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Chromecast leads global digital media streamer market for fifth straight quarter, says Strategy Analytics

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-Google’s video streaming dongle captures 35% market share of rapidly expanding connected TV device category

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Competition for control of the living room between Apple, Roku, Google and Amazon is intensifying as each brand looks to establish an advantage over the other through the launch of new innovative device hardware and software. If success is measured on device popularity alone then Google is certainly winning the race according to the new Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) report “Global Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share: Q3 2015.”

Global Digital Media Streamer Market Shares: Q3 2015
Global Digital Media Streamer Market Shares: Q3 2015

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  • Global shipments of all Connected TV Devices (including Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Game Consoles and Digital Media Streamers) reached 53 million units in Q3 and are on target to hit 221 million units for the full year, representing growth of 17%.
  • Samsung continues to dominate the global Smart TV market from LG and Sony and it now accounts for 1 in 4 Smart TVs in use worldwide. During the quarter, Philips joined Sony and Sharp in offering Smart TVs with Google’s Android TV platform in a number of its mid to high end ranges. Android TV captured an estimated 8-10% share of the overall Smart TV market during Q3.
  • Within the Game Console market, Sony shipped more than double the number of consoles as Microsoft in the quarter although the Xbox One is expected to close the gap on the PS4 during the final quarter thanks to its appealing 1st and 3rd party bundles.


David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices service said, “Despite the growing penetration of integrated Smart TVs, Digital Media Streamers such as Chromecast and Fire TV continue to prove popular with consumers thanks to their low cost and effectiveness at bridging the gap between the Internet and the TV screen. While the long term viability of such devices will be threatened by advancements in Smart TV technology, they are currently acting as significant components in Apple, Google and Amazon’s fast evolving TV and video ecosystems.”

Chirag Upadhyay, Senior Research Analyst, Connected Home Devices service added, “The growing adoption of Connected TV Devices in the home proves that the living room TV screen is still the dominant medium for consuming TV and video content. The collective viewing experience cannot be replicated on a smartphone or tablet and so we expect the ‘connected TV screen’ to remain a focal point of homes in the future.”

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

Contact: David Watkins, +33 153 409 952,
Contact: Chirag Upadhyay, +44 1908 423 643,

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November 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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The Top 8 Trends in Security for 2016

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-Frost & Sullivan will discuss the increasing cyber attacks and the response required by both governments and industry during live briefing “2016 Security Outlook”

LONDON /PRNewswire/ —


Thursday, 3rd December, 2015 at 4 p.m. GMT


Online, with complimentary registration


Anthony Leather, Senior Consultant

Security issues continue to dominate the global agenda through increasing regional tensions, rising terrorist activity, as well as protection of personal safety and digital identity. “Continuing pressures on budgets and resource availability against a back drop of growing threats are forcing security end users to look to new technologies and different operating procedures to provide the highest levels of security across assets,” highlights Anthony Leather, Senior Consultant at Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan's Analyst Briefing - 2016 Security Outlook
Frost & Sullivan’s Analyst Briefing – 2016 Security Outlook

This analyst briefing will provide a pragmatic view on how data and new technologies can provide greater protection across assets and populations. In particular, this presentation will cover:

  • The evolving dynamics of the security challenge
  • Protection of identity and digital footprint
  • The use of data across both government and critical infrastructure security
  • How cloud, IoT and analytics continue to gain momentum in security applications
  • The security versus privacy debate

The presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.

As this presentation will discuss the emerging challenges that face government and critical infrastructure operators and the impact on the security industry, it will benefit both OEM’s security solution suppliers and security stakeholders.

To register for this complimentary web conference, please email Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, You may also receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting your contact details.

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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November 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

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Tai O Heritage Hotel Commended With ‘2015 Sustainable Hotel Award — Sustainable Destinations’

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Tai O Heritage Hotel has recently received the ‘HICAP 2015 Sustainable Hotel Award — Sustainable Destinations’, the only hotel in Hong Kong presented with this international honour this year.


