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American War by Omar El Akkad — north-south divide
OCTOBER 27, 2017 Randy Boyagoda.

American War, by Omar El Akkad, Picador, RRP£14.99/Knopf, RRP$26.95, 352 pages
Omar_el_Akkad  novels  book_reviews  books  civil_war  fiction 
november 2017 by jerryking
Lowering of Confederate flag marks both an end and a beginning - The Globe and Mail
Omar El Akkad
Lowering of Confederate flag marks both an end and a beginning
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jul. 10, 2015
flags  symbolism  Charleston_shootings  the_South  Confederacy  Omar_el_Akkad  slavery 
july 2015 by jerryking
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis - The Globe and Mail
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis
PORTLAND, ORE. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015, 11:08 AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015,
California  droughts  water  scarcity  farming  agriculture  water_footprints  almonds  Omar_el_Akkad 
april 2015 by jerryking
The sinister side of a Civil War surplus shop in Georgia - The Globe and Mail
The sinister side of a Civil War surplus shop in Georgia
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 08 2015

just across the street from that museum is an even more iconic Kennesaw landmark – a run-down, Old West saloon-looking building whose ground-floor porch is draped with myriad flags of the Confederacy. This is Wildman’s place: part store, part “museum.”

Inside, the cramped, dusty enclosure looks like someone’s overstuffed attic. Massive, multivolume sets of Civil War history sit alongside bizarre, self-published diatribes detailing the grand plans of the Illuminati. There’s a flimsy, plastic clock designed to count down to President Barack Obama's last day in office; there’s a big sign above the cluttered hovel of a cash register that reads: “White Trash.”

But move further into the store – to the very back, into an area described as a museum – and you’ll find something far more sinister. The walls and shelves are lined with grotesquely racist depictions of black people, complete with all the usual tropes – big lips, watermelons, the works. There’s shrines to the Klan, to white power.
Omar_el_Akkad  Civil_War  the_South  retailers  history  white_supremacy  Georgia  Jim_Crow  racism  collectibles  Confederacy 
april 2015 by jerryking
What I learned in Ferguson - The Globe and Mail
What I learned in Ferguson
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 07 2014

...the underlying, centuries-old imbalances that allow such a thing to happen. entire urban structure built on inequality....Last weekend, the Globe published a story on how the Ferguson protests have become an American phenomenon, sparking a nationwide conversation on race, poverty and violence. But where there is a story about breadth, there is also a story about depth....the fault lines of segregation exist not along one axis but two: race and wealth....To make ends meet, municipalities such as Ferguson have resorted to more direct means – namely, fees and court fines. Jaywalking and speeding citations aren’t just a tool for enforcing public safety, they’ve increasingly become a financial necessity.

But beyond creating a sense of resentment among the citizenry, these revenue tools have direct and sometimes life-changing consequences. In a place where the median household income is about $37,500 (roughly $10,000 less than the state average), tickets often go unpaid, leading to a warrant, which in turn can lead to arrest, destroying job prospects in the process.

But there’s more. In Missouri, those on parole or probation are not allowed to vote. That means a fine that started out as a financial measure for the municipality can end up as a tool of political disenfranchisement.
Omar_el_Akkad  Ferguson  life-changing  resentments  police_brutality  structural_change  inequality  segregation  disenfranchisement  fault_lines  municipalities  institutional_path_dependency  imbalances 
december 2014 by jerryking
TD to help customers pinch pennies with new app - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 30 2014 | The Globe and Mail |OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER

This week, TD will announce a partnership with Moven, a company whose namesake app monitors spending habits and, as a result, allows users to tighten up their discretionary spending and save money....Moven's app works in much the same way as health-tracking apps such as FitBit – but for personal finance....The result is an instant analysis of the user's financial health....With the Moven partnership, TD hopes to reintroduce the concept based on “soft advice” – an app that, rather than chastising users for spending too much money, offers them updates and tidbits of information about their spending habits with every purchase.... ...The move is part of an aggressive push by TD into mobile finance. Earlier this month, the bank announced it is partnering with UGO, a mobile wallet platform that allows users to digitize their credit and loyalty cards for use on smartphones.
mobile_applications  personal_finance  TD_Bank  Moven  Nudge  Omar_el_Akkad 
december 2014 by jerryking
Twitter unveils slate of new development products - The Globe and Mail
SAN FRANCISCO — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 201
Twitter  Omar_el_Akkad  tools  software_developers  mobile_applications 
october 2014 by jerryking
Apple’s next act: mobile payments - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 09 2014
Apple  mobile_payments  Omar_el_Akkad 
september 2014 by jerryking
Spotify launches in Canada as music streaming revenue jumps - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 14 2014
Omar_el_Akkad  music  streaming  Spotify  product_launches 
august 2014 by jerryking
Google takes aim at Apple with new gadgets launch - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 25 2014,

Among the products unveiled were Google Fit (a health and fitness platform), Android Auto (which brings the popular operating system to cars) and Android TV.

