What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iCloud#iOS 7 If you have been interested in getting a feel for the upcoming release of iOS 7, but haven’t wanted to run a beta release of the mobile operating system on your Apple device, there’s now a pain-free way to get a taste of the iOS to come.Apple’s iCloud, the browser-based cloud service that provides Apple ID account holders tools to supplement their mobile experience, has a new beta site that displays some of the new design elements of iOS 7.Find My iPhone in iCloud BetaGone is the dark-grey linen background with shadowed icons that shouted skeuomorphism, and in its place is a much flatter, cleaner interface that leans towards a lighter end of the spectrum.Six of the available apps in the beta iCloud site also show the iOS 7 look-and-feel (the three beta iWorks apps—Pages, Numbers and Keynote—are still mired in the current interface.Numbers and rest of iWork apps are still grounded in past.Poking around the apps, I found the overall design to be appealing. The Mail app was reflective of the changes throughout all of the updates apps: extremely clean lines, light design elements, and an emphasis on the text through the use of the sharp-looking Helvetica Neue font.The Calendar app was especially nice: entering appointments is not rocket science for other calendars, but it was far more painless using the iCloud Calendar app.Calendar for iCloud BetaOne thing that kind of stuck out for me as I walked around the apps was the distinct reminder of another interface I’ve seen lately: Office 365. The color scheme on the Calendar app seemed the most overt reminder of the Office apps. This is not necessary a bad thing, but it’s definitely a resemblance, though slight.If this is indeed the way ahead for iOS 7, then it’s a change to which I’m going to be looking forward. But I can’t help wondering how much effort it will take other app developers to get their apps’ look and feel to come close to this design. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian proffitt Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Thousands of applicants apply to Global B-Schools without really how to introspect and assess their own strengths and weaknesses. Without a strong clarity of theory own stories, the applicants try to gamble their way up and a lot of times the odds are not in their favour.I wanted to elaborate on this problem and help applicants understand how to assess their own candidature, and what steps to take in order to make up for the shortfall in the candidature.Let us start by giving you an understanding of how do schools see you and looking a the factors these schools consider while categorizing your candidature as HOT or Dead.If you are looking at the Ivy League MBA programs, you will be hot for these programs if your GMAT Score if 750+, your past experience is with one of the target group of companies that recruit from your prospective schools (Top tier consulting firms, Bulge bracket investment banks, top Private equity firms, or companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft) for 4 to 5 years, and you have an undergrad from a top 3 to 4 college of your country (IIT’s/St. Stephens) with a GPA north of 3.6.You have been regular at a team based sports activity such as Football, Cricket, Basketball etc. and have represented your college/City etc. Moreover, You are very active in the alumni association of your college and have done decent charity work.If you do not make it to any school in this list, you are going terribly wrong in your story- either you do not know why you want to do an MBA in the short term, and your long term goals are not convincing enough, or you have average recommendations.advertisementLook at the second half of this article to assess where you could have gone wrong.In the second category, you have everything from the list above, but you did not go to IIT’s or the top tier colleges of the country.You do not have to lose heart, and you can still work on story execution to maximize your chances. Your chances are lesser than the first category above, but you are not ruled out.The third category is of people who do not have target companies or Top tier undergrads and do not have a 750+ GMAT Score. In this scenario, if your GMAT Score is below 640, then you do not have a strong chance at top 50 and a retake is strongly recommended.However, if you have a score between 660 to 730, you should apply to a broad range of schools in the Top 50 category. If you are exploring ISB, or IIM’s, you need to have strong reasons to convince them of the ONE YEAR MBA story.What can you as an applicant do to have strong execution in your stories? After you have categorized yourself on the basis of the factors above, you should take the following measures to help the schools understand your story.Short term and Long Term aspirations: You have to project a great understanding of the short term and long term goals. Give them a detailed understanding of the industry and functions you will be a part of immediately after MBA. The research will be so comprehensive that you should even know the positions that his target recruiters hired for.Expressing Why this program? : You will have very strong reasons for joining that particular program. You should have conducted a great amount of research by talking to the existing students, and the alumni body. Simply researching on the website will not allow you to tell themWhy you want to join TUCK or Columbia? He will have created a list of questions that you plan to ask the alumni body. It is not about conducting personal interviews. It is about knowing how that school will help you in your future.Make a class Visit: I will also encourage you to make a class visit. Go to the websites of your target schools and identify the class visit schedules. Research on these schools, and ask effective questions. The interview should not be the first time they should see you. Meet them way ahead of the cycle. Ask smart questions and take good notes. Why this school? essay, reflect on the experiences you had.GMAT Score: You need to have a GMAT Score between 720 and 770. With