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Internet of Things (IoT) is the in thing that no sane company would neglect. BlackBerry after its recent smart phone is also into IoT and has a complete platform. Main vertical applications targeted are automotive and asset tracking for now. Here is about the platform in Blackberry's own words. "The BlackBerry® IoT Platform is here to give you that control, providing a cloud-based solution that lets you build and manage IoT applications and devices in a secure, efficient, and scalable way." Highlights: Security: via BlackBerry cryptography and Key Management technology-The IoT platform is hosted in the secure, global BlackBerry infrastructure. Scalability: Massive scalability at every layer, instantaneous data indexing with no bottlenecks and redundant long-term storage. Efficiency: Superb messaging both event-driven and store-and-forward You want to try it out. It... (more)

Scott Jenson's Google #IoT Session @ThingsExpo

Internet of Things at Google Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Scott Jenson has been at the forefront of user interface design for over 25 years. He was the first member of the User Interface group at Apple in the late 80s, working on System 7, the Apple Human Interface Guidelines and the original Newton. Following that he was Director of Product Design for Symbian, then managed the mobile UX group at Google and was Creative Director at frog design. Scott is now back at Google, on a quest to bridge the physical and digital worlds. Exclusive Photo: Physical Web beacon prototype (pen for scale) Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic... (more)

Personal Branding Checklist

This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is now that much more challenging since your competition is as good as, or better, than you. To paraphrase David Samuel, the bloke who got me into personal branding after I saw him speak a few years ago; he spoke about of why you need personal branding. His audience was a group from a large teleco... (more)

Has the Technology Bounceback Begun?

2004 was the year that saw the iPod blaze its trail through the technology heaven, saw Google Inc. go public and double its share price from $100 to $200, and watched the fortune of RIM (of Blackberry fame) founder Mike Lazaridis's fortunes grow still further as wireless e-mail became more and more the rule and not the exception. But what of 2005? Has a wider technology bounceback begun? At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2005 last week, the answer seemed to be a resounding: "Yes!" As everyone who has not been living in a cave for the past 29 years knows, Microsoft is 100% devoted to changing the world. "Most people are still not in the digital realm," said Bill Gates in his opening keynote at CES. But it is far from being the only onion in the stew. The industry-wide 'return of technology' has begun. Even Gates himself acknowledged we stand at the threshhold of ... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

Unisys Provides Mobile Support

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced Unisys End-User Productivity Services, an innovative suite of services designed to provide organizations with the ability to support an increasingly mobile, technology-smart workforce that values integration of consumer technologies into the workplace. The new Unisys services will enable CIOs to reduce end-user costs by providing support for devices, desktops, applications and mobility through a flexible mixture of traditional, virtualized and secure cloud-based service delivery models. The services are designed to meet the requirements of today’s multi-generational workforce with diverse expectations about where and how they work, the best IT resources to use and the type of IT support they need to maximize productivity in their preferred work environment. “As the saying goes, work is something you do, not a place you go,”... (more)

Tim Bray: "iPod? Blackberry? Texting? Not For Me, Thanks"

Related Links: XML Pioneer Tim Bray Applauds Newest Version of NeoOffice/J "Wherever I am, my laptop is with me, and if it's turned on, it's on the Net unless I'm out of WiFi range. It has an excellent screen for looking at pictures and is a fine music box." This simple truth is at the heart of XML pioneer Tim Bray's personal decision to steer clear of PDAs or the Blackberry. (The italics are ours.) "Of course," he blogged on Tuesday, "there are lots of times when the computer isn't on: when I'm walking, or in a car, or shopping. Of course, I'd still like to be connected some of those times. To be precise, I'd like to be connected by voice; what I need is a good old-fashioned telephone." Bray continues: "What I Need, and Don't So, I need a mobile device that is a phone, and I also always have a camera so if the two were one, that would be OK. It would be nice to be abl... (more)

1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Cultural Observations

Parand Darugar's Blog I was at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo last week preparing for my talk and observing my fellow attendees. Interesting stuff. The gentlemen seated on either side of me at the last talk were Japanese. As I fumbled around with my Blackberry and iPhone while trying to get Wifi to work on the laptop and reading email, I noticed the rapt attention paid by these gents to the speaker. Both listened attentively and took photos of every slide with their ever-present digital cameras. One took copious notes while the other not only took notes but also recorded the audio. This has me wondering - are the Japanese simply better listeners that we are? Are they less afflicted with crackberry syndrome? Or does the fact that they had to fly half way around the world to attend a conference naturally orient them to paying more atten... (more)

Linux in the News

"The Internet created - and creatively destroyed - great wealth. It also created a culture legitimizing intellectual property theft. When you defend intellectual property, you speak an unpleasant truth. People don't like to hear unpleasant truths. The alternative to this fight, however, is the death of an industry and thousands of jobs lost." Darl McBride, discussing the content of his Enterprise IT Week/Computer Digital Expo keynote address, titled "There's No Free Lunch -- Or Free Linux," in which McBride will lay out his assertion that without paid software, there would be little or no free software. [Excerpt from an interview with Clayton Christensen:] Investor's Business Daily: What other disruptive technologies do you see? Christensen: In data storage, companies like Network Appliance and Veritas are disruptive to the big storage technology providers (by creating... (more)

Cingular Wireless Debuts in New York City

(July 15, 2002) - Cingular Wireless, the second largest wireless carrier in the nation, has begun serving the metro New York City area. Cingular's entry into New York means the wireless carrier is now in all top 10 markets and 43 of the top 50, covering 217 million people in the U.S. Cingular has already had a presence in the region through its Mobitex service for BlackBerry. Last October, Cingular signed a network-sharing agreement with VoiceStream to allow Cingular to offer service in New York City on VoiceStream's network, in exchange for VoiceStream's use of Cingular's network to serve customers in California and Nevada. Cingular has just opened 55 retail locations in the metro area, and plans to open more than 200 stores in the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey in the next two years. Rather than the typical wireless "hardware store," Cing... (more)

BEA Predicts "New World Order" Based On Middleware

According to BEA's CTO, Mark Carges, the telecommunications industry needs new middleware to help it provide customers with the mix of voice, data, and wireless services they want. The comments were made at a press conference in San Francisco yesterday, as BEA unveiled its SIP Server for telecommunications companies. According to Carges, Java application servers are not enough to helps telecommunications companies run their back-office billing systems. According to him, new application servers are needed to administer the latest, customer-facing applications and deliver new services such as voice over Internet Protocol and instant messaging over IP. "The line is blurring between the application server and the telecommunications server," Carges said. BEA announced its WebLogic Session Initiation Protocol Server or SIP Server for telecommunications companies, an indu... (more)