My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

@NASA Air Traffic Control System – Why @Google, @Amazon and @Verizonwireless want an ATC ahead of FAA's New Guidelines in 2016

“They definitely see it as an economic opportunity and as something that they want to participate in. This is real magic”

President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Brian Wynne commenting on a NASA-led plan to develop an ATC (Air Traffic Control) system for Commercial drones

Flying Drones is going to be a problem in the US of A, given the amount of aerial traffic. What is need right now are traffic lanes in the skies to makes sure that drones don’t fly into each other and don't collide with commercial aircraft.

That seems to be the thinking behind the alliance between NASA (National Aeronautical Space Administration) and some ten (10) or more Tech giants to create an ATC (Air Traffic Control) and Guidance System for UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) or Drones as reported in the article “Google joins NASA to work on drone traffic control system”, published  July 25, 2015 By Trevor Mogg, Digitaltrends.

Those other companies including the likes of Google, Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. who are a part of NASA initiative also happen to have an interest in building commercial drones themselves as noted in the article “Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones”, published July 24, 2015 by Alan Levin, Bloomberg News.    

In addition to an intelligent collision and ATC (Air Traffic Control) System to guided drones along specific corridors in the key, as in the case of aeroplanes, they also want a collision avoidance system to be common among all drone manufactures as reported in the article “Google, Amazon, NASA working on air traffic control for drones”, published 25.07.2015 by David Nield, Techradar

With the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) coming out with new guidelines for drones by July 2016 as reported in the article “FAA expects to clear U.S. commercial drones within a year”, published Wed Jun 17, 2015, Reuters, why is NASA and pals taking it upon themselves to effectively do a study to make suggestions to a US Federal agency responsible for airplane safety within US Airspace?

@NASA Air Traffic Control System – Why @Google, @Amazon and @Verizon want an ATC

It's main because of the more rigid guidelines set by the FAA, one of which stipulates that the UAS cannot be flow outside of the visible range of the Drone operator.

Also, the drone operator must always have control over the drone as noted in the article “Amazon drone delivery plan given hope as NASA progresses with air traffic control system”, published March 13, 2015 By Trevor Mogg, Digitaltrends.

NASA thinks that by pooling their collective resources together, they can not only develope a common air traffic Control and guidance system for UAS but also collision detection systems among all drone developers.

With an ATC system and common collision-avoidance System in place as an organized group of Corporate and Enterprise Interests, it could help push that timeline forward.  Even more interestingly, this alliance could also push the case for autonomous drones that can fly on their own.

As with autonomous cars like Google’s little un-named autonomous buggy  as explained in my blog article entitled “@Google’s Self-Driving All-Electric Vehicles in June 2015 – Autonomous Vehicles reduce Road Accidents, Parking and make Ride Sharing the Norm” it would reduce accidents in the air by slowly taking out the humans out of the loop by fly using this ATC and Guidance System, which would have to be automated to allow it to function 24/7/365.

There is huge money to be made by Drone pilots flying such drones using FPV (First Person Viewing) as explained in my blog article entitled “FAA to allow Commercial Drones in 2015 - US$100,000 per year for 100,000 Drone Pilot jobs for the next five years”. 

Hence, no surprise many are looking at this coming together of tech heavyweights under the scientific aegis of NASA as a step towards a more unified, professional and organized Drone Industry!

Many of these commercial interests are in interested in using fleets of drones to do delivery as in the case of Amazon as explained in my blog article entitled “Amazon’s Prime Air Patent – How Swarm Intelligence pilots @Amazon Autonomous Drones via White Spaces Network with Call Center Agent Personal Touch” there is also an interest in selling Drone Services to Corporate and Enterprise clients.

Early Drone Companies get the worm –Tech companies jostling for Drone Heaven

A few companies are starting to announce Drone based Services aside from Drone Developer companies who develop and design drones for Retail.

They realize the potential in drones is not in sales of the drones themselves, but in reselling their services to various sectors of the economy that need low-cost aerial services:

1.      Agriculture
2.      Construction
3.      Mining
4.      Oil Exploration
5.      Telecoms
6.      Town Planning

Already Sony has partnered with  Japanese robotics and automation company, ZMP to rent drone services for purposes such as photography and mapping services for such clients as explained in my blog article entitled “Sony and ZMP to sell Drone Services - Why Aerosense makes sense if Sony Smartphone are Drone Processor Boards”.  

