E-Books And Podcasting

E-Books And Podcasting

Every Friday For Seven Years

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Len Edgerly writes The Kindle Chronicles Blog and Podcast which he has done since July 26, 2008. He has-been publishing Interviews with publishers, authors, luminaries and geeks ever since. Nearly 400 interviews have been recorded during this period in less than 10 years.

Many of the readers of this article also write their own blog (s). They know the challenge of writing or recoding media on a timely interesting basis for a web site or blog. 

What Are The Key Elements Of A Successful Blog / Podcast

  • Compelling Title - The unique source of information
  • Good Writing - Easy to read and edit for mobile devices
  • Personality - Show and tell the readers who you are, do not try to be perfect. Be professional and let your strengths shine through your writing.
  • Valuable Links - Readers appreciate reliable information and helpful resources
  • Good graphics - That reinforce your message

Why You Should Subscribe To The Kindle Chronicles

When Jeff Bezos, the CEO of amazon.com Introduced the first Kindle reader in November 2007 it was priced at $ 399. It was the first successful attempt at disrupting the century-old publishing business based on paper. Now a much improved Kindle is $ 80 and will contain a nearly unlimited amount of titles. More importantly the Kindle App is now available on iPads, iPhones, and the complete line of Android Phones. Some people find it easier and more cost effective to read books and other publications on an iPad, tablet or smartphone

The Kindle Chronicles website has valuable information for the e-reader enthusiast, entrepreneur or technology geek. Some of the information includes the following:

  1. Interviews with leading E-book authors
  2. General Technology News
  3. How To Tips (iecreating ebooks)
  4. Upcoming product releases
  5. Links to valuable educational and technology web sites

Online Friends Appear In Ecuador

I met Len Edgerly six years ago when i discovered his now famous website - The Kindle Chronicles. This is a must read / listen if you are a fan of ebooks in General and The Kindle specifically. TheKindleChronicles podcast comes out every Friday. Each Friday I look forward to Len's topic and interesting guest.

We Became friends on Facebook and Instagram, exchanging emails. A few weeks ago, I saw on Instagram that Len was in Quito. I contacted him and Len  changed some of His travel plans in Ecuador to allow a visit to Cuenca, where i live. Our online friendship became an "in person"friendship, His wife Darlene and sister-in-law, Deb, came to Cuenca. My wife, Sharon, and I really enjoyed meeting them and "hanging out" for awhile.

Len Interviewed me about my 4.5 years in Cuenca. You can listen to the complete interview here.   Please, take 30 minutes to browse The Kindle Chronicles for Ecuador and other stories About Become a subscriber. I recommend Len Edgerly's tech expertise.

Inspiring Words For Young Podcasters From Len Edgerly

Pick a topic you are passionate about, in order to get through dry spells. Post regularly-weekly if possible.  Choose a simple format and stick to it. Try to make everything about your show better from audio quality to pacing of questions for guests. Answer every person who reaches out with feedback

 

Web Sites Mentioned In This Article

  1. The Kindle Chronicles
  2. Ebooks For Troops
  3. Len Edgerly
  4. Cuenca Tech Life
  5. Lenny Charnoff In Ecuador 

Google Now On Tap

Google Now On Tap

One of the best features of the new Android OS 6.0 is Google Now On Tap . "Now on Tap Allows Google to scan the screen whenever you open it, automatically guessing what you want to search for and providing you with more information.".

I was reading an article in the NY Times about the upcoming elections. The article featured Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright and Bernie Sanders. By tapping the the Google Now button (the center button on my phone) I received the following from Google Now screen On Tap.

Now On Tap Gives me the opportunity to explore specific information about anyone of the three personalities. In my case I wanted to know more about the quotes of Madeline AlbrightI recently used Now On Tap while listening to a play list on Amazon Music. I was listening to Spyro Gyra. I can now go to their website or watch some Youtube videos from Google Now On Tap.


How To Geek has even more information on Google Now On Tap 

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Ecuador Startups - Payphone Wants To Replace Cash

Ecuador Startups - Payphone Wants To Replace Cash

I have lived in Ecuador for 5 years. I love the people, the moderate climate, affordable housing and a lower level of stress compared to my country of origin. 

Ecuador is basically a cash society. Yes, you can use credit cards in the big hotels, as well as up-scale restaurants and Super Maxi, but try to use a credit or debit card at a local clothing store or espresso bar and you're out of luck.

Disruptive Tech Startup

I first met the folks at Payphone in Cuenca in November 2015. They Have a very modern office With 25 people connected to CoWorking Center which they sponsor for aspiring Entrepreneurs. I had an in depth discussion With Juan Espinoza, the Managing Director, about his technology, and why I thought now is the right time to introduce a technology to replace "cash transactions". 

