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Friday, September 22, 2017

Virtual Reality: Coming Soon to a Cubicle Near You? | Cisco Systems

Cisco invites customers to experiment with Cisco Spark in VR

SAN JOSE, Sept. 18, 2017 –Cisco thinks it is only a matter of time before virtual reality makes a major impact on all sorts of industries—in fact, we think it is coming soon to a conference room or cubicle near you. So we are exploring the technology with our customers.
As of today, Cisco Spark™ customers can download the experimental Cisco Spark in VR app from the Oculus Rift store here. As long as they have the Cisco Spark in VR app, Oculus Rift with Touch controllers, and a Rift-compatible computer, they can meet, discuss, and interact in a virtual, three-dimensional environment. More importantly, Cisco Spark in VR bridges the gap between the virtual and the physical space by natively integrating with the Cisco Spark platform and endpoints. Users can view shared files and even whiteboard with someone outside of VR in real-time.
We want to work with customers to explore enterprise VR use cases. Learn more about the experiment    
This experiment is significant since Cisco’s influence in the office is unparalleled: more than 200,000 customers worldwide—including more than 95 percent of the Fortune 500—use Cisco’s collaboration products and services to connect teams.
“This is a first, conceptual step towards a future where augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality will be integrated into the office and work,” said Jens Meggers, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Technology Group (CCTG). “Adding virtual reality to the work environment will not only open a huge untapped opportunity for VR, it will help teams work together and companies bring ideas to life faster.”

Customers Interested in VR
We have been working with a small group of VR-interested customers for some time now; one such customer is Technicolor.

“Developing increasingly high-performance internet-based platforms from which rich media and entertainment experiences can be delivered is not only critical to meeting current consumer expectations, but to driving demand for emerging network-based immersive media – such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality,” says Marcie Jastrow, Senior Vice President of Immersive Media for Technicolor, and Head of the Technicolor Experience Center. “Technicolor’s work with Cisco on this front is going to play an important role in defining how content creators and distributors bring new and exciting ways for audiences to interact with these next generation experiences.”

Cisco Spark Makes it Possible
Cisco Spark provides everything teams need for meetings, messages and calls. Backed by Cisco security and reliability, the Cisco Spark platform is API-based, making it simple to integrate with VR.
Cisco will be a featured participant in the Oculus Connect panel discussion on VR use in business next month in San Jose.
Learn more about Cisco Spark in VR on Live@Cisco on Tuesday, Sept 19th at 10:30 am PT. 

Additional Resources
Blog by Jens Meggers
Video of Cisco Spark in VR

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Cisco and the University of South Wales Partner to Develop Cyber Security Talent with National Cyber Security Academy | Cisco Systems

CARDIFF – September 18th, 2017 – Cisco today announced its collaboration with the National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA), a joint initiative between the University of South Wales (USW) and the Welsh Government to help develop the next generation of cyber security professionals. The NCSA launched in 2016 as the first of its kind in Wales and a major UK initiative, working with industry to close the cyber security skills gap.
With 80% of the worlds internet traffic traversing Cisco networks, the company’s industry leading insight, technology and research capabilities help block 20 billion cyber threats a day. Cisco will utilise that capability to support the NCSA programme in four ways: sharing deep industry insights on competency and skill profile, providing technical software resource, consultation and collaboration on the curriculum (including guest lectures) and with practical experience opportunities.
The structured programme will work with current USW BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security, Computer Forensics and Computer Security undergraduates, providing the opportunity to experience real-world projects set by Cisco and other NCSA partners. The programme will evolve with the threat landscape to help provide the necessary skills to combat the latest cyber security challenges.
Through the partnership, students will have access to a well-balanced education that blends theory and real-life experience, including the opportunity to take on industry-specific projects and potential future employment opportunities with Cisco.
Scot Gardner, Chief Executive, Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University of South Wales on this initiative. Wales has a significant part to play in combatting the cyber security threat. With a focus on business innovation and skills, particularly in initiatives like the NCSA, the country’s focus on cyber security is helping address a business critical issue, not only for Wales or the UK, but globally. We see this as an important step in not only building on a great relationship with specialists in Wales, but supporting and investing in the development of skills across the UK.”
Stephen Biggs, who is Head of the NCSA, said: “We are proud to have such amazing students at our University and believe that by investing in the development of young minds now, we can make a real difference in the future. Cisco has a strong heritage in both cyber security and skills initiatives, and by working closely with the company’s leading experts, we look forward to seeing the calibre of students that will emerge, who can help solve some of the world’s biggest cyber security challenges.”
Today’s announcement is the latest example of Cisco’s commitment to support digitisation in the UK. Cisco’s digitisation strategy is a long-term partnership with government, industry and academia to deliver real outcomes faster and more effectively for the country. It is part of Cisco’s global commitment to accelerating digitisation of countries around the world. For further examples, please visit the Cisco Newsroom.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

A 10 Step Facebook Marketing Strategy

There are 2 billion people connecting  on Facebook every month. What’s more, 800 million people like something on the social media site monthly. Those are two good reasons to adopt this 10 step Facebook marketing strategy. Remember, your Facebook Ads will be the cornerstone of your small business campaign.

CConsiderations on the CCleaner incident

Before you start reading: if you think we are going to misuse the CCleaner incident in this article to ESET’s advantage, you will be disappointed. Yes, the incident that is currently widely publicized is used, but only as an illustration to some deeper understanding and considerations to understand the problem and potential prevention.

New FinFisher surveillance campaigns: Are internet providers involved?

New surveillance campaigns utilizing FinFisher, infamous spyware known also as FinSpy and sold to governments and their agencies worldwide, are in the wild. Besides featuring technical improvements, some of these variants have been using a cunning, previously-unseen infection vector with strong indicators of major internet service provider (ISP) involvement.

Salesforce Launches $50 Million Fund for AI Startups

Salesforce announced a new $50 million venture fund for startups to innovate with AI technology.  The goal is to encourage AI startups to develop artificial intelligence solutions that work together with the Salesforce platform. The Salesforce AI Innovation Fund, part of Salesforce Ventures, has already made investments in three AI startups.

Fortinet Demonstrates Critical Security Capabilities for Hybrid Cloud Networks at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Fortinet is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, being held September 25-29, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The Apache Struts 2 Vulnerability

Recently one of the largest credit management organizations in the US was compromised, with around 143 million accounts stolen. As has been reported, these accounts included personally identifiable information (PII) such as names, addresses, social security numbers, credit histories, and even credit card information.

Adapting to the New Normal with an Informed Cybersecurity Strategy

As cyberattacks become more frequent and impactful, security teams and executives across industries are taking notice. With new strains of malware being constantly reported, organizations want to make sure that their security solutions, and the vendors that provide them, are adapting to defend against this new normal.

iPhone X - Something You Should Know Before Buying

iPhone 8 is the fastest phone, but is the new Apple Watch really that bad?

A new look for Razer's slim Stealth laptop

Planning a Guardium deployment (Part 1.4)

#technology #IBM #Security

Tilta Nucleus N - $399 Remote Micro Follow Focus For Your Rig

9.Solutions Mini C-Pan Arm - Slides and Curves with no Rails!

Artemis Prime Directors Viewfinder and App For iOS and Android

IBM Verify to Office365 Demo: Log-in without Passwords

Visualize unstructured content with Watson NLU

#IBM #Watson

Best Phone you've never heard of (2017) - #6

The Most Powerful Smartphone in the World - Turing Phone Cadenza Story!

Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL - FINAL Leaks and Rumours!