Most interestingly, NASA has plans to use pairs of drones they designed to survey the surface of Mars for future manned landings as explained in my blog article entitled “@NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Prandtl-m Drone – Surveying the Red Planet for Human Colony as the More the Merrier with Two Drones”.  

So not only is there commercial interest, but huge scientific interest as well for now and the forseable future!  

The future will be ruled by robots, but not just in the kitchen or fast food restaurants taking away menial Fast food jobs as predicted in my blog article entitled “US$15,000 Moley Robotics Cooking Robot – Cooking Robot seeking Taste for Human Food to take over in 2017”.

Rather, they'll initially displace the Parcel Delivery man and the Postal Delivery Service with literally same-day shipping anywhere in the US of A at the press of a button.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Security Researcher hack a 2014 Jeep Cherokee - How to remotely hack an Internet Connected Vehicle as Remote Vehicle Homicide possible

If you've been hiding under a rock, the secret's out: Car hacking is possible.

Security Researchers Charlie Miller, a Security Researcher at Twitter and Chris Valasek , Director of Vehice Security Research Firm IOActive are now in the limelight.

Working with Wired Magazine's Andy Greenberg, they managed to hack a Jeep Cherokee while the writer at along for the ride as reported in the article “Hackers remotely kill a Jeep on the highway - with me in it”, published 07.21.15 by Andy Greenberg, Wired.

Normally I’d write a lot of stuff at this point. But I think this time, I'll let the video do all the talkin'!

Their research has now resulted in legislation being considered by Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal to improve automotive security and set new Digital Standards for Internet  connected Cars and Trucks as reported in the article “Senate Bill seeks standards for Cars' Defenses from Hackers”, published 07.21.15 by Andy Greenberg, Wired.

The pair plans to publish their research and do the talk circuit rounds at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas in August 2015.

Andy Greenberg the Guinea Pig for Security Researchers- 2 Years worth of Research Vindicated

This is the culmination of almost two (2) years of research since, during which time Wired Magazine's Andy Greenberg was their occasional guinea pig as reported in the article “Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks--With Me Behind The Wheel (Video)”, published JUL 24, 2013 by Andy Greenberg, Forbes.

This in a bid to demonstrate to the reporter – and the Automotive Industry - that Car hacking was indeed real. Worse, you didn’t have to be physically in the vehicle; it could be done remotely over the Internet, with deadly results being possible.

From July 1, 2015

They had the clearly nervous Andy Greenberg drive a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius around a South Bend, Indiana will they remotely controlled almost all aspects of the vehicle functionality via special software on their Laptops. But that was in a parking lot and via Wi-Fi.

But could it be done over a longer distance? After some DARPA (Defense and Research Project Agency) funding, studying vehicle schematics and even tearing down a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape to see how its ECU (Electronic Control Unit) works, the short answer, as this video clearly shows, is yes!

Security Researcher hack a 2014 Jeep Cherokee - How to remotely control an Internet Connected Vehicle

As I said before, Car hacking is real as this video graphically demonstrated!

By August 2014 these Security Researchers gave CNN Money a long list of vehicle makes and models that were hackable as reported in my blog article entitled “Automotive Security Researchers tell CNN Money Vehicles are hackable - How Vehicle Entertainment Systems are hacked”. 

The models that were listed in that interview were:

1.      2014 Audi A8
2.      2014 Dodge Viper
3.      2014 Jeep Cherokee
4.      2014 Toyota Prius
5.      2015 Cadillac Escalade

And yes, if you check that article and the list above, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was listed among vehicles that were hackable.

The pair deemed it to be the most hackable in the list simply because the  Engine Management i.e. Brakes, Steering, Tire Pressure Monitor and Engine and on the same Internal Vehicle Network, known as the CAN (Controller Area Network) Bus as the Entertainment System in most of the models.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee connects via the OnStar Cellular Network, which is really a Baseband Processor for the Sprint Network, which is also connected to the  Engine Management and the Entertainment System.

It thus became the focus of their continue research into remotely hacking via the Internet, as they soon realized that there was no authentication for the remote access; almost any Fiat Chrysler vehicle using the Uconnect Software was trackable and hackable.

A hacker merely need to infect the vehicle's Entertainment System with a Trojan horse that lays in wait for instruction sent via Wi-Fi (if within range!) or via the Sprint Network, accessible via a cellphone connected to that Network.

Using a laptop, a Sprint cellphone and special software, Security Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek can then remotely control the target vehicle.

