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postheadericon What is GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program? (Open Source Software Focus)

FlashRouters covers the benefits of the free, open-source, Photoshop alternative, GIMP, in our efforts to promote open-source pioneers and projects.

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postheadericon Walther Arms, Inc. Launches 2017 USPSA & IDPA Contingency Program

(FORT SMITH, Ark.) – Walther Arms, Inc. has a rich history steeped in competition shooting with our rimfire and airgun competition rifles and pistols. Now Walther is also targeting practical shooting competitions. The PPQ and the new Q5 Match have become serious contenders for practical shooters in the production and carry optics categories because of the ergonomic grip and top of the line factory triggers. To further support practical shooting disciplines Walther Arms is offering a contingency program for USPSA and IDPA top matches, putting $ 400,000 on the line for competitors that win with a Walther. Walther has made it incredibly easy for shooters to participate in the program, and will be rewarding top placement in specified divisions.

Walther Arms is hoping to encourage more people to participate in practical shooting!

“We have seen a gain in popularity within our product line, and especially the Q5 match which was purpose built for the carry optics division. We are excited to promote the entire Walther product line through encouraging the activity of competition shooting. Walther is known for excellence in trigger design and our signature ergonomic grip, these features will directly correlate to comfortable and accurate shooting in the competition space,” says Kevin Wilkerson, Marketing Manager at Walther Arms.

For more details on the 2017 Walther Contingency Program visit www.WaltherArms.com/winwithwalther

About Walther
Walther is the premier provider of personal protection and recreational firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .45. With a vast devotion for continued innovation and customer focus in a fast growing industry, Walther Arms engineers products that are Built for Life. Follow and Subscribe to Walther Arms online: www.WaltherArms.com, www.facebook.com/WaltherArms, www.instagram.com/waltherarms/, www.twitter.com/waltherfirearms, and www.youtube.com/waltherfirearms.

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postheadericon Microsoft announces quarterly dividend increase and share repurchase program

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 20, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $ 0.39 per share, reflecting a 3 cent or 8 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend.  The dividend is payable December 8, 2016 to shareholders of record on November 17, 2016.  The ex-dividend date will be November 15, 2016.

The board of directors also approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $ 40 billion in share repurchases. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, may be terminated at any time. The company reaffirmed that it is on track to complete its current $ 40 billion stock repurchase program by December 31, 2016.

In addition, the company announced the date for the 2016 Annual Shareholders Meeting, to be held on November 30, 2016. Shareholders at the close of business on September 30, 2016, the record date, will be entitled to vote at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Microsoft announces professional degree program

TORONTO — July 13, 2016 — On Wednesday at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, the first program of its kind to offer employer-endorsed, university-caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage of their career. MPD is a Microsoft-led initiative that provides professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in critical fields. The initial MPD offering is in data science, with all courseware available on edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and MIT.

“The proliferation of cloud technologies and the delivery of software as a service has opened up tremendous revenue opportunities for our partners,” said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Developer Experience and Evangelism Group, Microsoft. “The Microsoft Professional Degree will be offered via edX, as well as through learning-as-a-service offerings delivered through partners, to meet customers’ evolving training needs and to help close the skills gap we are seeing across a number of industries.”

A significant skills gap exists in the data science field. In response to this growing need, Microsoft designed its pilot curriculum to deliver the critical skills and experiences that are required for success in the data science field. Since May 2016, over 200 pioneering partner and 650 Microsoft employees have been participating in a closed preview to evaluate and validate this new data science curriculum.

“At Microsoft, we believe the approach and tools used for learning need to continually evolve to meet the demands of our device-centric and data-driven world. This is a world where both technical and functional skills are becoming increasingly critical across all careers and vocations,” said Alison Cunard, general manager, Microsoft Learning Experiences. “The breadth and versatility of the edX platform allow us to expand our reach and deliver the Microsoft Professional Degree program, combining online learning with hands-on labs and workshops, allowing students to gain relevant and marketable skills.”

