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Daily Dose of iQ: Google Expands Events in Knowledge Graph to Include Ticket Links

VentureBeat reported yesterday (Jan 15) on Google's Knowledge Graph panel, the summary widget that appears next to search results, that benefits peformers and their fans. "Official Official ticket links and delegated event links can now be added by the artist, as can events specific to comedians and to venues," wrote VentureBeat's Emil Protalinski.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Amazon Considers Delivery by Taxi

Mashable reported yesterday (Nov. 6) that Amazon is testing taxi cabs to deliver packages to customers in L.A. and San Francisco.

"Under the program, Amazon paid Flywheel (a taxi-hailing app) cabbies about $5 per package and loaded the cars with as many as 10 packages bound for a single ZIP code," wrote Mashable's Todd Wasserman.

This program would only work in cities with high population density.

This could be cost effective in high density neighbourhoods in cities like New York and London. Taxis have an advantage already in that they already exist in areas with high congestion -- they have designated taxi stopping areas and they are located all over. Cabs also have times in the day that are quieter than others, so they may be able to arrange deliveries around their normal cab fares.  

If taxis were able to pick up from a central distribution point and go to a single ZIP code with a number of packages, it could make the trip well worth it. In buildings that have concierges, this would be very easy as the taxi could pull up out front and simply drop off the parcel in the foyer. This could also be extremely effective for late or after-hours deliveres. Say, I am a consumer and would like to get a package after 8 p.m. because that is when I get home from work. Having taxis, which operate 24 hours a day, make that delivery that would be great for me.

Heck, if Amazon let me drop off a few small packages each day on foot (and paid me $5 per), on my way home, I would do it.

Conversely, this model is not so feasible in smaller centers or suburbs where taxis would have to go out of their way to deliver something. This is not feasible in locations where the cab driver could be making more money finding a regular fare during the same time.

I could see taxi companies serving Amazon based on areas of a city where they are willing to deliver to.  At $5 a package, this seems like a reasonable rate for Amazon to afford especially at busy times of the year like Christmas when courier companies get overwhelmed. If you can get enough packages in convenient locations, this becomes with it for the cabbie. Heck, if Amazon could let me pick up a couple small packages each day from my office building and drop them off to buildings with a concierge on my way home, I would do it.

If Amazon can harness a vast network of available vehicles to increase output and revenue, why not?

I think the hardest part of using this method as a service is the logistical nightmare of organizing packages, given companies that do not currently operate in this space. Even things like insurance and who is responsible for the package need to be considered.

I am not saying this is a foolproof solution, but when you think of it, you have a vast network of vehicles already on the road that routinely make trips all over major cities. If you can harness the extra capacity and increase output and revenue, why not?

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Daily Dose of iQ: Samsung Reassigns 500 Mobile Engineers to Other Projects

Engadget reported today how Samsung moved 500 engineers from its mobile division to other departments, including its home electronics, networking and software sections.

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iPhone 6: Lining Up for a Let Down

Today, Friday September 19, was the official launch of Apple’s latest iPhone. Much the same as the previous launches for Apple lovers, insane line ups were formed outside Apple stores and wireless dealers all around the world.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Airlines Brace for a BYOD Future

Today, we looked at two articles about the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) future of air travel.

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Daily Dose of iQ: The Commoditization of Smartphones. What Does It Mean?

"We’re rushing headlong into the era of cheap cell phones," wrote Mat Honan of WIRED on Friday (May 16). Honan argues that phones like the $129 Moto E or the $80 Alcatel OneTouch Evolve (pictured above) offer a wealth of specs and features without the intimidating price tag.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Pioneer to Sell Aftermarket CarPlay Stereos

Engadget reported Wednesday (April 15) that Pioneer will be marketing aftermarket CarPlay-integrated stereo systems as early as this summer.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Google in Talks with Verizon to Make Google MVNO

TechCrunch reported today that Google is rumored to have met with Verizon officials about the possibility of creating a Google-branded MVNO (mobile virtual network operator).

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Daily Dose of iQ: iOS 8 Rumored to Let Apps Talk to Each Other

VentureBeat reported today that on iOS 8, Apple may finally debut an API that lets apps communicate with each other better -- a feature that's been talked about for years.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Apple Announces CarPlay for iOS In-Dash Control

TechCrunch reported today that Apple announced its new CarPlay system for iOS in-car controls at the Geneva Motor Show. "(The move) could massively expand the Apple mobile ecosystem – by turning cars into app-enabled iPhone accessories," wrote TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington.

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Daily Dose of iQ: pCells Could Revolutionize the Delivery of LTE Signals

Today, I came across an interesting article about pCell technology: Engadget's Steve Dent wrote about Artemis, a company started by OnLive's founder Steve Perlman.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Google Did Well Selling Motorola to Lenovo

The big news in tech yesterday was Google selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in cash and stock. Google will retain ownership of most of Motorola's patents, while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents and a license on the remaining patents.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Amazon Delivery Drones Far from Becoming Real

Over the past two days, a surreal video (below) from Amazon went viral (now over 7 million views): Amazon Prime Air introduces the potential for 30-minute delivery times via "unmanned aerial vehicles."

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