Microsoft Aims Dubai Launch Of Windows 8 At Businesses – Emirates Goes First

first_imgRelated Posts Other customers said that the new Windows 8 hardware was as attractive as the software. Peter Scott, director of end-user technology at British Telecom, said that older ToughBooks took on the order of ten to twelve minutes to boot up. Now, the company has deployed about 5,000 of the newer Windows 8 models out with field engineers, who will use Microsoft’s Lync software to communicate and collaborate in the field.Both the Emirates and UAE applications shared some common design elements: both took advantage of the large, visually striking design elements within the new Windows 8 interface, and used the horizontal swipe interface to extend the display.Emirates Gives A KIS To Windows 8 TabletsOn the long flight over from the U.S., Emirates Airlines showed off the first use of its Knowledge-Driven Inflight Service, or KIS, which will eventually roll out to all of its aircraft. KIS is basically a passenger-management application for crew members that’s now being delivered to pursers on a Windows 8 tablet. When the rollout is complete, some 1,000 devices will be in use. “We would like this device to be [the student’s] own teacher, his own academic guide, so that the application is capable of giving him extra materials, video, even interactive games if it feels that he is weak,” Ahmed added.The total cost will be about 250 million UAE dirhams, officials said, about $68 million U.S. dollars.More Windows 8 Business Apps In DubaiMicrosoft also showed off other Windows 8 apps including ones from Bank of America and furniture store RoomstoGo, as well as a health app created by Idea.Brad McCabe, a product marketing manager in the Windows Commercial business, said that the new Windows 8 was “business ready by design,” but not everything went perfectly. Fox Entertainment debuted an internal partner app, but distributed it on the Microsoft store, where general consumers will be able to download it. (Since it requires a password, they won’t be able to use it.)Deploying line-of-business apps is a critical accomplishment for Microsoft, however. Consumers buy Windows 8 in ones and twos. But if Microsofot can convince enterprises to develop their own applications for Windows 8, high-volume corporate sales are likely to follow.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Other images by Mark Hachman. And it’s even more complicated: according to Sarah Boyd, the purser aboard our flight, she often doesn’t know which crew members will be joining her until a few hours before takes off. In some cases, crew members may not have worked with each other before. Matching names to faces is the first step in building a cohesive team.Putting the app on a tablet given to pursers makes it much easier to use. “So when I attend my briefing, I can see the nationalities of all the crew, and the postions they work in… and then see all the customers, and where they’re from,” Boyd said. “And then I can use this information to assign the crews. Sometimes it’s challenging to remmeber all the faces with the names, so this is a really nice feature.”“It’s much more convenient than carrying a laptop around, and it looks more elegant, too. It definitely makes our life easier,” Boyd concluded.“To date, the Emirates KIS versions have used Windows XP, said Patrick Brannelly, vice president of corporate communications, product, publishing, and events. Brannelly described the app and the Windows 8 OS as much more intuitive than previous versions. “You have to imagine that many of the crew, when they join Emirates, are not particularly computer-literate,” he said.So is the new app running on a Microsoft Surface?Nope.Emirates will be the first global customer of the HP ElitePad 900, a new, 1.5-pound, Windows 8 business tablet that can be fitted with several “jackets,” or docking cases, that will maintain the tablet form factor but also add capabilities such as additional battery life, to a total of 18 hours; additional I/O ports; or audio connectivity. (See HP’s New ElitePad Business Tablet Is All About The Accessories.)Although Emirates has signed on with the ElitePad 900 for now, that doesn’t preclude Emirates from using a smaller tablet in the future, or even a Windows Phone. “The beauty of this is that we’re launching with a tablet, and it’s launching on a sort of bring your own device sort of platform,” Brannelly said.UAE Hopes Windows 8 Tablets Will Close The Digital GapIn January, the UAE will roll out a combination of laptops and tablets to 50 schools, with the goal of launching the program in the fall of 2013. The idea, according to Khalid Ahmed, development director for the UAE, is to engage parents, students and educators. ‘We need to close this digital gap environment within the school,” Ahmed said. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman Khalid said that although the app was designed with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mentality in mind, that both tablets and laptops would be used. For now, the UAE is using a mixture of Windows 7 and the Windows 8 Customer Preview editions, but plans to upgrade all the devices to the full version of Windows 8 over the holiday break.The UAE rollout will even include “gamification” aspects, assigning trophies to students to show extra acheivement, such as devoting extra time to watching a calculus video, Ahmed said.center_img Tags:#international#Microsoft#Windows 8 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now And that gap is is in flux. For example, students who may be more interested in technology as a hobby typically step in and solve technology problems for the teacher – not necessarily the best outcome in a country when student discipline is important, Ahmed said in an interview. At the same time, another UAE official described teachers as “semi-pros” in Microsoft Office, from their frequent use of the technology.In a private demonstration, the app served both as an icon-driven tool to provide information on classmates and teachers and also as a repository to share information, such as coursework, supplemental classroom material and eventually things like quizzes. Emirates has used a version of KIS for several years, although previous versions were tied to a laptop that the the company brought on board, and asked its pursers, the crew managers, to tote around.The problem was that each flight doesn’t use the same crew; staff shuttles about depending upon their flight readiness as well as the languages each crew member speaks. Years ago, a flight to Japan may have had only one Japanese-language speaker aboard. Now, with the knowledge of the passengers’ nationalities, Emirates can place a French-language speaker as a crew member near a block of passengers flying from Paris to the Middle East. Emirates’ staff represents 130 nationalities. As Microsoft rolled out Windows 8 in Dubai, the Middle East’s commerce hub, the company focused on showing corporations how to use the new operating system to create their own line-of-business applications.Key examples inlcuded an in-flight customer management application used by Emirates Airlines, as well as an education initiative that will be broadly rolled out to thousands of schools across the United Arab Emirates, if all goes as planned. Microsoft also had a representative of British Telecom show off how its field engineers are using new Panasonic Toughbooks to collaborate and respond to service requests.One Loooooong JunketAlthough Windows 8 may already be old hat in the United States, Microsoft’s latest operating system and its associated hardware is relatively new in developing markets.(Disclosure: As part of its promotional efforts, Emirates Airlines flew me halfway around the world to Dubai to show off its in-flight app. Airfare, hotel and some meals were covered by the airline, and in some cases split with Microsoft. It’s by far the longest-distance promotional toot I’ve ever been on. More on the trip coming soon.)“If you ask what Windows 8 brings to corporate customers and enterprise customers, it’s that brings device experiences that people will love, complete with a new generation of devices for business,” said Erwin Visser, the senior director of Windows Commercial Product Marketing for Microsoft. “At the same time we are making no compromises” for enterprise IT departments, he added. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

