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Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview. This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia: ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad Following the Syrian p... (more)

A Bedtime Story for Sofia Who Remains Abducted in Syria

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was picked up by a dozen or so media outlets around the world during the week. ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at the Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria The following is a short weekend "bedtime story" for my daughter while she still remains abducted in Syria. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali One day, during his travels, Daddy found a "little green Swiss frog" on his bed as he arrived in his hotel room. Daddy took the little g... (more)

Mobile Security

Face it, we no longer have downtime - on a train, in a coffee shop, on an airplane everyone is frantically responding to calls and emails from their crackberry's, Palm's or Iphone's.  Companies embrace the mobile device figuring they are getting greater productivity from their workforce.  However it seems the Mobile is the Achilles heel as far as security for the organisation goes. A Recent study on enterprise mobility by MFormation ound that almost 90% of (200 polled) organisations had no process for the tracking of data stored on mobile devices.  As well as this 40% were unable to match mobile devices to the correct employee who used it.  Not surprisingly 78% are concerned about mobile data security with 55% believing that data loss through mobile will be a "significant issue". ... (more)

Smule Outdoes Itself Again: Leaf Trombone Is An Instant iPhone Classic

When the iPhone App Store launched last year, a flood of ‘virtual’ music apps, ranging from pianos to drums hit the market. Most of these didn’t fare so well on the iPhone’s small screen, save for one fantastic standout: Smule’s Ocarina, which was perfectly suited for the iPhone and was fairly easy for beginners to pick up. The app became a massive success, and became one of the App Store’s most popular applications ever. Today, Smule has released Leaf Trombone: World Stage, a new virtual musical instrument that is better than Ocarina in nearly every way. One of the biggest issues newbies had with Ocarina was that there was no musical instruction built in - users would have to visit Smule’s website, where they could download ‘tabs’ of their favorite songs. Without the tabs, playing familiar tunes became an exercise in frustration, and I suspect many users never ma... (more)

Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces

I had the opportunity to spend some time recently with Asure Software's VP/GM of EMEA and APAC, Nigel Clarke, and to discuss how digital transformation is impacting work spaces and the mobile workforce.   In years past I attended facility management conferences and developed mobile apps to help manage facilities, assets, rooms, inspections, materials and supplies.  We were counting and inspecting physical objects.  Today, however, there are digital transformations taking place in this industry. Today, companies less often require employees to work in the physical office (sorry folks at Yahoo!). Often equipment is not associated with a location, but moves to where it is needed at any given time. When people do come into the office there is a need to find a desk, conference room, video or projection equipment and to use additional services to ensure their use of the ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

International Roaming Relief for US Mobile Phone Users

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND and PLEASANTON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/25/07 -- When cellular phone users from the USA travel abroad, they often face unpleasant hurdles. One of the most frustrating is when trying to dial a number stored in their phone's address book, only to find it won't work because the stored number isn't recognized by the foreign cellular phone system. The problem exists because most countries use different dialing conventions, such as the international prefix ("011" in the US), regional codes, and phantom digits that sometimes need to be dialled, but sometimes not. A typical cellphone speed-dial entry like "212-555-1212" would be nonsensical to any phone system outside America. Thus, the US traveller cannot easily dial back to the home office, nor to local contacts in the destination country. This problem is exacerbated because people are storing m... (more)

SingTel and Apple to Bring iPhone 3G to Singapore

SINGAPORE and SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and Apple(R) today announced that they will be bringing the highly anticipated iPhone(TM) 3G to Singapore later this year. iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK. "We are pleased that Apple has selected SingTel to be the first mobile operator in Singapore to launch its new iPhone 3G," said Quek Peck Leng, executive vice president of SingTel. "There is strong synergy between the core brand values of Apple and SingTel, such as inn... (more)

Tellabs SmartCore 9100 Platform to Support Clearwire for 4G WiMAX in Spain

NAPERVILLE, Ill., March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Clearwire selected the Tellabs® SmartCore 9100 platform to deploy 4G services throughout Spain. Clearwire turned to Tellabs to leverage its best-of-breed ASN Gateway solution, ensuring an open network architecture with industry leading performance and intelligence. Clearwire already uses the Tellabs 9100 SmartCore ASN Gateway (formerly the WiChorus SmartCore platform) in the United States. When the company decided to expand its services in Europe, its choice was clear. "The growing number of users who rely on Clearwire's 4G mobile broadband services to remain connected to the applications and information that shape their daily lives clearly demonstrates the importance of building a network able to offer the best possible experience today and to grow with the mobile users of tomorrow," said John Saw, chief tech... (more)

Jahia Cloud Edition Embraced by New Clients

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 07/28/10 -- Jahia (http://www.jahia.com), the premier provider of web content integration software, combining web, document, and portal features, today announced three new client wins in the cloud, brought on by Jahia Partner R.Ø.S.A. Creation. Technology. Intelligence. AG: Kuoni Travel Ltd., Sunrise Communications AG, Bellevue Group AG. Jahia has experienced a growing acceptance for hosted web content management, even in conservative industries like banking and finance for both corporate websites and Intranet projects. Jahia in the Cloud runs on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) platform, addressing the needs of organizations for a proven preconfigured solution without the associated constraints and costs. The hosted service is offered on an annual subscription basis. "We have implemented 3 web content management sites... (more)

B&B Electronics Expands Its Wireless Reach with Acquisition of Conel and Its Portfolio of Cellular Routers and Gateways

B&B Electronics (www.bb-elec.com), a developer of wired and wireless connectivity technology, has deepened its wireless solution portfolio with the acquisition of Conel s.r.o. (http://www.conel.cz/en/homepage) of the Czech Republic. Conel is a well-established market leader in reliable and secure wireless communications routers, gateways and devices that connect cellular networks to Ethernet, serial and other data networks. The acquisition further expands B&B’s European footprint, as well as strengthens B&B’s position in the fast-growing wireless market by extending its reach into cellular communications networks. In 2011, B&B acquired Quatech, Inc., an industrial networking company with a complementary product line that included an industrial-grade embedded OEM wireless technology platform sold under the Airborne brand name. “The Quatech and Conel acquisitions are ... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex to learn. This is because Kubernetes is more of a toolset than a ready solution. Hence it’s essential to know when and how to apply the appropriate Kubernetes constructs.
To enable their developers, ensure SLAs and increase IT efficiency, Enterprise IT is moving towards a unified, centralized approach for managing their hybrid infrastructure. As if the journey to the cloud - private and public - was not difficult enough, the need to support modern technologies such as Containers and Serverless applications further complicates matters. This talk covers key patterns and lessons learned from large organizations for architecting your hybrid cloud in a way that: Supports self-service, "public cloud" experience for your developers that's consistent across any infrastructure. Gives Ops peace of mind with automated management of DR, scaling, provisioning, deployments, etc.
xMatters helps enterprises prevent, manage and resolve IT incidents. xMatters industry-leading Service Availability platform prevents IT issues from becoming big business problems. Large enterprises, small workgroups, and innovative DevOps teams rely on its proactive issue resolution service to maintain operational visibility and control in today's highly-fragmented IT environment. xMatters provides toolchain integrations to hundreds of IT management, security and DevOps tools. xMatters is the primary Service Availability platform trusted by leading global companies and innovative challengers including BMC Software, Credit Suisse, Danske Bank, DXC technology, Experian, Intuit, NVIDIA, Sony Network Interactive, ViaSat and Vodafone. xMatters is headquartered in San Ramon, California and has offices worldwide.
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility.