Monday, July 28, 2014

Imoji for Designing iMessage Emoji – How Japanese Imoji Sticker trend is Rising as Creative Community and Celebrities can Monetize Stickers

“Obviously, there’s a massive trend that goes on with emoji and stickers…and what it’s really all about is people finding new ways to communicate. People use emoji to describe tone – and fundamentally, it’s an easier way to express yourself than punching out of couple of sentences.”

Imoji Founder Tom Smith speaking about the future of his company that allows users to create their own custom Emoji Stickers

Apple iPhone users, I something special for you!

Emoticons are still a popular mode of communications and I was super-happy when they came to Facebook back in 2012 as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to add Emoticons to your Facebook posts”. But they're limited to a smiley Face with various combinations of punctuations creating different emoticons.

Enter the Emoji, the new #Trending hieroglyphics of modern Communication over that medium called IM (Instant Messaging).

Designer Tom Smith, formerly of Apple, has tapped into that trend with his IM App Extension called Emoji that helps Apple iPhone users who have a thing for iMessage to create their own custom hieroglyphs as explained in Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji, published July 24 2014 by Sarah Perez, Techcrunch and “Bye-Bye, Words: An Emoji-Only Social App Is Coming”, published  6/30/2014 @ 8:02PM by Parmy Olson, Forbes.

Founder of Offline, an App based magazine that's reminiscent of our Local Loop App here in Jamaica as described in my blog article entitled “Loop is Big News on Apple iTunes and the Google Play Store – Social Media Entity makes big splash in Social Media Scene”, Tom Smith started Emoji as a way for IM users to create more photo-realistic custom emoji instead of relying on the preset stock that came with most IM Applications.

Imoji for iMessage Emoji – Creative Community just got their Sticker producing outlet

For the Desktop or Laptop bound, Imoji, which is available exclusively on the Apple iTunes Store, is a lot like PhotoScape, that freeware Image Viewer program that allows you to manipulate images that you find online and create animated GIF, Collages and even combine photos into a single filmstrip.

However, you creative genius will be confined to your Apple iPhone and restricted to images you can pilfer from the web or photographs from your Apple iPhone Camera or Photo Gallery. The tools are much simpler than PhotoScape; Zoom, Crop and then Cutting your image via a virtual pair of scissors controlled via a touch interface makes it feel like more like Microsoft Paint for your Apple iPhone.

But the quaintness aside, your creation, which is basically a sticker, can go private or public with other users of the Imoji App, with immediate usage within iMessage. Best of all, Imoji is social; if you're not into being creative, there are others who might be more creative and may be offering their emoji publicly, allowing you to synch them for usage in your iMessage Texts.

If you’re into the popularity love-game, a Twitter-esque listing of the most popular Emojis designed by other Imoji App users. Armed with that list, you'll always put your best hieroglyphics forwards and communicate in personalized style, albeit these are more like Stickers than emoji.

Stickers are already hugely popular in Japan and Taiwan and many Americans and Wanna-be Americans in Jamaica may already be aware that Japanese users of the Line App will spend serious money to purchase Stickers as explained in my blog article entitled “Japanese Line introduces Line Call for Landline and Mobile - US$0.02 per Call and Kawaii Stickers a plus as WhatsApp and Skype get company in making International Calling and Roaming Extinct”.

Imoji Sticker trend Rising – Taiwan and Japanese Trend may become money-maker for Celebrities

Imoji founder Tom Smith is very much aware of this coming future trend. Already his app has that Social-like feature of using Emoji share publicly by other Designers. Thus he's got plans in the pipeline to expand on that Twitter-like approach and allow persons to follow the truly creative on Imoji.

Possible monetization models may also exist, with options for some Emoji Designers to sell their stickers and make revenue from sales split between the Imoji and themselves.

Even corporate-sponsored Advertising Stickers may be coming, with companies and Celebrities being able to make premium stickers to be sold at a higher price. iMessage advertising is possible as well.

But I’ll be more interested in how long emojis as a trend will stick around as Imoji founder Tom Smith begins to look into the Eye of the Tiger. In the meantime, scope out his app on the Apple iTunes Store:

How to care your Tablet from the TIS Program – Batteries are included and you’ll need a Portable Battery Charger

With Tablets slated to come to select set of 38 schools by the start of the new School Term in September 2014 under the newly rebranded TIS (Tablet in Schools) Program as explained in my blog article entitledTablet In Schools Project launched for September 2014 – How Teachers Benefit as Female interest in ICT Industry Blossoms”, there’s bound to be confusion.

