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Banco Bradesco 1S16 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 2016 are presented below:

1. Adjusted Net Income(1) for the first semester of 2016 stood at R$8.274 billion (a 5.7% decrease compared to the R$8.778 billion recorded in the same period of 2015), corresponding to earnings per share of R$3.14 and Return on Average Adjusted Shareholders’ Equity(2) of 17.4%(2).

2. As for the source, the Adjusted Net Income is composed of R$5.730 billion from financial activities, representing 69.3% of the total, and of R$2.544 billion from insurance, pension plans and capitalization bonds operations, which together account for 30.7%.

3. In June 2016, Bradesco’s market capitalization stood at R$144.366 billion(3).

4. Total Assets, in June 2016, stood at R$1.105 trillion, an increase of 7.3% over the June 2015 balance. The return on Average Total Assets was 1.5%.

5. In June 2016, the Expanded Loan Portfolio(4) reached R$447.492 billion, a decrease of 3.4% over June 2015. Operations with individuals totaled R$148.919 billion (an increase of 3.8% over June 2015), while corporate section operations totaled R$298.573 billion (a 6.7% decrease over June 2015).

6. Assets under Management stood at R$1.589 trillion, an 10.1% increase over June 2015.

7. Shareholders’ Equity totaled R$96.358 billion in June 2016, 10.8% higher than in June 2015. The calculated Basel III Ratio, based on the Prudential Conglomerate stood at 17.7% in June 2016, 13.7% of which was classified as Common Equity/Tier I.

8. A total of R$2.906 billion was paid to shareholders as Interest on Shareholders’ Equity for the profit generated in the first semester of 2016, of which R$1.567 billion was paid in the form of monthly and intermediaries and R$1.339 billion provisioned.

9. The Interest Earning Portion of the Net Interest Income stood at R$29.517 billion, an increase of 10.6% compared with the first semester of 2015.

10. The Delinquency Ratio over 90 days stood at 4.6% in June 2016 (3.7% in June 2015).

11. The Operating Efficiency Ratio (ER)(5) in June 2016 was 37.4% (37.9% in June 2015), while in the “risk-adjusted” concept, it stood at 48.1% (46.5% in June 2015).

12. Written Insurance Premiums, Pension Plan Contributions and Capitalization Bond Income totaled R$32.439 billion in the first semester of 2016, up 6.9% when compared with the same period of 2015. Technical Reserves stood at R$190.649 billion, an increase of 15.8% compared with the balance in June 2015.

13. Investments in infrastructure, information technology and telecommunications amounted to R$2.993 billion in the first semester of 2016, up 10.6% over the same period of the previous year.

14. Taxes and contributions paid or recorded in provision, including social security, totaled R$20.155 billion in the first semester of 2016, of which R$6.527 billion was related to taxes withheld and collected from third parties, and R$13.628 billion was calculated based on activities developed by the Bradesco Organization, equivalent to 164.7% of the Adjusted Net Income(1).

15. Bradesco has an extensive Customer Service Network in Brazil, with 4,483 Branches and 3,485 Service Points (PAs). Customers of Bradesco can also count on 726 ATMs located on company premises (PAEs), 40,452 Bradesco Expresso service points, 31,761 Bradesco ATMs, and 19,075 Banco24Horas Network ATMs.

16. Payroll, plus charges and benefits totaled R$6.497 billion in the first semester of 2016. Social benefits provided to all 89,424 employees of the Bradesco Organization and their dependents amounted to R$1.634 billion, while investments in education, training and development programs totaled R$51.124 million.

17. In July 2016, Bradesco informed the market that the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of HSBC Bank Brasil S.A. — Banco Multiplo and HSBC Serviços e Participacoes Ltda. (together, known as “HSBC Brasil”) had been completed and the amount paid to HSBC Latin America Holdings Limited was R$16.0 billion. This value is subject to adjustment post-closing based on the balance sheet of HSBC Brasil (IFRS based).

18. Major Awards and Acknowledgments in the period:

– Voted, for the fifth consecutive time, as the “Best Bank in the country,” and Bradesco BBI was recognized for the second time as the “Best Investment Bank in Brazil” in the edition of “Awards for Excellence 2016” (Euromoney magazine);

– Bradesco was awarded “Best Bank of the Year” in efinance 2016, by Executivos Financeiros (Financial Executives magazine), with 14 awards;

– Bradesco Asset Management (Bram) received from Standard & Poor’s, the level AMP-1 (very strong), which is the highest in the scale of quality management of S&P Global Ratings; and

– Featured in the “Global Finance 2016” awards, receiving two awards: Receba Facil, in the Trade Finance category and “Novo Net Empresa” for cell phones, in the Transaction Services (Global Finance magazine) category.

Bradesco Organization is fully committed to the socio-economic development of the country. We set our business guidelines and strategies with a view to incorporating the best corporate sustainability practices, considering the context and the potential of each region, thus contributing to the generation of shared value in the long-term. To reinforce this positioning, we highlight the adherence to corporate initiatives recognized worldwide, such as the Global Compact, the Equator Principles, CDP, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), GHG Protocol Program and Empresas pelo Clima (EPC – Business for the Climate Platform). Our governance structure includes the Sustainability Committee, responsible for advising the Board of Directors on establishing guidelines and corporate actions for this area, and with the multi-departmental Committee responsible for coordinating the strategy´s implementation. Excellence in business management is recognized by the main indexes of Sustainability, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), of the New York Stock Exchange, the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE), and the Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2), both of BM&FBOVESPA.

With a broad social and educational program in place for 59 years, Fundacao Bradesco operates 40 schools across Brazil. In 2016, an estimated budget of R$593.360 million will benefit approximately 101,566 students enrolled in its schools at 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 to be free, quality education, the students enrolled in the Basic Education system, numbering over 43 thousand, also receive uniforms, school supplies, meals, medical and dental assistance. With regard to the distance learning system (EaD), it is estimated that more than 550 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 21,490 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) As of the first quarter of 2016, the annualized profitability has been calculated on a linear basis, (ROAE of 18.1% in the previous criterion, in the first semester of 2016), and also, it 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 +011-55-11-2194-0924, or Carlos Tsuyoshi Yamashita, +011-55-11-2194-0920,, both of Banco Bradesco

Source: Banco Bradesco S.A.
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July 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

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Third Edition of the International Newsletter from Aberje Reflects on the Country’s Crisis

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SAO PAULO /PRNewswire/ — Aberje – Brazilian Association for Business Communication launches the third edition of BRpr in July. The newsletter is an association initiative to show the good practices used in the Communications area in Brazil in dialogue with the international community.

Edition number 3 has two articles that reflect on Brazil. One, signed by Paulo Nassar, President of Aberje and a professor at USP (University of Sao Paulo), talks about the crisis in the country and the role of communicators in overcoming it. Serge Giacomo, Director of Communications at GE, comments on the Rio Olympic Games 2016, their legacy and inspiration.

One article discusses LATAM, a brand created by the merger of TAM and LAN airlines, whose communications effort was immense. Campaigns by Votorantim Cimentos, Pirelli and Volvo are also highlighted in this edition. Finally, the newsletter comments on the naming of a Brazilian as a new member of the board of Global Alliance for PR, and on Aberje’s 10-year partnership with Syracuse University.

About Aberje – Aberje – Brazilian Association for Business Communication is the principal reference in the production and distribution of Communication and Relationship knowledge and practices. Founded on October 8, 1967, Aberje is a non-profit professional and scientific organization whose main objective is to improve communication at companies and institutions, and to instill respect for the role of the communicator. Its pillars of activity are Advocacy, Content, Education and Career.

The entity has more than 500 members (companies and professionals) who perform Corporate Communication and Organizational activities, or who contribute directly or indirectly to that end. Aberje’s activities are not restricted by Brazilian borders, as it has relationship and interchange projects with countries that include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, India, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru, and it is positioning itself as the Brazilian Business Communication Think Tank.

To receive the BRpr newsletter, register here.

Contact information:
Tato Carbonaro
Public Affairs and International Relations
+55 11 5727-9090

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July 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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Future Shines Bright For Food & Beverage Tourism Says World’s Largest Industry Research Study

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PORTLAND, Ore. /PRNewswire/ — Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, announced the release of the 2016 Food Travel Monitor Report. Expanding on its prior studies, this groundbreaking research is the first publicly available, as well as largest, food and beverage tourism study ever conducted. Some of the report’s major highlights are included below.