Vehicle Hacking via a Cellular Network – Vulnerability in the Baseband Processor

But this recent car hacking video demonstration by Security Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek is different. They're apparently exploiting the fact that these three (3) Systems may even be sharing the same Hard-drive and memory.

This makes it very easy for hackers to gain control of the entire System via access to one of the more vulnerable Systems, which in this case is the Baseband Processor for the Sprint Network.

What's worse, they apparently can hack the vehicles WITHOUT installing any special software via the Entertainment System. They can also scan the Sprint Network for other equally vulnerable connected vehicles that they can hack.

If so, then it implies that vehicle manufacturers have been playing fast and loose with the security of passengers in vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 14 million vehicles – Fix for Security hole in Uconnect System

Now that the video is out, on Friday July 24th 2015, Fiat Chrysler, makers of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, has issued a voluntary recall to upgrade the Entertainment System software in some 14 million vehicles as reported in the article “Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles following remote hack”, published July 24, 2015 by Lance Whitney, CNET News.  

The vehicles included in the recall are the following models that use the Uconnect Software and have the 8.4-inch touchscreens:

1.      2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2.      2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
3.      2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
4.      2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
5.      2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
6.      2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
7.      2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

Owners of any of these vehicles can go the Fiat Chrysler Uconnect software update site  and check if they’re on the recall list by typing in their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). A visit to their local  Fiat Chrysler can get then the update via a USB Drive, which they can then use to upgrade their Uconnect software.

It is this software that the Security Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek exploited to remotely control the vehicles. Ironically, this was the same software that grants the car owner the same level of control over their vehicle, including tracking it location via GPS and was really a security and anti-theft feature.

They plan to release all but the parts of their software that gives hackers the ability to infect the CAN Bus; hacker’s will have to do their homework. But they can demonstrate the remote access to the vehicle, evidence enough that Remote Hacking  of Internet connected vehicles is possible.

Researcher heading to Black Hat Security Conference - Vehicle Hacking makes Remote Vehicle Homicide possible

Albeit their demonstration is benign at best, this vulnerability can potentially be exploited to commit Remote vehicular homicide from hundreds of miles away as reported in my blog article entitled “Mission Secure Inc and Perrone Robotics Inc say Vehicles can be hacked - Apple Carplay and @Android Auto Assassin’s Weapon of Choice in Contract Remote Vehicular Homicide”.

US security firms Mission Secure Inc (MSi) and Perrone Robotics Inc in June 2015 have pointed out that IVE (In-Vehicle Entertainment Systems), the same target identified by the Security Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, is a potential point of attack for hackers.

The veracity of the work of Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek over the past two (2) years has been proven true. As Automakers take steps to make sure their Systems cannot be compromised, the pair will definitely be the talks of the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas come August 2015!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sony and ZMP to sell Drone Services - Why Aerosense makes sense if Sony Smartphone are Drone Processor Boards

The Drone Industry is shaping up to be an exciting one in the US of A, even as the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) rules are still very restrictive as noted in my blog article entitled “FAA's Regulations for Drones - How UAS Benefit American Economy despite Restrictive FAA Regulations by 2016”.

So it's not surprising to discover that Sony, a company with no background in aviation, has decided to toss their hat into the ring as reported in the article “Sony Is Launching A Drone Business To Provide Data Services To Enterprises”, published July 22nd 2015, by Jon Russell, Techcrunch

They've partnered with Japanese robotics and automation company, ZMP, to form a separate company called Aerosense that plans to official start business in August 2015.

Sony and ZMP from Aerosense – Reselling Drone Services as Drones are everywhere

Strangely enough, they don't plan to sell Drones as noted in the article “Sony to Swoop Into Drone Market  for Business Customers”, published  July 22, 2015 By TAKASHI MOCHIZUKI, The Wall Street Journal but rather to offer Drone related services:

1.      Aerial Surveillance
2.      Cadastral Mapping Services
3.      Plant Inspection services

They'll be able to provide these services by leveraging the power of their Cloud Servers and expertise in designing Camera electronics to provide these cutting edge services. Thus they’d be doing all the heavy lifting and taking the upfront cost of Drone ownership from the potential client. 

This suggests that their potential clients may be Corporate and Enterprise Customers; a few examples readily come to mind:

1.      Agriculture
2.      Construction
3.      Mining
4.      Oil Exploration
5.      Telecoms 
6.      Town Planning

So is this a good business model? Initially yes.

But as Drone prices fall and Drone ownership in terms of maintenance becomes easier among Enterprise and Corporate clients, they might be willing to purchase Drones as well.

