How Data, Technology Management Helped Obama In Becoming U.S President For Another 4Years, By Campaign Manager

THOUGH there has been a plethora of publications on strategies that show how President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the just concluded United States (U.S.) presidential election, none has been revealing as that by the one in the control room.

The Obama campaign manager, Jim Messina, who spoke in Washington recently said the three perspectives with which the campaign viewed the electorate, gave him a deeper understanding of “how we are doing, where we are doing it, where we are moving – which was why I knew that most public polls you were seeing were completely ridiculous.”

According to the Obama campaign’s director of opinion research, David Simas, who provided the The Huffington Post with more details about the sources of polling data, the Obama campaign did not conduct a nationwide survey.

Simas stressed the campaign team relied on its lead pollster, Joel Benenson, at regular intervals throughout the campaign, to survey voters across “11 battleground states” which included Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.”

Benenson was responsible for conducting battleground polls once every three weeks during the spring and early summer of 2012, every other week during the late summer and twice a week for the final two months of the campaign. These messages were used to test messages and to glean overall strategic guidance, but not to make individual state assessment, reported The Huffington Post.

Simas said the campaign conducted “state-specific” tracking polls on a similar schedule, which were aimed at gauging the battleground states.

According to him, the surveys which were conducted by a team of Democratic pollsters helped drive message testing strategy but also tracked the standings of both Obama and Romney in every state.

Simas also said the campaign conducted a parallel survey by its internal analytics workers, to help “create and refine” its microtargeting models and to provide more “granular analysis” of voter subgroups. He added that the surveys used interviewers, very large sample sizes and very short questionnaires, which focused on vote preference and strength of support, with no more than a handful of additional substantive question. “During September and October, the campaign completed 8,000 to 9,000 such calls per night,” he said.

The Obama campaign also relied “exclusively” on samples drawn from the official list of registered voters. According to him, these lists allowed for a different approach to reaching cell-phones-only voters because in some states voters provided phone numbers when they register and list vendors attempt to match names and addresses to mobile and landline numbers culled from commercial data, “but they also come with shortcomings, such as voters listed without phone numbers,” he said.

Benenson said the campaign team took time to, at the initial stage of the election, look at historical trends in the battleground universe, adding that they drew on past exit-poll data as well as models produced by internal analytics team.

Culled from GUARDIAN

Google rallies support for free, open Internet

One week before the world’s governments meet to discuss the future of the Internet, Google is mobilizing netizens to demand that the Internet remain open and free.

In a post on its Google+ account, the Internet giant warned some governments want to use the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to increase censorship.

“Pledge your support for the free and open Internet: A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice,” it said.

It set up a website (www.google.com/takeaction/) where supporters of the call to keep the Web free and open may enter their email address and location.

Google said the email addresses may be used for sending updates on Internet policy initiatives.

It added it may publish the names given by those who sign up as part of the website and discussion, while the location data may be used to display the “vibrant conversation across the world.”

“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. And a #freeandopen Internet depends on you,” Google said.

The ITU, in an article on its website, said the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai from Dec. 3 to 14 seeks to “review the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services.”

It added the conference also aims to ensure their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

Culled from GMA News

Tourism Can Lift Nigeria’s Economy’

edem_duke_culture_ministerThe Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, has said that the Abuja Carnival would be repositioned to serve as the nation’s major tool for economic development.

He said this in Abuja yesterday at the ongoing eighth edition of the carnival with the theme: ‘Carnival of Peace and Harmony.’

Duke, who described Nigerian culture as the best in Africa, noted that it had capacity to curb the country’s problem of unemployment if it was given adequate attention.

“Tourism is rising to be the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. It is contributing toward making Nigeria the destination for African continent,” he said.

He said this year’s edition was geared toward moblising Nigerians for peaceful co-existence and harmonious living to create a peaceful society. “It is a brand that binds Nigerians together and promotes our beauty and strength in diversity,” he said.

He said that the event provided a platform for all citizens to develop and showcase their creative ingenuities which could be tapped for economic transformation of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in consonance with the theme of the 2012 carnival, there was a unique combination and participation of military and para-military bands, youth and women associations.

Cultural enthusiasts at the event said that featuring images of traditional practices, heritage, belief systems and lifestyles of the nation’s different socio-political groups were of great value to the citizenry.

They maintained that these were adequately captured in the participants’ display of songs and performances at the carnival.

The 2012 carnival continues with Durbar display, Children Fiesta, boat regatta and masquerade performances.

NAN also reports that 22 states and six countries participated in this year’s edition.

Culled From ;NAIJ

RIM stocks climb on optimism

Research In Motion shares jumped more than 15 percent on Thursday after a burst of positive reviews this week by analysts who had been among the beleaguered BlackBerry maker’s harshest critics.

