CryptoFriends: Two-Day Crypto Summit Coming to SXSW 2018, Featuring Women in Blockchain Conference - 'New Girls on the Block.'



The first ever blockchain-focused summit to run during SXSW is set to be held in Austin, Texas on March 12th & 13th, with some of the most influential, international women in blockchain and fintech set to headline the agenda. Under the name 'New Girls on the Block,' the first day of the SXSW Crypto Summit will feature keynotes, a series of fireside chats and panel discussions covering all the major topics currently at the forefront of the blockchain universe.

Currently women comprise just 5% of startup owners and, last year, venture capitalists invested just $1.46 billion in women-led companies compared to $58.2 billion in investments for male-led ones. Blockchain represents arguably the best opportunity to level the playing field for women in tech thanks to the opportunity to raise critical finance through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Gender diversity remains a challenge, which is why 'New Girls on the Block' aims to showcase female blockchain pioneers and highlight the significant roles women are playing in this emerging industry.

Some of the top speakers confirmed include:
Jessica VerSteeg, CEO of Paragon Coin
Jenny Q Ta, Founder at Sqeeqee
Cécile Baird, Co-Founder at Decentrl.Agency & Blockchain For Good
Emmie Chang, Founder at SuperBloom
Salome Parulava, Co-Founder at Moeco
Daria Arefieva, CEO of CryptoFriends
Alexandra Korneva and Evgeniya Ovcharenko, Co-Founders at Hapax

Daria Arefieva, CEO of CryptoFriends, the co-hosts of the summit with Superbloom and Photon, says, "There are some incredibly talented and successful women in the Blockchain community already doing amazing things. However, at most industry events you still a more male dominated environment. In fact, a recent survey revealed that women make up just 1.76% of the blockchain community. Blockchain is one of the most disruptive technologies we have ever experienced, so we want to encourage more women to get involved and lead the way in shaping its future."

The SXSW Crypto Summit is a perfect opportunity for blockchain enthusiasts and the crypto-curious to hear from industry leading experts. In addition to New Girls on the Block, the event will feature a mix of educational content, debates, ICO pitches and exclusive networking opportunities.

SXSW Crypto Summit will also provide blockchain start-ups the opportunity to pitch their ICO to prominent investors on day two. ICO pitches have become a staple edition to the CryptoFriends lineup, with millions of dollars raised through token sales launched during previous events. ICO teams can apply for a spot by emailing hello@cryptofriends.io

Tickets are available now at https://sxsw.cryptofriends.io/ priced from $399 for non-VIP entry, with other options available which include full SXSW festival passes and access to exclusive crypto networking events.

About CryptoFriends:

CryptoFriends is a group of professionals with an exclusive network of smart connections throughout the crypto community. We organize high‑end blockchain‑themed events whilst bringing together leading industry experts, thought leaders, blockchain professionals, startups and enthusiasts. For more information please visit https://cryptofriends.io/


Maybelline Still Top Selling Cosmetics Brand on Amazon Despite Market Share Drop in 2017



One Click Retail data and sales measurement find that 2017 estimated sales on Amazon.com of Mass Cosmetics brands grew 45% YoY to $110M and Luxury Cosmetics grew 51% YoY to $35M, but top sellers losing market share





According to One Click Retail's brand measurement calculations, estimated US sales of Mass Cosmetics on Amazon reached $110 million in 2017, up 45% compared with 2016, with the top 5 selling mass cosmetics brands (and their share of total mass cosmetics sales on Amazon.com) being:

Maybelline (12%)
L'Oréal (11%)
Wunderbrow (8%)
COVERGIRL (5%)
Burt's Bees (4%)



Top-seller Maybelline slipped 1% in overall market share but experienced a 25% YoY growth; while L'Oréal retained the #2 spot with a 41% YoY growth. As more cosmetics brands enter the 1P Amazon space, incumbents are feeling the pinch and this is even more evident in the Luxury Cosmetics space.

In 2016, the top 5 selling luxury cosmetics brands owned close to 80% of the market share on Amazon.com. In 2017, the top selling brands' market share dropped just under 60%, with the top 5 being:
jane iredale (20%)
stila (15%)
RevitaLash (11%)
LORAC (7%)
Blinc (6%)


For Luxury Cosmetics on Amazon, it is important to note that this category is still in its initial growth phase: a considerable amount of the growth in this category correlates to brands entering the space as first-party sellers, rather than brands already present on Amazon growing significantly. Consequently, the top brands from 2016 saw a dramatic loss in market share, not necessarily because they were outperformed, but because the number of major competitors increased in 2017.

Notable YoY shifts in Luxury Cosmetics brands on Amazon.com:
jane iredale dropped 8% in YoY market share but retained the top spot
RevitaLash soared to #3 with 11% market share, compared to a negligible rank in 2016
Elizabeth Arden inched up to #7 from #9 and captured 5% market share
Dermablend, entering the 1P Luxury Cosmetics space on Amazon in 2017, climbed to #8 with a 4% market share
Colorescience and Jouer, both small brands, rounded out the top 10 with 3% market share each, having climbed 6 and 3 spots respectively from 2016

The Mass Cosmetics market on Amazon did not experience such drastic YoY shifts as the Luxury segment; however, notable YoY growth did occur in the top selling brands:
Wunderbrow, which grew 66% YoY, remained at #3 but only a few points behind the leaders Maybelline and L'Oréal
Both COVERGIRL and Burt's Bees jumped 3 spots each to #4 and #5, with a respective 60% and 55% YoY growth
Revlon's soaring 83% YoY growth only brings the brand up to #8, compared to #10 in 2016

"With both the Mass and Luxury segments of Cosmetics growing at more than 40% and 50% year-over-year on Amazon, brands big and small are beginning to embrace an Amazon-first strategy," explains Spencer Millerberg, One Click Retail CEO. "Consumers are shopping for everything they can on Amazon, in one trip. When they're purchasing on Amazon, they're purchasing as much as they can. And if they can buy their luxury items at the same time as their everyday essentials and big-ticket items, they'll do it. Brands from across all categories begun significantly in 2017 to take notice and take control of their Amazon presence."

57 Percent of Connected Car Drivers Would Not Buy a Self-Driving Car, Says New Research from Solace



New survey of connected car owners highlights preference to maintain control of the driving experience



While widely assumed to be early adopters, connected car drivers aren't interested in handing over the controls to self-driving cars, according to a new survey from Solace, a leading provider of data movement technology for connected vehicles and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In fact, more than half of the 1,500 respondents (57 percent) noted they would not buy a self-driving car, even if cost weren't an issue.

When it comes to safety, almost two-thirds (62 percent) of drivers believe they drive safer in connected cars, but when asked what type of decisions they would not trust their connected car to make, 40 percent noted they wouldn't trust their car to brake for them. Only nine percent said they always trust their connected car. Examining responses by generation, younger drivers, counterintuitively, are more hesitant to hand over the driving controls than older generations. Almost half (46 percent) of millennials ages 18-25 would not trust their car to automatically react to driving conditions, whereas only a third of drivers 65 or older felt that way.

"The automotive industry is focused on bringing self-driving cars to the mass market, but our survey showed that connected car drivers of all ages just aren't ready to hand over the wheel," said Shawn McAllister, CTO of Solace. "While advancements in autonomous vehicle technologies are incredibly exciting, it's important to keep an understanding of the consumer front and center. We hope our survey will help in this regard."

Other insights from the survey included:
  • When it comes to connected car capabilities, safety and navigation features are the most trusted and valued for U.S. drivers. Half (49 percent) of U.S. drivers are most likely to rely on safety sensors – such as lane departure alerts – in a connected car; while one in three (35 percent) are most likely to rely on navigational driving prompts. One in four drivers (26 percent) also believe navigation is the most valuable connected feature for their driving needs; while 20 percent selected safety monitors as the most valuable connected feature.
  • Connected car drivers aren't overly dependent on apps when they drive, but app performance impacts their driving experience. When asked how many applications connected car drivers depend on while driving, over half (53 percent) of respondents noted they use only one to two applications while driving, while less than three percent noted they use more than five. Examining driver frustrations when it comes to features in their connected car, roughly 15 percent said that if an app they're using froze or stalled while they were driving it would create a poor driving experience. Additionally, almost one in five (18 percent) noted they become frustrated while driving if an app provides incorrect information.
  • Most consumers don't know what happens to their data in a connected car. While data storage has become a growing concern for connected cars, especially those in the rental market, Solace found that almost half of connected car drivers (48 percent) weren't aware that their vehicle could store their personal data, such as their home address, social security number, birthday, etc.
  • Among top U.S. car brands, consumers see no clear leader when it comes to innovative technology. When asked which top selling car brand in the U.S., including Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes, has the most innovative technology features, one in three consumers (35 percent) selected none of the above. Among younger drivers (ages 18-25), however, two companies stood out: Mercedes (14 percent) and BMW (13 percent).
The survey, conducted between January 17 and 19, 2018, polled U.S. online consumers who identified as connected car drivers. All results were weighed against the U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey for age or gender so as to be representative of the adult U.S. Internet population. For information on the survey findings, visit: solace.com/research-connected-car-drivers


SparkPost CEO Phillip Merrick to Deliver Keynote Address at TechBUZZ Spring 2018



SparkPost, the most performant cloud email delivery service available, today announced its CEO, Phillip Merrick, will deliver the closing keynote address at this month's TechBUZZ Spring 2018conference in Washington, D.C. Produced by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), TechBUZZ is one of the premier venues for credible early companies coming to market.

