Will Waze Go?

 

In a very controversial situation, Google is standing at the helm.

In 2013, Google spent $966 million to purchase Waze.  Waze is a GPS system that is combined with a social network that not only tells drivers where the authorities are, it also tells road and traffic conditions.

Now sheriff offices across the country are calling for an end to Waze. These officers feel that with this application, police killers can stalk the police. On the other side of the picture, Julie Mossler who is a Waze spokesperson said that the company works closely with law enforcement, and cares very much about their safety.

This isn’t the first controversy that Google has had with law enforcement or the government. Recently, the NSA was accused of breaking into Google’s personal data, and the master search engine developed a top-notch encryption for users. The government claims that move could greatly hamper law enforcement.

Telelistas thinks there is a good chance this Waze situation may bring judges sitting on the highest bench into the picture. Users of the app like Sergio Lins Andrade think the app is necessary but that remains to be seen.

Will Waze stay or go?

Youtube Ditches Flash – Introduces HTML5

Youtube has finally called it quits on Flash based video and recently announced it would start streaming exclusively in HTML5.

Although Flash was once popular, namely, says Flavio Maluf among business leaders who keep up to date with Apontador, as the the media plugin made by Adobe hasn’t seen a proper update in years and critics of the software point to security vulnerabilities, lack of mobile support, and resource intensiveness as the reason major streaming sites should back away from the technology in favor of the more stable and efficient HTML5.

 

Youtube heeded the call earlier this week, deciding to make HTML5 the default control for all of its videos. Users of the most up to date versions of Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and the beta version of the newest Firefox release will all see the change shortly. Viewers can expect faster load times for videos.

 

A big reason Youtube has ignored switching to Flash for a number of years was a lack of encryption in HTML 5 video streaming. Content creators demanded the ability to encrypt their video content to prevent piracy and copying without permission and only recently has the HTML 5 standard adopted encryption techniques that protect content creators.

 

It’s expected that companies like Netflix will also make the switch to HTML 5 soon now that better encryption is available. Netflix currently uses Microsoft Silverlight to stream content.

FreedomPop: Free Mobile and Wireless Internet for All

FreedomPop is a relatively new company that was established in 2011 by Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar. Its purpose is to provide free mobile phone and wireless internet services to people residing in the United States of America. FreedomPop launched in the autumn of 2012, and Freedom Pop’s high speed wireless internet service works on Sprint’s LTE network, 3G CDMA and 4G WiMax networks. FreedomPop has its headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The major investors that back FreedomPop are Skype founder Niklas Zennstom’s Atomico, Mangrove Capital and DCM.

FreedomPop allows a user to check for availability of mobile phone or internet services in their area by entering their postal ZIP code and email address. If choosing a mobile phone service, clients have the option of using their own Android or Apple Phones or purchasing a refurbished mobile phone device from FreedomPop at discounted prices. There are free basic plans for 200 voice minutes, 500 texts per month and 500 MB of LTE data. Beyond that customers can pay $20 per month for unlimited voice, texting and data. One final option is that customers can pay $10 per GB of data with the free plan.

For Internet services, the free basic plan that is offered is a 30 day trial of the premier hotspot internet services which you can cancel or downgrade anytime by contacting support. The free plan is for 500MB of data per month. The premier plan is for 2GB of data per month. There is a $29.95 activation fee. After the 30 day trial, the fee for the premier plan is a $39.99 charge once for six months of service, which equates to $6.67 a month. Most mobile phone companies charge $10 to $30 a month for 2GB of data, so FreedomPop is offering significant savings on these services.

However, at the beginning of October 2014 CEO Stephen Stokols issued an exciting press release for FreedomPop. The company will begin producing their own brand of new smart phones and tablets, but what’s even more exciting is the price. These devices will be offered for under the $100.00 price range to keep in the tradition of providing affordable services to Americans. The first model to be released is a 7 inch tablet called the Liberty Freedom. FreedomPop plans to produce its own brand name LTE products in the future, along with phones. These devices are to be manufactured overseas, in order to keep the costs affordable.

