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ATT front office announced that the company will be raising prices on data plans for smart phones and tablet computers, at the same time increasing data download allowances.

The new plan looks like this:

• AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB ! AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB

• AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering

The new tablet plan looks like this:

• AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB

• AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

Read further:  DailyHarrison.Com

 

Google is the last of its trouble for Yahoo! Firings and zero hirings, and take over might be imminent.

Yahoo! as we know it will not exist. With a hiring freeze, employee firings, and critical transition in business strategy looming, the company that helped build the reputation of the Internet/Tech “new market”, has regretfully been relegated to the sideline- along with diminishing influence and market share, resulting in perpetual loss to its close competitors.

In September 2011, Business Insider’s Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry suggested Yahoo! must act fast to its (remaining) strengths, “because at the moment, the company brand doesn’t stand for much of anything”. It was a good point then, however, a point Yahoo! did not heed.

Read further:   DailyHarrison.Com

More delightful days for Jerry Yang and David Filo (co-founders of Yahoo!)

The HSPPC (Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee) decided to cancel the event for 2012. They deemed the pre-emptive decision by the city to move the event from a weekend event, to a weekday, to have been “insulting and intolerant”.

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee announced on their website, “After a long, arduous and sad meeting, the committee has decided to cancel the 2012 Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade.”

In a “not so hidden” jab at the Hoboken Mayor‘s administration, especially toward Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the announcement continued:

“We chose not to go to court and not to continue to negotiate over the heavy-handedness of one person. The idea of marching in a parade, in the dark, on a week night, is as insulting as it is unreasonable. While we remain devoted to our heritage, we love our city too much to lower ourselves to the level of those who speak from a place of ignorance and ethnic/religious intolerance.”

The bitter quarrel between the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and the Mayor’s office, ensued after the 2011 parade, there were 34 arrests and nearly 300 citations spread out, despite prior police notice by the city. All punctuated with several women claiming sexual harassment.  The mayor exclaimed that the city’s responsibilities is to the citizens, and to “reduce the amount of partying that occurs”.  Quickly there after,  a subsequent decision by the city was laid to relocate the parade to a weekday, sparking resistance and animosity.

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade had been one of the largest destination for external residents for many years.

Sources:  The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee

Sleepbox by Caspar Lohner (Kläusler Acrylstein AG)

Can human beings share a bed together? That is the question.

Well, the subject isn’t about our private bedrooms but how about sharing in the a public space. Lets say an airport, office, or other semi-public location. And what would we say about sharing the bed with strangers, in the effort of seeking temporary shelter, quiet, and possible sleep?

The SleepBox is the ticket then. It is a design by Caspar Lohner and was a piece produced by Klausier Acryistein AG, the sole distributor for HI-MACS in Switzerland. The point of the project was to demonstrate the qualities of the HI-MACS (LG Hausys) material and surround it with contemporary and “organic” design for human spaces.

It surely is a nice design. But would advocates of design in public spaces and weary travelers dwell in such artistic contraption? And would sharing that space with total strangers be something appetizing for the general public?

A beautiful expression, no doubt.  But human behavior says no. Who knows.

Design: Caspar Lohner
Fabrication: Kläusler Acrylstein AG
Material: HI-MACS®, Nordic White 12mm

Source:  Contemporist, LG Hausys, Klausler Acrylstein AG

Doomsday Clock press conference Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (thebulletin.org)

Well, it’s not a science. Or is it?

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists issued a statement indicating that the Dooms Day Clock had been forwarded a full 2 minutes, closer to the dangerous Mid-Night hour.

The group had determined this because of the dangers of Global Warming and “rogue countries like North Korea and Iran– implicating them as the major culprit in the change in time.  Nuclear dangers and bio-security are listed as well.

If you are interested in the ORIGIN of the clock, go HERE.

Serious stuff indeed.

Sources:  TIME Science, TreeHugger.Com, TheBulletin.Org, Al Jezzera

Ballmer CEO of Microsoft with presenter Ryan Seacrest @ CES 2012 (content.usatoday.com)

In the 2012 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Microsoft made the news for issues that weren’t really ideal for one of tech’s behemoths.

As usual, Steve Ballmer did his presentation with over zealous and over the top ‘pump up’ festival energy. Which is always expected.  They had the glitzy guest presenter (this time Ryan Seacrest) and keynote kitch and hooks.

But this year, the overwhelming news about Microsoft was the “end of participation” at future CES events.

Why? There are many. As eWeek.Com’s Don Reisinger explains, there are marketing questions which doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to attend the event any longer- at least for the foreseeable future.

And experience, this kind of inquiry goes on in many companies and marketing departments, throughout the world. No matter how big the show is (and how important it had been for the company) sometimes, the vision of the show and the needs of the vendor just don’t mix any longer.

But it’s by no means the end of any dominance of Microsoft. They will loom in the tech field for a long long time- no doubt.

So, Microsoft said good bye. A ‘swan song’ as the press have dubbed it.

Anyways, the more interesting news on this “swan song” situation, is the odd and a bit awkward approach to Microsoft’s presentation.

Take a look. See what you think.

It sums up how Microsoft is sometimes:  Big Idea, Great Participants, but Awkward at times.

Sources:  eWeek.com, CBSnews online, The Huffington Post, Forbes Video, USAToday

Nice cover.

It’s a counter intuitive, contrast ridden, “opposites attract” kind of cover. A followup story from TIME about the perplexing problem (challenge) of Mitt Romney and the unenviable position of being just “plain”, for the GOP base.

Very representative of Romney. Awesome job TIME.

The more presentable and presidential, one might add, compared to the other masses of GOP presidential candidates, the problem of the big old 25% approval rating haunts him to no end.

But that’s alright with Romney. He’s played his tactics right during the GOP caucus. But mostly, he’d just played his normal ‘hand’ and his surrounding competitors crumbled.

Ultimately, it’s a political game and there’s only one focus for Romney and the other remaining GOP candidates. Which is to be picked to go up against the Democrats and Obama.

Should be heck of a fight, to the White House, whether it be Romney or whom else.

Well, at least very entertaining.

The media thinks so, and they’re salivating and foaming.

Here it is. Ok. Saw it. Now, does it really matter?

What do you’all think?

Romney Cover. (TIME)

Social Shower Curtain. (via unpluggd)

Would your spouse tolerate this in your bathroom?  Better question. Would she even let you buy it, in the first place? It’s a dire question, for sure.

SpinningHat.Com 

Steve Jobs... meet Steve Jobs Action Figure

Deep Thinking Steve Jobs.

Apple is threatening the maker of the Steve Jobs action figure.

The very closely matched (and maybe a bit creepy) figurine is 12 inches tall, and comes complete with Job’s fashion get-up of blue jeans, sneakers and black turtleneck sweater. It’s the creation of the Chinese based company InIcons. It is set for sale in February for a targeted $99.

However, legal action is looming from the Apple juggernaut.

But InIcons isn’t afraid. The company demands that “There is no copyright protection for a normal person. Steve Jobs is not a product…so I don’t think Apple has the copyright of him”.

Apple begs to differ, and implicitly states that Steve Jobs and the idea of Steve Jobs is the package completely owned by Apple.

Sources:  Wired, MSNBC, TUAW

Blackberry 10 rumored mock up (TheVerge.Com)

  • Eggs in… check.
  • All eggs in… check.
  • All eggs and the Hen in…. check.
  • Produce eye popping, earth shattering, people quaking, heck of a smart phone, which will sell like hot cakes … unknown.

Research In Motion the parent company of the Blackberry smart phone devices will announce to the world the benefits of its brand new Blackberry 10 (BBX) device at MWC, end of February 2012.

Worried so much, is RIM, they’ve put all in one basket, canceling other projects such as Colt (reported by BGR) and scrapping a phone named Milan.

Do Or Die

The damaged and leaking market share giant of the mobile device world, is hurting. Hurting so much, that RIM will have to have a winner with the Blackberry 10. If not, the damages for the company will decidedly put the company in turmoil.

The stats aren’t kind to RIM. Sales are down and going down even further Fast.

A double teaming by both Apple and Android built phones, have decimated RIM’s slight hold on its majority market share prominence (the rank it held for the last 15 yrs).

Market Share Comparison. Smart phone devices (Nov. 2011)

  • Apple holds 28.6 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up slightly from 27.9 percent in October.
  • BlackBerry OS slipped again in November to 26.1 percent, down from 27.4 percent in October and 33.9 percent in June.
  • Android OS reached 25.8 percent in November, compared to 22.7 percent in October and 15 percent in June.

Game of Attrition

The name of the game is inevitable- if RIM’s Blackberry 10 does not succeed to hit a chord with its fan base and the skeptical public. The company’s market share will shrink to nothing quickly, and the hoards of Blackberry customers will convert to either iOS (Apple) or Android based phone makers. There’s no place for RIM, any longer- at least in high end consumer handheld smart phone devices.

Especially when the Tsunami called the Android phones, is relentless.

At the end of the day, the tech pundits’ predictions are towards the end of RIM, and left standing are three dominant mobile OS services:  iOS, Android, and Symbian platforms.

Expectations for the RIM Blackberry 10 device is high as ever. For the life of RIM hangs with the success of it.

Sources: GigaOM, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, TheVerge, CNET

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