DecisionPoint Systems sales down 28% YoY

DecisionPointâ„¢ Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: DPSI and DPSIP) said sales for the second quarter of 2015 were USD9.4 million, down 27.9 percent from sales of USD13.0 million in the second quarter of 2014.

The net loss, including a noncash write-down totaling USD3.0 million of goodwill and intangible assets related to the company´s Apex operations in Canada, was USD3.3 million from continuing operations, or USD3.9 million attributable to common shareholders including both continuing and discontinued operations.

This compares to a net loss of USD132,000 for the second quarter of 2014 from continuing operations, or USD354,000 attributable to common shareholders including both continuing and discontinued operations. This represents a USD0.30 loss per share from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2015, compared to a USD0.04 loss per share from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2014.

DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. delivers improved productivity and operational advantages to its clients by helping them move their business decision points closer to their customers. The company utilizes all the latest wireless, mobility, and RFID technologies.

Integra names new chief executive officer

Integra said its board of directors has named telecommunications veteran Marc Willency to the role of chief executive officer, effective Sept. 8, 2015.

Willency will also serve on Integra´s board of directors.

Willency joins Integra with more than 17 years at leading industry companies. He will take on responsibility for growing Integra´s two primary business units, Integra Business and Electric Lightwave.

Integra is one of the largest regional providers of networking, communications and technology solutions in the western United States. Through its two business units, Electric Lightwave and Integra Business, the company provides critical data networking, unified communications, cloud and security services to domestic and international customers, including enterprise, government and wholesale customers — all of whom rely on Integra´s world-class fiber network and superior customer service for their operations and business success.

Real Agent Guard launches program to keep agents safe on the job

Real Agent Guard said it has launched a new platform that allows agents to find safe locations to meet with clients.

Often, agents are asked to meet with clients who want to see a property far from their home office. REALTOR® Safe Harbor is a web-based site and mobile-friendly app that enables agents to quickly determine safe locations to meet.

Several REALTOR® associations have recently signed on to be among the first groups to take part in the program, including the Arkansas REALTOR®s Association, 6,923 members; the Wyoming Association of REALTOR®s, 2,012 members; the Louisiana REALTOR®s Association, 11,650 members; and the Idaho Association of REALTOR®s, 7,000 members. Several other state associations are also close to finalizing partnerships with REALTOR® Safe Harbor.

All of the associations and Real Agent Guard are actively encouraging real estate firms and other businesses to offer their locations as a safe harbor.

Real Agent Guard, based in Rogers, Ark., is a mobile-enabled personal security service that provides real-time monitoring of employees or agents for the purpose of providing both monitoring and deterrence from potential personal attacks.

Cox launches Flare Kids

This month, Cox Communications launched Flare Kids, a free app that allows families to search for and discover the most popular child-friendly video content available online.

Designed for children between the ages of 3-8 years, Flare Kids includes superior parental controls to manage the content and the time children view their favorite entertainment. The Flare Kids app is available in the App Store and works with any broadband connection and an iPad, with more devices to be added in the future.

“Flare Kids introduces children to a safe and fun digital playground and allows parents to apply custom settings that align with household and child-specific learning and entertainment goals,” said Alan Greene, senior vice president and general manager, Flare Entertainment. “This new app provides convenient and easy discovery of some of the most popular children´s shows available on the web and we plan to add more entertainment and educational content in the future.”

Flare Kids was designed with parents and children in mind. Kids gain the freedom they desire to explore and switch between various shows, while parents experience peace of mind knowing the platform their child is viewing is age-appropriate. Once parents download the Flare Kids app, they are prompted to create profiles for each child and are then able to customize the web content that each profile can access. Additionally, parents can set up time increments that a child is able to watch daily, as well as monitor the shows they have viewed.

Cheetah Mobile, Cheetah Conservation fund wildlife campaign

Cheetah Mobile (NYSE: CMCM) and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) said they are participating in a new media campaign, Save Our Wildlife, to promote awareness for endangered species as part of their joint efforts to save the cheetah.

