Only a day out of the gate, our new Reuters News App shot to the No. 1 slot for free news apps in the iTunes App Store in the U.S., and earned the title of “Editor’s Choice.”
The new app was designed from the ground up expressly with the mobile user’s news consumption habits in mind, focusing on putting news stories into context with a rapid flow of news, analysis and market data. That means Reuters articles will be part of a news stream surrounded by the latest related content—from background articles to photography and video to social media—giving users access to a more complete story than they’ve ever experienced. And with this app, our unique wealth of financial data, graphs and charts is just one tap away.
Since news moves quickly, this app is designed to respond instantly with notifications when important updates arrive with simple scrolling gestures revealing the latest information.
Some products are fairly straightforward to execute. Others, like the one I’m going to talk about today, take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I remember first talking internally about the Wider Image app nearly two years ago, and the fact that it has launched just recently tells you that nothing about it was particularly easy. (more…)
Roland Beton, head of Distributions for Elektron Market Data, tells us a bit more about the global team that developed Elektron.
In global financial markets, investment decisions depend on the fluid availability of real-time market data. To help customers stay one step ahead of the markets, the team was challenged to design, develop and deploy a completely new kind of global, real-time network capable of exceeding the capacity characteristics, service availability and latency profile of the existing network. To meet the goals for improved performance, our teams had to reduce by a factor of 20 the time required for delivery of content, and move from a centralized to a very distributed architecture.
Elektron was delivered in 18 months, and was a game-changer. With improved data models and delivery systems, the new infrastructure was optimized for low latency as well as high throughput, with servers capable of individually processing 1 million messages per second. End-to-end times across systems between the exchange and the customer are now under 4 milliseconds. Our diverse development community successfully worked together to meet a very challenging business goal and deliver an exciting new technology that enables financial professionals around the world to make investment decisions at the speed of business.
You’ll likely remember earlier blog posts that I’ve written around the Apps For Good program. The format is changing a bit in 2012-2013 to more formalize the experts program. There are now over 100 schools across the United Kingdom taking part, and last year, I had the distinct pleasure of having three wonderful individuals – Margaret Hanlon, Dominique Schreier, and Leila Thomas – serve as mentors. Last week, I visited the most northern school in the program, Wick High School. This is one of three schools taking part from Scotland, and there are 45 kids currently enrolled in the program. It was terrific to see that there were probably just as many girls taking part as boys.
You don’t have to be an expert in mobile technology to join the program. The kids have tremendous ideas, and they are simply looking for someone to hear them out, make suggestions, and provide encouragement and guidance. (more…)
The Wider Image is an entirely new interactive experience from Reuters, the world’s largest news agency. This immersive app, created exclusively for the iPad, reimagines news photography and brings images and information to life.
What’s it really like to work in Technology at Thomson Reuters? Why should talented technologists from all over the world choose our company as a place to grow, innovate and build their careers?
Our new Tech Careers iPad App answers these questions and more for prospective employees. In the app, 69 technologists from across the company share how they’ve contributed to key projects while providing personal insights into the knowledge-sharing, innovation and teamwork that inspire them to keep evolving as technology professionals at Thomson Reuters.
Technology talent is in high demand to fill roles around the world. “Our aim is to show prospective talent, both internal and external, that the breadth of our business offers a tremendous opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies and evolve and grow over the course of their careers,” said Nick Creswell, VP, Talent & Development, Technology. “The authentic stories allow candidates interested in working in Technology to find out, in our technologists’ own words, why they chose to build their careers at Thomson Reuters. We hope this innovative format will in itself convey how Thomson Reuters takes a different approach to technology challenges.”
Projects profiled in the app range from the development and deployment of Lynx Editor and Thomson Reuters ProView, to product-focused stories on Checkpoint and Cortellis, to projects that highlight new ways our company is meeting customers’ needs, such as FindLaw Social Media Manager. Users can explore the app by projects, to learn more about the types of work technologists do at Thomson Reuters, or by people, to find out about the experiences of employees in specific roles.
The Thomson Reuters Technology Careers app is now available for download on the iTunes app store. A link to the app will be included in all Technology job postings. The app will also be promoted at Technology career recruiting events and used to engage candidates during the recruitment process.
The Thomson Reuters booth was very busy with a stack of resumes inches thick. It took a group of people to man our booth in order to meet with all the visitors. Some were college students looking for jobs, some were experienced professionals looking for jobs, and some were from other companies and organizations checking out our products.
08 Oct 2012Penelope Peng
The sold-out conference had 3,600 attendees and 162 corporate sponsors. The attendees were college students, executives, professors, and everything in-between. They hailed from over 42 countries and 1,500 out of 3,600 of these attendees were college students. Many of these students were from top universities, doing research in areas we are interested in. We asked the college students about their interests and talked about the opportunities available in their fields of interests and beyond. For many students, data was in the air. When I talked about our products, particularly the many terabytes of great data that students can work with at Thomson Reuters, their eyes lit up. Here are a few photos from the 2nd Day of the Grace Hopper Women In Computing Conference in Baltimore, Maryland: (more…)
I’ve been dedicated to the mobile space for 2 1/2 years now. In that time, the most common question I hear, by far, is: “what OS should we be building our app for?” Sadly, it’s the hardest question to answer! I’m not going to try and answer the question here – as it’s all but impossible on a generalized basis. However, hopefully I can give you a couple of data points and considerations to help you answer for your product yourself.
Before that, though, a quick shout out for the mobile web. There’s a reason we like it so much! You can, to a large extent, dodge the question of platform choice and you’re not subject to the vagaries of your OS/app store vendor.
Putting that aside, here are the main considerations: (more…)