Change these iOS 11 settings right away (CNET How to)

#Apple #iPhone #iPad

Is the Apple TV 4K for you? (The 3:59, Ep. 288)

#Apple #television #AppleTV

Open Source Stories: Art of Exchange

How Cognos Analytics and Watson Analytics Work Together

Visual Recognition Overview and Updates

#IBM #Watson #technology

The IBM Cloud: Protect Your Data

iPad — How to copy and paste across devices with iOS 11 — Apple


iPad Pro — How to magically convert handwritten notes to text then share...


iPad — How to retouch a photo — Apple


App Store — Welcome to the #newAppStore — Apple


Cookbook - Transparent Web Proxy (5.6)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We grade the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch (The 3:59, Ep. 287)

Nest Hello doorbell camera review

Nest Secure is a $500 home security system

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor brings security to your backyard (CNET News)

Nest unveils smart doorbell with HD camera

A smart tea kettle could show the boiling point of bad IoT security

#InternetOfThings #Cybersecurity #Hacking

iPhone 8 reviews have landed, a T-Mobile and Sprint merger? (Tech Today)

Lenovo Tab 4 10-inch tablet

Draper James gains foundation to grow graciously with NetSuite

Southern Lifestyle Brand Supports Omnichannel Strategy with NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition

Dell EMC Teams with Splunk to Deliver Packaged Solutions for Harnessing the Power of Machine Data

Today, Dell EMC announces an expanded relationship with Spunk that will provide organizations with an analytics-driven approach to resolve infrastructure and application problems faster, reduce downtime and increase customer satisfaction. By combining technology from both Dell EMC and Splunk, customers can leverage a simpler path to the adoption and expansion of Splunk through a pre-engineered portfolio of purpose-built systems for Splunk® Enterprise. The new Dell EMC Ready Systems for Splunk help organizations of all sizes combine the power of Splunk with the simplicity and scalability of Dell EMC VxRail Appliances and Dell EMC VxRack System FLEX.

Dell EMC, General Dynamics and Microsoft Awarded $1 Billion Contract to Advance USAF’s IT Transformation

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS, SEPT. 20, 2017 - 
Dell EMC and its industry partners, General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Microsoft (NYSE: MSFT), have been awarded a $1 billion five-year U.S. Air Force contract to implement a Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services (CHES) program. It will improve efficiency and agility, encourage innovation, and generate cost savings across the Air Force’s information technology enterprise.

The Formidable FormBook Form Grabber

More and more we’ve been seeing references to a malware family known as FormBook. Per its advertisements it is an infostealer that steals form data from various web browsers and other applications. It is also a keylogger and can take screenshots. The malware code is complicated, busy, and fairly obfuscated–there are no Windows API calls or obvious strings. This post will start to explore some of these obfuscations to get a better understanding of how FormBook works.

iPhone 8 Plus camera gets closer to DSLR quality

#apple #iphone #technology

iPhone 8 review: An excellent phone waits in the shadow of iPhone X

#Apple #iPhone #smartphone

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

iOS 11 Brings AR to iPhone, Is Your Small Business Ready?

Every iPhone 5s or later, or iPad Air or later is going to be able to run iOS 11 and the new Augmented Reality (AR) feature. If you are a small business, shouldn’t you be making the most of these features?

Dell EMC Packs Enterprise-Class Automation, Data Mobility and Performance Features into New SC Series Entry Arrays

HOPKINTON, MASS , SEPT. 19, 2017 - 
Dell EMC announced it has extended a full range of enterprise-grade capabilities to its entry-level SC Series offering, providing unprecedented access to advanced storage technology for businesses of all sizes and budgets. The affordable new SCv3000 arrays complete an end-to-end refresh of the overall SC portfolio, offering greater automation, integration and more shared capabilities with the larger SC Series products.

AMQ 7 and Microservices: Messaging for Everything


#Business #Technology

Managing Business Logic with Red Hat JBoss BRMS


#Business #Technology

Reinventing the 08:15 from Glasgow to Edinburgh; Cisco and Partners Enable High-Speed Connectivity on Trains

Is it the UK’s busiest bank branch, a densely populated office space or a retail outlet? None of the above. It’s a busy commuter train, but not as you know it.