“The cheetah is engaged in a race against extinction. It´s our duty and an honor to protect all wildlife species, but especially the cheetah, as we have chosen this animal to represent our company,” said Sheng Fu, Cheetah Mobile´s President and CEO. “We welcome opportunities to take on a leadership role and support important initiatives like this. With more people aware of the cheetah´s plight, we have a greater chance of helping save it.”

The new awareness campaign launches today with print and digital components. A special print insert in the weekend edition of USA Today is on newsstands in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland Aug. 28-30. The Save Our Wildlife website also launches today and can be viewed at www.savingourwildlife.com.

Lime Microsystems, ZyXEL to deliver open source solutions

Lime Microsystems and ZyXEL said they are to collaborate in developing open source implementations for next generation wireless mobile networks.

The collaboration between Lime and ZyXEL is an important milestone in the adoption of open source ideology by major corporations. It is envisaged that this collaboration will lead to a more diverse, creative and cooperative way of developing technology and that this will result in greater interoperability and scalability in the deployment of wireless mobile networks.

Jimmy Chin, Head of Special Projects at Lime Microsystems, said, “We are pleased to be working with ZyXEL on this exciting project, for which we foresee the creation of carrier class open source basestation technologies, enabling innovative solutions in future wireless networks.”

“Lime has been the driving force behind numerous open source projects that are gaining momentum with recent deployments. We believe this partnership will bring about the general availability of open source wireless solutions and enable new and exciting applications in the area,” commented Wayne Hwang, Vice President of ZyXEL´s Gateway Business Unit.

Japan Airlines comes back to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

American Airlines said that Pacific joint business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) has returned to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with service between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and DFW starting Nov. 30, 2015.

American will add its code to the route.

American currently operates twice-daily service from DFW to NRT with Boeing 777-200 aircraft. JAL will offer customers service four days per week with Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

The return of JAL service brings more travel choices with 18 weekly roundtrips between DFW and NRT offered by the joint business. Through American´s extensive network from DFW, customers traveling from Tokyo can connect to more than 200 cities throughout North, Central and South America.

American and JAL commenced their Pacific Joint Business partnership in April 2011.

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways.

Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan.

C2 Systems approved for MiCTA members

MiCTA said it has named C2 Systems as an approved national vendor for DAS Equipment, small cell and DAS engineering/design services making them available to all MiCTA members across the United States.

MiCTA, a non-profit national group purchasing organization, selected the company after a thorough Request for Proposal review.

C2 Systems creates customizable in-building and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS and oDAS) that provide any building, stadium, venue, or campus enhanced wireless network performance.

MiCTA represents thousands of higher education, K-12, healthcare library, governmental and charitable entities. Nationally, MiCTA seeks to resolve common voice, video and data issues, provide helpful information, participate in legislative and regulatory telecom advocacy, and negotiate discounted purchase contracts for telecommunications and technology services for its members.

Golf Pro shares five tips for playing better golf

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IBM, GENCI collaborate to drive supercomputing

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and GENCI said they have announced a collaboration aimed at speeding up the path to exascale computing — the ability of a computing system to perform at least one exaflop, or a billion billion calculations, in one second.

Currently the fastest systems in the world perform between ten and 33 petaflops, or ten to 33 million billion calculations per second — roughly one to three percent the speed of exascale. Put into context, if exascale computing is the equivalent of an automobile reaching 1000 miles per hour, today´s fastest systems are running within a range between ten and 33 miles per hour.

The collaboration, planned to run for at least 18 months, focuses on readying complex scientific applications for systems under development expected to achieve more than 100 petaflops, a solid step forward on the path to exascale. Working closely with supercomputing experts from IBM, GENCI will have access to some of the most advanced high performance computing technologies stemming from the rapidly expanding OpenPOWER ecosystem. Supported by more than 140 OpenPOWER Foundation members and thousands of developers worldwide, the OpenPOWER ecosystem includes a wide variety of computing solutions that use IBM´s licensable and open POWER processor technology.