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TV TOKYO Enter into Gaming Partnership with iDreamSky

Posted on 25 July 2014









SHENZHEN, China, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TV TOKYO Corporation, a leading Japanese content producer and broadcaster, announced today a licensing agreement that gives Shenzhen iDreamSky Technology Co., Ltd., the largest mobile game publishing platform by active users in China, the right to create brand-new mobile games for China and other Asian territories based on Shugo Chara!, Nobunaga the Fool and Total Eclipse. iDreamSky has obtained the rights to distribute each game it creates in mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. All titles will be released in 2015 with specific details to be announced at a later date.

Shugo Chara! is a magical adventure series that follows Amu Hinamori, a fifth grade transfer student, fighting alongside her guardian characters against mysterious enemies. It is based on the comic series of the same name by the creative duo Peach-Pit, originally published by Kodansha in Nakayoshi.

Nobunaga The Fool is a sci-fi action series that takes place on two planets (the Western Planet and the Eastern Planet) once upon a time. It is based on an original concept from the imagination of legendary mech designer Shoji Kawamori (designer of Macross mechs).

Total Eclipse is part of the Muv-Luv Alternative universe and feature sci-fi, alternate history and lots of girl pilots. Muv-Luv was originally created by Kouki Yoshimune of Japanese game company ixtl.

Yukio Kawasaki, General Manager of the Animation Division at TV TOKYO, said, “We are thrilled to strategically expand TV TOKYO content into the Chinese market and across Asia. All around the region, mobile use is rapidly increasing, and partnering with iDreamSky helps us get to where our consumers are. We hope these are the first of many titles we work on together in China and all of Asia.”

Jeff Lyndon, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of iDreamSky, said, “TV TOKYO is the leader in animation producing and broadcasting in Japan, so it only makes sense for iDreamSky, China’s leading mobile game publishing platform by unique users, to partner together and create some amazing games. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”

About TV TOKYO CORPORATION

TV TOKYO Corporation is a leading Japanese content producer and broadcaster with particular strength in animation, high-concept infotainment and business news. TV TOKYO is known to be the best home of Japanese animation, having given world premiere of international successes such as NARUTO, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and Sergeant Keroro. TV TOKYO actively distributes many of its own productions on a global scale, also including licensing and merchandising.

About iDreamSky:

iDreamSky is the largest mobile game publishing platform in China by active users.

iDreamSky collaborates with top-tier international mobile game developers to localize and culturalize their editions of hit games for the China market. iDreamSky is committed to bringing the best mobile game experience to China’s massive user base, currently offering a portfolio of over 80 casual and mid- and hardcore mobile games in various genres.

iDreamSky also focuses on becoming the partner of choice for game developers looking to launch their games in China. iDreamSky has built strong business relationships with many of the top game developers in the world such as Halfbrick, Imangi, Disney, Gameloft, Lima Sky, Devsisters, Sega, Miniclip, and Namco Bandai.

Through collaborating with a wide range of distribution and payment operators in China’s mobile game ecosystem, iDreamSky has established an extensive third-party distribution and payment network for its mobile games.

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Meitu Launches PosterLabs, Turning Everyone into Poster Designers

Posted on 25 July 2014



BEIJING, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Meitu launches PosterLabs, a brand new collage-making app that transforms ordinary photos into spectacular posters. Different from traditional photo editing apps, PosterLabs provides users with a smooth and unique editing experience to instantly create chic posters with its professionally designed poster templates.


Crafted by dozens of professional designers after analyzing users’ photo editing needs and sharing habits, PosterLabs was conceived with insights regarding photo layout, editing, enhancement, and sharing.

It offers hundreds of high quality poster templates in various styles, including “Magazine covers,” “Movie posters,” “Gourmet ads,” and “Travel documentaries,” individually suitable for portraits, food or scenery. Users can create single-photo posters or multiple-photo posters with these templates in just a few seconds. These customized templates are suitable for photos taken in different settings like coffee shops, flower shops, tea rooms, bars, restaurants, and more. More templates are available for download in the “Goodies” section of the app, which is updated monthly with new items.

