Mach 7 Technologies moves headquarters to Vermont

first_imgMach 7 Technologies (M7T), a global provider of flexible, PACS-neutral healthcare image management solutions, has relocated its global headquarters from suburban Chicago to greater Burlington, Vermont.  The new office location serves as the company’s base for Americas’ sales and professional service operations, and finance and administration.  The new office also houses global product management and strategic R&D functions.Located at 245 South Park Drive in Colchester, the new Vermont headquarters joins M7T’s Mumbai, India operation, home to the India sales and service team as well as its research and development engineers.  Asia (ex-India) and Middle East sales and service is based in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  A growing network of distributors, system integrators, and image management vendors extend Mach 7 Technology’s reach into India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.  The company plans further distributor expansion into Western Europe and the Far East in 2010 – 2011.About Mach 7 TechnologiesHeadquartered in Burlington, Vermont, Mach 7 Technologies is a global provider of innovative, flexible, PACS-neutral image management solutions that enable healthcare enterprises to better control, share and access medical imaging data.  Mach 7 Technologies develops software products that solve sophisticated image management challenges for hundreds of hospitals, imaging centers and clinics worldwide.  For additional information, please visit www.Mach7T.com(link is external).SOURCE Mach 7 Technologies. BURLINGTON, Vt., June 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Communications bill worries business lawyers

