Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Apple Hires Amazon Exec to Take Control of Siri

Apple Hires Amazon Exec to Take Control of Siri

Siri is about to get a new boss.

Apple has tapped William Stasior, an executive at Amazon, to take over the Siri department, according to Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. For the past six and a half years, Stasior has run A9.com, an Amazon subsidiary that powers product search for the e-commerce giant.

Stasior is taking control of Siri at a crucial time. Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010 and has lost both of its co-founders in the past year. The product has been criticized on and off for its inaccuracy ever since it launched with the iPhone 4S a year ago. Meanwhile, some of Apple’s competitors are rolling out their own voice-operated assistants.

Apple’s new hire may just have the chops to improve Siri’s functionality and keep the feature competitive with others on the market. Stasior has spent much of his career working on new search technologies, a skill set that should help him with the most immediate task at hand: Get Siri to pull up the relevant result to a user’s query.

Going forward, Stasior could also be instrumental if Apple chooses to turn Siri into a full-fledged mobile search product that customers use instead of Google.

Image courtesy of Flickr, vasile23

Source: Mashable.com


Citizens Demand More Use Of Digital And Social Media By Police – Infographic

Do you Like Bones on Facebook? Do you live-tweet Dexter every week? Turns out, social media users want to be involved with the real-life fight against crime, as well.

Approximately 92% of citizens from across six countries want to support their police force, according to a June 2012 survey by Accenture.

Of the 1,300 participants, 88% percent believe they have an important role in preventing crime, but only 16% feel well-informed.

The survey, which spanned Canada, the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, highlights the relationship between social media, police and citizenry. You’ll find its results in the infographic.

Source: Mashable.com, Accenture


57 Billion Reasons To Do Business In New York City – Infographic

Source: NYCEDC.com, Sarah Matiz

How Young Teens Move In The Digital World – Infographic

Young Teens and the Digital World

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Young millenials, their attitudes, and behaviors surrounding information and communication technology (ICT).

Source: Visual.ly, Everfi.com


How To Impress In A Video Interview – Infographic

For many, the video job interview is an intimidating proposition — and for good reason. You’re familiar with chatting with friends or a significant other online, and bringing your professional game to the office, but when you’re ask to blend the two, it can be disorienting. Many people opt to dress as if they’re going to the office (at least from the waist up), and others wear makeup as if they’re on camera to be sure their souped-up appearance translates through to the viewer.

The prepping applies to your space, too — turn off any devices that might beep (and warn family members or roommates who might wander in). Finally, make eye contact the best way you can on a video call by looking right into the camera.

Check out the infographic made by SparkHire to get more tips for your video job interview.

Have you done a video interview? What tips would you give others? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Mashable.com, SparkHire.com


Is The Retail Industry Ready For Big Data – Infographic

Big data is changing business. Retailers can now compile and analyze massive, detailed datasets that standard software never could. But big data isn’t just big — it’s young. A poll of marketing, retail and IT professionals conducted by Brick Meets Click found most respondents had only heard of big data within the last three years.

It’s also elusive: No two definitions provided by the respondents were the same, but they agreed on its potential to shake up the industry and change things for the better. Big data works in real time -– covering shoppers’ movements within a store, their preferences and more. This could allow brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online businesses like Amazon that are already rocking personalization.

Check out the infographic to see what else we know, or think we know, about big data, and how it could change the landscape of retail in a big way.

Source: Mashable.com, Brick Meets Click