PosterLabs also provides other personalized options that allow users to edit text on the posters, apply stunning filters to their photos, and mark memorable moments with built-in time and location stamps. When users finish editing, they can instantly share their masterpieces on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites. From the delicacies at the tip of your tongue to the brilliant moments in life and all the life-changing happenings during a trip, with PosterLabs, you can always cherish and share your memories.

“PosterLabs can rejuvenate any and all pictures. With its high design standards, PosterLabs is bound to win the affection of users,” say industry analysts. “The overly simplistic collage-making and editing of images are outdated. We have entered the Big Poster Era.” Users nowadays like to edit photos in a more artistic and unrestricted manner.”

PosterLabs is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

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Google Play URL
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meitu.poster

Website
http://www.posterlabs.cn

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ING Vysya kiest voor Mindtree als strategische digitale partner

Posted on 25 July 2014



























BANGALORE, India en WARREN, New Jersey, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

- Samen lanceerden ze een uitgebreide retail banking-app die in twee maanden tijd meer dan 50.000 keer werd gedownload.

Mindtree, een wereldwijd bedrijf voor technologische dienstverlening, kondigde vandaag aan dat het door ING Vysya, een vooraanstaande bank voor de private sector, gekozen werd als strategische digitale partner voor het nieuwe mobiliteitsprogramma. Mindtree zal ING Vysya in het kader van dit programma helpen om klanten een interface met de bank te bieden via verschillende kanalen en platformen en een digitale roadmap ontwerpen om de bank in alsnog onontgonnen markten door te dringen met een eenvoudige maar gediversifieerde service.

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In de eerste fase van deze opdracht bedacht, ontwierp en ontwikkelde Mindtree een hybride mobiele retail bank-app voor meer efficiëntie en betrokkenheid over verschillende kanalen, inclusief Android, Windows, BlackBerry, J2ME en websitegebaseerde platformen. Deze app biedt klanten een uitgebreid aanbod van bankbewerkingen voor consumenten en voorziet exclusieve kenmerken, zoals een meervoudige balansmeter, shopping en speciale aanbiedingen, geschenkbonnen en een chequescan, die de ervaring relevanter maken voor klanten en hun betrokkenheid bevorderen.

Aniruddha Paul, CIO van ING Vysya verklaart: “Onze digitale roadmap zal ons helpen om de verschillen met onze grote concurrenten uit te vlakken dankzij de creatie van innovatieve en baanbrekende oplossingen voor onze klanten. We zijn verheugd dat Mindtree één van onze digitale partners wordt. Hun specifieke expertise en technologie met een duidelijke, strategische doelstelling is kritiek in ons streven naar mobiliteit. De ontwikkeling van dergelijke apps houdt ook grote mogelijkheden in voor onze andere activiteiten.”

Gaurav Johri, Senior Vicepresident en Hoofd van bancaire financiële diensten en verzekeringen van Mindtree zegt het volgende: “ING Vysya is al 9 jaar een strategische klant van ons. Het is essentieel voor grote banken om over een goed doordachte blauwdruk voor hun digitale strategie te beschikken, met het oog op een snelle lancering van producten en een uitstekende ervaring voor de klant. We kijken ernaar uit om als partner met ING Vysya samen te werken aan een leiderspositie op het gebied van digitaal bankieren.”

Over ING Vysya   

ING Vysya Bank Ltd. is een toonaangevende bank voor de privésector die consumenten- en zakelijke diensten levert aan meer dan twee miljoen klanten. De bank is in India al 80 jaar actief en bouwt voort op de wereldwijde financiële expertise van ING. In de 553 kantoren wordt een uitgebreid assortiment klassieke en innovatieve producten en diensten geleverd. De bank telt bijna 10.000 werknemers en staat genoteerd aan de Bombay Stock Exchange Limited en de National Stock Exchange of India Limited. Volgens een enquête van Economic Times Brand Equity – Nielsen in 2011 behoort ING Vysya Bank tot de top 5 van meest vertrouwde merken voor private sectorbanken in India.

