Upstream (www.upstreamsystems.com) Upstream is a mobile monetization company. Its MINT technology platform brings together insights from billions of mobile interactions, rich customer data and innovative engagement mechanics to deliver the highest mobile purchase rates in the industry.
Upstream serves mobile operators in 40 markets, helping them to sell their own and 3rd party products and services to their subscribers, while deepening customer knowledge and increasing customer loyalty. With an increasing focus on emerging mobile markets such as Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Upstream has direct marketing and billing access to over a billion consumers. To date, Upstream has engaged 600 million consumers over mobile and converted 65 million of them into paying customers. Its carrier grade platform has securely managed more than 30 billion mobile interactions. Through its MINT technology platform, Upstream has executed more than 160,000 campaigns worldwide for companies like Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefónica, O2, The Coca-Cola Company, BMW, BSkyB, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Shell, Unilever, América Móvil, MTN and Telecom Italia.
In software development, upstream refers to a direction toward the original authors or maintainers of software that is distributed as source code, and is a qualification of either a bug or a patch. For example, a patch sent upstream is offered to the original authors or maintainers of the software. If accepted, the authors or maintainers will include the patch in their software, either immediately or in a future release. If rejected, the person who submitted the patch will have to maintain his or her own distribution of the author's software.
Upstream development allows other distributions to benefit from it when they pick up the future release.
The term also pertains to bugs; responsibility for a bug is said to lie upstream when it is not caused through the distribution's porting and integration efforts.
Global (often written in all capitalized letters as GLOBAL) is a brand of cutlery products made by Yoshikin of Japan. Their selection of knives are known for their distinctive one piece, molybdenum/vanadiumstainless steel design. These are considered premium level products with a single knife often costing upwards of $100 (USD). Global products can often be found at specialty cooking retailers.
Compared to conventional European knives such as PUMA,J. A. Henckels or Wusthof, Global knives are made from a significantly harder alloy of steel, use a thinner blade thickness, and are ground to a narrower angle. This produces an extremely sharp knife which keeps its edge longer and allows for more accurate work, but takes longer to sharpen when it becomes dull. Because of this, the manufacturer recommends using whetstones and ceramic sharpening rods as opposed to the European sharpening steel. In addition, Global knives are renowned for their surprisingly light weight and even balance, a trait achieved by hollowing out the handle during production.
Global is a DVD and CD set of Paul van Dyk's worldwide DJ-ing tours. The CD is a music-only version of the DVD. DVD extras (not matched on the CD) include videos of Another Way, For An Angel, Forbidden Fruit, We Are Alive and Tell Me Why (The Riddle).