All credit for this article is attributed to ’09 Dec 2015, 04:33, by Peter K’ of PhoneArena.com:
Get a handkerchief ready and prepare to wave goodbye to one of the underdogs on the mobile OS scene – Firefox OS. Unfortunately, Mozilla has just announced that it will no longer develop Firefox OS and offer Firefox OS-powered smartphones through carrier channels. The reason for the nixing of Firefox OS is, in Mozilla’s own words, the sub-par user experience that the platform offered to the end user.
Here follows the official statement issued by Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, Ari Jaaksi:
“We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow.
Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.
We’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon.”
Still it’s worth noting that the end of development of the platform doesn’t necessarily mean that Firefox OS is dead. While Mozilla will no longer bother with pouring resources and know-how into this bottomless well, users will most likely be able to manually flash any of the available version on a compatible device or even lay their paws on a handset that comes with Firefox OS right out of the box.
So, how did things end up like this? Formerly known as “Boot to Gecko” or “B2G”, Firefox OS was officially announced in 2012 as an open-source alternative to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Firefox OS made its way to a flurry of devices, the vast majority of which are sold mainly in developing countries and were priced quite aggressively. Some examples for Firefox OS-powered devices are the Alcatel One Touch Fire, OneTouch Pixi 3 (4), ZTE Open C, and others. Even in its heyday, Firefox OS was well behind every other smartphone OS in terms of market share.
Regardless, losing a competitor is usually a bad sign for the industry, as it means that it has become a smidgen less competitive than before. Firefox OS never actually stood a chance against iOS and Android, but its untimely demise clearly shows that the existing duopoly is a tough nut to crack – go ask Microsoft if you don’t believe us!
A true story of the tri-fecta usage of Phone, Laptop & Tablet
Mobile is clearly not a fad as there are billions of users for these devices all over the world. In the world of mobile connectivity we are fortunate with many options including phone, desktop/laptop as well as tablet. Each of these devices offers their various advantages and disadvantages. However, there has been furious debate about the right device for the right use case. It’s not so clear and having access to each provides the best user experience. Let me elaborate…
Our personal use case starts on a typical Saturday morning where my wonderful wife and I leisurely wake up. Then we head for the living room and logon to our laptops to check e-mail or browse the internet for the latest news.
Next, she picks up her phone to head to the kitchen to pre-heat the oven for the bread baking. Also, I made a trip to the local grocery store/supermarket in order to obtain these ingredients. Of course I was equipped with my phone also.
Then, this last part of a Mobile-Trefecta. While still in the morning time, and after my wife had used both her laptop and phone devices, I look over to see her on the tablet. Why would she use all of these various devices within such a short period of time and without any suggestion to use any of them??? Because she had done all her creative work such as create a recipe list (on her laptop), then she used her phone (for convenience) and then finally her tablet to consume without the need to be burdened by the size of the laptop.
The answer is simple, people will use the most convenient device for the right usage. In summary it was really interesting to witness this real ‘case study’ as it unfolded. While it was interesting to me personally I can also confirm that it allowed my wife to have a happy weekend morning because of all her Mobile devices….and therefore, Mobile is NOT a Fad.
Running out of storage space on your iPhone is annoying, but trying to free some up is downright aggravating. Until they figure out a way to throw a terabyte of flash memory in there, you’re going to have to do some spring cleaning every now and then.
The biggest storage hogs are usually photos and videos, but there’s also the infamous other, which can claim up to 10 GB of space if you’re not careful. Deleting a few pictures and movies might help you out of a jam, but if you’re continually getting that “not enough available storage” warning, you’ve got to dig deeper.
How to Free Up Storage Space in iOS 7
This guide will show you how to free up space in iOS 7 so you never have to get a “memory full” message again. I’ll be covering everything you need to know, from finding out what’s taking up the most room to eradicating useless, invisible data.
I’ll be using my iPhone 5 (32 GB) with iOS 7.1 as an example, but most of these tips will work with older and newer iPhones, and can also be applied to any iPad or iPod touch. Before you begin, make sure to back up your device with either iCloud (wirelessly) or iTunes (cable).
I started with roughly 27.6 GB used and 314 MB available. Now, let’s see how much room I can save without removing any of my music (the one thing I’m not willing to budge on).
Before you even begin deleting anything, let’s see exactly how much space you’ve used up. Heading to Settings -> General -> About will show you how much space you have available, as well as give you an idea of how many songs, videos, photos, and apps you have. We want more information than that, though, so go to Settings -> General -> Usage instead and look atStorage.
