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How Ad-blocker Detecting Software protect US$22 billion Advertising Industry

Ad-blockers, the enemy of free content or data plans, depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting, will not be going away anytime soon.

This problem is pretty serious, costing advertisers and content providers some US$22 billion in lost income in 2014, double the losses in 2013.  Good to note that in 2014, online advertising was worth US$50 billion with its value increasing by 15% annually.

How Ad-blocker Detecting Software protect US$22 billion Advertising Industry

 

Now the coding arms race between the developers for the Ad -blockers and the content and online service providers is accelerating as I’d predicted in Why Google needs new Ad Formats as Telcos will block YouTube Ads.  And it all seems to have begun with Yahoo Mail!

Yahoo Mail – Ad-blocker detecting software  a First Strike weapon against Ad-blockers

An interesting phenomenon is on the horizon thanks to Yahoo Mail; ad-blocker detecting software deployed by websites on online web services. Once they detect ad-blockers, they deny the viewer of the website access to their free content and services. Yahoo Mail, who seems to have started this trend since November 2015, has been using this ad-blocker detecting software to make it difficult go users who have deployed ad-blocking Apps on their smartphone to log into their email.

Many users now have no choice but to remove their ad-blockers from their smartphones and desktop browsers if they want to continue accessing these free content and online service providers websites. After all, it’s advertising that pay for the free content as noted in Why the Rise of ad-Blockers is killing free Publisher and App Content.

But has this trend of using ad-blocker detecting software been on the rise?

Researchers say ad-blocker detecting software on the rise – PageFair leading the charge

Dr. Muhammad Haris Mughees at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology decided to see to what extent ad-blocker detecting software was being deployed by online web services.

His team of fellow researchers designed a machine-learning algorithm that scanned the Alexa top 100,000 websites for ad-blocker detecting software. Surprisingly, the results indicated that the arms race had indeed begun, with some 300 websites having deployed ad-blocker detecting software.

Albeit many of these ad-blocker detecting software were easy to bypass, the more sophisticated ones such as third-party ad-block detectors such as PageFair can even manage to bypass ad-blockers and deliver ads nonetheless, to wrote the researchers: “PageFair uses dynamic JavaScript and code obfuscation. For example, it involves assembling URLs on the fly to retrieve additional JavaScript codes”.

Alternatives to ad-blocker detecting software – Sponsored Articles and Micropayments

As the battle heats up between ad-blocker and ad-blocker detecting software developers, other are seeking ways to meet customers and content providers halfway.

Apple has allowed publishers to publish Sponsored Articles with ads alongside editorial stories in the Apple News app as noted in How Apple News’ Sponsored Articles helps Publishers as Ads Blockade continues.

Dutch Start-up named Blendle since March 2016 has been re-introducing the idea of micropayments, hoping readers would be willing to pay for quality content as noted in How Blendle revolutionizes Newspapers and Magazines as Ad Blockers Rise.

This might be the long-term solution, as Blendle co-founder Alexander Klöpping says the refund rate in Europe is 10%, mostly likely maintained thanks to excellent micromanagement of what type of news s being delivered by Blendle.

This model brings into consideration journalistic independence, as journalists, bloggers and publishers will seek to write content that is pleasing to the reader, resulting in self censorship in order to make money.

Microsoft and Google Ad-blocker Whitelists – Making consumers benefit from the US$22 billion per annum advertising Industry

Ultimately, a Google and Microsoft may have the ultimate solution; paying ad-blockers to whitelist ads and allow them to be displayed, as Ads, especially on YouTube, are Google’s Achilles heel as noted in Why Google needs new Ad Formats as Telcos will block YouTube Ads.

This practice of whitelisting is, however, may soon be under scrutiny. The NAA (Newspaper Association of America), has they’ve the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to see if any laws have been broken by the developers of these ad-blockers. After all, if developers for ad-blocker accepts compensation to have you ads displayed, it could be seen as a disruptive trade practice akin to pirates robbing Spanish galleons as a Tax for free passage to lucrative Trade routes.

Personally, for me as a blogger, an even better idea would be for the advertisers to share some of that US$22 billion per annum advertising Industry revenue with the intended viewers of the ads themselves, as a form of compensation for exceeding their data plans.

Already Telcos such as Digicel have begun blocking ads since October 2015 as noted in Why Digicel blocking Google ads may be the rise of Digicel App World. Digicel may also have ambition of making money from advertising, particularly from ads in Apps built by local Caribbean developers.

Such a radical solution is also a compromise, but would make the users of free content and online services feel less inclined to install ad-blockers in the first place, if they too had a stake in the success of the advertisers.

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How PlayStation 4 has Laid Waste to Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U

As much as I love Nintendo, I have to admit facts; The PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the world since it launched in November 2013.

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According to stats published by Sony, makers of the Playstation 4, they’re in pole position when compared to the other major game console makers, Microsoft and Xbox One in the past twenty five (25) months:

  • 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold
  • 21 million Xbox One consoles sold
  • 13 million Wii U consoles sold

To put that number in perspective:

  • 4 million PlayStation 4 consoles between early January 2016 and May 22nd, 2016
  • 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold every month

This makes the Sony Playstation 4 the fastest selling gaming console of all time. They may even be in contention for the title of fastest-selling PlayStation game console of all time.

So how far ahead is Sony compared to the competition?

PlayStation 4 and the competition – Why Playstation VR will go Thermonuclear on Xbox One and Wii U

They’re so far ahead, their competition has been second-guessing themselves of late.

Nintendo has pushed back the launch of their Gaming console, the Nintendo NX, to March 2017 as reported in How Nintendo NX coming on March 2017 may challenge PlayStation VR.

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Microsoft has stopped reporting sales, opting instead to report hours people spend playing Xbox One games. To be fair, their 20 million was based on figures from January 2016, so you can add another 3 million to that figure.

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Still, one wonders; what will the competitions do when highly-anticipated games like The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV land on the PlayStation 4 later in September 2016 as prophesied in How Final Fantasy XV on PlayStation 4 means PlayStation VR in September 2016 make an appearance alongside their VR Console at E3 slated to be held between June 14-16, 2016?

Worse, if they launch the US$399 Playstation VR in September 2016 as predicted in How US$399 Playstation VR coming in October started a VR Console War, it will be as if Sony had dropped a Thermonuclear bomb on Microsoft and Nintendo.

Folks, the Console Wars just got interesting in 2016, as VR loom large in September 2016….

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How Flow Jamaica celebrated 1 million customers with a 99 cents FAM Plan

“We’re now starting to see the fruits of our labour in the mobile sector — a journey that was filled with both thrills and spills. We now continue on that one clear and simple mission to offer Jamaicans the best value for money on the market. Bar none!”

Flow’s Managing Director, Garry Sinclair on the company reaching the 1 millionth customer milestone

Flow Jamaica has finally achieved a milestone that many thought was unreachable.

On Friday May 20th 2016, FLOW Jamaica celebrated reaching their 1 millionth customer with much fanfare as evidenced from the hashtag #thisishowweflow on their FLOW Jamaica Twitter feed.

 

Smile Jamaica, the morning time program on Television Jamaica, was taken over by FLOW Jamaica and their gigantic cake!

The company went all out with FLOW motorcades set on an islandwide tour to meet up in Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St Thomas for the big shindig.

And yes, they gave away lots of stuff along with JA$100 credit on the road and on Social Media

They also introduced a JA$0.99 per minute FAM (Free Anywhere Minutes) calling plan for the USA, Canada and UK once you purchased a JA$400 Internet Data Plan.

Not only that, but the Alcatel Pixi was on sale for JA$3500 plus tax and the Huawei Y360 was on sale for JA$2500 plus tax

This is quite an achievement, given that when , Flow’s Managing Director, Garry Sinclair, had become CEO, the then LIME Jamaica had 300,000 mobile subscribers. Now six (6) years and a name change to FLOW Jamaica after buying Quad-play rival Flow as noted in LIME Jamaica Goes with the FLOW thanks to Caribbean-wide Survey, they reached 1 million customers.

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Hopefully, they’ll reach 2 million before they roll out their 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Network thanks to their installation of VDSL to power their FTTH Network as predicted in How FLOW’s 70 Mbps VDSL in St. Ann means FTTH, 4G LTE on North Coast. At that point, they’d really have something to celebrate!

 

 

 

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Google Android Apps will finally run on Chromebooks

Google Android and Google Chrome have finally come together…sorta. Great timing, as this coincides with Google I/O 2016 which has exploded on the scene on Wednesday May 18th 2016, which I’ll be writing about in a bit.

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Actually, Google has finally made their Android Apps available for touchscreen Chromebooks; this means that the Chromebook Pixel 2, Asus Chromebook Flip and Acer Chromebook R11 will come with the Google Play store baked in. Google plans to make other Chromebooks that have no touch screen have access to the Google Play Store.

This will give many users of Chromebooks, mainly K-12 students in the US of A access to Android Apps such as the ever popular Facebook Messenger, Spotify, 3D Games and even Google’s Photos and Play Music Apps.

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As most Android Apps need no Internet to work, this technically may be the first time that Google is allowing users to download content to be stored on their hard-drive. Support for both full-screen and windowed modes is provided, making multi-tasking a breeze.

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How FLOW’s 70 Mbps VDSL in St. Ann means FTTH, 4G LTE on North, South Coast

As we all know from Kelroy’s article Flow to upgrade Fiber Internet Service + islandwide 4G and LTE coming soon, FLOW Jamaica is ramping up to launch 4G LTE sometime in 2016.

