IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition winner and finalists announced

Launched at ICON US back in May was the IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition. The winner and runner-ups were announced September 16th 2016 by Inhi Cho Suh, IBM Collaboration Solutions General Manager.
 IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition
The Winner - HR Assistant
Frédéric Dehédin from Swiss Business Partner Belsoft and Frank van der Linden from Elstar IT, put together a solution which every HR department in every company in the world will want. HR Assistant leverages IBM Watson Services

Read more on the submissions and app capabilities over at LinkedIn by Alan Hamilton who launched the competition. Here is the original announcement from May 2016 for the IBM Collaboration Solutions 2016 Developer Competition
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    On Wednesday, September 21st, 2016   by Chris Miller        

D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Router setup and review

We do like this D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 router and extender with one caveat we cover later.. The packaging is just as sleek as the router design. While the design really only offers a fourth antenna, they make it look a bit more futuristic. Inside the box is the router, a quick start guide, some actors for mounting, the power supply and a small thin ethernet cable.

Setting this up is so simple. The wizard pops up the very first time you run the router showing you the steps to get connected to the Internet and also the wifi password is available on the bottom, a sticker on the top and the screens when you log in. They made that so simple for anyone to set up.
Image:D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Router setup and review

The DIR-879 router has an orange status light on the front and it sits at a weird angle we show in the video review.  Continue Reading here" D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Router setup and review" »
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    On Monday, September 19th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

Tivoli Storage Manager becomes IBM Spectrum Protect

IBM has done a rebranding and renaming of Tivoli Storage Manager to the new IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup and recovery.
IBM Spectrum Protect logo
IBM Spectrum Protect features a scalable architecture and modular design that helps organizations of all sizes meet their data protection requirements with more efficiency and confidence.
Flexible deployment options include cloud services, integrated appliances and capacity-based solution bundles.
Application-aware and Virtual Machine optimized options enable customized data protection for critical workloads.
Premium IBM components and patented IBM technology allow Spectrum Protect to deliver more client value.

This is part of the larger IBM Spectrum Storage family
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    On Thursday, September 8th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

Nut Find 3 versus MYNT bluetooth tracker review and showdown

Bluetooth tracker devices are becoming a crowded and competitive space. I have been able to review numerous trackers (eight and counting) and finally see what areas will decide the winner to my needs. The clear winner will have an application with the most features coupled against the simplest interface. Then toss in two way tracker capability that has a long and changeable battery.
For this showdown I was able to compare the Nut Find 3 and Mynt.  While Nut is on the third version (plus has a min version), Mynt has come out of the gates thinking ahead of the competition in any way they could. I made sure to update the applications to the very last day before finalizing the review to account for any crashes or issues.

Let me throw this out there now. To run this test I had a few choices:
  • I could lowjack a kid and see how it worked
  • I could take my life in my hands and try and lowjack my cat (skilled ninja)
  • I could walk the devices far away, come back to the phones and try that way
  • I could attach it to a drone and fly it around in different directions and distances

Presuming I would get in trouble for choice 1, injured in choice 2 and too lazy for choice 3, the final one made the most sense. Plus it let me play with multiple technologies at once.

Nut Find 3
The Nut Find 3 comes in 4 colors (peach white, green tea, pink orange and cherry gray) which the names of immediately confused me. The look was like many other Bluetooth trackers with the rounded corner square that is about 7.2mm thick (1.5" square and 0.28" thick for comparison needs to MYNT).  The textured top, just like a walnut, did have it stand out.
Continue Reading here" Nut Find 3 versus MYNT bluetooth tracker review and showdown" »
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    On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM announces an enhanced IBM Value Package

IBM has added benefits to the IBM Value Package that it offers. For 2500 USD a year (they also raised Software Access Option prices) you get the following additional benefits:
  • You Pass, We Pay is now expanded for some IBM System and IBM Global Technology Services certs and optional prep education
  • Additonal software is added to the Software Access Catalog including security, analytics, cloud, commerce, Watson, IoT and more
  • Remote tech support expanded to include development and pre-sales IBM server operating support for all Locations in your enterprise
There is also a nice grid of tiered benefits by your member level. Everything is the same across levels but the number of test vouchers and amount of YouPass, We Pay reimbursement.

See more on the new IBM Value Package right here
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    On Friday, September 2nd, 2016   by Chris Miller