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RIM Loses $147M Suit Over Patent for Remote Management Software

 

A federal jury in San Francisco has found beleaguered BlackBerry maker Research In Motion liable for $147.2 million in damages for infringing on patents held by Mformation Technologies Inc.

Amar Thakur, a lawyer for Mformation, said Saturday that the verdict late Friday followed a three-week trial and a week of deliberations by an eight-person jury. Thakur is a Foley & Lardner partner based out of the firm's San Diego - Del Mar office.

Mformation, of Edison, N.J., sued RIM in October 2008, alleging that the Canada-based company infringed on its 1999 invention for remotely managing wireless devices. Mformation's software allows companies to remotely access employee cell phones to do software upgrades, change passwords, or to wipe data from phones that have been stolen.

Officials at RIM, which has been struggling with plummeting sales, a declining stock and other problems, did not provide a comment Saturday.

Thakur said the jury ruled that RIM should pay his client $8 for each of the 18.4 million BlackBerrys that were connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, from the day the lawsuit was filed until the time of the trial. That's a total of $147.2 million.

He said the software at issue is the heart of the business of Mformation, a privately held company with several hundred employees.

"We believe it's been fundamental to the success of Research in Motion," Thakur told The Associated Press. The patent at issue was filed in 2001 and issued in 2005, he said. RIM, of Waterloo, Ontario, has previously denied it did anything wrong. RIM has seen its business crumble as it increasingly loses market share.

Continue on Law.Com

 

Joomla vs. Drupal: An open source CMS shootout

February 14, 2011, 07:59 AM — ITworld.com

 

For many organizations (or individuals) with content to post and manage, blog tools like the highly popular WordPress may be more than adequate. But for companies with greater amounts of content, users, or complexity, including integration with ecommerce and also with other internal and external applications, a more comprehensive content management systems (CMS) is needed.

Here's a look at two popular open source content management systems: Drupal and Joomla! (the exclamation point is part of the official name, tsk tsk, but for punctuative simplicity I'm omitting it for the rest of this article). I've asked developers to weigh in on the strengths, weaknesses and unique features each offers, to help determine which is the best match for your organization's content needs.

Before we begin, it should be noted that both Joomla and Drupal keep getting updated -- e.g., Joomla 1.6 was released January 10, 2011, and Drupal 7 on January 5, 2011 -- and get more add-on modules. This is a good thing, obviously. But it also means that the opinions expressed in this article may become outdated or invalidated. As always.

Ready? Let's get started. Read more on itworld.com

 

Still need a job? Learned Drupal yet?

Happy New Year everyone!!!,

I came across this article and it was a slightly surprising read because it made me wonder about the future of Joomla. I guess happy job hunting!!! What does this mean for Joomla??? Let us know your thoughts.

"A year ago, I wrote about how those looking for work should consider learning Drupal, an open-source Web content management system. According to the project team, Drupal now powers 1 percent of all of the Web sites in the world."

Read more: CNET Article

The Official Web Site for the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

This official web site (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) provides up-to-date, detailed information about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs. Use the tabs to the left to find additional information regarding various aspects of the program. Background The nation’s healthcare system is undergoing a transformation in an effort to improve quality, safety and efficiency of care, from the upgrade to ICD-10 to information exchanges of EHR technology. To help facilitate this vision, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the "HITECH Act" established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The programs begin in 2011. These incentive programs are designed to support providers in this period of Health IT transition and instill the use of EHRs in meaningful ways to help our nation to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care. NOTE: This is a new program, and it is separate from other active CMS incentive programs, such as Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update (RHQDAPU) and e-Prescribing. Get more Info here

NYC REACH October Open House

 

 

Electronic Health Record

Free Open House

 

Providers will learn about NYC REACH - a program established by the NYC Health Department's Primary Care Information Project. Presentations will cover how to use an EHR to improve patient care, meet federal incentive payment requirements, and protect sensitive patient data. You will also learn how to get an EHR at a substantial discount through our negotiated group pricing and subsidies.

Meet one on one with:

· EHR specialists

· Integration and Implementation staff

· Meaningful Use experts

· Providers who have implemented an EHR

See EHR demos from our three Preferred Vendors:

· eClinicalWorks

· Greenway

· MDLand

Who Can Attend?

Providers and office staff (non-consulting) who want to learn more about:

· EHRs

· Federal EHR “Meaningful Use” standards

· PCIP and Regional Extension Centers

· The application process

· EHR hardware

What will be covered?

· Steps to implement a EHR

· Department of Health resources available to you

· Federal incentive payments for ‘Meaningful Use’ of an EHR - up to $44,000 from Medicare or $63,750 from Medicaid

 

Register NOW

 

Fed Health Tech Chief Talks About E-Medical Records

Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator of Health Information Technology, is responsible for doling out some $100 million in grants to help Texas doctors transition to electronic medical records by 2014. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at a conference in Austin on the impact of e-records, and he toured a clinical simulation that trains University of Texas graduates to become specialists in health information technology. Later, he sat down with the Tribune to talk about protecting patient privacy during the transition, making that switch easier for doctors and how Texas patients will fair when hospitals and doctors' offices — finally — go paperless.

To read more go to The Texas Tribune

 

RIM tablet Blackberry PlayBook can be used in healthcare industry

Blackberry PlayBook tablet has the potential to be used in healthcare industry. Research In Motion launched Blackberry Enterprise Application Development Middleware at Developer Conference in San Francisco. The File Transfer Library application allows doctors to attach image files to patients EMRs (electronic medical records).

