FreedomPop Aims at U.K. Expansion After Hot Summer

The world of mobile carriers is experiencing a very real and very dramatic paradigm shift with the way technology has moved in the new century. Cell phones are smaller than they ever have been, quicker, and able to access hotspots all over the world with the click of a button. Due to this change companies like FreedomPop are beginning to welcome in the new shift. FreedomPop is a freemium mobile phone company that focuses on a ‘pay as you need’ business model, giving customers the chance to direct their phone bills from top to bottom.

For the past year or so telemarketing juggernauts have been moving quickly to try and corner this part of the market. Companies like AT&T and Comcast have eagerly been snapping up smaller independent companies in order to spread their reach into new directions. Due to this economic climate FreedomPop, an L.A. based tech start up, has experienced a meteoric rise in actual value. For the better part of the last eight weeks the rumors of an M&A deal have been persistently floating to the front of the technology pages. CEO Stephen Stokols finally laid these all to rest.

Stokols told reporters that it would be “premature to sell at this point” and that FreedomPop would be going forward as an independent company. He reminded reporters that the company did in fact receive a ton of interest, including six bids from carriers including a “large tech company”, but their focus will remain with developing their own brand going forward. FreedomPop is coming off of a successful round of Series B investments that saw the start up raise another $30 million for their funds. Partech Ventures, a European venture capitalist group, led the way in these investments thanks to CEO Mark Menell. Menell told reporters that they believed in the FreedomPop image and wanted to get on while it was still early.

In the United States FreedomPop has been an almost unrivaled success, at least on a small scale. Their core model involves completely free services for customers and that price cannot be beaten. Subscribers get a limited amount of free talk, text, and mobile data with no strings attached. Customers only ever pay for overages, plan upgrades, or for services such as phone insurance or roaming data. Otherwise the core service is completely free. The company is rounding out on one million subscribers and now they are looking to expand overseas into Europe and in particular the U.K. marketplace

The United Kingdom is the most competitive phone market in all of Europe so FreedomPop will have to be aggressive in securing customer shares. Right now their basic model has been released in a SIM card setting: 200 minutes of voice, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data all completely free. Customers then can purchase the Jetsetter program which adds on additional roaming data for those who like to travel. There are also improved data plans available for users who like the service and plan to use it more often.

You Snap It – Slyce.It Will Find It!

Slyce.It analyzes combinations of product identification within an image to provide a search result. And the more products that are added to the system, the more accurate the search results become.

Slyce.It does not use a barcode to read information about products, it uses product imaging and through its search logic it collects data and narrows the results. Of course, this also depends on product entry into the database, store participation, and other variables.

There have been amazing advances in imaging technology. There were days when you noticed someone wearing a beautiful coat, gorgeous pair of shoes, or other articles of clothing and you fell in love with an item. Do you dare tap them on the shoulder and ask where they bought the item? Yes, how else would you find out where to shop to get one for yourself?

This method of finito, over, replaced with visual search technologies powered by leaders in technology. All you need is a Smart Phone, download this simple application Slyce.It, and you are on your way, stepping into an easy search world of the future.

This application, Slyce.It builds over time a database of interests which enables your Smart Phone to search faster and locate items of interest. Retailers are attaching their store name to products enabling shoppers to find that unique item they love that would never be found if you were just browsing on foot from store to store. You simply snap a picture of the item you are interested in locating and Slyce.It offers a relevancy engine that locates for the shopper items they wouldn’t find through any other means. Slyce.It maintains a database of interests, store association and styles.

Slyce.It isn’t just a shopping tool, but a search engine application. This application can be used as a tremendous tool for advertising. A user is able to snap a photo of anything of interest on a mobile website and receive additional information or create a product purchase, turning a search into a digital sale.

Slyce is the top software intersection of product recognition digital applications. Slyce works best on your digital Smart Phone, but also works on desktop computers as well. Originally designed for people on the go, who snap pictures of things that interest them, Slyce originally designed the application for the people with an on-the-go lifestyle.

Enhancement to your mobile experience, take a photo, access information about any object, the opportunities are endless.

Vijay Eswaran, An Educational Entrepreneur

Vijay Eswaran has earned the the Special Award for Education Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Malaysian Education Summit. The Summit was organized by the ASLI, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute. Mr. Eswaran is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of the QI Group of Companies. The Group began in 1998 and is an e-commerce based conglomerate. Its’ businesses have diversified into telecommunications, luxury and collectibles, retail and direct sales, property development and many others.

Mr. Eswaran is well known for his success in the progress of the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) since its beginnings in 2011. Because of his diligent leadewrship, the QIUP is a fast-growing university in Malaysia that offers 20 programs that include post graduate and medicine. The QIUP is becoming a major educational hub in the country of Malaysia.

Mr. Eswaran spoke at the Summit on the importance of learning the English language in order to transform the Malaysian education sector. His topic was Transforming Malaysian Education in the 21st Century. He has stated that the proficiency of English in Malaysia has been reduced to a critical level. This fact has a negative impact on conducting commercial and economic business worldwide.

The poor will be the ones who suffer the most from the lack of English proficiency. Without this knowledge, they will be unable to acquire a good paying job. The ones who live in the rural areas will have the most disadvantages.

Vijay Eswaran has an impressive background by attending universities in the United States and United Kingdom. He has worked at companies that include IBM prior to the 1990s in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. He returned to Asia in the early 1990s.

Besides being a leader in business and education, he is also a respected motivational speakers and gives lectures worldwide in subjects that range from business to spirituality.

Mr. Eswaran is also a dedicated philanthropist. He has started his own Vijayaratnam Foundation in Malaysia in honor of his father. The Foundation works with charitable organizations on many projects for youth development, women empowerment, special education and child mentoring. He has been named on the annual list of Heros of Philanthropy in 2011 of Forbes Asia.

Mr. Eswaran is also an author of the Sphere of Silence; a life management book read around the world in many languages. In addition to that best-selling book, he has written three others and contributes to newspapers in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

It Ain’t a Thong Thang Anymore, Ladies

At first, reality TV’s biggest star Kim Kardashian was scolded and shamed for wearing them, as well as other Hollywood celebrities. We’re talking about granny panties and the quiet revolution these undergarments are re-creating.

Sexy Kim was reportedly revealing grany panties during Paris Fashion Week when she emerged in a tight, nude mesh dress, with visible, high-waisted nude underpants. The dress was peek-a-boo, but the beauty’s undies remained conservative.

Maybe Kim Kardashian has inspired the masses, because the NYTimes.com is reporting that women are saying no to thongs and reaching for the comfortable granny panties.

According to the Times, the thong has dropped in popularity, with thong sales falling seven percent over the last year. On the uprise are granny panties, or those with fuller briefs and higher waists. Sergio Cortes can’t believe the day is coming, but the trends are happening in front of him.

Doesn’t anyone care anymore about VPLs?! How about visible panty lines? At least thongs are designed to minimize the bulky outline of your undies under a tight skirt, dress or pants.

We must agree though, that when it comes to naughty, see-through fashion, demure granny panties allow the wearer to appear as more decent and proper in such attire. In other words, if Kim K is going to show a lot of skin in tight, peek-a-boo dresses, the high-waisted granny panties are more flattering than low, down there bikinis or thongs.

We’re curious to see how Victoria’s Secret reacts to the granny panties revolution.