Windows Phone, Still An Underdog, Comes Out Swinging In A New Ad

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Windows Phone got some good news and some bad news today from the consumer research firm Kantar. The bad: Microsoft’s smartphone OS accounted for a meager 5.6% of all U.S. smartphone sales in the first quarter. The comparable number for Android was 49%; for iOS, 44%.The good: Windows Phone’s showing was a significant improvement, up a full 1.9 percentage points over a year earlier. By contrast, Blackberry — which is rolling out its new operating system, BlackBerry 10 — saw its U.S. share crater in the quarter to less than 1% from 3.7% a year ago. In a statement, Kantar analyst Mary-Ann Paralto noted that Windows Phone is “now at its highest sales share figure” ever in the U.S. Possibly in anticipation of the good news, Microsoft has just released a new Windows Phone commercial. It doesn’t show off the platform nor offer any reason why Windows Phone is a better choice than its rivals. Rather, it takes a page from Samsung and mocks both iPhone and Android users. Tags:#Android#iPhone#Microsoft#Windows Phone When you’re far behind in the market, casting yourself as a viable alternative to the market leaders — while simultaneously mocking said leaders — can be a winning strategy. Or, you know, it can smack of desperation.In this case, however, the ad is so over-the-top, and Microsoft appears to be having so much fun making fun of iPhone and Android users, that it works. Android users are silly hipsters. iPhone users are old. Siri doesn’t work. Samsung devices are ridiculously large.Will the ad help Microsoft sell more Windows Phone phones? Doubtful.The problem is that the ad is focused on the wrong audience: current iPhone and Android users. Even at the end, Microsoft says, “don’t fight, switch.” Only, those existing users aren’t Microsoft’s logical target. Microsoft needs to target folks who haven’t yet chosen a side — that is, owners of non-smartphones (what the industry, for its own unfathomable reasons, calls “feature phones”). The Kantar survey noted as much (emphasis added): Windows strength appears to be the ability to attract first time smartphone buyers, upgrading from a featurephone. Of those who changed their phone over the last year to a Windows smartphone, 52% had previously owned a featurephone.  Building market share based on getting iPhone and Android users to switch is likely not a winning strategy, at least not yet. An analysis of U.S. smartphone owners, for example, found that 91% of current iPhone owners planned to stay with the platform — and the majority of those who were likely to switch planned to switch to Android. A smaller, though still sizable 76% of Android users planned to stay with the platform. Most of those likely to switch intend to get an iPhone, not Windows Phone.But there’s no reason to expect the rational from Microsoft — not when it’s so far behind. With the new mocking ad, and the large gap between Windows Phone and leaders iPhone and Android, expect Microsoft’s marketing to become even more aggressive and in-your-face.Earlier this year, founder Bill Gates publicly stated he was not pleased with Microsoft’s mobile device sales and he characterized the company’s smartphone strategy as a “mistake.” That no doubt lit a fire under Steve Ballmer and company. Who knows, maybe the scenes inside Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters are as acrimonious as those in its newest commercial. Along with the U.S., Kantar tracks smartphone sales data in 9 countries, including China, Australia, Japan, France and Great Britain. Now that Symbian has been effectively deprecated, Windows Phone appears set to take third place — a very distant third place — in all of them, with the possible exception of Japan.  Lead image from Windows Phone video Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more



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How Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Points Towards A Future Of Google Wearable Devices

