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Seven More Research Organizations Earn AAHRPP Accreditation, Reflecting Steady Inroads Within and Outside the U.S., Especially in Asia

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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs today announced that it has accredited seven more organizations, one of the largest groups in recent memory.

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Three of the newly accredited organizations are in Asia, a region that is leading the international community in embracing AAHRPP accreditation. In fact, more than 10 percent of AAHRPP-accredited organizations are located there.

The newly accredited organizations are:

  • Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division, Maywood, Illinois
  • Peking University, Beijing, mainland China
  • Taipei Medical University – Shuang Ho Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
  • University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Wan Fang Municipal Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

According to AAHRPP President and CEO Elyse I. Summers, the group is significant for its size and composition, both of which highlight “the growing, global recognition of the value of AAHRPP accreditation and the need for one standard worldwide to protect research participants.”

The newly accredited organizations include four highly respected U.S. academic institutions, a top-ranked university in mainland China, and two of Taiwan’s leading hospitals.

“With these accreditations, we take another important step in extending AAHRPP’s high standards and advancing high-quality, ethical research around the globe,” Summers said. “We applaud the newly accredited—and all AAHRPP-accredited—organizations for their commitment to excellence and, above all, to safeguarding research participants.”

To earn AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to high standards for research. In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners.

To date, AAHRPP has accredited more than 210 organizations in 46 states, Canada, mainland China, India, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. All major U.S. independent institutional review boards have earned AAHRPP accreditation. In addition, more than 60 percent of U.S. research-intensive universities and over 65 percent of U.S. medical schools are either AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process. The National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest public funder of research, has earned accreditation, as has Pfizer, Inc., the largest industry sponsor of clinical research.

About AAHRPP: A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP provides accreditation for organizations that conduct or review human research and can demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To learn more, visit www.aahrpp.org.

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Sarah Kiskaddon
Director, Global Business Development and Public Affairs
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Source: Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

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June 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

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Ingolstadt Village Celebrates Ten Years of Style With an Innovative Floating Exhibition

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MUNICH, June 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ingolstadt Village, the luxury outlet destination near Munich, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer with a series of inspirational and distinctive activities from the worlds of fashion and art, marking its ‘Ten Years of Style’. Based on the famous American photographer Melvin Sokolsky’s ‘Bubble Series’, huge translucent ‘fashion bubbles’ will be installed at Ingolstadt Village until October, forming a centrepiece for the tenth anniversary celebrations.

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The gigantic, transparent spheres will serve as display cases for an exciting series of evolving themes, created together with the Village’s partners and luxury brands.

As part of the celebration of ‘Ten Years of Style’, Ingolstadt Village will explore Sokolsky’s creative vision of his unique ‘Bubble Series’ by presenting a very special exhibition to guests: an exclusive selection of the photographs from the Series, which will be shown in the Village until 27 June.

Born in New York in 1933, Sokolsky was the official photographer for the US magazine Harpers Bazaar from 1959 to 1969. He gained global acclaim with the extraordinary images he created in 1963, when he shot photos of models flying through Paris inside gigantic bubbles.

A dream came true for me in 1963, when Harper’s Bazaar agreed to allow me to photograph the Bubble Series in Paris. To see and shoot the model, who was really inside the bubble, which was attached only to a very slender thread, was the realisation of a long-cherished dream. The team, the model Simone DAillencourt and I were all very passionately involved in our work, which transformed our shared illusion into reality.

“I’m very honoured by this collaboration with Ingolstadt Village. It makes me happy to see that my Bubble images continue to breathe life into my inspiration and vision.”

Melvin Sokolsky, © Melvin Sokolsky
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The exhibition of Melvin Sokolsky’s photos will be shown in the ‘fashion bubbles’ at the Village’s three entrances and also in an exclusive exhibition area as a visual and inspirational feast for the eyes to mark Ingolstadt Village’s ‘Ten Years of Style’.

Over the past ten years, Ingolstadt Village has evolved into a unique, international shopping destination. Since it opened with 60 boutiques in 2005, the Village has grown to offer guests more than 110 boutiques of fashion and luxuries for the home. It is now home to brands including Closed, Bally, Escada, Furla, Patricia Pepe and MCM, and the brand mix is complemented by continually evolving pop-up boutiques, which offer the collections of exciting new brands for a limited time only.

