Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The countries with the world’s fastest mobile internet

Roger Samara  |Mobile Internet
Roger Samara  |Mobile Internet

If you’re after blazing mobile data speeds, you should go to South Korea, Norway, or Hungary. Those are the countries with the fastest mobile internet connections, clocking over 30 megabits per second on average, according to new research by data analytic firm Open Signal.

Open Signal measured data speeds that the average user in 87 countries would experience, meaning that both 4G and 3G speeds were aggregated instead of measured in isolation. The average global speed for an LTE, or 4G, connection was 17.4 mbps, from an earlier Open Signal study, meaning the average mobile data connection in the top three fastest countries is nearly twice as fast as the global average.

The Open Signal report reveals another trend at work: Even as mobile data speeds increase, users are spending large amounts of time with mobile devices connected to wifi networks. For instance, mobile users in South Korea spend 50% of their time connected to wifi; in Norway it’s 55%, and in Hungary it’s 53%. This suggests that mobile data links aren’t being used to replace wifi networks, but to supplement them, the report says. By Roger Samara

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Summerlin Air Force veteran carves niche as computer technician

Roger Samara
Roger Samara | Summerlin Air Force

When Kevin Hoffnagle left the Air Force after serving in Afghanistan, he found it tough to get a job.

He didn’t find anything for a year. Then he turned to Veterans Affairs, who set him up with The Learning Center, 777 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 150.

Hoffnagle used his GI benefits to train as a computer technician. He was familiar with the work; he once took apart and rebuilt his computer. Without a car, he walked an hour each way to training.

“I’m real fit now,” he said. “It made me lose weight.”

The course was six weeks of classroom instruction, followed by a three-month unpaid internship. Besides vocational training through the VA, The Learning Center offers Purple Heart recipients a 12-day Microsoft Office Suite course (usually $2,595 ) free.

Hoffnagle’s internship was done at TLC Computer Solutions, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 112. Owner John Sinchak said he considered hiring Hoffnagle after the 12-hour a week internship was over, but said it would take another six months to get him trained for a technical position that was opening up. So he kept him on over the summer to see how did.

“We knew Kevin was dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and we knew about his back injury, so he came to us with those issues, which might be a deterrent to hire on a regular basis,” Sinchak said. “… Because he’s put so much effort into the program, we wanted to work with him and bring him into the organization.”

Hoffnagle proved to be a good fit as a back-room technician.

“I think this is the kind of environment that is good for him. It’s small enough we can keep close tabs on him, where in a larger business he might get lost in the shuffle,” Sinchak said.

This Christmas, Hoffnagle became certified and is now gainfully employed at TLC.

Part of the reason, Pinchas admitted, that he was working with The Learning Center was because the program provides a rebate for the veteran’s salary for a few months. Hoffnagle also received an allowance from the VA, covering tools, equipment, clothes and other items he might need during training.

“Since I know what I want to do now, it helps me (increase) my knowledge base,” Hoffnagle said. “To have this program available, it gives you a safety net you can use, even though you have to be a certain percentage disabled to use it. They get you into a (career) you can be good at.”

A fellow worker, Matthew Winther, had nothing but praise for how the Air Force prepared Hoffnagle for approaching any job.

“Kevin’s a real hard worker,” he said. “He’s got that military attitude. He comes to work and gets right to it. If I didn’t make him stop, I’m sure he’d still be here when I come back the next morning.”

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Juniper signs up tech alliance to secure software-defined networks

The alliance partnerships are to deploy security solutions for software-defined networks.

Juniper Networks is forming a collaboration alliance in order to expand software-defined secure networks.

Roger Samara - Juniper Networks
Roger Samara - Juniper Networks

Partnerships have been formed with a number of security providers across critical areas such as, endpoint security, cloud access security and network access control.

Together, the partners will integrate their individual technologies with Juniper’s Software-Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform. This is to allow customers to create cohesive security infrastructures for advanced threat intelligence sharing and prevention.

The companies joining Juniper’s existing alliances include Carbon Black, Netscape, Cipher Cloud, Fore Scout and Aruba.

Carbon Black is to deliver its endpoint security solution, this will be integrated with Juniper’s SDSN framework to extend its network solution and include endpoint visibility, protection and control.

The joint solution from the two companies will provide either a flexible on-premises, cloud or hybrid solution based on what the customer needs.

Netscape Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution will join together with Juniper’s enterprise security solutions. The purpose of this is to extend enforcement to the cloud to enable cloud awareness on firewalls and the ability to block employee access to malicious cloud services.

Roger Samara - Cipher Cloud
Roger Samara - Cipher Cloud
Cipher Cloud’s CASB platform is to target enterprise security solutions with visibility, adaptive control and strong encryption for cloud apps and data.

HPE Company, Aruba’s alliance with Juniper will see its Clear Pass security portfolio integrated with Juniper’s campus and branch network products and firewalls to deliver a unique solution that identifies next-gen security attacks for security and IT teams.

For More Information:-  Hannah Williams

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Computer tech keeps students on track

Roger Samara | Computer Tech
Roger Samara | Computer Tech
Computers were ready when Garreth Treadway started work at Fort Gibson Schools earlier this month.

"Since Jan. 3, I've probably seen and worked on more laptops than I've ever seen or worked on in the past year," said Treadway, the district's new computer technician.

Treadway's main responsibility is to keep 1,200 student laptops in good condition.
"We look for him to just take over the laptop program," said district Technology Director Jason Wicks.

Students who don't have their own laptops pay a tech fee to use the Dell laptops for the school year. They were purchased through the district's One-to-One program in 2013.

"These are a little older models, and they're slow," Wicks said.

Laptop repair needs include broken screens, keyboard issues or power charger problems, he said.

Treadway, 28, said he also helps Wicks on school work orders, such as projectors, teachers' computers, monitors.

"I work on basic needs on computer and computer-related issues," he said.

Treadway learned much of his computer skills at Indian Capital Technology Center's Tahlequah campus. He said his teacher and mentor, Buzzy Manning, gave him a wonderful learning environment.

Roger Samara - Computer Student
Roger Samara - Computer Student

Garreth Treadway uses his own set of tiny tools to work on computers at Fort Gibson Schools. He works mostly on student laptops.

He said he had always been interested in technology, "but I didn't know I had a passion for it until I went to my class at ICTC."

He said Manning took that interest and turned it into a passion.

"Throughout the year, she gave me the tools for me in 2016 to get my Comp Tools A-plus certification," he said. "We keep in contact and she helps me through some troubleshooting."

He said he placed third in computer maintenance at a state Skills USA competition, which tests job-oriented technical skills.

When he's not working, Treadway likes reading and learning more about computer technology.
Computer tech keeps students on track

Garreth Treadway works on a Fort Gibson Schools laptop computer. Students pay a fee to use the laptops during the school year.
Staff photo by Cathy Spaulding

"I like that it's ever-changing," he said. "The knowledge you think you know changes from minute to minute. It's not stagnate learning. You are always having to keep up with technology."

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