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Friday, October 31, 2014

Two recently patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities now used in Exploit Kits

Two Flash vulnerabilities that were fixed by Adobe 2 weeks ago are now being used in exploit kits. This is in addition to a third vulnerability, CVE-2014-0556, that was patched in September and that has also been added to Nuclear EK last week.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty detail, we strongly encourage you to take a moment to check that your Flash player is up to date, we have created a step-by-step guide explaining how to do so which you can read here.


Two recently patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities now used in Exploit Kits

Police can make you unlock your phone with a fingerprint - judge

A judge in Virginia has ruled that the police can require you to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint, but not with a passcode, Mashable reports.
The seeming inconsistency here comes from the different ways passwords and physical authentication are treated. While a fingerprint is “like handing in a DNA sample or a physical key, which citizens can already be legally compelled to give to police”, a passcode is considered ‘knowledge,’ which is protected by the Fifth Amendment.


Police can make you unlock your phone with a fingerprint - judge

How to update Adobe Flash Player - We Live Security

Since vulnerabilities in Flash are increasingly being targeted by exploit kits in order to distribute malware on vulnerable computers, it is important to use an up-to-date version. Here is a step-by-step procedure to check your current version and, if necessary, update Adobe Flash.



How to update Adobe Flash Player - We Live Security

KLA-Tencor Prices Senior Notes Offering (NASDAQ:KLAC)

KLA-Tencor Prices Senior Notes Offering (NASDAQ:KLAC)

Garmin® Confirms December 31 Dividend Payment Date » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Confirms December 31 Dividend Payment Date » Garmin News Releases

Security Digest: October 31st | Fortinet Blog

Security Digest: October 31st | Fortinet Blog

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dell Increases U.S. PC Shipments Nearly 20 Percent Year over Year in Third Quarter | Dell

Dell’s momentum in its client solutions (PC) business continued during the third calendar quarter of 2014 as it registered its seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year gains in global share and grew more in the third quarter than its top two U.S. competitors combined, based on preliminary data recently released by industry analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC).1
Dell U.S. shipments grew 19.7 percent during the third calendar quarter of 2014, according to IDC, compared to industry growth of 4.3 percent2. Excluding Dell from total data, the rest of the industry grew just 0.2 percent. Dell’s calendar third quarter shipments resulted in a 3.1 percent year-over-year share gain and 24 percent share in the U.S.



Dell Increases U.S. PC Shipments Nearly 20 Percent Year over Year in Third Quarter | Dell

Garmin Announces Expanded European FliteChart Coverage » Garmin News Releases

Garmin is pleased to announce expanded global aviation chart coverage with the latest release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs, and airport diagrams. These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin, which are compatible with select Garmin avionics and portables. Charts such as ground movement charts and airport diagrams are also available as part of the European FliteCharts database.



Garmin Announces Expanded European FliteChart Coverage » Garmin News Releases

NetSuite OneWorld Gives ASICS Agility to Expand in South East Asia

Singapore30 October 2014—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials /ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that true sport performance brand ASICS, has deployed NetSuite OneWorld as its cloud-based business management suite to power its Singapore subsidiary ASICS Asia PTE. LTD, with plans to deploy NetSuite in its Indian subsidiary ASICS India Private Limited, as the company looks to expand its operations in the South East Asia region. ASICS is currently using a single instance of NetSuite OneWorld to run all of its core business processes in Singapore, including financials, accounting, order management, and inventory management, with integration into a third party logistics solution. NetSuite OneWorld provides ASICS with multi-subsidiary and multi-currency support to manage the company's Asian operations in real-time, by automating reporting, local tax compliance and consolidating financials in five different currencies (SGD, MYR, THB, PHP and USD). NetSuite OneWorld has the capacity to support 19 languages and 190 currencies, enabling companies like ASICS to expand globally.



