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August 24, 2021

State of Alaska charges 41-year-old in death of Kotzebue girl

first_imgCrime & Courts | NorthwestState of Alaska charges 41-year-old in death of Kotzebue girlSeptember 24, 2018 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Ashley Johnson-Barr (Photo courtesy of the Kotzebue Police Department)The State of Alaska has charged a man in the death of a 10-year-old girl in Kotzebue. On Monday afternoon, officials announced felony charges against 41-year-old Peter Wilson, including murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.In detailed charging documents, prosecutors allege that on September 6th, Wilson abducted Ashley Johnson-Barr on a four-wheeler, then drove her two miles out of town where they believe he raped and killed her.In total, Wilson is accused of nine charges.“There are three counts of murder in the first degree alleging different theories of that murder, and one count of kidnapping, as well as four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, and one count of tampering with physical evidence,” said Assistant Attorney General Jenna Gruenstein with the Office of Special Prosecutions.Not long after Johnson-Barr’s body was discovered, officials charged Wilson with lying to federal agents and took him into custody. Prosecutors allege that Wilson had Johnson-Barr’s cellphone in his possession in the hours after she disappeared. An extensive search for the young girl conducted by community members and law-enforcement in the days after she went missing yielded no results. Ultimately, geo-location data from the phone led searchers to a remote patch of tundra off a road out of town. The charging documents suggest Johnson-Barr was strangled with her pants, and prosecutors said DNA samples taken from her body match Wilson’s.The state’s case draws on multiple pieces of hard evidence.“There was obviously quite an extensive investigation that occurred in this case, and through the course of that they were able to obtain evidence from video surveillance systems, they also relied on evidence from the autopsy, as well as evidence from DNA results,” Gruenstein said.A funeral for Johnson-Barr over the weekend drew hundreds of community members.Kotzebue is a small, close-knit town, and the case has gripped attention for weeks, prompting vigils, shows of support and donations from communities across Alaska.The investigation was conducted by local police, as well as Alaska State Troopers and agents from the FBI.Share this story:last_img read more

June 23, 2021

For young scientists, a supervisor’s fraud can derail a career

first_img Related: And Marc Hauser, the onetime Harvard psychology researcher, resigned from the university in disgrace in 2011 — but not before trying to blame graduate student whistleblowers for his misdeeds.Taken together, these examples — and others — point to a clear conclusion: Grad students and postdocs are frequently the scapegoats in cases of fraud, and they have little in the way of recourse in the current system.advertisement Related: APStock By Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky Nov. 25, 2016 Reprints The WatchdogsFor young scientists, a supervisor’s fraud can derail a career Fraudsters discover an unlikely new set of victims: academics center_img Should science fraudsters have to serve jail time? In the hierarchy of academic science, grad students and postdocs often get a raw deal — long hours, little pay, and short-term contracts. But the arrangement can be made even worse by unscrupulous supervisors who, in cases of fraud, all too often take their underlings down with them.That was the experience of a young neuroscientist in Australia who was cut adrift in 2013 by her institution in the wake of a misconduct scandal involving her lab head that she had nothing to do with.A year earlier, another graduate student in Australia put his doctoral degree in peril after questioning a paper by one of his superiors later found to have committed misconduct — after which that superior ended up returning hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.advertisement Another would be to give lower-rung lab workers a voice when it comes to their supervisor’s behavior — and possibly an arena to clear their names if shady business is going on. In Nature in October, Donald Kornfeld and Sandra Titus suggested, “Each year, trainees should be required to complete anonymous questionnaires evaluating their mentors, and results should be sent to funding agencies as well as to research deans.” Such evaluations, they propose, could then be used to reward good mentorship — though that would be contingent on funders and employers actually deciding to take those measures into account.But in lieu of their superiors doing better by them, grad students and postdocs could be given a fairer shake by journals. A more transparent and prompt retraction system would help assign blame where blame is due. Too often, we’ve seen senior faculty who’ve committed misconduct try to use vague or even misleading language in retraction notices to shift or spread blame. Remember, publishers: Grad students are your editorial boards of the future. Senior professors who commit misconduct? Good riddance. Of course, graduate students and postdocs have been known to commit research misconduct as well. But senior faculty members are far less likely to be found guilty of misconduct than junior scientists. According to a 2004 analysis by the Office of Research Integrity, while 15 percent of full professors accused of misconduct between 1994 and 2003 were found to have transgressed, 61 percent of postdocs so accused were found guilty. We don’t know the denominators here, and it’s possible that postdocs are more venal than their superiors, but are they really four times as corrupt?And here’s another reason the system is stacked against trainees: They’re the ones who generally end up wasting months, if not years, pursuing the poisoned research left behind by fraudsters whose full extent of misdeeds have yet to be uncovered. Ask grad students and postdocs at any institution affected by research misconduct and they’ll know of at least one young scientist who thusly poured their time and grant money into the toilet — and lost ground in the competition for scarce faculty jobs in the process.One solution is organized labor. Unions give otherwise defenseless trainees access to lawyers, strong representation, and other tools. Perhaps it becomes more difficult to throw someone under a bus that one of their comrades built. Tags fraudlast_img read more