LONDON, UK – 15th September, 2017 - Cisco, ScotRail, CGI, Network Rail Telecoms and Wittos today announced their collaboration on an Innovate UK and RSSB funded proof of concept to enable super-fast Wi-Fi on trains (Project SWIFT).
The project will see ScotRail trialling the fastest in-train Wi-Fi service in the world, allowing users to experience Internet speeds on the go of up to 300 Mbps. Currently, those travelling by train between Scotland’s two biggest cities can access less than 10% of that capability; the difference between streaming a music service with interrupted coverage, and downloading the entire Beatles back catalogue, seamlessly in under two minutes.
With the existing in-train mobile service in the UK, 33% of internet requests on trains fail and with 1.4bn journeys a year, that equates to millions of lost hours of productivity, missed opportunity for online retailers, and potentially dissatisfied passengers. Consistent, high speed connectivity on trains provides a significant opportunity for not only the rail industry, but the UK as a whole.
As the recent National Infrastructure Commission report outlined, the use of existing 3G/4G networks for train connectivity has been unsuccessful, largely due to number of tunnels, cuttings and regional 3G/4G black-spots in the UK. Project SWIFT provides a viable alternative.
Led by Cisco CREATE, the company’s Collaborative Research and Emerging Technologies division, working with government, industry, research institutions and start-ups to accelerate innovation, Project SWIFT will highlight how high-speed in-carriage connectivity will improve the experience for passengers and help train operators provide better, more reliable and profitable services.
Project SWIFT has been initially implemented on a full scale train and test track near Stratford-upon-Avon, and will now see a limited duration roll-out on one of the current fleet of ScotRail trains that operate services between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The project will utilise existing trackside fibre to backhaul data from trackside masts. The masts will use unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum to connect trains to this fibre, with a lossless session handover between masts as low as 2 milliseconds. Both existing and newly installed masts will be used along the Edinburgh-Glasgow route to ensure that consistent coverage can be trialled along the line, regardless of tunnels and cuttings.
The proof of concept trial will commence later this year, and run until the end of March 2018.
The project goes beyond providing Internet access to passengers, and investigates what becomes possible when you add data and insight to connections:
  • Passengers left standing, while other carriages are empty? In-train Wi-Fi can be used to provide insight into crowding, enabling the Train Operator to display, at the station or in an app, information on which carriages have spare seats, so all capacity can be best used. Indeed, if a train is very crowded, a passenger might choose to wait for the next one if they know they will get a seat. In the future, this could be tied to Smart Ticketing to offer passengers paid upgrades to first class if there are seats available.
  • Lack of phone signal on the train? Using the network infrastructure as backhaul, the quality of VoIP or Wi-Fi calling can be greatly improved – with no dropped calls or redialing – even in tunnels. With better carriage utilisation, partnered with consistent Internet connectivity, use of collaboration technologies like video conferencing on trains now becomes a truly viable option.
  • Safer, more reliable services. Project SWIFT also has the potential to provide advanced insight for train operators, enabling greater safety, security and maintenance capabilities with access to CCTV and train monitoring in real time. Current CCTV relies on storing footage on the train to be used for investigation after the event, if an incident occurs. With high speed connectivity, those cameras can be networked, with incidents monitored and detected live – alerting the Train Operator and transport police.
  • Productivity that isn’t limited to your day job. Fast, effective access combined with opt-in location data could enable unique retail opportunities. For instance, a passenger could shop online, pickup up their shopping at their final destination – or commuters could order shopping on the way to work and collect it at their home station on return.
Supporting quotes:
