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Vietnamese Help Make Australian English World #1

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Australian English has become one of the most popular choices for English learners in Vietnam – with more than 211,000 Vietnamese joining an Australian-based Learn English Facebook site since its launch in 2013.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) which manages the Australia Plus Learn Englishpage, it now has more than three million fans in more than 50 countries making it the most popular learn English site in the world – ahead of the established English language providers such as the British Council and Voice of America.

The Learn English Facebook page provides a community environment for people to engage in conversational English tips and language resources. Participants are encouraged to comment on each post in order to practise writing in English, and are then corrected by the page moderator. Sometimes, corrections are contributed by other members of the Learn English community, including English teachers, native speakers, or fellow learners.

Rowel Pits, one of the page’s three million fans said, “Throughout the time I have spent on this page, I have learned crucial things about English, like grammar rules and English idioms. I find them pretty useful, because they have really helped me to improve my English communication skills… Therefore, in my own opinion, this page is the best for someone like me and to others who want to be fluent in English.”

The ABC’s international division has a long history of producing English language learning materials across radio, podcasts, television, and online.

One of the earliest iterations was Radio Australia’s English for You series, which was first broadcast to millions of people in Indonesia in 1959. By 1982, five million copies of the English for You booklets had been distributed acrossIndonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The ABC’s international television service, Australia Plus Television has also produced a variety of English learning programs, with the first program, English Bites, launching in the early 2000s.

The Facebook page can be viewed here: www.facebook.com/AustraliaPlusLearnEnglish

John Woodward
+612 8333 2084
+61 418 971302
woodward.john@abc.net.au

Source: ABC International

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June 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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Indonesians Help Make Australian English World #1

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Australian English has become one of the most popular choices for English learners in Indonesia – with more than 77,000 Indonesians joining an Australian-based Learn English Facebook site since its launch in 2013.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) which manages the Australia Plus Learn Englishpage, it now has more than three million fans in more than 50 countries making it the most popular learn English site in the world – ahead of the established English language providers such as the British Council and Voice of America.

The Learn English Facebook page provides a community environment for people to engage in conversational English tips and language resources. Participants are encouraged to comment on each post in order to practise writing in English, and are then corrected by the page moderator. Sometimes, corrections are contributed by other members of the Learn English community, including English teachers, native speakers, or fellow learners.

One of the page’s three million fans, Darryus Lim, from Indonesia said, “I have learnt everything, about the verbs, idioms, phrasal verbs and many more that I can’t mention all of them.”

The ABC’s international division has a long history of producing English language learning materials across radio, podcasts, television, and online.

One of the earliest iterations was Radio Australia’s English for You series, which was first broadcast to millions of people in Indonesia in 1959. By 1982, five million copies of the English for You booklets had been distributed acrossIndonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The ABC’s international television service, Australia Plus Television has also produced a variety of English learning programs, with the first program, English Bites, launching in the early 2000s. Australia Plus Television can be found on First Media, Indovision and Telkomvision.

The Facebook page can be viewed here: www.facebook.com/AustraliaPlusLearnEnglish

John Woodward
+612 8333 2084
+61 418 971302
woodward.john@abc.net.au

Source: ABC International

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June 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

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Malaysians Help Make Australian English World #1

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Australian English has become one of the most popular choices for English learners in Malaysia – with more than 91,000 Malaysians joining an Australian-based Learn English Facebook site since its launch in 2013.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) which manages the Australia Plus Learn Englishpage, it now has more than three million fans in more than 50 countries making it the most popular learn English site in the world – ahead of the established English language providers such as the British Council and Voice of America.

The Learn English Facebook page provides a community environment for people to engage in conversational English tips and language resources. Participants are encouraged to comment on each post in order to practise writing in English, and are then corrected by the page moderator. Sometimes, corrections are contributed by other members of the Learn English community, including English teachers, native speakers, or fellow learners.

Rowel Pits, one of the page’s three million fans said, “Throughout the time I have spent on this page, I have learned crucial things about English, like grammar rules and English idioms. I find them pretty useful, because they have really helped me to improve my English communication skills… Therefore, in my own opinion, this page is the best for someone like me and to others who want to be fluent in English.”

