El 64% de los consumidores aumentaría el uso del comercio móvil si se incrementaran los métodos de pago – @mma_spain


El 64% de los consumidores aumentaría el uso del comercio móvil si se incrementaran los métodos de pago

Según un estudio realizado por SAP, los consumidores quieren más comercio móvil a través de sus teléfonos, por lo que piden más interacciones a bancos, telcos, retail y utilities.

De forma generalizada, los consumidores quieren más servicios de comercio móvil a través de sus teléfonos, aunque los elementos que contribuyen a una mayor adopción de la compra por Internet y las barreras que se encuentran, varían entre los distintos países y las diferentes industrias, según indican los resultados del estudio. Los mercados emergentes como Sudáfrica, Arabia Saudí y China muestran una mayor predisposición al cambio, dado que el 96% de los participantes han expresado su deseo de usar su móvil para comprar bienes o servicios, frente al 59% en mercados maduros.

En líneas generales, el estudio muestra que los consumidores serían más proclives a aumentar el uso de los servicios de comercio móvil si tuvieran más opciones de métodos de pago (64%), si los pagos a través del móvil fueran aceptados por más comercios minoristas (51%), si recibieran actualizaciones sobre el estado de sus pedidos de forma regular (41%) y si se incentivaran más por parte de las marcas y servicios (32%). Continuar leyendo «El 64% de los consumidores aumentaría el uso del comercio móvil si se incrementaran los métodos de pago – @mma_spain»

The Global Education Race

At the event, Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Ben Wildavsky discussed key findings from his book, The Great Brain Race. He documented that student mobility is now taking place to a degree never been seen in history. More than three million students travel outside their home countries to study—a 57 percent increase in just the past decade. What’s more, those extraordinary numbers are projected to nearly triple, to 8 million, by 2025. In a competitive global marketplace, student recruiting is fierce. (New Zealand even resorted to a viral video showing two students making out in the corner of a hot tub; the camera pulls back to show a pair of disapproving adults in the other corner followed by the caption “Get further away from your parents”.)

Western universities are bringing their offerings to students all over the world. There now have more than 160 branch campuses, mostly in the Middle East and Asia—an increase of 43 percent in just a few years.


Vivek Wadhwa | //techcrunch.com

Earlier this week, I participated in a fascinating series of discussions at The Economist magazine’s summit called “The Ideas Economy: Human Potential – When the world grows up”. I came away with the realization that we’re not tapping into even a tiny fraction of the potential that human beings have. Additionally, we have a unique opportunity, today, to leverage the entire world’s talent.  In Silicon Valley, in particular, ideas are the currency that matter, and these are the keys to innovation and economic success. Knowledge creation has globalized and there is a fierce race underway for talent. We can fear this all we want, but we have a choice: raise protectionist barriers and lose the race, or recognize the new reality and take advantage of the opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Continuar leyendo «The Global Education Race»

Monuments & Landmarks of the World

18. Aug, 2010 0 Comments 20diggsdigg 0 Comments 2 These are the Famous Monuments/Landmarks of the world. This collection includes Famous Places, Statues, Minarets, Mosques, Temples etc. I’m going to paste these in Alphabetical Order. I am apologizing in advance if I forgot any Famous Monument, but please point it to me so I’ll be adding it here. Allah’s Home, Kaba, Saudi Arabia: Acropolis Parthenon, Athens, Greece: Admiral Nelson Column, Montreal, Canada: Admirality Arch, London, England: Angkor Wat Cambodia: Arc de Triomphe, France: Ayers Rock, Uluru National Park, Australia: Azadi Monument, Iran: Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan: Big Ben, Westminister, London, UK: Blue Mosque, Istambol, Turkey: Burj Al Arab, Dubai: Burj Dubai, Dubai, UAE: Castle s Angelo, Rome, Italy: Castle of La Mota, Spain: Catles of Fussen, Germany: Cliff Dwellings, Mesa Verde, New Mexico: CN Towers, Canada: Colosseum, Rome, Italy: Easter Island Heads, Chile: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan: Forbidden City, China: Four Freedoms Monument, Evansville, USA: Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA: Gateway of India, Mumbai, India: Gazprom Building, St. Petersburg, Russia: Gazzadonf Carcassonne, France: Giza Pyramids, Egypt: Golden Pavillion, Japan: Great Wall of China, China: Great Budda, Japan: Great Minaret Samarra Mosque, Iraq: Great Mosque of Timbaktu, Mali: Jefferson Monument, Washington, USA: Kościuszko Mound, Kraków, Poland: Kuwait Towers, Kuwait: Lahore Fort, Pakistan: London Tower Bridge, England: Louvre Pyramide, Paris, France: Machu Picchu, Peru: Masjid Nabwi, Madina, Saudi Arabia: Mayan Aztec Temple, Mexico: Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan: Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA: National Monument, Islamabad, Pakistan: Edinburgh National Monument, Scotland: National Monument, Jakarta, Indonesia: Notre Dame Cathedra, Paris, France: Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Petronas Towers, Malaysia: Pisa Tower, Italy: Polata Palace, Lhasa, Tibet: Qutb Minar, India: Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy: Statue of Liberty, USA: Stonehenge, Wiltshire County, UK: Taj Mahal, Agra, India: The Sphinx, Egypt: Quaid-e-Azam Tomb, Karachi, Pakistan: Tours to Bijapur, India: Washington Monument, USA:


These are the Famous Monuments/Landmarks of the world. This collection includes Famous Places, Statues, Minarets, Mosques, Temples etc. I’m going to paste these in Alphabetical Order. I am apologizing in advance if I forgot any Famous Monument, but please point it to me so I’ll be adding it here.

Allah’s Home, Kaba, Saudi Arabia:

Acropolis Parthenon, Athens, Greece:

Admiral Nelson Column, Montreal, Canada:

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The Torch 9800: BlackBerry’s Big Jump

The BlackBerry Torch offers many improvements, including a touchscreen, but may not be able to reverse RIM’s reputation as a tired brand

By Rich Jaroslovsky

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Many among the digerati dismiss the BlackBerry as a tired remnant of yesterday’s technology. And its maker, Research In Motion (RIMM), often gets lumped with Microsoft (MSFT) and Nokia (NOK) as wireless pioneers who squandered early advantages and are sinking toward irrelevance. The BlackBerry Torch 9800, which went on sale in the U.S. on Aug. 12, is RIM’s latest effort to answer the charge.

The Torch—which will cost $199 with a two-year AT&T (T) contract—is the first BlackBerry to combine its trademark physical keyboard with a touchscreen and the first to run a new operating system, BlackBerry 6. By and large it should succeed in keeping RIM loyalists satisfied. It may also appeal to those who have yet to make the move from more limited devices, though it doesn’t provide users of competing smartphones with a compelling reason to switch.

There’s no mistaking the Torch for anything but a BlackBerry. It has that classic shape and, unfortunately, heft: It weighs about 5.7 ounces, making it approximately 18 percent heavier than an iPhone 4. That’s largely because of the keyboard, which slides out from behind the 3.2-inch screen.

After some trouble setting up the Torch to work with my e-mail system—the phone froze twice while configuring itself—it finally took. From then on it functioned smoothly, providing the same stable and secure e-mail and messaging services that have made BlackBerry so beloved by corporate IT departments—and so frightening to governments like those of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have threatened to ban or restrict them unless RIM makes it easier to monitor encrypted transmissions.


The BlackBerry Torch offers many improvements, including a touchscreen, but may not be able to reverse RIM’s reputation as a tired brand

By Rich Jaroslovsky

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Many among the digerati dismiss the BlackBerry as a tired remnant of yesterday’s technology. And its maker, Research In Motion (RIMM), often gets lumped with Microsoft (MSFT) and Nokia (NOK) as wireless pioneers who squandered early advantages and are sinking toward irrelevance. The BlackBerry Torch 9800, which went on sale in the U.S. on Aug. 12, is RIM’s latest effort to answer the charge.

