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Signs of Love – THOMAS SABO Presents the Autumn/Winter Collection 2015

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LAUF AN DER PEGNITZ, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

Romantic words, life mottos or a special date immortalized in an individual engraving: special moments and emotional messages are captured on filigree bars and round pendants in the new THOMAS SABO Love Bridge line. Whether a rebel or a glamour girl – in the large variety of styles there is something suitable for every look.

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The highlights of the Glam & Soul line radiate charm and elegance: Fatima’s Garden seduces with cut-out designs inspired by Indian gardens, whilst classic pearl jewellery is reinterpreted with floral accents in the Pearls series. The must-haves of the season are ear jackets and midi rings: whether sparkling zirconia or skulls, urban stylishness is impacted by these designs. The Karma Beads have grown to a total of over 160 with the infinity and animal motifs – the starting point for innumerable jewellery creations! The rectangular ladies’ watches are also irresistibly feminine – the watch face with a lotus blossom underlines the subtle glamour.

In the men’s area, the braided leather and stainless steel bracelets of the Unity series with their expressive clasps in the THOMAS SABO Rebel at heart design are a reinterpretation of the partner-look jewellery trend: they make a statement on the wrists of men and ladies alike. The men’s watches in hip grey or brown tones with accents in rosé gold complete the look perfectly; leather wrist straps in racing style and lizard look perfect the masculine appearance.

THOMAS SABO is one of the globally-leading jewellery, watches and beauty companies, designing, selling and distributing lifestyle products for women and men. The company operates almost 280 of its own shops across all five continents and collaborates globally with approximately 2,600 trade partners.

Press contact: Felizia Kindermann (+49912397150)

Source: THOMAS SABO GmbH & Co.KG

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August 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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Mayor of Almaty: City’s bid for 2022 Olympic Winter Games is a Great Promotion for Almaty and Kazakhstan

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The Mayor of the city of Almaty Mr Akhmetzhan Yessimov pledged full government support for Almaty’s bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games today at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The announcement comes with just 24-hours until the IOC’s final vote to elect the Host City for the 2022 Winter Games.

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President of the National Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Kairat Boranbayev and Almaty2022 bid Vice Chairman Mr Andrey Kryukov joined Mayor Yessimov at the conference to discuss the various levels of government support that Almaty 2022 has secured ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

The speakers also highlighted how recent developments, including the approval of Kazakhstan’s membership to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and extension of its visa-free program, would help to promote the country’s international brand and make it more attractive to investors and tourists.

The new visa policy permits unsupervised travel for 15 days for Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, along with Malaysia, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. The new policy will help boost tourism, stabilize markets and cross-border trade, and solidify relations. It will also brand Kazakhstanas a cosmopolitan, Western-friendly, emerging economic partner for the West and Asia.

Mayor of the city of Almaty Mr Akhmetzhan Yessimov: «Almaty’s bid is a key element of our city and region’s long-term goals. That is why it has the full backing of our Government, who has guaranteed that any shortfall in the cost will be met. This includes the use of Kazakhstan’s $75 billion sovereign wealth fund if required.Kazakhstan has the financial strength to deliver a great Winter Games without spending tens of billions of dollars.Almaty 2022 will serve as a model for future Host Cities and prove that similar developing nations can host the Games affordably and sustainably».

With the finish line in sight, Almaty 2022 expressed its optimism heading into the final vote and continued to reiterate the benefits of its unique vision for the Winter Games.

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August 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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Silentium’s AcoustiRACK ACTIVE (ARA) Wins the QUIET MARK Award, the International Eco-Award for Excellence in Quietest Product Design, from the UK Noise Abatement Society

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NESS-ZIONA, Israel /PRNewswire/ —

The AcoustiRACK ACTIVE, with its outstanding noise reduction and heat dissipation performance, is already used widely throughout the world to solve noise pollution and create a quiet work environment.

Silentium joins efforts with Quiet Mark and utilizes its noise-cancelling technology to bring “the quiet revolution” one step further by reducing exposure to chronic noise.


In our work places we are surrounded by a relentless cacophony of noise – electronic devices, servers and other equipment. This constant hum effects our productivity and health as well as our ability to think clearly.

