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TECHBITS Calling Ugandan Government Ugandan youth are using their cellphones to influence local government. IBM Research and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have collaborated with UNICEF Uganda to roll out a program letting youth communicate with their government and community leaders using the free SMS-based reporting tool called U-report. Topics include water, violence against children, health and employment. In less than three years, 386 Uganda Parliament members have subscribed to U-report. With IBM's help, UNICEF will also continue to explore how to automatically assign action status to messages, make the system portable in other countries and understand how the system could be implemented in non-English environments. SOURCE: IBM.COM A Drone in Your Pocket Funded by Kickstarter, the Pocket Drone is a non-bulky, affordable answer to the new technology revolution for aerial photographers and videographers. The foldable drone features an action camera and a rechargeable battery allowing for flights up to 20 minutes. Creators claim it can be unpacked and launched within 20 seconds. It can be controlled by an included remote, a third-party RC controller, or from any Android phone or tablet with a USB port. The Pocket Drone's funding campaign exceeded its goal early and ended March 9. SOURCE: MASHABLE.COM Stats to Put You to Sleep A new app called Sleep Rate uses data from a heart rate monitor and your iPhone's microphone to monitor your quality of sleep as well as capture any noise that may disturb you during the night. The results are sent to the cloud for analysis using licensed algorithms developed at The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. After five nights of sleep, you can get a personalized report offering recommendations on how to improve your sleep. Results from each night are displayed in a dashboard, and you can view sleep quality and duration on a weekly or monthly basis. A pie chart also breaks down your awake, light sleep, deep sleep and REM time, and you can see a listing of how long it took for you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up, what noises woke you up and the average length of time you were awake before falling back asleep. SOURCE: WIRED.COM 8 // MAY/JUNE 2014 http://www.IBM.COM http://www.MASHABLE.COM http://www.WIRED.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Looking to the cloud for support
Techbits: Calling Ugandan Government
Partner PoV: With the right approach mainframers can improve the application environment to better position themselves for the future
Trends: Partnerships with MSPs allows more companies to be on the platform than ever before
Currents: Figuring out the questions to be answered simplified the search for information within unstructured data
R&D: Science and serendipity meet at the IBM Accelerated Discovery Lab
Case Study: Good Medicine: SinfoniaRx improves patient services by moving to a zEnterprise 114 Enterprise Linux Server
Cover Story: A Cloud In A Box: Enterprise Cloud System is IBM's first converged mainframe offering
Feature: Reliability Amid Change: Develop cloud applications and meet consumer expectations with the IBM CICS V5.2 application server
Tech Showcase: Why enterprises are considering cloud
Administrator: In addition to increasing raw speed and feed, software can provide information directly to the System z microprocessor
Tech Corner: Flash Express provides increased system availability and resiliency during peak demand
Solutions: Accelerator for .NET 4.3; Ivory Data Hub v5.2.0; Savvytest 2.0 for z/OS; zHISR 2.0; Ivory Service Architect; SpaceFinder
Stop Run: Community orchestra inspires IBM data scientist Scott Spangler in work and life
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Special Report: Big Data's Competitive Advantage
Special Report: IBM Global Training
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014