A different take on doping in Indian sport

first_imgA doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potential

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.” last_img read more

A Man Known As The “Buckeye Bandit” Is Allegedly Robbing Banks In The Columbus, Ohio Area

first_img"Buckeye bandit" robs Columbus-area bank.Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?last_img read more

RAPTORS STAR KAWHI LEONARD SUING NIKE

first_img Twitter Toronto Raptors star basketball player Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. Kawhi claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and the sportswear company, unbeknownst to him, “falsely” claimed it created the logo in a copyright registration.A Nike spokesman did not immediately return a message.The lawsuit was filed Monday in United States District Court in Southern California. Leonard is from San Diego. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Last week, the New York Times reported that the Los Angeles Clippers “have quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard’s ‘Klaw’ logo that is still owned by Nike.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse hoping to bounce back against Massachusetts

Junior attackman Reegan Comeault (8) looks for an open teammate during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternLooking to rebound from a triple overtime loss to Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is set to travel to Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.Playing at Homewood Field for the first time since 2001, OSU was unable to come away with the win against Johns Hopkins after senior attackman Brandon Benn scored 59 seconds into the third overtime to help the Blue Jays escape with the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers said despite the loss, he liked the resiliency his players showed, which is something the team can build upon moving forward.“Our men fought hard,” Myers said Wednesday. “When that enthusiasm, that fight and energy is there, that is something we can look at and say is going to carry us until we get the schemes and the play to where we want it to be.”Coming off a 7-8 record in 2013, UMass got its season underway last weekend when it traveled to Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., to take on Army.Led by a pair of two-goal performances from junior attackman Grant Whiteway and freshman attackman Nick Mariano, the Minutemen were able to hold off the Black Knights and walk away victorious, 6-5.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who caused one turnover in the loss to Johns Hopkins, said as far as defensively, OSU is not worried about who is on the other side of the field, but it is more focused on playing its own game and growing together as a unit.“We’re continuing to build chemistry with our defense,” Meurer said. “It all goes back to our approaches on guys, playing loud, and playing with our sticks up to generate a lot of turnovers.”Offensively, the Buckeyes are likely to search for more weapons alongside junior midfielder Jesse King, who led the team in scoring against Johns Hopkins with a career-high five goals and also added an assist.However, OSU will have to do that against a UMass defense that has been ranked in the top 25 for three consecutive years.Myers said one of the things that has to improve for the Buckeyes if they are going to find that production this week is their extra-man opportunities, where OSU went 0-4 last Sunday.“We haven’t proven that we can score on a routine basis without Jesse in that group,” Myers said. “It’s something that we’ve focused on this week in practice and are expecting to see more of this weekend. It’s an area of focus for us.”Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said if the Buckeyes stick to their schemes, they can come away this weekend with the win.“It’s more about us right now,” Imbordino said. “If we play the way we know we can … if we keep building the foundation, we are going to be OK.”Game time is set for Sunday at 9 p.m. read more

James Rodriguez may return to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid are understood to be reconsidering whether to allow James Rodriguez to leave on a permanent deal to Bayern Munich this summer after he suggested that he may be returningThe Colombia international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for the Bundesliga after failing to break into the team at Real.Under former coach Zinedine Zidane, the playmaker found his opportunities restricted due to the fact that he just did not fit into the Frenchman’s tactics.In light of that, Rodriguez moved to Bayern in a two-year loan deal and thrived under Jupp Heynckes after the firing of former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti in September last year.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And now the Colombian has been rumoured to be on the verge of making his stay at Munich a permanent one.But now, due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, Los Blancos are now considering taking back Rodriguez after his impressive season Allianz Arena as Bayern secured a sixth successive league crown.The Spanish news outlet Marca have since reported that both Real and Bayern are currently locked in negotiations on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Spanish capital.last_img read more