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Racing Towards Retailization: WishKnish and InstantAccess.io Bring Down Usability Barriers to True Blockchain Adoption

Washington, DC, USA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — What does the average retail user think about blockchain technology? A few words that frequently come up are: confusing, abstract, scary, complicated, overwhelming. Not exactly wide adoption territory. But one innovative company hopes to change that.

Any great technological revolution goes through stages, each with its own unique challenges. Blockchain technology is still in its infancy, and yet it’s already rearing to change the world. However, before it can “grow up”, it has to be accepted by the harshest audience of all: the average retail consumer.

So, how does one make the average consumer fully understand blockchain tech? If you ask Alisa Gus, CEO of WishKnish (https://wishknish.com) – you don’t.

“When you get into your car in the morning, do you need to understand the principles of internal combustion in order to get your engine revved up? I don’t think so,” Alisa says. “Neither do you need to understand how SSL encryption works in order to make a secure e-commerce purchase. Any great technology has to fit transparently into your routine so that you use it successfully without thinking. That is what needs to happen to blockchain tech before it can be fully embraced.”

WishKnish, the social, gamified marketplace platform startup based out of the Washington, DC area, has been making great strides in bringing much-needed usability improvements to the often complicated process of obtaining and transacting in cryptocurrencies – virtual tokens encrypted using a secret hash and decentralized across multiple distributed “ledgers”.

Last month WishKnish announced a key partnership with UK biometric security firm BioSSL to replace the convoluted and oft-problematic “private key” used to unlock cryptocurrency wallets, with army-grade biometric security measures and other layers of authentication.

Michael Kapoor, former managing partner at Propeller Venture Capital and newly minted COO of WishKnish is no stranger to untangling the usability struggles commonly encountered in this nascent space. “If you’ve ever lost your private key, your tokens are as good as gone,” Mr. Kapoor says. “This level of risk is simply unacceptable for the average user. This is just one example of the evolutionary challenges we are addressing with the WishKnish platform.”

Now, the ambitious team is staring off 2018 by partnering with InstantAccess.io, a usability startup based out of Berlin, Germany that helps users save time filling out form online by maintaining their own private, secure repository that can be easy tapped into with a single click. Previously stored form fields can be updated across the entire network, making changes easy.

“It’s as simple as logging in via Facebook or Twitter – just click the icon, authenticate, and the necessary data will automatically be sent to the app,” explains Eugene Teplitsky, CTO of WishKnish and Alisa’s partner. “Since our goal is to accommodate a wide range of storefront communities, we anticipate a broad need for information that users could potentially exchange with them, from the mundane – like shoe size or dietary preference – to more complex, harder-to-remember details – like blockchain wallet addresses. InstantAccess.io will save users a ton of time, and shave off another layer of usability barriers between blockchain technology and full adoption among retail users.”

“We are super excited about the partnership with WishKnish as we believe blockchain technology is becoming widely adopted by everyday users”, says Rick Chen, director at InstantAccess.io. “Our aim is simple, we want the InstantAccess app to save users time, make their life easier, especially in adopting new and exciting technologies like blockchain.”

The future for retailization of user-facing blockchain marketplaces has never been brighter.

About WishKnish Corp.
WishKnish (https://wishknish.com) offers businesses, affiliates, and non-profits a decentralized marketplace platform for launching gamified, socially-engaged storefront communities equipped with the tools to turn regular users into super-fans and evangelizers while streamlining coin-agnostic e-commerce and fulfillment, as well as offering advanced blockchain-as-a-service tools to meet enterprise clients’ needs.

About InstantAccess.io
InstantAccess is an app that saves all kinds of user information/preferences securely and privately. Users can then re-use this information online and offline with just one click. From emails to shoe sizes to blockchain wallet addresses, InstantAccess makes it easier to access services.

Contact-Details:

WishKnish Corp.,
P.O. Box 2160, Reston,
VA 20195
(202) 800-2663
info@wishknish.com,
https://wishknish.com

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NXG Logic Introduces Game-Changing Statistical Software

Houston, Texas, 2018-Jan-3 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ —  NXG Logic recently introduced two new Windows-based products, the Explorer package for machine learning and statistical analysis, and the Instructor package for generation of biostatistical learning and teaching materials.

Academic and industrial researchers know full well that in order to be successful in science, you can’t waste time on anything unnecessarily. This mantra includes meetings, grant-writing, publication, preparation of presentation materials, managing experiments in the lab, and analyzing data from experiments. With the ever-decreasing US NIH budget for medical research, in spite of being funded, most grants awarded today receive significant budget cuts which translate to dropping salary and fringe for a lab technician or dropping sub-aims of the research objectives that could potentially provide new insights into disease and establish new leads for future research. Altogether, there is an overwhelming sense of cost reduction (belt-tightening), increased efficiency and increased resource optimization in academic research.

Wasted functionality. In the early days of statistical software development (circa 1970s-1980s), software houses competed by offering more and more statistical tests.  The problem that ensued was that, over time, most of the large vendors like SAS, SPSS, Stata, etc., programmed into their software literally everything they could “get their hands on” — and their current customers are still paying for this unprecedented programming frenzy.  The drawback of this “program everything” focus is that only a fraction of the software developed will ever be used.  In short, most IT departments are likely wasting thousands of dollars per year for statistical software functionality which is never used because of developer over-programming.

Wasted time. There is also a good chance statistical software users are spending too much time to analyze data.   Most packages require running a test for each pair of variables singly, and then manually transposing results (statistics and p-values) into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint presentations.  So the problem is not only related to paying for features that will never be used, but also wasting precious time to create publishable results in grant applications, manuscripts, presentations, and research reports.

New demands. Data analysis has also changed over the last few decades. Demand for software capable of data-driven analyses is now competing with the demand for software providing only hypothesis-driven analyses, the latter of which involve the majority of large statistical software developer houses. The idea of “death of statistics” involving use of probability distributions to define everything is not a new one. In point of fact, most graduate students are now more interested in large-scale deep learning with artificial neural networks, or machine learning as a way of becoming competitive in today’s employment markets.

