During my visit to Cupertino, California, I had the opportunity to visit WittyParrot who optimizes efficiency of sales staff's communication with customers, be it email, document/presentation creation or social media outreach. They enable companies with large and small sales staff to speak with one voice. It is done with their always-on widget called WittyWidget which hosts "wits" that are reusable content blocks that any user can drag and drop into variety of online or offline applications such as email, word processor or a power point presentation. It is for sales people to save time and to not retype the same thing over and over again without consistency within the company. It also connects seamlessly with popular social media applications such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. WittyWidget can be considered an intelligent personal assistant available online and offline bringing reusable content blocks (wits) at the point of use, whenever it is needed, wherever it is required.
MentorCloud connects Mentors with Mentees, as everyone had mentors both in personal and professional lives and many are mentors for others. A mentor can help steer you in the right direction, the fastest way with best results, call them guru, call them coach, mentors play a huge role in our lives. But we can’t leave mentoring to chance, it does not happen automatically, where do mentee’s in an organization go to find mentors? MentorCloud provides these answers to their customers worldwide. They connect employees and entrepreneurs with relevant subject matter experts and mentors anywhere with the organization they belong to or externally on MentorCloud’s pre-qualified global network. Their vision is “Mentoring Beyond Borders” and they are achieving their vision by servicing customers like Stanford University GSB (alumni and academia), TiE Silicon Valley (entrepreneurs), LandOLakes (farmer to farmer mentoring), NAWBO (Women Business Owners), Yunus& Youth, SABLE Accelerator (SA), GSI Accelerator (Portuguese speaking countries), TrepCamp in Mexico and several more.
I think that the concept of MentorCloud has a huge potential to impact many people across all industries and countries because if they can make the mentoring process easy to implement and sustain between people with skills and knowledge and the people who seek help and guidance to improve their skills and knowledge.
Potential benefits to organizations include:
- Improve retention and engagement by giving employees access to the right experts and resources to develop themselves to their full potential
- Identify high-potentials for leadership planning and talent mobility
- Enhance productivity by allowing cross-functional collaboration in a way that cuts across hierarchies and organizational silos
- Faster on-boarding of new hires
- Accelerate skills development with in-context learning from mentors
- Unleash collective wisdom of your employees by allowing them to freely generate and co-create new ideas and initiatives
- Capture wisdom of experienced executives, retiring or those leaving voluntarily.
Acer's first ARM Powered Chromebook, to be released from around October onward, the price starts around $279/279€ for the basic HD 2GB RAM version, $20/20€ more for 4GB instead of 2GB RAM, going up to $379/379€ for the version with FHD display and 4GB RAM.
Toshiba releases their 13.3" FHD Glossy 4GB RAM at $349/349€ and HD Matte 2GB RAM $249/249€ Chromebooks, based on Intel Celeron processors, they are thinner, 200gr lighter, better designed and with a battery life of 9hr for the FHD and 11.5hr for the HD one, where Google says the battery life can be enhanced even further with software update.
Shenzhen Pu He Tai manufactures Allwinner A33 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 Tablets, also has an R&D PCB design department and makes Tablet PCBs which they also sell to other Tablet factories, able to make 20 thousand Tablet PCBs per day. On this tour you get to see Pu He Tai's SMT line, Tablet assembly, packaging, and more.
Lenovo is the first to show off MediaTek's new LTE-enabled MT6595 Octa-core processor, featuring 4 ARM Cortex-A17 cores with 4 ARM Cortex-A7 cores, with 4K H265 video record and playback, with LTE on the main die for the first time for MediaTek, they advertise it having MediaTek CorePilot HMP heterogeneous multiprocessing technology, enabling to run at the full power of all 8 processor cores while also scaling down to lowest power consumption, it may be one of the fastest ARM processors on the market yet. Lenovo introduces with Vibe X2 their new layered design mixing materials by the layer which makes for a new style of smartphone design that is really interesting. Lenovo Vibe X2 retails at $399 in the markets where it gets released.
Altera talks about their upcoming ARM solution made at the Intel Fab using Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate technology, it's the Altera Stratix10 FPGA delivering 2x core performance increase over previous FPGA solutions, 70% power savings using the 64bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor design, 3D-capable for integrating SRAM, DRAM ASIC, all manufactured on Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate Fab. See more at: http://www.altera.com/devices/fpga/stratix-fpgas/stratix10/stx10-index.jsp You can also watch my video filmed last year with analyst Nathan Brookwood who initially reported on Intel manufacturing ARM Processors for Altera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XB88WVxBsY
DivX shows their Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) video-on-demand demo. It is an adaptive bitrate streaming technique that enables high quality streaming of media content over the Internet delivered from conventional HTTP web servers. Similar to Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) solution, MPEG-DASH works by breaking the content into a sequence of small HTTP-based file segments, each segment containing a short interval of playback time of a content that is potentially many hours in duration, such as a movie or the live broadcast of a sports event. The content is made available at a variety of different bit rates, i.e., alternative segments encoded at different bit rates covering aligned short intervals of play back time are made available. As the content is played back by an MPEG-DASH client, the client automatically selects from the alternatives the next segment to download and play back based on current network conditions. The client selects the segment with the highest bit rate possible that can be downloaded in time for play back without causing stalls or rebuffering events in the playback. Thus, an MPEG-DASH client can seamlessly adapt to changing network conditions, and provide high quality play back without stalls or rebuffering events.
Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat, talks about Red Hat showing off their ARM Partner Early Access Program running on AMD's ARMv8 64bit Seattle and on the Applied Micro ARMv8 64bit X-Gene Mustang booting both with UEFI and ACPI on a single same Kernel with no changes, common platform. Jon Masters talks about the Linaro Enterprise Group's status and how much is yet required to be done for ARMv8 Servers to get into mass deployments worldwide.