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AWS Truepower Releases Windographer 4

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— New version improves dataset management, workflow, MCP and data synthesis.

ALBANY, N.Y./PRNewswire/ — AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in renewable energy consulting and information services, announced a major upgrade to Windographer, its market-leading software for analyzing, visualizing, and validating wind resource data from meteorological towers and remote sensing systems. Version 4 allows users to perform numerous tasks more effectively and in less time, while retaining the intuitive, easy-to-use interface that has made the software so popular.

“This version addresses many customer requests,” explains Tom Lambert, Director of Windographer at AWS Truepower. “It adds some really powerful features like a new MCP performance test mechanism, which lets you choose the best MCP method for your site; new calculated column options such as rotor-equivalent wind speed; more advanced vertical extrapolation; and the ability to create a typical meteorological year. It also includes some significant time savers like a calibration module and the Combine Anemometers window, as well as a lot of smaller enhancements to improve ease of use and workflow. We think every one of our customers will benefit from this new version.”

In one example of how Windographer 4 saves users time, it offers the option to download free long-term MERRA data from AWS Truepower’s Windnavigator site in only a few minutes, compared to the four or more hours required to download directly from NASA using the previous version.

The software will be available both as a permanent license and – for the first time – as an annual subscription. “The subscription offers low initial cost, predictable budgeting, and immediate access to future upgrades,” explains Lambert. “Plus, you pay only as long as you need it.”

The Windographer team will unveil version 4 at AWEA WINDPOWER 15 in Orlando this week and will provide demonstrations of the new tools at the AWS Truepower booth.

Windographer, along with Windnavigator and Openwind, make up AWS Truepower’s Wind Developer Suite, a comprehensive set of software tools, data products and consulting services for supporting every phase of wind plant development from initial site prospecting to final design and energy estimation.

New Windographer 4 Features include:

  • New Calibration window makes slope/offset adjustments easy
  • New calculated column options like rotor-equivalent wind speed
  • Faster download of MERRA data
  • Much easier sharing of flags and flag rules within a team
  • More flexible MCP performance test
  • Improved vertical extrapolation and gap filling
  • New Representative Year module creates ‘typical year’ of data
  • Improved import process can handle larger text files
  • Export multiple measurement height data to Openwind
  • Improved Turbulence Analysis window
  • New Forecast Error Analysis module

The new version of Windographer is available immediately. For pricing and additional feature information please visit

About AWS Truepower, LLC:
AWS Truepower provides the most accurate, reliable, and innovative renewable energy project development and operations solutions available today. Energy developers, investors, utilities, system operators, and governments rely on the company’s 30 years of experience, proven science and technology to reduce uncertainty, mitigate risk, and maximize return on their investments.  Our suite of consulting and advisory services, innovative software, maps, and data products support the complete wind and solar project development lifecycle. From identifying a promising site with advanced GIS analyses to smart resource assessment campaign design, project design and bankable energy assessments, we have the solutions needed to make your vision a reality. Headquartered inNew York, AWS Truepower has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Learn more about the company online at

Media Contacts
United States: Lisa Andrews
Ph: (518) 213-0044 x 1044

Europe: Santi Parés
Ph: +34 93 448 7265

India: Sreenivasa (Sreeni) Krishnamurthy
Ph: +91-96112-78577

Brazil: Mireia Casinos
Ph: +(55) 8533-8586

Source: AWS Truepower, LLC

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May 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm

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Miami-Based Children’s Prize Seeks To Award A Quarter Of A Million Dollars To The Best Proposal That Saves Children’s Lives

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— Global Health Competition is now accepting 1st round applications through Friday, June 12, 2015

MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — The Children’s Prize is an Internet-based competition focused on under-five child survival that incentivizes potential applicants from across the globe to propose effective solutions. Through an entrepreneurial and scientific approach, the prize ensures that more children under the age of five survive and thrive. If you have a solution that offers a life-saving opportunity to children who are dying from preventable and treatable causes, then don’t miss this opportunity and consider participating in the 2015 Children’s Prize.