I’ve already begun getting one or two calls and emails requesting information on what Tablets to buy and how to repair them. This despite the fact that the Schools to get Tablets haven’t been chosen as yet and I’ve no idea which Tablet model they’ll be choosing.

I have it on good authority, though, that Milk River All Age and Junior High School will be one of the six (6) chosen for the TIS Program Test Pilot, with upgrades coming to give the school Internet access to make the program work. So many Milk River, Clarendon kids have much to be excited about come September 2014.

Types of Tablets – Apple iOS or Google Android coming in Various Sizes

Some are unaware that there are two main sizes; 7”, and 10”, with the various sizes in-between, albeit 7” Tablets, which I’d predicted would become more dominant as stated in my blog article entitledThe Two Towers of Tablets, 7” Amazon Kindle Fire and 7.9” Apple iPad are the Global Tablet size of Choice”, are CURRENTLY more popular!

Worse, many are blissfully unaware that BOTH Tablets and smartphones rune on one of two popular OS (Operating Systems), Apple iOS or Google Android. To that end, when it comes to securing your Tablet so that your child can play without going unto Pornographic Websites, the same concepts for smartphones also applies to Tablets as explained in my blog article entitled “How to Lock down your Child’s Tablet or smartphone and Apps to Block, Protect and Notify you of your Child’s whereabouts Online - Defense Against the Dark Arts”.

Most likely, though, the Tablets will be 7” Tablets that run Google Android OS, possibly the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite as detailed in my blog article entitledUS$200 Huawei Media Pad 7 Lite from Digicel compared to the Apple iPad 2 and the Google Nexus 7 - Excellent Tablet choices to avoid the Delivery Man this Christmas”.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them were the Haitian made 7” Surtab Tablet that Telecom Provider Digicel sells in other territories and of which Venezuela ordered 10,000 in May 2014 as I’d reported in my Geezam blog article entitled “Venezuela orders 10,000 Surtab Tablets – How Jamaica can duplicate Haiti’s Tablet Manufacturing”.

Stay tuned to my blog for more details!

How to care your Tablet – Batteries are included and you’ll need a Portable Battery Charger

The specs on most of the, are pretty standard though. You’ll have to invest in the following cleaning items to protect their Tablet and keep it clean as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make your own Cleaning Fluid and Cleaning Tips for your Smartphone or Tablet”. Also you’ll need the following:

1.      A Protective Tablet Case with a mini-keyboard built in
2.      A Bluetooth Mouse (optional)
3.      Screen Protector
4.      Portable Battery Charger

The Bluetooth Mouse is really for the parents; most children are already comfortable with Touch-Screen Computers. The Protective Tablet Case helps in concealing the Tablet from prying eyes and thieves. Parents need to instruct their child NOT to take out their Tablet in public, no matter how much their friends press them or how badly they wanna play Candy Crush Saga.

Battery life WILL be important and is a deciding factor if you eventually wish to get yourself a Tablet just to keep up with your child’s development. Here’s a list of the battery life of various Tablets in this comprehensive albeit not quite exhaustive list tested by CNET News as listed in the article “CNET Tablet Battery Life Results”, published July 25, 2014 12:00 PM PDT by Xiomara Blanco, CNET News.

As I’ve discovered, a portable Battery Charger is helpful with smartphones as well as with Tablets as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to extend your smartphone’s battery Life with a Portable Battery Charger”. Battery life is really the main deciding factor when buying a Tablet, as combined with the above; it determines how many hours of useful work your child can get out of their Tablet.

After all, not all the time you’ll be in a location where you can plug in with your charger! As Tablets have sensitive electronic internals, purchasing a Battery Charger will prolong the life of your Tablet and protect it from Power Surges by giving you a safe, reliable source of power when necessary.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Google Play Music’s All Access Music Subscription Three months Free Streaming - Happy Birthday as Google Chromecast fights Amazon fire TV

=Google Chromecast celebrated its 1 year Anniversary on Friday July 24th 2014! How quickly a year goes by! Queue the song Happy Birthday by Katy Perry!

