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JJ Abrams Sought the Authenticity of Skellig Michael for Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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DUBLIN /PRNewswire/ — The UNESCO world heritage site that is Skellig Michael is located on theWild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast and has been wowing audiences since the release of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens, where the final scenes of this record-breaking movie were filmed.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7722951-skellig-michael-as-a-location-for-star-wars/

This exclusive behind the scenes video gives fans a unique insight into the film makers’ choice of Skellig Michael as a location for Star Wars & how it fit with Abram’s goal of creating a real & authentic backdrop for the movie.

Tommy Harper, the Executive producer recalls the moment they discovered the Skellig islands:

“I got an email from Rick Carter [Production Designer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens]. He sent this link, and it was Skellig Island. J.J. [Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] immediately wrote back and said, “I love you! This is the best.”

Since 1977, the renowned movie franchise has travelled through many galaxies, and this time, director J.J. Abramsalong with cast and crew jetted into a little village called Portmagee, County Kerry, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. From here, they travelled eight miles (12 Km) by sea to a dream film location, Skellig Michael, which the crew described as “from another time and place”.

It’s not hard to believe that Star Wars found its unique filming location on the Wild Atlantic Way – currently the longest coastal driving route of its kind in the world. The 2,500 km touring route promises the drama of Ireland’sAtlantic Coast, a wealth of culture and living history.

Filming began in August 2014, and J.J. Abrams [Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] remembers the excitement:
“I can’t believe they let us shoot there. I mean, it was so beautiful.”

Martin Joy [Supervising Location Manager of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] declares:

“We were just blown away by it. It’s an extraordinary place. It certainly fed into our Star Wars universe.”

The first Star Wars film in a decade recorded the biggest global box office opening in history. It debuted in 30,000 cinemas world-wide, scoring first place finishes in every market, except Korea & Vietnam. With the movie yet to be released in China (the world’s second largest movie market), there is no doubt the Wild Atlantic Way will be leaving it’s impression on many in the year ahead.

More background and stories about Star Wars filming on Skellig Michael are available here:
http://www.ireland.com/starwars

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160104/318814)

Video:
http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7722951-skellig-michael-as-a-location-for-star-wars/

Source: Tourism Ireland

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January 5, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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G2A.COM and Gaming for Good Announce:’Humanitarian Emergency All-Out Response Team'(HEART)

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LONDON, HONG KONG and RZESZOW, Poland /PRNewswire/ — G2A CMO – Dawid Rozekconfirmed today that G2A http://www.g2a.com and G2A Pay in cooperation with “Gaming for Good,” lead by Bachir “Athene” Boumaaza, are partnering in 2 new projects: Humanitarian Emergency All-Out Response Team (HEART), and a new release of http://www.gamingforgood.net. Both projects support children, charity and disaster relief.

https://www.g2a.co/presentation/index.html#g2a-projects

“G2A and our G2A Pay eco-system support this Gaming for Good initiative around the world and all gamers should generously contribute,” said Dawid Rozek.

EVP of Global Payments at G2A.COM, Bob Voermans, said that the HEART initiative is fully supported by G2A Pay. Bob concluded: “In my estimation this partnership will increase donations because of a safe and trustworthy payment method.” https://www.g2a.co/?why-g2a

“We want to do it through G2A Pay,” said Athene, “because it’s better, it has lower fees; so more goes to charity and since we have already built a really great relationship with G2A, we would love to see how we could further strengthen our relationship.” Athene concluded: “From my own experience, gamers are extremely generous. When it comes to contributions, G2A is the biggest contributor that I know.”

G2A and Athene collaborated on several projects including “Gamers got Heart,” local charity streams and auctions, as well as direct financial support from the G2A community. G2A managed to raise over 500 thousand dollars for Save the Children during 2014-2015. The amount was amplified to 5 million USD and reached many children in need. http://www.savethechildren.org

Athene (700k Subscribers), is one of the founders of the Gaming for Good project, supported by G2A.COM. He is a world-famous content creator, which sees him live broadcasting on YouTube and Twitch about charity and community development. In 2012, Athene, working with Save the Children, raised more than $1 million for its ShareCraft project.

G2A.COM is the world’s fastest growing digital gaming marketplace, where customers can buy and sell digital products. With over 6 million unique users in 2014, G2A achieved 150 million website visits and have partnered with Gaming for Good for several years.

