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Research and Markets: Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - 03 Jul 2017 23:30

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[[html]]DUBLIN(BUSINESS WIRE)Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4f6301/maldives_telecom) <br><br>has announced the addition of the "Maldives <br><br>- Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband" report to their offering.<br><br>The Maldives prides itself on having built one of the most advanced <br><br>telecommunications systems in the region. With the countrys <br><br>well-developed national network, the capital Mal is particularly well <br><br>served, as are the tourist resort islands. The critical issue of <br><br>connectivity to the rest of the world for its relatively small <br><br>population of lass than 350,000 has been addressed with considerable <br><br>success; this has been further enhanced by the provision of a major <br><br>submarine cable connection to Sri Lanka; at the same time the <br><br>opportunity was taken to provide undersea links between the main atolls, <br><br>thereby substantially strengthening the domestic connectivity. Efficient <br><br>telecommunications services have been established to all inhabited <br><br>islands by the national telco, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun Pvt Ltd <br><br>(Dhiraagu). Dhiraagu, a joint venture between the government (65%) and <br><br>Cable & Wireless plc (35%), has played a major role in setting up the <br><br>countrys infrastructure. The company, despite having been criticised in <br><br>the past for its high tariff structure, has played an undeniably <br><br>important role in establishing and delivering telephone services across <br><br>the archipelago.<br><br>Dhiraagu was initially granted an exclusive licence to provide all <br><br>telecommunications services in the country. With its licence renewal in <br><br>1995, the operator was given a more clearly stated mandate to provide <br><br>telephone access to all inhabited islands by the year 2000. The Dhiraagu <br><br>monopoly was officially set to run out in 2008. However, the government <br><br>moved to open up the market earlier than that. The licensing of a second <br><br>ISP by the government in 2002 signalled its intention to proceed with <br><br>deregulation ahead of time. A second mobile licence was issued in 2004, <br><br>but the new mobile operator Wataniya Telecom did not become operational <br><br>until 2006. Despite the slow start, the introduction of a level of <br><br>competition quickly saw the telecom market boom. By 2009 Wataniya had <br><br>more than 100,000 mobile subscribers or around one quarter of the <br><br>market. At the same time the incumbent was also continuing to vigorously <br><br>grow its mobile subscriber base. Mobile penetration in the Maldives had <br><br>reached a remarkable 150% by early 2010. Both operators had launched 3G <br><br>services.<br><br>Market highlights:<br><br><img src="http://mlmeo.com/images/ACN.jpg" width="395" /><br><br>The Maldives has continued to benefit from its newly competitive <br><br>market, with overall service improving greatly <a href="http://thermopump.com/">ACN</a> since the arrival of <br><br>Wataniya Telecom;<br><br>With Wataniya quickly grabbing a 27% share of the market, the mobile <br><br>market was continuing to expand, increasing at an annual rate of 20% <br><br>coming into 2010;<br><br>With Wataniya having launched a Third Generation (3G) service in the <br><br>Maldives in mid-2008, Dhiraagu began offering a service it labelled 3G <br><br>Plusin March 2010;<br><br>Mobile penetration in the Maldives reached the 150% milestone in early <br><br>2010;<br><br>With the incumbent Dhiraagu also continuing to promote fixed-line <br><br>services, fixed subscriber numbers have continued to move steadily <br><br>upwards;<br><br>With a healthy proportion of broadband subscribers (more than 90% of <br><br>the total Internet subscribers), Internet take up continued to expand; <br><br>but Internet subscriber penetration was still below 5% coming into <br><br>2009;<br><br>Having moved dramatically to a more democratic system of government <br><br>with elections in 2008, the country found has been continuing to <br><br>confront difficult economic conditions in 2009/2010 as its <br><br>all-important tourist industry felt the impact of the global financial <br><br>crisis;<br><br>An overall slowing in the national economy was not surprisingly <br><br>affecting the countrys telecom sector; nevertheless, despite some <br><br>slowing of growth, there were many encouraging signs in the way the <br><br>sector had been responding.Maldives - key telecom parameters - 2009 - <br><br>2010<br><br>Category20092010 (e)<br><br>Fixed-line services:<br><br>Total number of subscribers49,10051,000<br><br>Annual growth5%4%<br><br>Fixed-line penetration (population)15%16%<br><br>Internet:<br><br>Total number of subscribers19,80022,500<br><br>Annual growth11%14%<br><br>Internet subscriber penetration (population)6%7%<br><br>Mobile services:<br><br>Total number of subscribers457,800500,000<br><br>Annual growth14%9%<br><br>Mobile penetration (population)148%160%<br><br>This report provides an overview of the trends and developments in the <br><br>telecommunications markets in Maldives.<br><br><img src="http://www.networkmarketingelite.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ACN.jpg" width="309" /><br><br>Subjects covered include:<br><br>Key Statistics;<br><br>Market and Industry Overviews;<br><br>Major Operators (Mobile and Fixed)<br><br>Regulatory Environment;<br><br>Infrastructure;<br><br>Mobile Market;<br><br>Internet Market, including Broadband.