Merrick has a long track record of building technology startups into successful companies. Since joining SparkPost in 2014, he has overseen the company's evolution as the market's leading API-driven cloud email delivery service provider. SparkPost sends over 25 percent of the world's legitimate email for companies like The Financial Times, Zillow, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Previously, Merrick held the role of chairman at VisualCV (acquired by TalentTech), EnterpriseDB (acquired by Peak Equity) and Rollstream (acquired by GXS). He also served as Chairman and CEO of webMethods, Inc., a leading vendor of business integration software.

"Phillip Merrick is one of our market's most accomplished company builders, and is an integral part of the fabric of the mid-Atlantic's successful history as a community for building great companies," remarked Julia Spicer, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. "From his days as CEO of the game-changing webMethods, to his newest endeavor, SparkPost, Phillip can speak to many lessons learned as a seasoned founder and company leader. We welcome Phillip to our stage as he and his company continue to break new ground and provide leadership to our community."

"The startup community is the backbone of our country's economy, and it is an honor to be given the opportunity to share what I have learned throughout my career with the hundreds of business leaders, investors and company-builders who are part of the burgeoning mid-Atlantic tech startup scene," said Merrick.

TechBUZZ Spring 2018 will be held on February 28th from 1:00 - 7:30 pm Eastern at the FHI 360 Conference Center, located at DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C.



World's Most Advanced and Hygienic Toothbrush Dentii Launches on Kickstarter



The world's first truly hygienic toothbrush that collects data providing feedback for better technique and connects users to their dentists



Dentist Dr Sunny Sihra from London, UK, is bringing technical and design innovation to the $37billion global oral care market* with Dentii (http://www.dentii.co.uk/ ).

Dentii is a new integrated dental healthcare range comprising immaculately designed, sleek electronic toothbrushes, with single use, interchangeable brush heads which has just launched on Kickstarter http://kck.st/2sIiLQ2.

At the core of the Dentii range is a smartphone app which connects to the electric toothbrush and maps the geometry of a patient's mouth, noting the brushing paths and pressure. Via the app, the data is sent to the user's dental professional for analysis and then if necessary, they will inform the patient on how to improve their dental routine.

What's more, Dentii is being developed as the world's first toothbrush that can prompt an individual to go to the dentist at early signs of problems. With patented technology, Dr Sihra is also keen to develop this into the world's first oral cancer screening tool.

The electric toothbrushes are manufactured in Anodised Aluminium, plus Silver, Gold or Rose Gold versions for maximum sophistication. The bases are designed with a bespoke range of wood finishes, making the brush stand out and look elegant.

As back-up for those who travel a great deal, manual toothbrushes and travel cases are available in a range of wood finishes.

According to the University of Manchester, UK, the average toothbrush can contain 10million bacteria or more, including E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus**. As an answer to this, Dentii is introducing the single use, disposable brush head that is fully biodegradable and can be disposed of alongside discarded food or composted.

The brush head represents a revolutionary approach to the hygiene issues found in multiple use brush heads, namely the daily increased contamination by bacteria, fungus and chemicals typically found in bathrooms. The whole system is subscription-based so that people never run out of a fresh supply of brush heads, toothpaste and mouthwash.

Dr Sihra explains, "As a dentist, it concerns me that while the rest of the world has moved on with technology, transforming almost every area of health and fitness, the oral healthcare market has hardly changed. Even my own patients are using products designed decades ago. This is why I teamed up with designer David Fowler from city of London-based INDEV (http://www.innovationdevelopments.com/) to create Dentii.

"By bringing together innovative technology, revolutionary design, fine materials and functionality, we're providing patients with a truly innovative, unique and exclusive cleaning experience. It's not just aesthetically pleasing but represents a world first in this business sector.

"This innovation represents a new era of oral care products that will make a significant contribution to the global oral care market that is set to grow 16 per cent to $43billion in the next five years."

Dentii has just launched on Kickstarter (http://kck.st/2sIiLQ2), with nine reward packages available. The pledge options range from £59 to £299 and rewards depend on the pledge taken.

For a pledge of £59 the funder will receive a silver electric toothbrush, complete with the Dentii app, charging base and charging lead and a three-month subscription of single use brush heads. A pledge of £119 adds a stylish travel case, mouthwash, interdental brushes and toothpaste.

For those looking for a more luxurious cleaning experience, a pledge of £199 will afford a sophisticated gold-plated toothbrush complete with the Dentii app, charging base and charging lead, single use brush heads, travel case, mouthwash, interdental brushes and toothpaste, each with a six- month subscription. For added luxury, a pledge of £299 will include all of the above but with an exclusive, premium Rose Gold plated electric toothbrush and a 12-month subscription.

For more information about the campaign please visit - http://kck.st/2sIiLQ2



IC2 Introduces Industry-First Microsensor to Directly Measure Shear Stress in Wind Tunnels



IC² announced today an industry-first microsensor capable of directly measuring time-resolved wall shear stress in wind tunnel testing. Reducing aerodynamic drag is a major factor to improving fuel efficiency of aircraft and automobiles, but accurately measuring wall shear stress has historically been very difficult. Existing sensor technology cannot accurately measure wall shear stress and so aerospace engineers have had to rely on uncertain correlations to estimate it — until now. Building on two decades of research and testing, IC²'s DirectShear™ Sensors measure wall shear stress directly to deliver an unprecedented degree of precision and accuracy for both mean and fluctuating measurements with exceptional bandwidth and dynamic range.


The Technology and its Benefits

DirectShear Sensors are robust, high-bandwidth, high-resolution, silicon-micromachined differential capacitive shear stress sensors. The sensors directly measure wall shear stress through a micromachined (MEMS) sensing head with backside contacts. DirectShear Sensors bypass the limitations of existing devices, providing non-intrusive, highly accurate, quantitative measurements with reduced uncertainty. This approach enables a number of important features and benefits, including:


Direct capacitive transduction to ensure time-resolved, accurate measurements and remove the need for a unique calibration between heat transfer and shear stress.
Hydraulically smooth sensor with backside contacts to eliminate any disturbances to the flow.
Micromachining to enable high spatial resolution and high-performance operation, offering bandwidths up to 20 kHz and dynamic ranges up to 110 dB.

Originally developed for NASA, the sensors are now commercially available and are ideal for precise shear-stress measurements. A suite of sensor models is available for varying applications and requirements.


Applications


Instrumentation-grade skin friction measurement in subsonic and transonic wind tunnels
Fundamental scientific research - aerodynamic drag, turbulence, etc.
Detection of flow separation

For more information on this product, visit https://www.thinkic2.com/products/shear-stress-sensors/directshear/.


Snoop Dogg to speak at C2 Montréal 2018



C2 Montréal is proud to announce that Snoop Dogg will be a speaker at the 7th edition of its flagship event, which will be held from May 23 to 25, 2018 in Montreal, Canada at the Arsenal. The artist turned entrepreneur will take centre stage in the Big Top to discuss his entrepreneurial vision for the cannabis industry. Joining Snoop Dogg for the talk is Ted Chung, a media entrepreneur and Snoop's business partner at Casa Verde Capitaland co-founder of Merry Jane.



Snoop creates opportunities in a new industry

Snoop is the founder of the venture capital firm Casa Verde Capital, which makes early-stage investments in startups in the ancillary cannabis industry. Casa Verde has funded several major marijuana ventures in the agtech, financial services, health, technology, media sectors, among others. One of Snoop's recent high-profile investments includes $2 million in funding for Canadian cannabis inventory management company Trellis.

Building a cannabis content empire

Snoop's sizeable entrepreneurial footprint, however, extends well beyond the venture capitalist aspect. He is also the co-founder of Merry Jane alongside business partner Ted Chung. Offering editorial content focused on marijuana news, politics, business and culture, Merry Jane speaks for and to the global mainstream cannabis community. Strategic brand partnerships (with the likes of VICE, MTV, Reddit, Complex and more) are key to the creation and sharing of original news and video content, such as VH1's popular Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party TV series, featuring C2 Montréal 2016 alumni Martha Stewart.

With the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, and the opening of the cannabis market in several jurisdictions across the U.S., Snoop Dogg has positioned himself as a leading voice on matters related to the business of cannabis.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mentor Embedded Linux platform supports new AMD EPYC Embedded and AMD Ryzen Embedded processors



Mentor®, a Siemens business, today announced Mentor Embedded Linux® (MEL) support for the latest AMD Embedded processor families, EPYC™ Embedded 3000 and Ryzen™ Embedded V1000, targeting industrial, medical, networking, storage, and edge computing devices. Based on the high-performance x86 "Zen" architecture, these two new AMD product portfolios represent a new age of embedded processors, providing superior performance and a suite of on-chip security features.

Mentor provides "out-of-the-box" embedded Linux support for hardware-accelerated applications, enabling the development of high-performance machine vision and machine learning applications with exceptional integration. This is achieved by enabling OpenCV vision libraries and TensorFlow™ libraries, with security enabled throughout the device. Mentor is the leading commercial embedded Linux supplier to support this capability. Visit the AMD Booth (Hall #1 - Booth 360) at Embedded World 2018 to see machine vision and machine learning demos running on Mentor Embedded Linux.

"Mentor Embedded Linux provides regular security updates and easy-to-use profiling tools, enabling our clients to achieve shorter development cycles and smoother integrations of our smart cameras in their industrial-grade applications," stated Kristian Glöde Madsen, CEO of Qtechnology A/S in Denmark, a global manufacturer of Linux-based intelligent cameras and industrial vision systems.

