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TappIn Offers Predictions for Cloud, Mobile, Social in 2012

The French had Nostradamus, TappIn has, Parvez Anandam, our CTO. We figured that with 2012 right around the corner, we ought to put Parvez to the test. Specifically his predictions regarding cloud computing, mobility, and social media in 2012. So take a look, leave some comments, questions, or see Parvez in person on Dec. 7th as panelist for the upcoming TiE Seattle event.

Predictions for Cloud, Mobile and Social in 2012

1. The IT-ization of the Consumer. 2011 was about the consumerization of IT. 2012 will be about the IT-ization of the consumer. The consumer is adopting an increasingly complex array of technologies for their personal use – smartphones, tablets, cloud infrastructures in addition to laptops and computers. Consumers are effectively mini-IT departments and are in desperate need of a way to securely access their digital lives strewn across all their devices.

2. Mobile and Data Security Goes Mainstream. In 2011 there were several high-profile mobile and cloud security breaches, such as DropBox’s significant security failure that exposed users’ content. These, coupled with increasing consumer savvy around mobile security, will result in increased scrutiny of application- and device-level security, from automatic sign-out features to malware scanning software.

3. Personal Cloud Services Go Professional. The personal cloud has exploded over the past year as consumers increasingly demand enterprise-class access solutions, with Apple’s iCloud offering leading the charge. In 2012, we expect to see a new class of professional super-users in the personal cloud space – those who use a single personal cloud service offering to converge their personal and professional lives into a master repository. These professionals will demand heightened security and streamlined access, opening new opportunities for players in this space to create a top-tier “prosumer” offering.

4. Data Stewardship Will Matter. As the world increasingly entrusts all digital content to a few companies, the reputation and ethical behavior of these companies will become of paramount importance. The reverence with which these companies approach end users’ content will determine which of them wins big in the end.

5. Social Gets Smart on Security. Social media has become a pervasive part of our lives. While there have long been admonitions about how to protect your privacy when using social media sites, the omnipresent exposure resulting from the interconnectedness of social with everything from search to shopping to news will give even the most cavalier users pause. In 2012, we expect to see a greater push for social privacy and security – around personal photos, etc. – while still enjoying the huge benefits of social networks.

Get On TappIn!

Have you converted your account from HomePipe to TappIn?  Are you afraid something might stop working, it’s going to be a big hassle, or you just really love the little white picket fence on the green grass background?  Don’t worry.  It’s easy to do, it works great and it happens really fast.

What’s in it for you?

  • All HomePipe Lite Edition accounts become TappIn Lite and receive a free upgrade to Standard Edition for the next 3 months.
  • All HomePipe Standard Edition accounts become TappIn Standard and receive an additional year free.  That’s right, when your current annual subscription ends we’ll give you another year of service – free!
  •  TappIn is now available in six additional languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
  •  We have dramatically improved the product interface.  We’ve enhanced the web app and every mobile platform to make sure you can quickly and easily connect and share your digital content – from anywhere, anytime.

Here’s how to update your app:

Just go to the home page on www.tappin.com and select Support from the top navigation. and it will take you to our Support page.  See below

Now, select the Desktop App that is appropriate for your computer.

You will see an application dialog from TappIn.  Just select ‘Run’ and follow the instructions.

All done!

As always, should you have any problems, just contact us at:  support@tappin.com
We look forward to seeing you on the new TappIn platform.  Enjoy!

The TappIn Team

HomePipe Networks Becomes TappIn

Greetings, we have exciting news!  Many of you have sent us emails and feature requests telling us that our solution is just as valuable for business professionals to use in their work environment.  We agree.  We are pleased to announce that we’ve extended our company strategy and product suite to include capabilities for small business professionals.

As you would expect, the name ‘HomePipe,’ as much as we love it, doesn’t really fit the new company and product direction.  Therefore, on Wednesday, September 14 we are announcing our new company brand and product suite transforming from HomePipe Networks to TappIn.

We like TappIn because it personifies how our product solves real problems for customers.  Digital content is stored everywhere - your home computer, work laptop, smartphone and various cloud services (e.g. saleforce.com). However, that content can be difficult to find, access and share with other people.

The new TappIn connects digital content and people.  Whether you're a student, parent, best friend, business professional or small business, TappIn's secure cloud service makes available any size documents or rich media files (e.g. music, photos and videos) to web-browsers and mobile devices, including Apple® iPhone® and iPad®, Google® Android™ and Windows® Phone 7, regardless of where that content is stored—without having to upload, sync or pay for additional cloud storage. You can use TappIn to access and share your digital content - anytime, anywhere.