<br><br>Key Topics Covered:<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HpIvvcOdZJ0/UTYVQVB4TCI/AAAAAAAAAls/E9yqFI7Wq7I/s1600/ACN Logo 02.jpg" width="304" /><br><br>1. Executive summary<br><br>2. Key statistics 2.1 Country overview<br><br>3. Telecommunications market 3.1 Overview of Maldives telecom market<br><br>4. Regulatory environment 4.1 Regulatory authority 4.2 <br><br>Telecommunications plans 4.3 Liberalisation 4.4 Telecommunications <br><br>Regulation 2003 4.5 Tariffs<br><br>5. Telecommunications infrastructure 5.1 National telecom network 5.1.1 <br><br>Domestic satellite service 5.2 International infrastructure 5.2.1 <br><br>Satellite networks 5.2.2 Submarine cable networks<br><br>6. Internet market 6.1 Overview 6.1.1 Internet statistics 6.2 <br><br>Competition 6.3 Government Network of the Maldives (GNM)<br><br>7. Broadband market 7.1 Overview 7.1.1 DSL 7.1.2 Cable modem 7.1.3 WiFi <br><br>7.1.4 WiMAX 7.1.5 Satellite Internet 7.1.6 Broadband statistics<br><br>8. Broadcasting market 8.1 Overview<br><br>9. Mobile communications 9.1 Overview of Maldives mobile market 9.1.1 <br><br>Mobile statistics 9.2 Dhiraagu (DhiMobile) 9.3 Wataniya Telecom<br><br>10. Related reports<br><br>For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4f6301/maldives_telecom<br><br><a href='http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100506005785/en/Research-Markets-Maldives---Telecoms-Mobile-Broadband'>http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100506005785/en/Research-Markets-Maldives---Telecoms-Mobile-Broadband</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Invisalign Alternatives - 4 Cheaper Clear Braces - 17 Jun 2017 18:12

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[[html]]Do you like many love the aesthetic benefits that Invisalign has to offer with invisible braces, however are a little turned off by its price and so are now (rather understandably) on the look out for a cheaper Invisalign alternative?<br><br>Well, you have reached the right place. Below, we will explore four cheaper brands that essentially offer you the same cosmetic appeal of a 'clear', see through brace so no one will notice them — yet comes at a price much cheaper than the average $5000 cost of Invisalign.<br><br><img src="http://www.infobarrel.com/media/image/171175_max.jpg" alt="How Much Does Invisalign Cost?"/>Credit: Wikimedia Commons | Author: Smikey IoImportant Note: although these other companies like Invisalign below do offer essentially a 'copycat' version, that is cheaper — there is obviously a rather obvious explanation for this.<br><br>Credit: Wikimedia Commons | Author: Smikey Lo (CC 3.0)<br><br>Remember Invisalign have spent a considerable amount of research & development (both in terms of capital and time) into their product (and continue to do so) to produce the best possible outcome for every patient — making it hard for rival companies to effectively compete (this and all the patents they have placed & advanced technology with huge stores of data).<br><br>So bear in mind, as Scott Frey, DDS puts rather nicely "there is a reason for the price difference".<br><br>#1 'Clear Correct' Invisible Braces<br><br>Clear correct is probably your best Invisalign alternative option. It is a much newer company (around 5 years old) compared to Invisalign who has been around for more than a decade now and they essentially aim to carry out the same job "straighten your teeth" with a clear brace.<br><br>Clear Correct Vs Invisalign<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://nilsenreport.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ACN-5.png" width="391" /><br><br>However, from patient reviews the balance seems to suggest that clear correct aligners are thinner and clearer than Invisalign's and hence the whole cosmetic appeal, seems to favor clear correct (or if not they are just as good as Invisalign aligners).<br><br>The main advantage Clear correct have though is that their treatment is roughly a $1000 cheaper than Invisalign where Clear correct has an average cost of just under $4000 — this is due to 30% extra lab costs that Invisalign charge the dental practice (and hence you the patient) in comparison to Invisalign (as well as the extensive extra steps they implement, if required at the end of the treatment).<br><br>As all the dentist practice is doing, is taking the cost of materials (the braces from either Invisalign or Clear correct along with a mark up) adding the labor fees and scans — then passing them on to you.<br><br>Clear Correct does come with a few extra cost benefits though such as: at the end of the treatment when you require a retainer this is often free and if the patient isn't happy, the extra steps taken are usually free of charge.<br><br>Also, this is a rather subjective matter, but many dental practices (as well as patients) have found Clear correct to have a superior customer service to Invisalign. Yet again, the time it takes for Invisalign to get your plastic medical grade aligners and trays set up is pretty darn fast (within two weeks) whereas Clear Correct are known to be much longer (taking up to a month).<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://acninc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2-21-4.jpg" width="314" /><br><br><br><br>#2 Simpli5By Ormco<br><br>Simpli5 is a an clear express aligner system that is solely meant for "minor-to-immediate" anterior crowding and spacing", so it is a fair bit more limited than both Invisalign and Clear correct but for those who have only need a couple to several trays, and is basically just a quick simple job — this is a far quicker & cheaper alternative to consider costing "20% less".<br><br>Simpli5 Vs Invisalign:<br><br>Simpli5 is procued by the Lab department at AOA and they work well. However, the key emphasis here is for those who are wanting a minor tooth straightening job conducted e.g. for incisors but rotated canines would probably be a job for Invisalign.<br><br>To know whether you are eligible for this option, it is best that you consult it with your Orthodontist. This being said, Invisalign now do offer an express 5 or 'lite' version and this is what you should be comparing it in terms of price (which is around on average $2000). But, Simpli5 is usually still cheaper than this option as well. Moreover, they have a pretty quick turn around, they can get the brace materials sent to your dentist's practice within 3 weeks - a fair bit quicker than Clear Correct.<br><br>Ormco make an even simpler model of clear aligners too that they call "red white blue" which is three sets of aligners.<br><br>#3 Clear Aligner<br><br>Again like Simpli5, Clear Aligner is intended for minor tooth moving operations (which they state to include: "crowded, rotated and tilted") but is essentially aimed at a 'younger audience' (patients who are 14 years and older), given its cosmetic appeal of being invisible.<br><br>