a 720, an IVY League admit is not impossible but gets really tough. While GMAT is only one of the factors that they take into consideration, you still have to satiate the DEMOGRAPHIC needs of the school. i.e. If you are an Indian IT Male applicant, you need to give them something more than the peer group. If you are an applicant from a social services background and aspire to do something in the same area, they might consider you with a low GMAT Score as well. You need to be aware of the sensitivities of the school when it comes to picking up the right demographic mix.advertisementExtracurricular Activities and the context: You need to have great stories in his/her extra-curricular activities. It is not about stating facts. They are more interested in learning Why you performed those activities and what you learnt out of those? This candidate will have led many social/cultural activities and will showcase a pattern that will add value to the school’s alumni body in the future as well.Nature of the organization: You should have also worked with one of the feeder companies. There are many companies that are on the top of the recruiting charts. While you do not have to necessarily belong to these companies, it still helps if you have worked in companies such as Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, KKR, PWC, Facebook( and many more). Having been nurtured in the leadership of these companies, you become a good target for the top schools.The expression on the essays: This candidate will have a very candid expression on the essays. Remember: They are not driven by heavy-weight vocabulary on your essays. It is more about storytelling and expressing your life. It is more about Why did you do whatever you did?. It is about What matters most to you?. You will also have a very effective letter of recommendations.I know that it is not easy to qualify all the parameters described above. However, I wanted to be unrestrained in my expression as you have many months to work in this direction.(Authored article by: Jatin Bhandari, Founder, PythaGURUS)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco started the preseason right where he left off last year. On his way to helping his team destroy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he completed seven of nine passes for 57 yards. Ravens running back Bernard Pierce scored on a 20-yard run, and Baltimore’s defense pummeled Tampa Bay, forcing four turnovers in the 44-16 victory on Thursday night.“We’re a very different team than we were, so we were really anxious to get on the field and just see who we are, because we really don’t know in a lot of ways,” coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens said after Thursday night’s 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We suspect we have a chance to be a good team, but we’ve got a long way to go as far as being on the same page in a lot of ways, so it’s a good thing we’ve got preseason, obviously.”The Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two TD passes, including a 21-yarder to LaQuan Williams, who also scored on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone.“It’s good to see him step up and make plays,” Harbaugh said of Williams. “Here’s a guy that just brings his lunch pail every single week, puts on his blue collar work shirt and goes to work. To see him make those plays, he’s got tremendous talent.”The Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions, and by the looks of it, they may be a heavy contender for this season’s playoffs. Then again, it’s only preseason.
To that end, Newsweek/Daily Beast has officially announced that Jane Harman, the late chairman’s wife and the president/CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will act in the director role on The Newsweek Daily Beast Company board of directors. Barry Diller, the owner of Daily Beast, will take on the role of executive chairman.Sydney Harman, an audio entrepreneur, bought Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. in August 2010. Jane Harman is a former U.S. representative for California’s 36th Congressional district. Newsweek and Daily Beast officially merged on February 1st, and debuted a redesign days later with the March 7th installment of the Tina Brown-led publication. In the days after Sidney Harman’s death (due to leukemia complications) on April 13th, the media speculated who would replace him in the role of Newsweek chairman. General responses to the question maintained that the position would remain in the family. On her new role of director, Harman says, “I have agreed to represent the Harman family’s fifty percent interest in Newsweek and The Daily Beast and to join Barry Diller on the Board. The Harman family fully endorsed Sidney’s vision to save and restore Newsweek, and to merge it with The Daily Beast.”
Hearst Magazines is pulling back on wellness title Dr. Oz The Good Life, reducing its print frequency from 10 issues per year to four and laying off several staffers, multiple sources close to the situation tell Folio:. “Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE has been among the top ten best-selling brands on the newsstand since it launched in 2014. We’re always looking at new business models for our products, so we’re leaning into the magazine’s strong consumer franchise and pivoting to a quarterly frequency of high-quality bookazines. Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE content will also run in a variety of brands across our portfolio.” In response to an inquiry, a Hearst Magazines spokesperson provided the following statement: The news comes as a bit of a surprise, given Hearst’s own recent claims that ad sales for the three-year-old magazine rose 17 percent year-over-year in 2016, coupled with a 16 percent hike to the book’s rate base — to 925,000 — to start this year. That’s up from the 450,000 rate base at which Dr. Oz The Good Life debuted in 2014. The spokesperson did not confirm just how many staffers are being let go as a result of said pivot, nor whether editor-in-chief Jill Herzig or VP and publisher Kristine Welker are among them. This is a developing story.
