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Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Selects Sophos

November 30th, 2011

Global IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has deployed Sophos endpoint anti-virus protection and Sophos web filtering to protect its IT network, which includes 6,000 end user devices across three hospitals and a clinic.

NHS IT security specialist and Sophos partner, BMS, had a long-standing relationship with the Trust and both proposed the solution and provided additional migration services to make switching from Heart of England’s previous anti-virus and web security providers even easier.

The Heart of England Trust is one of the leading foundation trusts in the UK, with over 10,000 employees providing general and specialist hospital care for the people of East Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and South Staffordshire. The Trust needed to implement comprehensive protection for the network, as well as all end user devices – including laptops and desktops – that was easy to manage and provided concise, flexible reporting tools.

The Heart of England Trust now uses Sophos’s web filtering to protect the network from viruses, as well as to help improve the productivity of staff by enabling granular management of internet use. Sophos’s live look-up technology also allows staff to securely connect to the network on laptops from remote locations.

“We needed to review our suppliers for several aspects of our IT security, and ideally were looking to work with a company that could offer all the solutions we needed in a single, easy-to-manage package,� said Didier Meert, Head of Technical Services, at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. “Sophos has a good reputation within the NHS and we found that it could offer everything we were looking for out of the box. Since implementing Sophos’s technology, we’ve found that the ease of reporting and management using one single interface has improved our security operations significantly. Sophos’s solutions are simple and easy to manage, providing us with effective protection, without requiring a lot of ongoing attention.�

The Heart of England Trust has initially rolled out Sophos web filtering and anti-virus protection, however it intends to implement email filtering/encryption and USB device protection in the near future. The Trust will also implement solutions to protect tablet devices as these are becoming more widely used by the hospitals and clinic. These solutions are included in Sophos’s offering and could prove vital since Sophos’s daily reporting has identified that removable devices are the cause of the majority of viruses across the network of hospitals.

“Sophos’s easy-to-use interface and management suite means that The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is able to scale its protection as required, to incorporate new devices such as tablets,� said Jonathan Lee, Healthcare Sector Manager UKI at Sophos. “Thanks to the flexibility of Sophos’s solutions, we are able to protect the network and all end-user devices across the Trust, helping to keep confidential information secure.�

“I’m delighted that we have been able to consolidate these IT security solutions, including endpoint, web and email security, for the Heart of England NHS Trust by utilising the excellent Sophos range thus delivering greater functionality at a reduced cost. This is a great example of an ‘NHS spend to save’ project,� said Tina Tsoukatos, Managing Director at BMS.

About Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust staff provides general and specialist hospital care across Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospitals, Good Hope Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic. The Trust also provides community health services across the borough of Solihull.

The Trust employs more than 10,000 members of staff, making it one of the top five employers in the Midlands.

About BMS

BMS is a leading IT Security Solutions provider, specialising in the Healthcare market place. BMS provide an holistic, single point of reference service, offering a range of IT Security and knowledge management solutions, into NHS organisations and other Public Sector areas. BMS offer best of breed solutions at competitive prices along with installation, training and support services.

BMS is a wholly independent organisation dedicated to investigating business problems for clients, proposing technology solutions to best fit their requirements and implementing these solutions. For more information see www.ithealth.co.uk

 

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry announces exclusive partnership with Behbehani group

November 30th, 2011

Ivanka Trump is one of the most recognized and influential young entrepreneurs of our time. As Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, she is in charge of the expansion of global real estate interests for The Trump Organization.

In addition to her responsibilities at The Trump Organization, Ivanka is also a world famous media personality – appearing as a judge on The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, and is featured in hundreds of media outlets worldwide including Forbes, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN, Robb Report, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and many more.

With over one million followers on Twitter, Ivanka is not only a reckoning force in the social media stratosphere, but also the author of the The Trump Card, a business memoir which quickly became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller.

Ivanka Trump is also proud to be the official spokesperson for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign to help raise awareness and funds to help some of the world’s most vulnerable adolescent girls.

In September 2007, Ivanka partnered with Dynamic Diamond Corp., one of the most respected diamond companies in the world to launch her fine jewelry collection with the opening of a jewel-box boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City. Access to breathtaking diamonds and an unwavering commitment to superior quality of craftsmanship further distinguish the elegantly youthful and stylish collections.

“I realized the luxury fine jewelry market was missing a fresh, young design approach. That is where my jewelry line’s vision of Rock Tradition plays a vital role – it’s a modern twist on jewelry’s most important classics. I have always had a passion for jewelry and saw an opportunity to enter the market with a unique perspective. I wanted to make women feel comfortable buying fine jewelry for themselves and appeal to that self purchasing female,” says Ivanka.

The effortless glamour and modern elegance of each piece has resulted in a “refined yet unpretentiously chic” jewelry collection that “pays homage to the past while embracing the future,” remaining true to its motto Rock Tradition.

The collection has achieved niche positioning with its heirloom-chic aesthetic by capturing the attention of stylish women of all ages who appreciate the brand’s ability to youthfully reinvent important, legacy jewelry.

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry was also named the top new fine jewelry brand for 2011 by United Brands, and in a short time have secured their place in the luxury market with a strong following of today’s style icons such as Oprah, Demi Moore, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Eizabeth Hurley, Leighton Meester, Fergie, Natalie Portman, and more.

Following resounding success with the collection at Harvey Nichols in Dubai, and with partners in Istanbul, Qatar, Bahrain, and Beirut, there was a proven demand across the Middle East for youthful, classically inspired, and well-crafted fine jewelry. The Behbehani’s strong presence and reputation made them the ideal partner for Ivanka Trump to launch the collection in Kuwait.

“I am thrilled to be launching my fine jewelry collection exclusively in Kuwait with the Behbehani family,” says Ivanka Trump.

“Their customers are aligned with my own target audience – smart, sophisticated, modern women who appreciate quality and craftsmanship.”

In addition to the 4 luxury showrooms in exclusive and premiere locations, the collection will be represented in a V.I.P room at the Salhiya Complex.

The Behbehani group will feature an extensive assortment of Ivanka’s iconic collections such as the Signature Ovals, Black and White, Tassels, Octagonal, Mixed Cut, Bubble, Rose Gold, and Noor, as well as several one-of-a-kind couture pieces at 360 MALL (exhibition hall).

“It is our pleasure to partner with Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, the brand that has within a short time, positioned itself as one of the leading fine jewelers in the world. We will invest in our strong history and experience in the field of luxury brands to give ITFJ the supreme presence in the Kuwaiti market. Women in Kuwait have always shown an appreciation and demand of sophisticated, elegant, and well crafted luxury goods whether it be jewelry or watches. Therefore, we believe that her stunning collection of unique jewels will be very well received in Kuwait,” said Shahzad Gidwani, Deputy General Manager at Morad Yousuf Behbehani Group.

Today, the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry collection is represented in over 80 premiere fine jewelry boutiques as well as luxury department stores in the United States, Caribbean, Canada, Asia, and Middle East. Ivanka plans to open a boutique in Beijing beginning 2012, which will be her first boutique outside of the United States.

Additional business development projects will bring the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection to Central America, Southeast Asia, Korea, Russia and Eastern Europe over the next few years.

You Don’t Need a Gmail App for Blackberry

November 30th, 2011

Gmail, one of the world’s best email providers, is pulling the plug on it’s app for the Blackberry platform.

While this may have come as a surprise to avid Blackberry users. Gmail can also be accessed natively on Blackberry, as OS 5.0 and above offer integrated native support for Gmail.

The enhanced Gmail™ Plug-in, you can even access multiple Gmail email accounts, use calendar and contact syncing, and even use Gmail-specific functions (Archive, Star, Label, Conversations View and Remote Search).

Lets get you started.

Integrating Gmail Account with BlackBerry Internet Service

You need to following to access Gmail’s set of awesome features

Data service plan from a wireless service provider

Gmail account

BlackBerry smartphone ( minimum 64 MB memory)

BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 or above

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or (later) users have the Enhanced Gmail Plug-in preinstalled on.

For 4.5 to 4.7 users, you’ll need to follow the following steps.

You’ll also receive a PIN message telling you how to install Enhanced Gmail Plug-in.

Go to Home Screen

Click on ‘Setup’

Click on Email Accounts.

Click on ‘Internet Mail Account, and then select ‘Gmail’

Feed your Gmail username and password, and then ‘Continue’

You can change the preset settings by choosing ‘Change Settings’.

This lets you alter your email name, email signature, and even your Email Account Name – this is what’s written on your default Home screen email icon – you can even change it to something like – ‘My Gmail’

A word of caution – Gmail-specific features can only be used if you open your Gmail via this icon, instead of the Messages icon on your BlackBerry.

BlackBerry 7 OS users, however, can use Gmail-specific features from the Messages icon, after integrating their account with their Gmail account.

Gmail Management on the Blackberry

Before continuing reading this, ensure you’ve installed the Gmail Enhanced Plug-in ( BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 to 4.7 users), before you can access Gmail features like labels, archiving messages, and applying stars to emails

Apply Stars by highlighting a Gmail message, pressing the Menu key and selecting ‘Add Star’ or ‘Remove Star. Touchscreen users can tap and hold on a message – this will produce the Add Star/Remove Star option.

Apply labels the same way – highlight a Gmail email message, press Menu and select “Labels” (tap and hold for touchscreen users)

Just like Gmail, simply check in the box next to the label, and clear the box to remove the label. Hit ‘Save’ to finish

Make or remove a new label directly from the list of Labels by pressing the Menu button, and selecting ‘New’. If you’ve highlight a label, pressing the Menu button gives you an option to delete it.

View Labeled Messages

The menu button lets you ‘View Folder’ – you can select a label in this. For touchscreen devices, there’s the ‘Filter’ button, right at the bottom of the Messages icon.

Archiving your Gmail

Highlight an email message from the Gmail icon, press the Menu key select ‘Archive’, and then ‘Yes’. Tap and hold on a message, and select Archive from the menu that appears.

You can also mark Spam using this method. (Technology, MensXP.com)

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Microsoft Office for the iPad: Should they? Could they? Will they?

November 30th, 2011

The Daily is reporting via unnamed sources that Microsoft is planning to roll out Office for the iPad in 2012.

I’d be more surprised if the Softies didn’t roll out some kind of Office release for the iPad, given they’ve already done OneNote for the iPhone and are continuing to support Office on Macs.

No brainer or not, The Daily’s November 29 report stirs up the age-old debate for Microsoft when it comes to all of its software and services. Would it be more profitable and preferable for Microsoft to keep a given product or service a Windows-only offering? Or would Microsoft make more money and attract more users by porting their apps to non-Windows-based platforms?

In the case of Office, Microsoft hasn’t made the full version of its PC productivity suite available on any platforms beyond the Mac (though way back when there was talk that the Office division had developed a version of Office to run on Linux, but decided not to bring it to market). Yes, Office Web Apps — the Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — do run to some extent on non-Windows PCs. But currently, Office Web Apps only allow document viewing but not document editing or creation on the Mac with Safari 4 (or later), Firefox 3.5 (or later) or Chrome.

The Daily’s report also claims Microsoft is planning to charge $10 or so for its Office apps in order to compete with Apple’s own Pages, Numbers and Keynote products. If that’s the case, that will be more of a surprise. Office Web Apps are free, but Office isn’t. The Home Student SKU of Office 2010, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote is around $99 (street price). Other SKUs run in the multiple hundreds of dollars range.

There is another way Microsoft could deliver Office on the iPad with less risk of cannibalizing sales of full-fledged/full-priced versions. The Starter version of Office  2010 is available only when preinstalled by Windows PC makers. It is basically reduced-functionality, ad-supported, free versions of Word and Excel meant to hook users in and convince them to upgrade to a full-fledged version of the product by buying an activation code. Could Microsoft use a similar strategy on iPads without requiring Apple to preload the SKU — and instead allowing users to grab a stripped-down Word and Excel combo for the iPad from the App Store, hoping they’ll ultimately be willing to shell out more for a full version of the suite?

Microsoft officials have been vague as to when and how Office will run on ARM, other than to say it will run natively. Will Office on ARM be a Windows 8 notebook thing only — and maybe not until 2013? Or will it also be on Windows 8 ARM tablets (Microsoft’s closest equivalent to an iPad), too, some time in 2012?  Once we know the answer to that question, maybe we’ll have more insight as to what the Office team has up its sleeve for the iPad….

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Selects Sophos

November 29th, 2011

Global IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has deployed Sophos endpoint anti-virus protection and Sophos web filtering to protect its IT network, which includes 6,000 end user devices across three hospitals and a clinic.

NHS IT security specialist and Sophos partner, BMS, had a long-standing relationship with the Trust and both proposed the solution and provided additional migration services to make switching from Heart of England’s previous anti-virus and web security providers even easier.

The Heart of England Trust is one of the leading foundation trusts in the UK, with over 10,000 employees providing general and specialist hospital care for the people of East Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and South Staffordshire. The Trust needed to implement comprehensive protection for the network, as well as all end user devices – including laptops and desktops – that was easy to manage and provided concise, flexible reporting tools.

The Heart of England Trust now uses Sophos’s web filtering to protect the network from viruses, as well as to help improve the productivity of staff by enabling granular management of internet use. Sophos’s live look-up technology also allows staff to securely connect to the network on laptops from remote locations.

“We needed to review our suppliers for several aspects of our IT security, and ideally were looking to work with a company that could offer all the solutions we needed in a single, easy-to-manage package,� said Didier Meert, Head of Technical Services, at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. “Sophos has a good reputation within the NHS and we found that it could offer everything we were looking for out of the box. Since implementing Sophos’s technology, we’ve found that the ease of reporting and management using one single interface has improved our security operations significantly. Sophos’s solutions are simple and easy to manage, providing us with effective protection, without requiring a lot of ongoing attention.�

The Heart of England Trust has initially rolled out Sophos web filtering and anti-virus protection, however it intends to implement email filtering/encryption and USB device protection in the near future. The Trust will also implement solutions to protect tablet devices as these are becoming more widely used by the hospitals and clinic. These solutions are included in Sophos’s offering and could prove vital since Sophos’s daily reporting has identified that removable devices are the cause of the majority of viruses across the network of hospitals.

“Sophos’s easy-to-use interface and management suite means that The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is able to scale its protection as required, to incorporate new devices such as tablets,� said Jonathan Lee, Healthcare Sector Manager UKI at Sophos. “Thanks to the flexibility of Sophos’s solutions, we are able to protect the network and all end-user devices across the Trust, helping to keep confidential information secure.�

“I’m delighted that we have been able to consolidate these IT security solutions, including endpoint, web and email security, for the Heart of England NHS Trust by utilising the excellent Sophos range thus delivering greater functionality at a reduced cost. This is a great example of an ‘NHS spend to save’ project,� said Tina Tsoukatos, Managing Director at BMS.

About Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust staff provides general and specialist hospital care across Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospitals, Good Hope Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic. The Trust also provides community health services across the borough of Solihull.

The Trust employs more than 10,000 members of staff, making it one of the top five employers in the Midlands.

About BMS

BMS is a leading IT Security Solutions provider, specialising in the Healthcare market place. BMS provide an holistic, single point of reference service, offering a range of IT Security and knowledge management solutions, into NHS organisations and other Public Sector areas. BMS offer best of breed solutions at competitive prices along with installation, training and support services.

BMS is a wholly independent organisation dedicated to investigating business problems for clients, proposing technology solutions to best fit their requirements and implementing these solutions. For more information see www.ithealth.co.uk

 

Kuwait Finance House pumps over half billion Kuwaiti dinars in retail sector in 2011

November 29th, 2011

The showroom will be built uniquely to attract new segments, especially that KF’s products and services are highly demanded.

He stressed that the showroom cements KF’s status as the most prominent market maker in Kuwait and the main player in boosting retail business, where KFH pumped over half billion Kuwaiti dinars by acquiring various constructions materials; thus allowing consumers to select what suits their financial abilities.

Moreover, Al-Khaled said that KFH’s efforts in increasing its sales outlets that are currently 58 outlets serve to meet the growing demand of merchants and individuals, which is what prompted the opening of a new showroom at the beginning of this year at Dajeej.

In addition, KFH plans to open a new showroom in 2013 near KFH’s current showroom in Shuweikh. The new showroom will occupy 38,000 square meters and will include all KFH’s commercial and banking services and products.

Furthermore, he explained that the main reason people make purchases is their need for various services and consumer products, not to mention the constant change in social, cultural, and economic needs of clients.

He went on to say that advanced technology is one of the factors that prompt clients to seek financing to meet their requirements.

However, Al-Khaled highlighted the fact that following Shariah is KFH’s unique identity, and stressed that all KFH’s business must be Shariah compliant.

You Don’t Need a Gmail App for Blackberry

November 29th, 2011

Gmail, one of the world’s best email providers, is pulling the plug on it’s app for the Blackberry platform.

While this may have come as a surprise to avid Blackberry users. Gmail can also be accessed natively on Blackberry, as OS 5.0 and above offer integrated native support for Gmail.

The enhanced Gmail™ Plug-in, you can even access multiple Gmail email accounts, use calendar and contact syncing, and even use Gmail-specific functions (Archive, Star, Label, Conversations View and Remote Search).

