A CEO Shows His Heart, Avoids Lay-offs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore When Paul Levy needed to decide who to lay-off, he walked through his hospital corridors and saw that no one deserved it. When he reported his feelings to the auditorium filled with staff, he received thunderous, sustained applause. The workers at Beth Israel Medical Center don’t want any of the 8,000 staff members to get laid off — and are willing to give up pay and benefits to make sure no one does.  (Read the inspiring story in the Boston Globe) Thanks to cc, who also submitted this story!  Image courtesy of Sun Star  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Sequans, Gemtek, & Telrad Collaborate to Deliver LTE Solutions for the 3.5 GHz CBRS Spectrum Band

first_imgSequans, Telrad Networks, Gemtek, are now working together to design and deliver devices to support the CBRS spectrum band. The three companies are members of the CBRS Alliance, an organization founded to promote LTE services in the shared 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum band.CBRS Alliance members include all four leading US mobile operators, leading chipmakers, as well as many of the industry’s leading OEMs and ODMs. The first products to be introduced by Telrad, Gemtek, and Sequans are an ODU (outdoor unit) by Telrad, and an IDU (indoor unit) by Gemtek. Both of these are based on Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-A Cat 6 Platform.According to Chris Daniels, President of the Wireless Division, Telrad Networks, the company chose Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced technology to base its new ODU for the CBRS band because Sequans is a strong leader in 3.5 GHz solutions.Sequans Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced technology includes native support for LTE band 48 and Sequans has a long and successful track record of deployed devices operating at this frequency. It is one of the most flexible and versatile LTE platforms in the industry, delivering the high throughput and carrier aggregation required for broadband CPE and other highhigh-performance devices.Telrad Outdoor Unit (ODU) CPE9000The CPE9000 operates in the 3.4 to 3.8 GHz or 2.3 to 2.7 GHz frequency bands, and is especially suited for the CBRS band in the United States. It conforms to the 3GPP Release 10/11 standards, and is an LTE Carrier Aggregation Category 6 CPE, which supports 64 QAM uplink capabilities – increasing the uplink data rate by up to 50%. It supports fully ruggedized IP67 design, high gain 15dBi embedded antenna, uplink 64 QAM, QoS for multiple services in Layer 2/3 with optional residential gateway supporting WiFi 11ac, 1Gbps LAN ports and VoIP.Gemtek Indoor Unit (IDU) WLTFSM-136 B48The Gemtek Indoor CPE delivers LTE and Wi-Fi in a sleek and elegant desktop unit. It delivers LTE DL Category 6, UL Cat 5 throughput and 20+20 MHz DL carrier aggregation based on Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform. In addition to LTE and Wi-Fi, the Gemtek CPE supports VoLTE via RJ-11 and includes two RJ-45 Ethernet ports. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n with 2×2 MIMO as AC1200. The CPE is state-of-the-art, embedding both LTE and Wi-Fi antennas, and including Gemtek’s field proven networking stacks with OTA management.Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform is compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications. It supports a frequency range from 170 MHz up to 3.8 GHz. It supports highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) or LTE broadcast. Cassiopeia features Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance. It can support additional optional features, including envelope tracking and secure boot, at customer request.The new CBRS products will be on display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 event in California from 12 – 14 September.last_img read more

Ex-football boss Napout denied compassionate release

first_imgNEW YORK (AP): A federal judge denied a request by the former head of South American football to be given compassionate release from prison because of the new coronavirus pandemic, but reserved judgement yesterday on his request to be let out on bail, pending his appeal.US District Judge Pamela K. Chen in Brooklyn said Juan Ángel Napout had not exhausted his administrative remedies with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in seeking compassionate release.Napout was convicted in December 2017 of accepting bribes, and his lawyers moved to reduce Napout’s sentence to time served or to let him serve the next six months at his condominium in South Florida or for release until the appeal is decided.Napout, who turns 62 on May 13, is serving a nine-year sentence and is scheduled for release on August 9, 2025. PLEA FOR MERCY “I am not going to be a fugitive, Your Honour,” he said near the end of an 85-minute telephone hearing. “I’m just asking you, Your Honour, for your mercy.”His request for bail was opposed by federal prosecutors.Napout was president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL from August 2014 until December 2015, president of the Paraguayan Football Association from 2007-14 and a member of FIFA’s executive committee. He was arrested in Zurich while attending FIFA meetings in December 2015.Napout was convicted on December 22, 2017, of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, and he was taken into custody that day.He was sentenced by Chen to nine years in prison the following August 29 and is at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Miami. His attempt to overturn the verdict was argued on November 7 at the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals, and is pending before judges Robert D. Sack, Peter W. Hall and Joseph F. Bianco.Napout filed a request for compassionate release with the Bureau of Prisons on March 30, and the bureau has 30 days to make a decision. His lawyers cited correlation between greater risk for more severe COVID-19 symptoms in older people. The Government said no prisoner at the Miami facility had got ill, and Chen cited his being in the lower end of the 60-69 group.last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS loads original DS games 35 slower than DS LIte

first_imgWhen a new gadget comes out and replaces its predecessor on the market, you expect it to be faster. For example, if the iPad 2 was slower than the iPad at loading apps, there’d be a huge controversy. I doubt, though, that we’ll see a similar hue-and-cry when the Nintendo 3DS makes its way to United States shores in a couple of weeks time, even though it loads original DS games significantly slower than its predecessors.The report comes by way of Gamespot, who managed to get their hands on a Japanese 3DS during last month’s launch, and did something interesting: they compared the load times of several DS games on the 3DS and then compared them to the load times on the old DS Lite.AdChoices广告The results are pretty shocking. On the original Nintendo DS Lite, Mario Kart loaded in just eight seconds, compared to thirteen seconds on the 3DS. Plants vs. Zombies and Nine Hours saw identical jumps, while Call of Duty: Black Ops jumped to twenty one seconds from fifteen seconds on the Nintendo DS Lite. Meanwhile, Dementium II jumped to fourteen seconds load time on the 3DS compared to just nine seconds on the DS Lite.These load times aren’t a huge problem for an end user, but it still seems pretty shocking, considering how much more powerful the 3DS hardware is compared to the DS Lite. The source of the slowdown, of course, is that the 3DS is merely emulating the DS Lite, not cramming the original hardware into the new console. Emulation is always slower. Still, while not a big deal, be warned… if you want to replace your DS Lite with a 3DS, expect it to take slightly longer to jump into some of your favorite games.Read more at Gamespotlast_img read more