ReutersAmid reports of IBM India following in the footsteps of Infosys, Wipro, and others and planning the layoff of a large number of employees in the coming months, the IT giant has refuted the rumours and said that there aren’t such massive layoffs in the offing.”This is factually incorrect. We are not going to comment further on rumours and speculation,” NDTV Profit quoted a statement from IBM. The company has about 1,50,000 employees in the country and it was earlier said that about 5,000 of them were likely to be shown the door in the next few months.IBM has denied reports of the mass layoffs, but the ongoing performance appraisal may affect a few of the employees. Speaking of the same, a source told ET Now: “The process has started. Managers have been asked to identify underperformers,” and another revealed that the company is also not hiring anyone as of now.While the layoff reports may have created quite a buzz among employees in the IT sector, IBM explained that a few may be affected by the performance-based appraisal, which happens every year. “Re-skilling and rebalancing is an ongoing process as we accelerate the benefits of cognitive and cloud technologies for clients around the world,” the US-based firm said in a statement. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileIn the last week, a number of IT giants have made headlines for the job cuts planned in 2017. Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini, and many others were said to be laying off employees in the country. While some were accused of cutting jobs in India to hire workers in the US, others were said to be concentrating on cost optimisation.However, the companies later clarified through official statements that there were no mass layoffs in the pipeline and the sackings were on the basis of the employees’ performance. Sluggish global economy and automation were also said to be the reasons behind the job cuts. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.Apart from laying off its employees, IT giants are also hiring a lesser number of employees each year as most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint.
Murdoch could not immediately be reached for comment. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment. Twenty-First Century Fox declined to comment.Musk is the public face of Tesla, and any chairman would have to contend with his powerful personality. Thanks to his vision and audacious showmanship, Tesla’s valuation has at times eclipsed that of traditional, established U.S. automakers with billions in revenues and the company has garnered legions of fans, despite repeated production issues.”The question when it comes to James Murdoch is, ‘Is he the guy who’ll be able to establish that level of authority with Elon Musk?'” asked Abby Adlerman, CEO of Boardspan, a corporate governance consulting company.Investor concerns that Tesla’s board was too closely tied to Musk led to the company’s addition of two independent directors, including Murdoch, in July 2017.Earlier this year, leading U.S. proxy advisers Glass Lewis & Co and Institutional Shareholder Services, and union-affiliated investment adviser CtW Investment Group, had recommended investors cast votes “against” the re-election of Murdoch as a Tesla director at the company’s annual meeting held on June 5.While CtW cited a lack of relevant experience and a “troubled history as an executive and director,” both proxy firms warned that Murdoch already served on too many boards.He stepped down from the board of Sky Plc on Tuesday following the completion of Comcast Corp’s takeover of the broadcaster.Murdoch was forced out as chairman of Sky, then BSkyB, in 2012 after being embroiled in Britain’s phone-hacking scandal. He returned to Sky’s board in 2016 after rebuilding his career at Fox.Glass Lewis research director Courteney Keatinge said on Wednesday that while Murdoch’s departure from Sky could alleviate some concerns, the Tesla chairmanship would still require a big time commitment as the company faces pressures on many fronts.”I would still have reservations about the time he would be able to allot to this,” Keatinge said.According to the FT report, external options were still being considered.Considering a broad choice of candidates was important, said Dieter Waizenegger, executive director of CtW Investment Group, because “Investors should really be wary about the board making the easy choice here” in opting for Murdoch.Murdoch is set to be succeeded by his brother Lachlan Murdoch as Twenty First Century Fox chief executive officer, after the media group completes the sale of bulk of its assets to Walt Disney.’STABILITY AT THE TOP’Tesla faces a crucial moment as it struggles to produce its Model 3 sedan in large volume and deliver it quickly to customers amid an ongoing cash crunch that has concerned some analysts. Musk has vowed that the loss-making company will be profitable and cash flow-positive in its third and fourth quarters.Concerns about Musk due to production delays and manufacturing challenges have been exacerbated by a series of damaging actions, including Musk insulting analysts on a conference call, calling a British cave rescuer a pedophile, and joking on April Fool’s Day that Tesla was going bankrupt.Shares are down 20 percent since the beginning of the year.”Elon Musk is building a great company but has been erratic to say the least when it comes to thinking about his investors,” said Chaim Siegel, an analyst at Elazar Advisors. “The company needs some added stability at the top to win back investor confidence.”Under terms of the SEC settlement, Musk is not permitted to be re-elected to the chairman’s post for three years. Tesla is also required to appoint two new independent directors to its board.With U.S. stock markets broadly lower, Tesla shares closed down 2.3 percent at $256.88. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, AustraliaGetty imagesOutgoing Twenty-First Century Fox Inc Chief Executive James Murdoch is the lead candidate to replace Elon Musk as Tesla Inc chairman, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, but Musk in a tweeted reply to the newspaper said, “This is incorrect.”Tesla has until Nov. 13 to appoint an independent chairman of the board, part of settlements reached last month between Tesla, Musk and U.S. regulators in the wake of Musk tweeting in August that he had secured funding to take the electric car maker private.The SEC settlement capped months of debate and some investor calls for stronger oversight of Musk, whose recent erratic public behaviour raised concerns about his ability to steer the money-losing company through a rocky phase of growth.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which said Musk’s tweeted statements about going private were fraudulent, allowed the billionaire to retain his role as CEO while requiring he give up his chairmanship.Musk had said he was considering taking Tesla private at a price of $420 a share, a number that is slang for marijuana. He tweeted the three-word denial of the Financial Times story, on Wednesday at 4:20 pm PT (2320 GMT), about six hours after the newspaper’s post.In a vote of confidence for Musk, shareholder T. Rowe Price Group Inc said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday that it had raised its stake by nearly half to 10.2 percent at the end of September from just under 7 percent in June.The Financial Times cited two people briefed on discussions saying Murdoch was the lead candidate for the job.Murdoch, already an independent director of Tesla, has signalled he wants the job, the report said.The son of Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch, he joined Tesla’s board last year after years of work with media companies. He has no experience in manufacturing and has never led a company that makes cars or electric vehicles.