NetSuite OneWorld Gives ASICS Agility to Expand in South East Asia

NetSuite OneWorld Enables Bloom & Grow to Grow and Flourish

Singapore, 30 October 2014—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials /ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Bloom & Grow, a leading Asian wholesale distributor of baby, infant and maternity products, has selected NetSuite OneWorld to power its core business processes and to expedite its expansion across Asia and Australia. The wholesale distributor replaced its own custom-built on-premise ERP software with a single instance of NetSuite OneWorld to manage its financial consolidation, inventory managementorder management, tax compliance, and customer relationship management (CRM). The company is also leveraging NetSuite’s superior omnichannel commerce platform to support its B2B ecommerce. NetSuite OneWorld provides multi-subsidiary, multi-language and multi-currency support that enables Bloom & Grow to manage its operations in real-time, with automated reporting and consolidated financials at its head office in Hong Kong and across five subsidiaries (in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and Mainland China) in four languages (English, Chinese, Malay and Bahasa ) for eight different currencies (GBP, USD, SGD, RM, AUD, EUR, HKD and RMB) across seven countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and Australia), with the capacity to support additional languages and currencies for future expansion.



NetSuite OneWorld Enables Bloom & Grow to Grow and Flourish

NetSuite OneWorld Supports M.Tech's Expansion Throughout Asia Pacific

Singapore, 30 October 2014—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials /ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that leading regional IT security, application delivery network and video communications solutions distributor M.Tech, has deployed NetSuite OneWorld for global business management and financial consolidation, to support its rapid growth throughout Asia Pacific. It replaced multiple on-premise solutions, including Sage Accpac for accounting, multiple Excel spreadsheets for financial management, five disparate accounting systems as well as Oracle CRM On-Demand across its 18 subsidiaries. More than 560 employees in 30 offices across 12 countries within the region now rely on NetSuite OneWorld to manage its mission-critical business processes, including financials, CRM, HR, inventory management and distribution operations, from a single, cloud-based business management system.



NetSuite OneWorld Supports M.Tech's Expansion Throughout Asia Pacific

Greater Adaptability to Rapid Industry Transformation is Driving Cloud Adoption in Singapore

Singapore—30 October 2014—Research sponsored by NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider ofcloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, has revealed that 37 percent of Singapore executives surveyed believe the rate of change to their industry is intensifying, largely driven by digitalisation, new disruptive competitors, servitisation and new business models. The 'Disrupt, Collapse, Transform' study, conducted by Frost & Sullivan, indicated that Singapore organisations are responding by adopting cloud computing at a greater rate than other markets, due to its greater adaptability to rapid industry transformation—63 percent of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) users surveyed indicated that cloud has helped them react more effectively.



Greater Adaptability to Rapid Industry Transformation is Driving Cloud Adoption in Singapore

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Osmo Uses iPad to Teach Children About Letters And Shapes

Since its launch, the iPad has completely changed the way kids learn. But not every learning experience has to be completely digital. That’s why tech startupOsmo created its innovative platform that combines digital technology with objects in the physical world. The objective is to help children learn.
The platform works by placing the iPad on a vertical stand and attaching a small mirror in front of the device’s camera. The mirror allows the device to see downward. The view allows the iPad to capture images of children manipulating physical objects like letters ans shapes on a flat play area below.


Osmo Uses iPad to Teach Children About Letters And Shapes

Top Cyber Security Awareness Month themes, topics, and resources

National Cyber Security Awareness Month happens every October, as we reported earlier in the month. And as predicted, NCSAM — as it is known — was bigger than ever in 2014. You may have attended NCSAM events held in your area (I attended three in San Diego and I’m at another in Maryland right now). Or you may have been involved virtually, following the Twitter hashtag #NCSAM.
One of the benefits of engaging in a month-long exploration of the topic of cybersecurity is the chance to discover and discuss the concerns of both companies and consumers. I recently recorded a webinar in which I presented my take on the top themes and topics of NCSAM 2014, from the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers to the Internet of Things (IoT). You can watch and hear the webinar in the player below.