Google is now offering U.S.-based Chromecast users three (3) free months of Streaming via Google Play Music’s All Access Music Subscription as stated in “Google Wants Chromecast's Allure To Rub Off On Its Music Service”, JUL 24, 2014 by ADRIANA LEE, ReadWrite.

If this line confuses you, then click on their Help Center Link to have the information relating to three (3) free months of Streaming via Google Play Music’s All Access Music Subscription explained in further detail! This is a very good deal which began Friday, July 24 and runs through to Tuesday September 30th 2014, as this usually costs around US$9.99 per month.

As usual, Americans are such prudes; this is an all-American birthday, leaving the rest of the World i.e. Internationals, in the lurch. I’d done a really long article when the Google Chromecast had just launched as stated in my blog article entitledGoogle launches a 4G LTE Google Nexus 7 and Google Chromecast Streaming Device - Uninspired Tablet upgrades but US$35 Google Chromecast is the Streaming World's Blue Jasmine”.

It is indeed a happy birthday, as after all, this product is their most popular consumer product to date, more popular than their failed Motorola Moto X as I’d chronicled in my blog article entitledGoogle and Motorola Mobility launch the customizable Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X is The Wolverine of Customization that’s Made in America”.

Google Chromecast - Google Play Music’s All Access a Mouthful to fight Amazon fire TV

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Stick, via this gesture, is expanding their product offerings include Streaming. That's where the trend has been heading for some time now, based on Nielsen Stats comparing Music Sales within the period January to June 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “Nielsen Stats record continued decline in Music Downloads - Developed World Streaming will catch on in Developed World once we get 4G LTE”.

The US$35 Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Stick, which served up a platter that only included Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV back in July 2013, is Growing Strong. Thanks to content deals, they not only have Google Chromecast Apps that you can get from the Google Chromecast Website but new channels such as HBO Go, ESPN and Songza as their latest additions.

30,000 stores globally carry the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Stick in some 20 countries Worldwide is an awful lot of online shopping:

1.      Best Buy
2.      Amazon
3.      Walmart
4.      Target
5.      Dixons
6.      Saturn 

“Globally” here seems to be mostly Developed World Countries, with a few Developing World Countries rounding up the lot. Still more reason this offer should have been global; US$9.99 isn't easy to cough up every month to Stream Music and Videos.

Many Jamaicans no doubt have the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Stick, as when it went on sale, many bought it online using the method described in my blog article entitled “How to purchase items and subscribe to Magazines online and ship them to Jamaica” and the Geezam blog entitled “How to ship things to Jamaica after you’re purchase them online”.

When going to sign up for an account, use either a Proxy or VPN Access to make it appear as if you're in the US of A. Then follow the instructions as laid out in my blog article entitled “How to find Free TV online and how to Stream from Hulu or Netflix in Jamaica - Jamaican Pirate of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides Streaming Restricted US Content” to get access to the website. Make sure to use an American Address to sign up as an American living in a particular state.

So Americans, though Google was indeed mean, forgetting to invite us Internationals i.e. Jamaicans included to their Birthday Party, we can still partake in the presents!

Here's a few of Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Stick Birthday Presents:

Tablet In Schools Project launched for September 2014 – How Teachers Benefitas as Female interest in ICT Industry Blossoms

“Educational opportunities have been uneven in our past, and as this programme rolls out, we will be equating the quality of instruction available to all our children, irrespective of the school they are in, irrespective even of whether they are in school or not, because this (technology) will be available at home and will eventually be applied to radio and television, as well as on the tablets”

Minister of Education Minister Ronald Thwaites commenting during the launch Ceremony for the E-Learning II Project now rebranded the TIS (Tablet in Schools) Project on Monday July 21st 2014

The JA$800 million e-Learning Project II to launch Tablets on a Test Pilot to some 38 Schools in a Year-long Test Pilot has begun as reported in “Distribution of tablets to teachers for e-Learning project begins”, published Wednesday, July 23, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.

Dubbed the TIS (Tablet in Schools) Project, Telecom Provider Digicel, one of four (4) Contractors to supply the Tablets, delivered 180 Tablets on Monday July 21st 2014 to the Chetolah Park Primary School in Kingston during a presentation ceremony at the Convent of Mercy Alpha in Kingston.

