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MediaTek UltraCast Brings 4K Streaming to Connected Devices

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-UltraCast is an innovative technology to enable 4K screen-casting across device display
HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the launch of its UltraCast technology, the first chipset-enabled streaming technology on the market that enables users to enjoy the stunning clarity of 4K video content generated by their smartphones and stream it wirelessly to a 4K-ready television or set-top box.

MediaTek UltraCast extends standard Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ technology by adding the ability to stream 4K content. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ is a standard for transmitting content through wireless connections from mobile or laptop devices to large display devices, such as TVs, monitors or projectors. Using Wi-Fi as the transmission vehicle, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ replaces the traditional cable connection between device and display.

“4K is increasingly becoming a reality in consumers’ everyday lives,” said SR Tsai, Senior General Manager of the Home Entertainment Business Group at MediaTek. “Content, 4K displays and the connectivity necessary to enable these technologies are growing, but the pieces that connect the 4K puzzle enter the market at different times. MediaTek UltraCast is the first technology that bridges the gap between content creation device and large display device, creating a state of the art viewing experience for the viewer.”

UltraCast will be available on MediaTek Helio series smartphone chipsets and MediaTek 4K Ultra HDTV chipsets. UltraCast uses MediaTek’s advanced video smoothing algorithm, preserving picture quality while reducing latency between devices.

MediaTek UltraCast welcomes third-party smartphone, DTV and Box component manufacturers to leverage this technology on their own devices and for their own uses. With UltraCast, MediaTek is building a robust, open platform that allows users to more easily enjoy all types of 4K content.

“While 4K content is gaining traction in the device market, 4K screen costs remain a deterrent to entering the mainstream,” said SR Tsai. “By making it possible for users to enjoy 4K content over MediaTek UltraCast technology and leveraging the existing 4K recording capabilities on smartphone platforms and 4K Ultra HDTV, MediaTek can offer a better, more affordable experience and a smart, cost-effective alternative for device makers.”

UltraCast is now available for MediaTek partners and customers.

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. Visit mediatek.com for more information.

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November 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

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“Out of the Blue” Photographic Exhibition To Be Held at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum from 25 November to 31 December 2016

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The Royal Commonwealth Society, Hong Kong Branch, together with the Royal Geographical Society (Hong Kong), will organize an exhibition of the winning photographs from The Prince of Wales’s Commonwealth Environmental Photography awards. The exhibition will be held from 25 November to 31 December 2016 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

These 26 stunning pictures of the world’s oceans have only been exhibited once before at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. The pictures are divided into three categories: Nature’s Assets, People and the Oceans, and Human Impacts.

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide environmental education to Hong Kong people, particularly schoolchildren. They will learn that:

80% of all life on earth lives in our seas and oceans;
4000 species of life are hosted by one coral reef;
one billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein; and
by 2025 the oceans will hold one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish.
The organizers hope to encourage people to take up solutions to restore and protect our blue world.

There will be an opening reception for 100 people at the Maritime Museum on 25 November. British Consul General Andrew Heyn will open the exhibition and Doug Woodring, co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, will speak on the current state of our oceans and what people can do to protect them.

This exhibition is sponsored by Major Domus Ltd, KPMG, and is supported by BitMex and in memory of Dr Geoffrey Yeh.

For enquiries, please contact Peter Mann on +852-9104-9507 or pjmann88@gmail.com.

Source: Royal Commonwealth Society Hong Kong Branch

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November 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm

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Royale Auctioneers set to Host Important Chinese Art Auction Fall 2016

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

A guan-type faceted vase & a celadon glazed icy crackle bamboo necked bottle vase highlight lots
The world’s first auction house providing scientific authenticity by ISO-certified laboratory
Enhance investment value & accreditation of archaic ceramics
Attract more young connoisseurs to pursue authentic art pieces
Royale Auctioneers, the world’s first auction house providing scientific authenticity by ISO 9001-certified laboratory, will host Important Chinese Art Auction Fall 2016 at Hankow 2, 6/F of The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong in Kowloon at 10 a.m., on 29 November (Tuesday). The auction comprises 54 high-quality archaic ceramics spanning from Tang Dynasty to Republic of China’s period, all verified by Royal Heritage Ceramics Authentication Ltd. A series of pre-auction exhibitions featuring part of archaic ceramics to be auctioned at Hong Kong was kicked off at Shanghai last week and followed by stops such as Beijing and Shenzhen.

Every piece of precious ceramics auctioned at Important Chinese Art Auction Fall 2016 comes with an authentication report issued by ISO-certified laboratory and recognized by 165 countries and regions worldwide.

Highlighted by quality archaic ceramic masterpieces from A guan-type faceted vase in Song Dynasty and a celadon glazed icy crackle bamboo necked bottle vase in Southern Song Dynasty, the auction showcases the glorious period of Chinese ceramic craft, in particular the beautiful, simple and elegant Song ceramics that have since become treasures among contemporary connoisseurs for their unique rarity and set all-time high in valuation.

Other treasures to be auctioned include a falangcai vase with a kitten, marked Shi Lu in Republic of China, a Ru ware tripod censer with a carved mandarin duck lid in Northern Song Dynasty, as well as a blue and white prunus Yuhuchunping vase in Ming Dynasty and a group of blue and white ceramic pieces in Song Dynasty, for a much-anticipated enthusiastic bidding among archaic ceramic connoisseurs worldwide.

All 54 treasures to be auctioned are authentic pieces verified by Royal Heritage Ceramics Authentication Ltd through professional scientific appraisal with DNA certificates. Tested by laboratory equipment under the “Technology + Humanity” appraisal process, this not only eliminates human disturbance but also enhances appraisal accuracy.

In addition to scientific appraisal, the treasures will also be reviewed and verified by experienced experts from China to ensure buyers bid authentic ceramics on the one hand, and enhances investment value and accreditation of archaic ceramics on the other hand. By utilizing X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer and inVia Raman Spectrometer, appraisal experts not only undergo non-destructive procedures, but also limit the age deviation within the range of 50 years.

Finally, appraisal experts carry out a comprehensive analysis on relevant data to infer the year of production and authenticity of archaic ceramics.

A Guan-Type Faceted Vase (Lot Number 1629)
A Guan-Type Faceted Vase (Lot Number 1629)
Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD)

Estimate by request

Description: The pear-shaped body swelling from splayed, rippled base, tapering to a slender neck with a trumpeting undulated rim with a slight lip, applied with a blue-green glaze with russet-brown crackling. Common Guan ware forms imitated Chinese bronze work and jade carving from the Zhou to the Han Dynasties, and were often fired with dark brown, celadon, blue, pale blue, and yellow glazes.

A Celadon Glazed Icy Crackle Bamboo Necked Bottle Vase (Lot Number 1618)
A Celadon Glazed Icy Crackle Bamboo Necked Bottle Vase (Lot Number 1618)
Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 AD)

Estimate HK$3,000,000 – 6,000,000

Description: The elegantly-potted globular ringed body rising from a circular slightly convex foot with an inverted unglazed base to a beautifully-shaped ringed bamboo-like trumpeting neck, undoubtedly a treasured ware from the Song imperial court, the vase described above is today only one of two of this size and caliber that have survived. A bamboo knife was used to achieve the bamboo appearance of the vessel’s neck, creating a natural appearance and a uniquely multi-faceted ceramic. This, along with the unique icy crackle and the painstaking firing process, has helped to create an important and rare piece to enhance the collection of any serious collector of Chinese imperial wares.

Ms. Jayne Li, General Manager of Royale Auctioneers, looking forward to the forthcoming auction at The Peninsula Hong Kong, commented, “Since launching our China travelling exhibition last month, Royale Auctioneers has brought our precious exhibits to cities such as Xiamen, Guangzhou, Changsha, Shanghai and Beijing, and drawn attendance of connoisseurs and investors. With archaic ceramics has gradually become sought-after collectibles among young investors in recent years, participants in the investment market of art collection are getting younger and this will definitely be a market trend in future.

“Also the technological advancements in recent years have elevated the imitation technique, resulting more doubts on the authenticity of archaic ceramics across the market. Therefore, we believe we must rely on scientific appraisal as a tool for distinguishing authenticity.”

She added, “Hong Kong’s position as an international city is the main reason for Royale Auctioneers to host the fall auction and serve as the final stop of China travelling exhibition. We are looking forward to attracting more middle and young aged investors to enter into art market, appreciate the artistic value and wealth accumulation of archaic ceramics, and promote the quintessence of Chinese ceramics from Hong Kong to all over the world.”

“Important Chinese Art Auction Fall 2016” Highlight Lots

Lot No.

Lot Description

Lot Estimate

1.

1629

A Guan-Type Faceted Vase

Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD)

Description: The pear-shaped body swelling from splayed, rippled base, tapering to a slender neck with a trumpeting undulated rim with a slight lip, applied with a blue-green glaze with russet-brown crackling. Common Guan ware forms imitated Chinese bronze work and jade carving from the Zhou to the Han Dynasties, and were often fired with dark brown, celadon, blue, pale blue, and yellow glazes.

Estimate by request

2.

1618

A Celadon Glazed Icy Crackle Bamboo Necked Bottle Vase

Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 AD)

Description: The elegantly-potted globular ringed body rising from a circular slightly convex foot with an inverted unglazed base to a beautifully-shaped ringed bamboo-like trumpeting neck, undoubtedly a treasured ware from the Song imperial court, the vase described above is today only one of two of this size and caliber that have survived. A bamboo knife was used to achieve the bamboo appearance of the vessel’s neck, creating a natural appearance and a uniquely multi-faceted ceramic. This, along with the unique icy crackle and the painstaking firing process, has helped to create an important and rare piece to enhance the collection of any serious collector of Chinese imperial wares.

HK$3,000,000-6,000,000

3.

1650 & 1651

A Falangcai Vase with a Kitten, Marked Shi Lu

Liang Duishi (Active 1920 – 1937)

Republican Period (1912 – 1949 AD)

Description: The spherical body rising from a slightly splayed foot, tapering to a short neck and culminating in a raised cylindrical rim with an inward-facing lip, decorated in a falangcai palette depicting a cat in brown, white, and black in a field amongst peony flowers, the rim and foot decorated in blue and white with arabesques and archaic swirls.

HK$400,000-800,000 & HK$200,000-400,000

4.

1601

A Qingbai Trumpet-shaped Vase with a Carved Dragon

Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD)

Description: The pear-shaped body swelling elegantly from a raised circular foot with an unglazed base, the neck rising outward to a trumpeting rim with a slight lip, the white clay applied with a beautiful white glaze splashed with tones of cream overglaze, carved with a long, firerce three-clawed dragon circling the entire body with intricate scales and facial features.

HK$300,000-500,000

5.

1621

A Longquan Celadon Glazed Columnar Pear-shaped Vase

Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 AD)

Description: The short, rounded body swelling from a flat, circular unglazed base, rising to an elegant, wide cylindrical neck with a slightly lipped rim, applied with a beautiful thick monochrome blue-green celadon glaze.

HK$300,000-600,000

6.

1605

A Rare Yueyao Celadon Glaze Faceted Vase

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (907 – 960 AD)

Description: The octagonal plum-shaped body swelling from a circular foot with a flat base, rising to a long, fluted neck with an incised three-ringed base, culminating in a slight rim with no lip, applied with a thin brown-green celadon glaze. A very rare piece, as very few ceramics exist from this period due to the civil unrest experienced in China during the Five Dynasties Period of the 10th century.

HK$800,000-1,200,000

7.

1631

A Celadon Glazed Bottle Vase

Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD)

Description: Slender and beautiful with exquisite curves, this bottle features a flaring mouth, small neck, round body and ring foot, making it a very popular treasure.

HK$300,000-600,000

8.

1607

A Ru Ware Tripod Censer with a Carved Mandarin Duck Lid

Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127 AD)

Description: The body of the burner rising from three claw-footed legs to a short cylindrical trunk, with a flared rim with a subtle lid, the lid rising from a circular base incised with repeating tendril motifs, adorned with a small Mandarin Duck statuette with a smoothly-shaped body incised with feathers, a carved beak and feet, and trapezoidal wings, applied with an olive green celadon glaze with signs of crazing.

HK$500,000-1,000,000

9.

1611

A “Huitian” Ware Wine Warmer and Ewer

Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD)

Description: A two-piece set of both Hutian ware wine warmer and ewer, the body of the warmer rising in the shape of a lotus blossom from a raised circular foot topped with an undulated flower blossom rim, carved with the natured elements of a lotus. The ewer swelling from a splayed foot with an unglazed base, featuring a delicate handle and slightly bent spout, topped with a lid featuring a handle carved into a guardian lion above a flat, disc-shaped edge, both ewer and warmer applied with a light bluish-white glaze.

HK$700,000-900,000

10.

1640

A Pair of Famille Rose Enamel Chrysanthemum Chargers

Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)

Description: Evolved from Song Dynasty lacquer ware, soft color and pastels have been used for painting ceramic chrysanthemum chargers since Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong periods of Qing Dynasty and inherited till late Qing Dynasty and Republic of China periods. A masterpiece from local kiln in Qing Dynasty with good collection value, this pair of exquisite chrysanthemum chargers are depicted with interesting life scene in a natural and casual manner.

HK$100,000-200,000

About Royale Auctioneers

Royale Auctioneers is a one of a kind auction house and we are specialized in auctioning the Chinese Works of Arts.

We are not just a regular auction house providing a typical buying and selling service. Instead, we render our unique specialty in auctioning all the consignments authenticated by prominent ISO certified laboratories. Royale Auctioneers is very likely the first and the only auction house to provide the scientific authenticity by ISO certified labs.

Chinese Ceramics artefacts undoubtedly ranks the top popularity among general collectors’ items. This attributes to their scarcity and the sky high values. However, these also lead to emerge of uncountable high quality counterfeits of ancient Chinese ceramics in the past few decades. The forgery quality is high enough to deceive even the reputable appraisers’ naked eyes. Thus, Royale Auctioneers is your best partner because we reveal a brand new chapter in the auction history and we are here to protect our stakeholders’ interests and speak on behalf of the genuine Chinese ceramics by providing the scientific authenticity.

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Tel: (852) 2114 4985 / 9820 4996

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November 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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Techninier Launches Mobile Gaming Portal Gamewars for Maxis & Hotlink Subscribers With RM100,000 Worth of Prizes Up For Grabs

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Techninier Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia’s leading technology and platform provider of Social Networking Platform, Interactive Mobile Gaming Platform and Mobile Social Networking Games, today announced the launch of its latest tournament based mobile gaming portal – Gamewars (www.gamewars.my ).

Gamewars.my is giving prizes worth up to RM100,000
Gamewars.my is giving prizes worth up to RM100,000
According to the latest Global Games Market Report released by Newzoo, gamers worldwide will generate a total of USD99.6 billion in revenues in 2016, up 8.5% compared to 2015. Newzoo expects the global market to grow with a CAGR of +6.6% toward 2019, eventually reaching USD118.6 billion with mobile gaming at USD52.5 billion. Inline with this, Techninier hopes to spur mobile gaming in the country with Gamewars, an interactive gaming portal which offers subscribers to win up to RM100,000 worth of prizes including the latest Apple iPhone 7 plus in the list.

Gamewars’ first batch of tournament games is the Smash Giant which will run until February 2017. The game supports both iOS and Android smartphone and is available for download in App Store and Google Play.

Dato’Lion Peh, Techninier’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are excited with the launch of Gamewars and are confident of a high adoption rate amongst Maxis’ subscribers, especially for those who are looking for more fun and exciting mobile games. Services are kept affordable and all traffic charges within Gamewars are waived.”

“The tournament games features simple yet addictive gameplay with the aim of appealing to casual gamers, which represents the largest group of mobile gamers today. We took great efforts to ensure that our tournament games with Gamewars will support a large portion of smartphone models in the market today,” added by Dato’ Lion Peh.

To download and play this new tournament game, visit Gamewars’ website at http://www.gamewars.my.

About Techninier Sdn. Bhd.

Techninier Sdn. Bhd. has been at the forefront of innovation as a company which specializes in the provision of technology and content in the internet and mobile space. In tandem with technology provision, Techninier is focused in the mobile social gaming and mobile social networking platform. Techninier also integrates and manages clients’ and partners’ needs in the ICT industry. For more info, please visit Techninier’s website at http://www.techninier.com.

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November 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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SWIFT’s KYC Registry Crosses 3,000-member Milestone

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-Industry utility continues its momentum, as customers report a 45 percent reduction in the time it takes to complete the KYC process

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — More than 3,000 financial institutions have signed up to use The Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry, SWIFT’s centralised repository that maintains a standardised set of information about financial institutions required for KYC compliance.

Launched in December 2014, The Registry provides a secure, cost-effective KYC solution that enables banks, fund distributors and custodians to maintain and grow their correspondent network. As an industry utility, The KYC Registry is designed to help these institutions save significant time and money while meeting their KYC obligations.

“We’ve reached the tipping point in terms of industry participation in The KYC Registry,” said Bart Claeys, Head of KYC Compliance Services, SWIFT. “Collecting KYC documentation is a time-consuming and expensive process that uses considerable staff resources. The KYC Registry tackles this challenge head on by providing an information ‘baseline’ that addresses more than 80 percent of the KYC data and documentation required to support the on-going due diligence of correspondent banking partners or the on-boarding of new relationships.”

A recent survey conducted by SWIFT suggests that while The KYC Registry is still in the ramp-up phase, it is already fulfilling its industry obligations with many customers indicating substantial cost and time-saving benefits from using it.

With initial data consumption underway, survey respondents have confirmed they are spending, on average, 45 percent less time performing due diligence on a counterparty when using The KYC Registry.
A number of global banks have reported that using the Registry has delivered up to a 60 percent reduction in the time it takes to perform additional due diligence, such as collecting information about the Ultimate Beneficial Owners, i.e. the people financially behind an institution, or board members.
The KYC Registry can also help smaller banks and those in high-risk markets demonstrate transparency and provide information that meets the KYC requirements of large banks and those in highly-regulated markets. This has become especially important in the context of “de-risking” trends observed in the industry, leading some banks to exit certain jurisdictions, product domains and currencies and discontinuing some of their foreign correspondent banking relationships.

The 3,000+ entities in over 200 countries and territories that now rely on The KYC Registry can instantly exchange data and documents with selected counterparties without sacrificing control over their data or who can access it. Users are not charged for contributing data to the Registry or sharing their KYC data with other banks; they pay only for the data that they consume from other institutions. In addition, 30 central banks as well as entire communities have also signed up for the service. The broad cross-section of the industry using The KYC Registry accounts for two-thirds of SWIFT message traffic.

As The KYC Registry evolves in line with new regulations and customer needs, it will grow its offering through value-added services and partnerships that enable enhanced due diligence. For example, the recently-launched KYC Adverse Media service, developed with Dow Jones, allows member institutions to access a global database of news articles and regulatory notices about their counterparties and correspondents.

“SWIFT is taking a ‘marketplace’ approach to KYC compliance, which will provide a broader, even more collaborative solution for the benefit of the financial services community,” concluded Claeys.

For more information about The KYC Registry, visit http://www.swift.com/kycregistry.

About SWIFT’s financial crime compliance services portfolio

SWIFT’s Compliance Services unit manages a growing portfolio of financial crime compliance services in the areas of sanctions, Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). The portfolio includes Sanctions Screening and Sanctions Testing services, Compliance Analytics and The KYC Registry.

For more information, visit http://www.swift.com/complianceservices.

About SWIFT

SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services. We provide our community with a platform for messaging, standards for communicating and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration; identification, analysis and financial crime compliance. Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way. As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

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November 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

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