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Former IBM Chief Scientist Warns of New ‘Super Smart’ Computers that Can Think Like Humans

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SYDNEY/PRNewswire/ — If you think smartphones have made a big impact on our lives today, wait till you see what the computers of tomorrow are capable of.

Peter Van Der Made, current Chief Scientist at vWISP( http://www.vwisp.net.au ) based in Western Australia has spent over a decade studying the human brain and understanding how to replicate it in computer form. He is formerly IBM’s Chief Scientist at Internet Security Systems.

His new book, Higher Intelligence( http://higherintelligencebook.com ), tells the story of a 10-year breakthrough R&D project to build an ‘artificial brain’ chip that will help computers learn like the human brain.

In 2004, Bill Gates told a class of engineering students: “If you invent a breakthrough in artificial intelligence so machines can learn, that is worth 10 Microsofts.”

This breakthrough Gates referred to has now been achieved and is set to change the world in ways that not even Hollywood has imagined.

“By producing computer chips that allow computers to learn for themselves, we have unlocked the next generation of computers and artificial intelligence,” Mr Van Der Made says.

We are on the brink of a revolution now where the computers of tomorrow will be built to do more than we ever imagined.

“Current computers are great tools for number crunching, statistical analysis, or surfing the Internet. But their usefulness is limited when it comes to being able to think for themselves and develop new skills,” he says.

The synthetic brain chip of tomorrow can evolve through learning, rather than being programmed.

Instead of us buying apps for our smartphones to make them ‘smarter’, Van Der Made says new super smart computers, machines and mobile devices will be making themselves smarter without our help.

The fact that the human brain learns as it gathers and applies knowledge is one thing that has been overlooked in the past 70 years of people trying to develop computers with artificial intelligence.

This new approach to creating ‘super smart computers’ is set to revolutionize the world of computing and technology.

Van Der Made’s new book Higher Intelligence, that explains the ‘super smart revolution’ in more detail, is available now through amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and more information, including a sample chapter can be found at the books’ web site: http://higherintelligencebook.com

Contacts:

Peter van der Made

+61-404-903-481

pmade@vwisp.net.au( mailto:pmade@vwisp.net.au )

http://higherintelligencebook.com

SOURCE vWISP Pty Ltd.

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March 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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Coty Inc. Supports Delete Blood Cancer UK

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— Latest Initiatives Deepens Coty-Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: Linked Against Blood Cancer Partnership and Demonstrates Coty’s Strong Commitment to Philanthropy
WIMBLEDON, England/PRNewswire/ — Coty Inc., an emerging leader in beauty, is pleased to announce its latest initiative in support of Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: the Feb. 19, 2013, launch of the organization in the U.K. With the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: Linked Against Blood Cancer partnership, Coty has backed Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS (the world’s largest bone marrow-donor center) since its inception, by former Coty chairman and DKMS co-founder Peter Harf.
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“Coty is very proud to help Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS reach new potential donors in the U.K.,” said Mr. Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty Inc. “Coty cares about giving back to the communities we’re a part of, and our long and rich history of supporting Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS is just one way that we put our beliefs into action.”
“We are grateful for the tremendous level of assistance that we’ve received from Coty over the years,” said Harf. “It is a cause that is very dear to so many people around the world, and it has meant so much to Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS to have the power of Coty behind us as we have built our marrow-donor registry.”
The partnership between Coty and Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS has been a long and illustrious one. Some of the key milestones have been Coty’s help incorporating and expanding DKMS in the U.S. in 2004, including providing the organization with administrative and legal support, as well as office space in New York; Coty’s support of the 2009 launch of DKMS Polska; and the 2011 registration of DKMS’ 2.5 millionth donor in Germany, which occurred at Coty’s office in Mainz. Perhaps most important has been Coty’s ongoing fundraising support for the Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS annual gala, a star-studded event that has raised more than $9 million since it was first held, in 2006.
To mark the U.K. launch, Coty donated GBP10,000 and conducted donor drives at three of its U.K. facilities: Ashford, Henwood and Wimbledon. More than 200 potential donors were enlisted through the drives, which provided the successful culmination of the U.K. launch.
The U.K. events are just the latest employee donor drives facilitated by Coty at many of its offices throughout the world. More than 1,000 Coty employees globally have registered as potential bone marrow donors with Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS. Through the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: Linked Against Blood Cancer partnership, Coty covers donor registration fees for all Coty employees.
Additionally, Coty’s social responsibility is demonstrated by its contributions to emergency relief in areas hard hit by natural disasters. For complete information on Coty and its philanthropic efforts, please visit http://www.coty.com.
About Coty Inc.
Coty is a new emerging leader in beauty with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty’s product offerings include such global brands as adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.
For additional information about Coty Inc. and all its brands, please visit http://www.coty.com
About Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS
Our mission is to fight blood cancer and save lives by registering bone marrow donors for patients in need. We are the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, with over 3.4 million registered donors. More than 34,000 of our donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.
For more information or to register as a bone-marrow donor, visit http://www.deletebloodcancer.org, http://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk, http://www.dkms.de or http://www.dkms.pl.
About the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: Linked Against Blood Cancer Partnership
In October 2006, Coty Inc., an emerging global leader in beauty, joined DKMS as its founding corporate sponsor in the fight against blood cancer, by establishing the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS: Linked Against Blood Cancer partnership. Coty has leveraged its strong celebrity partnerships to raise awareness of the disease and help recruit thousands of donors around the world. Additionally, Coty has assisted Delete Blood Cancer/DKMS in establishing independent DKMS organizations in the U.S., Poland and the U.K., with plans to open more offices across the globe. Leukemia, a blood cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide, personally affected the Coty family when the wife of longtime Coty Chairman Peter Harf succumbed to the disease in 1991.
For more information or to register as a bone-marrow donor, visit http://www.deletebloodcancer.org, http://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk, http://www.dkms.de or http://www.dkms.pl.
Source: Coty Inc.

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March 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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Virobay and LEO Pharma Initiate a Phase 1 Trial of VBY-891, a Compound Intended for Oral Treatment of Psoriasis

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MENLO PARK, Calif. and BALLERUP, Denmark, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Virobay, Inc. and LEO Pharma A/S today announced that their collaboration on the development of an oral treatment for psoriasis has reached an important milestone as Virobay has now initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial of VBY-891 – a selective cathepsin S inhibitor.

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The first Phase 1 trial of VBY-891 is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of single and multiple escalating doses of VBY-891 in healthy adults.

“The initiation of this Phase 1 trial represents a significant development objective for Virobay’s collaboration with LEO Pharma,” stated Robert Booth, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Virobay. “Virobay has plans to initiate clinical studies with additional cathepsin inhibitors during 2013 as we seek to develop new therapies for underserved diseases. Published prelinical data suggest that cathepsin S inhibition may provide a therapeutic benefit in patients with dermatological disorders such as psoriasis. In addition, our own preclinical data with selective cathepsin S inhibitors has demonstrated efficacy in models of both psoriasis and atopic dermatitis,” stated Robert Booth. “We look forward to assessing the data from these Phase 1 trials, which will incorporate the evaluation of several biomarkers, to guide our Phase 2 clinical development plans for VBY-891.”

“Reaching this important milestone in our collaboration with Virobay brings us one step closer to provide an oral treatment for psoriasis patients. We believe that VBY-891 has the potential to provide an oral treatment that may alleviate symptoms of psoriasis. LEO Pharma strives to constantly expand and improve treatment options for patients and this is an important example of our commitment to meeting patient needs. To the best of our knowledge, the VBY-891 compound has the potential to be the first in class on the market,” said Kim Kjoller, Senior Vice President, Global Development, LEO Pharma.

Background

About Cathepsin S and VBY-891

Cathepsin S is a member of the cysteine protease family of cathepsin inhibitors that catalyzes the final proteolytic step in the processing of invariant chain in specific antigen presenting cells. This step is essential in the maturation and loading of MHC Class II with antigenic peptides and subsequent activation of CD4+ T cells. Continuous presentation of antigenic self-peptides is thought to be involved in the maintenance of chronic disease in autoimmune disorders, including psoriasis. Inhibition of cathepsin S is likely to result in a reduction in antigen presentation without an impact on innate immunity.

VBY-891 is a next generation cathepsin S inhibitor that is a potent, competitive and reversible inhibitor of purified cathepsin S. It has picomolar inhibitory potency against the cathepsin S enzyme and nanomolar inhibitory potency in cellular assays. VBY-891 is also highly selective against human cathepsins L, B, F and K. Sustained cathepsin S inhibition after oral dosing has been demonstrated in vivo through the use of a biomarker. VBY-891 shows potent inhibitory activity in models of autoimmunity and neuropathic pain. Therefore, inhibition of cathepsin S may have therapeutic potential across a range of dermatological conditions.

About the collaboration

The multi-million dollar collaboration between Virobay Inc. and LEO Pharma A/S was entered in 2012 when LEO Pharma in-licensed the promising compound from Virobay. The collaboration agreement involves up-front payment to Virobay of USD 7m, followed by milestone payments totalling up to USD 300m and tiered to royalties. The compound has been tested in pre-clinical studies and the project is now entering the next phase – a phase 1 clinical trial in healthy human volunteers. After this trial has been completed, the plan is to do testing on psoriasis patients later this year. If the process proceeds as planned, the collaboration may result in an oral treatment for psoriasis in 6-7 years.

About Virobay, Inc.

Founded in 2006, Virobay is a leader in the design, synthesis and development of small molecule inhibitors of cysteine proteases, a class of enzymes that are key mediators in a variety of diseases, including autoimmunity, neuropathic pain, liver disease, cancer and cardiovascular disorders. Virobay’s clinical pipeline currently includes product candidates in autoimmune disease, neuropathic pain and liver fibrosis. For more information, please visit http://www.virobayinc.com

About LEO Pharma

LEO Pharma helps people achieve healthy skin. By offering care solutions to patients in more than 100 countries globally, LEO Pharma supports people in managing their skin conditions. Founded in 1908 and owned by the LEO Foundation, the healthcare company has devoted decades of research and development to delivering products and solutions to people with skin conditions. LEO Pharma is headquartered in Denmark and employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide.

For more information, visit http://www.leo-pharma.com.

Source: Virobay, Inc.; LEO Pharma A/S

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March 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd UK Provides Financial Fixed Odds Betting Product to 188BET

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ —
Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd (UK), the Financial Fixed Odds betting service provider, today announced it has launched a collaboration with 188BET. 188BET customers can now enjoy Financial Fixed Odds betting via an integrated platform provided by Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd (UK). The service is available on the 188BET website, http://www.188bet.com.
Cantor Gaming’s innovative FFO betting service, which uses advanced Abode™ Flex™ software, integrates seamlessly into an operator’s product range enabling an FFO provider’s clients to bet immediately on the world’s most popular financial markets.
“We are excited to announce our latest Financial Fixed Odds partnership with 188BET. Financial betting has become increasingly popular and we are pleased to partner with a market leader like 188BET to bring their customers the very best in financial betting technology,” said Lee M. Amaitis, CEO of Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd (UK).
Nigel Singer, Managing Director at 188BET said: “We are delighted to partner with Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd, to offer their Financial Fixed Odds betting products to our customers. We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the customer experience on our site and we feel that this Financial Fixed Odds betting product is an important addition to our current product suite. We believe Cantor is a market leader in Financial Fixed Odds gaming and we are sure our customers will be as excited as us when they try the new Financial Fixed Odds betting product.”
About Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd (UK)
Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd (UK) is an affiliate of global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which has over 65 years of experience and unparalleled expertise of highly secure, real-time financial transaction processing, management, and execution.
About 188BET
Owned by Cube Limited, 188BET is a global online gaming company that offers more than 10,000 live games to bet on each month. Licensed and regulated in the Isle of Man, 188BET has established its reputation as an in-play specialist. 188BET further increased its credentials in the global sports market as partners of Liverpool Football Club and Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
For more information contact:
David Puckeridge dpuckeridge@cantor.com +44-(0)20-7894-7294
Andrew Garrood agarrood@cantor.com +44-(0)7881-314-720
http://www.cantorgaming.co.uk
Source: Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd

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March 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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Arthroscopy Training Now Better Than Ever With the Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor(TM) Including MentorLearn(TM), and Improved Hardware

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CLEVELAND/PRNewswire/ —
Since adding the Arthroscopic simulator to the Simbionix product line in early 2012, the R&D department has been working on various hardware and software modifications to increase the ARTHRO Mentor™’s performance and enhance user experience.
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The ARTHRO Mentor VR arthroscopic simulator provides an unlimited resource of cases and tasks for hands-on arthroscopy training in a safe and controlled environment.
One of the major improvements to this Industry leading advanced simulator is enabling the ARTHRO Mentor’s customers to manage the simulator using MentorLearn™. MentorLearn is the company’s web-based multidisciplinary simulator curricula management system. MentorLearn online provides the optimal solution to manage training and educational needs for the Simbionix line of simulators. ARTHRO Mentor with MentorLearn provides access from a remote location 24 hours-a-day 7 days-a-week, with an option to add didactic materials and the ability to connect and manage other Simbionix products.
Arthroscopic surgery has revolutionized the treatment of joint injuries. These surgical techniques require a high level of skill which may take years of training using traditional methods. The Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor is the only product on the market to deliver both a full shoulder training curricula (including basic skills, diagnostics and procedures), as well as a full curriculum for knee procedures. The product’s virtual reality capabilities combined with tactile feedback are designed to improve the ability to teach and train surgeons, while achieving clinical proficiency in the safest, most efficient manner possible.
“This new version of the ARTHRO Mentor will help users make the most of their systems,” said Gary Zamler, Simbionix CEO. “It is further indication of our continued commitment to enhance and improve our products for the benefit of our global users.”
Stop by Simbionix booth #4875 at the upcoming AAOS exhibit in Chicago, IL, March 19-23, for a hands-on experience of the new ARTHRO Mentor hardware platform and advanced software applications.
Simbionix USA Corporation is the world’s leading provider of simulation, training and education products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. The company is committed to delivering high quality products, advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes.
Visit: http://www.simbionix.com, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Contact: Rebecca Levy, Manager of Marketing Communications, at rebecca@simbionix.com / +1-216-2292040.
Source: Simbionix Ltd.

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March 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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Global Education and Skills Conference (GESF) to be Held Annually in the UAE Following the Inaugural Event and Will Become “The Davos of Education”

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DUBAI, UAE/PRNewswire/ —
– Global leaders urged to attend 2014 Forum to address the great crisis of the 21st Century.
Speaking on the final day of the inaugural Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai where 500 delegates from 50 countries are discussing the global demand for better education, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey said:
“Based on the feedback from those that attended and contributed to the Forum we have decided that the Global Education and Skills Forum will become an annual event to be held in the UAE and our plan is to ensure that the Forum is regarded as the ‘Davos of Education’. Education should be viewed as the most important issue globally because of the role it can play in alleviating some of the world’s most pressing challenges. I would strongly urge Heads of State, policy makers, business leaders and NGOs to participate in the Forum in 2014 in order to focus on education for the sake of the world’s children.”
Internationally renowned commentator on global affairs, CNN’s Dr. Fareed Zakaria, who delivered the keynote address, said of the conference: “I think having a meeting like this, a Forum like this to begin this process of really transforming education for the future so that it becomes something that is as innovative and as forward looking and as dynamic as so many of the other aspects of society going forward, is a tremendous advantage.”
Earlier at the conference which, this year, focussed on public – private partnerships, former US President Bill Clinton said:
“It is projected that by 2050 that 86 per cent of the world’s children will be living in what are now developing countries. There is no way that Governments alone or international aid flows alone will be able to provide those children with the quality of education they need to be full participants in global society. This is especially relevant for women and girls.”
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said; “The future of education lies in partnerships. There is no reason to have strict demarcation between the public and private sector in education. Where countries are implementing public private partnerships they’re succeeding.” He was speaking at the inaugural Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai discussing how public private partnerships can solve the global demand for better education.
H.E Maria Kiwanuka, Ugandan Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development said:
“The private sector can provide the link to the marketplace where you find there is a revolving door. The link between Government, the private sector and academia is important. We need to have this constant cross-fertilisation between the three of us.”
The Forum, jointly organized by UNESCO, The Commonwealth Business Council, The UAE Government and GEMS Education will examine ways to create real, sustainable and scalable change to education systems at global and local levels.
A particular focus was on developing an environment that supports effective public and private partnerships, including a regulatory framework that ensures access, quality, relevance and equity in education provision.
Around 67 million children do not have access to primary school education and another 72 million children miss out on secondary school education.
The Forum covered topics across the education sectors; including sessions on disruptive technologies, technical and vocational education and equity in education.
Attendees included E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, H.E. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, H, H.E. Cirino Ofuho, Minister of Youth, H.E. Chilundo Arlindo, Deputy Minister of Education, Mozambique, South Sudan, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, UAE, Nick Fuller, Head of Education, Olympics 2012, UK, H.E. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of Human Resource Development, India and Lord Andrew Adonis, former Minister of State for Education, UK.
http://www.facebook.com/GESForum
http://www.twitter.com/GemsEducation
For more information, please contact:
Margaret Flanagan / Rebecca Sageman
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Tel: +971-4-4507-600
Email: margaret.flanagan@bm.com / rebecca.sageman@bm.com
Source: GEMS Education

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March 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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Sony Mobile Adds Two New Xperia Smartphones to its Spring Line up, Bringing Best of Sony Experiences to a Broader Device Range

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —
Two new models added to the Xperia™ range of premium smartphones with Xperia™ SP and Xperia™ L offering unique Sony features at new price points
Xperia SP offers a high quality HD experience, LTE 4G and easy connectivity with One-touch function in a beautiful cutting-edge design
Xperia L provides a stylish design with best in class Sony camera experience for perfect pictures and videos every time
Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced two new Xperia smartphone models to join its 2013 line up – the Xperia SP and Xperia L. The Xperia SP delivers 4G LTE performance and an exceptional viewing experience, with a razor sharp HD screen housed in a beautiful design. The Xperia L provides class leading camera technology with HDR for both photos and videos complemented by a high quality screen.
Both the Xperia SP and Xperia L offer the best of Sony with stunning premium designs and a range of technologies including a high quality screen for the ultimate viewing experience; the latest camera features for impressive pictures and videos; NFC connectivity for One-touch function; Battery STAMINA Mode for extended battery life; and Sony’s signature media apps for enjoying photos, music, movies and games on the go.
“Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don’t compromise on features,” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Both of our new models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise – whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L.”
Xperia SP – High Definition brilliance in a premium design
The Xperia SP utilises expertise from Sony’s BRAVIA® TV engineers to create its stunning 4.6″ HD Reality Display for razor sharp pictures and superior brightness. The latest Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 delivers an even better viewing experience by analysing your content type and adjusting the image automatically, making it one of the most intelligent smartphone screens around. The engine will make the adjustment by adding new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction.
As well as delivering brilliant experiences, the Xperia SP looks beautiful too with a precision-crafted co-moulded aluminium frame, for a seamless look that is both sleek and solid. Adding to the unique design innovation is the colour-changing “transparent element” with customisable illuminations which you can personalise to alert you of incoming calls and text messages. And you can even set the illuminations to pulse to the beat of your favourite music.
Key features for Xperia SP
Precision crafted co-moulded aluminium frame
Super-bright 4.6″ 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
One-touch functions with NFC to display content on your TV or to share music and photos between devices
4G LTE for superfast entertainment and browsing
Unique “transparent element” can be personalised to change colour when notifying you of all your incoming messages and calls. Or simply set it to pulse to the beat of your music to stand out from the crowd.
8MP fast-capture camera with “Exmor RS for mobile”, HDR and Superior Auto for the best photos, even at night or against a strong backlight
Battery STAMINA Mode for optimum battery life
Available in white, red and black colour variations
Xperia L – the perfect smartphone camera experience
The stylish and functional Xperia L features an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s unique “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor technology for vivid colours and stunning clarity. HDR (High Dynamic Range) ensures that both your photos and videos are captured clearly, even at night or against a strong backlight. And with the dedicated camera key that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second even from a locked screen, this fast-capture camera phone will ensure that you’ll never miss another moment. Get the most out of your viewing experience with the high quality 4.3″ FWVGA screen that is ideally suited to enjoy all of your content.
Key features for Xperia L
8 megapixel fast-capture camera takes sharp pictures in any light
Enjoy all your content on the generous 4.3″ FWVGA display
One-touch functions with NFC to display content on your TV or to share music and photos between devices
Fast performance with dual-core processor
Battery STAMINA Mode for optimum battery life
Available in white, red and black colour variations
Sony entertainment on the go
Both Xperia SP and Xperia L benefit from Sony’s media applications offering a consistent entertainment experience across the range. The “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies” apps, provide online and offline content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, plus Music Unlimited* with over 18 million songs to explore from, and Facebook social integration. The “Movies” application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited* while the “Album” application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.
One-touch functions for easy content sharing
Also featured on both models are Sony’s One-touch functions, allowing you to easily and instantly enjoy music and photos across an array of devices, such as Sony’s SRS-BTV5 portable speaker and latest range of NFC-enabled BRAVIA TVs, with just a single touch. It’s sharing made easy with no wires, cables, or fiddling with settings necessary.
The new Xperia SP and Xperia L from Sony Mobile will both be available worldwide from Q2 2013.
For the full media kit and detailed specifications, please visit: http://blogs.sonymobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Xperia-SP_Xperia-L_press-release.pdf
For media information please contact:
For more information, images and videos please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/pressreleases
Sony Mobile Communications, Global Communications & PR department
General Press: +44-208-762-5858
Source: Sony Mobile Communications

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March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

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VisoCon Closes 7-figure Financing Round With i4g and tecnet equity; Strong Growth in the Smart Video Conferencing Sector

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GRAZ, Austria/PRNewswire/ —
VisoCon GmbH, a fast-growing high-tech company specialising in smart video conferencing solutions, announced the successful completion of an equity financing round.
The financing round involved, in addition to private funds of two business angels, the Austrian private equity company i4g and tecnet equity.
Technologically, VisoCon is the world leader in the field of video conferencing technology and occupies a market segment in the field of open web-based conferencing systems with multiple patents.
The current capital injection is to be used for the accelerated expansion of the worldwide sales network and for additional trendsetting developments in the field of open web-based video conferencing solutions.
Dr Andreas Kropfl, CEO, on the financing round: “We will give the video conferencing market a radical new face with priorities set on transmission quality, integration capability and usability.”
Dr Christian Pegritz, former managing director of Frequentis-AG and business angel at VisoCon adds: “VisoCon will establish itself as a major provider of innovative video conferencing solutions on the world market.”
i4g
i4g is an Austrian private equity company based in Vienna. It designs business participations for family offices and private foundations in technology companies.
tecnet equity
tecnet equity finances technology-oriented and innovative companies. In addition, tecnet’s area of responsibility includes support for patent and technology exploitation.
VisoCon
VisoCon is an Austrian high-tech company with an innovative focus on Smart Video Conferencing solutions. It has specialised in the area of freely scalable multipoint video conferencing solutions and has been working in the field of real time communication technology and video for 12 years.
Contact:
Dr. Peter Merschitz
+43-664-541-76-22
peter.merschitz@visocon.com
Source: VisoCon GmbH

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March 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

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TheLuxeNomad.com and DestinAsian Announce Launch of Online Partnership

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Online luxury travel portal and top travel magazine link up to enhance their users’ experiences
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — TheLuxeNomad.com, a members-only luxury hotel booking site, has announced the launch of their partnership with DestinAsian, Asia’s premier luxury leisure travel magazine. The primary aim of this collaboration is to provide clients with a more wholesome and tailored booking experience.

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DestinAsian magazine, the winner of many prestigious editorial awards, will share selected travel feature stories and videos about destinations where TheLuxeNomad.com hotel partners are located. This editorial content will enrich the entire booking experience for TheLuxeNomad.com members. “Two questions always come to mind when traveling. Where to stay? And, what to do? With DestinAsian as our partner we can now answer the latter by sharing their exclusive content and tips,” said Stephanie Chai, Founder and CEO of TheLuxeNomad.com.
DestinAsian’s readers will gain access to TheLuxeNomad.com’s exclusive deals via http://www.DestinAsian.com. “There are literally thousands of hotels promoting themselves on the web these days and it can be a laborious task for our readers to edit and identify quality DestinAsian-style luxury accommodation that they enjoy. TheLuxeNomad.com’s carefully curated inventory of luxury hotels and villas simplifies the search process so we are delighted that our readers can now connect with TheLuxeNomad.com directly from DestinAsian.com,” said Greg Cornelius, DestinAsian’s General Manager.
This partnership is the first of its kind for both parties involved.
About The Luxe Nomad:
TheLuxeNomad.com is a private flash sale site that offers luxury hotels and resorts to a sophisticated and affluent membership base for unique insider deals. Each week, a new rotation of hotels will be featured on the site with discounts up to 70% off. The site displays beautiful property imagery and editorial content from a host of celebrity “Nomads On The Go” to give insider stories on both the hotels and the destinations themselves. The site is run by Singapore-based Luxe Nomad Pte Ltd.
Media Contact:
Alexandra Seitz
Number: +852-9855-7374
E-mail: alex@theluxenomad.com
Source: The Luxe Nomad

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March 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

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