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Apple CEO Steve Jobs declares war on Google and RIM

Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs declares war on RIM and Google

In an unprecedented move, Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized on both of his biggest smartphone rivals, during Apple’s quarterly earnings call. He claimed that Google’s Android system is fragmented and it is very difficult to code for developers. He also lashed out at Research In Motion, that they are too much in their comfort zones and not able to move beyond developing handsets for companies.

He has reason to be boasting, Steve Jobs’ company has just reported that for the first time Apple has broken the $20 Billion in revenue in a quarter. They also have a net income of $4.31 Billion with an Earning Per Share of $4.64. This represents a 70% growth from the same quarter last year.

The tremendous growth is mainly contributed by iPhone sales. During this quarter they have sold 14.1 Million iPhones, compare to 7.4 Million same quarter last year. This is a 91% increased over last year’s quarter.

“We sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter which represents a 91 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter and was well ahead of IDC’s latest published estimate of 64 percent growth for the global smartphone market in the September quarter,” said Jobs. “And it handily beat RIM’s 12.1 million Blackberrys sold in their most recent quarter ending in August. We’ve now passed RIM, and I don’t seem them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company.”

China surprises the market by raising interest rates to battle inflation

October 19, 2010 Business, Featured News No Comments

People's Bank of China in Beijing

To tame the overheated economy, China raised its interest rate by .25% for the first time in almost 3 years. This move has surprised the market. The official position was to keep the current interest rate unchanged. The deposit rate was raised to 2.5% and the lending rate increases to 5.56%.

China’s central bank announcement creates shock waves through out the world markets. Money, flocked to U.S. Dollars, increases its value worldwide against other currencies. It also sends stock markets lower on exchanges.

China’s move is an indication that it cannot itself tame the country’s sharp rise in inflation and its soaring house prices. China has excess money liquidity in the economy, and the rest of the world is overflowing money into China for investment. China’s mandate is to keep inflation under control and maintain tight control of its currency fluctuation.

Another reason for the move is that China has experienced sharp increases in bank lending during both August and September. This is an indication that the country’s overheated economy.

“This move is symbolically huge, as it is the first rate hike for this cycle,” Dong Tao, a Hong Kong based economist at Credit Suisse claimed. “Yet it may only have limited impact on the real economy because overall rates are still at excessively low level. This move probably will dampen sentiment in the property sector and equity market in the short run. However, we think excess liquidity will still prevail, if this is just a one-off rate hike.”

Some view this as a vicious cycle. With higher interest rates, more money will be attracted to China for speculative investments. In hopes that China will continue to increase interest rates and will let its currency appreciate, more money inflow means more inflation problems and even higher property prices.

Alzheimer’s Futurists Explain How America Can Cope With the Epidemic

October 18, 2010 Featured News, Health No Comments

Alzheimer

Alzheimer's Futurists Explain How America Can Cope With the Epidemic

Providing meaningful roles in society, involving children, and embracing a love-based approach are how America can successfully cope with the soaring numbers of people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other memory-impairing diseases.  That’s the view of Alzheimer’s futurists Loren Shook and Steve Winner, who say the nation must elevate care for those with the disease alongside the ongoing efforts to develop prevention and cure measures.  They issue a call to action in their new book, The Silverado Story: A Memory-Care Culture Where Love is Greater than Fear. The book is being published on November 1, the start of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

“Despite enormous activity by researchers, no drugs or medical procedures have yet been found for preventing or curing memory-impairing diseases,” said Shook.  ”It is critical that their work continue and we support it. But it’s also crucial to focus on improving the lives of the millions of people who currently have memory impairment and the millions more who will develop it in the future.”

