31 October 2010
30 July 2010
Best Buy(R) and Clearwire(R) Unveil Strategic Wholesale Relationship and Plans to Offer Newly Branded 4G Mobile Broadband Service in the U.S.
Plans to Offer Newly Branded 4G Mobile Broadband Service in the U.S.
Best Buy Becomes First Major Wholesaler, Outside of Clearwire's Strategic Investors, to Join Clearwire's 4G "Network of Networks" and Offer Service Under the Best Buy Name Best Buy ConnectSM
Broadband Service to Offer New 4G Option
Customers to Have Choice of Device and Plan That Best Fits Their Mobile Broadband Needs
MINNEAPOLIS & KIRKLAND, Wash., Jul 29, 2010
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Clearwire Corporation ASDAQ:CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the fastest 4G network in the country, and Best Buy Connect, LLC, a subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) today announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship in which Best Buy will use Clearwire's 4G network to offer mobile internet service to customers under the Best Buy Connect service. Beginning in 2011, Best Buy will offer a new 4G tier for its recently introduced Best Buy Connect service. Best Buy Connect was conceived to help accelerate mobile broadband adoption by providing consumers the convenience of one-stop shopping for devices, service activation, billing and customer support from Best Buy.
"Our strategic wholesale agreement with Clearwire will enable Best Buy Connect to leverage the Clearwire 4G network's speed and bandwidth to deliver compelling new mobile broadband experiences for our customers," said Jed Stillman, vice president of Best Buy Connect. "This agreement paves the way to providing one-stop shopping and support for mobile broadband as more people become more connected across all kinds of devices. We believe consumers will appreciate the added advantage of relying on Best Buy Connect for both 3G and 4G mobile broadband services beginning next year."
"Best Buy is at the forefront of providing consumers with the best in consumer electronics products and services, and we are very proud to provide the mobile broadband network that will enable them to offer their own branded 4G service to their broad customer base," said Teresa Elder, president of strategic partnerships and wholesale at Clearwire. "This new agreement is particularly strategic for our 'network of networks' business model. Not only is this one of the first major wholesale agreements beyond our group of strategic investors, but it also demonstrates the interest in our network from companies outside of traditional service providers. We look forward to supporting Best Buy in the months and years ahead."
4G Coming to Best Buy Connect
Best Buy Connect will offer its customers 4G service options that use the Clearwire network currently available in dozens of cities across the United States, with network coverage expected to continue to expand.
Best Buy Connect joins a growing portfolio of exclusive branded content, connections and services that deliver the advantages of what Best Buy calls the "connected world" easily and seamlessly to consumers. Additional details can be found athttp://www.bestbuy.com/bestbuyconnect. Detailed company information about Clearwire is available at http://www.clearwire.com.
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico and Turkey, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $49 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy; Best Buy Mobile; Audiovisions; The Carphone Warehouse; Future Shop; Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star; Magnolia Audio Video; Napster; Pacific Sales; and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy. In fiscal 2010, we donated a combined $25.2 million to improve the vitality of the communities where our employees and customers live and work.
For more information about Best Buy, visithttp://www.bestbuy.com.
Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of wireless broadband services. Clearwire's 4G network is currently available in areas of the U.S. where approximately 51 million people live and the company plans to continue to expand its 4G coverage. Clearwire's open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings, provides an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility to deliver next generation broadband access. The company markets its 4G service through its own brand called CLEAR(R) as well as through its wholesale relationships with Sprint, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast, Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. Additional information is available athttp://www.clearwire.com.
Clearwire, CLEAR, the CLEAR logo and super fast mobile internet are trademarks or registered trademarks of Clearwire Communications LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
This release, and other written and oral statements made by Best Buy and/or Clearwire from time to time, contains forward-looking statements which are based on management's current expectations and beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made with information that is currently available. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, management's expectations regarding future financial and operating performance and financial condition; proposed transactions; network development and market launch plans; strategic plans and objectives; industry conditions; the strength of the balance sheet; liquidity and financing needs;business prospects; new strategies; the competitive environment and other events. The words "anticipate," "believe,""intend," "plan," "outlook," "will," "would," "may," "should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "believe," "target," "designed," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward- looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of either company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from such statements.
