Tag: Highlights

11
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Travel Channel Paranormal Programming Highlights for October 12th – 25th

UPCOMING PREMIERES

NEW SEASON

GHOST NATION

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are back for more adventures to the other side in a new season of “Ghost Nation.” This season’s locations have bigger mysteries, are more chilling and have never been investigated on television. And this time, they are calling in an old friend for some help – paranormal investigator Shari DeBenedetti. On all investigations, collecting evidence is just the beginning. With the help of their local contacts, they’re going to embed themselves in the community, conducting multi-day investigations in an effort to track down the true source of these hauntings and restore peace to the living. Under the United Paranormal Research Organization (UPRO) banner, local paranormal groups will join the team as they employ new devices and techniques for confronting and questioning spirits. They’ll do whatever it takes to entice the ghost into telling its story and stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the paranormal phenomena. [Hour-long episodes]

SEASON PREMIERE: “Evil Ink” – Premieres Saturday, October 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti investigate the paranormal events plaguing the Zone13 Tattoo and Body Piercing shop in New Jersey. They head to the town of Deptford to investigate the tattoo shop where disturbing apparitions, disembodied voices and even physical encounters are threatening the business. After their own investigation, it seems that whatever noises the team are hearing are following them as they move. With all these strange happenings and fresh evidence, the UPRO team will determine if the shop is actually haunted by one of the property’s former owners, a woman named Bertha.

“911 Fear Factory” – Premieres Saturday, October 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti head to Millville, New Jersey,

08
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Flipkart, Paytm, Byjus, PhonePe to Zomato, Bernstein highlights top private Internet firms that may go for IPOs in 2021 and beyond





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Some of the names highlighted in this report are the ones whose services all of us use in our day to day life – Flipkart, Paytm, Byjus, PhonePe, Zomato, Policybazaar, Delhivery, Big Basket. Bernstein says these companies may well go for IPOs in 2021 and beyond.

These companies have significant market share in their respective industry and they have thrived extremely well during tough situations in Indian market. As we have seen in the past few months, many new companies have got listed in Indian market and their IPOs were highly oversubscribed in the retail category too. Also, the majority of these IPOs did reward investors with extremely high returns which makes them all the more attractive. 

Now, retail investors can monitor these companies in internet space extremely closely as they have a humongous growth potential in India and can give excellent returns to investors. Many retail investors are not only looking at these IPOs for listing gains but also as a strong investment theme which can yield handsome returns in the next few years.

THE INTERNET ECOSYSTEM THEME IN INDIA

The growth in Indian E-Commerce is driven by online penetration (still very low penetration in eCommerce and life services), offline integration (internet companies turning offline as an addressable market), and traffic concentration, which is the conglomerates premium.

 The E-Commerce market is expected to grow from US $24 bn in 2018 to US $133 bn in 2025 (CAGR of 30%). Online shoppers are projected to reach 330 mn by 2025, driving online retail market growth. The increase in internet penetration, higher per capita income, broader selection, and convenient delivery are driving adoption and growth.

 Life services and Food delivery which includes food delivery, ride hailing, and online travel booking is expected to increase from US

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

IBM Surges As Infrastructure Spin-Off Highlights Cloud Focus

International Business Machines Corp.  (IBM) – Get Report shares jumped higher Thursday after the cloud-focused computer group said it would spin off its infrastructure division.

IBM said it will sell its ‘managed infrastructure services unit’, a legacy division that sits within the group’s global technology services group. The move will help concentrate IBM’s focus on hybrid cloud growth, the company said, which have been driving group earnings under new CEO Arvind Krishna.

IBM said the separation, a tax-free spin-off to IBM shareholders, will likely be completed by the end of next year.

“IBM is laser-focused on the $1 trillion hybrid cloud opportunity. Client buying needs for application and infrastructure services are diverging, while adoption of our hybrid cloud platform is accelerating,” Krishna said. “Now is the right time to create two market-leading companies focused on what they do best. IBM will focus on its open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities. NewCo will have greater agility to design, run and modernize the infrastructure of the world’s most important organizations.”

“Both companies will be on an improved growth trajectory with greater ability to partner and capture new opportunities – creating value for clients and shareholders,” he added.

IBM shares were marked 7.5% higher in early trading following news of the division sale to change hands at $133.62 each, the highest since early June.

IBM’s second quarter cloud revenues rose 30% to $6.3 billion. as well as solid sales from its cloud and cognitive software division, following a re-focus of business operations and reporting strucures announced last year.

Free cash flow generation also impressed, growing 15% year-on-year and snapping several quarters of decline under the previous executive team, while margins and cash collections improved.

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

ACMA survey highlights how COVID-19 changed Australia’s online behaviour

Australia’s reliance on the internet and communication services grew significantly for the six months to June 2020, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 2020 annual consumer survey has revealed.

It showed that 99% of Australians accessed the internet, an increase from 90% of Australians who accessed the internet during the same period last year.

The survey suggested the increase in online activities was likely driven by the COVID-19 restrictions that were introduced in March 2020, given that there were no significant changes from 2018 to 2019.

Emailing, web browsing, banking, and watching videos remained the most popular online activities during the six months.

Read: Long-term remote work is leading to a global drop in productivity (TechRepublic)

Also, for the first time, the ACMA survey showed the participation rates of users going online for accessing news, posting and engaging with content, video conferencing and calling, working from home, telehealth consultations, and studying from home.

When the survey examined how COVID-19 restrictions changed online activity participation, it showed four out of five Australian adults started or increased their participation for both telehealth consultations, and video conferencing and calling.

Specifically, 45% started telehealth consultation, while another 38% increased their telehealth activities. Meanwhile, video conferencing increased by 59%, followed by work from home at 50%, and study from home at 10%.

Gambling and the purchase of lottery tickets online saw the biggest decline at 34% and 22%, respectively, since COVID-19.

The ACMA added that Australians who started or increased their online activities due to the COVID-19 restrictions were more likely to be aged 18-54 than 55-plus.

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Change in internet activities since COVID-19.


Image: ACMA

ACMA’s survey also highlighted how the number of devices that Australian internet users used increased, with the average Australian user accessing 4.4 types of devices, versus just four last

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft Security Report Highlights New Sophisticated Threats From Nation State Actors

If it wasn’t clear that cybersecurity is the new frontier in our evermore-connected world, a recent report from Microsoft, entitled the “Digital Defense Report,” details how rapidly escalating security threats are growing in sophistication and pervasiveness from nation state actors in China, Iran, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. Specifically, ransomware attacks enabled by widespread phishing campaigns that steal credentials are on the rise, along with a myriad of other high profile targets and the IoT.

“This report makes it clear that threat actors have rapidly increased in sophistication over the past year, using techniques that make them harder to spot and that threaten even the savviest targets. For example, nation-state actors are engaging in new reconnaissance techniques that increase their chances of compromising high-value targets, criminal groups targeting businesses have moved their infrastructure to the cloud to hide among legitimate services, and attackers have developed new ways to scour the internet for systems vulnerable to ransomware,” notes Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Customer Security And Trust, Tom Burt. This particular observation Microsoft’s Digital Defense Report makes is both troubling and obvious at the same time. Cybercriminals hiding the vast resources of cloud infrastructure are the new normal. Malicious bots powered by mainstream cloud resources have random IPs that aren’t easy to trace back to nefarious individuals and organizations.

Meanwhile, botnets fueled by compromised IoT devices with weak credentials harness hundreds of thousands of machine resources to wage DDoS attacks at a very large scale. In fact, in the first 6 months of 2020, there was 35% increase in IoT attack volume, versus the same period in 2019. To say that things are getting a bit out of hand would be