Google Wants to Say 'Allo with New Apps and Services

Google already has Google +, but it's rolling out Spaces. They have GoogleVoice, Chat and Hangouts, but are rolling out Allo and Duo. While it's confusing to the general market, it's really a way to say that they are coming out with something totally new and not just upgrading what they had.

The reason "NEW" is part of "NEWS" so if it was simply said at Google I/O that Google is going to upgrade their existing offerings it would be a yawn instead of a boom. And, judging by all the media attention SPACES, ALLO and DUO are getting, along with other "NEW" announcements, one would have to say the positioning is working.

What Google did was get into the game where Facebook already is with Messenger and WhatsApp and now will have native apps that mirror Facetime and iMessage from Apple. Already Spaces is working on both iOS and Android, while Allo and Duo will be out later this year, likely to coincide with the arrival of the new Android OS and the new Android Nexus devices (smartphones and tablets.)

As for Spaces, the idea seems good as it feels like a "Post It" note service, complete with commentary....but for more personal, small group use vs. Google+ which is more of their Facebook alternative.

So give Google's spin doctors credit. They could have simply said "we're upgrading Hangouts" but instead their leaving Hangouts to be their Conferencing solution to rival Zoom, GoToMeeting and WebEx, while making their two new apps more about personal communications...


The Comunicano Communique for Monday May 16th, 2016

 
Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In More...  
 
 
The Comunicano Communique banner
 

The Comunicano Communique

 
 

It's Google I/O Week in Silicon Valley so the fun game to watch is how Facebook and its related entities are playing "games" with Google in the news with announcements. Watching the news flow last week and this week the gamesmanship is at an all time high, while Microsoft, Twitter and Apple all stay off to the side. In other news, the hot topics remain chat, messaging and bots, that and Yahoo getting ready to be carved up and sold off...but who will be the buyer and what are their plans? Personally, I'm more intrigued and impressed with the Amazon Private Label move. That and it's own air fleet, plus drones means money on money....Check out today's melange of news...all found in today's Comunicano Communique.

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
  http%3A%2F%2Fstatic2.businessinsider.com%2Fimage%2F5739a81cdd08951b2e8b474a-1272-954%2Fgettyimages-450831356.jpg

Amazon is about to launch in a new $80 billion market

It looks like Amazon is getting into the food business. A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that the online retail giant is gearing up to launch its own own-brand foodstuffs for the first time "as soon as the end of the month."
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fcontent%2Fdam%2Fnews%2F2016%2F05%2F15%2F95772239_Netflix-tablet-NEWS-xlarge_trans%2B%2BGTrH7vjUBZaHH8X-0ptmLbya3im2nePFXFN785ABZas.jpg

BBC set to launch Britflix rival to Netflix after John Whittingdale approves subscription streaming

The paragraphs were widely interpreted as an assault on the corporation's traditional funding model, with some suggesting that it marked the "beginning of the end" for the licence fee. However, John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, as well as senior BBC sources, said it was the corporation that had requested new powers to levy subscriptions.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.static-economist.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fcf_images%2Fimages-magazine%2F2016%2F05%2F14%2FWB%2F20160514_WBD001_facebook.jpg

The Slack generation

STEWART BUTTERFIELD, the boss of Slack, a messaging company, has been wonderfully unlucky in certain ventures. In 2002 he and a band of colleagues created an online-video game called "Game Neverending". It never took off, but the tools they used to design it turned into Flickr, the web's first popular photo-sharing website.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fi2.wp.com%2Fqzprod.files.wordpress.com%2F2016%2F05%2Fmario.jpg%3Ffit%3D440%252C330%26quality%3D80%26strip%3Dall%26ssl%3D1

Nintendo is serious about making movies

Nintendo's fortunes are fading fast. In order to survive, it's heading to the multiplex. In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun (link in Japanese) published today (May 16), Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the company will enter the movie business.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fstatic01.nyt.com%2Fimages%2F2016%2F05%2F16%2Fbusiness%2F16dbpix-yahoo%2F16dbpix-yahoo-facebookJumbo.jpg

Warren Buffett and Dan Gilbert Unite in Bid to Acquire Yahoo

Yahoo appears to be making progress in efforts to sell itself, despite some initial skepticism. The latest piece of evidence: Among those vying for the company is the unusual combination of the investor Warren E. Buffett and Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fassets.bwbx.io%2Fimages%2Fusers%2FiqjWHBFdfxIU%2FiE6K_QjB1lSg%2Fv1%2F-1x-1.jpg

Google Plans to Map the Interior World in 3-D

Google already maps the world, but the internet giant has bigger plans for its next location-based technology. The Alphabet Inc. unit wants to digitally map the interiors of buildings in 3-D down to a resolution of a few inches, and make money in virtual reality along the way, through a project named Tango.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fwww.androidpolice.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2Fnexus2cee_ZNBrTcB-728x310.png

Android VR Placeholder Pops Up In The Google Play Developer Console

Yesterday we reported on a rumor that Google would unveil a new "Android VR" platform at Google I/O next week, along with a standalone headset. Today we're seeing what looks like additional evidence. Folks who sign into the Google Play Developer Console are seeing Android VR alongside Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fuploadvr.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2FOculus-Talk2.jpg

Oculus to Devs: "Now is the time to be thinking about VR"

Oculus VR has issued the statement to developers that "now is the time to be thinking about VR" at its talk at Digital Dragons 2016.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fs1.ibtimes.com%2Fsites%2Fwww.ibtimes.com%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F12%2F31%2Fwhatsapp-down.jpg

WhatsApp Desktop Apps For Mac And Windows Launched To Take On Skype

With over 1 billion users, it is already the world's most popular messaging service, but WhatsApp is now seeking to extend its reach by offering its users access to most of its features on Windows and Mac computers.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fcdn03.androidauthority.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2FWhatsApp-video-calling.jpg

WhatsApp preparing to roll out video calling to beta users

A beta version of WhatsApp for Android included the option to initiate a video call. The feature was not active for most users, and it was removed with a later update, but it's a sign that the full release of the feature is approaching.Video calling for WhatsApp has been in the works for at least six months - back in December, screenshots of the iOS version of the app leaked showing a basic video calling interface.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.today.ng%2Fmain%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2Ftelegram.jpg

Telegram now lets you edit messages after you've sent them " TODAY.ng

Telegram has released an update to its communication app that now lets you edit your messages after they've been sent. This feature works across all chat types including with groups and individual conversations. Other features that have been added include being able to mention anyone in group chats, finding people faster with a new search list, and having a better way to add bots to conversations.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.theglobeandmail.ca%2F07f%2Freport-on-business%2Fsmall-business%2Fsb-growth%2Farticle30027711.ece%2FALTERNATES%2Fw620%2Fwirkin.jpg

As app growth slows, tech companies bet 'bots' will be next big thing

It's a strange thing to be interviewed for a job by a robot on your phone. The robot in question in this case is Wirk'n, a chat "bot" found within the popular messaging app Kik. Bots are quasi-intelligent automated programs you "talk" to by text, the same way you might with a friend or relative.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fsi.wsj.net%2Fpublic%2Fresources%2Fimages%2FBN-OA557_0515_C_P_20160515223508.jpg

AT&T Employees Automate Repetitive Tasks with Software Bots

Over the past year, some workers at AT&T Inc. have begun to automate the boring, repetitive parts of their jobs by using software bots. AT&T is just one of many companies beginning to use software bots to free workers from mundane tasks such as entering information into legacy systems. Sales people at AT&T, for example, now have a bot that automatically pulls sales leads from multiple systems, freeing up hours tospend instead with customers.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fstatic01.nyt.com%2Fimages%2F2016%2F05%2F14%2Fbusiness%2F16socialmedia1%2F16socialmedia1-facebookJumbo.jpg

Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators

By the end of last week, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would conduct "a full investigation" into accusations that editors at the company prevented news stories from conservative outlets from appearing in a section of the social network's service.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fwww.runwaygirlnetwork.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2FK64126-1.jpg

Chinese airlines begin to install Wi-Fi beyond trial basis - Runway Girl

As airlines based in the United States are wrapping up their inflight Wi-Fi rollouts - and eyeing nextgen upgrades - and many European airlines have finally decided on equipage plans, there's one massive country with a booming aviation industry that remains largely disconnected.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
     
 
  http%3A%2F%2Frethink-wireless.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2Fsoftbank.jpg

Wall Street unconvinced by Softbank's optimism about Sprint

Sprint's owner, Softbank of Japan, is standing by its troubled US child, with founder Masayoshi Son saying that Sprint's radical capex cuts helped boost its parent's operating margins by 8.8% in its just-finished fiscal year. "Cost cutting is going smoothly at Sprint," said Son during an analyst call.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fthink.storage.googleapis.com%2Fimages%2F6-questions-for-every-brand-to-consider-after-brandcast-lg.png

6 Questions for Every Brand to Consider After YouTube Brandcast

Every NewFronts season, the major players in digital content pitch their programming to advertisers. With those pitches comes a dizzying amount of new research and data. Below are six questions to help you gauge if you're making the most of your online video strategy, along with the newest YouTube data announced at the sixth annual Brandcast event.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 


We hope you are enjoying The Comunicano Daily. If you want to share it with friends, colleagues and co-workers, or even your wife, child or even someone you don't like, please do. They can join by visiting The Comunicano Daily signup page: http://eepurl.com/BFXkD

 

The Comunicano Communique for Monday May 9th, 2016

 
Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In More...  
 