The 2015 Children's Prize
The 2015 Children’s Prize

Today, over 6 million children do not reach five years of age and instead continue to die, needlessly. Some of the leading causes of death include preterm birth complications, pneumonia, intrapartum-related complications, diarrhea, and malaria. Applicants from all walks of life, and from all over the world, are asked to submit a proposal outlining how they plan to save the lives of children, who would otherwise die from treatable and preventable causes, and include a science-based approach to measuring and evaluating the impact of lives saved. One winner will be awarded $250,000 USD to directly execute their proposed project.

“Under-five child mortality remains unacceptably high. Our goal with the Children’s Prize is to level the playing field and offer an opportunity to an individual or organization that wants to be part of the solution and help improve the lives of children who currently have no chance of survival,” says Aleyda K. Mejia, who leads the Children’s Prize program as Director of Global Health and Social Ventures at CappSci. Applicants are expected to come from diverse backgrounds that range from health to engineering disciplines, and may include medical clinics, NGOs, municipalities, universities, businesses, etc. The prize is not focused on funding a specific type of child health intervention; all types of under-five child health interventions are eligible.

Registration is now open, and submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 12, 2015 11:59 PM EDT. The entry form application and all relevant competition information can be found via the website. In order to be considered, all materials submitted to the Children’s Prize must be in English.

Contact: Aleyda K. Mejia

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Source: Children’s Prize

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May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization Announces New CEO

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— Global entrepreneur assumes top post in premier organization for entrepreneurial leaders —

ALEXANDRIA, Va./PRNewswire/ — Today, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer community of entrepreneurs, introduced Vijay K. Tirathrai of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Tirathrai, who brings a wealth of business experience from both corporate and non-profit sectors, will focus on strengthening EO’s impact while driving the organization’s initiative of attaining 20,000 members and further building its global presence. Founded in 1987, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization has grown its global footprint to 147 Chapters in 48 countries.

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“EO’s global community speaks one universal language—entrepreneurship. Our members are part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that celebrates diversity, rewards innovation and engages the world through business leadership, and Vijay is the leader to take EO to the next level,” said Blair Assaly, EO Global Chairman.

Tirathrai has made an indelible mark in a variety of businesses, spanning numerous industries in Southeast Asiafor more than 30 years. As a business owner, Tirathrai has led numerous multinational business ventures, ranging from manufacturing, trade and distribution to fashion, marketing, retail, events and association management.

“In this role, I will continue building on the intrinsic value of, and need for, a peer-to-peer network of entrepreneurs who yearn to engage, share experiences and become stronger leaders in business and beyond,” said Tirathrai.

A longtime member of EO, and a former EO Global Board Chairman, Tirathrai will start in his new role inAlexandria, VA, USA, on 1 July 2015.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 10,000 influential business owners with 147 chapters in 48 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit

Vijay K. Tirathrai, CEO, Entrepreneurs’ Organization

A serial entrepreneur and industry pioneer, Vijay K. Tirathrai has made an indelible mark in a variety of businesses, spanning numerous industries in Southeast Asia, for more than 30 years. As a business owner, Tirathrai has led numerous multinational ventures, ranging from manufacturing, distribution and retailing of fashion, to events and association management. Beyond business, Tirathrai has served in several non-profit entities, among them the Malaysian Retailers Association; Commonwealth K’98 Games; the Young Presidents’ Organization; and Richmond, The American International University in London. Tirathrai also served as chairman of the board for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs. Tirathrai is multilingual, and received his education in Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He calls Kuala Lumpur his home, where he lives with his wife, Shivaanya, and their children, Kunal and Neel.

Source: Entrepreneurs’ Organization
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May 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm

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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group Launch Search for Innovative Projects that Promote Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding

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— Eligible Organizations Should Apply by 30 September 2015

NEW YORK and MUNICH/PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that are working to alleviate identity-based tensions and conflicts around the world using innovative methods are encouraged to apply online at The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 5:00pm in New York.

Ten organizations will receive the Intercultural Innovation Award following a rigorous selection process.  Awardees will be given a financial contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40 000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.

“Honoring grassroots organizations that are deeply committed to improving relations across communities and people lies at the core of the Alliance’s work. That we are doing in this partnership with the BMW Group is further evidence of the innovative approaches we pursue,” said H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Added Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications at BMW Group, “Our commitment to the awardees extends beyond financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a reality that improves peoples’ lives.”

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the UNAOC and BMW Group. With the overarching aim of helping people to help themselves, the two partners jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support awardees. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project. For the third edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award, more than 600 applications were received from over 100 different countries.

For enquiries, please contact:

Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Corporate Communications, Spokesperson CSR
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418,

Alessandro Girola, Project Management Specialist – Intercultural Innovation
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233,


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May 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

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SANS Institute to Host World-Class Cyber Security Training at SANS October Singapore 2015

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— Four Courses are approved under CITREP II Emerging Infocomm Skills

SINGAPORE, /PRNewswire/ — SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced that four training courses coming to SANS October Singapore 2015 are approved under the Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP) II Emerging Infocomm Skills. The Singapore cyber security training event will take place October 12-24 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

Under CITREP II, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will partner with training providers to develop and offer quality infocomm professional development technology courses in areas aligned to build local core of ICT professionals with Smart Nation capabilities.

Training courses and certifications which impart knowledge and skills in the identified skill areas will be evaluated and endorsed under CITREP II. Self-sponsored trainees and organisations sponsoring their employees in these endorsed courses and certifications can apply for CITREP II funding support.

The following four SANS courses coming to SANS October Singapore are approved under CITREP II Emerging Infocomm Skills and as such the course tuition is reimbursable by the IDA up to 50% of the net payable course and certification/assessment fees, capped at SGD 2,500 per trainee and the GIAC related GIAC Certification exam Up to 50% of the net payable certification/ assessment fees, capped at SGD 500 per trainee:

  • ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials (GIAC Certification: GICSP)
  • SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GIAC Certification: GPEN)
  • SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking (GIAC Certification: GMOB)
  • FOR508: Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response (GIAC Certification: GCFA)

This program applies to Singapore Citizens and registration must be via one of SANS’ Singapore authorized Course Providers, Banff Cyber or COSEINC. For full details, please refer to the IDA

For a complete list of courses, or to register for SANS October Singapore 2015, please visit:

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (

Source: SANS Institute

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May 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

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Open Web Device Compliance Review Board Certifies First Handsets

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— Announcement Marks Key Point in Development of Open Source Mobile Ecosystem

SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB), in conjunction with its members ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Telefonica, has announced the first handsets to be certified by the CRB. The CRB is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem by encouraging API compliance as well as ensuring competitive performance.

The two devices are the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C and the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E. ALCATEL ONETOUCH has also authorized a CRB lab.

The certification process involves OEMs applying to the CRB for their device to be certified. CRB’s authorized labs test the device for open web APIs and key performance benchmarks. CRB’s subject matter experts review the results and validate against CRB stipulated benchmarks with a reference device to ensure compatibility and performance across key use cases. The two ALCATEL ONETOUCH devices passed the CRB authorized test lab procedure and met all CRB certification requirements.

The process is open to all device vendors whether they are a member of CRB or not. The CRB will publish the process for applying for certification.

CRB certification testing is conducted by industry labs authorized by the CRB, with each submission expected to be completed within approximately three days. The CRB offers a platform for the rest of the industry to request certification.

“As an initial founding member of the CRB, we are pleased to know that the Board has achieved one of its major objectives in certifying Firefox OS devices on a standard set of Web APIs and performance metrics,” said Jason Bremner, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We expect other companies will also certify, improving their product development cycle time while ensuring a compelling user experience and compliance to standard Web APIs.”

“As one of the partners of the CRB and owners of these certified devices, ALCATEL ONETOUCH is excited to witness the solid progress and achievements made by all members,” said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “In the coming year, ALCATEL ONETOUCH will continue to contribute to the CRB and establishment of the Firefox OS ecosystem. This news is not only an honor for us but will inspire more Firefox OS partners to strive for certification.”

“In the last three years Mozilla has proven with Firefox OS that open Web technology is a strong, viable platform for mobile,” said Andreas Gal, Chief Technology Officer, Mozilla. “Certification by the CRB provides a launch pad for those who complete to prove that their device offers a consistent and excellent experience for users, reducing time and cost to qualify across operators and markets. Today’s announcement paves the way for other device makers to reach this milestone.”