June 18, 2021

CIBC and Scotiabank’s mobile websites given top rankings

first_img Morningstar launches iPad app for advisors Related news Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and Bank of Nova Scotia, both based in Toronto, have come out on top in Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc.’s 2016 ranking of the best Canadian mobile banking websites. Tessie Sanci Keywords Awards,  Mobile applications and devices Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Financial firms’ marketing efforts to focus on DIY apps Funds with international subadvisors don’t have an edge Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The two banks tied with a score of 81 out of 100 in Forrester’s “2016 Canadian mobile banking functionality benchmark,” pulling ahead of Bank of Montreal (BMO), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust), all based in Toronto. CIBC was recognized for its product marketing features, such as pre-approved offers and pre-filled forms, which make it easy for clients to purchase products from within the firm’s mobile application. The bank was also commended for its inclusion of money management tools, such as budgeting calculators, within its app. Scotiabank was acknowledged for its strong account management features as well as a comprehensive “help” feature that allows clients to search from within the app. TD Canada Trust came in third place with a score of 68. Like Scotiabank, TD’s help functionality helped boost its score. The report declares that TD Canada Trust’s texting service, which allows clients to ask questions and receive customer service by text, is “interesting.” BMO received a score of 66. The Forrester report declared the firm to be a leader in offering branch appointment scheduling across devices. RBC received a score of 62. Although the bank is at the bottom of the ranking, the report states that RBC is a leader in providing transactional features, which was a key area of improvement for all Big Five banks. RBC, in particular, was commended for providing access to upcoming bills and a payment history of bills. The Forrester report states that the key area of improvement for most of the banks is related to their service features, which would include a variety of “help” options and alerts. The report notes that Scotiabank actually fared well in this category. “Functionality that lets customers notify the bank when they are going to be traveling abroad, report fraud, or easily tell the bank when their card has been lost or stolen is not widely available on banks’ mobile banking apps,” the report states. Features that help clients with their money management should also be an area of focus for the banks, according to the report. Although CIBC and BMO offer money management tools, none of the banks group transactions into categories or provide visualizations to help clients with their budgeting and spending. The report also provides insight into the future direction of mobile banking apps, which Forester believes should be more interconnected with local retail offers. “By making intelligent use of data about customers’ spending patterns and integrating that with other data, smartphone-based digital wallets can deliver relevant offers from nearby merchants to customers’ mobile phones, creating new value for both customer and merchant,” the report states. Photo copyright: Bloomberg last_img read more

