California: Google is rumored to be opening for Google TV streaming service. The tech giant is said to be developing a streaming service similar to cable TV services, such as Hulu or Netflix.
Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, according to sources who declined to be named. The source revealed that Google has approached several media companies to discuss licensing and television program content. Google wants to provide more services to Google TV via channels such as television package, but by using a broadband connection.
Google TV audience of streaming content will not require registration and subscription requirements as well as cable television service. Google TV so users will not be charged monthly. Google TV is not much different from the Apple TV. But the Apple TV first implement streaming TV service.
Google seems to need to fight hard to make it happen because just like the Apple TV earlier, the problem of security issues and also the reluctance of media companies to cooperate with Web TV newcomers a big challenge.
Maxthon, a cloud-based browser, today released a new version of its Windows browser that uses a revolutionary new microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), significantly reducing power consumption while offering superior video performance. AMD’s new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) leverages new technology to make transactions between the graphics processing unit (GPU) and the central processing unit (CPU) faster and more energy-efficient than ever before.
“New chip architecture like AMD’s APU product is a clear signpost to where we believe the Web technology is heading: more happening in the chip and the browser serving as more of an open standards operating system,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon. “We’re proud to collaborate with AMD on such an exciting step forward.”
The GPU handles the processing of rich media including graphics and video, while the CPU manages the heavy lifting of analytical and logic-based functions. Until now, communicating across these two units has depended on a serial data connection that processes millions of functions per second, often resulting in a sluggish and power-consuming Web experience.
The partnership allows Maxthon to optimize the Windows browser for lightning-quick interaction between the APU to speed up video and graphics rendering, particularly using HTML5 standards for which Maxthon is the global leader in support. Among other things, the Maxthon Cloud browser is using OpenCL for lightning quick HTML5 video post processing to offer richer, faster video.
“In the near future what we now know as TV will be mediated through a Web browser optimized for innovative technology like AMD’s APU processors,” said Karl Mattson, vice president of Maxthon International. “Among other things, that means the electronic ‘hearth’ of the TV in the family room will be freed to be available to any device connected to the Web running a browser like Maxthon.”
Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior Web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries.
A full-day, duo-instructor workshop called Deliver Projects on Time™ With eXtreme Project Management® is now available to be scheduled for public or private classes. Not your typical re-explanation of thePMBOK® Guide or yet another “How to Be Agile” class, we’ve combined two popular full-day workshops, “Deliver Projects On Time, Every Time!” with Doug DeCarlo Group’s “eXtreme Project Management” into an accelerated, one-day workshop.
This is the only workshop that giveas you proven Agile tools to accelerate planning and on-time delivery for any project. One day, 8 PDUs, two instructors, and a “lively” way to learn! PMI member registration fees start at $299 (early bird). For more information, point your browser to http://www.DeliverExtremeProjects.com.
For folks that can’t spare a full-day workshop we’ve created a new half-day Project Managers Agile Boot Camp. The instructional material has been condensed to give you what you need to understand project agility in just under four hours. You’ll learn how to distinguish the characteristics between the PMBOK® Guide, traditional waterfall, and Agile (Scrum) approaches to project management. The workshop is facilitated by Ken Whitaker, an experienced project manager, software executive, instructor, and author.
The workshop is highly interactive, lively, and impactful. Attendee registration fees for the 3.5-hour of instruction is competitive priced starting at $159.
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Calif. (AP) — Adobe Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it has closed on a $600 million purchase of Neolane, a French company that provides technology for marketing campaigns.
Adobe, which makes Photoshop and other creative software and is shifting its business to a subscription model, said that Neolane would bolster its digital-marketing services.
The San Jose, Calif., company already has digital marketing services, including analytics and targeting. Neolane’s technology, meanwhile, helps companies manage marketing campaigns on the Internet, email, social media and mobile devices, as well as through call centers and direct mail. It has more than 400 customers around the world, many of whom also used Adobe services.
When it announced its plans for the deal last month, Adobe said buying Neolane would not significantly affect its results this year. The company couldn’t estimate the effect of the acquisition on future earnings.
Adobe’s stock closed Monday at $48.28, up 28 percent this year.
Adobe Digital Marketing Forum — Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) today announced the availability of the all-new Adobe® Social, which now features integration with Flickr, Foursquare, Instagram and LinkedIn, in addition to social predictive publishing capabilities, a mobile user interface, streamlined reporting, and new collaborative features. Adobe Social is the first solution specifically designed to leverage the new Adobe Marketing Cloud interface, which enables on-the-go marketing capabilities from any device. Adobe Social, a key element of Adobe Marketing Cloud, enables marketers to scale social marketing across their organizations, listen and respond to customer conversations, and connect the dots between social interactions and business results.
“Today’s social marketers are challenged to validate their social spend,” said Bill Ingram, vice president of product management, Digital Marketing, Adobe. “Adobe Social makes it easy to measure business impact from social campaigns and use that data to optimize strategy in a highly visual format.”
New Social Platforms Supported
On a daily basis, social marketers attempt to listen to the vast amounts of available social data, use that data to publish compelling content and then create better digital experiences for their audience. At the same time, they look to foster two-way conversations with customers and prospects to nurture these relationships. And they need to do all of this across an ever-growing number of social platforms.
With that in mind, Adobe Social is now integrated with Flickr, Foursquare and Instagram, which complement existing integrations with Facebook, Google+, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and many more to offer the most comprehensive understanding of social conversations, consumer behavior, and real-time trends. The addition of Foursquare is unique as Adobe Social is the first to capitalize on the social network’s exclusive partnership with leading data provider, Gnip, to leverage the full fire hose of Foursquare’s check-in data. Access to local-mobile data will help social marketers understand the movement in customer check-ins, the competitive landscape, and how localized marketing initiatives align with specific venue check-in data.
Adobe Social is also adding the ability to publish content to and analyze metrics associated with LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups, features that will support relationship-building on this critical professional network. The addition of these new platforms increases Adobe’s consumer touch-points, enabling social marketers to scale across the enterprise and build a more complete understanding of the consumer.
“Adobe Social is enabling Mastercard to seamlessly engage with local markets around the world, building trust through online listening, conversation and community,” said Adam Broitman, vice president, Global Digital Marketing, Mastercard. “Now that’s priceless.”
Predictive Publishing Predicts Social Content Performance
Adobe also made available today a powerful new predictive publishing capability for Adobe® Social, which predicts social engagement on individual pieces of content and automatically suggests ideal timing to improve how that content will perform. The new predictive publishing feature in Adobe Social helps social teams deliver content that will best resonate with their audience. And because the solution learns as it goes, it continually refines recommendations and gets smarter with each action.
New Adobe Marketing Cloud Interface
Utilizing the new unified Adobe Marketing Cloud interface, now available for Adobe Social, marketers and their teams can now surface valuable insights and collaborate more effectively. This collaboration extends not only across their own company but across distributed external teams as well—improving workflows, streamlining marketing activities, and maximizing ROI. With the new single sign-on feature, customers can directly access Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions from within one unified interface, and the new social feed will deliver relevant internal content and insights shareable across Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions.
Mozilla has just released Firefox 22 browser with integrated support for 3D gaming, video calls, and file sharing. Thus, application developers can create applications that can run in the browser without the need to use third party plugins.
Firefox has aged 15 years, and according to vice president of Firefox Engineering, Johnathan Nightingale, the browser has changed in terms of how people use it. Browser applications have been the key to connect to the internet and used to locate information and software, and therefore the present browser must be built for the needs of people and how they use them more quickly.
To highlight the potential of this feature, Mozilla has made a 3D game called BananaBread. This game utilizing WebRTC, asm.js, WebGL, and Emscripten.
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Chat on Instant Messenger Applications Through One Application
Nimbuz is a place for you who have an account on a popular instant messenger applications. So by using Nimbuzz, you can chat on Yahoo Messenger account, Facebook Chat, or Google talk, through one application that is Nimbuzz.
d6-435-nimbuzzMetode it uses diverse, can through desktop applications that must be installed first, or can be directly through the browser by logging in using an account on the official website through Webchat feature. To check if the connection is using Nimbuzz goes well, provided a useful bot to respond to the chat that you do.
Nimbuzz also has the facility to call abroad at a cheaper cost than using regular telephone rates. You do this by purchasing credits through Nimbuzz! Out with the subscription fee is offered. Similarly, the video chat facility if you have a webcam or a camera that supports it. Share files such as audio, image, or video are also possible as most similar applications.
Nimbuzz Messenger comes complete various platforms, ranging from PC desktop to mobile. For the mobile platform is available on Android based operating systems, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian and Java. Nimbuzz also features a comprehensive list of some brands of mobile phones that support this application. And users can perform a cross-platform chat so that you more easily in touch with relatives in cyberspace.
What: Workplace-management software-solutions providerAsure Software, Inc. (ASUR) will present “Maximizing the Benefits of the Workforce Management Evolution,” a complimentary live webinar that will address trending, innovative uses for time and attendance data collection that can bring significant impact and competitive positioning to an organization, now and in the future. The session will be presented by Cooper Caywood, Asure Software Vice President of Client Services.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. EDT.