first_img August 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Communications bill worries business lawyers Communications bill worries business lawyers Senior EditorCan your Internet service provider tell you what brand of modem to use to receive its signal? Can it mandate you pay a separate fee for each home or office computer that receives its service, instead of using a router to share one line between many computers?Can the state delegate to cable, Internet, and other telecommunications providers the power to decide what is an “illegal” device attached to a home computer or cable signal receiver?Those questions, among others, have been raised by members of the Bar’s Business Law Section in the wake of the passage and signing by the governor of HB 79, on communications services.Nominally a bill to prevent piracy of movies and electronic media, the business lawyers have been warning it might be vague and overbroad, leading to unintended consequences. A bill supporter, though, said only people who knowingly try to pirate electronic signals or copyrighted material have anything to worry about.“There is a great deal of confusion. The bill is quite broad in scope and broadly worded,” said section member Andy Greenberg. “The concern here is they are actually regulating the technology by which the content is distributed.”Charlie Dudley, general counsel for the Florida Cable Communications Association, doesn’t see the problem. “It [the law] says that devices that are illegal under the statute are devices that do not have other legitimate purposes; they are specifically designed for illegal uses,” he said.The bill started out as a measure to fight piracy of cable TV signals, but quickly expanded to cover the gamut of telecommunications, except telephone service.According to a House staff analysis of HB 79, the bill widened both the civil and criminal penalties in F.S. §812.15 and expanded coverage from cable services to “many new technologies that communication service providers, except telephone, are now offering to the public.” In one example, the penalty for illegally receiving or intercepting a signal or helping someone else to do so was increased from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony.The bill also specifically allows providers to bring civil actions for damages, including the value of services that were intercepted or that were intercepted by others with devices provided by the defendant.The bill also makes it easier for companies to recover statutory or actual damages, and allows a court to impose statutory damages of up to $50,000 for each illegal device.Critics say the penalties give the companies a sledgehammer to attack a gnat, especially in the cases of individuals who have done nothing but acquire a cable descrambler or similar device.Tim Morell, a member of the section’s Computer Law Committee, noted that DirecTV recently shut down a Web site that sold descrambler boxes that allowed buyers to decode the DirecTV signal without paying the company. DirecTV got records of the buyers and sent them letters, threatening to sue in federal court where the penalty would be $10,000 per device plus attorneys’ fees unless the buyers paid the company $3,500 and turned over their devices.“You’re presumed guilty and you get none of the protections you would get in criminal court,” Morell said. “It’s huge overkill.”He said while some and perhaps most of the buyers knew the devices were illegal, the sellers do not usually disclose that or tell buyers what the penalties might be if they are caught. And “there are some groups of people out there who have legitimate defenses,” Morell said. “They [DirecTV] have to know there are some people who have legitimate defenses, but they can’t win. They can’t get a defense because they can’t afford to hire an attorney for this to go to federal court.”Ironically, the people most likely to have bought the devices, he said, are those who can’t afford monthly cable or satellite service, and hence face bankruptcy over a large fine. Perhaps even more paradoxical, Morell noted, is state legislatures and Congress have considered tort reform bills to limit damages that harmed individuals can win from companies but at the same time have passed laws increasing the damages that companies can win from individuals.“I understand the industry’s point and I think they have a good point, but I think this is huge overkill,” he said. “It’s unfair to be grinding people into the ground.”Other section members are concerned that HB 79 is not specific enough and consumers with perfectly legal devices could find themselves charged with having pirating or intercepting devices — especially since the bill may leave the definition of what is or isn’t legal up to the companies.The House staff analysis noted that the Florida Supreme Court has held that the state constitution’s separation of powers language prevents one branch of government for delegating its authority to another branch of government. That could arguably be extended that the legislature could not delegate its powers to another entity, such as a private business.The analysis said that one provision in the bill prohibits connecting devices “unless specifically authorized to do so by a cable provider or other communication service provider.” The analysis noted that this “appears to delegate to private parties the authority to determine what acts do or do not constitute a crime; especially combined with the criminal rule of lenity, this may be an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power.”It also said the bill may proactively attempt to incorporate any future federal legislature, which is also proscribed constitutionally.Greenberg said some vocal opponents of the bill have charged that the bill would allow an Internet provider to dictate what accessories and equipment a customer adds to a computer, such as a router or a CD rewrite drive. He’s not sure that harsh criticism is justified, but he’s also not sure that those critics might not be right, mostly because definitions in the bill are broad.“You can only connect to it a communications device that you’ve received consent to use,” Greenberg said. “It will be the subject of substantial litigation.”In a sense, the bill reflects an argument that goes back to player piano rolls, where intellectual property owners seek to protect their investment by controlling technology that might be used to pirate or duplicate it illegally, he said. A defining case involved the entertainment industry’s attempt to prevent Sony from selling its first video cassette records in this country, arguing that the machines would be used to duplicate copyrighted material.The U.S. Supreme Court rejected that claim, saying there were legal and legitimate uses for the technology.Dudley, of the cable association, disputed there are any serious problems with the law. The delegation issue came from the previous law and has caused no problems, he said.As for being too broad or vague, he said the law is clear that prohibited devices are only those designed for illegal use.Aside from his group, the law was supported by the Motion Picture Association of America, the recording industry, and an Internet service providers group. Dudley said a model law like Florida’s has been pushed by those groups in other states. Greenberg said some states have passed the law with few changes while others have delayed it when questions arose.Although some Business Law Section members worried about the criminal provisions of the law, Dudley said it was unlikely that state attorneys would devote significant — if any — resources to cable or cyber piracy, especially involving individual consumers where proving criminal intent could be difficult.He also questioned if the law could be read to give Internet service providers control over what equipment customers could attach to their computers. Even if it did, “We don’t have a design to take this statute and make this illegal,” Dudley said. “Customers would go to another provider.”“What you’re at right now is these [descramblers and similar equipment] are products that are being sold to people. If it’s against the law, it’s against the law,” Dudley said.The purpose of the bill was to set the groundwork for new technology, such as Web-based pay-per-view, while protecting intellectual property, he said.Dudley also questioned why none of the objections was raised in the six legislative committee hearings or when either the House or Senate took up the bills. The measure was passed unanimously in every committee as well as both chambers.Business Law Section member Joel Rothman, who raised the issue at the section’s recent executive council meeting, said no one realized what was in the bill until it was nearly through the legislative process and it was too late to mount any serious effort. “It became a topic of discussion on the computer law community listserv back in April and May,” he said.HB 79 becomes effective October 1.last_img read more

Go further than persuading. Build consensus

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the next few minutes I’d like you to think about the way you communicate in the workplace. Think about how you deliver information, and think about the efforts you make to persuade and build consensus with your colleagues.The concepts of persuasion and consensus are critical to success in the workplace. Persuasion and consensus lead to sales, decision-making, momentum and, at times, alignment and collaboration… all good things. The person who has the ability to persuade and build consensus has huge value inside any organization.“The person who has the ability to persuade and build consensus has huge value inside any organization.”But there are different ways of approaching the concepts of persuasion and consensus, and sometimes persuasion and consensus are very different. continue reading »last_img read more