June 18, 2021

ETF inflows surged in August

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Desjardins to close four ETFs businessman hand working computer and business strategy concept everythingpossible/123RF BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian ETFs had an inflow of $2.8 billion in August, more than double July’s $1.3 billion, according to the latest monthly report from National Bank Financial (NBF) Inc.The strong August inflows brings total assets under management (AUM) to close to $164 billion. Keywords ETFs Equity ETFs led the way during the month, with almost $1.9 billion in net flows, followed by fixed-income funds with $835 million worth.“Canadian equity flows were buoyed by creations in XIU, as well as some low-cost index tracking products, dividend strategies and the gold sector,” the report states. Indeed, August saw the highest Canadian equity flows of the year so far, at $1.3 billion.The August data may be “slightly skewed” by structural changes at Invesco Canada Ltd. and Purpose, the report says. Invesco is adopting its ETFs as underlying funds for some of its traditional mutual funds, while Purpose Investments Inc. converted a number of its closed-end funds into ETFs.“At the same time, investors are naturally clamouring for fixed income ETFs of almost every flavour, including both passive and active,” the report states.Thanks to August’s strong overall activity, ETF inflows topped $13.8 billion through the first eight months of the year. Almost $9 billion of that total has flowed into equity ETFs, with $5.2 billion flowing into international equity, $2.8 billion into U.S. equity, and  $907 million into Canadian equity.Another $4.1 billion has flowed into fixed-income funds this year, while $918 million has flowed into multi-asset products.According to the report, bond ETFs have attracted flows into three main areas: low-cost aggregate products for pure and broad exposure; preferred shares, mainly actively managed; and global bond ETFs.The four largest ETF providers — BlackRock Canada Asset Management Ltd.’s iShares division BMO Asset Management Inc. (BMOAM), Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. and Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc., all based in Toronto,— each recorded new asset growth of between 1% and 2% in August.Vanguard led the way through the first eight months of the year, with $3.4 billion in net flows, followed closely by BMOAM with $3.2 billion. Related news James Langton last_img read more

June 16, 2021

Rolling forward on Smith Street Cycleway – Wollongong

first_imgRolling forward on Smith Street Cycleway – Wollongong Wollongong City Council is committed to delivering improvements to cycling infrastructure to provide more active transport opportunities and to make it easier and more appealing to opt for two-wheeled transport.As part of this focus, we’ve been working on a series of Pop-Up Pilot Cycling Routes across the city to encourage people to get on their bikes.Earlier this year, we asked the community for their feedback about proposed road changes to sections in the CBD including Crown, Corrimal, Burelli, Smith, Kembla and Stewart streets to enable some new cycling links. Following a review of the community’s comments, we’re preparing the phased rollout of new Pop-up Pilot Cycling Routes in Wollongong.This week, letters will be received by residents in streets where the pilot will be implemented to share details of the pilot cycle routes, and we will continue to keep these residents updated as the changes get underway this summer.“Just recently Council adopted our Cycling Strategy for 2030 and some of the key goals within this plan are to make Wollongong easier and safer for cyclists,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.“We know not everyone cycles, but by improving cycling infrastructure we’re improving active transport opportunities and making shared pathways more accessible to everyone.”The details plan for Wollongong City Centre is available on Council’s website. The key changes include:Smith Street between Keira and Harbour streetsTraffic will change to one-way eastbound for vehiclesThe current parking lane on the south side of Smith Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions.The current westbound lane will be converted to on-road parking so that there will be no loss of parking in this section of Smith Street.Part of the 55C Free Gong Shuttle Bus route will change and more details will be available soon.Smith Street between Belmore and Keira streetsTraffic will remain two-way in this section.The current parking lane on the north side of Smith Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions.On-street parking will be removed from the north side of Smith Street between Belmore Street and opposite 91 Smith Street (near Young Street) to make way for the cycleway.Harbour Street between Smith Street and Cliff RoadThe current parking lane on the northwest side of Harbour Street between Smith and Cliff Road will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking on the northwest side of Harbour Street will be removed.Kembla Street between Smith and Stewart streetsThe current parking lane on the west side of Kembla Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway between Smith and Market streets for riders to travel in both directions. On-street parking will be removed on the west side between Smith and Market Streets.Lane adjustments on Kembla Street between Market and Crown streets will make room for the on-road cycleway on the west side for riders to travel in both directions. No loss of on-street parking in this section.The current parking lane on the east side of Kembla Street will be converted to an on-road cycleway between Crown and Stewart streets for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking on the east side of Kembla Street will be removed.Gladstone Avenue between Crown Street and Railway Station SquareThe section outside the railway parking station will be converted to an on-road cycleway for riders to travel in both directions. Car parking will be retained in this section of Gladstone Avenue. The footpath in the remaining section of Gladstone Avenue to Crown Street will be converted to a shared path.Traffic calming for on-road cyclingCrown Street from Kembla to Corrimal streetsStewart Street from Church Street to Corrimal StreetChurch Street from Burelli Street to George StreetRoad cushions, on-road markings and signs will be installed to calm traffic.Footpaths converted to shared pathsGladstone Avenue between Crown Street and Railway Station SquareEastern footpath will be converted to a shared path north of the railway parking station. There will be a small section of separated on-road cycleway on this route.Burelli Street between Wollongong Train Station, through MacCabe Park towards Church StreetFootpaths will be converted to shared paths along the northern side of Burelli Street, from Wollongong Train Station to the Keira Street intersection; a section of the southern Burelli footpath from the Keira Street intersection; and through MacCabe Park towards Church Street.Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.Corrimal Street between Crown and Bank streetsEastern footpath will be converted to a shared path.Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.Crown Street between Corrimal Street and the foreshoreSouthern footpath will be converted to a shared path.Signs and bicycle pavement markings will be installed along the route.Cr Bradbery said the changes to the road conditions would be phased in and there would be signage in place to indicate the changes both before work starts and upon completion.“This is an exciting time for our city as we take a fresh look at how we get out and about,” he said.“We’ll be working with our community to make this transition as smooth as possible. It’s also important to keep in mind that this is a trial and we’ll be asking for community feedback along the way.“We’re appreciative to the NSW Government who have funded this project along with Council.”These projects are proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Wollongong City Council. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Bicycle, community, council, cycling, Eastern, Gladstone, Government, infrastructure, local council, NSW, project, shuttle, southern, travel, website, Wollongong, Wollongong City Councillast_img read more