The commercial version of MEL provides support for advanced graphics, multimedia and video applications, including popular packaging and development tools for creating gaming applications, such as Pachinko gaming systems. The MEL platform includes updated software development tools: GNU compiler collection (GCC), GNU project debugger (GBD), and Yocto™ Project 4.9 Long-Term Support (LTS) Linux kernel. Graphics components supported with this new commercial version of MEL include:
LunarG™ software development kit (SDK)
OpenGL®
Vulkan® drivers – with Mentor being the first and only commercial embedded Linux supplier to support this technology
AMD graphics processing unit (GPU)
Video decode and presentation API for UNIX® (VDPAU)

Mentor's "out-of-the-box" support enables customers to get started faster, while leveraging the proven reliability of MEL. The highly-scalable EPYC Embedded 3000 series provides comprehensive security features, so customers can quickly develop Linux-based applications for applications such as networking servers and storage systems. AMD customers using Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors will experience powerful graphics on a single chip with space and power savings, ideal for medical imaging, industrial systems, and casino gaming applications.

"The new AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 and AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors will change the game with unprecedented performance and exceptional integration," stated Scott Aylor, corporate vice president, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. "AMD has a long-standing partnership with Mentor Embedded Linux, and we are pleased to continue empowering our joint customers in developing dynamic applications with greater reliability by offering advanced high-performance embedded technologies rooted in the transformative 'Zen' architecture."

Product Availability
Mentor Embedded Linux commercial licenses are available for purchase from the Mentor sales channel for "out-of-the-box" advanced multimedia and industrial vision application development. AMD customers can also download the free MEL Lite version. For additional product information, go to https://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/partners/amd.

Mentor embedded solutions enable embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and microcontrollers with commercially supported and customizable Linux-based solutions including the industry-leading Sourcery™ CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products. For real-time systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus® RTOS. For more information, visit www.mentor.com/embedded.



BLU Products Announces Its Latest Flagship Phone the BLU VIVO X




BLU Products Announces Its Latest Flagship Phone the BLU VIVO X, with Advanced Quad Cameras, 2.6GHz Octa-Core CPU, 4GB RAM and 6.0-inch 18:9 Widescreen Display





BLU Products, the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States, announced today the launch of the BLU VIVO X, its latest flagship smartphone powered by MediaTek's Helio P25 premium 2.6GHz 64-bit True Octa-core™ LTE smartphone SoC, designed for both high end flagship performance and power efficiency. The BLU VIVO X features a vivid 6.0-inch HD+ 18:9 widescreen Incell display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, advanced quad cameras with photo enhancing editing software for superior camera performance.



The VIVO X is available for $299.99 on Amazon.com, but will be available at an introductory limited time offer at $100off, so just $199.99 for the lucky initial buyers of the Vivo X.

Customers who wish to purchase the BLU VIVO X can visit the following link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795W4SRD

Advanced Quad Cameras - Stunning Image Quality

When it comes to cameras, two is better than one, and four is better than two.

The VIVO X boasts a dual Super Selfie camera configuration with a 20 megapixel SonyIMX376 camera sensor featuring advanced technologies, F/2.0 aperture, and 1/2.8 inch sensor with 5P lens which provides more clarity and capture impeccable selfies. Paired with an 8 Megapixel 120° Wide Angle camera in order to capture exquisite selfies to make sure you don't miss any details.


Additional Features Include:

Enhanced Depth of Field
Real Time Bokeh Effect
Face Beautification Features
Panorama Selfie to capture beautiful backgrounds
Group Selfie Mode to make sure you don't miss anyone
Bright and Soft Front Flash for better low-light selfies

The dual main camera setup boasts a 13 megapixel camera sensor featuring advanced technologies, F/2.0 aperture, 1/3 inch sensor with 5P lens, real-time HDR, and Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) with Laser Focus for twice the focus rate and accuracy. Paired with a 5 megapixel camera that is used to capture depth of field to take the perfect picture.


Additional Features Include:

Slow Motion Video Recording
Panorama Mode
Face Beautification Software for Video and Picture
Adjustable Depth of Field
Real Time Bokeh Effect

Visually Stunning Display - Amplify Your Viewing Experience

The BLU VIVO X's gorgeous 6.0-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) 18:9 widescreen Incell display elevates the smartphone's visual experience to a new level with stunning graphics and life-like colors that seem to jump off the screen, protected by a curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touch panel. The VIVO X's display provides the user with a whopping 80% screen-to-body ratio, providing a bigger canvas on your mobile phone for all your pictures, movies, and ample space for everyday tasks. In choosing the resolution the HD+ quality is balanced perfectly with customer preference for longer battery life as opposed to higher resolution displays which had minimal user experience improvement but much higher battery usage.


Powerful – Efficient and Performance Oriented Processor

The BLU VIVO X is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek Helio P25 chipset with 2.6GHz Octa-core processor for a seamless user experience. The smartphone blazes through multiple apps simultaneously, quickly browse the web, or just enjoy the smooth rendering of graphics for just about any game, all while maximizing power efficiency. Coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable internal memory, there is nothing the VIVO X cannot handle.


Super Battery and Ultra-Fast Charging

The BLU VIVO X comes with a super 4,010mAh battery with an Ultra-Fast 5V/2A fast charging capability that will charge your phone to 100% in less than 120 minutes. Rest assured that scrambling to find a wall outlet to charge you phone is a thing of the past. Also, to preserve and maximize the last of the remaining battery with the Extreme Power Saving Mode which will keep only the basic functions of the phone to help you reach the finish line.


Forward Thinking Design

The VIVO X was gorgeously designed and precisely engineered with structural integrity and aesthetic elements with a narrow bezel, perfectly placed fingerprint sensor, and an 18:9 curved glass display. Fine mirror like electrolyzed finish on the décor lines to compliment the aluminum housing for a premium grade product that is second to none. Stealth midnight black finish for an elegant look that is sure to make others envy.


Other Key Features:

Ultra-Quick Fingerprint Sensor
Facial Recognition
Maxx Audio Sound Enhancement
Split Screen Multi-tasking
Dual WhatsApp Support
Smart Gestures
OTG Charging Supported
Dual Sim, Dual Standby Support

Learn more: http://bluproducts.com/devices/vivo-x


Full Specifications:

Network: (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, (4G HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, (4G LTE Cat 6 Up to 300Mbps) FDD 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28
Display: Curved 6.0-inch Incell HD+ 1440 x 720, 268 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757V , 2.6GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 with Mali-T880 GPU
OS: Android Nougat 7.0
Dual Rear Cameras: 13.0 megapixel, with LED Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus, (1.12mm pixel size, 1/3 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture) HD 1080p@30fps video recording + 5.0 megapixel (1/5 inch sensor)
Dual Front Cameras: 20.0 megapixel Sony IMX376, LED Flash, (1.0mm pixel size, 1/2.8 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture) HD 1080p@30fps video recording + 8.0 megapixel 120° Wide Angle (1/4 inch sensor)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot
Security: Encrypted Fingerprint Sensor
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal Memory, MicroSD Slot (up to 64GB)
Dimensions: 160 x 76.8 x 8.2 mm I 188g
Battery: Non Removable Li-Polymer 4,010mAh
5V/2A Quick Charger
Dual SIM, Dual Standby Connectivity
Available Color: Midnight Black






Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Signs First US Interstate Agreement




HTT will lead a consortium to create a network of routes throughout the Great Lakes megaregion starting with Cleveland and Chicago





Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT | HyperloopTT) announced today the signing of official agreements with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) who is teaming with the Illinois' Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin a feasibility study for the region. Several corridors have been identified for study connecting Cleveland to Chicago.

Support for HTT's Hyperloop system has been widespread throughout the region with Ohio's legislature passing a resolution for the initiative in 2017. In January, HTT worked alongside a bipartisan group of congressional representatives from several states including, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin sent a formal letter to President Donald Trumprequesting infrastructure funding support to develop the system.

As part of this growing movement, HTT has formed a regional consortium around the project to include a multitude of other prominent organizations. An event is scheduled for February 26 in Cleveland at the Great Lakes Science Center where additional details will be revealed along with the growing list of consortium members.

"Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US," said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. "With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement."

"It's quite amazing to see how many partners Hyperloop Transportation Technology already has in the development of the Hyperloop," said Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of NOACA. "And they have been developing these partnerships across the spectrum: They have partnerships with academic institutions, with government institutions, with the private sector."

"We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials and the talented, hard working people in order to make it happen," said Andrea La Mendola Chief Global Operations Officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. "We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things."


SOURCE Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

http://hyperloop.global


Stoke Med to Provide Patient Specific 3D-Printed Models



Stoke Ventures, a company leading the way in product launch services is excited to announce their latest venture, Stoke Med. With this launch, Stoke Med hopes to revolutionize the medical industry by providing patient specific 3D prints for procedure demonstration, planning, and practice starting early 2018. While 3D printing is most commonly applied to prototyping and hobby use, it's on the brink of having a huge impact on health care. Stoke Med is positioned to help surgeons better plan and practice for their procedures by giving them physical models to analyze. That can lead to more effective, less invasive, and cheaper care. Models are also perfect for demonstrating to patients exactly what will happen on the day of surgery, explain post-surgical care and therapy, and provide recommendations for preventative care. Surgical application specialties include Orthopedic, Maxillofacial, Oncology, and Cardiac.

Until now, patients have been diagnosed and treatment planned using 2D images generated from X-Rays or MRIs. Instead, Stoke Med offers an accurate, physical 3D model of the patient's anatomy, generated from a standard CT scan, that can be viewed and manipulated by the surgeon and his/her team in person. With this new advancement in bio-medical engineering, surgeons are able to more quickly analyze the area of interest and see things on a physical model that might have been missed while reviewing 2D scan images. With that level of insight, surgeons can save time and money by doing faster, more accurate surgeries. Researchers published a study called "Patient specific 3D models aid planning for triplane proximal femoral osteotomy in slipped capital femoral epiphysis" in the Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, showing a 25 percent reduction in surgical time with the use of a patient specific model. That can save health care providers and patients thousands of dollars. Having 3D models can reduce the need for X-Rays and subsequent radiation exposure to patients, and in some cases they can eliminate the need for an MRI which is time-consuming and expensive. Unlike X-Rays, MRI images, or anything else confined to a flat sheet or computer screen, 3D models can be used beyond the planning process, for surgical practice. Imagine physically walking through every step of a surgery, or designing and fitting medical hardware with no guesswork. Surgeons can now get the fit just right pre-surgery, eliminating the need to make modifications to hardware during a time-sensitive surgery. Models also help with patient consent by giving them a clear understanding of exactly why something needs to be fixed, and how it will be done. Patients will start to ask for it, knowing they will receive better care with the use of 3D models.