About Ingolstadt Village

Ingolstadt Village, one of the Collection of Villages in Europe, is a 40-minute drive from Munich and offers an exclusive luxury outlet shopping experience. With more than 110 outlet boutiques providing fashion and luxuries for the home, Ingolstadt Village offers the previous seasons’ collections of a unique selection of German and international brands with savings of up to 60% on the former recommended retail price, six days a week and all year round. Bally, Furla, Escada and Patrizia Pepe are just a few of the international brands present, as well as boutiques of German designers including Bogner, St.Emile, Aigner and MCM. A carefully prepared selection of services available at Ingolstadt Village includes the Shopping Express® daily coach service from Munich, Tourist Information office, and personal shopping. With a choice of restaurants and cafés, the Village has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out. To find out more, please visit IngolstadtVillage.com

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June 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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Calypso Signs Global Reseller Agreement With SAP, Uniting Best-in-Class Banking and Capital Markets Solutions

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-Calypso Cross-Asset, Front-to-Back Platform Complements SAP’s Financial Services Portfolio for Capital Markets, Enabling Consolidation, Simplification, Growth for Customers

SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — Calypso Technology, Inc., the standard for treasury and capital markets software, has entered into a global reseller agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP), a market leader in enterprise application software. Through this agreement, SAP will resell the Calypso cross-asset, front-to-back treasury and capital markets platform as two solution extensions: the SAP® Capital Markets Trading solution by Calypso and the SAP Capital Markets Treasury solution by Calypso.

Through this agreement, SAP customers can benefit from Calypso’s platform, which integrates with SAP Advanced Server® Enterprise (SAP ASE) and complements SAP’s financial services portfolio for capital markets, enabling consolidation, simplification and growth. The solutions allow customers to reduce the total number of systems in use, simplify their architecture, streamline processes and improve efficiency while lowering the total cost of ownership.

“This partnership unites best-in-class commercial banking and capital markets solutions to deliver outstanding benefits to clients,” said Charles Marston, chairman and CEO of Calypso Technology. “As a result, customers can benefit from greater automation provided by proven technology, which can lead to increased efficiencies and reduced TCO.”

Calypso’s platform integrates with SAP ASE, which is used by many capital markets firms globally to support mission-critical processing operations. As part of the agreement, customers will now be able to leverage the functional and technical strengths of solutions from Calypso and SAP to rapidly introduce new financial markets operating model innovation into their businesses.

“Through this new partnership, SAP and Calypso will leverage each other’s strengths in the areas of capital markets and bank treasury to deliver a full range of market-leading solutions for customers globally,” said Ross Wainwright, global head, Financial Services, SAP. “SAP already has a large base of customers using SAP solutions for capital markets, including SAP ASE, core platforms for integrated risk and finance, and the SAP HANA® platform. Complementing these SAP solutions with Calypso’s applications, we see some exciting new possibilities for our customers to transform their businesses. The synergies between the Calypso platform and SAP offerings will help provide a game-changing solution set for customers in capital markets, central banks and bank treasury to simplify their system landscapes, reduce costs and complexity, while increasing business agility.”

The Calypso platform is used by more than 200 financial firms and 34,000 capital markets professionals. Calypso is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Trading Platforms and for the sixth-year running, offers the No. 1-selling Treasury and Capital Markets Solution in the 2015 IBS Sales League Table.

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Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Trading Platforms” report can be found at: http://www2.calypso.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-2014/

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June 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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Studycat Announces Launch of ABC Galaxy, a New One and Two Player English Language Learning App for Kids

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Studycat, a leading mobile application development company that specializes in interactive language learning tools for children, is announcing the launch of its new English language learning app ABC Galaxy, which will be available for download from Tuesday June 23.

ABC Galaxy by Studycat - Now available on the App Store!
ABC Galaxy by Studycat – Now available on the App Store!

Developed over 18 months in conjunction with schools and hundreds of kids, and designed for both kids learning English as a second language (ESL) and native speakers, ABC Galaxy takes a new approach to teaching young learners the English alphabet, phonics and vocabulary. Physics based gameplay tests kids’ concentration, coordination, listening and problem-solving skills, while taking them on an exciting journey across space, land and sea. The design has already received incredibly positive feedback from teachers, parents and kids.