June 15, 2021

Bugatti’s wild one-offs aren’t commissioned—they’re dreamt up by the company

first_imgTrending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noir  Bugatti Witness the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, a US$12.5 million beast that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and which retains the title of the most expensive new car ever sold. It will be delivered to its (also secret) owner by the end of 2021.But while both cars are unique, they embody opposing design philosophies. Lamborghini starts from a blue-sky “whatever you want” approach for those who can cough up the funds, while Bugatti develops the car first, and then asks a prospective buyer, “Do you want it?”I spoke with Frank Heyl, the head of exterior design for Bugatti, in Lake Como, Italy. We were there for the annual Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este and he had brought Bugatti’s big black beauty to show off on the lawn. As Bugatti chief Stephan Winkelmann milled around chatting with European collectors and vintage driving enthusiasts, Heyl discussed the burgeoning market for custom-body a.k.a. coachbuilt cars—and why Bugatti will never give a customer a pen and say, “Have at it.”Hannah Elliott: The La Voiture Noire has seemed like a great success, at least in terms of media hype and, of course, the fact that it has a buyer. Now you’ve got the task of putting it into production, and it won’t be delivered until late 2021—but in the meantime, do you have the sense that there is room for more cars like this from Bugatti? What is the world appetite for the coachbuilt car? Could we say there are hundreds of people globally who would want to purchase a similar vehicle?Frank Heyl: Easily. The market for this is really growing, and the brand is so strong that we have come to see now that the sky is the limit.HE: This reminds me of the statistic Bloomberg reported that many Bugatti owners actually own two or more of them.FH: Yes. There are a lot of multi-owners, which is significant when you consider that our base product is US$3.2 million. There are people that actually bought a Chiron to get a Divo. [Only people who owned one of the 500 Chiron cars made were invited to purchase a Divo.] That shows how strong the brand is and how the brand is perceived.HE: So, on a higher echelon than the “mainstream” Bugatti owner, what type of people are the ones buying one-off cars like La Voiture Noire?FH: Well, obviously collectors and enthusiasts. It wouldn’t be so easy if the brand didn’t have the heritage had have already been built up now so many years.RELATED This black-as-night Bugatti may be the world’s most expensive new car See More Videos Bugatti The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever HE: Coachbuilding is Bugatti’s heritage, even though the brand had largely disappeared from its former glory until VW bought the nameplate in 1998 and the Veyron debuted in 2005.FH: Right. You just have to look at what Bugatti was 100 years ago. They would do a Bugatti Royale. Look it up! The car was for kings. Or they would do the Atlantic. These were cars for the extremely wealthy, at the top of the pyramid. And the Chiron was the top of the pyramid. And now we put this one, La Voiture Noire, on the top of the pyramid. So from here, we go only up.HE: Does that mean we can expect you’ll be doing more one-offs RELATED TAGSBugattiLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Lamborghini’s SC18 Aventador is a one-of-a-kind supercar created from a blank sheet of paper, hand-in-hand between Lamborghini chief designer Mitja Borkert and its anonymous buyer.Unveiled late last year, it was the first of what will be a growing number of multimillion-dollar commissions from the Bologna, Italy-based brand, according to chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani.Bugatti, another Volkswagen-owned brand, is also making multi-million-dollar one-off cars for the world’s most supremely wealthy collectors. 