Monday, November 24, 2014
US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless coming November 2014 - US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 and US$149.95 Hello Kitty UrBeats launches as Beats Audio coming to iOS 8.0
Fans of Hello Kitty who’ve been waiting to get their paws....or mittens on the Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue and the Hello Kitty UrBeats as reported in my blog article entitled “US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue and US$149.95 Hello Kitty UrBeats - Hello Kitty x Beats headphones Collection to debut Worldwide in November 2014”, the wait is over!
The US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue and US$149.95 Hello Kitty UrBeats went on sale on Wednesday November 19th 2014 as per this post on their Facebook Page that gave a link to the Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue and the Hello Kitty UrBeats.
Interestingly, a few days prior, Beats by Dr. Dre launched the US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless headphones that stream your music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or other MP3 Player as stated in the article “Beats debuts Solo2 Wireless, $299.95 on-ear Bluetooth headphone”, published November 12, 2014 5:16 PM PST by David Carnoy, CNET Reviews.
Like the US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue, the US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless headphones are an on-ear Headphone that's shipping later in November 2014. No word if it'll come with Noise Cancelling tech that'll put it on par with the over-the-ear US$299.99 Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Headphones as described in my blog article entitled “US$299.99 Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Headphones - Why the QC25 improves on the QC15 despite no Inductive Rechargeable Battery”.
US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless coming in November 2014 - Bluetooth Tech as Apple bakes Beats Audio into Apple iOS 8.0
At least it'll have Bluetooth Tech that works from 30 feet away with the capability to answer phone call and an included cable should the rechargeable batteries run out of power. This new product is very similar to their over-the ear US$379 Beats Studio Wireless headphones as described in the article “Beats Studio Wireless Headphones review: A pricey Bluetooth headphone with premium sound”, published March 26, 2014 by David Carnoy, CNET Reviews.
A move to Bluetooth is a signal that Beats by Dr. Dre, in their final product is embracing Wireless point-to-point Device streaming.
Quite fitting coincidence, as Apple has plans to make Beats Music Streaming Service a Native App baked into Apple's latest update of Apple iOS 8.0 as reported in “Apple to push Beats to all iPhones according to FT”, published 20 November 2014 Last updated at 15:45 GMT, BBC News and “Apple said to be embedding Beats music service into iOS”, published November 19, 2014 10:58 AM PST by Roger Cheng and Joan E. Solsman, CNET News.
Just in time for the Christmas holidays and Black Friday, coming up this Friday November 28th 2014!
So whether you get the US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless headphones, US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 Blue or US$149.95 Hello Kitty UrBeats, you'll probably be Streaming Music from Beats Audio this Christmas.
That is, if you hadn't already invested in a HD Audio player like the US$1,249 Cowon Plenue 1 as described in my blog article entitled “US$1,249 Cowon Plenue 1 - The Rolls Royce of HD Audio Players defines High End Music with Sony Walkman NWXZ-ZX1 as Christmas Competition”, as HD music is gonna be a big trend come 2015, the Year of the Sheep!
Here's the link to get these great Headphones:
£1 Million Pounds to give Tower Bridge Glass Walkway - Europe Catches American love for dizzying heights may spread to Saudi Arabia and Asia
Glass Walkways seem to be the thing these days.
Probably explains why one is already in the Tower Bridge, a 120-year-old crossing over the River Thames, finally decided to have one installed as declared in the “Glass Walkway offers breathtaking views from London's Tower Bridge”, published November 11, 2014 By Barry Neild, CNN.
This Glass bottom Walkway joins the Grand Canyon and Chicago's Willis Tower in the US of A.
The Europeans, not to be outdone, had one installed in the Eiffel Tower in Paris as reported in “Eiffel Tower gets dizzying glass floor”, published Mon October 13, 2014 12:55 PM EDT By Barry Neild, CNN.
At 42 m (138") high and costing some £1 million pounds, it's a dizzying drop that's not for the faint of heart. A second is to been installed at the East end of London Bridge by Monday December 1st 2014 and represents the first structural upgrade to London Bridge since the 80's.
It's an added attraction for the city of London and is going well for London Bridge, which on average attracts some 600,000 visitors daily.
Here's a video showing what it's like to walk on the Glass Walkway of the Tower Bridge.