“TELEFÓNICA supports the opportunities that an open Web ecosystem delivers to mobile consumers,” saidFrancisco Montalvo, Head of Group Devices Unit at TELEFONICA S.A.. “Having CRB as a product certification scheme helps all the partners guarantee that rich Web content is delivered to certified devices with the right level of quality. We are glad to collaborate on this effort.”

“Deutsche Telekom is pleased to be a close partner with Mozilla, Qualcomm, Telefonica, and ALCATEL ONETOUCH among others in the development of the Firefox OS,” said Louis Schreier, Vice President of Telekom Innovation Laboratories’ Silicon Valley Innovation Center. “As one of the founding members of the CRB, our goal in focusing on API compliance and performance is to establish a uniform set of requirements, test and acceptance criteria, enabling uniform and independent testing by accredited labs.”

For more information about the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board, please visit

About the CRB

The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB) is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem. It is a partnership between operators, device OEMs, silicon vendors and test solution providers to define and evolve a process to encourage API compatibility and competitive performance for devices. Standards are based on Mozilla’s principles of user privacy and control.

Source: Open Web Device Compliance Review Board

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May 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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PepsiCo Announces Plans to Manufacture World Famous Snack Brands in the Philippines

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— Iconic Cheetos® snacks will be manufactured and distributed by PCPPI, PepsiCo’s current Philippines beverage partner
— Agreement reflects PepsiCo’s commitment to further leverage ‘better together’ synergies between its beverage and foods businesses

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — PepsiCo, Inc., one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, and Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) the company’s beverage bottling partner in the Philippines, today announced an agreement for PCPPI to also manufacture one of PepsiCo’ s world-famous snacks brands locally in the Philippines.

Under the terms of the agreement, PCPPI will manufacture and distribute a range of PepsiCo’s popular Cheetos® snack products and flavors to the Philippines’ 100 million consumers.  PCPPI is expected to commence manufacturing later this year.

The creation of the joint snacks-and-beverage franchise operations in the Philippines reflects PepsiCo’s ongoing drive to ensure the integration of its food and beverage portfolio across multiple platforms, including manufacturing and go-to-market execution.

The Philippines is a highly attractive market where both PepsiCo and its partners have a long track record of success with our beverages and foods brands,” said Maricelle Narciso, General Manager, PepsiCo Philippines. “The establishment of a snacks franchise operation reflects our commitment to bring more locally-made products to our consumers and customers, and to drive synergies in the manufacturing and distribution of our delicious food and beverage products wherever possible.”

“This development presents an exciting opportunity for PCPPI to further its vision of becoming a premier food and beverage company in the Philippines,” said Furqan Ahmed Syed, President of PCPPI. “Leveraging PepsiCo’s established line of snacks is an exciting and strategic step in our first foray into the foods business.”

The first Pepsi plant was established in the Philippines in 1946. PCPPI, which has been PepsiCo’s beverage partner since 1989, now has 12 plants across the country, manufacturing and distributing a range of leading PepsiCo beverages including Pepsi-Cola®, Tropicana® juice drinks, Gatorade®, and Mountain Dew®. PepsiCo’s oats brand, Quaker®, is also a market leader in the Philippines.

The agreement also marks another milestone in PepsiCo’s longstanding business relationship with the LOTTE group, a multinational food and retail conglomerate based in South Korea that is PCPPI’s largest shareholder. PepsiCo has worked closely with LOTTE in Korea since 1976 and in the Philippines since 2010. The LOTTE group is also PepsiCo’s beverage partner in Myanmar.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay®, Gatorade®, Pepsi-Cola®, Quaker® and Tropicana®. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit

PepsiCo Cautionary Statement

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For additional information on these and other factors that could cause PepsiCo’s actual results to materially differ from those set forth herein, please see PepsiCo’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PepsiCo undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. is the exclusive bottler of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 69 years. Lotte Chilsung, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea, is the lead shareholder of PCPPI as an independently-listed company and co-manages it with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, and Premier. It has established manufacturing facilities across the country, serving more than 500,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network. PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on nutrition, education, livelihood, environment, and employee volunteerism – with its call to action “TAYO Na!” (Talino, Asenso, Yaman, Oras). To learn more, please visit us at


Jennifer James, PepsiCo:

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Source: PepsiCo, Inc.