The new application enables you to preview a record or see a picture before sending it to RIM smartphone or a tablet user.

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM call it “first professional tablet” which will be launched in US in early 2011. The company plans to launch 3G-enabled and 4G-enabled versions in the future. It is expected that PlayBook will cost between $300- $500.

CEO of technology consulting company Netspective Communications, Shahid Shah said "Like other BlackBerry devices, the PlayBook will have better 'genes' for health care because it will be ready with enterprise security from day one,"

PlayBook health care applications are much secure platform than Dell Streak's Android OS and Apple iPad's iOS. The PlayBook has a front-facing camera and the rear camera, video recording up to 1080P HD. Please read this article from eweek.com

RIM introduces PlayBook -- The BlackBerry Professional tablet

September 28, 2010 4 Comments Mobile Integration

With the emergence of EHR/EMR this new device may be a very useful tool in a doctor's office.

Yesterday at Research In Motion's annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the company's new tablet -- the PlayBook. The tablet will utilize an OS created by the recently acquired QNX (just as we'd heard previous to the announcement) called the BlackBerry Tablet OS which will offer full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5 (which is all tied into RIM's new WebWorks SDK). Lazaridis was joined on stage by the company's founder, Dan Dodge, who said that "QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before," and added that the PlayBook would be "an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players." RIM also touted the PlayBook's ability to handle Flash content via Flash 10.1, as well as Adobe AIR apps. The new slate -- which Lazaridis described as "the first professional tablet" -- will sport a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display, a Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU (the company calls it the "fastest tablet ever"), 1GB of RAM, and a 3 megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear lens (and yes, there will be video conferencing). There was no mention of onboard storage capacity during the keynote, though the devices we just spied in our eyes-on post are labeled 16GB and 32GB on their back panels. The PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video, and comes equipped with an HDMI port as well as a microUSB jack, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. The device clocks in at a svelte 5.1- by 7.6-inches, is only 0.4-inches thick, and weighs just 400g (or about 0.9 pounds).  Read more about this from Engadget


Google Apps updates: greatest hits from the last 6 months

September 19, 2010 0 Comments Google Apps

In the past six months, over 50 new features have been rolled out to Google Apps. Here are the ones customers have found most useful:

Upload any file to Google Docs
Google Apps users can easily upload and securely share any type of file internally and externally using Google Docs. You get 1 GB of storage per user, and you can upload files up to 250 MB in size. Now accessing your work files doesn't require a connection to your internal office network. Nor do you need to email files to yourself, carry around a thumbdrive, or use a company network drive – you can access your files using Google Docs from any web-enabled computer.

Enterprise mobile device management features
Google Apps administrators can use new mobile device management capabilities for iPhone, Nokia, and Windows Mobile devices to remotely wipe data from lost devices, lock idle devices after a period of inactivity, require device passwords of variable complexity, and more.

The Google Apps Marketplace
The Google Apps Marketplace allows administrators to discover and purchase integrated third party cloud applications and deploy them to their domains. Applications listed in the Google Apps Marketplace integrate with Google Apps using open protocols. Once added, they then can be easily managed from your domain's control panel and accessed by users through the same links as the Google Apps suite.

Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange Tool
The new Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange tool simplifies migration of email, calendar and contacts from both hosted and on-premise Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. With this tool, admins can do multiple migrations in parallel, centrally manage migration without end user involvement, and migrate email, calendar or contacts from Microsoft Exchange 2003 or 2007.

Two-way calendar sync in Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server now allows two-way calendar sync. Users can accept/decline meetings, schedule new meetings, move meeting times and add/remove meeting attendees in Google Calendar from their Blackberry devices.

Early adopters: transition to the new infrastructure for Google Apps accounts

September 19, 2010 100 Comments Google Apps

In May we announced details about changes to the Google Apps accounts infrastructure that would allow access to other Google services beyond the core suite of messaging and collaboration apps. This change will let users access many new services such as Blogger, Reader, Google Voice and calling-in-Gmail (US only), Picasa Web Albums, AdWords and iGoogle from their Google Apps accounts.


The ability to opt in to the new infrastructure for Google Apps is now open for early adopters who meet the early adopter eligibility criteria and is currently being rolled out over the next few days.

Early adopters won’t see the following functionality before the new infrastructure is feature-complete:
- Administrators do not yet have the ability to turn off access to any of these additional services as they can today for applications in the core suite.
- A few applications are not compatible with the new infrastructure at this time including Google Health, PowerMeter, YouTube, Web History, Buzz and Profiles.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
US English Only

How to access what's new:
In order to see the new option in the control panel to become an early adopter, your domain must meet the eligibility criteria:
- Your organization needs to be using the U.S. English version of the Google Apps control panel, and all of your users must have their language set to English.
- Your organization must not be using SAML for single sign-on.
- Your organization must not have users with conflicting accounts that access Google advertising products or Google Voice.
- Your organization must be using Google Apps Standard Edition, Premier Edition, or Education Edition.
- The new infrastructure is not yet available in all countries.

Note:
- Additional applications beyond the core suite are not covered by Google Enterprise support or the 99.9% uptime guarantee. However, many services have self-service online help resources, and a subset (such as AdWords) offer enhanced support options.
- A small fraction of Google Apps users have created personal Google Accounts based on their organization’s Google Apps email addresses. Users in this situation will need to rename these “conflicting accounts” during the transition process, and we’ll help these users make the necessary changes.

 

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