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In Los Angeles we are pretty happy with our Android phones, iPhones, and other smart handheld devices. We can buy EVDO card for our laptops, and now 4G cards are starting to POP up in some locations. In Jakarta people laugh at such nonsense. With high speed wireless infrastructure covering over 95% of the addressable Indonesian population, the country has leap-frogged not only America, but also much of Asia in delivering high speed wireless service. If you take a walk through Jakarta’s Mall Ambassador you are presented with a dizzying array of high speed wireless access options for both smart phones and USB flash modems – and oh yes, even EVDO if that is what you really want. So you select your option, is it HSPDA? HSPA? HSPA+? In Jakarta you can easily buy HSPA+ flash modems and base stations that actually deliver between 21~42Mbps to an end user device. While the ... (more)

Wireless Moldova

Business travelers worldwide fight a constant battle of connectivity.  Can I call Home?  Can I “Skype” with my family?  Do I have adequate Internet access? During recent business trips to Chisinau, Moldova, I have had the pleasure of working in a country with excellent, if not superior, Internet access within hotels, parks, Internet cafes, and really any other location within the capital city you would like to “jack in” to the Internet. As I watch my Slingbox connecting to Channel 2 Evening News in Los Angeles, I am enjoying anywhere between 500Kbps and 900Kbps throughput, more than adequate to keep homesickness under control and keep up to date on the community. Moldova has several Internet Service Providers available for public access, including StarNet, Orange Moldova, MoldTelecom, and lots of resellers of other company Internet capacity. The cost of accessing ... (more)

Are Public Mail Systems a Danger in Developing Countries?

Over the past two years I’ve interviewed dozens of government ICT managers in countries throughout Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe.  One of the surprising items collected during the interviews is the large number of government employees – some at the highest levels, using public mail systems for their professional communications. While this might appear as a non-issue with some, others might find it both a security issue (by using a foreign commercial company to process and store government correspondence), as well as an identity issue (by using an [email protected] or [email protected] ) while communicating with a government employee or official. Reasons provided in interviews concluded the reason why government employees are using commercial email systems include: Lack of timely provisioning by government ICT managers Concerns over lack of privacy within a government-man... (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)

Houston, We Have Cloud

The data centers of the future may look more like NASA ground control – governance inside, resources out One theme has remained consistent throughout the evolution of cloud thus far - enterprise IT wants to retain control of both its data and access to to it. This is not an unreasonable demand. After all, it is enterprise IT - and its leadership - that will pay the price should customer data leak or regulations not complied with. Despite the growing view that cloud security is a joint, shared responsibility between customer and provider, it is enterprise IT that must put into place the mechanisms for both controlling and proving control over data and access, not cloud providers or integrators. The provider can offer services designed to provide that control, but it is not the one that must implement the polices or report on their effectiveness. Amazon throws down the... (more)

Code for India Announces First Ever Simultaneous Hackathon Event in Bangalore and Mountain View

Mountain View, CA, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Engineers in US and India Team Come Together to Create Apps Making India More Resilient to Natural Disasters Code for India, the non-profit organization that inspires techies to volunteer their time and talent to the developing world, today announced a first-of-its-kind parallel India-United States hackathon to be held May 9-11 at the Google campuses in Bangalore and in Mountain View. The event will gather engineers interested in creating technology-based applications that empower poor populations to address specific public service delivery problems. Infosys Founder and Chairman N.R. Narayan Murthy and Google Senior Vice President Amit Singhal will provide keynote remarks. The hackathon is co-sponsored by the World Bank Institute, the World Bank Group’s Open Finances team and Code For Resilience, a project of the Global F... (more)

Silverback Announces Acquisitions of Two Leading Cloud Software Companies: PowerSteering Software and Tenrox

Silverback Enterprise Group, which acquires and builds industry-leading enterprise software companies, announced today the acquisitions of PowerSteering Software, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise project and portfolio management (PPM) software, and Tenrox, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based, workflow-driven project workforce management software. With over 500 active enterprise customers and 150,000 active users in more than 50 countries worldwide, the combination of these two companies creates the largest pure-play cloud PPM provider in the $1.3 billion PPM software industry. The new, combined company will be called PowerSteering Software. “The combination of PowerSteering and Tenrox creates the industry's undisputed leader in cloud-based project and portfolio management software,” said Jack McDonald, Founder of Silverback Enterprise Grou... (more)

Summer Holiday Searches Up 34% at Cheapflights.co.uk

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 06/14/12 -- Cheapflights.co.uk, the online leader in deals publishing, reveals that summer travel searches are up 34% year on year for April 2012. Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert at Cheapflights.co.uk, comments: "Holidaymakers are sticking to their old habits and choosing to travel during the traditional summer period." "Our April findings build on previous years' search patterns, which showed a slant towards booking early, especially for families with children who often need to plan their holidays up to three months in advance," says Hallak. "Strong search results show that holidaymakers are not deterred by the challenging economic environment and well publicised issues currently affecting the travel industry such as APD. People not only want to get away, but see travel during the summer as essential," concludes Hallak. Given the popularity o... (more)

Orange Leader of the Year Finalists Revealed for National Business Awards

LONDON, September 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- -Five of the UK'S best business leaders shortlisted for prestigious award - Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO Nestlé UK & Ireland, Dame Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam, Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland, Paul Drechsler, CEO & Chairman of Wates Group and Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management, are the five exemplary leaders that have been nominated and shortlisted for the Orange Leader of the Year Award at this year's National Business Awards in partnership with Orange.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120917/562573-a )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120917/562573-b )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120917/562573-c ) The ultimate winner of the award will be decided by a public vote, which opens today, as well as a judging panel of senior executives who will revie... (more)

Ukrainischer Botschafter bei der EU zur Anfrage der Ukraine, die WTO-Höchstgrenzen für die EU zu erhöhen

KIEW, Ukraine, January 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wenn das Assoziierungsabkommen zwischen der EU und der Ukraine unterzeichnet sei, werde der Antrag Kiews, die mit der Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) vereinbarten Höchstgrenzen für 371 Güter zu erhöhen, für die EU keinen Unterschied machen, erklärte Konstantin Yeliseyev, der ukrainische Botschafter bei der EU, in seinem Interview mit Interfax. "Das Dokument sieht das entsprechende Einfuhrtauschverhältnis zwischen Kiew und Brüssel, einschließlich Zöllen und Kontingenten, vor", so der Beamte. Die Unterzeichnung und Anwendung des Assoziierungsabkommens mit der EU werde dazu beitragen, das Problem der 371 Güter zu lösen, sagte Yeliseyev. Das Assoziierungsabkommen zwischen der Ukraine und der EU regelt die Inländerbehandlung und den Marktzugang für Waren und schafft gemäß dem inoffiziellen Entwurf des Abkommens, der von kyivwe... (more)