The ABC’s international division has a long history of producing English language learning materials across radio, podcasts, television, and online.

One of the earliest iterations was Radio Australia’s English for You series, which was first broadcast to millions of people in Indonesia in 1959. By 1982, five million copies of the English for You booklets had been distributed acrossIndonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The ABC’s international television service, Australia Plus Television has also produced a variety of English learning programs, with the first program, English Bites, launching in the early 2000s. Australia Plus Television can be found on Astro and HyppTV in Malaysia.

The Facebook page can be viewed here: www.facebook.com/AustraliaPlusLearnEnglish

John Woodward
+612 8333 2084
+61 418 971302
woodward.john@abc.net.au

Source: ABC International

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June 25, 2015 at 6:14 pm

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Fortex MT4 Web Trader Debuts at Pepperstone Group Limited with Full Market Depth

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-Traders Can Access Metatrader 4 Accounts Directly from Web Browsers and Mobile Devices with Superior Reliability and Full Market Depth

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — Fortex, Inc., one of the leading electronic communication network (ECN) trading platforms, today announced that its new Fortex MT4 Web Trader is deployed and available to clients of Pepperstone Group Limited. Fortex Web Trader is an online utility that provides broker dealers with direct access to Metatrader 4 (MT4) accounts from a desktop web browser or from mobile devices. For the first time, traders can trade in their MT4 environments with a consumer-like user interface and without the usual access restrictions imposed by corporate firewalls.

Pepperstone has deployed Fortex MT4 Web Trader technology to replace its previous web trading software. The Pepperstone offering is customized to provide traders with live market depth in their MT4 environments. HTML5 Webtrader works on Mac OSX, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. Its highly intuitive interface is easy to use and can be tailored to meet users’ preferences. Advanced charting features also allow users to view real-time charts with advanced technical analysis and indicators.

“We never rest in our desire to continue Pepperstone’s strong reputation of being at the forefront of ECN market technology for clients,” said Owen Kerr, chief executive officer and co-founder of Pepperstone. “With this platform we are confident this trend will continue. Our new Web Trader platform provides traders with full market depth of the interbank markets through their familiar MT4 environment with the power, ease of use, and ‘anywhere-anytime’ access of a consumer web application. It delivers superior stability and reliability, and it offers expanded access to deep global dark pool FX liquidity, as well as metal, energy, and CFD products.”

As a cloud solution, broker dealers subscribe to Fortex MT4 Web Trader as a service (SaaS), eliminating the need to purchase, deploy, upgrade, license, or maintain complex software or additional infrastructure. Unlike other software, there are no continuous upgrades, licensing fees, maintenance, or support fees.

“Mobility and ease of use have become essential elements of successful trading strategies,” said Daniel Chen, chief executive officer and co-founder of Fortex. “With Fortex MT4 Web Trader, we’ve opened the door for MT4 users to easily gain both of these qualities while trading in MT4 environments or using MT4 as their interface to the powerful Fortex ECN platform. We continue to pursue innovations that improve traders’ insights, responsiveness, and visibility into market conditions.”

The Fortex ECN platform is designed for high-frequency, low-latency performance and optimized for buy-side and sell-side institutions. It offers direct access to Tier 1 liquidity from all major money center banks. The Fortex XCloud server grid offers dedicated dark fiber connections, eliminating the need to use the public Internet and delivering sub-1ms speed and 480-Gbps throughput. The powerful Fortex XBook matching engine represents each trader’s order in the interbank market to match with the best liquidity available, including hidden liquidity pools.

For more information about Fortex MT4 Web Trader, visit http://www.fortex.com.

About Fortex

Fortex is the world’s leading ECN platform, with US$12 billion in currency, metals, energy, and CFD trades and 500,000 tickets a day for tens of thousands of traders around the world. The company’s powerful Fortex platform, Fortex 6 application for traders, sophisticated cloud infrastructure, and middleware solutions have revolutionized currency, commodity, and equity trading. Today, traders, broker dealers, market makers, money managers, banks, hedge funds, and investors around the world rely on Fortex to accelerate trade execution and support sophisticated trading strategies. And the most successful currency trading firms have built their FX businesses on the Fortex platform. Fortex is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California with offices in New York, Boston,Hong Kong, Shanghai, and London. The company is privately held.

