LucidSound Brings Gaming Audio to 'The Wall', Announcing an eSports Partnership with Caesars Entertainment

LucidSound®, the fastest growing brand in gaming headsets, announced today that LucidSound has been selected as the official headset of Caesars Entertainment new eSports venue at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Driven by the growing popularity of eSports and inspired by competitive gamers from across the globe, The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has introduced the first phase of Las Vegas' newest interactive space by Hybrid One: The Wall Gaming Lounge. Partnering with the leaders in PC gaming, Alienware, powered by NVIDIA GeForce® GTX® GPUs, The Wall is the first permanent eSports venue for Caesars Entertainment. A multi-phased, 24,000 square-foot project, The Wall is now open and boasts ample gaming and lounge space highlighted by 30, high performance Alienware gaming PCs. A number of console gaming stations are also available.

The gaming station at The Wall is equipped with the all-new LucidSound LS25 eSports Gaming Headset. Featuring the signature LucidSound control scheme, gamers can adjust their audio simply by turning their ear-cup, an innovative solution, vital to competitive play, that allows gamers to remain focused on the action.

Driving innovation in eSports audio, the LS25 is designed to offer even greater audio performance. Improved 50mm drivers offers substantially better audio fidelity, allowing gamers to pinpoint team-mates and opponents during tournament play. A re-engineered headband provides increased strength to survive extended gaming sessions, and new, easily interchangeable ear-cups actively resist sweat and provide memory-foam comfort to the gamer.

"The team at Caesars Entertainment have designed an innovative new space to support competitive play that can be enjoyed by gamers of all levels," said Chris Von Huben, CEO of LucidSound. "LucidSound is delighted to be part of this trailblazing experience, drawing gamers into the action with unparalleled audio provided by our LS25 headsets."

Available now at GameStop, Amazon and other leading gaming retailers, the LS25 delivers advanced technology designed for tournament play. Key features include:

  • A remarkably clear sound stage so that gamers can easily identify teammates, opponents and audio cues providing the difference between victory and defeat
  • Powerful 50mm High-Fidelity speakers with Neodymium magnets, specifically engineered for gaming
  • Designed for long-play sessions the LS25 uses advanced memory foam ear cushions that conform to the individual user and offer superior comfort
  • Dual mics allowing players the option of using the integrated discrete mic (Ideal for phone calls and casual chat) or the unidirectional, flexible boom mic for intense gaming sessions
  • Direct to PC connection via a 3.5mm audio jack, ensuring a simple connection to any gaming rig
  • Proprietary control system, allowing gamers to adjust volume simply by twisting the ear cup
  • Fully compatible with PC, Xbox One (including Xbox One X), PlayStation®4, Nintendo® Switch™ and mobile platforms

The LS25 is available now at and participating retailers for a MSRP of $79.99.

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EP DesignLab Unveils Jackson Pollock-Inspired Light Bulbs, Sells 10,000 Units in First Week

E.P. DesignLab of San Jose has released a stunning line of colorful, decorative LED light bulbs, called E.P. Lights, inspired by the work of the famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The product immediately grabbed widespread attention, selling 10,000 units in the first week.

E.P. Lights are made of high-quality, ultra-clear resin mixed with paint and other colorful fluids to create the signature designs. This mixture is injected into a standard glass light bulb, where it solidifies. Once it hardens, the glass is broken away, leaving a unique, one-of-a-kind light bulb that bridges the gap between art and appliance.

Aside from their aesthetic beauty, E.P. Lights offer several benefits. Because the bulb is illuminated by a small LED placed at its base, it doesn't get hot to the touch, even after being left on for hours. It is also shatterproof, made from environmentally friendly materials, and lasts far longer than both incandescent and high-efficiency CFL bulbs.

The soft, colorful glow of E.P. Lights is perfect for ambient lighting and mood setting.

The full line is currently available for purchase on the company's website, EP DesignLab is also in the process of partnering with retailers to make their products available through a wide variety of outlets.

The name "E.P." is a joint homage to Thomas Edisonand Jackson Pollock, as explained by one of the designers:

"The E.P. Light products are in part a tribute to the master of Abstract Expressionism, the great Jackson Pollock. His body of work, along with Thomas Edison's innovative inventions, inspired the idea for E.P. Light bulbs. E.P. Light honors Mr. Thomas Edison and Mr. Jackson Pollock with every new product we create."

