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nanu — The Revolutionary Free Call App – Expands Service With New iOS App And Enhanced Android Version

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-Enhanced Android version gives users a way of making unlimited free calls, even to non-nanu phones

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — nanu, the free call app that is popular in the emerging markets, has officially launched nanu for iOS and has also released an enhanced Android version as the next step in its mission to bring free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G.

The new Android version has been developed specifically to overcome the multiple challenges of providing stable high quality Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) calls in the emerging markets where poor connectivity is prevalent.

Daniel Nygate, CTO of nanu, explained “Unlike traditional VoIP apps, nanu brings VoIP to the emerging markets for the first time. But there are many challenges, both technical and cultural, to overcome. Based upon invaluable feedback from our users since our launch, we have addressed these issues and solved many challenges in providing VoIP services to emerging markets. In addition, many users want to make calls nanu-to-non nanu and we have developed an innovative and fun way for them to make unmetered free calls to non-nanu landline and mobile phones in 48 countries worldwide by earning free minutes when downloading 3rd party apps on Android phones.”

On the launch of nanu’s iOS version, Martin Nygate, CEO of nanu, added “We are pleased to launch nanu for iOS as many of our users requested it – this goes to show that nanu has distinct advantages, such as mobility and cost, over existing VoIP apps even in developed markets operating in 3G and 4G.”

Since its launch in August 2014, nanu’s growth has been exponential and nanu now boasts users in over 200 countries with particular concentration in the large emerging markets such as India, SE Asia, Middle East andSouth America where a low bandwidth environment such as 2G is forecast to remain prevalent.

To download nanu, go to:  (Android) and (iOS)

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About nanu
nanu is a revolutionary mobile call app that utilizes proprietary ultra low bandwidth VoIP technology and an advert sponsored free call business model to provide high quality free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G.

Source: Gentay Communications Pte Ltd
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February 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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Bullet Trains in Japan: the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Start Service on March 14

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TOKYO, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A new addition to Japan’s bullet train network, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, will start service on March. The new line will significantly reduce travel times between Tokyo, Toyama and Kanazawa. Taking the Shinkansen to one of many viewing destinations assures cherry blossom fans will not miss out the short period during which the trees are in bloom.

The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture is over 1,000 years old, and is one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan.
The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture is over 1,000 years old, and is one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan.
Spring is the season for seeing Japan at its best. Starting from late March every year, enthusiasts gather in Tokyo, Osaka and many of Japan’s other cities for the cherry blossoms. However, the very short bloom time, means that a number of overseas visitors often miss out.

East Japan Railway Company will take part in the Thai International Travel Fair held in Thailand between February 25 and March 1 where the railway agency will give a presentation on the best travel routes for reaching the cherry blossoms while they are in bloom.

Mid-April – Hokuriku Shinkansen

According to information provided by East Japan Railway Company, the Hokuriku Shinkansen departs from Tokyo and travels northward, with stops in Nagano, Toyama and Kanazawa – the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms.

A one and a half hour ride from Tokyo delivers passengers to Niigata Prefecture’s Joetsumyoko Station where Takada Castle, one of the three best locations in Japan for nighttime cherry blossoms viewing, is located. The locale assures an amazing viewing experience, with over 4,000 cherry trees illuminated by countless paper lanterns aligning the roads. CNNGo, CNN’s travel site, lists Takada Castle as one of the five best blooming great flower festivals in the world. Traditional Japanese food and local food specialties sold from 300 outdoor stalls at the event during the festival assure each spectator an unforgettable time.

In addition, if you would like to visit the famous Zenko-ji Temple, get off at Nagano Station along the Hokuriku Shinkansen, and spend one night in Nagano Prefecture. The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano adjacent to Nagano Station is convenient and good value for the price.

From mid- to late April – Tohoku Shinkansen

From mid- to late April, visit the ancient Miharu Takizakura cherry tree by taking the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture. The over 1,000 year old tree stands 13.5 meters high, with a trunk diameter of 20 meters. One of the three giant cherry trees of Japan, its light pink flowers spread in all directions from the branches, giving the appearance of a waterfall.

After late April – Akita Shinkansen

Visitors still can see blooming cherry blossoms in Japan after late April. Take the Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo directly to Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture. Kakunodate is known as “the little Kyoto of Michinoku”, and attracts millions of visitors during cherry blossom season. Spend one night at Folkloro kakunodate, adjacent to Kakunodate Station, and feel refreshed for the entire day by enjoying a breakfast of Akitakomachi, a variety of rice that is a local specialty.

Cherry blossom viewing is not limited to Tokyo and late March. Various Shinkansen trains heading north from Tokyo provide a wide range of options for seeing cherry blossoms from mid-March to the end of April.

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Source: East Japan Railway Company

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February 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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Violin Memory Announces Flash Storage Platform, Industry’s First All-Flash Based Primary Storage System

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-Solutions built on Concerto OS 7 with inline de-duplication engine deliver all-flash storage system at a cost lower than disk
SINGAPORE, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a leading provider and pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage arrays, announced worldwide availability of the Flash Storage Platform™ (FSP), including the new 7300 and 7700 all flash arrays, Concerto™ OS 7, and Symphony™ 3 simple management control. The Flash Storage Platform is the first all-flash storage system designed to run all primary storage and active workloads below the cost of traditional disk. The Flash Storage Platform achieves the ultimate consolidation and simplification of next generation data centre workloads by delivering the highest performance storage at the lowest Capex and Opex possible today.

“The Flash Storage Platform is a game changer for our customers and the industry as it creates the tipping point for enterprises to capture the promise of flash for all primary storage workloads, and to migrate and refresh disk storage to all-flash cost effectively. At the same time, customers gain 10X performance improvements for most applications. These performance improvements deliver efficiencies that can completely change the competitive dynamics of most industries by removing the latency and bottlenecks created in the data center by legacy disk,” said Kevin DeNuccio, CEO at Violin Memory.

“The Flash Storage Platform delivers the performance of flash, and enterprise-grade data services, including user selectable block-level, inline de-duplication and compression at end-user costs that compete with traditional disk array prices on a single, simple, powerful platform,” DeNuccio concluded.

At the heart of this engineering achievement is Concerto OS 7. It combines Violin’s system-level flash management and control, block-level de-duplication and compression data efficiency engine, and one of the broadest sets of data management, protection, and recovery services, into a single, integrated operating system. All the power of Concerto OS 7 is managed by the user through Symphony 3, delivering the ultimate flexibility and granular control on a per workload, application or LUN level of all features with the most elegant, and simple, single pane of glass storage management solution in the industry.

“The explosive growth of data has had a significant impact on how organisations in Australia store and manage data. In a fast-paced environment, everyone demands data fast, in real-time without any downtime. For the first time, customers here no longer need complex solutions with multiple components running different software environments and fragmented feature sets. With Concerto OS 7 as the foundation for the Flash Storage Platform, data protection, data reduction, performance, and scalability for the vast majority of primary storage needs are met in a single enclosure running a single operating system managed through a single pane of glass,” said Ross Lynch, Violin’s Director for ANZ.

The 7300 and 7700 Flash Storage Platform designs reduce the effective cost-per-gigabyte by more than 75 percent over Violin’s prior generation of arrays, and are more than 25 percent lower in cost-per-gigabyte than the competition. For large deployments the system delivers all-flash storage for as low as $1.50 effective cost-per-gigabyte, making it possible for the first time, to upgrade all primary storage to all-flash, opening up the roughly $15B primary storage market to all-flash based solutions.

The Flash Storage Platform’s fourth generation Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) sets new and unprecedented levels of performance, scale and density. The capacity of the 7300 FSP is 217TB effective in a three rack unit space, while the Violin 7700 FSP six-shelf configuration exceeds 1.3 petabytes effective, delivering an industry-record scale and density of 2.2 petabytes effective in a rack. Each shelf or array delivers sustained performance that can achieve 1 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latencies.



“We are excited to enhance our Toshiba Total Storage Platform portfolio with Violin Memory’s new 7300/7300E Flash Storage Platforms series, which utilize Toshiba’s state-of-the-art NAND technology, and augment its comprehensive data service capabilities with the sophisticated inline deduplication and compression functions. We will continue to strengthen our relationship with Violin Memory to deliver flash memory solution to the market.”

Toshiba Corporation
Cloud & Solutions Company
Koichi Kagawa, General Manager

“While the adoption of all flash arrays is widely apparent to enterprise users, they remain concerned about the stability of software for services like data protection and data migration tacked onto these systems. Because data service and protection software is embedded at the kernel level, the Violin Flash Storage Platform eliminates this concern, ensuring end users an easy upgrade path and simplified management.”

Eric Burgener, Storage Research Director

Additional Product Information

7300 Flash Storage Platform: Native, Block-level, Inline Data Reduction
7300E Flash Storage Platform: Pay-As-You-Grow
7700 Flash Storage Platform: Flash for the Largest and Highest Available Tier-1 Storage Needs
Concerto OS 7: The Premier All-Flash Storage Operating System
Symphony 3: Easy Management of Petabytes on Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All-Flash Arrays
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About Violin Memory
Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data center. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis data protection, data efficiency and performance optimization that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise and Virtualized mission-critical applications. Violin’s Flash Storage Platforms, All Flash Arrays and Appliances, enhance agility and mobility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at

All Violin Memory news releases (financial, acquisitions, manufacturing, products, technology, etc.) are issued exclusively by Business Wire and are immediately thereafter posted on the company’s external website, Violin, Violin Memory, the Violin Memory logo, Flash Fabric Architecture (FFA) and Concerto are trademarks of Violin Memory, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement
This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to: (1) the performance, features and functionality of the new Violin Memory products; the impact of the new Violin Memory products on Violin’s competitive position in the marketplace; (3) the impact of the new Violin Memory products on the primary storage market; (4) the possible business, economic, financial, performance and other benefits that customers and others may realize by using Violin’s new products; and (5) Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory’s business performance and financial results are included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in Violin Memory’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory’s investor relations website at and on the SEC’s website at All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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Violin Memory
Sara Kao
Director of Marketing, Asia-Pacific

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February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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Aussie Sugarcane Farmers Receive Funding Boost to Help Preserve One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World

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SYDNEY, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced a further $500,000 grant to Project Catalyst Australia, which will bring their total investment into the Project to $3.25 million over the past six years.

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The Project aims to reduce the environmental impacts of sugarcane production on the Great Barrier Reef by providing funding for technical expertise, economic analysis and opportunities for learning and networking to innovative farmers in the Queensland region.

Project Catalyst engages 78 innovative Queensland sugarcane growers with on-ground coordination lead by natural resource management groups Reef Catchments, NQ Dry Tropics and Terrain Natural Resource Management and support from the Australian Government and WWF.

To date, Coca-Cola Foundation investments in Project Catalyst have enabled farmers to significantly improve the quality of more than 100 billion litres of water, reducing the level of sediment and chemical run-off from their farms into river catchments that connect to the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Catchments CEO Robert Cocco said, “Project Catalyst growers actively seek to do things differently they are constantly coming to us with innovative ideas. It’s our local farmers who are championing this sustainability initiative – investing their time and efforts in finding new ways to improve water quality and preserve the Great Barrier Reef while making their own business more profitable though innovation.

“Declining water quality is a major threat to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian icon that generates AU$5-6 billion per year from tourism. Scientific monitoring and reports confirm that diffuse source pollution from farm run-off via river catchments is a major contributor to declining GBR health and resilience projects like Catalyst are fundamental in helping us showcase that farmers, community, business and government can combine efforts to preserve one of the great seven wonders of the natural world,” he said.

WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said, “Containing more than 10 per cent of the world’s total fish species, over 600 species of hard and soft corals, and attracting over 2 million visitors per year, the Reef is an Australian and global treasure which needs to be protected.

“What we are seeing with Project Catalyst is cutting edge innovation. It is a model for working together that we hope to replicate in other place and with other commodities. Project Catalyst is having an impact not only in Australia, but around the world.”

The grant also comes at a time when the Australian Government has released its Reef 2050 plan, further emphasising the importance of protecting the Reef.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, said, “Nitrogen runoff from farms is a major factor affecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef and is linked to outbreaks of the damaging crown-of-thorns starfish. The important work as part of Project Catalyst complements the work being undertaken by the Government to support improvements to farming practices.”

Since the Project’s inception in 2009, the number of sugarcane producers involved has increased to more than 75 growers, managing over 40,000 hectares of farmland.

“The rise in the number of growers involved is a testament to the passion and commitment of our farmers. The Project started in the Mackay region and now includes farms all the way to Mosman in the Wet Tropics.

“This means new innovations are being implemented across catchments that cover almost the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr O’Gorman added.

Michelle Allen, Coca-Cola South Pacific said The Coca-Cola Foundation is proud to be working with Project Catalyst farmers.

“Australian sugarcane growers involved in the Project Catalyst are leading the industry through their innovation. This new grant will not only ensure the continuation of the Project, but also help put our Australian growers on the world map,” Ms Allen said.

“Project Catalyst is one of many water projects supported globally by The Coca-Cola Foundation; and we are really proud of what our local farmers have achieved.

“Project Catalyst marked the first extension of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s global partnership with WWF into the South-Pacific, and an example of the Foundation displaying leadership through innovation in the key environmental impact area of sustainable agriculture.”

Joe Muscat, a grower from the Mackay Whitsunday region, has been involved in Project Catalyst for the past five years and receives agronomic advice on farm management practices along with support to trial new, innovative ideas.

“As growers we have a responsibility to seek out more sustainable practices that can help preserve our farms and our environment for future generations. Through Project Catalyst, I’ve not only improved my own business but can also be confident that I am doing my bit to protect the environment. We all have a responsibility to conserve the land and the Reef.”


To arrange an interview with the following Project Catalyst delegates or farmers please contact:

Sarah Buchanan, DEC Public Relations
P: +61-2-8014-5039
M: +61-499-727-242

Josephine George, DEC Public Relations
P: +61-2-8014-5035
M: +61-433-145-417

Spokespeople available:

Dermot O’Gorman – CEO, WWF-Australia
Michelle Allen – Coca-Cola South Pacific
Robert Cocco – CEO, Reef Catchments (Mackay and Whitsundays)
Joe Muscat – Sugarcane farmer, Mackay region
Background Information – Project Catalyst

Now in its 6th year, Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between 78 innovative Queensland cane growers and major program partners – Reef Catchments, Catchment Solutions, NQ Dry Tropics, Terrain Natural Resource Management, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The program aims to test, validate and promote the rapid adoption of innovative farm practices that improve water quality from cane farms impacting the Great Barrier Reef. Project Catalyst supports a network of sugarcane farmers from the Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet Tropics region who are leading the use of cutting-edge practices for a more sustainable farming future.

To date, Project Catalyst growers have proven the effectiveness of innovative practices that can deliver significant water quality improvements to the Great Barrier Reef. Over the past six years of the Project (2009 – 2014) the following reductions of chemical, nutrient and sediment run-off from farms into freshwater estuaries, which connect to the Great Barrier Reef catchment, includes the following estimated total load reductions in 2014:

Decrease of 72 tonne/year for particulate nitrogen
Decrease of 34 tonne/year for particulate phosphorus
Decrease of 64 tonne/year for dissolved inorganic nitrogen
Decrease of 13 tonne/year for filterable reactive phosphorus
Decrease of 551 kg/year for pesticide
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February 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

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