Sony and ZMP to sell Drone Services - Aerosense makes sense if Sony Smartphone are Drone Processor Boards

I suspect that providing a service was their original plan for the Aerosense partnership. They might expand into the business of making Drones as well.

Google and Amazon are already making inroads into developing autonomous Drones for package delivery as explained in my blog article entitled “Amazon’s Prime Air Patent – How Swarm Intelligence pilots @Amazon Autonomous Drones via White Spaces Network with Call Center Agent Personal Touch”.

If they do, So would achieve greater marketshare by forming a partnership with members of the Aerospace Industry as suggested in the article “Sony takes flight with Drone joint venture”, published July 22, 2015, by Don Reisinger, CNET News.

This means partnership with such companies as such as Boeing, McDonald-Douglas, Airbus and even NASA who have a Prandtl-m Drone in mind for a Mars survey mission in 2020 as explained in my blog article entitled “@NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Prandtl-m Drone – Surveying the Red Planet for Human Colony as the More the Merrier with Two Drones”.

Google has already partnered with NASA along with Amazon to develop a Low-altitude Traffic control system for Drones as reported in the article “Google joins NASA and others to work on Drone Traffic Control System”, published July 25, 2015 By Trevor Mogg, Digitaltrends and “Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones”, published July 24, 2015 by Alan Levin, Bloomberg.

For regular folks selling Drone modules based on their smartphones that can then be programmed and be built into Camera Drones would be more profitable as opined in “Sony’s next big thing is camera drones”, published Thursday 23 July 2015 by Samuel Gibbs, The UK Guardian.

This as there is more money to be made from selling Smartphone as the processing board in a Drone as well as the replacement components than the one-off sales of pre-built Drones.

Hoping to see Drones being designed by Aerosense in August 2015 along with their Service-based model!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tullow Oil's Walton and Morant Basins Bathymetric Survey – Why @TullowOilplc still interested in Jamaican Oil Exploration

There is Oil in Jamaica and the search for the precious hydrocarbon has not ceased since November 2014 as noted in my blog article entitled “@TullowOilplc gets License for Offshore Oil Exploration - 3 Billion Barrels of Oil for Jamaica to re-discover as Price set to Boom by 2017”.

Tullow Oil, a Dublin, Ireland based company with offices in the UK, has completed a underwater survey of 32,000 square kilometer of the Walton and Morant basins in July 2015 as reported in the article “Tullow Oil Commences Drop Core Survey Off Coast Of Jamaica”, published Sunday July 5, 2015 by Camilo Thame, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Tullow Oil, currently has a twenty five (25) year Oil Exploration license in partnership with the GOJ (Government of Jamaica). They’re also currently in Suriname doing offshore exploration for Oil while being a great corporate citizen as show in the video below.

The underwater survey or bathymetry, which was conducted with a submersible vehicle aka mini-submarine, was done in order to determine points on the seabed where the seabed was not too thick. This so that they could drill core samples to do chemical assays to determine the hydrocarbon content lying beneath the ocean floor.

Tullow Oil and Walton and Morant basins – Only the beginning of Exploration

The 32,000 square kilometer of the Walton and Morant basins is a very interesting part of Jamaica for Oil Exploration!

This area is part of the ten (10) of the thirty one (31) blocks which have been marked for Oil and Gas Exploration by the PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica).

Specifically, Tullow Oil is allowed to explore blocks 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 25, 26, 27 and a portion of Block 1.

The deal struck between the PCJ and Tullow Oil, which they refer to as a PSA (Production Sharing Agreement), calls for Tullow Oil to invest some US$60 million in the exploration phase as reported in the article “Tullow Jamaica To Sink US$60m Into Oil Exploration”, published Wednesday November 12, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.

If they find Oil, Jamaica will get 48% of any production over 50,000 barrels of Oil per day, plus royalties. Not a bad deal, as more Oil means more Production Profits plus royalties, a far better deal than we had with Bauxite mining companies.

So does this mean they'll start drilling for Oil? Not so fast, as they've only just restarted.

Minister Paulwell visit Tullow Oil - Jamaica worried that Low Oil prices made Oil Exploration pointless

Oil Exploration takes quite awhile folks.

Oftentimes, many forget how long it takes to find Oil and the amount of survey data that Oil exploration companies has to wade through before you can even start drilling test wells! Take a look at watch the video “Finding The Prize: A story of Oil exploration and discovery” on Tullow Oil PLC’s YouTube Page!