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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Bugatti wants to make a more ‘affordable’ hybrid daily driverHE: The La Voiture Noire car is the spiritual successor to Jean Bugatti’s personal Type 57 SC Atlantic that got lost during the Second World War. I know the idea for it has been percolating at Bugatti for more than a decade, but I imagine the timing had to be right before you finally produced it—the market had to be able to support it.FH: Yes. Back when I started [11 years ago] it cost a million dollars to buy a Veyron. Then we started the special [Veyron] Super Sport, which broke the world record. Initially, we thought we could sell a dozen or so. But it was actually more. We felt like, Okay there is more room here, let’s keep pushing. And by talking to the customers, it became very clear that there is so much more room for more ideas.HE: What about doing what Lamborghini does, allowing customers to create their very own cars. Would Bugatti do that type of ultra-hyper-bespoke one-off work where the customer calls the shots?FH: To have a customer coming to say, “I have this or that car in my mind,” that’s not how we work. When you talk about coachbuilt cars, it goes the other way around: It has to come from us. We have an idea for something, and we say to the customer, “Would you be interested?” Some say yes, some say no.HE: Why not do it?FH: When it is the other way around—I have also been involved in similar one-off projects, not for Bugatti—it gets very very difficult. You have to be very, very disciplined in your process. Otherwise your process will explode, and your time will run out. If you are not very disciplined in that process it will not make a business as well. After all, in the end we have to make it work financially.It doesn’t mean the customer cannot say, “Hey can you do this?” For example, the six tailpipes on La Voiture Noire. That was a specific dream from the customer request. But even that requires a little bit of discipline, too.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noir advertisement FH: Stay tuned. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

June 4, 2021

Sprint confirms $2.1B Clearwire takeover play

first_img Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 DEC 2012 Author Matt Ablott Asia FinancialSoftBankSprint Previous ArticleNokia Windows Phone class action droppedNext ArticleMicrosoft, Apple in stalemate over SkyDrive app update Relatedcenter_img Sprint has made a US$2.1 billion bid to buy-out its wholesale partner Clearwire, a deal seen as a play to take control of Clearwire’s extensive spectrum holdings.The US number-three is offering US$2.90 a share for the 48.3 percent of Clearwire that it does not already own. This values Clearwire at around US$4.2 billion and represents a 5 percent premium on its closing stock price yesterday. However, the stock has risen sharply this week as word began circulating that a takeover bid was imminent. According to Reuters, the offer marks a 20 percent premium on Clearwire’s price on 10 December.As well as approval from Clearwire shareholders, Sprint said in a regulatory filing that its offer also needs the green light from Softbank, the Japanese operator that is currently in the process of acquiring 70 percent of Sprint – and is contingent on that deal going through.Shortly after the Softbank deal was announced in October, Sprint bought a small stake in Clearwire to gain majority equity control over the company. However, this deal did not give Sprint full control of Clearwire’s spectrum, which is overseen by a special committee.Clearwire holds as much as 150 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band in many of the top US markets. The operator is in the process of repurposing the bandwidth for TDD-LTE services after taking the decision to migrate away from WiMAX technology.Softbank is thought to be keen to take control of the 2.5 GHz spectrum, which it uses for its own 4G rollout in Japan.Clearwire was formed in 2008 as a joint venture with Google, Intel, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Both Google and Time Warner have since sold their stakes. Intel and Comcast are thought to currently hold 12.4 percent between them. Read more SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite move Home Sprint confirms $2.1B Clearwire takeover play Tags last_img read more