While Digicel Guyana’s launch of “4G” proved to be a huge letdown as wistfully opined in Digicel Guyana’s 4G launched as Bermuda and Jamaica may still get 4G LTE, one wonders what’s FLOW Jamaica been up to lately?

Based on a source of mine in St. Ann who had being doing some sleuthing work in the Brown’s Town community where he hails from, FLOW Jamaica has been upgrading since January 2016. According to my source, FLOW Fiber Optics Engineers were observed inspecting their ADSL (Asynchronous Digical Subscriber Line) Network with plans to upgrade to a VDSL (Vectoring Digital Subscriber Line).

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The FLOW Jamaica Technicians had gone to lunch and locked the gate to the Brown’s Town exchange, but he was able to crawl on his belly and sneak inside while their backs were turned.

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He used his smartphone and snapped those wonderful pictures of the OPM (Outside Plant Module) showing Nortel Networks Line and Processor Cards above. Apparently they plan to remove these and upgrade the OPM to a VSLAM!

Looks like they’d also started work on upgrading the Fiber Optic Cabinet, as he was able to snap these pictures of their as-yet-to-be completed cross-connections in the Comtest Networks Model 4144 POTS/ISDN splitter, suggesting that they were indeed doing upgrading work on their ADSL Network.

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According to my source in Browns Town, St. Ann, up till Wednesday April 13th 2016, FLOW Jamaica had completed 90% of the MSAN (Multi-Service Access Node) rollout as show by their Fiber Optic work, seen in Yellow Fiber Optic Trays above.

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Interestingly too, my source also reported that FLOW Jamaica had also been running underground fiber cabling at their Drop node in Spanish Town to St. Ann’s. Alas, he had to beat a hasty retreat but was able to make it home safely to send me these pictures.

My source was adamant that they were upgrading their backhaul Network for a massive amount of Data traffic, possibly from a coming 4G LTE Network. Currently, Brown’s Town and its environs enjoys faster HSDPA+ download speeds of 7.20 MBps and upload speeds of 2.14 Mbps….if you’re standing under the tower as my brave source did.

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At this point a quick primer on the connection between VDSL and FTTH is required, dear reader.

All this evidence hints at a possible FTTH Network, as VDSL equiptment is forward compatible with FTTH as the video above shows. So does this mean that FTTH is in the works?

VDSL and FTTH in Brown’s Town, St. Ann – 4G LTE on North and South Coast thanks to Huawei and Ericsson

My source went silent for awhile, leaving me to contemplate Digicel Play and their 20,000 customer milestone as penned in Digicel Play’s 20,000 customers in March 2016 means 60,000 by December 2016.

Then in May 2016, he contacted me via the usual methods. He’s lost his smartphone, as apparently he was in a bit of a bind and had to yield it up to unknown assailants in the Brown’s Town area.

Interestingly, my source has now reported that the VDSL, which he called VDSL2, was now 70% complete in his hometown. He managed to get a screenshot of the Testing Laptop being used by the FLOW Jamaica Fiber Optic engineers, again while they were distracted while having lunch and got this image from their laptop!

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Based on this graph, Brown’s Town should be getting speeds as high as 70 Mbps, once the CPE (Customer Premesis Equiptment) installed at the customer’s home is within 200 m of the VSLAM, the amplifier that pushes signal to homes nearby. But what’s got me fascinated here is that the use of a VDSL, which can push speeds of 1 GBps to customers, is also forward compatible with Fiber Optic.

Liberty Global, now the owners of FLOW Jamaica, may be planning to launch a FTTH (Fiber to the Home) Network close to Brown’s Town, St. Ann. This is very possible, given that Brown’s Town is only a stone throw away from Ocho Rios, a tourist resort town. Hotels and resorts jam packed with tourists would be the target users of faster Fiber Optic Broadband Internet as well as 4G LTE, potentially giving FLOW Jamaica almost 70,000 customer on launch!

Another source of mine, who is no stranger to the Geezam blog, pointed out to me that FLOW Jamaica is already deploying 4G LTE along the tourist resort areas in Trelawny, St. James and Hanover. He claims that the 2G/3G/HSPA+ upgrades are being executed by Huawei.

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He also pointed out to me that work is being done by Ericsson on the South Coast, which means FLOW Jamaica is showing my community Milk River some 4G LTE Love!! Suddenly, Digicel Play’s growing FTTH Network doesn’t look so menacing after all as I’d predicted in Digicel Play NBCUniversal deal and Fibre Doctor means FLOW has no Advantage.

If FLOW Jamaica pulls this off on the North and South Coast, they’d have surpassed Digicel Play’s 20,000 total overnight, launching 4G LTE in the process. So folks, sit tight as if my sources are on the money, expect a FLOW Jamaica FTTH and 4G LTE Launch sometime in August 2016, just in time for the Rio Olympics 2016.