In the case of Clearwire, some factors that could cause actual results to differ are:
Clearwire is an early-stage company with a history of operating losses and it expects to continue to realize significant net losses for the foreseeable future.
Clearwire's current and future plans are subject to a number of conditions and uncertainties, including among others, its ability to manage ongoing market development activities (including the development of over 10,000 sites), its performance in launched markets and its access to additional funding.
Clearwire regularly evaluate Its plans, and the company may elect to pursue new or alternative strategies which it believes would be beneficial to the company's business, including among other things, modifying the pace at which the company builds its 4G mobile broadband networks, augmenting its network coverage in markets it launches, changing its sales and marketing strategy and or acquiring additional spectrum.
If Clearwire's business fails to perform as the company expects, or if the company elects to pursue new plans or strategies, Clearwire may be required to raise substantial additional financing, and if it is unable to raise such financing on acceptable terms it may need to modify its plans accordingly.
Clearwire may fail to realize all of the anticipated benefits of the transactions with Sprint and the strategic investors.
Clearwire is committed to using commercially reasonable efforts to deploy wireless broadband networks based solely on mobile WiMAX technology, even if there are alternative technologies available in the future that are technologically superior or more cost effective.
Clearwire currently depends on its commercial partners to develop and deliver the equipment for its legacy and mobile WiMAX networks.
Many of Clearwire's competitors are better established and have significantly greater resources, and may subsidize their competitive offerings with other products and services.
Clearwire's substantial indebtedness and restrictive debt covenants could limit its financing options and liquidity position and may limit the company's ability to grow its business.
Sprint Nextel Corporation owns a majority of Clearwire's shares, resulting in Sprint holding a majority voting interest in the company, and Sprint may have, or may develop in the future, interests that may diverge from other stockholders.
Future sales of large blocks of Clearwire's common stock may adversely impact its stock price.
For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please refer to Clearwire's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the information under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 24, 2010 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 6, 2010.
Clearwire assumes no obligation to update or supplement such forward-looking statements.
In the case of Best Buy, among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements are the following: general economic conditions, changes in consumer preferences, credit market constraints, acquisitions and development of new businesses, divestitures, product availability, sales volumes, pricing actions and promotional activities of competitors, profit margins, weather, changes in law or regulations, foreign currency fluctuation, availability of suitable real estate locations, the company's ability to react to a disaster recovery situation, the impact of labor markets and new product introductions on overall profitability, failure to achieve anticipated benefits of announced transactions and integration challenges relating to new ventures. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the company's annual report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Best Buy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 28, 2010. Best Buy cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not complete and assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement that it may make.
SOURCE: Clearwire Corporation
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Posted by Steve at 22:30
25 July 2010
"The Union Minister for human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal unveiled a low cost computing-cum-access device, here today. The price of the device exhibited today is expected to be around $35 per piece, gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately to $10 a piece. Since this effort of continuous reduction in price and enhancement in capabilities would require a constant endeavour for R&D, IIT Rajasthan and some other IITs and technical institutions are setting up research teams to cover a wide range of issues in achieving our ultimate goal in terms of price and quality.
The three cardinal principles of the Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality could be served well by providing connectivity to all colleges and universities, providing low cost and affordable access cum computing devices to students and teachers and providing high quality e-content free of cost to all learners in the Country. National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) encompasses all the three elements. Connectivity to Universities and Colleges has already started. Nearly 8500 Colleges in the country have already been connected, high quality e-content in various subjects is being created and under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), nearly 500 web based and video courses are available and uploaded on “sakshat”, YouTube and NPTEL portals and another 1100 courses in various disciplines of engineering and science are getting generated in 4 quadrant approach.
The ministry started its efforts , subsequent to lukewarm response from known corporates in this sector, by holding discussions on this concept with a group of Professors / experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. B.Tech and M.Tech students were guided to produce the mother board for such low cost devices with ample flexibility to change components. One mother board design was generated under Ministry’s guidance in the B.Tech project of a student at VIT, Vellore. The cost of bill of material worked to 47 $ at that point of time. The PCB of the mother board was got fabricated at IIT Kanpur. It could be seen that by customising the device to the needs of learners across the country, and utilizing the processor capabilities of processors suitable for the purpose, it was possible to substantially reduce the prices of such access-cum-computing devices. Then started a wave of collaboration with such interested partners.