The design team is currently working on some creative designs for the upcoming holidays, as a springboard into the holiday decoration and gift market.

EP DesignLab is an interdisciplinary creative team composed of members from diverse backgrounds, mostly within the fields of art and engineering. They are located in San Jose, California. You can view and purchase the entire line of E.P. Lights at

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New LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier Delivers All-Around Air Quality

LG Electronics USA has launched the PuriCare™ 360° Air Purifier– the latest addition to the company's line of advanced air care solutions. The new LG PuriCare 360° features a unique purification method that promotes 360 degrees of clean air delivery, true HEPA filtration, LoDecibel™ quieter operation and superior energy efficiency.

LG PuriCare 360° (model AS560DWR0) joins the portfolio of LG appliances certified asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) – including air purifiers, washing machines and clothing care systems – helping to improve indoor air quality throughout the home. Each certified LG product has undergone rigorous scientific testing to ensure it is more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

"Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than the outdoor environment. The certified LG air purifiers are tested to our strict standards and proven to help create a healthier and cleaner home," said Michele Cassalia, director of marketing for the asthma & allergy friendly certification program. "LG is the first to offer families certified solutions in the laundry room. LG offers a line of products that help families to create a healthier indoor environment."

360° Care
The LG PuriCare 360° features a unique purification method that promotes 360 degrees of clean air delivery, including areas low to the floor where infants and toddlers are. To assure more even distribution to these areas, LG designed the Clean Booster feature, which delivers clean air up to 24 feet farther than before, covering rooms up to 512 square feet. The air purifier tilts up to 55 degrees and rotates up to 70 degrees to distribute air all while operating at whisper-quiet (as low as 25dB) sounds thanks to LG LoDecibel technology.

True HEPA Filters

The PuriCare 360°'s unique multi-filter system captures six different types of particles including the peskiest indoor allergens to deliver purer, cleaner air. Its True HEPA filtration system traps 99.97 percent of ultra-fine dust and only needs two filters compared to other industry leading air purifiers that require three. In addition to capturing allergens, the deodorization filter removes odors like food and smoke, smog and harmful airborne chemicals.

Smarter Air Quality

Why wait to enjoy the comfort of cleaner, fresher air at home when you can adjust key features of the LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier from anywhere, at any time using the LG SmartThinQ™ app? Users also can make clean air just a voice command away as the air purifier is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

Easy Detection
The intelligent LED indicator system atop the LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier changes from red to orange to yellow to green as the indoor air quality improves so users can easily monitor air quality. No particle will go undetected because the industry-leading PM1.0 Sensor finds contaminants one micron or smaller in diameter.

Superior Energy Efficiency

The ENERGY STAR® certified LG PuriCare 360° and other LG models save energy without compromising performance or style. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR certified room air purifiers are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard models, saving consumers about 225 kilowatt hours per year and $30 annually on utility bills.

LG PuriCare 360° is available now at a manufacturer's suggested price of $1,299.

Other asthma & allergy friendly certified and ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers include:
LG SIGNATURE Air Purifier – Model AM501YWM1 ($1,699) is a high-end all-in-one air purifier and humidifier that helps eliminate particles within a 580-square-foot radius.
LG PuriCare Tower - Model AS401WWA ($499) represents a fresh take on the traditional tower-style air purifier while reducing dust and particles in rooms up to 218 square feet.
LG PuriCare Round Console - Model AS401VSA0 ($349) is elegant, sleek and powerful – offering excellent filtration with coverage of 248 square feet.

For more information, visit

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

L'Oréal Launches La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV--The First Battery-Free Wearable Sun Safety Sensor--In The U.S.

Continuing a decades-long commitment to skin and sun-safety research and innovation, L'Oréal today announced that La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV—the first battery-free wearable electronic to measure UV exposure—is available now at and select U.S. Apple Store locations. This marks the first time MySkin Track UV, which was developed by L'Oréal's Technology Incubator and unveiled to acclaim at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, will be available to consumers in the U.S. With a precise sensor that measures individual UV levels and a companion app that tracks your exposure to pollution, pollen, and humidity, the launch of My Skin Track UV allows users to make more informed choices when it comes to their skin.

"Our research has long indicated the need for better consumer understanding of personal UV exposure," said Guive Balooch, Global Vice President and Head of L'Oréal's Technology Incubator. "We created this battery-free sensor to seamlessly integrate into the lives, and daily routines, of those using it. We hope the launch of this problem-solving technology makes it easier for people to make smart, sun-safe choices."