The refurbished brand named phones that FreedomPop offers are Apple iPhone 5, LG Viper 4G LTE (LS840), Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy S4. FreedomPop also sells tablets from Apple and Samsung. FreedomPop is looking to access a larger reach of customers every day. Check out their website or Twitter page for more details.

Will Homes Of The Future Be Constructed Using 3D Printers?

Your new house may be only a few mouse clicks away. One company in China claims to have printed out the materials to construct ten houses within a 24 hour period of time using a 3D printer and largely recycled materials. WinSun did not want to stop there and has built its best achievement to date, an apartment five stories high and a large mansion, showcasing its technological ability in the construction industry.

According to CNET, Ma Yihe, a 3D printer inventor who has been working on the technology for over a decade, has been fabricating the large construction pieces at WinSun’s facility. The pieces are then taken to where they are to be built into housing, reinforced with steel and insulated. All structures meet the required standards for buildings.

This new technology sounds as fascinating as that I read are part of Dr. Seckin’s methods for endometriosis surgery. Using this new technology will reduce waste, production time and the cost of labor by at least 30 percent and as much as 70 percent. Since much of the material is recycled, the use of natural resources is decreased, providing an environmental and cost effective way to build.

Vijay Eswaran wins Special Award for Education Entrepreneurship and Leadership

QI Group Executive Chairman, Vijay Eswaran was conferred the special Award for Education Entrepreneurship and Leadershipduring the 18th Malaysian Educational Summit, which was planned by Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI).

Malaysian Education Summit II, Dato Seri Idris Jusoh showed the people who had gathered the award that had been awarded in SWAN Convention.

The award acknowledges Eswaran for the vision, leadership skills, innovation as well as accomplishment in taking the helm of Quest International University Perak (QUIP) to speedy growth throughout the past three years. Remarkably, the university, which is a mutual undertaking between the QI Group as well as the Perak state government, is anticipated to exceed the 1000 mark scholarspopulation and expand the programmes provided to 24 by the end of 2015.

While I am thrilled to be an award recipient for education entrepreneurship and leadership, this achievement could not have been possible without QUIPs dedicated teaching staff, our trusted council members, and our students who challenge us daily to improve the way we do things at the university.

I am also very honored to receive this award alongside the rest of the accomplished entrepreneurs such as DatoPeter Ng of UCSI University and Tan Sri Ir Othman Merican of Sri Lumpur School, who are all working diligently for the transformation of the education sector as well as to build innovative private education in Malaysia and globally,said Eswaran.

Eswaran, who at the same time is the University Council Chairman for QUIP, wins this particular award due to exuding excellent entrepreneurial skills as well as unique leadership expertise for his responsibility in the growth of specialized education, education reforms as well as innovation.

Under the management of Eswaran, QUIP is presently among the greatest growing universities in this nation, currently providing 20 courses including medicine as well as post graduate.

From its modest commencement in 2011, the QUIP saga is a tale of desire for fineness and the craving for accomplishments. The vision, bravery and willpower that have been exuded by the management team of the university in recognizing an industry slot and capitalizing on central competencies can be classified as the foundation in our mission to change QUIP into a learning hub in the nation.

Talking as a panelist in the Summit regarding the subject of Transforming Malaysian Education in the 21st Century, Eswaran stated that English language adeptness is basic in the change of the education sector in Malaysia.

Skout: The place to meet and Chat with new Exciting People

Skout is an awesome app that can be downloaded on IOS and Android operating systems. Skout is not like most of the other dating sites and apps, Skout was actually one of the first dating applications to emphasize on user location. It was great for meeting other singles or friends in your area. So many connections can be made on Skout. You could find the love of your life or the best friend on the app. The way the app works is by using the cell phones GPS system to generate a radius of other users in the surrounding area. But don’s let that scare you, users are able to opt out of the location tracking and plus it does not calculate exact location. So, that makes this app safer to meet matches.

In the app people are able to browse peoples profiles and read their “about me” sections. This will give the reader a better understanding of the person and what they are looking for. If interested the user is able to send gifts and messages to one another. Another cool and unique feature of Skout is where the user can shake their phones and will connect users to other users that are also shaking their phones. Then, this will connect two people at random and they can start a conversation. You can even find friends by location, events and common interests on Skout.

