Practice what you preach

first_img Previous ArticleEurope aims for 5G driving seatNext ArticleDeutsche Telekom in Czech unit buy-out Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 FEB 2014 MicrosoftSatya NadellaWindows Phone Tags Blog: The hype around chatbots Author NEW BLOG: Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella (pictured) certainly said the right things following his appointment last week.As has been clear for some time, Microsoft needs to improve its standing in mobile and Nadella made it clear that this is high on his agenda.In his first email to Microsoft employees as CEO, Nadella wrote “our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world”.“The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation,” he added.But the new CEO will need more than words for Microsoft to bridge the gap to Apple and Google in the mobile space. He will need to use his position to fundamentally change Microsoft’s approach to mobile.As one of the driving forces behind cloud computing at Microsoft, Nadella will continue to push this element, but he clearly intends for mobile to play a bigger role under his stewardship.And he does have material to work with.Although the company’s Windows Phone operating system has not yet proven it can become the third mobile ecosystem to rival Android and iOS, there have been some positive signs.Figures from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech put the market share of Windows Phone at 10 per cent in Europe, a clear third place behind Android and iOS. This is a solid market share on which to build.The fact that Windows Phone now has a larger number of big-name apps (Instagram, Vine) than it did previously should also help with uptake as consumers start to see there are options beyond Android and iOS for popular apps.And now that Microsoft has committed to acquiring Nokia’s Devices & Services it will soon have a ready-made device vendor to give it added impetus for driving the growth of its mobile services.But there remain significant challenges.Firstly, the division Microsoft is buying from Nokia recorded a drop in net sales and an operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2013. The sales slump was attributed to lower mobile phone sales, and to a lesser extent, fewer smart devices being sold — hardly encouraging.Microsoft will be going into the acquisition with its eyes open and clearly believes the combination of its software with Nokia’s phone nous has the potential to succeed. But there will be a lot of hard work ahead to make it work.Another challenge that Nadella faces is how to position Windows Phone.There are other big-name vendors (Samsung, HTC and Huawei) working with Windows Phone and Microsoft is reportedly paying support fees to some of these to facilitate this. That said, Windows Phone devices only make up a fraction of sales for these players, who offer a far more extensive range of Android devices.But there is still interest in Windows Phone which Microsoft will not want to put at risk when it acquires Nokia’s handset business. Samsung is reported to be preparing a new device powered by Microsoft’s OS while there have been rumours of Sony working on a Windows Phone device.There has been talk of Nokia developing Android devices (with a Windows Phone look) to replace its ageing mid-level Series 40 devices. If this was the case, Microsoft would need to work out exactly where Windows Phone fits into the Nokia portfolio.The option of building an ecosystem around Windows Phone and Nokia alone is probably not viable in the foreseeable future. Only Apple has made this really work before, and with Nokia selling far fewer smartphones than the iPhone maker, it’s not something that would be easy to achieve currently.There are clearly a number of considerations around Windows Phone and Nokia and Nadella will need to strike a balance in order for both to thrive in the future.Another issue for Nadella could be that his ability to bring about change may be limited by the fact his predecessor Steve Ballmer remains on Microsoft’s board and co-founder Bill Gates is to become a technology adviser.Microsoft under Bill Gates may have made its name in the PC-based world, but that doesn’t mean his renewed influence will be a problem. His time away from the front line at the company could give him a renewed perspective on the future direction of the company.And the fact Ford CEO Alan Mulally was linked with the role due to his turnaround credentials shows there is an acknowledgement by Microsoft’s board that change is needed at the company.There are also signs that Nadella has what it takes to steer Microsoft towards a more mobile future.Unlike Ballmer, a born salesman, Nadella has a technology background and a good relationship with Microsoft’s engineers, meaning they are more likely to follow his line of thinking.In addition, he has a track record for bringing about real change, as evidenced by his prominent role in driving Microsoft’s efforts to make its software available in the cloud.Nadella is said to be a calm presence, able to get colleagues to buy into his vision — in contrast to Ballmer’s more brash and aggressive approach. This could be what Microsoft needs if it is to innovate and compete more effectively in the mobile arena.So, there is definite scope for Microsoft to make progress in mobile. Nadella has set out his stall to focus on mobile and if he can exploit the foundations already laid and use his position to change the company’s focus, he could be the man that leads Microsoft into a mobile future.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author(s) and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members.center_img Tim Ferguson Blog HomeBlog Practice what you preach Related Blog: Smart mobility, AI dominate D.Live discussion Blog: Will 5G usher in the era of cloud gaming?last_img read more