Novel approach. NXG Logic’s approach to statistical software development started with the realization of what most statistical software packages lacked, namely, the ability to rapidly combine hypothesis test results for multiple variables into a single color-formatted output which could rapidly be pasted into manuscripts and presentations; and the lack of newer more contemporary machine learning and artificial neural network methods.   Original program design concepts incorporated numerous time-saving steps so that the end-user can obtain more informative results faster, while optimizing research resources.  Since the early 2000’s, NXG Logic’s programming efforts focused on development of several fast-formatting technologies which combined output from runs made on multiple variables. These technologies include:

  • FFOSS – Fast Formatted Output for Summary Statistics
  • FFOMT – Fast Formatted Output for Multiple Tests
  • FFORM – Fast Formatted Output for Regression Models
  • FFOA – Fast Formatted Output for Association
  • FFOCD – Fast Formatted Output for Class Discovery
  • FFOCP – Fast Formatted Output for Class Prediction

Using NXG Logic’s Explorer package, researchers can generate demographics tables and tables for hypothesis tests in a fraction of the time currently required by most software packages.  Whether it’s machine learning, cluster analysis, ANOVA, class discovery, class prediction, predictive analytics, or survival analysis, Explorer can produce multi-variable results substantially faster and in a format that is much more informative when compared with most other packages.

The newly introduced NXG Logic Instructor package for learning/teaching biostatistics can substantially shorten the time required for generating statistical teaching materials, including homeworks, quizzes, exams, course packs, grading keys for TAs with worked solutions, etc. The rationale for developing the Instructor package was to reduce the time required for generating high-quality biostatistical teaching materials, including homeworks, quizzes, and examinations which could be randomly generated so that students have different parameters for questions and different simulated datasets. Student dishonesty and cheating is on the rise around the globe, and universities are constantly trying to increase their awareness of it while attempting to thwart its occurrence. By randomly generating quiz and examination questions with different parameters, and randomly generating different datasets for student projects, the Instructor package can be used to help overcome these issues.

Visit www.nxglogic.com for additional information.

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Evolve 2017 Oslo showcased how beneficial the digital transformation can be for Norwegian software vendors

OSLO, Nov-8-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The 99X Technology team aired its first international breakfast seminar, on winning with the digital evolution this 25th at Kulturhuset in Oslo. As a first of a series of seminars to be kicked off in the coming years, Evolve 2017: Oslo was all about bringing the digitalization wave to Norway’s tech and innovation community, with knowledge and experience sharing sessions from industry thought leaders in the region.

Directed specifically at enthusiasts looking to transform their business models to digital, and enhance revenue by adding core value to products or services, the seminar was held in partnership with Netlife Design, Norway and was an insightful two hours for the audience. The speaker panel featured Dag Honningsvåg (Chairman of 99X Technology, Driw AS and Bylineme, and Former CEO of Making Waves), Jostein Magnussen (Co-founder of Netlife Design), Hasith Yaggahavita (CTO at 99X Technology and founder of IgniterSpace) and Per-Christian Svendsen (CEO of Boligmappa AS).

“The opportunities are endless with digital transformation. We know this first-hand and we have proven experiences where software products have achieved sustained growth over the years, working with many different ISVs across the world. The objective today was to bring to light how beneficial this would be for Norwegian software vendors, as well as general enthusiasts for their growth strategy,” said Dag Honningsvag, expressing his views at the seminar.

“Evolve Oslo also became a platform for like-minded digitalization enthusiasts to come together and share their views, and this was exactly what we were hoping for. As digital evangelists, we are looking forward to enabling this transformation for the entire European region very soon,” he further added.

Commencing with Dag’s comprehensive introduction to digitalization, the seminar was taken over by Jostein who shared very informative insights on handling clients in the digital era of information clutter, followed by Hasith who elaborated on the next big thing after the SaaS hype. Per-Christian then concluded with an interesting view of how the digital transformation journey works, taking his own success with Boligmappa AS as an example. Overall, the tips and learnings were a great directive for the audience.

This seminar marked the end of a fruitful engagement in Norway by the 99X Technology team, which also included a company showcase at Webdagene 2017, Scandinavia’s largest customer experience conference, last week.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

99X Technology played an active role in digitizing leading European ISVs (Independent Software Vendors)

Oslo, Norway, Oct-26-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Leading software product engineering specialist 99X Technology recently showcased at Webdagene 2017, Scandinavia’s largest customer experience conference, organized by Netlife Design Norway.

The show which housed over 15 Exhibitors and entertained more than 1,000 visitors is an annual convention which spans across two days, featuring a line-up of industry thought leaders and top players in the digital sphere in Europe on its speaker panel. The aim of the show is to bring participants up-to-date on latest trends in world-class digital user experiences. Webdagene was held from 18th to 20th of October this year, with the first day being a workshop-oriented session, and second and third days dedicated to the exhibition.

Having played an active role in digitizing leading European ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) with over 150 successful software products in its portfolio, it was a great platform for the team from 99X Technology to display some of Sri Lanka’s best product engineering skills to the European region and its IT community.

“While we have maintained an active presence in Norway over the past decade or so, Webdagene brought us face-to-face with some of the key players in the digital sphere in the whole European region. In addition to being a fantastic experience with so many inspiring individuals, it also proved to be a great opportunity, where we gained good insights into Europe’s evolving technology landscape. This exposure helped us align our digital offerings better for European market as a global software product co-creator,” said Hasith Yaggahavita, CTO of 99X Technology, while expressing his views on the event.

About 99X Technology

Headquartered in Sri Lanka with offices in Norway and Australia, 99X Technology has been adjudged one of Asia’s best workplaces and is a regional leader in Agile software product engineering and technology innovation. Its expertise has been proven through a 150+ portfolio of successful globally serving software products developed since the year 2000, by partnering with leading ISVs across Europe, Australasia and USA. 99X Technology has been ranked as a Great Place To Work for in Sri Lanka for five consecutive years, and is among the first IT companies in the country to enter the Great Place To Work Hall of Fame (2017).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Ukrainian software development company celebrated the 1 year Anniversary Dev Meetup for local IT-community

Redwerk software development company gathered representatives of the IT sphere in one of the company’s offices to hold the anniversary Dev Meetup.

Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017-Oct-24 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Redwerk is a Ukrainian offshore software development company with two development centers in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhia. It specializes in the whole range of technologies and has an extensive experience in various industries, providing a full-cycle software development for small startups and large enterprises worldwide.

The company pays considerable attention to the organizational process and self-development of employees. Redwerk regularly conducts training projects within the company, promotes visiting various conferences and seminars, and holds monthly Dev Meetups in Zaporizhzhia office for all developers, designers, testers, PMs and those who are interested in the IT industry. In October 2017 Redwerk company celebrated the anniversary of Dev Meetup presenting impressive reports in a festive atmosphere.