The total List of Schools getting Tablets as art of the Test Pilot wasn’t made public. But if the Test Pilot succeeds, it’ll be expanded to some 38 Schools, 24,000 Students and 728 Teachers as broken down below:

1.      13 Primary Schools
2.      6 All Age and Junior High Schools
3.      11 High Schools
4.      6 Infant Departments
5.      1 Teacher’s college (possibly MICO University College)
6.      1 Special Education Institution

So says the Horse's Mouth in their own article “Teachers Receive First Set of Computers Under Tablets in Schools Project”, published July 22, 2014 By Alecia Smith-Edwards, The Jamaica Information Service.

Oddly, no details on the Source or even the Model of the Tablets so that Traditional Media or even Social Media outlets such as On the Ground News, Loop News Facebook page or even the Geezam Blog could do a review or even take them for a spin.

All the preparation work that was mentioned for this launch of some 25,000 Tablets to some 38 schools as laid out in my blog article entitled “Tablets in Jamaican Schools by September 2014 – E-Learning Project II Public Education Campaign needed to be successful” was done and the project is on track to commence at the start of Academic Year 2014/2015 which starts September 2014 and ends June 2015.

This is starting to look really good, folks! If this one year Test Pilot succeeds, it’ll expand islandwide to some 600,000 High School Students and Teachers!

Tablet in Schools Project – From 180 to 27,000 to 400,000 Tablets over Five years

It’s been quite a journey for the e-Learning Project II to launch Tablets on a Test Pilot since my first article back in April 2013 entitled “Minister Paulwell gives Parliamentarians and 20,000 Students in 30 Schools Tablets- Future in Science and Technology now rescued Indiana Jones and the Palace of Doom”.

I became doubtful when around the same time last year in July 2013, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining hadn’t yet named any contractors for the e-Learning Project II Test pilot were not yet named. A doubt which I expressed via my blog article entitled “Ministry of Science and Technology yet to announce Tablet Contractor - 400,000 Tablets for E-Learning II Project in 5 years as Test Pilot to end June 2014

In that article, I expounded the main benefit of Tablets; a cheaper Delivery Platform for books, which would mean less heavy knapsacks and purchase of expensive books. Not to mention giving children early exposure to Tablets and thus computing from Primary School straight up to the University Level.

So 2013 was skipped and then 2014 rolled around. By March 2014, the missing Contractors had been found; four (4) in fact, to supply some 27,000 Tablets as explained in my blog article entitled “Ministry of Science and Technology signs four Contractors in March 2014 to procure Tablets - Test Pilot Project in September 2014 means Teachers can monetize e-books

1.      10,500 Tablets from Innovative Corporate Solutions
2.      5,500 Tablets from Digicel Jamaica
3.      5,500 Tablets from Productive Business Solutions 
4.      5,500 Tablets from GeoTech Vision Enterprises Limited

Projected to cost parents only JA$5000 per Tablet, the Four Contractors are to supply Accessories and design and maintain the Platform for the Tablets under the Test Pilot Project:

1.      Tablets
2.      Accessories e.g. Headsets, Cases with Keyboards
3.      DMS (Device Management Solutions) e.g. Tracking Stolen Tablets and locking them down when stolen
4.      CMS (Content Management Systems) e.g. Website Tracking and Blocking Tools

This will now present the opportunity for High Schools to not only save on the cost of construction of IT (Information Technology) Labs at most High Schools, but it will also make IT a part of the curriculum from Day One.

Tablet in Schools Project – How Teachers Benefit in switch to Interactive Learning

Teachers can now make revenue via the publication of e-books for Teaching Material that accessible via their own personal websites or Social Media Channels as explained in my how-to blog article entitled “Crowdsourced, Teleworking Flex-work Publishers needed for UWI and High School Students with Tablets in 2014 - How Jamaican Writers can make money via ePub Publishing Books” and “How to become an e-book Publishing House via e-book Piracy - Tablets in Schools sets the Stage for Rampant e-book Piracy”.

State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson, during the presentation, placed great hope on what he expected the TIS Project to achieve, quote: “... We have very high expectations in terms of the impact that the project will have on teachers, students and communities, because each school will become a hot spot where persons in the community will be able to access the Internet if they have devices that are so enabled”.

Interactive Learning instead of Instructive Learning will be what these Tablets will enable. Worries about distractions within the Classroom are easily downplayed by the fact that these Tablets are fairly easy to secure as detailed in my blog article entitled “How to Lock down your Child’s Tablet or smartphone and Apps to Block, Protect and Notify you of your Child’s whereabouts Online - Defense Against the Dark Arts”.