Top Cyber Security Awareness Month themes, topics, and resources

Three Amazing GameWorks Moments You’ll See in Crytek’s “Warface” Update | NVIDIA Blog

Dynamic smoke. Realistic turbulence. Explosions that leave debris all over the place. It’s hard to imagine we used to have war games without these effects. But not any more.
Warface has captivated gamers with its quick pace and intuitive controls. Now CryTek is enhancing its first-person shooter with key NVIDIA GameWorks features that simulate the grit and grime of combat.


Three Amazing GameWorks Moments You’ll See in Crytek’s “Warface” Update | NVIDIA Blog

BlackBerry unveils new 'Classic' phone for CrackBerry addicts - Oct. 29, 2014

BlackBerry has unveiled a new smartphone that has a distinctly old-school feel.

The BlackBerry Classic, announced Wednesday, has all the old BlackBerry (BBRYTech30)staples, including a trackpad, navigation keys, and a physical keyboard. But it has an updated look, a bigger screen, and it runs BlackBerry's latest BlackBerry 10 operating system.


BlackBerry unveils new 'Classic' phone for CrackBerry addicts - Oct. 29, 2014

'Find My Mobile' system can be used to attack Samsung handsets

One of the most popular and useful security functions of mobile handsets can be turned against the owner. Samsung’s ‘Find My Mobile’ system, which allows you to to locate, lock, ring, and wipe your device should it be stolen or lost, can be taken over, potentially allowing a hacker to remotely lock the device, change its passcode, or wipe the device according to Mashable.
The remote hack exploits a flaw in Samsung’s Find My Mobile system to enact denial-of-service attacks. If ‘Find My Mobile’ is enabled, it means that hackers can lock the Samsung handset and change its unlock code.


'Find My Mobile' system can be used to attack Samsung handsets

Google outlines new security features in Android 5.0

Google has outlined the enhanced security credentials of the upcoming Android 5.0 – nicknamed Lollipop – in an official blog post, BGR reports.
The post, entitled ‘A sweet Lollipop, with a kevlar wrapping: New security features in Android 5.0‘, highlights three features as especially noteworthy for the security conscious Android user.


Google outlines new security features in Android 5.0

AVAR Down Under – Security Researchers at Work

In the specialist anti-virus industry – though really there are no major companies that only do anti-virus any more – the flurry of conferences that starts to kick in at the end of the summer tends to start winding down with the AVAR (Association of anti-Virus Asia Researchers) International Conference.
This year’s conference in Sydney, appropriately called ‘Security Down Under’,* is the 17th AVAR conference. Wow… It hardly seems yesterday since a speaker at a Virus Bulletin conference invited me to join the fledgling organization, though it wasn’t till 2003 that I actually got there and presented my first AVAR paper. (As it happens, that was also held in Sydney.)


AVAR Down Under – Security Researchers at Work

Inside BlackHat Europe 2014 | Fortinet Blog

The conference started with Adi Shamir's keynote. As it was covered at length by rootshell, I won't be discussing it in this post - apart from the fact that I was really happy to listen to such a brilliant mind like Adi Shamir. I also appreciated his talk which was more like a research / hacking talk than like a generic keynote.



Inside BlackHat Europe 2014 | Fortinet Blog

Garmin Reports Strong Revenue & Pro Forma EPS Growth in Third Quarter 2014 » Garmin News Releases

Garmin Reports Strong Revenue & Pro Forma EPS Growth in Third Quarter 2014 » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Introduces New GHP™ Reactor™ Autopilot Systems » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the new GHP Reactor Autopilot Series.  Designed to mount nearly anywhere and in any orientation, the GHP Reactor Autopilot Series sets the standard for performance, ease-of-use and safety while minimizing set up and commissioning time.   



Garmin® Introduces New GHP™ Reactor™ Autopilot Systems » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Introduces High-Performance GPSMAP® Multifunction Series » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP 7400 and 7600 series of multifunction displays (MFD).  Offered in a sonar and non-sonar version, the GPSMAP 7400 and 7600 series is a premier line that streamlines high performance, usability and superior boating features with a renowned interface that makes any time on the water more productive and enjoyable.



