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Martijn van Beek
Works at Actuarial Analyst | Aspiring Web Strategist | Information Management | Social Media Maniac | Google+ Evangelist in his spare time
Attends Hogeschool van Amsterdam, MIM
Lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Niantic and Nintendo's Pokemon - Perfect Together

It doesn't take a hard-core gamer to understand the power that was revealed by +Ingress​ - the augmented reality multiplayer game that swept up a global following under Google's Niantic Labs. Now Niantic Labs is +Niantic​, Inc., and they are about to launch an amazing gaming coup with its all-star game partner +Nintendo​.

Nintendo's classic Pokemon game is becoming Pokemon Go via Niantic, and if the teaser video posted on +YouTube​ is any indication, it will have an effect on the gaming world like no other game to date. Go leverages the enormous, global, site-specific data map of the world that Ingress built up through a huge and fanatic network of users playing Ingress in the real world, and now advances it into AR gameplay that enables Pokemon critters to pop up on your mobile device screen as if they are right in the scenery before you.

As a concept, it's amazingly powerful. Combined with the field-tested technology and fan management infrastructure of Niantic, it has the potential to become a global craze at a speed that may snap a few necks here and there - especially at game console companies that are still stuck on the couch potato culture in the middle of a mobile generation shift that values IRL-powered tech fun as much as on-screen fun.

I've always had great respect for the amazingly high quality of Nintendo's Wii game and fitness software, and for their pioneering work in bringing human motion into the world of game consoles via Wii so powerfully. They have a great dedication to quality - which, unfortunately, got eclipsed by market-think about proprietary platforms that was way out of sync with today's consumer-think.

Now, with Pokemon Go, Nintendo finally gets to break out of its self-designed, proprietary cage in a huge, global, cross-platform way - and Niantic gets to shake off its over-tight ties to Google's +Android​ platform and gets its own kind of cross-platform liberation through an amazingly powerful marketing and technology alliance. It's a perfect example of how Google's Alphabet Inc. spinoff strategy can pay off big. Should be a huge launch!
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Convert Android apps into Chrome Apps
This looks interesting

This Android app can convert Android apps into Chrome OS apps to run on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.  I haven't tried it, so I cannot vouch that it indeed works.

Has anyone given this thing a whirl yet?  Please provide feedback if you have any.

Here is a direct link to the app in the Play Store:

If you would like to keep up with the latest deals and news on Chromebooks I also recommend following me as I update my profile with the latest news regularly.

#chromebook   #chromecast   #chromeapkpackager   #chromeapps   #chromeapk   #chromebox  
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Google Hangout via Google Chromecast

Naar aanleiding van een artikel van +Angela Alcorn over hoe je een Google hangout kunt starten via een Chromecast op je televisie , heb ik een kleine test gedaan.

De setup is heel erg simpel. Je start een video hangout en kopieert de unieke URL van de hangout naar een nieuw browserscherm. (of plak deze url in je browser

Is de hangout eenmaal actief in je browser, cast je browserscherm dan met behulp van de Google cast extensie ( naar je televisie. Positioneer de webcam op een strategische plek in je woonkamer en de zorg ervoor dat microfoon niet het geluid van de televisie op kan vangen (in verband met rondzingen van het geluid). Ga lekker op de bank zitten en HAVE FUN!

Waarom een hangout via Chromecast?
Deze vraag legde +Angela Alcorn ook aan haar lezers voor. Wat te denken van een familiefeestje waar bij niet iedereen aanwezig kan zijn? Met zijn tienen achter de computer is niet de meest optimale oplossing. Een hangout via je televisie schept echter mogelijkheden!. 

Maar ook als je gewoon meer ruimte nodig hebt voor wat je in de hangout wil laten zien. Een kookclub bijvoorbeeld, of een product presentatie. Het voordeel van hangouten via Chromecast is aan de andere kant het grote beeld van je televisie. Want zeg nu zelf, het is toch veel leuker om naar de televisie te kijken in plaats van naar zo'n klein scherm achter je laptop?

Er is wel één ding wat je niet moet vergeten. Zorg dat je woonkamer netjes is opgeruimd!