Tablet in Schools Project – Children Safe as Female interest in Jamaican ICT Industry Blossoms

As for worries that these Tablets will make Children targets, not to worry!

The Four (4) Contractors have been tasked with installing DMS on each Tablet that will make them easily Trackable by the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) aka the Jamaican Police in the event they get stolen as explained in my blog article entitled “How smartphones are stolen and IMEI changed – Uninformed Jamaican Police Tracking Jamaicans even as GOJ ID Registration by Telecom Providers needed”.

Not to mention improving Mathematics and Science Grades by giving Primary and High School Children access to the incredible power of Google to do their homework and avoid the long Lines at the Library in the Computer Room. It’ll have an immediate effect after 1 year; boosted Grades in Mathematics, the Sciences, English and Computer Studies. Best of all, it’ll empower Children with the idea that they can learn on their own…..and Teachers with less work to do in terms of preparing Classes.

Children will also over time begin to understand the difference between valid and invalid source information by learning to manipulate the Google Search Engine Provider as explained in blog article entitled “How to effectively search using Google while Researching your articles”. This early exposure will help them in the long run, as they’ll become better able to sift through information and rate its validity.

Their familiarity and continued usage of Google via Tablets and their own personal smartphones will gradually over time result in their children becoming smarter as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “StudyBlue reveals Smartphones, Tablets make you smarter – The Big Bang Theory on Google”.

Long Term, if it succeeds and is spread to all the schools across the island in the next five years, it might result in more females entering the ICT (Information and Computer Technology) Sector via their introduction to Computers at an early age as explained in my blog article entitled “International Girls in ICT Day - How Women can jump-Start Jamaican ICT Industry from Call Centers, Telecom Providers and NDA's”.

Telecom Provider Benefit too; their 4G LTE Networks that’ll be completed in the next 18 months are guaranteed some 27,000 new Customers. When school is over and students go home, they’ll have to invest in having access to High Speed Wireless Broadband Internet Access.

Uplifting the Consciousness of a younger Generation by empowering and expanding their minds via Computing is the Long term aim of the TIS Project.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Telecom Providers await OUR’s Judgement on VoIP Bypass – Viber is on the rebound but USF Revenue for GOJ means they’ll win

“The OUR has requested additional information from telecommunications providers LIME and Digicel on their decision to block certain providers of Voice over Internet Protocol services on their network requested information. Among the information requested from the two companies are data showing the nature of the alleged bypass of their networks by VoIP providers and its impac. The OUR expects to receive the information before the end of the month”

Release from the OUR with regards to their investigations into allegations of bypass by VoIP Providers such as Viber and Nimbuzz by Digicel and LIME

The OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation) has decided to consult with industry players, with the CAC (Consumer Affairs Commission) being drawn into the discussion to comment on the nature of the alledged bypass as stated in “OUR seeks clarification on VoIP block”, published Wednesday July 23, 2014, by Richard Browne, Business Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner.

In the meantime, OUR has allowed the Telecom Providers to continue their blockade of VoIP Apps such as Viber and Nimbuzz until the end of the month of July 2014 as I’d reported in my blog article entitled “LIME and Digicel blocking all VoIP Services - How Telecom Providers can make money from Regularizing Paid VoIP Services”. It’s hoped by that time, they’ll hand down a judgement on the VoIP issue.

Telecom Provider Digicel is adamant that the VoIP Providers must pay a Toll Access Charge in order to terminate Calls on their Network, just like any other Telecom Provider, to quote Digicel's Head of Legal and Legulatory Affairs, Gail Moss-Solomon: “Digicel Jamaica continues to block unlicensed number-based VoIP operators until a mutually beneficial commercial relationship can be agreed”

Digicel lifts VoIP Blockade – TATT spoke early and Haiti’s Telecom Tax is corrupt

Telecom Provider Digicel has already lifted the blockade on VoIP Apps such as Viber and Nimbuzz in Trinidad and Tobago As stated in “TATT asks Digicel to hold hand on VoIP”, published July 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM ECT By Joel Julien, The Trinidad Express and “Trinidad regulator weighs in on VoIP issue”, Published Thursday July 10, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.

This after Trinidad and Tobago established Telecoms Regulator, TATT (Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago) began dialog from early and had the blockade removed a week and four days after it came into effect on Sunday June 29th, 2014.

