Cisco says most of 5G network gear’s ready


Cisco Systems said on Sunday it aims to disrupt the wireless radio access market led by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia by backing challengers who make more flexible software versions of traditional mobile gear. Cisco, known for making networking gear that moves big volumes of data around the internet, wants a bigger share of the mobile market by backing these alternative providers rather than by making radio access equipment itself.

Its radio access network push is part of Cisco’s efforts to prove to mobile network operators that investing in modern infrastructure and automation tools can help them to cope with increased data demands, while lowering costs.

The Silicon Valley company made the announcement ahead of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where hundreds of telecom operators are looking for new ways to deal with exploding customer data demands and intense pricing pressures. Cisco said it is working with more than 20 network operators to offer next-generation 5G services, which promise to deliver not just faster phones and video, but also connected cars and internet-connected industrial sensors over the next decade.
“Many of the things we enable you to do, you can do before 5G,” Yvette Kanouff, general manager of Cisco’s business unit for telecom service providers, told Reuters in an interview. Ray Mota, an industry analyst at ACG Research, said Cisco was looking to convince operators to spend more on what he called “precursors to 5G”, which solve pressing network issues but won’t need to be replaced once 5G rolls out in earnest starting around 2020. Ovum, another research firm, said Cisco’s message was that “an operator can deliver much of the functionality of 5G, with up to 85% of its features, today.”


Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?
Zuckerberg took a new year resolution to visit all 50 US states
Zuckerberg also said that he no longer considers himself an atheist
Some people have started believing that he may run for President
As America changes presidents, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is doing something. This week, he did something in Texas: He went to his first rodeo. He wore a hard hat and a safety vest. He thanked police officers in Dallas for their hard work. He helped plant a community garden.

So what, exactly, is Mark Zuckerberg doing? Well, even without a peep from the man confirming any interest in the job, some have started to believe that Zuckerberg is running for president.

The reason people think that is, well, because whatever it is that Zuckerberg is doing looks a lot like what presidential hopefuls do:

In this case, Zuckerberg was in Dallas to testify in a $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,616 crores) lawsuit. The Facebook-owned Oculus VR company has been accused of corporate theft by ZeniMax – an accusation that Facebook has denied. But the chief executive managed to make the most of his trip on Facebook itself by looping it into an unrelated personal project.

Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure that he has visited each of the 50 states by the end of the year. He has been to several already, (for instance: Hawaii, where he owns a house and is suing some of his neighbours), so the resolution will mean making sure he visits about 30 additional states by December.

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year,” Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post explaining the resolution.

But that resolution wasn’t the first thing Zuckerberg that sounded a bit presidential to some. Over the holidays, Zuckerberg said he no longer considers himself an atheist and that religion is “very important” to him. He also hired David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former campaign chair, to work for the philanthropic organization that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, created.

Once again, it is important to emphasize that while the above sure does make you go “hmm,” Mark Zuckerberg has not said that he is running, or would like to run, for president.
One other reason that Zuckerberg might want to spend 2017 meeting Americans could have to do with, you know, Facebook. This year, the company was accused of having a bias against conservative news sources and topics in its trending topics bar. That accusation had a lasting impact on Facebook’s reputation in conservative circles. And after the 2016 election, the company faced repeated interrogations from the media about its influential role in spreading fake news and hoaxes. As a result, Facebook announced changes designed to improve its ability to discourage the sharing of outright false information.

Zuckerberg’s business model depends on its users believing that the platform is a newsworthy and trustworthy place where they might feel comfortable posting lots of things from their personal lives. Both perceptions have been threatened over the past year. Going out and talking to people, particularly those who have recently lost trust in the company, could be helpful PR for Zuckerberg – for reasons that have nothing to do with running for president.

With someone like Zuckerberg, it can be hard to separate signs of insatiable ambition from those pointing to a specific political goal. Take this passage from Nick Bilton, who outlined the case for at least thinking about the possibility that Zuckerberg might run over at Vanity Fair:

“If he does want the job, Zuckerberg definitely has the personality for it. When Facebook went public in 2012, I co-authored a profile of the young C.E.O. During the reporting, I heard from several friends about his penchant for playing world-conquering board and video games. Early childhood pals told me that one of Zuckerberg’s favorite video games as a boy was Civilization, the game in which you have to “build an empire to stand the test of time.” Others have told me that, to this day, Zuckerberg loves to play Risk, a strategy board game where you have to essentially take over the world.”

Interesting. Except, my dudes, I too really love playing Civilization, and I would never want to run for president. Other things pointed to in that Vanity Fair story are more concrete – like the fact that a Facebook proxy statement from April said Zuckerberg could leave Facebook to serve in a government office but still keep control of his company. Hmm. (In a long statement about those changes in April, Zuckerberg said he was “committed to our mission and to leading Facebook there over the long term.”)

Zuckerberg would be 36 by the time the 2020 election rolls around, which is one year over the minimum required age to be president (by contrast, incumbent President Donald Trump would be 74). But even if the rumors of a Zuckerberg run are true – which, again, is not something that has been confirmed in any way – Bilton says that the prevailing thought in Silicon Valley is that the still completely hypothetical Zuckerberg run for office would happen in 2024.