During the period Monday May 18th 2015 to Friday May 22nd 2015, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell made a visit to Tullow Oil at their London and Dublin Offices as reported in the article “Its on — Tullow Oil reaffirms Oil exploration in Jamaica”, published Friday, May 29, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

Minister Pauwell was accompanied by a delegation that included Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Chairman, Christopher Cargill and Group General Manager, Winston Watson as reported in the article “Tullow Oil reaffirms commitment to Oil & gas exploration in Jamaica”, published 2015­05­28 by Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Go-Jamaica.

Minister Paulwell sought to determine if Tullow Oil was still committed to Oil and Gas Exploration in Jamaica as per the PSA signed in November 2014 as noted in the article  “Government Issues Oil and Gas Exploration Licence to British Firm”, published November 12, 2014 By Douglas McIntosh, The Jamaica Information Service.

After all, the price of Oil had dropped, making it pointless to explore new Oil Well, as the price on the Mercantile Exchange could not sustain the cost of mining as argued in my blog article entitled “Lower Oil Prices Good for Jamaica - How All-Electric Vehicles Sales benefit as Electricity Prices trend lower”.

So had Tullow Oil decided to call it quits on Jamaica?

Tullow Oil still examining bathymetric survey - 25 Years to locate Oil in Jamaica

Tullow Oil, however, reassured Minister Paulwell and their delegation that they were just as surprised to see them turn up on such short notice, to quote Tullow’s VP New Ventures Business, Ian Cloke: “It was a pleasure to meet The Honourable Minister and the PCJ delegation in our London Office and we look forward to working closely with The Ministry and the PCJ to complete our agreed work programme”.

Perhaps they should have watch the video “Finding The Prize: A story of Oil exploration and discovery” on Tullow Oil PLC’s YouTube Page before they made the trek all the way to their offices in the UK and in Dublin!

The Tullow Oil Executives and Geologists then proceeded to explain to them over the next four (4) days what they’d learned from the bathymetric survey, which was not much. After all, 32,000 square miles is a lot of data to process, along with other data collected during this exploratory phase to determine if Oil deposits below the seabed are worth exploring:

1.      Geological and geophysical studies
2.      Environmental assessments and the
3.      Acquisition of seismic data

If the analysis of this data bears fruit, then they can decided were to drill to take core samples for a chemical assay. If the assay shows that there is potentially a lot of Oil at the locating where the core sample was taken, then they will make the decision to drill exploratory wells.

However, given the size of the Walton and Morant basins off the south coast of Jamaica, we might be look at a few years of exploration before the find an Oil Well.

Under the Petroleum Act, Tullow Oil has twenty five (25) years to look for Oil. if they exceed that timeframe, they have to request a renewal to continue exploration. PCJ breaks down this timeframe into an exploration and Production phases as follows:

1.      5.5 and 7.5 years for exploration phase
2.      17.5 and 19.5 years production phase

Minister Paulwell was thus reassured that the project was going forward, especially as the timeframe to expect positive results could be as much as 8 years, quote:  “I am satisfied that the project is still on course and I look forward to the full determination of Jamaica’s Oil and gas prospectivity”. 

So Tullow Oil is committed for the long Haul as the completion of the Survey indicates. The price of Oil may change during that time or the Oil Well may be so massive and easily accessible, making it worth extracting.

In these early days of exploration, anything is possible!

Jamaica needs to find Oil in Jamaica, even if it takes another twenty five (25) years, as our future would be forever changed by such a momentous discovery!!

Here’s the link:

250,000 merchants in Britain accept Apple Pay - Why Bitcoin is more secure as Eight banks except HSBC and Lloyds on the Bandwagon

“Apple Pay's launch is certainly good news for the UK. What has always been a struggle is for Apple Pay and the competitors to build a large enough ecosystem of merchants and Bank partners in order to enable immediate adoption”

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, Pinar Ozcan, commenting on Apple Pay in Britain  

British Fans of Apple, your wish has been granted.

Launched in September 2014, the Apple iPhone 6 has been a bestseller in the first Quarter of 2015 according to stats from analyst Kantar Worldpanel ComTech as reported in my blog article entitled “Apple iPhone 6 ahead in Q1 of 2015 based on @K_Worldpanel Stats - Phablets are hot as Apple Watch Summer Storm coming”.

Apple Pay has been rolled out in the UK (United Kingdom) since Tuesday July 14th 2015 and is now the accepted payment method at 250,000 locations as reported in the article “Apple Pay Goes Live In The UK, available at 250,000 locations”, published July 14, 2015 By Trevor Mogg, Digitaltrends.

