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I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Those who had unusually high volume of such currencies were supposed to declare the legal source or face stiff penalties such as 60-75% tax. The goal was to catch the money hoarders and black marketers who avoid paying taxes on such undeclared money. Four months later, I happened to visit India last February. Everyone suggested I download an app called Paytm. I could transfer money from a bank account instantly. What was convenient with Paytm was that I could use it at gas stations, small stores, and even at roadside vendor shops. Everyone seems to have installed the Paytm station where... (more)

Citizen Journalism in Hanoi

For many Americans, the idea of traveling to Hanoi brings a certain level of mystique. Our media exposure to Hanoi has been primarily press corps following politicians such as John McCain, or via the occasional human interest story that pops through via an international cable channel such as Current TV. But for most Americans our memories and images of Hanoi are from the war, whether it is a photo of Jane Fonda gracing an anti-aircraft weapon, or the prisoners of war being released from custody. Or maybe Vietnam has simply fallen off the charts as an area of interest, while the world focuses on other areas considered more important such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Citizen journalists may serve an important function in locations such as Hanoi. With an estimated population of nearly 6.3 million, Hanoi is far from a small town, and estimates are the city is growing at abo... (more)

Wiring Indonesia with WARNETs, Wifi Hotspots, and Mobile

Jakarta is a city of cafes, coffee shops, and mobile phones. With a mobile penetration hitting nearly 62% of the population, the world’s 4th most populace nation represents a huge market, and tremendous infrastructure challenges. With more than 50% of the country making less than $50/month, the percentage of people with access to mobile phones and the Internet is astonishing. This is very apparent when driving through villages that are well under the poverty line, such as you will drive through on the way from Balikpapan to Samarinda (in Eastern Borneo, East Kalimantan Province). A large percentage of the “homes” you pass would not have a prayer to hold water out of the “house” during a heavy rainstorm, but you will see many, if not most, of the residents carrying a mobile phone. Most of the mobile phones are pre-paid, meaning of course the user pays up front for ... (more)

Keyloggers: The Undisputed Heavyweight Champions of the Malware World!

Keylogging has taking center stage, and it now deserves our proper attention. After all, keyloggers have been identified as the #1 Global Threat to consumers, corporations and government agencies in the recent 2012 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Symantec Corporation coined 2011 as “The Year of the Hack,” when they saw an 81 percent increase in cyber attacks. Keyloggers have been credited for many of the world’s most notable breaches: RSA/EMC, Lockheed Martin, Google Epsilon, Oakridge Nuclear Weapons Lab, Citibank, World Bank and tens of millions of consumers around the world. What makes the keylogger the preferred weapon of choice is that they have been designed to avoid detection from anti-virus and anti-malware programs and the fact that they can be embedded into any type of download (mp3, video) or attached to any type of web link. Social Networking web... (more)

HTML5: Will It Ever Live Up to the Hype?

HTML5 is the latest iteration of the standard used by web programmers and developers. When completed in 2014, it will enable developers to write-once-run-anywhere (WORA) for consistent, cross-platform experiences across all operating systems and browsers. For example, a developer could create a single application with identical performance across Facebook, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and all other mobile platforms. Developers like the cross-platform compatibility and users appreciate real-time access to applications via their browser, without a download. By 2015, IDC predicts rapid adoption: 1 billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world Two million HTML web developers writing HTML5 applications 80 percent of all mobile apps will be based on HTML5 to some extent HTML5 Unfortunately, HTML5 will first have to surmount some daunting technical and commerc... (more)

Global e-Learning Industry

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Global e-Learning Industry https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/315760/Global-e-Learning-Industry.html This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384 companies including many key and niche players such as - Adobe Systems Inc. Apollo ... (more)

Open Source: Helping Governments Mitigate Natural Disasters

No matter how sophisticated technologies become and how much mankind evolves, there is little—if anything—we can do to prevent natural disasters from occurring. What we can do, however, is implement technologies that help streamline the way we respond to such disasters. And that’s where the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) comes into the equation. The organization educates governments and communities on how to respond most efficiently and effectively to natural disasters. One aspect of that management is Code for Resilience, an initiative run by the GFDRR that leverages the power of open source, bringing risk management decision makers and software developers together to work collaboratively on solving disaster-related issues. For Dr. Alanna Simpson, senior disaster risk management specialists at GFDRR, such collaboration is one... (more)

Changing Face of Technology By @JohnSavageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation A friend of mine's son recently returned from an extended absence which basically removed him from nearly all aspects of technology, including the Internet, for a bit longer than 5 years. Upon return, observing him restore his awareness of technologies and absorb all things new developed over the past 5 years was both exciting and moving. To be fair, the guy grew up in an Internet world, with access to online resources including Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications. The interesting part of his re-introduction to the "wired" world was watching the comprehension flashes he went through when absorbing the much higher levels of application and data integration, and speed of network access. As much as all of us continue to complain about terrible access speeds, it is remarkable to see how excited he became when lea... (more)

PIMCO Announces Promotions

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/20/12 -- PIMCO is pleased to announce the promotion of 23 to Executive Vice President, 47 to Senior Vice President and 83 to Vice President. "These PIMCO colleagues have contributed significantly to the firm's success in serving our clients, and are an important part of its future," said Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO. "Their promotions reflect our confidence in their continued ability to deliver the highest quality investment management services worldwide for our clients." The Executive Vice Presidents are: Myles E. Bradshaw, CFA Mr. Bradshaw is an executive vice president and portfolio manager in the London office. His main focus is European macro strategy and in particular the evolution and investment implications of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. He is also a permanent member of the European Portfolio Co... (more)

Mobile Cloud Computing Industry Outlook Report: 2011-2016

  NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Mobile Cloud Computing Industry Outlook Report: 2011-2016 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0765573/Mobile-Cloud-Computing-Industry-Outlook-Report-2011-2016.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=IT_Hostin Understanding the Mobile Cloud Conundrum Until recently, cloud computing has been thought of within the context of the evolution of the Web and PC. In 2011, we are seeing a paradigm shift in business models, with mobile becoming a key feature in cloud computing conundrum.  Mobile cloud has the potential to change the life of consumers and enterprises beyond what can be conceived today. We believe that the size of the mobile cloud market is poised to reach over $45 billion by 2016. Our research suggests that the mobile cloud ec... (more)

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal Selects Persistent Systems for Enterprise Google Search Appliance Solution

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/22/12 -- Persistent Systems (BOMBAY: PERSISTENT) (NSE: PERSISTENT), the leader in outsourced software product development (OPD) services, today announced that Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Argentina's largest institutional law firm, has selected Persistent Systems to help them achieve unified, integrated and secure search across their 300+ employee enterprise. Using the Google Search Appliance (GSA) OpenText eDocs connector from Persistent Systems, an off-the-shelf integration solution that enables GSA to index and retrieve native documents from eDocs Document Management System (DMS), Marval O'Farrell & Mairal now has a unified enterprise search experience. Marval O'Farrell & Mairal's broad client base includes domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, as well as a wide variety of domestic and foreign companies, includ... (more)