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All-New 2020 Kia Forte5 Makes its North American Debut as Kia Canada Unveils its Electric Future with Four New Models Coming soon to Canada

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 19:22

Canadians to get first look at Kia’s 2020 Forte5, 2020 Soul, 2020 Soul EV and 2019 Niro EV at next week’s 2019 Montreal International Auto Show

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the New Year rolls in, Kia Canada is setting its sights on the future with a line-up of innovative and forward-thinking new cars. With a focus on green, technology and performance, Kia’s latest launches represent cutting-edge additions to its already outstanding portfolio of vehicles designed to meet the real-life needs of everyday Canadians.

“This year’s Auto Show circuit is an exciting one for the brand and we are incredibly proud of our entire lineup, including these all-new vehicles,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada. “The all-new Forte5, Soul, Soul EV and Niro EV all represent the epitome of Kia’s vision for the future – to create real-world, top-quality vehicles that enhance the everyday lives of drivers coast to coast.  We know Kia’s innovative technology and cutting-edge safety features are what drivers want and we can’t wait to show them off!”

The star of the show was the all-new ultra-sporty, performance-focused Kia Forte5, which made its North American debut today at the brand’s preview event and will be on display at the 2019 Montreal Auto Show – a rare chance for Canadians to be the first in North America to get up close to a brand-new vehicle.

Hitting Canadian streets in the fall of 2019, the Forte5 offers dynamic and fun performance in a sporty, head-turning hatchback design. The car’s most exciting feature is its optional GT performance upgrade which lets drivers experience the exhilaration of being sucked into their seat thanks to an optional 1.6L Turbo GDI paired to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission – which will pack a punch and offer some serious “oomph!”

The new Forte5 offers a perfect fusion of sleek design, sporty performance and practical functionality.

“We’re confident that this new Kia Forte5 delivers on what Canadians want – a dynamic and sporty Hatchback that is great to look at, fun to drive, safe and connects to their unique lives,” said Kopke, “Kia continues to put design, performance and technology at the forefront of all our vehicles and this new Forte5 is another great example of why Canadians should be looking to us during their purchase journey.”

But the innovation doesn’t stop there. In addition to its power-punch Forte5, Kia Canada has unveiled two new electrifying additions to its portfolio of vehicles with the 2020 Soul EV and the 2019 Niro EV, as well as the new 2020 Kia Soul – a reimagined revision of the brand’s most iconic vehicle.

Kia’s Soul EV and Niro EV aren’t your run-of-the-mill Electric Vehicles – they’re designed to redefine traditional perceptions of electric cars and provide drivers with EV options that eliminate the need to compromise functionality for eco-friendliness. The Soul EV and Niro EV are real-world electric vehicles that fuse functionality with practicality and provide consumers with cost-savings on fuel without the traditional range restrictions of fully-electric cars.

The 2019 Kia Niro EV was crafted with a versatile crossover design for Canadians who know no boundaries and want an Electric Vehicle that shares that sentiment. When it arrives in Canada in early 2019, the Niro EV will be available in an SX Touring trim which will offer drivers a ton of mind-blowing and cutting-edge features including:

  • Multi-functional crossover format provides a vehicle for every lifestyle
  • Official EPA range of 385 kms
  • Regenerative braking technology which captures kinetic energy created by the vehicle’s brakes to recharge the car’s battery while driving
  • Ultra-fast charging attributable to the vehicle’s standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which provides a charge sufficient for approximately 135 km in 30 minutes using a 50kW charger or 193 km in 30 minutes using a 100kW charger

The 2020 Kia Soul EV was created with the same distinctive, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing spirit as the beloved and award-winning Soul. It was designed for Canadians who love to jump in their car, go for a ride and enjoy a Soul-ful vibe out as they drive. Expected to arrive in Canada this summer, with more information available later this Spring, the vehicle will offer two trims – the EV Premium and EV Limited – and will offer cutting-edge features including:

  • Standard electric motor boasting 134-horsepower and 291 ft.-lb. of torque and available 201 horsepower and 291 lb.ft. of torque
  • Regenerative braking technology which captures kinetic energy created by the vehicle’s brakes to recharge the car’s battery while driving
  • High-tech features including a 10.25” colour touchscreen with rear view monitor and parking guidance

Last but most certainly not least is the 2020 Kia Soul. Staying true to its brand heritage and unconventional DNA, the reimagined Soul will represent the rebirth of Kia’s iconic vehicle. It will offer Canadians a completely new, yet familiar, version of Kia’s beloved and award-winning urban favorite. Available in five trim levels, the 2020 Kia Soul will arrive in Canada in the early first half of 2019 and boast features including:

