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Guidewire Software Wins First Place Vanguards in Insurance Practices (VIP) Award Recognition in Five of Six Categories

Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE), a provider of software products for Property/Casualty (P/C) insurers, today announced that it has received five of six 2013 Vanguards in Insurance Practices (VIP) Awards. The VIP Awards are sponsored byInsurance Networking News (INN) in partnership with Celent and were announced and presented at the recent ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Las Vegas. The VIP award winners were solely determined by insurance company professionals through their participation in an online survey where they were asked to name technology providers that deliver the most value in various VIP categories.

Guidewire’s 2013 VIP awards included recognition in the Back Office & Support Systems, Customer Experience Solutions, Decision Support Solutions, Insurance Core Solutions, and Strategic Partner categories. More information about the 2013 VIP Awards can be found at www.guidewire.com.

“The VIP awards identify the leaders in insurance technology and recognize the vendors that best help insurance carriers meet the increased expectations of consumers and agents,” said Carrie Burns, editor-in-chief, INN. “This year, we’ve seen that while insurers still consider customer service and stability to be important traits of vendors, the ability to plan for advances in technology is becoming just as important.”

“Guidewire is very effective in building and supporting their partner networks, and their customers appreciate that choice of implementation partners,” said Chuck Johnston, director, Celent. “They’ve also built out a solid organization that has connected with their customers and created good rapport, as seen in the award results. They’ve made significant investments in pertinent technologies to support their customers, also reflected in the award results.”

“It is a great honor for the Guidewire team to be recognized especially given that the award rankings are based solely on feedback from P/C insurance professionals,” said Brian Desmond, vice president, Marketing, Guidewire. “We thank Insurance Networking News and Celent for sponsoring the VIP awards program, and we thank everyone who participated in the survey.”

This year is the seventh annual VIP ranking of technology solution providers to the insurance industry. 2013 winners were chosen based on votes from 476 unique respondents.

About Insurance Networking News

Insurance Networking News is a trusted source for information on how technology is being implemented to support insurers’ strategic business objectives, providing insightful analysis of the technology innovations utilized to automate critical processes. Insurance Networking News is written to help senior insurance executives obtain mission-critical information on resolving industry challenges.

About Guidewire Software

Guidewire Software is a provider of software products for Property/Casualty insurers. Designed to be flexible and scalable, Guidewire products enable insurers to deliver excellent service, increase market share, and lower operating costs. Guidewire products include Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, consisting of Guidewire PolicyCenter®, Guidewire ClaimCenter® and Guidewire BillingCenter® which span the core functional areas in insurance; Guidewire LiveSM, a cloud-based network connecting peer insurers, core system data and expert tools through instant on apps; Guidewire DataHub™ and Guidewire InfoCenter™ which help insurers address their data management and business intelligence challenges.

3-D Gun Printing: Here’s the Software That Stops It

New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of firearms that have been created using new 3-D technology.

The world’s first gun made using 3-D printing – called “The Liberator” – was successfully fired on May 6 in Austin, Texas. In just three days the blueprint created by startup Defense Distributed to produce the plastic gun had been downloaded around 100,000 times, according to Forbes Magazine.

Anti-gun campaigners have criticized the project, whilst lawmakers in different U.S. states have moved to pass new legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of the digitally made firearms. And now Danish startup Create It REAL has produced software that it says blocks users from printing guns in the first place.

“The likely buyers are 3-D printer manufacturers who want to minimize their liability risk and offer a firearm parental control feature to their customers,” Create It REAL’s CEO Jeremie Pierre Gay told CNBC.

“The feature creates a unique digital fingerprint of the firearm…the manufacturer could decide to block the print or to simply give a warning to the user of the potential danger.”

The software has taken a year to develop. The firm realized there was a gap in the market after surveying end users and 3D printer manufacturers. Gay told CNBC that his previous job working with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for technology firm Motorola served him well.

“[We realized] people are interested in the ability to put a lock on their firearms at home, the same should be possible on a 3D printer as a parental control feature. I would say that this feature is customer driven even if they did not know they wanted the feature when we asked,” he said.

“The possibility to make a firearm at home is not new, there are many plans on how to do it on Internet, the problem with 3-D printing is that it could become simply too easy, this feature makes it more complicated again.”

Cody Wilson, the man behind nonprofit Defense Distributed was skeptical that the product would actually be able to prohibit the printing of guns, which are produced as separate parts and then assembled. “The Liberator” is printed with hard plastic and fires a standard .380 caliber bullet. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail which is used as its firing pin.

“Such software must walk a very fine line, of which I’ve no doubt it is incapable…It’s interesting PR to the uninitiated only,” the 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas told CNBC.

“‘The Liberator’ pistol is an assembly of over 17 parts, most of which individually would not set off a detection software unless the exact model was blacklisted. Think about it, springs, hammer, even the grip. These are not ‘guns’.”

‘Wild West’ Regulation

Both New York City and New York State have introduced legislation to curb the making of 3-D printed firearms or ban their use altogether and similar bills have been introduced in California. Linda Rosenthal, a New York State assembly member told CNBC that New York’s bill is currently sitting with the Codes Committee after the legislative session ended on June 21.

“I have all intentions of pursuing this legislation next session,” she told CNBC. “The controversy surrounding the passage of the SAFE ACT (the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) will make passing any piece of gun-related legislation that much more difficult, but I think this is a very important issue that must be addressed before the technology becomes widely available.”

New York State should act as a leader to provide a national model for other states to follow, Rosenthal said, and welcomes the new software that she says is effectively the industry regulating its own behavior.

“It is important that industry and government partner with each other to address this issue. Neither acting alone will be able to accomplish enough to deter dangerous behavior….Given that no technology is foolproof, it is critical that the states have strong tools available to discourage wrongdoing and criminalize bad behavior,” she told CNBC.

“3D printing is a very new technology, and in terms of regulation, it is the Wild West out there.”

Despite the issues surrounding the manufacture of firearms, 3-D printing – creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models – is gathering momentum and is transforming everything from medicine to home goods. Printers that once cost $30,000 now are priced closer to $1,000 and have the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing.

The market for 3-D printing was estimated at about $1.7 billion in 2011 and could hit $6.5 billion by 2019, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.

Boost Software Announces New Instructional Video for Fixing Windows Installer Problems

PC Health Boost is registry cleaning software that PC users can use to detect and repair serious computer problems such as screen freezes, slow boot time, and DLL errors. Problems that occur in the main files of the Windows operating system can prevent PC Health Boost from performing a complete service. Uncovering these problems and fixing them is not complicated, but not well-known among many PC users. Boost Software recognized this issue and created an instructional video to help users overcome these serious problems.

The new video explains how Windows installer errors can prevent PC Health Boost from performing a complete service. The video then goes through detailed steps of possible solutions to try to fix the errors. Since Windows installer issues can vary in origin, the video first offers basic solutions and then continues with those that require more steps to complete.

Customers who are unable to fix their Windows Installer errors with the proposed solutions or who encounter other difficulties are directed to contact Boost Software technical support via email or phone for additional assistance.

More information about the features and benefits of PC Health Boost is available on the Boost Software website located at http://www.boostsoftware.com

About Boost Software

Amit Mehta and Peter Dunbar are software engineers and affiliate gurus who founded Boost Software in 2012 to help people with PC performance problems. The company currently offers a suite of PC performance products that includes PC HealthBoost, DriverBoost Pro, and Startup Boost.

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Adobe’s Kuler beta site resurrects photo-color picker

Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.

Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that’s saved into their own archive; people can browse others’ schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe’s Illustrator software, too.

The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it’s seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to use a less obtrusive color wheel and to shrink borders around colors so designers can better judge how they look together.

Kuler is useful, though hardly a heavyweight app like Photoshop or After Effects. But it’s interesting to watch since it’s got new-era online, collaborative, and social aspects that seem to be a priority for Adobe as it tries to convince skeptics that its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription is more than just a new way to pay for the old Creative Suitesoftware.

When Adobe cut over to its Creative Cloud subscription program, it introduced an iOS app that also can pick a color scheme from a photo.

Adobe once had a Kuler app for Android, but scrapped it and is channeling its resources toward the Kuler Web interface at present.