Speakers on Dev Meetups are practicing IT professionals that share their experiences and give useful and unobvious workarounds and advice. At the anniversary Meetup, participants got acquainted with the report of Redwerk QA engineer about the trends of the auto testing, discovered new facts about the DevOps methodology and learned how to create a universal testing pipeline for automated testing of web applications with the help of Docker from invited speakers.

Since the first Dev Meetup, the attendance has been growing every month. On past 13 meetings, 28 speakers shared their knowledge with over 600 guests.

The friendly, party atmosphere contributed to learning, sharing experience and exchanging knowledge. The latest event attracted the record number participants and three speakers due to the great pastime, new useful acquaintances, problem-solving and helpful advice. Meetup organizers presented memorable gifts to the speakers and those who asked the most interesting questions on the topics of the reports.

Redwerk Dev Meetups made a significant contribution to the development of the IT community in Zaporizhzhia helping participants acquire and develop experience in various IT spheres.

 

Contact-Details:
Redwerk

+1-347-3291444 
+380-73-4036422
+49-302-8867301 
skype://redwerk.com

info@redwerk.com 
sales@redwerk.com
redwerk.com

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Readdle Announces Strategic Partnership with SourceNext

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Readdle Inc., the leading mobile productivity software developer has announced a strategic partnership with SourceNext Corporation, a Japanese software publisher.

The contract was officially signed by both parties on January 20th, 2017, and formed a business alliance between the two companies. Readdle has localized its flagship offering, PDF Expert for Mac, an award-winning PDF editor for Apple’s Mac computers, and is thrilled that SourceNext will market and distribute it across Japan.

“Japan is a huge new market for us, and we celebrate the collaboration of our expertise in creating powerful software with the marketing and distribution efforts of SourceNext for our mutual goal — to bring new business opportunities to both parties” – says Denys Zhadanov, VP of Marketing at Readdle. “This is the first step in a long lasting relationship with a leading Japanese publisher, and we hope that it will include collaboration across all the platforms and various mobile products that we already have.”

PDF Expert for Mac, the most popular PDF editing software for Mac, has been awarded the “App of the Year 2015” from the Mac App Store. Over 150.000 people use it on the Mac, and it has been downloaded by over 5 million people on iPhones and iPads. PDF Expert provides amazing tools to read and annotate PDFs, edit, fill out and sign PDF forms. It is used by professionals across multiple industries.

According to the agreement, SourceNext, the company behind the huge success of Dropbox, Evernote, ABBYY, Warner Brothers and many more on the Japanese market, will distribute Readdle’s product, PDF Expert for Mac, in Japan.

About Readdle Inc: Readdle is the leading mobile productivity app maker, such as Spark (email), Calendars, Documents (file manager), and PDF Expert. Over 65 million people have downloaded Readdle apps to be more productive. The company is 9 years old and completely self-reliant. It has won numerous awards and trust from the public. Readdle’s products are featured as “Best of the App Store”, “App of the Year” and have been awarded highest ratings by leading tech publications and users of the App Store.

Contact-Details:
Readdle
795 Folsom St.
+1 888-300-4125

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$25,000 prize for startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest: Synergy Tech Startup Contest announces an event for innovative companies

Seattle, Washington, 2017-Feb-12 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Synergy Tech Startup Contest for Startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest has been initiated and applications are open from February 9th. Finals will be held live from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on April 5, 2017, in SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave Suite 700, Seattle. The contest is designed to offer a unique Synergy experience: the winner will receive $25,000 in software development services to take their project to the next level. Additional prizes will also be offered by legal and technology sponsors in support of emerging companies. The application form, details about the judges, the agenda, and other information can be found here: http://synergycontest.com/.

The event has been created for tech startups by tech specialists. This is our way of supporting and rewarding groundbreaking technical startup businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest, as well as promoting the benefits of global collaboration and the remote team model.

The entry requirements: the applicant must be a startup from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest with an innovative tech product. The applicant should have a viable business plan that can be accelerated through access to high quality development resources. The applicant must have a mature marketing strategy and have raised initial funding. The applications must be submitted by March 9, 2017 here: http://synergycontest.com/application-form/

“We’re experienced in global collaboration and would like to share all its benefits with emerging businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest,” says Jeff Bianco, president and founder of Dev-Pro.net, co-founder and judge of the Synergy Tech Startup Contest. “We’re inviting applicants to join in, and plan to select six high-potential startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest to compete for the grand prize, which is $25,000 in software development services. We’re committed to supporting the winner in developing their startup with the help of a team of professionals who offer exactly the right set of technical skills to boost their project.”

Our Synergy formula is simple: pitch in front of influential judges and a live audience, become number one, and take your startup to the next level. All finalists will receive valuable feedback from expert judges, one or more additional exclusive prizes provided by partners, and the opportunity to cooperate with one of the contest partners. All eligible applicants from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest will increase the visibility of their products or services by presenting their work on the contest website.

About The Synergy Tech Startup Contest:
The Synergy Tech Startup Contest is a startup pitch competition held in six US cities, where innovative companies with revolutionary solutions have a chance to win valuable prizes and accelerate their product development.

About Dev-Pro.net:
Dev-Pro.net was founded by successful entrepreneur, Jeff Bianco, in September 2011. The long history, vast experience, and in-depth understanding of the technology domain are the foundation of our company’s success in servicing technology companies and digital agencies.

Contact-Details:

Ievgeniia Prytula
Email: info@synergycontest.com
Phone: 1-310-362-0206

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Web & Mobile Accelerator program seeks startups that can make use of AI, blockchain technology and sensors

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Amsterdam, NL, 05-Dec-2016 — /EPR Software News/ — Rockstart, the world’s greatest startup machine, announces applications are open for the 6th Web & Mobile Accelerator program. The program begins on March 1, 2017 and lasts for 150 days. Rockstart supports entrepreneurs with a strong purpose by connecting them with the brightest minds in the industry, including experienced mentors, successful founders, and investors.

Program Director Rutger van Waveren remarks, “When considering founders for the Accelerator, we look for a great team with a well built product that focuses on a problem worth solving. In particular, this year we’re looking for startups who are working to solve big problems under the banner of technology that lets us live meaningful lives: sharing economy, new financial services, productivity tools, making education better, and tools that make software development more efficient and accessible. We’re also interested in ideas to enable the company of the future such as tools that make companies more effective and efficient, creating better logistics systems, 3D printing and computer security. Teams should be able to make use of the latest technologies such as AI, blockchain technology and sensors.”