What’s in it for you?

  • TappIn Lite now has unlimited use.  We heard you.  Many of the support questions on the Lite Edition have been around – ‘what constitutes a use?’  Now you don’t have to worry.  Use the Lite Edition as often as you want.  What’s the catch?  You still get ads (we have to pay for it somehow…) and there will be additional feature enhancements that won’t be available to the free Lite Edition in the future.
  • All TappIn Lite customers will receive a free upgrade to Standard Edition for the next 3 months.  We want you to see the best we have to offer.  At the end of 3 months, you can keep your Standard Edition for an upgrade fee of $9.99 for the year or choose to downgrade to Lite Edition.
  • All TappIn Standard Edition customers will receive an additional year free.  That’s right, when your current annual subscription ends we’ll give you another year of service – free!  We want you to see the best we have to offer.  At the end of your free year, you can keep your Standard Edition for an annual fee of $19.99 or simply downgrade to the Lite Edition.
  • Unlike your cable company, we are offering all of our existing customers the same introductory price as our new customers.  At any time over the next 90 days you can buy as many licenses as you want for $9.99.  You can now purchase multiple licenses right from the website to make it easy on families and small businesses.
  • We have dramatically improved the product interface.  We’ve enhanced the web app and every mobile platform to make sure you can quickly and easily connect and share your digital content – from anywhere, anytime.
  • With our enhanced SecureShare, TappIn eliminates the need for large file transfer services and instead enables professionals to quickly and safely stream files of any size through our encrypted cloud platform, providing a simple, cost-effective solution.
  • We are now global.  TappIn is now available in six additional languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
  • We have added new personalization, security, and mobility features and a lot more.  You can see all the Summer Release upgrades at www.tappin.com/features-overview.  While you are there, please check out our new Rappin’ TappIn song.  No kidding. We decided this release was so cool, we made a rap song to tell you about it – listen to our rap at www.tappin.com/images/rap.mp3
There’s more coming soon to Standard Edition customers.
  • CloudCaching.  Ever forgot and turned off your computer – then needed something while you were away?  We’ve solved that problem with the CloudCaching feature. TappIn will provide a transitional cloud storage repository that allows you to “pin” content to TappIn’s secure cloud, and set conditions under which that content will stay in, or be automatically removed from, the CloudCache.  Simply designate an expiration date for the content, or have it automatically removed after it is viewed by specific parties, providing total control over who sees the content, when they see it and for what period of time.
  • Salesforce Integration.  Designed for mobile professionals, our Salesforce.com integration enables road warriors to access information stored in Salesforce as well as content stored on a home or office computer.  With Salesforce Integration, salesforce.com professionals can instantly and securely share important files stored within Salesforce using just the tap of a finger.

Please visit us at www.tappin.com and update your apps as soon as possible – it’s worth it.

We are incredibly excited about the new TappIn and look forward to delivering even greater value for our customers.  As you know, we are excited about sharing, so if you have suggestions or comments you would like to share, please  send them to us at support@tappin.com.

Sincerely,

The TappIn Team

“Careless Computing” and The Cloud: Richard Stallman Warns Against ChromeOS

Thought provoking article from Richard Stallman that makes you wonder if/how/when will the day come, when we all wake up with all our stuff in the cloud?

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/14/stallman-cloud-computing-careless-computing/

RealNetworks' Unifi: Nothing New

John Cook of TechFlash discusses RealNetworks Unifi in RealNetworks Unveils Unifi.

"Digital media storage and sharing is a hot area, and the new Unifi offering sounds a bit like what Seattle startup HomePipe Networks is doing."

Matt Rosoff of Business Insider in his post How RealNetworks Hopes to Come Back From The Dead writes that ..."there are plenty of other solutions to make material from your PC directly available over the Web: HomePipe, ..."


Microsoft Selects HomePipe as a Showcase Select Application

HomePipe Application for Windows Phone 7 is here! One of the first thousand applications for this brand new mobile operating system! HomePipe was selected by Microsoft as a Showcase Select application. And, it's one of the best productivity apps for Windows Phone 7 according to Dan Sung of Pocket-lint!

Hello From HomePipe

 

We’ve been busy working on some great new features and enhancements to HomePipe and have created this blog to help keep you informed of the changes, status updates, etc.  

Going forward, we’ll also be posting more here about how to get the most of out the HomePipe service.  So stay tuned for more info!