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Bernie is a distinguished technologist from the Mobile industry. Having authored several inventions in intelligence and automation, Bernie launched iDid Inc. and created a mobile platform for Contextual Intelligence.

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Getting back to Agile

June 2, 2017 | By

Continuous Delivery is one thing but do you have Continuous Adoption? I understand the principles say “….continuous delivery of valuable software“, but perhaps it is time to change valuable to “useful” and remove any debate over when a development team’s job is done. “Valuable” could be theoretical but useful is practical. Valuable conjures images of money and worth […]

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It’s about Cap-Ex to Op-Ex first (with “Cloud Transformation”)

May 30, 2017 | By

If you are in the business of selling reasonably large and complex on-customer-premise systems, either as just software or bundled with hardware as an appliance, then you are probably aggressively building a cloud option for your customers as well. Your technologists are excited discussing modern methods of virtualization, scalability, security, hybrid-clouds, orchestration, AWS or Azure and […]

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Mobile Development is not Front-end Development

May 20, 2017 | By

According to Stackoverflow, almost 80% of developers there claim to be “web developers”. That sheds a lot of light on why mobile development has become this presentation focused, HTML5, CSS3, screen-size/orientation field, rather than understanding and utilizing “mobility”. I suspect engineers from device companies such as Motorola, Samsung and Apple are quite frustrated that they make […]

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Voice Interfaces and Contextual Intelligence

May 16, 2017 | By

Here’s a scenario: You are leaving to meet your friend Mark and you want to tell Alexa this: You: “Alexa, let Mark know when I am almost there” Alexa: “Okay” To solve this you need to answer: Which Mark is relevant now? and btw, is it Marc or Mark? Where is “there“? Where is Mark – […]

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“Alexa, it’s Peter who pays Paul”

April 7, 2017 | By

Consider these commands: “Alexa, ask Peter to pay Paul.” “Alexa, ask Harry for a meeting with Sally.” and compare with “Computer, ask Replicator for coffee, black!” The last one doesn’t sound right. Does it? That’s because you don’t tell “the Computer” it’s “the Replicator” that can make coffee, black. It knows that. So why should we […]

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iDid works with Wink

May 7, 2016 | By

Now integrated with Wink, the iDid application provides contextual intelligence for many different home automation devices. With this release iDid now supports Belkin WeMo, Insteon, Lowe’s Iris, Nest and Wink systems enabling automation of thermostats, switches, outlets, garage door openers and light bulbs from GE, GoControl, Phillips, Leviton, Lutron, TCP Light and other Z-wave and Zigbee device makers. Door locks and […]

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iDid works with Insteon

September 15, 2015 | By

iDid works with Insteon Now, iDid can automate and control your Insteon home automation devices. Use the voice command interface to easily build scenes: “turn driveway light on as I approach home after dark”. Download the iDid App. Currently Insteon integration is available on the Android version. iPhone coming soon. After you download the app, from […]

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iDid: Contextual Intelligence (Videos)

June 1, 2015 | By

iDid Works with Insteon Now, iDid can automate and control your Insteon home automation devices. Use the voice command interface to easily build scenes: “turn driveway light on as I approach home after dark”. iDid Works with Nest Automate your Nest thermostats using iDid. You can attach Nest controls to places using Place Actions, a friend’s […]

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Now iDid works with Nest

April 9, 2015 | By

iDid now controls your Nest thermostats based on your context. For instance, with Nest thermostat settings tied to iDid-Predictions, you can now set your thermostats to your desired “at-home” temperature before you arrive. iDid knows when you are headed home and will trigger your thermostats. Want to get very specific? Say you want to control […]

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iDid for Travelers

December 21, 2014 | By

iDid Android version 10.1.8 is now live on the Google Play store. Download from New in this release: Predicts destinations and warns of traffic and other hazards Integrated with Sabre Inc.’s TripCase for travelers Automatically attaches expenses to places for Chase customers Call Uber taxi easily from the app New User Interface iDid initial […]

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iDid: Smart Notes

October 28, 2014 | By

“Remind me to buy flowers when I am near a florist!” Why do you need to tell your phone where to buy flowers? With iDid Smart Notes, just say what you want and the app will remind you when and where it’s most appropriate. It automatically discovers places where it can find what you want […]

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Business Applications

January 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Contact us by using the form below to learn how iDid’s contextual intelligence platform can be used for these business applications: Contextual Triggering Based on the user’s current context and iDid platform’s heuristics capability, enable accurate triggering of your applications and systems. An example contextual trigger would be to automatically turn on/off your home security […]

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iDid: Place Notes

January 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

iDid Place Notes allows you to setup reminders for yourself or your friends and family and attach these reminders to places. For instance, you can setup a note that reminds you to pick up a water filter at places like Home Depot or for your spouse to pick up dinner on the way home from […]

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OverCoffee: Meet at Starbucks

November 26, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In creating iDid Inc and the mobile platforms iDid and SmallTown, I made several new connections and the intro meeting was almost always at Starbucks. Then one night as I was setting up the nth Starbucks meeting, I realized there was no app for that. One had to manually pick a location, go to Google […]

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iDid: Coupons and Deals

September 20, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

New Feature: iDid – Coupons and Deals. As iDid automatically detects and logs places you visit, it collects coupons at or around those places and presents them to you in real time. iDid is an automatic life event logger and ever learning virtual assistant. Use it to automatically log your places, drives, flights, calls, sleep […]

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Agile – Planning

September 16, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Having led large international R&D teams, I’ve seen too many managers let their teams do whatever they want and call it Agile! Well, may be it is technically but it is certainly not the process. Planning is a key part of the Agile process and it happens *before* you start the project. Common sense you […]

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Re-factoring – for Sr. Managers

September 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In every industry there is a holy grail of software that no one wants to touch. It works they claim. Does not matter how archaic the architecture or programming language used is, it is too important and too many things can go wrong if you even go near it – so they don’t touch it. […]

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Outsourcing – Lessons

September 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

US Companies with large local development organizations have been restructuring to include offshore resources from China and India for well over a decade. Sufficient information is now available to review how these efforts are working and if you are interested in doing this now, here are some things to consider: 1. Resource costs are still […]

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iDid: Free Daily Activity Reports by Email

September 4, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

iDid now sends you a summary of your daily activity automatically to your email. Couldn’t be easier. Download, install, authorize and go about your day. No more manual time and mileage tracking.

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