The Stoke Med process starts by uploading patient CT scan data, typically DICOM files, to their quote page (https://www.stokemed.com/get-a-quote). That data is then processed by isolating the area of interest and filtering for the appropriate tissue type, such as bone. After processing is complete, a printable file is created, and a smooth, accurate physical model can be 3D printed.

If you are a health care professional interested in being on the leading edge of medical technology and incorporate patient specific models into your care process, contact Stoke Med directly to learn more. Email support@stokemed.comor fill out the quote page (https://www.stokemed.com/get-a-quote). For a limited time, Stoke Med is offering its first-time customers 50 percent off their first model. Find out first-hand how valuable and affordable 3D printed, patient specific models for your surgeries can be.


European Over-the-top (OTT) Video Equipment Market Report 2018



The "European Over-the-top (OTT) Video Equipment Market Outlook, 2018" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.




The European Over-the-Top (OTT) Video equipment market outlook provides bold perspectives, trends, and predictions in the market for 2017 and 2018. The segments covered include Content Delivery Networks (CDN), Online Video Platform (OVP), Online Video Analytics (OVA), Online Video Advertising Platform (OVAP), and Video Transcoders. The analysis aims to capture the trends that shaped the market in 2017 and predictions for 2018.


Research Scope

OTT Video Equipment Sector Analysis:
Content Delivery Networks
Online Video Platforms
Online Video Analytics
Online Video Advertising Platforms
Video Transcoders


Market Trends:

Technological Developments
Regional Trends
Market Outlook

Highlights of growth opportunities that will be created by OTT Video across the various sectors.

2018 growth/revenue analysis for OTT Video equipment vendors.

Market Measurements are analyzed for 2017 and 2018- European OTT video equipment market snapshot; 2017-2018 growth rate sector-wise. An extensive list of start-ups to watch out for in 2018 is discussed in detail.

The base year for the study is 2017, with 2018 as forecast period.


Research Highlights

The OTT video equipment market is at the center of a continuing wave of innovation and disruption. OTT video service providers are seeking solutions that enable them to understand the consumer better, improve efficiency, and reduce cost. Europe, being a mature market for online video, provides equipment vendors with lot of growth opportunities. However, high population diversity in terms of age, religion, language, culture, ethnicity and so on coupled with a preference for local services keeps technology vendors on their toes to keep themselves differentiated. Technological innovations to support high resolution formats such as UHD/4K, cloud based services, new formats such as VR/AR, and Automation were the key focus areas for OTT video equipment vendors in 2017.


Key Issues Addressed

What are the top predictions and key market trends that will drive the various sectors of the OTT Video equipment market in 2018? What will be their impacts?
What will be the key growth opportunities and strategic imperatives for current and potential market participants in 2018?
What is the total OTT video equipment market size in 2017, and how is it forecasted to grow in the year 2018?
What are the key technologies transforming the OTT video equipment market? What will be their impact?
Who are the key market share winners of the overall OTT video equipment market and each of the segments?


Key Topics Covered:


1. Executive Summary
Key Highlights of 2017
Bold Predictions for 2018
Disruptive Trends in 2017
Key Technologies Transforming the OTT Video Industry
2017-18 Senior Management Top-of-Mind Issues
New Products Launched-2017

2. Research Scope and Segmentation
Research Scope
Market Segmentation

3. Key European OTT Video Equipment Revenue Trends
Total OTT Video Equipment Market Revenue-2017 and 2018
Market Share Winners of 2017
Service Presence Matrix 2017

4. Key Trends to Watch-OTT Video Equipment Market
Key 2018 OTT Video Equipment Market Trends
Trend 1-Rise of Social Streaming
Trend 2-360 Degree, VR, and AR Gaining Momentum
Trend 3-4K and UHD to be the Future
Trend 4-AI, Machine Learning, and Automation
Trend 5-Connected Entertainment
Trend 6-Virtualisation of Services
Trend 7-Security: A Key Concern