Monday December 1st 2014 is only a week away before the next Glass Walkway is installed on the London Bridge! It'll be interesting to see which structures, possibly in Saudi Arabia or East Asia i.e. Japan or China, will be next to incorporate this marvel of architectural wizardry that's not much different from a Glass Bottom Boat!
Skype for Web Beta allows Skype Calling in Google Chrome - Skype for Business replaces Lync as Skype for Web Beta finally allows Chromebooks to use Skype
Great news for Skype users who use Lync at work but love Skype anyway! Microsoft is finally killing off Lync.
However, it’s not a total homicide; Microsoft will merge the easy to use features of Skype with Lync and thus rebrand Lync as Skype for Business in the First Quarter of 2015 as stated in the article “Microsoft kills Lync name in favor of Skype for Business”, published Nov 11, 2014 6:00 AM by Mark Hachman, PC World.
Skype for Business will have your Lync features in a Skype-like interface that you’ve come to known and love. Good to note I’d predicted this back in November 2012 around the same time news had trickled out that Skype was set to replace Messenger as noted in my blog article entitled “Microsoft replacing Messenger with Skype by First Quarter of 2013AD - A Solid Pitch Perfect (2012) Tablet and Smartphone Ecosystem for the Corporate Road Warriors”.
Sky is and still remains one of Microsoft’s best acquisitions to date. Its replacement of Messenger in 2013 and now Lync in 2015 proves its worth.
Now it’s got yet another surprise up its sleeve; it’s coming to the Browser in the form of Skype for Web Beta as stated in “Microsoft starts rolling out Skype for Web beta”, published November 14, 2014 -- 15:01 GMT (07:01 PST), by Mary Jo Foley, ZDNET.
Skype replaces Lync – Skype for Web Beta rolls out allowing Google Chromebooks to use Skype
Microsoft has now adopted the ORTC API for Web RTC (Real Time Communications) Protocol, the HTML support for VoIP Communications on the Internet, allowing Skype to be used without the need to download a plugin as announced in a Blog post on their Skype blog entitled “Bringing Interoperable Real-Time Communications to the Web”, published 10/27/2014 by Garage & Updates by Senthil Velayutham, Skype Blog.
Skype for Web Beta differs slightly from the update in March 2014 to the Skype Plugin that allowed you to initiate a Skype call from within your Chrome Browser as described in my blog article entitled “Skype-ing from your Browser now possible as WhatsApp conspires to kill International Calling”.
Skype for Web Beta, with the adoption of ORTC API for Web RTC (Real Time Communications) Protocol, eliminates the need for annoying downloads of their cumbersome Plugin. Instead, it'll be baked into your favorite Browser, be it Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome of Microsoft's own Internet Explorer. You'll just go to a Web interface for Skype just like you currently do for Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft OneDrive, login and start skyping.
Chromebook users must also rejoice, as it's a final solution for them living without Skype. In fact, it might be one more reason to get a Google Chromebook, now on their way to triple their less than 1% of the PC market come 2017 as stated in my blog article entitled “Chromebooks Sales to Triple by 2017 – How Rapid Sales Heaven for PC Makers means Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 under attack”.
I'm pretty excited about Skype for Web Beta and I’m especially excited by the idea that you'll be able to make Group Calls for free in your Browser, a feature Skype had rolled out in April 2014 as explained in my blog article entitled ”How to make a Free Group Call in Skype – Google+ officially a Ghost Town Again as Microsoft gears up for WhatsApp free VoIP Calling in June 2014”.
Here's the link:
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Jamaica's Local Internet Exchange Point - IXP Lower Routings, Web Hosting and Websites Loading on smartphones as Jamaican Domain Name Registration and MNP, LNP Approaches
“When you send an email now, it goes to your provider, then to Miami, then back to the provider before it reaches the recipient. That is time and cost. A switch within the same country means savings in foreign exchange and is a lot quicker”
Director for Quality Management at the OUR, Leighton Hamilton
Its official folks!
Jamaica finally has its own IXP (Internet Exchange Point), something which was long needed in Jamaica as reported in the article “OUR Touts Local IXP For Internet Traffic - Switch Installed In September”, Published Sunday November 16, 2014 by Avia Collinder, Business Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner, and which most Server Administrators understand makes a whole lot of different when it comes to Website Hosting.
