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Dec 30
2009

Posted by: clickflick

What is FourSquare and Gowalla?

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Foursquare is a location based social networking game. It can be used via the website at http://www.foursquare.com and also on mobile devices such as the iphone and blackberry(beta). The essence of the Foursquare is that it allows you and your friends new ways to explore your city. You earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places. How does it work? After installing the application on your smartphone the whole system is based on “checking-in”. You can check-in at bars, restaurants or any kind of location or business at this time. You will receive points for “checking-in”. You can also add  locations into the system which gives you more points. The points system is just part of the game. You can also be a “Mayor” of an establishment if you visit/check-in at location the most compared to anyone else. It's bragging rights too! Your followers will be “Pinged” of your location everytime you check-in. The great thing about Foursquare is you can leave tidbits of info which is great for establishments. If I visit a restaurant that has a great appetizer specials, I can mention that in the Foursquare application for all my followers to see. This gives establishments instant promotion and advertising in a “Word of Mouth” way which is valuable for business or venues.

Gowalla is a very similar application to Foursquare. The website is http://www.gowalla.com . Gowalla allows you to stamp and earn rewards at the places you visit. It allows you to drop or pick up “Special theme items” at a location which is similar to the “badges” in FourSquare. Overall using both applications, I found that Gowalla is much slower to update when “checking-in” to locations via the Twitter method. Both Geo-tagging applications are still in it’s infancy but will be a big in social trends for the future. The social aspect with discounts and free offers will make this an enticing tool for business for monetizing and advertising in the future. So go out and explore now. Here's a video of Dennis Crowley, Co -founder of Foursquare.

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Dec 27
2009

Posted by: Tim Posgate

Radio Christmas

Tim Posgate
Tagged in: technology , radio , jazz , hockey , Christmas , CBC

So far the only really emotional Christmas moment I had was because of radio. Sure, I loved watching my kids open their presents and sing songs with us etc. but it was the Pogues on the CBC that made my eyes a little leaky.

 

I don’t even know the name of that Christmas song they sing but it certainly made me feel like I was fifteen again was in the kitchen chatting with my Mom. It seems like radio is everywhere this Christmas. My kids gave me a wind up radio that works without batteries. (Thanks guys, I always wanted one!)  Even my son’s new ipod Nano has a radio built in to it. The Mac people finally figured out that we need radio. (as well as the new audio and video recording feature!)

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Dec 27
2009

Posted by: Mario C

2010 - Another best of the decade list!

Mario C

Its around the corner . . . and this was the year I had earmarked for driving my flying car, you know, like the Jetsons. Looks like I'm gonna have to wait for another life time for that! But hey I must say humans are getting closer and closer to making that a reality. So many advances in the last 10 years!

While everybody is making there 'best of the decade' list on every topic under the sun, I'm gonna do my own . . . randoms and in no particular order : ) 

Feel free to add your own . . .

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Dec 21
2009

Performance-driven Culture

MJA Executive Consulting
Tagged in: Untagged 

Attention change Consultants and Executives! Every week, I will be writing my blog on effective way to manage organizational change. I hope that my blog can offer some guidance and rationale in this ever changing--crazy--world of commerce.

This week’s topic is: How to Create a Performance-driven Culture.

It is a proven fact that the best strategies often fail due to lack of alignment between the norms and values that define an organization’s culture and the machinery that drives its business processes. It also well know that “MANAGING CULTURE IS THE MOST NEGLECTED AND HIGHEST LEVERAGED TOOL FOR PROMOTING INNOVATION AND CHANGE”

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Dec 21
2009

Posted by: clickflick

GoogleWave

clickflick
Tagged in: GoogleWave , Google

GoogleWave

Have you heard of GoogleWave? It’s a new  tool being introduced by Google. It is currently in limited preview. Google has given invitations to a select few to test the application before going into full launch. The buzz on social networking sites lately has been on receiving an invite to use GoogleWave. If you haven’t received one yet don’t fret because there is a plethora of users giving away invites online.

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Dec 21
2009

Posted by: Sim Dhillon

the health reform bill has passed.

Sim Dhillon
Tagged in: Untagged 

this is me....kind of venting...

ok let me break this down:


the health reform bill basically states that the 50 million people in the US who are uninsured no longer will be...and this is how they're going to do it:

1) there's no public opt out option...which means those people who didn't have health insurance because they couldn't afford it are now going to be covered by medicaid (government funded insurance) and those people who didn't have health insurance because they chose not to are now required to purchase private (commercial) health insurance...if not, they will be fined (which is completely unconstitutional and a stripping of our rights as citizens)

2) insurance companies are now going to have 50 million more "customers" so to speak...which means they win in the end....because as it is medicare dictates the standard "price" if u will of a certain medical procedure (performed by us)...we, as doctors, are allowed to charge whatever we want, but we will not get paid what we charge because medicare sets the standards for all other insurance companies and the companies dictate that they're only going to pay 60% of a procedure that the doctor is charging $100 for...half of the remaining 40% is paid by the patient (eg: a $20 copay) and the other half is an "adjustment" made by the insurance companies...basically forcing doctors to give the companies a discount (by the way, if a doctor refuses...the insurance company decides that they won't cover for that doctor..which means the doctors loses all patients under the umbrella of said insurance company)

3) the reform bill states that insurance companies will now cover pre-existing conditions and preventative medicine (which they do not at the moment)..which is how they think cutting the doctors' reimbursement rates is going to level out the difference...because the way they see it..doctors will have more patients with this: 50 million more patients in the system, patients with pre-existing conditions, and patients who want/need preventative care...which is bullshit because a doctor can only see so many patients in one day.







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Dec 19
2009

Posted by: clickflick

The Internet and Technology

clickflick
Tagged in: technology , Internet


Do you use the internet too much? I do. You might not want to admit it but the majority of us are texting or surfing the internet. That is how you found this blog, right? With the outbreak of social networking sites and the plethora of webpages and blogs it’s difficult to avoid. Instant updates of web videos being spread virally, you can’t help hearing all the information in today’s society. Does this mean we are less inclined to communicate face to face if we are on the internet more. It brings up an interesting topic that can be debated for hours. Children being brought up in this virtual world are using computers and technology at an earlier age. Children today are spending more time sitting in front of the computers than their predecessors. Do you remember when physical activity involved running or playing tag with your friends? Today, most children are set on playing video games and immersing themselves in online gaming. Adults are focusing more attention to using the internet more too. It has become more of information overload and trying to manage it. I can personally spend a whole day just watching videos on Youtube. You can find anything you want on any topic if you just “Google” it. Most people are also using the internet to shop, pay bills and even watch television. The internet and pace of technology has changed the way we live. It is evident in the world economy of how drastic technology has affected us. Most companies are now using technology that automates most simple procedures. Data entry is replaced by database software. Bank Tellers are replaced by Online banking. Television is replaced by Online streaming. Don’t get me wrong, it will never replace what has been mentioned but it definitely has been a game changer. Look forward to more tech/review post here on Ibizook.com :)

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