 
The Comunicano Communique banner
 

The Comunicano Communique

 
 

This past week and weekend I was back and forth over the weekend to San Diego and kicking around L.A. as part of my "see what's what where" experiment.  What i was amazed at was traffic and how bad it was being reported using various tech tools. Beyond Waze and Google Maps, my GPS equipped Audi has traffic reporting built in.

Literally what was supposed to be a less than two hour drive south at 10 AM turned into an almost three hour jaunt as "hazardous driving conditions" were reported from the moment I hit Irvine, CA. About the only hazards I saw were the other drivers who seem to have all been experiencing first time on a freeway. Cars at 55 in the fast lanes. Minivans changing lanes without turn signals and just a bunch of unattended construction locations. And, if I thought traffic was bad going south, it was worse going north. Then there was the seemingly unneeded full stops by the CHP that I saw in a few locations.....making me wonder what was up.

But once back in L.A. it was Uber for me. And, what I'm finding is that the Uber drivers who use Waze are far more switched on than those that use Google Maps, and those that use both, and who take their time to check the route options, are they ever earning their 5 stars from me. 

My point here is that the travel routing technologies are really getting better, but now it's more about the drivers getting hip to what they can do to be driving better and arriving at their destinations more safely.

So read today's Comunicano Communique and get into the news.

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
 

Hyperloop Transportation says it will use a ‘cheaper, safer’ form of magnetic levitation

 
  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of two LA-based startups working to build Elon Musk's futuristic transportation system, announced today that it has licensed a technology called "passive magnetic levitation" to power its prototype. The system is "a cheaper, safer alternative" to regular magnetic levitation, or maglev, which is currently in operation powering high-speed trains in China and Europe.  
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fcdn2.ubergizmo.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F02%2FAndroidWear-DesignedForYourWrist-640x315.jpg

Google I/O 2016: What To Expect

Google's annual developer conference is just around the corner. Every year the company welcomes developers from across the globe to showcase its software, services, and devices. It goes without saying that the next major Android update is going to be formally announced at this event and the company might also announce some major improvements to Chrome OS.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.dailygazette.com%2Fgraphics%2Fdesign%2Ficon3Dshadow.png

Ads evolve into new forms as media landscape shifts

Peter Naylor, head of advertising sales at Hulu, stood on a stage before a roomful of advertising executives who were there to see what the popular streaming service had in store for the year. After trumpeting Hulu's new interactive ads, Naylor made another pitch.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Ftctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com%2F2016%2F05%2Fpaypal.jpg%3Fw%3D764%26h%3D400%26crop%3D1

PayPal nixes Purchase Protection for payments made through crowdfunding platforms

If you use your PayPal account to support a crowdfunding campaign, you can't rely on its Purchase Protection plan anymore. The payment platform has announced that after June 25, payments made on crowdfunding platforms will no longer be eligible for the program, which allows users to open disputes for items that don't arrive or are different from described.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fs0.wp.com%2Fwp-content%2Fthemes%2Fvip%2Ftechcrunch-2013%2Fassets%2Fimages%2Ftechcrunch.opengraph.default.png

Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed to protect users' privacy - it removes ad blockers, for example - but it's also marketed towards those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, such on networks managed by I.T.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Ftbivision.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F01%2FVR-Thommo.png
NBC Sports in VR first

NBC Sports Group made its first steps into virtual reality broadcasting at the weekend by airing VR footage from the Kentucky Derby, in partnership with NextVR. The companies claimed that Saturday's coverage marked the "first-ever horse racing in virtual reality" with footage captured "from the paddock to the track and...

 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fwww.androidheadlines.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2FManus-VR_1.png
Manus VR Gloves Add A New Dimension To The HTC Vive 

There are certain technical challenges that need to be overcome in order to deliver a good virtual reality experience; some more crucial than others. Two of the most important characteristics contributing to an immersive VR experience lie in good optics for a pleasant visual experience overall, and the VR system's motion tracking capabilities.

