Big Black Friday prize: Virtual reality gaming systems?

A fresh infusion of virtual reality gaming systems such as Sony PlayStation VR could make these hot Black Friday 2016 shopping items, but don’t expect to get off too easy on prices.

Sony this month just started selling PlayStation VR, which starts at $ 400 just for the headset, so figure on $ 500 if you want the bundle of headset/camera/controllers (and you’ll need a PlayStation console too). Then you’re going to need some games as well. PlayStation VR joins the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE, both of which became available earlier this year, going beyond the less elaborate VR viewers such as Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

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Intralinks adds security layers for high value content collaboration using SharePoint and other systems  

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 Recently I was engaged by a large corporation for a writing project to support a product launch. This project had a small team of people who needed to collaborate on developing some promotional materials using content that had to remain confidential until launch day.

The company was so protective of the content’s secrecy that it provided me with a company-issued laptop computer, VPN access to their network, and a login ID for their network. In particular, I was given behind-the-firewall access to the SharePoint repository where the in-progress documents were kept. This way I was fully integrated into the internal team for the duration of the project, and the confidential documents would never have to leave the safety of the company’s network.

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Assemble Systems Wins Constructech 50 Award for 2015

Assemble Systems, the leading provider of model-data-management solutions for the construction industry, is pleased to announce that it has been named to Constructech magazine’s Constructech 50. The Constructech 50 acknowledges the most innovative and influential technology vendors in the construction industry.

The 2015 Constructech 50 list is determined by the magazine’s editors, who judge on certain criteria like ongoing growth and customer satisfaction, participation in education efforts for the community, and have a strong product aimed to help the construction industry, among others.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top provider of construction-based solutions designed to streamline processes and make the most out of BIM,” says Howard Davis, CEO, Assemble Systems. “Our goal is to continue to be part of the construction industry’s technology movement, and we will continue to innovate our solutions for tomorrow’s leaders.”

Assemble provides easy-to-use software that helps all members of a construction team extract data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time to make better decisions and deliver projects on time and in budget. The technology company also attends national and global conferences to stay at the forefront of BIM software. Recently, Assemble launched an Academic Program to educate university students who want to pursue a career in the AEC industry.

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About Assemble Systems

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Assemble Systems is a BIM data management software company. Its flagship product Assemble is a cloud based platform allowing AEC firms to leverage BIM data for increased project insight, advanced project collaboration and data-driven decision making. Assemble is used today to manage over 1,400 projects. The Assemble Systems team includes technology experts and experienced architecture, engineering, and construction industry professionals who are addressing BIM interoperability for design, construction and operation. For more information, visit

Soha Systems Names Lance Jacobs as Vice President of Sales

Soha Systems (“Soha”), innovators in delivering cloud-based application security to enterprises and SaaS providers, today announced the appointment of Lance Jacobs as Vice President of Sales. Jacobs is a proven software sales and operations executive with a track record of sales excellence and building high-performing teams in field, inside, channel and OEM sales, as well as business and partner development. He brings more than 20 years of enterprise sales leadership, and over a decade of leading sales for Internet security and SaaS companies. He will report directly to Soha Systems’ CEO Haseeb Budhani.

“Although cloud and mobile have become ubiquitous, protecting applications, data and users in the cloud is unfortunately not,” said Budhani. “With Lance’s depth of expertise and knowledge selling security solutions to enterprises, he will be a tremendous asset to the company as we continue to build on the momentum of our public launch last quarter.”

Jacobs joins Soha from Twilio where he was Head of Authentication sales. Earlier, Jacobs was Vice President of Sales at ThreatMetrix, where he led global sales and business development, increased sales by 300 percent year-over-year and acquired more than 1,000 enterprise customers. He also has had successful stints at other companies, including Internet security leaders’ F-Secure and Avira. Jacobs is a graduate of Utah State University.

“Soha’s disruptive approach to air-gapping networks and providing micro access to applications convinced me this was a game changing opportunity that I could not pass up,” said Jacobs. “I am extremely impressed with the company’s technology and world class team. Soha has an innovative, easy-to-use platform that will disrupt the way businesses think about and implement application security. We are on a mission to provide the best application security and access technology available while reducing enterprises’ operational overhead and costs.”

About Soha Systems

Soha Systems (“Soha”) are innovators in delivering cloud-based application security to enterprises and SaaS providers. The Company’s solution, Soha Cloud, provides security, identity, access control, and a trusted path for companies to secure any application. Soha Cloud can be deployed as an application’s first line of defense in minutes, instead of months, at a tenth of the cost of build-it-yourself solutions. The result is a secure application delivery model that enables a zero CapEx, low OpEx model for critical workloads deployed in public and private clouds. For more information, visit and join the conversation on Twitter @sohasystems.

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