Many of these products seem to mirror similar offerings recently released by Google’s chief rival, Apple. For example, at the iPhone-maker’s own developers’ conference earlier this month, the company boasted of its own fitness software platform, HealthKit, and a tool called CarPlay that offers drivers a safer way to use their iPhones in the car....In the fight for connected device dominance, the companies’ strategies are markedly different.

Whereas Apple’s mobile product lineup has always had a razor-sharp focus, Google tends to design and announce myriad product types and categories, and then quietly retire those that don’t catch on with consumers.
Omar_el_Akkad  Google  Android  software_developers  Apple  product_launches  privacy  connected_devices  Industrial_Internet  mobile_applications  wearables 
june 2014 by jerryking
Digital dilemma: Amazon pushes to package up more profit
May. 24 2014 |The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER.

But if investor patience has in fact run out, as the reaction to the company’s last quarterly earnings may suggest, then Amazon will find itself under even more pressure to squeeze better margins from its content partners. And for a company as notoriously combative as Amazon, that process can sometimes get ugly.

Messy disputes

Earlier this month, Hachette Book Group (HBG), one of the smaller of the major publishing houses in North America, found that its books were taking an unusually long time to ship through Amazon.

Normally, customers could expect the retail giant to have many of Hachette’s titles on their doorstep within a couple of days. Instead, the wait times were closer to four weeks – and in the meantime, Amazon suggested they purchase similar titles from other publishers, which would be delivered much quicker.

“We are satisfying all of Amazon’s orders promptly, and notifying them constantly of forthcoming publicity events and of out-of-stock situations on their website,” a Hachette spokesperson said in a statement. “Amazon is holding minimal stock and restocking some of HBG’s books slowly, causing ‘available 2-4 weeks’ messages, for reasons of their own.”

Amazon’s disputes with book publishers have been well-documented and often messy. Four years ago, during a dispute with the publishing house Macmillan over e-book prices, the online retailer simply removed a user’s ability to purchase Macmillan titles from the Amazon website – a tactic that can have immediate and profound financial repercussions for the publisher, especially given that Amazon controls somewhere between a third and half of the book market in the U.S.

At stake in the Hachette dispute is not only the publisher’s own sales, but also Amazon’s ability to muscle better terms out of its publishing partners. Both companies are caught up in a bitter fight over e-book pricing terms, with Amazon trying to get the lowest prices possible from the publisher to boost its anemic profit margins. An Amazon spokeswoman refused to comment on the matter.

According to some observers, part of the acrimony between Amazon and some of its content partners is likely a result of culture.
Omar_el_Akkad  Amazon  e-books  digital_media  publishing  Hachette  Macmillan  e-commerce 
june 2014 by jerryking
When speed is greed - The Globe and Mail

LOS ANGELES — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014,
Omar_el_Akkad  Michael_Lewis  Wall_Street  traders 
april 2014 by jerryking
On the Internet, all the good company names are taken - The Globe and Mail

SAN FRANCISCO — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Mar. 10 2014,
Omar_el_Akkad  naming  start_ups  Silicon_Valley 
march 2014 by jerryking
Embracing the cloud: How Microsoft is radically changing its vision - The Globe and Mail

REDMOND, WASH. — The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Mar. 22 2014
Omar_el_Akkad  Microsoft  cloud_computing  strategy 
march 2014 by jerryking
New software allows insurers to track driving habits and personalize premiums - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Aug. 19 2013,

The ability to monitor and adapt to the behaviour of individual customers, for example, was part of the rationale for last month’s announcement by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. that it will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4-billion. Shoppers’ Optimum loyalty program will give Loblaw purchasing information on some 10 million customers.
Omar_el_Akkad  telematics  insurance  personalization  massive_data_sets  pattern_recognition  data_mining  sensors  meat_space  SAP  Shoppers  loyalty_management  Loblaws 
january 2014 by jerryking
What's next for Google, the most successful Internet company in the world? - The Globe and Mail

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Oct. 26 2013
Omar_el_Akkad  Google  Silicon_Valley  future 
november 2013 by jerryking
California firm buys Toronto mobile developer Xtreme Labs
Oct. 02 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by OMAR EL AKKAD.

“The convergence of mobile, social, big data, and cloud is driving extraordinary change in the enterprise.” Xtreme Labs co-founders Amar Varma and Sundeep Madra said in a statement. “To help customers win in this new era, Pivotal is enabling the creation of modern software applications that leverage big and fast data – on a single, cloud independent platform.”

