Barnes & Noble's new Nook Simple Touch Reader
It seems as if there’s a new e-Reader on the block and it’s got quite the bells and whistles. Barnes & Noble unveiled its latest reader Tuesday morning that is the same size of a standard paperback book and has a battery life of two months – that’s right, two months. (The Kindle only has a battery life of less than a month.) Hopefully the new reader, named the Nook Simple Touch Reader, and its features will allow it to closely trail behind other tablets and readers released by Amazon and Apple.
Interesting enough, the announcement of the new Nook comes just days after John Malone of Liberty Media Corp offered to buy Barnes & Noble for $1 billion. Sources say the intent of Malone’s offer is so that he could take over the Nook brand and customers.
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The Nook first set out to market back in 2009 and has since tried to reinvent itself to attract readers who are shying away from traditional print books and going into the digital age. The latest Nook, which weighs 7.5 ounces and has a 6-inch display, will retail for $139 and begin shipping on June 10. You can get your very own Nook Simple Touch Reader at Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart and Staples. The new device will also run on Android 2.1 and uses the E-Ink Pearl display.
Barnes & Noble will launch a new portal, myNook.com, in coming weeks that includes links to Twitter, Facebook, email, and others. The new device also comes equipped with its own social media platform, Nook Friends. The program lets you trade recommendations with friends to keep the social juices flowing.
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.