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‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping By Dawn Parzych The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hoping they don’t make the news for failure to meet customers’ expectations. Every year, retailers go into Black Friday thinking they have done everything they can and are prepared for the onslaught of visitors, but sadly each year there are some left wondering what they could have done differently to prevent outages and customer backlash. Consumers are becoming less patient, add the stress of the holidays to that and people may find their breaking point sooner than in years past. Research came out last year showing the average attention... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Personal Blogs Will Be Dead in Another Two or Three Years"

Web 2.0 has been a buzzword shrouded in mystery. Although I've heard it used hundreds of times in the past year, I've never been able to find a good definition of what it actually means. This is in part because, as Paul Graham points out, Dougherty coined the term before defining it. When brainstorming on Web 2.0, O'Reilly laid out a list of services that seemed qualitatively different than those that had come before and looked for patterns. What he eventually came up with was a list of seven principles and eight patterns. O'Reilly hits the nail on the head here with his inductive approach. However, I still come away from O'Reilly's manifesto wishing for definitive clarity. So here I set out to put forth a working definition of what Web 2.0 really is, how it differs from Web 1.0, and how it will differ from what may come after. I am not proposing that these are abso... (more)

An Introduction to EJBs With Lots of Code

This was actually the first book on Enterprise JavaBeans that came into the market. Enterprise JavaBeans was released in June and made its debut at JavaOne this year. This is a pretty good book for developers who like to see a lot of code. The examples in the book are used to develop a fairly complex application and the code isn't meant for novices. Tom Valesky presents many examples. I like the fact that the book takes an example and builds its complexity in successive chapters. There's good coverage of distributed architectures and transactions. The author has also dedicated a chapter to provide some excellent guidelines for building distributed systems. For readers just starting out in distributed applications, the author provides the appropriate background. This book isn't for everyone, though. Readers already familiar with distributed systems and transactions m... (more)

Vodafone India; China’s Baidu; Asia-Pacific News Roundup

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. E-commerce entrepreneur Minh Bui shares his recent interview and findings about the future of e-commerce in Indonesia in this article featured in e27.  Read Original Content Vodafone India is launching a new campaign that will show off mobile apps that are “fun and interesting”.  The goal of the campaign is to shift traditional mobile Internet usage patterns and enable users to see the Internet as a source of fun and convenience.  Read Original Content China’s Baidu is working with France Telecom to develop a browser for Android-based smartphones sold in Africa and the Middle East.  Read Original Content Ante... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 24, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Apple topped local manufacturers in Japan for the sale of phones in 2012, with a 15 percent market share compared to a 14 percent market share for both Sharp and Fujitsu.  Read Original Content Tokyo Metro subways will offer a new mobile app with free Wi-Fi access in a trial running through the end of July.  The company will test how passengers react to the different types of i... (more)

Prentice Capital Anticipates Retail Growth Even As Shopper Numbers Shrink

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentice Capital, the Michael Zimmerman fund specializing in retail investments, predicts that retail sales will grow faster than expected during the second half of 2014. This view is supported by the latest National Retail Federation retail sales forecast which calculates that retail sales are expected to grow at least 3.9% during the second half(1). Zimmerman's positive view is despite the fact that US store visits fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, and overall have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years according to ShopperTrak(2). It's not all bad news however - consumers are still buying, they are just increasingly doing it online. Consumer behaviour is changing. Instead of wandering through stores making impulse purchases, shoppers use their mobile phones and computer... (more)

An Introduction to Mobile Device Programming in .NET

A new wave of mobile technology has given people new lives, with freedoms no other culture in the history of mankind has enjoyed. The world's mobile-minded inhabitants talk and work and surf on the move. My XBOX allows me to speak online to friends as if we were at one another's homes. And much, much more is yet to come! The reason I and many others (hopefully you too!) are making mobile Web application development our life's work is simple: the early adopters of modern mobile technology are demanding it. So whose vision of mobile computing is best? Well, has human nature ever been static? No, it hasn't, nor should it ever be. Someone is creating something new all the time. Some of us, myself humbly included, simply like to sit around and think up new stuff. We invent things out of thin air. At any time, for any number of reasons, things may change, but for now, ladie... (more)

.NET Remoting: Ingo Rammer talks .NET

.NET Developer's JournalMobility Editor Jon Box recently chatted with Ingo Rammer, consultant, instructor, and best-selling author of books on .NET. In this exclusive interview, Rammer discusses .NET Remoting, his programming roots, and the book he wishes he had when he was starting out. -INTERVIEWED BY JON BOX, MOBILITY EDITOR FOR .NETDJ NETDJ: How did you get started in software development? IR: I've been programming computers for as long as I can remember, but my start in commercial software development was just an issue of being at the right place at the right time. In 1994 a friend of mine complained about the price and lack of flexibility of an online shopping system his company had bought. I thought that I could do better, went to the local book store, bought Teach Yourself CGI Programming in 21 Days, and it took me something like 21 hours to learn Perl, learn ... (more)

ColdFusion MX by Macromedia

CFhas been rewritten using Java technology, and is much more than just a way for Web pages to interact with databases. You could say that the fax machine revolutionized the business world. No more waiting for contracts as they made their slow progression from one mailbox to another. No more days and weeks passing as you shuttled layouts to your client, and they sent back the revisions and you sent back new layouts....It ate into companies' profits. But with the fax machine, anything that could be put on a piece of paper could be sent anywhere in the world in a fraction of the time needed to physically ship it. There was one catch, of course: you needed a fax machine. Two, actually. For the fax machine to be the effective tool it became, there needed to be a fax machine in every office. Now I have to tell you, I fell in love with ColdFusion back with version 1.0. I ... (more)

Closing the Deal with BPM

Whether you're in a clothing store, a car dealership, or a bank's online catalog looking for low-interest loans, you're more liable to buy if you get some personal attention. You want someone to answer your questions in real time. The trick for companies doing business online is to provide customers with the same feeling of personal attention that they would get on the shop floor. But since there is no highly experienced sales person sitting next to you when you go online to buy a DVD player, companies need to create the illusion of a seasoned salesperson by setting up systems to respond immediately to your questions and concerns. Any delays or gaps in information likely result in an abandoned shopping cart. Customer relationship management (CRM) and hard-wired enterprise application integration (EAI) tools were initial steps to solving the problem. With great eff... (more)

Holiday Shopping is Now More Convenient Than Ever With Sales Circulars Delivered Free to Your E-Mail Inbox

BRANFORD, Conn., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopping is now more convenient than ever with Circular Savings E-mail Newsletter, which delivers weekly sales circulars to your inbox ... all in just one e-mail, says William Stutzman, editor of http://www.circularsavings.com/ CircularSavings.com is a new national website that delivers an e-mail newsletter three times weekly with the latest deals from major retail stores, including JC Penney, Kmart, Walmart, Sears, Target, Kohls, Best Buy, Toys 'r Us and more. The service is provided free to registered members who provide their zip code and want the convenience of having their favorite stores' circulars all in one place. "It's one-stop shopping to an extent," says Stutzman. "We've found that shoppers are really excited about this service. It cuts down on inbox clutter, makes shopping easier and best of all it saves them time... (more)