There are things in other dating sites that used to bother me, such as not knowing if the person received my message. With Skout message status are easily seen and the user will know if the other person has received or read their messages. It is exciting to meet people from countries that I probably would never get the chance to visit. Not only has Skout helped me meet new people, because of the people I met around the world I also learned a lot about the different cultures. There is also a great feature where you are able to feature yourself. featuring your self adds you to the main page where everyone can see you and chat with you. It gives you more exposure, if you want it of course.

You can tell the developers took a lot of time when creating this app. With updates this app just keeps getting better and better. Each update there are speed improvements and little things are improved. I know I am very thankful for the app Skout. Without Skout I would not have met my boy friend today. We have been dating for many months now and we are both still on it because of all the new friends we meet each time. With so many users on the app it has never crashed on me. I can honestly say I am 100 percent happy with the app and I will continue to recommend this app to all my friends. Skout can be downloaded by following this link.

Verizon Using Zombie Cookies To Track You

 

Online Advertising Clearinghouse Uses Cookies That Come back From The Dead To Track Web Surfing

A company called Turn has a high profile customer list. Companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo use Turn’s monitoring system that re-spawns tracking cookies that have been deleted by users. Turn takes advantage of a hidden, undeletable Verizon number to bring tracking cookies back to life that have been deleted. In other words, customer web surfing is tracked especially if you are a Verizon customer.

Turn’s zombie cookies are in the middle of a controversy. The telecom industry’s use of tracking devices that shadow mobile phone users is a major issue for many phone customers. Verizon and AT&T customers noticed their phone companies inserted a tracking number into all their website visits even if customers tried to opt out of the service. The tracking number can be used by websites to build a file about customer behavior. The file contains what website they visited and what apps were used.

ATT stopped using the Turn number last November, but Verizon still uses the cookies. A company spokesman said, “it is unlikely that sites and ad entities will attempt to build customer profiles” Most customers find that hard to believe.

Turn calls itself a “Digital Hub.” They generate income like this. When a person visits a website that has the Turn code embedded, Turn holds an auction for advertisers to target that user. That action happens within milliseconds of the visit. The winning company has an ad placed on the user’s screen instantly as the web page loads. Turn claims it gets 2 million requests for advertising placements per second.

I am scared for this kind of zombie cookie. It can track phone calls I make. For example it can track that I called my friend, Bernardo Chua, or see that I was on the facebook app on my phone. When is there too much tracking on your actions?

69 Million iPhones Sold

 

Investment Banking firm UBS published an interesting report on Apple’s iPhone sales. Apple produced and sold about 69.3 million iPhone models in the Christmas quarter , according to the UBS.

Wall Street expected to sell 65.5 million iPhones during the period. They estimated iPhone sales about 56.5 million in last year. However, Apple was sold only 53 million iPhone in last year same time frame. The sales rate is impressive because it has 36% extra than the company thought to be sold in the holiday quarter.

UBS Evidence Lab iPhone Monitor’s data are based on the statistic report and data is collected from only 20 countries. The institution has used 2008-2012 as base years to make the statistic report and comparison.

The high demand for the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S in China this year has resulted in record sales for Apple in the holiday quarter. Apple’s devices are still the most popular smartphone according to the China market report.

“35% iPhones are sold during the holidays and 22% of  those sales last year were in China,” Steve Milunovich, the UBS’ famed tech analyst reported.

“Apple has earned $68 billion revenue in the Christmas holiday while it earned only $57.6 billion in the last year. It has interested the stock market of Apple. Apple’s stock priced was $107.75 on Wednesday and this could reach up to $125,” Milunovich predicts. Apple products were expected to sell highly with their recent release of the iPhone 6. I know these China sales surprise tech guru, Marc Sparks, just as they surprise me

Dr. Mark J. Ahn, Business Executive, Entrepreneur & Author

Dr. Mark Ahn is a well known Biotechnology business executive. He is an innovative and accomplished leader in the industry and has taken up numerous leadership roles in his career spanning over 20 years. He is a PHD in philosophy and has been a part of many leading biotech companies. He is also known for his entrepreneurial genius.