WEB & MOBILE ALUMNI
Rockstart Web & Mobile startups like 3D Hubs, Peerby, Wercker, Deskbookers and many more have created successful businesses across a variety of B2C and B2B categories. 2016 graduates include Otly!, a bank for kids and their parents and winner of the UberPitch award, which led to funding by Uber. TIQ, a time-tracking solution for the enterprise, won the Exact Software Emerging App of the Year award and was mentioned by the Financieele Dagblad and Lawyer magazine as one of the best startups in the area of legal tech. Surance helps people get more out of their savings by making professional asset management easy and accessible for everybody. Two leading financial institutions have chosen Surance as their exclusive provider for robo-advice technology. To learn more about all the alumni of the Web & Mobile program, please check our website.

HOW TO APPLY
Rockstart’s 2017 Web & Mobile Accelerator will be accepting applications until January 15, 2017 and the program begins March 1, 2017 in the center of Amsterdam. For more information, please take a look at our stats.

Apply now!

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DAN GRACE JOINS SKILLSTORM AS EVP, OPERATIONAL SERVICES

Expands division to tie tools to ROI for customers

Charlotte, N.C., 2016-Nov-15 — /EPR Network/ — Dan Grace has joined SkillStorm, an international technology services company, as Executive Vice President of the Operational Services Division (OSD). He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the OSD including service management, monitoring and availability. His experience includes integrating processes and emerging technologies, operational oversight, project execution and tool integration across platforms including ServiceNow, Remedy, Maximo and Service Manager.

In joining SkillStorm, Grace expands the Solutions division to incorporate a services and operations management practice. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, implementation and quality delivery of SkillStorm’s operational services across all customers. SkillStorm’s OSD offers a lean, solutions-oriented model powered by SkillStorm’s Cloud Workforce Solutions (CWS) platform. CWS is a proven alternative solution to OffShore and NearShore sourcing which provides highly skilled technology and operations based resources across the globe.

dan-grace-2-2“Our core clients in the banking and financial services sectors are working to achieve organic growth while dealing with ever-increasing challenges, from regulation and compliance to information security concerns,” says Paul Moura, SkillStorm’s President. “Operational efficiency, driven by effectively implementing today’s service management tools, provides a path that allows clients to deal with those challenges and achieve overall organizational goals while maintaining high service level expectations. Dan’s experience puts SkillStorm in the unique position to provide expert guidance to our
clients in these areas.”

“Service management tools and processes are the foundation for managing the quality of IT and business services. Their impact drives the overall success of any company, enterprise wide,” says Grace. “I’m honored and excited to join SkillStorm as part of the executive leadership team. My goal is to contribute to the continued success of the SkillStorm brand, achieving our company’s vision and exceeding customer expectations.”

Grace has served more than 23 years in managed and operational services executive
leadership roles for companies including Allstate Insurance, eBay’s PayPal division and Bank of America. He holds multiple patents and patent applications in automation, monitoring, integration, knowledge management and more. Grace holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and will be based in SkillStorm’s Tempe, Arizona, office.

About SkillStorm
SkillStorm rapidly builds and deploys IT & Operations teams with critical skills in client facilities or in one of our U.S.-based delivery centers. Founded in 2002, SkillStorm specializes in providing services on the leading edge of technology. SkillStorm teams are tasked with executing high-impact projects such as developing applications in agile environments, building mobile apps, harnessing “Big Data’s” potential and strengthening information security efforts for Fortune 1000 and fast-growing tech companies.

SkillStorm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has offices nationwide: Tempe, Arizona; San Diego and Westlake Village, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; New York, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; McKinney and Plano, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia. Learn more at www.skillstorm.com.

skill-stormFor more information, contact

Andi Zitney
AZitney@SkillStorm.com
480.428.8309

 

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Startup mentored by Promwad created one of the best IoT products in Europe

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Software News/ — ZIVE smart radiation monitor has reached the final of Elektra Awards 2016, a big influential contest for the electronics market players. This device designed by R-NOX startup with the assistance of Promwad Electronics Design House was named one of six best innovative products of Europe exploiting the Internet of Things potentialities.

ZIVE is a portable radiation monitor of the next generation that can connect to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth. It’s the first device of professional level designed for common people. It has a user-friendly interface, a Geiger-Muller counter, and a low market price comparing with other high-precision radiation monitors.

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ZIVE radiation monitor measures gamma rays, ionizing radiation, and X-rays. Differentiating features of the device:

  • Calibrated by accredited European laboratories (CE).
  • High accuracy at a lower price in comparison with other similar devices.
  • “Smart monitor” mode that provides users with specific health and well-being advice: how to interpret the measurements and reduce the risks.
  • Working with maps to create eco-routes: save radiation spots, find cleaner routes.

The collected ZIVE data is used for the real-time global map of radiation contamination.

Roman Pakholkov, Promwad’s CEO and R-NOX’s mentor, says that the data collected by ZIVE users is stored in the eco-platform, which is becoming the most detailed in the world. This platform allows accelerating the innovations development for the environmental management and can be integrated into other devices and applications via the open API.

To date, R-NOX has developed partnerships with the largest tour operator in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation; Greenpeace; companies and organizations in Japan, Finland, Singapore, and other countries.

Promwad continues its work in supporting new electronics design projects in the IoT field. The company believes in the high potential of this popular trend and are ready to share their experience in the development and manufacture of electronic products for the global consumer electronics market.

The best companies of Elektra Awards 2016 will be announced on Thursday, 1st December, at the awards ceremony taking place in The Ballroom, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Contact-Details:
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Promwad
Olga Potonya
olga.potonya@promwad.com
+370 (5) 214 12 44 ex.227

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Nexus Repository the only repository manager with free support for Java, npm, Bower, NuGet, Docker, PyPI, RubyGems

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Fulton, MD, 19-Sep-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Sonatype, the leader in software supply chain automation, today introduced the latest version of Nexus Repository Pro. The 3.2 version of Nexus Repository Pro will include built-in support for active-active high availability configurations and enhanced security and license analysis for open source components. Sonatype has also expanded Nexus Repository’s free, universal component support to include PyPI and RubyGems.