The award-winning La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV measures both UVA and UVB rays, and provides instant status updates while storing up to three months of data. The battery-free sensor is activated by the sun and powered by the user's smartphone using near-field communication. My Skin Track UV relays stored data to its accompanying app through an easy single-touch function: users simply tap My Skin Track UV against their smartphone to update the app. In addition to extensive UV data, the app—which seamlessly integrates with Apple HealthKit—provides insights into humidity, pollen, and pollution levels. Designed in collaboration with visionary designer Yves Behar, the discreet wearable sensor is 12mm wide and 6mm high, waterproof, and has a sturdy wire clip that can conveniently attach to clothing or accessories.

My Skin Track UV was co-developed with L'Oréal's leading skincare brand, La Roche-Posay, which works closely with dermatologists to develop safe and effective skincare products for patients worldwide. La Roche-Posay's line of Anthelios sunscreens has won over 60 beauty industry awards to-date. In 2016, La Roche-Posay and L'Oréal launched the first-ever stretchable skin sensor to monitor UV exposure, My UV Patch. Ensuing consumer studies showed a resulting increase in sun-safe behaviors, with 34 percent of participants applying sunscreen more often and 37 percent seeking shade more frequently.

Both My Skin Track UV and My UV Patch draw from partnership and research L'Oréal conducted in conjunction with Professor John Rogers from Northwestern University, through his portfolio of intellectual property (IP) and innovation around flexible, stretchable electronics and millimeter-scale wireless technologies, with two leading wearable companies—MC10, Inc. and Wearifi.

"La Roche-Posay believes that better looking skin starts with healthy habits. That's why we are committed to bringing scientific progress directly to consumers, so that they can make well-informed decisions that will help them take exceptional care of their skin," said Laetitia Toupet, Global General Manager of La Roche-Posay. "The research that went into the development of this technology indicated that wearables have the power to inspire true behavioral change by helping people measure and understand their exposure to various environmental aggressors and take action."

My Skin Track UV is now available at and select Apple stores in the U.S. for $59.95 MSRP. For more information on My Skin Track UV, visit

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Kintell Launches All-in-one Smart-Health-System for Over 70s to Improve Independent Living for Elderly and Their Families

Kintell has today announced its smart-home-system is available to buy through Kickstarter. The devices and smart system are designed for families to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults and extend the time people spend living independently in their home.

Kintell empowers users to remain independent and in control, maintain their active lifestyle, stay healthy, and feel better connected to their family.

With a fresh look and specially designed features for over 70s, Kintell's voice interactive smart home system is a simple device sold in bundles of 3 and 5 plus a single unit 'starter kit' which helps with everyday tasks around the home - from reminders for medication and hydration to improving your wellbeing and maintaining your physical and mental health.

Aaron Johnston, Kintell co-founder & CEO, "We are very excited to begin offering Kintell to the world through our Kickstarter pre-order campaign. We've worked with elderly people and their families to create a simple, empowering and private smart-health-system that helps you to age more confidently in your own home. We believe that the home is the best place to be when it comes to getting older and this is where we can start making a real impact on the confidence and ongoing independence of our elderly loved ones. We're delighted to be able to offer Kintell through Kickstarter as we know so many families are looking for technology to keep them active, healthy and connected to each other."

Kintell offers a menu of in-home programs which have been specially designed to keep you healthy. Choose from a range of healthy habit programs, personalised to your needs, from improving hydration to increasing flexibility and mindfulness.


Kintell can set reminders for critical tasks, like taking medication or renewing a prescription.

Kintell keeps you connected with family members and gives loved ones the ability to non-intrusively check-in. There is also an emergency feature which, when triggered, can put you in touch with someone who can help.

Kintell can be controlled from within the home by voice interaction, by its tactile rubber touchpad or through the mobile app. It is simple to set up and puts the user in control over what information is shared with family members.

Kintell's design is based on extensive feedback from users, incorporating textures, colours, and ergonomics that offer intuitive yet simple to use functionality with a modern design that blends into any home. The devices all have a large touch-pad, audio capabilities, an LED display and an emergency-pull-key.

Simple installation - Kintell connects to your wifi network and is plugged into the mains so doesn't require batteries and will work as long as there are no power outages.

Availability and pricing

The Kintell smart home system is now available to buy via Kickstarter and will begin shipping in early Q2 2019. The price for a one unit starter kit system will start from £79/$99, with three and five device bundles also available for larger homes.

Kintell Kickstarter page to pre-order the devices

Key Features

  • Healthy habit programs - Self-subscribed habit programs help you to extend your independence
  • Voice interaction - The device is voice interactive but is not always eavesdropping thereby protecting your privacy
  • Reminders - Can be used to help stay on top of medications and hydration routines
  • Nightlight - A sleep-friendly night-light illuminates trip hazards whilst not disturbing the body's circadian rhythm
  • Mobile App - Helps you stay connected to your loved ones and them to you
  • Motion and temperature sensor - Allows you to non-intrusively check in
  • Emergency Key - Receive immediate care and attention in a crisis
  • Intercom - For easy in-home communication between rooms or floors

Important links
Kickstarter campaign
Kintell website
Kintell YouTube page

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Fujifilm Announces The All-New J Press 750S, Fastest Full Color B2 Production Digital Inkjet Press On The Market

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announces the all-new third generation J Press 750S, available in North America by year-end, with an unsurpassed level of productivity from this inkjet press; generating 3,600 B2 sheets per hour, for both static and variable jobs, with a new maximum sheet size of 23" x 29.5" (585mm x 750mm).

Fujifilm's new flagship J Press 750S (known as 'Jet Press' outside of North America) continues to lead the industry in innovation. Taking the core technologies of the 720S, the J Press 750S further raises the bar by adopting the company's latest quality, productivity and environmental enhancements. The J Press 750S features industry leading FUJIFILM Dimatix Samba™ printheads along with a 6-up letter size imposition and increased speed, delivering double the sellable output over the previous version. This is all accomplished while reducing the overall footprint by 15 percent and reducing energy consumption by 23 percent.

Fujifilm began offering the J Press digital inkjet series for the commercial printing field worldwide in 2011, the first press of its kind for this segment, and the innovation continues to be widely adopted in Japan, Europe, and North America, with more than 150 installations worldwide.

The J Press 750S delivers leading quality with innovative technology, including:

Outstanding image quality comparable to offset printing

Featuring the newest generation ultra-high density/high-precision FUJIFILM Dimatix Samba printheads along with Fujifilm's aqueous pigment VIVIDIA ink, the J Press 750S prints output that exceeds the quality of offset printing platforms. The 750S delivers exceptional flat tints, ultra-smooth gradients, perfect black tints, pin sharp text, ultra-fine line work and perfect flesh tones and has an extensive color gamut reaching upwards of 90 percent of the Pantone®library.

High-speed output and larger sheet size
The J Press 750S prints both static and variable jobs at an industry leading 3,600 sheets per hour, which is 33 percent faster than the current J Press 720S, without any compromise to quality. With the larger sheet size of 23" x 29.5" the capacity from a four to six letter page imposition is a 50 percent increase over the previous generation.

Highly precise inline quality inspection
Much like the J Press 720S, the third generation 750S incorporates an inline scanning procedure of each sheet to insure quality throughout each print run. Further enhancing this capability, Fujifilm has introduced an optional full sheet scanning function which ensures that each printed sheet matches a pre-approved image quality standard.

Packaging solution

The J Press 750S exhibits great flexibility for the widest array of growing segments. The J Press 750S comes standard from the factory as a commercial printing platform and can be field configured to print up to 24 pt. board stock. A variety of current J Press customers change their own configuration back and forth to gain the maximum flexibility and value from their J Press investments.

"With the new J Press 750S, you can now print a six-up letter-size imposition, and with the increase in speed, we have doubled the sellable output of our previous version," said Ed Pierce, product marketing manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. "As a further advantage, the uptime on J Press is reported by customers to be near 95 percent, or greater, making the J Press the most productive production inkjet press in its class."

The J Press 750S made its global debut at the IGAS2018 International Graphic Arts Show, held in Japan, at Tokyo Big Sight, this past July.

To find out how Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division can help businesses meet future challenges, improve quality and reduce costs, please visit:

SOURCE FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division
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Aurora Flight Sciences Reveals Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft Odysseus

Aurora continues its nearly 30-year legacy of advancing autonomous systems with Odysseus, the world's most capable solar-powered autonomous aircraft.

Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform built for groundbreaking persistence. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely – all powered by clean, renewable energy.

The inspiration for Odysseus started with the Daedalus Project that ultimately set records in distance and for human-powered flight in 1988 with a 72-mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. The project was organized and led by Aurora President and CEO John Langford and other MIT colleagues who later founded Aurora. Daedalus' records still stand today.

"Aurora was founded by the idea that technology and innovation can provide powerful solutions to tough problems that affect all of humankind. Odysseus was an idea born out of Daedalus that is now a real solution to advancing the important research around climate change and other atmospheric chemistry problems," said Aurora President and CEO John Langford. "Odysseus offers persistence like no other solar aircraft of its kind, which is why it is such a capable and necessary platform for researchers. Odysseus will indeed change the world."

A number of key enabling factors, inspired by the Daedalus project, come together to empower Odysseus' leading-edge persistence:

Key Enablers

Odysseus can persistently and autonomously remain on station. This enables communication and data gathering over a specific location. No other solar aircraft offers this capability.
Odysseus has a greater year-round global operating zone than any other vehicle in its class.
Odysseus can carry a larger payload than any other aircraft in development or production in its class. This enables more missions and better resulting data quality from each mission.
Odysseus can be deployed at a fraction of the cost of a satellite and can spend dramatically more time aloft than a conventional UAV. It can receive payload and hardware options and can be quickly customized, re-tasked, and re-located as missions evolve.

Odysseus provides the most capable solution for climate and weather researchers. With its payload capacity, Odysseus will provide researchers with long-term, high-resolution observation capabilities. The platform can measure vegetation, ice coverage and flow rates, and even ground moisture. Weather and storm monitoring during peak seasons become more affordable and accurate because of its ability to track and measure the movement of severe weather events, all while powered by clean energy.

In addition to climate and atmospheric research, Odysseus' persistence enables a range of missions and operations across communication, connectivity, and intelligence.

Odysseus' first flight is scheduled for the Spring of 2019.

Learn more about Odysseus.

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Subaru Forester Driver Maxes Out Odometer at 1 Million Kilometres

Musician Jerner Jung from Slovenia has reached 1 million kilometres - the equivalent of driving 25 laps around the world - in the first generation Subaru Forester he bought on a friend's recommendation back in 1998.

Jerner, also known as Jerry, recalls the moment he reached 1 million kilometres while driving in his hometown of Ljubljana as the car's odometer clicked round and got stuck on 999,999 kilometres: "I was constantly checking the odometer because I thought it would be automatically restarted to 0 kilometres. So I took pictures before because I expected no one would believe me. To my pleasant surprise it got stuck at 999,999 kilometres."

Two decades since buying the vehicle, and after driving in all kinds of weather conditions and road environments, Jerry's Forester has never broken down. "I always paid attention to its regular maintenance and this car still retains about 70% of its original parts to this day."

Subaru Europe President and CEO, Masamichi Kudo said: "We congratulate Jerry for this great achievement and also for taking good care of his Subaru. This Forester reaching the 1 million kilometre mark is further proof of our cars' longevity, built to last longer."

Subaru has established a reputation for making tough cars to withstand the effects of both the elements and time. Over 97% of the Subaru vehicles sold in Europe in the last 10 years are still on the road today*[1].

The current, fourth generation Subaru Forester received top ratings in crash safety evaluation programmes worldwide. This includes winning the highest five-star overall rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP)*[2] safety performance test in 2012.

The combination of Subaru's core technology, Symmetrical All-wheel Drive, Boxer Engine and X-mode feature with Hill Descent Control, gives the latest Forester in Europe the capability needed on challenging road and weather conditions.

(*) 1 Based on IHS Markit European vehicles in operation as of end December 2016

(*) 2 Euro NCAP is an independent agency composed of European governments and European motoring and consumer organizations, assessing new car safety performance since 1997 situations in poor visibility

(*) 6 Forester, Outback, Subaru XV


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Ava, Maker of Clinically Proven Fertility Tracking Bracelet, Announces Hong Kong Launch and Introduces One-Year "Pregnancy Guarantee"

Ava, a medical technology company focused on innovations in women's reproductive health, today announced it has expanded sales into Asia with the launch of an office in Hong Kong. In addition, the company has unveiled an improved and updated version of its popular Ava fertility tracker, along with a host of new premium services available to US users, including a one-year pregnancy guarantee and access to one-on-one fertility coaching.

Ava's Expanding International Footprint
With the addition of Hong Kong, Ava's international footprint now extends through North America, Europe, and Asia. Launched in the US in July 2016, the bracelet is sold in 33 countries and has helped more than 16,000 women(*) become pregnant, with about 50 new pregnancies a day(**) being reported among Ava users.

"We have seen huge demand from women in Asiawho have been waiting for a better way to track their cycles, improve their chances of conception and get valuable insights to take control of their health," said Ava Co-founder Lea von Bidder. "With this Hong Kong launch, we are excited to meet the need here and as a stepping stone to the rest of Asia."

Updated Hardware, App Features, and Pregnancy Guarantee Premium Packages
Ava's latest improved and updated sensor bracelet features a sleeker strap and redesigned pod optimized for better performance and comfort, along with a silent alarm to wake wearers with a discrete vibration. In addition, the Ava app now includes a newsfeed-style dashboard, allowing Ava to engage directly with its users. Users can now also customize the health dashboard, allowing them more freedom to personalize their app experience.

In the US, Ava customers now have two new bundled packages available if they want to upgrade their purchase: The "Plus" version, $399, includes a one-year pregnancy guarantee (users who do not conceive within 12 months of using Ava can receive a full refund of the purchase price***), along with an e-book filled with science-backed information about conceiving and helpful tips and tricks about cycle-tracking and access to expert-led health, fertility and pregnancy webinars. The "Premium" version for $699 includes the one-year money-back pregnancy guarantee, access to the e-book and Webinars, as well as 100 minutes of one-on-one coaching with an Ava-certified fertility coach.

"We enhanced our bracelet features and introduced these new value-add services -- from science-backed, expert information and guidance in e-books and Webinars, to one-on-one fertility coaching -- with the ultimate goal of helping Ava users get pregnant faster," explained von Bidder. "Our goal is to set Ava users up for success - and feel supported - in their journey to conception and we believe that if Ava can't help you get pregnant with all these resources and guidance, we don't think you should have to pay for it."

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UNFPA, Unite to Light Provide "Light for Life" for Midwives in Humanitarian and Conflict Zones

Under the Safe Birth Even Here campaign, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and Unite to Light (UTL) have launched the "Light for Life" project. This initiative will provide solar lights to midwives in humanitarian and conflict zones, as well as to rural regions without access to electricity.

According to the World Health Organization, 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. That is a death toll equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing, every single day. One of the most effective interventions to stop preventable maternal deaths is ensuring that a skilled birth attendant or midwife is available to assist with the delivery. However, in many villages across the globe, a lack of basic facilities such as electricity, impairs their efforts to ensure a safe delivery.

Midwives are crucial in regions that lack resources and are often the only trained healthcare providers available. Yet even with the best of training, a midwife is limited if she cannot see what she is doing. When a woman gives birth at night, or in a dark hut, often the only available light source is from a cooking fire, candles or a kerosene lantern. These options, when available, provide limited visibility and are dangerous due to their flammability and air polluting emissions. However, with a solar light, a midwife can help safely see and attend to the mother and child.

Over 75 percent of the world's people affected by crises are women and children. When disaster strikes, women are faced with the loss of medical support, malnutrition and increased incidence of sexual violence. Their vulnerability is even higher in times of pregnancy: 3 in 5 maternal deaths occur in countries affected by, or prone to conflict or natural disaster. The Safe Birth Even Here campaign aims to make women's health, safety and dignity a global humanitarian priority and mobilize action and funding to support women's health in all humanitarian operations worldwide.

"At UNFPA, we have declared "safe birth, even here" because migration while pregnant can increase risk of complications. Therefore, pregnant women may be left behind, while others seek safer locations. And those left behind may face continued threats, often exacerbated by a collapsing health system," says UNFPA's Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem.

"Solar lights are crucial for midwives, and ensure the health, well-being and privacy of the mother," says Megan Birney, President of Unite to Light. "Last year, in partnership with UNFPA, we deployed 11,000 solar lights to the Bangladesh Midwifery Society for the midwives and the Rohingya refugee mothers they were helping. This year we will be working with UNFPA in Paraguay and Bangladesh to ensure that midwives are properly equipped to ensure safe births everywhere."