Reinvent the member experience with self-service tech

first_imgWhen it comes to self-service, your members today expect a speedy, seamless experience at every digital touchpoint. While the personnel you hire remain the warm, friendly face of your credit union branch, your self-service channels also provide a rich member experience that engages and empowers them, and frequently sits squarely in their comfort zone.“The world is quickly migrating to a self-directed and self-service means of doing business,” said Sarah Bang, Chief Strategy Officer for CO-OP Shared Branching. “Kiosks today can help you set up your home computer system from miles away, or purchase luxury items 24/7 from high-tech vending machines. And there are apps for ordering food, scheduling appointments and downloading movies. These platforms all offer unbeatable service in two very important ways – they are convenient and they are consistent.”According to Bang, convenience represents just one of many reasons your members so often choose self-service. Consistency is one of the many reasons credit unions offer them.“Consumers frequently prefer self-service, as long as it is intuitive,” she said. “They don’t want to have to read instructions every time they step up to a machine or launch a mobile app.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PODCAST: Royce Ngiam on why ‘blue sky is the norm’ at Partners CU

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What’s it like having the Walt Disney Co. as your sponsor?“Mind-blowing,” says Royce Ngiam, vice president of marketing for Partners Federal Credit Union in Burbank, Calif., and a member of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Executive Committee.“It’s a world of endless possibilities,” he says. “Bob Iger, chairman/CEO of Walt Disney Co., one said on a conference call, ‘We do things few others even dream of attempting.’ When you have that collective mindset and collective talent, blue sky is the norm. That’s where we try to play every day.”In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Ngiam shares why he’s a self-described “data dork,” how to get started with data analytics, what he’s learned from working with Disney executives, and why Ariel from the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid,” is his favorite Disney character. continue reading »last_img read more

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Price, Release Date, Gameplay, Review, PC System Requirements, and More