Xtreme Labs did not disclose the purchase price to The Globe and Mail. Citing sources close to the deal, All Things Digital reported the price at $65-million (U.S.).
mergers_&_acquisitions  Omar_el_Akkad  mobile_applications  software_developers  software_development 
october 2013 by jerryking
Beyond loyalty: Why retailers track your every purchase - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Friday, Jul. 19 2013,

Using variants of the same tools that banks and insurance companies use to detect patterns of account fraud, retail chains in Canada and the U.S. mine their customers’ shopping patterns looking for opportunities to personalize the shopping experience. For example, earlier this year, Shoppers began rolling out a personalized e-mail brochure to each of its loyalty card customers. The e-mails often contain offers not found in their general flyers, as well as limited-time discounts on the sorts of products that individual customers have purchased in the past.

“We’ve had the data for a while now and it has allowed us to make improvements within the store format, but now we’re taking it to the next level,” says Tammy Smitham, vice president of communications and corporate affairs at Shoppers. “We’re giving them exactly what they’re shopping for.”
retailers  customer_loyalty  Omar_el_Akkad  SAS  data_mining  massive_data_sets  store_footprints  Loblaws  Shoppers  personal_data  loyalty_management  Turnstyle 
august 2013 by jerryking
3-D printing: Creating ‘a new class of entrepreneurs’ - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jun. 06 2013
3-D  Omar_el_Akkad  Chris_Anderson  entrepreneurship 
june 2013 by jerryking
How Google intends to dominate with its Android plan
May. 21 2013 | The Globe and Mail| by OMAR EL AKKAD

Android’s importance to Google is two-fold. First, it allowed a company that developed its search services for the desktop age to gain a foothold in the mobile world. Second, it allows Google to put the products where it does make money – primarily, its search engine – front and centre on all Android-based devices. Indeed, whatever revenue-generating software comes up in the future has a natural home on the hundreds of millions of Android devices already on the market...Google is giving away a platform, not a product. The company that dominated the Internet search market by acting as an advertising middleman in billions of user queries is taking the same approach to the mobile world. Rather than looking to profit off the sale of its software, Google is aiming for a critical mass, and attempting to put Android everywhere....Android is now one part of a much wider strategy at Google, whereby the company builds platforms and technologies on which all kinds of other services can run, and then gives them away for free. The other well-known example of this strategy is Chrome, the browser-based operating system....
Android  Google  Omar_el_Akkad  Samsung  platforms  BugSense  mobile_applications  software_bugs  upgrade_cycles 
may 2013 by jerryking
What's in store for Internet as 'the next five billion' join up - The Globe and Mail
- Technology Reporter

The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, May. 15 2013
Omar_el_Akkad  book_reviews  Google  Eric_Schmidt 
may 2013 by jerryking
Google unleashes torrent of product upgrades -
May. 15 2013| The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD. - TECHNOLOGY
Google  Omar_el_Akkad  product_development 
may 2013 by jerryking
Dell’s $24.4-billion bet on going private
Feb. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
Omar_el_Akkad  Dell  LBOs  private_equity  delisting 
february 2013 by jerryking
Going digital: The new look of business cards - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Nov. 21 2012
Omar_el_Akkad  business_cards 
december 2012 by jerryking
Thinking inside the box
November 30, 2012
How a Kitchener company will save you from missed-delivery limbo - and help major players like Walmart keep their customers happy

Omar El Akkad
uWaterloo  Omar_el_Akkad  BufferBox  start_ups 
december 2012 by jerryking
Google’s new growth engine? Hardware - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 13 2012 | The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
Omar_el_Akkad  Google  growth 
november 2012 by jerryking
As Netflix’s plot thickens, CEO strives to hone an edge
Sep. 10 2012 |The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER.

While such expansion helps to quickly build Netflix's customer base, it tends to hammer the bottom line. The company's business model relies on paying for content licenses up front, and then slowly making its money back through customer subscription fees. However, that means Netflix is currently losing money in many of its overseas markets – about $100-million a quarter from its United Kingdom and Latin America operations. Even in Canada, where Netflix constitutes the biggest single use of consumer Internet bandwidth, Netflix is only now starting to break even.
Netflix  Reed_Hastings  licensing  licensing_rights  subscriptions  streaming  web_video  challenges  opportunities  piracy  Omar_el_Akkad  competitive_landscape  digital_media  slight_edge 
september 2012 by jerryking
Microsoft snaps up Skype to keep rivals at bay - The Globe and Mail
omar el akkad AND tara perkins
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May. 10, 2011
Omar_el_Akkad  Tara_Perkins  Microsoft  Skype  Google  Apple 
october 2011 by jerryking
Greenspan to address China issues
23 June 2005 |The Globe and Mail pg .16| Omar el Akkad.
ProQuest  Omar_el_Akkad  China  Alan_Greenspan 
october 2011 by jerryking
The games customers play
October 6, 2011 | Report on Small Business | Omar El Akkad.
Gamification can make your brand appealing and addictive

Gamification refers to a strategy whereby interactions with a brand are made more appealing and addictive to consumers by incorporating tricks from the gaming world, such as high-score tables and achievement badges. Are such "achievements" almost completely worthless in the real world? Yes. Do consumers become mindlessly addicted to them anyway? Yes.