 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gannett-cdn.com%2F-mm-%2Fb5586d4fa7f2c91060b60dfc955f65c02a4b1988%2Fc%3D142-0-2163-1142%26r%3Dx633%26c%3D1200x630%2Flocal%2F-%2Fmedia%2F2016%2F04%2F29%2FUSATODAY%2FUSATODAY%2F635975436749007299-XXX-XXX-IMG-635787108271076723-G-1-1-ADC1RL2S-76535018.JPG

Personal digital assistants are on the rise (and they want to talk)

NEW YORK-You may already be on a first-name basis with Siri, Cortana, Google or Alexa, the Fab Four of voice-activated digital assistants. Now that relationship is expanding from one device (typically a smartphone) to many. The major tech companies are putting these digital assistants, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms and activated by voice, into multiple products.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2F1u88jj3r4db2x4txp44yqfj1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F03%2Ftaytweets-780x392.png

Don't crash and burn with your bot: 6 best practices

With Facebook's introduction of bots on Messenger last month, chatbots, which have been around for decades, have suddenly taken the leap from fun toy project to cutting-edge business proposition. With this rapid rise to prominence, it's critical to differentiate the hype from the true value bots can offer when you consider using one for your business.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fedge.alluremedia.com.au%2Fm%2Fl%2F2016%2F05%2F2015-bot-traffic-report-lowres.png

Are Bots Good Or Bad For Online Business?

Bots tend to get a lot of bad press. And considering that bots tend to be involved in all kinds of malicious internet activity - including devastating DDoS attacks - it isn't altogether unwarranted. However, the actual story behind bots isn't quite so one-sided. Robot image from Shutterstock Think of your website as a garden.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fs0.wp.com%2Fi%2Fblank.jpg

Tech cafe: Comrade bot

The spotlight shines brightly on American companies Tesla and Google X (Alphabet, Inc), even the government contender, DARPA, and education/research institutes like the MIT, when it comes to autonomous and guided bots. From self-driving cars to military UAVs, the robotics universe is expanding with technology and innovation coalescing to fulfil a need, and few would disagree that nowhere is this more pronounced than in the US.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.slashgear.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2F911-missing-cellphone.jpg

Finally there's a chat bot for calling 911

We are now living in the age of chat bots. Whether they be tied to apps like Slack or Facebook Messenger, chat bots have eliminated the need for users to take car of annoying, time-consuming tasks, such as translating photos, requesting a ride home, ordering tacos, and even posting offensive tweets.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fi1.wp.com%2Fwww.geektime.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2FGogovan-scores-new-funds-from-Alibabas-venture-arm-e1462540600853.png%3Fresize%3D750%252C454

Alibaba invests in Hong Kong startup GoGoVan

On-demand logistics startup GogoVan raised a series C funding round, it announced today. The funding amount is undisclosed, but is described as "a decent amount for future business expansion." The round was led by private equity firm New Horizon Capital and was joined by Singapore Press Holdings, Hotung Investment Holdings, and existing investors.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fi2.wp.com%2Fwww.runwaygirlnetwork.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2F26111913854_14e33c0f9f_o.jpg%3Fresize%3D5568%252C3712%26ssl%3D1
Delta tries radio tags so passengers and luggage arrive together

At a news conference at Delta Air Lines headquarters in Atlanta last week, I remembered an old joke about a skyjacker who demanded that the pilots "take me where my luggage is going".

 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  http%3A%2F%2Fwww.insidesources.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F05%2Fbigstock-Aerial-View-Of-The-Tractor-91687778-300x300.jpg

Feds on Verge of Slowing Innovation Again

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit expected to rule on the Federal Communications Commission's internet regulations any day now, it's hard to believe none of the presidential candidates or more media outlets have acknowledged the agency's rules could seriously alter the internet as we know it.
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
 

 
  https%3A%2F%2Fkickofflabs.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F07%2Fcontently.jpg

10 Examples of Remarkable Landing Page Copy

Your landing page will succeed or fail based on the written copy. No matter how well designed your page is... if the copy sucks... no one is going to buy it. Great copy rises above the design to convert visitors into leads. What makes for great landing page copy?
 
 

[continue...]

Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In
 
     


We hope you are enjoying The Comunicano Daily. If you want to share it with friends, colleagues and co-workers, or even your wife, child or even someone you don't like, please do. They can join by visiting The Comunicano Daily signup page: http://eepurl.com/BFXkD


Vonage Buys Nexmo for $230 Million - What Does this Mean For UBER?

Nexmo, has been bought by Vonage for 2.5x revenue to get their 350 enterprise customers today, with one of the largest being UBER. If I was UBER's CTO I'd be concerned. The reason, integration of staff and technology.

When you look at it, Vonage bought revenue, a team and relationships. All those need to be integrated into the telco that is already having to do the same with the likes of SimpleSignal and Telesphere. So while this is a CaaS play, Vonage is not currently geared to be in the B2B customer service business, or deal with all the clients of Nexmo the way those customers are used to.

When large battleship size companies acquire nimble, fast to decide, and fast to implement type startups, it's the startup's customers who stop being the most important customer because the acquirer is. Just look at AddLive and their customers since the SnapChat acquisition. No forward movement on the platform and likely a soon to be wound down WebRTC stack.

This is no different than when GrandCentral was bought by Google and became GoogleVoice. The integration took almost 18 months to be Googleized....If I was Uber, I'd be looking for a new CaaS partner...