Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sales of Samsung's 'Haptic' smartphone top 3 million

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) --

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest handset maker, said Tuesday that sales of its "Haptic" smartphone in South Korea have surpassed the three million mark.

Sales of Haptic mobile phones have totaled some three million units since first going on sale in South Korea in March 2008, the company said in a statement.
Samsung has so far released nine models in its Haptic series.

The Activist Spotlight

from Barron's, subscription required:

>>The Activist Spotlight

Immersion Corp . (ticker: IMMR)

What's Happening: Ramius Capital filed a boilerplate 13D stating no current activist intentions.
Key Numbers and Dates:
4: the number of recent 13D filings by Ramius on companies with a solid core business and an underperforming non-core business.
10.7%: Ramius' average return on those four investments.
13.9%: the average decline in the S&P 500 in the same periods.
Behind the Scenes: Despite filing a boilerplate 13D, Ramius certainly will meet with management and will take an active role in enhancing shareholder value.
In its 13D filing on Federal Signal, Ramius used the same boilerplate language but, three months later, received a board seat. In the past, Ramius has had great activist successes in companies that have solid core businesses with significant cash flow, but where management has been reinvesting the cash flow in non-core and unsuccessful businesses. In its Datascope 13D filing, Ramius got one director elected and supported the company's decision to sell its Patient Monitoring business; this investment generated a 28.9% return during an eight-month stretch in which the S&P fell 24.4%.
Immersion's Touch unit, which offers touch-feedback technology to enhance realism in computer and other applications, has a highly profitable licensing stream with high gross margins. Its medical business, which offers simulation technology for training, is more capital-intensive. Ramius will study the two units and likely will strongly urge the company to focus its resources on the Touch business and explore strategic alternatives for the other.

System And Method For Automatically Producing Haptic Events From A Digital Audio File

United States Patent Application 20090231276
Kind Code A1
Ullrich; Christopher J. ; et al. September 17, 2009

System And Method For Automatically Producing Haptic Events From A Digital Audio File


In an embodiment, a system and method for automatically converting a plurality of events in a plurality of channels in a structured representation sequence into haptic events. The method comprises calculating an event score for each event of the sequence in one or more channels. The method also comprises calculating a cumulative score based on the event scores in the one or more channels. The method includes selectively designating haptic events to the events based on the event scores in one or more selected channels, wherein the haptic events are output by a haptic actuator. This may be done by the system by calculating properties of the sound or by taking already existing values associated with those properties to efficiently produce haptic events.

Inventors: Ullrich; Christopher J.; (Ventura, CA) ; Rank; Stephen D.; (San Jose, CA) ; Bakircioglu; Munibe M.; (San Jose, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
Assignee Name and Adress: Immersion Corporation
San Jose

Serial No.: 140133
Series Code: 12
Filed: June 16, 2008

haptic/gesture-sensing wristband

HT to:

Now Peering at Equinix Ashburn

Now Peering at Equinix Ashburn

We have been expanding our network significantly over the past several months, extending to New York (NYIIX and PAIX New York), London (LINX), and Amsterdam (AMS-IX) and we are now also live out of Equinix Ashburn. This additional peering is an attempt to remove our reliance from any specific transit carriers and to improve overall network performance. At this point, we have direct peering relationships with over 100 networks, and that number is growing every day. We currently have direct peering relationships with major end-user networks such as Comcast, Cablevision, Rogers, Shaw, Speakeasy, and RCN as well as major network service provuders like InterNAP, Hurricane Electric, Peer1, and Limelight. Roughly 25% of all of our network traffic is handed to direct peers and as our geographic scope and network traffic expand, that number should keep increasing.

Over the coming weeks we are planning to open a POP in Palo Alto and peering through PAIX Palo Alto. The plan is to add peering through Any2 San Jose/Los Angeles shortly after that. Both of those moves should greatly improve our peering relationships with Asian Pacific networks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

KVH Extends Financial Connectivity Network to Equinix Tokyo Data Center

KVH Extends Financial Connectivity Network to Equinix Tokyo Data Center

KVH’s Low Latency Connectivity Service Available in Equinix Tokyo Facilities

TOKYO, JapanSeptember 16, 2009 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced KVH’s extension of low latency network services to Equinix Tokyo. Under the arrangement, KVH will establish a point-of-presence at Equinix Tokyo-2 (TY2) International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center. At Equinix’s world class data center in Tokyo, customers will be able to access to KVH’s ultra-low latency network connecting to key Japanese exchanges and trading venues.

KVH operates high performance network services to support the diverse requirements of the Japanese electronic trading community. Equinix data centers are designed with unrivaled physical security, robust power architecture and scalable infrastructure, offering reliable colocation services for the global trading community. Colocating within Equinix’s Tokyo data centers will enable the financial trading companies and networks to house their trading platforms in a resilient facility from which they can connect to KVH’s ultra-low latency network to insure optimal market data and order execution access.

“Around the globe, the world’s leading exchanges and financial networks entrust Equinix with their complex interconnection and customer access requirements,” said David Wilkinson, Representative Director of Equinix in Japan. “The extension of KVH’s network to our data centers demonstrates Equinix’s leadership in providing comprehensive global solutions for financial market participants in Japan.”

Equinix currently operates two IBX centers in Japan, TY1 and TY2, located in Heiwajima and Shinagawa respectively, which are interconnected directly by Equinix’s IBXLink service. Both centers enable financial firms to meet the strict regulatory requirements for secure and redundant physical infrastructure. Power operations at each center include a high-performance back-up system that ensures uninterrupted power even in the event of utility power disruption. Security features include interlocking “mantrap” doors, multiple layers of biometric hand readers and PIN code controlling access, as well as 24-hour security officers and surveillance cameras.

A Security Workshop with Citrix, Varonis, & Security Management Partners


Date: Thursday, October 01
Time: 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Organizer: Internap
Category: Workshop
Outlook | Google | Yahoo | Apple iCal
Cost: Absolutely Free
Location: Internap Data Center

50 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA - 02144, USA

Cleveland Clinic Innovations Summit

Meetings & Shows

Oct 5 to 7, Cleveland Clinic Innovations Summit — The lineup of events for the 7th Annual Medical Innovation Summit in Cleveland is once again impressive.


Cleveland Clinic Innovations Summit

Meetings & Shows

Oct 5 to 7, Cleveland Clinic Innovations Summit — The lineup of events for the 7th Annual Medical Innovation Summit in Cleveland is once again impressive.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rival Exchange Execs Agree on Most High-Frequency Trading Issues, Even Flash Orders

from Wall Street & Technology:

>>Rival Exchange Execs Agree on Most High-Frequency Trading Issues, Even Flash Orders

Last night, executives form four competing traditional and electronic exchanges — BATS, DirectEdge, Nasdaq and NYSE — sat together for a mostly friendly and good-natured debate on high-frequency trading issues such as colocation and flash orders, hosted by Aite Group.

All agreed that colocation is simply a matter of evolution, the need to overcome the latency caused by geographical distance. "Every 100 miles is a millisecond of delay and colocating servers equalizes that time, providing fair access to our data center," said Joe Mecane, executive vice president and CAO, U.S. Markets, NYSE.


Colocation has existed for years, noted William O'Brien, CEO of Direct Edge, from the days when trading firms on the NYSE floor wanted their booths to be in certain locations so that their order-ferrying runners wouldn't have to run too far. "People should be allowed to make investment decisions," he said, echoing Mecane's earlier comment. "Equality of access is a core component of investor confidence. But where firms are and what they pay should be transparent, published information." Direct Edge has a partnership with colocation facility provider Equinix and uses its facility in Secaucus, where ISE and Arca are also located.

