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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)

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)

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website www.academia.edu (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched on some level. Here’s the link to their list: http://www.academia.edu/People/Citizen_Journalism. As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John and Jane Doe journalists have in the future of the media. In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a wealth of infor... (more)

Papau Struggles to Level the Internet Playing Field

The Warnet** was full. Students and adults shared a few old computers running the Windows XP operating system, connecting to Facebook, MySpace, Gmail, and other social networking sites. A few looked at web pages from universities scattered around the world, and a few simply indulged in the escape of online gaming. This is Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. The provincial capital of Indonesia’s eastern-most province, just a couple of miles from the international border with Papua New Guinea. Internet access is accomplished via satellite connections, mostly provided by the national PTT Telkom Indonesia through their “Speedy” Internet DSL service. However “Speedy” should be best considered a simple branding term – unrelated to the reality of Internet access that is limited by around 83 Mbps satellite capacity serving the needs of a city totaling more than 350,000 people. Tha... (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)

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)

Minister Clement Announces Advisory Panel on Open Government

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/12 -- The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, chaired today the first meeting of an advisory panel of leading experts to provide the Government with advice and guidance on its Open Government activities. This follows the Government of Canada's recent online consultation that sought the views of Canadians on the priority activities that should be pursued as part of the Open Government Action Plan. "I want to thank the Canadians who have contributed to our government's discussions on improving Canada's Open Government. I look forward to the insight that members of this advisory panel will now provide to advance Canada's Open Government agenda," Minister Clement said. "Canada is a leader in Open Government and we will stay there by continually seeking to improve," said Min... (more)

Research and Markets: Qatar Telecommunications Report Q2 2012

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/w2jjf5/qatar_telecommunic) has announced the addition of the "Qatar Telecommunications Report Q2 2012" report to their offering. Business Monitor International's Qatar Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, telecommunication associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Qatar's telecommunications industry. Qatar's mobile market recorded its slowest growth yet in 2011, with total net additions of just 31,000 subscribers for the entire year. This reflected growth of 1.1%, considerably less than 11.7% in 2010. In contrast, the country's fixed-line and broadband sectors performed strongly during 2011, with growth rates of 4.5% and 21.5% respectively. In this quarter's update to ... (more)

Research and Markets: Russia Information Technology Report Q4 2012

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3389fn/russia) has announced the addition of the "Russia Information Technology Report Q4 2012" report to their offering. Russian IT spending is expected to reach US$21.4bn in 2012, up 11%, with the market set to receive a boost after Russia's historic entry into the WTO, finally confirmed in August 2012. IT services vendors reported stronger demand from Russian organisations in 2011 as the market bounced back. The broader use of ICT in government and other sectors will ensure an upward market trajectory in the medium term, along with major projects in other key sectors such as banking and oil and gas, and a restructuring of the utilities sector. Key Trends & Developments - Russia's WTO entry should boost the hardware sector through cuts in taxes on imports, which currently amount to 5-15% of a prod... (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)