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May 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

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App Annie presents top mobile games in the Southeast Asia’s market at Casual Connect Asia 2015

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— While Superpower dominates Southeast Asia’s mobile game market, Indie developers see the light

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Today App Annie, the largest mobile app intelligence platform, announced the most well performed mobile games in Southeast Asia. At Casual Connect Asia(App Annie booth#312), Junde Yu, Vice President APAC, delivered the speech of Mobile Game Trends in Worldwide and INSEA, giving a deep-dive into the top games and publishers in the region. He also presented top games by usage penetration in Singapore, Malaysia and India, which is powered by App Annie’s new Usage Intelligence product.

Worldwide popular games such as Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga dominate the iOS and Android game market by in Singapore and Malaysia in March 2015. Both are performing well in terms of downloads and revenue, and more importantly in usage penetration. Usage penetration is defined as the percentage of users who used the app for at least once during the period, which is a key indicator of the user engagement of a game.

In the Malaysia Android market, we see the game Pou ranks as #7 by usage penetration in March. Developed byPaul Salameh, an indie developer; Pou is the only indie game in the top ranking charts in Malaysia. This game allows you to feed and manage your own alien pet and watch it grow. It is very popular among young female users according to App Annie Audience Intelligence.

One more thing to notice is that Chinese publishers are doing very well in Southeast Asia. Kunlun Games, Elex Technology, FunPlus, EFUN and IGG are among top companies by revenue in March.

Contact us at press(at) to get the ranking charts.

Here’re the top 10 rankings mentioned in the speaking:

  • Top 10 countries by game downloads and revenue (iOS and Google Play, March 2015)
  • Top 5 game subcategories by downloads and revenue (iOS and Google Play, March 2015)
  • Top 10 games and game publishers by worldwide downloads and revenue (iOS and Google Play combined,March 2015)
  • Top 10 games and game publishers in Southeast Asia and India (iOS and Google Play combined, March 2015)
  • Top 10 games by usage penetration in Singapore (iPhone and Android Smartphone, Q1 2015)
  • Top 10 games by usage penetration in Malaysia (Android Smartphone, Q1 2015)
  • Top 10 games by usage penetration in India (Android Smartphone, Q1 2015)
  • Top 10 Southeast Asian publishers by worldwide downloads and revenue (iOS and Google Play combined,March 2015)
  • Top 10 Indian publishers by performance in India (iOS and Google Play combined, March 2015)
  • Top 10 Indian publishers by performance outside of India (iOS and Google Play combined, March 2015)

Contact us at press(at) to get the ranking charts.

About App Annie

App Annie is the largest mobile app intelligence platform, providing developers and publishers with a full 360-view of what they need to know to build, market and invest in their apps, including data about their own apps as well as a granular understanding of their competition and relevant industries. Today, more than 90 percent of the top 100 publishers and over 400,000 mobile app professionals at 100,000 companies rely on App Annie, including Electronic Arts, Google, LinkedIn, Line, Microsoft, Nexon, Nestle, Samsung, Tencent, Bandai Namco, Universal Studios and Dow Jones. App Annie is a privately held global company headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit: or follow App Annie on Twitter: @appannie.

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May 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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Algomi’s Honeycomb Network Sees Strong Buy-Side Adoption

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-Bond information network reaches milestone as investment firms enroll in Asia, Europe and the United States

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Algomi, the network company providing information-matching solutions for the optimization of fixed income liquidity, today announced that more than 50 buy-side firms are committed to its Honeycomb network globally.

Algomi’s Honeycomb Network allows investment firms to see which dealer is best placed to facilitate illiquid bond trades without disturbing the markets and having the price move against them. The company soft-launched Honeycomb to the sell-side in the spring of 2014, and buy-side firms started to join the network towards the end of the year.

Algomi continues to add hedge fund, asset management, pension fund, sovereign wealth fund and endowment clients from offices in New York, London and Hong Kong, and client support and sales in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston. To date there are now 10 banks installed or installing the Honeycomb network and 50 buy-side firms, with more coming online each week.