first_imgAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is releasing next week as the 12th major instalment in Ubisoft’s most popular action RPG franchise. Valhalla has you playing as Eivor (who can be either male or female), a fierce Viking raider who must lead his people in a violent war against the Anglo-Saxon empire in 9th century AD. While Assassin’s Creed titles are usually an annual affair for Ubisoft, the company notably took a break of a year after the release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018. The last time the studio took a year’s break, it came up with the radical Assassin’s Creed Origins in 2017 that completely overhauled the gameplay mechanics, making it more RPG-focussed than the previous chapters. Given the fact that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been developed by Ubisoft Montreal — the same studio behind Odyssey — it can be expected that the upcoming title might take series fans by surprise once again.From Assassin’s Creed Valhalla price in India to release date, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming action adventure.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date- Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to release on November 10 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Stadia. It will be a launch title on PS5. Xbox One and PS4 users will automatically get a free upgrade to Xbox Series S/X and PS5, respectively.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla priceAssassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition is priced at Rs. 3,999/ $59.99 for both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.For PlayStation users, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gold Edition is priced at Rs. 6,499/ $99.99 and the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 7,149/ $119.99. For Xbox, the Gold Edition is priced at Rs. 6,499/ $99.99 and the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 7,199/ $119.99.- Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t be available on Steam. Instead, PC gamers can digitally avail the Standard Edition on Epic Games Store for $43.99 (roughly Rs. 3,300), the Gold Edition for $73.99 (roughly Rs. 5,500), and the Ultimate Edition for $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,900).On Ubisoft Store, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition is priced at EUR 59.99 (roughly Rs. 5,200), the Gold Edition is priced at EUR 99.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700), and the Ultimate Edition is priced at $109.99 (roughly Rs. 9,600).Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be available for free access via Ubisoft+, formerly known as UPlay+. You can subscribe to the service for $14.99 (roughly Rs. 1,100) per month.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla pre-order bonus, editions- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available in three editions: Standard, Gold, and Ultimate. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition will feature just the game along with a bonus mission (pre-order only): The Way of the Berserker.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gold Edition additionally comprises the Season Pass that will offer access to new content, map locations, gear, as and when expansion packs are released post launch.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition comprises all of the above, along with the Ultimate Pack that includes Berserker gear, settlement, and longship packs, along with a set of runes that can be used to upgrade your character.Post launch, the Season Pass content will be furnished with two new story expansions. While Wrath of the Druids will take you deep into Ireland where you venture through cursed forests and take on magical creatures, The Siege of Paris will let you relive one of the most violent battles in Viking history.Additionally, the Season Pass will also comprise a bonus mission called The Legend of Beowulf where you get to hunt down a mysterious beast wreaking havoc in the English countryside.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplayWhile the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey relied heavily on the player constantly levelling up via accumulated XP, activities, and gears, Valhalla looks to focus less on the traditional levelling system and bring the spotlight on its diverse skill trees that will help your character gain new abilities to take on tougher challenges as the game progresses.As Eivor, you will engage in fierce battles and lead raids to gather loot to upgrade your Viking settlement, called Ravensthorpe. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s official site hints heavily at choices made during the game, be it combat or conversation, to impact the storyline and final outcome of the main story campaign.Your settlement’s growth depends on how your raids go and how your legend grows. You can build upgradeable structures such as barracks, shipyards, or even a tattoo parlour. This may come in handy as your quick go-to spot for quick customisations and upgrades, saving loads of time wandering about in the world trying to find a blacksmith. Apart from acting as your home base for quick upgrades and mission briefings, Ravensthorpe also offers several side activities such as throwing lavish feasts, drinking games, and spitting a fiery verse or two in Viking rap battles known as flyting.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla allows for a lot of customisation as well. For starters, your protagonist can either be male or female, just like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, unlike Odyssey, players will have an option to switch between the two at any point during the game. Players will also get to customise the character’s hairstyle, warpaint, and tattoos. In earlier games, all we could do was change the protagonists’ armour and clothing. This is the first time that the series will dive into the world of focussed customisations.The Assassin’s Creed series has never really disappointed on the combat front and with Valhalla, the game brings in a dual wielding-oriented gameplay that can be used to combine any weapon on your roster, including shields. The weapons you choose will heavily affect your combat style. Eivor’s bow can be tweaked as well, fitting it with nifty explosives and poisonous gases.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be bringing back some series classics, such as the iconic Hidden Blade that allows for one-hit assassinations, and social stealth mechanics that allows you to hide in moving crowds with a slip of your hood. Eivor can also feign his death, luring inspecting enemies close for a quick kill. The good old Eagle Vision is now retitled Odin Sight and players will be accompanied by a trusty raven called Sýnin who will come in handy in scouting areas from afar.Assassin’s Creed PC system requirementsCommon requirements that are essential to play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in any settings include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended).Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirements CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2GhzGPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GBRAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) • Resolution: 1080pTargeted framerate: 30fps • Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirements (1080p/ 30fps) CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6GhzGPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GBRAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode)Resolution: 1080pTargeted framerate: 30fpsVideo preset: HighUbisoft has given us four more PC configurations, for those that wish to play the game with high refresh rates or in 4K.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reviewAssassin’s Creed Valhalla reviews will be available starting November 9 at 3:01am PT (4:31pm IST), according to OpenCritic.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.last_img read more

Meera Honan, daughter of Maha Sinnathamby AM, loves her suburb

first_imgI love being surrounded by greenery and wide, open spaces. We aimed to capture the outdoors as much as possible in the design of our home and I love waking up to the sounds and glimpses of nature from our home. Meera Honan, Springfield City Group director of Education and Health Services. Where do you live and why? Every woman’s endless desire – a bigger wardrobe. We live in a secluded and quiet part of Chapel Hill and it is a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.Proximity to the city as well as the green reserve of Mt Coot-tha provides us with the perfect balance between work and R&R.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Villa in Capri? Chalet in the Swiss Alps? I wouldn’t go too far – Noosa is my happy place and is a destination that ticks everyone’s box for a home away from home. We love the National Park walks and the tranquillity of the beaches. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?center_img “Just lock it up.” My Dad, who has a keen eye for property, spotted our first home site in Chapel Hill before we got married. I was whinging about the extra $5000 the vendor was asking. Let’s just say, Dad always knows best. What is the best thing about your suburb? What would you change about your home? Chapel Hill. When my family moved to Brisbane in 1985, my parents built a home in Chapel Hill. My siblings and our partners have chosen to stay close and have now all settled in our own homes in the area. What do you love about your home?last_img read more