Telecom Provider Digicel has also removed the blockade in Haiti as of Tuesday July 16th 2014, possibly over concerns relating to the illegal nature of the Telecom Tax imposed by the Haitian Government led by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as chronicled in my blog article entitled “Digicel Haiti removes VoIP Apps Blockade – How Laurent Lamothe Administrations Corrupt Telecom Tax for FNE has French Connection”.

Telecom Provider Digicel decided that the losses from VoIP in Haiti, still a growing and now their larges Telecom market aside from Jamaica, was not worth their reputation being mired in corruption over the collection of an illegally implemented Telecom Tax.

Digicel, LIME and VoIP – LIME’s awfully quiet as Business good with Fixed Line and Broadband

Many may notice Telecom Provider LIME’s quiet in all of this.

That’s mainly because Mobile isn’t a money-maker for them as it is for Telecom Provider Digicel; their real revenues come from their Fixed Line and Broadband Services such as ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) and Frame Relay Services for Corporate and Business Customers as laid out in my blog article entitled “CWC Report ending March 2014 indicates LIME Jamaica's improving Bottom Line - Project Marlin heralds Solar Powered Telecom Provider to Reduce Operating Costs”.

Mobile is mostly Prepaid customers and barely makes 10% of overall revenue. VoIP is an issue, especially as it relates to the Telecom Tax and the Cess that’s paid over to the USF (Universal Service Fund). So too is bypass….. just not so big to warrant this much media attention as far as Telecom Provider LIME is concerned based on the nonchalant response of Communications Manager at LIME, Elon Parkinson, quote: “We continue to review all VoIP apps on our network”.

The main reason why they’re co-operating with Telecom Provider Digicel is to prevent a united front in response to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell’s insistence that Telecom Providers take action against bypass or face the consequences as distilled in my blog article entitled “How US$1 Billion is lost from the USF and Telecoms Tax via Inbound International Calling Bypass  - LIME, Digicel and Network Engineer French Connection”.

Viber is on the rebound – Telecom Providers await the OUR’s Judgement

As for Viber, they’ve become the latest cause celeb, with the popularity of Viber soaring. If you never knew that they offered free calling, you DEFINITELY known now. They’ve also rolled out updates that many have been urged to download from the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store to circumvent Telecom Provider Digicel and Telecom Provider LIME’s blockade.

Their latest message to their user base in the Caribbean is taunting, quote: “We're pleased to hear that you are able to use Viber again to communicate freely. Create a group and spread the news among your friends”

It seems to be working, as many report being able to continue using Viber after updating their Viber App as stated in the article “Viber reports uptick in traffic amid VoIP blockade - Telecoms effort described as bad for business, education services”, Published Friday July 11, 2014, published Richard Browne, Business Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner.

So was it worth it? Read on and you’ll see why it is…..and hence the reason why the Telecom Providers took action, as the outcome is quite clear cut.

Telecom Providers await OUR’s Judgement – USF Revenue for GOJ means they’ll win

So was it worth it? In a word yes, as the Telecom Providers, being FDI (Foreign Direct Investors) and thus signatories to BTA (Bilateral Trade Agreements), are bound to the Government of Jamaica to seek binding legal arbitration through a neutral agreed party acting as Mediator whenever disputes arise.

To this end, the OUR, though not the appointed Telecom Regulator, is acting in this stead, as it an issue that involves consumers and a service that’s part of their regulatory ambit. The Telecom Providers, in agreeing to binding arbitration with the OUR acting as mediator, thus have thirty days (30) to cease and desist any action after the Mediator in the dispute between the Telecom Providers and the CAC, as this is really a consumer affair.

Truth be told, the GOJ is very interested in the Telecom Providers being allowed to block the VoIP operators, especially as they’re getting revenue from the Telecom Providers that’s helping to balance their Budget. It’s also funding the USF and the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s ambitious E-Learning II Tablet Program, which is perfectly legal by the way as pointed out in my blog article entitled Ministry of Science and Technology signs four Contractors in March 2014 to procure Tablets - Test Pilot Project in September 2014 means Teachers can monetize e-books”.

With both Telecom Providers building out their respective 4G LTE Networks, it’s reasonable to expect too, that they’d wish to shore up their revenue base as they expend additional capital on their Network expansion. It may violate the purest principles of Network Neutrality, but the truth be told, these VoIP are breaking the law; they shouldn’t be rewarded for their “illegal” and “parasitic” activity, even if only one Telecom Provider really has a problem due to their revenue Stream being dependent on Voice Calling!

