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D-Tools and Dove Net Technologies Announce Integration Solution for Accounting and Inventory Management

D-Tools’ award-winning software solution now compatible with Dove Net, making it possible for Integrators to integrate with various accounting solutions and manage inventory control.
LAS VEGAS, NV– INFOCOMM – JUNE 13, 2012 – D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software announced today that Dove Net Technologies., developer of The Project System Project Management software, has developed an integration that allows for the import of D-Tools System Integrator 5.5 project files to manage inventory with The Project System and provide a bridge to third party accounting systems. 

 

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About Dove Net Technologies, LLC. 
Dove Net Technologies was started in 1993. It’s original company was Nasca Systems, Inc. of Virginia, USA, a Systems Integration Company, started in 1978. 

Deliver excellent Estimating and Project Management software that helps improve an organization’s efficiencies and effectiveness that then enables them to be more profitable. 

We have an intricate knowledge of the working systems that contractors use and we apply that knowledge to our product solutions. We develop tools and systems specific to related industries. 

For more information please visit http://www.dovenet.com

About D-Tools, Inc. 
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 3,000 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process.

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UPC Cablecom expands TV line-up

Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom has added 17 new TV channels to its portfolio. Additionally, 21 existing channels are now also offered in high-definition (HDTV).

The additions include RTL Nitro and Glitz HD in German-speaking Switzerland, Discovery Showcase HD, Trace Sports HD, TCM, Boomerang and KidsCo in the French-speaking part and RAI HD, La 5 and Deejay TV in Italian-speaking Switzerland.

The new HD channels include Swiss commercial channel 3+ and German channels Sat.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, 3sat, KI.KA, ZDFneo and 13th Street. The line-up in the French-speaking part was expanded by NatGeo Wild HD and 3sat HD while customers living in the Italian-speaking regions can now receive La 7 HD along with several German HD channels.

The subsidiary of US media company Liberty Global wants to add further new channels in the forthcoming months.

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Nokia targets mass market with touch device range

Embattled device maker Nokia announced its Asha Touch mobile device line, which it said is “taking the full touch experience to new price points.”

The products are intended to help the company defend its position in the mass-market handset sector, where it has come across “really, really aggressive” competition from both new and established rivals.

The three handsets are said to include a “fully re-designed touch user interface.” The first will reach the market imminently, to be followed by its siblings in Q3, with prices in the EUR63–EUR92 range.

In its Q1 results release, Nokia acknowledged that it its feature phone business is being challenged by “full touch” devices from rivals, which offer a user experience more akin to a smartphone.

While its woes in the smartphone sector have been widely discussed, Nokia has also seen significant pressure in its Mobile Phones business.

In the first quarter of 2012, the company shipped 70.8 million mass market handsets, down from 84.3 million in the same period in 2011, which was attributed to distributors and operators reducing their inventories of Nokia feature phones.

The new Asha Touch range comprises three devices: Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311. Asha 305 includes dual-SIM capabilities, while its sibling, Asha 306, is a single-SIM device that “becomes Nokia’s most affordable Wi-Fi handset to date.”

Asha 311 (pictured) is a “fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touchscreen device, powered by a 1GHz processor to provide a greater Internet experience.”

Among the features are a new web browser coupled with cloud service, which reduces data consumption by 90 percent, “meaning that customers can enjoy faster and cheaper internet access.”

Nokia also said that buyers “will receive an exclusive gift of 40 EA games to download free and keep forever.”

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Free Wi-Fi, but Speed Costs

As airlines try to persuade passengers to pay for Internet access at cruising altitudes, more airports and hotels are offering it free on the ground.

Half of the busiest airports in the United States now have free Wi-Fi, including Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston. Dallas/Fort Worth plans to join that list in September, teaming with AT&T in a service that will give travelers 40 minutes of free Wi-Fi in exchange for viewing a 30-second advertisement.

That type of sponsored access is one way airports are balancing consumer pressure for free access to Facebook, Twitter and e-mail accounts with the cost of providing a bigger pipe for growing data needs. As devices demanding Wi-Fi proliferate, airports and hotels are also turning to tiered pricing models: offering limited Internet access free and a faster premium service to customers willing to pay.

Denver International Airport, which has offered free advertiser-supported Wi-Fi since 2007, is switching to a tiered pricing model this week. Working with Boingo Wireless, the airport is upgrading its network to give travelers free basic Internet service or more bandwidth for a $7.95 day pass (for a laptop) or $4.95 an hour (for a smartphone).

A business traveler sending a large file to a client is the type of customer who may opt for the premium speed.

“If you don’t see it going fast enough, you’d have that option of upgrading to the paid service,” said John Ackerman, the airport’s chief commercial officer. “Is your time or your money more important to you? That’s a personal choice we’re going to allow you to make.”

