Oct 31, 2015

Web.com Group Inc (WWWW) Issues Q4 Earnings Guidance

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[session] Building Internet of Things Devices By @IRJudson | @ThingsExpo #IoT

In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivan R. Judson, Senior Engineer at Microsoft, will explore AllJoyn, an application level protocol for the Internet of Things supported by Microsoft and other members of the AllSeen Alliance. He will present the Cordova plugin that enables Cordova-based applications to talk to AllJoyn-enabled devices and present open source clients for the Lifx light bulb, LG television, and a mobile chat application.

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Logz.io to Present at @DevOpsSummit | @Logzio #DevOps #Microservices

Logz.io, the Predictive ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) log analytics cloud service company, announced today that it was chosen to speak at DevOps Summit, which will take place on November 3-5 in Santa Clara, California. Logz.io will explore the entire process that we have undergone – through research, benchmarking, implementation, optimization, and customer success – in developing a processing engine that can handle petabytes of data. We will also discuss the requirements of such an engine in terms of scalability, resilience, security, and availability along with how the architecture accomplishes these requirements. Lastly, we will review the gory details of the technologies we have chosen, which are based mostly on open-source platforms including Kafka, Elasticsearch, and Docker as well as other proprietary technologies.

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Internet of Things: Great for Critical Infrastructure Connectivity, but What About Cybersecurity? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Many would argue that our critical infrastructure energy projects are only as reliable and secure as the technology serving them. Security will ultimately be the limiting factor on how much IoT is deployed. The traditional trade off of is either “easy to use” or “secure”, but not both is still relevant.

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Agema to Introduce Next-Gen Open Networking Platforms at @CloudExpo | @AgemaSystems #Cloud

Agema Systems, a provider of high performance Next-Gen Open Networking platform, invites network and virtualization professionals to attend Agema portfolio of 1G/10G/25G/40G and 100G product introduction at Cloud Expo® 2015, November 3-5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Agema will introduce high-speed, high-performance open networking white box switching platforms that enable networking professionals to transform legacy packet networks, reducing CAPEX and OPEX. While at Agema exhibit booth #317, attendees can obtain Agema product portfolio information for network virtualization and SDN implementation, learn about Agema's extensible modular NOS (Network Operating System), "Agema OS" and participate in a raffle drawing for Apple® iPad. The Agema OS integrates traditional L2/L3 protocol suites and restful APIs/flow agent in hybrid box providing seamless arbitration for controller base network flow and protocol base flow control.

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Harbinger Systems to Speak and Exhibit at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | @HarbingerSys #IoT #Cloud

Harbinger Systems, a global company providing software technology services, today announced that it is participating as a Speaker and an Exhibitor at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley from November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Managed by SYS-CON Events, the 17th International Cloud Expo brings the world of Cloud Computing, Big Data/analytics, Internet of Things and DevOps on one platform. “Participating as a speaker and an exhibitor for the third consecutive year makes this event special for us. This is an excellent platform to meet with industry veterans and exchange views on Cloud, Data Science and IoT. We are making investments in R&D and incubation initiatives in this realm; helping our customers stay ahead of the industry. We are thrilled to be taking part in Cloud Expo event,” said Suhas Joshi, Vice President - Technology, Harbinger Systems.

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Web.com Group Rating Reiterated by Roth Capital (WWWW)

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Oct 30, 2015

Toronto stock market declines sharply, Canadian dollar stronger Friday morning

Toronto stock market declines sharply, Canadian dollar stronger Friday morning
The Chronicle Journal - 12 hours ago
The Canadian dollar was up 0.12 cent at 76.07 cents US. On the commodity markets, the December gold contract fell $5.30 to US$1,142.00 an ounce, the December crude contract was down 26 cents at US$45.80 a barrel and December natural gas was flat ...

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The NEW DomainersMagazine.com

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Web.com Group (WWWW) Issues Earnings Results

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Web.com Group Receives "Hold" Rating from RBC Capital (WWWW)

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Kurento and WebRTC Business Models | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC

WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing these ideas and some early experiments performed in the Kurento open source software community in areas such as entertainment, video surveillance, interactive media broadcasting, gaming or advertising. He will conclude with a discussion of their potential business applications beyond plain call models.

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Webair to Present at @CloudExpo | @WebairInc #DevOps #Microservices

Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting, Colocation and Managed solutions, today announces that its Chief Technology Officer, Sagi Brody, will speak at Cloud Expo 2015 Silicon Valley, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Cloud Expo 2015 Silicon Valley is a world-class conference that brings together thought-leaders and cutting edge practitioners in the cloud / utility computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), DevOps and Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) space, which, in addition to prestigious industry keynotes and informative general sessions and panels, features a busy exhibition floor.

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Peer-to-Peer Data Sharing with WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #IoT #RTC #WebRTC

The handling of "data" has been limited to text chat and file download - all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, will look at different existing uses of peer-to-peer data sharing and how it can become useful in a live session to enable richer collaboration using WebRTC and HTML5.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 6 hours ago
WINNIPEG, October 30 - The Canadian dollar was flat against its US counterpart Friday morning as modest economic gains balanced lower crude oil futures.

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Bsquare Sponsors @ThingsExpo, Demonstrates the Business Case for IoT | @EmbeddedExperts #IoT

Bsquare's Director of Products, Dave McCarthy, will deliver a presentation from the main stage of the fourth annual @ThingsExpo, addressing the audience of IoT and cloud executives, vendors, media and analysts on "The Business Case for IoT." Bsquare will also demonstrate how its business-oriented IoT platform, DataVTM, adds intelligence and connectivity to remote corporate assets, and then utilizes the data generated to improve business outcomes such as uptime, asset utilization, warranty and maintenance cost reduction, and business and regulatory compliance.

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New Website. New Farmers.

USDA New Farmers homepage screen shot

USDA has been looking for ways to improve content delivery to our customers and making their first interaction with USDA and government a positive one. In 2014, USDA launched New Farmers, a website dedicated to helping new and beginning farmers and ranchers find the resources they need to start farming. But even back then, we knew we could do better.