G2A has over 25 thousand different gaming products, 6 million customers and welcomes over 250,000 new customers monthly. Investing over 20 million Euros, G2A researched and developed e-commerce solutions such as G2A Pay, a safe and trustworthy professional payment process for buyers and sellers to transact or donate to worthy causes using the most international on-line payment methods. This long term partnership will now see millions of needs met through generous gamers using G2A Pay.

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https://www.gamingforgood.net/c/about

https://www.g2a.co/?about-us

https://www.g2a.co/presentation/index.html#g2a-projects

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160103/318736

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January 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

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Pacific Mutual: Cautiously Optimistic on Equities in 2016

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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — In a statement today, Pacific Mutual Fund Bhd, an investment management company under the OCBC Group, with internal resources to manage both local and global investments for its clients, remains cautiously optimistic on equities in 2016.

Teh Chi-cheun, Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Mutual Fund Bhd
Teh Chi-cheun, Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Mutual Fund Bhd

According to the Company’s chief executive officer, chief investment officer and executive director, Teh Chi-cheun, the cautiousness stems from the continuing decline in commodity prices and Asia, especially China’s growth and stock market bubble burst.

“While the decline in crude oil prices bodes well for energy importing countries which comprise most of the world, the decline in non-energy commodity prices is rather negative for most developing countries, which are rather dependent on such commodities for their exports and GDP. There is also the currency volatility which is expected to continue into 2016, albeit not as severe as in 2015,” says Teh.

“We are optimistic as we expect global equities to rise given the decent economic growth of the US with ample liquidity on the back of continued quantitative easing by Europe and Japan coupled with monetary easing in Asia, especially by China. Although valuations of equity markets are getting a bit rich, they are not yet excessive,” adds Teh.

The local bourse is also expected to be robust on the back of ample local liquidity and the relatively low foreign shareholding (22.2% as at end of October 2015 compared to 23.8% in December 2014). There is also a continuous inflow of monies into various government and government-linked funds which have to be invested in the local bourse, and the injection of RM20 billion into ValueCAP will be positive for the market.

Given a more volatile 2016, Pacific Mutual will focus its investment decisions predominantly on valuations, liquidity, policies and events (such as the lifting of sanctions on Iran likely to happen in second quarter 2016 and the US Presidential elections at the end of 2016).

In the same statement, Pacific Mutual also announced income distributions amounting to RM16.8 million for three of its Funds for the financial year ended 31 December 2015:

Pacific Dividend Fund

5.00 sen per unit

Pacific AsiaPac Income Fund

2.00 sen per unit

Pacific Cash Fund

0.40 sen per unit (quarterly distribution)

PACIFIC MUTUAL FUND BHD is a subsidiary of Lion Global Investors Limited (formerly known as Lion Capital Management Limited), a company incorporated in Singapore since 1986. Both companies are members of the OCBC Group. As at end December 2015, Pacific Mutual manages close to RM1.5 billion on behalf of its unit trust investors and private mandate clients.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Cindy Leong
+60377259877 ext. 238
cindy@pacificmutual.com.my

Cindy Thean
+60377259877 ext. 226
cthean@pacificmutual.com.my

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20151231/8521508843

Source: Pacific Mutual Fund Bhd

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January 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm

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MediaTek Announces Additions to Smart Home Product Portfolio

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-MT7697 platform delivers Low Energy Bluetooth and dual-band WiFi in highly integrated solution.

HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the MT7697 to help bridge Internet of Things (IoT) in the home. This new SoC furthers the market-leading family of IoT chips that provide high levels of integration with impressively low power consumption for applications such as home appliances, home automation, smart gadgets, IoT bridges and cloud connectivity.

The MT7697 powers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for smart gadgets and wearables. To support consumers’ increasingly connected homes and lifestyles, MT7697 together with MediaTek’s extensive smartphone chipset portfolio help create a universal “eco-sphere” of seamlessly connected smartphones, wearables and appliances.

Overall, the MT7697 will provide increased flexibility in both BLE and WiFi connectivity, BLE for the short range and WiFi for long range and better Internet access. A dual-band WiFi version of the chipset, MT7697D, offers 2.4GHz and 5GHz support.

“The MT7697 is a market-leading offering to further innovations in smart home applications,” said JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president and general manager of business IoT business unit. “It expands opportunities for developers to build connected home software and innovative devices with support from our pre-existing series of leading SoCs, and software and hardware development kits.”

The MT7697 supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and provides the highest integration among comparable SoCs, combining and optimizing DB WiFi, BLE, CM4 and RAM. It embeds a power amplifier with TX Power up to 10 decibel-milliwatts (dBm). On iOS devices specifically, MT7697’s BLE supports up to 160 bytes of maximum transmission units (ATT_MTU).