  • Scot Gardner, Chief Executive, Cisco UK & Ireland commented “Project SWIFT embodies the art of the possible. If the UK is to truly benefit from what digital technologies have to offer, then connectivity has to be a given – even when travelling at 140mph.” He added “If only a fraction of the time that we spend travelling is made more productive, the potential for commuters, the train companies and the UK as a whole is immense.”
  • In a capacity that will see ScotRail prove this concept on their network for the wider benefit of the rail industry, Rob Shorthouse, ScotRail Alliance Communications Director said: “We are delighted to be a part of this project. Our customers consistently tell us that one of the things that they expect on their journey is fast, reliable Wi-Fi. This pilot scheme, which we are undertaking on behalf of the entire rail industry, will allow us to fully understand how we take our current on-train WiFi to the next level. We are really excited to be involved.”
  • Matthew Grisoni, Vice President, Oil, Gas and Consumer Services, CGI “CGI is really pleased to working on this important digital connectivity activity, which has the potential to be adopted across the UK’s extensive train network.  Working closely with all the consortium partners in this pilot deployment demonstrates our commitment to working with the best people, expertise and innovation in order to improve the world for consumers through technology. SWIFT has applications within and beyond the transport world, and we look forward to expanding this important pilot.”
  • Amy Lai, Founder and CEO, Wittos “Project SWIFT enables us to rethink the role that connectivity plays in rail passenger experiences. Focusing on what the customer wants is key. Our Connected Intelligence analytics platform identifies the small data moments of how connectivity is being used. This empowers train operators to actively shape the demand for more relevant connected services. Excitingly, we believe a new ecosystem of data-driven applications will emerge through the Project SWIFT Open Innovation Challenge call for destination marketing and disruption management.”
  • "Innovate UK is delighted by the progress of this collaboration, delivering real benefits to the travelling public and offering significant opportunities for smaller UK businesses to work with Cisco, a world leader in information technology. This project has brought together a unique combination of skills and technology to deliver what promises to be a highly successful demonstration between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and offering significant potential for other routes in the UK and worldwide." Kelvin Davies, Innovation Lead, Connected Transport, Innovate UK.
As part of Project SWIFT, start-ups and SME’s have been invited to participate in an open innovation challenge that utilizes live data from the project. Participants will build applications to enable continuous innovation for passengers, and train operators. For more information on the challenge, visit
Today’s announcement is the latest example of Cisco’s commitment to support digitisation in the UK. Cisco’s digitisation strategy is a long-term partnership with government, industry and academia to deliver real outcomes faster and more effectively for the country. It is part of Cisco’s global commitment to accelerating digitisation of countries around the world. For further examples, please visit the Cisco Newsroom.
About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.
Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.
About ScotRail
Abellio ScotRail started operating on 1 April 2015. ScotRail provides passenger train services throughout Scotland with intercity, regional and suburban rail services across the Scottish national rail network. 
Abellio ScotRail is responsible for 4,850 employees, carrying 227,000 passengers on 2,000 services per day with 794 train vehicles.
About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services, including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website:
About Wittos
Wittos is focused on empowering the local space to develop an understanding of the actual behaviours of connected consumers based on data, not guess work or assumptions, from the local space’s wireless network. Our next-gen data-driven approach blends live behavioural analytics with an open ecosystem who, in turn, generate a virtuous circle of real-time end-user value. This means that WiFi utilisation is properly forecasted, importantly the demand for connectivity can be shaped and sustainable monetisation opportunities can start to flow. ​Website:
Innovate UK
Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon. With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:
  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

