Archive for September, 2013

Ari(Editors note: This article is a modified web-version of my article printed in A Flying Finn : Finnish Civil Society Actors in the Global Sphere Melasuo, Tuomo; Nissinen, Petter; Tomperi, Outi (ed.), 2013, published by Tampere Peace Research Institute; ISBN: 978-951-44-9191-7.

Ari Rusila, MA SocSc, is a Finnish freelancer and project management expert who lives in Jyväskylä, Finland. He has worked mostly in the Barents region, the Murmansk region of Russia and Kosovo/Serbia (Balkans). His main blog, Ari Rusila’s BalkanBlog, covers issues such as conflicts, crisis management and geopolitics.

Introduction

Blogging is a part of the social media and Web 2.0 environment. While the first-stage web mainly included websites where people were limited to passive viewing of the content, the new-generation Web 2.0 creates highly interactive platforms that allow the creation of user-generated content, discussion and sharing in the virtual community. Besides blogging, the social media includes social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn…), microblogs (e.g. Twitter), wikis (wikipedia, wikimedia, wikileaks…), video sharing sites (e.g. Youtube), folksonomies (social bookmarking, tags) and other web applications (e.g. JavaScript). In conclusion, Web 2.0 has created a totally new level for communication between organizations, communities and individuals, far from the still-existing traditional and industrial media.

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Good Morning America Photo By Courtesy Joshua Woods

Good Morning America Photo By Courtesy Joshua Woods

Some people have misconception about getting on to online social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, etc not knowing exactly the benefits these media can surely offer to someone who is genuinely utilizing  them. Consider Joshua Wood’s true story below to findout how social media can really help us in such situations that we have run out of better options:

Joshua Woods, of La Crosse, Wis., fishes at his favorite local spot along the Black River every chance he gets, and after his most recent big catch, he’s not sure why more people don’t throw their line in the water there.

“I was dragging it in and I wasn’t even sure what it was at first,” Woods, 31, toldGoodMorningAmerica.com. “It just looked like a dirty old sock, but it had stuff in it. I opened it up and I couldn’t even believe it. It was a wallet.”

The mystery wallet immediately piqued Woods’ interest. Without missing a beat, he took a picture of the wallet by the riverbank and posted it to his Facebook page along with a few details about the contents inside, all in hopes of eventually tracking down the original owner.

“Right away I’m thinking, ‘Whose wallet is this? Who even puts wallets in socks to begin with?'” he said.

Fortunately, a driver’s license and several credit cards were still inside and remarkably intact for being underwater for so long.

“The ID was still in it, and I knew it was a La Crosse address so I figured it was somebody local, so I should be able to find him,” Woods explained. “I tried Googling the name and found too many people, but as soon as I posted the information from his ID on Facebook, I had three people messaging me saying, ‘I’m friends with him, I know him.’ It was easier than I expected.”

The social media site helped connect Woods with the wallet’s owner, Jesse Gomez, who still lives in La Crosse, and couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the photo of his long-lost belongings.

“He put my first name, middle initial and last name along with my address on Facebook, and it ended up getting the word out that day,” said Gomez, 30. “I never go on Facebook but I’m so glad I did that day.”

Gomez still remembers the exact moment the wallet was stolen three long years ago.

“I was DJ’ing a karaoke, and I was stepping away from the booth to get myself another beverage,” he said. “I set my wallet on the table and went to get the next singer up on the stage. It was less than two minutes, and my wallet was gone. Someone had stolen it.”

The thieves, who Gomez have since located and pressed charges against, maxed out all his credit cards, ruined his credit, and to this day, he is still trying to fix his identity.

“We were able to find out who it was, sue them and do the civil thing, but we were never able to find the wallet,” Gomez said.

Until now, thanks to a very lucky fishing day.

“He took it upon himself to give the wallet back,” Gomez said of Woods’ good deed. “It’s so weird that someone would find something like that in the river, but I’m glad he did.”

It’s safe to say Gomez has learned his lesson about leaving his wallet behind while he quickly runs to get another cocktail.

“It was pay day the day my wallet was stolen,” he said. “I had just cashed my check. That was the most expensive drink I ever bought.”

This true story was sourced from this LINK

HIFA2015 Logo“By 2015, at least one telecoms provider, in at least one country, will endorse the vision of Healthcare Information For All, and will provide free access to essential healthcare knowledge in the local language, pre loaded on all new mobile phones they may sell and freely downloadable to all those who already have a mobile phone.”

The mHIFA SMART Goal was proposed and will be led by the HIFA 2012-15 Challenge Working Group, which is specifically concerned with the health information needs of citizens, parents and children, in recognition of the huge (and largely unrealised) potential of mobile phones to meet basic healthcare information needs of citizens, parents and children. A draft concept note for discussion is available here

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handshake.jpgMicrosoft is to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business, including its patents and mapping services in a $7.2bn deal.

Analysts believe the deal is aimed mainly at speeding up innovation within Windows Phone and  protecting its future through Nokia’s valuable patents.

The companies said in a joint news release that the deal – which is still subject to approval by Nokia shareholders and regulators – will be finalised in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft.

The move comes two and a half years after the companies announced a strategic partnership in an attempt to regain market share lost to the rival iPhone and Android smartphone operating systems.

Android dominates with a 79% share of the market in the second quarter of 2013, followed by iOS with 14.2%. Windows Phone is third, yet had only 3.3% market share in the quarter, according to Gartner.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft.

He told staff in an email that it was time to build on the momentum of the growth yielded by the partnership so far to accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and described it as the next big phase of the transformation that was announced on 11 July.

Ballmer also highlighted that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is widely tipped to be the next CEO at Microsoft, is to return to the company and will lead an expanded devices team, reporting to Ballmer.

Nokia said its board chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, would take over CEO duties while the firm looked for a new CEO.

Some analysts said the deal between the two companies will help Microsoft to be more competitive in the mobile market by enabling tighter integration between the hardware and the operating system.

Microsoft has also agreed to a 10-year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current mobile phone products.

In announcing the deal, Microsoft said that it needs “first-rate Microsoft phone experience for users” to compete, which according to Engadget, suggests that its portfolio of devices is not quite complete.

The company has also been quick to attempt to allay the fears of its other mobile phone partners. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, operating systems took to the official Windows blog to say Microsoft will continue to license Windows phones to other manufacturing partners.

“Acquiring Nokia’s Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners,” he wrote.

This news piece has been sourced from this Link