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Digital Jam 3.0 Caribbean App Competition
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Digital Jam 3.0 Caribbean App Competition

The Government of Jamaica in collaboration with The World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the OECS Secretariat, Microsoft, other partners from the Caribbean private sector and international development community, have launched Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean edition" - 'The Future of Work is Digital'. Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean edition" includes Apps Competitions, awareness workshops on micro-work and e-lancing opportunities and a final Caribbean that will include key notes from Inspirational Speakers, Networking opportunities and the final phase of the Apps Competition. The final event will take place in Kingston, Jamaica on March 1-2, 2014; youths from all over the Caribbean will attend. The goal of Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean edition" is to promote Caribbean youth employment via o...
The Future of Free-to-Air Broadcasters in Jamaica as Digital Switch Over Approaches in 2015
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The Future of Free-to-Air Broadcasters in Jamaica as Digital Switch Over Approaches in 2015

Folks a lot of announcements have been made since that fateful day Sunday July 15th 2012 when the Interim Telecom Regulator the OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation) decided to set the rates for Cross Network and International Calling. First the News that got the attention of the Media…… LIME pre-empted the move in a push for Mobile Market Dominance as noted in LIME drops Cross Network Calling rate to JA$6.99 to kick off a 3 year Battle for Mobile Market Dominance. Digicel decided to “sweeten” the pot by lowering their rates and at the same time offering “4G” Mobile Broadband as per my ditty Digicel launches “4G” Mobile and JA$2.89 Sweeter Deal in a bid for Prepaid Extinction. Digicel has also dropped their challenge of the OUR’s powers granted by Minister of Science Technology Energy ...
Jamaica’s first ever 24-hr Sports Hackathon begins tomorrow
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Jamaica’s first ever 24-hr Sports Hackathon begins tomorrow

Over 100 young developers are now gearing up to do battle in the island’s, and in fact the region’s, first ever 24-hour Sports Hackathon – a coding competition being held as part of the Government of Jamaica/World Bank IT initiative Digital Jam 2.0, tomorrow Thursday June 28 at the Jamaica Conference Centre beginning 9:00 a.m. The competition will precede the two day mega tech event comprised of workshops, expert international presenters, exhibits and seminars, at the same venue and open to the public, June 29-30 beginning at 9AM daily. The Digital Jam 2.0 programme of activities is a collaborative effort between the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank, local private sector companies and other developmental and tech-based partners in a creative response to the growing challenges of yout...
Digital JAM 2.0 Officially Launches with the theme “The Future of Work is Online”
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Digital JAM 2.0 Officially Launches with the theme “The Future of Work is Online”

Digital JAM 2.0 was officially launched this morning at the Office of the Prime Minister under the theme "The Future of Work is Online." Digital JAM 2.0 is a well needed and multi-layered initiative funded and supported by the World Bank, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, JAMPRO, USAID, Flow Jamaica, LIME, Blackberry and various other public, private and community organizations. The various speakers and presenters such as the Minister of Youth and Culture - Lisa Hanna, President and COO of Flow -  Michelle English, Senior Development Specialist at the World Bank- Fabio Pittaluga, Director for Sustainable Development at the World Bank - Ede Jorge Vasquez among others highlighted the skill and talent present in Jamaican youth who only needed acc...
Digital JAM 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition
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Digital JAM 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition

The Government of Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank and private sector operators in the local ICT sector invites applications from Jamaican software developers and digital artists to participate in the Digital Jam 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition. Conceived as an integral part of a 3-day Business Development and Marketplace event to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston June 28-30, 2012, the following are requirements for submission into the competition: The software application should feature a mobile device interface, serving platforms widely available to the Jamaican public or to a broader international market seeking Jamaica-related inputs or contents. The app development should utilize technologies such as SMS, USSD, Java ME, iPhone Xcode, Android develop...
Google Music goes live but only for the United States
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Google Music goes live but only for the United States

As expected, today Google detailed it's digital music store offering ingeniously named "Google Music". Google music is not new as it had existed in beta form since the Google I/O in May but it has dropped the beta moniker and now is officially live but only to customer in the United States. I am not sure what the backroom dealings entailed to get record labels and artists to allow Google to sell their music but being only available in the US is already a BIG mistake in my eyes. It is definitely playing catch-up with the digital music behemoth known as iTunes and the giant known as the Amazon Music Store and  having only limited availability really hurts it's potential especially seeing that Google is baked into the minds of many as a global brand. But enough of my whining, services like th...
The Music Industry and the Cloud – Streaming Radio Nirvana
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The Music Industry and the Cloud – Streaming Radio Nirvana

In a previous article entitled Console Gaming’s Downfall – Future is up in the Clouds I made it known for some time prior: Console Gaming is dying thanks to Piracy. This is the same scourge that is currently affecting Digital Video and Music Industry as my article Digital Video and Music Piracy – A Land grab for Taxes on the Internet chronicles. E-Book Piracy is also on the cusp of becoming a real nuisance as my article Piracy and E-Books in a Tale of Two Cities notes. Certainly, regulation of the Digital Video and Music Industry would be a considerable source of taxable revenue for the US Government. It is certainly something the Jamaican Government should pursue as well. As for these various Industries, a push towards the Cloud to protect their intellectual content is inevitable. Alr...