While the free service will still require viewing a 15- to 30-second commercial every half-hour, Mr. Ackerman said passengers should see improvements in the speed of the complimentary service, which has been a source of complaints.

The Boingo contract guarantees the Denver airport a minimum share of the Wi-Fi revenue — more than $500,000 over three years for the airport — with the potential for higher earnings as advertising opportunities evolve.

“We could have somebody walking down the concourse and serve them an ad saying, ‘There’s a Starbucks 200 yards up and to the right — stop in and have a cup of coffee for 50 cents off,’ ” Mr. Ackerman said.

With flight cutbacks decreasing the income airports receive from landing fees, non-airline revenue has become more critical to airports, which have also been lobbying the government to raise the passenger tax that helps pay for airport facilities. So these types of Wi-Fi deals help balance budgets while remaining competitive in an era when passengers can choose to fly from or connect through an airport with better amenities or prices.

Jim Sullivan, founder of WiFiFreespot.com, a directory of airports, hotels and retailers that offer free Wi-Fi, said more regional airports had joined the list in recent years.

“It’s more of a competitive situation there,” he said. “It’s definitely an amenity they can offer to try to get more traffic.”

Some notable larger airports have also embraced free Wi-Fi, including Reagan National and Dulles airports in Washington. By July 2, Raleigh-Durham International airport in North Carolina plans to introduce a tiered Wi-Fi service, with 45 minutes of free advertiser-sponsored access.

Christian Gunning, a spokesman for Boingo Wireless, which operates free, paid and tiered Wi-Fi networks at more than 60 airports worldwide, said the hotel industry had led the way as Internet pricing models evolved.

“Ten years ago, pretty much every airport was pay and pretty much every hotel was pay,” he said. “Some of the midtier hotels started to go free, then everybody did it, and it was a race to the bottom.”

That bottom is an experience familiar to anyone who has tried to log on to a free network — or even a paid one — and waited through most of an airport layover or room service delivery time for a few dozen e-mails to download.

“No one wants to pay for anything, but everything needs to be state-of-the-art or people complain,” Mr. Gunning said.

But travelers who are already paying high monthly bills for their smartphones can now rely on cellular networks to check their e-mail or flight status, and may have little incentive to pay additional fees for Wi-Fi at the airport, or even at their hotel.

Even with its free service, Denver International airport has about 10,000 daily Wi-Fi users — double the number in 2008 but still less than 10 percent of the travelers who pass through the airport each day.

While providers cite increased data demands as a justification for charging for Internet access, travelers often balk at the fees and at having to pay separate charges for every device they carry.

HotelChatter, a Web site that follows the hotel industry, found in its latest annual Wi-Fi report that although more hotels were offering free or tiered pricing, the ones that did impose a fee charged $13.95 a day. The report estimates that the cost to provide Internet service for a 250-room hotel ranges from $2.50 to $4.50 per room, per month.

For such a hotel, “the average yearly revenue that we ballparked was around $200,000,” said Mark Johnson, HotelChatter’s founder.

Mr. Johnson has tracked hotel Wi-Fi for eight years and has found that even some luxury brands are testing the waters of a free option.

“This year, in particular, we saw a lot of luxury hotels offering some sort of free Wi-Fi,” he said, mentioning Peninsula Hotels as one example of a luxury brand that offers free Internet to all guests.

Sometimes it’s a perk given to members of the hotel’s loyalty program. Platinum-level members of Starwood’s Preferred Guest program, for instance, receive free Internet access, and as of March, gold-level members can choose free Internet service as one of several benefits when they check in. Fairmont offers free Internet access to all members of its President’s Club loyalty program, which anyone can join.

In other cases, the free service is available only in the hotel’s public areas — preserving fees from guests who prefer to log on in their rooms.

“They’re still going to get revenue from business travelers who aren’t going to work out of the lobby,” Mr. Johnson said.

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Lawsuit Shakes Foundation of a Man’s World of Tech

MEN invented the Internet. And not just any men. Men with pocket protectors. Men who idolized Mr. Spock and cried when Steve Jobs died. Nerds. Geeks. Give them their due. Without men, we would never know what our friends were doing five minutes ago.

But are these men trapped in the past even as they create the future?

That’s the debate that has sprung up here since Ellen Pao, a junior partner in her early 40s at the distinguished venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the company and her colleagues there.

The complaint, laced with accusations of professional retaliation after spurned sexual advances, has riveted Silicon Valley, whose venture capitalists generally prefer media attention for their businesses and deals, not themselves. Instead of talking about the New New Thing, people are discussing an old, old problem. And they are taking sides.

