Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless
innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry solution in 1999. BlackBerry products and services are used by
millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and
content that matter most throughout their day.
BlackBerry offers their customers BlackBerry communities to join and
follow to receive and send information to the company. Their customer can follow them via Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and their blogs.
This allows BlackBerry to communicate with their customers at any time
of the day, any day of the week.
Piriform is a private
limited company founder in London, UK in 2004. The company is located in 78
York Street, London United Kingdom. CCleaner is one of the main products that are
currently developed by Piriform. CCleaner cleans unwanted leftover files from
computer program such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,
Windows Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Netsacape, Microsoft office, Nero,
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player, Sun Java, WinRAR and other application.
CCleaner also has function to clean up Windows Registry and an uninstall tool. CCleaner
can be installed on both Windows or Mac OS X. The program is available in 47
languages and free.
Adobe helps businesses
thrive in a world where media is pervasive, and where marketing increasingly is
being held accountable for business results. They are the leader in delivering
solutions that let customers produce, distribute, and realize value from great
content, whether in media and publishing or in digital marketing. Adobe is
changing the world through digital experiences.
content authoring solutions lead the industry, enabling our customers to more
effectively produce, distribute, and monetize digital content. They allow their customers to contact them
via Facebook, Twitter, email, and phone.
Adobe delivers the most innovative solutions for optimizing marketing campaigns
and maximizing return on every marketing dollar.
Over 1,100 games are
available to purchase, download, and play from any computer. Check out the new
releases, indie hits, casual favorites and everything in between. Find someone
to play with, meet up with friends, connect with groups of similar interests,
and host and join chats, matches, and tournaments. See when your friends are
online or playing games and easily join the same games together. Chat with your
buddies, or use your microphone to communicate in any game. The Steam Community
is comprised of people who play all sorts of PC and Mac games. Now it's easy to find your friends online, organize groups, and join
chats. Steam offers their customers an
online community where they release news and updates as well as allow them to
collaborate with each other and contact their customers directly.
more than 100 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online
marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. eBay
connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers,
as well as small businesses. It’s a
meeting-point for eBay buyers and sellers to chat ask questions and exchange
advice and tips with each other. eBay
gives their customers an online chat between buyers and sellers as well as
customers to customer service. This
allows eBay to deal with their customers directly and give them the correct guidance
Commitment to diversity is just part of what is
called the Nokia Way – the core values and shared philosophy that make their
company tick. Creativity, empowerment,
openness, collaboration, and consideration for people and the environment –
these are all integral to the way they do business. But above all, it’s about
being human in everything they do – respecting and caring, even in tough
business situations. Nokia offers
their customers the option to contact them via email, phone, Facebook, Twitter,
and even live, online chat. This allows
Nokia to give feedback to their customers instantly.
Samsung has been dedicated to making a better world through
diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors,
skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance,
and hotels. It leads the global market
in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. Through innovative, reliable products and
services; talented people; a responsible approach to business and global
citizenship; and collaboration with their partners and customers; Samsung is
taking the world in imaginative new directions.
They allow their customers to contact them through Facebook, Twitter,
Google+, email, and phone. They also
have a window that is on their services page to start chatting with a
Yochai Benkler dubs it 'the wealth of networks." Howard Rheingold's term is "smart mobs." It's the idea of technology-enabled collaboration … and it's making us all smarter.
Of the many experts weighing in on this subject, I wanted to take a comment by Seamus McGrenery
, technical manager at Riverdocs Bureau Service:
Arguably mass human activity is more like the migration of Mormon crickets, driven by extreme competition, than the planned cooperation of an ant colony.
If we look at technological progress over that Twentieth Century it is hard to make the case that cooperation has been the main driver of progress.
Extreme competition was involved in the rapid adoption of motor transport and flight in World War 1. World War 2 saw the introduction of jet engines, rockets, radar and atomic bombs. Developments in early space flight, computers and even the genesis of the internet were as a result of Cold War competition.
