Local SEO Search | “What Made Nelson Mandela great”

Source   : Edition. CNN
By         : John Battersby
Category : Orlando Local SEO, Local SEO Search

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Editor’s note: John Battersby served as a correspondent for The New York Times (1987-89) and the Christian Science Monitor (1989-96) before, during and after South Africa’s transition to democracy. He was editor of The Sunday Independent in Johannesburg from 1996 to 2001. He interviewed Mandela on numerous occasions and is coauthor of “Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs” (Sterling, 2009) and author of the afterword in the updated version of “Mandela: the Authorized Biography” (Harper Collins, 2011).

(CNN) — Nelson Mandela was always mindful that his leadership role in the liberation of South Africa from apartheid might not have been possible if he had not been imprisoned. “It is possible that if I had not gone to jail and been able to read and listen to the stories of many people. … I might not have learned these things,” Mandela said of the insights that he gained during his 27 years in jail. In an interview less than a year after he had stepped down as the country’s first black president, Mandela shared with me reflections of how prison changed him. He said that reading the biographies of great leaders who had been able to overcome their shortcomings and rise to do great things had inspired him. He said it also helped him to realize that behind every seemingly ordinary person lay the potential of greatness. “I have been surprised a great deal sometimes when I see somebody who looks less than ordinary, but when you talk to the person and they open their mouths, they are something completely different,” he said. Mandela said that prison gave him time to think about the times when he had failed to acknowledge people who had been kind to him.

Mandela said that at the height of the struggle against apartheid, he and other leaders were understandably angry at the humiliation and loss of dignity of those who suffered under the unjust policy. It meant their actions were driven by anger and emotion rather than by reflection and consultation. “But in jail — especially for those who stayed in single cells — you had enough opportunity to sit down and think,” he said. There was time to listen to the stories of people who were highly educated and who were widely traveled and experienced. “When they told of their experiences, you felt humbled,” he said. Mandela said that he had learned that when you had the moral high ground, it was better to sit down and talk to people and persuade them of the correctness of your cause. “If you have an objective in life, then you want to concentrate on that and not engage in infighting with your enemies,” he said. “You want to create an atmosphere where you can move everybody toward the goal you have set for yourself,” Mandela said.

Nelson Mandela: A man of many handshakes

In his twilight, Mandela was at pains to publish and acknowledge his weaknesses and shortcomings in his family life, in his relationships with women and his first wife, Evelyn. He was keen to dispel any notion of sainthood that might be bestowed on him. He also spoke increasingly about the importance of changing oneself.”One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself,” Mandela said in 1999 at a tribute to billionaire businessman Douw Steyn who had made his Johannesburg residence available to Mandela as a retreat after his prison release in 1990. Mandela had given similar advice to wife Winnie in a letter written to her in 1981 after she had been jailed by the apartheid regime. Mandela noted that there were qualities “in each one of us” that form the basis of our spiritual life and that we can change ourselves by observing our reactions to the unfolding of life. Ten years later, Mandela said that it gave him a feeling of fulfillment to see that Douw Steyn had changed and had learned to share his resources with the poor. “It enables me to go to bed with an enriching feeling in my soul and the belief that I am changing myself” by reconciling with former adversaries, Mandela said. I believe that the essence of Mandela’s greatness was to change himself fundamentally during his period in jail and emerge as a potent leader and example for all humanity.

