Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Assignment San Francisco Quid.com | Scoop Techlab

Assignment San Francisco Quid.com


By Rosalea Barker for Scoop Techlab

Truth be told, I use my Galaxy Note II as a tablette rather than as a phablet. It’s more like a pocket computer to me than a communication device. And although its camera is excellent, I’ve never been very adept at photography and I tend to shy away from using it.

So it’s little wonder that I didn’t do well on the assignment our beloved TechLab editor, Alastair Thompson, gave me, despite having used the phone’s S Note feature to list his instructions. I forgot to Tweet whilst interviewing Kiwi entrepreneur Sean Gourley at his offices in San Francisco, and didn’t record the interview as a video. Except for this small intro, filmed where Sean met with me in the library of Quid.com:

Quid exists in the highly lucrative, but not viral (as in Facebook and Twitter), space of enterprise software. It enables company strategists—whether they be in marketing or mergers and acquisitions—to get a three-dimensional picture of what matters to them. Instead of viewing the results of, for example, a search for news articles, blogs, government information, and social media posts about “cybersecurity” as a humungous list, Quid presents the same information as a map showing what has been getting the most attention, as well as the connections between different sources.


Data Visualisation vs Text - Click for big version - (Photo credit: Sean Gourley)

Speaking of maps, I did use the phone to navigate to Quid’s offices from the Embarcadero BART station. Contrary to the findings of recent research it didn’t take me longer to walk where I was going by using a phone app than it would have if I’d had a paper map in my hand. And a paper map wouldn’t have told me the interesting story of this part of town, which was created by landfill (and old sailing ships) in 1855, east of what was known as the Barbary Coast in the time of San Francisco’s first boom—the Gold Rush.

The greatest use I made of the smartphone during my tech reporting adventure was as an audio recorder. Despite my positioning the phone with the mic end towards me instead of my interviewee, the sound quality was good, and the Voice Recorder app includes a simple snipping tool. Here’s a snippet:

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

There’s lots more audio where that came from, and I’ll be including some of it in an article for Scoop about Sean Gourley and Quid. In the meantime, just to show that even a Kamera Klutz like me can take a photo on the phone, here is one of Sean standing in the quidaciously decorated entranceway to the Quid offices:


Sean Gourley - Click for big version

Content Note: This post has been enabled by Telecom NZ , but the thoughts are my own. Scoop TechLab is a project of Scoop Independent Media http://www.scoop.co.nz . You can find more about the Galaxy Note II on the Telecom website ( where you can also find out about Telecom XT's breakthrough flat rate data roaming plans) and on Scoop TechLab.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Scoop 3.0: A Global Vision And Future Focus

Joseph Cederwall: This final piece in the series will outline exactly what Scoop plans to do about this crisis in the coming months, and how we think we, and you, can help. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Turns 19: Once More Unto The Breach!

Alastair Thompson writes: While the fairer intellectual disciplines Science, the Arts and Academia continue to be generously funded by Government, philanthropists and billionaires alike, Journalism of the routine kind - which has for three centuries provided the information infrastructure upon which a pluralist democracy is based - is fast disappearing in a fog of fake news. So then, this is Scoop’s call to arms... More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: On Civility

Civility’s the prime virtue: it really can’t be beat / To fail to be pleasant is to court certain defeat. / I know that it requires restraint (they deal in hate, and fear) / But we shan’t get far – shall we? – if Civility’s not there! More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Family Separations, And Family Publicity

The images of family separations and children in cages along the US southwest border have been horrifying, and it came as no surprise that the rationale by US President Donald Trump’s for this policy has been so racist, and highly misleading. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Catholic Church In Resistance

Legislators troubled by the enduring force and fascination with the seal of the confessional have gotten busy, most notably in Australia. This was prompted, in no small part, by the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. More>>

ALSO: