Software Innovation : Swept for Commercial Cleaning

Christmas season is upon us. The end of the year is fast approaching. As business owners, we all look forward to the next calendar year. We all have our own things that we wanted to accomplish for the coming year. This article will tell you the overview of the Swept Platform and what it can do to help you achieve the goals that you design for your business. We all share one goal and that is to keep our customers satisfied. It will be a challenge if you hired a pool of commercial cleaners who do not know the definition of success. If your office cleaners do not know that they are doing a good job, chances are there will be a low turnover as well.

There is one key thing that contributes to those goals that you would like to achieve for your commercial cleaning business. That is a dedicated focus on increasing the communication level amongst you and your team, inclusive of your customers. In Swept, being in the commercial cleaning industry, we know that communication with our commercial cleaners is prolific in our business. We sought a different kind of tools to better our ways in communicating with the cleaners but Swept, so far is the only software that made it easy for us. As we try to get a better communication with our staff, we put a high pedigree on the cleaner.

Swept has a mobile app that is available in both Android and Iphone. It is very user-friendly and easy to download. The Swept App can be used by your office cleaning business by giving access to the cleaners, supervisors, managers, administrative staff and customers.

With Swept your commercial cleaner is allowed to view their schedule. We understand that their time is limited and you do not want them going back before or after their assigned job just to know about their job assignments. This means that you can save money from paying your cleaners to go to the office just to get their schedules. This application will allow the cleaner to see their schedule from their mobile phones. You are also able to monitor if your cleaners are late for shifts because your supervisors will get an alert on their cellphones too apart from the text message that the system will automatically send you. This will also show the cleaners their respective timesheets.

One of the core elements of Swept is giving your commercial cleaners clear instructions of what is expected of them. This system also allows your commercial cleaning business to compare the actual location where the cleaner signs in because they are being tracked by GPS. The system will help you compare where the cleaner is and where the facility is.

We want to give the cleaners everything that they need for them to feel successful. One feature of Swept is it makes it easier for your cleaner to store and save important information about their customers. For them to start cleaning, they need to access the premise first. It will be very difficult for them to remember what codes to use for each and every company that they need to work on. Here, the office cleaners just need to remember a four-digit code that they need to type into this platform. All security details of the customers will show after they put in the code.

Sometimes, cleaners got sick and we need to send a reliever. With Swept, the reliever can just click on instructions and the job scopes for that particular customer will be shown for them. The commercial cleaning industry will surely be a lot way easier to manage with this tool. This instruction will show every single time your office cleaner shows up for each particular work. They do not need to memorize and remember all the specifics. They just have to click the instruction part of the app and all of these will be there to help them perform a brilliant job.

These are only a few features that Swept offers to commercial cleaning business owners. This is a sure way of communication in an innovated way. Cleaners are given crystal clear instructions. With this, complaints are less likely to occur.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Casio G-SHOCK Introduces All-New Adrenalin Red Series Of Men's Timepieces

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the all-new, Adrenalin Red Series of men's timepieces. The line-up is made up of three unique watches in matte black cases and bands with striking red watch dials and displays, making them the perfect accessory during the dark winter months.

G-SHOCK's most popular digital and analog-digital models have been chosen to feature this updated style; the GWB5600, GA140, and GA700 case shapes.

The mid-sized GWB5600AR-1, G-SHOCK's origin case, has a red-tinted reverse LCD digital display. It includes additional premium technical features like G-SHOCK's Multi-Band 6 and Bluetooth® connectivity for two-way time sync functionality, as well as Tough Solar Technology rendering it capable of self-charging even with low light conditions.

The GA140AR-1A boasts a large case design with an updated dial that includes an analog speed indicator, as well as a magnetic resistant module. The third introduction in the series, the GA700AR-1A, an extra large analog digital model with a display featuring 3D bold hands in addition to a Super Illuminator LED backlight to make it easy to read while on the go.

Each watch in the series also boasts standard G-SHOCK technology such as:
  • Shock Resistance
  • 200M Water Resistance
  • Super Illuminator LED light
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer
  • 12/24 Hr Time Formats
  • World Time

The GA140AR-1A and GA700AR-1A will retail for $110 each and the GWB5600AR-1 will retail for $150. All watches will be available for purchase starting this November at select G-SHOCK retailers including Macy's, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and

SOURCE Casio America, Inc.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Canadian Motorcycle Manufacturer Havoc Motorcycles Announces New 140 HP Model 2020 Havoc 127 Voodoo With Special Pre-Order Pricing

Havoc Motorcycles, the makers of Canada's Performance Supercruisers, has announced details of its newest muscle bike to be released for the 2020 model year.

The Havoc 127 Voodoo sports a 2.081 Liter (127cc) V-Twin producing an astounding 140HP and 140FT-LBS of torque, with a power-to-weight ratio approaching superbike territory.

With 1960s styling, the 127 Voodoo is a retro-themed bike, including a hidden shock frame, springer front end, thick spoke wheels, sprung solo saddle, and high tracker pipe.

Despite the retro looks, there's modern technology where it counts, like dual 4-piston front brake calipers on floating rotors, LED illumination, and full digital instrumentation made by Dakota Digital. It's back-to-basics with modern technology – and tons of power.

The 140 horsepower gets to the ground via a double belt-drive dry clutch system driving a meaty 200/50R-18 Metzeler ME888. The front gets a 21 x 3.5 dual disc wheel with a 120/70-21 Metzeler. Single -fire ignition and a dedicated coil per cylinder announce that this bike is all business.

The pre-production model shown to the press sports a mix of gloss black accents over satin black powder-coat, applied to the frame, springer fork, wheels, exhaust, and handlebars. However, the bike will also be available with a "Show Chrome Package", with all of these same components in chrome, at no additional charge.

"Our philosophy is that customers should be able to personalize their motorcycle at the time of order," says Havoc's Jarrod Wiener. "We also operate one of Canada's largest online stores for customizing American V-Twin motorcycles, so our most popular performance enhancements are already designed right in to the bike. A customer can further personalize the metal finish options to their own preference at the time of order for no extra charge."

Customers can also choose from a palette of 18 colors, in metallic, pearl, and candy coat finishes, all for the same price.

"We're doing a limited production run of the 127 Voodoo for 2020, so the chances of seeing a motorcycle exactly like yours on the road is pretty slim," said Wiener. "It's a true production custom."

The company is currently taking orders for Spring 2020 delivery, and it is offering a pre-order discount of CAD $3,000 off suggested retail price for a limited time. Pre-order pricing is USD $22,500 or CAD $29,995. A $5,000 deposit secures your bike, which will be shipped to a Havoc Motorcycles Dealer or Authorized Service Center across Canada and the US for delivery in the Spring.

Consider the gauntlet thrown. Havoc Motorcycles, of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, just launched what could be the baddest production muscle bike to hit the streets for 2020.

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SOURCE Havoc Motorcycles

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Hyundai to Reveal Veloster "Grappler" Concept Vehicle At 2019 SEMA Show

Hyundai will unveil the Veloster "Grappler" concept at the 2019 SEMA show. The Grappler concept boasts increased ground clearance, combining superb approach and departure angles for confident off-roading capability, while custom front and rear brush guards were developed to ensure the Veloster Grappler is protected whenever the terrain turns unpredictable. Oversized all-terrain tires and rally-themed Method Racing® wheels yield a menacing demeanor and functional capability, while Borla® cat-back exhaust components add a visceral audible resonance.

For extra cargo capabilities, a roof-mounted Thule® utility basket includes a high-output lighting system from Baja Designs®. A full host of roof-mounted utility lights allow for versatility on the go.

From high-speed desert off-roading high beams to basecamp work lights, Veloster Grappler is ready for the unexpected from any adventure. The utility basket serves as a base mount for the removable solar panel from Goal Zero®, powering an all-electric portable power station mounted inside the cabin for remote journeys. A custom vinyl exterior body wrap features a ghosted Hyundai-themed livery. Finally, a Seibon® carbon-fiber hood effectively vents excess engine bay heat when things heat up out on the road.

Inside the cabin, the functional ruggedness theme continues. An integrated roll bar provides occupant protection and facilitates mounting for a full-size spare wheel and tire. Further outfitting the interior are traction mats, an oversized utility shovel, a Goal Zero® portable power station, roadside assistance kit, first aid kit, Napier® outdoor dome tent, Scosche® Mounts, Goal Zero® crush lights and premium Recaro® seats finished in a vintage hounds tooth check pattern. Exterior lighting is modulated through a custom-designed switch panel. Hyundai genuine accessories round out the functionality of the vehicle, adding sport pedals, a sport shifter, all-weather mats, ambient footwell lighting and cargo blocks.

SOURCE Hyundai Motor America
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IK Multimedia announces three pro-quality, mobile-friendly iRig mics and iRig Stream stereo audio interface

IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Cast 2; iRig Mic Cast HD; iRig Mic Video and iRig Stream. These four mobile-friendly audio tools are part of IK's Creator Series for video content creators, YouTubers, live streamers, and other social media broadcasters looking to capture high quality audio directly using a mobile device.

The iRig Mic Cast 2 and iRig Mic Cast HD microphones offer featherweight, pocket-sized portability and crystal clear voice recording using an iPad, iPhone or Android device. Both reject off-axis noise for quiet recording, and feature a unique magnetic mounting design for quick and easy on- the-go use. Selectable pickup patterns, headphone monitoring and an included windscreen for outdoor use make them ideal for interviews, live streams, creating YouTube videos and more - anytime, anywhere, and with no additional batteries needed.

iRig Mic Video is a lightweight shotgun microphone offering professional features and multiple mounting options that make it compatible with the widest range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and DSLR cameras. It's also available as part of a mobile video creation kit with iKlip Grip Pro, for an all-in-one video capture solution.

Ideal for content creators and musicians, iRig Stream is a mobile audio interface that mixes multiple audio sources down to one track for recording or streaming in mono or stereo with the user's mobile device and their favourite app.

iRig Mic Cast 2

The ultra-compact, travel-friendly, iRig Mic Cast 2 offers an affordable solution for crisp, clear voice recording for YouTube videos, Instagram, live streams, or audio for Skype and FaceTime calls.

This featherweight mic mounts securely onto an iPad or smartphone. Its innovative magnetic design lets users snap it into place on their device in seconds (even with a case). iRig Mic Cast 2 works in both portrait and landscape orientation on phones and tablets with the included breakout cable.

A new dual mic capsule design lets users select a front or rear pickup pattern to reject off-axis noise whether recording oneself or someone else, or both at once for an omnidirectional pickup pattern. The built-in headphone out can be used to monitor the signal with compatible apps to ensure high quality audio capture.

iRig Mic Cast 2 works with any app that records audio. For added convenience, it comes with iRig Recorder 3 LE (iPhone/iPad/Android) - an easy-to-use, high quality audio and video app that lets users record, trim, edit and share from their device.

iRig Mic Cast HD

iRig Mic Cast HD offers all the core features of iRig Mic Cast 2 along with enhancements for professional use. It adds gold-sputtered capsules for superior sound, a 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, and 24-bit, 96 kHz converters for crystal clear audio via Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-C cables, all included.

iRig Mic Cast HD also offers front and rear selectable recording plus a bi-directional, figure 8 pickup pattern that's ideal for conducting interviews while rejecting off-axis noise.

To ensure the highest-quality recording in any situation, iRig Mic Cast HD offers adjustable sensitivity, making it even easier to use in a wide range of settings. For monitoring, iRig Mic Cast HD offers a headphone out with selectable direct or processed sound to ensure compatibility with the widest range of apps, as well as a multi-colour LED for visual indication of the signal strength, eliminating worries about losing a take due to poor audio levels.

To get started right out of the box, iRig Mic Cast HD includes Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-C cables.

iRig Mic Video and iRig Mic Video Kit

This shotgun-style mic offers professional-quality audio capture and production features that are suitable for a wide array of video shoots - from broadcasts to vlogs and even action shots. iRig Mic Video includes the same convenient magnetic mount as iRig Mic Cast HD, plus a hot shoe adapter for mounting to DSLRs. With the included Lightning, Micro-USB, USB-C and DSLR cables, users can switch between a serious studio setup and an ultra-mobile outdoor rig at a moment's notice.

The gold-sputtered condenser capsule features a tight, directional pickup that focuses directly in front of the mic to reject distracting background noise, and 24-bit, 96 kHz converters ensure a quiet, clean signal. For use with DSLR cameras, iRig Mic Video also offers a 10db pre-amplifier that boosts the signal before it hits the camera to reduce any noise generated by the camera's built-in audio circuits.

A multi-colour LED lets users conveniently and discretely check signal level at a glance, and a headphone out offers direct real-time monitoring or listening back to processed audio, to fit any workflow. iRig Mic Video is also the only smartphone-compatible, shotgun-style mic to offer adjustable gain for use in any situation.

iRig Mic Video works with any app that records audio, and comes with IK's iRig Recorder 3 LE.

For a more secure grip and stable on-the-go shots, the iRig Mic Video Kit comes complete with the mic plus IK's iKlip Grip Pro multifunction stand that transforms from handgrip to monopod to tripod in seconds. A standard UNC ¼" thread lets users mount iRig Mic Video, lights or other accessories on top, and an adjustable clamp holds phones securely even with a case. It's everything needed for capturing pro-level video in any situation, in a lightweight and portable rig.

iRig Stream

iRig Stream is an innovative stereo audio interface designed for musicians, podcasters and other creators looking to record or stream high-quality audio with their mobile device. Two line-level RCAs offer quick connection to mixers, keyboards and outboard gear, and the included Lightning, USB-C and USB-A cables can connect to the latest smartphones, tablets and laptops.

An innovative headphone/microphone jack offers both direct monitoring and an easy way to add a voice-over to a stream. Compatible with most earbud/mic combos as well as IK's analog iRig accessories, it offers a comprehensive solution in an ultra-compact unit.

An intuitive set of gain indicators and gain control make it easy to set the appropriate level, and 24-bit, 48 kHz A/D converters ensure superior sound. A Stereo/Mono switch ensures compatibility with the widest range of apps, including mono-only apps like Instagram, and a loopback feature lets users playback music on their device at the same time they stream.

* Requires use of Apple's Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (TRRS).

Pricing and availability

All products are available for pre-order now from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide and will ship in early November.

iRig Mic Cast 2 - $/€49.99**; iRig Mic Cast HD - $/€99.99; iRig Mic Video - $/€129.99; iRig Mic Video Kit - $/€169.99; iRig Stream - $/€99.99.

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How to Choose Business Level Strategies that Actually Work

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It’s hard to gain that competitive edge and stand out in a saturated market. These are the issues at hand for an independent business. So how does a business gain customers and ensure consistent revenue generation? Some of the answers to this question lie in the type of business level strategy they use. And it’s generally agreed that there are three major types of business strategies. The way to pick the right strategy for your business is to know your end goal. Here are the questions to consider as you decide the strategy that works the best for you and your business.

1. Cost Leadership

Simply put, cost leadership is all about reducing the price of goods to gain a competitive edge. Consumers are a lot more savvy shoppers than ever now. There are dozens of ways to know about a product before you ever see it in person. Online resellers can reduce the cost of items and make it challenging for companies to gain a competitive edge. And a cost leadership approach is all about creating competitive pricing in a market. The goal in cost leadership is to as much as possible reduce the cost of production while at the same time offering a quality product that is comparative to their competitor.

If a given consumer cannot increase his or her income bracket, then he or she wants to be able to buy more at a lower price. The perfect example of a cost leadership model done well is Walmart. Walmart’s aim is to pull in the largest amount of consumers and keep the prices lower than any of their competitors. Walmart reps are able to do this by meeting with their product vendors and finding out where that vendor could cut its costs. Both Walmart and the vendor win in this model, and this is how Walmart has succeeded so well in the cost leadership business level approach.

2. Differentiation

There are certainly different types of business level strategy. Cost -or rather low cost- leadership is not the only business strategy. All businesses or brands want to stand out from the crowd. Some choose simply to do that my aiming to have the lowest cost in the market. But another approach is to make your business stand out, or differentiate itself in the market. This can be done by offering unique services or benefits or by aiming its branding and marketing at the usefulness of a product. It could mean appealing to a moral compass or contentious shopper who wants the products he or she uses to align with a belief system. It’s an approach that really knows its clientele or ideal consumer. Differentiation is not just about offering the very lowest cost. On the contrary, it can mean a higher price point but with a value added feature that will appeal to its ideal shopper. This might mean locally-sourced materials or organic ingredients or a tool for users and buyers that is intuitive and relevant to a particular market.

For successful differentiation, a firm or business really needs to know its target market. What do customers really want out of a product? What are their distinct preferences? If a firm has the answer to these questions, it can price the product on the higher end because the marketing is catered exactly to that demographic.

3. Focus

Harvard University Professor, Michael Porter laid out another general type of business strategy that is similar in nature to differentiation and that is a focus business strategy. There are various benefits to using a focused approach to building business. It’s an approach that can strengthen and build relationships between business and consumer. In this approach, a business or brand needs employees who are well-trained at listening to a potential consumer’s needs and values. The products or services are then built around all that feedback with the aim of gaining the trust and business or that particular demographic. A consumer then feels that a brand identifies with his or her needs and there is a strong emotional loyalty as well as an economic one. The consumer in this approach feels that a product or service has been designed specifically with them in mind.

All of this takes time and focused energy by a company. But if they succeed in truly knowing and meeting the needs of a focused group, then they will have a loyal consumer base. This is turn gives the business the leverage to raise their prices. A loyal base of consumers will likely pay a higher price because they feel that the company has been there for them. Companies that are able to win people to their “cause” are often referred to as “Power Brands” because they do more than making a product. People are deeply loyal to them as something more like a cause.

Typically, when people have what they view as a need that must be met, they want only the best. An ambitious climber who has his or her sights set on a summiting a famous peak, wants the gear he or she brings to be the best. This is how a company like The North Face has gained such devoted consumers. A company of that stature has a strong product knowledge and it brings this to the design and production. Without that strong product knowledge a company cannot succeed in gaining or keeping the loyalty from a focus group.

Every business strategy can be successful with the right leadership team implementing it. Cost leadership is all about driving down prices with mass production. While differentiation and the focus approach are about gaining an edge in the market through careful research about a niche group. But no matter what, knowing your end goal will help you decide what business approach works the best for you. Choosing the right business strategy could be the opening chapter in the success story of a business or a brand. Therefore, it is always recommended to focus primarily on a business strategy to give your product a great chance to outshine the competitors.

Acura Completes Championship Season at Petit Le Mans

Acura, its teams and drivers completed its championship-winning IMSA season in Saturday's season-ending Petit Le Mans, putting the finishing touches on the Driver, Manufacturer and Team titles in the featured Daytona Prototype International division at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Meanwhile, in the GTD division, Meyer Shank Racing claimed the Drivers' and Teams' Championships with the Acura NSX GT-3 Evo.

For a video link highlighting Acura's 2019 championship-winning season in IMSA sports car competition, go to: or download the video at:

Acura Team Penske ARX-05

Finishing a season highlighted by race wins at Mid-Ohio, Detroit and Watkins Glen, and podium finishes in nine of the 10 races in 2019, Acura officially secured the Manufacturers' Championship at the start of today's season finale. But the fight for the drivers' and teams' titles went down to the final laps of the 10-hour endurance contest.

With the #31 Cadillac of Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Eric Curran claiming the win, the #6 Acura ARX-05 of Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud needed to finish eighth or higher for full-season drivers Cameron and Montoya to take the championships for themselves and Acura Team Penske.

With Montoya running sixth following the final round of pit stops, a caution flag with just under 30 minutes remaining bunched the field together for a sprint to the finish. Closing drivers Montoya and Ricky Taylor in the #7 Acura gained positions in the final laps, with Taylor claiming third at the checkers in the car he shared with Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal. Montoya followed his teammate home in fourth to claim his first IMSA championship, a second prototype title for co-driver Cameron, and the Teams crown for Acura Team Penske.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo

Following a season that included one win and four second-place finishes in 10 races, teammates Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman claimed the GTD drivers' title at the start of today's race, with their Meyer Shank Racing team claiming the Teams Championship at the same time.

The #86 Acura NSX GT3 Evo ran as high as fourth with starting driver Justin Marks, who joined Farnbacher and Hindman for the long-distance races this year. However, debris punctured the radiator as the race approached the five-hour mark, and the resulting coolant leak and overheating led to the car's retirement.

Teammates Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen and Bia Figueiredo kept their Heinricher/MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo in contention throughout the race. Running a triple stint to close out the race, Legge was in a three-way battle for fifth place in the final laps, until a passing prototype forced her Acura off the racing line, dropping the #57 Caterpillar Acura to a seventh-place finish.

Social media content and video links from this weekend's championship-winning Acura Motorsports IMSA sports car racing action at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta are available on HPD's Facebook page ( and on Twitter at ( Produced by the Carolinas Productions Group, YouTube video packages can be found at:


Saturday's race concluded the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Acura will return to defend its prototype and GTD titles in the 2020 season, which opens January 25 with the Rolex 24 at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

Dane Cameron (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) wins 2019 DPi Drivers' Championship with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya; Acura wins the DPi Manufacturers' Championship and Acura Team Penske claims the DPi Teams' Championship: "It's a tremendous day. It was a little too close for comfort there in the last couple of hours, but we did exactly what we needed to do. We didn't have a ton of pace [in the race] for the first time all year, but we had a plan and executed perfectly. Congratulations to everyone at Acura and HPD for their support and making this night possible."

Juan Pablo Montoya (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) wins 2019 DPi Drivers' Championship with co-driver Dane Cameron: "I've been lucky, I won a couple of Indianapolis 500s, Formula One races, NASCAR races, I can't complain. I came into this program at the start last year and to win the championship for Acura and Acura Team Penske is amazing. Everyone in the program did an amazing job all season long. The support from Acura has been incredible. Hopefully, we can grow on it into the future."

Trent Hindman (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) won GTD Drivers' Championship with co-driver Mario Farnbacher, Meyer Shank Racing also claims the GTD Teams' Championship: "It's a little bit bittersweet [dropping out of the race]. I mean, we had a really excellent car all weekend long, as we have all season. So, it's a shame we couldn't capitalize on that [in the race today] and help our teammates secure the Manufacturers' Championship. But it's also very sweet. We got the drivers' and teams' championships wrapped up, and that's just an incredible feeling. Thank you to everyone at Acura, HPD, Auto Nation, Sirius/XM, all the Meyer Shank Racing guys, my co-drivers Mario and Justin, and most important, Mike [Shank] for opening up this opportunity for me."

Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) won GTD Drivers' Championship with co-driver Trent Hindman: "It's definitely a really cool feeling [to win the championship] and I am so proud of this team. It's pretty cool that I had my first race in America at Road Atlanta and now to win the championship here is pretty special. The trust that Michael Shank, HPD and Acura have put in me is an amazing feeling. Mike always wants 100 percent out of us every time we race, and to be able to do that for him and give him this championship is such an accomplishment. I couldn't have asked for better teammates this year and I will remember this championship forever."

Jon Ikeda (Vice President and Acura Brand Officer): on Acura's 2019 IMSA championship-winning season: "We started this motorsports journey in 2017. To be here and winning championships after just three years is just incredible. I can't say enough about Mike Shank and his Meyer Shank team, who have been with us from the start. Roger Penske and his team are the gold standard of the industry. We partnered with winners, and we've gotten great support from everyone at HPD with their tireless efforts. Acura is a performance brand. We're here to win races and compete for championships. And we're not done yet."

SOURCE Acura Motorsports

Monday, October 14, 2019

DeepRoute to Begin Testing Self-Driving Vehicles in California

DeepRoute, an international self-driving vehicle startup, today announced it has received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing (AVT) permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The permit enables DeepRoute to test its autonomous vehicle fleet under the supervision of experienced safety operators, advancing the company in the competitive race with Silicon Valley rivals to bring self-driving vehicles to the public. The company will begin test drives in the Silicon Valley area with their L4 Full-stack Self-Driving System which allows passengers to travel from point A to point B.

The company's initial fleet of autonomous vehicles in California will help to reinforce the vehicles safety on the roads, with a focus on further perfecting DeepRoute's early sensor fusion perception technology, known as Early Fusion. This technology assists with more accurate interpretations of the vehicle's surroundings. Another area of test focus will be the company's planning algorithm, which is able to safely and accurately plan the time to turn, select the lane, make decisions at crossroads, and achieve other driving behaviors more efficiently.

"This is an exciting step in our team's progress to obtaining a fully autonomous fleet of vehicles in California," said Shuang Gao, Chief Operating Officer of DeepRoute. "Over the coming months, our fleet is expected to grow and allow our teams to further perfect our technologies and reinforce the safety of autonomous vehicles."

In their ongoing effort to establish global vehicle autonomy, the company is also partnered with a Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to provide robo-taxi services during an international sporting event in October, in addition to cooperating with a Chinese ride-hailing company with an initial 100 vehicles for their test fleet.

DeepRoute joins 63 other active ATV permit holders in California, including high-profile contenders such as Tesla Motors, Bosch, and Lyft, Inc. The growing body of companies testing self-driving technology shows progress towards a future where vehicles are fully autonomous. For now, per ATV requirements, all self-driving vehicle tests must be conducted by trained safety operators.

DeepRoute is committed to delivering safe, intelligent and reliable self-driving vehicles to all. By securing an ATV permit and $50 million in its pre-Series A funding round, DeepRoute anticipates doubling its Silicon Valley, California office with new talent by the end of 2019 to expand the company's autonomous driving solutions globally. DeepRoute's global expansion also includes a fleet of robotaxis headed to Japan in the coming years in collaboration with a global supplier.

To learn more or inquire about openings, visit their website or contact DeepRoute directly.

SOURCE DeepRoute
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Zhiyun Announces the WEEBILL-S Gimbal

Zhiyun, the world's leading gimbal manufacturer, is pleased to announce the WEEBILL-S gimbal designed for mainstream mirrorless and DSLR camera & lens combos. This new gimbal offers ultra-low latency image transmission in 1080p with an all-new TransMount Image Transmission Module. ViaTouch 2.0 turns users' phone into a professional monitor and multi-functional remote controller so that they can get a professional experience in a lightweight but rigid device where they have control.

Power, Compatibility, and Compactness

WEEBILL-S' latest iteration has a 300% upgraded power torque motor and a 50% increase in responsiveness. It works well with camera combos, including Sony's A7III+FE 24-70mm F2.8 or the Canon 5D4+EF 24-70mm F2.8, unleashing unlimited possibilities. The WEEBILL-S unique ergonomic sling mode lets you easily switch between high and low angle shots using the TransMount quick setup kit. The 8th Instune algorithm enables the gimbal to automatically recognize weight and selects the perfect motor strength for the best shooting accuracy.

All-new TransMount Image Transmission Module

The all-new image transmission module enables crystal clear clarity with 1080p at 30fps, maximum 100-meter image transmission featuring; LUT, pseudo coloring, focus peak, and zebra adjustment for professional monitoring and livestream publishing. Users get better usability from the TransMount image transmission module which allows you to add 3 devices to the stabilizer whether it be a smartphone, tablet, or professional monitor.

ViaTouch 2.0 and SmartFollow 2.0

The latest accompanying software update is ViaTouch 2.0 in ZY Play which allows for a seamless connection between smartphone and camera. Users can easily monitor video, control and record, and adjust the camera parameters through ViaTouch 2.0. Coupled with the image transmission module is an all new object tracking function called SmartFollow 2.0. Select the object or even a person from the ViaTouch 2.0 interface and the camera will follow movement with ultra-low latency and a cinematic experience.

Sync Motion and Wireless Control

The all-new motion sensor control system Sync Motion gives users the advantage of controlling the stabilizer's direction with a smartphone and an ultra-high responsive speed gives users an immersive filmmaking experience. Coupled with the wireless remote controller users can control their cameras at long distances and simultaneously use their smartphone to check shooting effects.

Smart Calibration

WEEBILL-S integrates the brand-new self-adaptive control algorithm which automatically recognizes the weight and selects the perfect motor strength for the best shooting accuracy. Plus the WEEBILL-S expansion bar adds a counterweight to balance the gimbal, use the sling mode to add a microphone. Users can adjust the follow speed for each axis to adapt to various shooting scenarios.

Set-up and Pack-up Fast

The WEEBILL-S uses the two-in-one quick release plate allowing for an easier setup and a faster transition between equipment without re-balancing. And, the latch design allows for each axis to be easily locked for better balancing adjustments and storage.

Stay in Focus

The WEEBILL-S supports electronic focus and mechanical focus/zoom control with a handy control wheel on the grip, to realize a fast and accurate focus or zoom when shooting. Using the servo focus/zoom motor, users can control the zoom and focus for a more professional filmmaking experience.

Powerful Endurance

The WEEBILL-S has interchangeable batteries and runs for 14 hours straight. It is able to charge a camera in real-time, ensuring a reliable and effective solution for those long day shoots.

Product information and video

For more information about the Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at WEEBILL-S feature page.

Pricing and availability

The WEEBILL-S is available for an MSRP of US$439 and US$519 for Zoom/Focus Pro package and US$679 for Image Transmission Pro package at the following retailers:

Zhiyun official store
Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at B&H Photo and Video
Zhiyun WEEBILL-S at Best Buy


Sunday, October 13, 2019

LG Introduces First 4K Ultra HD Hotel TVs With NanoCell Display Technology

Bringing a new level of premium quality video and audio performance to LCD hotel TVs, LG Business Solutions USA has launched the first 4K Ultra HD TVs designed specifically for the hospitality market with NanoCell display technology.

LG's UT770H series of Pro:Centric® smart hospitality TVs brings LG's award-winning LCD TV display technology from the consumer market into the hotel room for the first time. These new hotel TVs leverage the power of LG's NanoCell IPS technology panels to deliver impressive picture enhancements, color accuracy and wide viewing angles to LED-backlit LCD TVs.

LG's proprietary NanoCell technology uses nano particles (each roughly one nanometer in size) to absorb surplus wavelengths of light, enhancing the purity of colors on the screen while expanding the color gamut and ensuring consistent color performance from any angle. To match the stunning visuals with excellent audio performance, each model utilizes DTS Virtual:X, a new audio optimization technology that analyzes incoming signals in real time and adjusts output to provide the perception of surround sound from a two-channel system.

The UT770H NanoCell TV Series offers hotels visually stunning, easy-to-use smart TVs in four sizes that meet virtually every need a modern guest might have. The new NanoCell IPS display provides detailed 4K UHD resolution, wide viewing angles, exceptional color accuracy and remarkably slim bezels while the Pro:Centric management solution offers customizable tools to create unique, interactive experiences for hotel guests.

Available now, the new NanoCell Pro:Centric Smart Hospitality Series is available in 49-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch class models.* Each can be wall-mounted with VESA-compliant mounts (sold separately), and the displays themselves measure just 2.5 inches deep and ship with an attractive base that measures 11.9 inches deep. The series is built with narrower bezels for a more sleek and modern aesthetic. The thinner, lightweight design also increases ease of deployment across multiple guest rooms.

In addition to the UT770H smart TVs, LG will be expanding use of NanoCell displays across its entire portfolio of 4K UHD hotel TVs, including the UT577H, UT567H and UT347H series coming later this year.

SOURCE LG Business Solutions USA
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The World Is Your Oyster And Now You Can "REC" It With New Canon IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera

Your activity of choice should not limit you on your quest to #RECtheWorld – from jumping on a trampoline, biking down a mountainside, screaming on a roller coaster or feeling the beat at a music festival. Down for just about anything, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera. Made to go anywhere while capturing those larger-than-life moments – this new camera is made for adventure.


Great for the outdoors, the clippable and wearable design allows users to wear it on a belt or bag and the clip doubles as a viewfinder – eliminating the potential to crack a screen. Simple to use with one click capture for both photos and videos, the IVY REC pairs with the optional Canon Mini Cam app1. When paired with a compatible mobile device2 such as a smartphone, you can keep informed about important settings including battery life of the IVY REC camera, remaining image capacity for the MicroSD card, video recording resolution (720p or 1080p)3, and image size. You can also use the app as a live viewfinder to capture photos and videos, and even use it as a remote shutter with a timer. For photos and videos, the app lets you wirelessly transfer them to your compatible mobile device to print and share. The go-anywhere camera is also waterproof4, shockproof5 and lightweight.

"We have learned a lot about the IVY customer since we launched our first IVY product over a year ago –their unique shopping habits and what's important to them when it comes to consumer technology products," said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We've worked tirelessly to implement this knowledge into the next generation of IVY products, the IVY REC, offering the younger generation consumer the opportunity to go where the moment takes them and capture them in an instant."

The Canon IVY REC comes in three colors: Riptide (Blue), Avocado (Green) and Dragon Fruit (Pink) and is scheduled to be available in October 2019 at an estimated retail price of $129.99*. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

10Gbps at 10KM: Siklu Announces EtherHaul ExtendMM 2ft Dual-Band Antenna is Now Available

Siklu, a global leader in Fixed 5G millimeter wave technology for Gigabit Wireless Access, Smart City and security networks, announced today the general availability of its new EtherHaul™ 2-foot (61 cm) dual-band antenna (EH-ANT-2ft-DL5). This new antenna is designed to work seamlessly with Siklu's ExtendMM™ feature on the EtherHaul™ 8010FX, 2500FX and other Siklu E-Band models.

ExtendMM™ is a Siklu product suite consisting of the new Dual-Band antenna, software for monitoring and provisioning, a built-in switch in the EtherHaul™ radios, and purpose-built accessories, all of which are integrated with Siklu SmartHaul™ Apps – such as LBC for link planning and WiNDE for network design. This system of hardware and software easily and seamlessly combines a high-capacity EtherHaul™ link with an inexpensive, unlicensed, low capacity and lower frequency link, such as 5, 11, 18 or 23 GHz. The net result is that customers can have confidence in engineering and extending their EtherHaul™ links to distances never considered before.

When the new dual-band antenna is combined with ExtendMM™, installation is simplified, as there is now a single cable run to the rooftop or tower, as opposed to two cables for two antennas. This approach saves both time and labor costs during installation, as well as recurring payments for hosting fees.

"As the leader in fixed 5G mmWave systems, our customers look to us for innovative solutions, and extending the range covered with our E-Band systems is a request we have heard many times," said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Siklu's CEO. "Siklu continues to deliver the broadest portfolio of mmWave hardware and software solutions in the market with new and exciting 5th generation EtherHaul products on the horizon."

Siklu's ExtendMM dual-band solution will be showcased at WISPAPALOOZA 2019, Las Vegas, 14-18 October, booth #648.


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