Corbin's March/April 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVI, Issue 2|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fifteen year of providing the latest in technology to nearly 10,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows.
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In this issue:
A geofence is a virtual perimeter around a geographic area, such as a hotel, a conference center, an exhibition or any another arbitrary boundary. This article covers the many opportunities for events.
The interview blog posting by Constant Contact has a number of tips and ideas about using technology.
NEW VIDEO: Charting Mobile Apps for Events
I interview Matthew Donegan-Ryan from CrowdCompass/Cvent on new mobile developments.
NEW VIDEO: Trends and the Future of Event Technology
Joe Federico's EventTech interview with me covering a wide range of meetings technology issues.
EventsUncovered video interview by Silvia Pellegrini.
TSNN Webinar moderated by Marlys Arnold. Panelists: William Sell, Event development specialist at Advisor Communications and me.
Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)
"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. The Mobile Technology section has been significantly expanded with 20 subcategories. There are 55 subcategories in total. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list!
Ungerboeck becomes UFI Software Partner
3-year partnership to use its software for over 650 shows.
Cendyn acquires Arcaneo
Cendyn, a significant interactive marketing company, acquires Arcaneo, a significant strategic meetings management (SMM) company.
Cvent Launches CrowdTourch - New Audience Management Tool
DoubleDutch Announces iBeacon-enabled Features for Live Events
Very cool technology!
Active Network Business Solutions Merges with Lanyon
Active Network Business Solutions, which acquired StarCite three years ago, has broken off from its parent company, Active Network, to merge with hotel technology provider Lanyon.
Active Network Unveils Substantially Upgraded eRFP Tool: MarketView 3.0
Up to 70% faster than previously.
Attendify Partners with Eventbrite
18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN --
6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Event logistics management (a conference binder) for the iPad and other devices.
OLE - Online Location Engagements
Interesting new technology using i-Beacons.
Interesting mobile Q&A and polling product
Google introduces 'Chromebox For Meetings'
HD video conferencing system starting at US$999.
Showplans 3D Interactive Environments
Cool 3D viewer!
MeetingsNet Magazine on iPad inaugural issue just released.
This is very cool -- the future of publishing!
5 Business/Utility Sites:
Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations (DMDMQ)
Excellent, extremely well referenced quotation site.
Glass Life in the Future
How iBeacons Could Change the World Forever
Able2Extract PDF Converter
Need to convert a PDF or HTML file to Word or other Office format? This does the trick well. Free trial.
Turn your Apple or Android mobile device into a laser pointer/PPT advance.
This miniature device slides into the mobile headphone jack. The app allow full control of the PowerPoint slides, cursor, etc.
7 Sites Just for Fun:
9-year-old Amira Wins Holland's Got Talent Final: 'Nessun Dorma'
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
It is our attitude in life that determines life's attitude towards us --. Earl Nightingale
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. -- Henry Miller
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. -- Lord Kelvin
Airplanes suffers from so many technical faults that it is only a matter of time before any reasonable man realizes that they are useless!" -- Scientific American (1910)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
The lead story in the inaugural issues of MeetingsNet Magazine.
Geofencing Corrals Meetings: Please Fence Me in
MeetingFocus article by Ruth Hill on geo-fencing for events.
Northwest Meetings and Events magazine article (pages 20-21) on apps and tools to help your business.
Please send along any questions, ideas or suggestion on how to make this newsletter more useful for you:
CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS
Corbin Ball Associates
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