Exterior of Tai O Heritage Hotel in Hong Kong
Exterior of Tai O Heritage Hotel in Hong Kong


Dr. Daryl Ng JP, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited received the ‘2015 Sustainable Hotel Award -- Sustainable Destinations’ award
Dr. Daryl Ng JP, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited received the ‘2015 Sustainable Hotel Award — Sustainable Destinations’ award

The award presentation took place at the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) held at the InterContinental Hong Kong, hosted by Horwath HTL and Burba Hotel Network (BHN).

The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards launched in 2007 aims at recognising hotel operators and developers in theAsia-Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices that are environmentally and culturally responsible. The judging panel of the Awards consists of veterans from the areas of sustainability, tourism, environmental innovation and hotel design. In their review on Tai O Heritage Hotel, they commented that it was rare to find a hotel acting as such a catalyst for the rejuvenation of its local community and culture.

Receiving the award, Dr. Daryl Ng JP, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited, said, ‘this accolade is a great encouragement to us and we will continue our efforts in promoting heritage conservation and sustainable tourism at Tai O.’

As one of the six projects under Batch I of the Hong Kong Development Bureau’s Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme, Tai O Heritage Hotel is operated under a non-profit social enterprise business model by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited. The hotel is committed to engaging the public in bolstering Tai O’s local economy, achieving synergy with the local communities, and promoting heritage conservation and sustainable tourism.

Tai O Heritage Hotel hosts the Open House Event annually. This year, the event was complemented with the first-ever Tai O Food Expo held on 7 and 8 November, entitled ‘A Taste of Tai O,’ showcasing the local delicacies from 25 food merchants in Tai O to over 5,000 visitors. Tai O Home Care Services for Tai O elderly members and eco-tours for local schools and charity organisations are conducted regularly.

Tai O Heritage Hotel is also dedicated to supporting the sustainability of the cultural traditions in this charming fishing village. The hotel has been collaborating with the Tai O Rural Committee and other local organisations in sponsoring Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade and organising Tai O Fishing Village Wedding Showcase scheduled to take place on 6 December this year.

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About Tai O Heritage Hotel
Converted from the Old Tai O Police Station constructed in 1902, the revitalised Tai O Heritage Hotel offers nine colonial-style guest rooms with sea view, conserving the spirits of Old Tai O and Old Tai O Police Station. The guest rooms are named after Tai O landmarks, officers’ titles at the Old Tai O Police Station and the Marine Police vessels. It was a remarkable example of colonial architecture, and was graded as a Grade II historical building by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 2010.

Tai O Heritage Hotel

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November 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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香港/美通社/ — 由香港歷史文物保育建設有限公司以託管者的身份及非牟利社會企業形式經營與管理的大澳文物酒店,早前榮獲亞太區酒店投資會議 (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) 頒發「2015可持續發展酒店獎-可持續發展目的地」,成為香港首間獲得此項國際殊榮的酒店。





由 Horwath HTL 及 Burba Hotel Network (BHN) 主辦的年度亞太區酒店投資會議可持續發展酒店獎頒獎禮已假座香港洲際酒店舉行。




大澳文物酒店於2015年11月7 日及8日舉辦年度開放日,並首次舉辦「尋味 · 尋珍」大澳美食節,介紹本地25間小店與地道食肆的「珍」饈百「味」,吸引超過5,000名遊客參與及支持。酒店亦定期為大澳區內長者提供家居照顧服務,並向本港學校及社福機構提供大澳文化導賞團。

此外,大澳文物酒店更積極投入大澳區內的傳統節慶活動,讓歷史古蹟及傳統文化得以傳承,例如支持大澳鄉事委員會及其他區內團體,贊助「大澳龍舟遊涌」等節慶活動,及將於2015年12月6 日合作舉辦「大澳水鄉傳統婚禮展繽紛」。


香港特別行政區政府發展局第一期活化歷史建築伙伴計劃之一的大澳文物酒店,於2013年獲得聯合國教科文組織亞太區文物古蹟保護獎優異項目獎 (Award of Merit, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation),成為香港特別行政區政府發展局活化歷史建築伙伴計劃中,首個獲得此項殊榮的項目。

大澳文物酒店具有濃厚殖民地時代建築風格,由建成於1902年、獲香港古物諮詢委員會評定為二級歷史文物建築物的舊大澳警署重修而成,設有9間客房、文物探知中心及玻璃屋頂餐廳Tai O Lookout。大澳文物酒店致力向社會推廣文物歷史建築的保育與其欣賞價值;協助大澳帶動本土旅遊的持續發展;而酒店以社會企業形式經營,為大澳創造就業機會;同時精心設計社區參與活動、各項住宿體驗及生態導賞團,讓旅客可親近歷史建築及自然生態環境,強化保育意識。酒店更於2015年,獲亞太區酒店投資會議 (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) 頒發可持續發展酒店獎 Sustainable Hotel Award 2015 (Sustainable Destinations),其可持續發展之潛力得到國際認同。



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November 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

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Quantum Inventions Launches First Fully-integrated Connected GPS Navigation for iOS with Galactio-SG

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Singapore’s home-grown pioneer in real-time traffic and connected navigation, Quantum Inventions, has brought its award-winning navigation experience to iOS by launching Galactio SG GPS Navigation and Traffic. Available on the Google Play store since February 2014, the android version of Galactio has been well received by users, garnering an average rating of 4.0.

Galactio, the first of its kind app, fully integrates real-time information such as traffic incidents, traffic camera images, parking rates and availability and fuel prices. To provide further convenience, the app also allows offline navigation. “Galactio empowers drivers with a hyper-local experience by integrating innovative features in a simple, convenient and customizable system,” said Mohit Sindhwani, Head of Innovation at Quantum Inventions.

Mohit further added, “We noticed that drivers juggled with multiple applications for their commuting needs. Hence, we included Driver Assistance features such as speed limit advice, bus lane notifications, ERP toll calculation and red light and speed camera warnings to offer a seamless, one-stop solution to users. For example, drivers are alerted about traffic incidents affecting their route and offered detour advisory. In addition, the built in parking availability feature automatically guides the users to carparks as they near the destination. Galactio has been designed to improve driver productivity and improve user experience.”

Integrated with QI’s mapSYNQ portal, the app also includes personalization features that allow users to share their current location, drive information, real-time position and estimated time of arrival with their friends via a wide array of social media channels as well as other traditional media such as SMS and email.

Commenting on the launch of the app, Saurav Bhattacharyya, CEO of Quantum Inventions remarked, “Extending the reach of Galactio to both Android and iOS is a significant milestone in our journey towards creating intelligent transportation systems. Galactio is the actualization of our vision to enhance user experience and enable platforms that help to create smart cities.”

The Android app is also available in other countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, and would be followed with the iOS version in the coming months. Galactio SG is available on Apple’s app store and Google Play and can be accessed at the following links:

About Quantum Inventions

Quantum Inventions (QI) provides mobility intelligence to consumers, automotive corporations, enterprise and government customers, leveraging on its integrated suite of mobility applications, connected navigation, enterprise logistics & analytics platforms.

For more information about Galactio SG or Quantum Inventions, please contact:

Payal Sangwan (Marketing Communications Executive)
25 Kallang Avenue
Unit #06-03
Singapore 339416
+65 6794-2591

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November 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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AT Internet Analyses Impact and Affirms Its Analytics Suite’s Total Compliance with EU Legislation, Following Rejection of the Safe Harbor Agreement

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — AT Internet, major player in the field of digital intelligence, responds to the European Court of Justice’s decision to invalidate the Safe Harbor agreement, per the 6 October 2015 ruling that the European Commission’s Decision 2000/520/EC of 26 July 2000 does not respect personal data privacy regulations.

AT Internet affirms that its data privacy policies respect the requirements of the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection, as data collected and processed via the AT Internet solution is stored exclusively on French soil. Therefore, European companies using AT Internet’s solution are automatically compliant with this directive, as opposed to companies who transmit their data to the United States via other analytics tools.

What is the Safe Harbor agreement?

The Safe Harbor agreement is the result of the European Commission’s Decision of 26 July 2000, conform to the European Parliament and Council Directive 95/46/EC (24 October 1995) and regarding the “adequate protection” provided by US Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Privacy Principles. Until now, the Safe Harbor framework permitted the transfer of European Union citizens’ personal data towards the United States, considering that the United States ensured a sufficient level of protection.

What are the major restrictions now imposed on users of digital analytics solutions?

The European directive requires companies using American digital analytics technologies to obtain authorisation from each of their EU-citizen customers whose data will be processed in the United States.

How is AT Internet different from the majority of digital analytics providers?

AT Internet offers a maximum level of protection to its customers, illustrated by several points:

  • 100% European service provider: Storage, back-up and protection of processed data is done only on proprietary servers based in France.
  • Completely transparent approach to privacy and data protection: France’s CNIL recommends AT Internetfor its conformity to cookie regulations.
  • TUV certification: German entity TUV Saarland certifies that AT Internet’s data collection and processing procedures conform to data privacy and protection norms.
  • Unique position in the digital analytics market: AT Internet is the only European group among the industry leaders, as outlined in this report from Forrester Research, Inc. (“The Forrester Wave: Web Analytics, Q2 2014″). This “leader” position guarantees the highest levels of performance and strict respect of EU legislation.

Mathieu Llorens, AT Internet CEO, says: “The ruling of Safe Harbor as ‘invalid’ should enable greater protection of European users by reviving negotiations about the necessary alignment of French and American practices. In light of all this, we want to reassure our European customers who, as always, can count on the guarantees and certifications made possible by our France-based hosting infrastructures, as well as our presence as an independent entity focused exclusively on analytics.”

White paper to be published in early 2016

AT Internet is currently developing a joint white paper with Aurelie Pols, international expert in data protection and privacy issues in the digital analytics industry. The white paper’s objective is to comprehensively assess the topic and help marketing professionals sufficiently evaluate their current situation, thanks to best practices and recommendations on tools that conform to current legislation.

Aurelie Pols adds: “Safe Harbor has always been a weak link when it comes to respecting recognised privacy rights of EU citizens, even more so as the digital analytics industry is moving towards increased customer centricity! It took Edward Snowden and an Austrian law student to declare it illegal. This invalidation by the European Court of Justice, together with other issues our industry is facing such as AdBlockers and data quality, should resonate as a sounding board to do a better job at finding the right balance between data-driven decision-making and respecting users’ privacy wishes. All actors involved within the digital data ecosystem have a role to play: It’s basically a chain of responsibility. More specifically, analytics vendors are today faced with the challenge of rolling out adequate privacy features for their customers, allowing them to, in turn, respect their users’ rights.”

For more information, please see the European Court of Justice’s official press release.

About AT Internet
One of the world’s major players in digital intelligence since 1996, AT Internet helps companies measure their audience and optimise their digital performance across all channels. AT Internet’s expertise extends from collecting raw data to treating it in real time and delivering it for analysis and the sharing of insights. Applications in AT Internet’s Analytics Suite provide reliable, contextualised and actionable information. Scalable and completely modular, AT Internet’s offering adapts to businesses in all industries: e-commerce, media, finance/banking, corporate institutions. Easy-to-use and accessible to all individuals within a company, these solutions help address the challenges facing both novices and experts in digital analytics and data mining. The power of AT Internet’sAnalytics Suite and the quality of its services (consulting, training and support) are recognised worldwide. AT Internet counts more than 3,800 customers around the globe, in all industries. With more than 200 employees, the group is present in 32 countries via its customers, subsidiaries and partners.

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November 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Enters Vietnam with the signing of Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the signing of a management contract with Eurowindow Nha Trang Investment and Tourism Joint Stock Company to develop the Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, the beachfront property is one of the most anticipated new developments along the coast of this stunning Vietnamese resort destination.

“As we grow across Asia Pacific, we are pleased to expand our footprint into Vietnam and into a segment that is currently underserved in the region,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “This latest Radisson Blu flagship will provide international and domestic travelers with a full range of innovative design-led products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with Radisson Blu’s distinctiveYes I Can! service philosophy.”

Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay marks the beginning of the company’s Vietnam growth story, which will focus on Tier 1 cities and resort destinations, as well as second tier cities. Carlson Rezidor is currently pursuing development opportunities in top destinations including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, while also exploring upcoming destinations such as Phu Quoc, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon, Mui Ne, Sapa, and Hai Phong.

With the government’s push to accelerate infrastructural projects, the setting aside of a USD 100 million fund to promote tourism, the relaxation of visa regulations, as well as a growing number of domestic flights, the outlook for the hospitality market in Vietnam is strong. According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the number of international visitors to Vietnam in 2014 was 7,874,312, which represents a 4 percent increase over the previous year. And the number of international visitors arriving in Hanoi in the first half of 2015 was 8.8 percent higher than the same period last year, while Ho Chi Minh City saw a 3 percent rise in international arrivals over the same timeframe.

Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay is a 290-key, new build, beachfront resort situated four kilometers from Cam Ranh International Airport, which is one of Vietnam’s busiest and expected to handle 8 million passengers annually by 2030. Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay offers guests direct access to an 800-meter stretch of unspoiled sandy white beach, as well as 40 high-end villas. The hotel’s meetings facilities will include a grand ballroom and multiple meeting rooms suitable for both business events and social gatherings. The resort will offer guests the choice of two restaurants, a lounge bar and a pool bar.

Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay is close to tourist attractions including Ba Ho Waterfalls, Fairy Spring Waterfalls and Thap Ba Hot Springs. The Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Temple, Buu Phuoc Pagoda and An Ton Church are also within easy reach, and given the deep waters off the bay, diving, sailing and surfing are just some of the activities that guests can enjoy. Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay will offer a range of sea sports facilities, as well as a pool, a fitness center and full spa facilities.

“We are honored to partner with a globally recognized hotel group to deliver world class hospitality in Vietnam. We are confident in Carlson Rezidor’s management capabilities and in their Radisson Blu brand, which positions our hotel for solid performance,” said Nguyen Canh Son, Chairman, Eurowindow Nha Trang Investment and Tourism Joint Stock Company.

Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading hotel brands, with more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries. Radisson Blu offers vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality characterized by a unique Yes I Can! servicephilosophy. Known the world over as Hotels Designed to Say YES!, Radisson Blu hotels are first class hotels that celebrate leading-edge style and offer signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations around the world.

Carlson Rezidor’s Asia Pacific portfolio has 101 hotels in operation across the region, including 44 Radisson Blu hotels. Carlson Rezidor has 92 more hotels in the pipeline for Asia Pacific. For more information and development opportunities, please visit

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups and includes more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development with 220,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 110 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the 2015 – 2016 “Top Three Hotel Rewards Programs” as recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 85,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium. For more information, and follow on Twitter @carlsonrezidor.

Contact Details

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65 9839 4095 I
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 |

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November 30, 2015 at 11:49 am

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On-demand Delivery Service for High-End Restaurant Cuisine, Deliveroo, Comes to Southeast Asia, Australia and Middle East

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-Fuelled by US$100M investment, European food courier reveals appetite for expansion

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Deliveroo, the on-demand delivery service that allows food lovers to experience quality high-end restaurant cuisine at their doorsteps, today opened in five new cities, includingHong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Dubai. The expansion comes on the back of a US$100 millionSeries D funding-round led by DST Global and Greenoaks Capital, with participation from existing investors Accel, Hummingbird Ventures and Index Ventures.

Together with a $70-million capital-injection received in July of this year, the investment will help Deliveroo firmly establish itself as the number one provider of on-demand high-quality food delivery.

William Shu, co-founder and CEO of Deliveroo, said, “We’ve experienced extraordinary demand for our service as consumers want high-quality food delivered and restaurants seek a new significant source of revenue. It’s been phenomenal to see the business quickly expand from London to European capitals and some of the most exciting cities in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.”

Since the start of 2015, Deliveroo has grown daily orders tenfold and expanded its service to 50 cities across 12 countries, providing rapidly delivered cuisine from over 5,000 restaurants worldwide.

Commenting on the expansion, DST Global founder Yuri Milner said, “William and the Deliveroo team are dedicated to providing a great food delivery experience for their customers, restaurant partners and drivers. We hope this new round [of funding] will support their continued growth.”

Hong Kong, as the first city in China and second in Asia to have a dedicated Michelin Guide, will likely drive a large part of the expected growth.

Brian Lo, Co-General Manager of Deliveroo Hong Kong, said, “We are thrilled to be among the first destinations in Asia to launch the service. Hong Kong is an integral part of the company’s presence in the region and the reception has been great so far.”

Deliveroo Hong Kong currently offers cuisine from over 50 of the city’s leading restaurants, a number that is sure to grow as the service broadens its coverage area and more restaurant owners learn of its benefits.

“Restaurants partnering with Deliveroo can utilise their excess kitchen capacity to generate an increase of 30 percent or more in revenue without their own fleet of drivers and technology infrastructure. It’s a great way to offset the high rents that make it difficult to run a sustainable, profitable dining operation in Hong Kong,” said Deliveroo Hong Kong Co-General Manager Justin Landsberger. “And thanks to our rapid delivery of 30 minutes on average[1], they can also ensure food quality.”

The Hong Kong service covers the city’s Central, SoHo, Sheung Wan, Mid-Levels and Admiralty neighbourhoods, and will be extended to Causeway Bay, Tai Hang, Wan Chai, Happy Valley, Kennedy Town and Pokfulam in December.

Deliveroo launched in London in 2013 with the mission to provide the ultimate food delivery experience. Unlike the majority of food delivery businesses that are purely online marketplaces for takeaway restaurants, Deliveroo partners with premium restaurants that don’t typically provide delivery, offering its customers access to a new range of dishes that can be easily ordered through Deliveroo’s website or mobile app.

[1] Global average as of October, 2015.

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About Deliveroo

Deliveroo is an end-to-end food delivery service that brings high-quality local restaurant food to homes and offices through a proprietary technology and logistics platform. Founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski, the company delivers dishes from leading independents, such as Dishoom and Michelin-starred Trishna, to high-quality chain restaurants including Gaucho, GBK, Soho House Group and Wagamama. To date, Deliveroo has raised $200m from investors including Accel, DST Global, Greenoaks Capital, Hoxton Ventures, Index Ventures, JamJar Investments and Hummingbird Ventures.

Visit to find out more, or try its iOS app, which will be free to download from next week. The app includes a number of new features, including location-based delivery tracking and location search options.

About DST Global

Founded in 2009 by Yuri Milner, DST Global is one of the leading investment groups globally to focus exclusively on Internet related companies. DST Global’s portfolio includes some of the world’s leading and most valuable Internet assets.

About Accel

Accel is a leading early and growth-stage venture capital firm, powering a global community of entrepreneurs. Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies. Accel’s vision for entrepreneurship and business enables it to identify and invest in the companies that will be responsible for the growth of next-generation industries. Accel has backed a number of iconic global platforms, which are powering new experiences for mobile consumers and the modern enterprise, including Atlassian, BlaBlaCar, Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Funding Circle, Kayak, QlikTech, Simplivity, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, World Remit and others.

For more information, please visit the Accel web site at  Find us on Facebook

About Greenoaks Capital

Greenoaks Capital makes long-term concentrated investments in fast-growing internet businesses globally. Greenoaks Capital investments include Coupang in South Korea, Oyo Rooms and Flipkart in India, and Maple inthe United States.

About Hummingbird

Hummingbird Ventures is a venture capital partner for extraordinary entrepreneurs building fast-growth tech companies. We’ve teamed up with transformative companies, including Peak Games, Deliveroo, Showpad, Clear2pay, Amplidata, Markavip, Gram Games, Shutl and many others. With a presence in London, Ghent andIstanbul, Hummingbird provides swift access to the operational resources and advice needed to build the tech companies of tomorrow.