Prime minister of Australia Scott Morrison speaks during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 17 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoAustralia will not sign up to a United Nations migration agreement because it would compromise its hardline immigration policy and endanger national security, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.Australia joins the United States, Israel and several Eastern European countries in rejecting the UN Global Compact for Migration, which asks signatories not to detain would-be migrants arbitrarily and to use detention only as a last resort.Morrison said that would jeopardise national security.”The global compact on migration would compromise Australia’s interest,” Morrison told 2GB Radio. “It doesn’t distinguish between those who illegally enter Australia and those who come the right way.”Under Canberra’s tough immigration policy, which has bipartisan support, asylum seekers arriving by boat are told they will never be allowed to settle in Australia.They are then detained in two detention centres on remote South Pacific islands until they are accepted by another nation or agree to return home. The camps have been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights groups.”Australia is a textbook case of how not to treat boat arrivals, by sending them offshore to endure abysmal conditions for years and trying to shirk its international responsibilities onto less-developed countries,” said Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch’s Australia director.Australia’s rejection of the UN pact is the latest move to tighten migration through a series of policies that are likely to form a central element of Morrison’s bid for re-election at a national ballot that must be held by May 2019.Opinion polls indicate his conservative government is on course for a landslide defeat.Australia has an annual immigration cap of 190,000 places. Morrison said this week his government would likely reduce that threshold, a policy that is popular with voters.A Fairfax-Ipsos poll published on Monday found 45 per cent of voters wanted immigration reduced, while a little more than 20 per cent wanted an increase.Morrison’s government said in October it would restrict new immigrants from living in Australia’s largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – for up to five years.Although likely to win favour with voters, critics argued such a policy could lead to labour shortages.Australia’s central bank governor said in August an influx of new residents had helped to underpin strong economic growth.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 1, 2006 2 min read When Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s video iPod, the biggest names in media moguldom started scrambling to get their shows on the tiny screen. A half-million cell phone owners were already tuned in to MobiTVand Verizon Wireless’ VCast. But Jobs’ announcement catapulted video podcasting into prime time.Within weeks of the debut, Apple iTunes had sold a million episodes of popular TV shows at two bucks a throw. Suddenly, it’s hip to watch TV on a 2- to 3-inch display. Better yet, video podcasting–or vodcasting–is a marketing medium any entrepreneur can afford.Vodcasts can be made with any videocam or even some cell phones and can be shared through a growing list of free or low-cost distributors. For example, the nonprofit Open Media Network offers free distribution, while MPEG Nation charges just $5 to host a video for six months. Sites like FilmLoop and Pic2Vid let you build a video using digital pictures and a voice-over. You have to use their players for clip creation and digital rights management, but videos are easily reproduced for different communities.Web-savvy ad agencies like Los Angeles-based IndieClick can help produce your videos and find the right audience. A video marketing campaign might not only be low-budget–it might even be self-supporting, says IndieClick President Heather Luttrell. Distributors like Revver have ways to track viewers and will share the revenue from ads that get displayed at the end of clips or as small, transparent overlays.”We might start by spending $1,000 this month on three different podcasting initiatives and generate $1,100 in revenue,” explains Luttrell. “We see what works and then target the highest revenue-generating venues.”Who’s watching? Basically, your kids and millions of other cell phone-packing young folk already dialed into text messaging, blogging, online gaming and, of course, MTV. You need a message that plays in those venues. If you have one, it can really work for you: One recent IndieClick vodcast garnered 1 million downloads.Youth market not on your radar? Don’t worry, says Luttrell: Distribution networks and audiences will broaden to other demographics over time. This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free