June 4, 2021

Windows 10 hits 200M milestone

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Google taps retail with NYC store Author Related Devices Sony, Microsoft unveil latest joint AI play Microsoft, SKT set date for 5G cloud gaming launch Steve Costello center_img Microsoft said more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world are using its Windows 10 platform, with initial demand for the first smartphones running the platform outstripping supply.Initial volumes have obviously been driven by Microsoft’s PC activities, aided in no small part by the free upgrades it is offering users of some existing platforms. But nonetheless, this has enabled it to generate some momentum for the OS, with Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, stating that this is “the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever”.The company previously gave a figure of 110 million, which was revealed in October 2015.With Microsoft having struggled in the mobile space, in no small part due to a perceived “app gap” between Windows Phone and iOS (Apple) and Android, it is positioning Windows 10 as a way for developers to reach PCs, tablets, phones “and more” – and swiftly reaching 200 million users will help draw them toward the platform.It said has seen 3 billion visits to its new, single Windows Store for apps, with more universal apps becoming available for the platform. While this is obviously focus on PC and tablet users, it will also help strengthen the catalogue for its mobile users – although the company may still struggle bringing mobile-only/mobile-first apps to the platform.So far, Microsoft’s Windows 10 efforts in the mobile market have been limited, with the focus on its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones. Mehdi said that these are “now available worldwide and off to a great start, with initial demand outstripping our supply”.Of course, this does not give much detail on how the device is performing in comparison with rivals, or with earlier Lumia devices, but with Microsoft often lacking wins in the mobile market, it is understandable it is highlighting its positives. HomeDevicesNews Windows 10 hits 200M milestone AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 JAN 2016 Previous ArticleChina Unicom and Telefonica form big data partnershipNext ArticleOrange targets banking acquisition Tags LumiaMicrosoftWindows 10last_img read more

June 4, 2021

Feature: MWC Americas 2017 Day 2 highlights

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June 4, 2021

Vodafone, Movicel ink Angola alliance

first_imgHome Vodafone, Movicel ink Angola alliance Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Steve Costello Author Former EE, Sunrise boss Swantee given Vodafone role Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAR 2019 Related Vodafone seeks at least €2B from tower IPO Vodafone Group signed a strategic consultancy agreement with Movicel Angola, with the companies set to collaborate in a number of business areas.Under the terms of the non-equity agreement, Vodafone will provide “strategic and operational support” in areas including consumer marketing, technology and business operations. It will also see the pair “collaborate on further potential opportunities to benefit their customers”, the companies said in a statement.Gianvittorio Maselli, CEO of Movicel Angola, said: “We are delighted to start our strategic relationship with Vodafone, as part of our transformation journey in Movicel in Angola. This engagement will provide Movicel with technical and marketing expertise that will improve the quality of services we offer to our customers, and accelerate the expansion of digital services across Angola.”The deal forms part of Vodafone’s Partner Markets programme, which sees it working with companies beyond its subsidiaries and affiliates. Established in 2002, Vodafone said it now works with 29 companies in 43 countries, although some deals have fallen by the wayside in the interim.Indeed, Africa is something of a blind spot for Partner Markets. Vodafone did have a deal in place with Afrimax Group for a number of countries in the continent, but this is no longer listed on Vodafone’s website as a partner and a 2018 deal with Tunisie Telecom was described as its first in North Africa.Of course, Vodafone does have a presence in the region through subsidiary operations Safaricom and Vodacom. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Vodafone sets wheels in motion for tower IPO MovicelVodafone Group Previous ArticleBahrain targets 5G launches in JuneNext ArticleTelenor continues Veon exit last_img read more