SAN FRANCISCO — Tomorrow UC San Francisco information technology employees will challenge UC Board of Regents’ plan to replace them with lower-paid workers from India. It is the first time a public university has ever offshored American IT work, undermining its own mission to prepare students for high-tech jobs.
WHAT: Workers speak out against offshoring at UC Board of Regents meeting
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. PST
WHERE: UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco. Watch the Livestream here.
WHO: UCSF information technology employees, University Professional Technical Employees-CWA Local 9119, and community leaders
Seventy-nine workers in UCSF’s IT department will lose their middle-class, family-supporting jobs in February.
Last summer, the UC system partnered with HCL, a multinational contractor based in India, to manage IT infrastructure and networking-related services. The contract covers all 10 UC campuses, potentially endangering thousands more IT jobs, but UCSF is the first to test this scheme to slash salary costs.
Since then, HCL and UC have imported Indian workers to UCSF on H-1B visas, which are temporary work permits for “specialty occupations” requiring “highly specialized knowledge.” Congress originally created the visa program to help employers to fill talent gaps — not displace US workers. Yet UC is unscrupulously exploiting a loophole in the law, and adding insult to injury, requiring soon-to-be-laid-off UC employees to train their foreign replacements as a condition of their severance. Eventually, the H-1B visa replacements will depart too, returning to India to train large teams of workers who will do the work for even cheaper.
Members of University Professional Technical Employees-CWA Local 9119 have been mobilizing against the offshoring plan for several months, building public support for the IT workers and spotlighting the responsibilities of public institutions that receive taxpayer funding. Offshoring jeopardizes the privacy of medical center patients, students, faculty, and staff. Troublingly, both UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and UC Berkeley Dean of Engineering S. Shankar Sastry sit on the board of HCL.
The Communications Workers of America represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields.
IK Multimedia announces and ships iRig Nano Amp – the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface
December 8, 2016 – IK Multimedia once again redefines a product category for guitarists with the newly released iRig Nano Amp – the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface. iRig Nano Amp gives players both a standalone portable guitar amplifier PLUS an interface that lets them plug their guitar into an iPhone or iPad and use AmpliTube for iOS to access an unlimited and inspirational world of guitar tones on the go. iRig Nano Amp is available now from IK Multimedia and music and electronics retailers around the world.
The first micro amp and interface for mobile guitarists
Dual Mode Operation – AMP/DEVICE
Drive a cab
Under the hood
An expandable universe of tone
For more information on iRig Nano Amp, please visit: www.irignanoamp.com
To see iRig Nano Amp in action, watch the video: www.irignanoamp.com/video
December 6, 2016 – IK Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of hardware, accessories, apps and software for iPhone, iPad and Mac, is pleased to announce the availability of the new iKlip Grip Pro – the professional quality 4-in-1 tripod and handle for capturing professional photos and video on the go with any iPhone or compact action video camera. iKlip Grip Pro lets users securely hold their iPhones while using the stand as a compact tabletop tripod, a video handle, a monopod or as a standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro features an integrated, all-in-one compact design that provides the highest level of convenience for capturing media on the go.
Ultimate Control and stability for the best shots
Pivoting 360° Positioning
Pricing and availability
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November 30, 2016, Largo, Florida – Dok Solution, LLC/Karaoke USA www.easy-doks.com https://karaokeusa.com/, maker of the innovative award-winning line of smart chargers and karaoke systems, announced today the Karaoke GF842 Bluetooth Karaoke System, an all-in-one media player featuring a powerful 35 Watt Peak Digital Power Amplifier System, clear 7” TFT color screen, music recording, Bluetooth music playing, karaoke with 2 microphones, bright flashing LED sync party lights, digital music and video through auxiliary and A/V Input, and DVD/CDG/MP3G karaoke formats. Connect your smartphone or other device through Bluetooth to play your music wirelessly on a powerful speaker! Dok Solution/JSK/Easy-Doks will be exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Booth #11235 LVCC Central Hall.
All-in-One Media Player 35 Watt Speaker System Comes with 300 Songs & 2 Mics
Clear Screen is Easy-to-Read from Distance — Play Bluetooth Music & Use with Big Screen TV or Home Entertainment Center for Bigger Visuals & Louder Sound
The Karaoke GF842 has an unmatched sleek design with a gorgeous TFT color screen that’s easy-to-read from far away. It comes with 300 MP3G songs on a disc to get you singing karaoke out of the box and also works with all standard CDG and DVD karaoke discs and digital music through its auxiliary input that works with smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and more — it evens lets you watch DVD movies. The Karaoke GF842 also comes with 2 microphones with individual volume controls and a handy cradle to rest and charge your smartphone or MP3 player while viewing the screen in an upright position. The karaoke system lets you sing and record music onto an SD Card in MP3 format from your favorite karaoke disc or download music and then play it back or take it with you. It also lets you view karaoke on a big screen TV or entertainment center through audio/video output for louder sound and better visuals.
Karaoke GF842 Features:
• All-in-one media player.
• 7” TFT color screen, easy-to-read from distance.
• 35 Watt Peak Digital Power Amplifier (25W RMS) wireless and wired speaker.
• Colorful, bright flashing LED lights sync with the beat of the music.
• Play music from smart devices through Bluetooth.
• Records voice and music to download onto an SD card.
• Comes with 300 MP3G songs.
• Compatible with MP3G, CDG, and DVD karaoke discs.
• Includes Auxiliary Input for playing music from smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and MP3 players.
• Includes audio/video outputs for playing music and video on a big screen TV or home entertainment center for better visuals and sound.
• Includes 2 microphones with individual microphone volume controls.
• Charges and cradles devices.
Available now for $219.99 SRP at KaraokeUSA.com at https://karaokeusa.com/display.asp?o=GF842, Target.com http://www.target.com/p/karaoke-system-usa/-/A-51885340#sn-15884485, and Amazon.com, the Karaoke GF842 comes complete with a Remote Control, 2 Microphones, 300 MP3G songs on 2 discs, Universal Cradle for smartphones and other devices, 3.5mm to RCA audio cable, RCA audio/video to RCA audio/video cable, AC adaptor: 110V/50Hz~AC 240V/60Hz, manual, and warranty card. For more information, see https://karaokeusa.com/display.asp?o=GF842 or the website: https://karaokeusa.com/.
Award-Winning Line of Karaoke & Charging Products
Based in Largo, Florida, Dok Solution/Karaoke USA is your go-to source for quick-charging devices and high powered quality karaoke systems. The Easy-Doks’ DOK brand provides low-priced solutions to solve all your charging needs, from reliable smartphone charging stations and docks to travel-ready car chargers. Karaoke USA karaoke systems have won numerous awards, including Bestreviews.com “Best of the Best” at http://bestreviews.com/best-karaoke-machines, Amazon.com #1 sellers, and more. Easy-Doks and Karaoke USA products are made from the best electronic circuit boards and components available, subjected to strenuous testing — the products will last forever. For more information, see Dok Solution www.easy-doks.com or Karaoke USA https://karaokeusa.com/.
IK Multimedia releases MODO BASS – the breakthrough physically modeled electric bass virtual instrument for Mac/PC
November 30, 2016 – IK Multimedia, the pioneer in analog effects modeling, is pleased to announce the release of MODO BASS®, the new breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a customizable physically modeled virtual bass instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it’s played in real time – from all of the physical instrument components, the human technique of how the instrument is played, to the entire sound signal chain with effects and amplifiers.
Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator – the string’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with specific areas on the string surface. Then using IK’s cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain. This gives MODO BASS the ability to create hyper-realistic sound in real time.Every electric bass sound imaginable
MODO BASS contains a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music – more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Models include “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass®, “70’s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass®, “70’s J-Bass” based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®; “Modern J-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, “Devil Bass” based on Gibson® EB-0; “Bass Man 5” based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string; “Rick n’ Bass” based on Rickenbacker® 4003; “Studio Bass” based on Yamaha® RB5; “Violin Bass” based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, “Thunder Bass” based on a Gibson® Thunderbird, “Japan Bass” based on an Ibanez® Soundgear, and “Flame Bass” based on Warwick® Streamer.Every detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to capture their true sonic character; the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components, the original onboard electronics and controls – every aspect and detail has been recreated to provide the highest degree of authenticity of the original instrument. But the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled basses – with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable. MODO BASS is able to produce an unmatched and unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized.
