Google I/O Boulder

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Google held it’s annual developers conference, Google I/O, this week in San Francisco. There was a lot of great information and features announced and uncovered over the course of the two days of sessions. I was not lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the conference so no I am not typing this while wearing Google Cardboard to alter my reality. I did however get to attend the Google I/O Extended at the local Boulder, CO offices. Many thanks to those individuals for the invite and putting on a great event.

The overall takeaway that I had from the event is that the future as Google sees it is your information displayed on the most convenient device for the moment. Whether that is the way we all use our phones every day, quick notifications on a wearable device like a watch, a more holistic TV experience or in our cars while we are in transit, having access to our data is supremely important to the Android platform going forward.

I am really excited to start playing with the SDK for Android Wear. If you’re not familiar with the MobileDay application, our primary goal is to get you in your meetings as quickly as possible. Our idea is that we’ll be able to alert you to an upcoming meeting. You’ll easily launch your call or online meeting without taking your phone out of your pocket. This is the next step in making conference calls easier, and I know that our customers are going to love it.

As far as the impact on development goes, it’s going to be minimal. We already use notifications to keep you abreast of upcoming appointments, now it’s just a matter of making sure those standard notifications will still look good on your watch. There will be the potential challenges of having to design for both a square and a circle form factor, but in the end it should be very easy for us to present our users their events in time for them to join their calls. From there we can grow our integration into giving the users the ability to scroll forward to future events as well as to take advantage of our Quick Call functionality – host immediate conferences between multiple people, organized by text and in only a few quick clicks. Plus, for those of us who will be late to our own funerals, the ability to tap one button on our watch to let everyone know we’ll be a few minutes late to our daily standup will be a great timesaver.

Believe me when I tell you that MobileDay is not going to stop at Android Wear. Android Auto and possibly even Android TV will hold new features and functionality for us to grow our app in the future. But in the short term I can’t wait to get a watch to play with.

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One-Touch Dialing – make life a little bit simpler

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One-touch dialing is all about productivity and making life a bit easier.

Previous to joining MobileDay, I recall a time when I was at my house getting ready for work and suddenly realized that I was already 1 minute late to a conference call. Panicking, I had to open my email and furiously search for the conference number. It was some obscure number coupled with a pin number AND a password. And I couldn’t find a pen to write it down. I finally found some lipstick and wrote the information on the mirror, and by the time I finally got into the call, I was about 5 minutes late and half crazed. Not the most productive conference call I’ve ever been part of.

MobileDay enables people to calmly dial into conference calls in the shortest time possible, without the use of lipstick as a writing instrument.

I found an article titled “How mobile enterprise apps allow micro-moments of productivity at work,” and it immediately brought to mind the effortless simplicity of MobileDay.

As the article says, what may at first seem like an insignificant micro improvement in productivity may in the long run add up and make a big difference. Not to mention that sometimes the improvement takes you from frantically scrambling for something, ANYTHING, to write with, to being reminded of your call and effortlessly and joining by pressing one big green button. Micro improvements may often times be overlooked because they seem so straightforward or obvious. In reality, if an application provides a micro improvement, it is likely an incredibly elegant application that has been very carefully developed to seem effortless.

A study cited in the article from Salesforce.com relates the three most important considerations when developers are building apps for “micro-moments.” They include: the user experience, design, and concept. The idea behind “concept” is that it’s called “micro” moment for a reason. A simple app should not overwhelm the user with all of its features, but should solve one problem, and do it well.  The concept of the app should be clean and uncluttered so that the user can understand in a heartbeat what the app is intended to help them with.

I find apps to be helpful not because they drastically revolutionize my life. I have a singular need, and my favorite apps solve the precise need in the shortest time possible, without trying to push other functionality that I’m not seeking. I happen to know that lots of people have the same pain that I experienced in the lipstick incident.

Gotta love apps that make life a little bit simpler!

 

Boulder Startup Week 2014

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This week marks the fifth annual Startup Week here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The event is a five-day celebration of the city’s thriving startup community, featuring networking events, coffee shop pow-wows, and a variety of parties, presentations and activities. There is a palpable buzz in the air, people get excited for this event!

From the Boulder Startup Week website:
“Boulder Startup Week is a fun event celebrating entrepreneurship. Our all volunteer team and countless community members have worked hard to create an event that helps build the fabric of what makes Boulder what it is: the people. All the events are listed below, please RSVP and be an amazing participant!  

Something that makes the week special is the surprise acts of kindness that happen. See someone that is new to the room or community? Invite them to meet your friends. See someone looking for a job? Help them out. Getting out of an event? Take some new friends to dinner.”