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The Disco Biscuits To Welcome Former Drummer Sam Altman At Camp Bisco 2019 Day Set [Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have announced a very special (and familiar) addition to their lineup for one of their sets at the upcoming Camp Bisco, set to take place from July 18th through 20th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. For their Saturday daytime set, the band will be augmented by a second drummer: former band member Sam Altman.Related: The Life I Love Is Making Music With My Friends: Marc Brownstein Reflects On Camp Bisco’s Triumphant Journey [Interview]As the band notes in their announcement,The Disco Biscuits and our fans have come to cherish the day set at Camp Bisco. Over the years we’ve done all sorts of special things during the day set, but perhaps none as unique and special as what we are planning this year: The Disco Biscuits will expand to a 5 piece band for one set only, welcoming back original drummer Sam Altman to play alongside Allen! The Professor and the Robot! Together at last! You can watch the video announcing the collaboration below:The Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco Day Set Lineup Announcement VideoTickets for Camp Bisco 2019 are available now. For more details, or to grab your pass today, head here.last_img read more

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Pfizer may sell animal health, nutrition units

first_imgAny transactions could take one to two years to complete, Pfizer said. It does not expect to provide any further updates until 2012.The businesses brought Pfizer $5.5 billion in revenue in 2010, about 8 percent of its total. The animal health unit, with $3.6 billion in sales, makes vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and other items to prevent and treat diseases in livestock and pets. The nutrition unit, posting annual revenue of $1.9 billion, makes infant and pediatric products.The New York drugmaker plans to focus on its established products business, which makes drugs that are off-patent or are losing patent protection. Sales of those products are growing quickly, particularly in emerging pharmaceutical markets.Pharmaceutical companies are turning more attention to those emerging markets as growth in larger markets slows down and as more top-selling drugs lose patent protection. For example, Pfizer’s cholesterol drug Lipitor, the world’s top-selling drug, loses U.S. patent protection in November. Its sales surpassed $10.7 billion last year.Pfizer has retained JPMorgan Chase to help evaluate options for the animal health business, and Morgan Stanley and Centerview Partners will advise on the nutrition business.advertisementPfizer is the world’s largest drugmaker by revenue. The company cut its dividend in half after acquiring competitor Wyeth in early 2009. In December, it increased its dividend for the first time since the completion of the $68 billion deal, and it plans to buy back up to $5 billion in shares in 2011.In April, Pfizer announced the sale of its Capsugel capsule-making business to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Robert & Co. for $2.38 billion in cash.During the company’s first-quarter conference call in May, new CEO Ian Read was repeatedly asked if Pfizer would sell other businesses to increase shareholder value. In particular, analysts focused on a sale of the established products business. Instead, Pfizer is committing to that business. PD—Associated Press newswire Pfizer Inc. said Thursday it may sell its animal health and nutrition business in the next two years so it can focus on expanding its low-cost pharmaceuticals unit.Pfizer, which has faced pressure to eliminate some business units and return more cash to shareholders, said the moves will allow investors to get more value for the businesses. The company will also consider transactions including spinoffs and may pursue different strategies for each business.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Storm Gaming gains funding round from Intrinsic Equity