2016 Food Travel Monitor
2016 Food Travel Monitor
The report is available in 3 versions (full GLOBAL study, 298 pages, US$395; USA Edition, 177 pages, US$295; and Italy Supplement, 44 pages, US$95). All versions can be purchased online: or the shortcut:



Food and beverage are an increasingly significant motivator for travel, as 75% of leisure travelers have been motivated to visit a destination because of a culinary activity.


Food & beverage are essential to the visitor experience. As many as 86% of respondents claimed having a positive food & drink experience on a trip would make them more likely to return to that destination.


Thirteen different PsychoCulinary profiles explain why preferences and motivations differ among individual travelers. The most common profile is the eclectic traveler, who seeks a variety of experiences. And you might not expect it, but he “gourmet” profile is in the minority!


Women are also more likely to choose locally-owned and operated restaurants and bars, as 61% of women identify as localist travelers.


For the first time ever, the overwhelming majority of American travelers (93%) engage in a food or beverage experience other than dining. In other words, almost all American travelers have an interest in unique food and beverage experiences.


Regardless of income, culinary travelers prioritize spending on food and beverage, directing about 50% more of their budget towards food and beverage related activities than non-culinary travelers.


How does age relate to food and beverage tourism? Generation Xers and Millennials are much more concerned with food when they travel than those from older generations. The increasing importance of food and beverage to younger travelers indicates a positive future for the food and beverage tourism industry.


Despite the decline in traditional print media, 92% of respondents claimed they were motivated to travel to a destination or culinary attraction as a result of print media (magazines and travel sections of newspapers).


Culinary Travelers (34%) are more motivated to visit a destination because of a posting about food or drink on social media than non-culinary Travelers (23%). And on at least half of their trips, 64% of leisure travelers chose to share their food and beverage experiences on social media.


Culinary Travelers are more engaged than non-Culinary Travelers, meaning that they are more likely to participate in other non-food related activities when they travel. Culinary Travelers are more likely to be found sightseeing (91%), shopping (87%), and visiting a historical or cultural attraction (85%) while traveling.


The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) creates economic opportunities where food and beverage meet travel and hospitality. The WFTA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) and the world’s leading authority on food tourism. The Association is at the forefront of food and drink tourism development and promotion with cutting edge resources for today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality, and media professionals.


Failte Ireland

Visit Finland

Louisiana Travel Promotion Association

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Basque Country (Spain)

Travel Oregon

Willamette Valley Visitors Association


Visit Scotland

Visit California

Media Contact: Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association
(+1) 503-213-3700 (GMT-8)

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July 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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MyHSR Corporation selects CH2M as Technical Advisor for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR) has selected CH2M as its technical advisor for the iconic cross-border project, Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

Following the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the project by both the Malaysian and Singaporean governments, MyHSR has proceeded to award its Technical Advisory Services tender to CH2M.

CH2M, with its sub-consultant PwC, will support MyHSR to develop the project, including working on the planning and design of the Malaysian section of the project, and assisting with the project management aspects of the project.

MyHSR Corporation CEO, Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal welcomed CH2M into the project, “We have a challenging task ahead and with this appointment, we would be better equipped. We expect CH2M to bring its global expertise and its experience working on HSR projects for the KL-SG HSR.”

Added CH2M Programme Director Mark Loader, “CH2M is an established member of the Malaysian engineering community, with a continued presence in Kuala Lumpur since the 1960s. We understand the challenges associated with delivering this nationally significant programme based on our depth of experience with High Speed 1 and 2 in the UK. Our team will bring a partnership approach to MyHSR, combining international rail expertise with our local understanding to provide the leadership and capabilities to ensure the project is delivered successfully.”

About MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd

MyHSR Corporation is a company responsible for the development and promotion of the Kuala Lumpur — Singapore HSR project. Incorporated as a company wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance, MyHSR Corporation is the project delivery vehicle accountable for the definition of the technical and commercial aspects of the HSR project. Connect with MyHSR at

About CH2M

CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions benefiting societal, environmental and economic outcomes with the development of infrastructure and industry. In this way, CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering and management services for clients in water; environment and nuclear; transportation; energy and industrial markets, from iconic infrastructure to global programmes like the Olympic Games. Ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies and top firms in environmental consulting and programme management, CH2M in 2016 became the first professional services firm honoured with the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for efforts advancing sustainable development. Connect with CH2M at; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Facebook.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Contact: Lee Yip Cheong

MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd

Contact: Tom Doerr

CH2M, Transportation

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July 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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Quantum3D Announces Release of MANTIS Version 3.3

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-Latest Image Generator Software Release Brings a Wealth of New Capability Including a Free Use Mode
MILPITAS, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced the release of MANTIS® version 3.3, a significant new upgrade to its award-winning Image Generation software. Along with several improvements in functionality, MANTIS 3.3 for the first time comes with a Free Use mode which allows anyone to experiment with MANTIS free of charge with no expiration date.

MANTIS 3.3 introduces a number of new capabilities, including:

Free Use mode: Allows use of MANTIS without a paid license for ease of evaluation, integration, testing, content development, and other non-production tasks. Also included is the ability to run most of the optional plug-ins MANTIS has to offer, which provide a wealth of advanced visualization capabilities
Increased number of spot lights and omni-directional lights, also with added support for these light types in ViXsen® sensor channels, and improved appearance of light points to enhance Level-D airport runway visualization
Improved performance and capability of DI-Guy animated character option
Advanced Weather plug-in GUI now supports setting of storm parameters
Native support for ProjectionTools runtime software
And many more improvements
For more details on the new capabilities of MANTIS 3.3, visit

“MANTIS is now available to everyone,” said Jan Bjernfalk, VP of Products, Quantum3D. “Researchers, labs, students, and hobbyists alike can now harness the power of the world’s most powerful real time image generation software.”

This new release of MANTIS is available to customers today and will be included with the new Independence® IDX 80 system which will begin shipping in late summer 2016, as well as with Quantum3D’s flagship IDX 8000 system. For anyone wishing to evaluate MANTIS in the Free Use mode, please contact for details and assistance.

About Quantum3D
Quantum3D, Inc. is a leading developer and provider of simulation and training solutions as well as the technology that drives them. Quantum3D combines the most advanced hardware and software systems for simulation in a variety of markets and implementations — flight simulation; land and other vehicle training; synthetic environments and construction tools; sensor simulation; and other COTS-based solutions.
Quantum3D is a privately-held company headquartered in Milpitas, California. Quantum3D recently announced that it is the process of being acquired by HAVELSAN, a major global software and systems provider based in Ankara, Turkey. This acquisition is anticipated to complete by mid-2016.
For more information about Quantum3D training and simulation solutions, please visit

Quantum3D, the Quantum3D logo, Independence, ViXsen, and MANTIS are registered trademarks of Quantum3D. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Quantum3D Press Contact
Scott MacDougall +1 408.600.2562

Source: Quantum3D, Inc.
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July 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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Siklu Brings Broadband to New York City’s Digital Deserts

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FAIRLAWN, New Jersey /PRNewswire/ — Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom, has selected Siklu Inc. for its easy-to-deploy solutions to enable multi-gigabit broadband for commercial buildings in New York City. This partnership is part of New York City’s broadband expansion in Industrial Business Zones, which is delivering business class data and voice services to currently underserved areas known as the city’s “digital deserts”. As industrial areas undergo urbanization, there is a huge need for urban wireless solutions as these areas lack fiber-based broadband. Skywire Networks is using Siklu’s fiber-like wireless links to resolve the network densification bottleneck that is happening in these underserved pockets of the city. With Siklu’s cost-effective links, interference-free communication is delivered within weeks to business buildings; changing digital deserts into digital havens.

Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom, has selected Siklu Inc. for its easy-to-deploy solutions to enable multi-gigabit broadband for commercial buildings in New York City
Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom, has selected Siklu Inc. for its easy-to-deploy solutions to enable multi-gigabit broadband for commercial buildings in New York City
Skywire Networks is a Brooklyn-based telecommunications provider who delivers enterprise-class broadband and unified communications services to businesses that operate in buildings underserved by traditional cable and telephony carriers. “While there is plenty of fiber in Midtown and Wall Street running north-south along the avenues, much of the blocks between the avenues – as well as large parts of Brooklyn and Queens — are digital deserts,” says Brent Barbara, SVP Product and Marketing at Xchange Telecom. “Speed to deploy is very important, but when we tell the landlords we can connect their buildings within two to three weeks, are dubious. Then we sit down with them and explain how Siklu’s small, innovative radios operate in the abundant and uncongested mmWave spectrum, providing interference-free communication to businesses for all modern commercial needs. We don’t need to dig up the streets like the other guys.”

Attitude, Inc., a post-production video company in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, desperately needed faster speeds than their cable provider could deliver due to the asymmetrical nature of cable-based ISPs. “We had to upload giant video files to our client servers on a daily basis,” says Attitude Inc.’s owner, Joe Baron. “We deliver for air, so my clients have zero tolerance for late delivery.” Moving offices was not an option, as the company had invested a lot in the infrastructure of their space. Then in 2015 the building’s landlord introduced Baron to Skywire Networks. They told Attitude Inc. that they were delivering broadband through a wireless connection. “From the day Skywire Networks came in and installed the service, my speed quadrupled,” Baron says. “They had us up and running in less than an hour and did the installation off hours so it didn’t disrupt my business.”

Siklu is uniquely qualified to bring immediate high-speed connection to a densely populated city like New York. “Siklu’s 60, 70/80GHz products are geared towards realizing high-capacity, fiber-like connectivity for the last mile in those dense locations lacking the reach of fiber, and thus prone to interference from the multitude of devices connected close together,” said Ilan Moshe, General Manager, Americas, at Siklu.

About Siklu

Siklu delivers multi-gigabit fiber-like wireless connectivity in urban, suburban and rural areas. Operating in the 60, 70/80GHz bands, its millimeter wave solutions are used by leading integrators, service providers, municipal authorities and mobile network operators worldwide. Thousands of carrier grade units delivering interference-free performance have been successfully deployed world-wide. Easily installed on street-fixtures or rooftops, the price-competitive radios have proved to be ideal for networks requiring fast and simple deployment of secure, fiber-like and future-proof connectivity. For additional information visit

About Skywire Networks

Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom, is the only company delivering enterprise-class broadband and advanced telephone systems to businesses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens where, until now, high-speed Internet has been unobtainable. Their solution, Skywire HQ, gives small- to mid-sized businesses a complete, robust and affordable Business Connectivity Platform. Skywire HQ includes gigabit connection speeds, virtualized office telecom, and managed network services. Skywire Networks becomes the much-needed communications department that most SMBs cannot afford, enabling them to leverage an enterprise-class communications infrastructure without having to manage it themselves. For additional information visit

Press Contacts

Catherine Berce

Eran Sagi

Eclipse Media Group

Head of Marketing, Siklu

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July 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm

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Electro-Harmonix introduces next generation Mini-Synthesizer

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-Inexpensive app re-creates vintage synthesizer sounds and features for mobile users
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Electro-Harmonix has released a mobile version of their early electronic synthesizer keyboard, The Mini Synthesizer, priced at $2.99 for phone and $4.99 for tablet. Now available for iPad and iPhone (IOS version 8.0 or later) with an Android version due in October, the app provides the original’s circa-1980 sounds plus modern enhancements. These include a virtual MIDI input, an enhanced effects section, a ribbon controller and more.

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22 preset sound programs are included and the user can store an almost unlimited number of his or her own programs. Equipped with 12 sliders and nine switches, the potential for sound creation and tweaking is vast.

Electro-Harmonix President and Founder, Mike Matthews stated: “Fans of vintage synths will appreciate the app’s ability to re-create the original’s warm analog sounds and deep funky bass, but because it’s so affordable and user-friendly, parents, educators and non-musicians will love it, too.”

Here is an overview of the user interface:

OSC Section

PITCH slider lets the player raise or lower the pitch of the note by +/- 1 octave
SUB-OCTAVE slider introduces a note one octave below what’s being played for extra bottom
OCTAVE UP switch causes the note being played to jump up one octave.
TUNE knob lets the player tune the Mini Synthesizer to other instruments and sound sources over a +/- 50 cents range.

PHASE RATE slider adjusts the speed of the phase shifter
FILTER START sets the start frequency of the filter sweep
FILTER STOP sets the stop frequency of the filter sweep
SWEEP RATE controls the speed of the filter sweep
PHASE switch turns the effect on/off
2X FILTER switch changes how the audio passes through the filters (either in parallel or in series)
Q switch sets the amount of resonance on the filter sweep
RETRIGGER SWITCH turns retrigger on/off
DELAY Section

TIME slider adjusts the delay time up to two seconds
FEEDBACK controls the number of echo repeats
BLEND adjusts the mix of the original signal and the echo repeats
DELAY switch turns the effect on/off
REVERB Section

AMOUNT slider adjusts the reverb effect level
BLEND slider controls the mix of the wet and dry signals
REVERB switch turns reverb on/off
REVERB>DELAY switch lets the user place either Delay or Reverb first in the effects chain for a variety of cool sound effects.

VOL (Volume) slider adjusts the Mini Synthesizer’s overall sound output level
POLY/MONO switch toggles between polyphonic (four notes can be played simultaneously) or monophonic (only one note can be played at a time) modes
PRESETS pop-down menu displays the presets available and allows the user to instantly select one
HORIZONTAL slider lets the player adjust the keyboard’s sounding range over an expansive eight-octave range.
RIBBON Interface lets the player perform portamento (glide up or down to pitch), vibrato and other expressive playing.
About Electro-Harmonix
Electro-Harmonix was founded in 1968 by Mike Matthews and has been a pioneer in the creation of sound effects for musicians since that time. Their earliest product, the LPB-1 Linear Power Booster, helped usher in the “Age of Overdrive.” Subsequent products like the Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer, POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator and Deluxe Memory Man Analog Delay have achieved cult status. Located in New York City since the company’s inception, Electro-Harmonix currently manufactures over 125 different sound effects products for musicians.

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July 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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Supermicro(R) Shipping Latest Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) Processor Server Solutions in Volume with Intel(R) Omni-Path Fabric

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-New 2U 4-node SuperServers with the latest Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) processor for HPC clusters and workstations for developers with Intel(R) Omni-Path Architecture based 100Gb/s Networking
SAN JOSE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing has announced volume shipments of SuperServer solutions based on the new Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor (formerly code named Knights Landing) with integrated or external Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) next generation fabric as options.

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Supermicro’s SuperServer 5028TK-HTR is a 2U 4-Node server supporting the new Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor with integrated or external Intel® OPA fabric options, as well as an associated tower development workstation SYS-5038K-i. In addition, the company’s new 1U 48-port top-of-rack network switch with 100Gbps Intel® OPA provides a unique HPC cluster solution offering excellent bandwidth, latency and message rate that is highly scalable and easily serviceable.

“Our high-performance computing solutions enable deep learning, engineering, and scientific fields to scale out their compute clusters to accelerate their most demanding workloads and achieve fastest time-to-results with maximum performance per watt, per square foot, and per dollar,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “With our latest innovations incorporating Intel Xeon Phi processors in a performance and density optimized Twin architecture and 100Gbps OPA switch for high bandwidth connectivity, our customers can accelerate their applications and innovations to address the most complex real world problems.”

According to Barry Davis, general manager, Accelerated Workloads Group, at Intel, “Supermicro’s adoption of our latest technologies, including the new Intel Xeon Phi processor and Intel Omni-Path Architecture will enable remarkably deeper insights and innovations for research and commercial applications in science, analytics, and machine learning.”

Supermicro’s Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor-based computing platforms, like those based on Intel Xeon processors, utilize common instruction sets and support multiple programming models, helping to simplify parallel computing application management in the hybrid environment and take advantage of the powerful processing resources of Supermicro’s HPC platforms. Engineering, scientific and research fields can dramatically accelerate application performance with minimal investment in development with Supermicro’s Intel Xeon Phi processor-based supercomputing solutions. The 2U SYS-5028TK-HTR is a highly optimized Intel Xeon Phi processor system for the HPC market, supporting four Intel Xeon Phi processors. The SYS-5038K-I tower workstation is intended for designers wishing to develop applications for this exciting new processor and networking option.

Supermicro also offers the latest in cost-effective Top-of-Rack switching technology, whether it is traditional fully-featured models incorporating both hardware and software in a complete solution, or bare metal hardware capable of running third-party software configurable to specific customer needs in an Open Network Environment. Based on the Intel® OPA, Supermicro’s new SSH-C48Q is a 1U top-of-rack switch with 48 100Gbps QSFP+ ports. Meanwhile, Supermicro’s Server Management Software provides a multifunctional suite of tools that can perform health monitoring, power management and firmware maintenance to help customers deploy and maintain servers in data centers.