Flow Jamaica is proof that the brave may Fall but Never Yield.

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How the Adaptation Fund AF Photo Contest helps Jamaica’s Coastal Resources

“The contest is aimed at involving all Adaptation Fund stakeholders, countries and projects, implementing entities, project staff and beneficiaries, executing entities, governments, non-governmental organisations and the general public to raise awareness of Climate Change issues affecting vital resources around the globe and the importance of developing adaptation solutions”

Press Release from Adaptation Fund announcing their AF Photo Contest on Friday April 22 2016

Photography buffs, more competitions are coming this summer of 2016.

The Adaptation Fund had launched an AF Photo Contest on Friday April 22nd 2016. This day was recognized the world over as Earth Day; 2016 saw the first ever successful ratification of a Climate Change accord, the Paris Agreement. Thus it would seem fitting that a global competition seems is needed to spread the idea of international co-operation on Climate Change.

 

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Rules for the competition can be found on their website https://www.adaptation-fund.org/photocontest2016/

So, how do you enter?

AF Photo Contest – COP22 in Morocco in November 2016 the ultimate prize

The theme for the Photo competition is quite straightforward; Adapting Coasts and Watersheds. Submissions must depict the effects of Climate Change on coasts and inland watersheds, as well as how Jamaica is adapting to these effects using the following criteria:

Relevance to the specific theme and AF’s mission of helping vulnerable communities adapt to:

  • Climate Change
  • Visual Impact
  • Originality
  • Informational Value / Raising Awareness to Importance of Adaptation

Photos are to be sent to AFBSEC@adaptation-fund.org by Friday June 3rd, 2016 with the email heading, ‘AF Photo Contest’ with the photographer having to conform to the following rules:

  • Format: jpg
  • Resolution 300 dpi (lower resolution photo may be submitted, but the participant must have the high resolution version available)
  • The participant may submit several photos and are not limited to one
  • The participant must maintain the full rights to the submitted material

The submission must include the photographer’s name and title, title of the photo, and a caption, describing what is taking place, when and where and, if relevant, who the people are. AF has rights to use the photos in digital form to upload on its social media channels as well as exhibit the submitted photos in its events.

Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges composed of Climate Change experts with country field expertise, namely:

  • Fazal Issa (CCForum Tanzania / Adaptation Fund NGO Network)
  • Christian Rossi (AF’s adaptation project in Honduras)
  • Hugo Remaury (Adaptation Fund, Climate Change Specialist)
  • Elizabeth B. George (Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat)

The top 3-5 winners will also receive Adaptation Fund logo products. The winning photos will be displayed at the fund’s Global Climate Readiness Seminar in Washington, DC, from July 13-14, 2016 with the winner receiving their photo framed.

Photo submissions will be posted in the fund’s Facebook page photo album dedicated to the contest for all to see, like and comment. Top photos selected by the Panel and people’s votes will be exhibited at the World Bank in Washington, DC, in June. Some of these photos will also be selected for the Adaptation Fund’s photo exhibit at COP22 in Morocco in November 2016.

Adaptation Fund AF Photo Contest – Documenting Jamaica’s coastal resources before they are gone

Jamaica currently benefits from some JA$10 million in donations from the Adaptation Fund, as the island is vulnerable to Climate Change.

The threat is quire real according to the Adaptation Fund website’s Press Release, quote: “Inland watersheds are equally endangered by Climate Change-related droughts, floods and extreme rainfall variability, as well as damage to natural protective ecosystems like degraded forests, wetlands, grasslands and river pollution from runoff or contamination”.

The stats are indeed troubling and bring home the point quite clearly:

  • 50% of the world’s population living within 60km of the ocean
  • 75% of all large cities located by the sea

Jamaica is dependent on our coastal resources in the following ways:

  • Fishing
  • Natural resources
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Boating
  • Recreation

These coastal resources are increasing under threat from Climate Change in the following ways:

  • Rising sea level
  • Storm intensification
  • Flooding
  • Erosion
  • Rising water temperature
  • Species migration
  • Pollution

This money goes towards enhancing urban and rural watershed resources via:

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Forest protection
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Water harvesting
  • Drip-irrigation agriculture
  • Landslide control

Sea walls, salt barriers, restoration of mangroves and other Coastal-zone management projects help sustain the ecosystem and community livelihoods over the long term. Still, Jamaica Climate Change losses are inevitable. The Adaptation Fund’s AF Photo Contest, can help to document the gradual demise and progress being made in the protection of Jamaica’s coastal resources for the entire world to see.