TELEHOUSE America Launches Ubiquitous IP Transit Services

In addition to TELEHOUSE's IP Transit Services, the company now provides Global Interlink Ethernet Network connectivity across the TransAtlantic. The Global Interlink Broadband Ethernet solution is available between TELEHOUSE America's Datacenters at 25 Broadway and 7 Teleport, Staten Island in New York and 626 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and TELEHOUSE Europe Datacenter facilities at Coriander Avenue in The Docklands, London (both North & East), 137 Boulevard Voltaire in Paris and 1, rue Pablo Picasso in Magny-les-Hameaux France. In addition, access to the Global Interlink US-Europe Ethernet network is also available from and between Equinix's facilities in Chicago, IL and Ashburn, VA as well as Switch and Data facilities located in Palo Alto, CA and Dallas, TX.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

IDT flyer

Systems and methods for user interfaces designed for rotary input devices

United States Patent 7,589,717
Gregorio , et al. September 15, 2009

Systems and methods for user interfaces designed for rotary input devices


Systems and methods for providing visual navigation cues in user interfaces for use with rotary input devices are described. One described method comprises causing a plurality of graphical objects to be displayed in an arc. The curvature of the arc is configured to convey the ordinal relationship for navigating between each of the plurality of graphical objects with a rotary input device. The curvature of the arc is independent of the spatial relationship between the rotary input device and a display.

Inventors: Gregorio; Pedro (Verdum, CA), DaCosta; Henry (Montreal, CA), Timone; Herve Thu (La Prairie, CA)
Assignee: Immersion Corporation (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 12/165,397
Filed: June 30, 2008


This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/489,771 filed Jul. 20, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,405,729, entitled "Systems and Methods for User Interfaces Designed for Rotary Input Devices," which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/830,764, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,116,317, entitled "Systems and Methods for User Interfaces Designed for Rotary Input Devices," filed Apr. 23, 2004, which claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/466,284, filed Apr. 28, 2003, all of which are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety.

IDT PureTouch™ product family

Cyberknife of Long Island Destroys Tumors Non-Invasively using Radiosurgery

Cyberknife of Long Island Destroys Tumors Non-Invasively using Radiosurgery

Powerful new approach for the treatment of tumors without cutting or anesthesia using Cyberknife Radiosurgery

HUNTINGTON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cyberknife of Long Island has become the first cancer center in New York to treat tumors with the most advanced radiosurgery technology available to date. The newest generation of the Cyberknife Radiosurgery System by Accuray offers unprecedented capabilities and renewed hope to cancer patients. "Cyberknife of Long Island is proud to continue delivering on its promise to provide the highest quality, most advanced cancer treatment in the region with the addition of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery System," said Jeffrey Musmacher, Chief Operating Officer at North Shore Radiation Therapy, the parent company of Cyberknife of Long Island. "With this new image-guided robotic technology, we are able to treat those whose tumors were previously thought to be inoperable and untreatable."

North Shore Radiation Therapy has installed the most-advanced version of the system in their New York office located in Smithtown.

"This technology will offer a new treatment option that revolutionizes cancer treatment in the region," said Richard Byrnes, MD, the center’s Medical Director. "The advanced technology behind CyberKnife uses real time image guidance technology and computer controlled robotics to deliver an extremely precise dose of radiation to the tumor, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and adjusting for patient and tumor movement during treatment."

"The procedure requires no anesthesia, as the treatment is painless and non-invasive." said Maged Ghaly, MD, a Radiation Oncologist at Cyberknife of Long Island. “The machine's robotic arm works continually with image guided technology and has the ability to move in three dimensions according to the treatment plan.”

The radiation therapy treatment has a higher rate of success with small tumors, and generally lasts between 30 to 90 minutes involving administration of 100-200 radiation beams delivered from different directions each lasting 10 to 15 seconds.

"Other stereotactic systems, such as the Gamma Knife, treat only the brain and require that the patient be fitted with a rigid frame screwed into the skull. The Cyberknife Radiosurgery System uses a frameless system, and can treat tumors throughout the body with a accuracy of less than 0.5 millimeters” said Heather Zinkin, MD, Radiation Oncologist.

This treatment can also successfully treat lung cancers and other cancers that are in areas that move involuntarily - like in the respiratory or digestive system. "These radiation therapy treatments are out-patient procedures, ranging from five to as little as one visit, allowing patients to continue their normal activities," Ghaly said.

There are about 150 CyberKnife systems around the world, the one at Cyberknife of Long Island being the most advanced.

Since 1988, North Shore Radiation Therapy has provided premier radiation therapy services in New York. The center offers Cyberknife Radiosurgery, 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy, IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy), Rapid Arc, Partial Breast, Skin and Gynecological Brachytherapy. North Shore Radiation Therapy is the most experienced in all modalities of prostate cancer radiation therapy including radiosurgery and IGRT in Suffolk County. The centers are staffed by board certified physicians and highly trained clinicians with expertise in utilizing the most advanced radiation therapy technology. Located in Huntington, and Smithtown, New York, the centers are open Monday through Friday, and accept all insurance plans. Appointments can be made by calling (631) 427-2273. You can visit the website at or

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2010 Lexus HS250h


>>The Remote Touch controller features touch feedback that causes the controller to snap to the onscreen icons with a tactile snap that makes it easy to navigate by touch rather than by sight, which means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road. Of course, the system isn't as direct as a touch screen and takes some getting used to, but it allows the LCD screen to be placed where it can best be viewed rather than where it can most easily touched. Plus, we like the controller's ergonomic positioning.

The Remote Touch controller takes some getting used to, but quickly becomes second nature.

Lexus Unveils Five-Door Hybrid Concept

from NBC:

>>Lexus Unveils Five-Door Hybrid Concept

We're beginning to see more stylish hybrids and electric cars, diminishing memories of golf cart-style EVs from years past. (The Tesla Roadster probably marked the official death of that perception.) Today, Lexus has unveiled photos of its LF-Ch compact hybrid concept ahead of the car's official debut September 15th at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

It looks like a coupe at first glance, but that's an illusion due to the missing rear door handles and blackened B-pillar. It's actually a five-door hatch that takes some cues from the 2010 revamp of the five-door Mazda 3.

Under the hood, the LF-Ch employs the same hybrid powertrain as the production HS250h sedan. Inside, the car features Lexus' Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback, letting the driver and front passenger control the navigation, audio, and climate systems. Also, the seats light up, and rear passengers can dock an iPhone in the headrests.

Medicare to cover controversial prostate treatment

Highmark Medicare Services Inc., which administers payments for 4.2 million Medicare subscribers from Washington, D.C., to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, was considering dropping coverage for stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Several machines can deliver this treatment, but it is most commonly associated with CyberKnife, made by Accuray Inc. Accuray mounted a public relations campaign against the proposed rule change.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology said last year that SBRT is promising but not yet well proven. Supporters of SBRT say it is cheaper and faster than the more common IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) and that early results are comparable. Men typically get about 40 treatments over eight weeks with IMRT and five higher doses over a week or two with SBRT.

In its decision, effective Oct. 28, Highmark acknowledged that data about treatment with SBRT "is of short term duration relative to the natural history of prostate cancer." It requires doctors to document why they've chosen SBRT and that patients were told about other options.

Co-Location and Network Provider GNAX / AtlantaNAP/NetDepot Announces New Metro Network Connection to Internap

ATLANTA, Sept 15, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Global Net Access, LLC (GNAX), today announced a new partnership with Internap. After successful testing, GNAX will utilize Internap for a 10GB IP connection to increase performance and redundancy within its Gold Network. The company is a leading provider of co-location in the Southeast U.S. and one of the leading providers of outsourced managed and unmanaged servers in the world.

GNAX will use an existing dark fiber route purchased from AGL Networks of Atlanta and will work with the engineering team to engineer a solution that traverses a different path than GNAX's current fiber to its providers . "This path completely avoids Telx at 56 Marietta Street, which is the current termination point of the GNAX metro Ethernet networks," Hinkle said. "The new fiber terminates at Internap's 250 Williams Street facility and provides both increased redundancy and capacity. This is unique to most of the data centers in the region- especially in the city of Atlanta. Many have a ring or multiple paths - but like we were constructed in the past - they all come back to one single-point-of-failure facility."

The new connection will enhance the performance of the GNAX Gold network. Internap utilizes performance-based routing which selects the best routes from their backbone providers, which differ from the current providers on the GNAX Gold network. GNAX will use its own route optimization to select the best path of its current as well as the best paths of the Internap optimized routes. Hinkle adds: "when assessing the network performance during our testing, it really became apparent that this was a decision we needed to make. The performance was vastly superior to anything we had tested in the past in a single provider and it made it very simple for us to move forward." Hinkle believes The GNAX gold network will be unsurpassed for performance on the Atlanta market.

The completion of the project is estimated to be 10/1/09.

About GNAX/AtlantaNAP/NetDepot:

AtlantaNAP is a premier Atlanta co-location facility implemented by Global Net Access, LLC ( and located in the historic West end of Atlanta. AtlantaNAP completed the expansion of their new Enterprise Data Center in May 2008, which added 12,500 additional square feet of cage and cabinet co-location space. Recently, the company completed a second expansion of the space by an additional 13,500 feet.

AtlantaNAP provides cage co-location and cabinet co-location to a variety of Enterprise and Corporate clients. For more information please visit or call 404-230-9150.

NetDepot provides leading-edge managed and unmanaged servers to a wide variety of corporate and enterprise clients. NetDepot utilizes the GNAX Gold network, giving the best performance and redundancy to its valued clients. For more information, please visit

Equinix - upgraded by Needham

Equinix upgraded at Needham from Buy to Strong Buy. $115 price target. Business fundamentals should get stronger into 2010, led by demand from peering wireless customers.

Ramius - Immersion

5.9% shareholder - new filing

Monday, September 14, 2009

California's GI Capital sells last Frankfurt asset, says realises 60% gross IRR

The California-based private equity firm GI Partners has sold the last European asset from its debut Fund 1, a data centre in Frankfurt, and said the sale completes a realisation of over $1bn in cash proceeds on an initial equity investment of $280m, giving a 3.7x multiple to invested capital and a 60% gross internal return of investment. The data centre was sold for $28m to Equinix Holding, a Dutch-registered subsidiary of the NASDAQ-listed Equinix group.

Tier1 Research releases Internet Datacenter North America Market Overview Report

Tier1 Research releases Internet Datacenter North America Market Overview Report

Tier1 Research has released the Internet Datacenter North American Market Overview Report for 2009. This is a new report from Tier1 Research that provides the overall size, scope and growth of the Internet datacenter (IDC) market in North America.

Peering Community to meet in Copenhagen for the 4th European Peering Forum

Four of the world's leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX and Netnod, are hosting the fourth European Peering Forum (EPF4) on the 14th and 15th September in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sponsored by Equinix, TDC and Interxion amongst others, EPF4 will bring together more than 200 individuals from the respective IXP member organisations to discuss all aspects of peering from negotiation and strategy to operation.

Peering is a cost neutral arrangement between two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to exchange Internet traffic and is undertaken to reduce costs and provide more direct routing of that traffic.

Nurani Nimpuno of Netnod said: "We are delighted to have joined the European Peering Forum as a host IXP. This is a very important event for the peering industry in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe too. Meeting in this way allows delegates to establish and extend peering relationships as well as share information beneficial to the whole peering community."

The two day agenda includes a wide variety of content including presentations on the Scandinavian peering landscape, QoS in IP interconnection and a discussion on the impact of privacy legislation and data retention. Also featured is a debate on Peering vs. Transit in Europe, DDoS mitigation and an IPv6 peering panel moderated by Martin Levy. In addition, gold sponsor Equinix will host a session on the topic of capacity management.

You can find out more about EPF4, including the full agenda, by visiting the dedicated European Peering Forum website:

Data centres: the temples of IT

Data centres: the temples of IT

Bob Tarzey By: Bob Tarzey, Service Director, Quocirca
Published: 14th September 2009
Copyright Quocirca © 2009

Quocirca was recently shown around Equinix's LD4 data centre, which is located west of London and opened in October 2007.


Just one of Equinix's four uninterrupted power supply units in its LD4 facility contains banks and banks of batteries to power the data centre for just a few minutes. Then eight large oil-powered generators cut in.

But if the power used by mankind's ever growing hunger for computing power is a problem, it is one that co-location providers help mitigate, rather than make worse. If the computer equipment from within a single co-location facility was disaggregated back into many small inefficient data centres, the total power use would be far greater.