Technology – Snippets Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:12:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Technology – Snippets 32 32 What the ‘Right to Repair’ Means for Consumers and Their Technology, Devices and Vehicles – NBC Chicago Thu, 22 Jul 2021 01:25:15 +0000

Modern technology can be both a blessing and a curse. When it works, it can streamline our most tedious tasks, but when it doesn’t? Repairs performed by the manufacturer or an authorized dealer can be expensive and time consuming, often resulting in the need for a complete replacement.

For years, advocates of the “right to repair” movement have pushed lawmakers to step in and give consumers the ability to repair or modify electronic devices: from cell phones to laptops to home appliances. and car software.

With better access to replacement parts, tools, repair manuals and diagnostic software, tech entrepreneurs say these devices could last longer while reducing electronic waste.

This month, defenders of the right to reparation saw their wish come true.

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Federal Trade Commission to develop new policies dealing with repair restrictions.

In a public hearing on Wednesday, FTC commissioners unanimously approved new policy statements regarding repair restrictions on consumers, as well as a commitment to greater enforcement of “illegal practices of restriction of repair”.

But while many support the rights of consumers to self-repair their products or the freedom to have their product delivered to a third-party repair service of their choice, manufacturers and naysayers fear that repair freedoms will do more harm than good.

What is the “right to reparation” and how did we get there?

For years, lawmakers have proposed legislation at both state and federal levels that would give consumers more rights when it comes to repairing their own devices.

Most recently, in December 2020, lawmakers asked the FTC to report on anti-competitive practices related to repair markets. In May, the FTC released a report to Congress titled “Nixing The Fix,” which explained how manufacturers have increasingly restricted independent and third-party repairs of products over the past four decades.

The FTC has found that manufacturers have done this through “product designs that complicate or prevent repairs” or “restrict access to parts, tools or manuals needed for repairs.”

Repair restrictions aren’t limited to cellphones and computers, writes the FTC. The commissioners found that the restrictions also apply to software in cars, tractors, military and medical equipment, and household appliances.

These facts, the commission found, were painfully highlighted during the pandemic when access to a working laptop or phone was a barrier for many.

“The pandemic has exacerbated the effects of repair restrictions on consumers,” the report said, adding that “the burden of repair restrictions may fall more heavily on communities of color and low-income communities.”

But manufacturers who oppose repair freedoms say consumers will end up paying more, with less safety, a greater risk of permanent damage or injury.

“Manufacturers explain that these repair restrictions often stem from their desire to protect intellectual property rights and prevent injury and other negative consequences resulting from improper repairs,” the report said.

Lawyers disagree with this line of thinking. Apple co-founder and tech entrepreneur Steve Wozniak recently recorded a video expressing his support for the movement, saying it is time for freedoms to repair to be widely adopted.

“It is time to recognize the right to redress more fully,” said Wozniak. “I believe companies inhibit it because it gives them power and control over everything.”

The “Nixing The Fix” report has finally made its way to the White House.

On July 9, Biden’s executive order included initiatives to “make it easier and cheaper to repair items you own by preventing manufacturers from banning self-repairs or third-party repairs of their products.”

FTC seeks help from consumers who spot “illegal repair restrictions”

In a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, federal trade commissioners discussed the subject of the “right to redress” for the first time since the presidential decree weeks earlier.

All commissioners unanimously agreed that stricter manufacturer enforcement is needed. Commissioner Rohit Chopra added that repair restrictions can not only cost consumers more to extend the life of their technology, but these restrictions can also have dire consequences.

“The right to redress movement has also shown us how these issues can be matters of life and death,” Chopra said. “During the FTC’s review of this issue, we heard from hospitals about not being able to repair ventilators because a manufacturer sought to deny access to fix them.”

(You can watch the full FTC hearing on the right to redress and other issues in click here.)

In public comments, most of the right to repair questioners agreed with the FTC’s position, but one man, commenting on lawnmower repairs, questioned whether the freedom to repair could do more than harm consumers.

“This would make it possible to modify [and] tampering with security controls. The right to redress does not take into account the safety of consumers, ”he said.

After receiving the comments, the FTC chairman and other commissioners moved forward with a proposal to devote more resources to enforcing the illegal repair restrictions.

“The FTC has a range of tools it can use to eliminate illegal repair restrictions,” said FTC President Lina Khan. “Today’s policy statement would commit us to moving forward with new vigor.”

Khan also appealed to consumers themselves, asking the public to file complaints if they believe companies are illegally imposing repair restrictions.

(Click here to learn more about filing these types of complaints.)

One thing is certain: the right to repair raises the stakes for both manufacturers and consumers.

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SoftBank’s robotic ambitions bypass as Pepper loses power Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:08:00 +0000

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – When SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) CEO Masayoshi Son unveiled the wide-eyed android Pepper in 2014, he painted a vision, once limited to science fiction, of a new era of personal robots in which his company would be the industry leader.

That vision, and the company’s expectations for Pepper’s claim, have proven to be overly optimistic, two sources familiar with the matter said. Seven years later, Pepper is hanging on to life, with closed production and units cobbled together with obsolete components.

SoftBank will end sales of new Pepper units in 2023 at the latest, as those parts become obsolete, according to the minutes of an internal meeting held in Paris in late May and reviewed by Reuters. Sales of refurbished units will continue after that point, management told staff.

The company disputed the minutes of the meeting and Kazutaka Hasumi, marketing director of SoftBank Robotics, told Reuters that the company is committed to ensuring that Pepper survives in one form or another, possibly with a new design.

“We will still be selling Pepper in five years,” Hasumi said.

The humanoid was custom designed for SoftBank by Aldebaran, a French robotics startup acquired in 2012. Son hoped Pepper would turn robots from a factory tool into an everyday companion, just as computers had gone. from offices to homes and pockets.

But Pepper’s appeal was limited by its basic functionality: he can do rudimentary conversations, engage in simple interactions via his chest-mounted tablet, and sing while gesturing. It often broke down, the two sources said.

“Pepper wasn’t upgraded to handle real tasks. There was very little Pepper could do that you couldn’t do with an iPad,” said Morten Paulsen, head of research at the iPad. Japan at CLSA.

Retailing for 198,000 yen ($ 1,800) plus a monthly fee of 14,800 yen, Pepper was out of reach for most households, and SoftBank was quickly forced to focus on businesses. Pepper was greeted with some early enthusiasm in this industry; stores and restaurants provided a more predictable environment where the robot could be programmed for tasks such as greeting customers.

But poor relations between Tokyo and Paris have hurt the development of Pepper, according to sources familiar with the matter, and two others. All sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

SoftBank supported Pepper’s early sales by rolling out units to its mobile phone stores, two of the sources said. 27,000 units were eventually produced, said one of the two sources familiar with the matter.

Now Pepper’s sales have plummeted to less than 100 units in a matter of months, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

Production at a Foxconn factory in China was halted last year as the number of unsold units increased and the line has since been shut down, according to the documents.

SoftBank has less than 2,000 Pepper units, according to the documents. The heavy batteries that power the robot are degrading and the chest-mounted tablets run on an outdated Android operating system without the latest security updates, one of the sources said.


Son, a self-proclaimed “big talker”, has a habit of realizing the improbable, breaking Japan’s telecommunications duopoly and raising $ 60 billion in Middle East oil money for his Vision Fund.

The billionaire also has an eye for hits, bringing Apple’s first iPhone to the Japanese market. But when her company launched Pepper, it had little experience in designing and manufacturing products, let alone androids.

And the expected market never materialized. Although Pepper helped spread the SoftBank name around the world, some customers returned it at the end of rental periods.

Two years ago, SoftBank attempted to restart its robotics business with the launch of Whiz, an automated vacuum cleaner.

Sales staff struggled to persuade customers to pay $ 500 per month for a product that could only clean open spaces and would fail, two other sources said.

Whiz demand was boosted by the pandemic, with orders for 8,000 units in the April-June quarter, said Kenichi Yoshida, commercial director of SoftBank Robotics.

SoftBank has considered other robotic products, including one that makes ramen, the two sources said. It sells a food service robot, Servi, developed by California-based Bear Robotics, which can carry food to diners.


SoftBank Robotics’ underperformance came to a head last year as the downturn forced Son to change strategy, selling assets to stabilize the group’s balance sheet and pushing portfolio companies to prioritize cash generation.

SoftBank Robotics has embarked on a global restructuring, reported by Reuters last month, which plans to cut half of its Paris-based workforce.

The business is close to profitability and listing is a possibility, Yoshida said.

The conglomerate switched to pure investing through its Vision Fund and sold majority stakes in companies like Boston Dynamics. He continues to take smaller stakes in robotics-related companies.

SoftBank has sales agreements with partners such as Iris Ohyama in Japan and RobotLAB in the United States. There is a niche market for selling Pepper to business and education, RobotLAB CEO Elad Inbar said in an interview.

“Our job in this ecosystem is to show that there is market demand,” he said.

($ 1 = 109.7900 yen)

Reporting by Sam Nussey. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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Ex-Goldman executive: US banks need a new take on tech Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:00:33 +0000

The banking industry needs to take a different approach to developing new technology if it is to keep up with innovation in fintech companies, according to former Goldman Sachs Asset Management director Sheila Patel.

Growing competition from start-ups has helped spur spending on major U.S. banks, but they could be better served by buying or partnering with tech companies rather than focusing on building in-house, said Patel to the Financial Times.

“Sometimes think tanks and incubators work, but sometimes the best ideas come from outside your community,” she said. “Financial institutions of all sizes, but particularly large financial institutions, need to find ways to engage in innovation outside their walls, as it is moving in that direction anyway. “

Patel, 52, announced in December that she was retiring from her post as president of the $ 2 billion asset management arm of Goldman Sachs after 30 years in the banking industry. After working at the company in various management positions in Europe and Asia, Patel made a name for herself taking long-term bets in emerging markets that others deemed too risky and was appointed one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.

This month, she will join venture capital firm B Capital, backed by the Boston Consulting Group, which funds tech companies aiming to modernize traditionally manual and bureaucratic industries such as banking, known for its cumbersome legacy technology systems.

“We spend a lot of time talking about our physical infrastructure, and anyone who walks into any airport in the United States or drives on any road thinks we have work to do, but our digital infrastructure for businesses also needs investment, ”she said. .

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Most of the innovations in the financial sector were happening outside the United States, said Raj Ganguly, one of the co-founders of B Capital. Typically, the company allocates its $ 3.5 billion in capital equally between the United States and overseas, but in finance, around 80 percent of investments are made outside the country, mostly in Asia.

“A fintech entrepreneur in the United States is basically building things on very good existing rails,” Ganguly said. “Fintech entrepreneurs in India or Indonesia, they build everything. “

Patel said the challenges of innovation in finance were mirrored in healthcare, another area of ​​interest for B Capital – and for Patel personally, who was completing cancer treatment when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Last year.

“If it weren’t for some of the telemedicine technology, how would I have talked to my doctors? How would I have known what to do about my treatment? ” she said. “There are so many things that can be made more effective. “

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Modern technology helps local man walk again Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:31:23 +0000

SCHENECTADY, ​​NY (NEWS10) – A year after being paralyzed in a construction accident, technology has allowed a local man to get back on his feet.

“It’s a great day today! “

Douglas Avreu arrived in Brazil’s capital region in 2016. A year ago, he was working on a construction site. While building a wall, he fell from the third floor and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from waist to toe. It was his faith that got him through these first weeks.

“Yes, if you have faith in God you have to keep fighting for everything,” he said.

In October, Doug discovered the ReWalk personal robotic exoskeleton. He uses a watch-like device that sends signals to the motors at his hips and knees to control his movements.

And now he’s back on his feet.

“In about 20-30 sessions of using the machine, he became completely proficient and independent to be able to walk with it, stand with it, use it to walk outdoors, indoors, in the grass.” , Sunnyview physiotherapist known as Cono Cirone. “We went up and down the hill. “

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital has a partnership with ReWalk and has used its exoskeletons in the physiotherapy department.

“The device obviously gives people with spinal cord injuries a new lease of life, I like to say,” said Lauren Pelttier, business development manager for ReWalk Robotics. “This allows them to be standing and ambulatory both at home and outside the community. This is not only for the health benefits, but also to be at eye level and to regain the confidence and quality of life that able-bodied people sometimes take for granted.

Doug has been identified as a perfect candidate for home use, and on Tuesday he brought one home with him.

“It’s very exciting because when I was in the hospital they said maybe you won’t walk anymore, and now I can see my legs moving, and it’s amazing,” he said. he declares.

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Simplifeye Expands Technology Suite for Retail Healthcare Practices Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:33:00 +0000

NEW YORK, July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Simplifeye, a technology platform improving patient and practice workflow for the retail healthcare industry, today announced that it has expanded its range of services to include Simplifeye payments and Simplifeye Invite, making it the most comprehensive and scalable workflow technology solution specifically for the healthcare industry. Simplifeye was created by physician for physicians and is transforming the way practices interact with patients by streamlining front desk workflows, eliminating points of friction, optimizing operations and facilitating access to care health and dental care they need. By helping practices manage and optimize their businesses, Simplifeye allows physicians to focus on what really matters: providing patients with high quality health care.

While the healthcare technology market is teeming with integration companies that provide core technology functionality for a specific healthcare industry, Simplifeye is scalable across multiple medical areas and provides practices with a single, easy-to-use platform. that was built from the ground up with the end user in mind.

“Simplifeye now gives practices and their patients more options for making and receiving payments and creating payment plans. Technology enables practices and patients – healthcare providers’ businesses are better protected and treatments are more affordable for patients, ”said Dr. Ryan hungate, orthodontist and founder and CEO of Simplifeye. “The pandemic has changed patient preferences and expectations, making it more important than ever to offer diverse payment channels and plans. Simplifeye allows traditional practices to easily adapt to this trend and meet the needs of patients.

With the addition of Simplifeye Payments to its platform, Simplifeye offers a unique solution for firms to effectively manage the management of the revenue cycle. Payments makes it easier than ever to collect patient payments by credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and ACH digital payments. It enables a Wi-Fi powered card processing terminal to allow patients to pay from consulting or treatment rooms, rather than from reception desks. The benefits of Simplifeye payments include:

  • Flexibility to offer personalized payment plans with 0% merchant fees, saving thousands of dollars in credit card processing fees
  • Built-in credit checks, affordable down payments and automatic monthly payments, making it easier for patients to pay for the services they need
  • Reduce staff time and administrative costs with automated text-to-pay reminders, paying digital invoices up to 80% faster than traditional paper invoices
  • Easy-to-use cloud-based dashboard that practice admins can access anytime, anywhere to easily view account statuses
  • A simple and streamlined payment experience for patients allowing them to pay from anywhere in the office instead of at the checkout, and providing an online payment portal for offsite payments

Simplifeye’s new Invite technology is an AI-powered tool for creating a personalized, automated approach to filling schedules with ideal patients with open treatment plans. The advantages of Simplifeye Invite include:

  • Numerous appointments resulting in the possibility of matching patients with incomplete treatments and openings in a practice schedule, filling unexpected gaps due to cancellations
  • Segmentation by procedure, insurance coverage, date of last treatment and more options to identify priority patients
  • SMS and email appointment invitations providing direct links for scheduling
  • Increased conversion of scheduled treatments into scheduled appointments
  • Simplified patient planning and reactivation combined with increased case acceptance and revenue

Interested physicians and practice directors can request a Simplifeye demo at

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Simplifeye empowers physicians by automating the business side of their practices. The company provides software solutions that digitize and improve existing processes that are at the heart of many medical practices. Simplifeye empowers healthcare professionals to focus their efforts on delivering high quality healthcare, which translates into great experiences for patients. Founded in 2015, the company is backed by Health Catalyst Capital, Felicis, First Round Capital, Indicator Ventures, RTP Ventures, Uncork and strategic investors. The company currently serves 8,000 practices and has facilitated more than 400,000 patient appointments in United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Saudi Arabia. For more information or a Simplifeye demo, visit

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]]> 0 Data Practices That Drive Student Success – Campus Technology Mon, 19 Jul 2021 22:37:25 +0000

Campus Technology Leadership Summit: Data Practices That Drive Student Success

Colleges and universities are generating vast amounts of student data today, and the explosive increase in the use of digital tools during the pandemic has potentially piled even more data on the job. Yet sorting through the noise – integrating systems, applying analytics, gleaning practical information, and ultimately pushing the needle of student success forward – remains one of higher education’s greatest challenges. During this one-day event, education and IT leaders will share their ideas and best practices for meaningfully using data now and building a data strategy for the future.


Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. PST
Why higher education needs analysis more than ever

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Create a culture of evidence and action

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Deepening our understanding of students through data

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Zoom buys cloud software provider Five9 for $ 15 billion Mon, 19 Jul 2021 03:32:00 +0000

July 18 (Reuters) – Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM.O) has agreed to buy cloud software provider Five9 Inc (FIVN.O) in an agreement worth around 14.7 billion dollars to target business customers looking to build customer engagement, he said Sunday.

The teleconferencing service provider has become a household name and investor favorite in the year since the coronavirus pandemic, as businesses and schools embrace its services to host virtual classes, office meetings and to socialize.

The San Jose, Calif., Based company is now focusing on its Zoom Phone cloud calling product and Zoom Rooms conference hosting product as the biggest players in Facebook (FB.O) and Alphabet (GOOGL. O) Google amp their video products.

“The acquisition is expected to help strengthen Zoom’s presence with corporate clients and enable it to accelerate its long-term growth opportunity by adding the $ 24 billion contact center market,” Zoom said in a statement. .

The acquisition will complement the Zoom Phone service, an alternative to traditional phone offerings, by adding Five9’s business customers and combining its contact center software to optimize customer interactions across all channels, he added. .

Five9 will become a business unit of Zoom and its chief executive, Rowan Trollope, will become chairman of the company, remaining as the head of the unit after the deal, which is expected to be concluded in the first half of 2022, he said.

Under the pact, approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Five9 shareholders will receive 0.5533 Zoom class A common shares for each Five9 share, he added.

Based on the Zoom Class A share’s closing price on July 16, this represents a price of $ 200.28 for each common share of Five9 and an implied trade value of approximately $ 14.7 billion.

Shares of Five9 finished up 0.6% to $ 177.60 on Friday, while Zoom rose 1.4% to $ 361.97, valuing the company at around $ 106 billion.

Zoom has grown 45% over the past year as conferencing platforms, which also include the Webex teams of Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O), have seen an increase in their use due to the coronavirus pandemic which caused a seismic crisis. move on to work, learning and socializing online.

Global spending on cloud-based conferencing is expected to reach $ 5.41 billion this year, from $ 5.02 billion in 2020, according to technology consultancy Gartner. It doesn’t track market share, but analysts cite Zoom and Cisco as the leaders.

Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Miyoung Kim, Clarence Fernandez and Gerry Doyle

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What happened to IBM’s Watson? Sun, 18 Jul 2021 06:59:22 +0000

IBM insists its revised AI strategy – a lean, less world-changing ambition – is working. The task of restarting growth was given to Arvind Krishna, an IT specialist who became CEO last year, after leading the recent overhaul of IBM’s cloud and AI business.

But the great visions of the past have disappeared. Today, instead of being a shortcut for tech prowess, Watson stands out as a sobering example of the pitfalls of tech hype and pride around AI.

It turns out that the march of artificial intelligence through the mainstream economy will be more of a step-by-step evolution than a cataclysmic revolution.

Time and time again in its 110-year history, IBM has pioneered new technologies and sold them to businesses. The company has so dominated the mainframe market that it has been the target of a federal antitrust case. PC sales really took off after IBM entered the market in 1981, making small machines essential tools in corporate offices. In the 1990s, IBM helped its traditional business customers adapt to the Internet.

IBM executives have come to see AI as the next wave to ride.

Mr Ferrucci first introduced Watson’s idea to his bosses in IBM’s research labs in 2006. He believed that building a computer to tackle a question-and-answer game might do the trick. advancing science in the field of AI known as natural language processing, in which scientists program computers. recognize and analyze words. Another research objective was to advance automated question answer techniques.

After overcoming initial skepticism, Ferrucci assembled a team of scientists – ultimately more than two dozen – who worked in the company’s lab in Yorktown Heights, NY, about 20 miles north of IBM headquarters. in Armonk.

The Watson they built was a room-sized supercomputer with thousands of processors running millions of lines of code. Its storage drives were filled with digitized reference books, Wikipedia entries, and e-books. Computational intelligence is a matter of brute force, and the massive machine required 85,000 watts of power. The human brain, on the other hand, runs on the equivalent of 20 watts.

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Indigenous Counter-Drone Technology Coming Soon: Shah | Latest India News Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:53:16 +0000

The Defense Research and Development Organization and other agencies are working on indigenous counter-drone technology, and it will be available soon, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday, adding that all gaps in Indian border fencing would be covered by 2022.

The comments came more than two weeks after a drone was used to target the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu with explosives on June 27. The explosives left two injured. Since then, drones have been sighted several times over military installations in the region.

“The smuggling of drugs, weapons and explosives through tunnels and drones is a major challenge. Today, it is very important for us to meet these challenges as soon as possible. I am convinced that we will soon increase our presence at the borders with Swadeshi anti-drone technology (made in India), ”Shah said at a Border Security Force (BSF) investiture ceremony.

The June 27 attack on the IAF station was the first such case where terrorists based in Pakistan deployed unmanned aerial vehicles to strike vital facilities in India. The National Investigation Agency is investigating the case. There have been several incidents of terrorists using drones in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir to drop weapons, ammunition, drugs and money to fuel terrorism in the region. At least 300 drones have been sighted along the border with Pakistan since 2019.

Last week, HT reported that several rounds of meetings had taken place between various agencies and private actors on technology to detect, identify and mitigate the threat of malicious drones. A procurement plan is at an advanced stage.

Shah told senior security officials at the inauguration ceremony that it was their responsibility to find new technologies with the help of experts to help India cope with the threat of use of artificial intelligence and robotic technology by enemies and terrorists.

Intelligence Bureau Chief Aravind Kumar, Research and Analysis Wing Chief Samant Goel, BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana and heads of other central police forces attended the ceremony.

Shah said all gaps in India’s border fencing will be closed by 2022 to completely end infiltration and other anti-national activity.

India shares more than 15,000 km of land border with Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.

Fencing was sanctioned over 2,069 km of the 3,323 km long Indo-Pakistan border. It was covered over 2,021 km. India shares a 4,096 km long border with Bangladesh. About 3,063.24 km of it have been fenced.

Last year, the government approved a plan to replace the old one with a new design fence with “anti-cut, anti-rust and anti-climb features.” Shah cited obstacles in the fence at some sections – dwellings within 150 meters of the border, pending land acquisition and protests from border populations, and bureaucratic obstacles. He added that these obstacles often delay the progress of fencing. He added that the issues were resolved through discussions.

“If 97% of the border is closed, then that 3% is part of the problem because it leaves an opportunity for infiltrators. The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked to resolve border security issues. There is no benefit if there are gaps. So I can assure you that there will be no gaps in the border fences by 2022, ”Shah said. “A country cannot be safe if its borders are not. “

Shah praised the BSF for its work in guarding the borders and in particular in detecting the tunnels used by terrorists and smugglers. He urged the paramilitary forces deployed at the various borders to ensure that the local populations do not migrate.

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Qumu Welcomes Chief Cloud Computing Executive Andi Mann to Chief Technology Officer Thu, 15 Jul 2021 13:15:00 +0000

MINNEAPOLIS – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Qumu Corporation (Nasdaq: QUMU), a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise video technology, today announced that Andi Mann has joined Qumu as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) . Mann will lead Qumu’s technology team as the company continues to deepen and improve its corporate video portfolio, including expanding its advanced video analytics capabilities and ensuring best-in-class cloud security.

Mann has over 30 years of experience leading digital transformation efforts for large technology companies, including BMC Software and CA Technologies. Most recently, Mann was the Senior Technology Advocate for Splunk, where he led the company’s growth focused on machine learning and product innovation through SaaS transformation, agile development, cloud operations. , data and analytics and cybersecurity.

“Andi’s deep understanding of digital transformation and his expertise in cloud software will be at the heart of Qumu’s next phase of video content creation, management and analytics,” said TJ Kennedy, president and chief executive officer. the direction of Qumu. “His professional experience in applying cloud-based technology to drive business results, combined with his palpable enthusiasm for using technology to bring people together, is a tremendous asset to our business as we continue to expand opportunities for human engagement through corporate video content management and distribution. ”

Mann has worked in markets around the world including Australia, UK and Asia. He is a recognized leader in cloud computing and has been named to several senior technology executives lists. Mann is also the co-author of two books on technological innovation and is an avid cyclist and rugby fan.

“Corporate video allows individuals and businesses to work and engage in more secure, large-scale geographies, and most organizations have barely scratched the surface of what is possible,” said Mann. “While many companies recognize that video is essential for collaboration and communication, there are still opportunities to apply it to drive true business transformation, especially in the global distributed and market-based marketplace. cloud. I look forward to helping Qumu clients on their digital transformation journey.

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