Although the accusations have yet to be heard in court, even some of Ms. Pao’s critics concede that she is exposing an uncomfortable truth about Silicon Valley: starting tech companies in 2012 is still a male game, and so is funding them.

Her complaint goes further. It depicts venture capitalists here as a group of 21st-century men who may be hard at work building the 22nd century but, when it comes to dealing with women in the workplace, are stuck firmly in the caveman era — or at least in the 1950s. It’s a portrait that many women in tech find all too familiar.

 “You talk to any woman in technology and she will have a personal story or know a story where she felt conscious of her gender in subtle or significant ways,” said Kathy Savitt, 48, the chief executive of the social commerce start-up Lockerz. Sometimes, she said, it’s as mild as realizing, “I’m the only chick in the room.” Other times, “it’s a lack of relevance, a feeling you can see an end to your opportunities.”

 With the number of women in Silicon Valley so meager, a prominent discrimination lawsuit does not surprise Ms. Savitt. This place runs into trouble with women on a regular basis, most memorably in recent years when the C.E.O. of Hewlett-Packard resigned after inappropriate conduct with a former reality TV actress who was working for him.

Still, Ms. Pao’s lawsuit has injected talk of sexual politics into a conversation that generally sticks to money and eyeballs and business plans, monetization and enlightenment of the masses. Men in Silicon Valley may not behave any worse than men anywhere else, but people here like to think it’s all a meritocracy.

The shock really stems from where the scandal is taking place. Ms. Savitt knows Kleiner well; the firm is financing Lockerz. She cannot comment on the suit but expresses her deep admiration for the Kleiner crew. The firm is one of the few exceptions to the venture world’s disinterest in hiring women. A quarter of its 50 partners are female.

That fact fits awkwardly with the lawsuit’s claim that one male executive, Randy Komisar, told Ms. Pao that women would never succeed at Kleiner “because women are quiet.” Another male executive, Chi-Hua Chien, is quoted in the suit saying women were not being invited to a big-deal dinner because they would “kill the buzz.”

Neither Ms. Pao nor any of the parties mentioned in the lawsuit would comment on it.

Kleiner is an unlikely defendant for another reason. It is particularly conscious of its image. “As Kleiner Perkins sees it, the Florence of the Renaissance had the Medicis, the American steel industry had the House of Morgan, and Silicon Valley in the late 20th century has Kleiner Perkins,” David A. Kaplan wrote in “The Silicon Boys” in 1999.

That was when the firm was at its peak, the money behind Netscape, Genentech, Amazon and a little start-up called Google.

“If you believe every allegation in the complaint, it’s appalling and an important window into how the valley works,” Mr. Kaplan said. “But I’m somewhat skeptical. The clichés you hear in the valley are about the pranks, the obsessiveness, the Foosball tables. You don’t really hear about randiness and mistreatment of women. That doesn’t prove it’s not there, but that’s not the lore.”

Of course, it depends on your perspective. Sandy Kurtzig was one of two female engineering students in her class at Stanford in the late 1960s and is still in the game, with a start-up funded by Kleiner. She always tried to take the valley’s sexism in stride — “When men made passes, I just downplayed it so the guy doesn’t feel he’s being put down when rejected” — but is disappointed by its persistence.

 

 

“I am shocked there aren’t more women in high positions in Silicon Valley,” Ms. Kurtzig said. “I always thought the world was going to be gender-blind.”

KLEINER’S headquarters in an office park near here does everything possible to minimize the moment. A low-slung building that is obscured if not overwhelmed by vegetation, it looks like the home of a laid-back research center for the promotion of world peace. The parking lot has one Porsche, but otherwise Lexus is about as fancy as it gets. Venture capital wants to change the world without drawing attention to itself.

While Kleiner has seen its magic touch somewhat dimmed of late — it came very late to the money fountain that was Facebook — a lawsuit like this could permanently kill the buzz. Already, it has eclipsed the mid-May announcement of the firm’s 15th fund, a $525 million investment pot. Which, despite all those women at Kleiner, is being run by one woman and nine men.

Ms. Pao, who came to Kleiner with the dream of helping direct such a fund, graduated from Princeton with a degree in electrical engineering. She got a law degree from Harvard and worked for Cravath Swaine & Moore for two years doing international deals. She returned to Harvard for a business degree and worked for a variety of tech companies, including BEA Systems and Tellme Networks. Her geek cred is pretty unassailable.

In 2005, she came to Kleiner as a junior partner, working as chief of staff to John Doerr. He was one of the main evangelists who shaped the modern Internet, a geek’s geek who became a billionaire. But, unlike many here, money never seemed his primary goal.

Ms. Pao’s role was to help Mr. Doerr identify investments, interview executives and write speeches.

