The Market Adjustment That Killed Verizon’s App Store

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We are in the expansion phase in almost every segment of the mobile industry. App development tools, mobile ads, cloud services, enterprise services, location services and more are all still growing and attracting new copycat entrants. (Note that copycats in this game are not necessarily nefarious, idea-stealing spammers – though those do exist.) Verizon certainly was hoping that its app store, pre-installed on some Android devices, would be a great way to spread its own apps. But the leading U.S. mobile carrier has apparently realized that its Apps store was an unnecessary redundancy within the Android, Amazon and BlackBerry environments. Android’s Google Play and the BlackBerry App World do well enough for the purposes of most users and the companies that control those platforms continue to push their customers to the official distribution channels.Is the Verizon App Store only the first shoe to drop in a market adjustment of the third-party app store segment? It’s too soon to tell for sure, but other app stores like Getjar could be vulnerable, depending on how companies like Google and Apple set restrictions to third-party apps going forward.The First Carrier To BlinkVerizon Apps is the first U.S. carrier store to leave the market. This is significant because Verizon has always been adamant about making sure it has its own apps installed on devices from its manufacturing partners. Pre-installing those apps has long been a requirement for all manufacturers that wished to sell devices through Verizon (Apple was a significant holdout). Sadly, the demise of Verizon Apps means only that the carrier is getting rid of the app store application, not all of its pre-installed apps. (Verizon is replacing its Apps store with a new service called AppsLuvr – a discovery engine where consumers can search Google Play for apps they may want to download.) The “bloatware” that consumers associate with pre-installed apps will continue. Those pre-installed apps bring significant revenue to the carriers, so there’s no way they will give up their hold on the apps installed on devices on their networks. That’s true no matter what the device manufacturers or the operating system creators – or their own customers – want. For the time being, at least.Timeline For End-Of-Life For Verizon AppsThe carriers are not quick to acknowledge failure. Even if a product or service is not catching, they often try to keep pushing it down everyone’s throat, if only to justify their investment. We think of companies like Google and Amazon as being extremely large, but telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon pull in more then twice the revenue of those tech companies. The carriers remain the gatekeepers to the U.S. mobile market in the U.S. And yet, if Verizon was forced to realize that its App Store was fighting a losing battle, maybe there is a chance that carriers will become more responsive to consumer usage patterns. If people were actually using Verizon App, the company would have never killed it. Will that happen with other bloatware apps, such as AT&T’s Ready2Go?One can only hope. Tags:#apps#verizon The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Related Posts Verizon announced on Monday that it is discontinuing its Verizon Apps program on Android and BlackBerry smartphones. By March 2013, Verizon will shut down its app store on Android devices and uninstall any apps already on users devices. This is surprising in many ways – and also indicative of the current direction of the mobile app market.Deflating The Balloon On 3rd-Party App StoresAs I watched the mobile market it grow over the last several years, I developed a theory. The business of technology is, at its essence, a copycat game. Companies see something that has been successful for someone else and they rush to create something similar to it to grab their own piece of the pie. This creates what I call the “Balloon Effect.” This not a bubble, which implies that the entire model will eventually pop (to the detriment of everyone). Instead, innovators create a market and then others rush in – and the segment expands. Eventually, the balloon grows too big and crowded for the market to keep inflated – and weak players die off, are acquired or decline to irrelevancy. last_img read more

Mother, daughter crushed to death

first_imgA woman and her daughter were crushed to death by an oncoming train near Mathura in the early hours of Saturday after they fell from the Trivandrum Express while chasing a thief who stole one of their bags, the police said.Jogender Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Railways, Agra region, said that Meena Devi, 45, and Manisha,21, who hail from Durgapur in West Bengal, jumped out of the moving train when they discovered that a thief had stolen their bag which had cash and identity cards. While the thief escaped, the mother and daughter were crushed by the Sampark Kranti Express that passed on the adjacent track.“The incident happened in S2 coach near the Vrindavan city station and it seems the thief pulled the chain before jumping off the train. Meena was found dead on the spot while Manisha died during treatment in Vrindavan.” Meena’s son Akash, 23, slept through the whole incident and was woken up by fellow passengers. “Akash told us that the family had boarded the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin. They were going to Kota to get Manisha admitted for medical coaching. He also told us that the bag that has been stolen had around ₹4000, two mobile phones, and some crucial documents,” said Mr Kumar.Inspector transferredThe SP has transferred inspector Rajesh Kumar Dubey, the GRP in-charge of the Mathura station, to the Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been ordered for dereliction of duty.last_img read more

