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Pareteum Lets Carriers and Companies Quickly Integrate Global Mobile Services

September 11, 2018

Abstraction in tech adds value. Look no further than portable document format or PDF for an abstraction format for documents that revolutionized the way they were shared and printed. Before PDF, lots of energy was spent on installing printer drivers, exporting and importing documents - and quite often, retyping.

The packet network is an abstraction in the simplest sense - we send packets and they generally arrive at their destination, taking numerous possible routes.

The cloud is yet another abstraction - an amazing one... We save our files and run our applications without worrying about where the hard drives are - or the processors, memory, disaster recovery, etc.

Telecom has seen tremendous abstraction take place over the decades.





2018 Rhode Island Blockchain Summit Live Blog

July 26, 2018

About to start. The hashtag is #ribs2018.







David Paolo Founder and CEO of G Media Studios kicks off the day - our MC. He introduces John Harwood - former Speaker of the House in Rhode Island - pictured below. He explained that Rhode Island is a small state and people have great access to the constituents.

Apple Banned Cryptocurrency Mining; Where is the Outcry?

June 12, 2018

Apple has added new language to its App Store review guidelines related to cryptocurrency. Under the Hardware Compatibility section, Apple now states that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining." 

In addition, an entire section on cryptocurrencies states the following (bold added by us for emphasis):

Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization. "In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the cloud or otherwise off-device. Apps may "facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself," although apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs") must originate from "established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants ("FCM"), or other approved financial institutions." And finally, cryptocurrency-related apps "may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks.

The obvious implication here is Apple doesn't want mining performed on the device itself as mining in the cloud is OK.





Could Scheduling Logins Make us Safer?

April 12, 2018

Hackers are relentless. Today it was discovered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suffered at least 240 data breaches and another 800 suspected hacks, according to Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the bureau in congressional testimony.

The City of Atlanta has been in lockdown due to ransomware for a number of weeks. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center or NCCIC just announced they have observed an increase in ransomware attacks across the world. The FBI issued a virtually identical warning in May of 2017.

In the last few weeks alone it was reported Lord and Taylor, Saks, Sears and Delta suffered breaches.

If it isn't obvious, corporations are not prepared.





IoT and Blockchain Could Stop Package Bombers

March 20, 2018



The people of Austin are being deluged with package bombs. Within a few weeks, there have been packages left on doorsteps, connected to tripwires and early this morning exploding in a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas. So far, two people are dead and four others have been injured.

Police have told residents to stay indoors. Obviously, if you don't leave your house, you need to order online.



Digital Transformation of Industry has Arrived thanks to Blockchain

February 5, 2018

Blockchain not just enables but encourages Digital Transformation of Industry



Digital transformation is being raced into by companies - and we're not exaggerating. In fact, Lockheed Martin has developed a successor to the SR-71 Blackbird and it goes Hypersonic.

In case you're wondering, Hypersonic applies to speeds above Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound (3,836 MPH). The SR-71 cruised at Mach 3.2, more than 2,000 mph.

Referring to detailed specifics of company design and manufacturing, Jack O’Banion, a Lockheed vice president, said a “digital transformation” arising from recent computing capabilities and design tools had made hypersonic development possible.

“We couldn’t have made the engine itself—it would have melted down into slag if we had tried to produce it five years ago,” O’Banion said.









As Enterprise Tech Buying Habits Change, Are You Ready?

January 17, 2018

Thomas Saueressig, SAP SE’s 32-year-old chief information officer, looks for commitment when evaluating vendor pitches. Technology firms that get his attention are those “with which I feel confident I can build a long-term strategic partnership,” Mr. Saueressig, one of the corporate world’s youngest CIOs, told CIO Journal's Angus Loten in an email.

That kind of brand loyalty is far less important to older IT buyers, according to new research by Spiceworks Inc., a networking platform for IT professionals, which identified key generational differences in how enterprise IT buyers find and engage with technology vendors. At the end of 2016, the number of millennials in the U.S.

Digital Transformation Helps Lockheed Martin go Hypersonic!

January 16, 2018

Digital Transformation is becoming the buzzword of the decade and its meaning is rather broad. We like to call it the application of the latest computing technology to improve business processes. More specifically, using cloud, AI, cognitive computing, mobile, IoT, big, data, and other tech like chatbots and APIs. The list of technology is really never-ending, we could have added sharing economy, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, smart buildings, mesh networks, blockchain and so on.

Practically speaking, companies need to disrupt themselves or become new disruptors depending on the age of the organization.



Why Is Bitcoin Worth More than Gold? Because We Said so.

October 13, 2017


Seriously, we had to do a double-take when we happened upon this NASDAQ post, Why is Bitcoin Worth More than Gold? Martin Tiller's excellent article goes into how a new ETF which will track the virtual currency that the SEC will hopefully soon approve. The article is worth a read - we've excerpted some of it below but the bottom line is the author believes supply and demand has a lot to do with it.

What the creator of Bitcoin, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, did was turn that notion on its head. What if currency, like gold, was both limited and scarce in nature? If that was the case, then as an economy expanded, the currency would become more, not less valuable, and increasingly small amounts of it would be needed to pay for things.




Coinbase Finally adds Support Line

September 21, 2017

In August we reported the many problems Coinbase has had in providing customer service to customers. The company has been impossible to reach by not only customers but reporters like us.

In response, the company did not reach out to us to respond to the many problems customers have been reporting. Instead, they added a customer support line: 888-908-7930.

Callers at this point can expect long wait times based on reports. Perhaps 15 minutes or so.



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