Learning partners including DDLS, Fast Lane, NIIT Ltd. and QA Ltd. have been evaluating the platform and curriculum since May.

“We are very excited about this new opportunity to scale up our online learning offerings and deliver cutting-edge skills in emerging areas of the digital transformation wave sweeping across organizations worldwide,” said Rahul Keshav Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT.

The MPD program is designed as both a catalyst for individuals in the early stages of their career and an enhancement for mid-career professionals looking to sharpen and learn new skills to continue their success in the dynamic high-tech job market. Students will get experience with real-world data, using tools from Microsoft and the open source community that range from Excel, Power BI and Cortana Analytics to R and Python.

“We see this as a fantastic opportunity to provide what our customers have increasingly been asking for, real-world skills — both conceptual and technical — that prepare people to succeed in 21st century careers,” said Torsten Poels, CEO and chairman of the board, Fast Lane.

The data science curriculum is now available on edX.org. More information is available at https://aka.ms/lexdsc.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more

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postheadericon Is the UK’s Trident nuclear program at risk from cyberattack?

Former British defence secretary Des Brown called on the British Prime Minister to hold an ‘end-to-end assessment’ of the Trident nuclear program’s cybersecurity, or risk potential weaknesses in the system.

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postheadericon LinkedIn to stick with invite-only bug bounty program

LinkedIn will continue a bug bounty program that pays out to a closed group of security researchers, claiming that an invite-only approach reduces the number of irrelevant reports.

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postheadericon Microsoft announces winners and finalists of 2014 Sales Achievement program

REDMOND, Wash. — July 29, 2014 Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the winners and finalists of the Sales Achievement program. Winners and finalists were recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, the company’s annual event for industry partners, July 13–17 in Washington, D.C. The Sales Achievement program recognizes global Microsoft partners for achieving exceptional sales results in fiscal year 2014.

“Partners that won this year’s Sales Achievement recognition have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in transforming their businesses to support customers worldwide with Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. “As customers’ needs evolved, these partners made the right investments to grow their businesses with Microsoft and are now well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in fiscal year 2015 and beyond.”

Categories, winners and finalists appear below:

Azure Sales Achievement
Winner: Softbank
Finalists: ATEA and NEC Corp.

Cloud LSP Sales Achievement
Co-Winners: Insight Enterprises and SoftwareONE
Finalist: Bytes Technology Group

Corporate Accounts LSP Sales Achievement
Winner: Crayon
Finalists: Comparex and PC Connection

EPG Global ISV Sales Achievement
Winner: Redknee
Finalist: Jeppesen, A Boeing Company

EPG System Integrators Sales Achievement
Winner: Hewlett-Packard Company
Finalist: Dimension Data

Office 365 Sales Achievement
Winner: CDW LLC
Finalists: Adelior France and Phoenix Software Ltd.

OEM MNA Sales Achievement
Winner: Fujitsu
Finalists: Dell and Panasonic

OEM Named Sales Achievement
Winner: Trigem
Finalists: Seiko Epson and Wortmann

SMB Distribution Sales Achievement
Winner: Tech Data Europe
Finalists: ComPortal and Synnex, US

SMB RESELLER Sales Achievement
Winner: PERSPICUITY
Finalists: CCB and Palmetto Technology Group

About the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community the opportunity to interact with leaders from around the globe: innovative partners, Microsoft team members and tech visionaries. Partners have access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for to network with thousands of partners from across the world. Attendees come from over 150 countries and represent many of the most successful, top-tier Microsoft partners. More information can be found at http://www.digitalwpc.com.

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Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Microsoft, Intel and the Kenya Private School Alliance announce 4Afrika Youth Device Program

NAIROBI, Kenya — March 3, 2014 — Microsoft Corp., in association with Intel Corporation East Africa and the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), on Monday announced the launch of the 4Afrika Youth Device Program to provide a bundle of affordable devices, educational applications, online services, affordable data plans and smart financing to Kenyan learning institutions. This will deliver an immersive learning experience to institutions of primary, secondary and higher education at an affordable rate.

The 4Afrika Youth Device initiative is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika Youth Program, which was unveiled earlier this year to provide scholarships, fellowships and internship opportunities to thousands of African youth. The device program will be piloted in Kenya with plans to expand to the rest of Africa including South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. It aims to promote digital inclusion among Africa’s youth and educators across the continent, providing them with affordable access to the latest devices and services on the Microsoft platform coupled with popular learning applications.

“Through the program’s pilot in Kenya, we want to equip youth with critical 21st century ICT skills that will contribute to the growth of Kenya’s knowledge economy and facilitate the use of e-government services,” said Patrick Onwumere, director of youth enablement for Microsoft 4Afrika. The devices on offer include Windows-powered smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs. “The biggest value the Microsoft platform brings is our ability to offer a wide range of devices that deliver a connected experience across platforms and the services we provide,” said Onwumere.

Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative is currently piloting three TV white spaces projects on the continent to deliver low-cost, high-speed, broadband Internet access to schools in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

Microsoft has also partnered with Intel to offer training for teachers on information and communications technology (ICT) integration via the Intel Teach curriculum and Microsoft’s Teaching With Technology course, which leads to the Microsoft Certified Educator certification. “Our goal is not only to offer a range of affordable devices with educational applications and online services, but to deliver experiences that students and educators love through strategic cost of ownership and training and support for the education partner ecosystem,” said Onwumere.

“At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative, driving student achievement and lifelong learning. That’s why we are focused on designing tools that bring learning to life, helping to make students more engaged. The devices under the program are part of the flexible, holistic Intel Education Solutions that includes a range of devices from tablets to laptops to two-in-ones, software, content services and professional development for teachers. We are committed to working closely with the Kenya Private Schools Association to promote digital education for the 21st century,” said Alex Twinomugisha, business manager, Intel Corporation East Africa.

“These devices based on Intel Architecture are purpose-built for education, are student-friendly rugged designs that can withstand dropping off a desk (from 70 cm), and provide water resistance and dust resistance to promote anytime, anywhere learning. The devices all come with Intel Education Software, a suite of eLearning tools including the newly launched Intel Explore and Learn, designed to promote deeper engagement with content, plus apps that enable science exploration, data analysis and promote creativity. These devices are available from a number of manufacturers and will be distributed locally by Mitsumi Distribution, one of Africa’s largest ICT distributors,” added Twinomugisha.

The 4Afrika Youth Device bundle also includes tailored data offerings from Safaricom, consisting of 5 gigabyte and 10 gigabyte packages for PCs and laptops. Financing will be available through Kenyan institutions in a variety of formats, including bank loans from Equity Bank and contributions through M-Changa, a mobile money-based way to contribute toward the purchase of the devices.

“We would like to thank our partners Microsoft, Intel, M-Changa, Equity and Safaricom, who have come together to help us supplement the government’s efforts in providing quality and affordable devices for use in e-learning,” said Peter Ndoro, CEO of KPSA. “The choice of Microsoft applications, including the latest and most security-enhanced versions of Windows 8.1 and Office 365, and content from Intel and other parties, will go a long way in providing a wholesome, quality education to our students. Kenya Private Schools Association is committed to integrate ICT in our schools with an aim of providing quality, holistic basic education.”

Devices on offer

Devices on offer include the following:

iSurf Windows Tablet and Detachable Tablet

iSurf Windows Educator Laptop

iSurf Windows Portable

Acer Iconia W511

ASUS Transformer Book

Samsung ATIV Tab 3

Windows 8-powered Nokia smartphones

Intel Classmate PC

Educational applications

Educational applications include the following:

Intel Explore & Learn

Intel Classmate

Khan Academy suite, a personalized learning solution providing more than 100,000 exercise problems and over 4,000 micro-lectures via video tutorials, digital books and educational games

Microsoft Office 365 including PowerPoint, Excel and Word delivered via cloud-based services

Skype in the classroom

Digital books

Educational games

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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