So who are the Banks supporting Apple Pay? The names will surprise you!

Apple Pay in the UK – Eight Banks except HSBC and Lloyds on the Bandwagon

The plan was to have eight (8) of Britain's leading Banks support the Apple Pay rollout in Britain as noted in the article “Apple Pay lands in the UK, some major Banks missing”, published July 14, 2015 by Shara Tibken and Rich Trenholm, CNET News. However, only six (6) Banks to date have stepped up to support Apple Pay:

1.      MBNA
2.      Nationwide
3.      NatWest
4.      Royal Bank of Scotland
5.      Santander
6.      Ulster Bank

The missing two (2) Banks are HSBC and Lloyds. HSBC and their online Mobile platform FirstDirect plans to join the bandwagon later in July 2015 with Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland bringing in the rear by September 2015. 

Nobody is sure why HSBC and Lloyds are so reluctant to join in the big eight (8) Banks.

However, they delay is to their peril, as they would have lost out on seizing the opportunity to ride the Apple iPhone 6 bandwagon as pointed out by Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, Pinar Ozcan, quote: “While it is not clear why HSBC has decided not to support Apple Pay's UK launch. It rings alarm bells as consumers often have a 'now or never' approach to new technologies, easily deciding not to adopt for a long time if it is cumbersome to do so at the beginning”.

Apple Pay safer on Apple iPhone 6 – Apple Watch unsafe but Bitcoins are safer

Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch users can use Apple Pay, which originally rolled out on the Apple iPhone 6 as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Apple iPhone 6 and Plus with 128GB Storage and Apple Pay is Biggest iPhone Launch”.

Still, I’d hold off on using Apple Pay on the Apple Watch until Watch OS 2.0 roll out in September 2015 as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Apple WWDC 2015 debuts OS X 10.11, Watch OS 2.0 and Apple Music”.

The Apple Watch lacks the security of Touch ID and can be easily reset once stolen as explained in the article “Thieves can easily reset a stolen Apple Watch”, published May 14, 2015 By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet, making it a magnet for thieves.

For me, I'm just waiting on Apple Pay to accept and use Bitcoins for transactions as Microsoft and a host of other tech companies have since January 2015 as noted in my blog article entitled “Microsoft accepts Bitcoins for Purchases - Napster of Cryptocurrency set to explode in Jamaica in 2015 Year of the Sheep”, as they're far more secure than stored Credit or Prepaid Debit Cards.

Jamaica passes Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act - Why ICENS Slowpoke is being upgraded and How Nuclear Power may mean Cheaper 4G LTE

“It's the first step. We now have a regulation, so if we wish to go to nuclear power we would have to take the other prerequisite steps, but we would have to increase the number of persons that are involved in this industry and increase the regulatory body. The body that we have now is not sufficient to take on nuclear power”

Director General of ICENS (Inter-national Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences), Charles Grant commenting on the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act

Jamaica, welcome to the Nuclear Age!! You’re welcome and you can play the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons!

The Senate (Upper House) on Friday July 17 2015 passed a Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act to regulate Nuclear fuel in Jamaica as reported in the article “Senate approves Bill to regulate nuclear technology”, published Tuesday, July 21, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

The Bill seeks to regulate the activities, practices, apparatuses and facilities involving ionizing radiation and nuclear technology as stated by the Horses' Mouth , the Jamaica Information “Service in the article Senate Approves Bill to Regulate Nuclear Technology”, published July 21, 2015 By Chris Patterson, The Jamaica Information Service.

In order to achieve this, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton has stipulated in the Bill the need to set up a regulatory body called the Hazardous Substances Regulatory Authority. That body will establish operational standards and regulate the use of Nuclear material and Nuclear Energy in Jamaica.

Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act – Protecting Jamaicans from Nuclear Radiation

The Bill will create a Board of Directors to run the Hazardous Substances Regulatory Authority. As a regulator, they've got their work cut out for them:

1.      Prevent radioactive sources from harming the people and the environment
2.      Teach Jamaican about Nuclear Power, Nuclear Material and how to safely handle Radioactive Material
3.      Determine compensation to Jamaican in case of damage caused by ionizing radiation from Radioactive Material
4.      To regulate the use of Nuclear Material i.e. Medical, Mining, Telecoms and Alternative Energy

They must have been under a huge amount of pressure, it had only previously been debated a week prior on Thursday July 9th 2015 in the House of Representatives passed the Nuclear as reported in the article “Nuclear Energy Bill Passed”, published Thursday July 9, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner  and “House Passes Bill to Regulate Nuclear Technology”, published July 9, 2015 By Latonya Linton, The Jamaica Information Service.