Artikel van Angela:

#hangouttips   #chromecast  
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The only way to win is not to play?
As a fan of robots, videos, and pucks, I was mesmerized by this project. It's a a cool 3D printer hack that allows you to play a robot in a rousing game of..
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Microsoft Office for Android Beta Available to All, No Invite Required

Today, Microsoft announced that it is expanding its Office for Android beta. Now, you can install it on any 7-10" ARM-based tablet running KitKat or higher. You don't even need an invite anymore.

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Android: Today, Microsoft announced that it is expanding its Office for Android beta. Now, you can install it on any 7-10" ARM-based tablet running KitKat or higher. You don't even need an invite anymore.
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Death by autobot

Interesting article. Basically, the programmers of autonomous vehicles will be deciding whether, in case of mishaps, it will hit you or the car driving next to you. Programming life or death.

Who will be held accountable in cases of death-by-robot? The car manufacturer? Will there be transparency and accountability regarding the decisions that are made while programming these "decisions to be made" by the self-driving vehicle?  

  #selfdrivingcars #google #drones  
Is it worse to be killed by a robot than by a human? Ethics lessons from the drone wars.
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Modern day playdate for 11/12 year olds. BYOD.
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Handig. Rijtje met "beste apps" (volgens het NL publiek dan) in verschillende categorieen. Voor iOS.
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Actuarial Analyst. Information Management. Nuts for numbers. Writes about Google, Search, Google+, Social Media Metrics and Analytics, online influence and everything tech.
Born and raised in The Netherlands. Working as an Actuarial Analyst (and enjoying it) while trying to pry his way into the Information Management workfield (preferably web related). Interested in everthing tech, writing, humanity and gaming. News and information junkie (and losing some sleep over it :-)

Writing a lot about Google and Google Plus in particular, Social Media and Social Networking, technology, Analytics and Social Media Metrics (which will become an important topic over the next couple of years). Trying to figure out the key to measuring Social Media ROI. 

I like testing out new (social) software and am always looking for new (internet-) products/software and interesting start-ups.

Besides all this I am setting up a business ( , Dutch) which helps small business owners get more effective and efficient by using the right (online-) tools (cloud, like Google Apps, and non-cloud), helping to integrate social media into their processes and teaching them how to monitor their brand mentions on the interwebs (know what is going on around you and what customers have to say about you!).


Geboren en getogen in Nederland (Amsterdam). Ik werk momenteel als Actuariaal Analist (en geniet daar nog steeds van) en ben daarnaast bezig om de overstap te maken naar de Internet Business (Informatie management, Social Media). Brede interesses, met name in (internet-) technologie, schrijven en gaming. Door middel van mijn (nu nog) eenmanszaak We Are I.M. ( ) moet deze ambitie gestalte krijgen, waarbij ik mij vooral (maar niet exclusief :-) richt op (kleine) ondernemingen, freelancers en ZZP’ers 

Op Google Plus schrijf ik met name over Google Plus zelf, Social Media/Sociale Netwerken, (internet-) technology, analytics en het meetbaar maken van de Social Media gebruik. Wat is een effectieve Social Media Strategie in de zin dat deze de bedrijfsdoelstellingen ondersteunt? 

Daarnaast vind ik het gegeven van "online invloed"  (zie hiervoor ook Klout e.d.) een boeiend onderwerp en verwacht ik dat dit soort persoonlijke scores in de nabije toekomst een grotere rol in ons leven gaan spelen.

I set up some categories on things I post, so click away and the categorie link will take you there:

 all internet search related, not just Google

 mostly my own tips on the use of Google Plus

 “quotes”. Not just by me.

 Resource : 
 pointers to some great article/ resources elsewhere on the web.

 Humor :

 in spite of my dislike for the word humor, that’s what it is.

 posts on strategy in it's broadest sense.

 since I’m not a scientist (but does fascinate me), it mostly contains shared articles, provided with a comment.

Social Media Analytics
it's all about the numbers

 isn’t everything miscellaneous?

 More about my business at We Are I.M. (in Dutch).



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