In response to a request for a Kuler Android app, an Adobe staff member had this to say:

While the iOS app and the discontinued Android app do have similar capabilities, they are actually quite a bit different. We have found that people use tablets and mobile phones very differently. So, we created the iPhone app with a different focus in mind — which translated to different features, UI, and interactions.

We have also found the tasks most people wanted to accomplish with Kuler, on a tablet device, are very similar to the tasks people undertake with the Kuler website. So, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort into updating the site to embrace the latest Web standards (also announced at MAX). And, it should work really well on Android and iOS tablets. We look forward to getting these updates in the hands of users to hear what they think.

We understand there are many Android phone users who may find an app like the Kuler iPhone app useful, and we’ll monitor demand for that over time.

In my tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, I was able to use the normal Kuler site, but the photo upload and color-wheel shrinking features had some problems. I could use photos I took on the spot and from the photo gallery, but imports from Google+ galleries, Dropbox, and Google Drive failed. Worse, the color wheel for picking colors by hand didn’t work with my touch screen.

Hyland Software Named as a Best-in-Class ECM Vendor for three categories in Insurance Technology Assessment

CEB TowerGroup recently named Hyland Software a Best-in-Class enterprise content management (ECM) vendor for insurance companies in three categories in its evaluation of ECM solutions providers in the space. Hyland was named Best-in-Class for: User Experience, Enterprise Operations Support and Enterprise Support.

The report identifies both current and future market drivers, identifies the needs of the industry and lists notable solutions providers. CEB TowerGroup selected vendors based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of each vendor’s solution features and functionality, understanding of customer needs and implementation of leading practices to maximize efficiency and ROI.

“Selection as a Best-in-Class solution within CEB TowerGroup’s insurance vendor review verifies the relevance and ongoing benefits ECM solutions can provide insurance companies. It illustrates Hyland’s ability to offer insurers a solution that can streamline their processes, enabling them to run more efficiently and cost-effectively across their entire organization,” stated Cheryl Nulman, Hyland’s insurance industry marketing manager.

CEB TowerGroup named Hyland Software’s OnBase a Best-in-Class solution for:

  • User Experience,  for its attributes that directly contribute to enhancing the productivity of employees across the organization
  • Enterprise Operation Support, for its attributes that support and facilitate business operations enterprise-wide
  • Enterprise Support for Hyland’s influence and ongoing relationship with customers

“Our industry expertise, coupled with the high-value we place on customers’ feedback helps to create leading solutions to meet insurers’ needs. Our agile approach increases our viability in the industry and ensures an advanced solution offering,” Nulman said.

“As insurance executives evaluate new IT products to support their business needs, many are overwhelmed by the volume of technologies available,” said Aaron Kissel, executive director, CEB. “CEB TowerGroup is the only advisory group qualified to evaluate such a broad range of insurance technology tools and to help insurers navigate the increasingly complex landscape.”

*Technology Assessment Disclaimer– CEB does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our CEB TowerGroup publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors rated “best in class.” CEB TowerGroup research publications consist of the opinions of CEB TowerGroup’s analysts and should not be construed as statements of fact. CEB disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Hyland Software

For over 20 years, Hyland Software has helped our more than 11,500 lifetime customers by providing real-world solutions to everyday business challenges. That dedication is why Hyland realizes double-digit growth, and why 98 percent of our customer base continues to renew its annual maintenance. Our customers see the ongoing value of partnering with Hyland and continue to work with us year after year.

Seamless integrations with policy administration, core administration and claims management systems speed processing times across the entire insurance lifecycle from underwriting to policy services to claims, which increases customer service. Using OnBase, insurers are able to increase profitability through accurate and consistent underwriting decisions while decreasing response times and costs associated with claims.

Internet Download Manager 6.17 Build 3 New Comes With Stability & Reliable

The company behind the development applications, known as IDM or Internet Download Tonec reportedly named recently presented its latest version of the build for the users on the move IDM. The latest version is nothing but the Internet Download Manager 6:17 Build 3.

Although the official release notes have not obtained so far, the presence of this latest version of IDM build more likely intended to improve the stability and reliability of the whole application in a particular case.

Previous versions of Internet Download Manager has received an update to increase download speeds YouTube videos, as well as bug fixes in addressing some of the problems reported by users in the older release.

