WASHINGTON: ‘ Africa Once a Poor Relation Supported by US Aid Now Reliant on Big Business Through US Investment But How Sincere Will Their Intentions Eventually Become’

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 06 – As President Obama commenced hosting the African Summit CEO’s from major corporations gather to sign contracts with American Investment dollars at the ready.

​These chief executives of Wal-Mart, the Coca-Cola Company and IBM are among those rubbing elbows with more than 50 African heads of state in Washington during Tuesday’s business forum, a highlight of the three-day event reported the Hill.

Africa was once seen more as a destination for U.S. charity than a place to invest, but that is quickly changing.

General Electric on Monday announced a $2 billion investment in the continent, and called Africa its “most promising growth region.”

Business groups say U.S. policies, however, still reflect outdated ideas of Africa’s potential.


​For example, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, ushered into law during the Clinton administration, granted free access to the U.S. economy for certain goods from African countries that made progress toward adopting market-based economies.

But the trade pact has often been criticized for being dominated by petroleum projects.

The deal is up for reauthorization, and business groups are pressing for changes that would recognize Africa’s growing clout by including provisions that lower tariffs for U.S. businesses looking to expand into Africa markets.

Business groups argue such changes are critical in that the original AGOA was written when Africa’s economies were much smaller.

Now, six of the fastest-growing global economies last year are on the continent.

China is in many ways ahead of the United States when it comes to investments in Africa, and that’s spurred on the idea of this week’s summit.

A lot different to the situation in 2013 when this happened, now they need Africa’s Mineral Wealth and Oil and will go cap-in-hand to persuade African Heads of State of their Intentions, but how honourable will these intentions really turn out to be in the end.

By Ian K Draper @AceNewsServices

Contributions from Bloomberg and The Hill

#ANS2014

#africa, #african-growth-and-opportunity-act, #agoa, #barack-obama, #ibm, #list-of-sovereign-states-and-dependent-territories-in-africa, #united-states, #washington

` IBM has not provided ` Client Data ‘ to ` NSA ‘ or any other ` Government Agency ‘

#AceSecurityNews “IBM has not provided client data to the NSA or any other government agency under any surveillance program involving the bulk collection of content or metadata,” Robert Weber, the company’s senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs, wrote in a blog post quoted by Reuters.

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corporation has not relinquished its customers’ data to the U.S. government and would challenge any orders to do so, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

The post by the world’s largest technology service provider is the latest backlash by a tech company against U.S. electronic surveillance practices, after published reports on Wednesday that alleged the government used websites to break into computers.

#ANS2014

#ibm, #nsa, #reuters, #robert-weber, #us

#AceGuestNews & Views: ” The Year Ahead – Beautiful Content Everywhere, Feeling the Love”

#AceNewsServices says l have a number of people that send me posts all year round and would like me to post their Guest Views some l have found not to our news groups ethos, but occasionally someone has thought it through and their views are worthy of print. These are their view’s and l thank them for their input.

Their Thoughts and Feelings about 2013 and 2014:   

More than anything 2014 is going to be a year of beauty, acceptance, and becoming more comfortable with the fact that we’re not alone. even in our own thoughts.

In 2013 we saw:

  1.  The demise (more of a lowering of expectations) of 3D and movement to the next era of insanely brilliant moving image brilliance with 4K content and growing possibilities
  2. The death (realignment) of the PC, rise of everything mobile, constant connection
  3. The stimulated deterioration of long-term thinking being replaced by ultra short-term images/messages that are replaced in a nanosecond by newer/funer images/messages
  4. Business pressures demanding a more rapidly deployed and flexible infrastructure that could respond/react in minutes/hours rather than days/weeks economically. The Cloud
  5. The “horror” to discover that even our most innocuous utterances, activities were being followed by someone, somewhere but not enough to skip a beat or a keystroke

The list at first blush may look like a very pessimistic view of our “progress” but actually the last two years have been a major seismic shift – forward – in becoming increasingly more comfortable with the speed of technology change/adoption. And it’s only getting better…faster.

In 2014 we’ll see:

  1.  4K content production, delivery, enjoyment will increase more rapidly than many expect not just because people will buy UHD TV sets more quickly than anticipated but because more 4K content – new and old – will be appreciated and we’ll see a demand force the move more quickly than we did with  the shift from SD to HD. The change will also have a positive/negative effect on what we watch, when we watch it, where we watch it. OTT (over the top) quality streaming will enable more viewing options forcing the change of cable/satellite firms to become service providers, not gate keepers.
The first developers of IBM PC computers negle...

The first developers of IBM PC computers neglected audio capabilities (first IBM model, 1981). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. First appearing in 1977 the PC has had a good run and is being rapidly augmented – not replaced – by new tablets and smartphones. It’s estimated that more than a half billion of the desktop/notebook systems are in use today and the technology is on track to keep them fresh and relevant. The challenge (opportunity) for the industry is to offer a range of screen sizes for tablets and smartphones so they meet the uses of each consumer not broad theoretical “groups.” The 9-12 inch tablet will establish itself as the entertainment/work device of choice by Gen X, Gen Yers while the 3-7 inch phone/phablet will become the communications/entertainment device of choice for Gen Cers
  • The instant-on acceptance of TVs and appliances has raised the expectations of people in almost everything they see, hear, do. It is difficult to “find the time” to sit through something as exciting and breathtaking as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity without the addition of show Tweets and 3-minute YouTube views of outtakes and goofs. Fortunately the human computer – the mind – is upgrading itself to make multitasking easier to manage, control, live with…I hope
  • Image representing SAP as depicted in CrunchBase

    Image via CrunchBase

    1. The Cloud will experience a lot of upheaval in 2014 that will also have a mixed effect on the computer hardware/software industry. The industry will experience a lot of change this year as startups will be squeezed out or acquired by others and the herd will be thinned to the point where the dominant players will be Amazon, IBM, Google, Microsoft. This consolidation of horrendously big data centers will also place a lot of pressure on hardware producers like Dell and HP as well as software providers such as Oracle, SAP and VMware which will have a much smaller prospective customer base. The saving grace for these organizations will be the growing SMB (small to medium business) segment which is growing very nicely
  • While we all “knew” that businesses were spying on each other and tracking customer activities on the Internet and we “knew” governments were spying on each other, 2013 marked the turning point where we now “really knew” it. While we will continue to give lip service to transparency, the security industry will enjoy solid – but futile – growth in every area – consumer, business, public organizations. Globally governments, businesses, individuals will use all the tools they can develop/find to keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. The black hats/white hats will finally become grey hats
  • Image representing IBM as depicted in CrunchBase

    Image via CrunchBase

    Conclusion: 

    • Lower cost video capture solutions like Black Magic’s 4K $400 and $4,000 cameras combined with high-performance, low-cost video post production systems will reduce overall content production costs so studios, indies and businesses will deliver more eye-popping content more quickly
    • Standards organizations like SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) are already developing more efficient solutions for delivering (streaming) content rather than forcing native 4K content delivery. Rather than relying on pushing  more pixels through the already cramped pipe they will focus on more delivering higher frame rates, better bit rates and a broader color gamut more effectively with lower bandwidth requirements
    • While producing new 4K content is an expensive/time-consuming process, studios, content owners and firms like 4K Studios are finding they can mine their libraries of content, economically re-purpose/represent old movies/shows and find an eager market for the material
    • UHD TV set manufacturers are “stimulating” people to replace their “old” HD sets more quickly and are working directly with content owners to deliver material now rather than waiting for the cable gatekeepers to negotiate distribution
    • The perfect storm of new Xbox and PS4, growing array of versatile media players like Roku, Nuvola, NetFlix, Hulu and UltraFlix are giving consumers just the content they want – mixture of free/paid – helping legacy TV services to become less relevant
    • Today there are a half billion PCs in use and the sales growth has obviously slowed as mobile devices – tablets/smartphones – take more of the consumer’s budget. Still only about 230M + tablets will be sold this next year and more than 500M smartphones. Three players will continue to dominate the tablet market – Apple, Samsung, Amazon – and two will dominate the smart phone market – Apple and Samsung. The big struggle here will be in the OS arena – Android, iOS and Windows.  To be more in control of its own destiny you can expect to see Samsung move more of its mobile devices from Android to Baba in a slow, cautious fashion
    • Face it there are just too many cloud service companies in the pool and 25 percent of them will disappear this coming year either through acquisition or bankruptcy. The economy of scale plays too big of a roll for second tier service providers to make the heavy investment in infrastructure
    • Because C office folks see huge savings by buying into the cloud it also means less IT investment – servers, storage, software – which could reduce global IT spending to single-digit growth. It will also require a major focus shift from enterprise to SMB sales
    • I’m not quite certain why Snowdon’s “revelations” of the foul activities of the #NSA (National Security Agency) gets so much attention but it has certainly stimulated the security industry. People have put, gathering, grabbing big data on the Internet for years. Look in the mirror…you are big data. And there’s money to be made, things to be found in your data. It’s what people gave freely to get free stuff! It’s the financial motivation to mine that data that fuels Facebook’s/Google’s growth. It is just too tempting for governments, organizations not to tap into. It’s not that people didn’t know that spies, espionage, surveillance didn’t know it…it’s on the news and the storyline of every movie, TV show. Everyone is suddenly outraged even though he/she wants to know what the other is thinking/doing while protecting their thoughts/ideas/actions. Covering up my stuff while finding out dirt about the other guy is a big business, getting bigger. Just know everyone !

