Just Energy First Retail Energy Provider to Offer Compatibility with Amazon Alexa Voice Service
Customers Gain Access to Account Details and other services through Voice Command
HOUSTON, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ -- Just Energy customers can now access their account and other services through Amazon's Alexa voice service capable devices. As the first energy retailer to embrace Alexa voice service, Just Energy is excited to offer its Texas customers this latest tool providing the ultimate in convenience and smart home energy management solutions. The functionality is available with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap family of devices.
The Echo, a cylindrical speaker that connects to the 'Alexa' voice assistant service, enables users to:
-- hear their bill details
-- switch between accounts
-- ask for an energy fact or energy advice
-- ask for our friendly Customer Service contact information
Simple Set Up and Use
Just Energy customers can easily set up and manage their Echo through the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browser. Once the Amazon Echo device is setup and connected using the Alexa App, simply enable the Just Energy 'skill' and log into your account.
Echo's voice functionality also offers an innovative, immediate way for Just Energy's ecobee(3) smart thermostat customers to interact with their services and control their home energy environment without lifting a finger. Users can ask Alexa to perform tasks such as dim the lights in a room, or decrease/increase the temperature of your thermostat, with immediate response.
"We're extremely excited to be the first in the retail energy industry to utilize this connected technology to provide our customers with an intuitive energy management experience through voice-activation," says James Lewis, Just Energy's Co-CEO. "With advanced speech recognition, ecobee(3) users can benefit from automatic and controlled energy use and potential energy savings - all without lifting a finger. The Echo compatible technology takes Just Energy to the next level in the delivery of customer-centric service."
With far-field voice recognition, Echo can hear from any direction. Its seven microphones, beam forming technology and expertly tuned speaker can fill any room with 360Â° immersive sound. Alexa - the brain behind Echo - is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills.
About Just Energy Group Inc.:
Established in 1997, Just Energy (NYSE: JE, TSX: JE) is an energy management solutions provider specializing in electricity, natural gas, solar and green energy. With offices located across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Just Energy serves approximately two million residential and commercial customers. The company offers a wide range of energy products and home energy management services including long-term fixed-price, variable price, and flat bill programs, smart thermostats, and residential solar solutions. Just Energy Group Inc. is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Green Star Energy, Hudson Energy, Just Energy Solar, Tara Energy and TerraPass. Visit justenergygroup.com to learn more. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S: The Best of a Tablet and a Laptop
Featuring Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Samsung Canada introduces the Galaxy TabPro S, the two-in-one device that lets you enjoy both worlds
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile technology in Canada, announced today the Canadian availability of the Galaxy TabPro S, a two-in-one device designed for on-the-go consumers and business professionals seeking the productivity of a laptop with the ultra-portability of a tablet. The Galaxy TabPro S is the first in the Galaxy family of devices to run on the Windows 10 Pro operating system, offering a full-size ergonomic keyboard with trackpad along with a 12" Super AMOLED touch screen display that delivers an unparalleled mobile office experience.
"Our world is more mobile than ever and there is a demand for a device that meets both the personal and business consumption needs of Canadians," said Paul Brannen, Senior Vice President Mobile, Samsung Electronics Canada. "Whether you're working, browsing, streaming or gaming, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S lets you do all those things, delivering excellent productivity and functionality within an ultra-portable, two-in-one design."
The Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 Pro combines the convenience of a tablet with the high performance of a laptop to deliver the ultimate style, speed and power that can be easily adapted to the home and business environments for maximum efficiency and enjoyment. With a 12-inch Super AMOLED display, a long-lasting 10.5 hour battery*, Adaptive Fast-Charging* and a streamlined, compact tablet form factor, Tab Pro S provides true mobile business productivity. Windows 10 Pro offers innovative features such as Cortana, a personal digital assistant; Microsoft Edge, designed to deliver a better web experience; and streaming Xbox One game content to Windows PCs.
"The Galaxy TabPro S is a Windows-based two-in-one, perfect for Canadians who want the functionality of a Windows 10 Pro device," said Jason Hermitage, General Manager, Microsoft Canada. "The Windows 10 Pro-based Galaxy TabPro S is a great companion for someone in the office, between meetings, or at home relaxing."
About the Galaxy TabPro S:
-- Super AMOLED display: The lightweight, power-efficient 12-inch AMOLED
display allows users to work efficiently and enjoy entertainment with
exceptional clarity and colour accuracy. The Galaxy TabPro S features a
multi-touch screen and deep colour contrast to show true-to-life colours
and precise details for an optimal viewing experience whether indoors or
-- Powerful PC Performance: Bringing PC performance to a tablet, the Galaxy
TabPro S runs Windows 10 Pro from Microsoft. It combines an Intel(Â®)
Core(TM) m3 processor with 4 GB RAM + 128 GB solid state drive so you'll
have the power to work and a faster, with a more reliable place to store
your data. The fanless design features 4.5W of power consumption,
reducing noise disruption and at 2.5 hours charging time, the innovative
battery technology allows for up to 10.5 hours of work and play*.
-- Productivity Where You Need it: Working from home and work and
everywhere in between is now easy. The Galaxy TabPro S comes with a
full-size, detachable keyboard and integrated touchpad, so you can do
just about everything you need to do on your tablet, from polishing a
presentation to writing an email.
-- Slim. Sleek. Stylish: Thin and light, the Galaxy TabPro S is designed
with the sleek lines you expect from Samsung. At .25 inches thin and
weighing only 1.5 pounds, Galaxy TabPro S is designed to be easily
carried around all day.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S will be offered in black and available for pre-order beginning May 13(th) at Samsung Experience Stores and available at major retailers across Canada on May 25(th). The device will retail for $1,399 CDN (MRSP) and the detachable keyboard is included in the price.
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Version Bluetooth v4.1
PC Sync. N/A
General Information Form Factor Tablet
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Sensors Accelerometer, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
Physical specification Dimension (HxWxD, mm) 198.8 x 290.3 x 6.3
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Weight (g) 693
Time (Hours) Up to 10.5
Capacity (mAh) 5200
Audio and Video Video Playing Format MP4,WMV
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Resolution UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)@24fps
Applications Gear Support N/A
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Mobile TV No
ROM Size (GB) 128GB
*Recharge time and duration may vary according to individual usage patterns. This data was compiled from testing performed by Samsung under specific test conditions. Results may vary based on testing conditions. Based on laboratory testing. Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, and voice, data and other application-usage patterns
About Samsung Electronics Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2015, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children's education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.
Roger Launches Voice Platform With Amazon Alexa, Dropbox, Slack, and Voicemail Integrations
NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Roger (https://rogertalk.com), the beautiful voice app by former Spotify engineers and funded by former Facebook executives, is launching as a voice platform with its suite of third party integrations. Apart from talking with friends, Roger now lets users interact with other services using voice, including Amazon Alexa, Dropbox, and Slack. Roger even has a feature that redirects missed phone calls to Roger, turning them into actual conversations inside the app-- finally killing the old Voicemail you forgot you had.
Launched as a simple walkie-talkie app, Roger is now evolving into a full-fledged platform, enabling voice-based communication between people, devices and web services.
Its first-of-its-kind integration with the Alexa Voice Service makes the popular voice assistant available to mobile users for free, even if they do not own an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices. Users can check their calendar, control smart home devices, make shopping orders, and use a variety of other Alexa "Skills" by simply talking, anywhere, anytime. Roger even works with Bluetooth in the car.
"Roger has always been about making communication and technology feel more human; about spending more time conversing and less time looking at screens," says Ricardo Vice Santos, Co-Founder and CEO of the New York-based startup. "With the Echo and Alexa, Amazon is building a powerful conversational interface that feels human, and that's where we have much in common."
The startup already has further plans for its voice platform and released a public API empowering developers to build their own integrations. For now, Dropbox, Slack, and IFTTT integrations allow users to leave voice memos, discuss project details, or connect with many other services using the flexibility and ease of voice communication.
"Rapid advancements in connectivity, speech analysis, and the proliferation of API-based services has created the perfect storm for voice as the next major computing platform," Vice Santos says, "and we believe we're only getting started."
Founded by former Spotify engineers Ricardo Vice Santos and Andreas Blixt, Roger is the first-of-its-kind voice platform, making communication and the technology we use feel closer to real human interaction through voice.
For pictures, company and product overview, please visit:
Arrays feature industry-first 1.5A sink-output driver for wide range of high-voltage applications
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced it has expanded its offering of next-generation efficient transistor arrays. The TBD62064A and TBD62308A series features DMOS FET(1) type sink-output(2) drivers, and are the industry's first(3) transistor arrays with a 1.5A sink-output driver. The series, including the first two products (TBD62064AFAG and TBD62308AFAG), are equipped with four channels of 50V/1.5A output, suitable for driving constant-voltage unipolar stepping motors and relays, and for multi-channel, general-purpose, low-side driver power applications.
Replacing the previous-generation TD62064A and TD62308A series of bipolar transistor arrays, the new TBD62064A and TBD62308A series of arrays are available in the same package and pin configurations and provide the same functionality as the predecessors. Moreover, the new transistor approach enables them to cut power losses by about 38 percent(4).
The new TBD62064A and TBD62308A series, with control inputs of up to 25V, differ by their use of active high or low control logic, respectively. Both series include four common cathode clamp diodes that are suitable for, but not limited to, motor, relay, and lamp type of low-side driver applications. The four channels can also be paralleled to increase the current driving capability for higher power applications, where designers pay attention to the channel tolerance for power balancing.
"Implementing DMOS FET output drivers was essential to Toshiba's achieving this power-loss reduction," noted Deepak Mithani, senior director, Mixed Signal Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "They do not require a base current and can accept high current density per device area, thus keeping on-resistance low and providing high power efficiency. These products can also replace four low-power discrete MOSFETs for general-purpose power-switching applications that save cost and routing areas."
The new series are manufactured using the latest 130nm BiCD process technology and are available in either HSOP16, DIP16 or SSOP24 packages. The products are suitable for high-voltage motor and relay driving applications such as home appliances (air conditioners and refrigerators) and industrial equipment, such as vending machines, banking terminals, and factory and office automation equipment.
Mass production of the TBD62064 and TBD62308A DMOS FET arrays is underway.
1. DMOS FET = Double-Diffused MOSFET (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect
2. Sink output: a type of current output (pull type)
3. Toshiba survey - as of May 12, 2016
4. When Tj = 90(o)C and IOUT is 1.25A
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor, solid state drive and hard disk drive manufacturer and the world's seventh largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2015 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, January, 2016). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 580 consolidated companies employing over 199,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com.
Create the Perfect Sports Viewing Set-Up at Home With Casio
Casio's Portfolio of SLIM LampFreeÂ® Projectors Offers Comprehensive Feature-set Necessary to Enhance Any Entertainment Space at Home
DOVER, N.J., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to watching their favorite spring sports, consumers love to be on the edge of their seat and the next best thing to being in an arena or stadium can be your own home. Casio America, Inc.'s lineup of SLIM LampFree(Â®) projectors provide consumers and sports-enthusiasts alike with the perfect solution to upgrade their viewing experience.
"Creating a state-of-the-art home theater system to watch this season's biggest sporting events is easy, and it can be cost effective too," said Joe Gillio, Senior Director Strategic Planning and Marketing of Casio's Business Projector Division. "Casio's SLIM series of LampFree projectors provide sports fans who want to optimize their at-home viewing experience with top-of-the-line features and performance, powered by a light source that ensures a lower total cost of ownership."
Weighing in at just five pounds, Casio's SLIM projectors are only 1.7 inches thick, require little to no setup time, and provide projection at maximum brightness in as few as five seconds allowing for a truly immersive sports viewing experience. At the heart of Casio's SLIM series of LampFree projectors is the company's proprietary LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to eliminate the use of mercury and generate high brightness. Casio's SLIM projectors offer an estimated 20,000-hour lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation, which far outshines that of conventional projectors that require expensive mercury lamp replacements. Each model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals.
Casio's SLIM LampFree projectors come with a standard three (3) year parts and labor warranty plus a three (3) year or 6,000 hour warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light source. The SLIM models are available with a MSRP starting at $949.99 at http://www.shopcasio.com.
About Casio LampFree(Â®) Projectors
Casio's portfolio of LampFree(Â®) projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum. Casio has four series of LampFree(Â®) projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications - Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio's projector series and LampFree(Â®) technology, please visit http://www.CasioLampFree.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
Topps Joins Forces with Hit Shows The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead from AMC
The Post-Apocalyptic World of Survivors and Walkers Comes to Life in Both Physical and Digital Trading Cards for the Ultimate Fan Experience
NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Topps Company, Inc. is announcing an official partnership with AMC to bring terrifying, never-before-seen content from the TV phenomenon, The Walking Dead and popular companion series, Fear The Walking Dead to both physical and digital cards for fans to collect and trade.
The Topps Digital app, The Walking Dead: Card Trader is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store, and is the first place fans can access new ToppsÂ® trading cards from world of The Walking Dead. The app will feature new digital card releases on a daily basis, covering the entire history of The Walking Dead, from Rick's initial discoveries in abandoned Atlanta during Season 1, to the suspenseful introduction of Negan in the Season 6 finale. In the same app, and for the first time ever, fans of Fear The Walking Dead will also be able to collect and trade cards of new favorite characters including Madison, Travis, and the enigmatic Victor Strand as they experience the collapse of society. To celebrate the launch of the new app, Topps will give all fans who install and register for the app one special limited edition digital card daily for their first seven days of app use.
"The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead have passionate and rabid fan bases looking for new and creative ways to stay connected to their favorite shows," said Jeremy Strauser, General Manager of Topps Digital. "Topps is uniquely capable of delivering both physical and digital trading cards that will keep fans engaged and allow them to own a piece of these acclaimed shows."
Fans will be able to get their hands on Topps physical trading cards for The Walking Dead starting this fall. The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season card set will be available in October and will tell the full story of the highest-rated season of the show from the escape from Terminus to the journey to Alexandria. Each box of cards will feature two hits per box including autographs from the cast, artist-drawn sketch cards and relic cards with pieces of actual set-worn costumes. Topps will also release a premium collector set, The Walking Dead: Survival Box in December. This will be the first-ever high-end trading card set for The Walking Dead, and will be the perfect gift for mega-fans.
"We are thrilled to be working with Topps to bring both great physical card products and an innovative digital app to our The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead fan base," said Theresa Beyer, Senior Vice President of Brand Activation and Promotions for AMC.
The Walking Dead: Card Trader digital app is now available for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Android devices in the App Store and Google Play Store.
The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season physical trading cards will launch in October, 2016, and The Walking Dead: Survival Box physical trading cards will launch in December, 2016.
About Topps: Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles, and distinctive confectionery products. Topps' leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and other trading cards, sticker album collections and collectibles. Topps' app portfolio, including Topps BUNTÂ®, Topps HUDDLEÂ®, TOPPS KICKÂ® and ToppsÂ® Star Wars(SM): Card Trader, has been a hit with millions of fans around the world. Topps' confectionery brands include Ring PopÂ®, Push PopÂ®, Baby Bottle PopÂ®, Juicy Drop Â® Pop, Crunchkins (TM) and BazookaÂ® bubble gum. Topps was acquired by Michael Eisner's Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007. For additional information, visit Topps.com and Candymania.com.
About AMC: Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the EmmyÂ® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with "Mad Men," and six of the last eight with back-to-back honoree "Breaking Bad." The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years with "The Walking Dead." AMC's current original drama series include "The Walking Dead," "Better Call Saul," "Hell on Wheels," "TURN: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Humans," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands" and the forthcoming "The Night Manager," "Feed the Beast," "Preacher" and "The Son." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "The Making of The Mob," "Comic Book Men" and the upcoming "Ride with Norman Reedus" and "The American West." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
Topps Media Contact:
Amy Pandya, Rogers & Cowan
Seterra Launches New Geography Map Quiz App for iPad and iPhone
Learn geography while having fun with the Seterra interactive map game for iOS
UPPSALA, Sweden, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marianne Wartoft AB today announced the launch of the Seterra Geography map quiz app for iPad and iPhone. Seterra's interactive map activities inspire users to master geography quickly and easily through fun games and quizzes. The classic online version of the Seterra map game has more than 1 million users per month. Now, users can enjoy a mobile version of the popular geography learning game that includes more than 100 activities to teach and test knowledge of maps and flags.
Before students learn more advanced subjects, such as history or economics, it's important to have a solid mastery of geography. In the United States, 73 percent of eighth grade students performed below the proficient level in recent national assessments of geography. Yet, as the world becomes more connected, geography knowledge becomes more important as a way for students to make sense of world news.
First launched in 1998 by founder Marianne Wartoft in Sweden, Seterra quickly became the standard geography education software for Swedish schools. Seterra's online version, released in 2011, is available in 30 languages and is popular worldwide.
Because of demand from Seterra's online users, Wartoft created the mobile version. "Seterra is my brainchild that just took off and started living a life of its own," says Wartoft. "Seterra has spread from Sweden to all over the world. The iOS version is the natural next step in this process of making simple geography quizzes available to more people who want to learn geography."
Seterra makes learning geography fun. Through engaging gameplay, users are motivated to learn the locations of cities, states, capitals and countries. The app includes bodies of water, mountains and volcanoes, as well as flags.
Fun for kids or adults, Seterra is used by geography students at school or home as well as by geography fans of all ages. With competitive features, Seterra is ideal for school geography competitions, family game night or trivia games. Teachers like that Seterra offers map practice activities, tracks progress across multiple categories, and that sessions are timed and graded for accuracy.
Comprehensive without being intimidating, Seterra lets users advance at their own pace while encouraging them to continue to learn about geography. High-score lists inspire students to replay categories. The leaderboards show the top 10 high scores for more than 100 categories including: US state capitals, world flags, 25 largest cities, mountain ranges, islands, and planets of the solar system. Teachers can use Seterra with any size group or with individual students to motivate self-directed learning.
According to CNET's Download.com review staff, "Outstanding content and a straightforward interface make Seterra an oddly compelling geography-quiz program."
The new Seterra iOS app is available for US$1.99 in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. Programming for the iOS version was provided by Interactive Solutions. The app has no ads or in-app purchases.
About Marianne Wartoft AB
Based in Uppsala, Sweden, Marianne Wartoft began creating engaging learning games in 1995. As a programmer with a passion for maps and languages, Wartoft founded and launched the original Seterra geography learning games and map quizzes as shareware for Windows in 1998. In 2011, Seterra launched as an online version, which is popular worldwide today. In 2016, Seterra launched as an iOS app. Other educational software created by Wartoft includes ZDNet Ziff-Davis award-winner Selingua Language Tutor and Sebran's ABC. Follow Seterra on Twitter and Facebook.
Winner of the Last Gadget Standing at the 2016 internationally renowned Consumer Electronic Show, VUZE has been highly anticipated since for the first time it puts ordinary consumers as well as professional photographers and movie makers on an equal footing to create VR regardless of their budgets or technical knowhow.
Available at http://www.vuze.camera for $799, the pre-order bundle includes everything a person needs to capture and relive every part of the world around them in breathtaking detail. While people need to register a pre-order to secure this price, no payments will be taken until shipping begins in the fall. The bundle includes:
-- VUZE camera - a sleek attractive design within a point-and-shoot
form-factor makes VUZE incredibly easy-to-use. Highly portable,
lightweight and ergonomically designed, VUZE can fit into most trouser
-- Software Studio - offering near real-time processing and
state-of-the-art stitching and at the push-of-a-button.
-- VR headset
-- A purposely engineered "selfie stick" which cleverly transforms into a
-- Detachable, multiple purpose handle for additional holding options
-- Stylish carrying case for easy transportation and safe keeping
VUZE is a game changer for VR. It is like having two cameras in one, since it can easily generate 3D and 2D content and can seamless switch between both outputs. With 8 Full HD cameras for 2D content, it boasts superior quality to existing 2D 360 cameras, which typically use 2 to 4 cameras. Costing just $799, VUZE is truly a consumer option and at a fraction of the price of current 3D VR cameras that include the Nokia OZO ($60,000), the recently announced Facebook Surround 360 ($30,000) or Google Jump ($15,000).
It produces VR content in minutes with the VUZE Studio, which uses a powerful algorithm that automatically carries out a host of complex editing and stitching functions such as camera calibration, vignette, fisheye and perspective correction. This is done in moments and at a touch-of-a-button. Once created, people can share this content on any VR platform such as YouTube or Facebook or any VR headset. The VUZE software will automatically optimize the content for the platform with just one click.
"With VUZE, we are democratizing VR content creation and putting it in reach of everyday consumers," said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO HumanEyes Technologies, the company behind VUZE. "Whether it's mini documentaries, garage band videos, capturing baby's first steps or a relatives wedding or birthday, VUZE allows people to capture and experience content in an utterly realistic way never thought possible."
VUZE has revolutionized and simplified every aspect of capturing, sharing and enjoying immersive content. Its key features include:
-- 8 Full HD cameras that simultaneously capture videos and sound to
facilitate full stereophonic and 360 spherical content in both 2D and 3D
-- Each camera uses lenses that capture 120 horizontal FOV and 180 vertical
FOV that together generate 4K stereoscopic 3D 360 VR content
-- Portable, lightweight design. Dimensions 4.7"X4.7"X 1" (12 cm x 12 cm x
-- Remotely controlled by a dedicated iOS and Android app
-- Up to one hour of video capture
-- Renders easy-to-edit H.264 HD video files that can be transferred to any
-- Stylish design of the camera will be available in yellow, red, black and
-- Touch of the button post-product that offers near real time processing
(one minute of processing for one minute of footage) and
-- Available on MAC and PC
"As a movie maker and storyteller, I am excited by the prospect of VR to engage audiences," said Nir Sa'ar, acclaimed director of Summertime. "With my short movie Summertime, VUZE helped me take this to a whole new level with the ability to transport my audience into the character's world, fully immersing them in the story as it unfolds. The simplicity and affordability of VUZE opens a world of possibility for other film makers and consumers alike. With such amazing technology open to everyone, content is only limited by our imagination."
You can see clips of Summertimehere and other content created by VUZE can be seen here. If you watch online, you will see the 2D quality, but a VR headset is required to experience VUZE in its true 3D glory.
VUZE was created by HumanEyes Technologies, a leader in photographic 3D and computer vision. Founded in 2000, and headquartered within the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, HumanEyes Technologies, currently holds over 70 patents in various fields of 3D associated technologies.
The company's leadership includes industry visionaries such as Prof. Shmuel Peleg, a world expert in computer vision and image processing and Benny Landa, known as the father of digital printing and former founder and CEO Indigo Digital Printing acquired by HP in 2002.
Get more data and the latest phones on America's best network
Verizon offers prepaid smartphone plans on your terms starting at $30/month
NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Love to be in control with no fees or annual contract on the best network? The only prepaid wireless service that's also Verizon now comes with more data. Beginning May 15, you'll receive more data on your flexible, affordable prepaid smartphone plans. And for the first time, you get unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada with Verizon's largest prepaid plan.
"Whether you're just starting out with your own wireless plan or simply love to have complete control of your wireless spending, prepaid plans give you the best network on the latest phones," said Rob Miller, vice president of consumer pricing for Verizon. "Prepaid plans from Verizon keep you in control without the worry of overages or hidden fees."
Verizon's new prepaid plans for smartphones include:
-- 6 GB of data including 1 GB of AutoPay Bonus Data with unlimited talk
and text in the U.S. and unlimited text and calling to Mexico and Canada
for $60 per month (prior plan included only 3 GB);
-- 3 GB of data including 1 GB of AutoPay Bonus Data with unlimited talk
and text in the U.S., plus text to Mexico and Canada for $45 per month
(prior plan included only 1 GB);
-- Unlimited talk, text, Wi-Fi for only $30 per month.
Verizon's prepaid plans for basic phones include:
-- Unlimited talk, text and mobile web for $30 per month;
-- 300 voice minutes, texts or multimedia messages (in any combination),
plus unlimited mobile web for $15 per month.
For even more control, you can make changes to your account, add money to your account, and add even more data through the MyVerizon app on your device. Visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/prepaid to learn more. Verizon's new prepaid plans were previously offered as promotional pricing.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 112.6 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
New "Power Saving Mode" Added to Opera's Browser for Computers, Extending Laptop Battery Life by up to 50%
OLSO, Norway, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Opera for computers has become the first major browser to feature a power saving mode
- out today in the developer stream [http://opr.as/btrydev ]. The new mode extends the
laptop battery life by up to 50% compared to earlier versions of the Opera browser and to
The web browser is among the most used software on the computer. It's the browser that
enables people to work in the cloud, search the web, listen to music and watch videos.
However, having many tabs open simultaneously often results in rapid battery drain that
reduces a laptop's performance.
"It's extremely frustrating to run out of battery on your computer, whether you are
out traveling, watching videos, or you have just left your charger behind. Our new power
saving mode will nudge you when the laptop starts to consume battery, and, when enabled,
it can increase the battery life by as much as 50%," says Krystian Kolondra, SVP of
Engineering for Opera.
Battery saving on Opera for computers is possible thanks to optimizations, such as
reducing activity from background tabs, adapting page-redrawing frequency and tuning
How it works Â
Using the new power saving mode is easy. Once the laptop's power cable is unplugged,
the battery icon will appear next to the search and address field in the Opera browser.
Click the battery icon to activate the power saving mode and flip on the switch. The
browser will also detect when the laptop's battery is running low and will suggest
enabling power saving mode.
Test results Â
In our test, designed to reflect the way people use browsers in real life, the latest
Opera developer version was able to run 3 hours longer than browsers like Google Chrome on
a laptop running Windows 10, 64-bit.
These results are from the test we have done on 11 popular websites. For testing we
used the Selenium WebDriver. Each page was opened in separate tab, without closing
previous ones, and was scrolled 5 times, then left alone for a minute. The test was
repeated until the laptop ran out of battery completely. While testing the battery life
with the power saving mode enabled, the ad blocker was on, too. The machine was Lenovo
X250, Core i7-5600U, 16GB RAM running on Windows 10, 64-bit.
LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Introducing TAP: the revolutionary one-handed wearable which allows you to type by tapping your fingers on ANY surface: a table, a chair, or even your body. Tap is a fast, accurate and eyes-free method of interfacing with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and computers.
At this moment, traditional keyboards are the dominant technology for data input into computing devices; but that is about to change, as virtual and wearable computing become more mainstream, and surfaces on which to use keyboards disappear. Tap technology enables seamless communications even within immersive AR/VR experiences where keyboard surfaces are not practical, and in wearable computing situations where screens are too small to type on.
The Tap Strap is a soft, flexible smart-textile which embeds an advanced sensing system into a small, comfortable fabric strap. The Tap Strap can be worn on either hand or on both hands simultaneously for two-handed tapping. With each tap, the Tap Strap sends a character or command to a device based on which fingers touched the surface.
Users can typically learn to tap in about one hour using the TapGenius App, a mnemonic-based learning system which combines musical and visual tutorials with a fun and engaging game.
Tap also provides a unique solution for blind and low vision users, who can now communicate on mobile devices with the speed and ease of sighted users. Tapping can be done with fingers touching anything - without the need for on-screen keyboards which can be cumbersome for those who use Voiceover and other text-to-speech features.
"Tap has the potential to become the communication mode of the future, providing fast, accurate interfacing in situations where no physical keyboard exists." said David Schick, Tap's inventor. "Tap is more discreet and accurate then voice input, and is faster and more precise than gesture-based systems."
"Tap brings an entirely new dimension to how we can interface with the digital world," said Ran Poliakine, Tap's co-founder. "Tap's fundamental technology is applicable not only to language, but also to music, gaming and control. It is a new modality that opens up a world of creative possibilities. We are partnering with creative developers and select OEMs to help us unlock its full potential. Our goal is to create an ecosystem in which our partners utilize Tap to deliver new and exciting experiences for our users.
Tap is being made available immediately to select beta users - initially in the San Francisco Bay area. Tap is expected to ship commercially before the end of 2016.
A Tap Development Kit will be available to developers to allow them to harness the capabilities of Tap into a broad range of applications including gaming, AR and VR using the Tap platform. By supporting an ecosystem of developers, the Tap value to consumers can ultimately extend to other languages, games, music, interactive AR/VR and perhaps to new and creative solutions for the future needs of computing.
A Tap reference design will also be made available to select OEMs for integration into their existing and future product lines including wearables and other innovations.
Tap Systems, Inc. was founded in 2015 by veteran entrepreneurs David Schick, Sabrina Kemeny and Ran Poliakine. The company's debut product, Tap, is designed to provide unparalleled freedom and access to our electronic devices anywhere and at any time. The Tap Strap is a wearable Bluetooth keyboard that allows you to send messages, texts and emails by simple tapping on the nearest surface. Tap is fast, accurate, easy to learn, eyes-free, and entirely mobile.
Contact: Scott Eisenstein
212 810 6544
Advanced Discovery Expands Application Support Department to Offer New Custom Solutions and Software Extensions
Growing team of developers can adapt and extend best-of-breed platforms like Relativity to meet the needs of complex corporate data sources and intricate, large-scale discovery
ASPEN, Texas, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
International litigation services provider Advanced Discovery today announced a major
expansion of its Application Support department. Created in 2015, the Application Support
department creates custom extensions of the capabilities of platforms like Relativity,
crafts custom solutions for handling challenging or proprietary corporate data types, and
implements custom workflow solutions for complex litigation.
"Leading discovery tools have become very sophisticated, but the needs of corporations
and law firms still often exceed their capabilities," says Evan Craghead, Executive Vice
President, Technology. "Providing our clients with the best possible solutions requires
that we have the ability to customize our tools to suit ."
To date, Advanced Discovery has released numerous custom extensions of its eDiscovery
ecosystem, including ECA tool XpressLook, visualization tool Visibility, search
enhancement SearchMagnifier, program management tool DiscoveryControl, and data reuse tool
DiscoveryCore. Â The newly expanded Application Support department will be able to continue
extending the capabilities of these enhancements while also developing new ecosystem
enhancements and custom solutions for Advanced Discovery's clients.
Rick Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer, had this to say:
"Effective discovery, regardless of context, is about getting to the right materials
as efficiently as possible. Â This expansion of our Application Support department with new
experts and developers will further enhance our ability to help our corporate and law firm
clients do just that. 'Unsupported' is not an answer we ever want to give."
About Advanced DiscoveryÂ
Advanced Discovery is an award-winning, end-to-end eDiscovery services and software
provider, supporting law firms and corporations since 2002. Advanced Discovery offers
project planning and budgeting, data preservation and forensic collection, early case
assessment, hosted review, managed document review, and more from its numerous
state-of-the-art facilities across the country. The company employs leading professionals
in the industry, applies defensible workflows, and provides industry-proven technology
across all phases of the eDiscovery lifecycle. This devotion to excellence has earned
Advanced Discovery inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US
four consecutive years and recognition as a top provider by Legal Times, Texas' Best and
other publications. More information is available at http://www.advanceddiscovery.com.
Acromag's New Next Generation PCIe-Based AcroPack(TM) I/O Modules
AcroPack(TM) Series of I/O mezzanine modules and carriers provide a cost-effective solution for a modular approach to system assembly enabling application specific customization.
WIXOM, Mich., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Acromag's new innovative PCIe-based AcroPack(TM) Series of general purpose I/O modules for embedded computing applications are an extended version of the mPCIe specification and feature a 100-pin connector to handle the I/O. The modules plug into connectors on AcroPack(TM) carriers to add analog or digital input and output or communication in any combination for embedded applications running on LinuxÂ®, WindowsÂ®, or VxWorksÂ® operating systems. Acromag's AcroPack(TM) PCIe carrier holds up to two mini-PCIe or AcroPack(TM) mezzanine modules. Modules start at less than $650 and carriers $750.
Four AcroPack(TM) mezzanine models will offer 32 isolated digital input model AP440, 32 isolated digital output model AP445, 32 I/O channels with 0 to 60V model AP408, and four or eight UART ports RS232 model AP50x.
For easy integration of the AP modules with real time software application programs, Acromag offers C libraries for VxWorks(Â®) and other operating systems. The libraries provide generic routines (source code included) to handle reads, writes, interrupts, and other functions. Demonstration programs enable the developer to quickly exercise the I/O modules before attaching the routines to the application program. This diagnostic tool can save hours of troubleshooting and debugging.
"For more than 20 years Acromag has been a world leader in the design of Industry Pack I/O modules" stated Russell Nieves, Acromag's Director of Embedded sales. "We believe that the time is right to offer a complete tech refresh with the addition of the new AcroPack(TM) I/O product offering."
The COTS product line of AcroPacks(TM) are ROHS compliant and ideal for scientific development labs, military and aerospace applications, the defense industry, and automation applications.
Founded in 1957, Acromag, Inc. designs and manufactures hi-tech industrial electronics. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded computing and I/O solutions including general purpose I/O boards, single-board computers, FPGA modules, embedded computers, COM Express products, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.
For more information about Acromag products, call Inside Sales at (248) 295-0310 or Marketing Communications at (248) 295-0866. The web site is http://www.acromag.com.
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Vayyar Releases Walabot SDK Globally; Gives Developers the Tools to Build Great 3D Sensing Apps
Walabot SDK gives creators worldwide the ability to create content designed to track people or things, see through walls, monitor breathing, and much more
SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vayyar (http://vayyar.com), the 3D imaging company whose technology allows you to see through objects, liquids, and materials, today announced it has shipped the Software Development Kit (SDK) for its consumer product, Walabot. Utilizing powerful 3D imaging and sensing technology, Walabot can uncover things hidden within the world by simply attaching to the back of one's smartphone. Developers who use the Walabot SDK can access four powerful APIs, which will give them the ability to track targets, see through walls, and monitor breathing, along with out-putting raw sensor data. Applications created with the SDK can be used across Windows and Android-based platforms. Check out a video of Walabot's many capabilities here.
"We've always known how powerful our 3D imaging sensor technology can be, and now it's time to put it to the test and get it into the hands of developers. It's an exciting time, and we're confident that the four powerful APIs we've created to date will unleash a flurry of creative genius from all over the world," said Raviv Melamed, CEO and co-founder of Vayyar Imaging. "Our SDK program is designed to work in close collaboration with developers and makers by soliciting feedback and providing support throughout the process. We're looking forward to their feedback, suggestions, and even bug reports as we continue to support the evolving Walabot community."
Walabot's sensors uncover things hidden within the world through powerful 3D imaging and sensing technology. The powerful, pocket-sized device provides cutting-edge Radio Frequency (RF) technology for 3D sensing and image processing, which enables developers to create sophisticated applications. Compatible with select Android devices, Walabot's sensor magnetically connect to the back of one's smartphone and can see through known barriers such as walls, cement and other materials, or monitor breathing and detect falling to create a Smart Home, and much more.
Content from the SDK program will be available when Walabot ships globally this summer. The Walabot consumer product will range in price from $149 to $599 USD and will feature applications for Smart Home, robotics, health monitoring, 3D imaging and more.
Vayyar Imaging, the parent company of consumer product Walabot, is changing the imaging and sensing market with its breakthrough 3D imaging technology. Vayyar's exclusive sensors quickly and easily look into objects, analyze the makeup of materials & track changes and movements - bringing highly sophisticated imaging capabilities to your fingertips. Our goal is to help people worldwide improve their health, safety, and quality of life using mobile, low-cost, and safe 3D imaging sensors.
Located in Israel, Vayyar Imaging is a privately held company backed by Walden Riverwood, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV) and Amiti Ventures. Follow @VayyarInc and @Walabot on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to Walabot's YouTube channel or learn more at http://vayyar.com.
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The Next Great Apple Watch Accessory: Helix Dock Now Available
EVANSVILLE, Ind., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Standzout, tablet and wearables accessory maker, is announcing that their newest product, the Helix Dock for Apple Watch, is now available for order. Helix marks Standzout's commercial entrance to the wearables accessory market.
Helix is a compact housing that stores Apple Watch's charging cable and creates an easy-to-use charging platform for the Apple Watch. It uses the charging cable and USB adapter included with the Watch (provided by the user), to create a compact charging solution that is simple, convenient, and affordable.
The product is easy to use: simply wrap Apple Watch's charging cable around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. It is compatible with any of Apple's 1-, 2-, and 0.3-meter magnetic charging cables, and works with all styles of Watch band.
For the first time, Helix is now available to order at Standzout.com, with Amazon and other retailers soon to come. Retail price is $19.99 with free shipping. Helix is available in clear, black, or white, and is designed, tooled, and manufactured in the USA.
"With as many smart devices as we all have now, we all struggle with cable clutter," says Standzout CEO Brandon Barnard, "Helix manages the cable for the Apple Watch, which means one less cable to get tangled, one less cable to trip over, and one less cable that you have to mess with."
"Helix isn't like anything else on the market. It makes charging your Watch easier and takes the headache out of taking another cable on-the-go," says Barnard.
Helix joins Standzout's existing product line, which includes tablet accessories like the Standzfree floor stand, Surmount clamping mount, Wallmate wall mount, and Medmount secure rolling floor stand.
For press inquiries and review requests, please email email@example.com. Media Contact: Brandon Barnard
Standzout, formally a business of Aspire Innovation LLC, is the creator of the Helix Dock for Apple Watch, Bandstand Apple Watch Dock, Standzfree Tablet Floor Stand, Medmount Secure Tablet Mount, Surmount Tablet Clamping Mount, and Wallmate Tablet Wall Mount. Doing business from Evansville, Indiana, Standzout's goal is to create accessories that allow people to get the most out of their mobile devices.
Axion Power International, Inc., Releases DIY Off-Grid Solar Light Kit as first consumer-ready Product
NEW CASTLE, Pa., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Axion Power International, Inc. (OTCQB: AXPW) last month released a new Off-Grid Solar Light Kit, their first consumer-ready product powered by the company's patented PbCÂ® Batteries.
Available for purchase online, the solar light kit mounts on a pole, but can also mount to a building. It is ideal for parking lots, farms, college campuses, outbuildings, parks or residential spaces in need of added outdoor lighting. Because the system works without connection to grid power, it provides a reliable option for emergency or supplementary lighting or as an added safety measure in otherwise low-light areas.
"For years, Axion Power has been testing, installing and utilizing PbCÂ® Technology across a variety of energy storage situations," said Richard H. Bogan, Axion Power CEO. "We are excited to now offer a product that allows consumers to utilize the technology in their everyday lives without requiring installation by an expert technician."
Axion Power's PbCÂ® Battery is the only lead carbon battery with an all-carbon negative electrode, making it a reliable solution for energy storage. The do-it-yourself solar kit works without connection to grid power. It is programmed to provide solar powered lighting throughout the night and rapidly recharge during the sunny daytime hours for use the very next evening.