The implementation of the IXP is thanks to the work of the IXP Working Group established in January 2014 that consists of the following Telecom Interests and Jamaican Government entities:
2. Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce
3. Ministry of Science Technology Energy & Mining
4. OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation)
5. Telecom Provider Digicel
6. Telecom Provider LIME
7. Triple Play Provider FLOW
8. University of the West Indies
The OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation) is excited about it and so am I, already going out of their way to promote its usage as per the article “Content, culture and control - A Local Internet Exchange Point makes access better!”, Published Sunday November 16, 2014, by Gordon Michael Swaby, Contributor The Jamaica Gleaner. Triple Play Provider FLOW has already connected to the IXP and the other Telecom Providers will soon follow suit!
But what exactly is this IXP and why should you really care?
Jamaica's Local IXP - Lower Routing and Web Hosting costs encourages Local and International Jamaican Domain Names
The New IXP located in Papine, St Andrew, will now mean that persons interested in Local Streaming Services, Email and Social Networks can now do so more cheaply. This as the IXP is basically Jamaica finally getting its own physical Server for our Jamaican Domain “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm”, making it possible to have Local Domain name Hosting for Online Services.
For example, currently when you access Gmail, you're really accessing their Cloud Servers that host you email all the way in the US of A that routed through the Gateway Switch here in Jamaica, depending on your ISP i.e. Telecom Provider LIME or Digicel or FLOW and then routed unto the Gateway switch in Miami, Florida and then passes on over their Telecoms Networks to their Servers in Mountain View, California or elsewhere.
It also has implications for businesses and individuals applying for a “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain name.
With a Local IXP, we now have a Local Server to host our “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain name for Local Websites, making it possible for both Local and International Companies to rent space to set up their Cloud Servers and provision wholly Jamaican Services without having to pay for the additional cost of routing their Internet traffic to their Websites all the way to their Servers in the US of A.
It'll also mean that the “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain name Services, which are actually free being offered by Third Party Website Hosting Companies at added on costs as high as US$65 per year may also fall.
The current free process, which requires filling out a cumbersome text-only form which is being handled by a single person at UWI (University of the West Indies), the guardians of the “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain name may also be automated as noted in the article “How To Register .com.jm Jamaican Domain Name”, published May 24, 2011 by Paul Allen, Paul Allen. That means hours to register a “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain, not months as is currently the case.
Thus Services such as Netflix may be finally motivated to improve their Services here in Jamaica as per the criticism of Geezam writer Ramano in his Geezam blog article entitled “Is Netflix a Netjoke?”, knowing that they don't have to pay the additional costs of Routing Traffic from Jamaica to their Cloud Servers in the US of A by simply hosting their Server at the IXP Facility!
Not to mention being a lot easier and professionally done!
Jamaica's Local IXP - Faster loading times for 3G Internet users as MNP, LNP Approaches
Localizing their Websites with the unique “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain reduces not only the cost of Hosting and associated Internet connectivity costs but also the time take to fetch information from Websites, which will be especially noticeable by persons and 3G Wireless Broadband connections on smartphones and Tablets.
To quote Director for Quality Management at the OUR, Leighton Hamilton, for Telecom Providers the IXP, which is really a Gateway Switch for Broadband Internet will “significantly reduces network latency due to improved bandwidth and shorter distances for the data to travel because domestic-bound traffic does not have to be routed via International links before being delivered”.
That last part is the benefit to Local Telecom Providers, who are being invited to run their own Fiber Optic Cables to the IXP located at the Papine, St Andrew and connect for free and possibly discontinue paying for the IXP that they and 1000 other Telecom Providers pay to access in Florida.
This doesn’t mean they'll abandon the IXP in Florida totally; they still have to use it to terminate International Voice Calls as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to set up an International Calling Plan for Digicel or LIME Prepaid and Postpaid”. Jamaican may be late to the IXP game, with Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St Lucia, and Dominica having gone ahead of us, but we’re finally got a good reason to have it in place: the coming of MNP (Mobile Number Portability) and LNP (Landline Number Portability) by May 2015.
