Google Chrome would block all NPAPI plugins in January 2015

Google Chrome would block all NPAPI plugins in January 2015

Google announced this week that they are well on track to remove support for NPAPI plugins in Chrome.

The company would stop blocking the few remaining whitelisted plugins from January 2015. Support for such plugins would be disabled in Chrome in April 2015. They would also remove such plugins from the Chrome Web Store at that time.

Users would have the option to enable plugins if required through Chrome Flags or other options not visible directly on the UI. This would work till September next year when the support would be completely removed from Chrome.

Google said:

In September 2015 we will remove the override and NPAPI support will be permanently removed from Chrome. Installed extensions that require NPAPI plugins will no longer be able to load those plugins.

Read more: Chromium Blog: The Final Countdown for NPAPI

Google adds seven more Android apps to Chrome OS compatibility list

Google today announced seven new Android apps that can now run on Chrome OS out of the box. These include holiday oriented apps like Cookpad Recipes, Couchsurfing and OverDrive.

Google said:

Find these apps and more in the “Available for Android” collection on the Chrome Web Store (goo.gl/Z0aWGM) and nominate new ones at chromebook.com/newapps.

Read more: We’re excited to announce seven new #Android apps on Chrome OS today, including…

YouTube launches new Custom URL options for brands to match their Google+ Pages

YouTube today announced that they are offering brands to claim a new custom URL on their platform. This one is focused on folks who have mismatched custom URLs between their YouTube and Google+ Pages.

The company said:

Starting this week, if you’re a creator with at least 500 subscribers, you may receive emails and in-product notifications if your updated custom URL is ready to claim. You’ll see several options waiting for you that are based on your channel’s description, Google identity and associated websites. When you want to pick your URL, all you have to do is follow these instructions. Once you pick one, the new URL will automatically direct fans to your channel.

Read more: YouTube Creator Blog: Want your URL to match your channel?

As you can see, this option is only available to accounts that have a sizeable following.

Elitecore Improves its Position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Revenue and Customer Management 2014

Elitecore Technologies, a leading provider of BSS and packet core solution, announces that it has been named as a Niche Player in Gartner Magic Quadrant for “Integrated Revenue and Customer Management” (IRCM) for CSPs, 2014*.

Says Nikhil Jain, CEO & Managing Director, Elitecore Technologies, “We are one of the fastest growing IRCM companies. We believe our improvement in ability to execute is due to the success of gaining a high level of customer satisfaction through our functional capability and flexible approach in fulfilling customers’ technical requirement to roll out next generation IP-based services accomplishing their monetization goals and helping them succeed in a highly competitive market.

The Magic Quadrant for IRCM for CSPs evaluates solution suites that provide billing, customer care, rating, charging, pricing, partner relationship management, policy management, mediation, self-service, analytics and other functions. This Magic Quadrant will help CIOs, business leaders and IT leaders that are developing their IRCM strategies to assess whether they have the right products and solutions to support them.

Gartner evaluates the vendors based on two criteria: Completeness of Vision , which covers the “combination of domain expertise, appropriate go-to-market strategy and a focus on innovation in product functionality and enabling technology”; and Ability to execute , which covers the “combination of factors driven by product functionality, architecture performance and the ability to meet customer expectations during product delivery and operation.”

In the report, Gartner has evaluated Elitecore’s broad based product portfolio that incorporates all IRCM components for CSPs.

QSC Partners with Axiros for Cloud Data Management Platform Services

German ICT provider brings advanced management to its latest products

Axiros, the technology leader in open device management solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced that QSC, a leading provider of information communications and telecommunication services in Germany, has selected Axiros’ Cloud data management platform. Under the terms of the partnership, Axiros is providing QSC an easy cloud-based standardized managed service solution perfectly tailored to their needs that only takes a fraction of the time and investment to implement.

“We needed a management and provisioning solution to support our existing network. The Axiros system turned out to be the ideal solution for reliable remote management of the customer premises equipment for our NGA-Clients,” said Jörg Mügge, director of Plusnet, a subsidiary of QSC and responsible for managing its next generation network. “Axiros rose to the challenge, and their history in the TR-069 market, existing Cloud products, and roadmap for future development convinced us that they were the perfect match for our market’s needs.”

