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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)

American Idol's Launch of Text Voting Shows Mobile Data Can Thrive

Fueled by the popularity of reality TV and the immense success of text messaging worldwide, the American market is embracing mass media as a catalyst for SMS usage. One innovative solution has paired AT&T Wireless and "American Idol" in a promotion that is taking the U.S. by storm. The wireless industry is on the verge of one of its periodic reinvigorations due to the joint leadership of AT&T Wireless and FOX Broadcasting Company (FOX). The implementation of a high-visibility messaging component for the TV program "American Idol" has made text messaging a household term in North America. The success of the promotion is already remarkable, clearly the first major step toward fully realizing the potential inherent in messaging technology. However, this race is a marathon, not a sprint. There's still much to do. Our industry tends to revere the European and Japanese ma... (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)

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)

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 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 ... (more)

Ellen Degeneres Should Go Open Source

By the way, if Ellen Degeneres wants to respond in a reasonable and constructive way to the lawsuits over her use of song snippets to dance to, she could always start using Creative Commons-licensed music, with a nice plug for the open-hearted musicians making our lives more tuney. ... (more)

FHM Online Reveals Megan Fox as the Sexiest Woman in the World for 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/23/08 -- FHM Online (www.FHMonline.com) announced that Megan Fox is the global winner of the eagerly anticipated poll for the 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2008. Last year's champion, Jessica Alba, steps down to number three giving the new title to Fox, who claims the top spot for the first time after the largest FHM poll in history. "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World delivers the definitive list of the most beautiful women in the world. We've had more votes than ever this year so it seems everyone around the world has cast their votes," said FHM Online U.S. Editor JR Futrell. "Megan Fox is the deserving winner of this year's FHM title. She's young, she's hot, she's a rising star and her sex appeal has definitely transformed this year's list. She's got a great future ahead of her." Fox, who starred in last year's bloc... (more)

Jordin Sparks Urges Teens to Help Make a Difference in Themselves and the World

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Jordin Sparks is on a mission to spark some change by inspiring teens to make a difference. Sparks and the National Milk Mustache "got milk?"(R) Campaign have partnered with VH1 Save The Music Foundation to launch the 'Drink Milk for a Change' program. Sparks knows that drinking milk for a change can help make a difference in herself and her world. Drinking nutrient-rich lowfat milk helps teens look and feel their best - with strong bones, lean muscles and healthy hair and skin. And, studies suggest that teens that drink nutrient-rich milk instead of sugary sodas and sports drinks tend to be leaner than teens who drink little or no milk.(1-2) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090923/CG78933) Sparks is helping to launch the new 'Drink Milk for a Change' campaign to show teens the simple steps they can take to help... (more)

Actor/Comedian Kevin James Tapped to Host Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, March 27 Live From Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Movie and television star Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The King of Queens and the upcoming films Zookeeper and Grown Ups ) will host Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards, airing live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, March 27 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT). The slime will flow for the no-holds-barred kudo/mess-fest on the night kids rule and get to honor their favorites from the worlds of film, music, sports and television. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NY55561 ) "Simply put, Kevin James is hilarious," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon and an Executive Producer of the telecast. "Kids love his willingness to play and be outrageous and with Kevin as our host, we're looking forward to our funniest show ever." "I have been lucky eno... (more)

"AMERICAN IDOL" Top 8 Compilation Album, Featuring Studio Versions of Full Songs Performed on Tonight's Show, Now Available on iTunes

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AMERICAN IDOL's Season 11 Top 8 compilation album, featuring music from the 80's, is now available at the iTunes Store. Individual songs are also available for sale by clicking on the each artist's name. The Top 8– DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Elise Testone– were mentored this week by Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal, of the multi-platinum-selling band, No Doubt. Tune in to AMERICAN IDOL tonight, Thursday, April 5, 2012 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, as America finds out who received enough votes to continue in the competition and who will be sent home. In addition, IDOL alum Kellie Pickler, will return to the IDOL stage to perform her new single, "Where's Tammy Wynette" and a performance from The Wanted featuring their hit ... (more)

America's Got Talent Live In Las Vegas Debuts September 26 At The Palazzo Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following weeks of heavy competition and breathtaking performances on NBC's #1 hit television show America's Got Talent, this season's winner Olate Dogs and other top performers, along with fan-favorite special guests, will perform together live in a one-of-a-kind production exclusively at The Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas.  The live show, produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises and presented by AEG Live and The Palazzo Las Vegas, kicks off an eight-week limited engagement, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26th.  America's Got Talent Live In Las Vegas will feature season seven winner, Olate Dogs. Led to first place by champion trainer Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, the high-energy act features magnificently coached dogs performing remarkable routines with exceptional agility. Richard, a third generation circus performer... (more)