NBCUniversal Accelerates Transition to IP and Cloud with Cisco Media Blueprint

Companies align on converged and virtualized IP infrastructure approach to build the "Media Factory" of the future

AMSTERDAM, IBC, September 15, 2017 – By incorporating more cloud and IP technologies across its Network Origination and Media Operations Centers, NBCUniversal continues to produce and distribute more content across more devices than ever before. From broadcasting, to live streaming on social media, to mixed reality experiences, it has expanded options for viewers in a variety of immersive formats.
NBCUniversal has aligned with Cisco® Media Blueprint to transition NBCUniversal’s broadcast and video network architecture to IP and Cloud based on a set of IP-based infrastructure and software solutions that accelerate the creation, delivery and monetization of immersive experiences, as well as Cisco Advanced Services.
Key projects to date include the transition from serial digital interface (SDI) technology to IP with Cisco IP Fabric for Media, managing video distribution over terrestrial IP with the Cisco Virtual Digital Content Manager (DCM) and the Cisco D9800 Network Transport Receiver platform, and virtualizing media workflows in the Media Operations Centers based on the Cisco Media Data Center solution.
“IP truly is the video distribution mechanism of the future, to efficiently deliver video in all formats to all screens with a quality experience,” said Keith Jackson, CTO and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations and Technology, NBCUniversal. “Our work with Cisco to build the Media Factory has defined our path to an IP transition for simpler and better networking and media delivery practices through automation and virtualization.”
“Cisco and NBCUniversal continue to drive innovation together,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and chief architect, Cisco. “We have crossed many milestones over the years to pave the way for IP in broadcast, pioneering application and software-led practices for live production and post production work flows.”
Cisco is building the simplified, automated and virtualized network platform of the future based on industry-leading software, systems, silicon and services. This enables service providers, media and web companies worldwide to reduce costs, speed time-to-market, help secure their networks and sustain profitable growth.
Supporting Resources
About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.
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Cisco Media Blueprint Blazes Innovation Trail Helping Global Customers Digitize Media Production

AMSTERDAM, IBC, September 15, 2017 – As consumer demand for more content in greater resolutions across their devices grows, media and entertainment companies are advancing their media production and distribution operations to accommodate the industry shift to IP, 4K, OTT, and mobile video.
Cisco, together with its ecosystem partners, is implementing an innovative approach to helping global media customers transition to software-defined, cloud-based architecture with multivendor integration for faster, scalable, and secure media production workflows in any environment.
Cisco® Media Blueprint, a set of IP-based infrastructure and software solutions that accelerate the migration to IP and cloud technology, is helping media companies—including content and service providers, broadcasters, and entertainment companies—realize the benefits of an automated, video-aware network that can prioritize media production workloads to meet dynamic requirements for live and file-based content production and postproduction.
What’s new?
Recent customers aligned with Cisco’s strategy for media network transformation include Arena TV, BBC Wales, CANAL+, Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, NBCUniversal, Technicolor, Viacom and more. Cisco Media Blueprint is helping these and many other customers drive toward business outcomes, including:
  • Support existing and new business and operating models from an IP foundation
  • Produce more content in higher resolutions to more deeply engage audiences
  • Confidently capture new opportunities by reducing security vulnerabilities
Supporting this initiative, a new training program is being designed. Its aim is to meet the needs of media and entertainment companies and broadcasters by equipping engineers and technicians with the skills needed to migrate video production to IP. Cisco will introduce a two-day foundational training and a five-day technical deep-dive training in spring 2018.
“We have been working closely with our customers around the world to map out transition paths to IP and cloud,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and chief architect, Cisco. “Our Media Blueprint offers everything it takes to build an automated, programmable IP foundation that can support them through this new era of video networking.”
Cisco is building the simplified, automated, and virtualized network platform of the future based on industry-leading software, systems, silicon, and services. This enables service providers and media and web companies worldwide to reduce costs, speed time to market, help secure their networks, and sustain profitable growth.
Supporting resources
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About Cisco 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.
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Viacom Optimizes Its Video Distribution Network in North America with Cisco

