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Network Traffic Forecast and Analysis: 2013-2017
November 27, 2014
This report provides the reader with a forecast for North American Network Traffic for the next several years, but perhaps more importantly, it will also explore the industry and consumer patterns that are driving that traffic. The lessons of the very recent history of telecommunications suggest that it is very important to understand network traffic patterns and the resulting, reasonable forecasts for growth. Dramatic "busts" disastrously impacting entire industry segments have resulted from a misunderstanding of traffic patterns and the resulting misleading forecasts. This report is directed at trying to provide understanding of these parameters and providing a basis for sound business judgments. This report will provide hard data traffic forecasts by all sources of traffic on the network and will use those source forecasts to build composite forecasts, but, as noted, it will also do more than just provide raw numbers, by giving the reader a perspective of the drivers and patterns behind those numbers. The report will use the "Demand" (traffic) and "Supply" (network resources) paradigm of the economist to help understand the interactions of the traffic "market place".

Asia styrenics resins retreat on tumbling SM, lacklustre demand
November 27, 2014
Focus article by Clive Ong ABS resins are used to make toys, consumer electronics, appliances, and have applications in the construction and automotive sectors. PS, on the other hand, is used in packaging, consumer electronics and other consumer items. SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Styrenic resins prices in Asia fell this week, tracking declines in values of feedstock styrene monomer (SM), and may continue their downtrend because of tepid demand, market sources said on Thursday.

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and more unleash device deals for Black Friday
November 26, 2014
Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T), Sprint (NYSE: S), T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) and U.S. Cellular have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving. The fourth quarter has traditionally been a battleground for carriers, a time when they release new smartphones and compete for subscriber additions with holiday deals. This year is even more intense, as Sprint and T-Mobile US vie to be seen as the sale leader in the U.S. market. In some cases the carriers are offering deals on the same devices, since so many smartphones and tablets are cross-carrier at this point. In the past few weeks carriers have made several pricing adjustments to try to lure customers, especially families. For instance, AT&T recently started offering its 15 GB shared data plan for $100 a month, which had been the price of its 10 GB plan, and Sprint cut the price of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10. The Black Friday deals are all about devices.

Annual Defence Report 2014: Industry
November 26, 2014
FULL TEXT Many of the largest defence corporations in Europe and North America ended 2014 smaller than at the start of the year as strategies of divestment to meet changing market realities continued. The deep job cuts of recent years abated, however, and there was evidence of improved optimism that better times are ahead. The defence industries of the European Union (EU) were characterised by reduced earnings and lower payrolls during 2014, although the steep declines of previous years subsided and there was evidence of increased optimism across the bloc.

Smith Segura & Raphael Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit Against GT Advanced Technologies, Inc.
November 25, 2014
New York County Lawyers' Association has issued the following news release: Smith Segura & Raphael, LLP (SSR) alerts investors that a class action has been filed against GT Advanced Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: GTAT) ("GTAT"). The suit is pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire and investors have until December 8, 2014, to move for lead plaintiff.

Colorado: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
November 25, 2014
Department of History, The State of Colorado has issued the following news release: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects Computer Systems Analysts 14 years 4 months 28 years Job Objective & Comments

Washington: Researchers seek to enable autonomy
November 24, 2014
The United States Army, The Government of USA has issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is synergizing research centers and labs to create a robotics community that will enhance the Army's ability to employ autonomy-enabled vehicle technologies to support the Soldier in every aspect of their operational life. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center's Ground Vehicle Robotics division is spearheading that initiative for the RDECOM community to create a Robotics Community of Practice, known as the CoP. The new Robotics CoP will speak with one voice coming from RDECOM to provide a concise message to the Army and Department of Defense customers we support. It's all about removing redundancy across programs and collaborating a lot more closely as an enterprise.

FORM 8-K: Newtek Business Services Corp FILES Current report
November 24, 2014
Newtek Business Services Corp, MARYLAND, has filed FORM 8-K (Current report) with Securities and Exchange Commission on November 24, 2014 State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation: MARYLAND Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure. On November 19, 2014 at 4:15 Newtek Business Services Corp. (the “Company”) held a conference call to discuss the results of the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2014. The conference call is available for replay on the Company’s investor relations website at http://investor.newtekbusinessservices.com, and a transcript of the call is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1. The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Adios, CableCARD
November 24, 2014
RIP CableCARD. Fourteen years after the FCC required pay TV operators to offer a credit-card sized device called a CableCARD with their set-top boxes - a mandate that caused much industry angst - Congress is phasing it out. The U.S. House and Senate each just passed a bill to reauthorize satellite TV providers to bring in out-of-market TV signals. Embedded in the bill is a directive to the FCC to get rid of rules that led to the CableCARD and establish a working group to look for other solutions. The bill next goes to President Obama to sign into law.

Washington: Researchers test insect-inspired robots
November 24, 2014
The United States Army, The Government of USA has issued the following news release: Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park. Dr. Joseph Conroy, an electronics engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, part of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, works with robotic systems that can navigate by leveraging visual sensing inspired by insect neurophysiology. A recently developed prototype that is capable of wide-field vision and high-update rate, hallmarks of insect vision, is something researchers hope to test at the manned and unmanned teaming, or MUM-T, exercise at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia. This project will give us a chance to implement methods of perception such as 3-D mapping and motion estimation on a robotics platform, Conroy said.


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