The Silverado Story details practices Shook and Winner believe should form the core of America’s response to what is being called the Alzheimer’s epidemic.  The approaches are central at Silverado Senior Living, the memory-care organization the pair established nearly 15 years ago. Silverado’s founding innovations, including the lack of physical and pharmaceutical restraints, drug reduction, exercise, and the active role of children and pets have now been widely adopted across the field.  A groundbreaking study conducted at Silverado’s memory-care community in Escondido, Calif. by University of California at San Diego researcher Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel revealed the positive impact of sunlight on the mood and behavior of those with memory-impairment.  This finding has also shaped professional care standards. More than 3,500 memory-impaired people have regained the ability to walk and over 2,500 have become able to feed themselves again while in Silverado’s care.

Practices Shook and Winner say are key for the future include:

  • Providing the memory-impaired with meaningful roles in the mainstream of daily life.  ”Every human being needs a sense of purpose and value to others,” Winner said.  ”This desire doesn’t go away as a person’s Alzheimer’s progresses.  If anything, it becomes even more vital for maintaining their self-esteem and spirit.  It is incumbent upon us as a society to offer the memory-impaired opportunities to participate instead of isolating them.”  Winner points out the success of including the developmentally-disabled in society’s mainstream in the latter part of the 20th century.  ”We all now accept this as normal and understand its importance.  We must do the same for those with Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • Putting children in close touch with the memory-impaired so they grow into concerned adults.  ”The current generation of adults is uncomfortable around people with Alzheimer’s and this attitude is a major reason many are kept shut away from society,” Winner said.  ”But children have open minds and hearts.  They are able to quickly accept and befriend the memory-impaired.  A number of young people who participate at our Silverado memory-care communities have chosen to dedicate their careers to Alzheimer’s care because of their early positive experiences.  This is a wonderful model for all to follow.”
  • Approaching the issue with the principle that “Love is greater than fear.”  Shook says, “By this, we mean embracing the memory-impaired and acting in their best interests through the spirit of love, rather than shunning them because of our own fears of the disease.  This belief will be essential to making memory-impairment care as great a social focus as are prevention and cure.”

More information on the book The Silverado Story is available at www.SilveradoStory.com.  All net proceeds from the sale of The Silverado Story will benefit the Future Senior Care Leaders Fund, a scholarship program for those training for leadership roles in serving the memory-impaired, administered by the non-profit Silverado Foundation.

Father-Son Team To Release Radical Rethink of Online Compatibility Test

Online Dating

Online Dating

Clicck is at it again. The online dating website that married cutting edge technology with online matchmaking, is now questioning the viability of the industries current standard for pairing two individuals based on complementary personalities. Clicck’s psychological team, disappointed with the large number of online compatibility tests that lack clinical legitimacy, is working hard to create a meaningful alternative. While not trying to provide a full psychological profile, Clicck’s current questionnaire based on Big Five theory and the Neo is being reworked to generate a more in-depth review into what makes a potential mate tick, providing users with a much clearer and potentially more successful match.

Clicck keeps it in the family with a unique father-son team headed by one of America’s most respected psychologists, Diplomate Dr. Christopher Ovide Sr. who joined his son, CEO Christopher Ovide Jr. this year to provide a more accurate and professionally designed tool for those looking online for love. Dr. Ovide has teamed with Dr. Heather Martens, an attending psychologist with the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex currently focused on relationship and marriage counseling, her subsequent analysis is vital in developing a realistic and comprehensive psychological profile given the restraints of online technology.

“During our research and review of the available data we determined that it is essential to assess every aspect of an individual’s personality and include demographic compatibility into the mix before indicating two persons are compatible,” said Dr. Ovide. “In addition we felt it critical that people understand a compatibility test is not the same as a psychological profile. That being said we hope to provide a compatibility questionnaire that gives a fairly accurate psychological assessment to users in the hope that we provide more successful matches.”

Clicck’s second iteration compatibility questionnaire will also include two unique dimensions Dr. Ovide and Dr. Martins feel are absolutely essential to matching, but are not currently in use. “This is very exciting,” says CEO Chris Ovide Jr. “The new dimensions and a more user specific questionnaire will allow us to concentrate our recommendations and decrease the number of inaccurate matches.”