According to the suit, her troubles began almost immediately when another junior partner, Ajit Nazre, made inappropriate sexual advances. Eventually, the complaint says, Ms. Pao “succumbed to Mr. Nazre’s insistence on sexual relations on two or three occasions.” When she put an end to the relationship, it says, he “started a consistent pattern of retaliation against her.” This went on for five years, it contends.

The harassment part of the suit pales in comparison to the retaliation part, which blends into an allegation of a general effort to keep women in their place. Kleiner, Ms. Pao’s lawsuit says, discriminated against her and other women “by failing to promote them comparably to men, by compensating them less than men through lower salary, bonus and carried interest, by restricting the number of investments that women are allowed to make as compared to men.”

The firm, which has about 80 employees here with a handful more in China, is accused of failing to act when complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination were made. Ms. Pao says women are excluded from meetings and discussions. The firm fails to provide opportunities for visibility and success inside and outside the firm for women as compared with men, the complaint says.

 Kleiner supporters have some questions, even if they do not necessarily wish to go on the record: Why did a talented woman stay for so long at a place that was treating her so poorly? Also, how is it that you can’t remember how many times you slept with someone who harassed you?

And how is it possible that Mr. Doerr never listened to her assertions of retaliation and discrimination? Mr. Doerr declined to comment, but his supporters have an answer. The first that anyone at the firm knew of her concerns, they say, was just five months ago — at which point Kleiner promptly brought in a lawyer to investigate. He found no basis to her complaints, the firm says.

If you take the Kleiner line, Mr. Nazre was less the instigator than the victim; he had a consensual affair with Ms. Pao and now is being portrayed as a harasser. The suit says he left the firm after the investigator’s report at the beginning of the year, implying a cause and effect. People inside Kleiner say he left of his own volition before the inquiry began.

Mr. Nazre has not surfaced since the lawsuit was filed. A voice-mail message box belonging to him was full late last week. He did not answer messages through his LinkedIn page, which says he still works at Kleiner.

Kleiner supporters said that the firm made repeated efforts to achieve a resolution, but that the parties could not come to terms. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on May 10, but was not reported in the news media until two weeks later.

BOTH sides in the case are bringing out high-profile legal firepower. Ms. Pao is represented by the employment law specialist Alan B. Exelrod, who won a significant victory against the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in a harassment case. Kleiner is represented by Lynne C. Hermle, an equally celebrated employer defense lawyer. Ms. Hermle successfully defended I.B.M. in a case in which an employee said she was fired after complaining about sexual harassment.

Ms. Hermle has until June 13 to file a response to the accusations. “The complaint has no merit whatsoever,” she said. Mr. Exelrod declined to comment.

Ms. Pao is known to the small world of venture capitalists here. Her husband, Alphonse Fletcher Jr., whom she married after the physical relationship with Mr. Nazre ended, is not. But he is well known in New York and has become the object of considerable fascination in the tech world.

Mr. Fletcher, known as Buddy, has recently been in the news for suing the Dakota, the apartment building on Central Park West, for not letting him buy a fifth unit. Mr. Fletcher, a former president of the Dakota board, said he needed the new rooms, which adjoin his main apartment, to accommodate his growing family that includes not only Ms. Pao but also their young daughter.

Mr. Fletcher, who is black, is accusing the Dakota of racial discrimination and defamation. The Dakota responded to the suit by saying its concerns were not racial but financial: it did not think that Mr. Fletcher could afford another apartment.

An account of the suit in The New York Times noted that in 2003 and 2006, workmen on Mr. Fletcher’s Connecticut estate had accused him of sexual harassment. Mr. Fletcher denied the allegations, which were settled out of court. He declined to respond to a request for comment.

Before the marriage, Mr. Fletcher had lived at the Dakota with his longtime boyfriend, Hobart V. Fowlkes Jr.

“I must admit that I do not know Ellen as intimately as I obviously know Buddy,” Mr. Fowlkes wrote in an e-mail. “However, my interactions with Ellen have never been anything but positive.”

He added that he was “extremely touched” that they asked him to be the godfather of their daughter, “given the circumstances.”

FORGET about the Facebook I.P.O. For some entrepreneurial women, Ms. Pao’s lawsuit was the more significant event of the last month.

“When the news broke, we stopped what we were doing and were, like, ‘Whoa,’ ” said Claire Mazur, a founder of Of a Kind, an e-commerce start-up based in New York.

Ms. Mazur said she never had a problem getting meetings with venture capitalists. “But it’s definitely harder to talk to male investors who don’t have as much experience with retail and fashion,” she said. “That kind of personal connection can be key to getting funding.”

Or, as another e-commerce entrepreneur put it, “You’re trying to explain to a man why shopping is fun.”

Speaking only on the condition of anonymity — you never can tell whom you’re going to be asking for money — some entrepreneurs are more despairing.

One woman said she interviewed at a top venture firm in 2000 after coming out of business school. “I was told point-blank that they once had a woman and it didn’t work out,” she said. “That was 12 years ago and they haven’t had a single woman partner since.”

Kleiner, whatever its problems, actually hired women. So this executive worries that the message of the case to others will be: We were right to stick with the guys. She said she just got off the phone with a venture-backed chief executive who found out she was pregnant. The board was already moving to dump her.

The cold stats: Women make up just 9.1 percent of the board members of Silicon Valley companies, compared with 16 percent of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies, according to Spencer Stuart, the headhunting firm. The National Venture Capital Association estimates, based on a recent survey, that only about 11 percent of investing partners at venture firms are women.

The ratio is not much higher for the entrepreneurs these firms back. In 2009, only 11 percent of companies that received venture backing had a female C.E.O. or founder, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

IT’S a retro state of affairs, although that isn’t stopping Silicon Valley from protecting its own, which means Kleiner. One Kleiner-backed woman said in an interview that she didn’t think much of Ms. Pao’s suit. “Anybody can sue anybody for anything, right?” Then she called back and said that she had now read the blogs and news articles about it, that the whole thing was a mess, that she was speaking out of ignorance and could she just stay out of it?

Few lawsuits like this make it to a jury, but Ms. Pao’s case might be an exception. And some on both sides want the case to go to trial. Any settlement by Kleiner could look like an acknowledgment of guilt. The firm, meanwhile, is playing as aggressive a defense as it dares, given the legal constraints.

Owen Thomas, a former Valleywag gossip columnist and a longtime Silicon Valley observer, saw the situation this way: “If a tenth of this is true, Kleiner Perkins has a problem.”

The women of the firm are certainly not united behind Ms. Pao. One of them, Beth Seidenberg, a general partner, took the unusual step of issuing a statement. 

“I was drawn to the firm because of its diversity and have excelled here as have other women,” she said. “Everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed” at Kleiner. In an interview, she repeated those points.

Last week, Mr. Doerr posted a lengthy message on the firm’s Web site, saying Kleiner Perkins would “vigorously defend our reputation.” He did not mention his former aide by name. The next day, Kleiner announced that it was hiring a new female partner.

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CEO: Apple will ‘double down’ on product secrecy

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. – Tim Cook shares at least one thing in common with the late Steve Jobs, the man he replaced last year as Apple’s CEO: a strong belief in keeping product development to close to the vest. At the D10 conference, where Cook took the stage for his first in-depth public interview since taking the helm, he announced that Apple would “double-down” on (product) secrecy.

Indeed, Cook stayed true to his word during the interview conducted by All Things D’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher— he wouldn’t spill the beans on any of the products Apple might introduce in a couple of weeks at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).

But Cook did weigh in on a number of topics, from what he learned from his predecessor to his thoughts on Apple TV.

And in the very definition of understatement, Cook said of Apple, “we’ve had a few decent quarters.” (Apple reported record quarterly profits in March. Net profit for the quarter rose 94% year over year.)

Here are edited highlights from Cook’s appearance:

On being CEO. “It’s an absolute incredible time to be at Apple. I’m loving every minute of it…Never have I seen the things I can’t talk about today — the juices are flowing and we have some incredible things coming out.” Working at Apple, Cook said, is “my oxygen.”

On the iPad and tablets. “I’ve never seen a product in technology that consumers loved pretty instantly and business loved and education loved and people of all ages loved. I think we’re in the first inning on the iPad. It’s only been two years.

I really believe that the tablet market will eventually surpass the PC market. Everybody at the beginning kind of laughed that off and said no way. Today I think there’s a lot more believers. I would guess there’s a lot of people in this audience that use their iPads a lot more than they use their computers. And I know I do that. And I love the Mac. We didn’t invent the tablet market. We invented the modern tablet. In my view the tablet and the PC are different. Products are about tradeoffs. The more you look at a tablet as a PC the more the baggage of the past affects the product (negatively).

I don’t see the tablet replacing the need for all PCs or all Macs. What I see is the tablet for some people takes over what the PC was about for them.

On the death of Jobs and his impact. “I learned a lot from Steve. It was absolutely the saddest days of my life (when he passed away.)

As some point late last year somebody shook me and said, ‘it’s time to get on.’ That sadness was replaced by this intense determination to continue the journey. I learned that focus is the key not just in running a company but in your personal life as well. He also taught me that the joy is in the journey. And he taught all of us that life is fragile.

Another thing that Steve taught us was not to focus on the past. Steve told me when he called me to his home to talk about being CEO…he told me (he) witnessed what happened at Disney when Walt passed away. He said people would go to meetings and all sit around and talk about what Walt would have done. And he looked at me with those intense eyes and he told me to never do that, to never ask what he would do — just do what’s right.”

Steve was a genius and a visionary. I never really viewed my role was to replace him. He was irreplaceable. Steve was an original and I don’t think there’s another one of those being made. I never felt the weight of trying to be Steve. I am who I am…and focused on being a great CEO at Apple.

If (Steve) were sitting here he would tell you that one person can’t do it all. You could have an “S” on your chest and a cape on your back and not be able to do everything. He brought in great people and set a standard. His legacy was in leaving that foundation.

Patent wars among Apple, Samsung, Google: Is it a problem for innovation? “It’s a pain in the ass. We can’t take all of our energy, all of our care, and finish the painting and have someone else’s name on it. We can’t have that. The worst thing in the world that can happen to you if you’re an engineer and you’ve given your life to something is for someone to rip it off and put their name on it. ”

The TV business. It’s not a fifth leg of the stool. It’s not the same market size as the phone business or the Mac business or the music business or the tablet business. But last year we sold 2.8 million Apple TVs. This year just in the first six months we sold 2.7 million. This is an area of intense interest for us. And so we’re going to keep pulling this string and see where it takes us. I think many people would say this is an area in their life they’re not really pleased with. It’s an interesting area.

Right now our contribution is Apple TV.

(When asked about whether Apple is making a TV set.) “You were right, I’m not going to tell you.”

“We would look not just at this (TV) area but other areas (and) we would ask can we control the key technology? Can we make a significant contribution far beyond what others have done in this area? Can we make a product that we all want? We think we’re reasonably good proxies for others. Those are things we would ask about any new product category.”

Among other subjects Cook touched on: he said he didn’t think Apple has to own a content business. He said Apple didn’t look at buying Instagram before Facebook’s acquisition. And while he wouldn’t rule anything out, Cook says he is not looking at any big acquisitions right now.

Cook said Apple has to be social but doesn’t have to own a social network. Twitter is deeply integrated into its iOS mobile operating system and OS X Mountain Lion, the newer version of the Mac software that is coming this summer.

He named Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luthor King as two of his heroes, and said Disney’s Bob Iger, who sits on Apple’s board, is one of the CEOs that he admires.

And he recalled the time in 1998 when Jobs tried to woo him to Apple from Compaq, he had no intention of joining. Cook fielded a number of calls from recruiters and finally agreed to meet with Jobs. He flew out on the redeye on a Friday night for a meeting the next morning. “The honest to God truth is that five minutes into the conversation I wanted to join Apple…He painted a story, a strategy that he was taking Apple deep into consumer at a time that I knew that other people were doing the exact opposite. I never thought following the herd was a good strategy. You’re destined to be average at best. I saw brilliance in that.”

Cook resigned from Compaq immediately.

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French Competition Authority to market test Canalsat-TPS merger

The investigation services of the French Competition Authority have begun a market test to gain stakeholder views on possible solutions that could address the effects of the TPS-Canalsat merger.

The market test will focus on whether any anti-competitive effects have resulted from the merger and will include some measures that were suggested by market players. It will, says the Authority, provide, in a transparent way, “the opportunity for interested stakeholders to share their analysis on remedies that could be deemed necessary at the end of the procedure.”

Interested stakeholders can submit their comments by Wednesday 6 June 2012.

Following the 2007 merger and acquisition by Canal+ group of TPS activities, 59 commitments had been implemented by the parties. On 20 September 2011, the Competition Authority established that 10 of these commitments were breached by the parties and decided to withdraw its decision to authorise the merger.

As a consequence, on 24 October 2011 the Vivendi and Canal Plus groups, which simultaneously filed an appeal against the Authority’s withdrawal decision before French Administrative Supreme Court, Conseil d’Etat, changed the terms of their acquisition of sole control of TPS and CanalSatellite. The application was then completed by the parties at the request of the investigation services. On 28 March 2012, an in-depth examination of the merger was opened.

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TeliaSonera touts 4G progress and OTT alternatives

LIVE FROM OPEN MOBILE SUMMIT LONDON 2012: TeliaSonera has built out its 4G LTE network to cover two out of three of the Swedish population and three in four in Denmark, the Nordic operator’s mobility head, Hakan Dahlstrom, told delegates at the Open Mobile Summit in London this morning.

The company was the first in Europe to launch commercial 4G services at the end of 2009 and now claims to have increased sales and margins as a result – while keeping capex at below 10 percent of net sales in Sweden.

