Students to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition

first_imgStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition TechnologyMay 19, 2011 By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Primary, secondary and tertiary student’s islandwide have until midnight, Thursday, June 30, to register for the Blackberry Developers Competition, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister.  Dubbed ‘App.ti.tude’, the competition, which was officially launched on May 17, at the Wyndham Hotel, New Kingston, aims to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial activity among students. The initiative will encourage students to use their creativity to submit ideas, and to develop or create mobile applications for either the Blackberry Smartphone, or Playbook. Speaking at the launch, Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, said through the competition, youngsters would be able to use their creativity to develop a product that can generate income and employment. “We are taking our naturally gifted youngsters and we are going to give them the opportunity, the incentives and the support, and I have every confidence that they will create applications that can become marketable, that can secure enough intellectual property rights that will add to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Jamaica,” he said. Acting Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Wahkeen Murray, said the Government recognises the tremendous power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to mobilise the youth, provide new avenues for creative self expression and career development, and facilitate greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live and must thrive. “It is therefore appropriate that the minds of the competitors at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels are being directed to the gamut of endeavours of the information age. No doubt, at the end of this exercise, the perspective of each participant will be forever changed,” she said. “The government of Jamaica continues to seize and celebrate all opportunities to partner with the private sector in preparing our young people to perform on the world stage and to expand the vista from which they will design their career paths, and determine their mode of contribution to Jamaica and by extension the world,” she added. During the launch, an agreement was signed by the Ministry and sponsors, Blackberry Smartphone developer, Research in Motion Limited (RIM), and telecommunications provider, Digicel, to collaborate on the initiative.  Entrants can register at:, and deadline for the submission of ideas and application is Sunday, July 31. Only teams comprising a minimum of three students and a maximum of four, from publicly or independently operated institutions will be allowed to participate in the competition. Each team is required to have a named coach who must be a teacher/lecturer at that institution. A school may enter an unlimited number of teams and each school must be registered with the Ministry of Education or the University Council of Jamaica. Prizes will be awarded to schools, team coaches and team members. There are prizes for members of the top 10 school teams at the primary level and members of the top three teams at the secondary and tertiary levels. The overall winning team will receive the Best in Show award, which is an all expense paid trip from RIM to the upcoming Blackberry Developers Conference in October, to be held in San Francisco, United States. Digicel will use the overall winning Blackberry application in all its markets as a value-added service to its Blackberry customers. Advertisementslast_img read more

