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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)

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)

DNDJ Feature — 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)

V Factory's Nicky T to Make One-Night-Only Appearance With His Former Philly Dance Crew, Quest, on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" on June 26th

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/25/08 -- Nick Teti -- one of the stars of Warner Bros. Records' hot pop vocal group V Factory -- will make a very special one-time-only appearance on Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" tomorrow night, June 26th. The Philadelphia-born Teti, known as Nicky T, will perform with Quest, his former Philly dance crew, on the program's hour-long results show. The Quest Dance Crew has also performed on the Season 7 finale of "American Idol" and on "American Idol Gives Back." V Factory -- featuring the five mad-talented singer-dancers Asher Book, Jared Murillo, Nathaniel Flatt, Wesley Quinn, and Nicky T -- have been driving young audiences across the country wild with their combination of edgy urban pop and electrifying dance moves. The group has recently completed the nationwide 16-city "Bandemonium" tour, and is in the process of p... (more)

The Direct-Response SMS Revolution

"American Idol" appears to be the first major television production in the U.S. to capitalize on a target audience that falls into the category of "technology-savvy youth." By all accounts, the results are impressive. By April 9, AT&T was able to claim their one millionth vote via text messaging and they're still only halfway through what is, to say the least, an elongated program format. Still, if the results are to follow the trend of "Pop Idol," the UK version of the production, the final stages of the show will reap the rewards for AT&T in terms of direct-response SMS utilization. Aside from the revenue such an activity generates for the carrier, American Idol has also inaugurated a new era in using mobile technology as a direct-response mechanism. It has raised the profile of mobile technologies in the consumer marketplace as something that can add value and gen... (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)

Vice President of Global Entertainment: David McGuire -- "Strategy and Implementation"

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/29/07 -- Global Entertainment Holdings/Equities Inc. (OTCBB: GAMT) -- As Vice President of HD and Financial Public Relations, David McGuire will oversee high definition incorporation/development, acquisitions, business development and financial public relations as outlined by McGuire Consulting. Mr. McGuire will implement strategies for promotion and exploitation of content of current and future projects -- heading up the following: (1) domestic and international theatrical release of the 14 owned feature films; (2) sale of licensed merchandise; (3) acquisition/licensure of film libraries; and (4) development of content for major studios, home video, satellite and cable companies. David McGuire is Chief Executive Officer of McGuire Consulting Services, Inc., a Los Angeles-based financial public relations and business development... (more)

American Idol News Magazine Launched with More Than 1,000 Original Articles

American Idol News Magazine launched on Ulitzer with more than 1,000 original articles. American Idol is an American singing competition airing on FOX and was created by Simon Fuller. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spinoff from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller and first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom. Ulitzer content is grouped in 25 distinct subjects from "Aerospace and Defense" to "Travel and Hospitality." Each subject group offers unlimited number of topics, and each topic may contain thousands of peer reviewed feature stories, by lined articles, blog posts, news, reviews, commentary, and unique editorial content authored by top experts in their fields. Ulitzer is designed to replace Wiki... (more)

Telco vs OTT - Communication Services

This insight looks into the developments of communication services, from various angles such as voice, video, messaging and social networks. It includes market figures and forecasts for the US and EU5, assessing the real impacts (or lack of it) of OTTs on what is predominantly a telco market. The opportunities for telcos and their relationships with the OTTs are examined and analysed. This deliverable is part of the Telco vs OTT watch which covers half-yearly updated datasets- Half-yearly updated status reports, a Net Neutrality benchmark on 15 countries and 3-sided business models report, quarterly market insights, and direct access to lead OTT analysts 2. Main concepts of communication services 7 2.1. Communication service segments 7 2.1.1. Voice (including video) 7 2.1.2. Messaging 8 2.1.3. Social networks 8 2.2. Communication services pricing models 9 3. Communicat... (more)

Martin Macdonald Joins Targetbase as EVP, Creative; Move Kicks Creative Product Into High Gear, Boosting Results for Clients

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Targetbase, a leading direct marketing agency, announced today the appointment of Martin Macdonald as Executive VP, Creative. Macdonald's leadership qualities, in addition to his renowned creativity and experience across all lines of media, are expected to provide exciting new results for the company's Fortune 500 clientele. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050215/DATU039 ) David Scholes, President and CEO of Targetbase, said, "We are very excited to welcome Martin to Targetbase. He is one of the most talented creative people working in direct marketing today. Martin's creative philosophy is based on building brands with integrated work in any media, using data to drive response. His is a perfect philosophical fit with the Targetbase approach, and with what our clients are demanding." Macdonald agreed. "I believe cr... (more)

Realscan 3D Does it Again; Delivers High Quality Digital Doubles for Tony Scott's 'Deja Vu'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Realscan 3D (http://www.realscan3d.com/), the next generation in mobile, high resolution, high color, structured light 3D scanning, today announced the delivery of scanned, animation-ready digital doubles of actors and a late model Ford Bronco for Touchtone Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Deja Vu." Currently in theatres, the film is directed by Tony Scott and stars Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer and Jim Caviezel. Using high-resolution texture maps and geometry captured by Realscan 3D's RealCapture NexGen(TM) scanning pipeline, Realscan created ten human digital doubles for use in the film's computer generated crowd sequences. They also produced a digital replica of a Ford Bronco to match live action footage. The RealCapture NexGen pipeline allowed the models to be built with film quality textures and delivered to the productio... (more)