The new features of Nexus Repository Pro will be demonstrated at Jenkins World (Sept 14 – 15) and JavaOne (Sept 18 – 22). The product is currently being tested in private beta and will be commercially available in Q4 2016.

With over 100,000 active installations, Sonatype’s Nexus Repository Pro now offers expanded capabilities including:

  • High-availability which is uniquely affordable, rapidly configured, and easily managed
  • Universal support for all popular component formats
  • Precise component intelligence for repositories and applications

“We are excited to offer high-availability with the latest version of our Nexus Repository Pro to ensure that companies can achieve their continuous delivery goals,” said Wayne Jackson, CEO, Sonatype. “Our customers will be able to seamlessly integrate high-availability into their existing production environments with this sophisticated, yet cost-effective offering that minimizes downtime and improves reliability. When coupled with our precise component intelligence and ever-expanding component support, Nexus Repository Pro makes building and releasing the best software easy.”

Meeting continuous delivery needs through high availability
Active-active high availability is a requirement for organizations seeking 99.999% up-time across their Continuous Delivery and DevOps toolchains. The latest version of Nexus Repository Pro supports the active-active high availability ensuring that if one server goes down, the other will continue running without interruption. The high availability feature is built into Nexus Repository Pro 3.2 and is remarkably easy to configure. Pricing starts at $1200 per year.

Expanding component support to PyPI and RubyGems
Nexus Repository is the only repository manager to offer free support for the world’s most popular component-based development languages including Java, npm, Bower, NuGet, and Docker, and now PyPI and RubyGems.

Providing precise component intelligence
Everyday, Nexus Repository customers evaluate the quality and security of millions of open source and third-party components across 70,000 repositories using Repository Health Check (RHC). RHC provides intelligence about the components, including license types, known security vulnerabilities, and other data such as relative usage popularity and age. This feature of Nexus Repository 2.x is now being made freely available to Nexus Repository 3.2 users.

Sonatype has now integrated the ability to perform a detailed analysis of the components and applications in Nexus Repository. Application Health Check (AHC) will enable Nexus Repository users to quickly evaluate components used in the applications. According to the 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain Report, 1 in 15 components used in applications includes a known security vulnerability. More advanced policy-based analysis of applications is available from Sonatype’s Nexus Lifecycle and Nexus Auditor solutions.

Upgrading Nexus Repository 2.x to 3.x
Starting with the release of Nexus Repository 3.1, Sonatype has included a seamless upgrade path for customers who are currently using Nexus Repository 2.14. Built-in upgrade tooling and documentation provide the current installed base an easy way to upgrade to take advantage of the latest features, including support for private Docker registries, high-availability, repository health check and universal component support.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Pipemetrics taps into the emerging market trend for higher quality Windows software

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Overwhelmingly positive user response confirms strong demand for well-crafted Windows software.

 

Pipemetrics (http://www.pipemetrics.com) marked the first year on the market of its flagship product Bvckup 2 (http://bvckup2.com/) by announcing that an analysis of user engagement data shows substantial and growing demand from Windows users for higher quality standards.

Windows has been traditionally associated with software that focused on the technical elements first and the user experience second.

Founded in 2012, Pipemetrics was set up with an altogether different take on Windows software. By marrying industrial system engineering with nuanced visual and interactive design, the company develops software that is as lean and powerful as it is beautiful.

This month marks the first anniversary of the release of Bvckup 2 – the first embodiment of company’s design principles. A simple, single-purpose, yet sophisticated and performant local backup software for Windows.

“When we launched Bvckup 2 we wondered whether our high-end engineering philosophy would be accepted by users,” explained company’s founder, Alexandre Pankratov. “After all it’s not uncommon for Windows software to compete on how many things a product does rather on how well it does them. After the release, we were very pleased with the positive reviews in the media, but what completely caught us off guard was the avalanche of compliments received from actual users.”

Conceived for professional, enterprise and advanced home users, the functional power of Bvckup 2 is harnessed through a precise and intuitive interface to deliver a robust user experience.

“This overwhelmingly positive reaction shows that a growing number of Windows users recognize and look for software polish as a feature in its own right. Windows users’ expectations are changing; simply having lots of options is no longer enough.”

Sample of user feedback*
“Bvckup 2 is one of the best pieces of software I’ve used in the last 35 years. Does what you said; solves my problem; Fast.” Michael Fuller

“A truly beautiful, precise and well-executed piece of software.” Riyad Kalla

“Simple, minimalistic, yet so powerful.” Ivan Kolevski

Product information:
Bvckup 2 (pronounced “Backup 2”) is a mirroring data backup software for Windows. Select a pair of directories and the app will make sure that one stays an exact copy of the other. It is light, uncomplicated and includes a comprehensive array of supporting features. It is also incredibly fast.

Company information:
Pipemetrics SA is a Swiss company founded by Alexandre Pankratov, formerly of the Hamachi VPN project, acquired by LogMeIn after growing to 3 million users in 18 months. The company draws extensively from his experience combining advanced engineering and interface design to produce simpler software for complex tasks.

*Quotes used with permission.

Contact-Details:
David Akwue-Terraz
Pipemetrics SA
38, rue de Petite Chene
1003, Lausanne
Switzerland

Tel: +41 21 588 05 58
Email: press@pipemetrics.com
Website: pipemetrics.com/press

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Sesame Smart Lock Accommodates New Technology

Palo Alto, CA, April 21, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Sesame – the world’s first instant smart lock – is now one of the hottest projects on Kickstarter, which has raised more than one million dollars since launch. Currently, more than 6,000 supporters have backed the project.

Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame app on their smartphones. It is the only smart lock that syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle to which the lock turns.

Jerming Gu, the inventor of Sesame, said he wanted to bring the joy of technology to regular people with affordable prices. Sesame is also designed to accommodate the fast changing nature of technology.

In deed, the consumer electronics technology changes year by year. Any users of consumer electronic products – whether it’s a lock or a phone – they will be forced to upgrade the hardware often.

Here are some examples:
1) iPhone 4 (Bluetooth 3.0) is not compatible with iPhone 4S (Bluetooth 4.0);
2) RFID (clipper bus card) is not compatible with NFC (Apple Pay/some credit card);
3) z-wave (most old digital locks) is not compatible with Zigbee (newer digital locks);

“You might want to have a new phone every year but you may not want to construct the door every year just for a newer digital lock,” said Gu.

That’s the problem Sesame is trying to solve.