Blog: Google adds to a dampening forecast for next US spectrum auction

first_imgHomeBlog Blog: Google adds to a dampening forecast for next US spectrum auction Blog: Survival of the Fitbit Verizon$5 billion2×5 MHz block nationwide 600MHzFCCGooglespectrumUS auction Blog Author T-Mobile USA$6-8 billion2×10 MHz block nationwide Related Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Kavit Majithia Total Bids$25-30 billion AT&T$8-10 billion2×10 MHz block nationwide BidderLikely BidResult Other Bidders$5-7 billion2×10 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum in many markets The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Intelligence Brief: Have 6GHz decisions been hasty? Previous ArticleAxiata profit jumps 8% as Celcom, XL return to growth in Q4Next ArticleVodafone partners with top tech players for 5G AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 FEB 2016 Google has decided to look on, but not touch, when vast amounts of 600MHz spectrum hits the shelves at the next Federal Communications Commission (FCC) run incentive auction, scheduled to kick off on 29 March.The internet giant will “follow the upcoming spectrum auction closely”, but confirmed it will not participate, announcing the decision two days after prospective bidders filed their applications to the US regulator.While not officially confirmed, heavy hitters like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Comcast are almost certainly going to be involved, and a number of investment firms are also reportedly looking to cash in on the opportunity.Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, for a long time now has been particularly bullish about the potential of 600MHz, boldly predicting last month that the upcoming auction will be the largest sale of frequencies to date globally.Not only will 600MHz provide a much needed boost to connectivity, the spectrum has been earmarked by Wheeler to help with the country’s heightening ambitions around 5G, with Verizon, and now AT&T, planning field trials to test the technology this year.And if it’s anything to go by, the regulator could allow itself to be optimistic after last year’s AWS-3 spectrum raised a mammoth $44.9 billion.This time round however, the situation is a lot more complex. This so called ‘reverse auction’ will see the country’s broadcasters sell off unwanted spectrum for the first time, and has been in the making for four years, if you were to believe Wheeler.It also comes around when “carriers are relatively cash strapped”, Craig Moffett, senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson, told Mobile World Live.“Logistically, this is also an incredibly complex undertaking and there are a tremendous amount of moving parts,” he said. “The FCC deserves kudos for doing a remarkable job with the parts of the auction they can control. The wildcards are in the parts they can’t,” he added.In the grand scheme of things, Google’s omission could be of little impact, but,keep in mind, we are talking about a company with a lot of cash on the hip.Arguably, as Moffett suggests, operators likely to be involved are not in exactly the same position.Berge Ayvazian, senior analyst at Wireless 20/20, agrees, telling Mobile World Live “operators are now considering what they can spend on new spectrum, in light of available capital and debt they took on in the last auction”.“AT&T is highly leveraged after investments in DirecTV and Mexico, while Verizon and T-Mobile US have been selling off towers and other assets to help finance licence payments. This will undoubtedly affect their abilities to invest in the auction,” he added.Dampening expectations Operator woes aside, perhaps more worryingly for the FCC is the fact that Google is not the only high profile company to say it won’t be involved. Troubled Sprint said last year it would sit out, while cableco Charter Communication, in the midst of buying Time Warner Cable, also doesn’t seem to have the cash for new spectrum.Inevitably, forecasts for the auction are now taking a hit.Wireless 20/20 predicts it will fall well short of the AWS-3 figure, at a $25 billion to $30 billion spend, “now that Google, Sprint and Charter have announced they will not participate”.The analyst firm forecasts AT&T to be the highest bidder, spending up to $10 billion, with T-Mobile US in second, spending up to $8 billion.Ayvazian said there has been too much hype around 600MHz to begin with, mainly driven by the “FCC’s need to keep up momentum and reassure broadcasters there will be sufficient interest from carriers in buying the spectrum”.Financial services firm JP Morgan also made a similar prediction last week, predicting up to a $35 billion spend.Moffett agrees that “expectations have become somewhat inflated”, but still argues that the result of the auction really depends on the US’ two leading players.“Ultimately, what matters most is what Verizon and AT&T choose to spend. If Verizon’s cautious statements can be taken at face value, and I think they can, then we are likely to see a somewhat disappointing result.”Indeed, there have too been questions and concerns regarding FCC’s future plans for spectrum, from 29 March up to 2020, given the “insatiable” demand for spectrum that exists, as Ayvazian puts it, in the US for mobile data services.Controversially, industry group CTIA claimed last year there is no plan for spectrum after this very upcoming auction, a suggestion which Wheeler swiftly denied, and Moffett believes these questions could equally be directed to the government.“The questions about what spectrum we can expect to see next are in the hands of congress at least as much as they are in the hands of the FCC.”He also did not rule out another ‘dark horse’, as Google was expected to be, entering the fray late and pushing up the auction price.“It’s the nature of a dark horse that you don’t see them coming,” he said. “Even after filing the deadline, we don’t know who will turn out to be the big winner and who won’t, so there is always a chance that in six months we’ll all be taking about a big surprise winner.”Wireless 20/20 forecast:  Tags Blog: Is balloon-powered internet a loony idea?last_img read more