AMSTERDAM, IBC, September 15, 2017  – Viacom Inc. and Cisco today announced their collaboration to build a versatile video network foundation that will enhance Viacom’s distribution of its premier branded content across multiple linear, digital and mobile screens for viewers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Working together with Cisco, Viacom and its affiliates will be able to leverage the advanced feature set of the Cisco® D9800 Network Transport Receiver to realize greater efficiencies around content reception and distribution.
“Viacom continues to invest in the right technology to bring compelling programming to its affiliates and world-class entertainment experiences to its fans,” said David Kline, chief technology officer, Viacom.  “Aligning with Cisco accelerates the company’s migration to a next gen video distribution network, strengthening our delivery of advanced viewing experiences and enabling affiliates to evolve their platform architecture."
“Cisco is focused on helping our media customers accelerate the migration of legacy systems and services to the next-gen entertainment services people want," said Conrad Clemson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Platforms and Applications, Cisco. "Our work with Viacom continues our legacy of helping the world's leading content providers incorporate the latest innovation in compression technologies and move closer to cloud-powered and all-IP video delivery."
Supporting Resources
About Viacom
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces programming for television and other platform. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at and Twitter feed at
About Cisco 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.
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Mellanox Appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the appointment ofShlomit Weiss to senior vice president of silicon engineering. Ms. Weiss will report to Eyal Waldman, Mellanox's president and CEO.

Monday, September 18, 2017

What Is a Bing Business Bot and How Does Your Small Business Get One?

Small businesses rely on each employee to wear several hats, but being a jack-of-all-trades also takes time away from employees to do their job and do it well. Small business owners need as much help as possible, whether that is freeing up the hostess to get away from the phones and greet customers or focusing your executive administrator on running the front office instead of taking payments.
An employee’s day can easily be derailed by customers calling to ask the same questions over and over again; Are you open today? Where can I pay my bill? How do I find your prices? Where are you located? So, it’s easy to understand the necessity Bing sees in creating chatbots for small businesses. Chatbots save your paid employees time, which saves you money.

Integrating Artificial Intelligence into Cybersecurity: Collaboration is the Key….!

We have seen from the previous two posts on cybersecurity and AI the importance of using advanced technology to stay ahead of cybercriminals.

Why Blockchain Matters More Than You Think!

Fortinet CISO Philip Quade Interview with TAG Cyber Media | CyberSecurity

#cybersecurity #Fortinet

IBM Big SQL Overview

Exploring insights on Sepsis using IBM DSX Local

Bitcoin's usefulness is here to stay: Patrick Byrne

IBM and IBC Report: Increased Viewing of Mobile Video Content is Driving Consumer Demand for Better Content Experiences

IBM and IBC Report: Increased Viewing of Mobile Video Content is Driving Consumer Demand for Better Content Experiences