Here’s the link:

Adaptation Fund

Adaptation Fund’s AF Photo Contest

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Digicel Guyana’s 4G launched as Bermuda and Jamaica may still get 4G LTE

“With our bigger 4G mobile network, customers throughout Guyana will be able to enjoy a completely upgraded mobile experience with reliable, high-speed internet. Customers can get access to their favourite social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, stream YouTube videos and share messages and photos at much faster speeds”

Digicel Guyana CEO, Kevin Kelly on the launch of their “4G” Network on Saturday May 7th 2016

The people of Guyana must feel very let down on Saturday May 7th 2016 when Digicel launched their “4G” Network.

This as Digicel has finally launched their 4G………but it’s now what I and many looking on at Guyana were expecting as trotted out in Digicel and GTT 80 Mbps 4G LTE in Guyana hints at August 2016 Launch in Jamaica.

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The anticipation based on the information coming from the News media in the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana was that competition with GTT, Guyana’s other Telecom Provider, was forcing Digicel to launch a next-generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Network.

After all, Guyanese returning home for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary on Thursday May 26th 2016 can use that to stream video! However, it turns out that, yet again, Digicel has used hype to pull the wool over our eyes.

Instead, this is the same 4G Broadband and 4G Mobile that Digicel has been offering to Jamaicans, which s really just faster 3G or HSDPA+ as described in How to Access LIME or Digicel’s 3G Internet using an unlocked Huawei E1556 Modem Dongle or Nokia Modem Dongle, just branded 4G.

So they won’t be able to stream their 50th Independence anniversary over the Internet, as faster cannot handle streaming 2K even 4K Video; they’ll have to settle for lower quality, possibly Standard Definition buffered video. Worse, their Network upgrade may not be Fiber Optic by IPRAN (Internet Protocol Radio Access Network) based, which can become easily congested if enough people are using it simultaneously.

So why is this so significant for Guyana?

Guyana finally gets faster 3G – Bermuda still on course for 4G LTE

Guyana has been hampered by regulatory issues which have only been recently been resolved in time for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary on Thursday May 26th 2016.

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This has resulted in spectrum becoming available to provide a service many Jamaicans take for granted as pointed out by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Guyana Kevin Kelly: “This is the first step we are keen on liberalization…This is just one aspect…with this 4G we are hoping that liberalization passing through the parliament at the end of May that in itself will bring in a lot of new services”

Digicel is rolling out their services to some one hundred (100) cell sites provisioned with their branded 4G Mobile and Broadband services. This makes Guyana, which has languished on the EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) officially the last country to have 3G/4G services.

The new service, which is available to both Postpaid and Prepaid consumers, gives customer the choices to stick with EDGE or go “4G”, to quote Kevin Kelly: “You will have a choice – you can choose to go on the 4G or you can also choose to stay on the present plans…it depends on your usage and what you use. Basically we are trying to do a package for everybody”.

Digicel has new 4G smart plans for postpaid and business customers. Postpaid customers will be contacted and upgraded to a suitable 4G plan during the week commencing Monday, May 9th 2016.

If you’re a DIY kinda Guyanese, then you can do the following:

  • Call 600-2677 if you’re on Postpaid
  • Text *136# to activate a 4G plan on Prepaid

CEO Kevin Kelly  was quick to point out that different packages exist to suite every customer, quote: “On our Bigger 4G Network, Digicel is now offering a number of options that combine value offers of data, texts and talk time to any local number all for one low price to meet our valued customers’ needs”.

So who benefits from this upgrade really?

Digicel 4G Upgrade still will not make them faster – Awaiting Bermuda 4G LTE Upgrade

Tourism and business interest will benefit….sorta….. just not the way I expected. Still, it’s worth noting that even with the 4G Mobile and 4G Broadband Network upgrade, which I must emphasize is really faster 3G, Digicel is still being branded as the slowest in the Caribbean.

So says Netflix’s ISP Index for the month of December 2014 as explained in Digicel and LIME identified by Netflix’s ISP Index as the Slowest in the Caribbean. More recently, MSI Americas, an independent team of international network analysts, re-confirmed this in February 2016, declaring Digicel to be the slowest Mobile and Broadband Network in the Caribbean!

So folks in Jamaica, relax, as there is a bright side to all of this News.

LIME and Digicel have purchase AWS and 700 MHZ Spectrum for 4G LTE

If Guyana was the last to 3G/4G, then this means that Bermuda is STILL going 4G LTE for real thanks to competition between CellOne and pointed out in How Digicel’s and CellOne LTE in Bermuda means 75 Mbps speeds coming to Jamaica.

So there is still hope that Digicel Jamaica may be going 4G LTE on WTISD (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day) 2016 on Tuesday May 17th 2016 as originally predicted in Digicel and CANTO’s 10th Annual WTISD 2016 Video Competition heralds 4G LTE.

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FLOW Jamaica might even pull a surprise and launch 4G LTE on Independence Day 2016 as hinted in Kelroy’s article Flow to upgrade Fiber Internet Service + islandwide 4G and LTE coming soon.