Now Bluetooth 4.2 is coming, Gu just swapped to the new version 3 Bluetooth chip in mass production.

“Also, the long-distance wireless charging technology is about to hit the market, I feel everything is changing too fast,” said Gu.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/northern Europe Markets.

CANDY HOUSE also offers optional access point, which connects Sesame to the Internet when plugged into any nearby outlet. It lets users control Sesame wherever they are.

With Internet connection capability, users can allow guests in remotely. They can also control who has access and when. To ensure safety, the Sesame app also sends out a notification whenever the door opens or closes.

About CANDY HOUSE
Founded and developed by Stanford University students, CANDY HOUSE, Inc. is a candy store that sells dreams, putting the joy and surprise of innovative technology in the hands of consumers, just like candy. It is also a design house, developing and manufacturing products that inspire a minimal lifestyle. It launched its first product – Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock – in February 2015. For more information about CANDY HOUSE, Inc., visit the site online or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact CANDY HOUSE
media@candyhouse.co
(650) 644-5681

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Cutting Optimization Software CutGLib Introduced New Options to Control Layout Sizes and Reduce Sheet Rotation Operations

Kitchener, ON, Canada, April 20, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Cutting sheets of wood, metal or glass is a common, everyday activity for many industrial, manufacturing and construction companies. Material waste always accompanies this cutting, and the amount of waste strongly depends on the cutting order. Finding a way to produce less waste and use fewer sheets is not a trivial task for a person, but can be done on a computer.

Optimalon Software Ltd has developed CutGLib, a simple, high-performance software solution that performs guillotine cutting optimization and finds the best way to cut rectangular stock sheets. It is a mathematical engine poised to be used by software developers for new or existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. CutGLib has been successfully used with Microsoft Dynamics ERP for linear (1D) and rectangular (2D) cutting purposes.

Version 2 of CutGLIb introduces a new feature for production shops that do not use CNC machines and perform all cutting operations manually. Guillotine cutting requires all cutting operations to be performed in a strict order, which in turn requires rotation of the sheets by 90 degrees for the next cuts.

CutGLib now provides an option “MinimizeSheetRotation” that modifies cutting sequences and effectively minimizes the number of rotation operations. Optimalon Software test cases showed reduction of rotations from 5-6 to 2-3 per sheet. That results in more than 50 percent reduction of the manual job for the cutting operator.

The cutting layout of the last used stock sheet has also been improved. CutGLib minimize the total area of the last sheet and produces more usable waste parts for future jobs. It also minimizes the total cutting length, thus reducing tool wear.

CutGLib has been providing layout minimization functionality that is very important for wood cutting, allowing the operator to load several sheets into the cutting machine and process them at once. This new version introduces an option “MaxLayoutSize” to define the maximum number of sheets allowed in one layout. This function is critical when the cutting machine’s hardware limits the number of sheets it can process simultaneously.

CutGLib comes with detailed documentation and several test applications for different programming languages (C#, C++, VB.Net and Delphi). It is available freely to anybody without a registration on Optimalon Software’s website.

http://www.optimalon.com/cutting_optimization_library.htm

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Stanford Student Entrepreneur Raised $800K on Kickstarter

Palo Alto, CA, April 02, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Stanford student Jerming Gu, founder of CANDY HOUSE Inc., raised more than $800,000 dollars after his product launch on Kickstarter. Sesame – the world’s first instant smart lock – reached its funding goal in nine hours when first introduced. Currently, nearly 5,000 supporters have backed the project.

Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame app on their smartphones. It is the only smart lock that syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle to which the lock turns.

Gu is a mechanical engineering master candidate from Stanford University. Originally from Taiwan, Gu is someone who usually thinks outside the box. Disruptor, troublemaker, entrepreneur, as he calls himself.

“There has got to be smarter ways to live our life,” Gu said.

Gu said he got the idea for smart lock due to his experience living in Asia where technology is relatively less developed.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/northern Europe Markets.

CANDY HOUSE also offers optional access point, which connects Sesame to the Internet when plugged into any nearby outlet. It lets users control Sesame wherever they are.

With Internet connection capability, users can allow guests in remotely. They can also control who has access and when. To ensure safety, the Sesame app also sends out a notification whenever the door opens or closes.

About CANDY HOUSE
Founded and developed by Stanford University students, CANDY HOUSE, Inc. is a candy store that sells dreams, putting the joy and surprise of innovative technology in the hands of consumers, just like candy. It is also a design house, developing and manufacturing products that inspire a minimal lifestyle. It launched its first product – Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock – in February 2015. For more information about CANDY HOUSE, Inc., visit the site online or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact CANDY HOUSE
media@candyhouse.co
(650) 644-5681

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FlipHTML5 Flipping Book Tools Making Children Passionate about Reading

Hong Kong, China, March 26, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — FlipHTML5 Software Co. Ltd, the leading digital publishing software developer in the industry offers a range of e-publishing software. Among these softwares, FlipHTML5’s flipping book toolshave gained high popularity due to the convenience it brings to the readers.

FlipHTML5, which is currently the trendsetter of future digital flipping book software, serves a valuable purpose for the future generation. As the saying, “Reading makes a man complete”. It is very important to encourage children to read. A future generation who is nurtured through reading will create whole human beings and appropriate leaders. A love for reading can be fostered within children in order to draw them towards reading, in many ways. Exhortations, sharing of experiences and providing them with easy access to books can be some very effective methods. FlipHTML5 software acts as an easy access to books. Parents and teachers can use FlipHTML5 to boost the interest of children of all ages in reading. Young children of the modern day will be easily inspired by a flipping book as it can be read on digital devices.

FlipHTML5, which was initiated with basic features, is currently equipped with the latest technology. The software is recurrently upgraded through research in order to include up-to-date features. The recent upgrades of FlipHTML5 have enhanced the value of the software by enabling the creation of illustrated audio storybooks without any difficulty. When creating a storybook through FlipHTML5 flip book maker, audio clips can be added to the storybook from online or offline. The quality of the audio file can be tested using the software prior to inserting. Background sounds can be added not only to the storybook, but also to the pop-up messages, the slideshows and the PayPal Box. Animation Editor on the software allows the previewing and testing of audio files that are already added.

FlipHTML5 products are known for their flexibility and user friendliness, and therefore, play a key role in the lives of readers. Being one of the key products of FlipHTML5, flipping book has the capability to create a driving force within children for reading. The interactive and lively features of the enhanced software will mesmerize children and build in them an undying love for reading.