ING is een van origine Nederlandse wereldwijde financiële instelling die bankdiensten, investeringen, levensverzekeringen (NN Group) en pensioenplannen aanbiedt voor een uitgebreide klantenbasis. ING telt meer dan 75.000 werknemers en bedient meer dan 48 miljoen private, zakelijke en institutionele klanten in meer dan 40 landen in Europa, Noord-Amerika, Latijns-Amerika, Azië en Australië.

Over Mindtree   

Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] levert IT-diensten en bevordert de groei van Global 1000-bedrijven door het oplossen van complexe zakelijke uitdagingen met baanbrekende technische innovaties. Mindtree is gespecialiseerd in e-commerce, mobiliteit, cloud enablement, digitale transformatie, business intelligence, data-analyse, testen, infrastructuur, EAI- en ERP-oplossingen. Wij behoren tot de snelst groeiende technologiebedrijven wereldwijd met meer dan 200 klanten en kantoren in 14 landen.

Bezoek ons op http://www.mindtree.com. Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met:

Sweta Mohanty
Mindtree
+91-98865-20141
[email protected]

Siddhartha Tanti
Genesis Burson-Marsteller
+91-99863-62435
[email protected]

Kiran Farooque
PPR Worldwide
+44-(0)-207-300-6181
[email protected]

David Barkoe
Max Borges Agency
+1-305-374-h4404 x167
[email protected]

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iConcept’s CropLense Nominated for mBillionth Award 2014

Posted on 25 July 2014



HYDERABAD, India, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

CropLense, an innovative mobile app from iConcept Software Services, a Hyderabad-based IT solution provider for farmers, has recently been nominated as one of the eight finalists for the mBillionth Award 2014.

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mBillionth Award is an integrated platform to recognize research & innovations in the area of telecom & mobile content/applications/models. The award was launched in 2010 by Digital Empowerment Foundation, one of the most influential & leading platforms to explore, recognize & honor the best practices in Mobile & Telecom Industry across South Asia.

CropLense, an innovative approach from iConcept, is a field enablement tool that helps farmers address crop issues faced by them in a cost-effective and timely manner. This offers an online forum where farmers or the field officers can post their queries about any agricultural issues and can get experts’ advice using this app. Students, agro professionals, professors and consultants are the other targeted users, to collectively share knowledge and help the agro communities as a whole.

Mr. Ajay Kalavala, the MD & CEO of iConcept, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all iConceptians on this achievement. Within 2 months of release of the product, getting this recognition is remarkable. Statistics reveal that 3.5% of the rural population of India currently has smartphones, which is a sizeable opportunity for CropLense considering there are 125 Million farmers in India. I am extremely confident with a vibrant iConcept team we can add more value to farming community through CropLense.”

For mBillionth 2014, iConcept presented CropLense App for consideration in the Agriculture & Ecology section.  CropLense was recognized by DEF as one of the eight finalists in the category. Mr. Ajay Kalavala had a presentation to the dignitaries and stakeholders of CropLense which was very well received. The company also had a stall at the event to showcase CropLense.

iConcept Software Services, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, was founded in 2004 with a vision to connect ‘field to corporate,’ by providing robust, easy-to-use, efficient and mobile technology solutions. The company provides integrated technological solutions for field operations like Sales & Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Market Research & Analytics, BI, Contact Management etc.

For further details, please contact: Partha Pratim Mallik Contact Number: +91-9704770809

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Acsis Addresses Questions on the Modern Supply Chain

Posted on 25 July 2014









MARLTON, N.J., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Acsis Inc., the market leader for supply chain visibility, brand protection and serialization solutions, has recently posted an article, “Future of Running Your Business” that addresses current and future needs for companies’ extended supply chain, and explains how solutions for the old supply chain model no longer work today.  The article explains how today’s advances in technology, including the growth of mobile technology, machine to machine (M2M) connectivity, and the Internet, have established a new global enterprise business model, and with the lack of centralized operations, companies fear losing control of their brand protection initiatives. 

According to Acsis, companies need to adopt a new, cloud-based approach to gather all of the data being produced in their new supply networks from both internal and external manufacturing and distribution processes.  Acsis goes on to explain how there are new technologies available to support today’s multi-level, global supply network.

“It is important for companies to understand that in today’s dynamic supply network environment, current ERP systems are going to be challenged to keep up with the pace of change required to achieve integration and visibility across the supply network,” explained John DiPalo, Chief Strategy Officer for Acsis. “This new article explains what the new global supply network looks like and the shortcomings in the old supply chain model, and provides tips on what to look for in a new solution.”

Along with the new article, Acsis has also produced a short video that helps companies understand the necessity of cloud-based data and process management.

About Acsis Inc.
The Acsis suite is an innovative cloud-based software solution for brand protection, enterprise serialization and end-to-end supply chain visibility. Acsis enables global manufacturers to have actionable analytics and real-time visibility from people, processes, devices and systems across their supply network, with seamless ERP integration.

For more information, visit www.acsisinc.com 

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IDC MarketScape Names IBM a Leader in Worldwide Managed Security Services

Posted on 25 July 2014















ARMONK, N.Y., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – IBM (NYSE:  IBM) today announced that it has been named a leader in the new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment.

In the report, which evaluated 11 companies offering managed security services worldwide, IDC analysts placed IBM in the “leaders” category, recognizing the company for its “strengths in advanced threat intelligence, big data analysis of threat intelligence, cloud security, complementary services, and customer portal.” With cyber attacks growing in both number and sophistication, these services are critical as businesses look to protect their most valuable assets, including those in the cloud.

“Companies today face an unprecedented number of potential threats which have pushed security to the top of boardroom agenda,” said Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. “With this evaluation, the IDC MarketScape recognizes the power of our security services offering and our ability to help customers around the globe analyze, identify and prevent threats that can potentially cripple their business.”

The report also named IBM as one of the few “participants with managed security services delivery that can be considered truly global.” Part of IBM’s global offering highlighted is its “Security Operations Center practice, which helps “customers identify ways to improve results from their security information and event management solutions and assist customers that want to build their own security operation centers.” IBM currently has more than 10 centers located around the globe where teams manage and monitor 15 billion security events 24 hours a day, seven days a week for clients in more than 130 countries

Today’s news recognizes IBM’s commitment to providing security intelligence that helps organizations holistically protect their people, data, applications and technology infrastructure. IBM has more than 3,000 security related patents and more than 1,200 security software developers, 2,000 security consultants, and 6,000 security researchers, developers and subject matter experts.

The IDC MarketScape also emphasizes IBM’s partnership with AT&T. In February, the two companies announced a new strategic relationship to give businesses an easy-to-use, single-source for network security and threat management. The report states that the “joint venture meets a real market need with an end-to-end security solution that provides enterprise customers with both integration and simplicity.”

To download the IDC MarketScape Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment report, please click here.

For more information about IBM Security, please visit www.ibm.com/security, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter or visit the IBM Security Intelligence.

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

Sources:  IDC MarketScape Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment Doc# #248646, June 2014

Contact information

Doug Fraim
IBM Global Media Relations
1-781-269-5031  
[email protected] 

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Network-1 Receives Patent # 8,782,726 from US Patent Office for Additional Claims in Cox Portfolio

Posted on 25 July 2014









NEW YORK, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Network-1 Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: NTIP), a company engaged in the development, licensing and protection of intellectual property, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,782,726, entitled “Method for Taking Action Based on A Request Related To An Electronic Media Work.” The claims in this latest patent are generally directed towards methods for tagging electronic works to perform actions, including providing additional information such as product descriptions and advertisements related to the electronic works.