Kris Thompson of National Bank Financial upgraded his price target to Can$15, betting that the stock will rise as momentum builds for the launch of RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system and two new smartphones.

Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek doubled his price target to Can$10 and upgraded the stock from “hold” to “underperform,” saying carriers testing the devices apparently have “a much more positive view of BB10 than we expected.”

The stock soared to Can$11.77 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. US bourses were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

RIM’s new devices are aimed at regaining momentum against smartphones from Apple and those using Google’s Android operating system.

While most analysts are expecting a March launch for the new smartphones, Thompson predicted they would hit storeshelves a month earlier.

He also noted that RIM’s subscriber count had crept up to over 80 million global users this past quarter, rebuffing reports of large corporate and government clients switching to Apple’s iPhone.

“The new management team is executing by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base, managing costs and cash, and seemingly readying a February 2013 BB10 global platform launch,” Thompson wrote in a research note.
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Culled from iAfrica.com

‘Gangnam Style’ hits milestone..becomes YouTube’s most-viewed video

South Korean pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” on Saturday became YouTube’s most-watched video of all time, registering more than 805 million views to overtake “Baby” by Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber.

The 34-year-old rapper has rocketed to fame since “Gangnam Style” – in which he performs his now famous horse-riding dance – became a worldwide hit following its release in July.

As of Saturday evening, the music video had racked up well over 805 million views against more than 803 million for Bieber’s “Baby”.

YouTube said the video has “been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we’ve ever seen before”.

“Each day, “Gangnam Style” is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times,” Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, wrote in a blog post on Saturday, compared to 350 thousand to 500 thousand for “Baby”.

And where “Baby” took more than two years to register its 800 million-plus views, “Gangnam Style” reached that milestone in just over four months.

Psy’s song, which refers to an upmarket neighbourhood in Seoul, has topped charts from Britain to Australia and has been name-checked by global notables including US President Barack Obama and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

It has spawned numerous tribute videos, been imitated by an impressive roster of big names, including Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, and helped the singer land a contract with Bieber’s management agency.

And the public has joined in, with tens of thousands turning out for giant flashmob performances of Psy’s horse-riding dance in cities like Paris and Rome.

The quirky star, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, has won adulation in his homeland for the global hit and was this month awarded one of South Korea’s highest cultural honours, the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit.

South Korea sees popular culture as a potent export force, providing international exposure for a country that still feels overlooked in comparison to neighbours China and Japan.

The government has spent substantial time and money supporting the so-called Hallyu (Korean Wave) of TV shows and pop music that has swept across Asia in the past decade.

The song has also shown impressive staying power: it is still going strong four months after it went viral on YouTube, despite calls from some commentators for the craze to finally end.

Psy meanwhile, has gone from strength to strength, gaining the ultimate showbiz accolade earlier this month by performing a mash-up of Gangnam Style with pop icon Madonna during her concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The rapper recently unveiled plans for his next song in an interview with CNN, saying the lyrics would be a mix of English and Korean.

Apple iPad Leads 2012 Thanksgiving, Black Friday Online Sales; Accounts For 88% Of Tablet Shopping

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Apple devices, including the iPad and the iPhone, dominated online buying during this holiday season on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, according to a report by IBM.

As far as data from IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark go, online sales were up 17.4 percent and 20.7 percent from 2011 on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday respectively. But the biggest surge came from mobile consumers, led by the iPad, the report stated.

The Nokia Lumia 920 Sells Out In The US

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In the eyes of the consumer the Nokia Lumia 920 is the premium Windows phone despite the rival HTC 8X device being named as the official flagship model. The specification offered by the 920 is comparable with many leading Android phones and another factor behind its early success. An impressive display measures 4.5 inches and offers a great resolution of 768 x 1280. This has a positive effect on pixel density which is very high at 332PPI. Performance is helped by a powerful chipset which features a 1.5Ghz Krait processor that includes dual cores for excellent multi tasking. When you combine this impressive specification with the new Windows 8 software package it is easy to see why the model has struck a chord with consumers. Compare Nokia Lumia 920 O2 Deals here

The US shortages of the new Nokia Lumia 920 is no great surprise given the Finnish manufacturers excellent reputation for building superb devices and the popularity of the Microsoft Windows format.
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In the eyes of the consumer the Nokia Lumia 920 is the premium Windows phone despite the rival HTC 8X device being named as the official flagship model. The specification offered by the 920 is comparable with many leading Android phones and another factor behind its early success. An impressive display measures 4.5 inches and offers a great resolution of 768 x 1280. This has a positive effect on pixel density which is very high at 332PPI. Performance is helped by a powerful chipset which features a 1.5Ghz Krait processor that includes dual cores for excellent multi tasking. When you combine this impressive specification with the new Windows 8 software package it is easy to see why the model has struck a chord with consumers. Compare Nokia Lumia 920 O2 Deals here

The US shortages of the new Nokia Lumia 920 is no great surprise given the Finnish manufacturers excellent reputation for building superb devices and the popularity of the Microsoft Windows format.

