• August 21, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

    When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

    What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

    To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

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  • August 20, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    HELSINKI – 41 megapixel camera is a major advantage presented by Lumia 1020. But Nokia claims that there are many other advantages to selling this smartphone.

    Head of Marketing and Sales of Nokia in North America Matt Rothschild, said the camera is not the only advantage Lumia 1020. Hardware elements, including the AMOLED screen to accessories Camera Grip and shutter button, says Rothschild, a smartphone is another advantage.

    “On the whole, this is what we refer to as the volume of product.’s (Lumia 1020) is very beautiful to grip, has a good balance, and well designed.’s What we call a consideration” Rothschild said, as quoted from Venture Beat, Monday (15/07/2013).

    As for the camera, said Rothschild, Lumia 1020 has a very broad target audience, ranging from the professional to make photography only as a hobby.

    “But the most important thing for us is that when we talk to customers, they tell us that they want to have a good picture. Everyone knows that smartphones now include photographic device that can be carried anywhere, so this is the core thing that all people are looking for,” he concluded.

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  • The good news: Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) turned fabulously profitable in the just-reported second quarter thanks to a redesigned ad flow on mobile Facebook apps. Revenues jumped 23% from the first quarter to the second. Last year, the same comparison yielded just an 11% seasonal gain. The year-ago quarter’s net loss turned into a tidy profit.

    In response, share prices jumped more than 30% overnight and sit very close to all-time highs that were set during the stock’s IPO.

    The bad news: The ad assault is interfering with the user experience. A fresh survey (free registration required) from the American Customer Satisfaction Index shows Facebook dead last among online media sites in terms of user satisfaction. “Facebook users find the numerous changes to the site’s interface taxing,” says the ACSI. Twenty-seven percent of users surveyed complained that ads are ruining their Facebook experience these days.

    The ugly news: The good news may not last very long. Facebook had better dial back the ad blitz if it wants those disgruntled users to stick around.

    It’s a high-wire balancing act between monetization and user satisfaction. Lean too far in one direction, and you won’t make any money from those billions of page views. Err too far in the other direction, and those profitable page views will melt away as unhappy users find greener pastures.

    Don’t think it couldn’t happen. Facebook is not too big to fail. Unless the company strikes that crucial balance before it’s too late, we could very well see another mass exodus from one leading social network to another.

    Facebook itself killed MySpace by launching a better service in the same genre. Before that, MySpace trampled all over social pioneer Friendster in much the same way.

    And there are Facebook alternatives waiting to crush the current king at the first opportunity, believe it or not.

    Chief among these is Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) and its Google+ service, which benefits from tight integration with the world’s most popular search engine as well as with leading video site YouTube.

    Twitter sings a somewhat different tune but can fill many of the functions of a Facebook account. LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD  ) is basically Facebook for corporate users and could very well expand into the consumer side of things if it wanted to.

    All of these alternatives offer fewer ads and a cleaner experience than Facebook. LinkedIn ties with Facebook at the least satisfied end of the ACSI survey; everyone else runs miles ahead. Yes, even the much-maligned Google+ “ghost town.” And even LinkedIn reports fewer ad-taint complaints than Facebook.

    That’s why I’d take this week’s Facebook share-price pop as a temporary boost, and not as a sustainable clean bill of health. The service currently leans far too heavy on the monetization side of the fence and runs a very real risk of finding out that the next era of social networking doesn’t include much Facebooking.

    So my bearish CAPScall on Facebook stays in place until Mark Zuckerberg and company adjust their strategy again. If you can’t keep your users happy, the money will very quickly cease to matter.

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  • While using hashtags in Facebook posts might be a fun tactic for brands trying to engage consumers, it doesn’t appear to be paying off, a new study finds.
    Research from social media analytics firm Simply Measured revealed that while 20 percent of Facebook posts among top brands now include hashtags (which give users a way to group messages of similar content), there is no evidence that hashtags are influencing engagement.