I’m not going to worry about music, because that’s the one thing I’m absolutely sure I want to keep as is, but the rest is pretty much dispensable.
Step 2: Delete the Videos You’ve Watched
Now, you can’t really do anything in the Usage menu besides delete whole apps, but one app does let you delete its contents separately, and that’s Videos. Go ahead and tap on Videos, which will show you all of your TV series and movies from iTunes.
To remove a movie or entire series, just slide it to the left and hit Delete. Alternatively, you can hit Edit in the top right, tap on the minus symbols beside each one, and Delete (but that’s slower).
If you just want to delete a few episodes of a TV series from your iPhone, just tap on it, then delete episodes individually instead.
And if they’re purchased from the iTunes Store, you’ll be able to re-download them again later, and if not, I’ll assume you have them tucked away safely on your computer in iTunes.
Step 3: Save & Restore App Data (Optional)
If you’ve already backed up via iCloud or iTunes, most of the content on your device is ready to be restored if need be, including contacts, photos, Safari data, in-app purchases, and more.
They both will also back up app settings, preferences, data, and documents (but not temporary or cache), but you’ll only be able to restore apps using a full backup, not individually. For that, there are apps like iExplorer andiFunBox.
Step 4: Delete Space-Hogging Apps
Now that you’ve cleared out the biggest storage hogs and backed up any app data you want, go ahead and decide what apps you no longer want or need on your iPhone. Just tap them, hit Delete App and Delete App again to confirm. This will delete the app and all its documents and data, so make sure before you commit.
Alternatively, you can delete apps from your home screen by pressing and holding on them, hitting the red X sign, and confirming deletion.
Step 5: Save Photos from Messages
We’re done with the Usage section, and now it’s time to deal with photos, but before we get to deleting any, let’s save all of the ones that are hidden in your text messages, either sent by you or received. If you don’t care about keeping any of them, skip to the next step.
Method #1: Manually Find & Save Photo Messages
In order to save your photos manually to your Camera Roll, you’ll need toLoad Earlier Messages in each conversation until you reach the beginning so all the images load. Select one and save it to your Camera Roll, then slide to the next image and continue doing it for each one. Do this for each conversation.
Method #2: Automatically Find & Save Photo Messages
If you don’t want to do it manually, you can it using an open-source Perl script on your computer, but you will need to already have a backup of your iPhone created with iTunes.
It’s a somewhat lengthy process, involving Terminal, but depending on how many photos you think are hanging around in your Messages app, it might be way quicker. Plus, it saves a copy of your text messages.
Now that your photo messages are safely backed up, you should delete all of your SMS, MMS, and iMessages. If you backed up with iCloud or iTunes, you can retrieve your text messages by restoring your device, or can use the Perl script method above to extract and view them on your computer.
I like saving photo messages, but the texts and iMessages I don’t see the need to hang on to. You’ll have to delete them conversation by conversation in Messages by swiping each one left and tapping Delete. Alternatively, you can tap Edit in the top left, tap the red minus circle next to each thread, and confirm with Delete.
Step 7: Back Up & Delete Camera Roll
If you don’t care about your images, go ahead and just delete them. Otherwise, make sure to you back them up. You can sync to iCloud or iTunes, upload to Dropbox or another third-party cloud storage, or you can download your images to a computer (my preferred method).
I sync my iPhone with iTunes, but I do not sync my photos that way. I like total control over where my pics go, so I use Image Capture to transfer them to a new folder (until I get time to deal with them), then delete them all straight from Image Capture. All newer Macs should have the Image Capture application already installed on them.
If you used the manual method for saving photo messages in Step 4, they will be included in this group of pictures, since they’re all in your Camera Roll.
If you have Photo Stream enabled on your iPhone, which could definitely be the case as it’s on by default, you might have about 1 GB of space being eaten up on your device.
Photo Stream keeps up to 1,000 of the latest photos you take and stores them across your devices, and if you only have Photo Stream enabled on your iPhone, you’re pretty much just duplicating your last 1,000 photos in your Camera Roll. You can check out the Photos & Camera app in the Usagesection to see just how much space it’s eating up.
If you use Photo Stream as a means of backing up your iPhone photos to iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac, then make sure you save those images locally on your computer every now and then so you can delete them from the Photo Stream and save storage space on your iPhone.
Or, if you don’t care about sharing your photos to other devices and prefer backing up with Image Capture or something else, turn this feature off entirely by going to Settings -> Photos & Camera -> My Photo Stream ->Delete.
