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We have a lot of news on the mobile front this week; This is unsurprising given that the mobile sector is expanding so fast that some have taken to calling today the “Post-PC Era”.  We all know very well that it’s not over yet, but it’s exciting to see such prolific changes in our day-to-day operations and see the mobile platform take shape as it heads rapidly towards maturity.  This isn’t without bumps in the road — this week the FCC announced initiatives to curb phone theft through the use of a deactivation database while a malicious application posing as “Angry Birds Space” tore through gullible users on the Android App Store. Boeing Secure Android Phones Boeing is seeking to provide customers with a low-cost, high-security phones with familiar consumer interfaces.  To facilitate this, they’ve chosen to develop a secure version of the android operating system fo... (more)

Two Years Later, Florida Court Has Yet to Rule to Evict People from Sofia's Home | @FuatKircaali @DianeRMacedo

Six years have passed since the global news coverage of Sofia's abduction to Syria and she has now been waiting for more than two years for the Broward County Court's decision in Florida to evict the occupants of her home, so she can return to the U.S. and "finally" resume her normal life at the age of eight. In 2011, her mother's Florida Attorney Susan R. Brown convinced Honorable Judge Arthur Birken to give temporary custody of Sofia to her mother; months later Sofia ended up in Syria with her mom and stayed there for several years until the civil war broke. A year after the Broward County Court's "worst custody ruling" in Florida, and after world-wide media outrage, Honorable Judge Arthur Birken contacted me and extended the sole custody of my daughter to me. This didn't help get Sofia out of Syria for three more years. In the mean time, since June 2015, Sofia's... (more)

Business Process Management (BPM) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Business Process Management (BPM) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0963519/Business-Process-Management-BPM-Market-Shares-Strategies-and-Forecasts-Worldwide-2012-to-2018.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Solution_Integration WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Business Process Management (BPM: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018. The 2012 study has 533 pages, 172 tables and figures. Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as people seek to control automated process better and interact with it in a more flexible manner. According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the WinterGreen Research team t... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Microsoft Brings Cloud Interoperability Down to Earth

Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect constituents, say Microsoft executives. Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before. To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are collaborating to ensure that their products work well together. In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it benefiti... (more)

Sofia's Abduction to Syria: Interview with Diane Macedo of Fox News

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview. This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia: ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad Following the Syrian p... (more)

Government IT Expo: eGov and Open Standards

When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information. The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars will be spent. As chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, Kundra raised the bar by making government data more readily accessible to its residents, leveraging pre-existing Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook and YouTube. Federal agencies are now banding together to plan for how they are going to provide this information in an open, standardized ma... (more)

Christmas Could Never Get Started Today

This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are shown around Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color. This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s. As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be doomed before it ever got started. First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit your thumb with a hammer. You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crè... (more)

Cloud Expo Keynoter Undertakes New Role as CIO of NRO

GovIT at Cloud Expo Jill Tummler Singer has been appointed to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), effective 1 January 2010. Ms. Singer previously served as the Deputy CIO (DCIO) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in which capacity gave the keynote address at SYS-CON's 1st Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com). As NRO’s CIO, Ms. Singer will be responsible for ensuring the NRO Information and Information Technology Enterprise is provisioned in an effective and efficient manner. She will also be more engaged in external activities, to include serving on the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO council, fulfilling her duties as an Information Sharing Executive, and serving as the Privacy Officer. As CIA’s DCIO, Ms. Singer’s primary responsibilities centered on leading Enterprise Information Technolog... (more)

HHS launches internal innovation incubator, Owens rewrites USPTO’s IT future and more

By Ryan Kamauff Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. Four simple steps to protect the US from hackers – Gartner is forecasting an additional 8% cyber spend by firms in 2013, already. As well, the barrier to entry for hacking has been lowered (as Matt and I discussed in yesterday’s podcast, here). Geoff Collins of 1E states that here are the four steps necessary; “First is “Application white-listing,” which allows only authorized software to run on a computer or network. Second and third are very rapid patching of Operating Systems and software. The fourth is minimizing the number of people on a network who have “administrator” privileges.” Via USA Today, more here. Chinese university tied to “APT1″ army cyber unit – “Reuters’ Melanie Lee points out that a number of papers on computer network security and intrusion accessible on the Internet link the ... (more)

JackBe to Exhibit at Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that JackBe, a provider of enterprise mashup software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), which will take place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Enterprise Mashups deliver unprecedented information insight for better decisions and improved organizational outcomes. JackBe's Presto® Enterprise Mashup Platform enables the rapid, collaborative, user-driven creation of secure, visually rich mashups without the complexities, costs and risks of traditional information integration projects. Presto is a DoDIIS-certified Protection Level 3 (PL3) solution for government situational awareness applications. Notable customers include the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, Reed Elsevier, Random House Publishing, EMC, Thomson Re... (more)