Especially as the OUR has already put out a TPPR (Technical & Price Proposal Requirements Request) document for a Number Portability Administrator in Jamaica as detailed in my blog article entitled “OUR issues TPPR for a Number Portability Administrator in Jamaica - How Number Portability will get us NANP's NPA and Third 4G Competitor”, signaling Jamaica's readiness for MNP (Mobile Number Portability) and LNP (Landline Number Portability) come May 2015.
Exciting times ahead for Website admins, as the new IXP not only means cheaper Web Hosting as American Web Hosting companies set up Servers at the Papine Facility provided by the OUR, but also a more efficient “.com.jm, .org.jm, .edu.jm” Domain name Services. This means Third Party Website Hosting Companies may also fall in cost as well as the expansion and possible automation of the process of getting a Jamaican Domain name, making the process that much easier.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Aura Wireless Christmas Lighting System Kickstarter - Wireless Power Transfer for Christmas Tree Lights in 2015 needs to get Kid-Friendly design
The Internet of Things is coming your way this Christmas to light up your Christmas Tree. That is, Christmas 2015 I'm afraid!
I'm of course referring to the Kickstarter Project for the Aura, billed as the World's first Wireless Christmas Lighting System as detailed in the article “Tired of tangled Christmas lights? Nab yourself a set of wireless ones instead”, published November 21, 2014 by Drew Prindle, DigitalTrends.
Aura is the brainchild of Chris Higgins & Hardeep Johar of Santa Monica, California. Their kickstarter which started on Wednesday November 19th 2014 aims to raise some US$50,000 over the next sixty (60) days by Sunday, January 18 2015 1:36 PM EST to start full-scale production of their Aura Wireless Christmas Lighting System.
So far as of Saturday November 22nd 2014, they have some 51 backers who've already pledged some US$$7,942 towards this project; not a bad start so far!
Looks like they're yet another one of those dreamers chasing after the idea of Remotely controlled lights, with LG Electronics being the first with their Internet-controlled Light Bulb as I’d reported in my blog article entitled “LG Electronics Internet Controlled LED Light Bulb - Li-Fi’s Standardization of Alexander Graham Bell’s First Invention powered by Powerline AV 500 and Homeplug AV”.
With fifty six (56) days left for you to get in on the chance of getting some Wireless Christmas Light by October 2015, it would seem a tad out of place. Timing was apparently not one of Chris Higgins & Hardeep Johar strong suits; it took them quite awhile to develope the Wireless charging technology to power the LED Lights.
So what makes their product so special and worth supporting anyway, even if you won't get in it time for Christmas 2014?
Aura Wireless Christmas Lighting System - Wireless Power Transfer for Christmas Tree Lights
As per the description in their Aura Website, the Aura Wireless Christmas Lighting System uses a magnetic loop to induce power into the LED Light bulbs.
This suggests that it gives off a high frequency fluctuating Magnetic field as described in my blog article entitled “KAIST developes DCRS, a long-range Wireless Charging Technology - IEC Charger Standards now obsolete as KAIST makes an Earth based Magnetar”.
One wonders if they could have just opted to use Wi-Fi wireless signals instead, being as their strong enough to power LED, instead of making a customized Magnetic Loop and Magnetic Induction System for their Wireless LED Christmas Lights. This as Wireless Power Transfer, albeit reducing the need for wires, actual is power inefficient.
The majority of the electricity radiated out in the fluctuating Magnetic field is wasted, with only the part of the magnetic field focused upwards actually inducing electrical power into the Bulbs. The Rest that radiates downwards actually goes nowhere, resulting in a level of inefficiency that may be as high as 80%.
Also I’m not comfortable with the fact that they’re made of glass with no options for Plastic albeit I love the fact that they’re controlled via a Bluetooth connection using a smartphone App.
To that end, if you ordered the Aura Wireless LED Christmas Lights, makes sure to order the Multi-coloured ones, as those will give you loads of fun customizing their lighting options.
The options for the Aura Wireless LED Christmas Lights aren't as bad as I thought:
1. Clear Glass (White)
2. Frosted Glass (White)
3. Crackle Glass (White)
4. Clear Glass (Multi-Colour)
5. Frosted Glass (Multi-Colour)
6. Crackle Glass (Multi-Colour)
Aura Wireless Christmas Lighting System - Wireless Power Transfer needs to get Kid-Friendly design
Great for someone who’s single; what about the man married with kids?