first_imgdan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Sometimes the roadmap for the future is directly present in the technology of today. In the case of Google, its latest update to Android could portend a future where your smartphone or tablet becomes the centerpiece in a whole ecosystem of gadgets. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Look at the specifics of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Google’s latest version of its popular operating system has some nominal features for publishers and users like the new Digital Rights Management functions and restricted profiles for multiple users. But the real signs show that Android could become the hub of a whole world of devices, from wearables like smartwatches to Google Glass to smart homes and television sets.Google has done this before with Android, seeding features that show the promise of things to come. With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google made it easier for developers to develop towards a wide array of screen sizes from smartphones to tablets to big-screen TVs. Jelly Bean 4.3 will take that a step further.What is Bluetooth Smart?One of the most overlooked trends in technology this year is the adoption of Bluetooth Smart (also known as BLE—Bluetooth Low Energy) by major technology platforms. Apple (from the iPhone 4S and on), Microsoft and BlackBerry already has integrated BLE in their mobile operating system updates and now Google has followed with Android 4.3.Bluetooth Low Energy is a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 standard introduced into the Bluetooth Core Specification 4.0 in 2010. The capability was actually created by Nokia in 2006 before being rolled into the official Bluetooth standard. It is not backwards-compatible with older versions of Bluetooth (called “Classic”) but many of today’s newer smartphones are designated as Bluetooth Smart Ready, meaning that they can be used in dual-mode between the older and newer standards.Bluetooth Low Energy allows for similar wireless connection capability and range (about 160 feet) as Classic Bluetooth but operates at significantly improved efficiency. It not only allows for a data connection between devices but also the ability to send rich data between devices. This is where it gets interesting for the future of wearable devices.What’s New In Android 4.3?Google’s newest version of Android supports Bluetooth Smart Ready hardware as well as a standard called Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 that supports “richer interactions with remote streaming media devices,” according to the Android developer site. For app developers, these capabilities will only be available in Android API Level 18, which represents 4.3 Jelly Bean. The AVRCP 1.3 standard is what many automobiles use these days to connect smartphones to in-car media systems and allow them to display metadata like song and artist names for audio streaming applications.Google smartwatch patentThe connection between an Android device and a Bluetooth Low Energy device is defined as central and peripheral. The central device is the smartphone or tablet while the accessory (like a smartwatch, fitness tracker or Google Glass) is defined as the peripheral. This relationship is governed by the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) that is standard in the BLE specification.The BLE institution in Android 4.3 is fairly generic as it relates to how other platforms use the standard. What Google did with Android 4.3 was also add a new “Notification Access” feature into the operating system that will allow for new interactions for users in the status bar. For instance, a message that goes to the Android status bar can automatically be pushed to a peripheral device through BLE and include multimedia data. The Smartphone As Hub DeviceWhy is important? Well, BLE allows for the transfer of metadata and read/write functions between devices while using a fraction of the power. That means that users will be able to connect a smartwatch or another peripheral and play music, read messages or even watch videos. The tablet or smartphone is the hub with the data connection that connects it to the rest of the Internet. The central hub can then transfer data to basically any peripheral device that connects to it.It is in this way that Bluetooth Low Energy makes a true device ecosystem plausible. For devices like the forthcoming wave of smartwatches, the primary concern is battery use and power efficiency. If a smartwatch doesn’t employ its own data connection (which would be nice but not necessary), then it can last a lot longer on your wrist by flowing data through the smartphone using the efficient BLE standard. Same goes for Google Glass. Essentially, Bluetooth Smart is the key to making the wearable device industry possible. It will also be a boon to the smart home and smart car sectors. Google knows this as well as Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry do and has built the capabilities into Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that will make it possible in the near future. Tags:#Android#Bluetooth#Google#Google Glass#smartwatch last_img read more



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Iron Man: LA Tenorio sets PBA record with 597 consecutive games played

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Spurs win eighth straight as Blazers lose CJ McCollum to injury Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio plays in his 597th consecutive game in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio set the PBA record after appearing in his 597th straight game on Sunday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 34-year-old Tenorio surpassed PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio for the most number of consecutive games played.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Making things more interesting is Tenorio achieved the feat against Patrimonio and the Magnolia Hotshots.Patrimonio, who now serves as Magnolia’s team manager, played all of his 16 PBA seasons for the Purefoods franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTenorio has never missed a game since being drafted as the fourth overall pick by the San Miguel Beermen in 2006. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more



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Beach Touch Set For Big Summer

first_imgThe world’s first Beach Touch Football Pro Tour Series is nearly upon us.Beach Touch Football is coming to a beach near you. 12 beach locations right across Australia are locked in this summer; all the way from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales to Queensland. Iconic Australian beaches will become home to both the Beach Touch Summer Social Series and the Australian Beach Touch Pro Tour Series 2013.So, what is the big attraction? Australian Mixed Open 2011 World Champion, Christian Frost explains.“First and foremost it’s just plain fun. Simple as that.  Sun, sand, beach, music, friends, atmosphere and then yep, there’s the Touch.”  Apart from the sun, the beach, the music and your favourite sport being played in a party atmosphere, there is $10,000 on the line for the winners of Australia’s first Pro Tour Series. That’s right; prize money is on the line and bragging rights of being the world champions of Beach Touch 2012/13.Who can enter? Anyone. The Summer Social Series is played in Mixed teams and aimed at the social player wanting to experience the fun and excitement. For the hardcore, the Pro Tour Series offers competition and prize money. Teams that enter the Pro Tour collect points based on their finishing position at any given tournament. Top ranked teams are invited to participate in the National Pro Tour Final to contest the $10,000 in prize money.Beach Touch is being brought to you by players, for players. They have taken the most fun and exciting aspects of Touch Football and packed it into a modified, high intensity, action packed version of our game. In the same way as Beach Volleyball has opened the door for Volleyball players to play their sport in a fun and festive environment, Beach Touch wants to expand Touch into this new arena. “The tournaments are getting better and better,” said Hannah Dyball, member of the Australian 18’s Girls squad while fellow squad member Danni Davis said “I can’t believe how fast the game has evolved, it gets more exciting every tournament.” Team player compositions are not restricted to clubs or regions. You can make your team up anyway you want. Don’t think this is restricted to the world of ‘Touch’ as we know it either. League and Union players are heeding the call and fancy bragging rights as the first world champions of Touch Football on the beach.Here is what Beach Touch’s ambassador has to say about his first ventures onto the sand in the summer events of 2012.“Myself and the boys are pumped for it. What better way to stay fit through the off-season than playing Touch on the Beach!” NRL Player, New Zealand Rugby League Captain and Beach Touch Football Australia Ambassador, Benji Marshall said. For more information about Beach Touch or register for the summer season, please visit their website – www.beachtouch.com.au Related LinksBeach Touchlast_img read more



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10 months agoLeicester boss Claude Puel hails unity for Chelsea shock

first_imgLeicester boss Claude Puel hails unity for Chelsea shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel hailed their unity for victory at Chelsea.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half.“We played this game with confidence and the right mentality away at Chelsea, a good team with great players,” Puel said at full-time.“In this game, we played with a fantastic togetherness. Perhaps in the first half, we were disappointed because we could have used the ball with more quality.“We wasted some good opportunities in the first half but our togetherness and our defensive aspect was fantastic. We scored a goal with a fantastic move and I was happy for Jamie.“It was a clinical goal and fantastic service from Maddy [James Maddison] also. We continued to defend like a team with 11 players with the mentality to keep this result.”That togetherness – which saw all players put their bodies on the line to defend in the latter moments – was the most pleasing factor for Puel to reflect on in his post-match assessment.“It’s a fantastic reward for the team because we managed this game very well,” Puel added. “We were a little lucky in the end when they hit the post, but I am happy for the players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more



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Here’s An Adorable Photo Of Sam Ponder’s Daughter Teaching Lee Corso How To Use An IPad

first_imgLee Corso seen with Sam Ponder's daughter.scout ponder teaches lee corsoWith college football just around the corner, it looks like ESPN’s College GameDay cast and crew are starting to meet up to get ready for the 2016 campaign. Sam Ponder, one of the show’s co-hosts, posted an absolutely adorable photo from the group’s meet-up today.Yep, that’s analyst Lee Corso with Scout Ponder – Sam’s two-year-old daughter. Scout is teaching the 80-year-old Corso how to use an iPad. Enjoy:last_img



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Norway Arrests Ship Previously Sold to Gadani Scrapyard

first_imgzoom The Norwegian environmental authorities arrested the 1989-built barge carrier Harrier, previously named Tide Carrier, on April 5 after it had been sold for scrapping to a South Asian beaching facility.The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, citing the environmental authorities, said that relevant officials found evidence indicating the ship was under a “break up voyage” insurance from Norway to Gadani, Pakistan. They also found unidentified and excessive amounts of sludge and fuel oils.The Norwegian Environment Agency said that the ship is not allowed to leave Norway unless it is to sail to a ship recycling destination in line with international and European hazardous waste laws, adding that this is the first arrest of a vessel for the illegal export of hazardous waste in the country.Reports of the sale were unveiled during the summer of 2015, and on February 22, 2017 the vessel attempted to leave Norway under a new name, flag and registered owner, according to the Platform. Now called Tide Carrier, the ship had swapped its flag to that of Comoros and was registered under an anonymous St. Kitts and Nevis based post-box company, Julia Shipping.However, the ship ran into difficulties as its engine stopped working outside the Norwegian coast of Jaeren. The coastguard was forced to trigger a salvage operation, complicated by way of the weather conditions, to avoid the risk of oil spill and grounding close to one of the most renowned beaches in Norway.Norwegian authorities have since then been trying to trace the owner and insurer of the vessel, given that “someone should be held accountable for the costs of the rescue operation incurred by the Norwegian state,” the Platform said.While the authorities investigated the ownership and condition of the vessel, it remained docked in Gismarvik, Norway.“The cash buyers of Tide Carrier will not only have to pay back the Norwegian authorities for the rescue operation, but will also have to answer for the fake repair documents which were used to let it sail in the first place,” Ingvild Jenssen, Director at the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.last_img read more