Being Smarter About Your iPhone Photos
If you’re like me and tend to shoot in HDR mode while keeping the normal photo, you’ll have a lot of duplicate images. I shoot my pics this way because sometimes the HDR looks better, sometimes the normal one looks better. I usually choose right away which one I want to keep, then delete the other, but if you always want the HDR version, turn of Keep Normal Photo in yourPhotos & Camera settings.
Also, consider backing up your Camera Roll automatically so you don’t have to deal with Photo Stream or syncing manually with iTunes or using Image Capture.
There are a LOT of third-party options for you to choose from. You can set up iCloud, Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, Google+, OneDrive, and other cloud storage accounts to back up your Camera Roll automatically. You’ll still have to delete the images on your iPhone after they back up, but it’s relatively easy process at that point.
Step 9: Delete the “Other” Stuff Taking Up Room
If you’ve ever connected your iPhone to iTunes, you’re well aware of the “other” stuff taking up space on your device. This data contains things like Safari’s browser cache, your email, Siri’s cache, reminders, notes, stocks, weather data, emails (including attachments), text messages, iMessages (including images and videos), app data, etc.
As you can see above, I have almost 3 GBs of Other space, and about 0.5 GBs of Documents & Data (which includes certain app data like iWork docs and email attachments). Let’s try and clean some of this up.
Other #1. Delete CrashReporter Logs
I discovered this little known trick the last time I got a baseband dump error message. Apparently, there is no way to delete crash logs on your iPhone if you only sync via iCloud. You can view them at Settings -> General -> About-> Diagnostics & Usage -> Diagnostic & Usage Data, but that’s it.
In order to get rid of them, you have to physically connect your iPhone to iTunes on your computer and sync it. Afterward, your CrashReporter logs will be transferred over to your computer and deleted from your iPhone.
Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve last synced, it could be a fairly small amount of data, or could be the biggest culprit in your “other” space. If you connected to back up earlier, you should already have a clean slate.
Once transferred, you can find the crash reports on your computer at User ->Library -> Logs -> CrashReporter -> Mobile Device – Your iPhone, and they can also be viewed in your Console.
Other #2. Delete Safari History & Cache
Though fairly small, the history and cache in Safari contributes to the consumption of storage space. Go to Settings -> Safari and Clear Historyand Clear Cookies and Data. Confirm at the prompts.
Also, you’ll want to actually open up the Safari app and hit the Bookmarkicon at the bottom, then navigate to your Reading List and Delete them one by one. I usually add things here by mistake, and chances are you do to.
Other #3. Delete Voicemails
Yep, these take up space too. You can back up voicemails using iExplorer, but if you don’t care about saving the actual voice messages and only the important details, just jot down a few notes and email them to yourself. Then delete them one by one by going to Phone -> Voicemail and sliding them left to Delete (or use the Edit option of top). Once that’s done, tap on Deleted Messages and delete them forever.
Other #4. Delete Everything Else
There are lots of other little things you can clean up too, including Keyboard Shortcuts, Keyboard Dictionaries, and even more monotonous features. But, the ones I find that take up the most space are Books, Emails, third-party Photo Apps, and Cloud Storage apps.
Yes, you heard that right. Some of the photo apps you have might actually save their photos in their own documents folder, VSCO Cam being one of them (at least on my device). Back up and delete all those you can find.
Also, even though I no longer had iBooks on my iPhone, there was still a book stored on my iPhone. Even if I turned off syncing of Books in iTunes, it would still remain. In order to delete this data, you have to install iBooks again on your iPhone, delete the books from within the app, then uninstall iBooks.
As far as emails go, there’s a lot of attachments that are eating up your data, and the best way to delete it is to just delete each email account and re-add them. For the most part, I didn’t save much space deleting my multiple Gmail accounts, Yahoo, and others. My other still resided at 2.86 GBs at this point, and my Documents & Data was still 300+ MBs.
My iCloud email is where it’s all at, and deleting that is a pain, so I opted for the next step. If you’ve saved enough space by now, you won’t have to go this far, but it was best for me to go all the way.
Step 10: Wipe Your Device & Start Over (Last Resort)
The best way to reclaim space is to back up your iPhone with iTunes, then wipe your device and restore from a backup. I actually opted to set mine up as a new iPhone to maximize my new space (sorry, Candy Crush, you had to go). Either way, to start fresh, go to Settings -> General -> Reset and Erase All Contents and Settings.
I tried just resetting the keyboard and settings, but it didn’t affect that remaining 2+ GBs of other space, so I just went all the way. Afterward, I still had 800+ MBs of space, but my documents went down to about 30 MBs.