. A number of teams have been moving back and forth independently but constantly interacting with the HRD Ministry and improving upon design parameters and customization guidance for Indian students. The efforts of some of the teams working with those design philosophies were presented today. The aim is to reach such devices to the students of colleges and Universities and to provide these institutions a host of choices of low cost access devices around Rs. 1500/- ($35) or less in near future.
For additional information visit the links below.
What Could You Do With a $35 Tablet? By Tony Bradley, PC World
India Government Unveils A $35 Tablet, Rest Of The World Envies Posted on 24. Jul, 2010 by TabletMan in Tablets
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Posted by Steve at 03:37
10 June 2010
Found this in my email. It is most interesting. What do you think!
MICROSOFT IS HELPING ULTEO TO DELIVER AN ENTERPRISE CLASS TIGHTLY INTEGRATED WINDOWS + LINUX BASED ULTEO VIRTUAL DESKTOP AND APPLICATIONS DELIVERY SOLUTION
Veröffentlicht am 06/08/2010
Paris June 8th, 2010: Ulteo has been selected to join Microsoft France idEES, a special Microsoft program supporting innovative high potential software startups.
Ulteo is a commercial enterprise open source software startup that develops and distributes the Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) solution. The Ulteo OVD allows organizations of all sizes to cenrally manage and remotely publish end users' Linux and/or Windows business applications instead of installing the applications on the end users' local computers.
The Ulteo OVD brings multiple key benefits to organizations: it reduces the costs of managing the end user environment (applications and data) and allows the end users access from any connected computer (work, hotel, home, customer or supplier sites, etc.). Other benefits include increased data security and increased agility for IT departments, for faster roll-out of new versions and new features of their business applications portfolio to end users.
This Microsoft - Ulteo partnership includes technological, marketing and commercial aspects and it is part of the idEES program (Initiative for the Economic Development of the Software publishers and Start-up) of Microsoft France.
“Because of its selectivity, this partnership is a great recognition for Ulteo. From the start, we have developed the Ulteo OVD on top of both the Linux and the Windows platforms. Joining the Microsoft special idEES program allows us to provide an even tighter integration between Windows Server, Active Directory and Ulteo so that any Windows enterprise customer can benefit from Windows applications delivery with the Ulteo OVDThierry Koehrlen, CEO & co-founder of Ulteo. solution” says
“We want to offer and guarantee Windows customers a joint solution that provides them with a real enterprise-ready, interoperable virtual desktop solution. By leveraging the Windows Server Terminal Services infrastructure, the Linux-based Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop solution can centrally manage and remotely publish to end users both Windows and Linux applications in a seamless manner.”
The combined product solution could be similarly used in publishing only Windows applications - either from a portal or a desktop published in a browser, securely accessible both internally or externally for any organization.
“Ulteo's offer perfectly matches the global Microsoft openness and interoperability strategy, mixing Microsoft and non-Microsoft environments" adds Alfonso Castro Director of Interoperability Microsoft France. "By joining the IdEES program, Ulteo is a great example that Open Source startups can work tightly with Microsoft's platform. They can count on us to support them in that strategy.”
Ulteo is already working on integrating its Open Virtual Desktop solution with additional Microsoft technology and products like Sharepoint, the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol - and also Microsoft HyperV, App-V and Azure.
“At Microsoft, we are very interested in Ulteo because they are solving a big problem - but also because the combination of Ulteo and Microsoft products gives more choices to the IT departments to build an open virtual desktop and application delivery solution”, says Julien Codorniou, Director of Business Development at Microsoft France.“Ulteo is very modular and can work with different Microsoft products and in different configurations. For example the combination of the Microsoft and Ulteo solutions can publish Windows and Linux applications remotely, either from the customers servers/data centers and/or from a cloud solution built by software vendors, telco companies or systems integrators.”
The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop v2.0 is currently available for download in English, French and Russian at http://www.ulteo.com and the Ulteo OVD 2.5 is in beta test and will be released within the next few weeks.
About UlteoUlteo is the Open Source Enterprise Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery Solution company (open source SBC & VDI solutions), co-founded by veteran open source entrepreneurs Gaël Duval (founder of Mandrake Linux, a popular Linux distribution) and Thierry Koehrlen (co-founder of Intalio, the leading Open Source BPMS & Cloud company).