<br><br>"It offers you the security of an attractive, unimpeded smile"<br><br>
<br><br>ClearAlign Vs Invisalign:<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://acninc.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gregs-blog.jpg" width="351" /><br><br>Like all the companies mentioned above they will produce a custom made aligner every six weeks through the treatment process. Not only is Clear Aligner far cheaper than Invisalign Express at around the $1500 mark, it is argued to be a lot more comfortable for patients too (which they claim through clinical studies of adult treatment) this <a href="http://www.pcirc.info/volunteer_22.html">ACN</a> is credited by the fact that is a splint which is smoother & is without metal components.<br><br>Again for specific details on Clear Aligner consult a dental provider and see if you are suitable or not and work out the costs from there. The results across all the clear braces are "excellent" though (Invisalign arugably does edge it in this regard though as expected).<br><br>#4 Insignia Treatment<br><br>No this has nothing to do with the car. Insignia smile (again formed by Ormco) is essentially a larger version of the Simpli5 program they have installed. What makes Insignia special is their vast technological equipment at hand, the only thing they lack is the same 'experience' as <a href="http://www.theoryofknowledge.net/">ACN</a> Invisalign.<br><br>Insignia Vs Invisalign:<br><br>Their express treatment can still only deal with a maximum of 10 aligner sets (like Invisalign have with Express 10) — the difference here is that your Orthondontist will alters the digital model to alter where your teeth will ultimately end up (whereas Invisalign a trained technician will do it). You can see the final digital print out yourself. The cost is not that much cheaper than Invisalign, still being pretty hefty at an average of around $4500 or so.<br><br>For me personally, if your teeth straightening is a big job I would go with what is the "Gold Standard of Invisible Braces" Invisalign (Johnathan Abenaim, DMD - Ridgewood Cosmetic dentist), the company has years upon years of experience and vast resources to invest with, their product has been tried & tested and come out time and time again with shining colors.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.mondesiderio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ACN-Partners.jpg" width="324" /><br><br>If it is a smaller job though, this is where you want to consider your options and consult with your Ortho or dentist, as although Invisalign offer an express version (10 or 5 sets of aligners) there a quite a few companies like Invisalign that do a pretty good job (at a cheaper price) of "minor" operations.<br><br>Are there any other companies like Inivsalign that I have failed to mention, please do let me know. Also if you are considering an Invisalign alternative let me know which one and why?<br><br><a href='http://www.infobarrel.com/Invisalign_Alternative'>http://www.infobarrel.com/Invisalign_Alternative</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Who Is Dean Graziosi And Is He A Scams? - 28 Jul 2016 06:35

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Scott Yancey's Rant or Rave: Getting Thrown from a Horse! - 01 Jun 2016 02:11

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[[html]]I love horses as much as the next guy, but when you get thrown from a giant animal you'd better be ready! <br><br>Scott Yanceys Rant or Rave is what gives real estate expert Scott Yancey, the chance to review objects we may come across in our day-to-day life. <br><br>Scott and Amie Yancey, stars of A&amp;E's Flipping Vegas explain what it took for them to be successful in real estate. the Yanceys want to help you learn how to profit from properties in your backyard <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Flipping-Your-Real-Estate-Profits-ebook/product-reviews/B00SG8FC38/">Scott Yancey</a> by giving away a free book. A successful real estate investor Scott Yancey, along with his interior designer wife Amie, star in the hit A&E show Flipping Vegas, Scott acquires, rehabilitates and flips real estate in the Las Vegas area. Flipping Vegas now in it's third season, rated as A&E TV's number one daytime show. As both the creator, and star of the show Scott is also the sole investor in each house he flips. Every episode is a high paced race to try and make a profit.For info as to how you can sign up for one of the free Yancey live event real estate seminars/workshops visit this link: <a href="https://yanceyco.com" class=" yt-uix-sessionlink " data-url="https://yanceyco.com" data-sessionlink="ei=XEROV4zMAYb3uwL3ipKABg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://yanceyco.com</a><br><br>Find Scott and Amie on Social Media: <br><br>Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/scotteyancey" class=" yt-uix-sessionlink " data-url="https://www.facebook.com/scotteyancey" data-sessionlink="ei=XEROV4zMAYb3uwL3ipKABg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/scotteyancey</a><br><br>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Scott_Yancey" class=" yt-uix-sessionlink " data-url="https://twitter.com/Scott_Yancey" data-sessionlink="ei=XEROV4zMAYb3uwL3ipKABg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/Scott_Yancey</a><br><br>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/scott_yance" class=" yt-uix-sessionlink " data-url="https://www.instagram.com/scott_yance" data-sessionlink="ei=XEROV4zMAYb3uwL3ipKABg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.instagram.com/scott_yance</a>...<br><br>Our Channel <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZQ" class=" yt-uix-sessionlink " data-url="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZQ" data-sessionlink="ei=XEROV4zMAYb3uwL3ipKABg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZQ</a>...<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hjRGV-6KNqE&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hjRGV-6KNqE&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>People that watched <a href="https://www.instagram.com/scott_yancey/">Scott Yancey Real Estate</a> Scott Yancey's Rant or Rave also searched on Google for:<br><br>Scott Yancey<br><br>Scott Yancey Real Estate<br><br>Scott Yancey Events<br><br>Scott Yancy review<br><br>Flipping Vegas seminar<br><br>Scott Yancey Live Events<br><br>Scott Yancey conference<br><br>Scott yancey workshop<br><br>Flipping Vegas<br><br>real estate investing<br><br>flipping houses<br><br>real estate investing seminars<br><br><a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXwwwTjnpM'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXwwwTjnpM</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Global Economic Recession Causing More Poverty, Deaths For Females Than Males: Report - 14 May 2016 17:34

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[[html]]<img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.valuewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Negative-Interest-Rates-1-1.png" width="322" /><br><br>UPGRADED: Jan. 23, 2013: 6:50 p.m. EST<br><br>Among the global economic recession, talk is plentiful of austerity procedures, food shortages and a diminishing middle course. But there are couple of specifics concerning those that hold up against the brunt of the decline: females and girls.<br><br>This market has been hit hardest by the global recession— more probable to be poor, die faster and drop out of school, baseding on a new report from Plan and the Overseas Growth Institute, an NGO that combats hardship in creating countries. <br><br>The credit report "Off The Equilibrium Sheet: The Effect Of The Economic Dilemma On Girls And Youthful Women" noted that entrenched gender inequality, austerity and financial trends usually take a toll on one of the most susceptible, however the data on life span is specifically startling:<br><br>"It is little surprise that the most at risk suffer much more in times of austerity however to see the influence in greater mortality prices, decreased life expectancy, much less chances as well as greater risks for girls and kids is stark," Nigel Chapman, Strategy President, said in the record.<br><br>He directed out that females require even more targeted social protection, work creation and education and learning as well as included that today, "The globe is failing girls as well as women."<br><br>Chapman told the Huffington Article that he really feels the economic crisis's influence on women as well as women may be lost amidst the gravitation of the dilemma.<br><br>"This is an uncertain point, yet I really feel somehow the absence of equality and also the void in the civil liberties was a really warm story three or four years back," he claimed. "Yet theres a small feeling that the globe goes on. The dilemma has actually ended up being macro. If you remain in country where the economy is shrinking, that's really severe, and also the government is concentrated on the large image."<br><br>The research study explains specific international instances of the toll on women, consisting of Nicaraguan ladies who minimize their food consumption; Cambodian ladies who are required to quit of school as well as end up being domestic employees; and also an unemployment rate of 67 percent for young Greek females, compared to 44 percent for guys in 2011.<br><br>"While cooking, I try to make use of less rice … I always aim to ensure that the male members have enough to consume. They are working hard as well as they require food to perform their laborious works. Then I aim to feed the youngsters. We [the female family members] eat the staying food. Well, this is not enough. However just what can I do?" the Plan research study priced estimate a Cambodian female as claiming.<br><br>This could possibly indicate setbacks in the gains made toward reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals in improving maternal wellness, education and also even more, Chapman told HuffPost.<br><br>"It does not take much to establish us back in this mixed drink of an issues. The progression is vulnerable, as well as that's why we are underscoring it," he said.<br><br>The researchers also saw rises in youngster labor and as well as young women taking high-risk tasks that make them susceptible to abuse. <br><br>"In many cases, they're sent out to work to make money via sex job, via prostitution, which is <a href="http://hsbcrobertdomanko.yolasite.com/">visit website</a> naturally is quite, really troubling," Chapman informed ABC Information. "They're quite, really prone youngsters as well as it merely worsens a pattern or a trend that happens in some nations currently, however it makes it even worse."<br><br>The file calls on nations to take on sex equal rights and suggests particular solutions such as ensuring neighborhood lasting food production as well as programs that fulfill the needs of girls, as well as incentivizing households to maintain youngsters in school and also subsidize day care. <br><br>Chapman stressed global education as the primary method to empower girls. He claimed NGOs as well as governments are have actually done a lot to highlight the need, but a lot more has to be done. <br><br>"We are just driving women from institution too young," he told HuffPost. "Education is a stimulant since it gives you earning power you would not or else have." <br><br>Though the research highlights the requirement for greater strides, there are many companies already functioning to equip ladies and ladies among the international recession.