WiFi, Move Over – Here Comes LiFi

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Disney researchers last week demonstrated Linux Light Bulbs — a protocol for a communications system that transmits data using visible light communication, or VLC, technology.

Linux Light Bulbs can communicate with each other and with other VLC devices — such as toys, wearables and clothing — over the Internet Protocol, according to Disney scientists Stefan Schmid, Theodoros Bourchas, Stefan Mangold and Thomas R. Gross, who coauthored a report on their work. In essence, they could establish a LiFi network that would function in much the same way that WiFi works.

Scientists have been experimenting with the concept of using light to channel data transmissions for years. Previously, however, the use of VLC supported simple communication between devices. Linux Light Bulbs may take that process one step further by enabling networking on VLC devices.

However, the throughput is critically small compared to other visible light approaches, and the technology suffers from proximity limitations, noted James T. Heires, a consultant at QSM.

“Visible light technology is viable for the Internet of Things, but only on a limited basis. This is due to the physical limitations of visible light,” he told LinuxInsider. The transmitter and receiver “must be within line of sight of each other.”

How It Works

Modern light-emitting diode light bulbs, or LEDs, can provide a foundation for networking using visible light as a communication medium, according to the Disney researchers’ report.

The team modified common commercial LED light bulbs to send and receive visible light signals. They built a system on a chip, or SoC, running the Linux operating system, a VLC controller module with the protocol software, and an additional power supply for the added electronics.

The key to the project’s success was the Linux software that enabled the signals to work with the Internet Protocol. The VLC-enabled bulbs served as broadcast beacons, which made it possible to detect the location of objects on the network and to communicate with them.

The Linux connection is at the software level. The Linux kernel driver module integrates the VLC protocol’s PHY and MAC layers into the Linux networking stack.

The VLC firmware on a separate microcontroller communicates with the Linux platform over a serial interface, the report notes.

Slow Going

The drawback is the speed. The network’s throughput maxed out at 1 kilobit per second, noted SeshuKiran, founder of XAir.

“A data rate of 1 Kpbs means a maximum 2 to 3 pixels of a good photograph can be transmitted per second,” he told LinuxInsider. “Good luck with an entire photo. For half of an HD photo to go, it will take 10.66 days.”

The technology may not be fast enough to compete with other technologies. WiFi operates around 3 GHz, and invisible light frequency starts at 3 THz. That is some 1,000 times higher than the WiFi frequency.

“Technically, it should [seem] that light has a better promise in delivering data. It is true in theory — but electronics and circuits say otherwise,” said Kiran.

Made for IoT

Developers have proposed a wide range of applications for VLC tech — using LiFi in place of anything currently supported by commercial wireless technologies such as WiFi.

“The Disney effort is fairly limited in terms of performance, but other projects suggest that broadband quality data transfer performance is possible, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“The real issue driving VLC is the pervasiveness of the base technology,” he told LinuxInsider.

Data transfer solutions like Wi-Fi require specialized equipment, installation and maintenance. However, light fixtures are virtually everywhere.

“Since LED represents the future of commercial lighting, developers are suggesting that VLC capabilities could easily be enabled in existing homes and businesses without the need for expensive extraneous systems,” King said.

“On the IoT side, VLC would provide an easy way of connecting endpoint sensors to back-end systems without needing to build expensive, dedicated networks,” he pointed out.

The Disney researchers developed hardware peripherals that effectively turn a consumer LED fixture into a Linux host, including a kernel module that integrates the VLC’s physical and MAC (media access control) protocol layers with a Linux-based networking stack, King added.

Trying Times

Light has been used as a communication medium for decades. Major uses include fiber optics and infrared devices, noted Heires. Auto industry researchers have been investigating the incorporation of VLC tech into headlights and sensors to allow cars to communicate with each other and thus avoid collisions.

“Applications such as using light to extend the range of a WiFi signal are within reason. However, since light does not travel through solid objects, such as walls or floors, light is impractical for applications such as TV control, sensor monitoring or security,” he said.

Brighter Ideas to Come

One of the lowest data rate uses for VLC and the IoT is for automatic door openers equipped with light sensors at the lock. Point your smartphone at the door and flash a modulated-light app with a specific code to open the door.

Such a system would work for homes, hotels, garages and more.

Another use is modulating streetlights to deliver specific information, such as alerts and emergencies, across an entire city.

It also could be used to safeguard top secret communications between coworkers.

“If a light bulb in the garden could deliver commands for the automated sprinkler, … that would be “a definite possibility,” Kiran suggested. “Data rates are not yet crucial there.”

New Humanitarian Hotline Brings Hope, Transparency to Iraq

By Ali Reza

It is no secret that the Middle East has been ravaged and all but torn asunder by war and international conflict—and the country of Iraq has born one of the heaviest burdens of all. As innocents throughout the nation have suffered, organizations like the United Nations have attempted to send much-needed food and humanitarian supplies.

These acts of goodwill have arrived with accompanying anxiety, however: A common fear is that humanitarian gifts will be diverted, squandered, or—worst of all—intercepted by violent extremist groups, such as ISIS.

But now, the United Nations has provided a much-needed tool to mitigate these problems—a humanitarian hotline that can be used to report cases of diverted or intercepted humanitarian aid. Those in Iraq who fear that humanitarian gifts have been commandeered can call the hotline and file a report, confident that someone will investigate the problem.

This may seem trivial—investigating an interception is hardly as meaningful as preventing it in the first place—yet it is a communication channel that has never existed in Iraq. As such, it is—if nothing else—a step in the right direction.

The State of Humanitarianism in Iraq

 

There remains an acute need for humanitarian relief in Iraq, with more than 3.1 displaced Iraqis in the region and a number of well-meaning organizations seeking to help and support them. The problem is, these non-profit organizations all provide different telephone numbers and contact information; meanwhile, when Iraqis receive aid, they often don’t know exactly where it’s coming from or who they can contact about potential problems.

A large number of Iraqis use cellphones—78 percent, to be exact. Tools of communication are not at all rare, then, yet—according to one NGO/UN-sponsored report, Iraqis still live in an “information vacuum,” which hampers their ability to cope with the catastrophes that have befallen their land.

For internally displaced people (IDPs), then, there is not just a lack of information, but also no real way to communicate needs. These Iraqis have myriad problems and generally lack for resources, but their biggest issue may be the lack of any real way to communicate these shortfalls with those who could potentially help.

The Answer: A Call Center

There is no way to address all of these issues or completely bridge this communication gap overnight, but there the United Nations has taken a bold step forward with the expedient launch of a new call center, which will be jointly run by various UN agencies. The goal of the call center: To provide IDPs with information, to hear and respond to complaints, and to relay feedback and urgent needs to the applicable humanitarian organizations.

The call center was launched just over a month ago, funded by the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), in conjunction with several other bodies. The center provides one number—6999—that encompasses the entire humanitarian response system, and will hopefully bring some simplicity to a frequently confusing system.

Though the hotline currently comes with a charge, intense negotiations with a number of mobile providers has ensured that, at the end of August, the hotline’s services will become completely toll-free for the Iraqi people.

A Slow Start, a Hopeful Future

Again, this is all a step in the right direction, though it’s not quite a home run: Thus far, traffic into the call center has generally been slow, though the on-the-ground Iraqi team has noted that the call center is still in its pilot stage and has not been widely publicized in Iraq. Additionally, the hotline can only address a limited range of issues; sexually-motivated violence and abuse, for instance, are outside the scope of its powers.
For the first time, though, there is an easy way for Iraqis to ask questions or voice complaints about the state of their own humanitarian need—a way for them to navigate a bewildering relief system. And given how much these folks have been through, even a small step like this one feels significant.

