Tuesday, 13 September 2011

8M BringIt Users use Virtual Currency

BringIt, whose real-time transactional platform enables social game publishers to easily add challenges, tournaments, social leader boards, and virtual currency collection and payouts to their games, announced the industry's first embeddable platform for Head-to-Head social game competition where players can wager and win virtual currency.

Social game industry leaders CrowdStar, East Side Games, Sometrics, and Mall World are the first Facebook games publishers to offer their players exciting Head-to-Head challenges through BringIt.

BringIt also announced that the company has eclipsed 8 million unique users who have participated in BringIt-powered competitions for virtual currency within social games.

BringIt's new Head-to-Head functionality was released platform-wide and will reach over 2.1 million Daily Active Users through BringIt's client integrations. The new features will allow users to connect with each other in a new and exciting manner, adding turn-based wagering to casual social games.

By implementing BringIt -- which takes less than a day -- social, mobile, and open web publishers can easily add Tournaments, Solo challenges, and now Head-to-Head competitions with virtual currency wagering to their existing games. BringIt's proven plug-and-play platform boosts game play time, increases the velocity of spend, and converts more players into paying customers.

Human Identification Computer Program

Identascan Corporation headed by Dr. Li Liu who is in the process of developing a computer program that will allow the identification of individuals by their body movements. "Each individual's body movement is as personal as their fingerprint", said Identascan's President Dr. Li Liu.

The first step for the Identascan project "Development of human identification systems for visual surveillance in security-sensitive environments" has done by the end of August 2011. In this step, the framework for the human identification systems is developed and the data for different biometrics is collected for the future research. The detail work is described in the following.

There are three main stages in the proposed framework: Detection/initialization, Multi-target tracking, and Recognition. In the detection stage, persons in the frame stream will be located by detecting the human body and head and then roughly verified by face and/or gait analysis. Once the target persons are decided, the systems will run into the tracking stage. More biometric analysis and human pose and motion analysis will be involved in this stage to determine the objects (i.e. humans) of interest. The objects of interest are the input of the stage of recognition and the individuals will be identified based on biometrics. If no object of interest is found in the current frame stream, the systems will re-initialize and repeat the three stages.

Different biometrics data has been collected from Asia and North America which includes face and gait. The data will be used to develop tracking algorithms and recognition methods for the human identification systems.

In the next step, we will develop algorithms for object tracking and person recognition based on different biometrics and collect the data suitable for crowd analysis.

Identascan's program will allow surveillance in such places as airports and crowded walkways to identify an individual in a crowd even if only 40% of their body mass is visible. The program which also incorporates Artificial Intelligence along with proprietary identification and scanning technologies.

Samsung Biting into Nokia's Lead

According to The Times of India, Samsung the Korean mobile handset manufacturer is catching up with its Finnish competitor Nokia as growth of Smartphones in India take off.

Nokia is still the market leader in India with 39% of the market share but Samsung has increased its market share 28% in the first seven months of this year.

Nokia has recently adopted Microsoft's Windows as its primary platform for Smartphones. Nokia is also adopting dual SIM in its Xi-01 and C2-00 phones launched in June this year. According to The Times Nokia will shortly be introducing cheaper Qwerty and touch and type phones. Mobile phone subscriptions in India will soon reach 900M.

No Cards Needed from Irdeto

Irdeto, a software security and media technology company, has announced that Stofa, a leading Danish pay TV operator, has chosen an end to end solution from Irdeto and Notion, CI and CI Plus Conditional Access Module Manufacturer, to protect and deliver its advanced Zaptor pay TV offering directly to TVs without requiring a set-top box. An industry first, the implementation will use Irdeto Cloaked Conditional Access (CA) and Neotion's Advanced CI Plus Module to deliver Stofa's broadcast TV, video on demand (VoD) and catch up TV content to consumers using a single solution that is more convenient and costs less than a traditional set-top box solution.

The Irdeto Cloaked CA solution is a fully featured and renewable cardless CAS which makes extensive use of Irdeto's patented software security protection technology. It enables pay TV operators to offer premium HD content to their subscribers without the logistical costs associated with the deployment and swapping of physical smart cards, saving them up to 50% on the total cost of ownership of a smart card-based CA system.

Simply slotted in the CI Plus iDTVs, the Neotion Advanced CI Plus Module is a solution that includes an Ethernet port to the CI Plus CAM so that it can be plugged directly into an Internet connection at home to provide VoD and catch up TV content in the same way as a set-top box.

Cash Withdrawals by Phone

FNB bank customers in South Africa have, for the last six months, been able to withdraw cash from First National Bank ATM's without a bank card. Using their mobile phone, a bank customer logs into the Bank's menu and types how much cash they wish to withdraw along with their account details, they then receive an SMS message giving them a one-time use PIN which must be used within 30 minutes. The scheme has seen over 8 Million-Pound withdrawn since the launch in March this year.

In July 2010 FNB launched its Pay Wallet, based on its eWallet to send R12M directly to the mobile phones of over 19000 customers. FNB's eWallet allows its customers to send money directly to anyone with a mobile. This means the recipient can access the money immediately from FNB specially adapted ATM's with or without a bank card.

Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior Broadens Security Cooperation with Infineon

Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies AG are deepening their cooperation in the IT security sector. The German Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, and Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG, met for this purpose at Infineon's headquarters in Neubiberg near Munich. The continued technology dialog is focused on close exchange to provide security for critical infrastructures such as the smart grid, and to establish security concepts for mobile devices such as smart phones or mobile computers.

The smart grid and the data flows exchanged between its components, such as gateways and smart meters, have to be protected against attack and manipulation. As part of the implementation of its Cyber Security Strategy, the German Government is looking into whether protective measures for the IT-critical infrastructures have to be prescribed and where they are needed. As the world's leading chip supplier for security applications, Infineon supports the BMI and the subordinate German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) with a view to appropriate security technologies.

Data storage, processing and exchange between countless networked mobile devices have become a vital part of the fabric of business and social life today, and will make further inroads. Current examples are the new NFC (Near Field Communication) payment services using smartphones, or cloud computing where the computer application is run via the Internet infrastructure. In a networked digital world - cyberspace - data security, integrity and availability are essential for sustained consumer confidence and successful business models. The BMI and Infineon are therefore intensifying their exchange in respect of the security requirements of information and communications technology and mobile devices, and their technical implementation.

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