Didn’t see that one coming. Or the fact that I would be writing about, *sigh*, emojis. Those funny yellow faces were cool maybe 10-15 years ago, when they were popularized by MSN Messenger. Sure they’ve been plaguing our text communications more recently too, mainly because of smartphones and IM platforms, but for some reason, a lot has been happening in the emoji-front in 2015. Let’s take a look:
One week and 46 years ago, the Internet was born. Or to be precise, its predecessor (or an earlier manifestation) the ARPANET delivered its first message, on 29 October 1969. Due to the creation of The World Wide Web two decades later, the Internet became the backbone interconnecting first the selected few and then eventually billions of people around the world. Although the amount of Internet users has grown staggering 806% since December 2000, shockingly still only 45% of global population has access to the Internet. So how do we get the rest 55% online? One answer to this is free Internet. Utopian? Not necessarily, since it’s actually closer than most of us think.
“There will be people who resist Solu, there will be people who disagree with what we’re doing.”
-Kristoffer Lawson, CEO & Founder of Solu Machines
I’m one of them. Among all this hype and praise, it’s about time to explain the naysayers perspective.
As a disclaimer: I’m a Finn and a tech enthusiast. Therefore like one would expect, I was instantly intrigued and excited about Solu when I first heard of them. I didn’t see the launch event, so my feelings are completely based on their Kickstarter page. This is why I wont buy Solu.
I joined Facebook relatively late, in December 2011, because it was semi-mandatory for me at the time (I’m looking at you, Dumppi). I didn’t see true value in the platform before that, and frankly, even during these three years I hardly used it besides the groups-feature (that I originally joined FB for). Following brands’ pages would have been convenient, but as we all know, only a tiny percent of users actually see companies’ updates, whether sponsored or not. Throw in the mix the continuously piling issues of Facebook’s notorious spying behaviour, and for me the platform became just repulsive. For more info on how Facebook stomps on your privacy, check this must-read article “Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook” by Salim Virani.
So this month the long-awaited opportunity finally rose for me (i.e. all responsibilities for different groups & associations were over) to delete my account. Turns out Facebook doesn’t want to let you go easily.
Modern company’s productivity, efficiency and versatility is greatly enhanced by the cloud technologies. After all this is a cloud-first, mobile-first world we live in – either your part of it or your business is out. But what’s the next step, in similar scale as our adaptation and embracing of cloud, that will drive future work life experience forward? Microsoft says it is machine learning, and I have to say I’m pretty convinced about that after seeing this video:
It is the Office Delve powered by the Office Graph. It intelligently brings forward relevant content on your email, calendar, notes and cloud storage, based on your behavior with these tools so far. So it constantly learns about you and your network, and aims to limit the information overflow and let you and your business to focus on the important things. Seems to me it’s a pretty damn good idea!
Yesterday Microsoft dropped a major bomb on their OneDrive blog revealing that they will raise next month the default storage space to 15 Gigabytes for regular users (from 7 GB), and a whopping 1 Terabyte for Office 365 subscribers. A TERABYTE, PEOPLE. That’s more storage than most of you have on your desktop PCs, and it’s completely in cloud: accessible anywhere with any device (really, OneDrive is the most compatible of all popular cloud storage platforms). This is not the first time such service has increased their offered capacity as a way to gain competitive edge among the dozens of others, but we’ve never seen anything of this scale.
But as I am also a Google Drive user because our university forces all students to be, I wanted to compare the two out of curiosity. End result was a simple chart, in which I also included Dropbox and iCloud, as I’ve understood that both are pretty popular platforms too. This is how they compare: