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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for US$2.6 billion

Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corp. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for US$196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at US$26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain… » Read full article

Wireless gigabit market to be worth US$2.73B by 2022

The wireless gigabit market will be worth US$2.73 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 32.9% during the forecast period, according to a new study available from ASDReports. According to its authors, the wireless gigabit technology has the capability to transfer information/data among devices or over the Web with a greater speed. » Read full article

Canadian firms ‘confused’ by remote working, says Citrix

Companies in Canada need to go beyond providing remote access to e-mail in order to address the need for greater workplace productivity and meet employee demands for improved work-life balance. According to Enabling the Remote Workforce in Canada, a recent survey of IT decision makers by Citrix Canada, a concerning disparity exists between how companies define a mobility strategy and what tools employees actually need to do their jobs and be productive. » Read full article
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Platinum Tools

Platinum Tools launches the Net Chaser

Platinum Tools recently announced that the Net Chaser Ethernet Speed Certifier and Network Tester is now shipping.
According to the company, it certifies the data-carrying capabilities of Ethernet network cables up to 1 Gb/s by testing for noise in the network, detecting faults in the cable wiring, and ensuring that cables are able to support the speed capabilities of active equipment.
All the information is collected, stored, and ready for reporting Ethernet speed certification (Speed Certification to IEEE standards 802.3ab; Cable testing to TIA568A/B).
To certify Ethernet speed performance of cable runs, the Net Chaser conducts Bit Error Rate (BER) tests by sending data packets down specified cable runs at defined data rates to check for errors at the maximum throughput of the link. » read more
Bosch Tools

Bosch oscillating tools feature 3D interface system

The Starlock oscillating tool interface system from Bosch is built around a three-dimensional interface created for high torque transfer and superior performance in the most challenging applications, the company says.
Recently released were two models. The GOP40-30 oscillating multi-tool is the heavy-duty option in the Bosch line up. It features all of the advantages of the Starlock interface system including snap-in toolless accessory attachment and no-touch blade change with auto-ejection that allows changeout in as little as three seconds, the company says.
The GOP55-36 is the top-end, industrial-grade tool in the Bosch oscillating tool line. With a 5.5 amp rating, reinforced metal gearing and a large 3.6-degree oscillating arc, this is the most powerful tool in the Bosch Starlock tool line. It accepts all Starlock-family accessory ranges: standard Starlock, StarlockPLUS and StarlockMAX extreme-duty blades. » read more

BICSI Fall Conference

Sept. 11-15
Location: San Antonio, Tex. » more info

Microsoft Ignite

Sept. 26-30
Location: Atlanta, Ga. » more info

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

Oct. 26-27
Location: Toronto, Ont. » more info