Shia Wisdom Strongly Condemns Chattanooga Shooting

4 Marines Killed, Suspect is Dead, Motive is Being Investigated

By Ali Reza

Terrorism strikes again on U.S soil this time Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This act of “domestic terrorism” could also possibly be act of fundamental Sunni terrorism. According to CNN, the gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez who was a Kuwaiti born American citizen who may have acted alone by attacking two military centers and killing 4  marines. The authorities said that that they “will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not”.

Shia Wisdom Condemns  Chattanooga Terrorism

Shia Wisdom Strongly Condoms Chattanooga shooting That led to Killing of 4 Marines.
Whether this is considered as act of domestic terrorism or “Islamic terrorism”, we at Shia Wisdom denounce this act of heinous act and all acts of terrorism as they are in contradictions to pure teaching of Islam, teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), and His Holy Progeny.

Our thoughts and prayers are with family of the victims and although the suspect is dead,  we pray and support the authorities to find all links that led to this heinous act.

 

 

Shia Wisdom condemned the Suicide Bombing of Shia Mosque in Kuwait

Few weeks ago, when the suicide bombing in the Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia targeted the innocent worshippers inside Shia mosques, many political observers suggested the wave of violence will reach other places. Today we stand in sorrow and affliction to mourn the fallen men and children, who lost their lives while worshipping their lord during the holy month of Ramadhan. This time it was Shias of Kuwait’s turn to pay the price of being followers of Shia Islam, and deliberately be slaughtered without any consideration of time, place or justification.

Shia Wisdom strongly condemns the Suicide bombing of Imam Ja’afar Al Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, which consumed the lives of several innocent people and injured many others. Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti government is mandated to re-organize its security forces and intelligence services, as presence of ISIS affiliates is very clear and obvious in Kuwait. Kuwait is one of the few countries in the region, where the social fabric among the different groups of society has remained strong and stable. Neglecting the security needs and requirements of a substantial group of this society, will result in senses of abandonment and internal instabilities that will shake the foundation of co-existence in this country.

Unfortunately, the calamities have happened and there are grievances and afflictions among the masses. The Kuwaiti authorities should dissect and elaborate on the past and current similar events and take advantage of the lessons infolded within them to prevent any future incidents. The Shia Muslims of Kuwait are faced with substantial responsibility, as the entire world in supervising their reactions. Therefore, they are to practice the highest amount of self-control and coordinate new measure with the authorities to ensure the safety and security of Shia Muslims in this country is assured and safeguarded at all times.

Shia Wisdom and its staff send their condolences and prayers to the families of the innocent victims, and ask the almighty to grant them patient, tranquility and peace.

SHIA WISDOM
June 26, 2015

March 2015 Report What Has Happened in the Muslim World?

By Hussein Al-Rumaithi

Unfortunately, just like any other month, March has been full of grievances, calamities, massacres, domestic conflicts, regional conflicts and direct military intervention. Countries like Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan and Syria are the scenes of civilian casualties and violence, which is only aimed to implement the policies of certain regional powers.

Iraq

According to reports by Shia Rights Watch 376 Shia Muslims were killed and 165 injured in this country by non-state actors through car bombings, shootings and other violent means. However, due to the advancement of Iraqi forces and paramilitary forces fighting ISIL, many villages and towns were liberated and taken back by the Iraqis. Nonetheless, ISIL fighters and their affiliates increased their vengeance operations in the regions under their control and have persecuted many innocent Shia Muslims there.

Yemen

Prior to the military intervention of neighboring Gulf countries, Yemeni Shia Muslims were the victims of bombings and suicide attack in mosques and different places, which took the lives of 167 civilians. Islamic State groups claimed responsibility for these attacks and have promised to increase them in the following weeks as well. However, the air strikes in Yemen have resulted in many casualties among civilians as a refugee camp was bombed by the Gulf States jet fighters.

Syria

Shia Rights Watch reported 8 cases of beheadings among Shia Muslims in Syria during the month of March, and unfortunately exact numbers of civilian casualties and deaths have not yet been confirmed. However, the takeover of Adlib by Al-Nusra front and other Syrian opposition forces have endangered the lives of many Shia Muslims residing in the surrounding villages of this city. Due to lack of communication methods and information transmission, the conditions of these people is unknown.