Internet Download Manager can be operated smoothly in all the editions of Windows out there, including Windows XP to the latest Windows 8 though. And even special versions of the latest build, reportedly can run well on both versions of the Windows operating systems that exist, either 32-bit or 64-bit.

Google Play now Become the World’s Greatest Defeat Application Store App Store

Apple App Store now no longer be the world’s largest app store. Label the world’s largest app store is now officially carried by the Google Play Store that has 1 million applications.

The number also beat the applications now in the Apple App Store, which is 900 thousand units. This achievement was being the first time since the launch of Google Play Android operating system.

Not only that, Google Play Store is also giving a positive trend for the application developer. Google says that the current amount of revenue through the Play Store has increased 2.5-fold compared to the previous.

The last one, number download on Google Play Store also did not lose much. According to Google, the number of downloads in the Play Store has now reached more than 50 billion times. And it seems that number will continue to increase along with the increase of mobile phone users and Android tablets.

WLCGram: Instagram Client Application for Windows Phone

Photo sharing application Instagram has been very popular among users of Android and iOS smart phones. But unfortunately Windows Phone smart phone users still have to wait to be able to use this application, because until recently the Instagram still mum about their plans for this one platform. Nokia itself as the largest WP vendors have expressed their support in order to Instagram coming soon to mobile-phone operating system Windows Phone.
While waiting for the official Instagram app is present, it does not hurt us a peek Instagram client application on Windows Phone, which WLCGram. WLCGram is one of Instagram client on Windows Phone that has capabilities similar to the original Instagram application. Some of the features include are:
filter image
could register
Can view photos on Instagram
Can menshare photos to Instagram
Can search by username or hashtag.
.
Unfortunately, the users of this application have not been able to:
Did comment and like
see video
Menshare to Facebook and Twitter.
and some other weaknesses.
With all its limitations and its advantages, the application is priced at $ 0.99 (approximately Rp. 9800) with the option for free trial for 9 hours in advance.

Facebook Testing New Navigation Menu

California – Facebook amid redesign navigation bar for iOS and Android app for easy use. Some Facebook users reported that the new navigation bar has appeared at the bottom of the screen.

But, it was not all users can get the new navigation bar that is still a beta version of it. With the addition of the menu at the bottom, the side navigation bar is now no longer in the beta version of the Facebook application.

Android users who already have a new navigation bar using Facebook beta version of Google Play Store. While the Apple iPhone users who see the new navigation bar that has installed the regular version of Facebook.

Android users who have installed the Facebook application is given a link to download the beta version of Facebook when they install updates. This all shows the changes coming from the server.

There is no warranty on the features of the new navigation bar. Current navigation bar is still considered to iOS or Android app.

Software Start-Up SnoopWall Secures Funding from Renowned Angel Investment Group

NASHUA, N.H., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Software start-up SnoopWall announced today that the company has secured a round of funding from the Angel Breakfast Club, one of the oldest investment groups in the country. SnoopWall recently developed an antispyware program that blocks remote eavesdropping. The unique patent-pending technology will be available on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

“We’re pleased to achieve our first major milestone in the company—acquiring the funds and strategic support needed for SnoopWall to launch,” said Gary Miliefsky, President and Founder of SnoopWall. “It’s an honor to be funded by this prestigious and well recognized angel investment group.”

The Angel Breakfast Club was started in 1976 by the late Mort Goulder. Over the past 30 years, the group has invested in more than 100 companies. The average return-on-investment rate is 29%, a near record for the industry.

Allan Cowen, a leading angel investor and advisor to the company said, “SnoopWall represents another investment opportunity that clearly positions a patent-pending technology that addresses today’s media narrative on mobile security and personal privacy protection.  Backing the SnoopWall project early on came with no hesitation given the market need, and perhaps more importantly, knowing the members of the team and those that have advisory roles.”

SnoopWall is offering a free trial version of their program for Android until August 1. Visithttp://www.snoopwall.com/free-version to sign-up for a copy.

About SnoopWall

SnoopWall is the world’s first counterveillance software company focused on helping consumers and enterprises protect their privacy on all of their computing devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.