Pluck, Slap or Pick – modeled playing styles
Once the bass has been selected, players can choose from 3 playing styles – pluck, slap or pick – and control parameters of each style and how they influence the sound. Adjustments can be made to the force applied to the strings, the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing style has been modeled as a non-linear interaction with the strings to provide a dynamic, ever-changing sound output.
IK painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect string tone and performance. Players can choose the number of strings on the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age, plus the physical action height of above the fretboard. Each of these options contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.
Custom pickup configuration
There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely interchanged and added to the instrument – up to 2 pickups per bass. Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations – a feature virtually impossible in the physical world. MODO BASS also gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the pickup output tone.
Customize FX and Amp choices
With MODO BASS, players have full control over the post-instrument signal path as well and get 7 bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK’s AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ. Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next effect. Also available is a classic all-tube amplifier and 1×15 cab, or a solid-state model with a 4×10 cab.
Expressive control in real time
MODO BASS provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing. The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend, plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be controlled in real time on the fly.
Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to create amazingly real techniques like slides and percussive ghost notes. Users can switch on the fly between chord mode and note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely customize the sound in real time.
Pricing and availability
MODO BASS is available now from the IK Multimedia online store for a special introductory price of $/€149.99* until December 4, 2016. After that date, MODO BASS will be $/€299.99* and a crossgrade will be available for $/€199.99 ** to qualified users.
*All prices excluding taxes.
**Any previous purchase of an IK Multimedia product with a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.
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To see MODO BASS in action, watch the videos:
Raleigh, NC- November 2nd, 2016 – The Sixth Flag, Inc. today announced that its Desktop-As-A-Service was named one of the best mobile products of year in the 15th annual Mobile Star Awards™ program, hosted by the mobile technology directory and news site MobileVillage.com.
The Sixth Flag, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Desktop-As-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions, won the Rising Star Award in the Mobile Remote Desktop/VPN category. The only two other winners in this category are VMWare and Citrix, two of the leading DaaS market providers.
“Recognition of The Sixth Flag as Rising Star in DaaS reflects our commitment to continuously improve our offering to get to the top. We identified demand in the mobile desktop marketplace for simple, secure and easy to manage virtual desktops. Today, with the increasing security challenges faced by enterprises globally, we are confident that our solution addresses these organization’s most immediate needs, at a very competitive price,” said Pete Kofod, founder of The Sixth Flag, Inc.
Earlier this year, The Sixth Flag reported mentions as Representative Vendor in four key Gartner reports. The Sixth Flag was specifically recognized for its Desktop-as-a-Service as a true cloud- based solution in the Gartner Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing report. The Gartner report states “products that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice.” By using standard web browsers, The Sixth Flag (TSF) actively supports growing organizational mandates for BYOD. Furthermore, TSF’s patent-pending watermarking technology known as dewdrop.tsf offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.
The ability to securely deliver Windows(tm)-based applications to a distributed and dynamic workforce continues to challenge technology leaders. According to Gartner, technology leaders should “plan to provide Win32 applications virtually or remotely in a container to users, or as part of DaaS to enable more agile management and diversity for user endpoint devices.” Pete Kofod agrees with this assertion and states, “the ability to confidently and securely deliver legacy applications to remote users is a recurring problem facing our customers.”
Since its debut, The Sixth Flag has been transforming DaaS with its award-winning solution. Easy to integrate and deploy, the company’s clients have reported great results in delivering legacy applications to remote users where uncompromised performance, global availability and ground-breaking security is paramount.
About The Sixth Flag, Inc.
The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based Workspace-As-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions. Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Workspace-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com
About MobileVillage / PDA Inc.
Founded in 1993 as PDA Inc., MobileVillage® is a market and solution development company dedicated to advancing mobile technology in a wide range of industries. MobileVillage fosters education and alliances through news, an online directory, the annual Mobile Star Awards™ program, events listings, partnerships, and “Best of Breed” mobile solutions.