Thursday, 25 August 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Apple's Board of Directors announced yesterday that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, as the company's new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

"Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the worlds most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."

"The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO," added Levinson. "Tim's 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does."

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

TazPad First to Offer Fingerprint Sensor for Highly Secure Mobile Computing and NFC-based Transactions

AuthenTec announced that its TCS2 TouchChip sensor has been integrated into TazTag's new TazPad Android tablet, making it the first to offer users highly secure fingerprint authentication as part of NFC-based mobile payment transactions.

AuthenTec enhances the security of the TazPad via one-touch fingerprint authentication for NFC, ZigBee and online transactions. It is ideally suited for professionals who want to link a bank, a store or other institution's back-end system with customers via a capable, mobile platform. TazPad includes INSIDE Secure's SecureRead, a pre-integrated NFC microprocessor with chip, Secure Element, and operating system in a single application-ready package.

"We wanted to offer enhanced security capabilities with the TazPad, which is why we selected AuthenTec's durable, high resolution TCS2 touch sensor for integration in this unique NFC-enabled Android tablet," said Eric Fouchard, TazTag CEO. "AuthenTec has helped make mobile payment transactions more convenient and secure through fingerprint biometric technology that's integrated in millions of NFC-equipped phones. They have a proven track record in NFC and fingerprint authentication that made their TouchChip offering a perfect fit for this very capable mobile platform."

paysafecard Acquires Payment Provider Wallie Wertkarten AG, the holding company of paysafecard group and a leading provider of prepaid payment methods, has acquired 100% of the shares of payment provider Wallie Holding International Payment Services B.V. ("Wallie") as of 16 August 2011.

This move further expands the Vienna based company's position as the international market leader in the fast growing prepaid payment industry.

Michael Muller, CEO of Wertkarten AG, on the deal: "We are pleased to announce the takeover of Wallie. We have further expanded our business area, underline our long-time commitment to the fast growing online games sector and strengthen our position as a leading provider of prepaid solutions."

"This successful deal is a major milestone for both companies" said Jean-Paul Roussin, advisor at Intuitucapital and Director of Wallie supervisory board and in charge of the transaction on behalf of Wallie since 2010. "Our mission over the last year was to put Wallie in a position to get integrated in a major player."

UPM RFID makes Race-timing Debut with UHF RFID at European Championship Level Triathlon

Event organiser Team 226 has used 'UPM DogBone' UHF RFID tags for race timing in the Long Distance Triathlon European Championships 2011. The event took place in Tampere, Finland, on 21 August. This was the first time UPM's UHF RFID tags have been used at this level in sports timing.

The competitors, several hundred athletes from over 20 European countries, were wearing tailor-made, water-resistant ankle bands embedded with UPM DogBone RFID tags. The RFID tags were read by ThingMagic readers installed at register points in the transition area gates. The competitors were tracked in real-time and the results were monitored online on the event organiser's website.

Utilizing UHF RFID technology in sports timing reliably provides accurate intermediate times in diverse sports competitions where the RFID tag needs to stay with the racer for several hours, especially in demanding conditions like those typical of triathlons. The long distance triathlon comprises a 4,000-metre swim, 120 kilometres of cycling and a 30-kilometre run. In triathlon races the timing is split into swim, transition, cycle, transition and run.

"Real-time timing especially after the swim was extremely accurate even though the tags had been in the water for around an hour. With manual timing methods, when race bibs are usually attached to swimming caps, it's almost impossible to register the intermediate times exactly. UHF RFID technology makes it possible to follow the race in real-time, so the race is also extremely spectator-friendly and support groups can immediately assist the racers when necessary," says Mikko Laitinen, Member of the Board, Team 226.

Clear2Pay assists ITSO with Set up of Certification Centre in the UK

Clear2Pay today announces that it is supporting ITSO, the government-backed, not-for-profit organisation which defines and develops the UK-wide technical specification for smart ticketing, with the implementation of a Certification Centre in the United Kingdom. Clear2Pay will also provide further consultancy services to ITSO and deliver Integri Test Solutions to their vendor community.

ITSO has relied on Clear2Pay's test technology and knowledge and used the company's in-house laboratory to certify the ITSO vendor community since 2003. Under the terms of the new contract, Clear2Pay facilitates knowledge transfer so that ITSO can operate its own testing and certification centre. This centre, operational since July, enables ITSO Members and third party vendors to certify transport smart cards and devices against the prevailing specifications.

The British Government is committed to delivering, with operators and public sector bodies, the infrastructure to enable most public transport journeys to be undertaken using smart ticketing by December 2014.

Michael Leach, Chief Executive Officer at ITSO, states: "ITSO and its supplier community have been very well served by Clear2Pay in Belgium, but it is time to bring these services in-house so that we can have a closer relationship with our expanding transport service community and help them and the Government achieve their goals."

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