One of the World's Largest Flight Information Displays Powered by Matrox M-Series Cards Munich Airport serves around 39-million passengers annually. The original analog flight information display system (FIDS) had been in operation since the airport opened in 1992, representing arrival and departure information on multiple small LEDs. The system required a high level of IT maintenance and intervention to keep it operational. Munich Airport sought a replacement solution that could reliably display flight arrival and departure information with minimal downtime. ...Read More »
Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins Now Helms Powermat By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry's comeback tour last year ended in disappointment. Ex-BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins was ousted last November, replaced by current CEO John Chen, who has shifted the company's focus toward business software and security. While BlackBerry smartphones remain in the mix, they're no longer the priority. Heins, however, has re-emerged. This week, he was named CEO of wireless-charging company Powermat.

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How China Is Disrupting The Mobile And CE Markets By Clip Syndicate Anyone in the tech industry has heard of Xiaomi and OnePlus by now. Xiaomi has surpassed both Apple and Samsung as the No. 1 smartphone in China, and OnePlus this month announced U.S. pre-orders for its ultra-low-cost, high-quality smartphone OnePlus One, which is winning rave reviews. But there are thousands more phones, tablets, smartwatches, wearables and accessories coming from China into the U.S. market. ...Read More »
Monitoring Your Office While You're Away By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Protect your small business with the latest technology. ...Read More »
Helping Small Businesses Manage Big Inventories By Christopher Walljasper for America's Backbone Weekly Take the guesswork out of the stockroom. ...Read More »
Local Search Popularity Means Small Businesses Still Need SEO By Clip Syndicate According to a report from Google, more and more consumers are turning to their smartphones and mobile devices to help them find nearby businesses and make purchases. In fact, 50% of people who make local searches on a smartphone visit a store within a day. ...Read More »
How Online Business Training Can Help You Stay Ahead By By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Tap into online resources to give you a competitive edge. ...Read More »
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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