For additional information:

Natallia Hunik
+1-704-776-5892
NHunik@Fortex.com

About Pepperstone Group Limited

Pepperstone Group is an execution-only forex and CFD broker that provides trading solutions sophisticated enough for veteran traders, yet simple enough for the forex novice. Pepperstone assists retail and institutional investors in using forex and other instruments as an asset class and part of their investment objectives. The firm strives to offer the best trading platforms with access to low-cost pricing, reliable trading infrastructure, fast execution and exceptional client support. Pepperstone offers direct access to multiple destinations of liquidity in the forex markets without the usual burdens of a deal desk, which had previously been unavailable to the retail investor. Pepperstone is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

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June 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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Millennials are Seeking Purpose and Innovation

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STOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/ —

– and the World’s Most Attractive Employers are delivering just that

Business and engineering students in the world’s 12 largest economies have chosen their favorite employers. More than 240,000 respondents in Universum’s Talent Survey have ranked the companies they find most desirable for employment, and the results delivered some valuable insights.

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A lack of professional growth is their greatest fear

Millennials want to truly understand a company’s purpose, align with it and work with others to propel the organization’s performance. And they want to be inspired, not overwhelmed, by employer messages. Storytelling is critical: Millennials want to learn about employees who embody the organization’s values and communicate authentic stories about their working life.

Millennials’ greatest fear is to be stuck without the opportunity for professional growth and development. Professional services firms like PwC and EY continue to pull the highest rankings in this regard; other industries should benchmark how this sector nurtures employees through training and mentoring.

“The 2015 WMAE confirms that Millennials will go to work for companies whose stories they can tell, whose values they can espouse and whose businesses they can learn,” says Petter Nylander, CEO of Universum. “Students are seeking platforms for their own performance and growth. And they told us which companies are accomplishing this.”

Google takes the top spot for business and engineering students

There was little movement in the top five employers among business students from the 2014 rankings, with Google once again taking top spot, followed by PwC, EY, Goldman Sachs, and KPMG. The top-ranking companies among engineering students are Google, Microsoft, Apple, BMW Group, and General Electric.

Millennials are highly attracted to entrepreneurial energy in the workplace. They want to work in innovative settings, unencumbered by infrastructure, while still delivering strong financial results. Consequently, the tech industry generally attracts this kind of talent. Regarding employers in other industries, the energy sector took a hit with all employers losing ranks while the fast-moving consumer goods industry experienced a positive upswing.

The WMAE rankings are compiled from the Universum Talent Surveys, conducted in Australia, Brazil, Canada,China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and US. These markets represent 69 percent of the world’s economy. The field period for the data collection was from September 2014 to April 2015.

Universum is a firm specialized in employer branding. For more info, go to http://www.bit.ly/wmae2015

Media contact:
Jonas Barck, Global Director of Media and Public Relations
Jonas.barck@universumglobal.com
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www.universumglobal.com

Source: Universum

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June 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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Only Seven Percent of Malicious Mobile Applications Apparent to Users: ESET

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Data from ESET on malicious mobile applications shows that only seven percent of reported incidents on mobile applications are caused by straightforward malware. A whopping 93 percent of mobile applications, based on reported incidents, contain hidden malicious activities which are less apparent to users. These could be applications that are heavily supported with pop-up ads, those that tweak the system without the user‘s knowledge, or applications that track and monitor activities.

Juraj Malcho, Chief Research Officer at ESET comments, “Mobile devices are very personal and consumers are using mobile for more sensitive tasks such as banking. As consumers spend more time on their connected devices, these are becoming a veritable goldmine of information that is very attractive for attackers. Not all malicious activity is obvious, and it is important for consumers to know how to protect their mobile devices and be vigilant as well. Remember that the biggest threat could be from a seemingly innocuous app working in the background.”