They're probably take them off the tree and turn the kitchen into a bowling alley, glass splinters all over the lace when they break a few of them. Not to mention the dog jumping up at the light in the trees of even the Cat who likes to chase lizards up inside and who may inadvertently knock them off the Tree, breaking them in the process.
The kids in this family in this videos is a bit too well-behaved, making me doubt that they’d actual see this wireless wonder and not wanna run off with them to see if they still work in their rooms!
Still the LED are power efficient...using what little of the 20% of the power that radiates in their direction. It’s also a great educational toy to get for the Christmas 2015 for your children. Plus I’m an optimist; by then they may have opted to use Wi-Fi or ambient Terrestrial Electromagnetic Radiation from Radio Waves to ambient lighting in the room to power the LED lights, being as they are so power-efficient and require little in the way in electrical power to be lit.
I'll wait for these improvements.....as well as the plastic unbreakable kid-friendly versions of the Aura Wireless LED Christmas Lights, an otherwise great concept for the Christmas 2015!
JA$114 million spent on Content for TIS Project Tablets - JA$76 million on Math, English and Science Content by January 2015 to stop Teachers Padding Book-lists for Commissions
Tablets seem to be getting the lion’s share of Media attention these days.
Especially after a 15 year old boys succeeded in hacking one of the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) TIS (Tablet in Schools) Project Tablets as reported in my blog article entitled “Male Student hacks TIS Project Tablet as Distribution Expands - Tablets Problems require Creative Jamaican solutions to deliver Lessons to the Learners We Teach”.
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is pressing ahead however, with Minister Phillip Paulwell signing a contract worth some JA$114 million with Book Publishers for e-book and Web content for the Tablets as reported by the Horse’s mouth, the Jamaica Information Service in their article “Government Spends $114M on Content for Tablet Computers”, published November 13, 2014 By Chris Patterson, the Jamaica Information Service.
On Wednesday November 12th 2014, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell signed some JA$76 million worth of contracts with Local and International Publishers for Electronic Content i.e. e-books, Web Apps and Websites access for Educational Content as echoed in the newspaper articles “Govt spends J$114m on content for Tablets in Schools”, published Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:29 PM, The Jamaica Observer and “Government Spends $114 Million On School Tablet Content”, Published: Thursday November 13, 2014 10:06 am, The Jamaica Gleaner.
Specifically, these JA$76 million in contracts have tied up deal for content for the following types of content to be on the Tablets come January 2015 for the lower primary to the secondary level.
2. English Language
So yes, people, subsidized Tablets costing some JA$9000 are coming pre-loaded with Electronic Book content!
JA$114 million on Content for the TIS Project - Teachers Padding Booklists to get Commissions a thing of the Past
So yes, folks, 2014, Minister Phillip Paulwell is keeping to his word about Tablets being subsidized and Books being placed on the Tablets in Electronic form i.e. e-books, Web Apps and Websites access for Educational Content as explained in my blog article entitled “TIS Project a Success with Boys - JA$9000 for Subsidized Tablets as TIS Project replaces 600,000 Students School Books with e-books come September 2015”.
Instead, the prescribed Text will be pre-loaded onto the Tablets, dealing a blow to many Teacher who like to secretly push students towards buying certain Texts that they may have co-authored for which they're collecting a sales commission from a local book store based on the assertion of The Jamaica Observer article “Book racket”, published Sunday, August 31, 2014 by HG HELPS Editor-at-large, The Jamaica Observer.
More interestingly, some JA$108 million is left out of that amount for Electronics content for the other Subjects, both at the lower primary, secondary level up to sixth form, which is mainly CXC Textbooks.
Those CXC Text may already be in Electronics Book form as Digicel has already demonstrated is possible with their Tablet partnership with Cyber School Technology Solutions as noted in my blog article entitled “Digicel partners with Cyber School Technology Solutions to provide 800 Tablets with CSEC Tutorial - Corporate Spirit spreading to help Schools get Tablets” .
With some JA$1.4 million spent thus far, by September 2015 and possibly as easily as January 2015, Students will no longer have to carry books. I hope too in giving the students Tablets, they'll also teach them how to care for these Tablets as well as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make your own Cleaning Fluid and Cleaning Tips for your Smartphone or Tablet”.