“ABC Galaxy takes a unique approach to teaching kids the English alphabet,” says Mateo Solares, Founder and CEO of Studycat Limited. “Kids can play and learn alone or against friends in exciting two-player physics-based challenges. Learning the English alphabet has never been so much fun.”

ABC Galaxy will be released for iOS devices (iPhone & iPad) on June 23, 2015 and will be available for download from the Apple App Store. The free to try version includes upper and lower case letters A to F, 42 illustrated vocabulary words, ten one-player levels and four two-player levels; the full version, available via in-app purchase, contains upper and lower case letters A to Z, 250 illustrated words and useful English phrases and 58 levels of gameplay — 42 one-player levels and 16 two-player levels.

For more information about Studycat, ABC Galaxy and the full range of language learning apps available, visithttp://studycat.net or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

About Studycat

Studycat has been creating educational language learning apps for kids since 2011. With apps designed to provide beginning language learners with an ever-increasing variety of games to ignite their natural language abilities, players test their dexterity while learning all the building blocks of language. Studycat are the developers of Fun English which has over 4 million users worldwide, is a top 5 ranking education app in 108 countries and a highest grossing iPad education app in 81 countries

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June 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Rising Scale and Complexity of Capital Projects Highlight the Advantages of Engineering Information Management Solutions

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— Infrastructure and construction will surpass the energy vertical in terms of demand, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California /PRNewswire/ — In 2014, continued economic uncertainty, declining oil prices, and downturn in the Australian mining industry hampered the outlook for the global engineering information management (EIM) solutions market. However, growth in the Asia-Pacific region, boom in infrastructure spending, flexibility offered by cloud and hybrid solutions, and cost considerations, continue to drive interest in EIM. Process-driven industries, in particular, are showing keenness to employ EIM solutions to organize, manage, track, control and secure data assets.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Market(http://www.frost.com/nefb), finds that the market earned revenues of $301.5 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $576.0 million by 2021. The value proposition of EIM solutions has been resonating with the biggest enterprises in energy, utilities, infrastructure and construction. Although energy is the largest vertical for EIM solutions today, demand from infrastructure and construction sectors are anticipated to take over in the near future.

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“The steadily increasing scale and complexity of capital projects across the world brings with it the need to manage information in a secure, seamless and integrated fashion,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry AnalystAnisha Vinny. “EIM solutions, which enhance collaboration, drive operational efficiencies, reduce wastage, create cost savings, and decrease time to market, are thus in a good position to differentiate themselves from other standalone, siloed solutions.”

Despite the growing number of successful EIM solution deployments by large engineering, procurement and construction companies, as well as owner operators, there still exists a fundamental lack of awareness on the features and benefits of these products among much of the target market. Several customers have attempted to build home-grown EIM solutions, while others are using disparate solutions like document management, project management, enterprise content management, and contract management.

“Within this scenario, scalability, interoperability, and the ability to integrate with widely-used enterprise software will continue to be critical requirements for EIM customers,” noted Vinny. “For vendors, tighter technology partnerships will account for a growing part of the revenue mix.”

Analysis of the Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Market is part of the Digital Media(http://ww2.frost.com/research/industry/information-communications-technologies/conferencing-collaboration) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of the Global Digital Signage Systems Market, Analysis of the Global Enterprise Rights Management Market, Global Marketing Automation Software Market, and Global Trends in Video on Demand (VOD) Technology. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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June 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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T-Mobile’s UnCarrier Success Breeds Imitations in Sweden & UK says Strategy Analytics

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— Imitators Eye T-Mobile’s 1.4 Percentage Point Postpaid Revenue Share Increase

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — T-Mobile USA’s successful UnCarrier strategy has been increasingly imitated around the world as mobile operators such as Sweden’s Tele2 and, most recently, the UK’s Three update their approaches in markets where being pro-customer has more benefits than just being the best value player. According to the Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) report “Challenger Strategies: Three UK Adopts the UnCarrier Marketing Approach,” the customer friendly service structure and marketing are creating compelling messages for consumers.

