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The role of the designer at Apple and Microsoft has been a hot topic in the news recently. First came a long interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley, who discussed the role of the designer at Apple and contrasted it favorably with Microsoft's approach. Then came news that Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was resigning, apparently because his role as designer-in-chief was marginalized in Redmond. Add to that the telling detail that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he will not replace Ray Ozzie. Certainly Apple has been riding an incredible wave of growth and profitability in recent years, and certainly many people have been trying to hammer nails in a coffin custom-fitted for Microsoft in recent years as well. The Players Play On In this context, I re-watched a fascinating interview with Messrs. Ballmer and Ozzie held last fall and conducted by Wal... (more)

iPad 2 Unveiling March 2: All Things Digital

Reuters early Tuesday morning reprinted some loose talk by a Taiwan broker called Yuanta Securities claiming the launch of the iPad 2 would be delayed from April until June because of some production problems at Hon Hai. It said component makers had to change processes because of design changes Apple made late in the game. It also said that the two-month delay would sheer 7.6 million units off of estimated iPad shipments this year of 30.6 million units. Then Barron's waded in, quoting a "source close to Apple" and saying the Reuters piece was all bunk. Reuters then came back and recanted its story, quoting "a source familiar with the matter." Then All Things Digital strode in to say that the iPad 2 launch was set for next Wednesday March 2 in San Francisco and that it expected the thing to be thinner with an improved display complements of a Qualcomm multimode chip... (more)

Worldwide Enterprise Tablet Market Forecast

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Worldwide Enterprise Tablet Market Forecast http://www.reportlinker.com/p0765333/Worldwide-Enterprise-Tablet-Market-Forecast.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Portable_Devices Report & Market Overview After nearly a decade of market struggles, tablets officially experienced a renaissance in 2010. Across the globe 2010 sales of tablets to consumers and businesses totaled 17.6 million units. End-users led the tablet charge seeking a mobile computing device that would afford them a more enhanced content consumption, productivity, and communications experience than offered by cellular phones. While consumers played an important role in the rebirth and success of tablets, another surprising user base quickly emerged when b... (more)

GSMA Announces Winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile Awards

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile World Congress -- The GSMA today announced the winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile awards, held at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winners were honoured in an afternoon ceremony hosted by comedian and songwriter Tim Minchin. Minchin delighted and entertained the audience, performing two songs during the awards show. Cherie Blair, champion of the GSMA's mWomen programme, joined Minchin on stage to co-present four awards within the 'Social and Economic Development' category.    "The 2012 Global Mobile Awards continue to showcase the greatest, most creative and innovative products and services driving the mobile ecosystem today and into the future. With a record number of high calibre entries this year, it is a significant achievement to have been honoured in today's ceremony," said Mich... (more)

BCBSNC Mobile Website Enhancements Give Customers Information To-Go

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) recently launched a mobile website that provides its more than 3.7 million customers with easy access to their health care information on the go. BCBSNC worked with Kony Solutions, a leading mobile platform provider, to develop and deploy the site. “Health care can be both expensive and confusing for consumers, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Michael Parkerson, vice president of marketing for BCBSNC. “By providing access to our most popular cost-saving tools and services via mobile devices, we are empowering BCBSNC customers and making it easier to make more informed decisions.” Users simply type bcbsnc.com into their mobile web browser for secure log in directly to BCBSNC’s award-winning Member Services site and access the services they need most. The new mobile website is compatible with Android and Apple (i... (more)

Poynt 'Lights the Way Home' with Sponsorship of the Missing Children Society of Canada 2012 Gala

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/12 -- Poynt Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PYN) (OTCQX:PNYTF) ("Poynt Corp." or the "Company"), a leading provider of mobile local search and advertising services, today announced the Company is proud to be the 'Light the Way Home' Sponsor for the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) Gala taking place on Tuesday March 27th 2012 in Calgary Alberta. Established in 1986, MCSC is the only non-profit organization in North America that employs an in-house team of retired police detectives to actively investigate cases of missing children. In September 2011, the Company announced it had integrated a push geo-targeted Child Search Alert system into the Poynt Platform ("Poynt" or the "Platform") to aid in the timely recovery of missing children. Through Child Search Alerts, MCSC is able to notify Poynt users in a geographically targe... (more)