Noise problems emerge when servers and routers need to be situated in populated places such as labs, offices, schools, hospitals, where a dedicated “server-room” is not feasible.  During conferences and tradeshows it becomes difficult to present IT products and talk to prospective clients while constant noise produced by routers and servers disrupts your line of thought.

How can people concentrate and be productive when there is so much noise around them?

Silentium has made it its mission to deal with this form of pollution and reduce the levels of noise in offices and other work places. Watch the video:

AcoustiRACK™ ACTIVE is an innovative cabinet that helps reducing the negative effects of noise pollution. “This product can reduce noise at the office while maintaining a desired temperatures to prevent machine burnout. Companies can save space which otherwise be dedicated to a server room,” explains Silentium VP sales Uzi Shalom. “We help creating quieter surrounding that helps workers increase their productivity as part of the global efforts to reduce noise in the work environment”.

Dust and overheating can damage the company’s equipment and increase its electricity expenses. With the AcoustiRACK™ ACTIVE the performance of servers and other IT equipment can be improved, while maintaining cool temperature and dust-free environment.

This unique noise-abatement cabinet succeeds in achieving unprecedented levels of noise reduction, covering the entire audible spectrum. “Quiet Mark is pleased to support such innovative technologies that address noise pollution. There is no reason to accept noise as fact. People can live and work in a noise-free environment thanks to Silentium’s Active Noise Reduction Technology which is credited and approved by Quiet Mark.”

About Quiet Mark

Quiet Mark, an arm of UK’s Noise Abatement Society, is considered an authority when it comes to noise-control approval. In order to be recognized and use the Quiet Mark logo, products go through a series of acoustic and performance tests that prove beyond doubt its high performance and quality.

About Silentium
Silentium Ltd. is a leading innovator in spatial Active Noise Control (ANC) technology, developing innovative noise reduction solutions for both mass production and custom requirements. Silentium’s unique, cutting-edge noise reduction solutions deliver “Silence in a Chip” that is embedded by product developers and manufacturers, enabling them to offer quieter products to consumers. Silentium’s ANC solutions are in use every day in a variety of applications including IT, HVAC, transportation, medical equipment, white goods, and more. For further information please visit our website at

About the product

AcoustiRACK™ ACTIVE (ARA™) is a state-of-the-art cabinet that enables up to 30 dB(A) with 8 KW of heat dissipation and dust protection for 19-inch servers and networking equipment. When combined with unique, high-quality acoustic materials, the ARA™ achieves unprecedented spatial noise reduction over the  frequency bandwidth of the audible spectrum.

Uzi Shalom, VP Sales
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Yoel Naor, CPO
Tel (U.S.A.): +1-646-481-4974
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August 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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Diebold Reports 2015 Second Quarter Financial Results

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio /PRNewswire/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD), today reported its 2015 second quarter financial results. A complete, full-text press release, along with other earnings release documents, are accessible by visiting the Investor Relations section of Diebold’s website, located at the following link:

As previously announced, Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer, and Christopher A. Chapman, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the company’s financial performance during a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Both the presentation and access to the call are available at A replay of the call will also be made available on the Investor Relations section of Diebold’s website for three months following the call.

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About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently. Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at or on Twitter:

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August 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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OmniVision Launches Ultra-Compact, Cost-Effective Imaging Solutions for a Wide Range of Consumer Applications

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— Versatile OVM7699 and OV7699 Bring High Quality Images and Video to Mainstream Handsets, Notebooks, Wearables and Smart Home Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the cost-optimized and power-efficient OVM7699 CameraCubeChip™ and OV7699 CameraChip™. Utilizing OmniVision’s OmniBSI+™ pixel architecture, the OVM7699 and OV7699 offer best-in-class VGA performance in the industry’s smallest footprint, making them ideal camera solutions for a wide range of applications, including feature phones, mainstream smartphones, notebooks, wearables and IoT devices, among others.

The OVM7699 is packaged in OmniVision’s proprietary CameraCubeChip™ format, which is an easy-to-integrate and cost-effective complete camera solution for slim form-factor designs. The OV7699 is available in a traditional compact chip-scale package (CSP).

“These camera solutions are designed to be extremely versatile, bringing high quality images and video in compact and affordable packages. These two solutions are well suited to a wide range of applications in which cost, size or power consumption constraints can be key,” said Aaron Chiang, director of CameraCubeChip marketing at OmniVision. “With the mobile phone markets currently booming in developing countries, and in light of the proliferation of advanced, vision-centric wearable and smart home devices, we view the OVM7699 and OV7699 as extremely well positioned to capitalize on potentially excellent market opportunities.”

The 1/13-inch OVM7699 and OV7699 utilize the latest 1.75-micron OmniBSI+ pixel architecture to deliver industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity, full-well capacity, and distortion correction. Both devices capture high quality VGA (640 x 480 pixel) resolution images and video at 30 frames per second (FPS).

The OVM7699 comes in a 2.1 mm x 2.1 mm CameraCubeChip™ module with a z-height of approximately 2.3 mm, while the OV7699 comes in a 2.03 mm x 2.08 mm CSP. Both the OVM7699 and the OV7699 are currently available for sampling, and are expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2016.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI) is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at

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Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal, as well as anticipated timing of mass production, of the OVM7699 and OV7699 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision’s results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with OVM7699 and OV7699, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision’s annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. CameraCubeChip™, CameraChip™ and OmniBSI+™ are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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August 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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Silent Circle Joins Google’s Android for Work Program

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— Blackphone 2 will be its first Android for Work product, expanding support for enterprise services

GENEVA,  /PRNewswire/ — Silent Circle today announced that its next generation Blackphone 2, the company’s privacy-first smartphone, will be its inaugural product in Google’s Android for Work program. The company joins Android for Work as part of its ongoing mission to deliver enterprise privacy.

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The Android for Work program, announced earlier this year by Google, aims to offer businesses simple management and enhanced security for user devices. The program’s flexibility in offering customizable solutions is a strong fit for Silent Circle’s “privacy without compromise” approach.

“Privacy is about being able to decide and control what information to share and how you share it,” said Bill Conner, President and CEO of Silent Circle. “We’re delighted to join the Android for Work program.  It’s a significant step forward in Silent Circle’s development which enables us to deliver privacy and security to a broader enterprise customer base, while meeting their need for the wide-ranging apps and services provided by Google.”

The participation in Android for Work marks the continued expansion of Silent Circle’s enterprise privacy platform, a unique combination of software, services, and devices working together to integrate privacy at every level of business. The platform includes the Blackphone 2 and its Android operating system, Silent OS.

“With the first Blackphone, we delivered an Android experience coupled with control over app permissions and the powerful Spaces feature, which lets users securely separate work life and personal life on the same device,” said David Puron, SVP Engineering, Devices. “Customers responded to Blackphone’s unique offering of privacy by design, and pushed us to offer even more choices for its second generation.”

“Our Blackphone 2 release this fall will bring support for Google Play and Google Mobile Services to Silent OS,” said Puron, “and with support for Android for Work, companies can strike their own balance of control over data and connectivity with established productivity services that are used throughout enterprise.”

The Blackphone, named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Inventions of 2014” and one of MIT Technology Review’s top 10 technology breakthroughs the same year, includes Silent Circle’s encrypted communication software for secure voice and video calling, text messaging, and file transfer. The new version of the phone being released this fall will also offer expanded support for existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) programs and an updated implementation of the Spaces feature introduced in the first Blackphone, all on faster hardware designed to deliver a premium user experience.

About Silent Circle
Silent Circle is a leader in enterprise privacy, delivered through a revolutionary mobile ecosystem of devices, software and services, starting with ZRTP to build a fundamentally different mobile architecture.

Now led by Bill Conner, the former Entrust President and CEO and Nortel President, Silent Circle was co-founded by Mike Janke, former Navy SEAL and security expert; Phil Zimmermann, co-founder of PGP, developer of the ZRTP protocol and 2015 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple’s whole disk encryption software and Co-founder of PGP Corporation.

Silent Circle is headquartered in Switzerland, home to the world’s best privacy laws. For more information on Silent Circle, go to:

Silent Circle Press Contact:
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August 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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CenturyLink named a leader in research report on DDoS services providers

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— Report mentions CenturyLink’s DDoS attack response capabilities

MONROE, Louisiana /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 20151. Published by Forrester Research, a leading industry analyst firm, the report evaluates nine distributed denial of service (DDoS) services providers that met the selection criteria for breadth, global presence and market relevance.

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In the report, Forrester states that CenturyLink scored especially well for its attack response capabilities, as well as its capabilities to defend against very large amplification attacks. CenturyLink also received the highest score possible for geographies currently served and hybrid implementation.

According to Forrester’s report: “To be a leader in a Forrester Wave, a vendor must have a strong current offering and a strong strategy that will clearly address current and future market needs. These vendors demonstrate effective portals, good client and revenue growth, and a focus on customer service.”

CenturyLink’s DDoS Mitigation Service minimizes the impact of distributed denial of service attacks by providing protection both at the network level and through a mitigation appliance – before it impacts an organization’s infrastructure. CenturyLink’s hybrid implementations enable companies to mitigate DDoS attacks across their own networks as well as inside any CenturyLink data center. Possible attack traffic is re-routed to one or more “cleansing centers,” allowing valid traffic to pass through without delay.

“Nearly every business today has a need for DDoS protection. DDoS attacks continue to increase in sophistication and can quickly overrun a website, disrupting business and exposing an organization to significant risks,” said Tim Kelleher, vice president, IT security services, at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink helps businesses protect against DDoS attacks by providing always-on mitigation that protects environments whether they are accessed via CenturyLink’s network, one of CenturyLink’s data centers around the world, on customer premises or via a third-party data center or network.”

Forrester authors Rick Holland and Ed Ferrara wrote the The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers report, which was published on July 23, 2015. CenturyLink has also been recognized recently in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe, and Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, reports published by Gartner, another leading analyst firm.

The Forrester Wave report can be downloaded at

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

Forrester Research; The Forrester Wave™ DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015; Ed Ferrara and Rick Holland;July 22, 2015

Source: CenturyLink, Inc.

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August 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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IRIS Establishes Napa Meeting to Advance Leading-Edge Directions in Nephrology

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DAVIS, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — The International Renal Interest Society (IRIS), a veterinary society established to advance the scientific understanding of kidney disease in small animals, announced today the creation of the IRIS Napa Meeting. This reoccurring meeting is a new strategic planning initiative to be held in theNapa Valley, California, as emerging critical issues in veterinary nephrology arise. This groundbreaking think-tank style summit will host globally renowned authorities in nephrology and provide problem recognition and innovative solutions to topical and complex issues affecting kidney health in dogs and cats. The inaugural meeting, held in May 2015, focused on recognition of early (subclinical) kidney disease and its role in progressive kidney injury.  Financial and logistical support for the inaugural Napa Meeting was graciously provided by IDEXX,Westbrook, Maine.

Formation of the IRIS Napa Meeting provides an important leadership role for IRIS and groundbreaking opportunities for the nephrology community,” said Dr. Larry Cowgill, IRIS Napa Meeting co-chair. 

The evolving opportunities of novel renal biomarkers that permit earlier recognition of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI) as well as their potentially interrelated pathogenesis were the hallmark of the May meeting. Based on preliminary evidence with a spectrum of novel kidney biomarkers, an hypothesis emerged that progression of CKD may, in part, be perpetuated by “active” and ongoing kidney injury that remains undetected until structural losses of nephron mass is reflected in traditional “static” diagnostic markers of kidney function. If validated with future studies, this hypothesis could have a defining influence on the future diagnosis and management of early kidney disease.

“Napa Meetings are intended to facilitate focused discussions that will lead to solutions to fundamental issues in veterinary nephrology in a timely manner, thereby enabling veterinarians to stay at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs,” said Dr. David Polzin, IRIS Napa Meeting co-chair.  

The complementary role of symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), a forthcoming kidney biomarker for the early detection of CKD, to conventional diagnostics for kidney disease and its role in the IRIS CKD Staging scheme were among the impactful issues discussed. Subsequent to recommendations from the Napa Panel and following further consideration at the 2015 IRIS Board Meeting, the following interpretive comments for the diagnostic and therapeutic utilization of SDMA were incorporated into the 2015 IRIS CKD Staging Guidelines and are expected to be available as soon as possible on the reconstructed IRIS website,

“Serum or plasma SDMA may be a more sensitive biomarker of renal function compared with creatinine. A persistent elevation in SDMA above 14 µg/dl would indicate reduced renal function and be a reason to categorize a dog or cat (with creatinine values <1.4 or <1.6 mg/dl, respectively) as IRIS CKD Stage 1.”

“In IRIS CKD Stage 2 patients with low body condition scores, if SDMA is ≥25 µg/dl, this may indicate the extent of renal dysfunction has been underestimated. Consider treatment recommendations listed under IRIS CKD Stage 3 for this patient.”

“In IRIS CKD Stage 3 patients with low body condition scores, if SDMA is ≥45 µg/dl, this may indicate the degree of renal dysfunction has been underestimated. Consider treatment recommendations listed under IRIS CKD Stage 4 for this patient.”

These additions to the guidelines are preliminary, based on early data derived from the use of SDMA in veterinary patients.  The IRIS Board fully expects them to be updated as the veterinary profession gains further experience using SDMA alongside the long-established marker, creatinine, in the diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of canine and feline CKD.

Organizations or commercial entities with an interest in veterinary nephrology are invited to consider supporting future IRIS Napa Meetings with the goal of exploring new horizons and strategies in nephrology creatively designed for the next 10 years and beyond.  For more information about IRIS, visit Those interested in sponsoring a future IRIS Napa meeting should contact Dr. Larry Cowgill at or Dr. David Polzin at


IRIS is the International Renal Interest Society and was organized originally at the 8th Annual Congress of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Vienna, Austria, in 1998, with the support of Novartis Animal Health, which provided operational funding and organizational assistance until December 2014.  Current support for the educational and scientific missions of IRIS is provided by Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield, IN.

IRIS is composed of a board of 15 independent veterinarians with particular expertise in veterinary nephrology, from 10 different countries. The mission of IRIS is to help veterinary practitioners better diagnose, understand, and treat kidney disease in cats and dogs. In order to achieve this mission, the group investigates ways to more accurately diagnose early signs of acute and chronic kidney disease and provides consensus recommendations and explores novel therapies for their management.

One of the organization’s primary objectives is to establish internationally recognized guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases in dogs and cats.  IRIS has been a recognized leader for a variety of topics in the area of nephrology and a source of direction veterinarians look to for the diagnosis and management of kidney disease in animal patients.  IRIS is proud to add the Napa Meeting to its portfolio of accomplishments for the advancement of the science and understanding of kidney disease in animals.


Dr. Astrid van Dongen
President, IRIS

Dr. Larry Cowgill
Co-Chair 2015 IRIS Napa Meeting

Dr. David Polzin
Co-Chair 2015 IRIS Napa Meeting

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August 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Vserv Unveils the First Smartphone User Persona Report (SUPR) in India

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-Report Segments Smartphone Users Based on Their Profile and App Usage

MUMBAI/PRNewswire/ — Vserv, the leading smart data platform for mobile marketing and commerce, today released the Smartphone User Persona Report (SUPR) 2015. The report findings are based on a study conducted by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights. SUPR segments Indian smartphone users into different user personas and delves deep into their usage patterns.


The report provides rich insights into each persona’s app usage, time spent on various apps, data consumption patterns and their demographics. According to the report, the Indian smartphone user base is growing at a 26% CAGR from 2013 to 2017. This boom in the Indian smartphone market, is primarily being propelled by Indians under the age of 25 years, with the report highlighting that  63% users fall in that age bracket.

Key Highlights from the report:

  • As per the study, smartphone users spend on average 169 minutes per day on their devices
  • Six smartphone user personas which emerged are – App Junkies, Social Stars, Conversationalists, Entertainment Buffs, Utilitarians and Dabblers
  • Nearly 25% of the smartphone users that download 18.5 mobile apps & games every month are categorized as App Junkies
  • Nearly 20% of the smartphone users that spend over 2 hours a day using chat and social networking apps are classified as Social Stars
  • 15% smartphone users that spend almost an hour each day playing games, listening to music or watching videos on their smartphones are segmented as Entertainment Buffs

Pranab Punj, Associate Vice President, Global Marketing, Vserv, said, “Today, it is imperative for marketers to move beyond demographic data and embrace smart data-based targeting to stay ahead in the game. Marketers need to formulate their strategies focused on user personas and their intent. This report based on a study conducted by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights, provides pertinent insights on Indian smartphone users. This will equip marketers to target the right audience and formulate tighter marketing strategies that yield better results.”

SUPR is based on an automated usage data collection from over 12,000 smartphone users in India, over a three month period. The study was conducted using innovative smartphone metering technology installed by opt-in panelists on their smartphones. From the two-step cluster analysis, with 22 actual smartphone usage parameters as input variables, six smartphone user personas emerged. The full report can be viewed here.

About Vserv:

Vserv is the leading smart data platform for mobile marketing and commerce. The platform has the largest mobile internet user base in India & Southeast Asia with unique and rich insights on these users. Vserv’s revolutionary platform transforms big data to smart data, empowering companies to achieve sharper results. Founded in 2010, Vserv has over 500 Mn unique user profiles globally, and is backed by Maverick Capital, IDG Ventures India & Epiphany Ventures.

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August 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm

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Banco Bradesco 2Q15 Results

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SAO PAULO /PRNewswire/ — The main figures obtained by Bradesco (BM&FBovespa: BBDC3; BBDC4, NYSE: BBD) in the first semester of 2015 are presented below:

1. Adjusted Net Income(1) for the first semester of 2015 stood at R$8.778 billion (a 20.6% increase compared to the R$7.277 billion recorded in the same period of 2014), corresponding to earnings per share of R$3.35 and Return on Average Adjusted Equity(2) of 21.9%.

2. As for the source, the Adjusted Net Income is composed of R$6.212 billion from financial activities, representing 70.8% of the total, and of R$2.566 billion from insurance, pension plans and capitalization bonds operations, which together account for 29.2%.

3. On June 30, 2015, Bradesco market value stood at R$142.098 billion(3), showing a growth of 5.4% over June 30, 2014.

4. Total Assets, in June 2015, stood at R$1.030 trillion, an increase of 10.6% over the June 2014 balance. The return on Average Total Assets was 1.7%, an increase of 0.1 p.p. over June 2014 (1.6%).

5. In June 2015, the Expanded Loan Portfolio(4) reached R$463.406 billion, up 6.5% over June 2014. Operations with individuals totaled R$143.461 billion (an increase of 6.2% over June 2014), while corporate segment operations totaled R$319.945 billion (up 6.6% over June 2014).

6. Assets under Management stood at R$1.444 trillion, a 10.7% increase over June 2014.

7. Shareholders’ Equity totaled R$86.972 billion in June 2015, 13.2% higher than in June 2014. Basel III Ratio, calculated based on the Prudential Consolidated stood at 16.0% in June 2015, 12.8% of which was classified as Common Equity / Tier I.

8. A total of R$2.908 billion was paid to shareholders as Interest on Shareholders’ Equity and Dividends for the first semester of 2015, of which R$522 million were paid in monthly and interim installments and R$2.386 billionwere provisioned.

9. The Interest Earning Portion of the Net Interest Income stood at R$26.688 billion, an increase of 17.8% compared to the first semester of 2014.

10. The Delinquency Ratio over 90 days stood at 3.7% on June 30, 2015.

11. The Operating Efficiency Ratio (ER)(5) in June 2015 was 37.9% (40.9% in June 2014), while in the “risk-adjusted” concept, it stood at 46.5% (50.0% in June 2014).

12. Insurance Written Premiums, Pension Plan Contributions and Capitalization Bond Income totaled R$30.357 billion in the first semester of 2015, up 19.3% when compared to the same period in 2014. Technical Reserves stood at R$164.566 billion, an increase of 15.3% compared to the balance in June 2014.

13. Investments in infrastructure, information technology and telecommunications amounted to R$2.706 billion in the first semester of 2015, up 22.4% over the same period in the previous year.

14. Taxes and contributions paid or recorded in provision, including social security, totaled R$13.752 billion, of which R$6.016 billion were related to taxes withheld and collected from third parties, and R$7.736 billion were calculated based on activities developed by Organizacao Bradesco, equivalent to 88.1% of the Adjusted Net Income(1).

15. Bradesco has an extensive Customer Service Network in Brazil, with 4,628 Branches and 3,463 Service Points (PAs). Customers of Bradesco can also count on 980 ATMs, 50,042 Bradesco Expresso service points, 31,132 Bradesco Dia & Noite ATMs, and 18,278 Banco24Horas Network ATMs.

16. Payroll, plus charges and benefits, totaled R$5.991 billion. Social benefits provided to all 93,902 employees of Organizacao Bradesco and their dependents amounted to R$1.497 billion, while investments in education, training and development programs totaled R$58.448 million.