None of these achievements could have come about without humans working together - in many cases with individual contributors having no sight of the overall goal. But the driving force behind these developments was not cooperation.
If you didn't know by now, social media is a BIG thing. It is the make or break of business models in today's tech world. There is a joke around the web world that "Social media will ensure you business is around in the next 5 years!"
Witch social media on the rise, more and more people are noticing the extreme values of social media. A company called Reachd actually takes the ideas of social media and implements them into marketing classes. If you are a small business or entrepreneur I would really consider looking into Reachd thay have some pretty interested courses on web marketing and from what it seems, social media seems like the bread and butter of the course. Check out the course at:
This week in my Bioelectricity class we learned about muscle contraction and how individual muscle twitches build on each other until tetanus (complete contraction of the muscle) is reached. Muscles are made up of small individual contractile units called sarcomeres which when they contract by themselves change the length of the muscle and produce a force that is negligible. However, when the sarcomeres contract in unison, the tension force produced is great enough to allow us to perform all of our normal day to day activities.
We also had a discussion in class about science education and how to get more young people excited about science -- often times in class there was a certain interaction with a role model who provided key influence either in a positive or negative direction.
This led me to think about the idea of life changing experiences. Is it ever a single experience, a specific interaction with a teacher or other role model that leads us to the career choices we make or, are we more influenced by the small events and sets of circumstances that "sum up" and provide this life altering influence?
Mad Catz Interactive,
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc specializes
in manufacturing peripherals for various video game consoles and personal
computer. The company was founded in 1989, and its headquarter is located in San
Diego, California, USA. Mad Catz manufactures many products including control
pads, memory cards, connection cables, headphones, mice, and other human interface
devices. Mad Catz also use gaming license theme for its peripherals products.
In 2008, Mad Catz produced the Arcade Sticks and 6 button controllers for
Street Fighter IV. In 2009, the company developed themed controller for Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Later, Mad Catz released
an improved version of the controller for the Call of Duty: Black Ops.
QQ.com, also known as QQ, is
the most used internet service portal in China owned by Tencent Corporation
founded in November, 1998. The Instant Messenger program are compatible with
Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Symbian,
Java ME, and Web application. There were 711.7 million active user accounts for
QQ Instant Messenger as of September 30, 2011. As of April 1, 2012 QQ.com
ranked 10th overall and ranked 2nd in China. QQ.com, QQ Instant
Messenger, QQ Mail, and search engine SOSO are parts of Tencent’s communication
and information-sharing services. Tencent also owns an internet-shopping
platform named PaiPai.com and it has become china’s second largest in its
Mixi Corporation (ミクシィ mikushī) was founded by Kenji Kasahara,
Batara Eto in 2000. In 2004, the company launched social networking website and
mixi became one of the most well –known social networking in Japan. As of March
2012, the website is ranked 222 on Alexa.
Mixi had over 21.6 million users as of may 2008. The company has 80%
share of the social networking market in Japan. The company originally named
E-Mercury Corporation, but it was changed to Mixi Corporation to align its
social networking service. Mixi has a very interesting feature called “Celebrity
Accounts,” which allows celebrities to have more than 1000 friends limit and
potentially have an unlimited number of followers.
The Renren network was
founded on December 2005 by Wang Xing, Wang Huiwen, Lai Binqiang. Renren ( 人人网) literally mean “Everyone’s Website” in Chinese. The network formerly
known as Xiaonei Network (“on-campus network” in Chinese). The website is a
Chinese social networking service that looks similar to Facebook. Currently,
Renren ranked 101 on Alexa and it is only available in Chinese language. The
company states that it has 31 million active monthly users. In April 2011, the company went IPO in US and
offered Renren stocks in the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, the company
reported revenue of 76 million US dollar. Renren ‘s functions are so similar to
Facebook that made users called it “Chinese Facebook.”