  • Continued passion for music – a continued theme for Soul since its inception – including touches inspired by the emotional visualization of sound including enhancements to its available mood lighting system boasting 11 new ambiance settings and 3D pattern surfaces on the upper door panels which synchronize to the beat of music playing in the vehicle
  • High-tech details including an available 10.25” HD colour touchscreen and available 8-inch Heads-Up Display
  • The new Soul also offers an available 640-watt Harman Kardon audio system including an amplifier and 10 speakers and subwoofer which bumps music with twice the wattage of the current Soul

Starting at the Montreal Auto Show next week, Kia’s new vehicles will join other favourites on display at various auto shows across the country. Pre-production vehicle specs and design are subject to change in production.

About Kia Canada Inc.
Kia Canada Inc. (KCI), established in 1999 and celebrating 20 years in Canada, is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) based in Seoul, South Korea. Kia’s full line of award-winning vehicles offers world-class quality and customer satisfaction through a network of 193 dealers nationwide. The company employs 170 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters, various locations across Canada and at its regional office in Montreal, Quebec. Kia’s brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. From compact to crossover to industry leading EV’s, every Kia delivers an extraordinary combination of precision engineering, outstanding performance, innovative features, and advanced safety systems. Having sold close to one million vehicles, popular Canadian models include Soul, Forte, Sportage, Sorento and Stinger. To learn more about the Kia advantage, visit kia.ca or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Press materials and images for the 2020 Forte5, 2020 Soul, 2020 Soul EV and 2019 Niro EV can be found here. Niro EV and Soul images may depict US models.

For more information about Kia Canada and our products, please visit our Media Centre at KiaMedia.ca or contact:

Mark James                                            
Corporate Communications Manager                  
Kia Canada Inc.                                 
T: 905-755-6251
E: mjames@kia.ca

Frederic Tremblay (Quebec Inquiries)
Directeur relations publiques et communications – Région de l’est
Kia Canada Inc.                                 
T: 514-955-0505 x 2209
E: ftremblay@kia.ca  

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Zumiez Announces Participation in the 2019 ICR Conference

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 02:35

LYNNWOOD, Wash., Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) a leading specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories for young men and women, today announced that management will present at the 2019 ICR Conference at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time.  The live webcast can be accessed via the investor relations page of Zumiez website at http://ir.zumiez.com.  To listen to the live webcast, visit the Zumiez website at least 10 minutes in advance to download and install any necessary audio software.

About Zumiez Inc.

Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods for young men and women who want to express their individuality through the fashion, music, art and culture of action sports, streetwear, and other unique lifestyles. As of January 5, 2019, we operated 709 stores, including 610 in the United States, 50 in Canada, 41 in Europe and 8 in Australia. We operate under the names Zumiez, Blue Tomato and Fast Times. Additionally, we operate ecommerce web sites at zumiez.com, blue-tomato.com and fasttimes.com.au.

Company Contact:
Darin White
Director of Finance &
Investor Relations
Zumiez Inc.
(425) 551-1500, ext. 1337

Investor Contact:
ICR
Brendon Frey
(203) 682-8200

YANGAROO Grants Stock Options

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 21:30

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YANGAROO Inc. (TSX-V: YOO, OTCBB: YOOIF) (the “Company”), the industry’s leading secure digital media management and distribution company, is pleased to announce a grant of stock options (the “Options”) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Company’s Stock Option Plan to certain officers, directors, employees and consultants of the Company, to purchase an aggregate of 2,155,000 common shares in the capital stock of the Company, following the expiration of 1,535,000 options in the final quarter of 2018.

The Options are exercisable for a period of five years from the date of grant at a price of $0.155 per share. Following 10% of the Options vesting on the date of grant, the remaining 90% will vest as to a third on each 6-month anniversary following the date of grant.

Subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange, this grant of options will result in a total of 7,161,500 options issued and outstanding and 183,476 options remaining available for grant.  Following the expiration of an additional 750,000 options in March 2019, 933,476 options will be available for grant.

About YANGAROO:

YANGAROO is a company dedicated to digital media management.  YANGAROO’s patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) is a leading secure B2B digital cloud based solution focused on the music and advertising industries. The DMDS solution provides more accountable, effective, and far less costly digital management of broadcast quality media via the Internet. It replaces the physical, satellite and closed network distribution and management of audio and video content, for music, music videos, and advertising to television, radio, media, retailers, and other authorized recipients. The YANGAROO Awards platform is now the industry standard and powers most of North America’s major awards shows.

