Apple’s iOS 12 Update Set To Improve 911 Emergency Calls

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iOS Help On The Way

With Apple’s new iOS 12 update, set to come out later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. who call 911 will automatically have their location data securely shared with first responders in an effort to reduce emergency response times in an effort to improve the overall outcome.

Nearly 80% of 911 come from mobile devices, and with landline-era infrastructure still in place, accurately locating a mobile caller’s location can be difficult for 911 centers. In 2015, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) which uses cell towers and on-device data sources such as GPS and WiFi Access Points to estimate a mobile 911 callers location, in order to help improve the challenge. Looking to improve 911 response time, Apple will now also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline along with HELO to improve the 911 centers response time.

What’s “Cookin’?”

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal. When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”

With these improvements, Apple is keeping a focus on privacy so that user data will not be used for any non-emergency purpose. The 911 responding center will only have access to the user’s location during the duration of an emergency call.

FCC Likes?

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 stated, “This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety. Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS.”

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Bausch + Lomb, ExxonMobil, Westpac Shift Central Workloads to IBM Cloud

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The Dow 30 component has announced a huge expansion of its cloud abilities. The expansion will aim to unveil 18 new availability zone for the IBM cloud across the areas of North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. With the launch, the companies ExxonMobil, Bausch + Lomb and Westpac will be moving their central workloads to the IBM cloud.

The 18 new availability zones will be located in high demand locations such as Germany, UK, Tokyo, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Even though IBM currently operates in almost 60 locations, it will now possess even more volume and capability in the areas previously listed. Along with the greater location capabilities, clients will also be able to take advantage of multizone Kubernetes clusters across the availability zones through the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. The service has simplified how the experience is deployed and managed.

The scope of IBM’s cloud footprint comes at a critical time, with clients looking to achieve better control of their data with data regulations facing tighter regulations.

The world’s biggest companies work with IBM to migrate them to the cloud because we know their technology and unique business needs as they bridge their past with the future. Our continued cloud investment and growing client roster reflect that companies are increasingly seeking hybrid cloud environments that offer cutting-edge tools including AI, analytics, IoT and blockchain to maximize their benefits.

– David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform

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IBM Unveils Major Expansion of Cloud Capabilities; Industry Leaders ExxonMobil, Bausch + Lomb and Westpac Shift to IBM Cloud

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, has adopted IBM Cloud as the foundation for their Speedpass+™ mobile app developed by IBM Services. Speedpass+™ is available to motorists at more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the US…

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Cisco & NetApp’s New FlexPod Solutions Accelerating Application Delivery & Enabling Transitioning to a Hybrid Cloud

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco along with NetApp has announced their new cloud solution, FlexPod®. The new solution joins together Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure and with the NetApp® data services. The combination will assist organizations in accelerating application delivery and transitioning to a hybrid cloud that offers new consumer options for more adaptable access to powerful IT infrastructure and applications. FlexPod carries on a platform of innovation and investment protection while introducing certified solutions for the most recent virtualization software, enterprise applications, and databases that include the latest technologies from both Cisco and NetApp.

One of the new features built on FlexPod, the new Managed Private Cloud allows the consumer to reach a cloud-like, As-a-Service model for their on-premises IT. The infrastructure is located on-premises but can be controlled remotely. The new FlexPod solutions also gives consumers the platform to quickly set up key applications that are often challenged by data that is progressively diverse, dynamic and distributed by nature.

It’s no surprise that FlexPod continues to lead the market as the fastest growing converged infrastructure solution. Our long-running relationship with Cisco has combined best-in-class technology and expertise to create one of the strongest and most successful partnerships in the industry. Together, we are enabling organizations to truly access the full value of their data despite the rising complexity of applications and workloads.

– Ranjeet Sudan, vice president of Converged Infrastructure at NetApp

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Cisco and NetApp Simplify the Delivery of Cloud Infrastructure and Industry-Specific Applications with New FlexPod Solutions

Cisco (CSCO) and NetApp (NTAP) today announced new FlexPod® solutions. FlexPod combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with NetApp® data services to help organizations accelerate application delivery and transition to a hybrid cloud with a trusted platform for innovation. The new Managed Private..

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Communications & Technology Leader Verizon Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable Aug. 1, 2018

Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) is a worldwide leader in delivering communications and technology solutions that improve the lives of its customers.

Verizon Communications, Inc.’s Board of Directors declared its quarterly dividend of $0.59 per outstanding share on June 7, 2018. The dividend was unchanged from the prior quarter. All those shareowners of record July 10, 2018 at the close of business will be able to receive the dividend from this quarter. It will be payable August 1, 2018.

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6/7/18: Verizon declares quarterly dividend

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Learn More About The Preview of Apple’s iOS 12 Update

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iPhone and iPad users have much to look forward to in the upcoming months. Apple is set to release is iOS 12 update this coming Fall, the latest of the version of the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 12 looks to make communication more fun and colorful with new features with the Memoji and Group FaceTime. Then new update will also introduce Siri Shortcuts that allow Siri to work with any app.

The new update by design will make tasks on the iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive thanks to performance improvements made across the system. iOS 12 will bring improvements to more devices than any previous update, ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone X.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering stated, “We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime. With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.