    The study shows that posts with hashtags —a new feature added with in the last several months — perform as well as those without, suggesting that people are not yet discovering brand posts by their tags.

    Overall, the study shows nearly all of the companies in the Interbrand 100 — which ranks businesses based on financial status — now have a Facebook fan page, with 60 percent posting something at least once a day.

    [No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive]

    The research revealed that visual content is by far the primary driver for engagement on Facebook. Photos posted by top brands average more than 9,400 engagements, which includes likes, comments and shares, per post, while video posts average more than 2,500.

    When it comes to text posts, brands must walk a fine line. Analysis of more than 500 status updates from the top brands shows that the longer a status update is, the less engagement it typically receives. However, if a status update is too short — less than 50 characters — it may not be long enough to capture viewers’ attention or provide the necessary context to drive the number of likes, shares and comments a brand would like.

    “For most brands, Facebook is no longer just a network; it has become the hub of their social marketing efforts and one of the most effective ways to engage with fans,” said Adam Schoenfeld, CEO of Simply Measured. “This latest research once again proves that knowing your audience, understanding your content assets and measuring your efforts are extremely important to develop the social strategies that will work best for you.”

    Businesses that limit Facebook fans from writing on their page might want to reconsider their strategy. The research shows that nearly 30 percent of top brands do not allow users to post on their wall. For those brands, user engagement on their page is limited to likes, comments and shares, resulting in 15 percent less engagement than brands that do allow user posts.

    When it comes to drawing the most Facebook fans, no one does it better than Facebook itself. The social media giant claims the top spot with 93 million fans, followed by Coca-Cola and MTV.

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  • August 16, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Programming

    The OpenMP 4.0 API Specification is released with Significant New Standard Features

    The OpenMP 4.0 API supports the programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity

    The OpenMP Consortium has released OpenMP API 4.0, a major upgrade of the OpenMP API standard language specifications. Besides several major enhancements, this release provides a new mechanism to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device.

    Bronis R. de Supinski, Chair of the OpenMP Language Committee, stated that “OpenMP 4.0 API is a major advance that adds two new forms of parallelism in the form of device constructs and SIMD constructs. It also includes several significant extensions for the loop-based and task-based forms of parallelism already supported in the OpenMP 3.1 API.

    The 4.0 specification is now available on the 

    Standard for parallel programming extends its reach

    With this release, the OpenMP API specifications, the de-facto standard for parallel programming on shared memory systems, continues to extend its reach beyond pure HPC to include DSPs, real time systems, and accelerators. The OpenMP API aims to provide high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aeronautics to biotech, automation, robotics and financial analysis.

    New features in the OpenMP 4.0 API include:

    · Support for accelerators. The OpenMP 4.0 API specification effort included significant participation by all the major vendors in order to support a wide variety of compute devices. OpenMP API provides mechanisms to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device. Several prototypes for the accelerator proposal have already been implemented.

    · SIMD constructs to vectorize both serial as well as parallelized loops. With the advent of SIMD units in all major processor chips, portable support for accessing them is essential. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to describe when multiple iterations of the loop can be executed concurrently using SIMD instructions and to describe how to create versions of functions that can be invoked across SIMD lanes.

    · Error handling. OpenMP 4.0 API defines error handling capabilities to improve the resiliency and stability of OpenMP applications in the presence of system-level, runtime-level, and user-defined errors. Features to abort parallel OpenMP execution cleanly have been defined, based on conditional cancellation and user-defined cancellation points.

    · Thread affinity. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to define where to execute OpenMP threads. Platform-specific data and algorithm-specific properties are separated, offering a deterministic behavior and simplicity in use. The advantages for the user are better locality, less false sharing and more memory bandwidth.

    · Tasking extensions. OpenMP 4.0 API provides several extensions to its task-based parallelism support. Tasks can be grouped to support deep task synchronization and task groups can be aborted to reflect completion of cooperative tasking activities such as search. Task-to-task synchronization is now supported through the specification of task dependency.

    · Support for Fortran 2003. The Fortran 2003 standard adds many modern computer language features. Having these features in the specification allows users to parallelize Fortran 2003 compliant programs. This includes interoperability of Fortran and C, which is one of the most popular features in Fortran 2003.

    · User-defined reductions. Previously, OpenMP API only supported reductions with base language operators and intrinsic procedures. With OpenMP 4.0 API, user-defined reductions are now also supported.

    · Sequentially consistent atomics. A clause has been added to allow a programmer to enforce sequential consistency when a specific storage location is accessed atomically.

    This represents collaborative work by many of the brightest in industry, research, and academia, building on the consensus of 26 members. We strive to deliver high-level parallelism that is portable across 3 widely-implemented common General Purpose languages, productive for HPC and consumers, and delivers highly competitive performance. I want to congratulate all the members for coming together to create such a momentous advancement in parallel programming, under such tight constraints and industry challenges.
    With this release, the OpenMP API will move immediately forward to the next release to bring even more usable parallelism to everyone.
     – Michael Wong, CEO OpenMP ARB.

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  • JAKARTA – The education gap that occurred in Indonesia led to many obstacles in the implementation of teaching activities, especially for remote areas far from urban centers.
    Lack of infrastructure facilities and educators make the achievement of quality education in Indonesia less than the maximum. Supposedly the Communications Director of PT Surya Inti Word Tonny A. . Era in which the IT department, this issue should not have terjadi0.
    To meet the challenges of globalization in the era of fast-paced communication and transparency as today, required education system effective and efficient. One of these systems Ubiquitous Base Test (UBT) & Ubiquitos-Learning (U-Learning) Platform.
    Word is said Tonny A. UBT and U-Learning is introduced by the company North Star Developer’s Village (NSDevil) from Korea, is one of the solutions for the accelerated development of the education system is effective and efficient.
    According to him, with the innovation of new technologies such NSDevil, various limitations and problems in the teaching process can be overcome.
    “The application is not only Internet-based, but also expanded and facilitated by the ability beraplikasi using 3G wireless communication technology, or the network and mobile devices (smartphones) are already widely used in parts of the country people,” he said after signing the MoU between NSDevil cooperation with PT Solar Core Communications.
    The MoU was signed by CEO NSDevil Un Joo Lee, and Commissioner of PT Surya Inti Communications Honye Fauzia Aurelia.
    Tonny said that in the era of the IT department, Indonesia would not want to immediately implement a system of effective and efficient education. “This new system is the development of E-Learning has begun to be applied. E-Learning is limited to the Internet network. U-Learning while utilizing communication network of the vendor, without stuck on a PC or laptop, “he said.
    He explained that his company is considering cooperation with a number of educational institutions started elementary school, junior high, high school, and college. Education training centers, can also take advantage of this technology.
    “This technology is also appreciated by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which was considered to help bring about equality of education in Indonesia,” he said.
    Fauzia Honye Aurelia, Commissioner of PT Surya Inti Communications, adding the development in Indonesia since November 2012, has collaborated with the University NSDevil Pasundan Bandung, as a pilot project in penerapakan UBT and U-Learning.
    “From the evaluation of the first phase in June 2013, he said, showed significant results for students and faculty who have tested penerapakannya in the lecture, to semester exams,” said Honye.
    UBT Technology & U-Learning also applied in South Africa, Russia, Japan, and the Philippines. While in Korea has been applied since two years ago.

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  • August 13, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Supply chain management software maker E2open Inc (EOPN.O) expects its revenue to hit $100 million for the first time next fiscal year, after replacing its dependence on BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) and PC makers with a host of new customers.

    Chief Executive Mark Woodward said he expected E2open, which went public a year ago, to boost its sales in the 12 months to February 2015 after adding up to 20 new enterprise customers in the current fiscal year.

    “We do $80 million (in revenue) this year and we grow 30 percent next year. That should get us there,” Woodward said in an interview, referring to the $100-million revenue target.

    E2open, which makes cloud-based software designed to assist companies in managing their supply chains, has more than doubled its annual revenue in the five years since Woodward took charge. Revenue in the fiscal year to February 28, 2013, was $75 million.

    The company’s shares have risen about 35 percent since they began trading on the Nasdaq on July 26 last year.

    Three of the six analysts covering E2open have a “strong buy” rating on the stock. The other three rate it “buy”, according to Thomson Reuters data. The company has a market capitalization of $460 million.

    With a customer base that includes Coca-Cola Co (KO.N), Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), IBM (IBM.N) and Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), E2open has been diversifying to cut its dependence on any one large customer.

    Last year, that customer was Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY.O).

    Woodward said he expected BlackBerry’s contribution to E2open’s revenue to fall to less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year from nearly 15 percent last year.

    BlackBerry, which pioneered on-the-go email with its handsets and messaging systems, has slipped into tough times as it struggles to keep pace with nimbler rivals.

    Woodward said BlackBerry’s quarterly shipments of about 7 million units were between a quarter and a third of the volume contracted when it became a customer of E2open four years ago.

    “Their usage of our systems, just because they are selling less handsets, has come down dramatically,” said Woodward.

    E2open has, on average, signed up 17 enterprise customers in each of the last two years. In total, it has 76 enterprise customers – those which buy E2open’s software as well as pay for access to its network of suppliers and trading partners.

    Computer maker Dell Inc (DELL) brought in 22.5 percent of E2open’s revenue in fiscal 2011. Now, it accounts for less than 5 percent – even though its contribution in dollar terms has risen, Woodward said.

    “The original deal that we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million for three years,” he said. “The last bill we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million per year.”

    British mobile telephone company Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L) (VOD.O) is the largest customer for Foster City, California-based E2open, having contributed 12.1 percent of the company’s revenue last fiscal year.

    Another customer, Seagate Technology LLC (STX.O), held a 9 percent stake in E2open as of December last year.

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  • Jakarta – Around 80 percent of the world population has a mobile phone. The number of mobile phones around the world estimated to be about 5 billion units, with 1.08 billion units of which include smart phones. Thus, it’s no wonder when browsing on the Internet today is mostly done through mobile phones.

    Most of the smart phone owners, as quoted from the go-globe.com, prefer to use a standard mobile web browser, aka the phones default browser. They reason, the default web browser is definitely the best for their phones.

    There is also the thought that they do not need to change the web browser because it did not want to be bothered by trivial matters, such as the need to download first and then run the application.

    Another reason put forward is that they feel no need to update the web browse, as is done on a notebook or desktop computer. Therefore, updating the application is much more important than replacing the web browser on the mobile device.

    For desktop and notebook computers, the web browser is the most widely used Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. Competition to be the most popular frequently occur between Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

    In mobile devices, such as smart mobile phones and tablet computers, maps of different strength. Which became the market share leader for the mobile web browser is Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browser fib.

    However, in recent months, Safari increasingly dominant. According to the output data from Net Applications, Safari controlled 61.79 percent market share for web traffic in March. In fact, months before Apple’s browser only won 55.41 percent market share.

    In general, mobile web browsers can be distinguished from ability, such as opening a different site, doing page zoom, and make a keyboard shortcut. However, there is also an optimal mobile web browsers on mobile devices use only.

    In addition, there are several mobile devices also can not offer a lot of choice what mobile web browsers can be used. One of the devices is a flexible mobile devices with Windows Mobile operating system.

    In Indonesia, people always want a high-speed mobile web browser.

    “We provide the connectivity features with high compression, especially on a busy network. Compression is also advantageous because the users were able to save the battery, “said Communications Manager Opera Indonesia, Agnes Agastia, two weeks ago.

    No less aggressive in offering the experience of using a mobile web browser is Google. According to Google’s Head of Communications Indonesia Vishnu K. Mahmud, Google will continue to focus on developing a modern browser Chrome that will provide the best experience for its users.

    Mobile web browser is best for your device, of course depending on the need and type of device used. Therefore, not all mobile devices compatible with the existing web browser.

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  • August 9, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Crafter Software Corp., a leading provider of software solutions for the creation of rich and engaging websites, mobile applications and multi-channel digital experiences, today announced thatCbeyond (CBEY) has chosen Crafter’s Web content and experience management solutions. Cbeyond replaced its existingWeb content management system with Crafter as part of a website rebranding effort to provide a far more dynamic, engaging Web experience flexible enough to integrate with various internal content systems. Since re-launching the Cbeyond site using Crafter, the website has generated 18 percent more leads and website traffic has increased nine percent.

    “Crafter’s modular components and architecture integrated easily with our user login platform and customer management system. We now have the flexibility to create an engaging Web presence, are no longer boxed in to one type of look and can quickly tailor the site to our ongoing needs,” said Tom Ouellette, senior director, Marketing Communications at Cbeyond. “Best of all, Crafter’s user-friendly content authoring tools provide our website visitors with fresh content that best describes our cloud computing solutions.”

    Cbeyond deployed Crafter Engine, a high-performance content delivery system, as a foundation for its new website. Crafter Engine is built from the ground up to easily tap into various data sources from social media, ERPs, CRMs, marketing campaign systems and others to create a dynamic Web experience that is specifically targeted to an individual user.

    Cbeyond also rolled out Crafter Studio, a Web content authoring and publishing solution, to its marketing team. The product offers user-friendly features for marketers and content editors to enable easier and faster publishing across all channels, without any involvement from development or IT.

    “We see accelerating demand for our software as today’s Web continues to evolve from a static publishing environment to a business-critical productivity and engagement platform,” said Mike Vertal, CEO of Crafter Software. “Cbeyond can now turn on a dime and quickly adapt to results from A/B split testing and other analytics data. We are thrilled to see their significant early return in terms of website traffic and Web-based leads.”

    About Crafter Software

    Crafter Software (Reston, Va.) enables the creation of rich and engaging websites, mobile applications, and multi-channel digital experiences. The company’s software solutions are based on the award-winning Crafter CMS open source project, which was built from the ground up as a modern platform for creating more relevant web experiences through targeted delivery of personalized content. Serving as the lynchpin between enterprise systems and end users, Crafter’s solutions enable marketing, sales and support teams to author and manage content while harvesting analytics and data-driven insights to deliver engaging experiences across all digital channels—the web, mobile, social, and more. For more information, visit craftersoftware.com and craftercms.org.

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  • August 8, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    JAKARTA – Not to be outdone in the battle gadgets in the year 2013, Hewlett Packard (HP) introduced a series of new products by collaborating with Intel as a supplier of processors. The product line consists of a convertible tablet, the PC Desktop and all in one ones (AIOS), as well as commercial notebook like the HP Elitebook Revolve 850, HP Probook 440, Probook 430, 800 Elitedesk G1, EliteOne 800 G1, G1 and ProDesk 800 HP ProOne 600 G1.

    Managing Director of HP Indonesia, Subin Joseph said that these products have been designed specifically for job flexibility. According to him, the range of products it can provide maximum efficiency in terms of creativity, access and enjoy content.

    Joseph added all of the line, either desktop or notebook has led HP into higher stages. “Everything we present the latest design and tough. Has automatic sensors to turn off the hard drive in as it fell, so safe,” he said at the launch of HP’s new products at the Intercontinental Hotel Jakarta, Wednesday (24/7).

    HP’s latest product line is equipped with a processor Intel Core 4th generation. “Best performance, security and responsive performance so we present one in the device and is suitable for all computing lifestyle,” explains Head of MNC Sales Intel Indonesia, Yohan Wijaya.

    Yohan further explained, the latest-generation Intel Core PC coupled with a stunning performance with mobility like a tablet. “Its performance is 15 percent better than its predecessor. Latest processor can spoil the user ranging from the battery life to a remarkable breakthrough in terms of graphics,” Yohan lid.

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