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SiS Announces Acquisition of Five Hotel Properties in Japan after the Purchase of the Second Tallest Building in Japan in January, 2013

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SINGAPORE and HONG KONG, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Trailing the purchase of the second tallest building-Iconic Skyscraper Rinku Gate Tower in Japan in January 2013, SiS International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 00529), an investment Holding Company and a leading Technology Products distributor in Asia announced today that its indirect wholly – owned subsidiary, SiS Japan Inn had signed an agreement for the acquisition of the trust beneficial interests of five (5) hotel properties in Japan at a total consideration of JPY6,433,900,000 (Approximately SGD82,354,000).

Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, Tokushima city, Tokushima
Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, Tokushima city, Tokushima
  • 284 Rooms Toyoko Inn Naha Asahi-bashi Ekimae, Naha city, Okinawa
  • 422 Rooms Toyoko Inn Kanazawa Kenrokuen Korinbo, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa
  • 347 Rooms Toyoko Inn Shonan Hiratsuka-eki Kitaguchi No.1, Hiratsuka city, Kanagawa
  • 194 Rooms Toyoko Inn Niigata Furumachi, Niigata city, Niigata
  • 139 Rooms Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, Tokushima city, Tokushima

SiS continues to grow its real estate portfolios. The purchase included five hotel properties with a total of 1386 rooms spanning across various cities in Japan and are well located in Okinawa, Ishikawa, Kanagawa, Niigata & Tokushima respectively. Nestled at convenient and strategic locations makes them attractive destinations for both leisure and business travelers.

“We are very pleased to have acquired these five well-located assets in Japan which further entrenched our presence in Japan. Japan has been enjoying positive growth in the recent months. We are encouraged by the growth opportunities particularly given Japan’s economic recovery slated for the next several years,” said Mr. KH Lim, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of SiS.

This is going to be another exciting transformation of SiS Group; similar to other projects the Group is undertaking. “Given Japan’s economic recovery and accelerated spending with increase consumer confidence, SiS will seek to grow through strategic acquisitions. The acquisition of these hotel properties gave us the opportunity to build on the momentum as it provides a steady income stream to the Group; in line with the Group’s strategy of investing in income generating properties or properties with potential long term appreciation in property value,” continued Mr. Lim.


Founded in Singapore in 1983, SiS is an Investment Holding company and a leading Technology Product Distribution listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its principal business interests include Real Estate investment, Mobile & IT Products Distribution as well as Investments in Promising Businesses.

Media enquiries

Ms. Rhoda Chiu – Company Secretary
Tel: +852-2138-3978
Fax: +852-2138-3928

Singapore contact:
Ms. Shireen Ang
Tel: +65-6419-7169

Source: SiS International Holdings Limited

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September 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

DHL Kicks Off Global Volunteer Day 2013

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, today kicked off its annual Global Volunteer Day (GVD) 2013 celebrations. Over the next 10 days, DHL employees across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, along with their business partners and customers, will volunteer in various community programs across these regions. In 2012, DHL’s global employee volunteer program saw over 62,000 volunteers in about 120 countries participate in more than 1,000 programs which benefitted local communities directly.

DHL also announced that GVD, traditionally an annual week-long initiative held in September, has now been extended to become a year-long program in an effort to further boost participation in volunteerism within the communities the company operates in. With some 285,000 employees, and operations in over 220 countries and territories, the company’s active support for employee volunteerism is part of its efforts to make a significant impact across the globe.

“We are committed to giving back to the communities that have helped us grow for more than 40 years. Our business is integrated into the local community — our customers, employees and partners are often residents of the areas in which we operate,” said Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. “By transitioning to a year-long program, the DHL Global Volunteer initiative will have a very real impact on the local communities that we operate in.”

“What began as a modest initiative over five years ago will now expand to become an on-going effort. This reflects the company’s culture that stems directly from our mission as a company; to help people realize their full potential, in everything they do,” said Kelvin Leung, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

Paul Graham, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said, “Over the years, we’ve seen growing enthusiasm from our employees around Global Volunteer Day. Our employees believe strongly that we must continue to focus on both the sustainability of our business and the world we live in. It just gives us all a great feeling to give back to the communities that have supported our growth. Frankly, that is what the DHL spirit is all about.”

Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Global Volunteer Day has expanded into the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe over the years, and continues to build on its success by involving more employees and community projects. As a sustained program, local country teams organize and participate in recurring activities with beneficiaries and/or partner organizations that deliver significant sustainable impact. These programs deliver to the company’s three Corporate Responsibility programs — GoGreen (protecting the environment), GoHelp (delivering help) and GoTeach (championing education).

In addition, Deutsche Post DHL supports the voluntary engagement of its employees via the “Living Responsibility Fund”. Twice a year, employees can apply for financial support for their projects in the following year. The amount of support granted depends on the time the employee devotes to the project. In 2012, the company supported 104 projects involving more than 9,000 employees in 48 countries who volunteered 61,000 hours of their time to local projects. Together with the three Corporate Responsibility programs, employee volunteerism has been an integral part of the Corporate Responsibility Strategy under the motto “Living Responsibility”.

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DHL — The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics Company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion Euros in 2012.

Source: DHL

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September 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Plenum for World’s First Eco-mobility Festival Begins in S. Korea

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SUWON, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — The general meeting of the world’s first eco-mobility festival began on Monday in the city of Suwon, providing international experts with an opportunity to discuss ways of promoting sustainable transport, organizers said.
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Suwon-ecomobility festival
The EcoMobility World Festival 2013, dedicated to sustainable development, kicked off Sunday and will run until Sept. 30. The festival is being held in Suwon, 30 kilometers south of Seoul.
The event, attended by hundreds of delegates from 98 cities of 41 countries, aims to share knowledge about developments in the latest eco-friendly mobile vehicles and technologies from around the world. It also hopes to foster the exchange of opinions on how to promote sustainable transport.
The festival was co-organized by the Suwon City Government, ICLEI, the international association of local government dedicated to sustainable development and the United Nations Human Settlements Program.
Eco-mobility is an integrated form of environmentally sustainable mobility that combines the use of non-motorized means of transport with the use of public transport and eco-friendly mobile vehicles to allow people to move around in their local environments without utilizing private motor vehicles.
“Now is the time to acknowledge the bare fact that we will run out of fossil fuels in 20 to 30 years, and to take action,” Suwon Mayor Yeom Tae-young said in his keynote speech during the plenary session of the three-day congress.
Yeom vowed to strive for making Suwon an example of a metropolis with sustainable transport, and pointed to his city’s track record in pursuing the eco-friendly transportation system.
The congress brought together some 300 experts from around the world, including ICLEI’s Vice President Mary Jane Ortega, its Deputy Secretary-General Monika Zimmermann, and the event’s creative director Konrad Otto-Zimmermann.
During the plenary session, Gil Penalosa, Executive Director from Toronto, made a speech about the so-called 8-80 Cities campaign. The campaign’s goal is to create a city that is good for both 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds by promoting eco-friendly transport.
Heiner Monheim, a professor from Germany’s University of Trier, also spoke about the sustainable system.
Participants then began parallel sessions to discuss diverse issues, such as the role of eco-mobility, its marketing and management, according to organizers.
After more rounds of sessions on the matter, the congress will end on Wednesday.
During the festival period, residents in the neighborhood of the festival venue will live with non-motorized means of transport and present a message about what the future of urban cities could be like when fossil fuels dry up, the organizers said. The venue is near Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Source: EcoMobility World Festival Suwon 2013 Organizing Committee

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September 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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Sony Introduces Xperia(TM) Z1 – A Stunning Waterproof Smartphone With a Groundbreaking Camera Experience

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IFA, BERLIN, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Combines the very best of Sony’s technology in a slim, waterproof and beautifully designed Android smartphone
  • True compact camera performance through combination of Sony’s award-winning “G Lens”, large 1/2.3-type 20.7MP “Exmor RS for mobile” CMOS image sensor and “BIONZ for mobile” image processing engine    
  • Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver unique experiences including live social broadcasting
  • Immersive viewing experience via Sony’s TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile and X-Reality™ for mobile
  • Discovery of online and offline content through the integration of Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited with Sony’s media applications
  • Premium and exclusive out of the box entertainment offer from Sony Entertainment Network
  • Unrivalled ecosystem of accessories and companion products

Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone that combines the very best of Sony’s technology, entertainment and wide range of companion products with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience. Xperia Z1 will launch globally from September 2013.

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“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

The world’s leading camera in a smartphone

The elegant, 5″ Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before – including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise. Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine. The combination of these technologies delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone. Indeed, independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones[1]. This means that Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications

Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences. Applications at launch include:

  • Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.
  • Info-eye™: Innovative visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.
  • Timeshift burst: Capture the perfect shot every time – Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds – a second before and after pressing the shutter – so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
  • AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony’s SmartAR™ augmented reality technology.

This experience is supported by a robust ecosystem of established and up-and-coming developer partnerships who are working to create Xperia Camera Applications. Many more apps will be available through the Sony Select recommendation store after launch.

Beautiful design with high power and performance

Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a Sony smartphone. Its stunning looks combine Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from any angle.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry leading battery performance and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Incredible out of the box entertainment with Sony’s media applications and technologies

Xperia Z1 integrates PlayMemories Online[2], a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation[3].

Sony’s “WALKMAN” and Movies applications are also included and provide access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited and more than 150K movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited[2] from Sony Entertainment Network.

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an immersive viewing experience. It also includes X-Reality for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos. Xperia Z1 also brings Sony’s audio expertise to play with Sony’s ClearAudio+ which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust individual settings.

Xperia Z1 comes with an incredible entertainment offer that includes five great movies plus an exclusive movie access pass to the digital release of Sony Pictures’ summer blockbuster Elysium as well as a two month free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited[4] streaming service plus much more.

Xperia Z1 also features a new application called TrackID™ TV[5] that enhances your TV-viewing experience. It lets users search, share and explore information from broadcasted TV shows such as cast & crew, biographies, filmography or show related Tweets.

Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories

Xperia Z1 is supported by an ecosystem of innovative companion products and accessories. All are underpinned by Sony’s one-touch functions with NFC technology which will number approximately 100 compatible products by the end of the year including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more. Key products include:

Companion products to enhance the camera experience

  • QX10/QX100: High-performance ‘lens-style’ cameras designed for mounting on smartphones and operated through the smartphone screen – a perfect partner for the Z1.
  • Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M: An intelligent accessory that helps Xperia Z1 detect smiles and capture special moments without the need to hold the handset
  • Smartphone Tripod SPA-MK20M: A versatile tripod perfect for extra stability when taking pictures or capturing video

A host of other companion products and smart accessories that enrich your smartphone experience.

  • SmartWatch 2 – Use as a second screen for Xperia Z1. Read messages, handle calls, easily access notifications – all from your wrist. Trigger the Xperia Z1 camera shutter. Download other camera apps to enhance the Xperia Z1 experience. Sony is working closely with developers for even more optimised apps
  • SBH52 Smart Bluetooth Handset – Splash proof wireless audio accessory that enables you to listen and talk without taking out your smartphone.
  • MDR-10BT NFC headphones and SRS-BTS50 wireless speaker – New, high quality NFC enabled headphones and wireless speaker.
  • SmartTags NT3 – Create a unique experience for your tag and share with a friend via NFC.
  • Continually update the experience over time with the Bluetooth Music Receiver BM10 – stream music and audio from Xperia Z1 to your home Hi-Fi system
  • Miracast Wireless Display IM10 – Mirror your smartphone display on your HDTV or projector

Xperia Z1 key specifications

  • Sony’s “G Lens”: A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well as 3x clear image zoom.
  • BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm from Sony’s leading digital compact cameras. It ensures pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being blurred.
  • 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP: high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.
  • Dust and water-resistant (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid one-piece aluminium frame
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE
  • Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast to Facebook. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select.
  • Memory: RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 64 GB.
  • Available in black, white and purple colour variants

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[1]Based on consumer research conducted by Strategy Analytics conducted on 23rd August 2013

[2]Subject to market availability

[3]If an image exceeds 1920 pixels along its longest plane (either width or height), it will automatically be resized to 1920 pixels.