MediaTek’s MT7697 will be available in the first half of 2016.

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visitmediatek.com for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:
PR@mediatek.com

Kevin Keating, MediaTek
+1-206-321-7295
2840 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95134, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886-3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

Source: MediaTek Inc.
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January 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

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MediaTek Announces MT2523 Series Designed for Smart Watches

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-World’s first full-feature wearable chipset combines dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy, GPS, MIPI-supported high-resolution screen

HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the MT2523 series. Designed for active and fitness smart watches, it is the world’s first system-in-package (SiP) to offer GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy, and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen.

The MT2523 combines long battery life, high-quality display technology, and small chip size to provide for optimum user experience. The SiP’s printed circuit board area is 41 percent smaller than competitors’ solutions. In comparison to other wearables, devices powered by MT2523 can last more than a week on one battery charge.

“The MT2523, with its combination low power and rich features, marks a significant step forward for the smart watch and wristband industries,” said JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president and general manager of IoT business unit. “Power combined with efficiency has always been the hallmark of MediaTek technology solutions and we are leading the charge in bringing this know-how to IoT products.”

MediaTek’s MT2523 product family is based around a highly integrated system in package (SiP) that contains a micro controller unit (MCU), dual-mode Bluetooth, GPS and a power management unit (PMU). The MCU enables wearable devices with lower power consumption and smaller form factors than Android Wear. The display component supports MIPI-DSI and serial interfaces, resulting in a high-resolution mobile screen. It includes 2D capabilities of true color, per pixel alpha channel and anti-aliasing fonts, plus 1-bit index color to save memory and computing power. MT2523’s low power comes from its ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor, which combines high-efficiency signal processing functionality with low power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits.

The SiP will be available to device makers starting in the first half of 2016.

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visitmediatek.com for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:
PR@mediatek.com

Kevin Keating, MediaTek
+1- 206-321-7295
10188 Telesis Ct #500, San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886-3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

Source: MediaTek Inc.
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January 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

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MediaTek Launches MT8581 for Ultra-HD 4K Blu-ray Players

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-World’s first SoC to support Ultra-HD Blu-ray players with High Dynamic Range

HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the MediaTek MT8581, a highly integrated multimedia system-on-chip for Ultra High Definition (4K) Blu-ray players. The MT8581 will power the industry’s first Blu-ray players to use both Ultra-HD (UHD) and high-dynamic range imaging (HDR), dramatically improving display clarity and contrast beyond what is currently on the market. Unlike competitors, MediaTek is the only company with a dedicated chipset for Blu-Ray players, leading the industry in both technology and accessibility worldwide.

The MT8581 powers a revolutionary viewing experience that gives consumers four times the pixel density of today’s Blu-ray players. This provides a display quality so clear it has been compared to looking through a window instead of watching a television.

“MediaTek’s expertise in multimedia technology means we understand the coming world of advanced screens. We design solutions so consumers get the most stunning, crystal-clear experience regardless of which format they choose for their viewing experience,” said Joe Chen, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, MediaTek. “UHD with HDR imaging has the potential to revolutionize home viewing as much as the leap from VHS to DVD did, hence our research and development investment.”

HDR is another standard recognized in the industry as boosting display quality. It reproduces a greater dynamic range of light and dark visuals than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques, improving the appearance of on-screen contrast.

The MediaTek MT8581 can support Blu-ray, DVD and CD playback, including the latest BD-ROM format, such as BD-Live and BonusView. It will allow consumers to both scale up to 4K from DVD and scale down to a non-4K screen to accommodate both legacy and cutting-edge screens and discs. It features HEVC, H.264 and VP9 4K 60p video decoder for 4K (3840×2160) video content and also MPEG-2, VP8 and VC-1 2K 60p video decoder for legacy 2K (1920×1080 video content). For audio decoding, it has capabilities for Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD master audio, via multi-format decoding, that can support high quality audio streaming.

With mass production set for the second half of 2016, MediaTek’s MT8581 for UHD 4K Blu-ray players marks the latest in a series of leading home entertainment products. Examples of MediaTek’s home entertainment customers include:

  • Amazon announced last fall the 4K Fire TV box and Fire HD tablets, which contain MediaTek systems-on-chip.
  • SONY launched the first Android TV at CES last year, using MediaTek’s smart TV SoC.

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visitmediatek.com for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:
PR@mediatek.com

Kevin Keating, MediaTek
+1-206-321-7295
10188 Telesis Ct #500, San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886-3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

Source: MediaTek Inc.
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January 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

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