May 19, 2020

Yahoo is set to close its News Digest app 

Yahoo News Digest
Catherine Rowell
2 min
Yahoo is set to close its News Digest app 

In the last five years, the app industry has grown exponentially into an industry which has become increasingly competitive. It has come as a surprise to many to hear that Yahoo is set to close its News Digest app, which has previously won Apple’s software Design Award, especially as it is set to complete at the end of June.

In a News Digest app update, Yahoo has said: "We will not be creating any new digests as of June 30, 2017. We've loved serving you guys all these years."

So, why the quick shut down?

The News Digest app was originally developed by a British teenager Nick D’Aloisio, who offered the entrepreneur nearly $30 million for the technology, which enables uses to read news articles in bite size chunks.

A firm favourite on the app market since 2014, there have been over 9 million installations onto iOS and Android gadgets according to App Annie. Many have stated that Yahoos’ decision is a significant mistake by the company, recently acquired by Verizon for $4.83 billion. Instead, users are directed to Yahoo Newsroom, which has not been made available in countries such as the UK.

The app is no-nonsense, and gives business and corporate users updates and news stories which cater to their interests. Yahoo’s Newsroom currently does not give users the ability to personalise stories of interest, or hide any ‘uninteresting’ information, so is set to alienate users who want updates on particular subject areas. Nonetheless, the company is no doubt plugging its own Newsroom service to drive further revenue since Verizon’s acquisition.

Watch this space…

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“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.

 

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