Garmin® Introduces High-Performance GPSMAP® Multifunction Series » Garmin News Releases

New Transducer Line from Garmin® Boasts Scanning Sonar » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new line of scanning transducers designed to accommodate any caliber of mariner, from the casual cruiser to the professional angler.  Supporting both the newest lines of Garmin echoMAP and GPSMAP chartplotters and multifunction displays (MFD), this full array of thru-hull and transom-mounted transducers is a valuable addition to any vessel.



New Transducer Line from Garmin® Boasts Scanning Sonar » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Announces New echoMAP™ Series with Integrated Scanning Sonar » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new line of echoMAP combination chartplotters that integrates scanning sonar capabilities without the need of an additional sounder black box.  Along with a user-friendly interface and built-in cartography, the new echoMAP series proves to be a valuable tool for boaters and anglers of all types. 



Garmin® Announces New echoMAP™ Series with Integrated Scanning Sonar » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Introduces New Scanning Sonar Black Box » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GSD 25, a premium sonar module that offers traditional sonar, 1kW CHIRP, CHIRP DownV├╝ and CHIRP SideV├╝ scanning sonar for a versatile, all-in-one black box. 



Garmin® Introduces New Scanning Sonar Black Box » Garmin News Releases

Garmin® Introduces New xHD2 Open-Array Radar Series » Garmin News Releases

OLATHE, Kan./October 29, 2014/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced its next generation of open-array digital radars – the GMR™ 424, 624/626 and 1224/1226 xHD2.  Continuing to set the standard for open-array radars, the xHD2 series offers brand new features and capabilities that provide better precision, targeting and performance while transmitting power at 4, 6 and 12 kilowatts respectively.  



Garmin® Introduces New xHD2 Open-Array Radar Series » Garmin News Releases

Google Space Jump by Senior Executive Sets New Record

Google Space Jump by Senior Executive Sets New Record

Dell Software Reinforces Commitment to SQL Server Market Leadership | Dell

Dell Software today announced a host of enhancements that further demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the SQL Server database market, including the release of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 11.0. The new solutions, which will be on display next week at PASS Summit, the industry’s leading conference for SQL Server professionals, build on Dell’s 18-year legacy of providing robust, affordable, and easy-to-use database tools to monitor, manage, protect, and improve the performance of SQL Server environments.



Dell Software Reinforces Commitment to SQL Server Market Leadership | Dell

Alienware Unleashes Revolutionary New Graphics Amplifier with Highly Anticipated Portfolio of Ultimate Gaming Systems | Dell

Alienware, a leader in high-performance gaming systems is announcing details and availability for the legendary return of the Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop and the portable powerhouse Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Alienware also revealed the innovative Alienware Graphics Amplifier; giving gamers desktop graphics performance at home and high performance mobile gaming with the Alienware 13. A truly no compromises approach to gaming.



Alienware Unleashes Revolutionary New Graphics Amplifier with Highly Anticipated Portfolio of Ultimate Gaming Systems | Dell

TriQuint - Reach Further, Reach Faster™ - TriQuint Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results

TriQuint - Reach Further, Reach Faster™ - TriQuint Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

British job centers to introduce biometric recognition

Job centers across the United Kingdom are due to get a technological makeover, courtesy of biometric and signature recognition pads, reports IT Pro Portal.
The initiative will see 700 job centers across Britain fitted with free Wi-Fi and 6,000 new PC workstations that the BBC reports will be subject to the same level of security as government systems, as they will operate on the same network.


British job centers to introduce biometric recognition

Discovering Fortinet: FortiPlanner WLAN Planning Tool | Fortinet Blog

Fortinet has a broad portfolio of security hardware, but a lesser known bit of freeware from the company recently caught my eye.
I just recently began working with Fortinet and have been familiarizing myself with their hardware and software. I’ve known about the company for years, but their product portfolio is pretty deep, so it was time for a closer look. Ironically, it wasn’t the ridiculously fast next gen firewalls or integrated UTM/WiFi products that initially caught my eye. It was a free Windows utility for planning wireless deployments called the “FortiPlanner WLAN Planning Tool”.