Our reimagined New Farmers website features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner will need to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, to obtaining affordable healthcare for themselves and their employees. The site was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country, who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. We’ve even built a new “Discovery Tool”, where answering a series of questions about their operation, allows farmers to build a personalized set of recommendations of USDA programs and services that may meet their needs.

featured-301-x-212-US-Web-Design-Standards-desktop-tablet-and-phone-homeNew Farmers is a culmination of efforts on both the information and technology fronts. The site utilizes USDA’s soon-to-be-released Drupal Enterprise Framework (a platform we’re hoping every USDA website will end up on in the future) which allows for better content management, flexibility, and a truly responsive design that works on any computer or mobile device you’re on. Through some luck and good timing, we were able to incorporate Web industry standards from the very-recently released federal U.S. Web Design Standards. From visual style, grids and buttons, to form controls and navigation, our new site may serve as a blueprint for other things to come.

The big news this week was a new commitment from USDA to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years with the goal of increasing beginning farmer and rancher participation by 6.6%. We think this website is a big step in supporting that effort and also a leap forward in how we deliver information online to our customers.

Help us get the word out by using #newfarmers and pointing to usda.gov/newfarmers.

by Andrea Sigritz via DigitalGov

Chad Jones Shows IoT Game-Changers | @ThingsExpo @DeepInfoSci #IoT

Deep Information Sciences, the company that reimagined MySQL for the New Economy in the cloud, today announced that Chad Jones, its Chief Strategy Officer, will be a featured speaker at Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 3 – 5, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. In his session, “How Databases Can Stop Playing Catch-Up with the IoT” on November 4 at 8:30am, Jones will share tips on how to accelerate IoT initiatives and harness truly big IoT data by applying machine learning to the database core. Jones will also be a featured panelist on the IoT Power Panel, “The World’s Many IoTs: Which are the Most Important?” on November 3 at 5:20pm, which explores technology advancements that will have the biggest impact on the IoT industry.

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DigitalGov Podcast: Bridging Content and Discovery Through DigitalGov Search

Join @Sensorberg at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Sensorberg will exhibit at 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Since 2013, Sensorberg GmbH, based in Berlin, has provided a beacon-based, platform-independent, all-in-one proximity campaign solution. The Sensorberg cloud-based management platform is the company’s core and enables proximity campaigns to be planned, designed and managed. Sensorberg provides open source SDKs (software-development kits) that can be incorporated into any app, rendering it beacon-compatible, and supports all beacon standards: Apple’s iBeacon, Google’s Eddystone and the Microsoft 10 standard.

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DigitalGov Summit Recap: Innovation Through Customer Experience

Business Concept "compass" graphic with the arrow pointing towards Customer


Meeting customer needs can be done, no matter what agency you represent.

A panel discussion at the 2015 DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit delved into customer experience (CX) work at three agencies with diverse missions.

Andrew Hughey, Product Development Director at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), moderated the panel that featured Stephanie Thum, Vice President of Customer Experience at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and David Simeon, myUSCIS product manager for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

To become customer-driven, agencies must first know their customers. Customer data is a starting point, but it is not enough.

“We [are] fortunate enough to have plenty of demographics about our customers,” Simeon said. “We have studies done by independent organizations; we have studies done by ourselves. But, demographics and quantitative numbers don’t really tell the true story.”

Usability testing, journey mapping, focus groups and interviews with customers and stakeholders are a few of the ways the IRS delves into the customer experience, Hughey said. They even look at app store reviews.

Thum pointed out internal data plays an important role in balancing customer expectations with the reality of working with a federal agency. For Ex-Im Bank, transaction processing time is a key metric that requires both the internal and external perspectives.

“At Ex-Im Bank, we take a very strict view of processing time because our customers have told us that that’s very important, Thum said. “We have internal measurements where we measure processing time based on the product line, and we balance that with external metrics so that we can bring a holistic and authoritative view of our customers and our partners to the table.”

The panel also discussed how they share CX data, the benefits and reasons for improving CX and the changes that occurred in their agencies.

The full panel discussion is available below.

Recap Video Table of Contents

0:00 Introduction
3:00 Identifying and Working with Customers
8:20 Measuring Success and Sharing Data
12:35 Why Have a Customer Focus?
15:33 How a Customer Focus Can Change an Agency

Full Video

by Ashley Wichman via DigitalGov

How the Internet of Things Will Impact Energy Efficiency | @ThingsExpo #IoT

The Internet of Things has dramatically changed the way we analyze behavior and is now in the process of boosting the way we use energy. Smart technologies are bursting into the retail space with solutions speaking to brands on improved marketing efforts, customer engagement, and optimization of floor plans. But one question has risen out of the chatter: How can the Internet of Things (IoT) improve energy efficiency? Not simply for retailers, but for commercial environments and homes (smart or not) as well?

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Welcome to BetaFEC: Campaign Finance for Everyone

Animated gif of the beta F.E.C. homepage

As the 2016 presidential election heats up, here at 18F we’ve been working with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to make campaign finance data more accessible to the public. Today, we launched betaFEC, the first piece in a complete redesign of the FEC’s online presence.

We were excited to work on a project that allowed us to delve into intricate campaign finance data, plain language, and the FEC’s first API. The FEC made for a fantastic partner—eager to explore new ideas, design for the user, and communicate in an understandable way.

“The FEC has been doing open data since before it was cool,” said Noah Manger, an 18F designer who created the new site’s user interface.

The result is a beta site with an ambitious goal: Make campaign finance information accessible—and comprehensible—to everyone.

Why you should care

Campaign finance information can be challenging to understand. It’s governed by complicated statutes and the sheer volume of data can be overwhelming. But every day, thousands of visitors access FEC.gov to search for campaign finance data, research compliance information, study agency actions, file disclosure reports, and more.

U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) white seal on blue backgroundThe FEC releases information to the public about the money that federal candidates and committees raise and spend, a requirement under the Federal Election Campaign Act. Are you interested in seeing how much money a Senate candidate raised? Or spent? How much debt they took on? Which committees contributed to the campaign? The FEC is the original source.

For example, in the 2012 presidential election, 14 candidates spent more than $1.3 billion dollars combined. That same year, the 1,949 congressional candidates doled out even more: in excess of $1.8 billion. So far this cycle, presidential candidates have raised more than $273 million.

The FEC already housed all that information on their website; the new site makes it easy to search, share, and understand the data.

“Conceptually, you look at the existing FEC website, and it’s organized by FEC reporting forms,” said Lindsay Young, an 18F developer on the project. “For people who don’t know which thing is disclosed on which form and don’t care what bucket it flows into, it can be frustrating.”

betaFEC features

The new site allows users to browse comprehensive lists of candidates, committees, filings, receipts, and disbursements. And if users are unfamiliar with those terms, they can use a new glossary tool, which defines campaign finance jargon. The glossary is always accessible from the top menu as well as linked by an icon you’ll see next to technical terms like “independent expenditure” and “principal campaign committee.”

Site visitors can find information about candidates and committees with new pages that break down:

  • Basic information, including party, status, treasurer, address, and FEC ID
  • Financial information, including contributions, disbursements, and other transactions
  • All filings in a sortable and filterable format
  • Links to detailed pages about the election and district

Users can also find information about elections by location—searching for a ZIP code, browsing a map, or choosing a state and district. Along with the location search, our team built out election pages. They were designed keeping in mind the most popular features on the current FEC site—the campaign finance maps. The resulting pages add consistency across elections and make related data easier to find.

For example, from the 2016 presidential election page, users can compare two or more candidates by contribution size, contribution location, or type of contributor:

  • Contribution size breaks financial data into five groups ranging from “$200 and under” to “$2,000+.”
  • Contribution type breaks it into individuals and non-individuals.
  • Contribution location shows data by state, either as a table or a map.

While we’re thrilled with the beta site, our work over the past year has been much more extensive than that. Working with FEC, we’ve conducted extensive user research and testing. We also reorganized large quantities of data to build the FEC API, which is the foundation for the beta site. To build the API, we transferred data from FEC’s data warehouse to 18F’s cloud infrastructure and provided hosting, ATO, and DevOps support.

Why beta?

Beta means we’re still actively working on the site. Information and features aren’t comprehensive or complete. We’ve launched the beta now to gather user feedback from you, the public. We celebrate your input and contributions. After all, this site was designed for you.

This post was originally published on the 18fblog by 18f team member, Emileigh Barnes.

by Andrea Sigritz via DigitalGov

Movel's Inerview on Wearables | @ThingsExpo #IoT#M2M #Wearables

Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two of the most-rapidly growing segments in today's mobile space. There's a good reason for this. Smartphones and apps for smartphones have become mainstream and increasingly, businesses and investors are looking for fresh ways to create value. Having developed award-winning IoT products, I recently sat down with Washington, DC-based IT research firm Clutch to share Movel 's insights and expertise about the design and development process for wearables.

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Enterprise Architecture: Ripe for Digital Disruption | @CloudExpo #Microservices

The iteration of constraints and initial conditions that drive and influence self-organization within the enterprise is the actual role of an architect who is architecting emergent behavior – in particular, business agility. You may call such activities something else – management practice or some such – and to be sure, we must reinvent management practice along the same lines as EA. But whatever we call it, there needs to be an understanding that creating the conditions that lead to effective self-organizing teams is itself an architectural activity, an activity separate from the architectural activities such teams undertake when their goal is to implement a software system.

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Oct 29, 2015

Web.com Group (WWWW) Posts Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.02 EPS

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 8 hours ago
In Canadian domestic data, the industrial product price index declined 0.3 per cent in September, mainly as a result of lower prices for energy and petroleum products.

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Chris Matthieu to Keynote at @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud

SYS-CON Events announced today that Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, will keynote at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. His keynote "How We Built and Scaled an IoT Platform and Business" will focus on building an IoT platform and company. He will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).

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Building a Global IoT Community | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Microservices

The promise of IoT is to have all things connected, feeding data and pushing content and solutions. This connectivity and the data from it has the potential to provide richer customer experiences, better business results, and much more informed consumers. So what happens when we take what is personal and enhance it with technology? Tile enables people to choose the things that matter most to them, and make those things connected. No other mass market IoT device does that at scale. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Guilherme Chapiewski, VP of Engineering at Tile, will speak about his vision for developing an IoT platform that will create opt-in communities and build networks intelligibly. Through his successful creation of Tile, Guilherme can illustrate key customer stories that demonstrate how building a strong community is essential to developing an IoT network for end users.

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Announcing @TechTarget Named ‘Media Sponsor’ of @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud

SYS-CON Events announced today that TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets.

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Millennials and the Retail Revolution | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Millennials are increasingly using technology to assist in their product research and purchase decisions, forcing retailers to rethink and reshape their marketing strategies. Millennials. The Millennial Generation. Generation Y. Whatever you want to call them, this progressive group has forced retailers to transform their view and strategy on in-store experiences. In other words, Millennials have arrived on the scene expecting a whole new style of shopping, challenging the retail industry to launch interactive techniques to capture and retain members of the younger generation.

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Canadian dollar high-yield market not dead: Moody's

Canadian dollar high-yield market not dead: Moody's
Financial Post - 1 hour ago
“Although the pace of transactions has slowed, we believe that it is premature to call the Canadian dollar (C$) high yield market dead,” the credit ratings agency said in a report.

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New White House Innovation Strategy Promotes Increase in Challenges and Prizes

Investing in the Building Blocks of Innovation chart from "A Strategy For American Innovation " by the National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy, October 2015

The White House released an updated Strategy for American Innovation last week, calling again on government to tap the American public’s brain trust to advance agency missions and address issues of national importance.

The revised strategy stresses the importance of initiatives like Challenge.gov, the official website for all federal incentive prize and challenge competitions, which have seen the participation of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and citizen problem-solvers.

"A Strategy For American Innovation " by the National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy, October 2015This latest installment of the plan, which first published in 2009, underscores the need for open innovation and public participation to solve critical problems. It pushes challenges and prizes to:

  • allow agencies to pay only for success;
  • reach beyond established government partners to increase the number and diversity of thinkers tackling a problem;
  • and maximize the return on taxpayer dollars.

The federal challenges and prizes community has grown and matured over the past five years, working tirelessly to support every agency with the resources it needs to carry out effective challenges.

As acquisition expert Steve Kelman noted in two recent blogs for Federal Computer Week, open innovation is already changing the way government does business. The Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government wrote that Challenge.gov “might be the most important innovation in the procurement system in recent memory.”

The program breaks down barriers to innovation procurement in government, he wrote in a second blog.

“Two of the barriers to change seen as particularly important in government are risk aversion and, relatedly, fear of making a mistake,” Kelman wrote. “Generalized risk aversion makes organizations worry about poking their heads up from the crowd too much. Here, GSA provides agencies with cover for trying something new; they can point to the governmentwide endorsement GSA sponsorship provides … If you want to change government, such organizations—both formal and informal—should be promoted and nurtured as important tools.”

GSA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and agencies are committed to increasing the number and sophistication of public-sector prizes.

Contracts and grants are a great way for government to partner with industry and academia, but they require organizations to know the ins and outs of doing business with the government, Jenn Gustetic, assistant director for open innovation at OSTP, told Federal News Radio in a recent interview.

“The beauty of prizes and challenges is that they’re open to individuals from around the country,” Gustetic said. “It’s about the best ideas and the best solutions and not about people understanding the insider processes to work with the federal government. They really do unlock whole new classes of and channels for engaging people in solving a variety of different problems that traditional government tools don’t easily and readily allow you to tap into.”

To help more agencies use challenges, GSA recently announced its first-ever mentorship program for challenges and prizes. A stable of 20 experts are making themselves available to anyone seeking advice on planning and executing open competitions.

The mentorship program will help make challenges and prizes a reality across the federal government, no matter the size of the agency or extent of the problem it seeks to solve.

But that’s not all.

OSTP in collaboration with the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) and GSA’s Open Opportunities program recently launched an online toolkit with case studies and tips for managing all types of crowdsourcing and citizen science projects. In addition, the CCS works across the government to develop best practices for designing, implementing and evaluating crowdsourcing and citizen science initiatives.

It’s one of several new initiatives designed to build momentum for open innovation in response to the White House’s call.

And the hard work is starting to pay off… Just take a look at Challenge.gov, where challenges listed on the site are fast approaching the 500 mark, and the success stories spreading across government.

by Andrea Sigritz via DigitalGov

Magic: The Gathering – DevOps Deck | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

I can’t say I was entirely surprised when I saw a direct correlation between people who played Magic: The Gathering growing up and people in the DevOps space now. I loved Magic: The Gathering growing up and so did most of my co-workers. Building out decks, trading cards, and finding the perfect combinations to destroy my opponents were all what made the game worth while to us. If you are anything like me, you still flip through your old deck every now and again reminiscing on the good ol’ days of mountain dew and pizza bagels. But alas, we are adults, we work in IT and Magic: The Gathering has for many of us (not all) become a nostalgic memory fondly remembered.

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Skin & Bones Come Alive with Smithsonian App

The home screen of the Smithsonian "Skin and Bones" iPad app

The night air is cool and crisp, the autumn leaves are falling, your costume is ready, jack-o-lanterns carved, lights dimmed, candy in the basket—what else do you need to make “All Hallows’ Eve trick or treat” complete? Some eerie music, a spine tingling, blood curdling horror movie? No, no—those are for yesteryears!

This Halloween, let’s make the skeletons in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History come alive. Let’s try and capture that vampire bat skeleton that pulls itself off the mount to run away, or watch the horror of an extinct Steller’s sea cow materialize in the flesh.

The Skin & Bones mobile app from the Smithsonian Institution allows you to view, in 3D, exhibits from three centuries ago with the latest 21st century augmented reality technology.

Categorized as educational, this app is available for downloaded from the App Store for iOS (iPhone & iPad).

The app is easy to use and has a simple menu structure. The app allows you to choose any of the skeletons by simply tapping on the image. You can choose animal life and watch videos that have crystal clear quality. You are sure to snap your head backwards as you watch the eastern diamondback rattlesnake snap at you.

A screen showing a swordfish and smaller fish skeletons from the Smithsonian "Skin and Bones" iPad app

Use the app from wherever you are to peer into the inner lives of animals like bats, giant sea cows, rattlesnakes and many others. Meet the people who study them, ponder big ideas about the natural world and play a game or two. Just put on your headphones and turn on WiFi for the most enjoyable audio mix. The app also has built-in accessibility features: captioned videos and animations as well as voice-overs.

The app features:

  • Nine augmented reality experiences with 3D tracking that will change the way you see the exhibits
  • Two games and two interactive activities that offer amusing ways to pick up a few animal skills
  • 32 videos that take you around the world—from the Congo to the Arctic and the Amazon—with scientists and the most interesting animals.

This app is a must-have for anyone visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The Common Vampire Bat screen from the Smithsonian "Skin and Bones" iPhone app

You can download this and other government apps through the USA.gov Federal Mobile Apps Directory. Do you have a federal app that is not listed on the Directory? Take part in the Great Federal Mobile Product Hunt.

by Nirmala Ramprasad via DigitalGov

Canadian dollar rises, stock indexes fall early Thursday; gold price drops

Canadian dollar rises, stock indexes fall early Thursday; gold price drops
CTV News - 1 hour ago
TORONTO -- The Canadian dollar gained strength Thursday but North American stock markets began the day on a negative note. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX index was down 35.51 points at 13,827.65.

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Empowering DevOps with RTC | @DevOpsSummit #RTC #WebRTC #DevOps

DevOps is a software development method that places emphasis on communications between Software Engineering, Quality Assurance and IT Operations (SEQAITO ) with the goal to produce software and services to improve, increase the operational performance for the Enterprise. Communications is key not only between the SEQAITO team members but also the communication between the applications and the SEQAITO team. How can an organization provide the human communication and the application communication to the SEQAITO team to ensure the successful development, deployment of the application?

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US Dollar Targets Fresh Highs versus Canadian Dollar

US Dollar Targets Fresh Highs versus Canadian Dollar
DailyFX - 17 minutes ago
USDCAD - Retail FX traders continue to sell into recent US Dollar gains versus the Canadian Dollar, and a contrarian view of crowd sentiment leaves us firmly in favor of buying into USD/CAD gains.
USD/CAD shoots back up on the Fed - more to come? - Forex Crunch
USD/CAD – Loonie in Holding Pattern Ahead of Fed Statement - MarketPulse (blog)

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Empowering the Voice of Citizens at Core of GSA Open Government

The Open Government Partnership: Third Open Government National Action Plan For The United States Of America, October 27, 2015

We are proud to announce our commitment to the third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government, released this week at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Mexico City, Mexico, and are also eager to share how Public Participation can empower our citizens to have a greater voice and impact in improving their services.