Chris Ovide Jr. is also excited about Clicck’s additional developments including two mobile apps currently in development and being engaged in sourcing A Round Financing with a prominent Venture Capital Firm in New York.

World-Class Snowboarding for the First Time in China

Snowboarder-Shaun-White

Oakley and Shaun White present Air & Style Snowboarding

The 2010/2011 snowboard season is starting with a big bang: The legendary snowboard contest Air & Style is coming to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, with the 6-star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event “Oakley and Shaun White present Air & Style Beijing 2010″ on December 4, 2010, at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium, venue of the Olympic football tournament at Beijing Olympic Games 2008. The event is being held with the full support from Beijing Sports and Beijing government.

Unique mix of top sports and top music

This is the first time ever that world-class contest snowboarding is coming to China, with the superstars of snowboarding competing for the famous Air & Style Ring of Glory, the world’s most valuable trophy in snowboarding. “The Oakley and Shaun White present Air & Style Beijing 2010″ is presenting a unique mix of top sports and top live music acts to the Chinese public, perfectly tailored for celebrating the lifestyle of young people. With its cool and stylish reputation the Air & Style has become the world’s premier snowboarding event.

Great combination: Shaun White and Air & Style

With the world’s most legendary contest Air & Style and snowboarding’s global superstar Shaun White, two-time Olympic Gold medalist and Air & Style winner, teaming up for a snowboarding event, the expected 15,000 spectators on-site and millions on the internet and on TV should already now get ready for great sports, great entertainment, great fn and a great party.

16 of the world’s best snowboarders, with top riders such as Scotty Lago, Andreas Wiig or Peetu Piiroinen already confirmed, will drop off from the 42m tall inrun to perform breathtaking tricks over the gigantic straight jump — competing for the prize money of US-$100,000 and 1,000 points in the TTR world ranking and the famous Air & Style ring of glory.

Air & Style: The world’s premier snowboarding event

With its roots going back to 1993, Air & Style has become the world’s most traditional and renowned snowboard contest, having drawn as many as 30,000 people to watch the sports’ best athletes. It was at the Air & Style contests in 2003 and 2004 in Austria where Shaun White won his first major contest. From there on his career path went all the way to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals and substantially define the tremendous progression the sport of snowboarding has experienced over the past years.

Related leaders of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport said that the World Snowboard Tour Beijing brought by “Air & Style” is the first time for Beijing to hold the world top-class snowboard events, and also the first large-scale outdoor winter sport event in Beijing. It will be one of the major sports event brands in Beijing and will promote the development of China’s outdoor winter sports. It is an epoch marking sporting festival. Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sport will pay close attention to, cooperate actively with and provide full support to this event, ensuring the smooth operation of this World Snowboard Tour Beijing 2010.

International Olympic Committee executive Gerhard Heiberg said: “After the promotion, participation and witness of the success of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, I was so honored and excited to help materialize the introduction of 2010 Air & Style to Beijing, which will bring China a world winter sport event. I expect Air & Style will open the curtain of China’s top- class winter sports programs! And I hope this will push forward the flourishing of outdoor winter sports in China. Beijing has a long winter and it is appropriate to hold the winter sports programs here. I also hope that in the future, Beijing will be in the list of the cities that apply for the hosting of the Winter Olympic Games!”

Andrew Hourmont said: “Having worked for almost two years to make this happen, we are now extremely proud to be the first ones to bring the best snowboarding in the world to China. Only through our organisation’s hard work and our close collaboration with the Beijing authorities and their dedication to bring Air & Style to China, this event is being made possible. It again proves the strength of the Air & Style brand in the world of young sports events. China can look forward to a fantastic event, which will again push forward the level of competitive snowboarding.”

Michelle Obama is Campaigning for the First Time in 2 Years

October 14, 2010 Featured News No Comments
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

The First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown to start another campaign trail, the first since 2008 for her husband’s presidential election.