So why the haste to pass a Nuclear Bill with so little time to debate it, as pointed out by Opposition Senators Robert Montague and Christopher Tufton as noted in the article “Opposition Relents As Senate Passes Nuclear Bill”, published Saturday July 18, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner?

Possibly because Jamaica might be looking into building a Nuclear Reactor

Jamaica passes Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act - Slowpoke at ICENS can finally get upgraded

According to Opposition Senator Kavan Gayle on Friday July 17th 2015, they needed time to debate the implications to the Jamaican people and workers quote: “The Bill is of a critical nature and it is important to allow us more time to review it as it could be complemented by legislation such as the Occupational, Health and Safety Regulation. To be effective, this legislation will be in need of support, and that can't go unnoticed”.

But Leader of Government Business A.J. Nicholson countered by point out that we basically sitting in the US of A frying pan, quote: :This is the kind of legislation which ... we would wish for more time, but there is a real urgency in getting the Bill passed”.

Indeed, it seems that the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act also prohibit the building, importing, exporting, and operating of a research reactor and the acquisition or development of nuclear explosives. 

This implies that not only are they complying to the IAEA Convention on Nuclear Safety, but it might also be setting the stage for Nuclear Reactor to be built in Jamaica as suggested by Director General of ICENS (Inter-national Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences), Charles Grant in the article “Great Potential Benefits From Nuclear Bill – Scientist”, published Wednesday July 22, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

To quote Dr. Charles Grant, this is the first step towards a Nuclear Power Plant: “I would certainly like to see a small nuclear power plant here because I believe it's a very efficient way to produce energy and is quite cost effective. One nuclear plant is more than Jamaica needs; that would power us completely”.

Right now, however, the Director General of ICENS is just springing for an upgrade for Slowpoke, the Research Reactor at ICENS from a HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) to a LEU (Low Enriched Uranium) as reported back in April 2015 in the article “Jamaica set to convert research reactor to LEU”, published 08 April 2015, World Nuclear  News.

To quote the Director General of ICENS, they are keen on this upgrade, as it'll reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation while extending Slowpoke lifespan and function, quote: “We will be able to extend the life of the reactor, acquire new equipment and other upgrades, and make changes to the building that will improve our efficiency; so the amount of research that we will be able to do will increase for sure”.

Jamaica going for a Nuclear Power Plant - How a Telecom Provider can use Nuclear Power to provide Cheaper 4G LTE

This idea of a Nuclear Reactor was originally floated by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell for Jamaica to look into the construction of Nuclear Reactors back in March 2011 as reported in my blog article entitled “Phillip Pauwell's Nuclear Power in a Bathtub - SilkWood meets the China Syndrome”.

In fact Nuclear Power Plants are so efficient that once installed, it'll be another fifty (50) years before it needs refuelling.

Unfortunately, Jamaican at the time were not receptive to what was a fairly sound idea, as Nuclear Energy is actually a form of Alternative Energy as noted in my blog article entitled  “Nuclear Power and Net Metering - Paulwell's Energy Sector Liberalization Chess Game”.

Coincidentally in the same month, a massive Earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan on Friday March 11 2011, crippling the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Japan Nuclear Reactor Meltdown is the Asian Tiger Chernobyl”. 

Thus the ugly side of Nuclear Energy was on display, instantly turning every Jamaicans mind against Nuclear Energy.  Especially as Japan continued to suffer the results of dealing with the Nuclear fallout from the ruptured Fukushima No. 2 Reactor as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Japan Nuclear Disaster – Implications for Jamaica and the Consumer Electronics World”. 

So will we soon have a RFP (Request for Proposal) for Nuclear Reactor? Or will this result in people being able to import Thermopiles under license to power Cell sites, a pet theory of mine based on some good intelligence from friends in a private Facebook Group.

After all, Jamaica would only need just one Nuclear Reactor to power the entire island for the Next fifty (50) years. Telecom Provides could set up a Nuclear Power Plant to power their facilities, including cell sites via a Net Metering facility and allow them to offer Broadband at drastically lower prices.

More on that theory in another article as Jamaica steps into the Nuclear Age

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Verizon's Free Streaming Video Platform - Herald for 5G Video Calling and Streaming Mainstream without Buckets

Verizon is sitting on the cusp of Greatness as they’ve decided to turn it up a Notch, Dragon Ball Z Style!!!! Folks, play the Lady Gaga song Applause real loud, as Verizon deserves a round of Applause!

Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo has announced that the company Plans to launch a Mobile and online Video service in the Summer of 2015 as reported in the article “Verizon mulls mobile video that doesn't eat into your data cap”, published July 21, 2015 by Roger Cheng, CNET News

Their Plan involves a Separate Video Streaming Service that doesn’t dip into your Data Plan, but is instead subsidized by advertising.

Many were expecting that after Verizon had purchased AOL (America Online) for US$4.4 billion dollars as reported in the article “Verizon completes its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL”, published June 23, 2015 by Ben Fox Rubin, CNET News and “Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion”, published 12 May 2015 By Ben Rooney, CNN Money.

It would also help them stave off competition from T-Mobile and Sprint as well as re-invigorate the growth of their Verizon FIOS business. Verizon is doing this by creating a Streaming Platform that doesn’t require you to pay or even have a Cable TV subscription.

A good example of this is NBC Streaming services launched in conjunction with Cable Provider Comcast in December 2014 as reported “NBC Universal NBC Live Streaming Service - How TV Everywhere is American Streaming TV's Future as Comcast steps into 21st Century”.

Verizon to launch Free Streaming Video Platform - How Ad-subsidized Video Streaming avoids your Data Plan Buckets

Nothing new here as Online Video service subsidized by advertising already exist, such as CBSN that was launched by CBS in November 2014 as explained in my blog article entitled “CBSN Streaming News Portal Internationals - First Digital Streaming News Channel sponsored by Advertisers on your Browser”.

But they would be the first Telecom Provider to offer a Video Streaming Service, which he refers to as OTT (Over-The-Top) that would not subtract from your Data Plan allotments or buckets as they are called, to quote Verizon CFO Fran Shammo: “There is no one else out there who will deliver an OTT solution like the one we will launch”.

They also have Plans for a traditional online TV Streaming service that would use up your Data Plans as well as a premium pay service, again mimicking the US$5.99 CNBS All Access service launched October 2014 as reported in my blog article entitled “US$5.99 CBS All Access Live in US of A - How HBO Streaming by 2015 will beat Netflix as Jamaican Local TV and Radio Stations unprepared for Digicel and LIME TV”.

That's really for those streamers who don't like Advertising. Still, the advertising subsidized streaming of Video content is a huge deal, as this could potentially shake up the Cable TV World in a very big way!

Verizon turns it up a Notch - Why 5G will make Video Calling and Streaming Mainstream

The real innovation here is the fact that you'll be able to stream Video for Free and not dip into your Data Plan allotments aka Buckets come August 2015. The Cable TV World should fear this.

They should have expected that with the coming of 4G LTE and faster Wireless Broadband, somebody would have cooked up this crazy idea!!

With a potential worldwide audience, advertisers would be quick to jump onto this service to advertise, as such a potentially massive streaming audience mean more potential customers.

Customer will be able to stream Sports and a few shows from select Content Providers including their AOL acquisition. Verizon stand to make billion from advertising alone, both ads within the videos stream as well as on the website that hosts the Videos.

Whether they’ll have live programming such as News or it'll be just YouTube videos or videos host on Servers that they own is not totally clear. Neither is it known if Verizon harbours any Plans of getting into the eyewitness video News Business.

Especially as YouTube now has a YouTube Newswire to vet such content as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “YouTube launches YouTube Newswire to verify Eyewitness Videos”.

Still, it sets the stage for Video Calling and Streaming to go mainstream by 2020, when Telecom Providers are expected to launch 5G Wireless Broadband.  It may also mark the final death of Television, in much the same way Streaming is slowly killing downloading as per my blog article entitled “@RIAA says Streaming beating CD Sales - Why HD Audio Physical Digital Music comeback progresses as Piracy is the Problem”.

So says the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) 5G Mission Plan for IMT-2020 for the next five (5) years as reported in my blog article entitled “ITU publishes 5G IMT-2020 Roadmap - Why US Telecom Providers, @Digicel_Jamaica and @LIMEJamaica like to travel off the beaten Path”. 

The fate of the Huffington Post and blogs such as TechCrunch and Engadget still hanging the balance! But this new free advertising subsidized streaming service that doesn’t subtract for your Data Plan will turn Verizon’s 5G Game up several Notches.

 Here’s the link:
Verizon Twitter Feed: @VerizonWireless