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Something has gone off the rails in police shooting investigation PI

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore fallout tonight to a story APTN National news has been following.Craig McDougall was shot and killed by Winnipeg police in August 2008.Despite the normal procedure that an inquest is usually called after an incident like this, APTN National News has learned that the file has been fully investigated yet.This is causing concern for many, including Manitoba’s official opposition.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, the McDougall file isn’t the only thing they are worried about.last_img



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Purging longforgotten online accounts Worth the trouble

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the gym.But is it even possible to delete your zombie online footprints — or worth your time to do so?Earlier this month, a little-used social network notified its few users that it will soon shut down. No, not Google Plus; that came five days later, following the disclosure of a bug that exposed data on a half-million people. The earlier shutdown involved Path, created by a former Facebook employee in 2010 as an alternative to Facebook. Then there’s Ello sending you monthly emails to remind you that this plucky but little-known social network still exists somehow.It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. But with hacking in the news constantly, including a breach affecting nearly 30 million Facebook accounts, you might not want all that data sitting around.You might not have a choice if it’s a service you use regularly. But for those you no longer use, consider a purge. Plus, it might feel good to get your online life in order, the way organizing a closet does.Take dating apps such as Tinder, long after you found a steady partner or gave up on finding one. You might have deleted Tinder from your phone, but the ghost of your Tinder account is still out there — just not getting any matches, as Tinder shows only “active” users to potential mates.Or consider Yahoo. Long after many people stopped using it, Yahoo in 2016 suffered the biggest publicly disclosed hack in history, exposing the names, email addresses, birth dates and other information from 3 billion active and dormant accounts . This sort of information is a goldmine for malicious actors looking to steal identities and gain access to financial accounts.Trouble is, cleaning up your digital past isn’t easy.For one, finding all the old accounts can be a pain. For some of us, it might not even be possible to recall every dating site and every would-be Twitter that never was, not to mention shopping or event ticketing sites you bought one thing from and forgot about.Then, you’ll have to figure out which of your many email accounts you used to log in to a service, then recover passwords and answer annoying security questions — assuming you even remember what your favourite movie or fruit was at the time. Only then might you discover that you can’t even delete your account. Yahoo, for instance, didn’t allow users to delete accounts or change personally identifying information they shared, such as their birthday, until pressured to do so after the breach.Even without these hurdles, real life gets in the way. There are probably good reasons you still haven’t organized your closet, either.Perhaps a better approach is to focus on the most sensitive accounts. It might not matter than a news site still has your log in, if you never gave it a credit card or other personal details (of course, if you reused your bank password you might be at risk).Rich Mogull, CEO of data security firm Securosis, said people should think about what information they had provided to services they no longer use and whether that information could be damaging should private posts and messages inadvertently become public.Dating sites, in particular, can be a trove of potentially damaging information. Once you’re in a relationship, delete those accounts.It’s wise to set aside a time each year — maybe after you do your taxes or right after the holidays — to manage old accounts, said Theresa Payton, who runs the security consulting company Fortalice Solutions and served under President George W. Bush as White House chief information officer.For starters, visit haveibeenpwned.com. This popular tool lets you enter your email addresses and check if it has been compromised in a data breach. Ideally, the attacked company should have notified you already, but that’s not guaranteed. Change passwords and close accounts you don’t need.You might also check justdeleteme.xyx, which Payton said could help navigate the “complexities of saying goodbye.” The site has a list of common and obscure services. Looking through it might remind you of some of the services you’ve used back in the days. Click on a service for details on how to delete your account.You might discover that some services simply won’t let you go. That could be an oversight from a startup prioritizing other features over a deletion tool. Or, it could be intentional to keep users coming back. There’s not much you can do beyond deleting as many posts, photos and other personal data as you can.What to do with accounts of people who have died is a whole other story . That said, the prospect of the Grim Reaper — and what sorts of information about you may be exposed after you shed this mortal coil — might just be the motivation you need to clean up your online trail.___Find Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutaylast_img read more



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Mental health workers start weeklong strike in California

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California started a weeklong strike Monday to protest what they say is a lack of staffing that affects care.National Union of Healthcare Workers says 4,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and other medical professionals will picket through Friday.Union president Sal Rosselli tells the East Bay Times patients have to wait a month or more for follow-up mental health appointments because of low staffing levels. He says Kaiser needs to hire hundreds more clinicians.Kaiser’s chief nurse executive Michelle Gaskill-Hames says the walkout is not about better care but to push for higher wages.Kaiser says its medical centres will remain open during the strike. Some mental health care appointments during the week may be cancelled.___Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more



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