Monthly Archives: March 2013

New SMS Anywhere App Provides an Alternative to Expensive Mobile Services

CS Networks, the provider of reliable, high-throughput SMS services, has unveiled its new app, SMS Anywhere.

The app offers a number of groundbreaking features, including full inbox integration, free messaging between members and reduced rates for messages to nonmembers. With SMS Anywhere, users can reduce their mobile usage bills by sending and receiving text messages for discounted rates.

“SMS Anywhere is a revolutionary new technology that is going to save a lot of people significant time and money,” said Stefan Certic of CS Networks. “None of our competitors can match SMS Anywhere’s value and convenience. The app can fully integrate with your existing inbox, which allows our users to switch to SMS Anywhere in moments, without any difficult setup. Plus, our free and reduced rate messaging blows major service carriers completely out of the water.” Read the rest of this entry

Battlefield 4— New Benchmark in Game Design, Multiplayer Engagement

battlefield-4Only in Battlefield™ can players go through a building instead of around it or eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall. Those incredible gameplay moments that blur the line between game and glory can only be created by players, and occur only in Battlefield. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced Battlefield 4™, a genre-defining action blockbuster launching in Fall 2013. Powered by the advanced technology of DICE’s proprietary Frostbite™ 3 engine, Battlefield 4 offers players a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment — a future that is more human, dramatic and believable than anything before it. With more than 65 million players worldwide, the Battlefield series has consistently been praised by critics for its world-class multiplayer gameplay, and is recognized as the only game that allows players to own land, sea and air.

Battlefield 4 is a seminal moment for the Battlefield series as more award-winning, multiplayer game design elements are incorporated into the single-player campaign. In single-player, gamers will experience huge environments, a playground of destruction, access to an arsenal of vehicles and the ability to direct squad mates. Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Microsoft Dynamics Reimagines and Unites the Worlds of Business and IT

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Microsoft Corp. today opened a sold-out Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 with a keynote address from Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov featuring Microsoft Dynamics customers Chobani Inc., Habitat for Humanity International, Revlon Inc., Shock Doctor Inc. and Weight Watchers International Inc.

Speaking to more than 11,000 attendees, the largest in conference history, Tatarinov addressed how business leaders can reimagine the way they engage with customers, build brand relevance and collaborate with employees to stay ahead of the changing roles across all levels in business. Observing the increased influence of marketing and other areas of business over a company’s technology investments and the value of collaboration, Tatarinov reinforced the idea that business functions can work more effectively when they unite with their IT counterparts. Tatarinov noted that Microsoft Dynamics is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for unity, and he announced new advancements in integrated marketing, embedded social capabilities, and new cloud and mobile scenarios enabled through Microsoft Dynamics solutions that will help businesses unite with their customers, unite their organizations, and unite their people and technology.
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What would we do if the Internet stopped working?

In the words of Ron Burgundy, the Internet is “kind of a big deal.” Most of us use it every day. You are only reading these words because of it and we take it for granted.

What would be do if the Internet suddenly crashed?

Scientist Danny Hillis, during a recent TED Talk, said the Internet’s current population exposes a new vulnerability.

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“The Internet was designed with the assumption that the communications links could not be trusted, but that the people that connected computers to the Internet were smart and trustworthy,” Hillis told Mashable. “Those assumptions no longer apply.”

“We’re setting ourselves up for a kind of disaster like the [one] we had with the financial system, where we take a system that was basically built on trust — was basically built for a smaller scale system — and we’ve kind of expanded it way beyond the limits of how it was meant to operate,” Hillis explained.

“Since this presentation, many people have told me those stories are only the tip of the iceberg,” but he has heard from people working on a backup plan.

“So, while I am concerned to hear that things are already worse than I assumed, I’m also heartened that smart minds are starting to focus on solutions. Like so many other infrastructure problems, this one is likely to eventually get fixed. The question will be just how much pain we will have to accept before we fix it.”

Dita Von Teese wore a 3D printed dress

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The world of 3D printing just keeps on growing. Dita Von Teese recently wore this dress created by a 3D printer. Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti.

The dress was created virtually. Schmidt designed the entire dress on his iPad and communicated with Bitonti through Skype during the process of imagining 17 unique pieces and 3,000 joints that let the dress move with the body.

It was then made with the 3D-printing design studio Shapeways. Hardened powdered nylon was uses as it is flexible enough to let the wearer still move without breaking. 13,000 black Swarovski crystals were also used as decoration.

According to Mashable , each component is hollow, allowing the piece to be extremely lightweight for it’s size at 11.5 pounds— normally, Dita wears garments that weigh approximately 80 pounds. “We definitely wanted an exaggerated shape. When people ask if it’s comfortable I say, ‘Well, I like exaggerated shapes so the corseting is nice and tight.’ The only thing I was super aware of was my heel getting stuck in the hem, but that didn’t happen.”

Specially designed for her sensual form, the goal was to create classical beauty using a modern technique. Movement of the garment was conceptualized around the “Golden Ratio” theory by 13th-century theorist Fibonacci, whose formula for beauty is based on a spiral produced by a mathematic formula in nature.

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Apple Launches iBookstore in Japan

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Apple® today announced the launch of the iBookstore℠ in Japan featuring titles from major and independent publishers, including a great selection of books from Kodansha, KADOKAWA, Bungeishunju, Gakken and Gentosha. The iBookstore has a wide selection of emerging and established authors including Shyotaro Ikenami, Jiro Akagawa, Atsuko Asano and Ryu Murakami. The iBookstore in Japan is the best way for book lovers to browse, buy and read books on iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®.

“We’re excited to launch the iBookstore in Japan with a wide selection of Japanese publishers and authors,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We think customers are going to love how engaging and interactive the books are to read, and how beautiful they look on iPad.”

“We’re thrilled to have our books on the iBookstore,” said Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Chairman of KADOKAWA Group Holdings. “More than anything, I think it’s great the iBookstore lets us offer our readers a wide variety of reading experiences that they can’t have anywhere else and that they can only have on their iOS device.”
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Microsoft have been fined $730M because of their Web Browser

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Do you remember when Internet Explorer had a Browser Choice Screen pop-up? Apparently it began March 2010 as part of a settlement following an EU competition investigation.

Then, according to Microsoft, due to a technical error it disappeared after a Windows 7 update in February 2011.

Because of this they have been fined 561 million euros ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer program, to users in the European Union (EU) according to the BBC.

Microsoft got off lucky as they could have been fined 10% of its global annual revenue, which would have totalled $7.4bn based on its 2012 report.

“We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it,” a spokesman for Microsoft said following the announcement.

“We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future.”

Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer and the former head of its Windows division Steven Sinofsky have already had their most recent bonuses docked, in part because of the browser affair.

“While it’s highly likely that it was a technical mistake that broke the browser choice facility the fact that it remained broken for 14 months raises significant questions about Microsoft’s ability and willingness to comply with the voluntary agreement with the EU,” Chris Green, principal analyst at the consultants Davies Murphy Group Europe, told the BBC.

“At the same time the situation also raises concerns over the EU’s ability to actually monitor the outcomes of antitrust agreements.”