UK operators make 5G strides

first_img Previous ArticleVodafone confirms tower spin-off plan, revenue dipsNext ArticleDoJ delay overshadows T-Mobile earnings Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Kavit Majithia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 JUL 2019 Home UK operators make 5G strides Asia Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Ditocenter_img There were some major developments in the UK’s 5G market, as O2’s MVNO partner Sky announced rollout plans, 3 revealed its pricing for the network and Vodafone launched 5G roaming across Europe.SkySky Mobile revealed it will launch 5G initially in six cities by November, with wider rollout planned in 20 towns and cities before the end of the year. it aims to reach a total of 50 towns and cities by the end of 2020.Sky’s launch details were indeed expected after MVNO partner O2 UK said yesterday (25 July) it was planning to launch the network in October. Sky said it would offer the network with the same benefits as it does with 4G, including its data rollover feature, zero-rated access to its Sky Go content platform and its flexible tariff swap offering.It is currently offering Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5G for £36 per month on its Swap 24 tariff, excluding a data plan. Customers can add 8GB for £10, said the company.Industry analyst Kester Mann said Sky’s 5G’s launch was “worth watching”, due to the combination with content while Paolo Pescatore at PP Foresight added “5G represents a significant opportunity for Sky to steal market share”.London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds and Slough will be the six initial launch cities. 3 UKFollowing an aggressive marketing campaign in the lead up to launch, UK challenger brand 3 UK announced that all new and existing customers will have access to 5G with no speed caps at no extra cost on all contract and SIM only plans.The company, which will launch its mobile 5G network later this year, said it will be the first operator in the country to offer 5G at no extra cost, and it will be available across all existing tariffs.Unlimited 5G on SIM only plans start at £20, with the company offering the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G from today. The Samsung S10 5G and Mi Mix 3 5G will follow.CEO Dave Dyson, CEO of 3, said: “The forthcoming months are going to be game-changing and with our unrestricted plans, we are looking forward to unleashing the full potential of 5G to all.”VodafoneAs well as announcing its Q2 results, Vodafone said 5G roaming was now live in 55 towns and cities across Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.It said customers won’t need to pay extra to use 5G on its monthly plans, and it has also offered the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 on its network.Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said it had “accelerated the availability of 5G roaming just as schools break up for the summer holidays”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Author Related Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona 3 UK5GRoamingSky MobileVodafonelast_img read more

News / Innovation must overtake trade growth for sea change in shipping emissions

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 25/06/2019 © Igor Groshev Carriers are failing to tackle greenhouse gases (GHGs) and sufficiently invest in the new technologies required to meet the IMO’s pledge to cut emissions in half by 2050.This was the finding of a new report from research group CDP, titled A Sea Change, published just as Maersk and Bolloré Logistics committed to a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2025.CDP’s head of investor research, Carole Ferguson, said: “Marine freight is one of the least emission-intensive modes of transport; therefore critical to the low-carbon transition.“But as the global economy grows, the industry could account for 17% of global emissions by 2050, if nothing is done.”center_img Shipping accounts for about 3% of total global emissions and 10% of transport emissions – roughly equivalent to that of aviation – but it transports some 80% of global goods.But despite being the least emission-intensive form of freight transport, there is mounting concern that unfettered growth in trade will see its impact strengthen.“The industry needs to drive collaboration with vessel and shipping tech manufacturers to develop the step change innovations needed to meet [IMO] goals,” said Ms Ferguson.“Our analysis also shows that manufacturers are more focused on transformative change in power generation and other areas of transport than in tech solutions for the shipping sector.”Carriers have been put under increased pressure since the IMO’s 50% pledge, with CDP noting that Maersk, HMM and Norden have set “ambitious” long-term targets.However, the report goes on to criticise an apparent gap between the “cutting-edge” carbon neutral technologies available and the forms of innovation being developed.“It is promising to see that leading companies are acting, with Maersk and HMM setting net zero emission targets for 2050 and exploring alternative fuels,” said Ms Ferguson. “But the onus must be on the whole sector to jump-start their shift to a low-carbon future.”According to CDP’s analysis, only three carriers are actively developing technologies that will have, what it describes as, a “transformative impact” on the industry.It notes that NYK is working towards a zero-emissions vessel for 2050 and that Maersk and Norden are “pioneering” use of biofuels produced from waste sources such as cooking oil.Maersk’s efforts were also underlined at last week’s Paris Air Show, where it signed a “carbon pact” with Bolloré Logistics to cut emissions on Bolloré shipments by 20% by 2025.Senior sustainability developer at Maersk Mads Stensen said: “Collaboration across the supply chain is crucial for us to raise the sustainability bar in the logistics and transport industry.”However, many noted that the pledge included no firm details on how it would meet this commitment.last_img read more

