Technology

‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ is a us$200m App

When Glu Mobile, the San Francisco based publisher of the app, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood makes its second quarter earnings announcement in a few weeks, CEO Niccolo de Masi will probably find it hard to resist mumbling a quiet ka-ching under his breath. Analysts forecast that the app, a breakout hit for the developer, will probably rake in us$200 million in ...

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Detecting Diseases: There is an App For That

A team has developed an app and small lens add-on that allows blood-cell analysis via a smartphone. The app, called Athelas, won a prize at a coding event held by the prestigious start-up hub Y Combinator. The team says it can detect diseases such as malaria and cancers in seconds, through so-called predictive cell counting. But experts warned of the ...

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Gordon Swaby is ‘ON ANOTHER LEVEL’

If you were waiting around to meet the CEO of a growing Jamaican company, who has won several awards and travelled the world participating in global economic fora, you’d hardly expect to see Gordon Swaby walk in the room. Swaby is all of 23 years old, after all, and looks like everyone’s best friend in high school. But he’s a ...

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Better Connectivity For LIME Business Clients

Telecommunications firm LIME has announced that it will be leveraging its submarine fibre-optic network and far-reaching international partnerships to offer its business customers increased connectivity to, and benefits for, their offices across the globe. The disclosure was made by LIME Head of ICT Whitney Fennell, during the bimonthly sitting of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s President’s Club Forum on ...

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Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Patent Fees

Microsoft is suing Samsung in a dispute over Android patent fees. Microsoft says the South Korean firm failed to pay it on schedule for the use of its inventions and has begun legal action in New York. In a blog, the US firm said Samsung had used Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset unit “as an excuse to breach its contract”. ...

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Digicel To Acquire Jamaica’s Telstar Cable

Digicel has acquired a number of cable and internet companies throughout the Caribbean in recent months but Telstar Cable is its largest acquisition yet though financial details of the purchase has not been made public. In recent months Digicel has acquired: Caribbean Cable Communications Holding Ltd – Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat WIV Cable TV and TCT – Turks and Caicos ...

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Digicel Blocks Unlicensed VOIP Services

Effective immediately, Digicel has blocked unlicensed Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services from its network. In an advisory, Digicel said unlicensed VOIP operators like Viber and Nimbuzz use telecom networks to deliver their services, but do not pay the requisite fee. The company has described the action as illegal bypass activity.

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Jamaican Advance To The Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals

Jamaica will be represented in the finals set for Seattle in the United States in July. Orane Campbell, a 23-year-old information technology final-year student at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), is among 31 finalists who will compete in the competition from July 29-August 2. His application won the game category and he also won the overall competition locally.

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LIME Cuts Cost For Mobile Internet Customers

LIME has cut the calling cost for all customers with mobile internet by 30%. The company said since Wednesday, its mobile customers with internet on their phones will pay $1.99 to make calls from the instrument. To qualify customers will just have to activate any 30 day mobile internet plan.

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‘Kill Switch’ Coming To Android & Windows Phones

Google and Microsoft will add a “kill-switch” feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems. The feature is a method of making a handset completely useless if it is stolen, rendering a theft pointless. Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and argued that a kill-switch feature can help resolve the problem.

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