In her opening comments at the OGP Summit, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, noted that making a real impact for citizens takes more than a focus on just increasing social media followers or touting simulated performance, and instead we must dedicate digital engagement programs to providing real, meaningful paths to participation.

We couldn’t agree more, as this approach highlighted by Ambassador Power is the foundation of our continuing SocialGov efforts with more than 1,000 federal managers across government dedicated to using digital engagement to make measurable improvements to all our services. From emergency management and regulatory development to science and education, better and more meaningful engagement with those who use public services can measurably improve government for everyone.

When we developed the first U.S. Public Participation Playbook for the second National Action Plan for Open Government, designed to provide federal agencies best practices and performance metrics to build, improve and evaluate participatory programs, it wasn’t just 70 federal managers from 40 federal programs that signed on to participate. We created an open development process for citizens and civil society with three public contribution rounds, and extended an invitation to the civic coding community to share their contributions.

We then applied the lessons and outcomes from this process to help coordinate greater civic participation in the development of the third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government, providing opportunities for civil society and citizens to meaningfully contribute ideas and consult on how to best implement them. The result is more than 40 new or expanded initiatives to advance the President’s commitment to an open and citizen-centered government.

Now, as a commitment to the third U.S. National Action Plan, we are eager to return to the U.S. Public Participation Playbook and not only enhance it with the many contributions and ideas from citizens, but also encourage agencies to use the resource to evaluate and report how it improves their own programs.

We also look forward to hosting a series of programs through DigitalGov University in the coming months to highlight different commitments from across government, their progress in implementation, and how these efforts directly impact the people they serve.

These are just some of the commitments from our team for the third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government: to learn more, read the announcements from the White House, on GSA’s contributions and from Data.gov.

by Justin Herman via DigitalGov

GSA Open Government Builds Solutions and Gives Voice to Citizens

The Open Government Partnership: Third Open Government National Action Plan For The United States Of America, October 27, 2015

Our work at the General Services Administration encompass many of the pillars of Open Government, from giving a greater voice to citizens to through Public Participation innovations like Challenge.gov to making the DNA of all programs more accessible and usable through Open Data. We at GSA are proud to announce the agency’s commitment to the Third Open Government National Action Plan of the United States under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), announced this week at the OGP Summit in Mexico City, Mexico.

OGP is an international organization with 66 members countries promoting transparency, increased civic participation, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. OGP’s ultimate goal includes improving the quality of services that citizens receive, and that’s something we too strive to champion by shipping and driving adoption of the best new products and processes.

GSA’s commitments in the National Action Plan not only use our resources and technology to improve citizen services, but we enthusiastically helped develop the plan itself to give a greater voice to citizens through coordinated open dialogues and collaboration between federal agencies, state and local governments, and civil societies.

Our commitments to the third U.S. National Action Plan include:

  • Reconstitute USA.gov as the Front Door to the U.S. Government
  • Review and Report Accessibility Compliance of Federal Websites
  • Develop Limited-English-Proficiency Policies and Programs
  • Make it Easier for Individuals to Access Their Own Information
  • Support Open311 to Enhance Transparency and Participation
  • Redesign Challenge.gov as a Platform
  • Coordinate Open Innovation Opportunities Across Government
  • Support the Municipal Data Network
  • Improve and Report on Implementation of the U.S. Public Participation Playbook

For more information on the third U.S. National Action Plan for Open Government, read the announcement from the White House Open Government team. We look forward to delivering solutions for these commitments in pursuit of our goal to deliver better services that make a true impact for citizens.

by Andrea Sigritz via DigitalGov

Canadian dollar, index futures down; gold price drops

Canadian dollar, index futures down; gold price drops
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TORONTO -- The Canadian dollar and U.S. index futures were down ahead of trading on North American stock markets. The Dow Jones industrial futures were down 63 points at 17,639.0, the S&P 500 futures declined 9.7 points to 2,074.8 and the Nasdaq ...

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Canadian dollar laid low (with 2¢ still to go)

Canadian dollar laid low (with 2¢ still to go)
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Oct 28, 2015

Sibername.com Expands its Successful Client Referral Program to Non-clients

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Network-Aware Orchestration: The Next Level of SD-WAN By @SDietric | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Enterprise networks have become complex. They were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. Configuration modifications were rare, and manual or semi-automated processes together with strict change control procedures were enough to maintain reliability and consistent service levels across the organization. Business needs have shifted dramatically. The adoption of cloud services, business application-focused requirements and evolving security policies require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. The common approach of either manually performing changes necessary or simply replacing the complete device configuration, rebooting and hoping it will function, creates unacceptable risks and potential network interruptions. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks through leveraging existing capabilities to optimize performance and reducing operational risk through standardization and best-practice architectures.

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Rising oil prices boost Russian ruble, Canadian dollar

Rising oil prices boost Russian ruble, Canadian dollar
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The Russian ruble and Canadian dollar rose against the U.S. dollar Wednesday as U.S.-traded crude oil traded above $45 a barrel.

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Big Data, Analytics and WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #IoT #RTC #BigData #WebRTC

WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, will provide an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.

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Jason Bloomberg to Keynote at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud #DevOps

In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace.

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European Investment Bank's first $500M climate bond in Canadian dollars ...

European Investment Bank's first $500M climate bond in Canadian dollars ...
Financial Post - 32 minutes ago
Wednesday morning the European Investment Bank released information about its $500 million Climate Awareness Bond, the first green bond issuance from an international SSA (supranational sovereign agency) issuer on the Canadian dollar market.

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IBM Bluemix Track at @CloudExpo | #Bluemix #IoT #DevOps #Microservices

Join IBM Bluemix on November 4 at 17th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and learn how to jump start your IoT strategy with MobileFirst, cloud and cognitive computing. Transform everyday MobileFirst Cloud Apps into IoT solutions in 2.5 seconds! What happens when you combine a SmartPhone, a watch and a sassy robot with one MobileFirst Application? What happens when Watson does it - on Cloud!?! Join this session to see IOT in action! There are over nine billion Internet of Things devices in the world today, and the number is growing. Move your MobileFirst Appdev efforts from boring backlog to IOT-empowered experiences fast! Combine the application development efficiencies of Cloud with market leading Mobile development tools and microservices techniques with the cognitive services unlocked by Watson APIs. Build your apps using Node.red for quick development and integrations, Docker for running MobileFirst on IBM Bluemix and check out this demonstration of how you can deliver amazing functionality across a team of robots today, with just one little watch.

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Training Series Offers Marketing Tips for Prizes & Challenges

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Marketing and public education is an essential part of any successful prize competition.

The good news for federal agencies working with tight budgets is that both can be accomplished without breaking the bank.

“We have found other ways than spending a lot of money,” said Denice Shaw, senior advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Shaw joined two marketing experts from XPRIZE, October 20, for the latest webinar in the Expert Training Series: How to Design & Operate Prizes to Maximize Success, a seven-part educational forum on incentivized prize competitions.

Designed for the federal challenge and prize community, the online series is a collaboration between GSA’s Challenge.gov and DigitalGov University.

The marketing of challenges helps recruit and motivate participants, bolsters the brand of partners or sponsors, and excites the public.

Developing and executing a multifaceted marketing campaign may seem daunting, especially when government agencies may lack the resources XPRIZE might have for marketing, Shaw said.

EPA uses websites, conferences, flyers and social media to spread the word, Shaw explained, adding the agency has accomplished its goals by looking internally for individuals who can carry out key marketing and outreach functions.

“If you are resourceful within your organization, you’d be surprised where you can find someone,” she said.

Choosing effective, diverse organizations to partner with also extends outreach.

EPA is working with National Geographic and the Department of Education to launch a challenge for students to visualize harmful nutrients in water. Each group brought new ways to share messages about the upcoming challenge to their different communities and distribution lists, Shaw said.

A solid communications plan will ensure that all partners are on the same page, she added.

That communications planning needs to be part of any prize competition from the get-go, said Yvonne Cooper, senior director of marketing and communications for XPRIZE.

“The earlier marketing is involved, the better,” she said.

Citizen teams and partner organizations can help reach into communities known and unknown, said Alan Zack, senior director of marketing and education for XPRIZE.

Case in point: the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition to equip consumers with the power to make their own health diagnoses using mobile technology.

This challenge coincides with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the television series that popularized the idea of a handheld device used for sensor scanning and data analysis. XPRIZE is tapping into the excitement leading up to the anniversary.

“We turned 40 million Trekkies into advocates,” said Zack, who also stressed the importance of public education programs that help spread the word.

“Yes, we are ultimately trying to have teams compete to solve a grand challenge, but more importantly we want to educate society on the purpose of the grand challenge,” he said.

Advice from the Experts

The trio of experts offered advice on every aspect of marketing and public outreach. For more details, watch and listen to the entire webinar.

For now, here’s a sampling of tips from the panel:

  • Know your audience and set targeted objectives for number and type of partners and participating teams.
  • Develop tailored messages based on audiences. Keep it simple, impactful, and memorable.
  • Create social media kits for teams and partners. Tap key influencers.
  • Focus press coverage around four events – launch, prototype testing, announcement of finalists, and prize awards.
  • Position participating teams as heroes. Tell their unique stories through blogs, videos, and prototype displays.
  • Use public education programs to introduce challenges to new audiences and engage stakeholders at all levels.

Next up in the Expert Training Series is Module 5: Legal Considerations for Prizes.

This webinar will take place November 12 from 3-4 p.m., ET. Stay tuned for more details.

by Andrea Sigritz via DigitalGov

Building the Next Generation of Government Innovators

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Innovators are made, not born. This summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began cultivating the next generation of federal innovators through a summer incubator boot camp, aimHI.

AimHI is a pilot program to get high school students excited about careers in health information technology, medical devices and public service. Instead of traditional internships, which can be cost-prohibitive and focused on menial tasks, aimHI provides a free opportunity where students learn by doing and by creating their own experiences.

Jessica Hernandez, Team Leader for Innovation and Technology Solutions at FDA and the creator of aimHI, used the Open Opportunities platform to recruit federal leaders interested in introducing lean start-up concepts to aimHI participants and showing them how they can use their creativity in government.

From Boot Camp to Shark Tank

In June, the nine aimHI students went through an intensive three-day boot camp that introduced them to FDA, product development and lean start-up. After the boot camp, participants were charged with solving a problem for FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

“Over the course of five weeks, the students worked with mentors and expert coaches to transform from students with limited or no prior information technology experience to project managers, user researchers, designers and application developers,” Hernandez said.

The students chose to build and demo a mobile application, CF Teens, for teenagers with cystic fibrosis. The app promotes treatment adherence for hand-held pulmonary devices and empowers users to better manage their health while also sending data to parents and health care providers.

Building a Network and Increasing Diversity in Tech

AimHI participants connected with innovators in both the private and public sectors. Field trips included visits to 1776, the University of Maryland student-led Start-Up Shell, the University of Maryland Makerbot Innovator Center, General Services Administration and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The boot camp itself was staffed through Open Opportunities, which Hernandez said was key to running the program.

“We needed to find a way to get students up to speed, and we thought the best way was to connect them to people with expertise,” Hernandez said. “Through Open Opportunities, we were connected with people like Gwynne Kostin, from GSA, who was their product management coach. Dina Li, from the Department of Agriculture, was their user experience coach, and Rita Shamlal, from the Social Security Administration, was also a coach. If it hadn’t had been for Open Opportunities, we would not have been able to find the coaches quickly and easily.”

Hernandez also noted 80% of the student participants were from populations underrepresented in the tech field. Connecting aimHI participants with a diverse set of technologists was excellent role modeling, Hernandez said.

Professional Development Now and in the Future

Professional development sessions were included in aimHI in order to prepare students for academic and career success. Students learned about professional etiquette, did informational interviews, shadowed executives and built their resumes, among other activities.

“Part of the whole goal was to get students excited about tech, but also to get them excited about opportunities in government and get them thinking early on about academic and professional pathways,” Hernandez said. “With the people we recruited, their eyes were opened even further.”

AimHI is a collaboration with the Gaithersburg Branch of the Montgomery County Public Library, Gaithersburg High School of Montgomery County Public Schools and includes numerous FDA staff, federal volunteers and undergraduate interns. IncubatorEDU, a national non-profit focused on entrepreneurship training for high school students, consulted on the effort.