How: To register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/15yYeXE. HR.com members must login to register for the webcast. Non-members can sign up for a free HR.com membership athttp://www.hr.com/en/memberships/ and register for the webinar when their HR.com membership has been confirmed. Webcast participants need a computer with Internet access. Registered participants will receive complete login information 24 hours and two hours prior to the event. They also will receive a copy of the presentation slides and a Real Media file of the presentation that can be downloaded to and played on an iPod or MP3 player.
Why: The measurement of work time and the value of those measurements (data) continue to evolve in striking ways with impactful results. Time and attendance data remains a primary input into the process of workforce compensation. However, as technology, the workforce, and business environments have evolved, the collection processes and value of this time data has undergone seismic shifts as well.
Takeaways: Webinar participants will learn about: technological advances that elevate what used to be deemed as utilitarian tasks into strategic value; accommodating and ever-changing workforce that has become more geographically disperse, mobile and global; and increasing the value of time and labor management data for better decision-making.
About Asure Software
Asure Software, Inc., (ASUR) headquartered in Austin, Texas, offers cloud-based time and labor management and workspace management solutions that enable businesses to control their biggest costs — labor, real estate and technology — and prepare for the workforce of the future in a highly mobile, geographically disparate and technically wired work environment. Asure serves approximately 6,000 clients worldwide and currently offers two main product lines: AsureSpace™workplace management solutions enable organizations to maximize the ROI of their real estate, andAsureForce® time and labor management solutions deliver efficient management of human resource and payroll processes.
My dissatisfaction with PC OEMs is something I have documented in the past. They offer a confusing array of products and tend to cut corners in the worst ways imaginable. The OEM response to Windows 8 has been to produce a wide range of machines sporting novel form factors to fit all sorts of niches, both real and imagined.
One niche that the OEMs haven’t tried to fill, however, has been sub-10-inch tablets. That’s not altogether surprising. Microsoft designed Windows 8 for screens of 10 inches or more, and initially the operating system’s hardware requirements had a similar constraint.
That decision looked a little short-sighted after the success of tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. Accordingly, Microsoft changed the rules in March, opening the door to a range of smaller Windows tablets.
The Acer Iconia W3 is the first—and currently the only—8-inch Windows tablet. That attribute alone makes it in some sense noteworthy. Sadly, it’s about the only thing that does.
Spec-wise, this is another Intel Clover Trail tablet, and its internals are basically the same as the devices that launched last year (such as its bigger brother, the Acer Iconia W510). This means 1.8 GHz, dual core, four thread Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB flash storage (which with Acer’s default partitioning leaves a little over 29 GB usable), front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n (no 5 GHz support). There’s a micro-HDMI and micro-USB port for external connectivity (a separate cable converts the micro USB port into a full-size one), along with an SD card slot. The tablet has a speaker adequate for notification sounds but little more.
As a result, performance and battery life are similar to what we’ve seen before. The Iconia W3 comes equipped with full-blown Windows 8, unlike ARM tablets, so it can run any 32-bit Windows application—should you really want to. Clover Trail’s GPU performance is such that games and other graphics-intensive programs won’t run well, however.
The new bits on this tablet are really the screen and the size.
Screens are important. We spend essentially all our time interacting with devices looking at screens. Cost-cutting on screens is unforgivable, as a bad screen will damage every single interaction you have with the device. This goes doubly so for tablets, where the screen works not only as an output device but also as the primary input device.
The Acer Iconia W3’s screen is a standout—because it is worst-in-class. I hated every moment I used the Iconia W3, and I hated it because I hated the screen. Its color accuracy and viewing angles are both miserable (whites aren’t white—they’re weirdly colorful and speckled). The screen has a peculiar grainy appearance that makes it look permanently greasy. You can polish as much as you like; it will never go away. The whole effect is reminiscent in some ways of old resistive screens.
It’s hard to overstate just how poor this screen is. At any reasonable tablet viewing distance, the color of the screen is uneven. The viewing angle is so narrow that at typical hand-held distances, the colors change across the width of the screen. At full arm’s length the screen does finally look even, but the device is obviously unusable that way.
Acer has clearly skimped on the screen. I’m sure the panel in the W3 was quite cheap, and that may be somewhat reflected in the unit’s retail price ($379 for a 32GB unit, $429 for this 64GB one—putting it at the same price as the 32GB iPad mini, which has a comparable amount of available disk space), but who cares? It doesn’t matter how cheap something is if you don’t want to use it at all.
This poor screen quality isn’t a question of resolution, either. 1280×800 is not a tremendously high resolution, but text looks crisp enough. At 186 pixels per inch, 1280×800 feels more or less OK for this size of device.
The low resolution does, however, have one significant drawback: it disables Windows 8’s side-by-side Metro multitasking, which requires a resolution of at least 1366×768. The W3’s screen is 86 pixels too narrow, so the Metro environment is strictly one application at a time.