LFW kickstarts with whiff of freshness

first_imgFresh talent and new ideas – that’s what the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 kicked off with here Friday. As many as seven new designers wowed fashionistas at the opening of the five-day gala with distinct collections.The ‘Gen Next’ show included new designers like Aniket Satam, Sneha Arora, Asa Kazingmei, Kavita Sharma, Richa Aggarwal and a group of three called Threesome.All collections were mainly based on an array of colours and textures, with designs which were quirky and the garments, innovative.The show started with Ashta and Sidharth’s collection, which was dominated by colours like bright yellow and navy blue.It was followed by a line by the Threesome – Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma. Their collection was based on ‘Avatars’.”We based it on self-avatars, displaying the true emotion of clandestine. We all have something hidden in us which we never let out,” they said of their line, after the show.The group also emphasized that they didn’t want to do away with the true flavour of India, and so tried to “promote what we are”.Another newcomer Richa Aggarwal’s collection could be best described as “earthy”.”I tried to represent the streets of India through my collection. It was very colourful with textures. The clothes were simple yet wearable,” she said.Kavita Sharma showcased a collection ‘It’s a beautiful life’. “It was based on the idea of rebirth depicted in the Bhagwad Gita. It’s about a small child who is amused by his surroundings, and all my garments had a different story behind them,” she said.Sneha Arora’s line had a completely different look with her models sporting intellectual looks.”My theme was once upon a time in paradigm. The monotony of black and grey were broken by colour and digital prints,” she said.Asa Kazingmei’s theme was ‘immortal’. The collection had simple silhouettes along with well constructed structures. There were motifs depicting the bravery of the soldiers.The last collection of the show was by Aniket Satam, who was inspired by the prediction that the world will come to an end in 2012.The ongoing extravaganza is in its 13th edition, and is being held at the Grand Hyatt.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley defender Charlie Taylor: Late Tottenham goal hard to take

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley defender Charlie Taylor: Late Tottenham goal hard to takeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Charlie Taylor admits defeat at Tottenham was hard to take.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.”We worked on it in training this week and it went perfectly well,” said Taylor, who lined up to the left of a three-man central defence.“We were set for what would have been a great point at a very tough away fixture.“It’s absolutely gutting. In terms of losing a game, it’s the worst way you can possibly do it.“After holding on for so long and then to concede in injury time is horrible.“But we are looking more like a typical Burnley team over recent weeks.“We got a good result and a clean sheet last week and again we got so close against a top side, so there were definitely positives from our point of view.” last_img read more

Milaha Launches Its 1st European Service

first_imgzoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Milaha has launched the new Black Sea Express Service (BSX) — the company’s first European service linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The new direct feeder service will be connecting Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Russia and will initially be served by two vessels with a 1,700 TEU capacity and 300 reefer plugs.It will have the following port rotation: Piraeus (Greece) – Kumport (Istanbul) – Poti (Georgia) – Novorossiysk (Russia) – Piraeus (Greece).According to Milaha, the new service will cater for Russian and Turkish regional trade, while also linking Greece with multiple locations in the Black Sea region, further enhancing the company’s portfolio of international maritime and logistics services.Milaha’s President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai highlighted that the introduction of the new service reflects the company’s success in expanding its coverage into new markets, amid rising demand for its services.“This latest addition to our feeder services will complement our existing coverage in the Black Sea region and expand our reach to the Mediterranean Sea,” he said.Milaha currently calls twelve ports directly and serves more than 20 ports via its liner services in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, South East Asia and Europe.The company’s fleet currently comprises 66 vessels with a total fleet value of USD 792.07 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Related:Milaha to Upgrade Its Mesaieed ShipyardMilaha Joins Forces with Oracle Cloud to Transform Its Businesslast_img read more

Pimicikamak cries out for help amid suicide pain

first_imgAPTN National NewsA state of emergency has been called in a northern Manitoba community.There have been six suicides there in a span of three months and many were just teenagers.Now the Pimicikamak executive council are calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up with help.APTN’s Dennis Ward is in Cross Lake reporting on the unfolding events.last_img

