Cloud computing IT outsourcing contracts triple

By Karl Flinders | Computer Weekly The number of global IT services deals with a cloud computing element have tripled since 2010, according to research from IT outsourcing consultancy Information Services Group (ISG).   ISG used its TPI index to analyse IT outsourcing deals and found this year will see 300 IT contracts awarded which feature cloud computing services. This compares with 110 in 2010 and 220 in ...

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Gateway Enzyme for Chemicals from Catnip to Cancer Drug Discovered

Posted by zaheerul Hassan Scientists have discovered an enzyme used in nature to make powerful chemicals from catnip to a cancer drug, vinblastine. The discovery opens up the prospect of producing these chemicals cheaply and efficiently. They are produced naturally by some plants such as the medicinal Madagascar periwinkle, but faster-growing plants could be used to produce them. With synthetic biology, imp ...

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Papa pipefish’s pregnancy good for young’s immunity

Posted By Zaheerul Hassan MALE pipefish pregnancy may suit the females, but it's a real boon for their offspring. In human fetuses, antibodies from the mother's egg and others that pass across the placenta help build its developing immune system. Sperm are too small to carry antibodies, so males aren't thought to contribute. Not so in pipefish, where the male carries the pregnancy. To see if the immune prim ...

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Cloud Computing Won’t Kill IT, But It’ll Definitely Transform It

Robert Shaw | Cloudtweaks Around the country, many corporate and small business IT professionals are downright scared about the future of their careers. Due to slow adoption in the corporate world and general unfamiliarity with administrating cloud services in the small business sector, the IT field has yet to undergo any massive shifts. But IT workers shouldn’t count on that pattern holding forever. Accord ...

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Africa is world’s fastest growing mobile market: study

The number of Africa's mobile subscriptions will reach 761 million this year, making the continent once again the fastest growing market in the world, a research group has claimed. Pushed on by the continent's robust economic growth and an increasingly competitive marketplace the number of subscriptions in Africa is set to hit one billion by 2015, London-based Informa Telecoms & Media said Monday. The g ...

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Fraud in Overseas Education needs to be curbed

By Zaheerul Hassan After doing graduation, post graduation and diplomas in medical, engineering and other fields’ number of people are returning to Pakistan and other countries from China, Russia and Central Asian states. In Pakistan successful returnees have to undergo the officially arranged tests prior to carrying out the medical practice in the field. In this context local educational authorities have t ...

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Twitter became an opinion machine – but this was still a television election

Journalists are excited by social media, but most voters still rely on TV for their political news This was the first Twitter election, some commentators declared – on Twitter. Oh no it wasn’t. This was the 14th television election in the United States. Ever since 1960, when 61 per cent of households with TVs watched the first televised debate between Richard Nixon and John F Kennedy, presidential campaigns ...

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Silent Circle Bringing World-Class Encryption to the iPhone

Two Navy SEALs are bringing world-class encryption to the iPhone, for everything from state secrets to celebrity selfies. But that means it can be used by criminals as well.   Russell Brandom The first rule, former Navy SEAL Mike Janke tells me, is that you have to assume the worst: "Everything you do and say — email, text, phone — is monitored on some level." He's talking about paramilitary operations — sp ...

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