The newly issued patent arises from a patent application contained in the patent portfolio (the “Portfolio”) acquired by Network-1 from Professor Ingemar Cox in February 2013. The Portfolio, which now comprises 7 issued U.S. patents, includes patents relating to enabling technology for identifying and tagging media content, such as music and videos, and taking further actions to be performed based on such identification including, among others, the insertion of advertising and the facilitation of the purchase of goods and services relating to the media content. Since the acquisition of the Portfolio, Network-1 has filed seven (7) additional patent applications, 2 of which have been issued, relating to the original specification and anticipates further issuances of additional claims from this Portfolio.

Dr. Cox is currently a Professor at the University of Copenhagen and a Professor at University College London where he is Head of its Media Futures Group. In connection with the acquisition of the Portfolio, Dr. Cox provides consulting services to Network-1 with respect to the acquired patents and the related pending and future patent applications and assists in Network-1′s efforts to develop the Portfolio.

In April, 2014 Network-1 announced that it had initiated patent litigation against Google and YouTube in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for infringement of several of its patents included in the Portfolio. The patents being asserted are U.S. Patent No. 8,010,988 titled “Using Features Extracted From An Audio and/or Video Work To Obtain Information About The Work,” U.S. Patent No. 8,205,237 titled “Identifying Works, Using A Sub-Linear Time Search, Such As An Approximate Nearest Neighbor Search, for Initiating A Work-Based Action, Such As An Action On The Internet,” U.S. Patent No. 8,640,179 titled “Method For Using Extracted Features From An Electronic Work,” and U.S. Patent No. 8,656,441 titled “System For Using Extracted Features From An Electronic Work.”

The lawsuit alleges that Google and YouTube have infringed and continue to infringe by making, using, selling and offering to sell unlicensed systems and products and services related thereto, which include YouTube’s Content ID system.

ABOUT NETWORK-1 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Network-1 Technologies, Inc. is engaged in the development, licensing and protection of its intellectual property and proprietary technologies. Network-1 works with inventors and patent owners to assist in the development and monetization of their patented technologies. It currently owns twenty-two (22) patents covering various telecommunications and data networking technologies as well as technologies relating to document stream operating systems and the identification of media content.  Network-1′s current strategy includes continuing to pursue licensing opportunities for its Remote Power Patent and its efforts to monetize two patent portfolios (the Cox and Mirror Worlds patent portfolios) acquired by Network-1 in 2013. The Company’s acquisition strategy is to focus on acquiring high quality patents which management believes have the potential to generate significant licensing opportunities as Network-1 has achieved with respect to its Remote Power Patent.  

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements address future events and conditions concerning Network-1′s business plans. Such statements are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties as disclosed in the Network-1′s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2014 including, among others, the continued validity of Network-1′s Remote Power Patent, the ability of Network-1 to successfully execute its strategy to acquire high quality patents with significant licensing opportunities, Network-1′s ability to achieve revenue and profits from the Mirror Worlds Patent Portfolio and the Cox Patent Portfolio as well as intellectual property it may acquire in the future, the ability of Network-1 to enter into additional license agreements, the ability of Network-1 to continue to receive material royalties from its existing license agreements for its Remote Power Patent, the uncertainty of patent litigation, risks related to the reexamination proceeding involving Network-1′s Remote Power Patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the difficulty in Network-1 verifying royalty amounts owed to it by its licensees, Network-1′s ability to enter into strategic relationships with third parties to license or otherwise monetize their intellectual property, the continued viability of the PoE market, future economic conditions and technology changes and legislative, regulatory and competitive developments. Except as otherwise required to be disclosed in periodic reports, Network-1 expressly disclaims any future obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein.