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Royole to Fund $30,000,000 'Developer Support Project' to Support App Development on Their New FlexPai Foldable Smartphone

Royole Corporation, a leading innovator and manufacturer of next-generation human-machine interface technologies and products including advanced flexible displays, flexible sensors, and smart devices, announces its 'Developer Support Project' in which the company will invest $30M USD in supporting and encouraging software developers around the world to create a variety of new apps for the world's first commercial foldable smartphone, FlexPai. The project will help in building a software ecosystem for the foldable smartphone.

The launch of FlexPai has attracted world-wide media attentions from publications including Android Authority, BBC, Business Insider, CNBC, CNET, New York Times, Reuters, TechCrunch, and more. As a milestone product in the information and technology industry, FlexPai revolutionizes the way humans and machines interface, joining the computer and mobile internets into one, and defining a new direction for the future of smart devices.

Disrupting consumers' traditional concept of a smartphone, FlexPai can be used either folded or unfolded, giving it the portability of a smartphone plus the screen size of a high-definition tablet. When unfolded, FlexPai supports split-screen mode and multi-tasking; supports dual-SIM cards; supports drag-and-drop across applications, enabling it to share features just as a computer does; automatically adjusts screen sizes; and provides enjoyable video-watching and gaming experiences.

When folded, FlexPai can support dual screens with separate, simultaneous operations. The interface on the primary and secondary screens can mutually interact with each other, or independently use different interfaces without interfering with one another. Users can also get notifications on the edge screen side bar, which can be used to manage calls, messages, and other notices that may disturb the primary and secondary screen usage.

In addition to completely redesigned hardware, a new software ecosystem needed to be built. Royole customized the Water OS for FlexPai as the base for software applications to run, enabling the apps to adjust screen sizes between 4:3, 16:9, and 18:9 aspect ratios when folded or unfolded, offering consumers the incredible combination of large screen and portability experiences.

At the Global Product Launch Event in Beijing on October 31, 2018, Dr. Bill Liu stated that Royole's focus has and always will be on helping people better perceive their world through technological innovation. He also stated, "I believe our flexible products will provide value to consumers. FlexPai is a new start for us, and I am confident it will improve people's lives. And, through the 'Developer Support Project', we plan to grow the ecosystem, enabling consumers to experience their favorite apps in a new way."

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Casio G-SHOCK Debuts 35th Anniversary Commemorative Models With The MAGMA OCEAN Collection

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the release of the MAGMA OCEAN Collection. The collection, which is the final collection launched in honor of G-SHOCK's year-long 35th anniversary celebration, includes two new RANGEMAN (GPRB100TF) and FROGMAN (GWF1035F) models. An update to G-SHOCK's highly revered RANGEMAN and FROGMAN timepieces, both feature a case back engraved with the 35th anniversary logo and come in a commemorative black and rose gold package. The collection also honors the 25th anniversary of the original FROGMAN model.

The MAGMA OCEAN Collection features G-SHOCK's symbolic shades of black and red as base colors – highlighted with brilliant rose gold and yellow gold accents to celebrate the 35th anniversary. Just as the colors evoke the memory of the magma ocean that covered the planet during its formation, the collection also nods to G-SHOCK's heritage while declaring Casio's commitment to continually create valued G-SHOCK models for years to come.

First introduced in 1993, this latest FROGMAN model marks the timepiece's 25th anniversary with a stylized frog placed throughout.

The model also comes equipped with the collection's advanced diver technology, ISO certified, which includes Tough Solar – providing a high-capacity solar-charging system to withstand long outdoor excursions. The watch is also capable of storing Log Data for up to 10 diving logs, as well as displaying moon data, three levels of tide graphs and multi-band atomic timekeeping.

Similarly, the collection's RANGEMAN model is equipped with G-SHOCK's toughest technology for the most intense outdoor situations, including a superior, mud-resistant structure and low temperature resistance of -20C/-40F degrees. The watch also comes with premium features such as a scratch resistant, clear sapphire glass, ceramic case back, Bluetooth and GPS Navigation capabilities, Point Memory (up to 60 sets of point data), a Digital Compass, Barometer, Thermometer, and more.

Both RANGEMAN and FROGMAN models also come equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology of:
200M water resistance and shock resistance
World Time (48 cities + UTC)
4 Daily alarms
Stopwatch and countdown timer

The GPRB1000TF-1 will retail for $900, while the GWF103F-1 will retail for $750. Both will be available for purchase beginning this December at selected G-SHOCK retailers including Macy's, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and

SOURCE Casio America, Inc.
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