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is the
popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game created and developed by
Blizzard Entertainment. The game was first released on November 23, 2004 in
Australia and North America. Blizzard Entertainment claims that 10 million subscribers
who actively play the game. The game first expansion is The Burning Crusade and
it was released on January 16, 2007. Wrath of the Lich King is the second big
expansion patch and it was introduced on November 13, 2008. Later, Blizzard
Entertainment released the third expansion named Cataclysm on December 7, 2010.
Recently, the company announced the fourth expansion set named Mists of
Pandaria at BlizzCon in October 2010. The game is a big universal that let
players interact with each other to kill monster and do quests. Blizzard tried
and success to integrate a social network feature that let players stay connected
with their real friends to complete many objectives in the game.
Comcast Corporation was
founded on June 28, 1963 at Tupelo, Mississippi, US. The founders were Ralph J.
Roberts, Daniel Aaron, and Julian A. Brodsky. Currently, Brian L. Roberts is
the Chairman, Present, and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation. The
company is well-known for its products such as Xfinity(cable television,
broadband internet, digital voice, home networking), NBC Universal, Comcast-
Spectacor, and Comcast Interactive Media. As of 2011, Comcast’s revenue is
55.842 billion US dollar. Comcast has over 126,000 employees and it is one of
the leading companies in Broadcasting, Cable Telecommunications industry. The
company’s headquarter is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Xfinity is the re-branded
triple play services provided by Comcast. The service includes Comcast’s
digital cable, cable internet access, and cable telephone services. Comcast
still retain the smaller markets services and will re-brand them when they have
been upgraded to full digital services. Currently, Comcast’s digital cable
offers many high definition channels, foreign language programs, and video on
demand contents. Customers can watch many high definition movies with the video
on demand feature right at their home. The
movie is stream to customer’s television through Comcast’s digital cable.
Comcast also offers the high-speed internet service with different speeds for
different prices. According to Comcast, Xfinity means infinite content choices
and cross-platform features.
Netflix Corporation is a
video rental and internet streaming media company. The company was founded by
Reed Hasting in 1997. The company headquarter is located in Los Gatos,
California, US. As of 2011, the company revenue was 3.2 billion US dollar. The
company offers two services for customers who make an account on Netflix.com. The
first service is movie streaming. Customers can watch hundred of shows, movies
and documentations from their web browser, gaming console. If customers have a
speed internet connection, Netflix will offer high definition stream movie. The
second service is DVD rental, customer will pick a movie that he or she likes
then Netflix will mail the DVD to the customer’s address. Customers can write reviews, comment and
recommendation on Netflix.com.
Min-Liang Tan and Robert
Krakoff founded Razer USA Ltd in 1998. The company specializes in manufacture
products that specifically targeted gamers. The company is famous for its high
precision gaming mice such as the Razer DeathAdder, high-end mechanical
keyboard such as the Black Widow Ultimate, and other gaming peripheral
products. Recently, Razer introduces the Razer Blade, and the company claims
the laptop is the first true gaming laptop with its true portability,
incredible performance, and a revolutionary user interface. Razer also
developed products that use license graphic trademark such as the Razer
Spectre, Razer Marauder, and Razer Banshee. These products are specially used
to play StarCraft II by gamers.
Creative Technology was
founded on July 1, 1981 by Sim Wong Hoo and Ng Kai Wa. The company specializes
in manufacture, design and distribution of digitized sound and video boards,
computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products. One
of the notable products of Creative Technology is the Sound Blaster sound
system. In 1989, Creative Technology
released Sound Blaster 1.0. Currently, Sound Blaster X-Fi technology is the
revision of Sound Blaster and it can be found in several other Creative
devices. In August 2011, Creative Technology announced the Sound Blaster
Recon3D. In the current market, the Sound Blaster sound card has lost its
competitive edge, because the current motherboards already have sounds boards