first_imgIndependent digital retail gaming content supplier Storm Gaming Technology (Storm Gaming), has confirmed that it has received venture financing from Birmingham-based investment firm Intrinsic Equity.Storm Gaming management declared that the funding would be used to develop the firm’s current gaming portfolio.To date Telford-based Storm Gaming services circa 5,000 games installed in pubs, bars, clubs and arcades within the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Croatia.As part of the deal, James Grenfell, principal at Intrinsic Equity and senior partner at Orbis Partners, will join the Storm Gaming board alongside founder and chief executive Richard Sheldon, industry veteran Steve Murray and Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford’s Rockridge Investments.James Grenfell commented on the investment: “We have invested in Storm at an exciting time and look forward to helping Richard and Steve accelerate their plans as a global provider of multi-platform compelling games content.”Richard Sheldon backed Intrinsic Equity as investors :”Through their long-standing relationship with Steve and their recent work with CORE Gaming and Sky, James Grenfell and his team, saw an opportunity both to invest and to support the business with their financial and sector knowledge. We are delighted to welcome them to the Storm Gaming Technology journey.” StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Submit UKGC hosts tech expert meeting on safer gambling February 13, 2020 Chetu strengthens UK presence with Birmingham office December 17, 2019 BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders July 14, 2020last_img read more

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Gondola Testing Now at Epcot

first_imgShare This!We’ve seen Disney testing the new Skyliner gondola system at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months. Now testing has moved over to Epcot.The Epcot Skyliner station is located at the International Gateway entrance to the park, located between the England and France pavilions in the World Showcase area.There’s still lots of landscaping to do around the Epcot station, but the mechanics look nearly complete and the decorative painting at the face of the station is lovely. We were able to get a few shots of the gondolas in action. We’re still impressed by how quiet they are.The first video includes a good shot of the construction happening on the new Ratatouille ride that will be part of the France pavilion. And the second video has a brief shot of one of the cabins without its protective plastic covering. Still no word on when the gondolas will be open for guest use. Photos and video: Christina HarrisonI’m getting very excited to try out this new form of Disney transportation. Are you?last_img read more

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Dramatic tail view video of an A380 landing during storm

first_imgAirlineRatings.com has captured a dramatic tail view video of an Emirates’ A380 landing during a storm at Perth International Airport.The landing was on Friday, July 19 at 6 pm while a major cold front was passing through.SEE Striking pictures of BOAC 747 and the famous Red Arrows in-flight.The Swiss captain did a superb job of pointing the nose of the A380 into the direction of the wind which can be clearly seen in the video taken on a handheld iPhone of the aircraft’s entertainment system.Also on show is Perth Airport’s $36 million high-intensity lighting system which clearly outlines the approach and runway.That landing system is a CAT111B which is normally used for landings in fog, but the high-intensity lighting is also used on stormy nights.READ: Airbus reveals Bird of Prey concept plane.Where a pilot faces a crosswind landing they need to point the aircraft in the direction of the wind while maintaining a straight course toward the runway.This is called crabbing or yawing.In strong crosswinds, the pilot may also dip the wing – sideslip – into the direction of the wind.Just before touchdown pilots apply rudder to bring the plane – and its undercarriage – back so it is aligned straight down the centre line of the runway.Here it can be seen that the captain of the A380 straightens up just before touch down for a perfect landing.At the time the winds were reported as gusting up to 40kts (74km/hour) from the west/south/west.last_img read more

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The Future of Blogging Revealed