Discovering Fortinet: FortiPlanner WLAN Planning Tool | Fortinet Blog

20 Ways to Avoid Screwing Up Your Facebook Presence

Facebook can be an incredible tool for small business promotion. In fact, there are some businesses that have even built their entire marketing strategy around Facebook.
The site offers so many different opportunities for both paid and free promotions that it can be difficult to know which tools will be the most effective. So we talked to some social media experts about the best ways to use your Facebook presence for small business marketing. Below are 20 of their best tips.


20 Ways to Avoid Screwing Up Your Facebook Presence

Fidelity National Financial warns of data leak after phishing attack

Fidelity National Financial has been contacting an “undisclosed number of individuals”, notifying them that a selection of personal data may have been exposed after some of the Fortune 500 company’s employees had their email accounts targeted by a phishing campaign, SC Magazine reports.
The personal information includes Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, driver’s license numbers and payment card numbers, but at this stage Fidelity National Financial (FNF) has not revealed how many individuals may have been exposed in the breach, which was caused by a phishing campaign that targeted a ‘small number of employee’s’ email accounts.


Fidelity National Financial warns of data leak after phishing attack

How do open source tools stay secure?

The security of open source code have been in the news lately, what with HeartbleedShellshock, and Poodle. And the world has been learning that open source code is now widely used everywhere, from big enterprises to small businesses. As someone who has spent many years working with open source tools, I was happy to present a webinar recently on the urgent and important issue of how to keep them secure. You can watch and hear the recorded webinar in the player below.



How do open source tools stay secure?

42% of Americans hit by regular online attacks, says Microsoft survey

A study by Microsoft has revealed that 42 percent of Americans face ‘weekly or daily’ attacks by cybercriminals trying to access their computers, Network World reports.
1,006 people aged between 18 to 74 were polled, and the survey discovered that alongside the 42% of US citizens who endure weekly attacks on their PC, 28% noticed attempts by landline telephone, 22% via tablet and 18% through mobile phone.


42% of Americans hit by regular online attacks, says Microsoft survey

Tor users targeted with exit node malware

An exit node on the Tor network has been discovered to be slipping malware on top of downloads, according to The Register. The server, based in Russia, has been flagged as bad by The Tor Project, but this “would not prevent copycat attackers from the more than 100 exit nodes in operation.”
Net Security reports that the exit node was “adding malicious code to the binaries in question – code that made their computers open a port to send HTTP requests to and receive commands from a remote server.” The error was found by security researcher Josh Pitts, who created a tool to test for this and presented it at DerbyCon, but the discovery of the rogue node proves that this kind of attack is actively being used.


Tor users targeted with exit node malware

Internet trolls - how to deal with online abuse

The phrase ‘internet troll’ has changed in meaning over the years – and now the original meaning, someone who stirs up controversy with deliberately provocative posts, has taken on a more sinister edge.
The word ‘troll’ is now widely used for acts of harassment such as defacing Facebook memorial pages or persecutiing vulnerable people.


Internet trolls - how to deal with online abuse

"Lords of the Fallen" Gets GameWorks Treatment | NVIDIA Blog

Take a bad man. Put him in a world where no sin is forgiven. Now, pit him against an army of evil led by an ancient god for one last chance at redemption.
Lords of the Fallen – a new action role-playing game for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One released today by Deck13 Interactive and CI Games – has been hailed as “Dark Souls taken to the next level.”


"Lords of the Fallen" Gets GameWorks Treatment | NVIDIA Blog

Mainframe Customers Say Reducing Software Spend Is Top IT Priority - BMC

HOUSTON, October 28, 2014 — More than 70 percent of mainframe customers cite cost reduction as one of their top four IT priorities, according to the latest annual survey of nearly 1,200 mainframe customers by BMC Software. Other priorities include application availability (52%), application modernization (48%) and data privacy (47%) – which moved up from the sixth position in prior surveys.
 
Despite the mainframe’s perception as a legacy platform, customers who report that one of their top priorities is cloud, big data or mobility indicate that their mainframes are increasingly used as a full-fledged participant in digital business efforts. In fact, 91% of all respondents consider the mainframe to be a long-term strategic platform, with 61% expecting growth in their environment in the next two years.


