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  • Jakarta. New York and London remain the world’s most global cities, while select emerging-market cities led by Jakarta, Manila and Addis Ababa strengthened their ability to challenge global leaders in the next 10 to 20 years, according to this year’s Global Cities Index issued by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.   The 2014 edition of the Global Cities Index also includes the Emerging Cities Outlook 2014, a forward-looking measurement of emerging cities with the potential to improve their global standing in the next few decades. Jakarta ranked first among 35 cities most likely to move up the rankings.   John Kurtz, A.T. Kearney’s head of Asia Pacific and president director of A.T. Kearney Indonesia, explained that “the study now confirms what so many Jakarta residents know; the city has its share of challenges but has become truly global in a variety of ways and is now attracting talent from both the Indonesian and global business and cultural communities. Recent leadership by Governor Joko Widodo and Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has lent further credibility and optimism to the picture and it is very clear that Jakarta is on the rise.”   The Jakarta governor is running for president this year and polls suggest he will emerge victorious, being more popular than other serious contenders like the Great Indonesia Movement Party’s (Gerindra) Prabowo Subianto and the Golkar Party’s Aburizal Bakrie. Joko’s party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), appears to have won Wednesday’s legislative election convincingly, although not by as big a margin as some expected.   The Global Cities Index, conducted every two years since 2008, measures global engagement for 84 cities on every continent, examining how globally engaged each city is across 26 metrics in five dimensions — business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. This provides a holistic look at what differentiates cities in generating, attracting and retaining global capital, people and ideas.   Mike Hales, A.T. Kearney partner and study co-leader, said that “corporate executives use the information in the Global Cities Index to help them choose the most suitable locations for regional headquarters, research centers and operation hubs. City mayors and urban economic development planners will find insights to inform their improvement plans and investment decisions to better compete in the global economy and against other global cities.”   The Emerging Cities Outlook measures the likelihood that a city will improve its global standing over the next 10 to 20 years. It focuses on the leading indicators of business activity, human capital and innovation.   According to Andres Mendoza Pena, A.T. Kearney principal and co-author of the report, “as physical distances become less relevant and global competition intensifies, cities in low- and middle-income countries will increasingly jockey for position with one another and with cities in higher-income countries.”   Jakarta’s strong showing on the ECO signals that select cities in numerous countries throughout eastern Asia are laying solid groundwork to become global cities and eventually raise their ranking in the Global Cities Index.   Kurtz said that Jakarta was the most likely city worldwide to advance its global position, driven by significant increases across the leading indicators. In 2014, Jakarta showed the greatest improvement in information exchange. The city is an increasingly conducive setting for doing business, anchored by a high GDP growth rate. Human capital, especially in the health care evolution metric, presents a major opportunity for Jakarta to exploit, he said.   In order to capitalize on this potential, according to Kurtz, Jakarta must provide greater transparency in doing business, revamp the regulations in setting up businesses, and be more open to the new global business environment.   Tangible examples that would favorably impact Jakarta could include acceleration of MRT development, better public transportation to support workers to commute between Jakarta and satellite cities, development of the new port to increase throughput of export and import, as well as integration of the infrastructure with central business districts and industrial parks.   Jakarta would also need to improve the presence of international education, an aspect where it still lags behind other cities.   Consistent with previous editions of the Global Cities Index, New York, London, Paris and Tokyo lead the ranking. Among the top 20 cities, seven are in the Asia-Pacific region (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney and Shanghai), seven are in Europe (London, Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Vienna, Moscow and Berlin), and six are in the Americas (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto and Buenos Aires).   The above article is a repost from Jakarta Globe.

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    Dear Mr. Micheal DELL,   I am writing this to you as an opportunity for DELL computers for its gain in not only increase in the RELIABILITY but also to save TIME and MONEY. Hence, suggesting a change in replacement policy that will make DELL computers save millions every year. My Analysis on the basis of personal experience with DELL as follows:- Whenever a case ID is created for replacement the consumer is asked to pack the Unit and the courier partner arrives to the consumer’s location for pick up, now in this case what the consumer has actually packed may / may not contain the whole unit with all accessories. The only point of verification is when a shipment reaches DELL’s yard/warehouse and once the faulty unit is received at your end replacement system is shipped to the consumer. DELL computers may not bother what the consumer packed and is prepared for loss OR trusting the consumer BUT, it is not vice-versa as the consumer may not trust the courier company (sometimes courier partners for remote locations). The time taken to verify the faulty unit, until the delivery of replacement unit are actually more than 7-8 days which involves unreliable trust between the courier company and the consumer, because only the consumer knows what he packed supposedly to be a faulty unit and this unreliable trust is in jeopardy till the warehouse confirms the receipt of faulty unit. Now coming to the finance part:- We (consumers) all agree the amazing home service of dell’s partner WIPRO and the engineer do a pretty god job. But only for the replacement policy if one change is made i.e. the consumer needs to carry the unit to the nearest dell store so the unit can be verified at the store and new system can be handed over same time or later from the dell store itself. This will leave no question in reliability of faulty unit being couriered /delivered by the consumer OR mishandling/cheating by Courier Company or their respective courier partners for remote deliveries. Now, here is a calculation which will not only increase the RELIABILITY but also save your valuable TIME and MONEY. Each working day at DELL India generate almost 1576 replacement cases. As per little market survey and market reports in general the last financial year more around 410,000 replacements took place in INDIA alone. Approx cost involved per replacement (courier) is 85 U$D (less/more) amounting to:– 410,000 X 85 = 34.85 million U$D If replacement is done through stores and the consumer only needs to carry it to the nearest dell store you can consider 50% less the expense and 200% time saving in addition to 100% trust in replacement process. So, conclusion is even if DELL saves 33% of above u save 11+ Million U$D every YEAR. My Calculations may be wrong but I just felt suggesting your good self and trying my skills.   I would request even a single liner reply from you sir.   A DELL consumer, Brijesh Kumar Sahu

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    Dear Mr. Micheal DELL,   I am writing this to you as an opportunity for DELL computers for its gain in not only increase in the RELIABILITY but also to save TIME and MONEY. Hence, suggesting a change in replacement policy that will make DELL computers save millions every year. My Analysis on the basis of personal experience with DELL as follows:- Whenever a case ID is created for replacement the consumer is asked to pack the Unit and the courier partner arrives to the consumer’s location for pick up, now in this case what the consumer has actually packed may / may not contain the whole unit with all accessories. The only point of verification is when a shipment reaches DELL’s yard/warehouse and once the faulty unit is received at your end replacement system is shipped to the consumer. DELL computers may not bother what the consumer packed and is prepared for loss OR trusting the consumer BUT, it is not vice-versa as the consumer may not trust the courier company (sometimes courier partners for remote locations). The time taken to verify the faulty unit, until the delivery of replacement unit are actually more than 7-8 days which involves unreliable trust between the courier company and the consumer, because only the consumer knows what he packed supposedly to be a faulty unit and this unreliable trust is in jeopardy till the warehouse confirms the receipt of faulty unit. Now coming to the finance part:- We (consumers) all agree the amazing home service of dell’s partner WIPRO and the engineer do a pretty god job. But only for the replacement policy if one change is made i.e. the consumer needs to carry the unit to the nearest dell store so the unit can be verified at the store and new system can be handed over same time or later from the dell store itself. This will leave no question in reliability of faulty unit being couriered /delivered by the consumer OR mishandling/cheating by Courier Company or their respective courier partners for remote deliveries. Now, here is a calculation which will not only increase the RELIABILITY but also save your valuable TIME and MONEY. Each working day at DELL India generate almost 1576 replacement cases. As per little market survey and market reports in general the last financial year more around 410,000 replacements took place in INDIA alone. Approx cost involved per replacement (courier) is 85 U$D (less/more) amounting to:– 410,000 X 85 = 34.85 million U$D If replacement is done through stores and the consumer only needs to carry it to the nearest dell store you can consider 50% less the expense and 200% time saving in addition to 100% trust in replacement process. So, conclusion is even if DELL saves 33% of above u save 11+ Million U$D every YEAR. My Calculations may be wrong but I just felt suggesting your good self and trying my skills.   I would request even a single liner reply from you sir.   A DELL consumer, Brijesh Kumar Sahu

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    Prior to getting my current laptop whenever I needed to do any work with video I always had to fire up my desktop system as even the best laptop HDDs had mediocre performance that would choke under the demands of video editing/encoding.  Not much of a problem when at home, but it severely curtailed doing any work on the road.To a lesser extent photo editing is also easier/faster particularly when exporting several hundred to several thousand JPGs from Lightroom; no longer is the HDD bottlenecking how quickly projects can be turned around and delivered to customers.

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    Have you ever tried to record a video with a laptop or a front facing camera (all in one desktop) of a subject other than yourself. It is not easy, so it would be very productive to have a rear built in camera so that the user could just sit at the desktop monitor as normal and record the subject that is in front. It would be nice if the camera could change directions as well.

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    In our days many people thinks  they are spyed or filmed by hackers with their own webcam...  How about a webcam who blinks only with people permission? Like an old camera photo...take that sistem who close the objective, make it small, and ''mount'' on webcam...it will protect the webcam too, because majority, I think they use the big finger to press from the midle on top of laptop when they open or close it       I assure you that you sales will increase!          I have a picture with "how it's made" 

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