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A New Milestone of Microsoft Azure: The First Sports Blockchain “BraveLog” Available Online

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-Joins hand with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan and Fubon Financial Holdings to pioneer a new blockchain development
-BraveLog is officially launched at Garmin Lava Dapeng Bay Triathlon on January 7th

TAIPEI, Taiwan  /PRNewswire/ — Last October Microsoft entered partnership with AMIS and Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) and formed the first blockchain consortium network on Azure. Meanwhile, Microsoft was also in collaboration with many banks such as Fubon Financial Holdings. After a short period of one and a half month, Microsoft furthered blockchain technology into a new area and announced the alliance with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., ITRI and Fubon Financial Holdings and established the first sports blockchain “BraveLog” in the world. BraveLog aims to record sports events and sportsmen profile. Using Microsoft Azure Platform, the blockchain structure developed by AMIS and the front channel developed by ITRI, a high profile and secure sports activity sharing platform is established. BraveLog, a new milestone of blockchain application, is estimated to be officially launched at the Garmin LAVA Dapeng Bay Triathlon on January 7th.

Microsoft furthered blockchain technology into a new area and announced the alliance with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., ITRI and Fubon Financial Holdings and established the first sports blockchain “BraveLog” in the world.
Microsoft furthered blockchain technology into a new area and announced the alliance with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., ITRI and Fubon Financial Holdings and established the first sports blockchain “BraveLog” in the world.

The advantageous Microsoft Azure platform aims to provide strong support for blockchain adaptation in sports

Blockchain is a decentralized structure. Every block has the capability to perform complete backup and simultaneous data maintenance. Currently the world is proactively exploring possible business adaptation of blockchain in different domains. Meeting the needs of the financial industry, blockchain platform grants features such as immutable and irreplaceable record. It provides distributed replica, shared ledger and so on, which allow a low-risk and simplified process so as to generate greater values. In addition to the application in the financial industry, it also fits the requirements of the sports domain. Therefore, the sports blockchain is born. Focusing on the participating player himself, the sports blockchain aims to record sports events and establish the sports CV of the player. With the credibility and availability of the data at its core, the sports blockchain differentiates itself by providing a player based rather than an event based enquiry structure. In the future, sports data can be accessed across multiple devices, which will enable players to understand their capabilities, manage their personal training journey effectively, design training plan accordingly, so as to achieve the goal of facilitating sports experience and expand the spectrum of the sports industry.

The world’s first sports blockchain “BraveLog” was applied on Microsoft Azure platform. The key advantages of Azure platform include openness, transparency and scalability. It also supports the distributed ledger technology and provides the controllable high-speed cloud computing capacity. The platform complies with the ISO 27001, ISO 27018, PCI-DSS industrial standards and regulations, which effectively integrates and complements different applications and scenarios. The front channel application of BraveLog developed by ITRI fully adopts Microsoft Azure PaaS, and the Visual Studio Team Services that allows the development team to practice agile development, share coding and track work log. The Wep App and Azure SQL Database enable fast build, web App deployment and auto-adjusting load balancer with the most economical and efficient way that is able to accommodate future user growth on BraveLog.

Jerry Gong, EPG Lead, Microsoft Taiwan said, “Microsoft Taiwan has high expectations over the potential of blockchain technology and will continue the efforts in expanding the application of Microsoft Azure BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) to more industries and scenarios. This time we join hands with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., ITRI and Fubon Financial Holdings to launch the world’s first sports blockchain ‘BraveLog’. This is truly an important milestone for the development of blockchain in Taiwan. As a powerful support for the fundamental structure of sports blockchain, Microsoft Azure accommodates the human-oriented requirements and reduces the cost and risk of centralized management. Furthering from the Fintech blockchain, Microsoft Azure also collaborates with medical services, supply chain, the food industry and other sectors in the development of blockchain technology. Fruitful results can surely be seen in the near future.”

BraveLog official launch sets at Garmin LAVA Dapeng Bay Triathlon on January 7th

Microsoft joins hands with AMIS, Taiwan Triathlon Co. Ltd., ITRI, and Fubon Financial Holdings to create a high profile and secure sports blockchain “BraveLog”. As the leading brand in sports, “Taiwan Triathlon” firstly adopts the technology in the sports domain and will officially initiate BraveLog at the Garmin Lava Dapeng Bay Triathlon on January 7th. BraveLog will keep track of the sports data on site and provide immutable and credible competition results for participants. In addition, the results will be added onto the 2017 LAVA series competition and provide participants an exclusive personal participation CV. A social platform for sportsmen in the future is in the plan, as well as the integration with current sign-up and payment system in hope to achieve the goal of elevating the sports industry.