• More than half of consumers watch videos on mobile devices – expected to grow 45 percent in three years
• 92 percent of media and entertainment executives say cognitive will play an important role in the future of their business
ARMONK, N.Y., and AMSTERDAM - 14 Sep 2017: Digital video consumption is viral and, according to a new study released today by IBM (NYSE: IBM) and International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), more than half of the 21,000 consumers surveyed are using mobiles every day to watch streaming videos, and that number is expected to grow 45 percent in the next three years.
Today, the explosive growth of new digital content available via online video distribution networks such as YouTube competes directly with traditional broadcasting creating a new connected landscape with data at the center. With this shift in industry competition, media and entertainment companies aim to maximize content investment and return while providing a differentiated and exceptional customer experience. Ninety-two percent of surveyed media and entertainment executives say cognitive technologies will play an important role in the future of their business.
Released this week at IBC’s annual conference, the “Creating a ‘living’ media partner for your consumers: A cognitive future for media and entertainment” study, conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value, is based on findings from two studies. The first is a survey of nearly 21,000 consumers in 42 countries about their video consumption habits, and the second offers insights from 500 global media and entertainment executives about the impact of cognitive computing on their industry.
Globally, the study found 51 percent of surveyed consumers--and 67 percent in emerging markets—access free, over-the-Internet video from providers such as YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat, whereas 48 percent access video through regular subscription services from traditional pay-TV providers. Among the 55 percent of surveyed respondents who watch video regularly on mobile devices, about a quarter spend one to two hours using mobile broadband instead of WiFi. Despite consumers’ drive to go mobile, many respondents say the experience leaves much to be desired. For example, 65 percent of surveyed consumers very often or regularly experience buffering problems and 62 percent have long waiting times to start a video.
Although media companies have advanced in recent years, most lag digital disruptors in the application of data, machine learning and advanced automation to deliver next-generation experiences at scale. Cognitive capabilities can play a critical role in this transformation by unlocking and interpreting previously inaccessible data, yielding audience, content and contextual insights that can help media companies reach viewers with compelling, personalized experiences.
To deliver audience-tailored services in the moment, broadcasters must gain actionable, relevant insights from large amounts of data, leveraging advanced data tools and cognitive systems. In fact, organizations such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club who organize the Championships,Wimbledon are already using cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to create, acquire and program content, personalize services, manage advertising inventory management, streamline production and enhance staff productivity.
Cognitive tools can also be applied to interpret video and audio content in terms of sentiment and automating the identification of key moments of interest. Applied at major events such as the Masters and the U.S. Open, these tools help streamline the editing process and support customization at scale to better serve individual fan interests.
"The proliferation of video platforms and services are enabling more dynamic social, short-form, and immersive content formats that creates cross-platform competition for traditional licensed and original content," says Michael Crimp, CEO, IBC. "This is a challenge for advertisers and content providers to reach target audiences with relevant, personalized offerings and messages--to succeed they need to embrace technologies and innovations in the marketplace, such as cognitive computing."
“With an ever-increasing array of devices and over-the-top direct-to-consumer platforms, connected consumers are now clearly demanding high quality and personalized anytime, anywhere content experiences,” said Steven Canepa, Managing Director, Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Industry, IBM.  “The challenge is to use the data emanating from this connectedness for competitive advantage.  Cognitive computing allows media companies to better understand their audiences, to enhance customer choice and engagement, and to derive the insights necessary to better connect the right content with the right audience member.”
With the rapid evolution of customer preferences and demands, media companies face immense pressure in a hyper-competitive market. The IBV and IBC recommend organizations embrace the opportunities that the marketplace is currently presenting by:
  • Applying cognitive technology to achieve personalization. Delighting and engaging each individual consumer by understanding the personalized, in-the-moment experiences each customer craves is critical. Cognitive applications in media and entertainment can help do just that, by delivering audience insights and content enrichment, as well as content prediction to create a compelling customer experience based on audience preferences, affinities and tastes.
  • Revamping infrastructure to meet the coming demands. Moving from several hundred channels to several million “cable channels for one” that predict and serve individual needs in real time will require much more flexible and scalable processes. Companies will need to implement hyperscalable systems to manage the ever-expanding data processing necessary to analyze, personalize, and distribute video content. Such a platform must be scalable to accommodate growth, resilient to support uninterrupted service and secure to manage identities and protect valuable assets. Content value chains —from acquisition through production to distribution —need to be unified, requiring workflow automation, which must consider the media content, associated rights and technical and descriptive metadata. Media workflow systems must monitor system infrastructure, the location of content and distribution channel characteristics. By applying cognitive methods to both audience insights and content distribution, media companies can create an architecture that scales automatically based on predictions of audience demands and peak loads, helping to match costs and resources dynamically to changing market conditions and business or operational needs.
  • Reengineering business models to profit from in the new media landscape. Media companies will need to make backend systems and processes more intelligent to fully monetize the new opportunities while cutting costs and refocusing investment on content and customer experience. As media companies look to the future, those that apply data to optimize revenues and costs and strip out non-core activities will free up funds to reinvest in content and enabling technologies, driving further growth and success. Emerging technologies like cognitive solutions and blockchain may play a key role in that future. Industry leaders will be those who can institutionalize such capabilities as part of their Digital Reinvention efforts and focus their companies on investing in great content and delivering superior customer experiences.
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