YANGAROO has offices in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. YANGAROO trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol YOO and in the U.S. under OTCBB: YOOIF.

For YANGAROO Investor Inquiries:
Gary Moss
Phone: (416) 534-0607
gary.moss@yangaroo.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "achieve", "could", "believe", "plan", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "estimate", "outlook", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should" or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes.

Forward looking statements are subject to both known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of YANGAROO, that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of YANGAROO to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including but not limited to: the use of proceeds of the offering, receipt of all necessary approvals of the offering, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; negotiation uncertainties and other risks of the technology industry. Although YANGAROO has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause YANGAROO’s actual performance and results to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, neither YANGAROO assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

Stingray to Release its Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2019

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 17:30

MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) will release its financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2018, on Thursday, February 7, 2019, before the market opens.  Management will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results the same day at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

Details of the Conference Call

Via the internet at www.stingray.com

Via telephone: (877) 223-4471 or (647) 788-4922

Conference Call Rebroadcast

A rebroadcast of the conference call will be available until midnight, March 6, 2019, by dialing (800) 585‑8367 or (416) 621-4642 and entering passcode 5759425.

About Stingray

Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, more than 100 radio stations, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 101 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries. For more information: www.stingray.com.

Contact information:

Mathieu Peloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray Group Inc.
(514) 664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com

Avid Announces Roster of Top Audio Pros to Appear on NAMM 2019 Main Stage

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 20:15

Download the Avid Link app to get a front row seat of LIVE Streaming of Main Stage sessions and join the entire global Avid creative community

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, today announced that it will host an extraordinary line-up of audio professionals at its 2019 NAMM booth (#15502), January 24-28, 2019. The all-star roster will appear on Avid’s Main Stage – the premier location for music, audio post production and live sound – where they’ll exchange ideas and give inspiration to aspiring music creators attending the show and for the creative community globally via live streaming on the free Avid Link app available now.

Avid’s Main Stage events are a perennial favorite of NAMM attendees and, now with Avid Link, those who are unable to attend can watch as it happens via live streaming. Available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android, the Avid Link app allows anyone to find, connect, and collaborate with a diverse community of audio and video creators, including producers, mixers, composers, editors, videographers, and graphic designers. Avid Link makes it easier for users to promote their work and skills to a vast network of media professionals, manage and keep their software up-to-date, and acquire tools and skills that expand their creative repertoire.

“At NAMM 2019, Avid is connecting the creative community with collaborative workflows for teams and individuals and the new Avid Link app, which brings together the industry’s most diverse and inspired group,” said Rob D’Amico, Director, Audio Solutions Marketing at Avid. “A fantastic line up of industry greats will be headlining on Avid’s main stage, and by streaming live on Avid Link, we’re giving everyone a front-row seat to inspiring sessions and exciting interactions.”

Watch Avid’s Main Stage Presentations from Anywhere
The Avid Main Stage will be the place to hear from some of the biggest names in the music and audio post production industry.  These iconic producers, editors and mixers are best known for their works with artists such as Foo Fighters, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, David Bowie, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and on films such as Venom and Deadpool, and touring bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer. These pros will share their experiences and expertise to inspire other music professionals and aspiring talent to create their best sound in workflows for audio post, music creation, notation and live sound.

  • “Mix with the Masters” - music production sessions with world-renowned artists like Mixing Engineer and multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Tony Maserati (Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Lady Gaga), and GRAMMY-nominated Recording and Mixing Engineer Leslie Brathwaite (Cardi B, Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Little Wayne). 
     
  • Post Production - thought-provoking discussions from industry greats such as award-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Re-recording Mixer Will Files (Deadpool, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) talking about his work on Marvel Studio’s box-office smash Venom
     
  • Live Sound - featuring professionals who have worked with music greats like Front-of-House (FOH) veteran Greg Price (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss) and FOH Engineer and Avid Live Sound Senior Market Specialist, Robert Scovill (Tom Petty, Matchbox 20, Rush).
     
  • Music Notation & Composition – Learn how to use Avid Sibelius® to compose and notate scores with renowned music creators like composer and pianist Greg Spero (Halsey, Makaya McCraven, Arturo Sandoval, Corey Wilkes, Robert Irving III).  

Presenting Pensado’s Place
Avid is proud to once again present Pensado’s Place during the NAMM Show which will also be streamed live through the Avid Link app. Hosted by dynamic duo Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place provides in-depth interviews with some of the best mixers, engineers and producers in the business.

For more details and up-to-date information on Avid’s Main Stage sessions at the show, visit the Avid website and social channels.

About Avid
Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, FastServe®, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram, TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

© 2019 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid NEXIS, FastServe, AirSpeed, iNews, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice. Grammy is a trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.

PR Contact:
Avid                                                    
Amy Paladino                        
amy.paladino@avid.com                                           

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (Avid’s PR agency)  
Alex Humphries-French – UK
Tanya Roberts – USA                        
avid@rlyl.com

CLEER INC DEBUTS NEW BLUETOOTH WIRELESS HEADPHONES

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 04:38

New Line of Headphones Utilizes Latest Qualcomm Audio technology for great sound with head turning battery life

Las Vegas, NV - CES 2019, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Las Vegas, NV, CES – January 8, 2019 – Own the moment with Cleer, Inc., designer, and manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics announced two headphones based upon Qualcomm® QCC5124 Bluetooth Audio System-on-Chips (SoC) and optimized for voice interface: ALLY Plus True Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree and FLOW BT Wireless Headphone to be showcased at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 1 – Booth #20424.        

ALLY Plus True Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone Tiny in size but feature-rich, the ALLY Plus is the perfect choice for on-the-go lifestyles. One of the first to utilize the Qualcomm® QCC5124 audio SoC, the ALLY Plus delivers robust Bluetooth® 5.0 audio streaming with up to 10-hour playback1 - enough for almost any daily routine.

Designed to work with a voice interface, the ALLY Plus affords total listening freedom on-the-go with Qualcomm® cVc™ noise reduction technology for enhanced voice communications, interaction and control, even in high-noise and multi-tasking conditions.

Via active noise canceling technology, the ALLY Plus can competently suppress ambient noise for optimal listening enjoyment wherever life’s adventures may take you. With Ambient Mode users can opt to hear their surroundings, in addition to important notifications and conversation, without removing the headphone.

Lightweight and balanced, ALLY Plus sits comfortably and securely in place. Simply pop them in and get on with your day. Supplied silicone eartips allow for a fine-tuned fit. When not in-use, the headphone stows in a pocket-friendly charging case capable of delivering up-to an additional 20-hours of playback1.  

FLOW BT Wireless Headphone –
The FLOW BT Wireless Headphone elevates the wireless listening experience with breakthrough battery life, high-performance audio playback, and plush comfort.

Cut the cord via a Qualcomm® QCC5124 audio SoC featuring Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with Qualcomm® aptX™ Low Latency support for robust audio streaming, while the integrated microphone with cVc noise reduction technology affords enhanced voice communications, interaction, and control for up-to 100-hour playback1.

Rediscover your favorite music and multimedia content in plush, extended-listening comfort as Ironless Drivers effortlessly deliver vivid and nuanced, Hi-Res playback (up-to 40kHz2). When you can’t be engrossed in music, the swivel, flexible folding design stores easily in the supplied case, your backpack, or briefcase.  

For convenience, USB Type-C charging via quick charging capability delivers up-to 2 hours playback with a 10-minute charge, while a full-charge delivers up-to 100-hours playback.

All headphones featured above will be available in the 2nd Quarter 2019:

The ALLY Plus will be available in (2) colors – Blue and Light Beige, and sell for $199.99 MSRP 

The FLOW BT will be available in (2) colors – Metallic Black and Metallic Beige, and sell for $179.99 MSRP

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ABOUT CLEER - We are Cleer, a performance audio brand. We believe that elevating every moment is what a great audio product should do, and we’ve set out to prove that it’s possible. Our rules are simple: exceed expectations. Avoid what’s trendy.

Cleer Contact: Claude Schmidt • 1 (858) 201-3388 ext.103 • email: claude.schmidt@cleer.us

Press Contact:  Roberta Lewis · Tel: 1 (713) 408-9401 · email: roberta.lewis@cleer.us

1 - Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage.

2 – Requires connecting supplied audio cable to Hi-Res capable audio source.

Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.  cVc and aptX are trademarks of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries.

Qualcomm QCC5124, Qualcomm cVc and Qualcomm aptX are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

 

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CLEER MIRAGE SMART HOME DISPLAY SPEAKER DEBUTS AT CES

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 04:35

One of the First Speakers To Integrate a Flexible AMOLED

Las Vegas, NV - CES 2018, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Las Vegas, NV, CES – January 8, 2019 – Own the moment as Cleer Inc., designer and manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics announces the MIRAGE Smart Display Speaker with Alexa a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree, to be showcased at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1 – Booth #20424.