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Other key findings of the report include:

  • T-Mobile’s postpaid subscription share began to rise straight after its March 2013 UnCarrier launch, with its postpaid service revenue share growing by Q1 2014. The latter has increased by 1.4 percentage points between March 2013 and March 2015.
  • It is a little early to see a strong impact from the Tele2.0 launch in November 2014; however its mobile EBITDA performance was particularly strong, recording 20% year-on-year growth in Q1 2015 in an overall market down 1%.
  • The key differentiators in Three’s “When stuff sucks, #makeitright” campaign, free international roaming and no premiums for 4G, are likely to become the norm in the UK under competitive or regulatory pressure. Three will need to work harder to stand out from the crowd as uniquely pro-customer.
T-Mobile USA Market Performance. Source:  Strategy Analytics' Wireless Operator Strategies
T-Mobile USA Market Performance. Source: Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Operator Strategies

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Quotes:

Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director, Wireless Operator Strategies, said, “T-Mobile USA has registered strong results from its pro-customer UnCarrier program. The message of more flexible pricing terms and device purchasing options has resonated well with consumers and has been copied by much of the competition, while it has pushed further with pricing enhancements such as better international roaming and rollover data plans.”

Phil Kendall, Executive Director, Wireless Operator Strategies, commented, “It is important to note that success with an UnCarrier strategy, which gives customers more freedom to come and go as they choose, has to be built on getting the basics of service provision right: network quality; excellent customer service; and strong customer segmentation. Network quality is the most important here, with Tele2 and Three working hard to talk up their respective network strengths.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, +1 617 614 0724, swelshdegrimaldo@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: Philip Kendall, +44 1908 423620, pkendall@strategyanalytics.com

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June 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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Kestrel Selects Haven Platform to Sell Caribbean Services

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— Haven is pleased to announce that Kestrel Liner has selected its online platform to list Caribbean trade routes.

SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — Kestrel Liner Agencies, a pre-eminent ocean freight provider serving the Caribbean, has started offering capacity on the Haven Platform. Haven, the private marketplace for buying and selling ocean freight capacity, is excited about this new partnership, which offers shippers a growing selection of port pairs.

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The Haven Platform enables shippers to easily search, compare, and reserve slots across 10 of the world’s leading ocean carriers at more than 1500 ports. Capacity partners such as Kestrel use Haven’s technology to reach new customers and to streamline their operations.

“The addition of Kestrel’s services provides our customers with streamlined access to Caribbean trade,” said Matthew Tillman, Haven CEO. “We’re excited to participate in a pioneering technology platform to introduce new customers to Kestrel’s differentiated services,” says Kestrel Liner Agencies West Coast GM Mark Davidian.

Traditional spot rate negotiation between carriers and shippers often involves an extended chain of phone calls, faxes, and emails. Haven ‘s online marketplace streamlines these workflows by connecting shippers with carriers on a truly neutral platform. Kestrel and other carriers utilize the Platform to serve customers more efficiently, and to monetize excess capacity. This facilitates a more efficient booking process and more nimble supply chain for both parties.

About Haven, Inc.

Founded in 2014, Haven is a venture-backed company with offices in Singapore and San Francisco. For more information, please email info@haveninc.com or visit http://www.haveninc.com.

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June 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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Canadian Physics Accelerator Gets Multimillion-Dollar Boost

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WATERLOO REGION, Ontario /PR Newswire/ – Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) has forged strategic new partnerships that will inject more than $4 million into fundamental research, training, and outreach at the Institute.

The philanthropic investments come from five additions to Perimeter’s successful private-public partnership: Gluskin Sheff, the Riddell Family Charitable Foundation, Cenovus Energy, the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Family Foundation, and the RBC Foundation.

The investments were announced during Convergence, a unique conference at Perimeter where many of the world’s leading physicists have gathered to probe the field’s most exciting ideas and chart a course for the future.

“We are immensely grateful to the business leaders and philanthropists who today join the private-public partnership that powers Perimeter,” said Neil Turok, Director of the Institute. “With hundreds of scientists from around the world converging at Perimeter this week, it is the perfect occasion to celebrate the vision of our unique group of supporters. Their belief in us inspires us to succeed in our research, training, and outreach efforts.”

Turok was joined in welcoming the new partners by Perimeter Founder and Board Chair Mike Lazaridis, and BMO Financial Group CEO Bill Downe, who, in 2011, spearheaded his organization’s $4 million investment to create the BMO Financial Group Isaac Newton Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute.