Mobile malware is software built for attacks on mobile devices and operating systems. There are various types of mobile malware and they are usually grouped according to their attack methods. Some of the more common ones include spyware, adware, trojans, viruses, phishing apps and botnets. Mobile malware can also be built for specific operating systems such as iOS or Android.

Juraj added, “Despite the common belief that the Apple iOS is more secure than Android, operating systems are largely similar in terms of security. The larger issue around centers around the security of apps downloaded from third-party stores, built-in security features, and the proper implementation of ongoing security processes.”

A large proportion of mobile security breaches occur as the result of misconfiguration and misuse of an app rather than technical attacks on mobile devices. In some cases, apps that we have downloaded can also retrieve private data from our devices without our knowledge.

A good example of this is WireLurker, a malware that affects Apple devices. WireLurker attacks Apple computers and detects iOS devices connected with a USB. It infects Apple mobile devices by downloading third-party applications onto the device and then stealing information.

Being proactive is the best way to protect your system

There are many steps that can be taken including choosing strong passwords, using anti-virus programs, firewalls and anti-spyware programs.

Ensure that all programs, operating systems, and applications are kept up-to-date. This applies even to applications that you rarely use as it makes sure that all the latest security features and fixes are available on your device.

Strong passwords are your first line of defence. Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and don’t include personal information like birthdays or common words such as ‘password.’ In addition, change your password regularly so there is a limit to how long an attacker can use a stolen password.

Commenting on how users can enhance safety on mobile, Juraj added, “A second layer of protection can also be added on top of passwords using Two Factor Authentication (2FA). 2FA uses a separate device to generate an access token that acts as a one-time only password. By requiring access to a separate password, this makes an attack less feasible. While 2FA is a best practice amongst many industries, such as consumer banking, and has proven its value, it isn’t a fool proof system. So remember to stay vigilant even if you’re using a second layer of protection.”

Juraj also highlighted that security software can be an inexpensive option when it comes to securing your mobile devices. While it can be daunting to choose an effective product, there are some basic things that you should look out for such as ensuring the software is compatible with your operating system, and buying software with features that support the tasks for which the device is used.

It is also worth looking at test scores and/or certificates from testing agencies such as Virus Bulletin and AV-Comparatives. Any good security software should have been listed by most testing agencies. If you still can’t decide, remember that most programs provide a free trial for their products.

“While it may be time intensive to review each product, it will help you ensure that you’re making the most suitable choice”, says Juraj in closing. “Cyberattacks are getting more and more sophisticated every day especially as technology becomes more complex. I can guarantee that no one will ever regret the effort made to put in place a robust security system for their connected devices.”

Source: ESET

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June 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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Financial Institutions Become More Customer Centric by Investing in Advanced Technologies, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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— ICT spending leads to transformation within the financial sector

CAPE TOWN, South Africa /PRNewswire/ — On-going investment in information and communication technologies (ICT) by financial service providers in South Africa is driving the transformation of the sector towards a more digitised service model. A growing demand in mobility and ubiquitous access to broadband connectivity has resulted in the adoption of omni-channel models in order to deliver efficient services and engage with customers.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the South African financial services sector was among the largest consumers of ICT in 2014, spending $1.3 billion. The sector’s ICT spend is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8 percent to reach $1.5 billion in 2019.

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“In order to have better visibility on their customers’ needs, as well as overall operational risks, financial service providers are looking to leverage technology,” says Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Analyst Lehlohonolo Mokenela. “This allows them to offer more personalised services for an increasingly demanding and technology-savvy customer base.”

Financial institutions in South Africa are facing unprecedented levels of competition and rising costs to maintain their brick-and-mortar operations. They are, therefore, turning to emerging technologies and new service models in order to grow revenues, while keeping operations lean.

Despite increasing technology integration within the industry, concerns around the security of solutions, such as the cloud and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), are limiting the pace of technology uptake. As a result, financial institutions in South Africa largely favour private cloud models over the public cloud, in spite of the latter’s cost advantage.

“Key industry players will be keen to build their services and operations around technology in order to improve customer value. However, they are still taking a more gradual approach, undoubtedly wary of the reputational costs of security breaches,” notes Mokenela. “However, advances in security in the long-term, will likely ease the concerns of CIOs.”

It is critical that ICT service providers develop a deeper understanding of the underlying industry-specific trends and how solutions, such as big data and mobility, can be used to leverage them. This will enable them to provide relevant solutions for financial service companies, which in turn allows them to improve service delivery and minimise their costs.

ICT Spend in South Africa—Financial Services Sector is part of the Connected Industries Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Enterprise Communications Platforms and Endpoints Market, ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector, ICT Spend in South Africa: Oil and Gas, and Regional Growth Opportunities for Session Initiation Protocol Phones. 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. 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 organisation 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? Contact us: Start the discussion

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Corporate Communications – Africa
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June 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

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European cities open up treasure chests of data to stimulate innovation

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-However, Frost & Sullivan survey finds limited progress towards commercialization of public sector information

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — European cities are leveraging their data sources in order to address high-priority objectives: to reduce traffic congestion, improve energy efficiency, engage citizens, and present government as accessible and accountable. However, the approach today is typically project-based. More integration across organisational silos will be needed to achieve their longer-term goals such as economic growth and development of an indigenous tech sector.

Frost & Sullivan: Real-Time Cities Survey
Frost & Sullivan: Real-Time Cities Survey

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, “Real-Time Cities Survey” (http://www.frost.com/mb02), finds that municipalities aim to do much more than simply make existing information and transactions accessible online. They are embracing open innovation and experimenting with advanced applications such as 3D mapping and Virtual Reality (VR) to reduce the cost of urban planning functions.

The survey asked leading real-time cities about their data-centric strategies and initiatives. Responses from 27 cities in East and West Europe are represented in a Heat Map that highlights longer-term progress towards commercialization.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://owl.li/OBTqs

“Public sector information (PSI) is being published on open portals and used internally to improve the efficiency of public sector services,” says Principal Analyst for Information & Communication Technologies Europe,Sheridan Nye. “Cities are also collaborating with academic partners and ICT vendors to build governance best practice into data transactions. This is the necessary foundation for commercialisation of data-enabled services in the near future.”

In a related report, “Open Data Strategies of Real-time Cities” (http://www.frost.com/mad2), Frost & Sullivan profiles four leading European cities – Milton Keynes, Grand Lyon, Helsinki and Dublin.

Each sees an opportunity to stimulate economic growth by opening up their substantial sources of data to digital services innovators. In return, applications developers and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) suppliers benefit from access to the city as a live test bed, both for R&D and as a high-profile, proof of concept.

“Cities are saying they want suppliers to engage with local priorities rather than promote one-size-fits-all, end-to-end solutions,” says Nye. “However, the danger is that the market fragments and vendors struggle to build the economies of scale.”

Longer term, multiple opportunities exist for vendors as cities prepare to integrate ICT into core operations. “Early investors can get a head-start in developing these data-centric solutions to try to become the Google of real-time cities,” adds Nye. “As projects reach the end of their funding, typically 3 to 5 years, managed services providers will tender for a lucrative and wide-ranging role that will be central to the city’s development.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Real-Time Cities Survey addresses the following questions to respondents:

  • What are the goals of real-time city initiatives?
  • How are cities using big or open data to improve public service delivery?
  • Who are the providers and consumers of data?
  • How are cities adopting open source software?
  • How are cities financing their digital services projects?
  • How are cities collaborating?

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 organisation 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 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

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WPC Increases Power, Improves User Experience with New Qi Wireless Power Standard Specification

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— Latest Update Paves the Way for Fast Charging of Mobile Phones

PISCATAWAY, N.J. /PRNewswire/ — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the driving force and leader in the global adoption of wireless power technology, today announced that the latest version of the Qi specification now makes it possible to deliver 15 watts of power to mobile phones that support wireless fast charging. This Qi fast charging feature enhances the charging experience by decreasing the time required to wirelessly charge devices.