“We’ve gone from a small start-up to a global company, working with many of the largest names in banking and asset management in under three years,” said Algomi co-founder and CEO Stu Taylor. “The reason for this is the recognition that voice fixed-income trading can be more efficient. With Algomi’s technology and network, firms now have access to information that helps to make illiquid trades actually happen.”

Algomi’s growth stems from changing market conditions in the fixed income market, driven by regulation stipulating that banks are now unable to warehouse the risk associated with illiquid bonds on their balance sheets.

“Algomi is innovating the way the buy-side and sell-side trade fixed income securities, all while showing the overwhelming importance and dominant value of voice trading by empowering sales and trading operations,” said Howard Edelstein, a strategic advisor to Algomi and long-time investor in financial technology companies. “For every investment firm already on the platform, there are many others who will come to benefit from being part of the Honeycomb network.”


Algomi connects fixed income professionals, empowering them to make better trading relationships, in the ever-changing landscape of capital, leverage and liquidity requirements. By harnessing the relationships between Fixed Income salespeople, traders and their clients, the Algomi Honeycomb suite of scalable software greatly increases the opportunities and velocity in large and illiquid voice trades between banks and buy side investors.

For banks, Algomi creates a real time internal sales and trading bond information network using their own data to identify the best trade opportunities and enables real-time collaborations between sales, traders and investors. This delivers more effective execution of less liquid bonds and integrates with Algomi Honeycomb. For investor firms, Algomi Honeycomb becomes their eyes and ears on the world’s trading floors. Providing the data and market insight vital to select the right dealers and the right timing of the trade to ensure maximum likelihood of execution. The investor is able to deal in size, achieve Best Execution, and remain discrete in the market while banks get to use their large distribution network. Execution is voice based between investor and bank, as is appropriate for large sensitive trades.

Algomi was founded in 2012 by Stu Taylor (Former Global Head of Matched Principal Trading and creator of PIN-FI at UBS), Usman Khan and Robert Howes (Founders of CAPXD). Michael Schmidt (Former Head of European Credit Trading and IB Board Member at UBS) joined as Chairman in 2013. Algomi is backed by investment from Lakestar, and an exceptional panel of Strategic Advisors. Algomi has over 120 employees with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong, and client support and sales in Chicago, San Francisco, and

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May 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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Marken Completes Filing of Fiscal Year 2014 Results

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— Total revenue increased ahead of the wider market.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., /PRNewswire/ — Marken, the world’s leading Clinical Logistics Organization (CLO), completed and filed its audited financial results for the fiscal year 2014, which ended on December 31, 2014. The company outperformed the market and completed its capital re-structuring program.

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In 2014, research & development spending in the global pharmaceutical market returned to modest growth of approximately 4% after a three year slowdown. Despite a more price-competitive environment, Marken was able to strengthen its market position and grow at roughly three times the market rate of growth, delivering 13% year-on-year growth organically, through an expanded portfolio of services, continued innovation and investment in technology.

The investments made since 2012, including: new / expanded facilities, a new network of industry-leading depots, two new IT operating systems, a new Quality Assurance emphasis and staff, and all new operating procedures, has allowed Marken to take advantage of improved market conditions and deliver a return to significant growth.

A renewed focus on continuous improvement, known internally as Marken’s Operational Excellence Program was launched in late 2014 based on the application of Lean/Six Sigma techniques.  The Program is now in full implementation and is expected to drive significant business process improvements while delivering continued growth and more competitive pricing.

“We are pleased with our 2014 results and the sustained growth momentum during the early months of 2015, which clearly indicate the successful operationalization and execution of our Strategic Plan. This has delivered a turnaround in operating and financial performance, and impressive year-on-year growth, which is reflected in very positive trading results for the year,” said Wes Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer of Marken.

About Marken

Marken is the leading global clinical supply chain solutions provider dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, supporting over 49,000 clinical investigators in more than 150 countries. Marken integrates depot and logistics into solutions that extend the reach of clinical trials to even the most remote treatment-naive geographies. Marken is 100% dedicated to the clinical research industry and a specialist in the transportation of investigational medical products and medical devices. In addition to services such as the storage and distribution of clinical trial materials and drug products to investigators or the patients directly, Marken maintains a leading position for the shipment of biological samples and offers additional services such as shipment lane qualifications as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy.

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May 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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