Next Step: Blockchain for all industries. Microsoft will be the driver for blockchain development in Taiwan

The sports blockchain “BraveLog” not only records the participant data, but also can be deep rooted in the sports industry, serving as a reference for coaches to train athletes and cultivate elite national players by utilizing big data. Besides the application in the financial industry and the sports domain, any industry that relies on the use of immutable and irreplaceable data, distributed storage and shared ledger can adopt blockchain for further development.

The open and powerful Microsoft Azure platform desires to be the cornerstone for cloud-based application and blockchain technology development in Taiwan. It also wishes to connect the innovation from different sectors in Taiwan and expand the application spectrum. For example, in terms of compensation calculation and premium adjustment, blockchain sports data stored in the cloud can be integrated with insurance and medical services, and generate insurance models that are true to people’s needs and raise the living quality of people. In the future, Microsoft will continue to expand the development of blockchain across different sectors in Taiwan. Aside from insurance and medical services, blockchain can also be adopted by the energy, the food and other industries, enabling innovation within the industry, facilitating the integration and application among different sectors, and making the application of blockchain goes beyond frontiers.

For more information about Microsoft Azure Blockchain as a Services, please visit official website: https://azure.microsoft.com/zh-tw/solutions/blockchain/

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Source: Microsoft Taiwan

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January 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

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BT and MediaTek Collaborate to Deliver Total Wireless Connectivity for the Home, and Connected World

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-Adaptive Network promises superior coverage and smart connectivity

LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced that BT has selected MediaTek’s Adaptive Network technology to power their Whole Home Wi-Fi solution, delivering full-coverage wireless connectivity that’s simple to set up and guarantees a stable signal throughout the home. The announcement, made at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) demonstrates the role that both BT and MediaTek are playing in the growth of our connected future.

“Customers expect wireless connectivity that’s seamless, simple and speedy — and with our investment in a smart, distributed wireless internet solution we can continue to exceed expectations,” said Erik Raphael, Director of BT Devices. “As providers of home wireless connectivity, we’re committed to delivering the best experience to our customers and our Whole Home Wi-Fi ensures fast, reliable connections for multiple devices throughout the house. Whole Home Wi-Fi with MediaTek’s Adaptive Network technology allows customers to install a smart and secure network designed for today’s connected world.”

The Adaptive Network solution at the core of BT’s Whole Home Wi-Fi provides high quality, full coverage wireless connection experience with the latest in network security and smart connectivity features. Users of BT’s Whole Home Wi-Fi will benefit from a simple setup of a network and small repeaters which automatically route network traffic throughout the home ensuring total Wi-Fi coverage with no sacrifice in speed or reliability. Features of the MediaTek Adaptive Network include:

  • A fast, secure network for total Wi-Fi coverage
  • Automatic configuration and grouping of receivers
  • Robust network healing and roaming functionality
  • Intelligent traffic monitoring and ensuring quality of service

“The landscape of the connected world is changing and with it the needs of home wireless networks,” said Joe Chen, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek. “As we welcome more and varied connected devices into our homes, we must start looking for smarter, whole home wireless coverage solutions for connectivity. MediaTek’s Adaptive Network technology is designed to meet these needs and we’re confident that homes across the United Kingdom will enjoy enhanced connectivity thanks to BT’s Whole Home Wi-Fi.”

Powered by three MediaTek chipsets (MT7621+MT7615+MT7615), MediaTek’s adaptive network is just one of a robust line-up of product offerings powering today’s most exciting technologies.  As a leader in chipsets for home entertainment products, smart devices, connected car and connected home technologies, MediaTek is powering our increasingly networked world.

About MediaTek

MediaTek Incorporated (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year. We are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Our dedication to innovation has positioned us as a driving market force in several key technology areas, including highly power-efficient mobile technologies and advanced multimedia solutions across a broad range of products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, OTT boxes, wearables and automotive solutions. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals through smart technology. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit www.mediatek.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, 2017 at 12:48 pm

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MediaTek Announces the MT2533D Chipset with Advanced Technology for Smart Headsets, Headphones and Hands-Free Systems

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-New MT2533D chipset technology delivers crystal-clear voice and music, combined with an ARM Cortex-M4 processor to enable smart device features

LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announced the availability of MT2533D, a highly integrated chipset for smart, connected headphones, headsets, earpieces and hands-free systems.