The new partnerships will provide over $4 million in support of:

Scientific Research:

  • The Gluskin Sheff Freeman Dyson Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute, supported with $2 million from Gluskin Sheff, matched by Perimeter, will support Perimeter Faculty member Freddy Cachazo, a world leader in quantum field theory.
  • The Clay Riddell Paul Dirac Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute, with $1 million from the Riddell Family Charitable Foundation, matched by Perimeter, to support the research of Perimeter Faculty member Pedro Vieira, a rising star in mathematical physics.
  • The Cenovus Energy James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute, which provides $300,000 from Cenovus Energy, matched by Perimeter, to support a three-month-per-year visiting position to be held by Subir Sachdev in conjunction with his position at Harvard.

Training of Future Physics Pioneers:

  • The Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Family Foundation Award for Exceptional Emerging Talent, a $500,000endowed fund to provide extraordinary young, yet-undiscovered physics stars with the support they need to truly shine in the field.

Educational Outreach:

  • The RBC Foundation is donating $300,000 over three years as Presenting Partner of Perimeter’s International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP), a program that gives talented Canadian and international high school students an inside look at research in a world-leading facility. This donation builds on RBC’s $400,000 support over the past four years.

Perimeter Founder and Board Chair Mike Lazaridis said, “Perimeter is honoured to have a vibrant and growing family of partners who share our vision. Their support enables brilliant minds to tackle the deepest questions of our time, and fuels an innovation ecosystem that is building a brighter future for generations of Canadians.”

Perimeter Director Neil Turok said the investments come at a watershed moment for fundamental physics.

“We live in tremendously exciting times. Experiments are revealing the universe with unprecedented clarity, from the quantum to the cosmos,” said Turok. “There are huge opportunities for the breakthrough ideas which will allow us to make sense of it all. Such understanding is priceless. Today’s theoretical physics spawns the technologies of tomorrow.”

The Chairs announced today join a growing complement of prestigious positions at Perimeter, each named for one of history’s greatest physicists and envisioned to become among the most attractive research positions in theoretical physics worldwide. Perimeter’s Research Chairs program provides support for a range of talent, from early-career faculty reaching their peak years of research productivity to renowned physics pioneers.

Speaking at Perimeter, BMO CEO Bill Downe said: “The attendance of so many brilliant thinkers in Waterloo for the Convergence conference demonstrates the extent to which Perimeter Institute has firmly established itself as a global leader in scientific research, training, and educational outreach.”

He continued: “Today, we are here celebrating something every bit as important to our country and our competitiveness as the strength of our economy, our productivity, and the wisdom of our public policy. Perimeter’s boundless potential for unlocking new knowledge places it at the very frontier of discovery. Its thinkers can change our world by pushing the boundaries of our current understanding of physical laws. We couldn’t be more proud of our association with the Institute – for us it has been a rare privilege. We made a historic gift a few years ago in the hope it would serve as a catalyst for other funders; it’s terrific to see visionary new partners stepping forward to support and celebrate Canadian science and the possibilities that will fire the imagination of the next generation of scientists.”

Two more Chairs were established in 2013 with a $4 million investment by the Krembil Foundation. The Krembil Foundation Galileo Galilei Chair supports Davide Gaiotto, while The Krembil Foundation William Rowan Hamilton Chair in Theoretical Physics supports Kevin Costello.

Mark Krembil, President of the Foundation, said, “We believe Perimeter Institute’s track record of recruitment makes for an exciting investment in Canada’s intellectual capital. Kevin, a brilliant young Irish mathematician, is a real coup for Canada. And Davide was winner of the New Horizons in Physics Prize, an international honour that Perimeter researchers have earned three years in a row.”

The New Horizons in Physics Prize is a global award from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, recognizing exceptional early-career physicists. Perimeter Institute Faculty members Natalia Toro and Philip Schuster were awarded the honour in 2014, and Perimeter Institute Faculty member Freddy Cachazo earned the distinction in 2013.

Quotes about these strategic investments in Perimeter Institute:

Jeremy Freedman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Gluskin Sheff (supporters of the Freeman Dyson Chair): “We felt a resonance with Perimeter Institute because it was evident to us that they shared our belief that Canadian institutions can be among the best in the world at what they do. It all starts with attracting and developing world-class talent. Freddy Cachazo, for example, was recruited before he won the New Horizons Prize. We invest in organizations with great teams and clear, ambitious missions, and Perimeter Institute is such an organization.”