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Features#Multimedia#Trends#web Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img There has been a lot of talk lately about the changing face of the blogging landscape. Darren Rowse of ProBlogger asked if blogging has lost its relational focus; Scoble explained why tech blogging has failed you; and even though not everyone agreed with his every statement, there was a renewed commitment in the blogosphere to return to blogging about what excites instead of just writing about “Apple’s newest gizmo or the peccadillos of tech personalities.” However, we’re wondering if people even need to blog anymore…at least in the traditional sense. Once the main way to publish your own personal thoughts and opinions for the rest of the web to read, blogging started a movement that democratized the web. Everyone could be a publisher. But now, blogging as everyone’s preferred method of communication may be over. What’s taking its place? Lifestreaming. And don’t be fooled into thinking that we’re talking just about FriendFeed here – lifestreaming as a format for communication extends beyond just that one social site to encompass an entirely new way to establish your home on today’s social web.Lifestreaming? Lifestreaming is a new way of documenting the activities surrounding your life using a chronologically-ordered collection of information. Bloggers like Julia Allison, whose internet activities and real-world attention-grabbing stunts made her “internet famous,” has used the format to rocket herself into stardom. That stardom even made her the subject of a recent Wired magazine article on the subject of self-promotion. Her method of communication? The lifestream, of course. Her blog is no more than a short collection of photos, videos, copy-and-pasted emails, random thoughts, links, and general over-sharing. The site even scrolls horizontally instead of vertically which makes it seem much more like a timeline than just another blog. Julia Allison’s SiteThe simplicity of a lifestream is ideal for our information overloaded age. Lifestreams are short and sweet, yet still provide the same insight into a person’s life as yesterday’s casual personal blog did. A video here, a photo there, and today’s web citizens can voyeuristically peer into anyone’s life and get a sense of who they are. Long-form bloggers, on the other hand (myself included) require time and attention to read, but with so many publishers out there, people just aren’t reading content like they used to – they’re just scanning text and moving on. For new bloggers, this means getting readers is harder than ever – your words are getting lost in a sea of noise. So to stand out, several are turning to the lifestream instead in order to get noticed. The New BlogBut the Julia Allison method is only one option for lifestreaming. Over the weekend, I stumbled across this blog, if you can even call it that. This was no ordinary blog – it was a lifestream based on the social aggregation service, FriendFeed. Take a look:The New Blog (Click To See It Larger)What’s amazing about this site is that the elements of traditional blogging are mirrored here. Instead of posts, there’s a stream. Instead of “Recent Comments,” there are the “Recent Discussions.” And instead of an “About Me” page, there’s a link to the blogger’s Facebook profile. Could this be the future of blogging? For active social participants, the above site could certainly be the ideal blog as it highlights their participation instead of their thoughts and opinions.But even though FriendFeed might be the easiest way to add a lifestream to your site (or turn your blog into a lifestream), it’s certainly not the only way. The Lifestream Blog keeps track of the many different ways that web site owners are self-hosting their own lifestreams. You can check out the galleries of these sites both here and here. How You Can Stream Your LifeSo, how are people doing this? There are several ways, but many people today are using custom code on their sites in order to produce the lifestream. However, if you already have a WordPress blog, you can set up a custom lifestream within WordPress with relative ease. In fact, there are a couple of options to do so: SimpleLife WordPress Plugin – this plugin lets you either add your lifestream as a widget or as a page. RSS Stream WordPress Plugin – this plugin lets you add a lifestream as a page on your site. We also told you about the much-anticipated Sweetcron, brand-new automated lifestreaming software for self-hosting your own stream. SweetCronUnfortunately, the developer has still yet to release the software, despite having originally promised a June release. These continued delays leave the door wide open for another developer to release their own software and capture the early adopter lifestreaming market. (Do you know of any others in development? Let us know!) Lifestreaming Is The Always On BlogThere was a time when casual, personal blogging was your way to communicate with your friends on the web. Via posts, commenting, and blogrolls, bloggers formed niche communities on the web to socialize with each other. Today, new tools provide that same level of socialization – perhaps even better than blogging ever could. Via micro-blogging sites like Twitter, every quick thought or link can be shared with your community of followers and you can see theirs, too. You can join and exit the never-ending conversation at your leisure. Plus, other social sites like FriendFeed provide today’s new discussion boards where conversation occurs surrounding the items posted and shared, leading to even more of a community feel, and one that’s drawing more users every day. Sites and social tools like these and many others encourage more participation on the social web than ever before. Although the social participants on these sites are often more active in socializing than they are in blogging, there’s still that need to stake out your own piece of real estate on the web. But we wonder: does that really need to be a blog anymore? Perhaps not. Blogging Newspaper image courtesy of Annie Mole 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Google Earth 6 Improves Street View, Historical Imagery, and Adds (Millions of) 3D Trees