Dahlstrom said it had 140,000 4G users in Sweden but declined to give data for TeliaSonera’s other markets. “The number of [4G] customers is growing in line with [network] expansion,” he said.

The operator’s first 4G handset and 4G router were launched in Q1 2012.

Dahlstrom said the average smartphone user in the Nordics is consuming 300MB of data per month and that this is set to increase to 3GB per month in “just a few years.” Mobile broadband users are on track to consume 45GB per month within five years, he added.

Dahlstrom was broadly in favour of the so-called OTT services using its network but said that TeliaSonera was in a position to offer alternatives.

“The OTT players are increasing the value of the access we are providing to the end user [and] our role is to support this behaviour,” he said. “Access is separate from services. We will treat [the OTT players] like our own services but we will provide alternatives.”

To this end, he said that TeliaSonera was planning an RCS-based communicator to compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Skype. “Not everyone needs to go with our communicator but our customers are asking for this.”

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Transition Networks Delivers SLA Assurance to Telecoms and Cable Providers at CommunicAsia 2012

Singapore — May 29, 2012 — Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announces the Asian launch of its latest Network Interface Device (NID): the S3280, ahead of CommunicAsia 2012. This device expands on advanced timing over packet networks and is specifically designed to allow telecoms and cable providers to deploy scalable services quickly, and verification of service performance promised in Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) to customers, while minimizing capital expenditures. 

 

The S3280 allows service providers to offer their subscribers tiered Ethernet services, based on advanced features like differentiated Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth allocation per Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC). This device also enables service providers to offer SLA-quality service and support through scalable, intelligent User Network Interface (UNI), creating a greater differentiation of service offering from their competition. Within these tiered services SLAs can be supported and verified through the use of built in performance monitoring statistics. S3280 reduces Operational Expenses (OpEx) by providing methods to quickly detect and resolve faults without the need to dispatch a technician to remote locations. Remote fault detection and troubleshooting help increase customer satisfaction while minimizing operational expense. 

 

The features of the S3280 are geared for mobile backhaul and business Ethernet delivery, while also designed to support Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) applications. The S3280 represents a compact platform designed to accommodate today’s demands and grow with tomorrow’s Ethernet requirements – ideal for Asia and beyond. The S3280’s capabilities are based on precise end-to-end performance measurement tools that allow providers to deliver a myriad of services from a single platform.

 

Jon Collins, Senior Product Manager at Transition Networks, says: “We have a new product line built specifically to meet the increasing demands of customers in the region, who continue to put more demands on service providers to offer reliable services that are faster yet more cost-effective. Transition Networks is committed to helping Asian service providers exceed their customers’ expectations as well as their competitive edge and profitability as a result of adding new services more quickly and more efficiently.”

 

“The new S3280 provides a cost-effective way to meet even the most stringent customer demands and addresses wide-scale deployment challenges while providing deterministic features similar to traditional TDM circuits such as: Service OAM, Frame Delay (FD), Frame Delay Variance (FDV or Jitter), Frame Loss Ratio (FLR), single and double tagging, Quality of Service (QoS), bandwidth allocation and remote diagnostics.” 

 

Product Features
The new S3280 builds on Transition Networks’ existing S3240 platform by adding additional port configurations as well as increasing the features of the device.  All of the ports can either be customer or network-facing, allowing for fiber to fiber, copper to fiber, or copper to copper handoffs. Some of the new features and capabilities include a complete Ethernet OAM suite that includes Ethernet Link OAM (IEEE 802.3ah), Ethernet Service OAM (IEEE 802.1ag) and Performance Monitoring (ITU-T Y.1731). This device also fully supports IPv6 and SNMPv3 making it a viable solution for next generation networks.

This feature-rich, intelligent Network Interface Device incorporates both E-Line and E-LAN services for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connectivity between locations.  Included are additional advanced security features such as:  SSL, SSH, Multi-layer Access Control Lists (ACL), TACACS+, and management VLANs to prevent unauthorized access to anyone who isn’t a network adminstrator.  The S3280 incorporates a standards based SONET-like ring recovery mechanism titled ITU G.8032v2, which guarantees sub-50ms recovery in the event of a link failure along with interoperability between different manufacturers. The S3280 also adds 1588v2 clocking mechanisms, which is critical in ensuring proper timing and packet delivery in high-quality mobile services.

The S3280 has a normal operating temperature of -20°-65°C but offers providers a short-term extended temp range of -40°C to 75°C, allowing deployments in semi-controlled backhaul applications. The S3280 has three power input standards.  Either 100-240VAC, or dual redundant DC power inputs ranging from 18-57VDC. The fanless design of the S3280 increases the product’s reliability over the duration of its deployment. 

Provisioning, management and monitoring of the S3280 can be performed from a web-browser, the integrated CLI (either via telnet or the console port), or with an SNMP system.

