CEVA Releases Bluetooth 5 IP

first_imgCEVA, Inc., a leading licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, has released its RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5 IP. With multiple enhancements including longer range, higher speed and extended support for connectionless services, Bluetooth 5 is a significant upgrade over prior Bluetooth standards, offering both improved features for existing use cases and breakout features to open up exciting new IoT applications for the smart environment. The enhancements and new features that the Bluetooth SIG has incorporated into Bluetooth 5 positions this standard well to increase its footprint in the smart home, the smart city and beyond.CEVA, incorporating RivieraWaves, is the leading IP vendor providing solutions for Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth dual mode, with a long pedigree stretching back more than fifteen years. With dozens of customers and numerous products in mass production, CEVA Bluetooth IP has shipped in more than a billion devices to date. With Bluetooth 5, CEVA remains at the forefront, with multiple license agreements already signed with leading semiconductor companies and OEMs.The RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms consist of a hardware baseband controller, a digital modem, plus a feature-rich software protocol stack. For Bluetooth low energy, this protocol stack encompasses the Link Layer up to the GAP/GATT plus a comprehensive set of Services and Profiles. For Bluetooth dual mode, this protocol stack presents an industry standard HCI interface. A flexible radio interface allows the platform to be deployed with either one of the RivieraWaves RF IPs or various partners’ RF IPs, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node.Click here for more information on RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms.last_img read more

The State of the Nation in numbers

first_img21 years – since former President Nelson Mandela walked to freedom after 27 years as a political prisoner. 17 years – since South Africa’s transition to a non-racial, non-sexist, equal and democratic society. 400 000 – the number of additional South Africans served with a basic water supply in 2010. 81% – the proportion of the country now electrified, compared to 63% in the year 2000. 8.6% – the decline in the murder rate in South Africa over the past year. 15-million – the number of South Africans currently receiving state social grants. R9-billion – state fund to support job creation in South Africa over the next three years. R10-billion – funds set aside by the Industrial Development Corporation for investment in economic activities with high job creation potential over the next five years. R20-billion – tax allowances or tax breaks to be put in place to promote investment, expansion and upgrades in South Africa’s manufacturing sector. R550-million – funds set aside for infrastructure upgrades and expansions countrywide. 30% – the mining industry’s contribution to South Africa’s total export revenue. 7.3-million – the number of tourists that arrived in South Africa in 2010. 95 – the number of major international meetings and conferences that South Africa has already secured between now and 2016. R2-billion – the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). R475-million – the contribution of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to the Western Cape economy. 2 000 – the number of jobs created during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2010. R75-billion – Eskom’s investment in the new power stations Medupi, Kusile and Ingula, as well as the return to service and transmission of other projects. 400 000 – the number of South African households that should have security of tenure by 2014. R2.6-billion – the amount that the government will spend on water services this year. 4.5-million – the number of work opportunities that the Expanded Public Works Programme aims to create. 800 – the number of construction jobs created by South Africa’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. 6 000 – the number of students supported by Denel, Eskom, South African Airways and Transnet in acquiring technical and engineering-related scarce and critical skills. 105 – the number of nursing colleges that will be revitalised countrywide to train more nurses. 5-million – the number of voluntary HIV/Aids tests conducted since the launch of the testing campaign in April 2010. 700 000 – the number of first-time identity documents issued in Libode in the Eastern Cape following the launch of the National Population Registration Campaign. R800-million – the funds allocated for immediate relief to assist communities affected by the recent floods across South Africa. 2 000 – South African National Defence Force personnel deployed as peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic. 2.5-trillion – the value of South Africa’s mining assets – in US dollars.Source: Government Communication and Information Systemlast_img read more

Data Breach Exposes 20 Million Retail Accounts in China

first_imgAccording to online security news source Naked Security, Taobao.com in China has been the victim of a massive data breach, with as many as 100 million records used to hack more than 20 million Taobao user accounts.Founded in 2003 by China’s online giant Alibaba, Taobao is a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) buying and selling online website that operates in Chinese-speaking regions, similar to eBay or Amazon in the United States. Literally translated as “searching for treasure website,” the site provides a retail platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers. With hundreds of millions of product listings it is one of the world’s most visited websites.In the online consumer-to-consumer world, purchases are made through a website, rather than from a website. Regular sellers build—or lose—credibility; succeeding or failing based upon their history and reputation with customers. In this kind of selling environment the business becomes self-policing, as poor products, poor service, and inappropriate or illegal activity will quickly lead to the demise of the business based on consumer feedback.- Sponsor – However, the ability to create false accounts that publish positive feedback, or those that can jump into the online bidding process of auctions to illegitimately inflate prices, can greatly influence the profitability and reputation of the seller. This appears to be one of the primary objectives of the recent data breach.While the details of the data breach are not fully known at this time, it appears that cyber criminals illegally gained access to nearly 100 million email addresses and passwords from an unknown source. Taobao allows you to register an account using your phone number, a username, or your email address.Beginning in October 2015 these cyber criminals began trying to access the accounts, managing to gain access to almost 21 million Talbao accounts based on the access to existing account information from the data breach. These accounts were then used for fake reviews and fake bidding to enhance the reputation of seller accounts and raise prices of products by creating false bidding wars on auctions.According to cyber security experts, spotting some of these attack patterns following a data breach is often relatively easy to identify—the second time it happens. Unfortunately, with 21 million opportunities it could take some time to sort it all out.Taobao users have been encouraged to change passwords using new password combinations that are both strong and unique to the user, and to monitor activity to look for unauthorized use. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Minnesota Follows IRS R&D Credit Guidelines

