Facebook Does Too Little, Too Late With A Persian Version for Iranians

first_imgAs of tonight, Facebook has launched a new beta version of the site in Persian, in order to further enable the flood of news that has poured out of Iran in the wake of that country’s contested election last week. As Twitter became the star platform for Iranians to convey breaking news from on the ground, Facebook has been quiet by comparison. Now, by releasing an edition in the official language of Iran (also colloquially called Farsi), its attempting to capture some of the revolutionary self-expression that has thus far passed it by.Playing Catch-upAdding a Persian version is a noble effort, but it’s a week too late to aid in documenting the fiercest of protests, and is unlikely to shift attention either in Tehran or abroad. Whatever the language, Facebook pales in comparison to other social mediums currently in use for speedy transmission of events. To Iranians, Facebook is likely to be neither as familiar a publishing medium as blogs, nor relatively easy to access in the face of crackdowns (like Twitter is).Persian Facebook might be viable for something with a longer-term vision, with groups and causes being better for cohesive political organizing than an amalgamation of hashtagged tweets. But for now, Facebook is decidedly ill-suited to helping Iranians to speak to the world. Is Persian Necessary At All?Even if it existed prior to the protests, a Persian Facebook may not actually be so helpful in supporting Iranians during a time of political strife.With one of the largest and most active blogospheres in the world, Iranians are not hurting for tools to express themselves politically and culturally online. They’re just hurting for free access to them, which Facebook may not be able to provide considering it was blocked shortly before the election, and may even remain so.As far as Twitter and other platforms go, the vast majority of those tweeting from within Iran are doing so in English. Adding a private, Persian-language social network to the mix isn’t likely to aid those with the aim of communicating with the rest of the globe. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit steven walling Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web last_img read more


Vandrico and Deloitte creating a wearable technology database

first_imgFollow the Puck A bewildering amount of new wearables have been built and purchased by consumers during the past few years. And so Vancouver-based industrial solutions firm Vandrico Inc. and global accounting and consultancy firm Deloitte recently teamed up to develop a “Wearable Technology Database,” with the goal of creating a list that includes every wearable product.The database currently includes 442 devices from 306 companies; they are defining wearables as a basket of smart technologies that are incorporated into items that can be worn — like smartwatches, clothing or fitness bands.See Also: Are smart clothes the future of wearables?“Industries all over the world are now adopting wearables as a way to keep employees safe on the job,” stated Vandrico CEO Gonzalo Tudela in a comment to MobileSyrup.The listing is categorized by neck, torso, head, arms, chest, wrists, legs and feet and hands.  They are trying to grow the database to 700 items by the end of 2016.Big growth seen in wearablesAccording to Gartner Research, revenues from the wearable industry will produce revenues over $28 billion in 2016, which is an increase of 18.4 percent.  Smartwatches will make up one of the largest portions of that growth.“Of all the fitness wearables, sports watches will be the one product category to maintain its average retail price over the next several years,” said McIntyre. “Race runners, cyclists and divers will choose sports watches over smartwatches because the user interface, capabilities and durability are tailored to the needs of an athlete in their sport. Continued advances in sensors and analytics for sports watches will bring new capabilities that bolster average retail prices,” states Angela McIntyre, the research director for Gartner.With the huge projected growth in the wearable sector, finally having a complete view of the wearable landscape may help consumers and corporate customers alike make more intelligent decisions of these new technologies. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Amanda Razani Tags:#Deloitte#Gartner#Internet of Things#IoT#Vandrico Solution#wearables Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more