Wally Smart Wall Breaks the Mold in Event Advertising, Revealing the World's First Interactive Interview Backdrop

The traditional interview backdrop has long served as an attractive marketing tool. It's a permanent fixture reaching a captive audience, generating expansive exposure during global events. Now, the Wally has shattered the mold.

As the first and only interview backdrop of its kind, the Wally Smart Wall enables sponsors to communicate directly with their target market through video content and dedicated interactive messages. Comprised of a row of screens situated within the exact frame of the ongoing interview, Wally can carry out active marketing with any crowd. The result is a more effective, better looking branding experience.

This is the new standard in event advertising. Wally has taken the age-old model and amplified its success. Like so many of today's smart tools and technologies, the Wally adapts to your wants and needs as they change. It provides you with the freedom to control your message in real-time. Instead of a singular stale logo, Wally provides a dynamic, elastic and engaging platform for optimal message delivery.

As the newest media platform model, the Wally Smart Wall is an integration of state of the art technologies. Together, these tools make the Wally a fully synchronized wall display of commercial messaging on a collection of screens.

SAAS remote control system enabling users to upload and replace pictures and videos on the dynamic backdrop within minutes, without physically being beside the wall
Advanced measurement system determining on which sites the backdrop interviews appear, simultaneously providing valuable viewership data on each site (coming soon)
Smart, interactive facial recognition software, sending push notifications to all the subject's followers, announcing the start of an interview (coming soon)

While the technology is a natural fit for the athletic arena, Wally's reach and the opportunities to generate additional revenue are endless. Its impact can be easily adapted to fashion shows, press conferences, showcases, launches and more. The ability to display brand images, videos, and even calls for actions eliminates any previously accepted limits.

Wally Smart Wall Brands (registered patent) was developed by Nadav Sofer (CEO) and Yves Sibony (VP Marketing). Together, they bring decades of diverse experience to this ground-breaking venture.

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Epicor to Accelerate Cloud ERP Adoption and Bring the Intelligent Cloud to Manufacturers and Distributors via Microsoft Azure

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced today from the main stage of its annual user conference Insights 2018 an expanded strategic partnership with Microsoft to deliver Epicor enterprise-class solutions globally on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Epicor will initially standardize cloud deployment of its Epicor ERP and Epicor® Prophet 21® enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites on Microsoft Azure, empowering customers to drive faster growth and innovation as they move to digitally transform their businesses.

"Microsoft's focus on the 'Intelligent Cloud' and 'Intelligent Edge' complement our customer-centric focus," said Steve Murphy, CEO, Epicor. "We looked at several public cloud options. Microsoft Azure offers the best foundation for building and deploying enterprise business applications that will enable our customers' businesses to adapt and grow. Today, we are seeing more than three-quarters of prospects ask about cloud ERP. As that deployment model becomes the norm, we are ready to enable our customers to move to the cloud with confidence leveraging the reliability, security, and scalability of Microsoft Azure."
"Standardizing cloud deployment of its world-class manufacturing and distribution solutions on Microsoft Azure is a natural step for Epicor with its history of leveraging forward-looking technology to deliver the utmost value to its customers," said David Willis, corporate vice president, Microsoft. "With Epicor solutions running in the cloud, customers will reap the benefits of greater agility, faster innovation, and favorable economics of Azure as they embrace digital transformation."

Unleashing the power of Epicor on most trusted public cloud platform
For most companies, the big question is not if, but when they will adopt cloud computing for the bulk of their IT operations, including the ERP software they use to manage inventory and product manufacturing.1

The Epicor and Microsoft partnership expands an already proven strategy to a global scale, as more customers are able to access the power of Epicor ERP and Prophet 21 running on the world-leading public cloud platform.

Microsoft technologies will optimize productivity and innovation for Epicor, its customers and partners. Epicor will leverage a range of Azure technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) to deliver ready-to-use, right-sized solutions for midmarket manufacturers and distributors. Epicor also plans to explore Microsoft's technologies for advanced search, speech-to-text, and other use cases to deliver modern human/machine interfaces that improve productivity for its customers.

More information and news from Epicor Insights can be found at the Epicor Newsroom. Readers can also follow and engage with the Epicor Twitter community at @Epicor and @Epicor_Insights using #insights18.