Several manufacturers already offer wired fast charging for their devices, providing as much as 60 percent charge in as little as 30 minutes.  The latest Qi specification empowers them to extend this speed to wireless charging as well. Once again this is a first in wireless charging, creating more choice for consumers in the eco system of Qi-compatible products, an ecosystem that already offers the largest choice in wireless chargers, addressing the many different needs of consumers at home and on the move.

“With a deployed base of well over 50 million units, hundreds of registered products and users all around the world, we understand the importance of a specification that supports innovation,” said Menno Treffers, chairman of the WPC. “This release marks an important milestone for Qi, introducing the first higher power class and paving the way for our members to address more demanding applications with products that work seamlessly with the installed base of Qi-compatible products.”

In addition to the new Qi specification, the WPC also approved the test procedures and tools needed to verify that fast charging products are compliant with the new Qi specification, as well as being backward compatible with all existing Qi products.

The new specification is initially available only for members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It will be made available as a public document at a later date.

About the Wireless Power Consortium and Qi
Established in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is an open, collaborative standards development group of more than 200 company members. WPC’s members include Belkin, ConvenientPower, Delphi, Freescale, Haier, HTC, IKEA, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, PowerbyProxi, Royal Philips, Samsung, Sony, TDK, Texas Instruments, Verizon Wireless and ZTE. These companies — large and small competitors and ecosystem partners, from all parts of the industry and all parts of the globe — collaborate for a single purpose: to design and evolve the world’s most useful, safe and efficient standard for wireless power. This global standard is called Qi, and it has become the world’s leading method for transferring electrical power without wires. Qi is designed into 80+ mobile devices, 15 models of cars, has more than 700 registered products that are enjoyed by more than 50 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com.

Source: Wireless Power Consortium

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June 25, 2015 at 1:15 pm

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Connectivity and Security to be Vital Features in Vehicles, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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— Global Automotive Industry Outlook identifies connectivity, security and women as a significant end-user segment for luxury vehicles as key trends

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Auto sales are expected to peak in 2015, as the average age of the car parc crosses 13 years in the US and 10 years in Europe. Global sales are projected to grow by more than 5 per cent to reach 91.5 million vehicles, of which the US market will account for 17 million units and China, more than 26 million units. The most important trends influencing the market in 2015 will be ridesharing, intelligent mobility, and big data analytics.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Outlook of the Global Automotive Industry in 2015(http://www.frost.com/maea), finds that the vibrancy of the US and European markets is expected to offset the slowdown in the emerging markets.

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As technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, over-the-air updates are becoming critical to enhance the value of the vehicle and provide a seamless experience to the user. The trend also highlights the importance of security. The focus of automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) is not simply on protecting the vehicle from malwares, viruses, and remote hacking into crucial vehicle control systems but also protecting the back end of all the connected services.

“The value of electronics is set to soar well over 70 percent of the vehicle’s value due to vehicle automation and connected car features,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Program Manager Shwetha Surender. “Protecting the car and its back end is a priority for OEMs to prevent any brand dilution.”

Another notable trend is the rise of women as a vital target market. OEMs such as Fiat, Renault, Jaguar and Porsche are aiming key vehicle models at women. Smaller city cars had already adopted this strategy but now, traditionally ‘male’ categories such as luxury vehicles and SUVs are following suit. The top 10 OEMs are forecast to launch four to five vehicle models specifically for women by the end of 2015.

“The automotive market will witness the evolution of new segments with OEMs moving on from integrating two segments to merging three distinct segments, such as sedan (Sports) + minivan + SUV or hatchback + sedan + SUV,” noted Surender. “More than 11 such models are likely to be launched in 2015.”

Outlook of the Global Automotive Industry in 2015 (MAEA-18) is part of the Automotive & Transportation(http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Advent of 5G in Cars, European and North American Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Market, The 48v Power-net Market in Europe and North America, The Future of Intelligent Mobility and its Impact on Transportation, Analysis of the GPF Market for Passenger Cars in Europe and North America, Key Focus Areas for Driving Interface Systems for Passenger Cars, Smart Parking Market in Europe and North America, and Passenger Car Braking Technology and Innovations in North America and Europe, among others. 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 organisation 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?

Contact Us: Start the discussion
Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
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