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Virtual Reality Is About to Go Mainstream

By 2017, there were at least 200 companies developing VR-related products. Facebook has over 400 employees focused on VR development. Google, Apple Amazon, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung all have dedicated AR and VR teams. We talked to one of Turkish-American pioneers of Virtual Reality. Ali Hantal, CEO of VR Masters, answered our questions?

Soliya Brings the World Together in a Class

Students from Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, and Morocco meet with students from Texas, Iowa, Pittsburg, and Kentucky at an online class and discuss issues of the Middle East, global warming, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.  Students from Finland, Denmark, and France find a chance to have an online face to face conversation on US-EU relations with their American peers. The first of the online education systems was the platform called Computer Assisted Learning Center, which was created in 1994.

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How to Get More Followers, Fans, and Likes to Increase Your Social Reach?

Eda Kazancıoğlu studied high school in İstanbul and she graduated with a major of Marketing & Marketing Communications and a minor of Photography. She works for Qnary, the social media management platform for executives. TURKOFAMERICA talked to Kazancıoğlu about social media.  

U.S Approves $593 Million Fighter Jet Sale to Nigeria

By PSN - The Nigerian Air force said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to sell fighter planes to Nigeria, as the nation continues its eight-year battle with the calamitous Boko Haram terror sect. The sale of the 12 A29 Super Tucano aircraft, with weapons and services, is worth $593 million. The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria presented the letters of offer and acceptance, the official agreement to make the sale, to the country’s air force earlier on Wednesday, the air force statement said.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Successful Test of Dream Chaser Spacecraft

Last week, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced a successful atmospheric free-flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, signaling the program is another achievement closer to orbital operations. The Dream Chaser is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle capable of transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, where the International Space Station resides, and is the only commercial, lifting-body vehicle capable of a runway landing. “The Dream Chaser flight test demonstrated excellent performance of the spacecraft’s aerodynamic design and the data shows that we are firmly on the path for safe, reliable orbital flight,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space System business area.

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk meets Erdogan in Turkey

By The Associated Press - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday to discuss cooperation between his companies and Turkish firms, including the launch of Turkish satellites, a senior official said. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told state-run Anadolu Agency that the two also talked about electric cars and sustainable energy. The meeting took place at the presidential palace complex in Ankara.

Comodo Launches Free Service to Remove Website Malware

Many recent security breaches have been caused by poor website safety, allowing hackers to exploit vulnerabilities to steal data. Cyber security company Comodo is launching a free malware removal service for websites to help businesses stay secure. Once a business submits a request Comodo's security operations center analysts will instantly remove all malware, perform hack repairs, including checking the files, databases and any malicious code running to remove infection from the site, and keep the customer fully updated.

Francisco Partners Acquires Comodo CA business

Comodo Group has announced that the Comodo Certificate Authority (Comodo CA) business has been acquired by Francisco Partners. The news came on the same day that DigiCert announced the completion of its acquisition of Symantec’s CA assets. Both deals happening on the same day caused some surprise around the security markets. The Symantec deal was expected after its problems over the last year with this business. What wasn’t expected was Comodo also divesting itself of its CA assets. Comodo CA is the market leader by some distance.

SEO Company webSURGE Digital Marketing Receives IMPACT Award for B2B App Development

webSURGE Digital Marketing, a company that specializes in SEO, received the prestigious IMPACT Award for App Development B2B in recognition of its App Development for CooperVision. The Internet Marketing Association’s annual awards celebration was held on Sept. 29, 2017, at the Enclave in Las Vegas. The mission of IMA, a global organization of professional partners, is to create a database of proven internet marketing strategies that provide a foundation of success for those in sales, marketing, business ownership, programming, and creative development. IMA created the IMPACT Award to reward those whose innovation, effort, or creativity made a dynamic improvement for their clients in their respective industry.

Ayca Ariyoruk: “To Help Solve Global Conflicts, Populate the Digital Space with Human Facilitators”

We interviewed Ayca Ariyoruk, cross-cultural facilitator and partnerships manager for Soliya Inc., a not-for-profit, technology-enabled organisation educating young people across difference. Ayca is an international development expert and a cross cultural facilitator with over a decade of experience in policy advocacy and in facilitating public-private partnerships for global public good. Previously, as the director for communications at Turkish Philanthropy Funds, a New York based community foundation, Ayca supported education initiatives to empower marginalised youth. At the United Nations Association of the USA (now the UN Foundation), she devised policy research and advocacy campaigns in favour of transparency, reform and US leadership on a range of issues that were on the UN Security Council’s agenda. She started her career as a young scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a public educational foundation dedicated to informed debate on US foreign policy in the Middle East.

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