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The truly personal computer; Telecoms and society
February 28, 2015
The smartphone is the defining technology of the age THE Ood are an odd bunch. Among the more enigmatic of the aliens regularly encountered in "Doctor Who", a television series about a traveller in time and space, they are mostly silent—though sometimes given to song—and disconcertingly squid-like. What is more, evolution has equipped them with two brains—one in their heads, the other carried around in their hand. Put an Ood onto public transport anywhere in the developed world, though, and—tentacles apart—he would barely raise a questioning eyebrow. The other passengers would be too busy paying attention to the parts of their brain that they now carry in their hands to notice anything particularly odd about an alien doing something very similar.

Samsung TVs eavesdrop, privacy group alleges; F.T.C. is asked to inquire whether voice activation violates several U.S. laws
February 27, 2015
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Samsung over what it says is the recording of private conversations in homes through the company's television sets. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint with the commission this week accusing Samsung of violating federal laws with a technology that allows viewers to operate the company's Internet-connected smart TVs with voice commands. In the past, EPIC has also complained to the commission about the privacy practices of Google and Facebook. The companies ended up settling their cases with the F.T.C. The complaint underscores the privacy minefield that technology companies are wading into as they cook up new methods of operating devices with voice commands and other techniques. Samsung's sets allow people to change channels, increase volume and search for recommended programs to watch by using their voices, rather than by pushing buttons on a remote control.

In China, suspicions muddy road for tech firms; U.S. companies facing fallout from a nation wary of digital espionage
February 27, 2015
FULL TEXT At an elegant guesthouse here recently, China's top Internet regulator entertained ambassadors and diplomats with platters of tempura and roast on a spit, unusual lavishness in an era of official austerity in China, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. But the graciousness came with a warning: Foreign companies had to behave if they wanted to stay in China's $450 billion technology market. In Washington on the same day, more than two dozen American tech industry executives and trade association officials gathered at an emergency meeting at the pre-Civil War building of the Office of the United States Trade Representative. They told the deputy trade representative that it was time for the United States to get tough with Beijing. The stern words at the dueling gatherings underscored how a routine trade disagreement has quickly escalated into a complex political fight. The conflict now pits a confident Chinese leadership, alarmed by evidence of online espionage by the United States, against an awkward alliance between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley, which itself is torn about how to deal with Beijing while salivating over the huge Chinese market.

Scala Days 2015 San Francisco Keynote Speakers Named From Netflix, PayPal Plus Martin Odersky, Author of Scala; Premier Global Event for Scala to Be Held March 16-18, 2015 at Fort Mason; Four of Six Classes Now Sold Out; Learn the Future of the Typesafe Reactive Platform
February 26, 2015
Typesafe, provider of the world's leading Reactive platform and the company behind Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, today confirmed the keynote speakers for Scala Days 2015 to be held March 16-18 at Fort Mason in San Francisco:

Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps
February 26, 2015
India, Feb. 26 -- CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New YorkDecember 10, 2014Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBMs big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte. What were delivering aims directly at the new quest of businesssmart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement, said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. Our collaboration combines IBMs industry expertise and unmatched position in enterprise computing, with Apples legendary user experience and excellence in product design to lift the performance of a new generation of business professionals.

Will.i.am Start-Up Hires Sony Electronics Executive
February 26, 2015
The pop musician Will.i.am has started moonlighting as a technology entrepreneur. Now he has an experienced technology executive to help him run his new wearable start-up, i.am+.

Mentor Graphics Q4 Profit Rises
February 26, 2015
(RTTNews) - Mentor Graphics Corp. (MENT) Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $114.5 million or $0.96 per share, up from $105.5 million or $0.89 per share last year.

Lackluster Data Could Dampen Market Mood
February 26, 2015
(RTTNews) - The major U.S. index futures are pointing to modestly higher opening on Thursday, with sentiment reflecting slight optimism even as economic data released earlier in the day was lackluster. Jobless claims rose by more than expected and durable goods orders report was mixed. Meanwhile, crude oil prices are moving back to the downside. The lackluster domestic data and weaker oil prices could act as a dampener even as the markets attempt to build on the momentum. U.S. stocks moved about in a lackadaisical manner on Wednesday before closing roughly flat, as traders digested mixed earnings, the second day of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's congressional testimony and positive manufacturing data out of China. The major averages opened lower but gradually recouped their losses over the course of the morning amid Yellen's testimony before the House and the release of the new home sales report. After moving higher by the mid-session, the indexes peaked in late afternoon trading. The upward momentum subsequently waned and the averages dipped into negative territory before closing mixed.

The Confucian Cowboy
February 25, 2015
I find the rivalry between Samsung Electronics and Apple fascinating because of their contrasting management styles as they compete to see who will come out on top. It is tempting to say that Samsung’s consensus-driven management is Confucian, while the entrepreneurial Apple model represents the cowboy ways of America. Those categories are not quite so neat. There are plenty of hierarchy-heavy firms in the technology sector in the U.S. such as Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. But it is also true that there are no big innovative cowboy-style companies in Korea, where the cultural default mode favors the group over the individual.

SafeLogic Chief Executive Returns to Speak at Telecom Council on Privacy and Identity Management.
December 03, 2014
  Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2014     SafeLogic, the company re-inventing how encryption is delivered, is proud to announce that CEO Ray Potter has been invited to speak at another Telecom Council of Silicon Valley event. On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Potter will be a participant on the UnPanel on Privacy and Identity Management. The Telecom Council's UnPanels are a clever role reversal in which the experts do not prepare for specific questions, instead fielding an agenda dictated by the audience.     CLICK TO TWEET THIS: #InfoSec leader @SafeLogic_Ray joining @TelecomCouncil UnPanel on #Privacy & #IdentityManagement on 12/4 - http://bit.ly/SafeLogicTC       Ray Potter will join a strong group that includes Michelle Finneran Dennedy, VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Intel Security, Roger Casals, Senior Director, Product Management at Symantec, Marc Canel, VP Security at ARM, and Gus Warren, COO at Disconnect. The UnPanel is being held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, hosted at Sony Mobile in San Mateo. The talk will be followed by the year-end Telecom Council cocktail party.


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