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At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy rem... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

The Future's in the Phone

We first began following David Steinberg two years ago (WBT, Vol. 1, issue 3) when he launched InPhonic with former Apple and Pepsi CEO, John Sculley. Today, with a long list of acquisitions, partners, and successes in providing communication software and services to businesses, David gives his views on the future of wireless technology. It's no longer catchy marketing. Wireless is everywhere...and it's here to stay. Luckily it's evolved from the bulky, overpriced cellular phones of years past into tightly packaged devices with multiple, complex functionalities that complement nearly every lifestyle. Today, businesspeople are accessing their e-mail, placing orders, and logging on to the company network from the road; young professionals aren't tethered to their wired-line desktop computers and are opting for sleek multifunction wireless PDAs; grandparents are recei... (more)

The Emerging Mobile Search Market

With wireless carriers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cingular now vying for each other's business in a highly competitive market, while consumers play wireless carriers off one another to get the best rate plans and features, survival in the wireless world requires wireless carriers to continually improve the quality and service of their voice offerings, while looking at mobile data services to differentiate their brand, win new customers, retain existing ones, and drive new revenue. Many carriers have succeeded in recognizing new revenue by selling mobile data subscription services and mobile products, such as ring tones, images and games. A typical subscription service may contain news, weather and sports along with the above commerce items. This is a great situation for content providers - they'll increase their revenue with every wireless carrier... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

How Green is Google, SOA, SEO? How Green is My IT?

This article was authored by Chuck Rogers II, who writes on a variety of topics from his home somewhere in America. The article was originally published in NOW Magazine (www.nowmagnow.com), which retains all rights. How Big Is Your Digital Footprint? The amount of information created and replicated worldwide in 2007 totalled 281 exabytes (an exabyte is a billion gigabytes). How much of that did you create? Now you can find out. The Personal Digital Footprint Calculator, based on research from IDC and sponsored by EMC, determines the rate at which you create and store digital information. A picture of your all-around digital lifestyle emerges here after you answer a few questions concerning your usage of things such as email, downloads, digital cameras, personal video, and how much video surveillance is in your life. To see your footprint go here.  It Still Takes Power ... (more)

Aspiring Singers Can 'Tune Up' With Singing Coach Unlimited Software, Now Available at CompUSA

TAMPA, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspiring American Idol contestants as well as those who sing in school, at church, in the shower or in their cars will learn to sing in tune and on pitch and have fun doing it with new software now available in all CompUSA stores. Called Singing Coach Unlimited(TM), the software, from Carry-A-Tune(TM) Technologies, uses specialized, computer-aided pitch tracking to teach people, whether they can read music or not, how to sing in tune and on tempo. To further entice the inner-singer in all of us, CompUSA will be offering a $20 instant rebate for Singing Coach Unlimited from April 24 - May 7, 2005 in all 229 of its stores. Singing Coach Unlimited combines patent-pending technology with entertaining, animated, on-screen vocal coaching to instruct aspiring singers at all levels. The first-of-its-kind product takes the fun of karaoke... (more)

Lycos Announces HBO 'Weeds' Star Mary Louise Parker Sparks Online Interest, Making First-Ever Appearance on Search List; Golf Continues to Score Hole in One with Web Users

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Lycos, Inc.(http://www.lycos.com/), a leading community destination for video and entertainment content, today announced the following information from The Lycos 50(TM), the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending Aug. 18, 2007. For a complete list of The Lycos 50 and for in-depth text of The Lycos 50 Daily Report, go to http://50.lycos.com/ . Readers of The Lycos 50 can also share their thoughts on Internet trends and pop culture on The Lycos 50 Blog located at http://lycos50.tripod.com/blog/. Biggest Movers and Shakers for Week Ending Aug. 18, 2007: 1. Mary Louise Parker 267% 2. Katie Holmes 162% 3. Chyna 153% 4. Halloween 135% 5. American Idol 131% 6. High School Musical 93% 7. Zac Efron 81% 8. Christina Aguilera 75% 9. Jenna Jameson 50% 10. Angelina Jolie 45% Notes of Interest: For the second consecutiv... (more)

Glu Mobile Inks Deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises to Develop and Publish Mobile Games Based on The Price Is Right(R) and Family Feud(R)

Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq:GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced that it has signed a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm for FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. The agreement gives Glu multi-year, exclusive rights to develop and publish mobile games based on the popular game shows The Price Is Right® and Family Feud®in North and Latin America. The Price Is Right, now hosted by popular comedian Drew Carey, is the longest- running game show in television history. Family Feud, with local versions having aired in more than 42 countries, is one of the most successful game show formats in the world. “The Price is Right and Family Feud are the gold standard of game show brands, and we are delighted to announce our partnership with FME t... (more)

Jason Reeves Hits the Road for Spring Tour

BURBANK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/15/10 -- Singer and songwriter Jason Reeves will hit the road in April for a month-long spring tour throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. He will also perform "Terrified," a song he co-wrote with Warner Bros. Records' Senior Vice President of A&R and current American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, on George Lopez's TBS show Lopez Tonight on April 19th. Reeves sings a duet of the song with Katharine McPhee, who has included it on her current album Unbroken. The track was also performed multiple times on American Idol by contestant Didi Benami, who received rave reviews from the judges and fans. Reeves, a 25-year-old Iowa City native who was signed by DioGuardi, is completing his first album for Warner Bros. Records. His independent album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales), was re-released by Warn... (more)

Largest Free Single Day Concert in America Returns for 22nd Year to Celebrate Fourth of July

IRVING, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/26/12 -- To kick off the Fourth of July celebration, tens of thousands of North Texas families will be descending on Southfork Ranch Saturday, June 30th for the 22nd annual Dallas/Fort Worth's 94.9 KLTY Celebrate Freedom® concert-festival event. The event is an all-day free family event featuring today's biggest adult contemporary artists, fireworks, a large children's entertainment area, rides, exhibits, shopping, and an expansive food court. 94.9 KLTY has teamed up with Dallas/Fort Worth based Interstate Batteries for a 16th year leading the charge in providing this family event with no admission charge to the public. 94.9 KLTY is owned by Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and cons... (more)