BlackBerry's Makeover Is Taking Shape By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive John Chen last month made a surprising promise: in an internal memo, he told employees that years of layoffs and shrinking had come to an end, and that the company would be scouting for acquisitions. It was the latest signal from Mr. Chen, who took the reins at the smartphone maker less than a year ago amid mounting losses and declining sales, that his plan to stop competing in the consumer market is showing results.

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Show Me the Money: The Latest Business Technology Trends By By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly 4 ways to increase cash flow and efficiency using technology. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Buys Movirtu In Bid To Woo More Corporate Customers By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu's virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. This allows employees to switch between work and personal profiles easily without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards. BlackBerry said the acquisition of Movirtu complements its Secure Work Space, BlackBerry Balance and other offerings, which give many employees the freedom and privacy they want for their personal use while delivering the security and management needed for business use of smartphone devices.

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BlackBerry Teams With Verizon To Keep Business Away From Android And IOS By Clip Syndicate As BlackBerry struggles to regain momentum in the smartphone market, it is looking for ways to hold on to its existing clients, which is why a partnership with Verizon could be huge for enterprise customers. Verizon announced this week that if a business decides to stick with BlackBerry, it will receive up to $150 in bill credits for every legacy device it upgrades. ...Read More »
Job Alert for 8-21-14 By Clip Syndicate Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this fall in Cabot. A temporary hiring center has opened at 1102 S. Pine St. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com. Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.* Interested veterans may find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com. Walmart provides a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time associates. For example, it provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance. The majority of new associates will begin work in October to help prepare the store for its grand opening. Concentra is looking for talented professionals who will embrace and personify the Company values of: A Healing Focus, A Selfless Heart, and A Tireless Resolve. Successful candidates will be those who exemplify the welcoming, respectful & skillful behaviors that support our Company focus on excellence in health, wellness, customer service and a passion for lifestyle change. Under supervision, assists the Center Administrator in the supervision and coordination of activities of Center staff to ensure optimal level of center operations and customer satisfaction according to Concentra policies, practices and procedures. Assists in planning and preparing work schedules and assigns colleagues to specific duties. Assists in ensuring the financial performance of the center. Assists in developing and maintaining new policies, procedures and training programs for the assigned center. Assists with hiring, training, and evaluating Center operations colleagues in consultation with Human Resources. Assists Center Medical Director with the hiring, training, disciplining and terminating of back office personnel. Assists in the preparation and review of operational reports and schedules to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Assists Center Administrator in conjunction with Human Resources in the implementation of Human Resource policies and procedures for Center personnel. Assists in preparing annual budgets. Assists with on-site tours and training of Center personnel to present clinic services to clients to ensure achievement of established goals. Provides technical support and/or resources to client and Center personnel. Assists with managing on-site nursing services provided by Center to client companies, including billing counseling, and supervision of on-site personnel. Assists in enhancing communication between Client Company and Center and identification of problems with service to clients. Supervises testing by medical staff to ensure proper performance, and ensures all certifications are current and regulatory procedures are adhered. Assists in monitoring marketplace trends and gathers competitive information. Assists in coordinating and consolidating services with local vendors to obtain best prices for goods and services obtained. Facilitates productivity and customer service. Performs other duties, as assigned. A key member of the Membership, Volunteer, Program Department, the Membership Specialist is responsible for developing, retaining, and increasing girl/adult membership in assigned geographic area; recruits and provides ongoing support to volunteers; assists in developing and implementing plans for membership extension in all markets; represents and extends Girl Scouting in the community through presentations, collaborative efforts, and networking; and ensures the Girl Scout Program is visible and accessible within assigned geographic area. MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Recruit volunteers to work with girls in a variety of settings using traditional and non-traditional means. 2. Develops and administers effective special short-term programs focused on recruitment of girls 3. Effectively identifies, analyzes, and solves problems, and successfully handles conflict resolution in assigned areas. 4. Establishes and maintains contact with community organizations and educational institutions to deliver Girl Scouting to underserved girls by implementing programs under the guidance and supervision of the Council’s Program Director. 5. Encourages and supports Service Units and volunteers in their areas under the guidance of the Volunteer Pathways Department 6. Recruits, trains, and provides on-going support, supervision, and direction to administrative volunteers in assigned geographic areas by interpreting GSUSA and council policies, standards, and procedures, and by ensuring the availability of support services to enable volunteers to carry out their jobs effectively. ...Read More »
Video: Smartphone Suit Against Google Plays Into Rivals' Hands By Clip Syndicate A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court. The suit, filed in California federal court in May by two smartphone consumers, said Google requires handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics to restrict competing apps like Microsoft's Bing search on Android phones, partly by making Google's own apps the default. Google argued last week the proposed class action should be dismissed because consumers still are free to use the other apps.

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Video: Why E-Readers Are The Next IPods By Clip Syndicate Suddenly it seems that no one wants to be in the e-reader business. Barnes & Noble announced plans this week to spin off a company built around its Nook e-reader after revenues for its Nook business fell 22% versus the previous year. Sales for the 2014 fiscal year fell 35%. While Amazon doesn't break out sales for its Kindle e-readers, it's in the process of launching its first smartphone . ...Read More »
Video: Why E-Readers Are The Next IPods By Clip Syndicate Suddenly it seems that no one wants to be in the e-reader business. Barnes & Noble announced plans this week to spin off a company built around its Nook e-reader after revenues for its Nook business fell 22% versus the previous year. Sales for the 2014 fiscal year fell 35%. While Amazon doesn't break out sales for its Kindle e-readers, it's in the process of launching its first smartphone . ...Read More »
Japan Display's Reliance On IPhone Orders Rises In 2013-14 By DMO Affiliate Japan Display Inc, the world's biggest smartphone LCD maker, got a third of its revenue from Apple Inc in the year to March, growing more reliant on the iPhone even as it seeks to bump up orders from fast-growing Chinese smartphone makers. ...Read More »
Spanish Mobile Company Aims At High-Quality Low-Cost Niche By DMO Affiliate Spanish mobile company BQ has a strategy for taking on Samsung and Apple in its home country: give the people a smartphone with decent services and a good camera. BQ's nine partners are convinced that's the way that its Aquaris E5--the first smartphone fully developed in Spain--can slice away at the market share of the smartphone giants, in a country with a youth unemployment rate of 53%. Its Mi 3 smartphone sells for about $270, about the same price of BQ's device. ...Read More »
Video: Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform: 'We Consider Apple A Direct Competitor' By Clip Syndicate While many smart home companies are likely gearing up to work with Apple's newly announced Home platform, others companies like Vivint want to revolutionize the home automation industry all on their own. The Utah-based company launched a smart hub called Vivint Sky on Tuesday, which will let users control everything from the lights, thermostat and door locks to high-definition security cameras throughout the home — all from a smartphone, laptop or tablet. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Earnings Show Signs Of Stabilization Under New CEO By DMO Affiliate Finally, some good news for BlackBerry . The Canadian smartphone maker reported its earnings results for the first-quarter for fiscal year 2015 on Thursday. To the surprise of many analysts, the company managed to report a small profit — $23 million, thanks to accounting adjustments under General Accepted Accounting Principles. BlackBerry's cash and investment balance is now at $3.1 billion at the end of quarter one for 2014, up from $2.7 billion the prior quarter.

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BlackBerry Posts A 1Q Profit, Beats Expectations By DMO Affiliate Blackberry surprised Wall Street by posting profit for the first quarter. The embattled smartphone company reported net income of $23 million, or 4 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. It had reported a loss of $84 million a year ago. It was the third quarterly results under new chief executive John Chen, who is deemphasizing the hardware business after last year's launch of the BlackBerry 10 failed to spark a turnaround.

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Samsung Electronics' Display Unit Considers Building Vietnam Factory By DMO Affiliate A unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday that it was in talks with the Vietnam government, over building a factory to make display modules for mobile phones. Samsung Electronics, a close rival to Apple Incorporated, is ramping up production in low-cost Vietnam, amid an intensifying price war in the smartphone market. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said Samsung Display was considering an investment of $1 billion to build the plant by 2020. ...Read More »
Amazon Makes Pitch To App Developers Ahead Of Rumored Smartphone Launch By DMO Affiliate Amazon may not have a new smartphone yet, but it already seems to be making a not-so-subtle pitch for developers to build apps for one. The ecommerce giant announced Monday that its Appstore for Android devices and the Kindle Fire now has more than 240,000 apps, nearly triple the number one year earlier. That still makes the Amazon app ecosystem significantly smaller than Apple or Google, both of which now have more than one million apps across their respective devices, but the growing number of apps is only part of the pitch.

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Amazon Launches Music Streaming For Prime Members By DMO Affiliate Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings, including grocery delivery and streaming TV. The announcement comes just days ahead of the expected unveiling of the company's first smartphone. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices.

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Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform: 'We Consider Apple A Direct Competitor' By DMO Affiliate While many smart home companies are likely gearing up to work with Apple's newly announced Home platform, others companies like Vivint want to revolutionize the home automation industry all on their own. The Utah-based company launched a smart hub called Vivint Sky on Tuesday, which will let users control everything from the lights, thermostat and door locks to high-definition security cameras throughout the home — all from a smartphone, laptop or tablet. The catch, of course, is that you'll need Vivint-branded lights and thermostats for the hub to work.

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China's ZTE Bets On High-end Phones To Lift 2015 Shipments By A Third By DMO Affiliate China's ZTE Corp is banking on high-end smartphones to help raise global shipments by a third next year and establish a brand to rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc at home. Shenzhen-based ZTE, which also makes telecommunications network equipment, aims to increase its global smartphone shipments from 40 million last year to 60 million this year, 80 million next year and 100 million in 2016.

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T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint As No. 3 Smartphone Buyer In U.S. By DMO Affiliate According to a report, T-Mobile overtook Sprint Corp as the No. 3 smartphone purchaser in the United States in the first quarter as the company used aggressive discounting to add more new subscribers than any other U.S. wireless operator. According to Neil Shah, analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research T-mobile bought 6 million smartphones in the first quarter, compared with Sprint's 5 million. ...Read More »
Video: T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint As No. 3 Smartphone Buyer In U.S. By Clip Syndicate According to a report, T-Mobile overtook Sprint Corp as the No. 3 smartphone purchaser in the United States in the first quarter as the company used aggressive discounting to add more new subscribers than any other U.S. wireless operator. According to Neil Shah, analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research T-mobile bought 6 million smartphones in the first quarter, compared with Sprint's 5 million. While T-mobile still trails Sprint in total subscribers, the numbers show that T-Mobile's price cuts and promotions are working. ...Read More »

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