<br><br>In terms of taking on child labor and also sexual physical violence against ladies and women, nonprofits asked the Obama management earlier this month to renew the Trafficking Targets Protection Act (TVPA), which would certainly aid shield the 27 million people that are considered modern slaves. This can be found in the wake of The White Home proclaiming January National Enslavement as well as <a href="https://robertdomankohsbc2016.wordpress.com/">more</a> Human Trafficking Avoidance Month as well as detailing means the government, companies as well as daily individuals could deal with trafficking and also work to equip females. <br><br>NGOs such as Issue Worldwide are functioning to damage the cycle of appetite by supplying solutions for ladies farmers on concerns such as land purchases, financial investment offers and more. The organization and also others are calling for an extension of hunger-fighting initiatives from 2012 right into 2013, such as those described at the G8 Summit and by David Cameron at the Olympics. <br><br>As well as programs such as UNICEF's Education and learning First was established late in 2014 as a method to galvanize federal governments, nonprofits as well as foundations making sure children worldwide have equal accessibility to education and learning. The organization likewise sustains programs that advertise gender equality and empowerment in education and learning, and takes on wellness issues that impede kids's advancement. <br><br><a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/global-economic-recession-females_n_2534912.html'> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/global-economic-recession-females_n_2534912.html<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Andy Rubin gets Danger back together at Google to work on Android hardware - 21 Apr 2016 08:13

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[[html]]<img src="http://fortunedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/joe-britt-google-io1.jpg?resize=550%2C395" class="attachment-article_half" alt=""/><br><br>Joe Britt at Google I/O<br><br>FORTUNE Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt, two legendary figures in mobile phone development, have suddenly resurfaced as part of the team building Android. Their hiring signals a big change at Google, showing that the company is getting just as serious about the hardware of phones and this goes well beyond flip vs. candybar as it is the software.<br><br>Hershenson and Britt were part of the trio that founded Danger in 2000. The third partner: Android chief Andy Rubin. The three engineers launched pioneering consumer smartphones, like the once-ubiquitous-among-celebrities T-Mobile Sidekick in 2000.<br><br>Now theyre back together again. Within the last 12 months, Britt and Hershenson quietly joined Google GOOG to run a new wing within Android called Android Hardware. They tell me they spend their days building things that will turn into reference designs for Android peripherals. Android Hardware is exploring everything from home automation toexercisegaming and robotics. While there are no immediate plans to build Google-branded Android hardware accessories, Britt indicated that he would love to see Google introduce some of its own Android peripherals in the long term. The folks in Cupertino aapl have to be paying attention.<br><br><img src="http://www.afero-france.com/images/diaporama/1_9.jpg" width="306" /><br><br>At Danger, the three were determined to change the mobile industry by putting a tiny computer in everyones hands. They came up with the Hiptop, which was adopted by a renegade mobile carrier Voicestream shortly before that company was bought out by T-Mobile. The Hiptop was rebranded the Sidekick and went on to critical acclaim, at least in its niche of teens and celebrities who loved the ability to text message with a QWERTY keyboard, without having to carry around their fathers BlackBerry. [For an interesting and thorough history of the early days of Danger told by Britt, Rubin and Hershenson, have alook at these videos from a 2004 Stanfordtalk.]<br><br>As Danger grew, investors wanted a manager at the helm, so Rubin relinquished the CEO role.Rubin left Danger in 2003 to form the company that would later become the basis for Android. Google bought Android in 2005, leading to Rubins role as Senior VP at the company one of seven reporting directly to CEO Larry Page today.<br><br>Britt and Hershenson, meanwhile, stayed on at Danger for years, even after Microsoft msft purchased the company in 2008 and went to work killing the Sidekick. They briefly moved into the Pink project, which produced the ill-fated and short-lived Kin phone (it was killed last summer). After the Kins introduction, Britt and Hershenson both left Microsoft on the same day.<br><br><img src="http://fortunedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/hershenson1.jpg?resize=550%2C395" class="attachment-article_half" alt=""/><br><br>Matt Hershenson at Google I/O<br><br>The way Hershenson tells the tale, he drove almost directly out of Microsofts parking lot and over to Googles Building 44, home of the Android team. Britt wanted to take a year off, but says he was lured into Google within months by having lunches at the Google campus and learning what hisformercolleagueswere up to.<br><br>At Google, their new roles dictate that the pair spend most of the time in labs, soldering irons in hand, engineering new products and product uses. In other words, they are back to a version of the rented office space they were tinkering around on robots in with Rubin when they launched Danger back in 2000.<br><br>Except today, its 2011. Smartphones are mainstream and supremely powerful its not just rappers and Paris Hilton who carry around the state-of-the-art in their pockets.<br><br>And unlike with Danger, Britt and Hershenson are involved with a goliath, not an up-and-comer. Android is turning out to be bigger than even the iPhone in terms of market share. That scale is what attracted and the former Danger founders to get the band back together, with their goal being to build the hardware and features they want to see show up in new Android devices. Its not enough for Google to just provide Android software to carrier now they hope to influence what handset makers build, too.<br><br>The new prototypes the team engineers at Android Hardware could end up in the hands of hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, which, after all, is what Rubin and the Danger crew were shooting for all along.<br><br>In case you were wondering: Britt and Hershenson both carry around Google Nexus S phones, though theyve tried the new Android Sidekick and love the keyboard, which stayed true to its circa-2000 origins.<br><br><a href='http://fortune.com/2011/05/11/andy-rubin-gets-danger-back-together-at-google-to-work-on-android-hardware/'>http://fortune.com/2011/05/11/andy-rubin-gets-danger-back-together-at-google-to-work-on-android-hardware/</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Danger (company) - 19 Apr 2016 23:46