About Index Ventures

Index Ventures is a multi-stage international venture capital firm that backs the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs in the US, Europe and Israel. These leaders are building truly transformative companies that are reshaping the world around us, including ASOS, BlaBlaCar, Criteo, Dropbox, Etsy, Funding Circle, King, Squarespace, Sonos, SoundCloud and Supercell — among many others. Find out more about Index and its companies at

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November 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Ananda Development to Launch its Next Flagship “Ashton” Branded Project

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Ashton Silom is a luxury project located in the prestigious CBD ofBangkok, situated directly on Silom road in what is the “Wall Street of Bangkok“. The 48 story building will stand as a centerpiece of the city utilizing a breakthrough “Interlocking Design” and lofty floor to ceiling space.

The luxury lifestyle condominium comprises 428 residential freehold units close to Chong Nonsi BTS station and luxury shopping malls Central Embassy and Siam Paragon, and dining and nightlife hotspots Vertigo and Ku De Ta.

About Ananda Development:

Ananda Development PCL is a real estate and property developer focused on projects in Bangkok and the Bangkokmetropolitan region. The company has developed the “IDEO” and “ELIO” brands of condominiums, offering a modern and functional take on contemporary urban living.

Ananda Development PCL’s projects answer the needs of modern city-dwellers in Bangkok. With strong branding and proven success in the competitive real estate market in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.

Event Details

Ananda Development will hold an event to launch “Ashton” branded project at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel,Thailand.

  • 28-29 November 2015, 11:00AM – 07:00PM
  • Grand Hyatt, Residence Room 5, Level 3
  • Promotion: Discount 16,000SGD, 24,000SGD, 32,000SGD

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Benedict Choo
Tel: + (65) 9799 3883

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November 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

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New Research Reveals Bacteria Associated With Feline Gum Disease for the First Time

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-Studies reveal the differences in species of bacteria found in cat and human plaque and pave the way for more effective treatment for one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats

BRUSSELS/PRNewswire/ — Gum disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed health problems in cats, yet relatively little was understood about the bacteria associated with it – until now. Two collaborative studies have been conducted by researchers from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition together with expert veterinary dentists and the Harvard affiliated Forsyth Institute. The work, published in Veterinary Microbiology in February 2015 and PLOS ONE today, sheds new light on feline gum disease, identifying the most common bacterial species associated with health and disease in cats for the first time.


Using the latest DNA sequencing technologies, researchers identified 267 bacterial species present in feline dental plaque and built a database detailing the differences between bacterial populations in healthy cats and those in cats with gum disease.

“This knowledge is a first step in understanding the potential for improving oral health of cats through dietary interventions that target disease-associated bacteria,” said Dr. Ian Davis, Oral Health Researcher at WALTHAM, part of Mars Petcare.

The studies also revealed that the bacterial species in feline plaque were more similar to those observed in canine plaque than to those found in humans. This suggests that interventions targeted at bacteria which cause oral disease in humans are unlikely to be effective in cats, and there is more potential to learn from interventions that work well in dogs.

Dr. Davis added: “It’s important for pet owners to know that cats are just as susceptible to gum disease as dogs and understand the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine; ideally including tooth brushing and dental treats or a specific dental diet.”

The latest study, published today in PLOS ONE, can be downloaded by clicking on this link

About the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition:
Celebrating over 50 years of innovative science, the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition serves as a leading scientific authority in advancing the frontiers of research into the nutrition and health of companion animals. Located in Leicestershire, England, the renowned state-of-the-art science institute for Mars, Incorporated generates knowledge that enables the development of innovative products that meet pets’ needs in a practical way. Since the publication of its first original research in 1963, WALTHAM has pioneered many important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition and human-animal interaction, resulting in more than 1,700 publications, including over 600 peer-review scientific papers. Today, WALTHAM continues to collaborate with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, driving Mars’ Petcare vision to create a better world for pets and providing the science and expertise that underpins leading Mars brands such as PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, Banfield Pet Hospital, and IAMS®, CESAR®, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and EUKANUBA®.

About Mars, Incorporated:
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company.  In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of  building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.For more information, please visit Follow us:,,

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November 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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