first_imgThe Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced that they will allow the use of GAAP expenditures for research and development credit calculations. By allowing this method, the department is following IRS guidelines.In order for the guidelines to apply, the taxpayer must be:a large business and international taxpayer filing a state business return; andmeet the federal requirements listed within the directive.IRS Directive Taxpayers for Using GAAP Expense Rules for R&D CostsThe IRS directive, “Guidance for Allowance of the Credit for Increasing Research Activities under I.R.C. §41 for Taxpayers that Expense Research and Development Costs on their Financial Statements pursuant to ASC 730,” is available on the IRS website.Recordkeeping RequirementsAdditional information about the recordkeeping procedures for the research credit required by the IRS can be found at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses/corporation/Pages/Research-Credit-Documentation.aspx.The full text of the bulletin is available at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/bulletins/1cbfdd1.Bulletin, Minnesota Department of Revenue, December 14, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Philadelphia gunman in custody after standoff; officers injured

first_img(AP) – Authorities say a gunman who barricaded himself for hours inside a Philadelphia home, shooting at and wounding six officers, is in police custody.Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken in custody after an hourslong standoff with police.The shooting started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers were serving a narcotics warrant at a home and had already entered when gunfire erupted. The gunman and police exchanged gunfire for hours.Six officers were shot, but have been released from hospitals. Two officers had been trapped in the house during the standoff but were safely evacuated.A heavy police presence was in the neighborhood for hours with businesses, including day care centers, on lockdown and roads closed.last_img

CDA to place more children in family oriented programmes

first_imgAs at September, 2012, some 57.5 per cent of children in State care were in Living in Family Environment (LIFE) Programmes, which are alternatives to placing children in child care facilities.CEO of the Child Development Agency, Carla Francis Edie, said the agency is on an intense drive to increase the number of children in LIFE programmes this year.LIFE programmes include foster care, family reintegration, and Supervision Orders. Of the over 5,200 children in State care, 2,219 are in children’s homes and places of safety. A little over 3,000 are in LIFE programmes – 985 in foster care; 802 on family reintegration, and 1220 on Supervision Order. Separate from those figures, some 141 adoptions were completed between January and September 2012.These programmes are designed to allow children who are in need of care and protection to live in a home environment to support their positive growth and development, thereby reducing the number of children in child care facilities.“When children come into residential care, we provide them with a range of services – health; education, psychological support and other specialized services as required. Yet our goal is to reserve residential care (institutionalisation) for only those children who have nowhere else to go because they have no family or other forms of support” Mrs. Edie said. Foster care is a flagship programme within the agency that places a child (temporarily) in the care of persons who are not the biological parents to enable them to raise that child and provide a nurturing environment for his or her physical, spiritual and emotional growth and development.With respect to adoption, Mrs. Edie added this is the legal process of permanently transferring the parental rights of a child’s biological parents (with consent) to one who is desirous of creating a new parent/child relationship.Family Reintegration is reuniting and rehabilitating a child and his/her family, after a period of being in a child care facility or foster care, Mrs. Edie said, adding that under a Supervision Order, the Court issues an order for a child in need of care and protection to be placed with a family member under the supervision of a CDA Children’s Officer.“Our experience has shown that children do better in a home/family setting, rather than being institutionalized; children who are placed in families do better on all counts – in education and as it relates to other areas of their lives. This is why we are redoubling our efforts to increase the number of children in the LIFE programmes,“ she said“The agency’s thrust is also in keeping with one of the key principles of the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) which indicates that the family is the preferred environment for the care and upbringing of children,” Mrs. Edie explained. In the meantime, the CEO acknowledged that steps were being taken to make a number of these programmes, in particular, foster care and adoption, more efficient. The Adoption Act is being modernised and a review of the current legislation is to get underway. Also, last year, the agency held a training workshop for officers in an effort to improve the internal processes for adoption.As it relates to foster care, CDA has been working with the relevant authority to increase the stipend paid to foster parents. The stipend is provided to foster parents in addition to educational, medical and other forms of assistance.“We want to use these various programmes to help give our children the opportunity to be part of families that can nurture them to realize their full potential,” Mrs. Edie stated, adding, “I would also like to use this opportunity to encourage persons to become foster parents.”last_img read more

To hit environment goals feds should create super tax credit report says

first_imgOTTAWA — A government-struck expert panel is calling for new “super-deduction” tax credits as a carrot for Canadians to park their retirement savings in climate-conscious investments.The report this morning to Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government should let people deduct more than 100 per cent of retirement contributions they put into investments such as bonds that help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.The panel expects the deduction would be an incentive for the many Canadians who don’t max out their retirement-savings allowances and tax-free savings account contributions, and those who do should have extra space for green investments.The ideas are in a broader vision of regulatory changes the panel prescribes for combining Canada’s environmental goals and economic growth.Businesses should be required to disclose more about the financial risks climate changes pose to their bottom lines, the report says, and pension plans to show how climate-related issues are considered in their investments.But the panel says the government must set a plan that extends to the middle of the century, outlining investments that need to be made to hit emission goals and the cost of a carbon tax for years to come so businesses and investors have predictability.The Canadian Presslast_img read more