The Payphone Difference

UNLIKE the "cash solutions" for Apple, Google and Samsung, with Payphone, the vendor does not need an expensive Point Of Sale Terminal, Which requires an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip on the customer's Smartphone. The expense of a POS terminal would eliminate MOST of the potential Businesses in Ecuador and Smartphone users who do not have NFC chips.

The customer simply needs a smartphone or tablet and the Payphone App which you can download free from Apple, Google or Windows App Stores. The customer then registers his credit/debit card with their Payphone App information.

How It Works?

The Vendor simply needs a computer, smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet with a Payphone account. You can see how each transaction works by going to this link or you can go to  Payphone's web page here or their Facebook Page

What's In It For Me?

It may sound crass but That is what everyone wants to know. Why should I consider using Payphone? The smart consumer will ask the following questions:

  • Is it safe technology?

  • Will it save me time, Which translates to saving money?

  • Is it easy to use?

For me Payphone will be a quick fix to saving time. Regardless of what life stage you find yourself in, paying utility bills in a short amount of time Makes Sense. Let's use as an example utility bills for Payphone.

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 In Cuenca, to pay my utilities - water, electricity, phone - I have to travel by bus or cab to a Pay Point. The expectation in Cuenca that is one waits in line to pay utility bills in cash. Sometimes the computer system of the PayPoint is down for hours, wasting time and the cost of a return trip. Payphone now allows me to go on my Smartphone to access the account and pay utilities each month, THUS Eliminating the need and expense of a physical trip.

The Challenge For Payphone

Payphone will be Easily ADOPTED by tech savvy customers. The primary challenge is to attract those potential customers who are older or NOT tech savvy enough to understand or trust this new technology, Especially those Who will question "cloud encryption". Education and ease of use will win over new prospects. Payphone must enroll a critical mass of vendors for this technology to be effective. Lastly, old habits are hard to break; older customers with credit / debit cards may be a hard sell.

La infraestructura tecnológica de Ecuador

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En los últimos 5 años Ecuador ha elaborado un acelerado desarrollo en uso de tecnologías de la información. Esto reflejado al superar 13 veces la cifras de conectividad de Internet del 2010 y el elevado uso de Redes Sociales.

Esto implica la apertura y renovación de nuevas oportunidades de innovación y mercados relacionados con UX. 


Para el 2017 se estima habrán 16 776 977 habitantes


En el 2015 se estima 32.18% de la población Ecuatoriana tiene acceso a Internet Móvil. Más de 13 veces que hace 5 años.
 

http://www.arcotel.gob.ec/servicio-acceso-internet/

 


Del total de personas con un Smartphone se estima un 85.66% utiliza Redes Sociales.

 


 

Además un 8.53% de la población cuenta con acceso a Internet Fijo o Residencial.

 

http://www.arcotel.gob.ec/servicio-acceso- internet/

 


El gobierno y empresa privada son quienes mayormente patrocinan sus propios procesos de innovación. Poca es la inversión extranjera o subvenciones estatales relacionadas. En la actualidad las principales áreas de inversión han sido las de servicios y manufactura. Esto bajo el objetivo país de innovar para desarrollar procesos de producción integrales para poder exportar productos terminados. 

Invirtió en el 2011 $1 210.53 millones en actividades relacionadas con Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación 


Inversión según actividad Servicios 53.09 %

Manufactura 39.56 %

Minas y Canteras 4.9 %

Comercio 2.38% 


Financiamiento 

 
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Según los Indicadores de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (ACTI) las principales actividades de inversión en Innovación son los servicios y la manufactura. Así mismo los objetivos estratégicos están en función de mejorar, aumentar, variar y promocionar estas áreas. 


58.88 % de las empresas invierten en innovación


Objetivos estratégico

  • Mejorar la calidad de bienes y servicios
  • Aumentar la producción de bienes y servicios
  • Incrementar la participación de mercado
  • Aumentar la variedad de bienes y servicios

En el área de servicios se percibe como intención de mejorar la calidad y diversificar de los mismo que actualmente están mayormente dirigidos a sectores elementales como turismo, banca y alimentación. Entre los principales sectores de manufactura destacan los relacionados con petroleo, industria automotriz y madedera. Así como otros sectores agrícolas y pesqueros. 


Detalle de las actividades económicas
según área en el 2015 

Sector de Servicios

  • Hoteles y Restaurantes
  • Transporte, Almacenamiento y Comunicaciones
  • Intermediación Financiera

 

Sector Manufacturero

  • Elaboración de productos alimenticios y bebidas.
  • Fabricación de substancias y productos químicos
  • Fabricación de productos minerales no mecánicos