Still, something Telecom related, possibly launched by China Telecom or China Mobile with the help of Huawei is still set for Independence Day in August 2016 as I had predicted in How Chinese White Space Network possible in Jamaica by Independence Day.

Folks, something is going to be launched in the summer of 2016…..the excitement is so palpable and electric in the Jamaica to the point that I can almost feel it.

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Why Google’s Blogger is going HTTPs and How to Enable HTTPS

“HTTPS is fundamental to Internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors’ browsers”

Google security software engineer Melinda Perera on Tuesday May 3, 2016 on Google’s security blog.

Bloggers on the Blogger platform, looks like Google is getting serious about security!

On Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 Google has stepped up security on Blogger, my favourite blogging platform with the introduction of HTTPS as per their article Bringing HTTPS to all blogspot domain blogs.

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This is the more secure version of HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is called HTTP over TLS, HTTP over SSL and HTTP Secure. It’s basically HTTP but using SSL (Secure Shell Script) that supposed to guarantee secure transmission of data form that website to the browser of the device viewing said website.

So what does this mean for Bloggers and visitors to your blog?

HTTPS on Blogger – Visitors have Secure and Encrypted Options

This means visitors to your blog have two (2) options when it comes to visiting your blog:

  • View the unencrypted version of your blog at http://<your-blog>.blogspot.com
  • View the encrypted version of your blog at https://<your-blog>.blogspot.com

This move comes three (3) weeks after Viber had implemented E2EE (End to End Encryption) on their popular Mobile Messaging and VoiP Platform as reported “Why Viber and WhatsApp going E2EE as Telecom Providers need encryption”.

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Bloggers who handle credit card payment on their e-commerce enable blogs will rejoice. HTTPS enabled by default means that the customers and potential customer will feel more assured that their transactions are secure and their credit card information cannot be stolen while being transmitted over the Internet.

It’s expected other to follow suit; Google’s Blogger platform becomes the latest major Silicon Valley giant to follow the lead of other companies such as Apple and WhatsApp, who went E2EE on Tuesday April 5th 2016.

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To be fair, Google had introduced HTTPS on Wednesday September 20th 2015 in the article HTTPS support coming to Blogspot. However that was an opt in for security-conscious Bloggers; now it’s default. More interestingly, we can re-direct traffic through another domain name i.e. register a .com and reroute traffic, a feature traditionally reserved for owners of a “.com” website.

This creates an added layer of security or deceptiveness depending on how you look at it. It also means that visitors will be redirected to the HTTPS version of your website after visiting the less secure version.

How to enable HTTPS on your Blog – Rio Olympics 2016 the summer of website security against streamers

The procedure for enabling HTTPs re-direct on Blogger is as follows:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select your blog
  3. Click Settings
  4. Select Basic and then HTTPS.
  5. Select “Yes” in the  “HTTPS Redirect” option

To disable HTTPS redirect is fairly simple:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select your blog
  3. Click Settings
  4. Select Basic and then HTTPS.
  5. Select “NO” in the  “HTTPS Redirect” option

Something tells me that this summer is going to be not just about the Rio Olympics 2016. Rather, it’ll also be about security and privacy in light of the US Government agencies increased ability to spy on you…..and broadcaster attempts to stop people illegally streaming the Olympics on their websites.

Expect more announcement of this type in the coming months from other website platforms.

Here’s the link:

Bringing HTTPS to all BlogSpot domain blogs

HTTPS support coming to BlogSpot

Turn on HTTPS redirect for your blog

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Samsung and Morgan Neville’s “A Fighting Chance” at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

“Samsung is a company with a heritage of defying barriers. Through ‘A Fighting Chance,’ we are shining a spotlight on four athletes as they defy barriers and push the limits to achieve their dreams”

Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, Younghee Lee, commenting on Morgan Neville’s “A Fighting Chance”

I never knew Samsung was in the film business.

But apparently they were as on Wednesday April 20th, 2016 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville today celebrated the official premiere of “A Fighting Chance” at a private screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival® in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympic Games hopefuls Yenebier Guillen Benitez and Tsepo Mathibelle attend the official global premiere of "A Fighting Chance", a documentary short filmed in partnership with Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, during the Tribeca Film Festival at Tribeca Film Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Samsung) *** Local Caption *** Yenebier Guillen Benitez;Tsepo Mathibelle

Morgan Neville is the filmmaker responsible for epic films such as “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Best of Enemies” so it’s not surpassing that Samsung would have gotten involved in his latest project.

The powerful documentary short gives an unseen perspective into the lives of four (4) Olympic Games hopefuls from around the world as they defy barriers and persevere through challenges to achieve their dreams of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which runs from Friday 5th of August 2016 to Sunday 21st of August 2016.

A Fighting Chance” is now available for streaming to hundreds of millions of global viewers on a premium Vimeo platform as well as on Samsung Mobile’s YouTube Channel.

