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IBM unveils new software for mobile enterprise market

Applications will support the infrastructure of mobile networks and add productivity software for 4G

IBM has unveiled a new software suite, services and research offerings that are designed to bring a new level of intelligence to the mobile enterprise market. The company also opened a new software development laboratory, the IBM Mass Lab, which will contribute to mobile offerings.

The company is introducing new offerings for mobile business ecosystem including mobile devices, communication service providers and enterprise mobile services, such as new analytics software and services for real-time management of remote cell towers and sites to detect problems and manage maintenance before outages can occur.

In addition, the new offerings include, a software that bridges voice and web communications to speed up business processes; new collaboration software for Android-based mobile devices; R&D innovations for 4th generation mobile networks and devices to improve service and quality; and a new email prototype to help mobile device users identify what needs immediate action.

The company is delivering Intelligent Site Operations, which integrates passive cell tower infrastructure with an organisation's active network for continuous monitoring, management and control of all physical and digital assets. IBM is also extending its collaboration software for the Android platform to Lotus Notes clients, while its WebSphere CEA Mobile Widgets allow consumers to share their web experiences on handheld devices.

Finally, IBM Research is addressing the increasing consumer demand for more video applications over wireless networks, specifically for the new 4G network, through an initiative that aims to allow networks to self-configure and self-heal themselves to make improved performance, enhance network analytics for self-organisation, and optimise both enterprise and consumer networks.

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.