Bally Technologies Earns Five of 10 Slot Floor Technology Awards

Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry, today announced it won five awards in Casino Enterprise Management’s sixth annual Slot Floor Technology Awards. DM Tournaments took first place on the Top 10 list. The awards honor new gaming-technology products that drive revenue on the slot floor. Bally took five spots on the annual Top 10 list. No other gaming manufacturer had more than one spot on the list. A panel of expert judges, including several gaming and hospitality executives, evaluated the award submissions. Bally’s winning products are: First Place: DM Tournaments™ Third Place: SKEE-BALL® Fifth Place: All That Jazz™ Sixth Place: Bally Mobile Platform Ninth Place: Total Blast™ “We are proud to have five products recogniz... (more)

17% of U.S. Adults Read E-Books, but Only 11% Bought

STAMFORD, CT -- (Marketwire) -- 04/11/12 -- Publishing forecast firm Simba Information has released the highly anticipated fourth edition of its flagship Trade E-Book Publishing report series and estimates 17% of U.S. adults have read at least one e-book in 2011, up from the 11% who did so in 2010. In keeping with the report's tradition of measuring the commitment individual adults have to e-books, the percentage of adults who bought e-books was shown to be 11% of adults -- up from 9%. "The e-book market is expanding, but the gap between 'users' and 'buyers' grew more than expected in 2011," said Michael Norris, senior analyst of Simba Information's Trade Books Group, commenting on the findings. "Making the distinction between those who read and those who buy is an unbelievably important one, and we're proud to do it for the fourth year of this report." Some of the ... (more)

Decide.com(TM) Launches Got Your Back(TM) Price Guarantee Program Unlike Any Other

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/19/12 -- Decide.com, the only shopping service that predicts when to buy products with no regrets, today unveiled an innovative new price guarantee unlike any other. Decide's Got Your Back™ program stands behind the company's proprietary predictive pricing algorithms, committing to shoppers that if they purchase an eligible product designated a "Buy" and the price drops within two weeks, the company will automatically issue a payment for the full amount of the price drop. Got Your Back is a first-of-its-kind program in commerce because Decide is a shopping resource, not a retailer that processes the original transaction. There is no other known service or company that stands behind the transactions and prices offered through other companies. "Got Your Back reflects our confidence in our price predictions. We want to show our users t... (more)

''AtPlayMusic'' Makes Music Lessons Fun with New Video Game App for Beginners

Picture yourself playing a 3-D animated game on your iPad and learning to play a real musical instrument in the process. Now imagine your children having so much fun playing their new instrument with the iPad that they hardly realize they are learning to play. Add to that, the pedagogy and content developed under the advisory of world class performers, musicologists, and ethnomusicologists. (See Video of App) The “gamification” of music combined with world class pedagogy has begun to arrive at the Apple Store beginning with an interactive App for the ever popular recorder used by schools worldwide, soon to be followed by Apps for the electric guitar and more than thirty other instruments. (Link to download at iTunes Store) “AtPlayMusic was created to take the negatives out of the beginner’s first experiences with their musical instrument by converting music instru... (more)

Amadeus Expands Strategic Global Alliance with KAYAK

Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and KAYAK, a leading travel search company, today announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement that expands the companies’ current relationship. As a result of this new agreement, KAYAK will expand the use of Amadeus’ airline fare and availability technology in its efforts to provide the most comprehensive and accurate flight search results for KAYAK’s global websites and mobile applications. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “Amadeus has been a valued partner of ours since 2006 and has helped KAYAK achieve greater efficiencies with our global search services by utilizing Amadeus’ innovative Meta Pricer platform,” commented Keith Melnick, Chief Commercial Officer, KAYAK. “We are pleased to be expanding our relationship and look ... (more)