Lets get you started.

Integrating Gmail Account with BlackBerry Internet Service

You need to following to access Gmail’s set of awesome features

Data service plan from a wireless service provider

Gmail account

BlackBerry smartphone ( minimum 64 MB memory)

BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 or above

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or (later) users have the Enhanced Gmail Plug-in preinstalled on.

For 4.5 to 4.7 users, you’ll need to follow the following steps.

You’ll also receive a PIN message telling you how to install Enhanced Gmail Plug-in.

Go to Home Screen

Click on ‘Setup’

Click on Email Accounts.

Click on ‘Internet Mail Account, and then select ‘Gmail’

Feed your Gmail username and password, and then ‘Continue’

You can change the preset settings by choosing ‘Change Settings’.

This lets you alter your email name, email signature, and even your Email Account Name – this is what’s written on your default Home screen email icon – you can even change it to something like – ‘My Gmail’

A word of caution – Gmail-specific features can only be used if you open your Gmail via this icon, instead of the Messages icon on your BlackBerry.

BlackBerry 7 OS users, however, can use Gmail-specific features from the Messages icon, after integrating their account with their Gmail account.

Gmail Management on the Blackberry

Before continuing reading this, ensure you’ve installed the Gmail Enhanced Plug-in ( BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 to 4.7 users), before you can access Gmail features like labels, archiving messages, and applying stars to emails

Apply Stars by highlighting a Gmail message, pressing the Menu key and selecting ‘Add Star’ or ‘Remove Star. Touchscreen users can tap and hold on a message – this will produce the Add Star/Remove Star option.

Apply labels the same way – highlight a Gmail email message, press Menu and select “Labels” (tap and hold for touchscreen users)

Just like Gmail, simply check in the box next to the label, and clear the box to remove the label. Hit ‘Save’ to finish

Make or remove a new label directly from the list of Labels by pressing the Menu button, and selecting ‘New’. If you’ve highlight a label, pressing the Menu button gives you an option to delete it.

View Labeled Messages

The menu button lets you ‘View Folder’ – you can select a label in this. For touchscreen devices, there’s the ‘Filter’ button, right at the bottom of the Messages icon.

Archiving your Gmail

Highlight an email message from the Gmail icon, press the Menu key select ‘Archive’, and then ‘Yes’. Tap and hold on a message, and select Archive from the menu that appears.

You can also mark Spam using this method. (Technology, MensXP.com)

Also Read:

5 People Who Deserve Bharat Ratna

How to Enable Gmail’s New ‘Preview Pane’

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Microsoft readies new Kinect hardware for Windows PCs

November 28th, 2011

Microsoft is readying a new type of Kinect hardware to work with Windows that will build on the current Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor.

That revelation is from a November 22 post on the “Kinect for Windows blog” from Craig Eisler, the General Manager for Kinect for Windows (and a former leader in the Zune and Mac business units at Microsoft).

“(W)e have optimized certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios. Coupled with the numerous upgrades and improvements our team is making to the Software Development Kit (SDK) and runtime, the new hardware delivers features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for,” blogged Eisler.

Other hardware changes for the coming new Kinect hardware include a shortened USB cable and the inclusion of a “small dongle” to improve coexistence with other USB peripherals, Eisler said. There also will be new firmware delivered with the hardware that will enable the Kinect depth camera to see objects that are “as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device” without sacrificing accuracy or precision. This new “near mode” will facilitate the development of new “close up” applications which will be different from the living-room-distance ones that are tailored for the Kinect for Xbox.

Eisler also said that those working with the Kinect for Windows commercial license will get “ongoing updates in both speech and human tracking (where Microsoft has been investing for years).”

Microsoft officials said earlier this fall that the commercial licensing program for Kinect for WIndows will launch in early 2012. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.) More than 200 pilot customers are experimenting with potential business scenarios. Currently, the Kinect for Windows SDK is only available for hobbyist/noncommercial licensing.

It sounds as if the new Kinect hardware will launch at the same time as the commercial Kinect for Windows SDK, from today’s blog post.

I’d say it’s safe to assume from the limited information in today’s post that the new Kinect PC hardware will be an external peripheral (like the Kinect sensor for Xbox), and that Kinect sensors won’t be integrated inside Windows 8 PCs — a scenario envisioned by more than one of my readers. Do you agree? When do you think Kinect sensors will be just another component of Windows PCs and tablets”