If you want to restore your iPhone, you can do so in iTunes, but I opted to start fresh, and I went from about 5 GBs of available space after doing all the little tricks above, to 10 GBs after erasing and restoring. Not bad at all.
Use Case: Mobile devices continue to proliferate among users all over the world at an astonishing rate. While the benefits of ‘consuming’ information and content on mobile is rather obvious these days, these devices offer other fantastic opportunities to take advantage of the technology. Specifically, the ability to ‘capture’ from camera-enabled devices, instead of just ‘consume’, information from these devices. Applications such as Field Service technicians capturing items such as work order signatures, accepting and processing checks for deposit or collecting invoices, all in the field, produce great efficiencies by these workers. Or in the case of long haul truck drivers that can collect bills of lading, trip sheets, scale tickets or vehicle expense receipts and process them while still on-the-road instead of waiting to get back to a computer somewhere all helps to reduce costs and help with positive cash flow in your business process.
However, for our particular use case we will use the example of a traveling salesperson. They travel to a customer site to finalize a deal. A new person is introduced into the mix and this will be the main contact for all account for all matters, so they naturally introduce themselves and hand you a business card. Additionally, they sign the contract, they also sign the non-disclosure agreement and your organization requires that they provide an authorized signature on the written proposal itself. Great, congratulations! But not so fast, you cannot begin the delivery process on your goods and services until all the information is entered into your corporate system. Traditionally, you could not kick-off the delivery process until you return to the office possibly days later. Fortunately for you, and your organization, you are innovative and have decided to supply your sales team with mobile applications tools such as ABBYY Business Card Reader for Salesforce and ABBYY FineScanner for Box. So, all you do is snap a photo of the business card then all the fields on the on the card such as Name, Title, Company and E-mail address are automatically extracted with ABBYY Business Card Reader then, if necessary you can correct any information, and then finally you can send it directly into Salesforce.com. For all the supporting documents such as the contract, NDA and signature on the proposal you would simply use the ABBYY FineScanner for Box mobile application to capture a collection of all these related documents then send them directly into Box. Now, in the matter of a minutes, you have created the new contact within Salesforce and supplied all the items necessary to start the delivery process and have barely even left your customers office!
Remote deposit capture
Capturing data in real-time
Capture check images to immediate receive payment
Capture a signed contract to kick-off a delivery process
Better adherence to policy and compliance
Solution Description: We will use two pre-built mobile applications for specific use cases to create an efficiency producing solution. For the business card we will use the mobile ABBYY Business Card Reader for Salesforce. This application allows users to take a photo of a business card and the technology performs Optical Character Recognition to extract all the business card data. Then the user can upload directly into Salesforce. Next, for all the other related documents to this account, we use ABBYY FineScanner for Box to capture a collection of documents without having to go through the tedious task of capture, then upload, capture then upload and so on. For additional functionality or customization of mobile capture solutions the ABBYY Mobile Data Capture Solution (MCDS) provides for the highest-level of classification and extraction technology.
Note: This is an integrated solution using Box Embed functionality. This solution does not involve any difficult software development efforts, rather a Salesforce administrator can just literally copy and paste a few lines of code and have this capability available nearly immediately.
Configure both applications to connect to their respective destinations (Salesforce.com and Box.com). Include the Box Embed HTML code in your destination application (i.e. Salesforce.com or NetSuite, etc.)
For Business Card, take a photo of the business card with BCR, validate the extracted results and then save into Salesforce
For the other related items, take photos all the documents using the Batch Mode function and any tags your wish then Send to Box
Login into Salesforce to view the new contact and also the corresponding documents securely stored in Box
Associated screen prints on this solution:
1. Box Embed copy and paste code
2. ABBYY Business Card Reader (BCR)
3. ABBYY FineScanner for Box ‘Batch Mode’ for multiple image upload at once
4. Add tags
5. Save and send to Box
6. Business Card details saved in Salesforce and associated images stored in Box seamlessly
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If you had to select from the list below what the world’s largest gathering of scanning technology would be, what would be your guess?
The AIIM conference
The ARMA conference
The CES tradeshow
The Macworld conference
None of the above
The answer is not as obvious as most of us would have guessed such as the AIIM conference. After all, AIIM is known as a leading organization in ‘image management’ so of course this would be the world’s largest collection of scanning devices ever. The correct answer is “None of the above”. I would strongly argue, and have plenty of evidence, that Salesforce.com’s recent Dreamforce 2012 conference in San Francisco was by far-and-away the largest collection of scanning technology to ever be assembled at one conference. Specifically I’m referring to the number of camera-enabled devices at this conference and creating images from smart phones instead of document feed paper scanners. There were 90,000 registered attendees and each attendee probably averaged two devices whether they were iPhone’s, Andriod’s, iPads, Galaxy’s or whatever. These devices were in abundance, that’s for sure!