5. CDN Segment Outlook
Total CDN Segment Revenue-2017 and 2018
CDN Segment Outlook 2018

6. OVP Segment Outlook
Total OVP Segment Revenue-2017 and 2018
OVP Segment Outlook 2018

7. OVA Segment Outlook
Total OVA Segment Revenue-2017 and 2018
OVA Segment Outlook 2018

8. OVAP Segment Outlook
Total OVAP Segment Revenue-2017 and 2018
OVAP Segment Outlook 2018

9. Transcoders Segment Outlook
Total Transcoders Segment Revenue-2017 and 2018
Video Transcoders Segment Outlook 2018

10. Regional Outlook
2018 Europe Economic Outlook-Top 5 Predictions
PESTLE Impact Analysis
Regional Trends-CDN
Regional Trends-OVP
Regional Trends-OVA & OVAP

11. Technology Outlook
Key Technology Trends in 2018

12. Startup Outlook
Startup Ecosystem
Growth Opportunities and Challenges for Startups

13. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
Growth Opportunity 1-Premium Live Sports
Growth Opportunity 2-Cyber-security
Growth Opportunity 3-User Experience
Growth Opportunity 4-Analytics for Video Delivery
Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

14. Key Conclusions
Key Conclusions
Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
Upside and Downside Risks
Legal Disclaimer

15. Appendix

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/skq35b/european?w=5


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Southwest Airlines Partners With Nintendo To Launch Promotion With Super Mario Odyssey For Nintendo Switch



Airline celebrates adventure and travel by giving away 30 Nintendo Switch prize packs and an additional grand prize



Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is celebrating upcoming adventures of spring and summer travel with a giveaway like no other. Now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 16, 2018, eligible residents of the United States who visit Southwest.com/Nintendo may enter to win one of 30 Nintendo Switch prize packs and one grand prize including roundtrip air travel for four (does not include taxes and fees of at least $5.60one-way). The Southwest Odyssey Sweepstakes is an opportunity for gamers and Southwest Customers alike to celebrate the adventures of Super Mario Odyssey. Just as Mario journeys to new worlds in Super Mario Odyssey, Southwest encourages Customers to book a getaway and explore the 100 destinations the carrier serves.

At the end of the sweepstakes, one grand prize winner will receive a prize package from Southwest®, complete with roundtrip air travel for four, a $1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest gift card, and a Nintendo Switch prize pack. A total of 29 runners up will receive a Nintendo Switch prize pack. The Nintendo Switch prize pack includes one Nintendo Switch system, one Game Traveler: Deluxe Super Mario Odyssey Travel Case, one Super Mario Odyssey Collector's Edition Guide and the critically acclaimed Super Mario Odyssey video game.

"Southwest is dedicated to providing memorable experiences for our Customers," said Brandy King, Director of Communication & Outreach at Southwest. "As Customers plan their future adventures on Southwest, we're excited to give them a chance to take Nintendo Switch and Mario with them along the way."

"Super Mario Odyssey is all about travel, exploration, and that feeling you get when you discover something new and exciting," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We're excited to partner with Southwest so our fans can have memorable journeys in-game and in real life."

To enter and view official rules, visit Southwest.com/Nintendo.


Stella and Aging 2.0 Award $25,000 Prize to Golden Financial Care for its financial management tool



Golden selected as winner ahead of five other startup finalists at the Aging Startup Challenge live pitch event in Minneapolis



Stella has named San Francisco-based startup Golden Financial Care as the $25,000 winner of its first-ever Aging Startup Challenge, which concluded with a live pitch event held tonight in downtown Minneapolis. Co-hosted by Stella and Aging 2.0, the challenge had six selected finalists presenting their case to a panel of industry experts and in front of a live audience. Applications for the prize were sent from startups and entrepreneurs from across the county with innovative solutions, products or services that address needs within the senior care market.

The challenge marked the first industry event for Stella, the newly named parent company of non-profit health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its subsidiaries, as well as for-profit diversified affiliate companies with national reach, including SelectAccount and ClearStone Solutions.

"This event showcased the leading edge of how we as a society need to be think differently about the changing needs of our growing senior population," said Tom Vanderheyden, president of diversified business at Stella. "Tonight's event represents the Stella commitment to this population and the increasing need for more attention, investment and innovation. This was a very diverse portfolio of competitors, which bodes well for how dramatically the market will evolve."

Golden is a financial management tool that helps families improve their parent's financial health. Golden states their company's goal as to "work to create the best financial outcomes for parents and children while sustaining a positive trusting atmosphere for families." Learn more at JoinGolden.com.

Other finalists included Daily Dental Care, prebiotic oral care lozenges; Iris Plans, tech-enabled advance care planning facilitation service; Reemo Health, wearable and smart home technology that communicates health and wellness information to caregivers; Tending, care coordination platform and concierge service for caregivers; and Wellth, tech-enabled financial incentive program to drive key behaviors among people with chronic conditions.

The judging panel for the Aging Startup Challenge included Mike Spadafore, managing director at Sandbox Industries;Troy Kopischke, co- chief executive officer and co-founder of Ivenshure; Stacia Cohen, vice president for the Medicare STARS Center of Excellence at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; Barbara Barry, design strategist at Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation; and John Blank, chairman at Treehouse Health.


SOURCE Stella


Friday, February 16, 2018








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