Pakistan

As usual Pakistan had to be part of some vicious and violent attacks against Shia Muslims, which took the lives of 8 people and injured many others. On March 20th a bomb was detonated outside a Shia mosque in Karachi. In addition, in Lahore during a march to denounce the accusations against a Shia leader, gun shoots took the lives of several Shia Muslims and injured many more. In a separate incident, on March 9th a radical Islamic group named (Sepah-e-Sahaba) defaced a Shia mosque in Larkana with pro-ISIL graffiti.

Bahrain

Shia Muslims in Bahrain were brutally subjected to numerous brutal actions, which ranged from arrests to torture and injuries during marches and protests. Shia Rights Watch’s report for month of March has indicated that there were 21 new cases of arrests among Shia Muslims and 16 civilians were injured by state forces.

Saudi Arabia

Disturbing voice recording from a speech by the Imam of Mecca Holy mosque was circulated, which has been identified as a Friday sermon by Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais. This disturbing recording has clear indications of hate and anti-Shi’ism signs and statement, in an attempt to present the current military intervention of Saudi Arabia in Yemen as a war against Shia Muslims. Al Sudais publicly stated that we are in a war against Shia Muslims and they (Saudi Arabia) have all the intentions to declare this war in that manner to eliminate Shia Muslims and (Dogs) of Iran from the (Sunni) lands.

Rest of the Muslim World

Other countries like Morocco, Azerbaijan, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates were part of some unethical and barbaric actions against Shia Muslims as well. Reports from UAE indicated that the government of this country deported 60 Shia Muslims with no prior notice and warning. Disturbing incidents from all over the Middle East and Muslim countries indicate that Anti-Shi’ism tendencies are on the rise and the victims of these actions and policies are innocent and un-affiliated citizens.

February Report: Shia Wisdom Internal Report

Shia Wisdom’s February publications included a wide range of topics and subject that covered numerous aspects, which are linked to contemporary and socio-historical notion. The articles published in February covered matters relating to Politics, Religious Studies, Social Studies, history, economy and scientific matters from around the globe. As always the main goal of Shia Wisdom is spread of Shia awareness among our readers to give them an alternative perception about what Shia Islam is really about, and what are the true and bias opinions of this Islamic sect about different matters in this world.

