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A Writerĺs Perception of Reality
Standards Blog - November 26, 2014:
...It’s hard to imagine that some authors are not born with an innate advantage in this regard, and the examples come easily to mind: Louis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkein, J.K. Rowling, and all the rest. But perhaps that’s only part of the picture. As has often been observied by others before, it’s not just about the mental eyes that you’re born with, but also whether you allow yourself to fully use what you have.
I was reminded of that truth this morning when my wife and I took an early morning walk along the boardwalk that threads through Corkscrew…
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High performance FIX initiatives combined into single working group
Finextra – November 28, 2014: FIX Trading Community, the non-profit, industry-driven standards body at the heart of global financial trading, today announced that they have now combined all initiatives related to the support of FIX for high performance trading and market data into a single working group.
One of the drivers for this has been to confirm the importance that high performance has within the FIX family of standards. FIX Protocol has become a standard for the way the world trades and is used by thousands of firms every day to complete millions of transactions, enabling the industry to minimise the cost of trading, maximise operational efficiencies and achieve increased transparency.
The next generation of the FIX Protocol will fully support high performance on all levels (application, presentation, session) with the objective to offer an open standard that can replace today's proprietary interfaces for high performance trading and market data.... ...Full Story
HDMI INTERFACE WINS PRIMETIME EMMY® ENGINEERING AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE IN TELEVISION
HDMI.org – November 27, 2014: HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent that licenses the HDMI Specification, today announced that the HDMI interface has been honored with a Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award for engineering excellence in the television community by the Television Academy. The Engineering Emmy Award is given for developments and/or standardization in engineering technologies which either represent so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they have materially affected the transmission, recording, or reception of television. The award will be presented on January 8, 2015 at the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the 2015 International CES conference.... ...Full Story
ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard
SmartMeters – November 26, 2014: The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services.
The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports that "all device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard."...A complete list of standards that have been merged to create ZigBee 3.0 can be viewed at www.ZigBee.org.... ...Full Story
Samsung, LG Forge IoT Standard Alliance to Lead Global Market
BusinessKorea – November 25, 2014: The competition between IT companies at home and abroad for Internet of Things (IoT) standards to dominate the global market is swinging into high gear. In this environment, Samsung and LG Electronics have agreed to unify IoT standards. The deal is expected to become a bridgehead for local companies to set IoT standards.
According to industry sources and the Korea Association of Smart Homes (KASH) on Nov. 13, Samsung and LG have previously competed with each other to dominate the local IoT market using different standards. However, the two tech giants reached an agreement that they will unify IoT standards to commercialize them in the local market so that they can hold a dominant position in the global market. ....
Due to the agreement, after the latter half of next year it will be possible to develop and produce door locks, boilers, lamps, system air conditioners, gas valves, and automated meter reading systems in accordance with standards for wired smart homes. In addition, it will become easier to maintain and improve services.... ...Full Story
New USB standard unlocks 4K HD streaming
BetaWired – November 25, 2014: New-USB-standard-unlocks-4K-HD-streamingThe next generation USB standard debuting next year will enable incredibly fast transfer speeds that could unlock 4K HD media streaming from smartphones to ultra high definition TV sets in teh future.
The new USB 3.1 standard, which will begin to be integrated into hardware by manufacturers by the end of 2015, increases transfer rates from the current USB 3.0 standard by double. What this means in real-world numbers is that the 4.8 Gbps connection – already rather respectable – will be replaced with a blazing fast 9.6 Gbps connection instead.
The secret is in the USB Type-C connector;... ...Full Story
Net neutrality looks doomed in Europe before it even gets started
Gigaom – November 25, 2014: Here come more leaks, and more reasons to suspect that the European Union is not going to get the hard-won net neutrality law it seemed likely to get just months ago.
After last week's letter from new European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to his commissioners, suggesting that former digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes's "Telecom Package" will be pulled and started again as a "Digital Single Market Package", digital rights group EDRi has published documents that appear to show the neutering of that legislative package's net neutrality provisions... ...Full Story
VA Cybersecurity Woes Continue, 16 Consecutive Audit Fails
HealthIT Security – November 24, 2014: For the 16th consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs failed its annual cybersecurity audit. The investigation sought to find out if the agency was in compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act, (FISMA)....[the] auditors did tell VA leaders that noticeable progress had been made from the year before. In 2013, the IG found 6,000 specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities and made 35 separate recommendations to close weaknesses. This year, the IG said the list of vulnerabilities had been cut by 21 percent.... ...Full Story
Too many IoT standards, or too few?
EDN Network – November 20, 2014: Interoperability and the easy exchange of data is a major concern in the buildup of the Internet of Things (IoT). To ensure those attributes, a set of commonly accepted standards will be needed. So, do we need to create those standards, or do we already have enough standards and simply need to pick and choose?...it may...be that there are enough standards already out there and what is needed is agreement on which set of standards are to be followed for the IoT. It is equally likely that a different set of standards will be in play for different use cases of the IoT, with applications such as industrial machinery using one set while telemedicine uses a different set. After all, if different types of applications have no need to share their data, then there is no reason to saddle them both with the same set of standards.... ...Full Story
State Council Pledges Support for Development of Cloud Computing
USITO.org Weekly – November 20, 2014: On November 15, China's State Council pledged to accelerate efforts to develop cloud computing innovation as a means of stimulating development of China's information industry.
According to an official State Council statement...China will actively support the integrated development of cloud computing, the Internet of Things and mobile internet. China will also promote online research and design in the education and health care sectors, stimulate innovation in intelligent manufacturing based on cloud computing, and deploy pilot applications to enhance disease prevention, disaster mitigation, social security and e-government.
The statement also indicated that China would support core technological R&D necessary to enable these innovations, and allow the market to play a greater role in pricing information technology products and services. ...Full Story
Interview with OpenStand Advocate Tim Berners-Lee: The Internet Turns 25
OpenStand – November 19, 2014: From the beginning, the Internet was built on a set of open development principles, that are now recognized as the OpenStand Principles. As the Internet turns 25 this year, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, sat down to reflect back on the first days of its existence. In the below video, he discusses how far web information has come, and how much more ground there is left to cover.... ...Full Story
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