Product Configuration

Transition Networks’ S3280 is a standalone NID. 

 

Model
S3280
Copper Ports
(4) 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
Fiber Port(s)
(4) 100/1000Base-X Open SFP Slots *(SFP port is dual speed)
802.3ah
Yes
802.1ag / Y.1731
Yes
Redundant Power
Yes – (2) 18-57VDC inputs and (1) 100-240VAC input standard
Ring Protection
STP/RSTP/MSTP, G.8031 and G.8032v2
Clocking
1588v2
Jumbo Frames
9.6k
Power Fail Notification
Last/Dying Gasp and SNMP Traps on power supply failure
Mounting Options
Desktop, Wall Mount and 19” Rack Mount Kit for S3280 (Rack mount and wall mount kits sold separately)
 
Product Availability 
The S3280 is available now.  Please contact Transition Networks at +1-952-941-7600 for pricing and more information on the S3280 product line and accessories.  Or you can visitwww.transition.com/S3280 for the latest product information, including datasheets and manuals.

 

 

About Transition Networks Carrier-Grade Products
Transition Networks has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. Transition has been a long-time active member of the MEF and a pontificator for the proliferation of Ethernet technology in Carrier access networks.  Transition Networks has previously achieved Carrier Ethernet Generation 1.0 certification (MEF 9, 14, and 21), and the S3280 is already Carrier Ethernet 2.0-compliant.

 

About Transition Networks Inc. 
Transition Networks Inc. is top manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-GM: JCS).

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Google Joins Global Innovators at CommunicAsia2012

SINGAPORE, 29 MAY 2012 – Industry giant Google, is set to join a host of industry experts and thought leaders at the Marina Bay Sands next month for the leading global event in converging broadcast and telecommunications. CommunicAsia2012 organisers have announced that Ms. Aliza Knox, Managing Director of Commerce for Google Asia Pacific, will deliver the Visionary Address on Wednesday 20 June, at the CommunicAsia2012 Summit, focusing on how ‘Asia defines the Internet’ by following the trajectory of the smartphone across Asia and how it can lead to a better understanding of the region’s current and future growth.

Until recently mobile-internet innovations in one Asian country had little impact on its immediate neighbours, which effectively meant the region was growing apart. Now that’s changing and Asia is growing together. Ms. Knox, who joined Google in 2007, has been responsible for creating a major brand presence in Singapore and for driving the company’s strategy and growth across APAC.
Ms. Knox comments, “CommunicAsia2012 Summit is an exciting space to discuss the latest technological developments taking place in the Asia Pacific region. It is my great pleasure to present the Visionary Address at this international platform. I am excited to share my views on these developments, especially of the smartphone, with fellow colleagues from the industry, and how technology has changed and enabled businesses in Asia to grow.”
Delegates at the CommunicAsia2012 Summit can look forward to over 170 conference sessions, workshops, and panel discussions that will foster dialogue among industry and government leaders, and provide executive insights and analysis on the exciting ICT developments across the globe.
A wide range of topics from cloud computing to mobile marketing will be presented by prominent speakers such as Mr. Simone Brunozzi, Technology Evangelist, Asia Pacific, Amazon Web Services; Mr. Dan Scoffer, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, VeriFone; Mr. Vivek Jhamb, Senior Vice-President, Vodafone Global Enterprise, India; Mr. Christian Geissendoerfer, CEO of Yoose; Mr. Wayne Purboo, President, CEO & Co-Founder, QuickPlay Media; Mr. Rodrigo Donazzolo, Head of IP Interoperability, BT Global Telecom Markets Asia Pacific, and many more.
 
Mobile technology will be a key focus at the CommunicAsia2012 Summit and will feature dedicated workshops on mobile marketing strategies and mobile security. Other tracks include next-generation broadband, satellite communications, cloud computing, over the top technologies (OTT), customer experience management and augmented reality strategies.
“As mobile technologies transform the ICT landscape and revolutionise business models and marketing approaches, understanding this small but powerful device is vital to manoeuvring through the future ICT landscape. CommunicAsia2012 Summit brings together industry thought leaders, government ministries and international industry associations to generate in-depth discussion and knowledge sharing of strategies and solutions,” says Ms. Lindy Wee, Director of PR and Conferences from event organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services (SES).
Delegates at the Summit can also experience these technologies first hand at the exhibition hall, where more than 200 debut exhibitors will be located. These exhibitors will be sharing their expertise and showcasing their newest and latest products and solutions at CommunicAsia2012.
To view the full event programme and register for the CommunicAsia2012 Summit, please visit
http://www.communicasia.com/conference-programme.html. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event via Twitter by following @communicasia

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