  • Reviewing Hermeneutic. Relativity of Truth, Knowledge & Texts – Part 3. This article written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, was the third part of a philosophical, intellectual and religious research about RELATIVITY and its implications in notions of knowledge and intellect. The series are based on the thoughts and opinion of Ayatollah Sayed Murteza Al-Shirazi, who currently resides in Najaf, Iraq.
  • Jordanian Pilot, Charlie Hebdo and others VS Shia Victims (When double standards become a norm). Written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, this article shed some light on the notion of double standards and marginalization against Shia Muslims and their calamities, when it comes to receiving media coverage. The main argument of this article included the case of Charlie Hebdo and the captured Jordanian military pilot and how the International Media played a big role in creating an enormous propaganda for them, while hundreds of similar cases were abandoned.
  • Voice of Human Justice: Ali Ibn Abi Talib (Politics never bends Ali. Ali bends politics). Part 1, Part 2. This article, which was written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, shed the light on the life of Imam Ali and his political and social conducts, which are still the perfect examples form humans around the world. This article presented historical examples from the life of Imam Ali and his legacy in the Islamic World, and how he presented the true nature of Islam and its tolerance and mercy.
  • Youth of Karbala visit the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral in Baghdad. Shia Wisdom published a report about a group of Shia youth from Karbala, Iraq (Vision Organization), who visited the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral as part of harmony week between religions and sects. Both parties discussed the current state of Iraq’s struggle against ISIL and the other challenges, which Iraq is facing.
  • Do Muslims need immaculate culture? This was an article based on the quotes and statements of his Excellency Grand Ayatollah Sayed Sadeq Al-Shirazi about the notion of immaculacy and immaculate culture. Translated by Hassan Hadi, the article presented an intellectual and cognitive definition of the subject and gave a clear resolution for the question.
  • Role of Muslim Youths in the West. Part 1, part 2 and part 3. Written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, this article was divided in three parts and included a thorough dissection and induction in the thoughts and opinions of late Imam Al-Shirazi, who is one of Shia Islam’s greatest scholrs of modern era. The articles present a clear and direct guideline for an Muslim youth residing in the west, and how he/she must act and behave in western societies.
  • OFFICIAL STATEMENT. Shia Wisdom condemn the Copenhagen terror attack
  • Islamic Political System. A brief but yet thorough dissection by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, about the difference between political Islam and Islamic Politics, which sheds the light on current and previous cases of Islamic states.
  • Current turmoil of Middle East and Emergence of ideological identities. Also written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi, this article sheds the light on the emergence of ideological and neo-political identities and ideological struggles in the Middle East after the ARAB SPRING.
  • Why most of Shia Imams are buried in Iraq? (Iraq & Shia Muslims). A historical, socio-political article written by Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi about Iraq and history of Shia Islam and Iraq specifically. The article dissects the rationale behind the presence and burial of majority of Shia Imams in Iraq and its impact on this country, from a political, religious, social and ideological perspective.
  • Journey of a Muslim convert to Shia Islam. This article was written by Brother Robert Silva, about his experience in averting to Shia Islam after converting to Islam. Silva gives a thorough and precise set of factors and reasons behind his decision to choose Shia Islam as his faith. Find out about Robert Silva’s journey by clicking on the following link:
  • Science & religion are compatible. Written by Ali Reza, this article presented a Quranic, narrational and scientific facts about the compatibility of science with religion of Islam.
  • Why does a Shia Muslim follow a scholar? Concept of Taqleed. This article unveils the rationale behind following a jurist, which is the responsibility of each adult and sane Shia Muslim. Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi dissects the logical, religious and ideological evidences from Shia literature, which cover the notion of Taqleed in Shia Islam.
  • The current scholars of Shia Muslims. Who are the scholars that Shias around the globe follow? Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi presents a brief but precise biographical and intellectual background about the current Shia Muslim jurists, who are followed by millions of Shia Muslims around the world.
  • Is there an unaskable question in Islamic belief? A nice and sensitive article about some of the most taboo and sensitive issues in Muslim World. Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi gives a thorough and intellectual dissection about the notion of unaskable questions in Islam and how they were developed out of political tendencies.
  • Greatest Shia scholars of all time. Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi provides the readers of Shia Wisdom with a list of scholars, who are considered the greatest among Shia Muslims. The scholars mentioned in the article as argued by Dr. Al-Rumaithi have developed methods and conclusions for Muslims and the world, which are still useful in present day. The matters and subjects that those scholars were active in cover a wide range of sciences like, philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, engineering, physics, medicine, theology and etc.
  • Muslims & Contemporary Challenges (Part 1 & part 2). Dr. Hussein Al-Rumaithi’s article talks about the contemporary challenges in the Muslim world, which are preventing development and reform. Dr. Al-Rumaithi analyzes a set of intellectual, social, political and economic challenges as the struggles of modern Islamic societies.
  • International Mother Language Day in Karbala. Sponsored by Vision Organization and UN Mission and Vision organization for culture and development, the youth of Karbala joined a workshop, which unveiled new projects and cultural activities like Youths Without Borders in Karbala and Iraq. Numerous academic and political Iraqi figures took part in the workshop and talked about their opinion in regard of the subjects discussed.

 

February Report. What Has Happened in the Muslim World?

By: Hussein Al-Rumaithi

The month of February was a month of usual hardships and calamities for Shia Muslims in the Middle East, which took the lives of many innocent people only because of their belief. Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Muslims world witnessed some brutal attacks against Shia Muslims and as usual there was minimal coverage regarding these massacres.

Iraq:

  • 11 people and 50 others were wounded in a crowded market in the Shia town of Balad Ruz north of Iraq Capital Baghdad.
  • 16 people guarding the Holy Shrine of Imam Al-Askari in Samara were killed along with 31 others wounded in a car bomb.
  • ISIL attacked the national history Museum of Mosul and destroyed many historic and ancient artefacts.
  • A car bomb in a western Baghdad Shia neighborhood killed four citizens and injured many others.
  • A car bomb kills 3 Iraqi citizens and injures many others in Abu Dashir neighborhood of Baghdad.
  • Undisclosed number of victims were killed in a car bombing in the famous Shorja Market of Baghdad.
  • 7 people were killed in a Shia neighborhood in New Baghdad.
  • ISIL fighters demolish a Shia shrine in the city of Mosul.

Syria:

  • The small towns of Al-Nubbal and Al-Zahra near Aleppo, which have a Shia majority were brutally attacked by Al-Nusra front and until this day the real number of victims have not been confirmed. These two towns have been accused of supporting the regime of Bashar Al-Assad due to their faith, and they have been placed in a long blockade for months. The food and water supply for these two towns have finished for a long time and news from the towns suggest sever starvation and deadly diseases are ravishing the residents.
  • A car bomb kills 11 people in the town of Sayeda Zainab, where the shrine of Sayeda Zainab (daughter of Imam Ali & Lady Fatima Al-Zahra) is located.

Pakistan:

Month of February was a horrific month for Pakistan, as the country witnessed several attacks in different places with car bombing and gun men storming mosques. The February 17th bombing in Lahore took the lives of several people and wounded many others. In addition, on February 13th, three suicide bombers entered a Shia mosque in the city of Peshawar and stormed the worshipers inside the mosque, killed and injured dozens of Shia Muslims, which was announced as the deadliest attack in February.

In addition, three other Shia Muslims were killed, when a terrorist attack targeted a Shia mosque in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Another attack on a Shia mosque in Southern Pakistan took the lives of many others and injured many more. The total number of victims for the month of February in Pakistan has been announced as 68 killed and 176 injured in 35 terrorist attacks across Pakistan.

Afghanistan:

Mohammad Ashraf, governor of Zabol province in Afghanistan announced that 30 Shia Muslims were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination. However, no group has claimed responsibility for this action, but it is believed these Shia Muslims have faced a deadly fate and the possibility of their return is very minimal.

Bahrain:

  • 72 Shia Muslims were stripped out of their citizenship in Bahrain for their activities against the Bahraini government, which has been crushing the Shia majority of this country due to their efforts to gain some rights and freedom.
  • A dozen of women were taken into custody in different parts of Bahrain, due to frail and weak allegations of causing instability and unrest in the country.
  • Many Shia clergymen including Sheikh Ali Salman (leader of Al-Wifaq) opposition party were taken into custody.
  • Police forces of Bahrain attack several protests and storm them with tear gas and live ammunition, which leads to death of several Shia citizens.
  • The government of Bahrain closes and demolishes several Shia mosques and centers in Bahrain.

There has been other actions and arbitrary measure against Shia Muslims all over the Middle East, which the details are not available at the current time. The conditions of Shia Muslims is worsening in the Muslims world and the hatred toward them is being fuelled by concentrated Arab Media, which is using such coverage for political reasons to gain political momentum in the region.

Shia Wisdom Condemns the Copenhagen Terror Attack

Once again the hands of barbarism and brutality have inflicted sorrow and grieve upon the

intellectual and free minds of the world, in an attempt to break the moral strength and determination of

the free world. Shi’a Wisdom strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Copenhagen, Denmark, which

took the life of an innocent man and wounded two others.