Morgan Neville is very pleased to have been so honoured to have the opportunity to tell their unique stories and have it recognized by Samsung, quote: I’m thrilled that I got to work with Samsung on ‘A Fighting Chance,’ – it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet these athletes and share their untold stories. Having spent time with them, we realize how hard they work, how big the stakes are for them, and how truly talented they are. I came out of this feeling like all of them deserve to win a Gold Medal”.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Following the official global premiere of “A Fighting Chance” during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville addresses the crowd and discusses his partnership with Samsung at Tribeca Film Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Samsung) *** Local Caption *** Morgan Neville

He’s especially pleased that he got the chance to breathe life into the struggles of these atheletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics who are challenged by a lack of proper training facilities, quote: “One of the things that’s great about the Olympic Games is that it’s a place where everybody gets to share the stage, but some of these countries and athletes don’t have the proper resources and are faced with so many challenges”.

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Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, Younghee Lee is also proud of the fact that Samsung was able to assist these athletes and in the process inspire others facing similar problems, quote: “By sharing these inspiring stories, we’d like to tell the story that Samsung is not just an Olympic sponsor, but a company that is truly fuelling the meaningful progress of these athletes. And by telling these authentic stories to the world, we hope to inspire and motivate people everywhere to defy their own barriers.”

So what is the film Morgan Neville’s “A Fighting Chance” all about?

A Fighting Chance – Perspectives on four Olympic Games hopefuls

“A Fighting Chance” follows the remarkable stories of four Olympic Games hopefuls from the following regions:

  • Tsepo Mathibelle from Lesotho whose discipline is in Marathon
  • Miller Pata & Linline Matauatu from Vanuatu whose discipline is in Beach Volleyball
  • Yenebier Guillén Benitez from Dominican Republic whose discipline is in Boxing, 75kg Class

“A Fighting Chance” is a story of courage, hope and perseverance.  The inspiring documentary explores how four (4) Olympic Games hopefuls are embracing challenges as they try to help their countries make history.

These athletes vary by sport discipline and geography. However, they share a passion and unwavering determination to overcome obstacles as they strive to represent their nations on the world stage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic Hopefuls – In their Own words on Defying the Barriers

Tsepo Mathibelle 24 years old Marathon runner from, Lesotho, Africa is proud to represent his country, quote: “I am proud to be a part of the Samsung ‘A Fighting Chance’ documentary short, and to show the world the spirit and will that the people of Lesotho have. Our country may be small, but we have big hearts, and I am excited to represent my family, friends and countrymen at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

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Miller Pata & Linline Matauatu, who play Beach Volleyball and are 27 and 25 years old, hail from the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. They’re achieved their dream, overcoming odds, with Samsung helping them to stay connected to family and friends, quote:  “Our dream is to make it to the Olympic Games, especially after all of the hard work we’ve put into this from the beginning and the challenges we still face every day. Although it is difficult for mothers in Vanuatu to play sports and spend time away from home while competing, Samsung is helping us stay connected, whether with family when we are far away or with our coach when we are in different places.”

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Yenebier Guillén Benitez a 29 years old boxer in the 75 Kg class from the Dominican Republic, also used Samsung tech on his journey to Rio Olympics 2016, quote: “I work hard to overcome my obstacles because I want to achieve my goals to be my best and to win a medal at the Olympic Games. Samsung has generously provided us with phones for keeping in touch with my family and friends, and it has helped me a lot because my family is my inspiration. I can also now track my training better and connect with my coach, using Samsung technology to review and improve my technique. These may seem like small things, but they are big to me and can make all the difference”.

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For additional information about “A Fighting Chance,” including athlete and director biographies, photos and videos, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com/AFightingChance

Here’s the link:

Morgan Neville’s “A Fighting Chance,” on premium Vimeo platform

Morgan Neville’s “A Fighting Chance” on Samsung Mobile’s YouTube Channel

 

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How Chinese White Space Network possibly in Jamaica by Independence Day

Looks like the Summer of 2016 might be the Summer that a new Telecom Provider comes to Jamaica. And possibly a Celestial of the Telecom World, possibly China Telecom or China Mobile.

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So says Finance Minister Audley Shaw during a Standing Finance Committee of Parliament on Tuesday May 3rd 2016 where he spoke on behalf of the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Dr Andrew Wheatley, who was abroad on business.

The previous Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell in January 2016 had mentioned such a Third Telecom Provider vying for a Cellular license.


More interestingly, Finance Minister Audley Shaw says they’ve been in Jamaica for the past two (2) years offering their services via provisional approval, effectively to do testing of their services, unknown to the rest of Jamaica. Pressed by PNP (People’s National Party) MP Julian Robinson, Minister Audley Shaw revealed that they’d be offering basic cellular services, though he did not elaborate if the scope of this service might include 4G LTE.