Mainframe Customers Say Reducing Software Spend Is Top IT Priority - BMC

Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet Technology for New Microsoft Cloud Platform System (NASDAQ:MLNX)

BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TechEd Europe 2014 - Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced they will be providing ConnectX®-3 Pro 10GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) with Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE) technology to provide consistent, high-performance for the recently announced Microsoft Cloud Platform System. Mellanox's ConnectX-3 Pro adapter with NVGRE acceleration technology delivers network virtualization at full wire speed without consuming expensive CPU and memory resources, allowing Microsoft Cloud Platform System to deliver all the benefits of network virtualization while still achieving bare metal speed and efficiency.



Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet Technology for New Microsoft Cloud Platform System (NASDAQ:MLNX)

GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit to Bring Together Industry Leaders Making the Industrial Internet Real

From GE:


GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit to Bring Together Industry Leaders Making the Industrial Internet Real

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  • GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt to kick off event
  • AkzoNobel, ConocoPhillips and Delta Air Lines will present on high-performance technology solutions driving new levels of efficiency
  • Attendees to learn about real-time applications of GE’s Industrial Internet vision connecting intelligent machines with advanced analytics
ORLANDO, FL — OCTOBER 27, 2014 — Today marks the start of GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit: Making the Industrial Internet Real (NYSE: GE) at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Oct. 27 -30, 2014. This sold-out event features more than 50 presentations from GE’s global customer base and will be headlined by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt talking about how the Industrial Internet is changing business today.
More than 650 attendees to this three-day event will hear from executives from leading global manufacturing and industrial companies such as AkzoNobel and Delta Air Lines, as well as CIOs from GE’s industrial businesses:  GE Transportation, GE Lighting, GE Aviation and GE Nuclear.  Sessions will highlight topics such as The Smart Manufacturing Model, The Virtualization of Control, Getting the Right Information to the Right People, and Leadership in the Industrial Internet.
“This week, we have the pleasure of hearing how, collectively, we are ‘Making the Industrial Internet Real’,” said Jim Walsh, General Manager for Intelligent Platforms. “Representatives from companies around the world will share their experiences -- their triumphs and their lessons learned. We are excited to share the investments we’re making in our Industrial Internet-enabled solutions and the latest technology we’re developing to help improve efficiencies and operations. Attendees will see how new ecosystems of connected machines, advanced analytics, and people at work have the potential to truly optimize business performance.”
The User Summit also will feature a Technology Fair that includes solutions from GE and its partners that are making the Industrial Internet real for companies today. There will also be demonstrations within the sessions of new approaches that take the vision even further. Attendees will have the opportunity to see some of GE’s breakthrough Predictivity solutions like the recently announced Equipment Insight, an OEM solution that runs in the Cloud.
Customers today are looking at the challenges and opportunities surrounding the vast amount of data that their assets are producing.  They are searching for solutions that can help them make the leap into the world of Industrial Big Data and Predictive Analytics so they can harness this data for business success. The GE/Accenture “Industrial Internet Insights Report,” released at GE’s Minds + Machines, held October 9 in New York, includes data about topics that will be covered at the Summit:
  • Two-thirds (66%) of the executives surveyed across eight industrial sectors believe they could lose their market position in the next one to three years if they do not adopt big data, which the report suggests is needed to support their Industrial Internet strategy.
  • Nearly half (49 percent) of the companies represented in the study said they plan to create new business opportunities that could generate additional revenue streams with their big data strategy while 60% expect to increase their profitability by using the information to improve their resource management.
For more information about Intelligent Platforms’ work in the Industrial Internet, follow the link. And check out our Twitter at #GEMakesItReal.

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21,000 push Apple to replace 'defective' MacBook Pros - Oct. 27, 2014

Apple has a bunch of dissatisfied customers on its hands.

More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the company to replace 2011 MacBook Pros that have allegedly been suffering frequent system crashes and graphics failures. A thread on the subject in the Apple Support forum has garnered over 9,000 replies and over 1.7 million views, with users claiming that the pricey machines shouldn't be failing after just two or three years.


