IDG Contributor Network: The UX of liminal (transient) spaces

It’s nothing new. Liminal experiences are already all around us: from a movie poster at the bus stop to a billboard on the highway, to an inspirational quote at the bottom of a company newsletter, to absolutely everything at the airport (except for the planes). We’re already accustomed to seeing stuff in places we don’t necessarily expect to see it. They’ve got TVs in the elevators now, telling us the…

August 15, 2018
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How IT is helping to create a culture of consumerism in healthcare

Can you imagine having the same customer experience with your healthcare provider as you do your favorite retail chain? Jonathan Shoemaker, chief information and improvement officer at Allina Health, can. He and his fellow executives are creating a culture of consumerism at the Twin Cities-based healthcare system.  —————————————————————- When did you begin to transform to a culture of consumerism at Allina Health? We started to move toward consumerism a number…

August 1, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Healthcare goes mobile: how consumer devices are changing the future of care

Digital health is the next frontier of healthcare. Across the entire care continuum, hospitals, clinics, and other institutions have recognized the transformational role technology can play in helping practitioners treat patients in more efficient, less expensive ways—all while producing better patient outcomes. As calls for value-based care grow louder, it’s incumbent on healthcare leaders to find and deploy the next generation of impactful healthcare technology. Traditionally, these innovations have been…

May 30, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: How the State of Georgia provides innovative digital services to citizens

If you have an Amazon Alexa, you can now find out how to renew your driver’s license with a simple question to Alexa. The State of Georgia is the first state to integrate Amazon Echo into its digital services platform. Calvin Rhodes, CIO of Georgia, recognized this trend a number of years ago, and appointed Nikhil Deshpande to lead the Office of Digital Services for the State of Georgia. Over…

March 19, 2018
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Super Seducer shows how deeply misogyny is ingrained in tech culture

The first time I scrolled past an article about Super Seducer, I thought it was satire. I’m aware of pick-up artist (PUA) “culture” and its demeaning, sexist foundations, but I guess I wasn’t cynical enough to believe that a major gaming platform would release such a thing in 2018 given the current climate and the conversations arising around #MeToo and #TimesUp. Once again, I underestimated the depths of misogyny. Vice’s…

March 16, 2018
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$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility – Deal Alert

With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has…

February 20, 2018
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$29 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility – Deal Alert

With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has…

February 20, 2018
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Amazon Is Offering a $40-Off Deal On Its Echo Spot Devices

Amazon’s Echo Spot brings you all the features of its Echo, with a screen for displaying weather forecasts, news updates, sports scores, song lyrics and much more. All you need to do is ask Alexa. It fits comfortably on a nightstand and works well as an alarm clock and bedside calendar as well. Watch videos, call your friends, control your smarthome — new features are added all the time. Right now,…

January 23, 2018
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Get 2 USB-C to USB 6-foot Cables For $9.49 Right Now On Amazon

When you find a good cable for a cheap price, it never hurts to grab it. Anker’s USB-C to USB cables feature a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors, which Anker says makes them more reliable and longer lasting.  With this deal, you’ll get two 6-foot cables for $9.49, which is a healthy discount from its average list price. See Anker’s discounted cables now on Amazon,…

January 23, 2018
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Get 29% Off This 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

This powerful micro-cut shredder from AmazonBasics turns a letter-sized sheet into 2,235 pieces of confetti, up to 6 sheets at a time (5/32 by 15/32 inches; security level P-4). Inserted one at a time, it also destroys credit cards, rendering them completely unusable. It features a generous 4.1-gallon waste bin that is easy to manage. This micro-cut shredder averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,900 people…

January 22, 2018
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