1 IDG Contributor Network, Talking Tech in the Age of Cloud: "Why CFOs (and CIOs) are finally embracing cloud ERP," by Barbara Darrow, Contributor, CIO (April 25, 2018)

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Instagram now lets you mute accounts

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to mute others in their feed without having to unfollow them

Today we’re introducing mute in feed, a new way to control what posts you see on Instagram. The new feature lets you hide posts in feed from certain accounts, without unfollowing them. With this change, you can make your feed even more personalized to what matters to you.

When you mute an account, you can still see posts on their profile page and get notified about comments or posts you’re tagged in. The accounts you mute will not be aware that you’ve muted them. You can always unmute an account to get their posts back in your feed.

Dublin Start-up Cloud With Me Joins Google Cloud Partner Program

Cloud With Me today announced it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Program in a move to simplify cloud adoption for small businesses. Established in one of Europe's leading tech hubs, Dublin-based startup Cloud With Me was founded in 2016. By collaborating with Google Cloud, Cloud With Me aims to make cloud hosting available to more small businesses, making it easier for them to get access to Google Cloud's security benefits and infrastructure services, without the need for a developer on staff.

Asaf Zamir (left) Co-founder & CTO and Gilad Somjen (right) Co-founder & CEO of Cloud With Me (PRNewsfoto/Cloud With Me)

"Our focus is to remove the barriers faced by small businesses, helping them to reach their potential. We're at an incredibly exciting stage. Becoming an official partner of Google Cloud has opened doors for us, and significantly widened our reach," said Gilad Somjen, CEO of Cloud With Me.

Cloud With Me attracted 50,000 customers in its first year of operation by eliminating downtime and running through hours of development with a pre-configured automation. While the customer sees a loading bar on their screen, behind the scenes an automation installs a complete server stack, with MySQL, FTP, and a variety of PHP-based addons. The automated installation also includes Nameserver management and a free SSL.

"We're confident that Cloud With Me will help to bring mass adoption of cloud services," said Asaf Zamir, CTO Cloud With Me.

"Bringing accessible and simple cloud solutions directly to small and medium enterprises helps them to focus on their core business objectives. The collaboration between Google Cloud and Cloud With Me allows SMEs to leave their infrastructure and website hosting to the experts while they build and grow their business," said Yuval Dvir, Head of International online partnerships at Google.

For more information visit http://www.cloudwith.me or contact Emma Morris, Business Development Manager of Cloud With Me at emma.m@cloudwith.me

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ASKfm to Tokenize Social Interactions, 215M Users Involved

Top 10 social network goes blockchain

ASKfm announced its decentralized upgrade ASKfm 2.0 claiming to monetize knowledge in all of its forms. It will be initiated by a platform incorporating both massive amounts of information from diverse areas, as well as millions of progressive users. This way, ASKfm claims it has enough expertise to build a knowledge-centered economy for which its users advocate.

One giant leap

ASKfm is currently the largest Q&A social network worldwide, hosting 600 million questions monthly. The coming ASKfm 2.0 aims to transform the platform from the knowledge exchange of today into a concept resembling an online knowledge store. The company states that blockchain technology can effectively reshape access to knowledge and its evaluation. They tokenize interactions within the social media, rewarding people whose answers are well-received and demanded. This way, they claim, expertise gains intrinsic value and serves as a centerpiece for the new economy.

The way to sustainability

The company has been framing a blockchain solution a long time, and they're finally presenting it. Maxym Tsaryk, CEO at ASKfm says:

"We are settling our high-loaded blockchain Q&A platform - that's why we are introducing a new cryptocurrency token not on a whim but out of conceptual necessity, as without it, the product wouldn't be able to exist. Blockchain opens a path to democratic environments, to self-regulating economic models governed by market laws and mechanisms. We do not see the future for ASKfm, technologies and social networks without blockchain."

Open for participation

215 million of existing ASKfm users will have the option to switch to ASKfm 2.0, register a wallet, and receive tokens for that. The community, as usual, will also be able to take part in the upcoming ICO event during the year. In total, the social media plans to sell $100,000,000 worth of tokens.