Therefore, conservative estimates of around 180,000 camera-enabled mobile devices plus all the devices in the vendor’s booths themselves probably puts the number of “capture” devices at around 200,000! This is a remarkable opportunity to leverage the fact that most of the devices these days include high-quality cameras.
Of course I’m not talking about large production-type scanners typically seen at the annual AIIM conference where you would capture a stack of 100 or 500 pages at a single time, for example. I’m talking about ‘transactional’ capture where the use case is to capture one, or just a few, documents at a time.
Education and awareness – Old habits die hard
Even with all these devices readily available to all attendees, and all this revolutionary software on display I witnessed utter failure, not because any of these people or technologies were bad, but because people were not aware of the incredible advances in Mobile Data Capture. Let me clearly explain what I mean by utter failure with specific examples.
1. Mobile Data Capture Use Case # 1: Business Card with recognition on device
First, I had several people hand me their business cards. Why? Why not just take a picture of the card and automatically put in to Salesforce as a contact? Yes, the technology does exist!
2. Mobile Data Capture Use Case # 2: Marketing materials with recognition hosted
The next utter failure was when I was handed some marketing materials. What typically happens with these items? That’s right; they often get filed right into the circular file cabinet (a.k.a. trash bin) to never be found again. Why not just snap a photo with a smart phone and have the document made into a fully Searchable PDF image and then stored in some system? Then I can quickly, and easily, retrieve it in the future based on some keyword related to the material that I was looking for. This functionality is not only very useful for retrieval purposes but also general organizational purposes. For example, at a typical tradeshow you will meet many people and get introduced to new companies that you probably hadn’t known of before. In these cases you will most likely only remember something vague about the company, person and/or product but not the actual name of the person, company or product. Therefore, you can easily search for a term such as “consulting” to retrieve all the documents with that particular word contained in them.
3. Mobile Capture Use Case # 3: Batching and document collections
Then one of the last utter failures I would like to share is a personal story but it just goes to illustrate that capture from mobile devices is not top-of-mind like it should be because the technology is so new. Like most of us returning to our offices after a business trip, we will have acquired various documents during our travels such as meal receipts, contracts or just environmental photos to save and share with our fellow colleagues. While the types of documents themselves could be vastly different, the collection of these documents will most likely have something similar such as the location or name of the event. In my case the similarity between these documents was ‘Dreamforce 2012’. So what I did was whip out my handy iPhone and snapped several photos at once to create a collection of documents. This was a very different user experience that I was used to where I would take a picture of one image, and then uploaded. Then take a picture of a second image, then uploaded, and repeat the process until I was finished. This was simply a horrible experience and I would delay getting this information saved electronically because I dreaded the time wasted doing this activity. With the ability to capture many images at once, it allowed me to get these images uploaded quickly without much effort at all. Next, since the documents were different sizes, I used the auto crop feature to automatically resize the images to the proper size. Then, to make my stored images really smart I added ‘tags’ so that I can type a search term such as ‘biz card’ and find all the business cards stored on my phone. I then had the option to send to a wide variety of popular cloud storage destinations, send via e-mail or even print.
Capture several items at once instead of one at a time. Greatly saves time when gathering a collection of related images.
Auto binarization, auto cropping, page rotation and other useful features to create excellent image quality.
Easily add tags, or metadata, to each image to make them searchable or better organized. Custom tags can be added at anytime.
Your smart phone can now be a simple version of a mobile document management system with the ability to save collections of images on the phone itself.
So the question begs, with this great capture technology literally at people’s fingertips why is it that we seem so naïve about this amazing technology? I think there probably are several viable reasons including, but not limited, to the following:
Awareness that this type of technology exists in the first place. More education is needed.
As a society we are on “mobile application overload” so we have a difficult time weeding through all the available applications and try and find the most useful ones. There’s an app for that!
We are still in the early days of mobile application development. Companies rush to get an application to market first, then will gradually add business productivity capability such as mobile data capture.
Use case scenarios need to be clearly defined and return on investment needs to definitively articulated.
Therefore if, as an industry, if we can provide more overall education and bring awareness to this type of technology, then the greater likelihood there is that everyone can benefit from the tremendous potential of Mobile Capture. When we truly consider all the great possibilities of using mobile devices to contribute content, instead of just purely information consumption, then we can absolutely achieve the next major milestone in achieving the ultimate in business efficiency.