where we start to become doubtful. Even though the algorithm highlights the importance of colour preferences, we can’t help thinking that other personal interests like music, films, food, books etc reveal a wealth of information about a person, more so perhaps than a simple colour can. Also, just like our moods, our favourite colour can vary.

ColourDNA incorporates a lot of features from Facebook, Foursquare and Pinterest and has existed online for some time now, so it does seem a natural step for the introduction of the app. It is an intriguing concept but we remain unconvinced for now. Only time will tell if people will take a liking to it and want to continually use it.

We wish them every success but unfortunately this is a Bin It.


Edgecase Develop Fundraising App For Maggie’s Monster Bike And Hike

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

EdgeCase has developed a fundraising app that tackles the problem of team motivation and aims to transform fundraising. The Go Team Go app enables participants of the Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike 2012 to motivate their team, track their progress, share through social media, and promote the charity.

Maggie’s Monster Bike & Hike is an outdoor adventure in the Scottish Highlands where teams have 24 hours to complete their chosen bike and hike challenge. An average of 1,000 people attend every year to raise much needed funds for Maggie’s Centres.

EdgeCase is an Agile company specialising in rapid sustainable development of mobile and web applications. As part of the organisation’s creative values and culture, it sets a certain amount of time aside for developers to pursue their own innovative projects. In this time Software Artisan, Peter Aitken, chose to develop a web app for Maggie’s to help encourage participants and aid fundraising efforts.

Peter Aitken of EdgeCase explains: “I had taken part in the 2011 challenge with a team of five friends, and discovered that there was no easy way to track progress and successfully motivate our team. We needed a tool to aid this process and Go Team Go was the solution.”

Users simply sign up to Go Team Go, enter their team names and link up to their Just Giving page. The dashboard details each individual’s training schedule for the week. Email alerts remind each team member of their training targets and remind an individual if they haven’t logged their details for that week. These features help the individual and the team to achieve goals and raise more money for the charity.

The app also has the option to share each teammate’s progress on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, which helps to raise awareness of the cause, without participants having to directly ask people for money, which can be uncomfortable.

Peter explains:  “No one likes asking people for sponsorship money but by sharing progress and involving those who are not actually taking part, you build support for your challenge and make sponsors feel part of the team. This makes it easier to collect the funds. I’m sure Bike and Hike participants will love it and use it to raise even more money for Maggie’s.”

George Bushell, Events Manager at Maggie’s, says: “We are really excited about the new app and we think it’s a really positive tool to aid our work. We believe it will really support our Monster fundraisers and we look forward to hearing the feedback from its users.”

Go Team Go can be found at http://goteamgo.org/.

For more information contact Lauren Cormack.

Lemon

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

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Tin It Or Bin It – 24 February 2012 – Lemon

We are always interested in handy tools that can help us stay organised and keep track of our money, so when we heard about Lemon we were intrigued.

Lemon is a web tool and mobile app that lets you collect and store your paper and email receipts all in one place and is great for people who shop online frequently for business or pleasure.

It enables you to see how much money you spend and what you spend it on. You can even share your business receipts with your accountant, automatically and in real time, which all sounds pretty nifty.

Users can store their receipts via email and by scanning them using their mobiles. The Lemon app will do the rest, and have your receipts turned into analysable files. If your accountant or boss needs exact copies of the receipts, the app can provide a URL for them to download and view the scanned copies.

To create reports, users just go to the Reports section, select the relevant data and Lemon will generate the information you have requested and present it in a chart.

Lemon’s key service of converting your receipts to analysable digital data and storing them is free, however they do offer three premium services that have a monthly subscription fee – Business, Family and Data plans. These options allow you to link up more accounts, view more detailed data analysis and share it all with your accountant.

There are a few issues with Lemon. With the free account, you are not able to add multiple users and you are subjected to ads, however if you upgrade you can combat these issues. Also, it is not an original idea – there are a few similar services out there such as Expensify, Receipt Bank and Shoeboxed.

So Tin It Or Bin It? Lemon is a handy tool to help manage your money and receipts, simply and all in one spot. It can save you a lot of time and potentially even money as you learn how to spend smarter.

This app is a Tin It.

Stranger danger?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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TIN IT OR BIN IT is your weekly social media need-to-know.

Hot off the press we deliver the week’s most ground breaking social media news,
oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

Lastly, we’ll tell you whether it’s tin material or bin material!

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Tin It Or Bin It – 13 January 2012 – Stranger danger?

This week we are looking at an app called Situationist, which apparently aims to create extra-ordinary situations in your everyday life. Sounds exciting but it is quite a big claim to follow through on.

The app uses geo-location and looks to make your every day life more exciting and random by alerting you to other user’s proximity and encourages members to interact with each other in unpredictable situations. The situations can vary from things like hugs, compliments, scare tactics, or even…revolutions. Users upload their photo and pick the situations they want from a list, knowing that those choices might then occur anywhere, and at any time.

It’s certainly intriguing but possibly not for the right reasons. Stalker tool perhaps…?

One of the visionaries behind the app, Ben Carey states that this is the complete opposite of what they are fighting against: “When the media deliberately demonise strangers as paedophiles, stalkers or terrorists, it is time to fight back and reconnect with our fellow citizens and human beings”.

This idea is certainly great in theory but when you look closer, it really just boils down to strangers doing random things to you.

Despite the best intentions this app is just plain weird and that’s why it’s probably banned from the app store. This is a BIN IT.

Take a Wander

Friday, January 6th, 2012

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TIN IT OR BIN IT is your weekly social media need-to-know.

Hot off the press we deliver the week’s most ground breaking social media news,
oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

Lastly, we’ll tell you whether it’s tin material or bin material!

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Tin It Or Bin It – 6 January 2012 – Take a Wander

After a brief break we are now back in 2012 with your weekly social media need-to-know.

We have been looking at a free iPhone app called Wander, which connects pen pals and Instagram to allow users to look at and take part in the lives of others all over the world, whilst also interacting and sharing with them.

Not everyone has the money or opportunity to go travelling around the world, so this free app can help to satisfy your curiosity for other cultures and help you become closer to the lives of others.

Wander creates connections with people you have never met through photo based conversation threads and provides the opportunity to explore different surrounding in an interactive, expressive way. Magic.

Each week, you can explore a new part of the world with a new user acting as your local guide. The app works by highlighting a new guide, from over 80 countries and across 6 continents that you can choose to connect with.

If you connect, the app will then suggest photo-based missions to start the interaction. You then upload them to the conversation. No worries if you don’t speak the same language, as there is a built in translation feature to aid your communication.

Wander currently has 12,000 app downloads and nearly 1,100 photos shared each week.

The only downside appears to be that is it currently just available for iPhone users, however the app will soon be rolled out for Android devices. Hurrah!

Wander seems to be the natural step in social networking and for that reason it’s a TIN IT.


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