Microsoft previews Windows 10, reveals new devices

first_imgHomeDevicesNews Microsoft previews Windows 10, reveals new devices Pebble steps-up product rollout to ditch ‘accessory’ status Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Related Tags Microsoft announced two new smartphone devices in the “affordable” category, the Lumia 640 and the slightly bigger 640 XL, at its press conference today, as well as previewing Windows 10.The company promised Windows 10 will be launched later this year “with a steady drum beat of further reveals” around it, along with new devices in the “flagship tier”.Microsoft said it has increased the size of its unified platform to attract developers and launched a mobile Office suite in partnership with AT&T for small businesses.The Lumia 640 comes with a 5 inch HD display, single and double SIM capabilities in both 3G (€139) and 4G LTE (€159) versions and an 8 megapixel camera.The 640 XL has a screen that is 0.7 inches bigger, a battery that lasts longer and a 13 megapixel camera. It costs €189 for 3G and €219 for LTE.“You can buy three of these phones for the price of one competitive flagship device with parallel business features,” said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, explaining why the phones have superior value, especially to business users.The phones come in cyan, orange, black and white among other colours and currently feature Windows 8.1 but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 once the latter is launched.Microsoft has thrown in some freebies to attract customers: the new smartphones come with an incentive of free Office 365 subscription for a year, an Office license for an addition device, plus one terabyte of OneDrive storage.Elop said the company is shifting its focus to “obsess” about not the “mobility of devices” but the “mobility of experience”.Windows 10 will integrate a rich communication suite with Skype through its universal apps platform, which the company said is a “big focus area.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 MAR 2015 MWC 2015 Newscenter_img Author Huawei’s Honor aims high with latest smartphones BlackBerry unveils Leap smartphone; continues shift to software Devices Previous ArticleJolla guns for third mobile OS spotNext ArticleEricsson adds ‘industrial strength’ to cloud with Intel partnership Saleha Riaz last_img read more

Checkoff programs empower ag business

first_imgWhen it comes to expanding market share, increasing revenue and getting the word out about a great product or commodity, checkoff programs prove there’s strength in numbers.Officially called research and promotion programs, checkoff programs give agricultural producers, importers and other stakeholders in the marketing chain the power to maximize resources while managing risk.advertisementadvertisementThe strategy for increasing or expanding commodity markets takes more cooperation within the industry than competition between individual farms and businesses. Consumers may not know exactly which farm grows or raises their fruit, beef, cotton or lumber, but they will decide what to buy based on knowledge, quality and availability.The consumer’s perspective that there is a general uniformity to some commodities serves as the catalyst for many individual farms and businesses to collaborate on a comprehensive, industry-wide strategy to expand markets.Promoting a commodity as a whole instead of individual businesses means everyone in the industry benefits through increased sales, consumer awareness and higher overall demand.Checkoff programs help make that happen. Completely funded and operated by industry stakeholders, the checkoff programs allow commodity groups to pool resources for advertising campaigns, market research, new product development and consumer education.advertisementThey empower the industry chain to establish their own goals and decide for themselves how to best develop new markets and strengthen current markets for specific commodities. For every $1 spent in a research and promotion program, the return on investment can range as high as $18.The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees the research and promotion programs, which are led by boards of small and large producers, importers and other commodity stakeholders.Board members, nominated by the industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, bring a wealth of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the programs.Their experience with a variety of operation sizes, production methods, distribution options and marketing strategies all contribute to the common goal of promoting their commodity to more consumers.For example, the dairy industry’s “Got Milk?” campaign, originally developed by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), has spawned many humorous spin-offs in the 16 years since its launch.The campaign also transcended its original advertising medium with over 75 products including toys, posters and clothing carrying its message. It reinforced “milk” as a household name.advertisementResearch and promotion programs also identify new uses and strategically tap into new markets. Cotton Incorporated began their Cotton. From Blue to Green program in 2006 as part of its work for the Cotton Board.They partnered with an insulation manufacturer to transform used jeans into UltraTouch Denim Insulation.Not only does this program promote the commodity, it also forges community ties and promotes a less traditional use of their product.They even sponsor grants for community buildings and partner with organizations like Habitat for Humanity .Checkoff programs also benefit from unified messaging and cohesive campaigns. Before the National Mango Board was formed, producers and growers competed against each other with varied success.Now members from around the world share institutional knowledge and ideas with a clear focus and purpose.By educating consumers on the nutritional value of mangoes and using guest chefs to inspire new recipes, producers and importers continue to see market growth. Consumers now eat nearly six pounds of mangoes per person annually compared to just two pounds in 2008 when the board first launched.There are currently 19 checkoff programs, representing a wide variety of commodities. From the Fabric of Our Lives (cotton) to the incredible edible egg, research and promotion programs have expanded and created identities for things we use every day, increasing consumer awareness and expanding markets for many U.S. commodities. PDVisit the AMS checkoff site for a list of research and promotion boards administered by AMS at the USDA.—Excerpts from www.ams.usda.gov , September 21, 2011last_img read more

Raymond Schalk, 96, Wellington: January 21, 1921 – January 15, 2018

first_imgRaymond SchalkRaymond Henry Schalk, of Wellington, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington at the age of 96.Raymond was born the son of Arnold and Laura (Tschappler) Schalk on Friday, January 21, 1921 in Haviland. His parents then moved their family to Braman, Oklahoma where he graduated from Braman High School in 1939. In June of 1941, Raymond and Jane Harris were united in marriage in Braman, Oklahoma. Together the celebrated 44 years of marriage before her passing on September 7, 1985. The couple moved to Wellington in 1946 where Raymond opened AG Food Market at 208 South Washington. In 1966 he relocated the store to 317 South Washington which is now the City building. In 1975 he sold the grocery store to McCreary Brothers. He bought Bryon’s Books Store at 115 South Washington in 1977 and moved Schalk’s Book and Office Supply to 117 North Washington in 1981 after the March 1981 fire on main street. He then sold the Book Store in December 1985 and attempted to retire. Raymond met Ruth Harris and the two were married in May of 1986 in Wellington where they enjoyed 11 years together before her passing in 1996. He was blessed to find love once again and married Jayne Phelps in May of 2001. They enjoyed life together and celebrated 15 years of marriage before her death in December of 2016. Raymond served his community in many ways, as a City Commissioner, member of the Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. He has worked at Urban Ministries Food Bank and Sumner County Food Bank, and has been a Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army for several years. One of his proudest achievements is that since 1948 he has donated 70 gallons of blood and platelets to the Red Cross. Since living in Wellington he has been a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his son, Larry Schalk of Wellington; daughter, Lisa Frazier and her husband Jim of Wellington; grandchildren; Laura Carter (Casey Weir) of Wellington, Miles Carter of Nevada and Casey Zillner of Lenexa ; 8 great-grandchildren: Cameron, Mykah, Marley, Mason, Scarlett, Cash, Charlotte and Olivia; sister, Maxine Adrian of Buhler; brother, Marvin Schalk of Buhler; sister-in-law, Melva Schalk of Wellington and many nieces and nephews.  Along with his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Leroy and Melvin Schalk.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorial services for Raymond will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Wellington. A private interment will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established in his loving memory to the Wellington Lions Club, First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or Wellington Senior Center. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more