The MT2533D is designed for wireless headphones and in-vehicle hands-free systems, giving users an optimal experience whether they are listening or speaking. The MT2533D chipset is also ideal for stand-alone sports headsets or travel earpieces as it offers local MP3 playback, making music playback possible without the need to pair a smartphone. Such devices could offer users access to up to 1000 tracks using the support for 4GB external storage.

“MT2533D, with its combination of low power and rich features, is the ideal chipset platform for product designers of smart headphones, wireless headsets and hands-free solutions,” said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of New Business Development Business Unit at MediaTek. “The combination of advanced audio processing technology with low-power computing capabilities opens up new possibilities for innovation in the smart headset market.”

The MT 2533D combines an audio Analog Front End (AFE) and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M4 processor, 4MB memory (PSRAM and flash) and dual-mode Bluetooth (2.1 and 4.2 Low Energy) radio.

To support applications that need advanced audio management, MT2533D integrates a DSP that comes with 128KB IRAM, 250KB DRAM, and 96KB SRAM for various speech enhancement algorithms. This DSP delivers native Dual Microphone Noise Reduction (DMNR) technology and supports third-party software for a voice wake-up command. It also supports A2DP, HFP, Advanced Wireless Stereo, and MP3 local playback.

Whether playing music, taking part in a conference call or making a hands-free call from a car, MT2533D offers high-quality audio with minimal power consumption. The chipset can also act as the MCU for other applications, which can include biosensing. In addition, it offers display and camera interfaces, and can work with additional connectivity, such as Wi-Fi, using the SDIO feature.

MT2533D is one of a series of chipsets supported by the MediaTek LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS. Key features of this platform include:

  • Based on the popular FreeRTOS, with additional open-source modules (source code available).
  • Supports chipsets based on the ARM Cortex-M4 architecture, offering high performance, low power connectivity.
  • Development and debugging in ARM Keil Micro-Vision, IAR Embedded Workbench and GCC.
  • The chipset will be available to device makers in Q1 2017. More information is available at http://www.mediatek.com/products/wearables/mt2533 and http://labs.mediatek.com/2533. Developer documentation and tools will be released via MediaTek Labs in Q3 2017.

About MediaTek

MediaTek Incorporated (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year. We are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Our dedication to innovation has positioned us as a driving market force in several key technology areas, including highly power-efficient mobile technologies and advanced multimedia solutions across a broad range of products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, OTT boxes, wearables and automotive solutions. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals through smart technology. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit www.mediatek.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, 2017 at 12:44 pm

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Miss Kaya Launches Robo-advisor for Women in Asia and Plans Comprehensive Financial Services

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Miss Kaya (www.misskaya.com) strives to simplify and demystify money management.

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Miss Kaya is the first licensed roboadvisor in Singapore, with Marvelstone Capital as its fund management company. Currently available to high net worth individuals, the plan is to be accessible to retail investors in the near term.

Women tend to avoid managing their finances or investing often. However, women have the money and skills to be successful investors. It is just that the financial services and tools available in Asia are often complicated and difficult to comprehend in general.

“The jargon, financial lingo, analogies, and more, all are designed to be relevant to those already familiar with finances,” said Gina Heng, the founder of Miss Kaya. “This makes it daunting for the modern woman to feel confident with their personal finances or feel eager to invest.”

That’s why the ex-hedge fund manager/entrepreneur Gina Heng decided to develop an educational fintech platform suited to the needs of women. Miss Kaya, also the first women-focused financial platform in Asia, serves to empower women to achieve longer-term financial goals, and allows them to pursue their dreams.

Once women are more aware of the financial implications they are faced with, Miss Kaya will take them through the next step via effective budgeting tools and even an e-wallet with a Miss Kaya debit card, all of which will help them transact seamlessly and remain financially responsible.

Miss Kaya‘s strategies and layout are unique and stand apart from the other digital platforms in Asia. For example, women tend to live longer and face different lifestyle costs, affecting the way the investment algorithms will perform. Also, from a customer-standpoint, Miss Kaya‘s open approach is distinctive and the interface feels modern.

Miss Kaya takes into account the customer’s goals, risk appetite and profile information, and then develops a unique portfolio along with a specific timeline and suggested recurring contributions. The customer can take these suggestions into account and modify as she feels fit, and Miss Kaya then reassesses the outcomes.

It plans to achieve this benchmark through its quantitative strategies developed through Ms. Heng’s years of experience in investment management.

Miss Kaya not only wants to help women in making successful decisions in investing,” said Ms. Heng, “but also achieve confidence in managing their own finances and ultimately reaching their life goals.”

Contact: hello@misskaya.com

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January 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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