EDUCATION:

Dr. Mark Ahn is a well rounded business executive with education from varied backgrounds. He acquired his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Chaminade University of Honolulu. He later went on to acquire his MBA from the same university. With the urge to get going, Dr. Mark Ahn received his Masters degree in Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington.

He continued his education by getting his PHD from the University of South Australia as a Doctor of Philosophy. He was also a graduate fellow in Economics at Essex University, and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

With quantum of knowledge under his belt and decades of experience in business consulting in the bio-sciences department, Dr. Mark Ahn is a very reputed name in the business circles!

CAREER:

Dr. Mark J. Ahn’s work in the bio-science and biotech field is a career spanning over 20 years. In these 20 years Dr. Ahn has taken up leadership roles and responsibilities in many biotech industries, big and small. He started career working for the industry leader Amgen, acting as a general manager for 6 years. He later moved to Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Jersey, as a Senior Director for Immunology department. His services lasted for over 4 years in this company. He even acted as a Vice President of Hematology department in Genentech, San Francisco for 2 years.

Between the years 2007-2014, Dr. Mark Ahn also acted as the President and CEO, Director of Galena Biopharma, a company focused on innovative medical therapies to address various unmet needs of the public.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

After his services at Genentech, Dr. Mark Ahn shifted his focus towards Entrepreneurship. With the goal to start a biotech company he laid foundations to his own company and launched Hana Biosciences, where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer until eventually selling the company to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in 2007.

Later on in 2009, he launched his successful Biotechnology consulting company, Pukana Partner, which was aimed at providing business analytic solutions and strategies to accelerate value creation for biotechnology companies. Dr. Ahn is the Principal of the company.

AUTHOR:

Dr. Mark J. Ahn has authored over 50 journal articles and books. His two well known works include: “Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business” and “Strategic Risk Management: How Global Corporations Manage Financial Risk for Competitive Advantage”. Both of these were co-authored by Dr. Mark Ahn.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Dr. Mark J. Ahn is also an adjunct Professor at Portland State University and Caregie Mellon University and a strategy consultant in the biotechnology industry. He is a profound writer and his publications are known for their focus on Entrepreneurship, Life sciences, innovation and business analytics.

He is presently acting as the Principal for his biotechnology consulting company Pukana Partners and he spends his time helping bio-science companies to improve their business.

Skout: What Is It and Why Is It Popular?

For those not in the know, Skout is an exceedingly popular social application for cellular phone users, whether the user’s phone uses an Android or iOS operation system. Rather than casting a wide net across the entire planet, Skout concerns itself with tracking the relative location of one Skout users in relation to other users that happen to be in the area. The tracking feature works through using GPS and is a feature that users can elect not to use, should they harbor any fears of being tracked, and even then. If a parent is worried about trying to prevent their child from meeting strangers in this way, the GPS sense feature is only available to adult users. An individual must be at least 13 years of age to create a Skout account.

A Skout user can sign in to the service by either creating an account specific to the application, supplying his e-mail address for the log-in, or by signing into it through either a Facebook or Google+ account. While a user is engaging Skout, he can see the profiles, interests, and recent activities of other users within Skout’s detection range. Skout also offers communication with other users in the form of an instant messaging client and even a remarkable “shake to chat” mechanic; the latter of the two opens up a chat between the user and any other Skout users that happen to be shaking their phone at the same time. In a move that was engineered to encourage meeting new and interesting people, the Skout profiles of users joining a shake to chat conversation are masked for the first 40 seconds of activity. If the conversation goes well, a user can even decide to send another user some virtual gifts.

Non-English users of this application need not worry; Skout supports 14 different languages and has enough coverage to function in 180 different countries on this planet. In another nod to Skout’s wide-ranging detection features, the Skout Travel features, which costs an additional fee, gives users the opportunity of meeting up with other people while on the road and traveling to a different city.

Skout was founded in 2007 by Christian Wiklund, who serves as the company’s CEO, and Niklas Lindstrom, who serves as the company’s CTO.