This is an unfortunate decision. The side-by-side multitasking is one of the Metro environment’s most compelling features. Keeping Twitter or Messenger snapped to the side makes a lot of sense and works well. I’ve never used Windows 8 on a device that didn’t support side-by-side Metro multitasking before, and I don’t ever want to again.
Size-wise, the W3 may be small for a Windows tablet, but it’s not exactly small. It’s fat. The W3 is 11.4 mm thick. The iPad mini, in comparison, is 7.2 mm thick. The Iconia W3 is also heavy at 500 g; the iPad mini, in comparison, is 308 g. That makes the W3 more than 50 percent thicker and more than 50 percent heavier.
The thickness makes the lack of a full-sized USB port on the device more than a little confusing. There’s certainly room for a full USB port, and a full port would be more convenient than the dongle. But for whatever reason, Acer didn’t give us one.
The device itself feels solid enough, albeit plasticky. It doesn’t exude quality, but it’s a step or two up from the bargain basement.
The W3 also has a keyboard accessory. As is common for this kind of thing, the keyboard has no electrical connection to the tablet. It’s a Bluetooth keyboard powered by a pair of AAA batteries. It has a groove along the top that can hold the tablet in both landscape and portrait orientations and a clip on the back that lets you use the keyboard as a kind of screen protector.
The keyboard has to be manually paired to the tablet. It’s more or less full-size, with a reasonable key layout. It’s a typical mediocre keyboard. The feel is a little on the squishy side, lacking the crispness of, for example Microsoft’s Type Cover for its Surface tablets. It’s better than any on-screen keyboard, and to that extent it does its job. But it’s a long way from being an actually good keyboard.
The groove does hold the tablet up, and on a level surface the unit doesn’t topple over, but it’s not as satisfactory as some of the hinged keyboard/docks we’ve seen on other devices. Tilt the base while carrying it or using it on your lap and the tablet is liable to fall out.
SOA Software, a leading provider of API Management that helps businesses plan, build, secure, monitor and share APIs, announced today API Management for the IBM WebSphere DataPower family of SOA appliances. The new solution manages the full lifecycle of DataPower-based APIs and extends the capabilities of the widely deployed SOA Software Integrated Governance Solution for IBM DataPower.
This unified approach to managing both APIs and services extends the capabilities of DataPower infrastructure, enabling mobile and web solutions for internal mainframe and WebSphere MQ based services. SOA Software’s API Gateway, Lifecycle Manager for APIs and Community Manager have been integrated with DataPower, providing our customers a seamless API Management solution.
SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower goes beyond basic API management by offering management of the full API lifecycle. From plan, to build, to run, to share, the API Management solution provides the ability for customers to manage every aspect of both APIs and internal services using a single, comprehensive solution. With this new solution, customers can realize a complete API solution quickly and cost effectively.
“APIs present a challenge to IT organizations today,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software. “SOA Software’s unique approach to API management on DataPower allows IT organizations to keep pace with technology advances presented by next generation mobile and web applications while benefitting from the same rich enterprise support we already offer customers today. Our solution makes managing secure, integrated APIs easy, whether a mobile app needs to securely access mainframe data or a web application needs to initiate a business transaction using WebSphere MQ.”
The SOA Software API Management solution for DataPower supports a wide variety of API standards including REST, JSON, OAuth and OpenID. It ensures interoperability with diverse backend systems through its support for SOAP and WebSphere MQ. It supports diverse security standards including SAML, Kerberos, LDAP, X509 and WS-Security. DataPower’s enterprise integration capabilities for APIs are further strengthened by SOA Software’s rich orchestration features, as well as its support for transformations including WebSphere Transformation Extender. Support for monitoring, metrics, service level agreements, and API access control all ensure API programs run consistently and predictably.
The API Management solution for DataPower enables rich communities for DataPower API developers and app developers through its developer portal. The developer portal lets API developers publish their DataPower APIs for app developers to find and consume. Social media features, API documentation, and integrated forums make it easy for developers to collaborate. Real-time system monitoring gives developers up to date status of their APIs and apps.
APIs help organizations expose critical internal business data to their customers to increase transparency and improve the customer experience. SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower lets DataPower customers use DataPower to secure and integrate their APIs within an enterprise environment. The result is a cost effective, full lifecycle solution for DataPower APIs that makes it easy to quickly yet securely expose internal resources to mobile apps and Web applications.
About SOA Software
SOA Software is a leading provider of Enterprise API Management and SOA governance products that enable organizations to plan, build, run and share enterprise services and APIs. Some of the world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use SOA Software products to harness the power of their technology and transform their businesses. Gartner placed SOA Software in the Leaders Quadrant for the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies.”