17. In July 2015, Bradesco, through Bradesco Financiamentos, signed a partnership agreement with the Fiat Chrysler Automoveis Brasil (FCA Brasil) and Banco Fidis, for a term of 10 years, to finance vehicles of the brands Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram in Brazil.

18. Major Awards and Acknowledgments in the period:

– Bradesco was elected for the fourth consecutive year, as the “Best Brazilian Bank”, with the Prize “Awards for Excellence 2015” (Euromoney Magazine);

– It is a highlight in the 2015 edition of the “Anuario Melhores e Maiores” (“Best and Largest Yearbook”), ranking that lists the 1,000 largest companies in the country (Exame Magazine);

– It was one of the highlights of the “Top Gestao 2015” (“Top Management 2015”), which lists BRAM among the best fund managers (Valor Investe Magazine, of the Jornal Valor Economico). It is also featured in the “Star Ranking”, which brings the best investment funds of the market in the categories of fixed income, multi-market funds and variable income;

– It was one of the highlights for the fifth consecutive time in “Guia Voce S/A – As Melhores Empresas para Comecar Carreira (The Best Companies to Begin the Career) 2015 Edition” (Revista Voce S/A in partnership with Fundacao Instituto de Administracao (FIA) and Cia. de Talentos);

– Bradesco was recognized as one of the ten more committed companies in the world for its performance in social networks, receiving the international certificate of Socialbakers, main institute of data and metrics of social networks in the world;

– Received the “Oi Tela Viva Movel 2015” Award, in the “Mobile Marketing” category, for the free access to the Bradesco Celular channel; and

– It was recognized as one of the “50 Good Companies”, in the category of “Activism: well beyond profit” (IstoE Dinheiro magazine, with the case of the Floating Branch).

Organizacao Bradesco is fully committed with internationally recognized sustainability and corporate governance initiatives, particularly: Global Compact, PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), and Equator Principles. We set our guidelines and strategies with a view to incorporating the best sustainability practices into our businesses, considering the context and the potential of each region, thus contributing to the generation of value in the Organization. The driving forces behind our engagement are inclusion with education, democratization and presence, innovation, sustainability and continuity of our businesses. Our management process adopts economic and socioenvironmental indexes developed in Brazil and abroad, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE, of BM&FBovespa), and the Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2, also of BM&FBovespa), as well as the guidelines and indexes of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the CDP.

With a broad social and educational program in place for 58 years, Fundacao Bradesco operates 40 schools across Brazil. In 2015, an estimated R$537.311 million budget will benefit approximately 101,609 students enrolled in its schools in the following levels: basic education (from kindergarten to high school and higher secondary technical-professional education), youth and adult education; and preliminary and continuing vocational training, which focuses on creating jobs and income. In addition to being guaranteed free quality education, the approximately 44 thousand students enrolled in the Basic Education system also receive uniforms, school supplies, meals, and medical and dental assistance. With regard to the distance learning system (EaD), it is estimated that 380 thousand students will benefit from it, through its e-learning portal Escola Virtual (Virtual School). These students will conclude, at least, one of the various courses offered in its schedule, and another 17 thousand students will benefit from projects and initiatives carried out in partnership with Centers for Digital Inclusion (CDIs), the Educa+Acao Program, and from Technology courses (Educar e Aprender – Educating and Learning).

The Financial Statements can be found on Bradesco’s Investor Relations website at

(1) According to the non-recurring events described on page 8 of this Economic and Financial Analysis Report; (2) Excludes mark-to-market effect of Available-for-Sale Securities recorded under Shareholders’ Equity; (3) Number of shares (excluding treasury shares) multiplied by the closing price for common and preferred shares on the last trading day of the period; (4) Includes sureties and guarantees, letters of credit, advances of credit card receivables, co-obligations in loan assignments (receivables-backed investment funds and mortgage-backed receivables), co-obligations in rural loan assignments and operations bearing credit risk – commercial portfolio, which includes debentures and promissory notes; and (5) In the last 12 months.

Contact: Ivani Benazzi de Andrade +55-11-2178-6218, or Carlos Tsuyoshi Yamashita, +55-11-2178-6204, both of Banco Bradesco

Source: Banco Bradesco S.A.

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August 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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