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Ideas & Insights
March 28, 2019 7:32
The odds in Las Vegas for the Seattle Mariners to win the 2019 World Series are currently 20 to 1, while the odds for the Mariners to win the American League Pennant are 10 to 1. Don't tell that to the ultra-hot Mariners team, however, who aren't listening to the odds, their horoscopes, or the baseball historians that jokingly point out the team has not even been in the Major League Playoffs since 2001. Instead, the Mariners, with a 13-3 record stand atop the entire major league standings and would seem to be chanting the late Al Davis Oakland Raider's mantra, "Just Win Baby!" Unexpected Results By all accounts, nobody, including General Manager Jerry Dipoto, foresaw a team that was playing 800 percent baseball. After all, even the 1906 Chicago Cubs, the Major League Team with the highest percentage ever, finished with an overall season percentage of 763. However, even...
March 27, 2019 7:35
There have recently been suspicions in the public eye regarding the trustworthiness of mobile application developers, and now we have real news stories detailing incidents of actual spying that has occurred. Here’s what we found. According to a report done by The Sun, many mobile applications were caught capturing and storing screen-capture data from users’ phones. Some of the more well-known websites included Hotels.com and Expedia. According to another report done by Techlicious, this sort of recording and data storage was done using an application called “Glassbox,” which Software Developers use for data collection and analysis. Data collection and user profiling are considered commonplace in the field of App development, and the practice is generally harmless and beneficial. In fact, these data-collection tools are often necessary for Software Developers to properly handle and repair malfunctions within their software. Unfortunately, this instance is different. The Glassbox software that has been found...
March 21, 2019 7:31
HBO enjoys monumental success with their apps over the weekend of the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. This is a milestone accomplishment and showcases not only the love for this epic show but the shift toward streaming over live television and cable/satellite. The HBO Now app is the service for customers without a television HBO package and HBO GO is a mobile app for those who are already subscribers with their cable or satellite provider. Game of Thrones has a special nostalgia about it and its popularity is almost unprecedented. It is a global phenomenon because it captures the magic of fantasy and delivers it in a mature adult format. Tales of dungeons, dragons, wizards, kings, and knights are often more family oriented such as tales of King Arthur, The Lord of The Rings, or something out of Marvel comics. GOT is truly in a class of its...
March 14, 2019 7:31
Amazon Prime members have long enjoyed free two-day shipping on any and all items they purchase from the online retail giant. But this perk is just about to get better, as Amazon will be cutting shipping times in half, allowing Prime members to receive one-day shipping on everything that they buy at the store. The news was announced during an earnings call on April 25 by Brian Olsavsky, who is the company's chief financial officer. He indicated that the company is spending $800 million this quarter in infrastructure updates to facilitate the change. Initially, the change will only affect Prime members in North America, but eventually expedited shipping will roll out to the rest of the world as well. No doubt they will be using something like freight forwarder services to keep up with the demand. During the earnings call, Olsavsky also announced that the company had doubled its first-quarter...
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