She started three fund raising campaigns on Wednesday both for Russ Feingold for a U.S. senate seat in Wisconsin, and Alex Giannoulias for another senate seat in Illinois; she also spoked at congressional fundraising events  for Bill Foster, Debbie Halvorson and Dan Seals.

“You see, more than anything else, I come at this stuff, more, as a mom,” she said in Wisconsin. “When I think about the issues facing our nation, I think about what it means. And I think about what it means for the world we’re leaving for them and for all our children.”

“I told you that you had to have my husband’s back … I told you that if I were giving him up, you had to have his back because my husband can’t do this alone. He can’t do it alone. He needs leaders like Alexi right by his side,” she said at Giannoulias’ dinner.

She also spoke in Obama’s style of being personable and using personal experience in the speech. “I know that was true in my family growing up. That’s why even after my dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he hardly ever missed a day of work. . . . My dad kept getting up . . . because he wanted something better for me and my brother,” she said. “And it was also true in Barack’s family.”

Sports & Recreation

SportsMetriX System Linked to NCAA Tournament Upsets

6 Nov 2010

NCAA Basketball Tournament

The unprecedented number of upsets in last season’s NCAA tournament was no coincidence. SportsMetriX software was the one common link that helped Butler, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Baylor, and Cornell for preparing pregame reports for their opponents. Sienna and Montana …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along with his parents Mark and …

World-Class Snowboarding for the First Time in China

15 Oct 2010

Snowboarder-Shaun-White

The 2010/2011 snowboard season is starting with a big bang: The legendary snowboard contest Air & Style is coming to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, with the 6-star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event “Oakley and Shaun White present Air …

Entertainment

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative Channel Services (CCS). Recently, the …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Aggressive Tobacco Control Strategy and Proposed Graphic Warning Labels

10 Nov 2010

Smoking

Legacy applauds HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its bold new effort announced today to …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along …

BODY WORLDS’ Producer Sets Sights on Disease Prevention, Creates New Museum Exhibition Addressing American Health Issues

26 Oct 2010

Body World

Anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and physician, Dr. Angelina Whalley, the trailblazing scientist and creative designer behind Gunther von Hagens’  BODY WORLDS — the anatomical exhibitions seen by 32 million visitors worldwide — announced BODY …

Featured News

Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the ‘enhanced pat-downs’ simply go too …

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

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Business

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at least one item from Nov. …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Finance

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

High Unemployment Rates Lead Consumers Searching For Debt Resolution Morgan Drexen Supports Attorneys In Reducing Debt

1 Nov 2010

Attorneys In Reducing Debt

After several months out of work Stephanie Silver had drained her 401(K) and her debt was rising. Personal savings were not an option for Stephanie an Oregon resident; she started using her credit cards for everyday items. Stephanie’s husband was …

Identity Theft 911 Recommends Identity Theft Services Shopping Tips From The Consumer Federation

23 Oct 2010

National Protect Your Identity Week

In recognition of National Protect Your Identity Week,Identity Theft 911 (http://www.identitytheft911.com) announces its support for the checklist “Nine Things to Check When Shopping for Identity Theft Services” released by the Consumer Federation of America this week. Identity Theft is the …

Technology

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative …

Travel

Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the …

Yakima Vehicle Racks Gives Thanksgiving Travelers Smart Options for Carrying Gear, Luggage and Family

5 Nov 2010

YAKIMA-car-rack

With Americans downsizing to smaller cars and hybrids, Thanksgiving travelers face new challenges on where to put luggage, family and gear. Yakima (www.yakima.com), known for vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, trailers …

Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas Begins Nov. 1

29 Oct 2010

OZARK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

With dozens of star-filled Christmas music shows and a glittering array of light displays, including the 1-mile Branson Area Festival of Lights drive-through, “The Live Music Show Capital of the World” kicks off its annual …