After arrest radio host quits Boomer and Carton show

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York sports radio personality Craig Carton has quit his show on WFAN following his arrest on fraud charges.Carton co-hosted “Boomer and Carton” with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason (eh-SY’-uh-suhn). He announced Wednesday he had submitted his resignation and it was accepted.Federal authorities charged Carton with fraud last week, saying he used a Ponzi scheme to fool investors into giving him millions of dollars to pay off gambling debts to casinos and elsewhere.On Tuesday he had vowed to fight the charges, saying his fans would see he was not guilty and he’d be back “stronger than ever.” On Wednesday he said the “unfounded legal issues” would be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show he helped build.CBS owns WFAN and says it’s co-operating with authorities. It says it’s searching for Carton’s replacement.last_img read more

Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollars

first_img“When you’re looking at US$40 to $50 differentials on WCS (Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil) versus WTI, whether it’s in this administration or the next administration, XL is a project that the industry needs and is a valuable piece of infrastructure for the North American economy.”TransCanada told investors it expects to raise its dividend at an average annual rate of eight to 10 percent through 2021, an outlook supported by expected growth in earnings and cash flow.The pipeline operator has increased its dividend on common shares in each of the last 18 years.Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to grow to about $10 billion in 2021, a 35 percent increase from the $7.4 billion in 2017, TransCanada said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. says it doesn’t know when it will be able to build its Keystone XL pipeline after a Montana judge stopped it last week but it is confident the project will make money once it is built and in service.It’s too soon to say what the decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris last Thursday will mean to the timeline and cost of the pipeline, Paul Miller, liquids pipeline president, said at TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto on Tuesday.The project was proposed in 2008, denied by former president Barack Obama in 2015 (leading to a $2.9-billion non-cash write-down for TransCanada) and resurrected by President Donald Trump in 2017. “It’s important to remember our commercial model on XL has not changed materially,” Miller said.“All historical costs, plus (cost of construction), since 2009 are captured for toll determination. The writedown we took in 2015 does not remove these costs from rate-making purposes. We share capital cost variances equally with our shippers.”He said the pipeline capacity, minus an amount that must be reserved for spot shipments, is now fully committed.Indigenous and environmental groups sued TransCanada and the U.S. State Department after Nebraska authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state, arguing it hadn’t properly studied it.In his decision, Morris agreed the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.The proposed 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., where it would meet up with other pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast.center_img TransCanada is examining the deficiencies identified by the judge to determine what affect meeting them will have on the schedule and its last cost estimate of about $10 billion, Miller said.The lack of export pipeline access from Western Canada has been blamed for steep discounts for crude oil compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, prompting some producers to reduce oil production and leading to record levels of crude-by-rail shipping.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. has called on the Alberta government to impose production cuts to bring supply in line with takeaway capacity and protect royalties but companies with refineries that benefit from lower prices or contracted export pipeline space oppose the move.“As far as timing around the pipeline, the need for Keystone XL has never been greater,” Miller said at investor day.last_img read more

BC Government looking to make amendments to the Forest Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is looking to introduce amendments to the B.C. Forest Act.The Government says the amendments to the Forest Act will enhance public trust and ensure public forests are managed in the best interests of British Columbians.According to the Province, some of the changes to the Act will improve the Government’s ability to exert more control over the disposition of Crown tenures, ensure that public interest is considered in the disposition of Forest Act agreements, and ensure the Government has the necessary information when needed from companies to inform policy and legislative changes to address emerging forestry issues. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says these amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector.“We want all British Columbians to benefit from the forest industry, including companies, large and small, First Nations, workers and communities. These amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector by preventing further concentration of harvesting rights.”For more information on the proposed amendments, you can visit the B.C. Legislative Assembly’s website.last_img read more

Viral video shows youth stabbed on Holi

first_imgNEW DELHI: On the day of Holi, a 19-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in his abdomen by a minor boy and another boy named Ajay with whom the injured was in the rivalry for two years. The incident happened in Tigri in South Delhi. After the incident, the bystanders made a 1 minute video on the mobile which shows the injured boy in a pool of blood lying on the road. It was then some men are seen helping him out.Soon, the police were informed and the injured was rushed to the hospital. He is undergoing treatment at AIIMS where his condition is said to be critical. “The incident took place at around 12 pm on March 21. He has been stabbed over the upper abdomen, over chest, over left side of neck and incised wound over the right side of the face. We have registered a case of attempt to murder,” said DCP South, Vijay Kumar. Police believe it’s a revenge attack as the injured boy Gaurav had earlier attacked the accused Ajay 2 years back in Tigri area along with his friends. At that time too, a case of attempt to murder was registered against Golu. “We have apprehended one minor in the present case and search for other accused Ajay is still going on. We have formed several teams to arrest the accused. The victim is unfit for the statement,” said the officer.last_img read more