As we talked about several months ago, Groupon ain’t as sweet as many would make it out to be. … So take a look at this story today that says Groupon reported nearly breaking even in its third quarter, an important milestone as it prepares the final leg of its long journey toward an initial public offering.
Boy just when you thought you had things figured out, a girl named Iris kicks you in the teeth,
With everyone in Mississippi and beyond jumping up and down about Apple’s new iPhone 4S now being a part of the C Spire stable, you would think nothing could keep folks from smiling.
Then along came Iris. One of the cool things about the iPhone 4S was Siri. That’s the natural languages understanding app with the cool woman’s name and voice that answers your questions and is supposed to be the advantage that the iPhone 4S has, not only over other models of the iPhone, but every other mobile device on the planet.
But according to a recent report, a programmer spent just eight hours creating a similar app for the Android phone. Oh, and he named her Iris.
But that doesn’t mean Ridgeland-based C Spire’s announcement this week that the country’s eighth-largest phone company will start selling the iPhone 4S in a few weeks isn’t big news. It’s still a huge deal, and it still gives it a bigger edge over its major competitors in Mississippi — AT&T and Verizon. However, what it does do is make you realize the difference in the technology world between good and great isn’t very far apart.
Having said that, Apple still developed the technology first and delivered it first with the iPhone 4S.
And that means Apple is still the king of the mountain, because even more important a tech guy that can roll out a look-alike app in eight hours, is someone at the top of the organization with vision.
That’s what the Android makers are missing.
At the end of the day, Android is still playing catch-up to the iPhone 4S.
In a week when the little phone company from Mississippi got the attention of the nation’s tech business watchers, C Spire comes out on top, having shown its own unique vision for the future.
In the wake of the news that Craig Noone, the chef and owner of Parlor Market on Capitol Street, was killed in a car accident around 1 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Capitol and West streets, officials with the business have released a statement and referred all questions to Michael Rejeban.
The statement reads:
Statement on the Passing of Jackson Restaurateur Craig Noone
Craig Noone, chef and owner of Parlor Market Restaurant in Downtown Jackson, passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. He was 32 years old.
Craig was foremost a very special person and friend, and an extremely talented chef. He had the courage to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in the heart of Downtown Jackson. Even more, he was an incredibly giving person and touched countless lives with his generosity. He brought great happiness and joy to his family and friends and will be missed by many.
Through Craig’s efforts, Parlor Market, which opened in Sept. 2010, has become one of Mississippi’s premier restaurants. He was a true visionary who saw potential where others didn’t and understood that relationships are the key to the success of any business.
A Jackson native, Craig had a deep love of the city and especially Downtown, and took a keen interest in helping to ensure its revitalization. But most important, Craig was a true friend to all who knew him. While tragic, Craig’s death serves as a testament to the meaning of true friendship, drive, desire and love for those we know.
Parlor Market will be closed through the weekend. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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The Ridgeland Apple store began selling the new iPhone 4S this morning as people began lining up to get the new gadget late last night.
The iPhone 4S is the latest in the company’s line of “Jesus Phones,” which includes many under-the-hood improvements.
Apple has been on the mind on many recently, despite of the new iPhone, because of Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, who died last week following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
In many places, Apple fans created makeshift memorials to Jobs that included flowers, photos, iPad boxes and apples (as in the fruit)
The iPhone 4S initially was panned by critics, who said it was more of a facelift to the iPhone 4 than a new product. The phone’s exterior looks the same as its predecessor, but the guts are new. Inside there’s a faster A5 dual-core processor, an improved 8 megapixel camera and a voice assistant named Siri, who will respond to voice commands and answer questions.
Apple CEO Tim Cook helped unveil the 4S last week a day before Jobs’ death.
Pre-orders of the phone started on October 7 and beat expectations. Apple sold 1 million in the first 24 hours via its website and carriers AT&T, Verizon and — for the first time — Sprint. By comparison, Apple reported 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders last year in 24 hours, but that included orders placed with overseas carriers.
The iPhone 4S went on sale Friday at all 245 Apple stores in the U.S., in addition to the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. The new iPhone will be available in 22 additional countries by the end of October, Apple says.
According to officials at the Ridgeland store, despite the early rush of people buying the new product, there are still plenty of new iPhones left for everyone else who managed not to sleep on the sidewalk outside the store.
I just got an email that said former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville is coming to Jackson Wednesday to meet with city officials and business leaders to discuss the potential for a Jackson-based United Football League expansion team to participate in the 2012 season.
When Glanville was in the NFL, he dressed in black and left tickets at will call for Elvis. There’s no doubt he will make some reference to Elvis while he is in town.
Folks in Mississippi need to remind Glanville that Elvis is dead and so is his football career. He was a terrible coach then, and Mississippi doesn’t need him coming to try and suck dry the local businesses he would try to con into believing he will be bringing big-time football to Mississippi.
Glanville should be told that Friday night high school football is bigger than any product he may want to bring to town.
Businesses in Mississippi should stay away from the blood-sucking tactics of this minor league sports league with characters like Glanville, who is trying to hang onto a career that wasn’t very good to begin with.
We should know better.
Since the Halloween season is upon us, Glanville and his monsters should be reminded that unaffiliated minor league sports don’t work in Mississippi, ever.
To take from an editorial in the Mississippi Business Journal a few weeks ago that Coach Glanville should read, here is a partial list of the minor league corpses left throughout the towns and cities of Mississippi.
Here is a partial list of the carcuses from the last 15 years:
Minor league hockey has come and gone — twice — in Tupelo.
Minor league hockey has come and gone — twice — in Biloxi.
Minor league hockey has come and gone in Jackson.
Minor league hockey has come and gone in Southaven.
Minor league football has come and gone — twice— in Tupelo.
Minor league baseball has come and gone in Tupelo (twice), Greenville, Meridian (twice), Booneville, Jackson (twice), Hattiesburg.
Minor league basketball has come and gone in Jackson, Tupelo, Greenville, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Meridian.
There is not one minor league sports team open for business today in Mississippi, except for the Mississippi Braves, which is a Double-A affiliate of the MLB Atlanta Braves.
But, Mississippians have been ready to jump at the chance that minor league baseball could harness energy and spending in their communities. The problem is almost all were dealing with independent leagues and mostly questionable business folks, who promised the stars and spun a good yarn, but, in most cases, never produced any kind of substantial business plan.
Coach Glanville, there will be no resurrection of Elvis in Mississippi.
You might want to try Kalamazoo.
The release that was sent out early Monday stated,