Given that their demands are within the Telecommunications Act of 2012 and request that VoIP Providers be registered to operate in Jamaica, sign contractual arrangements and pay Toll Access Charge in order to terminate Calls on their Network as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “How Network Neutrality and International Calling can thrive as TATT mediates VoIP Blockade by Digicel and LIME”, the  OUR is most likely to rule in the Telecom Providers Favour.

How to access Microsoft Office Shortcuts – Shortcuts that don’t draw Blood and Microsoft Word Alternatives for Windows and Linux OS

Being a blogger, Microsoft Office is my main tool of expression.

Unfortunately, my copy of Microsoft Office 2007 isn’t legal copy, rather a cracked one that I downloaded from the Internet using the technique described in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to Legally Activate installed Microsoft Products – Office 2010’s in the Lost and Found”.

You can download “Microsoft Office 2007” or “Microsoft Office 2010” from Kickasstorrents using the Torrenting instructions as described in my blog article entitled “How to download High Quality Music via torrenting - The Mortal Instruments City of Bones used to get Free Music”. To make it fully functional, you can then crack it with Microsoft Office 2010 Toolkit.

Be warned though; Microsoft Office 2010 can only be properly installed on Windows 7 and 8 and the Microsoft Office 2010 Toolkit doesn’t work in Windows XP. Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP since Monday April 28th 2014 as explained in my blog article entitled “Microsoft issues Bug Fix Windows OS including Windows XP - Corporate irresponsibility averted as CERT and DHS Slap on the wrist made a difference”.

Also, sadly, those Americans and other people elsewhere who got suckered into buying Microsoft Office 365 for their Apple iPads as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Microsoft to introduce Office to Apple iPad on Thursday March 27th 2014” will have to pay for additional features, being as it’s Cloud-based software.

Microsoft Office as my WorkTool – Alternatives that work in Windows as well as Linux OS

I still use Microsoft Office 2007, as it’s compatible with Windows XP and Windows 7. Microsoft Office 2010 is a processor hog, chomping away at the memory and Processing Power of my Dell Lattitude D520 Laptop with its limited 1.73 GHz Intel Celeron Processor complemented by a mere 2 GB or RAM and an 80 GB Hard-Drive.

Being as I'm a blogger, those specs are more than comfortable; I'm writing, NOT designing Animation or playing Video Games, so the excess Computing Muscle isn't needed. That's for my Desktop Computer that sports a 3.6 GHz Dual-Core 4 GB RAM packing a 500 GB SATA Hard-Drive with a super-cooled Internals for more efficient performance.

To become good at blogging isn't hard. Once you’ve got any Laptop with my specs, you just need to gain mastery over Typing on a QWERTY Keyboard, know your Windows shortcuts and know what Blogger Tools you'll need to start as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to use Windows Shortcuts to be a more proficient Writer”.

However, my Laptop also Dual-Boots into Ubuntu OS as per my description in my blog article entitled “How to install Windows, Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux on the same Computer - Dual-Booting, Linux Emulation and Virtual Machines”. For people out there who use BOTH Windows as well as a Linux OS, if you don’t want to use WINE (Windows Emulator) or purchase CodeWeaver's CrossOver, there are options to Microsoft Office that you can use that can edit Microsoft Office Documents.

These options to Microsoft Office work in both Linux and Windows as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Laptop makers go Chromebooks as Google Chrome’s Office Extension makes it easy to View and Edit Office Documents”. There is also software that can replace functions commonly done by Windows Programs that also work in BOTH Windows as well as a Linux OS as described in my blog article entitled “How to find great Freeware Replacement Software for Default Windows Software”.

How to access Microsoft Office Shortcuts – Shortcuts that don’t draw Blood

If you’re still faithful to Microsoft Office, you may then be asking what about Microsoft Shortcuts? After all, you'll need to get around inside of the program just as efficiently as you do in Windows. Fortunately I've got you covered in this article.

To get a comprehensive listing of Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Office Word, press the F1 function key and then searching for “Keyboard Shortcuts”. In case you happen to not have Microsoft Word, you can view the Carousel of images below.

That’s it! These Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Office Word should make typing in Microsoft Office that much easier and create flow as you set up your blog and publish your masterpieces.