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The little girl, not more than 4 or 5 years old, was lying motionless in a fetal position, discarded like trash, on a ramp leading to the Sarinah station on TransJakarta‘s Route 1. Passersby displayed only one emotion – annoyance they had to step over, or step around the little body. A little body that had never known the joy of a birthday party, the warmth of a nurturing family, or a family picnic in the park. Two stops down the road, at the Tosari Station, sits Plaza Indonesia, an icon to opulence with customers slurping iced lattes and munching scones at a Starbucks, taking a much needed break from power shopping at Christian Dior or Cartier. The TransJakarta is Jakarta’s attempt at building a mass transit system within the capital city. With 7 major routes, it rivals cities such as Los Angeles in the ability to serve large numbers of people needing to get around... (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)

How Moldova’s Academic Community Prepares Students for the Internet Age

On 2 Feb 2011 we met with Dr. Victor Besliu, Chairman of the of Automation and Information Technology faculty at Moldova Technical University.  Dr. Besliu is a graduate of the Moscow Technical University, and has many strong ideas and recommendations for how Moldova can make students and graduates more competitive not only in the Moldova ICT community, but also the global community. The interview was conducted mainly in Romanian language, with translation done by Ion Stanciu.  You can listen to the entire audio recording of the interview in Romanian HERE. Main topics discussed during the interview included; 1.  His opinions on Moldova’s eReadiness He conducted extensive research on the topic during 2005 and 2009 Moldova still has only a couple of universities with curriculum focusing on ICT (information and communications technologies) Moldova Technical University ... (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)

[wef] Web Tourism

I’m at the first Web Economy Forum, in Cesena, Italy. It is, unfortunately, terribly under-attended, which is a shame since the first session I’ve gone to was quite good. But it’s being webcast, so we can hope that there are people listening who are not in the room. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Note that because of the translation, these notes are especially rough and choppy. The first speaker is Prof Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute in Germany. Chinese travel is increasing: 1 out of ten world travelers are from China. The Net and online media are highly significant to travelers figuring ou... (more)

Technology for a Cashless Society | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Sensors

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)

MIT Economist Townsend to Speak at World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting on Financial Inclusion

CHICAGO, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert M. Townsend, Professor of Economics at MIT and Faculty Director of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty, will speak at a World Bank-IMF spring panel discussion titled, "Financial Inclusion: From Principles to Action." (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100914/DC63872LOGO) The discussion is part of the annual World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. It will be held on Sunday, April 22 in Washington, D.C. Townsend will join colleagues from the Mexico Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion to present and discuss strategies for enhancing financial inclusion. Financial inclusion refers to the effort to connect low income and disadvantaged citizens with financial services, products, and knowledge, particularly in developing countries.  Althou... (more)

LeapFrog Solutions Appoints Three Technology Executives to Board of Advisors

LeapFrog Solutions, Inc. (LFS), a marketing communications management firm, announced today it has appointed three local technology leaders to its board of advisors. Joining the LFS board are: Mike Daniels, former chairman and CEO of Network Solutions and Mobile 365; Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of Acentia; and Cynthia Traeger, CEO of Pacific Siren International LLC. “I am very pleased that Mike Daniels, Todd Stottlemyer and Cynthia Traeger have agreed to join the LFS team,” said Lisa Martin, CEO of LeapFrog Solutions. “All three are leading experts in technology and working with government agencies. I look forward to drawing from their experience as we grow our company integrating effective communications with emerging technologies for our government customers and the companies that serve them.” Daniels rose to national industry prominence with SAIC where he served as a ... (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)

Global Contraceptives Industry

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Contraceptives Industry http://www.reportlinker.com/p087292/Global-Contraceptives-Industry.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Drug_and_Medication This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Contraceptives in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Oral Contraceptives, Condoms, Implants/ Injections, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. A six-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets. The report profiles 123 companies including many key and niche players such as Ansell Limited, Condomi Health International... (more)