To gather further details on FlipHTML5’s flipping book tools, visit http://fliphtml5.com/.

Contact-Details: Lailie Tan
Email: pr@fliphtml5.com
Address: G/F, Far East Consortium Building, 23 Des Voeux Road, Central, HK

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Online Office Private Cloud Sharing System: CubeDrive Lite 1.0.0 Released

FeyaSoft Inc., the leading provider of online office private cloud solution, today announced that CubeDrive Lite 1.0.0 is released for public to download and install.

CubeDrive Lite 1.0.0 includes online spreadsheet, online editor, online calendar, sharing and collaboration. It delivers enterprise solution for organizations looking to retain control of their data while gaining the collaboration, mobility and security of their own cloud.

“We are very pleased to release our CubeDrive Lite 1.0.0 to our customers”, said Fenqiang Zhuang, Founder and CEO of FeyaSoft Inc, “With CubeDrive sharing system, our customers gain better communication inside their organization, save time and money, improve their productivity, and secure their data.”

About FeyaSoft Inc. 
FeyaSoft Inc., headquartered in Ottawa Canada, is a software development company that specializes in building enterprise private cloud solution for Vendors. FeyaSoft has developed award winning enterprise software includes CubeDrive online office. CubeDrive delivers enterprise solutions for organizations looking to retain control of their data while gaining the collaboration, mobility and security of their own cloud. To learn more about CubeDrive, please visit: www.cubedrive.com

For more information visit, http://www.cubedrive.com
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T: +1 613 818 3776
E: info@cubedirve.com

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Celerant Technology Receives Seventh Consecutive Inc. 5000 Award

For the seventh straight year, Celerant Technology has earned a spot on the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately-held companies, compiled each year by Inc. Magazine. The honor places Celerant, a leading developer of retail management software, in exclusive company with honorees across a myriad of industries.

“As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Celerant Technology now shares a pedigree with Intuit…Microsoft…Oracle, and other notable alumni,” wrote Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor in Chief of Inc. magazine. “For 33 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America to a very exclusive club.”

Since its founding in 1999, Celerant has carved out a reputation as a pioneer in retail technology with its fully integrated software suite, Command Retail. This robust platform was one of the first to manages all major aspects of the retail business in real-time, such as point-of-sale, inventory allocation, accounting, customer relationship management, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, fulfillment and more. Now approaching its 15th year in business, Celerant is preparing to deploy its latest platform, Stratus Retail, an entirely web-based enterprise system which will allow retailers to manage not only their POS with any mobile device, but also the entire retail operation including fulfillment, ERP and more.

“It’s an honor to once again receive recognition as a member of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies,” said Ian Goldman, CEO of Celerant. “To make the Inc. 5000 list for a seventh straight year demonstrates the validity of our company overall and our team’s commitment to developing products and services that further the goals and growth of our retail clients.”

To view a complete listing of Inc. 5000 nominees, including company profiles, please visit Inc.com. For more information about the Command Retail software suite, please visitwww.celerant.com.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant Technology is a retail technology provider offering unparalleled and seamless multi-channel integration to retailers across all industries. Since 1999, Celerant has consistently accelerated business growth and efficiency through unique innovations such as: POS, inventory management, advanced analytics, integrated ecommerce, mobile applications and back office – to name a few. With an open and collaborative environment, the company focuses on each retailer’s specific integration needs to form genuine, enduring partnerships. As a mid-market retail system leader, Celerant provides solutions and expert advice to continually accelerate retail growth. A multifaceted award winning company, Celerant prides itself in the quality of its products, the capacity of its service, and remains the true multi-channel software provider. For more information regarding Celerant Technology and products like Command Retail and Retail Star, go to www.celerant.com.

Contact-Details: Jason Kennedy

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Hazelcast Hires Silicon Valley Management Team Members for Next Phase of Growth

Silicon Valley veterans join founders to form management team in Palo Alto to help build Sales, Marketing and Operations

Palo Alto, CA, 2013-10-15 — /EPRSoftwareNews.com/ —  On the heels of raising 2.5M in Venture Capital financing, Hazelcast (http://www.hazelcast.com) today announced that it has hired two executives to grow sales and marketing.  Hazelcast also recently moved its headquarters to Palo Alto California. Paul Salazar was appointed as VP of Sales and Operations and Miko Matsumura as VP of Marketing and Developer Relations. These changes round out the executive management team reporting to CEO founder Talip Ozturk.

Miko Matsumura is a 20 year veteran of Silicon Valley and was the original Java Evangelist at Sun Microsystems. Most recently he served as SVP of Platform Marketing and Developer Relations at Kii Corporation. He served as a CTO for Software AG and a VP at webMethods, which acquired his startup company INFRAVO for $38M. He is a Limited Partner at Focus Ventures, which manages over a half a billion dollars. He holds an MBA from SFSU as well a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University.

Paul Salazar is a veteran of the technology business having worked in high tech for over 25 years, as an engineer, product manager, marketing and sales executive, and general manager. He has extensive open source software experience including Red Hat, Cygnus Solutions and OTRS, and also in executive roles at Greenplum (now EMC) and Skytree. Paul attended Stanford University and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is an avid amateur astronomer.

We are increasingly being used in mission-critical applications by huge global organizations. I’m committed to building the world class infrastructure and processes around the globe to provide 24×7 mission-critical support to these customers in Banking, Telecommunications, Government, eCommerce and many other industries.” Talip Ozturk, founder and CEO  said “By adding seasoned executives in sales and marketing, we now have the core team that will help the company through the next stage of growth. Our board already includes seasoned executives such as Ali Kutay (former CEO of Weblogic), Rod Johnson (founder of SpringSource) and Salil Deshpande (successful open source venture capitalist). The formation of this new team enables us to drive this experience into day-to-day operations.”

Mr Salazar said “The volume of downloads of Hazelcast and inbound requests coming from Fortune 500 class companies is amazing, and speaks to the quality of the product and its reliability in mission-critical data centers. I’m excited to help build what will become a world-class software company.”

Mr Matsumura said “Programmers liked Java because they could write a single program that could run on many different kinds of machines. They love hazelcast because they can now run a single java program on top of a cluster of hundreds of machines using plain-old-java objects.”