Culled From:cmvlive

Firefox killing 64-bit version on Windows >> Firefox Google Groups

Amazingly, there is still the perception by some Windows Nightly users that the 64-bit MSVC builds are faster than their 32-bit counterparts [8], whereas even before the recent regressions that was not the case [5] [6].

Users of 64-bit versions of Windows may be under the impression that 64-bit builds of Nightly are somehow “more correct” for their platform, especially since http://nightly.mozilla.org displays 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Nightly builds with equal prominence and no indication that the 64-bit builds are experimental/effectively untested.

* Whilst there was a thorough discussion of the Win64 pros/cons [9], a follow-up summary of facts [10], and internally most of us know that Win64 builds aren’t something that we’ll be focusing on near-term – there doesn’t appear to have been any public newsgroup/blog postings communicating the final decision. So it’s not surprising that the average Nightly user is not aware that Win64 builds are pretty much unsuited for public consumption.

Upshot: Mozilla is killing 64-bit Firefox on Windows. But the people who’ve been using it in nightly builds are horrified and outraged.

Culled From:guardian

Boot up: LTE on the Nexus 4, games by platform over time, PS Vita dying?, and more

Plus the real explanation for USB, Barclays goes iPad, Google’s plans for AirPlay-like functionality (and which is the best-selling TV streamer?), and more

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IBM unveils mobile computing focus

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Cape Town – IBM unveiled a suite of new software and services that enables global organisations to build a comprehensive mobile computing strategy.

The software includes securing and managing devices, to creating mobile applications and analysing data.

These new offerings are part of a move by IBM to capitalise on the growing market opportunity for mobile.

As organisations increasingly view mobile computing as the next platform to conduct business, the market is evolving beyond just the device.

Business leaders including the chief information officers, and increasingly chief marketing officers of global organisations such as airlines, retailers, governments and healthcare providers are among the businesses turning to IBM to ensure mobile services and solutions are readily available to constituents and in full compliance with IT strategies.

Solutions

They need solutions that can be applied across any mobile environment and device, whether a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and can provide an underlying IT infrastructure that is always available, secure, effectively manages data, and integrates both front and back-end systems.

According to latest reports, more than 10 billion mobile devices are expected to be in the hands of consumers, doctors, sales leaders and the like by 2020. Already, 90% of mobile users keep their device within arm’s reach at all times, and complete many kinds of transactions across these smart devices.
By the end of 2011, there were 1.2 billion mobile web users worldwide, equivalent to 17% of the world’s total population.

“Mobile is fundamentally changing the way we think, work, and act. But the speed at which this shift is occurring is forcing organisations to react, instead of proactively plan for this transformation,” said Phil Buckellew, vice president, IBM Mobile Enterprise.

“We are evolving that approach. Just as IBM helped organisations capitalise on the internet more than 20 years ago, we are also doing the same for mobile computing. We will continue to partner with clients and help them get ahead of this trend by enabling them to become mobile enterprises.”

Challenges

Mobile has shifted from a simple device for keeping in touch, to getting things done. We don’t think twice about making purchases, getting directions, finding menus, monitor our health or conduct banking transactions, all via our smartphone, at anytime, and anywhere.

While the opportunities presented by mobile are significant, there are a number of challenges facing clients when adopting mobile computing.

This includes the management and security of devices and their underlying infrastructures, ensuring a quality mobile application experience for users across operating systems, new devices entering the market almost monthly, integrating data with the cloud, and analysing insights captured in real-time.

From consulting services to software solutions and industry expertise, organic R&D to key acquisitions, IBM offers clients a variety of offerings to quickly adopt mobile technologies throughout the organisation.

Culled From: news24

Switch to Android – Facebook


Social network giant Facebook has been encouraging its employees to use Android phones.

The push comes after years of the company deploying iPhones only, TechCrunch reported, with the Facebook for Android application getting neglected as a result.

Now, the company has been pushing employees to switch to Android and fix errors within the Facebook app.

Facebook has gone so far as to roll out posters to push Android, with the tagline of “Do you ‘Droidfood?” – a portmanteau of ‘dogfood’ and ‘Android’.

The ‘dogfood’ term reportedly refers to eating your own dogfood, or testing your own products.

Culled from iAfrica.com