Corey M. Horowitz, Chairman and CEO
Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc.
(212) 829-5770

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IoT Coming to An Office (or School) Near You

Posted on 25 July 2014









MELBOURNE, Australia, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Clarinox Technologies, a leading provider of wireless protocol stack software, is pleased to have provided Clarinox™Blue Smart Ready protocol stack on the Texas Instruments(TI) WiLink™ 8 platform for the recently announced SMART kapp digital capture board. Unveiled at InfoComm 2014, SMART kapp allows users to write, draw, diagram and brainstorm using an ink marker, just as they would with a dry-erase board. But with SMART kapp, co-workers and clients can follow the process in real-time, where everything written on the capture board appears as if by magic on their digital devices. The work is simply saved with SMART’s advanced software and then as a final product as PDFs or JPEGs and then easily shared with anyone, anywhere, instantly.

For the project ClarinoxBlue is integrated on the WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth combo connectivity solution with SYS-BIOS and TMS320C6748. Additionally, the Clarinox built-in Bluetooth protocol analyzer provides enhanced visibility and faster debugging.

Trish Messiter, Clarinox CEO says “Clarinox is very proud to assist SMART bring such an innovative IoT product to the market.”

“SMART’s relationship with Clarinox has been a key part of the development of SMART kapp,” says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. SMART has a reputation for innovation and the protocol stacks from Clarinox on TI’s WiLink™ 8 combo connectivity platform is an ideal fit for SMART kapp.

Mattias Lange, product line manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions at TI says “It is impressive to see innovative products like the SMART kapp embrace the benefits of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for easy user interaction. The Clarinox protocol software for real time operating systems adds additional functionality to our WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo connectivity family.”

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services, designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.

Clarinox Technologies provides short range wireless protocol stacks and related engineering services for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In handling the inherent complexity of the wireless technologies Clarinox allow their customers to be free to concentrate on their innovation.

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iPhones, Chromebooks, pizzas and tennis balls: Top 10 cloud customer stories

Posted on 25 July 2014

Since the technology first emerged, vendors and even governments have been telling us the move to the cloud is inevitable. However, many companies remain wary of the cloud, either because they don’t understand the benefits, or they fear the potential security issues it could cause.

This is a shame as the cloud offers a variety of benefits and has the potential to revolutionise the way companies do businesses. To showcase these perks and prove the benefits of cloud computing we’ve collated a list of 10 interesting and innovative uses of the cloud that V3 has encountered of the past few years.

Unlike previous top 10 articles, we’ve chosen not to rank this list as each firm’s use of the cloud is unique and worthy of praise in its own right.

Local councils love Google

Google Chromebook Cloud ComputingA more extreme example of cloud computing in the enterprise is how it can be used to replace the need for standard desktop PCs, so rather than each employee having their own machine with local software installed, instead they run web-based apps and services.

Google scored a major win earlier in 2014, as the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham undertook a major migration project to move from Microsoft Windows XP onto Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Samsung 303Cs Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes, mainly for meeting rooms, reception areas and libraries across the borough.

Barking and Dagenham expects to make savings of around £400,000 compared with the cost of upgrading to newer Windows machines, from a combination of the lower hardware costs, lower support costs and more energy-efficient devices.

The move to Chromebooks was aided by guidance from the government’s IT security body the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), published in the autumn of 2013, which clarified how to move to internet-based machines securely and confirmed that the council would still be able to connect onto central government networks.

While the move means staff will now require a constant wireless connection to use the Chrome devices, due to the Citrix remote desktop system in place, Barking and Dagenham said it has invested in its wireless infrastructure to support this, and also wants its staff to take the opportunity to work remotely using home broadband or other connectivity.

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Iota Kickstarter Campaign Raises $100k in 9 Days, Free Crowd-Sourced IoT Network Closer to Reality

Posted on 25 July 2014

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