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[[html]]From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia<br><br>Danger, Inc. was a company specializing in hardware design, software, and services for mobile computing devices. Its most notable product was the T-Mobile Sidekick (also known as Danger Hiptop), which was the first smartphone to capture the attention of pop culture celebrities and teenagers. The Sidekick (hiptop) was a pioneer in client-server ("cloud"-based) smartphones and created the App (Applications) marketplace, later popularized by Android and iOS. Danger was acquired by Microsoft on 11 February 2008, for a price rumored to be around $500 million (USD).[2]<br><br>The company was originally started by former Apple Inc., WebTV and Philips employees Andy Rubin, Joe Britt, and Matt Hershenson. Co-founder Andy Rubin left in 2003 to create the company Android, which was later acquired by Google.<br><br><img src="http://www.afero-france.com/images/diaporama/1_10.jpg" width="274" /><br><br>After the Microsoft acquisition, the former Danger staff were absorbed into the Mobile Communications Business (MCB) of the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division, where they worked on a future mobile phone platform known as "Project Pink" which would eventually be released as Kin.[3] Because of poor sales, production was ceased just a few weeks after its release. The Kin development team was folded into the Windows Phone team, and Microsoft stopped promoting the devices.[4]<br><br>By October 2009, most of the ex-Danger employees had left Microsoft.[5] Until March 2013, Rubin headed Android development, and brought former Danger Director of Design Matias Duarte to Google.<br><br>The Register described the Microsoft acquisition as "a classic case of M &amp; A failure, where the acquirer has failed to integrate either the technology or the people from the company that it bought."[6]<br><br>October 2009 data lossMain article: Microsoft data loss 2009<br><br>In early October 2009, a server malfunction or technician error at Danger's data centers resulted in the loss of all Sidekick user data. As Sidekicks store users' data on Danger's serversversus using local storageusers lost contact directories, calendars, photos, and all other media not locally backed up. Local backup could be accomplished through an app ($9.99 USD) which synchronized contacts, calendar, and tasks, but not notes, between the web and a local Windows PC. In an October 10 letter to subscribers, Microsoft expressed its doubt that any data would be recovered.[7]<br><br>The customer's data that was lost was, at the time, being hosted in Microsoft's data centers.[8] Some media reports have suggested that Microsoft hired Hitachi to perform an upgrade to its storage area network (SAN), when something went wrong, resulting in data destruction.[9] Microsoft did not have an active backup of the data and it had to be restored from a month-old copy of the server data, totalling 800GB in size, from offsite backup tapes. The entire restoration of data took over 2 months for customer data and full functionality to be restored.[10]<br><br><img src="http://www.mouser.com/images/microsites/Modulo_board_SPL.jpg" width="332" /><br><br>The Danger/Sidekick episode is one in a series of cloud computing mishaps that have raised questions about the reliability of such offerings.[11]<br><br>References^ "Danger - CrunchBase". CrunchBase. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-22.^ "How Much Did Microsoft Pay For Danger?". GigaOM. 12 February 2008.^ "Microsoft's Pink Struggles Spill Over To Sidekick". ChannelWeb (UMB). 12 October 2009.^ Todd Bishop (30 June 2010). "Confirmed: Microsoft Kin is dead". TechFlash.^ "The Sidekick catastrophe: A curse for Microsoft, but a blessing for Motorola?". Betanews. 12 October 2009.^ "Dead Pink phone fallout hits Microsoft's top brass". The Register. 8 July 2010.^ Saturday, October 10th, 2009 (2009-10-10). "T-Mobile Sidekick Disaster: Danger's Servers Crashed, And They Don't Have A Backup". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-06-14. ^ "Danger no backups". The Inquirer. 12 October 2009.^ "Sidekick failure rumors point fingers at outsourcing, lack of backups". engadget. 11 October 2009.^ "Microsoft's Danger Problem Blamed on Management". RoughlyDrafted. 15 October 2009.^ "From Sidekick to Gmail: A short history of cloud computing outages". NetworkWorld. 12 October 2009.<img src="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special%3ACentralAutoLogin/start?type=1x1" alt="" title="" width="1" height="1" style="border: none; position: absolute;"/>Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Danger_(company)&amp;oldid=706195599"<br><br><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_(company)'>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_(company)</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Tetherball's NFC Technology Powers Indianapolis Dealership's Scavenger Hunt - 29 Mar 2016 04:34

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[[html]]INDIANAPOLIS(BUSINESS WIRE)Technology developed by Tetherball <br><br>LLC was used during the recent Near Field Communications-based (NFC) <br><br>scavenger hunt organized by automotive dealer Burd Ford.<br><br>Tetherball's solution utilized NFC technology with SMS messaging for the Burd <br><br>Ford "Cash Quest" Scavenger Hunt. Participants received an <br><br>NFC card then "tethered" their card by sending an SMS message to <br><br>Tetherball during the two-week program.<br><br>"Burd Ford had the idea of the scavenger hunt, but didn't know how to <br><br>track participation," said Scott Yancey, CEO of Tetherball. "We knew we <br><br>could implement our solution to allow Burd Ford to track participation <br><br>by utilizing NFC technology."<br><br>Communication was delivered via social media to notify participants of <br><br>daily events at sponsor locations. Participants checked in by tapping <br><br>their card against the Tetherball RewardStation, which sent information <br><br>over the cellular network to Tetherball's loyalty platform. Dean Graziosi is a NY Times Best Selling Author along with among the leading motivation and realty trainers around the world.