According to the company, its private sale is already ongoing with minimum amounts starting from a million dollars. The dates and terms of the crowdsale are yet to be determined. The broader public can currently only apply for the whitelist. For that, ASKfm launched a dedicated website. To read more about ASKfm 2.0 and request participation, please visit askfm.io


H2O.ai Supports AI4ALL to Educate A New Generation of AI Talent

H2O.ai, the open source leader in AI, today announced it is sponsoring and partnering with AI4ALL, a nonprofit that is working to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence and to educate future AI talent about how AI can be a force for social good. The H2O.ai and AI4ALL partnership will leverage AI4ALL's innovative model for AI education and H2O.ai's mission to democratize AI. Together, H2O.ai and AI4ALL will work to broaden the AI talent pipeline and access to AI education, tools and resources for a new generation of students.

AI4ALL's goals are to ensure that AI technology represents the needs of a diverse society, to mitigate negative impact – such as bias – of AI development and to raise awareness of AI so that everyone can be an informed consumer and benefit from the opportunities of AI.

"We are pleased to bring on H2O.ai as a sponsor of AI4ALL, and we applaud their mission to democratize AI and dedication to using their technology for good," said Tess Posner, CEO at AI4ALL. "AI4ALL has a vision of an inclusive future for AI, and mission-aligned industry partners play an important role by investing in the next generation of AI talent through mentorship, career opportunities and resources."

H2O.ai is committed to participate with AI4ALL in outreach and education including:
H2O.ai guest speakers and one day of mentorship at AI4ALL Summer Camps taking place at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, Princeton University, Boston University, Simon Fraser University and Carnegie Mellon University.
An opportunity for AI4ALL alumni to attend H2O World NYC on June 7, where 10th grade AI4ALL alum, Amélie Buc, will speak on a panel about Women and Inclusion in Data Science
Collaboration on an AI4Kids Summer Camp in July targeting underrepresented middle school students

"Democratization of AI is a mission AI4ALL and H2O.AI share at the core. Trust in AI and the acute talent gap can be addressed by making AI education accessible to everyone, especially the next generation of learners. AI4ALL also shares our deep conviction to bring AI across gender and race. We are very excited to partner with Tess in her journey to make AI accessible for all," said Sri Ambati, CEO at H2O.ai. "In addition to our community focus, AI4Kids is a program where we aim to bring AI to kids in neighborhoods who need it the most, starting with this July's Summer Camp. AI at H2O.ai is not just a technology, it's a cultural movement for change. Intelligence for all makes wonderful discoveries possible!"

Connect with H2O.ai
Visit us to learn more: www.h2o.ai
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Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/0xdata/
Download Driverless AI for a free 21-day trial: https://www.h2o.ai/try-driverless-ai/

About H2O.ai
H2O.ai is the leader in AI with its visionary open source platform, H2O. Its mission is to democratize AI for all. H2O.ai is transforming the use of AI within all software with its category-creating visionary open source machine learning movement. More than 12,600 companies use open-source H2O in mission-critical use cases for Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail, Telco, Sales, and Marketing. H2O.ai recently launched Driverless AI that uses AI to do AI in order to provide an easier, faster and cheaper means of implementing data science. In February 2018, Gartner named H2O.ai, as a Leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms. H2O.ai partners with leading technology companies such as NVIDIA, IBM, AWS, Azure and Google and is proud of its growing customer base which includes Capital One, Progressive Insurance, Comcast, Walgreens and Kaiser Permanente. For more information and to learn more about how H2O.ai is transforming business processes with intelligence, visit www.h2o.ai.

About AI4ALL
AI4ALL is an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence. They educate the next generation of diverse AI leaders, build AI awareness, and expand on and promote beneficial AI. They do this work through programs like their summer AI education programs for underrepresented high school students, which are run in partnership with universities across North America. The programs increase access, awareness, and exposure to field in a variety of ways including through hands-on technical education and connections to role models and mentors in the field. AI4ALL's vision is for AI to be developed by a broad group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity's benefit.

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5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids

Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

Photo Courtesy of Zebra Pen

The National Summer Learning Association estimates that kids can lose up to two months of learning during the summer but involving kids in educational summer activities can prevent them from forgetting skills they learned during the school year.

Encourage your kids to keep learning outside of school with these fun and educational summer activities.

Visit a Science Museum
Spend a rainy day enjoying a science museum, which offers hands-on experiences to make learning fun. Kids can build on what they've already learned and apply new discoveries when they return to school in the fall. Many museums offer special prices for families, which makes it an opportunity for the whole family to bond. Once you get home, talk about favorite exhibits or lessons and ask kids to express those memories on paper in the form of a journal entry or colorful drawing.

Head to the Zoo or Aquarium

At a conservation-oriented destination like an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoo or aquarium, kids can learn about the importance of environmentally friendly practices, animal care and welfare and more. Families can also explore the unique challenges facing endangered species and discover how members are Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE). After learning about animals that need help, kids can visit zebrapen.com/aza for fun games that reinforce what they learned. Kids can also draw their favorite animals, real or imaginary, and take a photo to enter Zebra Pen's AZA SAFE contest. Prizes include zoo or aquarium tickets and items from the Zensations product line.

Go on a Nature Hike
Hikes provide abundant nature lessons, giving kids a chance to get some exercise while exploring and appreciating their surroundings. Visit a national or local park to get some fresh air and learn about preserving nature. Along with a picnic lunch, bring along information about local wildlife and plants, and have kids search for each item on the list as a scavenger hunt. Back at home, test their memories by having them create a collage of all the things they found.

See a Show at a Children's Theater
Experiencing live theater is a positive way to introduce kids to new cultural experiences. Because they're typically short in run time, most shows can hold the attention of kids of all ages while conveying important life lessons. Pick a show with lots of interaction that can allow kids to stay focused and maybe even participate in the show. Acting out their favorite scenes, illustrating favorite characters or writing a new scene or different ending are all ways to keep the learning going after the curtains close.

Join a Library Program
Special summer programs at libraries can give kids a chance to enhance their reading skills. Many local libraries offer contests that challenge kids to read a certain number of books during the summer and include a series of incentives for reaching certain milestones. The reading component is often supplemented with crafts and activities to make reading fun. Extend the challenge even further by choosing a favorite book and asking kids to write or draw a sequel that takes those characters on another exciting adventure.

Capture Life's Moments

In addition to getting out and exploring new things, encourage daily writing, coloring and expression by asking kids to creatively capture their summer experiences. Teaching kids to write and draw about things they find fun is a great way to reinforce what they've learned and foster a love for writing.

Letting kids get creative begins with the right supplies. For example, Zebra Cadoozles and Starters come in different designs to get creativity flowing.

Make summer adventures more memorable by encouraging kids to capture them through these ideas:
Write about experiences in a journal or diary.
Mom and Dad can join in on the fun by writing or creating their own bullet journals using Zebra Sarasa Fineliners, Mildliners and more. Bullet journals can be perfect for planning summer activities.
Take photos to share with friends and family both online and in-person.
Draw pictures of the favorite parts of the day. An option like Zebra Zensations Colored Pencils are perfect for writing, coloring, sketching and expressing creativity for every craft and project. They're refillable and triangular-shaped, so they won't fall off the table.
Share experiences on social media.
Collect drawings, writing entries and photos to create a summer keepsake or scrapbook.

Find more ideas for capturing summer experiences at zebrapen.com.

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A Deserved Day for Dad

Whether dad wants to spend his day on the patio, in the garage, on the couch or at a ballgame, Father's Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything that makes him special to you and your family.

Photo Courtesy of Omaha Steaks

Since each dad is a little different, it's sometimes tough finding just the right gift to put a smile on his face. Whether he's into a grilled meal, a clean deck or a quality shave, these products are ideal for all types of fathers.

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Find more gift ideas to put this dad's day on his highlight reel at eLivingToday.com.

Grilling Favorites for Father's Day
Celebrate dad by gathering the family for a cookout to remember featuring Omaha Steaks. This year's Father's Day package includes two buttery-rich ribeyes; two tender, juicy filet mignons; four 1/4-pound burgers; Omaha Steaks signature steak seasoning blend; a pound of steakhouse fries and four caramel apple tartlets for dessert. Find more dad-pleasing steaks and easy-to-prepare side dishes at omahasteaks.com.

Bring the Barbershop to Dad
Instead of dad having to head out the door for his next quality shave, you can bring the barbershop to him with KC Shave Co, which allows members to experience an enjoyable shave every day. For Father's Day, pamper your dad with a relaxing shave with services that include timely delivery coupled with all-natural products, leaving skin fresh and without irritation. Find more gift ideas for dad at kcshaveco.com.