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Tags:#Google#web Google Earth has always had an incredible “wow” factor. But the newly-released Google Earth 6, in Google’s own words, takes “realism in the virtual globe to the next level.” This version adds two new features, an integrated Street View experience and 3D trees, and also makes it easier to browse historical imagery associated with a specific location.Google Earth provides a wealth of computer-generated building models, but Google notes that trees have been “rather hard to come by.” In the service of boosting the realism substantially of the 3D world substantially, today’s Google Earth release includes models for dozens of species of trees. Google says it’s already “planted” over 80 million trees in Google Earth. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Street View isn’t a new feature for Google Earth. It’s been available since 2008. But the experience is now fully integrated, so you can zoom from the outer space view of Earth smoothly and seamlessly to your doorstep. Simply drag Pegman, the Street View mascot, onto any place where you see a blue highlighted road, an indication that Street View is available. And from there you can use the navigation controls to move around.Like Street View, the availability of historical imagery via Google Earth isn’t entirely new. But this release makes these images far easier to find. When you fly to an area where images are available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar. Clicking on it will transport you to that view, and you can browse through other images for that location. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival

first_imgPosted on July 30, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)According to the Healthy Newborn Network, Health Policy and Planning recently published a supplement, A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival, that shares a multi-country analysis of the changes in newborn care and survival from 2000-2010.  The supplement also includes 5 detailed country case studies (Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, and Uganda) focused on the process of taking solutions to scale.It was authored by over 60 health experts with contributions from an additional 90 experts and coordinated by Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program. These analyses took over 3 years, using multiple data streams and new approaches to standardizing qualitative data regarding policy and program change.The five detailed country case studies demonstrate that changing the trajectory for newborn survival is possible even in challenging settings when focus is placed on reaching the poorest families with the most effective interventions. Low-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Malawi and Nepal, that are on track to meet the 2015 target of Millennium Development Goal 4 have reduced newborn deaths at about double the rate that their neighbors have…Learn more on the Healthy Newborn Network.The papers in the supplement are open-access and can be accessed through the links below:Newborn survival: changing the trajectory over the next decadeNewborn survival: a multicountry analysis of a decade of changeBenchmarks to measure readiness to integrate and scale up newborn survival interventionsNewborn Survival in BangladeshNewborn Survival in NepalNewborn Survival in PakistanNewborn Survival in MalawiNewborn Survival in UgandaShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Global Mom Relay Mobilizes Social Media for Maternal and Child Health

first_imgPosted on April 17, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Between March 8, International Women’s Day, and Mothers’ Day on May 8, the Global Mom Relay, is using social media to connect and mobilize support for the  UN’s Every Woman Every Child campaign to improve maternal and child health.  The relay invites participants to contribute to organizations dedicated to promoting maternal, newborn and child health by either sharing blog posts hosted on the relay site via email, Twitter or Facebook, or by making a $5 donation to the day’s featured organization. Through tomorrow, the relay features MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, and this week’s posts include a feature on Jill Sheffield, founder and President of Women Deliver, and by Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns.In today’s featured post, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant writes:Not every woman is lucky enough to give birth in a modern delivery room, like I was. But no woman, anywhere, should have to suffer a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. Obstetric fistula has affected mothers since women began giving birth, and it will continue to happen until all women have access to high quality maternal care.The relay was developed by the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with thegoal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe.  For more, visit the Global Mom Relay website, or follow the discussion Twitter, Pinterest or watch the Global Mom Relay video.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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