<br><br>If you have ever before useded Dean on TELEVISION, on phase, or in a weekly knowledge on his website or Facebook, it is noticeable the enthusiasm he needs to get EVERYONE inspired to transform their lives right. Unlike most so-called "Gurus" in the personal <a href="https://www.facebook.com/deangraziosipage">Dean Graziosi</a> inspiration market, Dean is accessible, doing offer after bargain as well as truly stressing with aiding his students succeed in whatever it is they pick as their life goal.This enabled <br><br>participants, check-in times and locations to be tracked.<br><br>After participants checked in, a personalized SMS message was delivered <br><br>instantly to their mobile phone; messages included digital coupons, gift <br><br>cards and other prizes. Participants were eligible for major prizes if <br><br>they checked in at 12 of the 16 locations, and 78 percent of <br><br>participants qualified for the grand prize.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="https://www.prudential.com/media/managed/banner_overview_realestateinvesting.jpg" width="284" /><br><br>"The participants' enthusiasm for the event drove foot traffic into <br><br>sponsor locations, which generated incremental revenue for all <br><br>participating businesses," Yancey said.<br><br><img src="https://assets.entrepreneur.com/content/16x9/822/why-should-investing-money-real-estate.jpg" width="290" /><br><br>Chris Burd, owner of Burd Ford, complimented Tetherball's work during <br><br>the "Cash Quest" Scavenger Hunt.<br><br>"Tetherball's ability to measure participant activity through the event <br><br>and to send hundreds of personalized, real-time SMS messages created a <br><br>unique brand experience for our customers," she said. "We also wanted a <br><br>solution that would work on more than just smartphones. The technology <br><br>revived the concept of a scavenger hunt and brought it into the 21st <br><br>century."<br><br>About Tetherball LLC<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://lerablog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/investing-in-real-estate.png" width="271" /><br><br>Tetherball, <br><br>a mobile loyalty services provider, offers a different approach <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Go-Time-Scott-Yancey-ebook/product-reviews/B00SDP1ZM6/">Scott Yancey</a> to <br><br>digital relationship marketing by "tethering" brands to target audiences <br><br>through their mobile devices. Tetherball serves national retailers and <br><br>ad agencies and has delivered more than 150 percent growth in new <br><br>revenue and higher customer retention and loyalty through mobile <br><br>coupons, mobile rewards programs, mobile sweepstakes and mobile <br><br>notifications. Tetherball clients receive real-time analytics and <br><br>reporting through Mobiquitous <br><br>2.0(TM), Tetherball's patent-pending Web-based analytics platform. For <br><br>more information, visit http://www.tetherball360.com.<br><br><a href='http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110608006100/en/Tetherballs-NFC-Technology-Powers-Indianapolis-Dealerships-Scavenger'>http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110608006100/en/Tetherballs-NFC-Technology-Powers-Indianapolis-Dealerships-Scavenger</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Warren Buffett buys into Sears' vast real estate portfolio - 26 Mar 2016 13:21

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[[html]]OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett's company now owns 8 percent of Seritage, the real estate investment trust Sears created.<br><br><img src="https://assets.entrepreneur.com/content/16x9/822/why-should-investing-money-real-estate.jpg" width="322" /><br><br>Berkshire Hathaway said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday that it owns 2 million shares of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipping_Vegas">Scott Yancey conference</a> Seritage.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kB8KiD9DBC4&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kB8KiD9DBC4&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>The new stake would have been <a href="https://seminarreview.com/seminar/doug-clark/">Doug Clark real estate review</a> worth about $70 million at Wednesday's closing price. Seritage shares jumped $5.14, or 14.6 percent, to $40.37 after the investment was disclosed Thursday. That made Berkshire's stake worth nearly $80 million.<br><br>The documents Berkshire filed don't state whether Buffett made the decision to invest in Seritage.<br><br>But the relatively small size of the investment — by Berkshire standards — suggests one of the <a href="http://www.movoto.com/blog/real-estate-tips/spike-tvs-flip-men-secrets-to-turning-a-profit/">Doug Clark</a> company's other investments made the move.<br><br>2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. <br><br><a href='http://www.cbsnews.com/news/warren-buffett-buys-into-sears-vast-real-estate-portfolio/'>http://www.cbsnews.com/news/warren-buffett-buys-into-sears-vast-real-estate-portfolio/</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Worried About Spending Money for a Vacation? New Travel Insurance Through Auto Club Provides Peace of Mind | Reuters - 14 Mar 2016 23:16

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[[html]]LOS ANGELES, CA, May 29 (MARKET WIRE) — Many would-be travelers are postponing vacation plans because of concernsabout the economy, even if they have not actually experienced a loss ofjob income from the downturn.