Perfect for His Projects
For the father who always seems to have a project in motion, you can make his day (and every day) a little easier with a Briggs & Stratton S1800 electric pressure washer. Featuring a turbo nozzle with the ability to blast away grime 40 percent faster than a standard spray tip, he can clean a wide range of surfaces from patios, decks and sidewalks to siding, windows, screens and tables. Find more cleaning solutions and a limited-time discount code for the power washer at Briggsandstratton.com/OutdoorCleaning.

A Guy and His Garage
Many dads can never seem to have enough tools. This package, the 111-piece Husky Mechanics Tool Set, gives him just about everything he needs to work on his car and tackle household projects. It offers two ratchets, 70 sockets, 22 bits and 14 hex keys. The case makes it perfect for storing in the shed, tossing it in the back of the truck or tucking away in a closet. Find more information and tools for dad at homedepot.com/husky.

Apparel for the Active Dad
Inspired by modern athletic gear, Mizzen+Main's dress shirts use a unique fabric blend to wick away moisture, eliminating sweat from showing through the shirt. Ideal for dad to look and feel his best, the shirts feature four-way stretch for a custom fit and do not require dry cleaning – simply machine wash and hang dry. Offering moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free fabrics, they're designed to blend class and comfort for active dads. Visit mizzenandmain.com for more.

For the Music Man
Help dad listen to his favorite tunes on Father's Day with Samsung's Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom Speakers, which allow music lovers to listen throughout their home with an easy plug-and-play design. The speaker's design is versatile and can be used alone as a speaker or combined with other Shape speakers to create a multiroom ecosystem. A free app, Samsung Multiroom, enables listeners to seamlessly stream music via WiFi or Bluetooth from a variety of music sources. For more tech solutions, visit Samsung.com.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Chakratec Raises 4.4 Million Dollars in Series C Round, to Bring Its Innovative 5-10 Minute Charging Technology for Electric Vehicles to Market

Chakratec has announced the completion of its third financing round in which it raised 4.4 million dollars from the Israeli iArgento Group and the Singaporean company Goldbell. Chakratec's first investor was Capital Nature, which remains the company's largest shareholder. Chakratec has already raised 3.2 million dollars in its previous rounds. The present round will enable the company to conduct its first three pilot projects in Europe with three of Europe's leading utilities. The success of these pilots will lead to first orders later this year.

Chakratec CEO Ilan Ben-David: "Chakratec has developed an innovative EV charging technology that obviates the need for upgrading the power grid, enabling rapid deployment of fast EV charging systems. The company is currently conducting pilot projects with three global energy providers that see our technology as the solution for reduced EV charging times, and a facilitator for global market penetration by electric vehicles."

Chakratec was established in 2013 by three high-tech entrepreneurs who pivoted their careers to clean tech: Ilan Ben David, Nir Zohar and Dudi Pincu. The company has developed a unique, innovative energy storage technology powered by kinetic batteries using a flywheel concept. These batteries provide a high-power energy supply, allowing a large number (tens to hundreds of thousands) of charge and discharge cycles over a lifetime of 20 years.

Until today, fast charging of electric vehicles required a high-power electricity connection, which often necessitates a costly, complicated and lengthy process of upgrading the distribution network infrastructure. The use of kinetic batteries makes it easy to deploy fast EV charging stations anywhere, integrating all kinds of energy sources, at extremely low operating costs. The charging process developed by Chakratec can be compared to the flushing of water in a toilet tank – when a strong flow is needed, a lever is pressed and the tank empties rapidly and then fills up again. Similarly, when a vehicle enters a charging station, the kinetic battery empties, rapidly transferring the energy to the vehicle, and then fills up again. Chemical batteries cannot be used for this application due to the number of cycles and high power required.

Chakratec has recently won the 2018 Outstanding Venture Award of the NREL Industry Growth Forum competition – the world's most prestigious competition in the field of renewable energy (NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, is a world leader in the field). The company has also won the 2017 eMove360o Award for Electric Mobility & Autonomous Driving, Energy Storage category.

About iArgento

iArgento is an Israeli multi-family office that provides wealth management, intergenerational wealth transfer, financial planning and equity capital raising services for early stage startups in Israel.

iArgento raises capital from Israeli investors, as well as from non-Israeli investors mainly in North and South America. Website: www.iargento.com

About Capital Nature

Capital Nature operates a technology incubator, focusing on new energy and smart transportation projects and investing each year in four to five new projects.

Apart from investments in early stage ventures, Capital Nature's incubator operates a test and validation site in the Arava region, and it also provides financing for applied academic research projects in the field of renewable energy conducted by leading Israeli research centers.

To date, the company has invested some 10 million dollars in 17 different projects. The portfolio value amounts to more than 20 million dollars, based on the value of the portfolio companies. The company expects the portfolio value to double within two to three years.

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Fluke Pack30 Professional Tool Backpack allows maintenance professionals to easily carry, protect, and access all the tools they need for the day

It can be very inefficient — as well as frustrating — to run back and forth to grab additional tools because you can't carry everything you need to the job site. The new Fluke® Pack30 Professional Tool Backpack makes it easy to organize, transport, and access all the tools you need for the day. Designed specifically for an electrician's DMMs, clamps, tools, and accessories, the rugged backpack also protects tools even in the dirtiest work site. For today's digital user, the Fluke Pack30 offers a way to carry all the necessary tools while keeping hands free to use cell phones and tablets.

The Fluke Pack30 features:
More than 30 pockets and pouches designed to hold a broad array of Fluke tools and accessories, as well as screwdrivers, pliers, tape rolls, and other hand tools;
Six main storage compartments for convenient organization;
A special pocket for tablets and laptops 12 inches (30 cm) wide or smaller;
Storage for safety glasses, earplugs, cell phones, valuables, and more;
Rugged, waterproof molded bottom to protect tools and accessories from the elements;
Molded base also holds backpack upright, keeping tools organized and within easy reach.

For more information on the Fluke Pack30 Professional Tool Backpacks, visit: http://www.fluke.com/flukepack30.

Fluke tools and accessories, hard tools and other tools mentioned not included with the Fluke Pack30.

Fluke Corporation
For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of a distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com or visit the Fluke Web site at www.fluke.com.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools and software for measuring and condition monitoring. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, maintenance managers, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot, and maintain industrial, electrical, and electronic equipment and calibration processes.

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Microsoft acquires Berkeley-based conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

AI researchers have made great strides in recent years, but we are still at the beginning of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communication. Most of today’s bots and intelligent assistants respond to simple commands and queries, such as giving a weather report, playing a song or sharing a reminder, but aren’t able to understand meaning or carry on conversations. For rich and effective communication, intelligent assistants need to be able to have a natural dialogue instead of just responding to commands. We call this “conversational AI.”

We are excited to announce today that we have acquired Semantic Machines Inc., a Berkeley, California-based company that has developed a revolutionary new approach to building conversational AI. Their work uses the power of machine learning to enable users to discover, access and interact with information and services in a much more natural way, and with significantly less effort.

The company is led by many pioneers in conversational AI, including technology entrepreneur Dan Roth and two of the most prominent and innovative natural language AI researchers in the world, UC Berkeley professor Dan Klein and Stanford University professor Percy Liang, as well as former Apple chief speech scientist Larry Gillick.

Microsoft has driven research and breakthroughs in the fundamental building blocks of conversational AI, such as speech recognition and natural language understanding, for more than two decades. The goal has been to expand our vision of computers all around us to a world where they could see, hear talk and understand as humans. In 2016, we took another big step toward realizing this vision of conversational computing with the introduction of a framework for developing bots and the release of pre-built Cognitive Services for infusing speech recognition and natural language understanding into intelligent assistants. Today, there are more than 1 million developers using our Microsoft Cognitive Services and more than 300,000 developers using our Azure Bot Service, all helping to make computing more conversational.

On May 20, 2018 Cryptorobotics ICO Will Start

At midnight (GMT) on May 20, 2018 ICO of Cryptorobotics project - a one-stop-shop terminal for trading on cryptocurrency exchanges - will start.

Cryptorobotics provides extensive opportunities of algorithmic trading using trading robots and technical indicators. Graphics of quotes with customization option, tens of pre-set technical indicators, one-click switching between cryptoexchanges and other basic functions are available in the terminal free of charge.