Opinion: Nelson Mandela saved my life

The reflections took me back to the extraordinary day of Mandela’s release. The day the legend became a man. Even now, the moment seems frozen in time. It was February 11, 1990, and the African sun shone from a clear blue sky on a windless summer’s day in Cape Town. About an hour’s drive from the city, the international media thronged around the entrance of a neat prison warder’s house to await the emergence of one of the century’s most iconic figures. I had arrived late at the prison and wandered unnoticed into the prison grounds where my slate-blue cotton suit coincidentally blended in with the uniform color of the South African police. That might have had something to do with the fact that I was not challenged when I strode confidently into the prison grounds. But to this day I do not know. An unscheduled wait of an hour while Mandela consulted an anti-apartheid delegation including his wife Winnie, who had arrived an hour late, seemed like an eternity. When Mandela, flanked by Winnie, finally emerged walking down the driveway towards the prison premise gates, I lost all sense of time and self and strode towards Mandela to shake his hand and congratulate him on his freedom. He recognized me from the photograph that accompanied my regular column I had written for the Cape Times, where I often analyzed the successes and setbacks of the anti-apartheid movement and the African National Congress in exile. His face broke into a broad smile as we shook hands and he continued his historic walk to freedom. At the time, I was the southern Africa correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor which was for many years the only international news publication that Mandela was allowed to read in jail albeit in a vetted form with pages and sections frequently removed. On his first visit to the United States in 1990, Mandela broke from his official program on Sunday, June 24 to pay an unscheduled visit to the headquarters of the Monitor at One Norway Street in Boston to the astonishment of the editor and staff. (Today the Monitor is online only. The newspaper ceased daily publication in 2009.) South Africa since apartheid: Boom or bust? I received an incredulous call from my foreign editor, Jane Lampman, on that Sunday asking me if I could guess who was standing outside the building with two bodyguards asking to see the editor. It was, she said, Nelson Mandela. I was astonished too. Mandela was intrigued that the founder of the newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, also founded a religion. Mandela came to respect the Monitor’s sustained and fair coverage of South Africa during his time in jail.

To this day, Mandela’s weaknesses, his turbulent youth and his sometimes tempestuous relationships with women can still detract from the iconic status that Mandela achieved in his own lifetime. But, the responsible airing of his weaknesses — including his own acknowledgment — in fact humanized Mandela and focused on his extraordinary strength of character and commitment in overcoming both his weaknesses and adversity in his own lifetime. It augmented Mandela’s greatness.

Carrying on the work of Nelson Mandela

It is Mandela’s achievement as a universal icon that has always fascinated me most. He first conquered his jailers by convincing them that they were the ones imprisoned by their own unsustainable policies based on fear and racial injustice. And then he negotiated them out of power with the sheer force of his moral authority and belief in himself. Mandela’s example and actions in becoming the country’s first black president struck a mortal blow to racism worldwide and helped build confidence and pave the way for Barack Obama to pull off a similar feat in the United States. If Mandela has a global heir in the ongoing campaign against racism and the quest for human dignity it has to be Barack Hussein Obama. The power of Mandela’s leadership was rooted in the fact that at key moments in his life he acted independently of the movement to which he dedicated his life and to which he deferred as a “loyal and obedient” member. He did so when he decided in 1986 to begin negotiating with his jailers from behind bars not knowing where it would end. He did so in continuing to refer to former President F. W. de Klerk as a “man of integrity” long after it was less popular to do so in the ranks of the African National Congress. And he did so again when he went out on a limb within his own constituency after his release to support the overwhelmingly white South African rugby team in the World Cup in 1995. Mandela said that even if he wanted to he could not bind future generations to remember history in a particular way. The lesson of Mandela’s life is that he has no need to bind anyone to his legacy nor does he need any organization to do so. His actions in his own lifetime are his legacy and they will remain indelibly etched in history for generations to come as a living example to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

Source : edition.cnn.com/2013/12/05/opinion/battersby-nelson-mandela/index.html?iid=article_sidebar


Small Business SEO | “Bing Search Updating?”

Source      : Search Engine Roundtable
By               : Barry Schwartz
Category : Small Business SEOLocal SEO

It is possible that there may be a Bing Search update happening now – although Bing updates are always much harder to track. WebmasterWorld and HighRankings Forum both have webmasters noticing changes in rankings at Bing since the weekend.

One webmaster said:

Anyone else notice any huge fluctuations in the Bing index over the holiday weekend. Might be a bug, but seems that Bing dropped nearly their entire index for non-signed in/connected searches. This is affecting all sites, local and national. For example, Amazon.com has 52 million pages indexed when signed into Bing with my FB account and 42, not 42 million, 42 total, when signed out. Same goes for Target, 1.2 million signed in, 40 signed out.

Noticed this on a variety of client sites based on wide fluctuations in rankings and tested across a variety of verticals and is the same. At the local level, it’s even more drastic with many of the sites I tested completely de-indexed when signed out.

Granted, I know the index can vary, but something major seems to be happening, whether an update or a bug…and site rankings back this up across a variety of client and competitor sites that we track. Another webmaster confirmed this person’s findings but again, since webmasters are less likely to track Bing’s referrer traffic, it is hard to confirm if there was an update. SERPs.com and SERP Metrics do track Bing fluctuations but honestly, the Bing reports always show huge volatility when I look at them on these charts. Did you notice changes at Bing? Last time we thought there may have been a Bing update was in June.

Source : seroundtable.com/bing-update-17757.html

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “iPad Mini 2 – Expert Reviews”

Source    : Josic
By             : Josic Media
Category  : Local SEO Search Orlando, Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization

#Ipad #Mini

Ipad Mini

You may or may not like Apple products, but you can’t but agree that despite all criticism and negative reviews (especially after Steve Jobs’s death) the iPads, the iPods, the iPhone and Mac computers are selling pretty well. When it comes to the iPad, perhaps the major question that comes out to the surface is: what OS is better – iOS or Android? I guess this is a kind of question you can answer on your own, while I will review the iPad Mini 2 below:

Design: First off, let’s say this – great design, great quality and great materials. As known, Apple products never use cheap plastic, and the iPad Mini isn’t an exception here. When you hold this tablet you are 100% confident you hold a solid gadget with aluminum body that does not look or feel cheap.

Size: As to the size of the tablet, it’s 8 inch. Well, this is less than bulky 10-inch tablets and more than small 7-inch Android devices. It is not too convenient to hold the iPad Mini 2 with one hand, but it’s still possible. It depends on the size of your hand, though. Anyway, the build quality is just superior and Apple never compromises on that.

Screen: The 8-inch screen is gorgeous. This is a Retina screen, so there shouldn’t be any questions about quality. If the original iPad Mini had somewhat poor screen that isn’t as sharp as it is supposed to be, the next generation of this tablet is so much better. 2,048 x 1,536 resolution speaks for itself. This equals to 324 ppi, which is a decent result for a tablet like this. Great screen and fantastic build quality are obvious advantages of the iPad Mini 2.

Performance: As for performance and specs of this tablet, it is not a secret that iOS does not require powerful hardware since it is using a native code that is executed much faster. So, it would not be fair to compare specs with rivals from Android market, although the iPad Mini 2 specs are pretty decent. A7 processor is just enough for this little guy, i.e. it virtually makes it fly. Coupled with 1GB or RAM it makes it a really fast device. Yes, this may be not as impressive as the recent Android monsters, but I can guarantee you this is more than enough. The interface is very responsive and you won’t find an app that will make the system lag. But again, it beats Nexus 7 in speed and performance! Just think about it for a second. The famous Snapdragon 400 loses.

Cameras: Cameras in the iPhones and iPads have always been incredibly efficient. You’ll be pleased with quality of shots and video. Maybe, this is not the biggest strengths for the iPad Mini 2, but the camera is definitely better than on any of Android rivals. Guys from Apple know how to pack a tablet with a quality camera and relevant software.

All in all this is a nice tablet, and definitely a huge leap from the original Mini that did have some significant drawbacks, like a poor screen. Mini 2 will definitely be able to compete in the market with more ‘feature-full’ Android devices. If you need quality and stability, that’s Apple! You can find more details about this device at Tabletoid.com.

Source : josic.com/ipad-mini-2-expert-reviews332

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “Search Engine Marketing vs. Social Media”

Source      : business2community.com
By               : Motoko Hunt
Category  : Local SEO Search Orlando, Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization

I see that many Asian companies are shifting or thinking of shifting their digital marketing focus from search to social. Seems everyone likes a new shining object. We saw this trend in U.S. a couple of years ago. Is this a smart move? Most importantly, can social media replace search? Those companies that shifted their digital marketing focus from search to social a few years back are now actually bringing search back as the core tactic of their digital marketing. One of the reasons is that they didn’t see the performance they were hoping to get out of the social media campaigns.Forrester Research reported last year that less than 1 percent of online transactions among U.S. customers could be traced back to a social media post. According to Monetate’s study, online searches were the greatest contributor to e-commerce visits and sales, representing 31.43 percent of sales traffic. Email had 2.82 percent, and social media accounted for only 1.55 percent of all e-commerce traffic.

Econsultancy’s Social Data from last year showed:

About 50 percent of companies are using social data to gauge sentiment in order to have more targeted and relevant communication, to improve customer service, to address specific complaints, and to inform product and services development. Only 6 percent of participating companies said that social signals had a major impact on their search and social media strategies.“It’s not that social media failed those businesses, but they failed to understand the social in social media.” Scott Stratten of Unmarketing said that give-away campaigns (such as “Win an iPad”) only convert people who want a prize to follow brands’ twitter accounts or like their Facebook pages. They are not real fans of the brand or products, and won’t engage. Another trend in Asia is to put Paid Ads (PPC) as the main focus of the search engine marketing, and not putting much effort into SEO (search engine optimization). Is it because SEO is getting too hard? If you have a healthy and well optimized website, you should be getting at least half of your website traffic from organic search results. According to new research from GroupM U.K. and Nielsen based on 1.4 billion searches done in U.K., 94 percent of Google and Bing search users clicked on organic results compared to only 6 percent clicked on Paid ads. Do you really want to let go of that much potential traffic, and miss out on the business opportunities by only focusing on PPC? The fact is that SEO, paid ads, and social have different roles in the digital marketing ecosystem, and you shouldn’t be choosing one over another but try to make them collaborate. Consider the following 6 steps to deploy and manage your Search and Social projects that bring you closer to the business goals.

1. Understand your audience behaviors in search vs. social media

First, you need to understand how people behave both on social media and search engines. Review data such as when they use each and what they do or look for in search vs. social media. Even the search functions, social media search isn’t replacing search engines. You’ll be surprised at the similarities and differences if you compare the queries people use on search and social media. Look at your own data, and understand your audience.

2. Set your search goals and social media goals

Once you have a good grasp of your audience behaviors on search and social media, think about the roles of search and social media and align them to your digital marketing projects, and what you can and should achieve from search projects and from social media projects.

3. Leverage the social impacts on SEO

Especially with Google, we now see more impact from social media on the organic search results, i.e., social sharing, reviews, authorship, etc. Your digital marketing strategy should leverage the social activities and social assets to improve the organic search performance.

4. Integrate search and social

As long as you think of search and social media as separate projects and place them in silos, you won’t see the maximum impact for your business. Create a cross-functional process between the search and social so that you can integrate the search learning into social media, and the social media learning into search. The search keywords, social conversations, and the target audience behaviors are some of the key information that you should be sharing between the two.

5. Set the best practice, then enforce it to make sure everyone follows it

Next, you want to put all the findings, goals, and process into a best practice guide for your digital marketing team. Provide the training so that everyone understands it, and enforce the guide among all concerned parties.

6. Establish the communication channels among SEO, Paid and Social

After you get to step 5, and everyone goes back to each team or department, it’s likely that no one would have time to check in with each other to share the information even if it’s in the best practice guide. Mandate to review each other’s reports, and have monthly or quarterly meetings to share the learning and the challenges.

Source : clickz.com/clickz/column/2304624/search-engine-marketing-vs-social-media-all-i-want-is-everything-so-should-you

Orlando Small Business SEO | “Yahoo In Recycled Email Privacy Row”

Source       : bbc.co.uk
By                : Jane Wakefield – Technology reporter
Category   : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Orlando Small Business SEO

Yahoo email addresses reassigned to a new owner are receiving personal emails intended for the previous owner. One man told news site Information Week that he had received emails with some highly sensitive information in them. In June the web firm announced Yahoo addresses and IDs would be reassigned if they had been inactive for a year. Privacy experts called on Yahoo to address the issue “immediately”. Yahoo says it has taken a series of measures to overcome privacy and security fears. “Before recycling inactive accounts we attempted to reach the account owners [in] multiple ways to notify them that they needed to log in to their account or it would be subject to recycling,” a Yahoo representative told the BBC.

“We took many precautions to ensure this was done safely – including deleting any private data from the previous account owner, sending bounce-backs to the senders for at least 30-60 days letting them know the account no longer existed and unsubscribing the accounts from commercial mail.” It is also in the process of rolling out a feature called “Not My Email” where users can report an email that is not intended for them.

The process will come as little comfort to the previous owner of an email account now owned by Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional. Mr Jenkins told Information Week: “I can gain access to their Pandora account [online radio] but I won’t. I can gain access to their Facebook account, but I won’t. I know their name, address and phone number. I know where their child goes to school. I know the last four digits of their social security number. I know they had an eye doctor’s appointment last week and I was just invited to their friend’s wedding.” Other users have revealed that they have also received messages that contain personally identifiable information.

Intimate data
“I recommend logging into your Yahoo account every six months or so in order to ensure that you retain control over it,” said security expert Lee Munson.  Privacy experts said that the issues were inevitable. “These problems were flagged by security and privacy experts a few months ago when Yahoo announced their intention to recycle old emails, and cautioned that Yahoo’s plan created significant security and privacy risks. Yahoo downplayed these risks, and ignored critics, but now we see these concerns were legitimate,” said Mike Rispoli, spokesman for Privacy International. “This email recycling scheme, an effort to re-engage old users and attract new ones, is resulting in some of our most intimate data being accessed by someone we don’t know and without our knowledge.

“We’re talking about account passwords, contacts for friends and families, medical records – this issue needs to be addressed immediately by Yahoo if they care about the privacy of their users and want them to trust the company with sensitive information.”

Source : bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24283179

Search Engine Optimization-SEO | “Amazon’s Kindle HDX Tablets Get Remote Mayday Help”

Source      : bbc.co.uk
By               : Leo Kelion – Technology reporter
Category  : Small Business SEO , Search Engine Optimization SEO

Amazon’s latest tablets will include the ability to call up round-the-clock tech support via a video box at the press of a button. The Kindle Fire HDX’s Mayday feature will allow one of the firm’s employees to explain how to work the machine or take control if necessary. There is no additional cost involved. One analyst said the facility should help Amazon to stand out from other tablets, including Google’s Nexus and Apple’s iPad.”The new Mayday feature is a clever way to reach out to new tablet users,” said Thomas Husson, principal analyst at tech advisers Forrester. “Coupled with an affordable price for the lower-end Kindle Fire HD and new entertainment content and features, Amazon is clearly willing to appeal to the masses.” In addition to Mayday, Amazon is also introducing the ability to download selected movies and TV shows from its Prime Instant Video so that they can be viewed when the user does not have an internet connection. Rival on-demand services Netflix and Hulu do not offer this facility.

While the new features should help Amazon attract new customers, one expert warned that some might have security concerns about the firm building in software that allowed a third party to take over the tablet. “With any device that has any kind of remote access on it, there is always going to be that risk that it could be either hacked or abused,” said Chris Green, from the Davies Murphy Group consultancy. “But it’s such a small danger that the benefits outweigh the risks, and the average consumer or business user shouldn’t be put off from storing useful information because they fear it could be compromised.” Amazon has said that the Mayday feature can be disabled and stressed that it is a one-way video feed, so that the adviser cannot see the tablet owner.

The firm has not revealed how many assistants it had employed, but said it was aiming for a response time of 15 seconds or less. Chief executive Jeff Bezos added that it would be “ready for Christmas morning” – likely to be one of the busiest days. Mr Bezos previously told the BBC that his company sold its Kindle devices at cost, but one industry-watcher said investing in pop-up advisers still made financial sense.  “Amazon’s strategy has always been not to make profits from hardware sales but from selling content on those devices,” said Nitin Bhas from Juniper Research, a consultancy. “Adding round-the-clock tech support is a winning strategy but a long-term one and provides Amazon with a platform to expand further.” Upgraded system – Amazon also announced it was introducing the third version of its Fire operating system, codenamed Mojito. Kindle Fire HDX tablets The Kindle Fire HDX will be powered by a new version of Amazon’s operating system. The OS is a variant of Google’s Android system, but is designed to highlight recently downloaded items on the home screen as well as other Amazon-specific services.

These include:

X-Ray ,which offers access to synchronised lyrics for songs, details of music played during films, and background information about characters in books -The US firm said that developers would be able to offer software already developed for Google’s system with “little to no [additional] work”.  But experts warn there may still be snags.

“We know there have been some instances of compatibility problems with apps that wouldn’t run on the existing Kindle Fire devices because they were taking advantage of functionality and shortcuts that are in the standard Google build that weren’t present or were broken in the Amazon version,” said Mr Green. “It sounds like Amazon has tried to do its best to mitigate the number of instances where this is likely to occur, but the simple fact is that the Android software has forked. “There will still be issues where applications written for ‘normal’ Android will be expecting features, functions and more importantly other apps to be on the system that are simply not there and that is going to cause some issues.” The Kindle HDX – which comes with either a 7in (17.8cm) or 8.9in (22.6cm) display – will be released in the US on 18 October. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, which Amazon said was three times as powerful as the Texas Instruments chip in its earlier model. It will cost between $229 (£143) and $579 (£362) depending on the amount of storage, screen size and whether or not a 4G data chip is included. Amazon has not announced when it will become available in other markets.

Source : bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24239011

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “Oracle Makes Java More Relevant Than Ever- For Free”

Source      : wired.com
By               : Robert McMillan
Category  : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Orlando Small Business SEO

When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems four years ago, it quickly and ruthlessly started tearing out the unprofitable stuff. Sun was a company run by engineers, a Xerox-PARC-like outfit where a cool idea about the next big thing was all it took to get a budget. But Oracle is run by the accountants. Inside Larry Ellison’s company, either the numbers add up, or your project dies. As it turns out, many of the key ideas behind today’s hottest trends were thought up by Sun engineers, but Sun was forced to watch as other companies — Amazon, Google, and so on, and so forth — reaped the rewards. Oracle wasn’t going to let that happen again.

Except that it has.

As WIRED reported today, the Java development platform is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, as hot web companies grow out of their mid-2000s programming tools and look for something that can help them more effectively juggle tens or even hundreds of millions of users. Invented by Sun, Java is now overseen by Oracle, and yet, as those big web companies embrace Java in such a big way, Oracle is on the outside looking in. When it was founded back in 2006, Twitter’s programmers used Ruby on Rails. But as the service grew, it became clear that Ruby wasn’t the best way to juggle tweets from millions of people across the globe. Now Twitter runs on Java, as do large parts of Google, FourSquare, and Linkedin.

Inside these companies, there are thousands of servers running the Java Virtual Machine, or JVM, a piece of software the executes programming code. And the JVM is built by Oracle. But it’s available under an open source license, which means the company is fostering one of the hottest trends on the internet, while missing out on licensing fees. Take LinkedIn. It uses the free JVM, but that doesn’t help Oracle’s bottom line. “We don’t actually use many Oracle Java tools other than Java itself,” says Jay Kreps, a principal staff engineer with LinkedIn. “They seem to target enterprise development, which has a pretty different set of needs.”

Oracle clearly likes licensing fees. It launched a high profile (and, amongst developers, unpopular) lawsuit against Google, saying that the search giant should pay Oracle copyright licensing fees after building a copy of the Java virtual machine. Oracle lost that case, but it’s appealing the verdict. LinkedIn’s Kreps, like others we’ve interviewed for this story, thinks that Oracle has done a pretty good job managing its Java open source project since it shelled out $7.4 billion for Sun back in 2010. “To their great credit, Java’s only gotten more valuable under Oracle’s stewardship,” says Jonathan Scwhartz, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle has actually opened up Java even more — getting rid of some of the closed-door machinations that used to be part of the Java standards-making process. Java has been raked over the coals for security problems over the past few years, but Oracle has kept regular updates coming. And it’s working on a major upgrade to Java, due early next year. But it’s hard to tell how much dough Oracle actually makes from the platform. To be sure, Oracle does have a financial interest in Java. The company makes a lot of money selling an expensive and widely used Java middleware server called the Oracle Weblogic Server. And it makes money licensing Java to companies such as IBM so they can ship it with their servers.

But the widely used open source JVM is not a big money maker. Oracle can make some money from companies that want bug-fixes for obsolete versions, but that’s about it. We asked Oracle for a comment on its Java plans on Friday, but by press time Tuesday night, the company still couldn’t find anyone willing to discuss this. For David Blevins, the CEO at Java developer Tomitribe, Oracle’s limited financial opportunity is nothing but a good thing. “If it was a bigger money-maker for them, they would lock it down like crazy,” he says. “It’s almost to our advantage that it isn’t a primary path to their revenue stream.” So, at least one small part of Oracle is run like Sun.

Surce : wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/09/oracle_java/

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “Apple Sets New Record For iPhones Sales Launch”

Source      : news.yahoo.com
By               : AFP
Category  : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Orlando Small Business SEO

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NEW YORK (AFP) – Apple said Monday it sold a record nine million iPhones in the three days after launching two new versions of the smartphone. “This is our best iPhone launch yet — more than nine million new iPhones sold — new record for first weekend sales,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a statement. The figures from Apple appeared to defy predictions from its critics that the company is losing momentum in the smartphone market and in innovation.

“Apple gets the last laugh,” said Roger Kay, analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates, in a tweet. Apple said demand has exceeded the supply for the new handsets, and that some customers will have to wait. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly,” Cook said.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.” Apple began worldwide sales Friday of the high-end iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone 5C, drawing crowds from Australia to Tokyo to Paris to New York.

The new phones are being sold in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore. Apple also said more than 200 million of its smartphones and tablets are now running the redesigned operating system iOS 7, “making it the fastest software upgrade in history.” The new operating system has a bolder look, and includes the free iTunes Radio launched by Apple. It is a free upgrade for a number of iPhones and iPads sold in the past couple of years. Apple said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that with the strong response to the new iPhones, it now expects revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter to be near the high end of its range of $34 billion to $37 billion, and that profit margins will also be near the high end of its estimate of 36 to 37 percent. Apple shares, which have been under pressure in recent months, shot up 4.97 percent to close at $490.64.

The news from Apple “implies a message from management that the company is back on track,” said Ben Reitzes at Barclays. Telecom analyst Jeff Kagan called the sales “stellar” but said Apple may have boosted the numbers by not allowing pre-orders for the iPhone 5S.

“Traditionally users could pre-order devices. Not this year,” Kagan said. “This year anyone who wanted a new iPhone, must get into line. That bolstered the lines and strengthened opening weekend from a PR perspective. This upset users, but made for great numbers.”

Apple faced criticism for not cutting the price of its iPhone 5C as much as some had expected to appeal to emerging markets and budget-conscious buyers. The lower-cost iPhone sold for $99 in the United States with a carrier subsidy, but $549 without that, and more in other countries. Walter Piecyk at BTIG Research praised Apple for “an incredible manufacturing feat” in getting so many devices to market and said he expects the company to sell 34 million iPhones in the fourth fiscal quarter. All of this gives Apple strong momentum, Piecyk said: “The positive impact on Apple’s impact from the press around the product launch, record sales and recovering stock price cannot be underestimated.”

A survey by the research firm Localytics said the more expensive iPhone 5S was outselling the 5C in the US market by a margin of more than three to one, and by a five-to-one margin in Japan. “This makes sense, since those who feel the need to buy a new device the very weekend it launches are most likely the power users who want the highest-end phone experience,” said Localytics analyst Bernd Leger.

“It’s not altogether clear whether poorer countries are buying more 5c’s compared to 5s’s, but it will be good to keep a close eye on this data in the next few days to see if there is any pattern emerging.” The news came the same day BlackBerry, which just a few years ago was near the top of the smartphone market, said it had reached a deal to sell the company for $4.7 billion, after weak sales of its new handsets which led to losses of nearly $1 billion.

Source : news.yahoo.com/apple-says-9-million-iphones-sold-launch-004615696.html

Best Orlando SEO Company | “Google (GOOG) Announces Calico: 5 Things You Need To Know About The New Healthcare Venture”

Source      : IBT Media Inc
By               : Thomas Halleck
Category  : Best Orlando SEO Company, Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is getting into the growing healthcare business. CEO Larry Page announced on Wednesday that Google has formed Calico, a new startup that will work toward improvements in human health and well-being.

In an official press release, Google says that Calico will focus on “aging and associated diseases.” The search giant is now a major provider of smartphones and tablets (Android), online video (YouTube), internet browsers (Chrome), and will now attempt to extend human life through advances in healthcare.  It seems different from Google’s Internet ventures, but compared to other “moonshots” like Project Loon and the self-driving car, Calico is in some ways a little more down-to-earth. Google cannot serve ads to dead people, after all. Page himself told Time Magazine that while healthcare is far removed from the search giant’s core business, the vision is in line with Google’s original vision of “tremendous potential for technology … to improve people’s lives.”
Here are the five things you need to know about Calico:

1) Google is not looking to cure cancer
At least, not at first. Page told Time that he was amazed to learn that the increase in worldwide life expectancy resulting from a cure for cancer would only be three years. So, instead of looking for a cure for cancer, Page says that Calico will focus on ways to tackle issues such as “decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families.”

2) Google is expected to use its data-processing prowess to solve health issues
Page said that Google has realized over the years that the more resources it has in the most number of industries, the easier it is for the company to “do more things, get more things solved.” That means that the company will likely utilize its powerful data centers to help Calico researchers utilize data, research illnesses and solve problems.

3) Calico will be led by Apple Chairman Arthur Levinson
Arthur Levinson will act as chief executive and investor in Calico, and is currently the CEO of healthcare firm Genentech, a position he is expected to retain. Levinson is also chairman of the board at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), replacing founder Steve Jobs after his death in 2011. Levinson was also formerly on the board at Google.  Levinson began his career as a molecular biologist and is also an inventor who holds more than 11 U.S. patents.

4) Calico is going to start small
Google has not announced the numbers yet — how much it will put into Calico and how many people, but Time reported that sources say Calico is starting with a small number of employees. The small staff will initially focus on “researching new technology.”

5) Calico may take a decade or more to produce results
“In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real,” Page said. “Healthcare is certainly one of those areas … Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.”

Source : ibtimes.com/google-goog-announces-calico-5-things-you-need-know-about-new-healthcare-venture-1408132

Orlando Local SEO | “Mercedes Developing Google Glass Integration”

Source    : hollywoodreporter.com
By        : Michael Walker
Category  : Orlando Local SEO, Local SEO Search

The collaboration is a part of a drive to integrate personal electronic devices with a vehicle’s infotainment systems. Mercedes-Benz is packing its newest models to the rocker panels with cutting-edge technologies derived from the military, Silicon Valley and even Hollywood — the 2014 S-Class combines onboard stereoscopic optical cameras, radars and networked sensors that anticipate collisions, keep the car in its lane and take over from the driver in emergencies. (The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society will name the 2014 S-Class car of the year at its annual awards ceremony Sept. 18 at Paramount Studios.)

Now, the Stuttgart automaker’s North American research and development center in Palo Alto is collaborating with Google to integrate Google Glass with Mercedes’ in-car navigation systems, Wired reports. Google Glass is the controversial computer worn like a pair of glasses; images appear on a semi-transparent display built into the frame. It can surf the web, send and receive texts, and take photos or videos through an integrated camera. The device’s photo and video capabilities have raised privacy and piracy concerns and calls for preemptive bans in casinos, bars and movie theaters.

The Google Glass-Mercedes integration allows an address entered into Google Glass to interface with the car’s GPS navigation system to provide directions while driving. When the car is parked and the driver exits, the directions continue on Google Glass and guide the wearer the rest of the way on foot.

The concept aims to create seamless, door-to-door directions without manually inputting addresses on several devices. Wired road tested a prototype of the system and reported that it worked as advertised. An app already available for Tesla owners allows Google Glass — for now in the hands of 2,000 hand-picked early adopters — to check the all-electric sedan’s charging status, lock and unlock doors, and find it on a map.

Such tight integration between automobiles and smartphones and devices like Google Glass will become more prevalent as consumers increasingly select cars based on their ability to interface with personal electronic devices, says Mark Wakefield, director of automotive practice with AlixPartners, a global consulting firm. “Making it easier to connect the in-car life with the out-of-car life — anything that makes that more seamless is a huge deal,” Wakefield says. One of the top priorities for automakers today, he says, “is to make as many of those features we’re used to seeing on a mobile device exist in a car. People are actually buying cars based on these capabilities.” Google Glass is expected to go on sale in 2014.

Source : hollywoodreporter.com/news/mercedes-developing-google-glass-integration-614572