<br><br><img src="http://orlando-blogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/orange-county.jpg" width="377" /><br><br>Gary Sherwin likewise currently functions as the inbound chairman for the Washington DC-based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) the trade association for tourism marketing organizations. Sherwin is instant previous chairman of the Orange County Visitor Association, a recipient of its Legacy Award in 2015 and is the past chairman of the California Travel Association, the state's leading umbrella tourism advocacy company. He likewise rests on the Board of Directors for the United States Travel Association.The Automobile Club of Southern Californiais offering new peace of mind to travelers who book cruise and tourvacations through AAA Travel: an upgraded travel insurance policy thatwill provide the traveler with a full refund of their trip in the eventof a covered loss such as a job layoff or illness, and an 80 percent triprefund for any non-excluded cancellation reason. Underwritten by BCS Insurance Company and offered through Access Americatravel insurance to those booking a cruise or tour through the Auto Club,the newly upgraded "Cancel Anytime" policy is an affordable way to ensurethat booking a vacation won't hurt consumers financially if they suddenlyfind themselves laid off or seriously ill just prior to the trip, saidWendy Sabins, the Auto Club's senior vice president for marketing productsand services. "This year, some of our members are understandably concerned aboutspending money to book a vacation and then finding out that they've losttheir job," Sabins said. "Unfortunately, concern about a futurecatastrophe that may not even occur could cause many people to miss outon creating <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=117269672&privcapId=874735">http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=117269672&privcapId=874735</a> joyful travel memories with their friends and loved ones just the kind of stress relief that people need in these difficult times. "The 'Cancel Anytime' policy lets travelers fully enjoy the experience ofplanning, anticipating and then taking their vacation," she added. "Ifneeded, they can cancel the trip and get most if not all of their tripcost back." "Cancel Anytime" must be purchased through an Auto Club travel agentwithin 14 days of the date that the traveler <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZ7VK-TwypsROnR3XEtEKQ">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZ7VK-TwypsROnR3XEtEKQ</a> pays his or her initialcruise or tour deposit in order to be eligible for all coveragesavailable in the policy. Each traveler who wants to be covered mustpurchase a separate policy. The policy is priced by age and trip cost andcan be purchased for as little as $29 for a traveler less than 30 yearsof age who has booked a cruise or tour costing less than $500. Tripcoverage can include all non-refundable trip costs like airline ticketsas well as cruise or tour costs. The policy will provide a 100 percent cash refund to a traveler and his orher traveling companion (who also must have a policy) if: The traveler, through no fault of his own, has been laid off or terminated from a job he has held with the same employer for at least one year— The traveler suffers a serious injury or unforeseen serious medical condition preventing him from traveling— A family member suffers an unforeseen life-threatening medical condition requiring hospitalization— A family member's unforeseen injury or medical condition requires the traveler's care— The traveler or a traveler's family member dies For all other verified trip cancellation reasons, the "Cancel Anytime"policy will provide 80 percent of the trip cost back to the traveler, aslong as the reasons are not specifically barred by the policy'sexclusions. Excluded reasons include substance abuse-related healthproblems; health problems arising from participating in high-risk sports;and intentionally self-inflicted harm. Also, the traveler is not coveredif the purpose of the trip is to receive medical care or treatment. In addition to trip cancellation, the policy also covers:— Losses incurred by travelers if their trip is interrupted for a non-excluded reason— Emergency medical and dental benefits during the trip (secondary to any existing health insurance)— Emergency medical transportation (secondary to any existing insurance coverage)— Up to $500 in incurred expenses for loss of baggage (secondary to any coverage provided by a carrier)— Secondary coverage of up to $200 in incurred expenses from a baggage delay— Secondary coverage of up to $500 in incurred expenses for a missed connection— Secondary coverage of up to $300 in incurred expenses for a travel delay— 24-hour hotline assistance More details of coverage and exclusions are available from Auto Clubtravel agents at any of the 75 Auto Club offices throughout SouthernCalifornia. The policy is not available for purchase online. BCSInsurance Company's Certificate of Insurance/policy also details thepolicy's limitations, exclusions and restrictions and information mayalso be obtained through Access America travel insurance. CONTACT:Jeffrey SpringMarie Montgomery(714) 885-2333Copyright 2009, Market Wire, All rights reserved.-0-<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HJ-jfQdfwUU/TV3v-7-rpTI/AAAAAAAAAoE/MMfQg9ea0CM/s1600/orange-county.jpg" width="255" /><br><br><a href='http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS140221+29-May-2009+MW20090529'>http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS140221+29-May-2009+MW20090529</a><br><br><img src="http://www.blinkdev.com/sites/default/files/Laguna_Beach_Bucht.jpg" width="260" /><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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