Want to learn more about how Open Opportunities can help you connect to people with the experience and expertise to take your project to the next level? Learn how Open Opportunities works.

by Ashley Wichman via DigitalGov

The Data Briefing: Create an App for Employees with Disabilities

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Have you worked with an employee with a disability? Are you an employee with a disability? Then, you know the unique challenges of the average workplace that able-bodied colleagues may never experience. Workplace challenges could be overcome with accommodations such as larger computer monitor displays, wheelchair-accessible office furniture or a voice reader. In some cases, a mobile app is a solution to a workplace challenge.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In honor of this month and the fact that the federal government is the largest employer of people with disabilites in the U.S., I examined the data resources on Data.gov. According to a quick search, there are 452 datasets related to the term “disability”. Most of the datasets deal with the processing of disability claims. However, I did find three intriguing examples of federal government data on accessibility for people with disabilities.

The first example is the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Section508.gov. There used to be BuyAccessible.gov, but it appears that site has been folded into Section508.gov. It provides guidance on compliance with Section 508 of the of the Rehabilitation Act by providing information on how to procure accessible products and services. There is also a section for vendors, advising them on how to sell accessible IT.

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) list of modified vehicle providers is the second federal dataset. Users can download a Comma-Separated-Values (CSV) text file that they can import into a spreadsheet. The data contains the contact information for businesses that will modify vehicles for disabled access.

The third example is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Accessibility Clearinghouse. This well-designed website lists telecommunication devices appropriate for specific disabilities such as vision issues or hearing issues. Unlike the other two examples, the FCC Accessibility Clearinghouse offers an API (application programming interface) for developers. Just register for an API key and developers can begin using the Clearinghouse data in their mobile apps.

I also chose these three examples to pitch a call to action for developers. In my last column, I surveyed the 300-plus federal government mobile apps. Although some apps could aid those with disabilities, there was not one mobile app that focused on them, let alone employees with disabilities. In recognition of DigitalGov’s theme for October, Mobile Moments, I want to urge the developer community to build apps using federal government data from the three above examples. Alternatively, developers could find appropriate government datasets to help employees with disabilities find federal jobs, receive relevant training or perform common work tasks more effectively. For inspiration, look to this list of 45 Powerful Mobile Apps for those with Disabilities.

Employees with disabilities want to work, and there are many examples of people with disabilities who have made amazing contributions to the world. President Franklin Roosevelt. Dr. Stephen Hawkings. Helen Keller. President Abraham Lincoln. A mobile app is a relatively small investment to make in helping employees with disabilities contribute their talents and knowledge, especially when those with disabilities are capable of such profound good for the workplace and American society.

(The article, “45 Powerful Mobile Apps for those with Disabilities,” is used only for illustrative purposes and does not imply an endorsement of the content or organization that published the content by the federal government or any of the federal government agencies.)

Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends.

Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.

by Bill Brantley via DigitalGov

Canadian dollar rises ahead of TSX opening

Canadian dollar rises ahead of TSX opening
Times Colonist - 51 minutes ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar and index futures were showing positive signs before North American stock markets opened Wednesday.

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Signaling Layer for WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #API #WebRTC

WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.

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WebRTC Had Tough Four Years | @ThingsExpo #RTC #IoT #M2M #WebRTC

Those in the industry have been working hard to sweeten the deal again - efforts have been made to bring WebRTC into the mainstream and as a result the technology is experiencing a rebirth. Thanks to those who have remained dedicated to improving the situation for those around them, WebRTC is finally starting to fulfill the original expectations that were had of it. Both the technology and the support networks have been built up to make experimenting with it again a pleasure, not a pain. WebRTC has grown up.

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Oct 27, 2015

Kurento to Exhibit at @ThingsExpo | @Kurentoms #IoT #API #RTC #WebRTC

SYS-CON Events announced today that Kurento will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Kurento is an open source software development framework providing a media server written in C/C++, which embeds and externs GStreamer capabilities and makes possible to integrate WebRTC services with advanced media capabilities such as recording, mixing augmented reality and computer vision. Kurento also provides SDKs enabling developers to create Java and JavaScript applications consuming Kurento Media Server capabilities in a seamless way. Kurento development started in 2010 at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid as the result of a number of large research projects dealing with advanced multimedia real-time communication systems such as NUBOMEDIA and FIWARE. An open source software ecosystem is currently growing around Kurento comprising researchers, individual contributors, companies, and final users from all around the world.

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Data Protection with DRaaS | @CloudExpo @ZertoCorp #IoT #Microservices

Organizations are now three times more likely to adopt cloud-based provisioning of recovery sites. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a critical offering for cloud providers as it offers a non-intrusive solution for end users to effectively evaluate the cloud and become more amenable to using the cloud for further use cases. Cloud service provider’s DRaaS offerings must be rigorous enough to push the performance of the cloud but be a safe proposition for the enterprise. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Dan Olivares, Service Provider Expert at Zerto, will discuss how to lower barriers to entry with a hypervisor-based solution that installs seamlessly into the customer environment with no application reconfiguration, as well as delivering consistent support of disaster recovery SLAs within one solution that can be deployed across multiple sites with multi tenancy All this within a simple, centralized management of all processes from one interface.

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Integrating the 'Internet of Things' with @EmbeddedExperts | @ThingExpo #IoT

"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Democratizing Force of WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC

WebRTC converts the entire network into a ubiquitous communications cloud thereby connecting anytime, anywhere through any point. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Mark Castleman, EIR at Bell Labs and Head of Future X Labs, will discuss how the transformational nature of communications is achieved through the democratizing force of WebRTC. WebRTC is doing for voice what HTML did for web content.

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Big Data in the Cloud | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData #Microservices

The cloud promises agility for companies wanting to utilize it for Big Data, but it can be challenging to understand all the new options and approaches – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS and BDaaS. It’s an important concept to understand as more than half of enterprises plan to use the cloud for Big Data. In her session at 17th Cloud Expo, Hannah Smalltree, a director with Cazena, will discuss the emerging technology categories for Big Data and the cloud, and hear important considerations for your decision. In addition, you’ll get common evaluation criteria to help evaluate and rank your options.

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Identity in Communication | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC

Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.