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Microsoft to Purchase Leading Software Development Platform GitHub

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will acquire the world’s leading software development platform GitHub for $7.5B in Microsoft stock. . The platform is used by over 28 million developers to learn, share and collaborate ideas for future software development. With the purchase of GitHub, the two companies will work to increase the enterprises of the software development platform, as well as bring tools and services to new audiences.

GitHub will operate independently and continue its developer-first mentality. Developers will still be able to take advantage of the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for projects, as well as use their code for any operating system, cloud, and device.

Nat Friedman, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will take over the role of CEO for GitHub. The current CEO of GitHub, Chris Wanstrath will work as a Microsoft technical fellow on strategic software initiatives. The purchase is expected to close at the end of 2018.

Chris Wanstrath, current CEO of GitHub stated, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub’s growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences. REDMOND, Wash., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform..

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Dow 30 Component P&G Empowering Consumers Via SmartLabel App

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG), a Dow 30 component,  supplies branded consumer packaged goods to consumers across the globe.

Procter & Gamble now has over 3,500 products present on SmartLabel, more than any other consumer product goods company. SmartLabel is an online and mobile platform that allows consumers to find detailed information on a products endorsements, ingredients, instructions, and certifications.

This is another step in Procter & Gamble’s transparency goals as well as a demonstration of the company listening and responding to the want and needs of its consumers. The company wants to make sure consumers can make informed decisions about their products by using information that is clear, reliable, and accessible.

The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

“Using SmartLabel to share our products’ ingredients reinforces P&G’s commitment to transparency, and is one way we are holding ourselves accountable to the transparency goals we outlined in Ambition 2030. We know people care about what goes into the products they use every day, and we want consumers to be informed and confident in their choice to place P&G products in their baskets.” -Kathy Fish, Chief Technology Officer, Procter & Gamble

Here are just a few of the brands P&G has added to SmartLabel: Febreze®, Herbal Essences®, Olay®, Pampers®, Tide®,Always®, and Tampax®.

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CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) announced today that more than 3,500 products are now present within SmartLabel , an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to access detailed information such as product ingredients, usage instructions, certifications and endorsements…

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Tech Talk With Cisco & Oppenheimer Regarding AppDynamics In the Marketplace

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

AppDynamics reports that it delivers real-time access to every aspect of a business and operational performance, so a business can anticipate problems, resolve them automatically, and make smarter, more certain business decisions. Application Intelligence provides the business and operational insights into application performance, user experience and business impact of software applications.

Cisco’s David Wadhwani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CEO, AppDynamics and Thomas Wyatt, Chief Strategy Officer of AppDynamics will speak about AppDynamics role, portfolio and position in the market during a conference call hosted by Cisco and Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer’s Managing Director, Ittai Kidron, will moderate the call.

Those interested can dial in Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. ET by using the Toll-Free number 800-344-0695 with the passcode 3399724. The International Number for the call is 706-679-5238 with the passcode 3399724.

The call can be replayed until June 13, 2018, with the Toll-Free number 855-859-2056 or the International Number 404-537-3406, both with the passcode 3399724.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at investor.cisco.com.

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“The GE Story Picks Up Steam With Wabtec Deal”

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems and value-added services for transit and freight rail.  Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars, and passenger transit vehicles. The company also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives and provides aftermarket services. The company has roughly 18,000 employees and facilities located throughout the world. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, Wabtec generated approximately $3.9 billion in revenue and $504 million in adjusted EBIT (approximately 13% margin).

GE Transportation helps move the world and improve the world, as a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and digital solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. GE Transportation’s innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. The company employs approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. GE Transportation has a backlog of roughly $18 billion, including approximately 1,800 new locomotives and roughly 1,000 locomotive modernized units. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, GE Transportation generated approximately $3.9 billion in revenue and $701 million in adjusted EBIT (approximately 18% margin).

According to an Associated Press release, Dow 30 component General Electric (GE) is tieing its train engine division with Wabtec in a deal that is worth more than $11B that is expected to close early 2019. Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler will lead the combined company that combined will have more than 23,000 locomotives. Following the transaction, Wabtec will also have approximately $8 billion in revenues, a more diversified business mix, higher margins, and approximately 15 percent cash EPS accretion in year one. the deal is approved by the Boards of Directors of Wabtec and GE. GE and its shareholders will receive a 50.1% ownership interest in the combined company.

GE shares are trading at $15.43 up 3.07% currently.

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General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate. Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler will lead the combined company and its chairman, Albert Neupaver, will be executive..

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Cisco’s Acquisition of AI Technology Provider Accomany is Complete

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco announced its $270M completion of the obtainment of the privately held Accompany on May 10, 2018. The Los Altos, California-based company provides Cisco with AI technology that will allow the company to find new prospects, navigate the selling process, and strengthen relationships. With this acquisition, Cisco is also expected to accelerate its priority areas across its portfolio.

Amy Chang, the Accompany Founder, and CEO has been named senior vice president in charge of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group.

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Cisco Completes Acquisition of Accompany

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