Top news, May 1 – 7, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from May 1 – 7, 2017.Dutch joint venture to build tidal bridge in IndonesiaTidal Bridge BV, a joint venture of Strukton International and Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC), has been selected to construct a floating bridge equipped with tidal power plant in Indonesia. The integrated tidal power plant will have the initial installed capacity of 18MW to 23MW. The value of the project’s first phase is up to $200 million and will be rolled out in two years.Tangled lines keep Cape Sharp Tidal turbine at BayCape Sharp Tidal has identified the line entanglement around OpenHydro’s turbine system which could further delay its retrieval from the Bay of Fundy. Cape Sharp Tidal’s operations crew is currently working to determine the best approach for removing it.Bourne tidal test site ready for installationMarine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has informed that the structure for the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) is completed and ready for deployment. The steel test structure, fabricated by MassTank, will be installed by a marine construction company AGM Marine Contractors once the final permits are in place. The final go-ahead is expected to be granted within days.Seatricity hires KML for Wave Hub decommissioning jobWave energy company Seatricity has hired Keynvor MorLift (KML) to retrieve the mooring blocks used for Oceanus 2 deployment at Wave Hub. KML will perform the lift and transfer of four 20-tonne positional mooring clumps from Wave Hub site to Hayle, Cornwall.Orkney’s supply chain gives lessons to wave developersWave Energy Scotland (WES) has released the findings from its project with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) that explored the wealth of knowledge and experience amassed in the Orkney supply chain from testing wave energy devices in real sea conditions.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more

Yinson nets FPSO operation and maintenance job worth up to $578 million

first_imgMalaysian FPSO supplier Yinson has through its subsidiary Yinson Energy Sdn Bhd, won a letter of award from JX Nippon to provide operation and maintenance services for Layang FPSO.Deep Producer I (left) – THHE’s FPSO previously hired for work on the Layang field; Image by: Jidhin George; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license The tenure of the O&M contract is effective from February 12 and will remain in full force until termination of the contract for the provision of EPCIC and leasing of the Layang FPSO which Yinson and Nippon entered into last year.This means the O&M deal will remain active for a firm period of eight years – the duration of FPSO charter – with options for ten extension periods of one year each.The estimated aggregate value of the O&M deal, assuming the extension options are fully exercised, is approximately $578 million.The scope of the contract is to perform operation and maintenance works for the Nippon FPSO facilities which is expected to begin operations at the Layang field by the fourth quarter of 2019.It is worth reminding that Yinson decided to take over the provision and leasing deal for the Layang FPSO with Nippon from THHE in late April 2018.Malaysia’s THHE had in 2014 won a contract to build, install, and lease an FPSO for oil production at JX Nippon’s Layang field, offshore Sarawak, but failed to deliver the vessel by the agreed date – June 2016 – due to liquidity issues, so it in late 2017 opted to novate the contract to Yinson.The estimated aggregate value of the charter contract, assuming all extension options are exercised, is approximately $860 million.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Kongsberg, DNV GL Partner Up On Maritime Digitalization

first_imgNorwegian maritime technology group Kongsberg and classification society DNV GL have signed a new digitalization cooperation agreement.As explained, the duo is looking to reduce the time, cost and complexity associated with class and assurance services for the maritime sector, by cooperating on new digital solutions.Under the deal, users of Kongsberg’s Vessel Insight data infrastructure solution will be able to share their data for use in DNV GL’s digital class and assurance services.“We believe that broad maritime digitalization and the value generation for ship owners will be achieved much faster if expert vendors work together to solve industry challenges. By combining DNV GL’s … expertise in digital class and assurance solutions and Kongsberg’s data infrastructure specifically developed for the maritime sector, we are putting together necessary pieces of a puzzle,” Hege Skryseth, President, Kongsberg Digital and EVP Kongsberg, commented.Specifically, Kongsberg’s data infrastructure solution for the maritime sector, Vessel Insight, will be used to collect and transfer data from vessels to DNV GL, which will enable DNV GL to perform digital class and assurance services.“Currently, most class inspections require the surveyors to be on board the ships. However, we can now perform some surveys by analyzing digitally obtained data on shore,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL – Maritime, said.“By enabling customers to share their data via Kongsberg’s Vessel Insight, we can expand the amount of data we are able to access and offer even more class and assurance services digitally. This will help customers not only to reduce their costs, but streamline their daily operations.”Kongsberg and DNV GL have a pre-existing relationship within the maritime industries, ranging from class and certification services via consultancy to research. Through this agreement, they hope to accelerate the adoption of digital capabilities and technologies in a safe, reliable and sustainable manner for the maritime industry.last_img read more