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The Next Blade Revolution Begins Open platforms have always meant more cost savings and greater flexibility in business computing. In the ‘80s, proprietary desktops gave way to clones, and the ‘90s saw proprietary servers and workstations dissolve into off-the-shelf x86 architectures. Today, a handful of "big iron" vendors own the blade market with their proprietary enclosures and restrictive designs...and history is about to repeat itself. Change in the Wind In 1978, Anthony Watts was a Purdue-trained TV meteorologist with a background in electrical engineering. By 1985, when Willard Scott was in his prime, Watts invented the first NTSC broadcast encoder for the IBM PC for use in television weather broadcasts. Not content with the then-blazing 6 MHz of IBM AT machines, which could take up to ten minutes to render a single frame, Watts modded the computers with a cus... (more)

Cross-Promotion Opportunities for Mobile Game Developers in China

China will have an estimated 100 million smartphone users by the end of the year, and it's a market that is keenly interested in high quality games. The iOS and Android mobile gaming market in China is likely to generate $100 million in revenue this year through in-app advertising, in-app purchases and more. Chinese as well as international developers looking to gain a foothold in the China mobile game market may find that all it takes is a friendly online introduction. One company in this fast-growing industry has launched a new platform to help developers do business with othe... (more)

New App from Spring Design Extends Content and User Interfaces

How many times have you simply become fatigued, written a shorter email rather than the longer one you really wanted to write simply because it was too cumbersome on a small mobile phone screen? How often have you simply given up on browsing because of the small screen? A new app and SDK from Spring Design called ScreenShare is enabling the sharing of user interface and content from Android phones to the larger real estate of tablets, even if the tablet has no 3G connection. This not only provides the user with the larger tablet screen, but it also allows the user to access the ... (more)

Study Reveals Behavior Patterns of China's Thriving Mobile User Market

China's mobile wireless market topped the 1 billion, according to an article in Forbes with Apple sales in China contributing 20% to Apple sales in the March quarter of 2012. How does the China market fare for app developers? A greater percentage of China's iOS users spend more money on apps than do their Android counterparts, says a study conducted by China mobile ad platform company, Guohe Ad.  Apple has a head start in the app business, and this may be because of Apple's removal of the currency barrier and allowing payment by RMB for app downloads. 62% of the iPhone users have... (more)

Jiepang Starbucks and Sina Weibo Make for Merry Christmas Promo in China

For the second year, Jiepang, China's location based social mobile app, is partnering with Starbucks for an engaging Christmas promotion at more than 300 stores in eastern China. Jiepang is China's version of Foursquare and they've been conducting a scavenger hunt for four special Christmas badges: Soldier, Snowman, Fox or Bird.  Gather them all and you can unlock a magic wish badge for a buy-one-get-one-free reward at Starbucks to take the chill off the cold weather.   And to warm things up even more, Jiepang has also tied in a free e-card feature where participants can send th... (more)