This year, the cloud of economic recession is hanging over most organizations. Most IT leaders agree the recession left a significant impact on the industry but are keeping optimistic about this year's business prospects. ZDNet Asia talks to some tech players to find out how they plan to chart these murky waters, what key trends will make or break business. Find out what they have to say: Mark Williams, Asia-Pacific senior vice president and general manager, Acision Mark Williams Asia-Pacific senior vice president and general manager Acision"Industry analysts correctly predicted the boom in mobile broadband growth." Q: What was the biggest thing that affected the industry in 2009? The rise of mobile broadband adoption and usage Consumers incurring bill shock for mobile broadband while roaming Handset vendors differentiating their smartphone products by offering complementary applications The emergence of visual voicemail, facilitated by the increased adoption of the … [Read more...] about Industry farewells 2009, embraces 2010
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In the Dubai of 2050, the world looks both instantly familiar and utterly strange. Here, urban planning is driven by an omniscient AI installed at the top of a skyscraper; your smart bathroom mirror tracks your physical health; and you interface with the government through a personalized “genie,” a hologram in the form of a virtual Emirati gentleman in traditional garb. All of these future products are skinned in a particular visual aesthetic of friendly white-on-black animated icons like a minimalist, sentient version of Apple’s iOS. This uncanny scene was on display at the United Arab Emirates’ second annual Government Summit, hosted in Dubai in February 2014. A three-day event comprised of dozens of speakers — including Sir Richard Branson — and over 4,000 participants, it bills itself as the “largest annual government gathering in the world.” The gathering was meant to “build hope, build life and future, and make people … [Read more...] about The Future Agency: Inside the big business of imagining the future
The Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a plan to create label disclosures that would give consumers a clear picture of the pricing, speed and bandwidth they are paying for under high-speed Internet contracts.The FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee proposed the nutrition-like labels amid concerns that providers were not transparent enough about the speeds, bandwidth and pricing consumers were signing up for under fixed and mobile broadband contracts."The more consumers know, the better the opportunity for competition," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. "And that we can achieve that kind of transparency without intrusive regulation is also an important step forward and an important signal."The FCC relied heavily on the federalConsumer Financial Protection Bureau for the food label format, as that agency was heavily involved in promoting the use of clear language for various financial instruments used by consumers, including mortgages, student loans and prepaid debit cards, … [Read more...] about FCC Labels Aim to Demystify Broadband Service Plans
Activists are trumpeting General Mills’ decision to remove GMOs from Cheerios as a watershed moment. It is; but not for the reason that they believe. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock The move was relatively easy and inexpensive. Cheerios are primarily oats, and there are no GMO oats. The comparatively small amounts of sugar and cornstarch in the mix required nothing more than a switch from beet sugar to non-GMO sources. At the same time, Cheerios popularity among parents transitioning their children to solid food leaves the product more vulnerable to activist attacks, and in turn justifies a modest investment that might provide a slight marketing boost and a modicum of brand protection.Add the ubiquitous use of GMOs today (they are found in as much as 80 percent of the processed foods we eat) – and the degree of difficulty in removing them from just about every other product on the shelves – and it’s hard to see Cheerios as a … [Read more...] about Are GMO-free Cheerios The First Domino?