Friday, November 21, 2014
@TullowOilplc gets License for Offshore Oil Exploration - 3 Billion Barrels of Oil for Jamaica to re-discover as Price set to Boom by 2017
“I knew nothing about the Oil and gas industry at the time, which made it more challenging. No one thought Tullow would succeed because of my lack of knowledge of the industry, no major backers and I was starting a company in a country with no Oil industry”
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Aidan Heavey explaining his company's origin's on Tullow Oil's website
A lot of times, you have to keep searching for something, especially when you know it’s there and just within grasp. That's the case with Jamaica and our on-and-off love affair with the Search for Oil, which even Television Jamaica’s Morning Time host of Smile Jamaica Neville Bell known that we have as stated in my blog article entitled “The 4.2 EarthQuake - Simon Crosskill and Neville Bell are Children of Fire Mountain”.
Now again, in 2014, the PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) has decided to continue the Search for Oil with a new Partner, Irish Firm Tullow Oil PLC, who’ve been selected to create composite 3D Scans of our Offshore deposits of Oil as reported in the article “Tullow Oil To Survey For Oil In Jamaica”, published Monday November 10, 2014 12:51 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.
This isn't the first time Jamaica has gone spelunking for Oil. The last time, it was Sagres Energy of Canada who found some 3 billion tin blocks 9, 13 and 14 off the Pedro Cays as reported in as noted in my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and Jamaica's Oil Prospects - Carletta DeLeon, The Spy who Loved Me” and “Alternative Energy and the Recent Oil Discovery in Jamaica - The Merchant of Venice”.
According to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, Sagres Energy of Canada was offered the option to find a drilling partner to drill for the Oil in 2013 as stated in my blog article entitled “Paulwell taps Canadian Sagres to drill for Oil in 2013AD - Partner found for South Coast Oil Boom”.
They'd even one as far as to do a Jamaica/Colombia Environmental Baseline Survey of the Marine Ecosystem made possible via a Joint Regime Area established by the Maritime Delimitation Treaty (1993) between Colombia and Jamaica done back in 2011 as reported in my blog article entitled “Sagres Energy readies for Oil Exploration Test Well by November 2014AD - Jamaica-Colombia Environmental Baseline Survey reveals Deep Impact of Oil Drilling”.
But alas, Sagres Energy of Canada never found a drilling partner and that 9, 13 and 14 off the Pedro Cays was never fully exploited.
Tullow Oil PLC gets License for Offshore Oil Exploration - Jamaica may re-discover Oil Yet Again as Price is set to go up
Fast Forward to 2014 and we’ve got an Irish company willing to re-explore our Coastal Waters for Oil yet again as stated in “Irish firm Tullow chosen for Oil exploration in Jamaica”, published Tuesday, November 11, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.
Tullow Oil PLC does indeed seem impressive on paper, mainly in African countries. Or at least, so it says on their website:
1. 147 licences
2. 66 producing fields
3. 2000 strong workforce worldwide
They also have a decent Social Media setup, with an extensive YouTube library of videos showcasing their company work in Africa. Of particular interest is their Oil Exploration work in Ghana, as they a lot like Jamaica.
Named after a Tullow, a small town about 35 miles south of Dublin, Ireland, Tullow Oil PLC was very cagey about their intentions, with Tullow Oil PLC's Head of Media Relations George Cazenove brushing aside the Jamaica Observer’s queries with a brief email, quote: “Thank you for your query. Alas, I am not able to comment on your story”.
So we have an idea where they'll be doing their 3D Exploration. However, one this is for sure; 3D Exploration involves using Radio Waves and sonar to map the ocean floor and create detailed maps of the depth of the hydrocarbons. Since known deposits of 3 billion barrels of Oil are in blocks 9, 13 and 14 off the Pedro Cays, most likely they'll be re-exploring those areas.
With the price of Oil much higher, they’ll find it easier to get a drilling partner and extract the Oil, which they most likely can do themselves. I don't want to get overly optimistic, but as a perennial believer in good things happening to good people. I believe it's only a matter of time before the price of Oil becomes so high as to make it economical to drill, even if the Oil may be 5 to 8 km below the ocean floor.
Here’s the link: