Lenovo’s ThinkSystem at 30: System, Software, Security and Sustainability Innovations

It can be challenging to celebrate longevity in a tech industry obsessed with newness and youth. But decades-long success is difficult to disagree with, especially when a company steadily progresses in market and technical leadership. In the case of Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG), the celebration in question is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the company’s ThinkSystem servers. 

To mark the date, Lenovo announced Infrastructure Solutions V3 which it described as “the most comprehensive portfolio enhancement” in its history. The new offerings include ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile, and ThinkEdge servers and storage systems, enhanced ThinkShield security features, a new XClarity management platform, and sustainability-focused solutions, like next-gen Lenovo Neptune warm water-cooling and carbon offset services. Let’s consider Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions V3 offerings and what they mean for the company and its customers and partners. 

The path of ThinkSystem innovation

How did the ThinkSystem reach its 30th anniversary? In 1992, when the platform was owned by IBM, the company launched the PS/2 servers which leveraged the same Intel silicon and many of the same technologies and features as IBM’s PS/2 PCs. That name was replaced in 1994 with PC Servers and then a few years later by Intel-based xSeries and System x solutions in IBM’s evolving server branding strategy. 

Lenovo purchased IBM’s PC business and portfolio in 2005 and, nearly a decade later (2014), bought IBM’s System x server business, organization, and intellectual property. As they had during the IBM PC acquisition, some competing vendors attempted to cast aspersions on Lenovo’s server deal. Just as it did in that earlier instance, Lenovo proved doubters wrong by investing in continuing technical and market innovations that helped the company achieve leadership in areas like supercomputing, high performance, and hyperscale computing. 

Equally importantly, Lenovo’s focus on infrastructure IT helped the company reach its goal of being a fully rounded vendor of integrated business solutions that extend from client devices to data centers to the furthest edges of corporate networks to the cloud. 

Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions V3

Technical details for the new ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile, and ThinkEdge solutions were thin on the ground, in large part because they will leverage next-gen silicon and other technologies that haven’t been publicly disclosed. That said, the new Lenovo solutions are designed to appeal to organizations from small SMBs to large hyperscale players. They include:

  • New ThinkSystem servers in high volume rack and tower configurations, offerings for mission critical workloads and high-density environments, and flash storage systems. The new solutions will incorporate new Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and Arm-based CPUs, as well as AMD Instinct and Nvidia GPUs and Nvidia AI Enterprise software
  • New ThinkAgile hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offerings that are pre-integrated with Microsoft (ThinkAgile MX and ThinkAgile SX), Nutanix (ThinkAgile HX), and VMware (ThinkAgile VX) solutions. Among these are three new Lenovo Microsoft Azure Solutions: 1) SQL for AI and Machine Learning (ML) Insights, 2) Backup and Recovery, and 3) Azure Virtual Desktop. 
  • New ThinkEdge servers featuring Intel Core & Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX embedded solutions, and Arm processors. The new Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-a) V2.5 is designed to securely authenticate and activate ThinkEdge AI servers via a phone, accelerating business insights. 
  • Lenovo XClarity One, a new open cloud software management platform that offers a single portal for managing Lenovo’s TruScale Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Management-as-a-Service (MaaS), and Smarter Support functions. XClarity One is designed to simplify how customers manage IT orchestration, deployment, automation, metering, and support processes from the edge to the cloud. It will also provide visibility into infrastructure performance, usage metering, and support analytics.
  • Enhancements to Lenovo ThinkShield Security, including Modular Root of Trust which bolsters on-chip tamper-detection and monitoring to help customers detect and recover from cyberattacks and digital compromises. In addition, Lenovo System Guard incorporates advanced hardware monitoring to enhance the security of systems during manufacturing, delivery, and deployment. 
  • The fifth generation of Lenovo Neptune Direct Water-Cooling technology will be available on a broader range of servers. This feature uses loops of warm water to cool systems more efficiently than conventional air, enabling customers to reduce power consumption by up to 40 percent.
  • Sustainability-focused solutions, including Lenovo CO2 Offset Services which allows customers purchasing select ThinkSystem servers to offset emissions by supporting United Nations climate action projects. Lenovo’s new TruScale Sustainability services offer pay-as-you-go utilization that helps prevent over-provisioning and reduce energy consumption. Lenovo’s Asset Recovery Services are designed to simplify end-of-life asset disposal. Finally, Lenovo noted that innovative packaging designs, such as shipping servers pre-installed in racks have saved over 3.5 million pounds of cardboard to date.

No pricing or availability details were provided in the announcement. 

Final analysis

Data center product portfolios tend to obscure the complexity of IT market evolution and how vendors respond by developing new commercial offerings. The increasing sophistication and segmentation of HCI is a good example of this. While initial solutions focused on businesses’ increasing interest in and use of software-defined IT that virtualized conventional system elements and functions, contemporary products like Lenovo’s ThinkAgile servers are designed to maximize the performance and value of specific partner applications and solutions and related business processes. 

Similar incremental developments are commonplace in virtually every corner of the business compute market, including on-premises corporate data centers, off-premises clouds, and hyperscale infrastructures, and combined hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Since innovative vendors manage numerous and various kinds of product and process evolutions simultaneously, it can be difficult to perceive the extent of the IT “forest” due to the number and variety of the solution “trees.” 

As a result, an event such as Lenovo’s 30th ThinkSystem anniversary can provide valuable insights into how a vendor has progressed and what it has accomplished over time. In the eight years since the System x deal with IBM, Lenovo has grown from a client computing powerhouse into a mature provider of end-to-end business computing solutions, including market-leading HPC and hyperscale systems. 

In essence, a portrait of Lenovo a decade or so ago would have depicted an energetic and ambitious individual or small group of colleagues. In contrast, the new Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions V3 can be viewed as a family of interconnected members, all of them working toward both singular and deeply integrated goals. Considering the achievements and new offerings summarized in the Infrastructure Solutions V3 announcement, it will be fascinating to see what Lenovo accomplishes during the coming decade. 

Written by Charles King, Pund-IT®



Source: TG Daily – Lenovo’s ThinkSystem at 30: System, Software, Security and Sustainability Innovations

Jensen Huang’s GTC Keynote

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GTC is NVIDIA’s premier conference. NVIDIA is at the forefront of a number of coming waves ranging from autonomous machines (robots and transportation vehicles), metaverse creation, digital twins, and one of the major drivers for evermore capable AIs. Oh, and NVIDIA’s gaming focus remains strong, so it’s also one of the few firms making our video games much more realistic. What makes the company stand out to me is that it uses its technology throughout the conference keynote so that it is not only a showcase of announcements but shows how the products announced can be used. 

Let’s talk about some of the highlights from this year’s keynote.

RTX 4080/90

This was a little depressing for me because I just installed an RTX 3080 in my VR test system. At GTC, NVIDIA announced the 4080/90 which are significantly more powerful than my 3080. Image quality is enhanced, they are a better platform for developing metaverse elements, and the visual capability of these cars is nothing short of amazing. At around $900 for the 4080 and around $1,500 for the 4090, they aren’t insanely expensive.  

The quality of games like Flight Simulator has a level of realism to them that is impressive and a little upsetting, upsetting because I don’t have either card, yet.

Omniverse

NVIDIA’s Omniverse platform is the leading development platform for the applied metaverse. Updates now embrace the entire product lifecycle from creation to making. It’s effectively a full 3D production pipeline that can be shared across an organization enabling teams, which are often geographically disbursed, to collaborate on the creation of defined products, buildings, advanced systems like robots, and entertainment media. 

This appears to not only be revolutionizing the design and creation of things but media, as well, allowing TV and movie creators of the future to develop high-quality content with a fraction of the budget and staff that otherwise would be required. 

Digital twins are a key part of Omniverse that allow the initial modeling and the eventual highly automated management of these systems, systems that encompass advanced factories, smart buildings and cities, and, I expect, battlefields. 

GTC showcased an implementation that used AR glasses to allow employees on the ground to blend metaverse elements using Omniverse to help navigate real buildings and do repairs at scale using these next generation tools. As I write this a large hurricane is driving toward the East Coast, and I can imagine a future implementation of Omniverse where first responders can see an overlay of what was, and metaverse creation using drones of what is, in order to identify likely places where people may need rescue.  And, after the event, allowing those that have lost their towns to again visualize what once was, so they don’t feel like they lost where they grew up as a result of the disaster.

NVIDIA showcased its GDN (Graphics Delivery Network) that, along with the Omniverse Cloud on AWS, will bring this technology to the world. Backed by NVIDIA’s technology, including uniquely configured and highly focused servers and workstations, this is how many of us will envision the future before it is created.  GTC showed how Omniverse was used to create the latest Rimac supercar. A car that will redefine high performance. 

Thor takes over autonomous cars and robots

NVIDIA Drive Thor just replaced the prior autonomous driving platform which utterly outperforms the prior technology. The platform can run QNX, Linux, and Android simultaneously and covers all of the processing needs of the car, from driving to entertainment. Much like cloud implementations, these functions can be kept virtually separate and secure. Drive SIM, NVIDIA’s training simulator for autonomous driving, has been significantly enhanced to create simulation scenarios on a global scale.  Using a Nuraral Reconstruction engine, simulations can be infinitely modified to take into account even the most unlikely events, like a sudden snow storm in Florida (hey it could happen). Watching these simulations is amazing because they increasingly look like real roads and cities, and I wonder how long it will be until this tool will be used to present evidence in courtrooms or to convince city administrators to fix endemic traffic and safety issues.  

It’s already being used to design better automotive cockpit controls and vehicle entertainment systems. How often is the same technology provider engaged in all parts of the creation of something as complex as an autonomous car?  This integration into all parts of the creation and operation of future cars should lead to faster advances, higher quality products, and far fewer mistakes like the old Pontiac Aztec.  

NVIDIA Drive Orin is the brain of NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle effort, with NVIDIA Jetson being the variant that is targeted at autonomous robots. NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano, an accelerated platform for the future of autonomous robots using the Metropolis platform (there must be a lot of Sci-Fi fans, given the product names, at NVIDIA) was also announced. The most interesting part is the application of this technology in medical Instruments that are software-defined and powered by AI. This should significantly improve the quality of diagnostics from these systems, particularly those that can use Computer Vision and increasingly be used for surgical robots which will be more precise, make fewer mistakes, and be more reliable, particularly in remote areas where qualified specialists aren’t available. AMRs, or Autonomous Mobile Robots, will revolutionize last-mile delivery, warehouse operations and provide help for the disabled.  

HPC

NVIDIA Triton is at the heart of much of the world’s HPC efforts. When it comes to finding patterns and relationships, according to NVIDIA, NVIDIA Triton is the preferred product which uses Deep Learning and the leading frameworks. The implementation that caught my attention is real-time image processing for live video. For those of us that stream, this means that we’ll always have perfect lighting and look our best even if we didn’t get much sleep and can’t afford a makeup artist (or they didn’t show up).  

NVIDIA’s CUQUANTUM, in use by leading quantum developers, including IBM, provides improved development resources as the market moves ever closer to quantum supremacy. There was a long list of related tools that NVIDIA launched to address the coming waves of HPC-level AI and quantum computing, again showcasing that NVIDIA remains on the cutting edge for development tools and platforms for these coming disruptive computing waves, like language models to create ever more capable conversational computers and personal AI assistants that will increasingly redefine our lives. Chatbots become more aware, digital assistants more capable, and the emergence of digital companions, particularly for those working in isolation or those of us that have outlived family and friends, are advancing at an impressive rate. 

One of the more interesting announcements was NVIDIA BioNeMo targeted at hugely reducing the time needed to create future anti-virus responses and more effective cures and treatments for the diseases that plague us.  

Recommender engines

These are the utilities that push customers to the products and services they should be most interested in. When they work properly, they massively increase conversion rates and revenues because, rather than having to try to convince someone to buy something they don’t want, they push people towards products they already like.  NVIDIA’s Grace Hopper platform is increasingly favored for these systems with far greater potential accuracy and greater scalability. Interestingly, the Grace CPU, which is unique to NVIDIA, is at the heart of this solution and, I expect, will eventually break out of this implementation to do other interesting things in the future.  

Interactive avatars

Toward the end of the keynote, we were treated to interactive avatars. These could be cartoonish or photorealistic and can increasingly interact with users as if they were humans. Shifting languages on demand and still looking like they are speaking directly to you and being responsive to an ever-increasing breadth of questions using facial and hand expressions which eventually will be indistinguishable from real people. Deloitte was announced as the NVIDIA customer that is aggressively bringing this technology to market. 

Wrapping up:  

Fully simulated worlds, ever more capable AIs, recommenders that work, advances in HPC computers and quantum computing training, massive improvements in autonomous vehicles and robots, and a host of tools that will redefine how computers interact with us. Woof. It was like watching the next generation of the computer industry. I doubt any of us have more than the beginning of an understanding of how significantly this will change how we work, how we live, and how we interact with both the real world and the metaverse that will increasingly be indistinguishable from it. At GTC this year I again saw the future and, to be honest, I’m a bit overwhelmed. The future is coming for us, but at NVIDIA it is already here, and the rest of us are struggling to catch up. If you want to see the future, watch the GTC keynote this year.



Source: TG Daily – Jensen Huang’s GTC Keynote

Putin Warns The West He Is Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons

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Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to use nuclear weapons as he warned the west: “I’m not bluffing.”

Putin went on: “Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.”

Asked to deliver a message to the people of Ukraine, Foreign Office minister Gillian Keegan said: “We’re by your side, we will help as much as we possibly can.” He said: “If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and in protecting our people we will certainly use all means to us – and I’m not bluffing.”

And to the Russian people, she said: “Look beyond your own media, it’s very clear what is going on in Ukraine.”

“He is continuing to completely misrepresent what is happening in Ukraine,” she said.

‘I’m Not Bluffing’: Vladimir Putin Warns The West He Is Willing To Use Nuclear Weapons

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Source: TG Daily – Putin Warns The West He Is Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons

Effective Tips for Parallel Parenting

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The concept of parallel painting is widely used by individuals who have been divorced or separated but want to parent their children through limited contacts and interactions. 

This parenting method is helpful in cases involving domestic violence and highly conflicting relationships where there is no possibility of maintaining healthy conversation regarding the children. Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC law firm can help you pick the best option for parenting after divorce. 

Co-Parenting vs Parallel Parenting – What’s the difference?

The very concept of co-parenting involves cooperation and healthy communication by both sides. But in some instances, it gives opportunities to toxic individuals to abuse their ex-spouses and past partners. To combat this problem, parallel parenting is used to prioritize the well-being of children by taking safety measures and reducing conversations with the other parent.

It helps in distancing ex-partners without causing harm to the child and letting kids have their time with both parents. This helps prevent abusive conduct by setting necessary boundaries between both partners. The primary purpose of parallel parenting is to facilitate the emotional well-being of both partners while taking care of the child’s needs and requirements and protecting them from experiencing any conflicting situations. 

Here are some helpful tips which must be followed by partners practicing parallel parenting to ensure that the process is done smoothly. 

Draft a parenting plan

To avoid conflict, it is suggested to be well prepared and detail-oriented in creating a parenting plan. This helps in reducing the chances of arguments and thereby minimizing contact and communication between the partner. A well-drafted parenting plan helps reduce stress in the family and ensures that everyone is safe and on the same side. The parenting plan can include the time of visitation dates with the child and the duration. It can also involve canceled visits and their handling by both parents, as well as a preferred method of communication. The plan helps in discussing the amount of time the parent will be visiting The child and which parent is responsible for the doctor visitations and other functional works of the child. The plan can include the division of Financial requirements and responsibilities of the child and the limitations of both parents.

Hire a mediator

If there is too much conflict and bitterness between you and your ex-partner, there is an excellent chance that you will not be able to handle parenting on your own. In such cases, it is ideal to hire a professional mediator as they help make decisions and reduce disagreements between ex-partners through effective mediation. Appointing a mediator can help prioritize the needs of a child without compromising your personal space and safety. 

Avoid communicating when it is not necessary

Make sure to hold minimum conversations with your ex-partner and document every interaction so that you have proof in case your partner decides to mistreat or abuse you. 

Written by Spencer Calvert



Source: TG Daily – Effective Tips for Parallel Parenting

US Senators Pushes Bill to Declare Russia as ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

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RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-Conn.) and LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) unveiled new legislation on Wednesday that would circumvent the State Department and impose the dramatic declaration unilaterally.

Their latest move on the subject comes after President JOE BIDEN last week responded with a resounding “no” to a question about whether he intended to add Russia to the state terrorism list, a development that would please Ukraine.

Blumenthal and Graham indicated that they’re not yet sure how they plan to push their legislation through the chamber — whether as a standalone measure or a unanimous-consent request on the Senate floor.

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Source: TG Daily – US Senators Pushes Bill to Declare Russia as ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

California’s New $518.5 Million in Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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In June this year, California announced that it would provide an extra $518.5 million of funding to support people with mental health and substance abuse problems, including those who are street homeless. 

The announcement comes as a response to the nation’s deepening mental health crisis, which has seen rates of drug overdose and suicide soar. From October 2020 to September 2021, over 99,500 people died from a drug overdose, an increase of 45% from the previous year. National overdose deaths involving cocaine rose by 44%, and those involving alternative psychostimulants (such as meth) rose 93% in two years.

In California alone, over 10,000 people died from a drug overdose in the past year, a 70% increase from the previous annual rate. Fentanyl accounts for 53% of those deaths, totaling 3974 deaths in 2020.

Experts argue that the pandemic has been a driving factor in these deaths. Job loss, school closings, clinic closures, reduced clinic hours, and other changes have left people isolated and without access to support. Financial and mental stress, along with a loss of social connections, have caused more people to turn to drug abuse. It’s also contributed to a proliferation of other mental health issues.

CARE Court Program

In response to the overdose and mental health crisis, California’s governor launched the CARE Court program. The CARE Court program aims to connect a person in crisis with a court-ordered Care Plan for up to 12 months or 24 months. It offers individuals a community-based set of services that reflects their cultural and linguistic needs, including short-term medications, recovery support, and access to housing. Proponents emphasize the importance of stable housing in a recovery plan – offering stable and long-term treatment is almost impossible when someone is living on the streets, in a tent, or in a car.

As part of the CARE Court program, the extra half a billion dollars of funding will provide treatment beds for over 1000 people at a time, as well as behavioral and other health services. It will help to expand mental health housing across California, reaching those who are most in need.

CARE Court Funding

CARE Court funding isn’t intended for everybody who is homeless or living with mental illness. Instead, it’s directed towards people with mental disorders that meet specific criteria, aiming to intervene before they are arrested or require inpatient treatment. It aims to put people who are suffering from treatable health conditions on the path to recovery – and a better future.

The grants will be distributed through the Department of Health Care Service’s Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program, with each county receiving a designated reward. Grants were awarded as follows:

  • Alameda County – $18,405,122
  • El Dorado County – $2,852,182
  • Humboldt County – $4,170,560
  • Kern County – $3,138,065
  • Los Angeles County – $155,172,811
  • Madera County – $2,035,512
  • Mendocino County – $7,711,800
  • Monterey County – $3,558,670
  • Nevada County – $4,458,799
  • Orange County – $10,000,000
  • Placer County – $6,519,015
  • Riverside County – $103,181,728
  • Sacramento County – $30,553,889
  • San Diego County – $30,874,411
  • San Francisco County – $6,750,000
  • Santa Barbara County – $2,914,224
  • Santa Clara County – $54,074,660
  • Solano County – $14,332,411
  • Sonoma County – $9,751,915
  • Stanislaus County – $33,369,900
  • Yolo County – $12,500,000

During the latest grant announcement, the Governor met with families who were affected by mental illness and homelessness. Many of their loved ones could be helped by the CARE Court program. The Governor listened to their experiences and set out the actions that California is taking to address the crisis.

He explained that the crisis on California streets is at a breaking point, with a growing number of residents struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders – and ending up on the street. He highlighted the need for a clear change in strategy, describing how the new grants are a crucial step in reworking the state’s approach to homelessness and mental illness. 

Five Stages of the Care Plan

According to the CARE Court website, the novel approach will involve five key stages.

Referral

Individuals may be submitted to the scheme through a referral to the court by a family member, first responder, behavioral health provider, or any other approved party. Any individual with untreated schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorder with limited decision-making capacities is eligible.

Clinical Evaluation

In the second stage, the civil court requests a clinical evaluation of the individual’s case and appoints a public defender and official supporter. After reviewing and approving the application, the court asks for the development of a care plan.

Care Plan

The country’s behavioral health team, participants, and supporters collectively develop the Care Plan, encompassing recovery treatment, medication, and a housing scheme. The Court reviews the plan and adopts it for up to 12 months.

Support

The county behavioral health team, the supporter, and the participant continually evaluate and improve the Care Plan as required. They may refer to a Mental Health Advance Directive if there are any future challenges. The program may be extended by another 12 months.

Success

By the end of a successful program, the participant will graduate from the plan with the mental wellness and social stability they need to continue to build their future. The participant can access continued treatment, support services, and community housing to promote long-term recovery.

Aims of the Care Plan

In full, the care plan aims to ensure that support and services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual. It works to coordinate social and medical resources – offering clinical treatment and housing simultaneously – to provide holistic and comprehensive support. 

Written by Rida Sheppard



Source: TG Daily – California’s New 8.5 Million in Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

NVIDIA GTC 2022: Where Imagination Meets Technology

My favorite event to attend every year is NVIDIA’s GTC, or GPU Technology Conference. I would humbly suggest the conference be renamed since the show has evolved to be much more about the near-term future of technology across robotics, automobiles, metaverse, and AI. Next week the event will be held virtually again. It is well worth your time if you want to get a feel for what will be coming to market over the next two to four years because this event is a showcase of the closest thing we have in the market to real magic. 

By real magic, I mean our ability to make what we can imagine real, either in the metaverse or in the material world. 

Let us talk about some of what you will see at the event, and some potential surprises we will see at this or future GTCs. Oh, and before we start, if you want to sign up for the event, you can do that here.

Robotics

This is fascinating to me because, years ago at Dell Technology World, Dell had a futurist talk about robotics being the future for what was then, and now, the computer business, at least in terms of its market potential. Since then, Dell and every PC OEM, with the recent exception of Lenovo, has seemed to do everything possible to avoid that market.

NVIDIA is the exception, and its technology forms the foundation for current and future robotic development. From simulation and training in its Omniverse platform to the deployment of intelligent machines in a growing range of highly automated factories, farms, warehouses, and even homes. 

If you want to see what comes next in the technology that you will eventually use at work or in the home, these GTC robotics sessions are a must-see. Session titles include “A perspective on the future of robotics and its use cases in logistics and smart transportation,” “The next wave of edge AI and robotics,” and “Leveraging simulation tools to develop AI-based robots.”   

Intelligent Video Analytics 

Creating AIs that can see — and understand what they see — is not only critical to robotics but has broad applications to autonomous vehicles, security, safety, smart buildings, and smart cities. If you want to get a sense of how this technology will change how our working and living spaces will be able to become physically safer, more responsive to our needs, and less frustrating, there are a few sessions in this segment that look particularly interesting. 

The interesting sessions are a panel on “Accessing the value of infrastructure smart spaces,” which addresses smart buildings and cities, and “Tracking objects across multiple cameras made easy with Metropolis microservices,” which potentially addresses physical safety and convenience. 

Automotive

Automobiles are going through massive changes as they transform from ICE (internal combustion engines) to electric propulsion and from being driven by people to being driven by AIs with the promise of both higher safety and far more convenience. These changes may impact whether we even need to own cars, which are currently an overly expensive and underutilized personal luxury. You will find me watching a number of these sessions right along with you because cars, for me, are both a critical tool and one of my hobbies. 

Sessions to look for are “Building future-ready intelligence cars,” “Developing software defined vehicles for the new era of transportation,” “Elevating the passenger experience with intelligent in-vehicle infotainment,” and, for those new to this segment, “Introducing autonomous vehicles.” 

There is a lot of misinformation in the market about this technology. If you want to know what is going on and anticipate what you should look for in your next car, that last session alone should be incredibly helpful. Oh, and my old friend Dean Takahashi from Venture Beat is hosting a panel on the opportunity of the industrial metaverse with some heavy hitters from Magic Leap, Siemens, and Mercedes-Benz, which should be fascinating. 

Wrapping up: A hint of what is to come

NVIDIA’s GTC represents what I think is the best place to see what is coming from advanced technology, particularly regarding the application of next-generation tools like the metaverse and advanced intelligent robotics. But I was watching Seth MacFarlane’s Orville the other day (it is a fascinating series now on Hulu that, for me, reminds me of Star Trek at its best) and it struck me that one of the potential benefits of the advanced metaverse tools, particularly NVIDIA Omniverse, is that it could make shows like this both far better, in terms of special effects, and far less expensive to produce assuring they don’t end prematurely like Babylon 5, Brisco County Jr., and especially Firefly did.  

So, for me, this show goes beyond the practical applications of robotics, advanced AI vision technology, and autonomous vehicles into entertainment and visions of a future of even more compelling stories of metaverses that we would like to live in. If you can find the time, GTC is a must-attend event that takes me away from the dire news that increasingly otherwise fills my day and gives me hope for a better tomorrow. 



Source: TG Daily – NVIDIA GTC 2022: Where Imagination Meets Technology

How Intel’s Israel Development Center Is Driving the Future Renaissance of the Company

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Intel is in the process of a turnaround led by Pat Gelsinger who was mentored by the legendary Andy Grove. Gelsinger is arguably one of the strongest CEOs in the market. But Intel’s problems are deep and have accrued over decades. It has an operational history of being intolerant of mistakes and cultivating a cut-throat culture that has been particularly hard on female employees. To fix the company, Gelsinger is increasingly relying on Intel’s unique Israel Development Center (IDC) which is more tolerant of mistakes and more proactive in elevating women to engineering executive positions as both a framework for the new Intel and to better allow the company to execute during its transition into a more successful company and a far better place to work. 

I am spending the week learning about this unique resource and I am incredibly impressed with the quality of the work they do here. One of my favorite Intel executives (next to Gelsinger, who I’ve known for decades) was Mooly Eden who came out of this division.  

Let’s talk about how Intel’s IDC has become foundational to the creation of the new and improved Intel. 

Intel’s IDC

Intel’s IDC has been a major force in most of the big developments that have come out of the country. Not only was it where Intel built its first international FAB. In 1993, it was where video on a PC came to be. This development was followed by wi-fi for notebooks in 2003, dual-core processors in 2005, integrated GFX in 2011, setting the world speed record for DDR4 in 2020, and most advances in core technology have been developed there over the years. 

This is a fascinating organization both because it is so different from Intel and the technology industry in general and because of the culture in the country which aggressively favors collaboration and inclusion when compared to other parts of the world due to its unique beginning and nature.

Israel is a small country that exists under substantial risk since it’s surrounded by countries that are hostile to it. This fosters a sense of camaraderie and drives inclusion because everyone, regardless of gender, must work together to assure the country’s future. Once the current war settles, I expect Ukraine will develop a similar culture, but for now, Israel is unique in what is clearly a forcing function based on mutual survival. 

Diversity and inclusion for women

It is also where women in engineering have been incredibly successful. This is important because women in engineering are not only relatively rare but have faced massive issues of abuse in the industry. This has not been an issue at Intel alone. It’s a problem endemic to the overall technology industry that has proven almost impossible to correct. At tech companies, including Intel, you see old white guys on stage. Women tend to work in comms or marketing, not engineering. At Intel’s IDC, half the presenters were not only women but corporate or senior VPs. 

For example, they highlighted Karin Eibschitz-Segal, Corp. VP and GM of Intel Validation and Engineering, Shlomit Weiss, Sr. VP and GM of design and engineering, and Mandy Mock, VP and GM for the desktop, workstation, and channel group. At IDC, women do not have to break the glass ceiling. It has already been destroyed, providing a terrific example of what can be done at a modern technology company.

Willingness to tolerate mistakes

A few years back I met with the CEO of Ford who was proud of his directed change at a company that had been intolerant of mistakes and created a culture where no one was willing to take risks. However, he joked that while he was driving a more tolerant policy, if anyone screwed up Ford’s F-150 pickup, they would still get shot, leading me to believe he did not understand his own policy. He also did not seem to get my warning about not understanding Tesla, either, which led me to accurately predict he would not last much longer, and he did not. 

No one is perfect. If you shoot employees who take reasonable chances that fail, you will end up with a culture that is afraid to make decisions. I ran into this when I was at IBM researching why it nearly failed. I discovered that, at that time, executives were afraid to fix known problems because if they got it wrong, they would lose their pensions. That fear was foundational to IBM’s near failure.

Intel’s culture has historically been very hostile to executives that screw up even if it’s not their fault. Pat Gelsinger knows this personally as he was put in charge of Larrabee Microarchitecture, an earlier effort to take on NVIDIA and ATI on graphics. It had failed prior to Gelsinger taking it over, but the failure had been covered up, which resulted in Gelsinger being forced out not because he screwed up, but because the failure was discovered on his watch. I have often thought that this move was generated by a powerful rival that wanted to make sure Gelsinger never made it to CEO. 

Intel’s IDC recognizes that you cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs and that failures are the price of progress. If you do not tolerate failures, you will not make progress. Intolerance for failure and the practice of shooting executives who fail has led to the departure of some of the firm’s strongest executives, including its current CEO. IDC’s tolerance for failure comes directly out of the culture of Israel where, if the country had not been tolerant of failure, it would have crumbled years ago. They are such strong believers that their practices and beliefs are spreading through Intel, turning it into a more successful company and a much better place to work. 

Wrapping up:

Innovation, tolerance for failure, and diversity are all more evident in Intel’s IDC division than in Intel overall. Thus, Pat Gelsinger’s strategy of using IDC as a template for how to fix Intel is an excellent strategy for turning Intel into a more successful and powerful company than it currently is. IDC not only represents the new core for Intel’s future culture. It’s an example of how other companies might be able to address their own diversity and failure-averse policies that make them less competitive. By using Israel’s unique collaborative, innovative, and diverse culture, there is a potential path to make every tech company more agile, more inclusive, and a better place to work than it currently is. 

I believe that Israel may be the secret sauce to not only fixing Intel but fixing much of the technology market by helping firms change their cultures from competitive employee advancement that favors the biggest male jerk at the table, to one that favors a tolerance for failure, collaborative and inclusive advancement, and assuring a more balanced and equitable team. IDC is a fascinating division that I hope will be a template for the future of every tech company, particularly those that currently mistreat women and scapegoat risk-takers in the workforce. IDC assures that Intel is on track for its multi-billion dollar turnaround.



Source: TG Daily – How Intel’s Israel Development Center Is Driving the Future Renaissance of the Company

Five Speech Therapists Convicted of Sedition Over Children’s Books

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Five speech therapists in Hong Kong were found guilty of sedition on Wednesday for publishing three picture books depicting sheep defending their home from wolves. 

In one of the books, a “Wolf-Chairman” directed another wolf to masquerade as a sheep in an attempt to occupy the sheep village and eat those inside, Kwok wrote in a summary, per court records.

Kwok described the disguised wolf as an analogy for the Beijing-backed Chief Executive of Hong Kong, which he wrote would lead children to view the city’s real-life leader with contempt.

Another book, titled “12 Warriors of Sheep Village,” appears to reference the 12 Hong Kong protestors who were caught trying to flee to Taiwan by sea in 2020.

The book tells the story of 12 sheep who fled their village in a boat but were later captured and brought to be imprisoned in a wolf-run fortress. Kwok wrote that children who read the book would be “led to believe that the 12 fugitives are victims of oppression and unfair prosecution”.

The third book involved a story that Kwok said would lead children to believe Beijing had allowed people coming from mainland China to “make their home dirty and spread the pandemic”. 

Hong Kong court finds five guilty of sedition over sheep books

The five face potential jail terms for publishing books that sought to explain the democracy movement to children.

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Five in Hong Kong found guilty of sedition for ‘anti-government’ children’s books

Five Hong Kong speech therapists were found guilty on Wednesday of a conspiracy to publish seditious children’s books that were deemed anti-government, a decision denounced by rights campaigners as a blow to free speech in the China-ruled city.

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Source: TG Daily – Five Speech Therapists Convicted of Sedition Over Children’s Books

IBM Goes Back to the Future with i System As-a-Service

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System as-a-service seems like a cutting-edge capability but it really isn’t. Back when we called IT MIS (Management Information Systems) and IBM was the dominant computer company in the market, everything was “as-a-service.” This approach had several customer advantages and one huge vendor disadvantage which caused IBM and the industry to pivot away from offering computing as-a-service. Instead, you bought and licensed the technology as if it was a singular purchase.  

Now, and particularly with cloud providers, technology is again being provided as-a-service, and companies like IBM are attempting to compete with on-premise offerings that also can be provided in the same way by incurring a level of risk that IBM pioneered. In short, the most experienced as-a-service company isn’t a cloud company, it is arguably IBM.

IBM has just announced its IBM i System Subscription solution which has the economic benefits of a cloud service but still provides the security and peace-of-mind benefits of an on-premises solution. 

Can you have your cake and eat it, too? With this service, IBM appears to be saying yes. Let me explain.

The benefits and big problem with SaaS solutions  

The benefits of an on-premises, as-a-service offering are significant. They typically include better vendor engagement because the offering includes support services and the vendor tends to remain engaged throughout the life of the service, as opposed to a sale where the vendor tends to reduce the focus on companies that have been sold in favor of revenue from companies that haven’t been bought yet. The outright sales model tends to give the buyer visibility when they are buying but, once the purchase has been made, that benefit goes away, and the vendor tends to lose interest until the next purchase possibility comes up.

On top of better engagement, this approach also shifts funding the effort from a fixed capital expense that has to be depreciated over time with no flexibility, to an operational expense that goes up and down with users and use. If the company cuts back, the costs go down, if the company ramps up, the costs and services ramp up with them. This tends to better keep expenses in line with revenues and it tends to lower the approval requirements for the service in the first place.

From a vendor perspective, this works like an annuity, but unlike leasing, this annuity will go up and down in value with the needs of the customers. Those earlier IBM service offerings tended to be fixed, didn’t adjust to the needs of the business, and operated more like a lease than what we now have as SaaS offerings.  

The historical problem with this approach is revenue growth once the market saturates. With a purchase model, you can still churn the market with a new offering. With a SaaS model, you are locked into a contract. In a saturated market, this makes it hard to show revenue growth. In the far more diverse market we have today, it’s unlikely that IBM or any one vendor will experience a saturation problem in the near-term future.

These offerings have traditionally been most beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses that lack IT infrastructure and are looking for a partner that can close their support gaps and allow these smaller companies to compete with larger, more IT-capable firms. 

Wrapping up: The IBM i System Subscription

As-a-service offerings are increasingly attractive, particularly to the mid-market where services offerings have traditionally been more attractive due to a lack of sustained infrastructure funding.  The IBM offering is a unique three- to five-year subscription that can be renewed on expiration but where prices and payment terms remain static during the term of the subscription, provide a level of stability post-purchase, and promise cloud-like economics while providing on-premises benefits.

On-premise benefits include physical control over the facilities, protection from cloud provider outages and attacks on the cloud service, along with better control over the services being offered to IT’s customers. The latest Power10 offerings from IBM provide a performance boost over the prior version by over 50% (anything greater than 20% is noticeable by users) and costs per user are generally expected to be below $55 per month.  

For industries where IBM’s Power platform plays well, including government, healthcare, finance, energy, and utilities, it plays very well but generally isn’t a major player in the small or medium business markets. The IBM i System Subscription services offering should help open this solution up to types of businesses that felt they couldn’t afford the capital expense in the past.  



Source: TG Daily – IBM Goes Back to the Future with i System As-a-Service

Japanese Man Earns A Living By Doing Nothing

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A 38-year-old man from Tokyo named Shoji Morimoto has a job that most of us would be extremely envious of. He earns a living by doing nothing.

The Tokyo-resident charges 10,000 yen per booking to accompany clients. According to a report by Reuters, Morimoto has gone to over 4,000 sessions in the last 4 years.

“My job is to be wherever my clients want me to be and to do nothing in particular,” Morimoto told Reuters. With over 250k followers on Twitter, Morimoto said that most of his clients contact him on the micro-blogging site only. Among them, one person has hired Morimoto around 270 times. However, Morimoto maintains some boundaries when it comes to choosing the job.

“People do not have to be useful in any specific way,” Morimoto added.

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Shoji Morimoto, a former publishing company worker, rents himself out to simply be there for lonely folks, once even paid just to wave goodbye to one destitute traveler.

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A JAPANESE man may just have what some would see as the perfect job, he gets paid to do pretty much nothing.

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Source: TG Daily – Japanese Man Earns A Living By Doing Nothing

HP Amplify: Best Practices in a Partnership Program

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I’ve participated in partnership efforts with a variety of multi-national tech companies and found HP’s effort to rank near or at the top. Years ago, I was tasked with helping fix IBM’s program, and before that, I instrumented ROLM’s program (when ROLM was a subsidiary of IBM) for better market intelligence. The recurring problems with Partnership Programs are conflicts with the direct sales organization, issues with partner quality, a lack of company or executive interest after the partnership is formed, and little or no collaboration with the partnerships on product or services development.   

One of the worst partnership programs I’ve seen is Apple’s which seems to treat its partners as unloved subordinates that are unappreciative of the honor of working for Apple and unwilling to give Apple all their profits. In sharp contrast, HP is one of the best, and I attended its latest partnership meeting, for their program called HP Amplify, last week. Here are my impressions.

It starts with partners as family

One of the things that jumps out at me at HP events is that the event is less about promoting products than helping and understanding partner issues and helping these partners resolve them. The focus isn’t on HP’s profits vs. the partner’s profits, but on how to make the partners more efficient, sustainable, effective, and profitable so that both HP and its partners are successful. It isn’t an us vs. them issue.

These meetings are more like family reunions than your typical partnership meeting and, while it is unusual at any vendor event for executives to demonstrate their disdain for each other, often divisions in firms compete for resources and that disdain can be seen if you look closely enough or if those executives simply aren’t invited to the event.  

At HP, the executives really seem to like each other, ribbing or crediting their peers, often in the same talk, during the event and creating the impression that they like working with each other rather than secretly plotting each other’s demise. (I was at a Micron event once where it looked like two of the firm’s executives wanted to kill each other and nearly came to blows).  

Sustainability

One of the segments that stood out to me at this event was on sustainability. HP has been one of the most aggressive companies on product and operational sustainability (controlling operating waste and reducing non-sustainable power usage) of any company I cover. With printing, HP also had the largest sustainability problems. It was able to get nearly all its partners to join its efforts which should result in a sustainability impact that leads the technology segment. 

Reducing waste, pivoting to sustainable power, operating more efficiently, and making sustainability a priority, I believe, is critical for all of us, and HP, with its partners, set an impressively positive tone.

Products

This doesn’t mean HP didn’t showcase some new products. Two that stood out to me were the new Dragonfly Folio which is my latest favorite laptop because it fits how I travel and work, and a new tank printer that is far more sustainable than those that use cartridges.

Dragonfly is HP’s Halo line, and it represents a showcase of HP’s capabilities. With both Wi-Fi and 5G it is highly connected, with Intel and VPro it is enterprise-approved, with its leather-like cover it is very comfortable to carry, and with a cantilevered screen, it works for movies on the smallest of commercial planes. The laptop is awesome.

Tank printers consume ink and don’t use plastic cartridges. They tend to be more expensive initially because they are harder to subsidize with supplies which also makes them cheaper long term because ink, for them, is also cheaper. If you don’t use cartridges, you don’t have to dispose of them, and while HP’s efforts to recycle cartridges are market-leading, they aren’t 100%. So not having the things in the first place assures that the plastics they are tying to keep out of oceans and landfills aren’t created in the first place.  

Wrapping up:

Sales partners are a critical part of any national or multi-national company because no company, no matter how big, can be everyplace. Partners are where you can’t be, covering customers you can’t economically cover, but they still carry your brand. In past studies, I’ve found that companies that are mostly direct sales and don’t use partners typically have higher customer satisfaction, which seems like a contradictory statistic. But, when I’ve drilled down, I’ve found that the problem wasn’t using partners it was mistreating or not properly selecting, assuring, and provisioning them.  

HP is an example of how to do this right, and at HP Amplify, I again was impressed with its approach and execution.  



Source: TG Daily – HP Amplify: Best Practices in a Partnership Program

Crypto Company Mistakenly Transfers 7.2 Million To A Woman’s Account

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Australian woman Thevamanogari Manivel put in a refund of $100 AUD to Crypto.com last year.

Seemingly due to an employee entering her account number into a payment section of a refund form by mistake, the company dropped $10.5 million AUD into her account instead. Manivel kept the money and reportedly transferred it to a bank account.

That same month, Manivel is said to have spent $1.35 million AUD on a five-bedroom home and transferred ownership of it to her sister.

A court has ordered the sale of the property as soon as possible and for the funds to be returned to Crypto.com.

Crypto.com mistakenly sent a customer $7.2 million instead of a $68 refund

No one noticed the typo and missing millions for months.

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Crypto.com has published a report on its investigation of the security breach.

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Source: TG Daily – Crypto Company Mistakenly Transfers 7.2 Million To A Woman’s Account

5 Reasons To Use Lead Generation Tools and Platforms Like LeadJolt To Boost Your Real Estate Sales

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If you’re a real estate agent, you know that generating leads is essential to your success. There are many lead generation tools and platforms, but which ones should you use? This article will discuss five reasons you should use lead generation tools and platforms to boost your real estate sales.

What Is Lead Generation?

Lead generation is the process of generating leads, or potential customers, for your business like LeadJolt. There are many ways to generate leads, such as through online advertising, cold calling, and networking. However, lead generation tools and platforms can help you automate the process and make it easier to generate leads.

How Does Lead Generation Relate To Real Estate?

In the real estate industry, lead generation is essential to success. Real estate agents must generate leads to find potential customers and grow their businesses. Many lead generation tools and platforms can help agents automate the process and make it easier to generate leads.

Reasons To Use Lead Generation Tools

There are many reasons to use lead generation tools and platforms.

Reach A Wider Audience

First, lead generation tools and platforms can help you reach a wider audience. You can target potential customers looking to buy or sell property in your area.

Save Time

Second, they also can help you save time. Instead of spending hours cold calling or door knocking, you can use lead generation tools to automate your marketing efforts.

Higher Quality Leads

Third, lead generation tools and platforms can help you generate higher quality leads like LeadJolt. Using targeting criteria, you can identify potential customers more likely to convert into sales.

Track Your Results

Fourth, lead generation tools and platforms can help you track your results. You can see which marketing activities generate the most leads and adjust your strategy accordingly.

Scale Your Business

Finally, they can help you scale your business. As your business grows, you can add more users to your account and access more features.

Choosing A Lead Generation Platform

When you are a realtor, many types of lead generation platforms are available. You want to discern between the different types to make more sales ultimately. The following will help explain some key features to consider when reviewing lead generation platforms for your business needs:

  • Pricing: First and foremost, you want to consider the pricing of the lead generation platform. Some are subscription-based, while others are pay-per-lead. Consider your budget and needs when making this decision.
  • Ease of Use: The lead generation platform you choose must be easy to use. You don’t want to spend hours figuring out how to use the forum.
  • Features: Consider the features of the lead generation platform. Some platforms offer more features than others. Choose a platform with the necessary parts to generate leads and grow your business.
  • Integrations: Make sure the lead generation platform you choose integrates with your other software, such as your CRM. This will make it easier to manage your leads and customers.
  • Customer Support: When you encounter problems, you want to be able to reach customer support easily. Choose a lead generation platform that offers excellent customer support.

Drawbacks Of Lead Generation Tools And Platforms

There are also some drawbacks to using lead generation tools and platforms.

Cost

One of the drawbacks of lead generation tools and platforms is that they can be expensive. This expense can be offset by the increased sales you will generate using these tools.

Time-Consuming

Another drawback of lead generation tools and platforms is that they can be time-consuming. This time investment can be worth it if you can generate more sales. If you can’t generate more sales, the time investment may not be worth it.

Accuracy

Another potential drawback of lead generation tools and platforms is that they may not be 100% accurate. You may waste time on leads not interested in selling their home. However, this accuracy can be improved by using multiple lead generation tools and platforms.

Compliance Issues

Another issue to consider is compliance. Some lead generation tools and platforms are not compliant with certain laws, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Make sure you choose a platform that complies with your area’s laws.

Privacy Concerns

Some people may be concerned about the privacy of their information when using lead generation tools and platforms. These concerns can be alleviated by choosing a secure platform with a good reputation.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for ways to increase your real estate sales, consider using lead generation tools and platforms. They can help you find more leads, save time, and get more exposure for your listings. In addition, they can also help you increase your sales. Give them a try today and see how they can help your business.

Written by Adam Eaton



Source: TG Daily – 5 Reasons To Use Lead Generation Tools and Platforms Like LeadJolt To Boost Your Real Estate Sales

5 Devices that can help your child with Autism

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Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have a wide variety of special needs, most commonly in the area of language and communication. Thankfully, it is now 2022 and technology is ever-expanding and thriving, making the lives of everyone from children to adults easier and more meaningful. 

Handheld devices for autism allow children and adults to communicate their wants and needs and hold expansive conversations with those around them.  They are becoming less popular as applications and software programs are designed to work on their current tablets and iPads, however, handheld technology allows distraction-free learning. 

Kids cannot switch to a game or YouTube on a device designed just for communication and daily activities. 

As with all technology, not all devices are created equal. We’ve compiled the list of the top 5 devices that help children with Autism do everything from communicating to accomplishing everyday tasks independently. 

  1. Lingraphica AAC devices come in 3 sizes and are designed to grow with your child. Easy to carry around, easy to use, and even easy to customize to your child’s everyday routine and environment. 
  2. QuickTalker Freestyle is a handheld device is also a multi-sized device that has different speech applications available that allow parents to select the one that works best for their child and their learning style. 
  3. Goally is a unique handheld device in that it helps with communication and routine. Parents can program daily tasks and even set up a token board so that their child automatically earns points towards your preset rewards with each task completed. Other features are AAC communication and routines.
  4. Tobii Dynavox is an elite, top-of-the-line handheld technology that can be controlled by eye gaze, hands, a head mouse, or switch scanning. They’re rugged and come with protective cases to protect your investment and some devices feature email, call, and text setup for additional methods of communication. 
  5. GoTalk is a very basic, ruggedly designed device that can feature up to 32 icons/words/symbols for everyday communication. Also available in iOS app store. 

Since we mentioned that applications for children with autism are on the rise and expanding faster than handheld devices, it is worth mentioning several effective online and application-based programs that are also available for families and children with autism. 

Software Programs

  1. FaceSay is an internet-based software program designed to help children with social and emotional skills, such as facial cues and following someone’s eyes. 
  2. ABC Mouse works well for kids with autism as they can work on skills such as letter tracing, phonics, and academic abilities

Assistive communication applications

  1. GoTalk
  2. Proloquo2Go
  3. Life Skills Winner identifies and works on life skills to teach 10 daily habits 
  4. Speech Blubs 

Thankfully, technology has come a long way in helping children with special needs better communicate and interact with their loved ones and thrive in their futures. Many handheld devices are at least partially covered by insurance companies, even, so it’s worth a look for your autistic child if they need a boost in their language communication and development. 

Communication and human interaction are significant to the human species and helping children with special needs achieve these goals will boost their confidence and allow them more autonomous, social lives.



Source: TG Daily – 5 Devices that can help your child with Autism

How to Design Innovative CBD Packaging That Will Get Your Product Noticed

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Cannabidiol (CBD), a derivative of the cannabis plant, has become popular as an alternative therapeutic treatment to traditional medication. Its health benefits are wide, ranging from reducing anxiety, promoting sleep, and helping manage pain. But if you’re thinking of going into the CBD business, you’ll have to consider how best you can package all these benefits so your customers don’t lose out on any. You’ll also want to make sure that your packaging stands out so your customers will recognise your brand and products anywhere. So how do you do that? Let’s take a look.

What is the best way to design and package CBD?

The first step is to decide what kind of CBD product you want to sell. CBD products can come in a variety of forms that include oils and tinctures, tablets and capsules, beauty and skincare products and beverages, and edibles. So, because there are many different types of products, it goes without saying that the type and design of packaging depend on the type of product. That’s why GPA Global offers practical CBD packaging solutions for every type of CBD product on the market so you can rest assured that the quality of your product is sealed and preserved well. These are just a few of the best and innovative ways to pack CBD products:

●  Oils and tinctures
These are best packaged in dark glass bottles with a dropper for easy dosage and use. We also recommend that the box have cushioning inside to avoid any breakage.

●  Tablets and capsules
Just like any other pills, these can be packed in plastic or glass jars or paper pouches.

●  Beauty and skincare products
Beauty product packaging is versatile and can be designed in plastic, glass, metal, or even plastic options.

●  Beverages
Most CBD-infused beverages are packaged in metal cans, glass bottles, or pouches.

Once you have decided on the type of packaging that best suits your product, you can start personalising it with the finer details like shapes, colours, and labeling.

Should your CBD packaging be sustainable?

Yes, CBD packaging should be sustainable just like any other product packaging. An innovative way to do this is to design and create your packaging with high-fibre hemp paper stock. This ensures minimal waste because you use the same plants you grow to source CBD. Hemp material is also organic meaning that it’s biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Statistics show that 63% of solid waste produced by the U.S. comes from packaging material so it’s important that brands consider how their packaging doesn’t contribute to a negative impact on the environment. GPA Global supports big solutions that have a small footprint by engineering their own sustainable materials.

Are there any CBD packaging regulations that can impact your design?

Because CBD still poses many questions and research on the compound is still ongoing, there may be a few unique packaging and marketing challenges that you could face. But there are a few guidelines that you can follow to ensure that your product and packaging are lawfully marketed.

These are a few regulations to consider when designing CBD packaging:

Labeling

Make your labels clear and easy to read. Include your product name and general information. It might be tempting to embellish the benefits of your CBD product but don’t add any misleading or false claims by any means.

List of contents

Include a list of ingredients and contents including nutritional information and amounts of active compounds.

Add transparency

Include a batch code and manufactured date so customers know you’re transparent about the quality of your products.

Tell your customers how to use your product

Include instructions in your packaging so customers know how best to use your products.

Balancing Design with Innovation

Sometimes it’s not the loud and heavy-aesthetic packaging that stands out but the simple packaging that provides a solution. The first step to designing CBD packaging that gets your product noticed is to focus on your product and brand goals. Doing so will help you find a balance between design and innovation. Once you have prioritised your goals and needs, you need an innovative packaging solutions provider that breaks the mold and explores unchartered waters.

Frequently Asked Questions About CBD Packaging

●  Can CBD oil be stored in plastic?

CBD oil shouldn’t be packaged in plastic because it can decrease the longevity of CBD oil. It tends to react harshly when in contact with plastic for long periods of time. CBD oil generally has a shelf life of two years and the best way to give it a full shelf life is to package it in dark glass bottles to prevent light from decomposing it and degrading its quality.

●  Does CBD packaging need to be child-resistant?

CBD can be unsafe for children and so yes, CBD packaging that’s child resistant is an advantage. GPA Global ensures that your CBD products are safe around children with their rigorous testing and high-standard certification.

●  What is custom CBD packaging?

This is a packaging solution that’s specific to your brand’s and customer’s needs. They communicate your brand and ensure that your product is stored and transported in the best possible way to preserve its quality.

●  Are there any benefits of custom CBD packaging?

There are many benefits of custom packaging. You can choose which material and design suits your product and brand best and offer you a durable solution. It can also be more cost-effective because you are getting exactly what you need in terms of size and shape so there’s no room for waste. Custom CBD packaging can separate your products from the others on the shelf by creating brand recognition.



Source: TG Daily – How to Design Innovative CBD Packaging That Will Get Your Product Noticed

NFTs with True Ownership and Asset Backed Utility

Viviverse X ME Holdings join in an exclusive partnership to develop the world’s first real estate NFT collection in the metaverse. Each NFT gives the owner true ownership of an actual property that is developed by ME Holdings and rewards them with asset-backed yields in terms of rental and capital gains generated. In addition, owners simultaneously earn staking and utility rewards in Viviverse.

The first batch will be minted on Aug 31st and made available throughout the Summer of 22. List pricing and whitelisting procedures will be made known on Aug 27th via the respective social feeds.

Viviverse is the first Playnation in the metaverse that is bringing entertainment to the next level, redefining X to earn by blurring the lines between the metaverse and reality. Users or citizens who hold exclusive NFT-based passports can enjoy, grow and thrive in Viviverse’s unique X to earn spaces in gaming, esports, entertainment, and real estate.

Headed by Simon Marshall (Forbes winner), ME Holdings is a London-based real estate developer specialising in luxury family homes and stylish apartments. The business employs over 100 people across all aspects of the development process from land acquisition, construction, sales, and marketing, and is aiming to be one of the UK’s top 20 housebuilders. It has won several awards for its smart, environmentally friendly homes generating revenues for the company of over USD 250m in the past 3 years.

With this partnership, ME is trailblazing true ownership and utility, bringing old-school development to the Metaverse.

For more information
www.meholdings.me
www.viviverse.io

ME Holdings Limited, Head Office, Unit C4 Endeavour Place, Coxbridge Business Park, Alton Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5EH
Viviverse@viviverse.io
+44(0)1252 240005

Written by Awais Ahmed



Source: TG Daily – NFTs with True Ownership and Asset Backed Utility

Qualcomm and the Importance of Communications IP Leadership

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The west has held IP leadership in the technology space since the age of the mainframe. In hostile times, that has provided advantages in targeting, secure communications, and significant advantages in manufacturing capacity. Until recently, the West’s dominance has been challenged in some areas like consumer electronics which Japan took over, and automotive where Asia has been steadily eclipsing the West. Particularly troubling has been the erosion of manufacturing capacity which is currently contributing significantly to the shortages caused by the pandemic and Russia/Ukraine conflict. 

But with the latest technological move to the cloud, which again puts communications technologies on the critical path, China is moving aggressively to own the related standards and to use its authoritarian government to eventually dominate communications technology. Right now, 5G is secure thanks to Qualcomm but, unless something changes, 6G could be owned by China, creating potentially massive security and communications problems for the West and particularly the U.S. 

China’s government understands better than most Western governments that communications technology, or more accurately the control over it, could well define future battlefields regardless of whether the battles are fought with weapons or through the control and monitoring of communications. 

The West and particularly the U.S. are falling behind China

As we have moved between the distinct phases of development in the technology market, interest and focus have shifted rather significantly. Initially, it was all about the mainframe. Everything was a service. Thanks to IBM, the west dominated with both hardware and software supplying significant advantages in terms of education and efficiency. Then we moved to PC computing, and while manufacturing moved mostly to Asia, the West held the IP. The next move was to the cloud. While that march was led by companies like Google and Yahoo from the West, Eastern powerhouses like Tencent and Alibaba have risen to be comparable. 

As a result of this rise in power, China can credibly argue they are near parity with the U.S. in terms of cloud technology and, on the communications side, Huawei, with its focus on end-to-end solutions and low-cost cellular tower technology, has become a significant threat to U.S. sales and IP dominance. And China is not exactly the poster child partner for any Western company given its support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a ramp up of its plan to invade Taiwan. 

As a result, it has never been more critical that the West, and particularly the U.S., assure that no hostile government gains control over the standards for any widespread communications technology. 

Qualcomm’s critical role

Qualcomm is a unique company in that it is more focused on licensing its technology than selling products based on it. Most companies, particularly companies focused on hardware, are not known for licensing and, if they do, they are not particularly good at it. 

Licensing is a core competence of Qualcomm’s model, and, by licensing, Qualcomm enables smaller companies all over the world to better compete with large companies like Apple that remain focused on their own proprietary models. This is one of the reasons why Apple tried to cripple Qualcomm a few years back. If Apple could have crippled or killed Qualcomm, it could have wiped out many of Qualcomm’s licensees removing much of the competition Apple currently faces in the market. But at least Apple is a Western company. What if the attack had been from an Eastern company or government and Qualcomm had been unable to defend? Then the West would be looking at a dire situation where the company, and country, that prevailed was potentially able to monitor and change communications globally. 

Wrapping up: The war we are not talking about

This is the war we aren’t talking about, the one that is increasingly shifting from 5G to 6G and could represent, if lost, a massive shift in influence and power from the U.S. to China and put the world at a higher risk of not only enabling another war but stacking the deck so the West has a massively increased chance of losing.  

China’s government clearly understands the risks and rewards of these moves, but the U.S. and West appear distracted. This distraction increasingly assures a future where China could build on its manufacturing dominance by gaining IP leadership as well, putting the U.S. and the West on their back foot and vulnerable to Chinese aggression. This would not only help assure China’s victory in a conflict but embolden the country to start that conflict.

In short, not only is Qualcomm critical to assuring the security of the world’s communications, but it may also be critical to preventing the next global conflict. 



Source: TG Daily – Qualcomm and the Importance of Communications IP Leadership

Pros And Cons Of Smart Thermostats

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We are all familiar with the sense of having to manually boost the thermostat in the morning because it is too chilly, only to have to turn it back down in the afternoon because it is suddenly too hot. What if there was a method to reduce the frequency with which you must adjust the interior temperature? With a Wi-Fi-equipped radiator thermostat, there is. 

What is a smart thermostat? 

First, the essentials. A smart thermostat connects to the internet and enables you to monitor and manage your heating on your smartphone, tablet, and other devices, often via an application or website. 