21,000 push Apple to replace 'defective' MacBook Pros - Oct. 27, 2014

Mellanox Technologies Executive Officers Adopt 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans (NASDAQ:MLNX)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that Eyal Waldman, president and CEO, and Jacob Shulman, chief financial officer, have each adopted a stock trading plan to sell a portion of their ordinary shares of the company in an orderly manner. Each plan adopted is in accordance with the guidelines specified by Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.



Mellanox Technologies Executive Officers Adopt 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans (NASDAQ:MLNX)

CVS and Rite-Aid are dragging you into a fight with Apple Pay - Oct. 27, 2014

CVS and Rite Aid have stopped accepting Apple Pay, dragging customers into a confusing and annoying fight over payment politics.

The drug stores are part of a consortium of major retailers who oppose mobile payment technology like Apple Pay, mainly for two reasons.


CVS and Rite-Aid are dragging you into a fight with Apple Pay - Oct. 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why We’re Investing Heavily in GameWorks | NVIDIA Blog

Great gaming hardware needs great games.
We’re not afraid to say we build the world’s most advanced GPUs. But breakthrough gaming experiences—like Borderlands: The Pre Sequel, launched this month—rely on more than great hardware. That’s why we devote a lot of resources to creating terrific software, too.


Why We’re Investing Heavily in GameWorks | NVIDIA Blog

IBM Positioned the Furthest in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management Report

From IBM:


IBM Positioned the Furthest in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management Report

ARMONK, NY - 24 Oct 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner has again positioned IBM the furthest in the leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management report by Mark R. Gilbert, Karen M. Shegda, Kenneth Chin, Gavin Tay, and Hanns Koehler-Kruener published on September 25, 2014. IBM is positioned the furthest for both completeness of vision and ability to execute for the second consecutive year.
IBM’s ECM portfolio is a key component of its Big Data and Analytics strategy, providing an easy way for organizations to discover content, recognize its value, then act on it for better business insight and outcomes. 
 “Our attorneys are using IBM Content Navigator to gain mobile access to content from the courtroom. The solution allows them to bring up information and documents related to a particular case quickly and saves them having to carry around stacks of paper files,” said Christopher Mahoski, Systems Analyst at GuideOne Insurance. “We’ve also considerably reduced the risk of crucial documents not being available during a legal case or as part of a discovery request. This offers a clear cost benefit – we’re potentially saving millions by mitigating the risk of key information being lost or misplaced.” 
According to the Gartner Report, “the worldwide market for ECM software grew by 8.6% in 2013, to a revenue total of $5.1 billion, which indicates that ECM technologies continue to attract more users and deliver value to enterprises.”
"We believe this latest evaluation from Gartner clearly demonstrates that IBM's investment in a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise content management software and solutions continues to extend our leadership in the market,” said Doug Hunt, General Manager of Enterprise Content Management at IBM.  “Our breakthrough innovations such as IBM Navigator make it easy for clients to leverage content for their most critical work and processes in the cloud to improve decisions, collaboration and productivity.”
Gartner’s recent report IBM Takes Steps to Improve the Usability, Consumability and Flexibility of Its ECM Portfolio by Karen M. Shegda and Kenneth Chin published on August 5, 2014 evaluates IBM Content Navigator.
IBM's ECM software supports the company's Big Data initiative, which helps organizations find insights in new and emerging types of data and content to be more agile and competitive.
IBM has established the world’s deepest portfolio of Big Data and Analytics technology that spans research and development, solutions and software. IBM has invested $24 billion to build its capabilities in Big Data and Analytics through R&D and more than 30 acquisitions. Today, more than 15,000 analytics consultants, 6,000 industry solution business partners and 400 IBM mathematicians are helping clients use big data to transform their organizations.
For more information on IBM Enterprise Content Management, see www.ibm.com/software/ecm
For more information about IBM Big Data & Analytics, visit http://ibm.co/bigdataanalytics
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