“Germany is an ideal place to roll out next-generation services,” added Kurt Peterhans, CEO of Axiros. “QSC is a prime example of a partner who understands customer needs and is committed to staying ahead of them by putting the necessary technology place now to support a robust network in the future. We are thrilled to be working with QSC and know that with the strength of their network and the field-tested resiliency of our management software, QSC will have a competitive advantage in the market.”

Axiros’ standardized AXCESS.ACS offering is perfect for small- and mid-sized service providers, ISPs and telcos that are looking for a provisioning solution but do not have the resources necessary to support a full on-site implementation for device management. Axiros understood that there was a very real market need for these providers to compete, especially with home automation and Internet of Things offerings, and introduced an easy cloud-based standardized managed service solution perfectly tailored to their needs that takes a fraction of the time and investment to implement.

To learn more about how Axiros helped QSC, plus to see AXCESS.ACS and Axiros’ portfolio of device management products and services, please visit the Axiros website.

feedly mobile gets a major update. Optimized for Apple iPhone 6 and Android Lollipop

feedly today announced the release of major updates of their apps for both Google Android and Apple iOS.

The Apple iOS edition is now fully optimized for Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also incorporate the new sharing features available in the latest version of Apple iOS.

For Android users, the app design has been updated to match the new material design theme of Android Lollipop. The company said:

We just launched a brand new version of feedly mobile. It’s optimized for iPhone 6/6+, matches Android’s new design style, integrates with iOS sharing extensions and supports tagging! It also integrates with Facebook Messenger so you can discuss articles with your friends and colleagues.

Read more: Feedly: blogs,YouTube,news,RSS – Android Apps on Google Play
Read more: Feedly. The free blog, tumblr, Youtube, news, RSS reader on the App Store on iTunes

Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015

The telecoms industry is showing signs of recovery due to the positive economic scenario, and telecoms will be one of the top industries for IT spending in the next 12–18 months, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Based on Ovum’s latest Telco IT Trends to Watch report*, telco IT budgets are on the rise, with a lot of investment directed at either optimizing network assets and infrastructure or improving service quality and the customer experience.

Trends to watch for telco IT in 2015:

A brighter economic outlook and voracious demand for high-quality content and services on smart devices has renewed telco interest in the value they provide from a customer perspective and the quality of the customer experience.

Omni-channel engagements will inform investment in CRM strategies for sales, marketing, and operations.

Relevance and content of services, packages, and customer care will be a differentiator.

Outsourcing engagements between telcos and IT service providers will intensify.

Peter Dykes, senior analyst for Telco IT and author of the report, says that telcos will continue to spend on IT in 2015 to enable new services and launch them in new markets, and lower their cost base and reduce churn and customer acquisition costs.

“The telecoms industry is witnessing a long-term shift in spend towards customer-oriented systems and processes to improve customer satisfaction,” says Dykes. “Investment will be geared towards telecoms infrastructure (cloud platforms and BSS/OSS systems to support LTE implementations) and online channels to support the move towards digital lifestyles.”

Ovum recommends that telcos develop a roadmap to become a customer-adaptive enterprise. If the customer perspective is not embedded in every product and service, telcos will not prosper. They need to adapt their organizational structure and business processes to encompass customer needs, viewing quality of service and experience from the customer perspective.

Vendors need to step up to the role of collaborative partners. With so much pressure to change and limited budgets to fund this, telcos will look to vendors to help them innovate in ways that do not cost them dearly. Vendors should create long-term partnerships with telcos and key stakeholders, including system integrators and consultants, to create the solutions to future problems.

“With LTE infrastructure largely in place, we are entering an era in which the judicious choice and deployment of support software will be critical to the profitability of CSPs. This will also require a complete change of mindset by CSPs and vendors alike. The switch to IP as the main bearer technology will have ramifications throughout the industry, and only those that are able to adapt will survive,” concludes Dykes.