    <

    p style=”text-align:center;”>Is cheating, spying except you and me and…I’m not too sure about you.

    <

    p style=”text-align:left;”>Editor: Says if you have your own thoughts and feelings about 2013 or 2014 or anything really, just send me your details, by leaving a simple link to your site on the comments box, to a post or posts you would like to feature. Thank you.   

    Enhanced by Zemanta

    #aceguestnews, #aceguestviews, #acenewsservices, #alfonso-cuaron, #cloud, #cloud-computing, #google, #ibm, #national-security-agency, #netflix, #personal-computer, #samsung, #sap-ag, #television, #vmware, #youtube

    ” Who Really Owns Your Data Once Mined “

    "Tracking Your Every Move"

    “Tracking Your Every Move”

    #AceSecurityNews says with all the recent news about Prism and as this video by “Info-Wars” confirms the data we though we once owned, our personal private data has now become the most prized possession ever!  Once called the “Word of God” prior to the fall of Adam and his mate ,then to be corrupted by man for generations, from lies to absolute corruption of our very lives! As with the advent of theWorldwide Web we could shared everything, and spread our corruption to the very corners of the globe, eventually becoming like “God’s Knowing Good and Evil” – though we were only at the “Beginning of the End” there was still a lot more to come.

    Though little was known about how such a simple and harmless act of sharing would one day lead ,to the advent of “Social Media” and this was the next step of the downfall of mankind. As everyone never saw it coming but was sucked into the web of sharing not knowing or even caring where their data ended up.

    "How We track Your Every Move"

    “How We track Your Every Move”

    Seeing an “Eye to a Main Chance” or an eventual way to make money, it was then “Social Media” hit our lives and everyone was led down the path of having a “Facebook Page” and sharing their very lives, from their most intimate secrets to their likes and dislikes. We were told the data could be protected just by adding the word private in our settings, our emails would not be shared with anyone and all our photographs were still ours. Others saw the benefit of Sharing but it was not the “Social Media” companies that were sharing anything ,it was us. Oh yes the

    Judas Iscariot

    Judas Iscariot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Facebook, Twitter and Google media site’s were indeed classed as “Free” but the meaning of “Free” was being distorted and altered. As upgrade, by upgrade until we were all sucked into the world of ” Thinking We Were Protected” but all the time “Data Mining Companies” such as “Prism and Palantir” waited in the wings, like a devil on horseback ready to ride in and claim our data as their “Right” all under the new name of “Protecting Our National Interest” and these companies with their massive mainframes bulging with all that data, we so easily shared ,archived and saved in our “Now” – Not So Personal Settings were being “Mined” for every tiny morsel of information about Who, we were and What we do and How we do it, passing these titbits for a few ” Silver Coins” like “Judas Iscariotselling-out “Jesus”for 30 pieces of silver, to the Romans for his eventually crucifixion.

    Though this time it was not his crucifixion we had to witness but it would eventually be ours ,our want to have everything, to pay for everything through companies such as PayPal who would sell us out to the highest bidder or better still to watch the CIA provide the “Venture Capital” to fund these “Data Mining Companies” now with the latest reason being renamed ” National Security” and so an agency was formed called the #NSA to collate and log all our data and strip it clean. This agency would become able to use our “Data” to find our everything ,from our shopping habits, to our preferences at the next election. Of course “Social Media” companies had allowed this to happen as their pay off their 30 pieces of silver would be they could increase their coffers, with ad revenue and increased ad revenue would mean more sales ,meaning more income and more income would mean bigger and bigger sites, able to mine more information.

    No longer was our “Private Data” as the companies paid had given it away to “Security Companies” and had sold their “Souls To The Devil” all in the name of “Looking After Number One” and increasing their revenue by selling us out to the highest bidder.

    http://activistposter.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/a-cover-up-of-paypals-nsa-involvement/

     

    #acesecuritynews, #business, #data-mining, #database, #facebook, #ibm, #judas-iscariot, #national-security-agency, #palantir, #paypal, #prism, #social-media, #twitter