Tomorrow, May 12th, Startup Week is featuring the popular Startup Crawl. Participants will get the opportunity to check out the offices of 10+ local startups including MobileDay! The event is free, and starts at 5:00pm. Each location is going to have drinks, snacks, and fun activities. More information and a complete list of participating companies can be found here: Boulder Startup Crawl

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Don’t Dial and Drive

Be Safe behind the Wheel: Use MobileDay!

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As we approach our one millionth call, we encourage all of our users to be safe and avoid dialing behind the wheel. The National Safety Council estimates at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cellphones and texting. Take a look at what some of our users are saying about MobileDay:

Eliminates all the hassle to join conf calls while driving” – John

Wow. This dialing app just keeps improving! Don’t know how many car accidents MobileDay has saved too.” – Google User

Great App. We call the app the “don’t run your car off the bridge app” – Beth

So on behalf of our whole team, please don’t dial and drive, and as always: Have a good MobileDay!

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MobileDay Approaches ‘1 Million Call’ Milestone

MobileDay is rapidly approaching our ‘One Millionth Call’ milestone, just one year after being named a VentureBeat 2012 MobileBeat finalist. While maintaining focus on our One-Touch access into ANY conference call capability for iOS and Android devices, we’ve recently introduced a few capabilities for the iPhone that have accelerated our growth. As a quick recap, these new capabilities include:

  • Launching the MobileDay app in India
  • Enabling auto-updates of meetings into Salesforce right from the app
  • Introducing Least Cost Dialing for companies to ensure employees dial the lowest cost phone number based on their location when joining a conference call

We’re really excited about what we’ve accomplished here at MobileDay, and even more excited about what our end-users are saying since they are the drivers behind our success!

Once you use this app you instantly realize how much simpler and easier calls are supposed to be. Home screen App!” – Sarah

This is made with unicorn blood, ‘cause it’s magic.” -Roger

Wow. This dialing app just keeps improving! Don’t know how many car accidents mobile day has saved too.” – Google User

Awesome app, no more having to dig around and look for conference call numbers. They should charge $$ for this, but it’s awesomely free!” – Brien

We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to all our users, and thank them for all the feedback that has helped shape the MobileDay app.

What’s New: MobileDay Now Available in India and More

MobileDay Now Available in India

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MobileDay now provides in-country support for dialing within India! Tell your colleagues in India to download the MobileDay app from the iTunes App Store or give it a try the next time you are in India. We’re just getting started and would love feedback.

What’s The Scoop On Location Services?

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The MobileDay app checks your location to make sure we use the proper dialing sequence based on where you are. Location Services only runs at the time when you open the app and when you are traveling (triggered by cell tower changes). This form of update, called “Significant Change” by Apple, minimizes the impact on your battery. And by the way, your location information never leaves the phone.

Apps We Love

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Periodically, we like to tell the world about apps we love here at MobileDay. Take a moment to check out these two brilliant apps.

MobileDay Provides VoIP Access to Conference Calls on iOS

MobileDay now provides VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) access to your conference calls on iPhone and other iOS enabled devices via Talkatone, a free VoIP dialer enhancing Google Voice. Founded in 2010, Talkatone utilizes WiFi or 3G connection to provide its users with unlimited free calls on their iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Once the Talkatone app is installed on your iOS device, you can use MobileDay for One-Touch, convenient conference calling for no cost via Google Voice.

To configure your Talkatone settings in the MobileDay app, tap VoIP Settings in Menu.

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Download MobileDay now and experience true One-Touch dialing for all your VoIP Conference Calls! 

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We’ve Been Listening

Thanks for the fantastic feedback about how you use MobileDay. We’ve been listening and, as a result, have implemented a few new things to make your work days even easier.

 

Changing Dial-In # And Guest Codes

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We know that sometimes you want to dial the toll number instead of the toll-free number, or vice-versa. MobileDay now makes it easy to choose a different dial-in #, extension, and guest code from within the meeting invite on your iPhone. Just tap the Call Edit button and choose your preferred number and MobileDay will insert them into the call sequence.

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Ever have someone on a call complain about dialing all those codes? It’s now easy to send meeting attendees a link to download the MobileDay app directly from the meeting invite. Tap the Recommend button and choose to TXT or email your colleagues the link. You’ll be the office hero!