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Hardware as a Service: HP Gets Ready to Lease Computers to Businesses

Hardware as a Service: HP Gets Ready to Lease Computers to Businesses


  • HP to offer hardware products on lease as PC demand weakens
  • Will monitor its device’s health and offer replacements accordingly
  • Promises to ensure that all data is wiped-off post device’s use

HP Inc., the second largest PC-maker in the world after Lenovo, on Thursday said that it will start offering computers and other hardware products on lease going ahead as it prepares itself to tackle the problem of weak PC sales.

HP’s corporate customers will be now able to pay a fixed monthly fee per employee for the equipment by the company, enabling them to use their capital elsewhere instead of paying for the hardware upfront.

HP will be using its software to manage how its devices will be deployed. The company hopes tight software and hardware integration will enable it to find out if its customer’s employees have hardware that is sophisticated enough to meet their processing or storage needs.

This will also allow the company to monitor the health of its components and provide replacements if need be. The company has further said that it will ensure that all data is erased from the devices once they go out of service and that the hardware is also recycled.

This would be done in order to make sure that sensitive information does not land up in wrong hands once the devices are taken back from the employees.

In April, research firm Gartner came out with a report that said that worldwide PC sales saw an year-on-year decline of around 9.6 percent in Jan-Mar 2016. The research firm said,” This was the sixth consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines, and the first time since 2007 that shipment volume fell below 65 million units.”

According to the report, HP had 17.6 percent of PC market share in Jan-Mar, only behind Lenovo with 19.3 percent of the total market share.

In November last year, Hewlett Packard Co was split into two separate entities i.e. HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Tags: Computers, Hardware Leasing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP, Laptops, Lenovo, PC

Freedom 251 Maker Says 2 Lakh Rs. 251 telephones ready, Will launch ‘cheapest’ HD LED television

Freedom 251 Maker Says 2 Lakh Rs. 251 Phones Ready, Will Launch 'Cheapest' HD LED TV

we are ready with nearly two lakh ‘Freedom 251′ handsets’ – Ringing Bells
according to Goel, he is facing a lack of Rs. 140 – Rs. a hundred and fifty in keeping with Freedom 251 unit.
organization is likewise making plans to release a 32-inch HD LED tv in July.
the arena‘s cheapest phone at Rs. 251 (less than $four) is right here, eventually. Its makers, the Noida-primarily based startup Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, say they have made it feasible no matter allegations fromdiverse quarters that the sort of telephone might not see the light of the day. Even an FIR was lodgedtowards the enterprise.

in step with Ringing Bells’ Founder and CEO Mohit Goel, sitting easily in his area 62 office in Noida, theorganisation has been capable of keep its promise to customers.

we are equipped with almost two lakh ‘Freedom 251’ handsets. we are able to start shipping from June 30,” Goel instructed IANS, including that once he’s carried out with this primary section of transport (oftwo lakh phones), he’ll open registration once more for those who want to buy the handset.

(additionally see: Freedom 251: Ringing Bells Says Will begin cellphone Deliveries From June 28)

The organisation had in mid-February this year planned to supply 25 lakh handsets earlier than June 30.but, it obtained over seven crore registrations before its charge gateway crashed within three days.

“We learned from our mistakes and determined to move silent till we come out with the product. Nowwe’ve got a 4-inch, twin-SIM smartphone ready for delivery. I sense vindicated,” he stated in a singlebreath.

consistent with Goel, he’s dealing with a loss of Rs. one hundred forty – Rs. one hundred fifty in line with unit, however hopes to make profit on volumes. “we can have a loss, however i’m satisfied that the dream of connecting rural and terrible Indians as part of the ‘digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives has been fulfilled with ‘Freedom 251’,” Goel stated.

The 3G tool has a 1.3GHz quad-middle processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of inner garage and supportsexternal memory playing cards of as much as 32GB. No device become, however, given to IANS.handiest a photo become allowed to be taken.

(additionally see: Freedom 251 in pix)

The employer has supplied an eight-megapixel number one digicam with flash, a 3.2-megapixel frontdigicam for selfie and an 1800mAh battery. It runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop).

The phone is to be had in colors – black and white – with centrally aligned rear digital camera and brandingat the back panel. It has a speaker just alongside the branding.

The device shows the Indian Tricolour when you turn it on. The business enterprise has integrated all the basic Google apps in the handset.

“Our gadgets are absolutely ‘Make in India’ and have been synthetic at our Haridwar-primarily basedproduction unit. We plan to promote two lakh gadgets each month,” he stated.

The agency is likewise making plans to launch a 32-inch excessive-definition LED tvalso called“Freedom” – in the first week of July.

those will be the cheapest tv units in India and may be to be had for much less than Rs 10,000. insidedays, the delivery could be made and we can sell them on line,” Goel stated, adding that theorganisation currently has one lakh such portions in inventory.

In contrast, the cost of 32-inch HD LED tv sets usually starts offevolved from Rs. thirteen,000.

Ringing Bells launched “Freedom 251” in February in the presence of veteran BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi.

It dispensed a few “prototypes” of the product to the media which became out to be handsets from every other domestic handset maker Adcom.

but, the enterprise maintained that the tool were advanced “with monstrous aid” from the authorities.

“Our humble starting to provide a high-tech system with a purpose to benefit all in the hinterland and bridge the large hole that sincerely exists between the metros and semi-urban/rural regions is consistent with the government‘s tasks,” Ringing Bells President Ashok Chadha had in advance told IANS.

Doubts have been raised over Ringing Bells’ handset after some specialists stated no telephone might besynthetic for much less than Rs. 2,000.

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