For more information on Supermicro’s complete range of high performance, high-efficiency Server, Storage and Networking solutions, please visit

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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July 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

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Crown Prince of Dubai Launches Dubai Future Accelerators Program: to Address Seven Key Civic Challenges

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DUBAI, UAE /PRNewswire/ —

Dubai to create a new program to reward innovative companies around the world
Companies will compete to solve seven key “21st century challenges”
The program is designed to create new partnerships, deploy new technologies and test them at the city-wide scale
Another example of Dubai’s deepening commitment to becoming a test bed for futuristic technologies and businesses
Intended to change the future of Dubai (and perhaps the world)
Today the Crown Prince of Dubai unveiled an ambitious new programme to change the world. The “Dubai Future Accelerators” will connect the world’s most innovative companies with leading partners in government to test new solutions to key challenges at the city-wide scale.

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The Future Accelerators focuses on seven “21st century challenges”, which also represent significant opportunities for economic growth, job creation, and social development.

The challenges include the application of cutting-edge technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, distributed ledgers, biomimicry and biotechnology, as well as new business models and ways of working. Each challenge focuses on an important areas of government innovation, including healthcare, education, transportation, infrastructure, renewable energy, and digital transformation.

Unlike other programs, The Dubai Future Accelerators will focus on the deployment of futuristic prototypes at a city-wide scale, something which no other program can offer thanks to the strong support of the Dubai government.

A 21st Century Program

Launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the program reflects the larger goals of the UAE and those of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision is transform the UAE into the global capital for creating amend exploring the future,” Sheikh Hamdan said in a statement.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, who is also vice-chairman of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “We invite all those across the world who want to create a better future to come to Dubai and help us create a better future.

Anyone can apply, from start-ups to large companies, as long as they have a working prototype that addresses one of the key challenges above. Winning companies will develop in-depth proposals to create futuristic pilot projects that can showcase the benefits of their technology.

Dubai to Become Test Bed for Futuristic Designs and Technology

The Dubai Future Accelerator is being run by the Dubai Future Foundation as part of the Dubai Future Agenda, a far reaching campaign to develop 21st century solutions and initiatives around the world. Other parts of the Agenda include the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy (with the Dubai Municipality), the Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy (with the RTA), the Global Blockchain Council, and the Museum of the Future.

Additional details on the program can be found at




Source: Dubai Future Foundation

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July 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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Vienna: Bednights Up in First Half of 2016

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VIENNA, Austria /PRNewswire/ —

Vienna recorded around 6.6 million visitor bednights between January and June 2016 – about 4.9% more than in the same period the previous year.

“Vienna demonstrated its tourist attraction in the first half of 2016 with an increase of 4.9% to some 6,640,000 visitor bednights,” according to Norbert Kettner, the Vienna Tourist Board’s director. Vienna’s most important source markets in the first half of 2016 were Germany with 1,382,000 bednights (+8% on the same period the previous year), followed by Austria (1,370,000, +10%), the USA (367,000, +6%), Italy (316,000, -4%), and the United Kingdom (295,000, +24%). Places 6 to 10 were taken by Switzerland (213,000, +2%), Spain (177,000, +13%), France (173,000, +5%), Russia (157,000, -28%) and China (121,000, +9%). The city also recorded strong growth compared to 2015 from India (56,000, +39%), the Netherlands (111,000, +16%) and Turkey (80,000, +13%). Vienna currently has about 63,400 hotel beds, and its hotel rooms had an average occupancy rate of 67% from January to June 2016. Around 80% of all bednights were accounted for by international guests. “This not only reflects Vienna’s continued attractiveness, but also shows that our systematic internationalization strategy of diversifying into many different markets is paying off,” explains Kettner. Vienna’s objective now is to increase bednights to 18 million by the year 2020. Congress tourism will also play an important role here, accounting for 12% of the total volume of bednights in 2015. Some 3,700 congresses, corporate events and incentives were held in Vienna last year – a new record.

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Further information:
Vienna Tourist Board
Isabella Rauter
Tel.: +43-1-211-14-301

Source: Vienna Tourist Board

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July 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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