[4]Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region. Please visit for more details.

Also the number of tracks available from this catalogue varies by country and may be fewer than stated.

[5]TrackID™ TV is available in DE, UK, FR, JP and US


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Sony Mobile Communications, Global Communications & PR department
General Press: +44-208-762-5858

Source: Sony Mobile Communications

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September 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Dares Fans To Take The Red Race Challenge

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NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ — POLO RED, the latest men’s fragrance from Ralph Lauren, brings the speed, adrenaline and seduction of this fiery scent to life in the new Red Race Challenge. Putting fans’ driving skills to the test, the Red Race Challenge is a fast-paced digital driving competition based on the POLO RED short film directed by Bruce Weber and starring Nacho Figueras.
Gamers are dared to get behind the powerful wheel on the Ralph Lauren Fragrances Facebook page and compete against a fast speedboat. The three-level challenge is a land-versus-water race where winners unlock new courses with game board completion. Set on a remote string of islands, gamers are transported onto the virtual road and into the POLO RED advertising campaign.
Gamers are ranked on their driving prowess, with scoring based on a multiplier for perfect speed, shifting and distance. Additionally, a global Red Race Challenge leaderboard allows players to see and share their ranking against social friends.
POLO RED fans can fire up their adrenaline and take the Red Race Challenge at
POLO RED is a fiery mix of spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit and deep red wood that ignites the thrill-seeker in every man. The ultimate in design, power and distinction, POLO RED takes its inspiration from the Ralph Lauren Car Collection, one of the world’s most prestigious collections of exquisite cars. The POLO RED product line-up is available at select retailers and
In 1978, Ralph Lauren expanded his lifestyle brand to encompass the world of fragrance, launching Lauren for women and Polo for men. For more than 30 years, Ralph Lauren Fragrances has developed new fragrances for men and women that express a distinct personality and luxury lifestyle in the Ralph Lauren tradition. The Ralph Lauren Fragrances portfolio includes Polo, Polo Blue, Polo Black, Polo Red, Ralph Lauren Romance and The Big Pony Fragrance Collection For Women and For Men. Find more about Ralph Lauren Fragrances at or
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September 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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Joint Commission International to Host Global Education Events

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 Debut New Edition of Standards for Hospitals and Academic Medical Centers

OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Faculty from Joint Commission International (JCI) will be hosting major educational events in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The events will showcase useful practices and knowledge that health care organizations need to succeed as JCI-accredited organizations. The education events will feature the much-anticipated fifthedition of JCI’s Accreditation Standards for Hospitals, published 1 September. The courses will include curriculum on complying with the rigorous standards for patient care and safety.

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JCI will host the International Practicum on Accreditation and Quality Improvement in Seoul (2-6 September 2013), Dubai (27-31 October 2013), Miami (February 2014), and Singapore (April 2014).

This is JCI’s most comprehensive educational program for unaccredited health care organizations that are considering accreditation or preparing for an initial survey. During the five-day practicum, presenters explain JCI’s comprehensive standards and the process to achieve compliance. Attendees will follow a JCI expert on simulated tracers in local hospitals to see the survey process in action.

“The Practicum is ideal for hospitals considering first-time accreditation. The presentations are designed to clearly explain the survey process and help professionals understand how JCI accreditation can transform safety in every organization,” explains Paul vanOstenberg, Vice President of International Accreditation, Standards, and Measurement, JCI.

JCI will host the 2013 International Accreditation Update in Seoul (29-30 August 2013), Singapore (9-10 September 2013), Bangkok (14-15 September 2013), Amsterdam (10-11 October 2013), and Dubai (28-29 October 2013).

The 2013 International Accreditation Update is for JCI-accredited organizations preparing to comply with new and substantially updated fifth edition of the Hospital Accreditation Standards.

During the workshop, hospital teams will learn strategies to comply with the latest standards and best practices in patient care. The program features presentations and small-group sessions to help prepare organizations for reaccreditation.

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Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 90 countries.

Elizabeth Eaken Zhani

Source: Joint Commission International

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September 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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Ruukki Expands its Range of High-Strength Optim Steels to Serve the Heavy Lifting Equipment and Mining Industries

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HELSINKI, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A forerunner in ultra-high-strength steel development, Ruukki has produced Optim structural steels since 2002. Ruukki’s production programme already includes a wide variety of special steels, such as the thinnest available direct-quenched structural steels. The latest addition to Ruukki’s family of high-strength Optim steels includes the thicker dimensional ranges of Optim 700 QL steel, up to 60 mm.

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“Thanks to its excellent weldability, high strength and good impact strength, Optim 700 QL steel is well-suited for the needs of the heavy lifting equipment and mining industries. Typical applications include the load-bearing structures of heavy earth-moving and excavation equipment as well as offshore cranes,” says Tuomo Saramaa, Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific & Middle East at Ruukki.

Optim steels have good workshop properties and their flatness and surface quality is excellent. This makes them easy to process into welded structures and components. Additionally, extra-high-strength Optim steels are easy to combine with wear-resistant Raex steels, providing an optimal structure for excavator buckets and similar wearing parts.

Ruukki’s technical customer services provide extensive material expertise and support for using special steels for customers.

For more information please contact:

Tuomo Saramaa, Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific & Middle East

Ruukki Metals

Tel. +86-21-66-734558
Source: Ruukki

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September 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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LearnBIG Creates Hub For Online Educational Resources

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– New community-based site helps students of all ages find, rate and share the best in online education and eLearning resources

SEATTLE, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LearnBIG announced today the launch of, a new site that will change the way learners of all ages will easily access thousands of online educational resources in one central location. LearnBIG joins together technology and community to improve educational access regardless of income, age or geographic location.


While a large and growing number of digital educational resources are available, many of which are free, linking to the course or tool that is right for the learner has been a huge hurdle in accessing these eLearning resources. LearnBIG allows an easy way to search and filter content by subject, level, platform and popularity available for Pre-K, K-12, college and lifelong learners. And because the site is community-reviewed by parents, teachers and learners, users can easily find education resources that match their learning style.

“eLearning is transforming education but finding the best available content has proven to be very challenging,” said Victor Alhadeff, CEO of LearnBIG and former Egghead Software CEO. “LearnBIG’s breadth, depth, organization and user experience creates a dramatically different environment for people to not only find specific content, but also have the power of choice to find exactly what they need. The potential for significant social change by bringing access to the best in education to all people is profound.”

LearnBIG will feature a large online community of parents, students and teachers who share their experiences about each resource. Each LearnBIG user can review and create collections based on their specific learning needs. This will allow the most popular resources on the site to rise to the surface so other users can easily access them.

Anyone, including parents getting ready for their kids going back to school, can now easily locate online education tools from a variety of media whether it’s a game on an iPad, an app on their phone or an instructional video. This allows parents to access community-reviewed resources to help their children get the skills they need. Equally powerful is the opportunity to find tools others of the same age group, learning style and grade are using.

A core feature is LearnBIG’s Career Paths, which are ideal for high school and college students or career changers to help guide them towards achieving their goals. This provides a set of skills that anyone can discover and provides a roadmap to become proficient in a selected area of expertise.

LearnBIG is also a tool for teachers, who will now be able to easily provide their students with enrichment materials for after-school learning to help students gain and solidify skills. Resources can be sorted by Common Core State Standards to ensure the resources teachers are utilizing for students matches what they are learning in class.

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September 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

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Kaspersky Lab Announces NetTraveler is Back with New Tricks

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Kaspersky Lab researchers today announced a new attack vector of NetTraveler (also known as ‘Travnet’ or “Netfile”), an advanced persistent threat that has already infected hundreds of high profile victims in more than 40 countries. Known targets of NetTraveler include Tibetan/Uyghur activists, oil industry companies, scientific research centers and institutes, universities, private companies, governments and governmental institutions, embassies and military contractors.

Immediately after the public exposure of the NetTraveler operations in June, 2013, the attackers shut down all known command and control systems and moved them to new servers in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They also continued the attacks unhindered, just like the current case shows.

Over the last few days, several spear-phishing e-mails were sent to multiple Uyghur activists. The Java exploit used to distribute this new variant of the Red Star APT has a higher success rate than the previously used Office exploits, having been patched by Oracle in June 2013.

Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) experts predict that other recent exploits could be integrated and used against the group’s targets and offer recommendations on how to stay safe from such attacks:

Update Java to the most recent version or, if users don’t use Java, uninstall it.
Update Microsoft Windows and Office to the latest versions.
Update all other third party software, such as Adobe Reader.
Use a secure browser such as Google Chrome, which has a faster development and patching cycle than Windows’ default Internet Explorer.
Be wary of clicking on links and opening attachments from unknown persons.

“So far, we haven’t observed the use of zero-day vulnerabilities with the NetTraveler group. To defend against those, although patches don’t help, but technologies such as Automatic Exploit Prevention and Default Deny can be quite effective fighting advanced persistent threats,” says Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research & Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab.

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September 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

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MDT Releases TMR Magnetic Sensors for Banknote Validation

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New TMR Magnetic Sensors Enable Advanced Magnetic Pattern Recognition and Magnetic Image Retrieval for Banknote Validation in Financial Anti-counterfeit Appliances

SAN JOSE, Calif. and ZHANGJIAGANG, China, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd. (MDT), a leading supplier of magnetic sensors specializing in Tunneling Magnetoresistance (TMR) technology, has announced the MMGB01/ MMGB06/MMGB18 TMR magnetic pattern recognition sensors. They are the world’s first TMR magnetic sensors for detecting magnetic properties on banknotes in financial anti-counterfeit appliances, including banknote validation, banknote counters and sorters, and magnetic card readers.

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The new MMGB01/MMGB06/MMGB18 TMR magnetic pattern recognition sensors are designed and manufactured with MDT’s unique TMR technology and intellectual property. They achieve high sensitivity and high signal-to-noise ratio for weak magnetic signal detection on banknotes by using customized TMR magnetic sensors and a bias magnet. The robust mechanical design realizes a miniaturized, durable and light-weight sensor module that is compatible with existing products on the market. The MMGB01 series includes a few products with single-channel detection capability; while MMGB06 and MMGB18 are 6-channel and 18-channel sensors that can read multiple signals in parallel.

“MDT’s new TMR magnetic sensors are the first products using TMR technology on the financial anti-counterfeit appliances market, and they bring many unique benefits of TMR technology to our customers with high-sensitivity and high-resolution magnetic signal detection,” said Dr. Song Xue, Chairman and CEO of MultiDimension Technology. “We are committed to offer the best of our TMR technology with higher quality, enhanced manufacturability and better cost-effectiveness to compete with existing products. In addition, MDT’s TMR technology is fully capable of high-resolution magnetic image retrieval to meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation financial anti-counterfeit appliances. We are confident that our MDT can bring this enabling technology to the market, which has long been seeking a solution that cannot be accomplished by current technologies.”

MDT’s TMR technology realizes the key benefits of existing magnetic sensor technologies including Hall Effect, Indium-Antimonide, AMR (Anisotropic Magnetoresistance) and GMR (Giant Magnetoresistance), while adding the high sensitivity, large signal output, and low power inherent in TMR technology. MDT offers all advantages of TMR to the commercial sensor market in a growing product portfolio, including TMR magnetic field sensors, TMR magnetic angle sensors, TMR magnetic switches, TMR magnetic gear tooth sensors, and the new TMR magnetic pattern recognition sensors.

About MDT

MultiDimension Technology was founded in 2010 in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China, with branch offices in Shanghai and San Jose, Calif., USA. MDT has developed a unique intellectual property portfolio, and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities that can support volume production of high-performance, low-cost TMR magnetic sensors to satisfy the most demanding application needs. Led by its core management team of elite experts and veterans in magnetic sensor technology and engineering services, MDT is committed to creating added value for its customers and ensuring their success. For more information about MDT please visit

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Source: MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.

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September 5, 2013 at 11:32 am