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
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)
The news started hitting California early Saturday morning with an SMS alarm
on my mobile phone – a major earthquake struck Chile, and there was a
potential of tsunami activity in California and Hawaii (as well as the rest
of the Pacific). First stop – CNN. The news source was right on the story,
with real time information flowing into the newsroom from, not on-scene
journalists, but through Twitter and Facebook updates.
Another SMS message hits the phone letting me know there was a Twitter list
at #hitsunami, and the discussion would include all the most current news
related to tsunami preparations in Hawaii. Also gave a link to a web page
that was broadcasting a live feed from KHON in Honolulu until the station
integrated their feed on the KHON home page.
Back to CNN, cell phone videos began pouring in from Santiago and Concepcion.
CNN began broadcasting directly ... (more)
Business travelers worldwide fight a constant battle of connectivity. Can I
call Home? Can I “Skype” with my family? Do I have adequate Internet
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
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)
Moldova has a lot of entrepreneurs. As you walk along the streets in
Chisinau, the capital city, you constantly pass signs advertising software
development companies, data centers, and computer sales. As citizens of a
“developing” country, young people know they need to work smarter,
harder, and more creatively to compete with not only each other, but also
others countries in Europe and the world.
Grigore Raileanu is one of those aggressive young people. And an
entrepreneur with a successful company named Remsys. In fact, you may not
even know Remsys is a Moldovan company, possibly believing it is based in the
Grigore met with us on 4 Feb 2011 to talk about ICT, innovation, and Moldova.
You can listen to the audio file HERE
John Savageau: Today with have with us, Mr. Gigore Raileanu, who does
business development with a Moldovan company called Remsys. Goo... (more)
Nobody can foresee events such as natural disasters. They happen, are often
tragic, and history records the event as a snapshot in time. Sometimes that
history is based on well-documented photos, videos, and personal
observations, and sometimes it is recorded as reality determined by persons
or governments with an agenda different than presenting empirical truth.
The government in Egypt recently tried disrupting communications by
temporarily stopping Internet and phone access, as well as attempting (in
some cases violently) to restrict or limit access to demonstrations by
journalists and the international media.
The blockage was done to thwart seditionaries and protestors who had been
using social media outlets to organize activities and share information about
the uprising with the outside world. (BetaNews)
But the images still found their way out of Cairo to the in... (more)
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)
In this two-part blog, I am going to talk about the Intel Cloud Data
protection solution that helps our customers utilize their data, in both a
context and content-aware manner.
This is a newer set of technologies that has hit the market in the last few
years. In the past, we used to think just encrypting the transport layer
(such as TLS/SSL) was good enough. Given the complex nature of services and
API composition, we quickly realized that it was not enough. Then we moved to
protect the messages (most of the time, the entire message), or at a field
level to protect the specific sensitive fields. The problem with any of these
scenarios was that it was somewhat static in nature; somewhere there was a
definition of what “sensitive data” is, and details related to strict
protection of that data. However, when there is a real need to send sensitive
data out and a need... (more)
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)
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International
Development's office of Food for Peace (FFP) program has chosen MicroPact's
entellitrak business process management platform to help the agency monitor
and assess the effectiveness of food aid programs provided worldwide by the
United States. entellitrak is used by more federal agencies than any other
FFP is responsible for awarding contracts to support emergency and
non-emergency, single or multiple year assistance programs that support
USAID's mission to combat food insecurity and famine in developing countries
and regions around the world. Under the 2002 Farm bill, USAID's FFP was
mandated to make improvements in its management systems to expedite and
provide greater consistency in the program review and approval process for
its Title II program, and to streamline info... (more)
VENICE, Italy, February 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
International conference calls for closer bilateral ties between Europe and
Russia following the return of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian
A panel of senior European and Russian politicians has said that the likely
return of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation will ensure
"positive stability", at an international conference in Venice today. Despite
recent protests in Moscow, and protests across the major cities of Russia
expected in the lead up to the election, the panel said that Mr Putin is
still the most popular politician in Russia.
H.E. Hon. Franco Frattini, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, said:
"There is still some mistrust in Europe of Russia. But we should be the best
friend that Russia has... Russia and Europe are too small to work
individually. We must wo... (more)
BELMONT, California, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary
of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE:WFR), today announced it has
completed a €155 million non-recourse debt financing arrangement with IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
(OPIC) and UniCredit Group for SunEdison's 60.4MWp solar power plant in
Bulgaria. SunEdison expects to complete the sale of the equity of this
power plant in 2012.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20120329/523234 )
IFC provided €46.1 million and mobilized an additional €41.1 million from
UniCredit through a syndication loan, while OPIC provided a $50 million
parallel loan. UniCredit Bulbank acted as the Bulgarian local bank and
provided a local currency VAT facility worth approximately €30 million
(58,7 mil... (more)