The Torch—which will cost $199 with a two-year AT&T (T) contract—is the first BlackBerry to combine its trademark physical keyboard with a touchscreen and the first to run a new operating system, BlackBerry 6. By and large it should succeed in keeping RIM loyalists satisfied. It may also appeal to those who have yet to make the move from more limited devices, though it doesn’t provide users of competing smartphones with a compelling reason to switch.

There’s no mistaking the Torch for anything but a BlackBerry. It has that classic shape and, unfortunately, heft: It weighs about 5.7 ounces, making it approximately 18 percent heavier than an iPhone 4. That’s largely because of the keyboard, which slides out from behind the 3.2-inch screen.

After some trouble setting up the Torch to work with my e-mail system—the phone froze twice while configuring itself—it finally took. From then on it functioned smoothly, providing the same stable and secure e-mail and messaging services that have made BlackBerry so beloved by corporate IT departments—and so frightening to governments like those of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have threatened to ban or restrict them unless RIM makes it easier to monitor encrypted transmissions. Continuar leyendo «The Torch 9800: BlackBerry’s Big Jump»

BlackBerry Challenges Grow as Countries, RIM Collide

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces increasing challenges to its overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber-security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”


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By Anthony DiPaola and Hugo Miller

(Updates with RIM’s global sales in fourth paragraph.)

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces increasing challenges to its overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber-security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.” Continuar leyendo «BlackBerry Challenges Grow as Countries, RIM Collide»

BlackBerry Challenges Set to Spread as Governments, RIM Collide

By Anthony DiPaola, Hugo Miller and Vivian Salama

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces challenges to overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is focusing on countries including India, the U.A.E., Indonesia and Brazil as a decade of North American expansion slows. Revenue from outside North America and the U.K. nearly doubled last quarter as U.S. sales, which account for a quarter of revenue, dropped 7 percent.

For RIM, the pioneer in handheld e-mail devices, security is one of the main advantages it touts over competitors. All BlackBerry e-mails are handled by the company’s own enterprise servers, making the devices popular with companies and government officials including Barack Obama, who kept his BlackBerry after becoming U.S. president.


By Anthony DiPaola, Hugo Miller and Vivian Salama

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces challenges to overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is focusing on countries including India, the U.A.E., Indonesia and Brazil as a decade of North American expansion slows. Revenue from outside North America and the U.K. nearly doubled last quarter as U.S. sales, which account for a quarter of revenue, dropped 7 percent.

For RIM, the pioneer in handheld e-mail devices, security is one of the main advantages it touts over competitors. All BlackBerry e-mails are handled by the company’s own enterprise servers, making the devices popular with companies and government officials including Barack Obama, who kept his BlackBerry after becoming U.S. president. Continuar leyendo «BlackBerry Challenges Set to Spread as Governments, RIM Collide»

UAE to Ban BlackBerry E-mail, Web Browsing and Messaging

Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will soon ban e-mail, web browsing and messaging for the BlackBerry smartphone.

“In the public interest, we have today informed the providers of telecommunications services in the country of our decision to suspend the Blackberry services of messenger, email and electronic browsing,” stated Mohammed al-Ghanem, the chief of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national-security concerns,” continued the government’s statement. According to al-Ghanem, “It’s a final decision,” but they are continuing discussions with Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry device.


Ben Parr

Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will soon ban e-mail, web browsing and messaging for the BlackBerry smartphone.

“In the public interest, we have today informed the providers of telecommunications services in the country of our decision to suspend the Blackberry services of messenger, email and electronic browsing,” stated Mohammed al-Ghanem, the chief of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national-security concerns,” continued the government’s statement. According to al-Ghanem, “It’s a final decision,” but they are continuing discussions with Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry device. Continuar leyendo «UAE to Ban BlackBerry E-mail, Web Browsing and Messaging»

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