 

About Hazelcast

Hazelcast (www.hazelcast.com) develops, distributes and supports the leading open source in-memory data grid. The product, also called Hazelcast, is a free open source download under the Apache license that any developer can include in minutes to enable them to build elegantly simple mission-critical, transactional, and terascale in-memory applications. The company provides commercially licensed Enterprise editions, Hazelcast Management Console and professional open source training, development support and deployment support. The company is privately held and headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

 

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Email Encryption End-to-End: How to Prevent the NSA from Reading Your Confidential Email Messages

Anyone who has not spent the last two weeks meditating in a cave will have heard about PRISM, the program of the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on anyone they wish using the internet services provided by Microsoft (beginning in September 2007), Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple. These are all mentioned in one of the slides of a 41-slide top-secret Power Point presentation (an overview apparently intended to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program) which was leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Guardian (UK), which newspaper revealed the astonishing details on June 6. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US ISPs.

The existence of PRISM was confirmed by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper) in a press release on the same day, stating that the program was authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and claiming that it is intended only to facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States.

However, according to the Guardian, “The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The [FISA] law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US. It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants.” Section 702 of FISA says that senior officials of the U.S. administration can authorize the surveillance of any American provided that the request officially targets a foreigner. This allows “legal” access to all private information concerning anyone (whether or not they reside in the US) “associated with” the “foreign suspect”.

Private information, of course, includes the content of email messages, and those that the NSA sucks up are stored for years (forever?) in the huge NSA data banks. The standard claim of government defenders of invasive surveillence is: “If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about.” There are several answers to this.

Firstly, if you work with proprietary or confidential information, such as business plans, software code, financial statements, etc., then you may very well wish to hide this from others who might make use of it to your disadvantage (and if you work for a company which owns this information then your failure to hide it from your company’s competitors may lead to your dismissal).

Secondly, as Edward Snowden said in an interview with the Guardian: “… you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody even by a wrong [phone] call. And then they can use this [PRISM] system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.”

So can you do anything about this? It’s just possible that massive public outrage at the development of a total surveillance state might cause PRISM to be shut down. But don’t hold your breath. You can, however, do something to prevent the NSA from reading your confidential email messages. You could use public key cryptography in some form. This requires the creation of a ‘private’ key and a ‘public’ key, and anyone who wishes to send you an encrypted message has to know your public key (and you then decrypt the message using your private key). This is fine, but it’s a bit complicated and requires considerable attention to detail, so is really only suitable for the tech-savvy. There is an easier way to keep your messages and data from the NSA’s prying eyes (just in case you are a person of interest to them).

Hermetic Systems publishes Windows software called “Email Encryption End-to-End” which, in brief, allows you to create an encrypted file containing both a text message and a separate file of any type (such as a ZIP file). You can then attach this encrypted file to an ordinary email message, send it, and the recipient can recover your text message and the file using the same software. Your message and file remain encrypted from start to finish, frustrating any attempt by the NSA to read them.

This software is easy to use and no technical knowledge (beyond the ordinary ability to run a Windows program and to send and receive email) is needed, and you can still use the same email client as you do now (provided that it allows attachments to messages).

Suppose your company wishes to send you somewhere to negotiate a business deal with some other company. They will want to know the details of the deal you make with that company as soon as you have concluded the negotiation, so you are to write it up on your laptop as a Word document (and maybe a few Excel spreadsheets) and send it by email. But your company’s competitors would dearly like to know the details of the deal you make, so you are instructed to send the document (and spreadsheets) in encrypted form. Before leaving, you are given a phrase to use as the encryption key. After several days negotiation you reach a deal, and prepare your report.

Now suppose also that a year ago someone who works at a shady payment processing service phoned you by mistake; this service was subsequently shut down for alleged money-laundering, but in the meantime that phone call got you placed on a list of “known associates of suspected money-launderer”, and subject to surveillance under the PRISM program. Of course, you were not informed. But since you and your company know that transmission of unencrypted data across the internet allows “sniffers” to pick out selected messages, and that certain competitors would dearly like to know the details of the deal you just negotiated (and, unknown to you, certain people who work for NSA might also profit from knowing those details) you are about to send your report by means of encrypted email. Here’s how to do it:

You take all the confidential material (Word documents, Excel files, graphics images, etc.), and put them into a ZIP file. Without being online, you run the “Email Encryption End-to-End” (EEE) software and this allows you to (a) compose a text message which summarizes the outcome of the negotiation and mentions what’s in the ZIP file, (b) tell EEE the location of the ZIP file, (c) enter the phrase which your company gave you to use as the encryption key, and (d) tell EEE the location and name of a file in which it will write its output — the ‘ciphertext file. The ciphertext file can have any name, but let’s say ‘chess.pcx’. You then hit the ‘Encrypt’ button and EEE encrypts your text message together with the ZIP file and writes the encrypted data to the ciphertext file. Now you go online and bring up your usual webmail client. You compose some pedestrian message, such as, “Chess tournament went well; got 2nd prize; here’s a picture of the prize winners.” You then attach the ciphertext file to the message and send it off to your company.

The person at your company meant to receive it then saves the attached file someplace, then runs EEE and (a) enters the agreed-upon phrase for the encryption key and (b) tells EEE where to find the ciphertext file. They then hit the ‘Decrypt’ button and EEE (a) displays your text message mentioning what’s in the ZIP file and (b) asks for the location of a folder in which to write it. After it does this, the recipient can then unzip the ZIP file to recover the documents that you sent.

NSA may have sucked up and stored your ‘outer’ email message in its data bank, but this will appear to be just some message about a chess tournament with an attached ‘pcx’ file referred to in the message as a picture. No graphics software will be able to display it (because it is not a graphics file), and no ZIP program will be able to unzip it (because it is not a ZIP file), and in fact it can’t be read at all, except by someone using the EEE software and knowing the phrase used to encrypt the data. Your confidential data has been transmitted securely in encrypted form from ‘end to end’.

Finally, if there is some chance that your laptop might fall into the wrong hands before your return, you can (after your company has confirmed receipt of your report) delete (or better, securely delete) the ciphertext file which was created by EEE (and perhaps even uninstall the EEE software itself), since the details of your negotiation are now safely in the hands of your company.

Further information about the “Email Encryption End-to-End” software (which is bilingual, English/German) including prices for a single-user license and for a multiple-user license, plus a link to download a trial version, is on the Hermetic Systems website at:http://www.hermetic.ch/eee/eee.htm

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