It differs from a smart meter, which connects to the internet and transmits your meter readings to your energy provider. Typically, your energy provider will install a smart meter for free, and it may influence your ability to transfer energy providers in the future. 

A smart thermostat is totally under your control, unlike a smart meter. You purchase it and organize the installation yourself, and it has no impact on your ability to transfer energy suppliers for your business.

Smart thermostat advantages and disadvantages for your business

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to putting a smart thermostat in your small company. A smart thermostat connects to the internet and enables you to monitor your heating remotely using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices. Theoretically, the ability to constantly monitor your heating allows you to consume less energy and save money on your gas bills. 

However, installing smart thermostats is costly, especially for small firms battling with Covid-19. Then, are they worthwhile? We examine the advantages and downsides of installing a smart thermostat in your business.

The ability to alter your heating settings from your smartphone is the most significant advantage of smart thermostats. Aside from multi-room and hot water control, draught detection, safety, and holiday modes to protect your water pipes, and feedback on your heating patterns, other common functions of smart thermostats include multi-room and hot water control, draught detection, safety and holiday modes to protect your water pipes, and feedback on your heating patterns. 

How do these intelligent features aid you at work? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of installing a smart thermostat in your business. 

The pros

  • Smart thermostats enable the automation of heating schedules. 

Even conventional thermostats allow you to automate your heating system, so what is so great about smart thermostats? Smart thermostats allow you to automate your heating schedule from your smartphone, tablet, or other devices. 

Moreover, smart thermostats allow for far more flexible and granular scheduling. You may adjust your schedule according to your demands, which is not possible with a conventional thermostat. 

This is a significant advantage if your organization runs flexibly and your team members arrive and depart the office at different times each day. It is an even greater advantage today that so many of us work from home and occasionally commute to the workplace. 

  • Using a smart thermostat, you can track your energy consumption. 

The majority of smart thermostats come with an app that allows you to monitor your heating on your mobile devices. These applications display the temperature setting of your thermostat. 

However, did you realize that some of these applications also display the ambient temperature in your office? 

This enables you to determine when the ideal temperature has been reached in your workplace, so you do not need to boost the heating (and your energy bills). 

  • An intelligent thermostat can help you save energy 

You may be more energy efficient at work by utilizing the flexibility of your smart radiator thermostat, so you don’t heat your office when you know no one is around. 

However, some thermostats may also provide you notifications if your office is too warm, allowing you to reduce the temperature. Some may also alert you when the thermostat detects drafts, allowing you to lock windows and doors to prevent heat loss. 

  • Smart thermostats are simple to use

Almost every smart thermostat on the market features a touch screen and an intuitive user interface. Using their iPhones, consumers may adjust the temperature in another room. You can even operate your smart thermostat when away from home. Many smart thermostats may be managed by virtual assistants such as Alexa or Google Home. 

The cons

  • Smart thermostats aren’t 100% reliable

There is no technology that is 100% trustworthy, and smart thermostats are no exception. If your internet connection is unreliable or prone to outages, the operation of your smart thermostat will not be optimal. 

The thermostats themselves are also susceptible to error. If you do not routinely check your app, you may not notice if the batteries in your thermostat expire after a couple of days, for instance. Again, you may not realize that the gadget that links to your boiler has gone down and has to be restarted. 

It’s not a significant issue, but it might be bothersome if you’re trapped outside on a cool day! 

  • For some, installation might be intimidating. 

If you are not skilled or comfortable working with exposed wire, installing a smart thermostat may not be a task you wish to do. There are usually installation instructions supplied with every smart thermostat, but if you lack installation skills, this may still be scary. The sort of heating and cooling that your HVAC system provides is also relevant. If you are confused about installation or system compatibility, one of our skilled HVAC contractors will help you decide if a smart thermostat is best for you. 

  • Commitment is required to act on the information smart thermostats provide. 

Smart thermostats provide a wealth of information about your energy consumption and how you may reduce it. However, it takes considerable time and work to put this information into practice in a way that yields actual savings. This type of time investment is just not worthwhile for all businesses. 

Do smart thermostats justify the cost? 

It is difficult to determine the advantages and downsides of installing a smart radiator thermostat in your business since there are so many. If your business operates in a flexible manner and you want the robust scheduling capabilities that a smart thermostat provides, it is probably worthwhile to invest in one. However, if your firm runs during defined hours and your employees work scheduled shifts, you may likely get by with a standard thermostat.



Source: TG Daily – Pros And Cons Of Smart Thermostats

The Ins and Outs of Crypto Trading

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Since the introduction of cryptocurrency, people have been curious about it and want to know how they can get involved. With so many options and ICOs popping up all over the place, there has never been a better time to delve into the world of cryptocurrency. There are plenty of ways to invest in or trade cryptocurrencies, but many of them have high risks or can be complicated for beginners. 

That’s why we will introduce you to some simple ideas that might help you understand and trade crypto tokens profitably. For anyone who doesn’t know, cryptocurrency refers to digital tokens or coins which act as a medium of exchange like normal currencies such as GBP or USD. 

The big difference is that they are all built on blockchain technology, hence the name ‘crypto’ currency. Here is a closer look at what exactly that means.

The Basics Of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency exchanges are digital platforms where you can buy and sell coins. The most common type of exchange is a centralized exchange, which is run by a company and usually requires users to provide proof of identity before using it. While these centralized exchanges can be convenient, they are unfortunately also vulnerable to hacks. 

Centralized exchanges have proven to be such a target for hackers that decentralized exchanges have become increasingly popular. This type of exchange uses blockchain technology and is run by a network of computers around the world.

How to Buy and Trade Crypto Tokens 

Once you’ve decided what coins you want to invest in, it’s time to start trading. The most common types of trading include cryptocurrency exchange trading and ICO trading.

Cryptocurrency Exchange Trading

It’s when you buy and sell coins in an exchange. You can buy low and sell high to make a profit. Just remember that exchange trading is risky because the prices can fluctuate a lot, and you also have to pay taxes. 

ICO Trading

It’s when you buy coins during an initial coin offering (ICO). You make a profit by selling the coins once they’ve been listed on an exchange and the price has increased. ICOs pose challenges and risks because you don’t know how much profit you’ll make and if the ICO will even be successful.

A Look at the Different Strategies for Crypto Trading

Once you have a handle on the basics of crypto trading, it’s time to get creative and find a strategy that works best for you. There are lots of different ways to make money from trading crypto, but each has its advantages and disadvantages. 

  • Day trading involves buying and selling the same coins within the same day. It’s risky because you can lose a lot of money.
  • Swing Trading is like day trading, but you don’t sell your coins on the same day. Instead, you hold them for at least a week before you decide what to do next. It’s also a risky option and not suitable for beginners.
  • Position Trading works when you buy and sell coins to hold them for a long time. It’s a much less risky option than the other two.

Earning Through ICOs

ICO trading isn’t the only way to make money with cryptocurrencies. You can also earn by helping to launch a new ICO. When you launch an ICO, you are raising funds for a new crypto project by selling tokens. Those tokens can be traded once the project is completed, which means you can make money from them. 

Launching an ICO isn’t as easy as it sounds, though. You have to develop a unique idea, write a whitepaper, create marketing materials, and much more. There are also certain regulations you have to follow to make sure your ICO is a success. While ICOs can be a great way to earn money, they also come with several risks. 

Remember that ICOs are a lot like gambling since you don’t know if your tokens will ever be worth anything. If you are a risk taker, you may also want to explore sites like Stardust Online Casino for all kinds of gaming entertainment.

Keep an Eye Out for Scams

As with any other form of investment, there are plenty of scams in this field as well. Scammers will trick you into giving them money or purchasing their products. Only invest in coins that have been thoroughly researched and only buy tokens from trusted companies. 

You should also be wary of phishing scams. It’s when scammers pretend to be a legitimate company and try to steal your information. 

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency is a fascinating new world that offers a lot of benefits. It can also be incredibly risky. You must be careful with your investments and stay informed. Follow the latest news stories and keep up with new regulations. You should also make sure to select a reliable company to trade or sell your coins. 

You can do this by researching the company and reading customer reviews. You can make money from cryptocurrencies in many ways, including buying low and selling high and helping to launch a new ICO. Keep an eye out for scams, and always be careful when investing.

Written by Ruben Denton



Source: TG Daily – The Ins and Outs of Crypto Trading