2. Think of gamification as a way of creating an Aeroplan-like loyalty program at a tiny fraction of the cost. Many businesses implement loyalty programs such as "get the 10th coffee free" cards. But Zichermann says free stuff is actually at the bottom of the list of what customers want. He uses the acronym SAPS: status, access, power, stuff. Those are the things loyal customers want, in that order. As such, lunch with the owner or a 15-minute head start on a sale for your best customers might be far more effective than a free coffee.

3. Figure out where your product fits into your customers' lives and help make that experience more meaningful.
in_the_real_world  games  Omar_el_Akkad  branding  gamification  loyalty_management  perks  customer_loyalty  customer_insights  hiring-a-product-to-do-a-specific-job  Aeroplan  Aimia  brands 
october 2011 by jerryking
The hype begins for the iPhone 5 - The Globe and Mail
omar el akkad
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 03, 2011
Omar_el_Akkad  iPhone  Apple  Steve_Jobs  Tim_Cook  Android 
october 2011 by jerryking
Low-key founder of LinkedIn hits IPO jackpot - The Globe and Mail
omar el akkad AND paul waldie
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 19, 2011
Omar_El_Akkad  Paul_Waldie  Reid_Hoffman  profile  LinkedIn  low-key 
september 2011 by jerryking
RIM taps Polar Mobile for ‘at least’ 100 PlayBook apps - The Globe and Mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
Polar_Mobile  Omar_El_Akkad  RIM  mobile_applications  strategy  tablets 
april 2011 by jerryking
Google hands reins back to co-founder - The Globe and Mail
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
google  Omar_El_Akkad 
january 2011 by jerryking
Why Apple may have outsmarted itself - The Globe and Mail
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 09, 2011 4
Apple  Omar_El_Akkad 
january 2011 by jerryking
Google's search for superiority
June 19, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Omar El Akkad. "For the
first time since Google began eviscerating the competition in the search
market a decade ago, a new crop of sites are threatening its position.
Millions of users are turning to sites ranging from Twitter to Facebook,
Amazon to eBay, to look for breaking news, restaurant recommendations
or shoes for sale. Apple is starting to leverage its massive mobile
applications ecosystem to run an advertising business aimed squarely at
taking revenue away from Google’s search advertising. Suddenly, Google’s
list of potential competitors has exploded."
Google  search  Apple  Twitter  Facebook  Amazon  eBay  competitive_landscape  Omar_El_Akkad 
june 2010 by jerryking
Google, the great disruptor, takes aim ... at everything - The Globe and Mail
Omar El Akkad and Iain Marlow

From Saturday's Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Jan. 08, 2010 9:32PM
EST Last updated on Saturday, Jan. 09, 2010.

A decade ago, the Web company made its name by helping people find
things on the Internet. But Google no longer believes the future of the
Web is on the personal computer. Instead, the company predicts most
people will soon be connecting to the outside world through mobile
devices. If that prediction is right, it means that's where advertising
dollars are going too.

Today, Google is expanding into more areas than at any time in its
history: smart phones, e-readers, operating systems, on-line stores. Its
unveiling this week of the first Google-branded phone running on the
Android system, the Nexus One, was just the latest such expansion.

And in almost every sector it touches, Google is disrupting the
ecosystem, creating a new wave of winners and losers in its wake.
Google  disruption  structural_change  competitive_landscape  expansions  ecosystems  Omar_El_Akkad  Iain_Marlow 
january 2010 by jerryking
Sept. 29, 2006 | Report on Business Magazine pg. 103 | by
Denise Balkissoon, Omar El Akkad, Craig Silverman. Rule No.
73--annswer the damn question; HOW TO FIRE SOMEONE GRACEFULLY
CEOs  executive_management  rules_of_the_game  Communicating_&_Connecting  layoffs  Omar_El_Akkad 
june 2009 by jerryking Scientists tackle the hunt for Bin Laden
February 19, 2009 G&M article by OMAR EL AKKAD. Interesting collaboration of the academic and intelligence worlds.
search  collaboration  security_&_intelligence  OBL  biogeography  Omar_El_Akkad 
february 2009 by jerryking

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