More at www.ulteo.com
About MicrosoftFounded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
More on www.microsoft.com
Contacts: press at ulteo dot com
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Posted by Steve at 00:07
14 February 2010
Mobile-to-Enterprise (M2E) Virtualization
Open Kernel Labs
For Citrix Investors
Posted by Steve at 18:16
29 November 2009
November 25th, 2009 - Ulteo introduces open source virtual desktop OVD 2.0. This new release delivers both Linux and/or Windows applications as complete virtual desktops – and also via web portal.
Delivering Linux and/or Windows applications to virtualized desktops and/or web portals
Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) 1.0 was about delivering Linux and/or Windows applications to virtual desktops accessible from within or outside an organization. OVD 2.0 takes this concept even further by providing key additional features: “Some IT departments have the requirement of delivering complete desktops to end-users, but others would prefer to deliver individual applications. With OVD 2.0, users can simply click a link on a web page to launch a single application without the overhead of a complete desktop”, says Thierry Koehrlen CEO & co-founder of Ulteo. “Users can now log into their corporate portal and simply click a link to launch a remote Windows and/or Linux application, or they can click an icon to open a document with an associated remote application.”
Ulteo OVD 2.0 provides more implementation choices to IT departments “OVD 2.0 is about providing more choices from an architecture perspective as well” adds Gaël Duval, Ulteo CTO and co-founder.“We are very focused on what our community of users is asking for.
They wanted more options with Ulteo OVD, so we're happy to provide shared directories for greater user collaboration, the foundation for a wider assortment of supported databases, single sign-on, support for different web portal, ECMs, support for Windows Server 2003 and 2008, hypervisors, and more. OVD 2.0 delivers an impressive set of new features; upcoming point releases will further increase the list of supported products so that OVD will seamlessly fit into most current and future environments. For example, OVD can now run on Amazon's EC2 cloud computing environment. This ability was made possible with the help of the Open Source community which allows us to deliver an impressive list of features much faster than on our own.”
Ulteo OVD: a flexible Open Source Virtual Desktop solution for public and private organizations of all sizes, and also for telco and cloud companies
"In our daily interactions with the community of Ulteo users (Desktop Architects, System & support Administrators, IT managers), several key reasons are given for the adoption of Open Virtual Desktop" comments Thierry Koehrlen. “The number one reason is the ability to deploy Windows or Linux applications, and even a mixture of both, to a unified desktop environment. Ulteo users also greatly appreciate the cost reductions provided by our product, plus the fact that Ulteo Enterprise subscription plans provide a comprehensive and affordable support solution. The simplicity and ease-of-use of the system is another popular reason. And finally, the openness of the code and development process guarantees both flexibility and the ability to customize the product for any organization."
Mike Norman, Open Source Analyst at http://www.
virtualizationpractice.com sums it up: “Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) delivers Terminal Services, Linux and Windows desktop applications through a single portal to any Java-enabled browser, without installing a client application. In a market dominated by high-cost proprietary solutions, it offers a cost-effective Open Source desktop connection broker for enterprise applications and application service providers.”
Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop 2.0 is now available for download at:
Read more about the features at:
For more information please go to:
Media inquiries: please contact press(at)ulteo(dot)com
Customer and partner inquiries: please contact sales(at)ulteo(dot)com
Ulteo is the Open Source Enterprise Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery Solution company co-founded by veteran open source entrepreneurs Gaël Duval (founder of Mandrake Linux, a popular Linux distribution) and Thierry Koehrlen (co-founder of Intalio, the leading Open Source BPMS). Ulteo is proud to have won the “Best Open Source Start-up” award at the Open World Forum 2009.
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Posted by Steve at 19:06
05 July 2009
Portland first to launch Comcast High-Speed 2go™ with Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and more launching before year-end 2009
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, launches its anticipated high-speed wireless data service tomorrow in Portland as the company kicks off its nationwide rollout of Comcast High-Speed 2go™.
Comcast’s High-Speed 2go is a fourth-generation or 4G wireless high-speed data service that provides the fastest available wireless Internet in the nation via wireless data cards. Comcast will be selling this wireless service bundled with one or more of its popular Internet, phone and television products, providing mobile broadband where ever and whenever customers need to be connected.
“With Comcast’s wideband Internet, we already offer one of the fastest wired connections available today. Now with the launch of High-Speed 2go, we also deliver the nation’s fastest wireless Internet,” said Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and general manager for wireless and voice services at Comcast. “Innovation through mobility is one of many advances Comcast is providing consumers in the area of entertainment, information and communications. Comcast High-Speed 2go now gives consumers the best of both worlds, the fastest fast at home and on the go. In today’s world, consumers don’t want to be disconnected for even a minute and now Comcast provides wired and wireless access – a combination consumers won’t want to live without.”
Comcast is selling two different data cards and service plans:
- Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service uses a 4G-only data card giving customers the fastest wireless service within the 4G metro coverage area. The Metro device operates only in a 4G service footprint.
- Comcast High-Speed 2go Nationwide service delivers the fastest metro 4G service plus coast-to-coast access on Sprint’s national 3G network. The Nationwide device automatically switches between available 4G and 3G networks.
The world-class services Comcast is known for in the home are beginning to be extended to where consumers work, live and play. High-speed mobile Internet is one of the first products consumers want as a natural extension of Comcast’s super fast wired high-speed Internet. The combination of the two is a unique proposition and the only package of its kind available in Portland today.
For the first time, consumers will have bundled access to both the fastest wired and wireless internet in the nation - sold together at launch as a “Fast Pack”www.comcast.com/highspeed2go for additional pricing plans and service packages. for as low as $49.99 per month for one year. Both new and existing Comcast customers will be eligible for special bundled pricing, with Triple Play customers receiving 4G wireless as an add-on for as low as $30 per month. Visit
The $49.99 Fast Pack Metro service includes Comcast’s 12 Mbps home Internet service, a free WiFi router for mobility and extended coverage in the home, and 4G service that will provide up to 4 Mbps download speed when customers are on the go. For an additional $20 per month, consumers can upgrade to the Fast Pack Nationwide service that includes the same services plus nationwide 3G mobile network access.
Comcast also will be selling High-Speed 2go to small-to-mid-sized businesses through Comcast Business Services sales teams. As the nation’s largest video provider, largest residential ISP and the third-largest residential phone provider, Comcast now has the ability to provide wireless mobility to consumers in a combination that is both competitive and differentiated from any bundled services on the market today.
Comcast is selling wireless data services following its investment in Clearwire in November 2008. Comcast’s 4G service will be provided via the Clearwire network, and its 3G service will be provided by Sprint’s nationwide 3G network. Comcast is one of the first investors in Clearwire to bring a service to market and expects that it will continue to add value to existing bundled products.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.8 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Posted by Steve at 22:19
22 November 2008
Received an email from Ulteo about their entry into the Server Based Computing market. Then ZDnets' Paula Rooney article appeared in the news column to the left or click here to read. Maybe there just might be something here that will grow legs.
From the news page at Ulteo Published on 11/19/2008
Following its commitment to desktop virtualization solutions, Ulteo, an Open Virtual Desktop Infrastructure company, announced today that they were releasing the first installable version of their Open Virtual Desktop solution for enterprises. Delivering faster deployment times and ease of management for the IT department, this first release can be integrated easily into an existing professional Linux or Windows IT environment. The solution can be up and running in a few minutes, delivering rich desktop applications to corporate users.
Virtual desktops help reduce end user desktop TCO, but businesses can go much further with the open source Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop Solution
Ulteo enters the corporate market as a pure Open Source player, and leverages the experience it acquired during the past two years with virtualization products & services that were previously offered on their own servers.
The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is a great solution for corporations who want to reduce the Total Costs of Ownership of the end user desktop, a cost that cripples IT budgets. Moreover, the Ulteo open source business model remove the typical upfront licence fee and replace it with a much more affordable subscription support plan instead. “With Ulteo businesses save money even in the first year of virtual desktops deployment and that counts in the current economic environment” says Thierry Koehrlen, CEO and co-founder of the company.
The Ulteo solution also helps IT departments to increase the end users systems uptime and mobility and therefore their productivity.
“This first version of the Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is great for all the companies who are seeking to leverage open source applications and Linux within a Linux or a Windows environment. And in February 2009, Windows applications will be available too, integrated into a unified interface" Koehrlen advises.
Ulteo makes virtual desktops easier for the IT department:
Ulteo's solution has been designed with a radical approach: in particular, no installation is needed on the Desktop client, and nothing has to be replaced or modified in the existing infrastructure.
IT administrators appreciate the simplified quick installation, configuration and deployment process of the Ulteo virtual desktops. They also appreciate the value of accessing to the code so that the solution can be customized to fit even better their specific needs.
Advanced features include a full administration console, desktop sharing, application server replication and many others.
The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is ready for business:
The product has already served more than 140,000 desktop sessions over the last few months and has been tested through external Proof of Concepts with some early adopters’ organisations. “So we are very excited to share it now with the rest of the world and to expand the community of users and developers around it” reports Gael Duval, CTO and co-founder of Ulteo.
Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is Open-Source and IT departments have the choice to either use the free version with community support, or benefit from commercial licensing terms that offers extended support to organizations wishing to enter a commercial and privileged relationship with Ulteo.
For more information please go to http://www.ulteo.com
Media enquiries: please contact press(at)ulteo(dot).com
About Ulteo Ulteo is and Open Source Enterprise Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery Solution co-founded by veteran open source entrepreneurs Gaël Duval (founder of Mandrake Linux, a popular Linux distribution) and Thierry Koehrlen (co-founder of Intalio, the leading Open Source BPMS).
Posted by Steve at 15:34
08 November 2008
The “OpenIt!” product is a combination scissor/shears, knife and screw driver. I have used each of those devices individually to open those nasty plastic packages. The major difference is that the shear blades are angled and offset. In the past when using regular scissors to open those nasty packages, the plastic come in contact with you hand. Not good. The offset and angled cutting blades allow you work around the package without coming in contact with the plastic.
OpenIt! Includes a small interchangeable Phillips head and straight slot screw diver. Those is also a retracting knife to cut plastic or tape that enclose software or DVDs. I found this device at a Walgreens in the hardware section. Not much money for something that does what this product does.
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Posted by Steve at 23:37
05 November 2008
Let the air wave wars begin. And it is unlicensed!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 4, 2008
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FCC ADOPTS RULES FOR UNLICENSED USE OF TELEVISION WHITE SPACES
In its continuing efforts to promote efficient use of spectrum and to extend the benefits of such use to the public, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted a Second Report and Order (Second R&O) that establishes rules to allow new, sophisticated wireless devices to operate in broadcast television spectrum on a secondary basis at locations where that spectrum is open. (This unused TV spectrum is now commonly referred to as television “white spaces”). The rules adopted today will allow for the use of these new and innovative types of unlicensed devices in the unused spectrum to provide broadband data and other services for consumers and businesses.
The rules represent a careful first step to permit the operation of unlicensed devices in the TV white spaces and include numerous safeguards to protect incumbent services against harmful interference. The rules will allow for both fixed and personal/portable unlicensed devices. Such devices must include a geolocation capability and provisions to access over the Internet a data base of the incumbent services, such as full power and low power TV stations and cable system headends, in addition to spectrum-sensing technology. The data base will tell the white space device what spectrum may be used at that location.
Wireless microphones will be protected in a variety of ways. The locations where wireless microphones are used, such as sporting venues and event and production facilities, can be registered in the data base and will be protected in the same way as other services. The Commission also has required that devices include the ability to listen to the airwaves to sense wireless microphones as an additional measure of protection for these devices.
All white space devices are subject to equipment certification by the FCC Laboratory. The Laboratory will request samples of the devices for testing to ensure that they meet all the pertinent requirements.
The Commission also will permit certification of devices that do not include the geolocation and data base access capabilities, and instead rely solely on spectrum sensing to avoid causing harmful interference, subject to a much more rigorous approval process.
In a process that will be open to the public, applications will be released for public comment prior to agency action. Such devices will be tested by our Laboratory to a “Proof of Performance” standard both in the lab and in a variety of real-world environments to ensure they do not cause interference to licensed services when in use. The staff report and recommendation will also be released for public comment. For now, certification of any such device will require approval by the full Commission.
Manufacturers may continue to provide additional information to the Commission to support the use of higher power devices in adjacent channels. In addition, the Commission will explore in a separate Notice of Inquiry whether higher-powered unlicensed operations might be permitted in TV white spaces in rural areas.
The Commission will closely oversee and monitor the introduction of TV white space devices. The Commission will act promptly to remove from the market any equipment found to be causing harmful interference and will require the responsible parties to take appropriate actions to remedy any interference that may occur.
Action by the Commission November 4, 2008, by Second Report and Order (FCC 08-260). Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, and McDowell with Commissioner Tate approving and dissenting in part. Separate statements issued by Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate and McDowell.
For additional information, contact Alan Stillwell at (202) 418-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
News and other information about the FCC is available at www.fcc.gov
Posted by Steve at 22:42
13 October 2008
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF., October 13, 2008 – NComputing, the leading provider of low-cost computing solutions, today announced that it was chosen to supply a massive 5,000-school educational computing initiative in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The initiative will provide computing access to 1.8 million children throughout the state. Andhra Pradesh is the largest and most populous state in South India. Andhra Pradesh will contract leading education IT firms to build the computer labs in 5,000 schools totaling 50,000 computing seats over the coming few months. The win marks the largest single deployment of NComputing's solution in India. The decision to deploy NComputing's low-cost and eco-friendly solution establishes the government of Andhra Pradesh as an innovator in educational computing and provides a blueprint for other governments and institutions considering similar projects.
By leveraging NComputing, the government will save $20 million in up-front and ongoing costs. The government will also use 90% less electricity compared to a traditional all-PC solution. "NComputing is proud to have been chosen by Andhra Pradesh to fulfill its vision to improve learning and computer literacy throughout the state," said Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of NComputing. "At about $70 per seat, our solution is the ideal platform to enable schools, businesses, and governments to maximize their PC investment. We are the world leader in desktop virtualization and the scale of this deployment further extends our leadership position."
The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today's PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only use a small fraction of the computer's capacity. NComputing technology creates multiple virtual desktops on a single PC so that many users can tap the unused capacity and share it as if each person had their own computer. Andhra Pradesh chose the NComputing X300 solution, which enables up to seven users to simultaneously share one PC.
The computing labs will be used to teach computer skills and office productivity (spreadsheets, word processing) as well as subjects like reading and math. The entire system will run on the Microsoft Windows Server operating system and use Microsoft Office Suite. "India holds a strong position in the knowledge economy today due to the country's consistent investment in education over the years," said Javier Arrupea Gitlin, director, Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group. "In India and around the globe, Microsoft is committed to enabling affordable access to computing for education. Through Microsoft's Unlimited Potential commitment, we are continually looking for innovative and affordable technology solutions that can sustain social and economic progress. Initiatives such as this announced today that leverage the value toeducational computing provided by the Windows Server platform represent yet another solution that can help move us towards this goal."
"With the modernization of India's economy, students are eager to learn the computer skills that will prepare them for the digital workplace – but most government school students have never even had the chance to type on a keyboard or click a mouse," said Mr. Raj Shah, chief marketing officer of NComputing, "This computerization project shows how forward thinking governments can use proven and practical technologies like NComputing to bridge the digital divide."
The project is based on an innovative outsourcing model. The Andhra Pradesh government will outsource the entire project for five years to leading educational IT companies, including Educomp, Everonn, NIIT, and Social Computers. The model is referred to as Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) and requires the companies to install, staff, and manage the labs. This arrangement helps ensure that the labs are installed quickly and performance benchmarks are met. The five-year period also enables school staff to develop their own competencies in managing the labs and computer-aided teaching.
NComputing's technology is used by 20,000 organizations in more than 90 countries. In the United States, NComputing has been deployed by over 4,000 school districts in classrooms, computer labs, and libraries. Although smaller in scale than Andhra Pradesh, school districts in North America face many of the same challenges including tight budgets, demand for wider computing access, limited IT support staff, and a desire to use "green" technology.
NComputing has received numerous green computing awards because it uses just 1 watt of electricity (compared to 110 watts or more for stand-alone PCs). "Our students are learning about global warming and increasingly engaged in school initiatives to lower the carbon footprint," said Richard Potter of Medicine Hat School District. "We rebuilt our computer lab with NComputing and a few PCs and the students planted a hundred trees to create a carbon-neutral computer lab."
NComputing recently announced that Will Poole, former corporate vice president of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Group, has joined as co-chairman.
About NComputing, Inc.
Winner of the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Award, NComputing, Inc. was founded with the goal of making desktop computing affordable for everyone. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, NComputing is a privately held virtualization software and hardware company. The company's patented technology drastically lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste.
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