Take-Two sued over 2K16 tattoos

first_img 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Take-Two sued over 2K16 tattoosSolid Oak Sketches seeking damages over eight copyrighted designsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 3rd February 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this article2K GamesTake-Two Interactive is facing legal action over the depiction of copyrighted tattoo designs in NBA 2K16 without permission.Solid Oak Sketches, a tattoo studio, started proceedings in New York Federal court earlier this week, alleging that Take-Two and NBA 2K16 developer Visual Concepts knowingly used eight copyrighted designs in the game.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to legal documents sourced by ESPN, Solid Oak Sketches acquired the rights to the designs across June and July of 2015. The company opened communications regarding the designs with a letter to Take-Two’s general counsel on July 8, 2015. Discussions continued at the end of the month, but eventually stalled.”After various requests for documentation, the Defendants [Take-Two] ultimately terminated negotiations and continued with the production of their intentionally infringing basketball video games,” the document stated,Solid Oak also emphasised the level of commercial success 2K16 managed, quoting the hyperbolic language employed by Take-Two in its press releases. 2K16 sold 4 million copies in a single week, and doubled its digital sales relative to the previous year’s iteration. It was also put forward as a highlight of the company’s subsequent financial report.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore stories2K acquires HookBang games businessTake-Two adds team that supported work on NBA 2K21, will move it to new Austin officeBy Brendan Sinclair A month ago2K international boss Murray Pannell departsFormer PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft and EA exec leaves after five yearsBy Christopher Dring 3 months agoLatest comments (1)Hugo Trepanier Senior Game Designer, Ludia5 years ago So does Solid Oak claim money from NBA games broadcast on television as well? Or whenever a picture of these guys lands in a magazine or blog or wherever? I don’t think so.last_img read more

Director of Dining Services

first_imgOversees the operations of a $30M+ dining program, maximizingrevenues and managing resources to maintain strategicflexibility Serves as primary contact for dining partners, and providesoversight for institutional contracts Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities withinthe Division of Student Affairs. Inclusion, collaboration andcultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, weare in search of a team member who is able to effectively interactwith a varied population of internal and external partners at ahigh level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares ourvalues and who will support the mission of the university throughtheir work.Qualifications: Requirements: Owner of Business Recovery/Business Continuity Plan and servesas the main point of contact for the Allegheny County HealthDepartment Manages and implements capital plan, ensuring dining facilitiesremain on cutting-edge to serve university community Responsible for management of all on- and off- campus vendorrelationships and contracts Maintains and grows relationship with Student Government andother student organizations Background check Provides leadership, clear expectations and performanceaccountability for all dining staff and vendors. Identifies ways todevelop professional capabilities of staff and systematicallyimprove program through the management of human resources Carnegie Mellon University invites nominations and applicationsfor the position of Director of Dining Services within the Divisionof Student Affairs. Reporting to Associate Vice President forStudent Affairs and Director of Athletics, Physical Education andRecreation, the Director of Dining Services is a member of thedivisional leadership team and responsible for the management of ahigh-quality campus dining program that serves students, faculty,staff and guests. Primary responsibilities include financial andoperational oversight of an approximately $30 million annual budgetand 50,000 square feet of food preparation and dining space. Thisposition manages the daily oversight of ten vendors who provide 30unique dining concepts throughout campus, including catering andretail operations. The Director of Dining Services oversees allcontractual agreements, customer initiatives and service programssuch as sustainability, nutrition education programs, facilitymanagement, health and sanitation, and staff supervision of threefull-time positions.Core responsibilities will include: Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, hotel andrestaurant management, business administration or related fieldrequired Provides strategic vision for a best-in-class university diningprogram Candidate should demonstrate outstanding communication skills, aproven record of managing tasks while balancing a responsive andfocused program of service delivery, and a developmentalsensibility that prioritizes the role of dining and special eventsin the life of campus community Other duties as assigned Develops metrics that effectively evaluate dining programoutcomes and works collaboratively with Division leaders to improvethe fundamental services provided by Dining Services Supervises all financial technological systems related to thedining operation including but not limited to budgeting, revenueanalysis, capital planning, point of sale systems and meal plansoftware Collaborates with various campus partners, such as Office of theGeneral Counsel, Procurement Services, Finance, and InsuranceServices on RFP projects and contracts, including the pouringrights and vending agreements Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!More Information:Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming partof an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.A listing of employee benefits is available at: Mellon University is an Equal OpportunityEmployer/Disability/Veteran.Statement of Assurance: Master’s degree coupled with higher education food serviceoperations experience is preferred Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experiencein food service operations requiredlast_img read more