Thoughts on IBM Verse launch plus tons of resource links

IBM officially announced via a live event and webcast IBM Verse, formerly IBM Mail Next, as a new way to interact with your email using advanced analytics and a new user interface. There was a lot of anticipation and marketing put into the launch.  Here are some of my thoughts and what the press thought.
IBM Verse sign up
We can start with the IBM posting from the Social Software blog entry defining the design principles that inspired the work and the new personas they built to go along with it.  Continue Reading here" Thoughts on IBM Verse launch plus tons of resource links" »
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    On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM Verse announced - formerly IBM Mail Next

IBM launched the website and YouTube video for IBM Verse, formerly IBM Mail Next.. Sign up for the general public also seems to be open.  The actual webcast of the launch is hours away.
IBM Verse sign up

Look for another blog posting later today about IBM Verse with details from the launch event.  You can read all my my IBM Mail Next blog postings right here.
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    On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM taps Spredfast for IBM Mail Next social media aggregation launch

IBM seems to have chosen Spreadfast (also merged in Mass Relevance) from Austin, TX as their social content aggregator and conversations for the IBM Mail Next launch event.
Spredfast logo

Spredfast offers a few services and products around social media management, curation, listening, analytics and more.
Our platform processes 650 million pieces of social content per day across every major social platform out there. Capture conversations across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ and never worry about missing a moment.

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You will be able to see the content right here starting tomorrow for the IBM Mail Next launch event that is happening in person and via webcast
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    On Monday, November 17th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker review

The SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker did not disappoint for it's durability and ruggedness. We take our reviews serious and we have reviewed quite a few Bluetooth speakers (some with mics for calls too).  The SOL Republic Punk met everything it advertised. We received it in black but it comes in a few colors.
 SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Setup was simplistic as expected being a Bluetooth speaker.  We also connected it via the 3.5mm cable.  Both provided the same sound quality as long as you are in range for the Bluetooth. They claim a longer range but that depends on the device sending to it and clear line of sight.

We dropped the  SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker more than once up to 4 feet (thinking a higher counter in a kitchen or flying off of a bike). We did not encounter damage and the rubber casing seems to protect it well.  It also didn't seem to dislodge anything inside which was a thought we had up front.  So this makes for a great travel, camping or outdoor small sound range speaker.

We also used a spray bottle as it never said you could submerge it.  We sprayed it a few times from above and a direct spray at the port access spot after carefully sealing it.  We could not find any water inside once we sealed it and tested.  So the rubber casing again is a win.

We do think the  SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker  needs some better battery level notification system,  Maybe the option for percentages.  We got under 8 hours each test even though they said eight.  But I imagine eight may be connected via the 3.5mm cable and not Bluetooth all day.

We did not worry about testing it hooked to a bike as that is simple a standard screw mount. However think long term if the vibrations of riding you have any effect on the insides.  We did not have time to ride around far days over rugged terrain to test that.

Overall the  SOL REPUBLIC PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a great rugged and affordable Bluetooth speaker.  The water resistant casing and ability to take a fall makes this a great outdoor road warrior choice.

See all the Bluetooth speaker reviews here on IdoNotes to compare and get your best solution.

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    On Friday, November 14th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM Mail Next Road Show Regional Events registration open

IBM is hosting a Mail Next Road Show all through December as regional events. You will see they are all afternoon events held at museums or upscale locales.  Below is the list of cities, dates and custom registration links.
IBM Mail Next Road Show
3:00 PM – Welcome/Networking
3:30 PM – Codename: IBM Mail Next: Take Back Control of Your Workday -- presentation/demo, blended with
              spirit tasting & hors d'oeuvres
6:00 PM – Close

Cities / Dates / Venues:

Date City / Reg link Venue / info Final Decision Date to Have Event- Based on Registration #s
2-Dec 2-Nov
2-Dec 25-Nov
2-Dec- 18-Nov
3-Dec 19-Nov
3-Dec 26-Nov
3-Dec 19-Nov
4-Dec 27-Nov
4-Dec 27-Nov
4-Dec 27-Nov

So how many of you will be attending?  I am sure we will see international dates soon for the IBM Mail Next Road Show.

Update: There is also a streaming web event taking place Tuesday Nov 18th. You can get details and register here
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    On Thursday, November 13th, 2014   by Chris Miller