Find out about the chairholder Freddy Cachazo here.

Clay Riddell (of the Riddell Family Charitable Foundation, supporters of the Paul Dirac Chair): “Just 15 years since Perimeter’s inception, the Institute’s scientific excellence at global levels is outstanding. I attribute this to the smart vision, strong leadership, and successful partnership behind the Institute. I’m confident in Perimeter’s national role in accelerating research and discovery, and that is why our family foundation is investing through the Institute’s unique Chairs program.”

Find out about the chairholder Pedro Vieira here.

Harbir Chhina, Executive Vice-President, Oil Sands, for Cenovus Energy (supporters of the Cenovus Energy James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute): “If we are to truly innovate, fundamental research is vital to the nation’s future. Perimeter is spearheading the ecosystem necessary for the experiments and commercialization that follow. As a company that places a high value on innovation, we are pleased to join the Institute’s partnership and support a scientist whose pathway into the quantum realm holds great promise for our technological future.”

Find out about the chairholder Subir Sachdev here.

Peter Godsoe (supporter of the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Family Foundation Award for Exceptional Emerging Talent): “We are interested in helping exceptional students at the PhD and Master’s level, particularly those whose talents have not yet been fully appreciated. As an independent centre, Perimeter remains extremely flexible to seeking the best physics talent, regardless of geographic or economic background, and our foundation is pleased to support this effort.”

Find out about Perimeter’s outstanding training programs here.

Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship of RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation (Presenting Partner of the International Summer School for Young Physicists): “Perimeter’s programs for youth, teachers and the public are seeding future generations of scientific thinkers. RBC is proud to support high school students looking to learn more about theoretical physics prior to their post-secondary studies.”

Find out about ISSYP and other educational outreach initiatives here.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

Media Inquiries: Eamon O’Flynn, External Relations Specialist, eoflynn@perimeterinstitute.ca, +1-519-569-7600 x5071, @Perimeter

Source: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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June 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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Smith Micro Fuels Online Content Fire with Professional-Quality Animation Software at Hobbyist Pricing

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— Company Targets Freelance and Small Group Animators with Aggressive Competitor Trade-in Program

ALISO VIEJO, California /PRNewswire/ — Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ:SMSI) is empowering the high growth freelance and small-business market of professional animators with its newly-enhanced 2D graphics software and aggressive pricing strategy. With demand soaring for animated content through online channels like Netflix, YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Amazon and Vimeo, as well as explosive growth in the use of animation for commercial and educational videos, the opportunity to capture more market share by combining high-end production capabilities with a dramatically simplified toolset and a hobbyist price tag is prime for Smith Micro, whose Anime Studio® software has already earned global recognition winning a Telly Award, and used by Cartoon Saloon in their Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea.

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The company’s direct marketing strategy includes a new competitor trade-in program that allows users to receive a $200 credit, or 66% discount, when they enter the software serial code of any ToonBoom competitive product, including ToonBoom Studio, Animate, Animate Pro and all versions of Harmony at time of purchase. A deeply discounted price is one of four key elements to their strategy, which also includes:

  • Support for all styles of animation, including Cut Out, Stop Motion, Point, Pencil Drawn, Frame-by-Frame, and Skeletal, to enable individualized style with maximum efficiency
  • Ability to remotely collaborate with other artists using Layer Referencing, import from Adobe Photoshop, Smart Bones creation for workflow improvements and support for a standard file format based on JSON technology
  • Training to get artists ramped up and producing quickly through a rich library of training videos, web tutorials, and live webinars with world-renowned artists like Victor Paredes and Chad Troftgruben
  • A simplified pipeline that allows importing, designing, drawing, coloring, animating, adding and recording audio, adding special effects and exporting HD quality movies

“Just as YouTube redefined video distribution and leveled the playing field for freelance video producers, the internet has enabled the same transformation for the animation market, opening the doors to a massive audience of consumers and producers, both of which expect high quality animation without the high price tag of a big studio production,” said Jim Mains, chief strategy officer at Smith Micro. “We’re making it easy for independent and small group digital artists to compete with the big boys by reducing the complexity and expense of high-end animation tools, while also providing extensive artist support to maximize the capabilities of the software.”

Recently released Anime Studio Pro 11 lets artists switch between traditional Frame-by-Frame animation techniques and more automated bone-rigging techniques, making it fast and easy to achieve raster-like characteristics and life-like results without switching tools. The new version has earned very positive feedback from customers and media, positioning Smith Micro to confidently target competitive products like ToonBoom Studio, Animate, Animate Pro and all versions of Harmony with a limited-time trade-in program.

Find more information about Anime Studio Pro and the competitive trade in program here.

About Smith Micro’s Productivity and Graphics Group

The Smith Micro Software Productivity and Graphics Group produces award-winning software that inspires consumer creativity and enables efficiency. The group’s creative suite of programs provides artists of all skill levels – from novice to professional – with the tools to illustrate, animate and create 2D and 3D art. Some of the Productivity and Graphics Group’s award-winning creative and utilities products include Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio and StuffIt. For more information, visit: http://my.smithmicro.com/

Safe Harbor Statement:

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, forward-looking statements relating to the company’s financial prospects and projections, the company’s ability to increase its business, and the anticipated timing and financial performance of new products. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are new and changing technologies, customer acceptance of those technologies, fluctuations or cancellations in orders from customers, new and continuing adverse economic conditions, and the company’s ability to compete effectively with other software companies. These and other factors discussed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in any forward-looking statements. Smith Micro assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Smith Micro and the Smith Micro logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Smith Micro and any other company.

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Smith Micro Software, Inc.
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Source: Smith Micro Software, Inc.

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June 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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77% Mobile Data Traffic Growth in Q1 2015 Built on Emerging Market Strength says Strategy Analytics

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Advanced 4G Markets Should Look to Developing Economies for Growth Ideas

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Mobile operators in developed markets experiencing a slow-down in traffic growth may want to look to emerging markets for ideas on unlocking growth in more cost-conscious segments. According to the Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) report “77% Mobile Data Traffic Growth in Q1 as Emerging Market Momentum Builds”, micro-bundles for data, device and data plan combinations, and affordable smartphones have a role to play in any cost-conscious customer segment, irrespective of location.

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These findings are based on data from Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Operator Performance Benchmarking database, which tracks the financial and operational performance of 247 active wireless operators, which collectively account for 80% of the world’s cellular subscriptions. Other key findings of the report include:

The top operators in terms of traffic growth in Q1 2015 were AIS Thailand (192%), Geocell Georgia (176%), Play Poland (163%), Indosat Indonesia (159%) and China Mobile (158%).
2G traffic growth is still strong in India, where low-cost smartphone models remain in use. 2G accounted for 44% of total data traffic at Idea Cellular in Q1 2015 and recorded 68% annual growth, compared to the 135% growth seen on Idea’s 3G network.
4G is dominant in markets such as the US, where Verizon Wireless saw 86% of its traffic on the LTE network, and South Korea, where operators carried 96% of their data traffic on 4G.
Advanced 4G markets reported slower traffic growth, for example in Singapore (25%) and Hong Kong (34%). These results are in line with the 26% growth in US mobile data traffic recently reported by the CTIA for 2014.
Global Mobile Data Traffic Evolution
Global Mobile Data Traffic Evolution
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Phil Kendall, Executive Director, Wireless Operator Strategies, said “Developing countries are behind the current boost to traffic growth rates. Some of this is down to emerging 4G opportunities, most notably in China, though it is mainly due to the growth in affordable 3G smartphones. Traffic stimulation strategies in these developing markets should not be overlooked by developed market operators trying to push 4G growth further into the mass market.”

Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director, Wireless Operator Strategies, commented “The positives in the traffic figures have not translated into faster revenue growth from non-SMS data services for operators, with data revenue growth falling below 20% globally for the first time. With monetization strategies built on upselling more data, operators will need to work harder to encourage users to consume more chargeable 3G and 4G data on more devices.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. http://www.StrategyAnalytics.com

European Contact: Philip Kendall, +44 1908 423620, pkendall@strategyanalytics.com

US Contact: Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, +1 617 614 0724, swelshdegrimaldo@strategyanalytics.com

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June 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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