Each kit includes two PbCÂ® Batteries and wiring for configuration of a 24V series; solar charge controller pre-installed with fuse panel; weather rated pole mount outdoor battery/electronics enclosure; LED outdoor light; solar panel; and a timer/dimmer.
The lighting kit can be formatted to work indoors or fitted with a motion sensor in addition to the standard light sensor. Axion Power has been using this product at their facility in New Castle, Pa. for three years, and have seen little to no decline in battery power, further highlighting the reliability of the PbCÂ® Technology.
Axion Power is also interested in developing partnerships at local schools, parks or government facilities incorporating and using the light kit as a demonstration project. Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Axion Power International, Inc.
Axion Power is a technology leader in lead-carbon energy storage. Axion's patented lead carbon battery is the only advanced battery technology with an all carbon negative electrode. Axion's negative electrodes are designed to be directly substituted for lead acid negative electrodes producing the unique benefits of the Axion carbon technology. Axion Power's primary goal is to become the leading supplier of carbon electrode assemblies for lead-acid battery companies around the world. For more information, visit http://www.axionpower.com
Certain statements in this Press Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the risk for the Company to complete its development work, as well as the risks inherent in commercializing a new product (including technology risks, market risks, financial risks and implementation risks, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the Company), as well as other risks that have been included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available at http://www.sec.gov. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, financial estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Meghan Snyder for Axion Power
Global Vision Communications
AppLock from Sensory Keeps Apps Safe with Face and Voice Biometrics
With a simple enrollment process, AppLock from Sensory allows users to add face or voice, or combined face and voice biometric security to any apps
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensory, a Silicon Valley company enhancing user experience and security for consumer electronics, today announced the first full-feature release of its free, easy-to-use, non-intrusive and highly secure face and voice biometric fusion app called AppLock Face/Voice Recognition on the Google Play store. Adding an extra layer of security to any mobile app has never been easier or more elegant. The app combines an intuitive user interface with advanced deep learning face and voice biometric authentication technologies to keep prying eyes out of your personal apps, making it so that you and only you can access them.
"Excitement for biometric technologies on mobile devices continues to be a driving force for innovation and adoption in the mobile space. Now more than ever, we are seeing various modalities of biometrics being utilized for securing sensitive bank and credit reporting apps. However, the majority of mainstream apps today fail to protect users from the potential risk of somebody gaining unauthorized access. We designed our AppLock Face/Voice Recognition app to provide users a seamless option for securing any app installed on their Android devices with our proprietary face and voice biometric technologies. By combining face and voice biometrics we are able to provide users with more than twice the security of single mode biometrics like fingerprint and iris," said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory.
Once AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is installed, users are taken through a quick enrollment and setup procedure that takes less than a minute. During enrollment, users are given the choice of three pre-determined voice passphrases or can set their own user-defined passphrase. Then, by simply looking at the camera and repeating the selected voice passphrase three times, the user is enrolled and can then select which apps they want protected, as well as the level of security they prefer for each. AppLock Face/Voice Recognition offers two modes of biometric security; convenience mode which utilizes either face or voice based on whichever biometric is verified first, or TrulySecure(TM) mode which requires verification of both face and voice biometrics in order to access an app. In the advanced settings menu, users can further secure their apps by enabling liveness detection, ensuring that a photo of the user wont trigger a false accept.
When opening any app protected by AppLock Face/Voice Recognition, a window instantly appears prompting the user to get in sight of the camera, while in parallel the microphone begins listening for the user's voice saying the enrolled passphrase. The user verification process is nearly instant, and once identity is verified the window quickly disappears and the app opens.
"Security apps are an interesting category on the Google Play Store. We've found that in order to keep mobile users using a security app long-term, it must possess significant security advantages while not obstructing the user experience. The moment an app becomes inconvenient, it gets deleted. For this reason, we purposefully designed AppLock Face/Voice Recognition to be extremely secure, yet simple to set up, robust in features and discreet in function," said Dr. Gordon Haupt, Senior Director of Vision Technologies at Sensory.
Unlike other biometric security apps that require special biometric sensors which are not a standard feature of all devices, AppLock Face/Voice Recognition only requires a front facing camera and microphone, making it compatible with virtually all Android smartphones and tablets. Face and voice, separately are the two most popular biometrics for Android security apps on the Google Play Store, with download rates and user ratings trending far higher than other forms of biometrics. AppLock Face/Voice Recognition offers a unique fusion of both face and voice biometric verification in one app for greater security.
AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is powered by Sensory's TrulySecure technology, a state of the art deep learning face and voice biometric authentication solution that boasts industry-leading accuracy at recognizing the correct user and keeping imposters out. Sensory offers TrulySecure SDKs for all major operating systems which can be licensed to mobile device manufacturers and app developers interested in employing biometric fusion technology in their own products.
About Sensory Inc.
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior user experience through vision and voice technologies. Sensory's technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree(TM) voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms' ultra-low power "always listening" touchless control. Sensory's TrulySecure face and voice biometrics authentication technology also broke the mold for its respective segment by becoming the first multimodal biometrics technology to become FIDO Certified. To date, Sensory's technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. Visit Sensory at http://www.sensory.com.
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Comba Telecom Delivers Wireless Connectivity for Regional Airport's 10.8M Passengers
Wireless solutions provider sees heavy growth in demand for in-building solutions, in line with projected growth of global market to $16.71 billion in 2020
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited, a global leading wireless solutions provider, is seeing heavy growth in the demand for its in-building solutions. This is in line with the projected growth of the global in-building wireless solutions market, set to be worth USD 16.71 billion in 2020(1). In fact, Comba Telecom was recently commissioned by a major regional operator in Argentina where it delivered high quality wireless solution to the nation's busiest international airport, which caters to an annual traffic of over 10.8 million people.
"In-building solutions have gained importance in light of the heavy proliferation of 4G roll-outs around the world. Today's smart phone user expects an anywhere-anytime connection. As users we want mobile data delivered to us instantly and in the most seamless manner possible, which is why mobile operators are turning to in-building solutions," noted Mr. Patrik Westfalk, Managing Director of the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region at Comba. "This is definitely the trend we are seeing in the Latin American region, where in-building solutions are being implemented in several high-density public hotspots."
Comba's in-building solutions, which feature distributed antenna systems (DAS), are capable of handling voice and data traffic competently. This ensures efficient coverage in in-building environments, which is why the solution has become one of Comba's top earners in the region and has been deployed at several high-density destinations such as international airports.
"Typical consumer behaviour at an airport spans making and receiving calls or messages, updating social media pages, and using apps. Top-notch voice and data coverage for each and every person is a must, in spite of the complex's high visitor density. Active DAS solutions can manage this increased traffic," commented Mr. Gabriel Monllor, Director of the Hispano-American Region at Comba.
To provide the international airport in Argentina with DAS solutions, Comba collaborated with its local partner Globo Group S.A. from Buenos Aires to design and implement the in-building solution, which will support different technologies such as 2G, 3G, and the latest LTE 4G within the structure.
"High-quality cellular data and voice coverage definitely plays a key role in ensuring that visitors of any public spot have a good experience. We have observed Comba's user-friendly solutions in action, and they have always met the highest of standards," said Mr. Marcelo Medano of Globo Group S.A.
Comba has provided its DAS solutions to several high-profile locations in the Caribbean and Latin America region, including structures in Argentina, Mexico, Columbia, Dominican Republic and Chile. Additionally, 8 out 12 stadiums for the 2014 international football tournament held in Brazil were outfitted with Comba's solutions to ensure that the network capacity was enough to support the capacity needs of thousands of football fans.
(1) Source: Markets
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Yubl Takes On Global Social Media and Messaging Apps
LONDON, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Created in the UK and launched just 10 weeks ago, YublÂ (rhymes with bubble)Â is already
taking on theÂ establishedÂ social mediaÂ andÂ messaging apps and has hitÂ number 4Â in theÂ App
StoreÂ Social NetworkingÂ charts.Â Â
- 18-24 year olds areÂ discoveringÂ YublÂ as the social messaging app designed just for
- Top brands including Red Bull UK, Starbucks, ASOS.com, Accessorize and ODEON Cinemas
are alreadyÂ active partners on YublÂ
- Top YouTubers, bloggers and celebritiesÂ have joined inÂ Â
- The revolutionary features of Yubl relates to its unique Buttons which give users a
whole new world of interaction
For further information or to set up an interview, contact:Â email@example.com
In the world of Yubl, users are empowered to express themselves, seek opinions, or
spark debate, through the creation and sharing of 'Yubls'. Â Â
Every Yubl starts with a blank 'canvas' on which users can layer text, stickers, video,
photos and Yubl 'Buttons', all of which can be moved, rotated and scaled. Yubls activate
across synchronous screens,Â so thatÂ everyone in the chat shares the same view at the same
time and can see interactions as they happen,Â bringingÂ users closer to the people and
things they love.Â Â
YublÂ Buttons allow users to interact with each other in real time:Â
- VoteÂ Button: Gather opinions, make instant decisions as a group - where to go,
what time or place to meet.
- CountÂ Button: Allow usersÂ to respond in a more personal way.
- WeblinkÂ Button: Adds weblinksÂ toÂ a Yubl.
- WhereaboutsÂ Button: Allows users to share their location with friends.
- PinpointÂ Button: Shows everyone in the chat where to meet up.
Packs ofÂ unique and funÂ stickers also come withÂ Yubl, many of which are animated and
make sounds when someone taps them.Â
Yubl is made up of three distinct 'spaces':
1) ChatsÂ - is where users exchange Yubls with friends in one-to-one and group chats.Â
2) Your FeedÂ - is where users broadcast and browse through Yubls shared to the whole
network, including their friends, followers, brands and celebrities.
3) ExploreÂ - is where to find great content, brandsÂ and popular personalities to
follow.Â This space includesÂ famous faces from fashion, technology, sport, the arts and
renowned daredevils all sharing content in their own unique way.
vTime Named a Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor in Consumer Mobile
LIVERPOOL, England, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Analyst recognizes virtual reality social network in 2016 report Â
vTime, the VR sociable network, has been named as a Cool Vendor in the Consumer Mobile
Applications, 2016 report from Gartner, the world's leading information technology
research and advisory company. Each year, Gartner identifies new Cool Vendors in key
technology areas and publishes a series of research reports that evaluate vendors and
their products and services.
According to Gartner, "Virtual reality (VR) and its immersive experiences are one of
the hottest technology topics in 2016, and socializing using VR is in its starting block."
vTime CEO Martin Kenwright said: "We are honoured to be recognised by Gartner as a
2016 Cool Vendor. We believe our inclusion reflects the speed with which vTime has been
adopted as a unique way to be sociable by users in over 170 countries. It also mirrors our
ambitions for vTime as a market leader, and our sharp focus on making it the simplest,
most natural, and ubiquitous way to connect in virtual reality."
The report includes three other firms that are intriguing, impactful and innovative in
the consumer mobile space, with vTime chosen as a Cool Vendor in virtual reality. vTime is
proud to join the past and present coveted list of Gartner Cool Vendors.
vTime allows people to meet and socialize with friends and family around the world in
beautifully realized virtual destinations, using just a VR HMD, and headphones with
built-in microphone. Since vTime's early release in December 2015 on Samsung Gear VR, the
network has already been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by users in 171
countries. Working over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi, the free app is currently out on Gear VR and
Google Cardboard. Platform agnostic, vTime will be available on all major VR platforms
with support for headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive coming soon. vTime will also be
available on PlayStation VR at launch (est. Q4).
 Gartner, Cool Vendors in Consumer Mobile Applications, 2016. 20 April 2016.
Authors Jessica Ekholm , Matthew J Boon, Vishal Tripathi, Anshul Gupta , Brian Blau
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research
publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the
highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the
opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of
fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this
research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
About vTime Â
vTime is the VR sociable network that allows anyone, anywhere to socialise with family
and friends in virtual reality. Bringing people together virtually since December 2015,
vTime is enjoyed by users in over 170 countries.
Experience a growing library of incredible destinations and personalise your avatar as
you chat with others in the virtual world. Platform agnostic, vTime will support all VR
HMDs, including Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, through to tethered headsets such as
the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift.
Worldpay's My Business Hub Levels the Playing Field for Small Businesses
LONDON, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Digital payment device will render manual cash registers obsoleteÂ
Worldpay, the UK's leading payments processor, has transformed the till as we know it
with today's unveiling of My Business Hub. This intuitive, all-in-one tablet-based till
will completely change the way small business owners collect and reconcile payments in
their shops. As a result, everyday transactions will be much simpler and less
Replacing the till of old, My Business Hub consolidates existing cash registers,
payment devices and receipt printers into one fully integrated payment device. Fast and
intuitive to use, My Business Hub automates reconciliation of cash and card payments,
reducing the daily admin burden and leaving business owners with more time to concentrate
on growing their business. The all-in-one device will even enable small business owners to
take sales from anywhere in the store, something which has been beyond their reach until
Dave Hobday, Managing Director of Worldpay UK, said: "Great technology should not be
the preserve of large companies. My Business Hub sits at the heart of our strategy to
provide small business owners with access to the tools and support they need to grow. My
Business Hub makes running a business easier, and the way we have designed the product
means it can evolve and flex to address the specific needs of small business owners. We
are challenging consumer perceptions of small businesses, enabling them to provide a more
personalised service and literally putting growth at their fingertips."
Operated with a detachable Android tablet, My Business Hub gives business owners the
freedom to take payments anywhere on their shop floor. This flexibility means staff can
spend more time helping and advising customers, enhancing the overall customer experience,
while also helping to reduce queues at busy times. The tablet also allows businesses to
use the device for other functions, whether that be ordering stock online or checking
emails and responding to customer enquiries.
Providing a holistic view of all transactions and trends, My Business Hub is also
fully integrated with My Business Dashboard, Worldpay's online insights tool for small
businesses giving full access to card transactions online. Hub users will be able to see
both cash and card transactions in their My Business Dashboard account, saving them time,
whilst also enabling them to track performance, view sales trends and gain valuable
insights about their business.
Worldpay customer Peter White, owner of Tilbury Tiles in Essex, has been using My
Business Hub since early 2016. He has found that the new technology has given his business
an edge when it comes to creating the right customer experience.
"The fact that it's all in one is perfect, it's really easy to use. It does away with
paperwork and being able to log in to the online account to get all of our records is
"Providing a stress-free shopping experience is very important for our business,
especially when customers are paying for higher value orders which can often be over
GBP500. Most of our customers prefer to pay by card and My Business Hub helps give
customers that extra confidence."
Available at an accessible price for SMEs, getting up and running with My Business Hub
could not be easier. Simply unpack, plug in and download the My Business Hub app from the
Google Play Store to start taking transactions. The simple app gives business owners
instant access to the very latest technology from Worldpay and its network of partners
with automatic updates when new features and functions are added.
My Business Hub is currently available on a limited basis, with full roll-out coming
in Summer 2016. For more information on My Business Hub and to register interest visit: http://www.worldpay.com/uk/my-business-hub
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About Worldpay: Â
Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive
range of technology-led payment products and services to over 400,000 customers, enabling
their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments
landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types
around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from
geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies.Â We help
our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.
Worldpay UK has a 42% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell
more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone,
and on the move. http://www.worldpay.com/uk
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Share Memories On The Go With New Compact, Connected PowerShot SX620 HS Digital Camera
Latest Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality and Zoom Range in a Compact Size
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera - ideal for individuals looking for a convenient, easy-to-carry compact digital camera capable of producing high-quality photos and videos. This new camera boasts a 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 25X Optical Zoom lens (25-625mm equivalent) in a form factor that will easily fit in a pocket or purse, making it an ideal camera for those passionate about photography to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are.
The camera's built-in wireless capabilities make it convenient to share images and videos on the go, and its powerful 25X optical zoom lens makes it ideal for those wanting to zoom in and out of the action. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera is a great companion for those looking to visually document their daily adventures and easily share their experiences as they explore new places and do new things.
As the successor to Canon's PowerShot SX610 HS digital compact camera, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera also features:
-- An Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) that helps optimize image
stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a variety of shooting
-- Built-in Wi-FiÂ®** and Near Field Communication (NFC(TM))*** to allow
for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos to a personal
computer or other compatible devices such as the Canon Connect Station
-- 20.2 megapixel* CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help
deliver stunning image quality, even in low light
-- The ability to capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video
-- Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD to allow for easy
viewing, even from a wide angle
-- Hybrid Auto mode that allows for recording up to four seconds of video
before each image that is captured, then automatically combines each
clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
-- Smart AUTO mode which intelligently selects the proper settings for the
camera based on pre-defined shooting situations to help create the best
-- Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an
original image to create unique images with an artistic flair
-- An Auto Zoom feature that, when enabled, makes the camera automatically
zoom in on subjects and help keep them in focus
Canon's PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera, available in black, red and silver, is scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $279.99(1).
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015** and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEEDÂ® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
(1)Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
** Compatible with iOSÂ® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android(TM) smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
*** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.
Portal - World's First Turbocharged Router to Deliver Maximum WiFi Experience
Portal Delivers Up to 300 Times More Speed and 3 Times Lower Latency Than Traditional WiFi Routers in Tough Urban Environments - Ideal for Gaming, 4K TV and Eliminating WiFi Frustrations
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ignition Design Labs today announced the launch of Portal, a radically new consumer WiFi router, meticulously designed to thrive in today's increasingly congested environments to give consumers superior speed, coverage and reliability. As the number of consumers and homes with connected devices skyrockets, bandwidth-hungry applications such as HD video streaming, real-time gaming, video chat and WiFi calling are causing a slow and unreliable network. Unlike other consumer routers, Portal is engineered to outperform in congested WiFi environments, improving users' daily wireless Internet experiences.
Visit here to be one of the first to get a Portal device.
In crowded settings, such as multi-unit apartments, dorms and small businesses, Portal performs up to 300 times faster than a conventional consumer router and delivers three times lower latency. It uses congestion management technologies to access additional airwaves, also known as spectrum. Portal's patent-pending technologies received special FCC certification to operate in the entire 5GHz spectrum, unlike other consumer routers.
"Ninety-eight percent of WiFi routers on the market today use less than 35 percent of the available spectrum," said Terry Ngo, CEO and Co-founder of Ignition Design Labs. "Our engineers created Portal to fundamentally redefine the consumer WiFi experience. We give you three times more spectrum for faster video downloads, elimination of buffering issues and an improved overall Internet experience."
This leap in technology earned Portal two Best of Show awards and other industry accolades at CES 2016.
"Speed, agility and power are only part of our formula for delivering an amazing wireless Internet experience," said Seung Baek Yi, Vice President of Technology and Co-founder of Ignition Design Labs. "Our engineers also spent a lot of time making Portal secure, simple to set up, easy to use and reliable."
Portal's advanced technologies are built around powerful hardware and a sleek, elegant design. Inside the smooth, aerodynamic body are 10 state-of-the art radios, strong external power amplifiers and nine conformal antennas that deliver impressive range and coverage. The no-compromise design goes further to include five Gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports and an optional Web GUI configuration page to satisfy even the most expert users.
Additional Portal Features
-- FastLanes - Wideband DFS Spectrum access for maximum performance in real
life, congested environments
-- SmartLanes - Dynamic channel steering, always stay in the fastest lanes
-- ClearLanes - Active traffic and interference monitoring
-- 7 Operating Bands - Including full-band UNII-2 DFS
-- Portal Mobile App - Smart device-based management and security
-- Rolling Code Secure Guest Network - Supports multiple simultaneous
guests with simple mobile app-based access requests
-- Flexibility - Control Portal using simple standard mode (app-based) or
advanced mode (web GUI-based) to satisfy both normal and expert users
-- Adaptive Smart Mesh - An advanced mesh technology developed for
enterprise and military networks. Layer 2 adaptation avoids interference
and latency issues inherent in less sophisticated consumer mesh
solutions. For extra-large homes you can set up two or more Portals
together for extended range and coverage
-- Parental Control - App-based parental control that can be managed from
anywhere in the world
-- Active Intrusion Detection and Smart Lock-Out - Prevents unauthorized
access to your network and router settings
-- Wave-2 802.11ac with Multi-User MIMO (Multi-Input Multi-Output)
-- AC2400 Concurrent Dual-Band - Quad-stream 5GHz and Triple-stream 2.4GHz
-- Bluetooth Smart - Easy one touch app set up with advanced security
Pricing and Availability
The Portal introductory price is $149. To purchase and receive Portal by late summer, visit here.
About Ignition Design Labs
Silicon Valley-based Ignition Design Labs is a veteran team of wireless networking engineers developing radically new technologies at the heart of the next generation Internet of Things. Its flagship product, Portal, is an entirely new class of agile smart-learning router designed for demanding WiFi environments. For more information, visit getportal.io.
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International Truck Offers Over-The-Air Programming For CumminsÂ® Engines
Becomes the First Truck OEM to Bring Over-The-Air Programming Capability to Cummins-Powered On-Highway Vehicles
LISLE, Ill., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its pioneering introduction of over-the-air (OTA) programming, International Truck is now the first truck OEM to offer OTA programming for Cummins engines.
Over-the-air programming, available through the nine-pin International(Â®) LINK device, enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate engine programming at the customer's facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection. The service offers drivers and fleets an easy, secure means of updating engine control modules to reflect the latest manufacturer-approved calibrations, without the necessity of visiting a dealer or other service facility.
"This new service for users of Cummins engines builds on our commitment to open-architecture solutions that provide drivers and fleets with improved uptime," said Terry Kline, senior vice president and chief information officer, Navistar, Inc. "Many of our customers have mixed fleets, and thanks to this industry-leading innovation, customers will be able to program Cummins' engines without having to leave their own facilities. This open-architecture approach will provide drivers and fleets with an added measure of ease, convenience, efficiency and productivity."
The service will first be available for limited production release of Cummins 2017 model year engines, beginning in fall 2016. The two companies plan to expand the service to additional model years.
"We are pleased to be working with International to provide users of our engines with the latest in over-the-air solutions," said Amy Boerger, Vice President of Sales for Cummins' North America Engine Business.
International was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to introduce OTA programming of engine control modules (ECMs). It first offered the service for International(Â®) trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines. The company partners with industry-leading data and technology companies to ensure that the system offers the highest level of security.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International(Â®) brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus((TM)) brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at http://www.Navistar.com.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,200 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015. Press releases can be found on the Web at http://www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cummins and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/cumminsinc.
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GammaTech and Precision Mounting Technologies Deliver In-Vehicle Tablet Computing Solution
Companies Working Together to Offer GammaTech DURABOOK Rugged R11 Tablet with PMT Mobile Mounting Solutions for the Public Safety and Field Services Industries
FREMONT, Calif., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GammaTech Computer Corp. and Precision Mounting Technologies (PMT) announced today that they have expanded their partnership in which PMT designs, develops, and delivers unique vehicle docks, universal cradles, and mounting infrastructure products specifically for use with GammaTech's DURABOOK rugged R11 tablet computer. The companies' combined tablet product offering is ideal for use in the hard-charging, on-the-move public safety and field services applications, as they provide users with durable, rugged tablet computers secured in safe, reliable mounting systems.
"PMT's proven track record, product design excellence, and superior support capabilities have made them an outstanding partner for us," commented Tom Wang, GammaTech president. "Our rugged notebook and tablet computer integration with the compact PMT mounting systems allows us a level of space efficiency that sets us apart from our competitors. The partnership brings tremendous value to both companies' customers."
GammaTech: Built Tough for Where Tough Matters
The call to those in public safety is to serve and protect, and GammaTech DURABOOK rugged notebooks and tablets are built tough to ensure the reliability and performance this vital sector needs. Field services personnel are relied on by both the commercial and residential sectors to service and maintain the nation's infrastructure. With multiple wireless connectivity options, a magnesium case, and top-notch drop, shock, and spill resistance, the DURABOOK name is a trusted partner in the field service industry.
"Our computer vehicle docks deliver key attributes including safety, ergonomics, and mounting flexibility, making them an ideal match to satisfy the demands of public safety and field service organizations," stated Brett Rowland, PMT president. "Their robust efficient design and all-aluminum composition provide a high degree of stability, allowing them to withstand vibration associated with vehicles constantly on-the-go. PMT laptop and tablet vehicle docks lead the industry in compactness."
DURABOOK R11 Rugged Tablet
GammaTech offers a full complement of rugged DURABOOK mobile devices that make perfect computing solutions for both the public safety and field services industries. One such model is the DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet with an 11.6" TFT LCD capacitive touch display and a powerful 5th generation IntelÂ® Broadwell Core processor. It is the lightest 11.6" rugged tablet PC in its class at only 2.73 pounds (including battery), yet remains tough with Military Standard 810G and IP65 certifications for drop, shock, dust and water resistance, as well as the ability to withstand use in a wide range of temperatures. The unit also passes MIL-STD-461F Army Ground and Air Force standard for military use, and is certified to ANSI ISA Standard 12.12.01 (formerly known as UL1604 - Class 1 Division 2) for operation in hazardous locations.
Additional features include a built-in G-sensor, gyroscope sensors, and a light-ambient light sensor; Intel high-definition audio; SSD 64GB/128GB/ 256GB storage; a Micro SD card slot for added memory capability and that supports SDHC and SDXC; a front-side, full HD camera as well as an integrated rear-facing 5MP camera; and a variety of wireless communications options and security features. Optional features include an expanded battery and keyboard folio. As with all GammaTech products, the R11 tablet can be customized to customer specifications.
"GammaTech's renowned rugged notebook and tablet devices and PMT's leading mobile mounting solutions make a perfect combination," PMT's Rowland said. "Our companies are well known and respected in our own fields, and since we serve many of the same industries, we understand each other's market. The pairing of our respective products makes the purchasing process easier and speeds up turnaround time."
GammaTech has a well-earned reputation and a long history in producing computers for the rugged market. It has been named a winner in Government Security News' Homeland Security Awards in the Best Rugged Computers category multiple times.
About Precision Mounting Technologies Ltd. (PMT)
PMT is an industry pioneer and leading provider of premium in-vehicle and mobile computer mounting solutions tailored to the unique needs of public safety, utility, energy, field service, transportation, supply chain and government markets. The company offers mounting systems that include vehicle consoles, pedestals, motion mounts, tablet, peripheral and forklift mounts, computer docks, universal cradles and peripherals. PMT mounting solutions are designed for safety, space efficiency, ergonomics, versatility and durability. PMT works collaboratively with customers and partners to produce customer-specific solutions that are cost-effective and easy-to-use. Its products are manufactured to world-class quality standards and are built-to-last.
About GammaTech Computer Corporation
GammaTech Computer Corporation is a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of cost-effective, high-performance mobile computing solutions throughout North America. Its award-winning line of rugged and hardened notebook and tablet computers are designed and built-to-order to increase mobile productivity for business, government, healthcare, fire, public safety and a host of other entities. GammaTech offers a complete portfolio of products that delivers power and performance needed in the most demanding work environments, resulting in increased productivity and accelerated return on investment. GammaTech is headquartered in Fremont, California, which provides the final assembly, inventory, service and technical support.
G-SHOCK Gulfmaster Summer Color Add -- The Perfect Watch for Summer
DOVER, N.J., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio G-SHOCK expands their Master of G line with the Gulfmaster Summer Color GWN1000H-9A - the latest model is a perfect maritime timepiece to wear this spring.
The Gulfmaster GWN1000H-9A is designed with a stylish black face and bright yellow band - perfect for sunlit summer style. The face also includes hints of dazzling blue; bringing more eye catching noticeability to this already shining timepiece.
Upholding the unparalleled Absolute Toughness under extreme conditions that G-SHOCK Master of G wearers have come to expect, the Gulfmaster GWN1000H-9A features Triple Sensor technology, of Altimeter/Barometer, Compass, and Thermometer as well as Tide Indicator and Moon Data. A unique pressure tendency alarm warns of sudden changes in air pressure. For superb accuracy and power, this model is also equipped with Self-adjusting, Self-charging, Multiband 6 Atomic Timekeeping and Tough Solar power and also features a Smart Access crown for intuitive operation. All this technology coupled with Neo-Brite hands/markers and full auto double LED light make this timepiece a true seafaring tool.
The GWN1000H-9A timepiece also comes equipped with Shock Resistance, 200M Water Resistance, World Time (29 Time Zones / 29 Cities + UTC), 4 Daily Alarms + 1 Snooze Alarm, 1/100(th) Sec. Stopwatch (24Hr). Countdown Timer (60Mn), 12/24 Hr Formats, Mute Function and a Case Size of 55.8mm.
The Gulfmaster Summer Color GWN1000H-9A will retail for $500 USD and will be available this May 2016. Product will be available for purchase from http://www.gshock.com, select department stores, fashion boutiques, key jewelers, and the G-SHOCK NYC Soho store.
CASIO's shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe's dream of 'creating a watch that never breaks'. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as 'the toughest watch of all time'. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe's mantra "never, never give up".