Stop Staring at the Keyboard, Use Siri

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Tired of entering text and not focusing on what is in front of you? Whether you’re running late to a meeting or need to update the meeting notes in Salesforce, you can add text by simply tapping the microphone button on the keyboard and speaking your text. Just make sure Siri is turned ‘On’ under Settings.

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Boulder Startup Week

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This week marks the fourth annual Startup Week here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The event is a five-day celebration of the city’s thriving startup community, featuring networking events, coffee shop pow-wows, a huge Ignite event, and a variety of parties, presentations and activities.

From the Boulder Startup Week website:
“Founded in 2010, Boulder Startup Week is a five-day celebration of the startup community in Boulder, Colorado. There is no registration required – come as you are. While there is a titular focus on startups, many of the larger tech companies in the area contribute to the vitality of the event, much as they contribute to the vitality of the city. Over the course of five days in May, local startups open their doors to welcome any and all to the community by way of free events, meetups, sessions, parties and hootenannies.

The goal of Boulder Startup Week is to strengthen ties in the Boulder startup community, and foster Boulder’s startup growth by inviting new people and ideas to join.

We want entrepreneurs, investors, developers and the tech-addled to experience what it’s like to be here in the hope that they’ll decide to join us full-time one day. Boulder is full of tech transplants, people who caught the Boulder bug and settled here in the last few years. We never get tired of hearing that story, and we hope you’ll add yours to the pile.”

Primary sponsors of the event include SendGrid, Slice of Lime, and Metzger Associates with additional support from Gnip, Pivotal Labs, and many more. The event kicks off today, and a full schedule of events can be found here: Boulder Startup Week 2013 Schedule 

Tomorrow, May 16th, PivotDesk and supporting sponsor, Edgelink, will be hosting a Startup Crawl. Participants will get the opportunity to check out the offices of 20+ local startups including MobileDay! The event is free, and starts at 1:30pm at Shine restaurant. There will be free beer provided by Dry Dock, Ska Brewing, and Upslope, and there will be a variety food available along the way. More information and a complete list of participating companies can be found here: Boulder Startup Crawl

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What is One-Touch Conferencing?

When it comes to Mobile Conferencing, what does ‘One-Touch Access’ actually mean?

One-Touch Into Any Meeting, Hands Free Dialing, Conference Calling, Easy, Mobile Conferencing Call AppAlthough commonly used in the world of conference call services, the term ‘One-Touch Access’ lends itself to a broad range of possible definitions. In our opinion, it shouldn’t matter whether a conference service requires you to enter one code or three – joining should always be as simple as a single touch. In light of its rising popularity, we’d like to take a moment to touch upon our definition of one-touch conferencing and outline the key features of the MobileDay app that simplifies conference calling on iPhone and Android.

 

  1. Auto-detection of conference calls within calendar invites

  2. Custom dialing sequences for each conference number

  3. Auto-recognition and dialing when you’re the host

  4. Carrier and location specific dialing

  5. Dynamic Dialing based on location at time of call

Auto-detection of conference calls – As a guest to any meeting, you have litte control over the format that the host uses to provide the conference details. We know this, that’s why MobileDay’s call detection logic has been built to recognize a wide range of conference formats and terms so that you’re notified each time you have a call.
Custom Dialing Sequences – All conference phone numbers are not the same, and the use of generic dialing sequences often fails. The MobileDay App takes care of this for you by identifying and applying the sequence for each conference number. In addition, the app also accounts for the different device and OS dialing behaviors.
Hosting Calls – When joining a call that you host, it’s rare that you dial the same codes and extraneous characters as your guests. A truly One-Touch service recognizes when you are the host, and knows to dial you in using your custom host sequence. It may be easier to remember your own codes, but we prefer to remember and dial them for you so you can keep your eyes on the road and stay focused on what’s important.
Carrier-specific Rules – Depending on where you are and where you are calling, your carrier may require that you dial into the conference call a little differently. For example, certain Canadian mobile carriers require a ‘1’ to be dialed first when making a long-distance call but do not require it when it’s a local call. For a one-touch experience, the MobileDay app handles this without your involvement.
Dynamic Dialing - Companies often have more than one phone number to join the same conference call. Even within the US, companies may have a combination of toll and toll-free numbers to get on the same call. In many cases, one of these numbers is cheaper to use than the other based on the location of the phone at the time of the call. By leveraging the phone’s location, the MobileDay app can recognize which phone number is the cheapest to use when the call is being placed and auto-insert the number in the sequence. This is done automatically so that the employee can still benefit from One-Touch access while the company saves money by ensuring that the lowest cost dial-in number is used for the call. A win-win situation all around!
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