ZTE’s new Firefox smartphone will only be sold on eBay

ZTE

Mobile manufacturers ZTE are to become the first company to sell a smartphone running the new Firefox operating system in the UK and the US markets. The handset, priced at £59.99, will be available exclusively on e-commerce site eBay.

The ZTE Open runs applications written in the web-based HTML5 language rather than a unique company-owned platform. Mozilla, the creators of the Firefox web browser, says the phone will inspire a “new wave of innovation”.

A spokesman for the Chinese manufacturers ZTE said the handset was aimed at first-time smartphone users. The phone is already on sale in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela, via telecommunications company Telefonica, and ZTE says the Open will be available “soon” on eBay in the UK and the US. It will be not be locked to a specific mobile network operator.

The ZTE Open is one of the first smartphones to rely completely on HTML5 based applications

New curriculum: A crash course in the digital economy

Digital economy

Higher education has a well recognised crisis: the gap between what is taught in business schools and what is expected by managers in high growth industries of their incoming employees.

It is a chasm that leads to unemployment, underemployment, and disengagement for the Millennial workforce, and frustration for enterprises who cannot find and retain qualified employees for jobs unfilled.

Higher Education institutions tend to resist innovation. They are risk-averse, while being overly concerned with maintaining tradition. It is easier for departments and professors to keep doing what they have been doing in prescriptive, conventional methods rather than find new ways to deliver education as a service in innovative and effective ways.

The solution is to engage students in active learning by applying the latest business research and enterprise architecture models to real business challenges. As a result of incorporating the use of social business, big data, mobility and cloud computing into the curriculum students leave prepared with the skills they’ll immediately use to service customers and collaborate with colleagues and partners in today’s global and digital economy.

This is exactly what Hult International Business School and IBM have partnered to do.

In an effort to combat the growing skills gap, IBM and Hult International Business School have partnered to create a first-of-its-kind curriculum that is focused on the emergence of the digital service economy, dedicated to preparing today’s graduate student with the critical skills they’ll need to be competitive and successful in today’s increasingly social and digital business landscape.

IBM and Hult are working to educate and enable students with skills that best serve today’s global, mobile and social customer. This new academic program provides Hult students with the opportunity to deepen technical and business skills in areas such as enterprise social networking, which has seen a significant uptake in adoption over the past five years and continues to grow and transform how organisations do business.

The new curriculum is part of Hult International Business School’s Corporate Partnership Elective program, and brings together MBA students with IBMers to help address the need for skills in areas like social business and analytics. Hult approaches the partnership with IBM as an opportunity for systematic innovation to improve its capability to bridge the gap between business education and the skills/competencies global hiring managers seek.

Counting the Internet of things in real time

For extreme numbers people who might want to track things as they connect to the Internet, Cisco has created the Internet of Everything Connections Counter.

Cisco loves the Internet of things. After all, the company is in the business of selling software and hardware to help enable what it says will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020.

Things include billions of sensor-packed mobile devices, coffeemakers, cardiac monitors, cars, roads, parking meters, supermarket shelves, cattle, thermostats, and skin, just to name a few. By Cisco’s count, 50 billion things are just 2.7% of all the things that will be on the planet in 2020.

According to Cisco’s latest revelations, 80 things per second are connecting to the Internet, and by 2020, 250 things will connect each second. For people who want to keep track of the number in “real time,” the company created the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Connections Counter.

Link:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57596162-76/counting-the-internet-of-things-in-real-time/