Download Cryptorobotics terminal for Mac, for Windows

A cryptotrader will be able to buy and construct trading robots, to use auto-following function and to get a virtual assistant for Cryptorobotics internal currency - ROBO-tokens.

To get ROBO-tokens you need to press INVEST button at Cryptorobotics site.

Total emission amount is 120 000 000 tokens, additional emission is not provided. Only 40 % of total tokens amount - 48 000 000 ROBO-tokens - will be presented in ICO. Base price of one token is 0,00015 ETH, ICO will proceed in four stages. Cryptorobotics provides discounts of up to 15 % at the first stage.

In June 2018 ROBO-tokens will be listed at WEX, YObit, Exrates and other world cryptoexchanges.

Cryptorobotics advisors include Oliver Prock (Austria), Jean-Michel Billaut (France), Anatoli Ille (Germany), Ron Ribitzky, Will Bryant (USA). In the last month alone the terminal was presented at ICO 2018 and Consensus in New York, Blockchain Expo in London, BlockChain Summit in Frankfurt and other international forums and conferences. The project's roadmap is outlined until 2020.

Learn more about the project at cryptorobotics.io

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Ami Dror, CEO of LeapLearner, Named One of China's Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2018

Ed-tech company LeapLearner is proud to announce that the company's co-founder and CEO, Ami Dror, has been awarded China's prestigious Yicai Brilliant prize as one of 2018's top entrepreneurs in China.

This prize awards the most successful international entrepreneurs in their respective fields in China. Over the past several months, Yicai Media Group searched through an extensive list of impressive entrepreneurs in order to identify this year's awardees of the Yicai Brilliant prize. "As LeapLearner embarks on its next stage of significant growth, we are excited to be recognized, together with our founder Ami Dror, as one of China's leading coding education platforms," said co-founder Aaron Tian. Founded in 2016, the company's commercial activities began in September 2017following almost a full year of R&D.

The Yicai Brilliant prize is organized by Yicai Media Group, also known as China Business Network, the financial arm of Shanghai Media Group and China's largest financial content provider. Yicai Media's flagship products include CBN TV, China Business News daily and CBN Weekly magazine amongst others.

About LeapLearner

LeapLearner is an online, virtual-classroom-based education platform specializing in coding, science and technology. The company takes a cutting-edge approach to education and enables the cultivation of self-learning skills in order to truly prepare students for the dynamic, fast-paced world of tomorrow. The LeapLearner platform leverages the flexibility of online learning while maintaining a personalized, face-to-face experience using virtual classrooms. The company's uniquely designed annual curriculum leverages the "stickiness" of video games and game-like challenges to help students excel in coding and other related skills. LeapLearner utilizes a diverse range of content and options for both one-on-one and group lessons in order to personalize the learning experience and meet the needs of students across multiple grade levels and skill-sets.

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Company Website

Ami Dror's TED talk

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VeriBlock Announces Participation at the 2018 World Blockchain Cryptocurrency Summit in Moscow, Russia

VeriBlock CEO Justin Fisher and CTO Maxwell Sanchez have been invited to speak at the World Blockchain Cryptocurrency Summit hosted by the International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (IDACB) in Moscow, Russia.

This two-day event being held from May 19-20 brings together global thought leaders in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space to discuss current trends, hot topics and new technologies within the industry. Key figures who are expected to be speaking at this event include Daniel Chang of Cobinhood, Jihan Wu of Bitmain and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat as well as many other key influencers within the blockchain space.

Tickets for this event are still available for purchase by visiting wbcsummit.org.

To get more involved with the VeriBlock project, check out veriblock.org to participate in VeriBlock's blockchain testnet. From there, connect to VeriBlock's Telegram channel and collaborate with other VeriBlock community members contributing to the growth of the project.

About VeriBlock Inc.:

Founded in 2015, VeriBlock Inc. builds decentralized, trustless, transparent and permissionless ("DTTP") blockchain technologies. They invented the Proof-of-Proof (PoP) consensus protocol which allows any blockchain to reuse the tremendous hashing power of Bitcoin and designed the VeriBlock blockchain which makes adoption of PoP secure, easy and affordable.

SOURCE VeriBlock
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