The right to criticize and question is Godly given, and has been guaranteed in all religions and

holy scriptures. The biography of Prophet Mohammad and his holy household suggests that, during their

time, they tolerated notions of opposition and criticism and dealt with it in a very benevolent and

compassionate manner. It is narrated during the Caliphate of Imam Ali, Islam witnessed the first

opposition protest, and Imam Ali accepted their demands and did not use coercive means to marginalize

his oppositions.

Therefore, Shia Wisdom invites the International community and all intellectual bodies to

dissect the truthful legacies of Prophet Mohammad and Islam as a religion from the holy house of

Prophet Mohammad and witness the mercy, tolerance, freedom and logic Islam has to offer to

humanity.

Our prayers go to the victims of this terrorist act and their families, and we shall all pray for the

day, when peace, tranquility, prosperity and freedom prevails and darkness and tyranny diminishes.

Shia Wisdom Technology News

By Ali Reza

Below are some tech updates for this week.

Apple and IBM Partnership is Going to Expand

About two months go,  IBM and Apple announced a new partnership to create solution for businesses using Apple’s iPad and IBM’s business solutions. This partnership seems to be successful so well that the two companies have plans of expansion say UBS analyst Steven Milunovich.

Currently the two companies have released over 20 apps and by end of this quarter over 100 apps will be released according to Apple’s CEO. The growth has been so good that Apple is expanding its enterprise sales force to keep up with the plan. Read More.

Google and Twitter Make a Data Sharing Deal

Those of us in the world of online marketing know how much this was needed. In the past Google was able to index Twitter’s data and show some tweets in the search results but Twitter shied away from that deal a few years back because the company’s CEO at the time believed sharing data would not be in Twitter’s best interest and only empower Google. But as the social media competition has multiplied since then, Twitter is trying to keep up by making improvements including introducing more targeted ads and opening its doors to Google again.  Both companies (Google and Twitter) have confirmed this deal and experts believe this deal will have great impact on online and search marketing.

Samsung to Compete with iPhone with a 3 Sided Screen Smartphones

Most of us nowadays cannot go on without our smartphones and the top two competing smartphone operating systems are currently iOS created by Apple and used by iPhone and Android OS which is made by Google that is used on many smartphones including Samsun Galaxy smartphones.  This new  smartphone by Samsun will have 5.1-inch screen that’s sloped on both  sides

If you are wondering what the phone looks like, Mashable released an image noting that the Samsun is reported to have 5 smartphones with similar design coming out soon.

 

White House Creates a New Agency for Cyber Security

Announced this Tuesday, the White House has created a new agency that focuses on cybersecurity dealing with threats against the US and American businesses and organizations.  The name of this new agency is Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center(CTIIC) which will act similar to National Counterterrorism Center that was established after 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. CTIIC will not collect any additional data but it is meant to assist existing agencies such as the FBI, CIA and the Department of Homeland Security with their cybersecurity challenges.

The Visit of the youth of holy city of Karbala to the Armenian orthodox cathedral in Baghdad.

By Mohammed Alsafi

Vision organization for Culture and Development sponsored by Masarat organization for cultural and media development organized a field trip for a group of the youth of Karbala as a part the harmony week between religions to the Armenian orthodox cathedral in Baghdad, where Mr. Sarkis Malkilian the secretary of the Armenian Youth Association welcomed us.

Mr. Sarkis welcomed the delegation with a warm heart and gave the youth an introduction about the history of Armenians in Iraq, especially after the genocide of Armenians in 1915, and the challenges and difficulties which they faced and still facing by the community in Iraq, a century after the genocide.

And Mr. Saad Salloum The head of Masarat organization added telling the importance of communication between youth and religious components in Iraq as bridges between communities, and gave a summary of the impacts of the genocide at the international level and the importance of preparing to revive its centennial.

And Mr. Mohammed Maash the head of the youth delegation thanked Mr. Sarkis for his warm reception, and Masarat organizations to organize the visit, and they agreed to communicate in a common activity to receive the Armenian youth in the holy city of Karbala to introduce them to the city’s landmarks and heritage and the holy places in it.