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Three Personas That Drive Our Big Data (Or Any Data) Needs By @IanKhanLive | @BigDataExpo #BigData

I am not a data scientist or an expert in knowing how to build candlestick charts from historical stock prices. I am however a data enthusiast and it fascinates me when I hear people talk about Big Data, like they invented it. Sorry, no offense meant, but really how did we just jump to Big Data without even creating an understanding about any kind of data? Information in any shape, form or face is a brilliant resource. We work with information every day and, if you look at it, nothing runs without information. Every business of every size across the world works on information – even the smallest corner store to the corporations working in large glass towers. This information is of many types: accounting information, sales data, marketing stats, customer information, and purchase order information, patient information, hosting information and so on. Everything we know has some kind of information associated with it. Do we agree so far? Yes we do.

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[session] The Internet Part of Internet of Things By @DrFuzz42 | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Internet ready devices are becoming increasingly common, yet architecturally they often still act like point-to-point networks. Meanwhile, containers are making rapid deployments across networks painless, but knowing where and when to deploy them to meet market demand is just as critical. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Matt Torrisi, Customer Success Operations at Dyn, will discuss what the public internet in the middle really looks like, and how operators can build their networks for better performance and security.

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Cavirin to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @Cavirin #IoT #DevOps #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Cavirin will exhibit at the 17th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cavirin engineers security and compliance solutions to protect the elastic enterprise against destructive cyber threats. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Cavirin technology provides comprehensive protection in both the datacenter and across multiple cloud instances and accounts. Global enterprise and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leaders depend on Cavirin to mitigate dangerous breaches that damage brand integrity and shareholder value.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 2 hours ago
WINNIPEG, October 27 The Canadian dollar weakened against its US counterpart Tuesday as crude oil futures plunged ahead of a US Federal Reserve meeting.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

'Real-World' Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo @AgilePoint #IoT #Microservices

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and technical point of view, including the various connectivity technologies, microcontrollers and processors available with a strong focus on applications. He also showed how to get started from a business and technology perspective so you can quickly bring to market connected solutions that expand business revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users.

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[session] From Idea to Product Launch By @MobiDev_ | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO at MobiDev, will provide insights based on his experience of helping dozens of companies to launch their products. He will also discuss: How to get expert feedback on the idea How to use cloud in complex projects When you should get the project started How to elaborate product requirements The importance of UI design for the success of the product How much resources are needed to develop an MVP for cloud How to prepare for the product launch

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Kibana 4 for Log Analysis | @DevOpsSummit @Logzio #DevOps #Microservices

In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, will explore the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and will give a real live, hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He will examine three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. This is a hands-on session that will require participants to bring their own laptops, and we will provide the rest.

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Trends on Tuesday: Users Spend Most of Their Time in Social Apps

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ComScore released a new 2015 U.S. Mobile App report tracking native mobile app usage among adults over 18 years old, and it reinforced a lot of the trends we’ve been reporting on DigitalGov.

Quartz succinctly summarized the report with the headline: “You really only use three apps on your phone.” The report clearly pointed out that Americans spend 50% of their time in their most-used app, and 78% in their top three favorite apps.

Other notable data points:

  • From June 2013 until June 2015, the time spent on mobile overall jumped 11%; the time spent on mobile apps jumped 12%; and the time spent on desktop devices dropped 11%.
  • During the same time period, total digital media usage grew 49%, with app usage growing 90% in the past two years.
  • On mobile devices, people spend 87% of their time in apps versus 13% in browsers.
  • Despite users spending more time in apps, the mobile Web has the largest audience, with 433 million unique visitors vs. 123 million.
  • Social media and entertainment apps account for the six top app categories and drive two-thirds of total time spent on apps. Even more astounding: The average mobile user spends a whopping 26 hours per month on social apps, and that average is 16% higher among millennials!

It is crucial for government agencies to consider this data in digital product decision making, especially when analyzing app usage numbers and your potential audience. Are their mobile moments going to be social or entertainment driven ones? If so, then consider an app approach, but otherwise it might be a difficult process to get users to regularly engage with your digital experience.

by Will Sullivan via DigitalGov

Weak Canadian dollar a drag for US airports catering to Canadian fliers

Weak Canadian dollar a drag for US airports catering to Canadian fliers
CBC.ca - 10 minutes ago
The weak Canadian dollar isn't just hurting cross-border shopping. U.S. airports that enjoyed a surge in the number of Canadian passenger levels when the loonie was valued higher than the American dollar are now seeing the flip side of currency swings.
Low loonie keeping Canadians away from US airports - The Globe and Mail

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RTC's Impact on Communications | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC

P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.

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7 Free Books That Will Help You Become More Productive

Do you want to produce more in less time? These free ebooks contain a wealth of insights, tips, and strategies for achieving high levels of productivity.

Book cover of The Productivity Manifesto

The Productivity Manifesto

By . 24 pages.

In this short ebook, Nathan Barry — a designer, book author, entrepreneur, and Six Revisions contributor — discusses the productivity habits and techniques that have enabled him to focus and create "on another level".

Book cover of Focus


By . 121 pages.

From the book’s description: "Focus is about finding simplicity in this Age of Distraction. It’s about finding the focus you need to create, to work on what’s important, to reflect, to find peace."

Book cover of Mind Hacking

Mind Hacking

By . 112 pages.

Mind Hacking uses analogies and concepts from computer science to help us analyze and enhance our way of thinking.

Book cover of Productivity: How to Get Your S*!% Done

Productivity: How to Get Your S*!% Done

By . 47 pages.

This free ebook is a compilation of short essays about being productive. The essays are written by bloggers.

Preview of GTD For Hackers

GTD For Hackers

By . 18 pages.

Getting Things Done (GTD for short) by David Allen is a bestselling book about a personal productivity system developed by the author. GTD For Hackers, an online book by Lars Wirzenius, a self-labeled "computer geek", is a guide on how the GTD system works.

Book cover of Getting Real

Getting Real

By . 92 pages.

This free ebook discusses a philosophy for building web apps more effectively. However, I believe that the insights, concepts, and techniques found within this book can be applied to things beyond web app development. For me, Getting Real is a methodology for working productively. It’s about focusing on the right tasks and priorities. It’s about being aware of the things that waste our time so that we can improve our way of working.

Book cover of The Little Book of Contentment

The Little Book of Contentment

By . 112 pages.

From the book’s description: The Little Book of Contentment is "A guide to becoming happy with life & who you are, while getting things done."

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