So who are they exactly?

New Telecom Provider to Launch soon – TeleComs Implementation Services Limited looking for a Radio Frequency Engineer

A nice clue fell in the Career Section of the Sunday Gleaner dated Sunday May 1st 2016.

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The company, TeleComs Implementation Services Limited looking for a Radio Frequency Engineer who can do Radio Planning and Optimization of GSM, WCDMA (HSPA+) and LTE Mobile Networks. This implies that they’re doing the initial survey and provisioning work for the launch of a new LTE Network in Jamaica.

The fact that they put out this ad two (2) days before the Finance Minister Audley Shaw made his announcement is no coincidence. Based on my experience, this work usually takes some ninety (90) days or three (3) to complete, suggesting that it may have already started if they’re looking for additional help on the very first month of May 2016.

So let’s assemble, Avengers Assemble style, all the clues and look at all the possibilities.

Telecom Providers coming to Jamaica – Digicel or FLOW Jamaica or Chinese Telecom Providers Honoring our Independence Day

First, these clues could point to either Digicel or FLOW Jamaica launching a 4G LTE Network.

Either company may have hired TeleComs Implementation Services Limited to do this Radio Planning and Optimization work. But it doesn’t explain the New Telecom Operator that’s been testing out their service in Jamaica for the past two (2) years, which stretches back to 2014. So it may be Digicel doing the initial groundwork to launch their 4G LTE in Jamaican in May or August 2016.

This in light of the fact that they have plans to launch in Bahamas and now Guyana to coincide with their Independence Day on Thursday May 26th 2016 as predicted in Digicel and GTT 80 Mbps 4G LTE in Guyana hints at August 2016 Launch in Jamaica.

The second possibility is that it may just be coincidence and the Telecom Provider may actually be a completely new Telecom Provider altogether. Possibly, it may be China Telecom, VimpelCom, Orange, Axiata Cup, Telefonica, America Movil, China Unicom, Airtel, Vodafone or China Mobile, basically the Celestials and Eternals, Marvel Style, of the Telecom World.

Based on a Source of mine who works in a Call Center, it will be a Chinese Telecom Provider supported by Huawei. My source also claims that the company doing the testing and the Radio Planning and Optimization for the building of this 4G Network is Huawei and that TeleComs Implementation Services Limited was contracted by them to do the work.

Huawei partnering with a Chinese Telecom Provider – Experience Store a Herald for a Chinese Telecom Provider

This arguement by my Call Center source makes sense to the average Jamaican seeing as the Chinese as so active in Jamaica building HighWay 2000.

But it goes a lot deeper than that as my own investigation has revealed. The Government of People’s Republic of China have had mutual relation with Jamaica as far back as 2010 with China Radio International and China Central Television having expressed an interest in entering Jamaica.

This was under the JLP Administration at the time and it was in a bid to foster closer ties between the Government of People’s Republic of China and Jamaica seeing as relations with the communist state began as far back as 1972. Now with Trade and Cultural ties being established, this Telecom Provider from China, possibly owned by the Chinese Central Government, may see their Telecom Network as being a furtherance of their desire to enter the Broadcasting space.

Hence the Reason why Minister of Finance Audley Shaw mentioned “basic mobile phone service”, given that China Telecom and China Mobile, the possible candidates, might see this as solidifying the Government of People’s Republic of China’s forty four (44) years of mutual co-operation with the Jamaican Government and not necessarily for profit.

The Huawei angle makes sense, as they are a Telecom Equiptment Provider with experience in positioning 3G Networks such as CLARO and 4G LTE in China with board members from the Chinese Central Government sitting on their board.

They also recently opened a Huawei Store on Friday April 8, 2015 to sell their unlocked smartphones, which they’ve been doing in partnership with Lasco since September 2015. This falls within the two (2) year period as pointed out by Finance Minister Audley Shaw that they’ve been given a provisional license to testing.

China Telecom or China Mobile coming – Basic Cellular Services with White Space Broadband

So expect basic Cellular service coming from either China Telecom or China Mobile. Possibly they may be launching a White Space Broadband Network, being as they had original expressed an interest in Broadcasting they might use the White Space frequencies.

Microsoft is  currently testing out White Space Spectrum at Park Hall Primary and Infant School in Trout Hall, Clarendon as noted in Digicel and GTT 80 Mbps 4G LTE in Guyana hints at August 2016 Launch in Jamaica to provide a competitive White Space Broadband Service against Digicel and FLOW Jamaica.

Folks, expect a big announcement relate to 4G LTE now that the thirteenth season of Digicel Rising Star 2016 has started with auditions having begun on Sunday May 1st 2015!

Or more interestingly, a Chinese Telecom Provider to announce that they’re planning to launch their Cellular and White Spaces service in Jamaica to coincide with our Independence Day in August 2016.

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