For more information, visit http://www.GSHOCK.com
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
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Greenlight debuts its SmartCradle and Dashware app, turning mobile phones into dash cameras
Tech industry veterans, led by CEO Jason Green, are back in action to make mobile phones safer, more useful on the road
SEATTLE, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenlight (http://www.greenlight.life) today announced pre-order availability of its new SmartCradle product for iOS and Android.
Greenlight has created a market disruptive technology that enables the smartphone as a connected platform in the car. The Greenlight platform consists of a dash-mounted SmartCradle, paired with its Dashware app, which enables the phone to record driving video footage alongside driving data. The phone is also safely stored and charged while in the SmartCradle, without disrupting access to features like music, maps, and communications.
Greenlight provides a smarter alternative to dash cameras at a fraction of the cost of stand-alone cameras. The Greenlight product offers a solution on the platform that consumers are most comfortable with: their mobile phone.
"At any given moment across the U.S., approximately 600,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. Consumers looking for a way to safely use their phones in their car can now turn to the solution offered by Greenlight," said founder and CEO Jason Green. "The SmartCradle is our foundation for making the phone safer and more useful on the road. Greenlight will add features to our Dashware app that benefit users well beyond what they see today."
Founded by Jason Green, the former co-founder of Contour Inc., Greenlight is supported by a team of user experience experts, and is partnered with top notch technology companies like Sirqul (http://www.sirqul.com) to provide consumers the best and safest way to make use of the mobile phone on the road.
The Greenlight SmartCradle is available for pre-order now, shipping this fall, for just $49.
Greenlight(TM) (http://www.greenlight.life) was founded in 2014 with the goal of making the phone safer and more useful on the road. Greenlight is led by Jason Green, former co-founder of Contour Inc., one of the original creators of the action camera industry. Greenlight is a team comprised of video, mobile, and automotive expertise, to provide a real solution for the mobile phone in the car.
Sirqul(TM) (http://www.sirqul.com) provides an IoT Platform. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Sirqul is led by Robert Frederick, one of the original technical founders of Amazon's first forays into Secure Mobile Commerce (Amazon Anywhere) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Sirqul enables the rapid conceptualization, development, deployment, and monetization of connected IoT applications.
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Go for gold with a new limited-edition, metallic graphing calculator
Texas Instruments adds two new colors to the TI-84 Plus CE line-up
DALLAS, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN)(TI) today unveiled two new colors that will join the colorful collection of TI-84 Plus Color Edition (CE) graphing calculators, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The limited-edition, metallic gold TI-84 Plus CE, "Golden Ratio," and sleek white, "Bright White," will be available in retail stores this summer. The two new colors join the already vibrant seven-color line-up of TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculators, which include bold hues like Radical Red, Plum Pi and Positively Pink.
"For us, it's about providing the educational tools and resources to help students build a strong foundation in math and science, setting them up for success in the classroom, college, and beyond," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology (@pbalyta). "We are always looking to do our part to help get students excited about learning critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, and we hope these new colors will generate extra enthusiasm as students head back to school."
The new "Golden Ratio" and "Bright White" TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculators are everything students and teachers love about TI calculators and are also:
-- Now 30 percent thinner and 30 percent lighter than the TI-84 Plus, with
six times the memory.
-- Armed with a rechargeable battery that can crunch numbers for up to a
month on a single charge.
-- Allowed on important college entrance exams like the PSAT/NMSQT*, SAT*
and ACTÂ® exam, as well as Advanced Placement* exams that allow or
require a graphing calculator.
Students who purchase a TI-84 Plus CE in middle school will still be able to use it in high school, college and into their careers. "Like all of our calculators, the TI-84 Plus CE is built like a tank and can withstand the test of time," said Robin Roberts, an industrial designer at TI who helped create the calculator. "The lightweight, yet durable, design also makes the graphing calculator easier to carry to and from school for today's students who are on the go."
While parents will appreciate the durability of the TI-84 Plus CE, teachers will appreciate that the key placement, navigation and menus are the same as earlier TI-84 Plus models so they can continue to use their favorite classroom lessons. To see where you can purchase a TI-84 Plus CE, visit education.ti.com. For more information, follow TI Education Technology on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or YouTube.
About Texas Instruments:
Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore mathematics and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the effective use of graphing calculators improves the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit http://www.education.ti.com.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
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EV Group Receives Multiple Orders for GEMINI(R) FB XT Fusion Bonder for 3D Chip Stacking Production Applications
GEMINI FB XT meets critical wafer-to-wafer alignment and productivity requirements for high-volume manufacturing; reinforces EVG's leadership in fusion and hybrid bonding
ST. FLORIAN, Austria, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that it has received multiple orders for its GEMINI((R)) FB XT automated fusion wafer bonders from multiple leading device manufacturers. The GEMINI FB XT offers industry leading wafer-to-wafer alignment accuracy, customizable pre- and post-processing configurations with faster handling and improved process flows that increase throughput by up to 50 percent compared to the previous-generation platform, as well as integrated metrology to maximize yields and productivity in high-volume manufacturing (HVM). These latest orders for the GEMINI FB XT system will support several leading-edge HVM applications, including 3D stacked image sensors, memory stacking, and die partitioning for next-generation 3D system-on-chip (SoC) devices.
Vertical stacking of devices has become an increasingly viable approach to driving continuous improvements in device density and performance without the need for increasingly costly and complex lithography processing. Wafer-to-wafer bonding is an essential process step to enable 3D stacked devices. However, tight alignment and overlay accuracy between the wafers is required to achieve good electrical contact between the interconnected devices on the bonded wafers, as well as to minimize the interconnect area at the bond interface so that more space can be made available on the wafer for producing devices.
"These latest orders for our GEMINI FB XT system from multiple leading manufacturers reflect the fact that our most advanced fusion bonding platform meets critical production requirements for a variety of 3D chip stacking applications, and further demonstrates our leadership in fusion bonding," stated Hermann Waltl, executive sales and customer support director at EV Group. "Unparalleled wafer-to-wafer alignment accuracy supports IC manufacturers' efforts to move wafer stacking upstream from back-end-of-line (BEOL) and mid-end-of-line (MEOL) applications to front-end-of-line (FEOL) processing where they can integrate more functionality into their product at the wafer level and further drive down manufacturing costs. The GEMINI FB XT has proven to fulfill the most stringent compatibility requirements and standards of state-of-the-art front-end fabs. It also combines the capabilities necessary to bring new bonding technologies, like hybrid bonding for CMOS image sensors, into high-volume production. It is a true testament to our Triple-i philosophy of invent, innovate and implement."
Leveraging EVG's XT Frame platform and an equipment front-end module (EFEM), the GEMINI FB XT automated production fusion bonding system is optimized for ultra-high throughput and productivity. It incorporates EVG's proprietary SmartView((R)) NT face-to-face aligner to achieve wafer-to-wafer overlay alignment accuracy below 200 nm (3 sigma), which leads the industry in performance and is essential to enabling 3D integration. In addition, the system can accommodate up to six pre-and post-processing modules for surface preparation, conditioning and metrology steps such as wafer cleaning, plasma activation, alignment verification, debonding (allowing pre-bonded wafers to be separated automatically and re-processed if necessary) and thermo-compression bonding. This enables the GEMINI FB XT to support fully automated and integrated wafer loading, alignment, bonding and unloading of bonded wafers in HVM environments.
25 Years of Technology Leadership in Wafer Bonding
For nearly 25 years, EVG has revolutionized automated wafer bonding, and today is the technology and market leader with the largest installed base of automated production wafer bonding systems worldwide. The company launched the first automated wafer bonding systems in 1992, patented its SmartView wafer-to-wafer alignment system in 1999, and introduced its LowTemp(TM) plasma bonding technology in 2003. The first GEMINI FB fusion bonding system with optical alignment for back-side illuminated image sensor and 3D-IC manufacturing was installed at leading HVM customers' fabs in 2009. With the latest product generation the GEMINI FB XT automated production fusion bonding system EV Group has successfully implemented fusion and hybrid bonding for producing today's most innovative 3D CMOS image sensors, stacked DRAM and memory-on-logic devices.
About EV Group (EVG)
EV Group (EVG) is a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for the manufacture of semiconductors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), compound semiconductors, power devices and nanotechnology devices. Key products include wafer bonding, thin-wafer processing, lithography/nanoimprint lithography (NIL) and metrology equipment, as well as photoresist coaters, cleaners and inspection systems. Founded in 1980, EV Group services and supports an elaborate network of global customers and partners all over the world. More information about EVG is available at http://www.EVGroup.com.
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Vuzix iWear Video Headphones Manufacturing back on track with Enhancements and Software Upgrades
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VuzixÂ® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise, and entertainment markets, is pleased to announce that the Company, after receiving and qualifying newly revised production components, has started ramping up production of its iWear Video Headphones. The Company is expecting full production levels within the coming month or so, as the supply chain accelerates its deliveries.
Along with improving supplier quality and higher yields, the newly qualified components have significantly improved the optical performance of the iWear Video Headphones in areas including contrast, color, and general optical performance. The company has also upgraded its iWear firmware and PC software to its latest 1.3 revision with improved head tracking and is continuing to grow its virtual reality title support, one of the many great uses of the versatile iWear Video Headphones. A link to some of the latest titles is here: https://www.vuzix.com/support/Products_VR_Support. The new software is available to all Vuzix customers at http://www.vuzix.com/support/Downloads_Drivers. The iWear now also have a much improved light shield with soft cloth covers over foam with a molded rigid mount to the iWear, for a more comfortable and immersive fit. All current iWear customers are eligible to receive a free light shield by contacting Vuzix at https://www.vuzix.com/Contact.
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise and entertainment markets. The Company's products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 40 patents and 23 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2014 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.
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Certain statements contained in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to, among other things, and the Company's leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry and improvements of the iWear and ramping production. They are generally identified by words such as "believes," "may," "expects," "anticipates," "should" and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company's beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company's actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at http://www.sedar.com or http://www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.
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