An innovative spin on smart home entertainment - the MIRAGE Smart Display Speaker features a curved display with 360-degree sound and is built upon the Qualcomm APQ8053 Smart Audio Platform, incorporating flexible Bluetooth® 4.2 + BLE and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a complete Alexa integration for powerful and immersive connected experiences.

The curved 7.8” flexible AMOLED display delivers immersive viewing from all angles. Stay on top of your schedule, in touch with family or view lyrics to that special song. Integrated LED lighting also compliments any decor and sets the mood day or night. In Music Mode, the light will pulse in-sync with your favorite playlist.

“Flexible AMOLED has allowed us to rethink how we create audio products for consumers home. We’re excited to get away from square displays and leverage 360-degree sound in conjunction with the flexible display, said Patrick Huang, CEO and President of Cleer Inc.

At home in the kitchen, office or living room, the MIRAGE speaker delivers rich and immersive, 360-degree audio via a ringed 3.1 channel speaker array with passive radiator. Selectable DSP modes, via the Cleer Connect + app, allow for anything from room-filling music to a home theater experience.

Superb far-field voice recognition with optimized noise-rejection affords superb hands-free interaction. Enjoy effortless voice control via Alexa from anywhere in the room – just ask to access your favorite playlists, control smart home devices, access tens of thousands of skills, and more. The Mirage also allows for touch control.

The MIRAGE Smart Home Display will be available for in 3rd Quarter 2019 in Black, for $499.99 MSRP   

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ABOUT CLEER - We are Cleer, a performance audio brand. We believe that elevating every moment is what a great audio product should do, and we’ve set out to prove that it’s possible. Our rules are simple: exceed expectations. Avoid what’s trendy.

ABOUT QUALCOMM - Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s websiteOnQ blogTwitter and Facebook pages.

Cleer Contact: Claude Schmidt • 1 (858) 201-3388 ext.103 • email: claude.schmidt@cleer.us

Press Contact:  Roberta Lewis · Tel: 1 (713) 408-9401 · email: roberta.lewis@cleer.us

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Yamaha Concept Technology Illustrates “Art for Human Possibilities” at CES® 2019

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 03:53

Yamaha Motor Corporation Explores New Possibilities at World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. unwrapped an interactive and compellingly designed presentation at CES® 2019 today to spotlight new technology and use possibilities within the theme of “Art for Human Possibilities.”

Featuring five new and concept models during the world's largest consumer electronics show this week, Yamaha is illustrating innovation and versatile capabilities while exploring new possibilities for the future of relaxed mobility. This exhibition aims to discover new partners from any field of endeavor, creating technological innovation and new businesses through open innovation.

In addition to the featured indoor display, Yamaha is conducting demonstrations of its Public Personal Mobility (PPM) concept model featuring an “AI conductor” in a dedicated area outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES attendees are encouraged to visit the Yamaha booth (26015) to learn how they might participate in the demonstration rides.

More information on the models to be exhibited:

Public Personal Mobility (PPM) (Concept model): Mobility service system with a wide range of potential applications based on low-speed autonomous driving and passenger-cargo shared usage

PPM is a form of comfortable and convenient on-demand compact low-speed mobility for “one-mile” short-distance travel. Its simple construction enables customization for a variety of applications, such as the transportation of passengers and/or cargo, or further conversion into a mobile sales kiosk. In anticipation of further future autonomous travel, provisions for a variety of user-friendly mobility service applications will be showcased, such as AI-based facial recognition registration and communication between the vehicle (robot) and the passenger (human).

During CES 2019, Yamaha Motor is conducting demonstrations of the PPM featuring an “AI conductor” on dedicated paths adjacent to the South Hall which houses the Yamaha Motor booth. After facial recognition registration at the Yamaha Booth or the boarding point, passengers can control the specific AI conductor on a demonstration ride of the vehicle. In addition, the AI conductor controls the start and stop of the vehicle through the passenger’s gestures. Visitors can experience the future of personal travel made possible by the Yamaha autonomous systems.

Next-generation Industrial-use Unmanned Helicopters: Delivering an impressive 70kg payload and long range capable of providing new solutions in aerial delivery and surveillance. (Concept model)

Building on Yamaha Motor's 35 years of experience in industrial-use unmanned helicopters, this concept model features a series of innovations enabling the payload of 70kg, double that of the latest model. Flight controls will also be updated to feature the latest technology such as collision avoidance, flight stability in atmospheric turbulence, and terrain following flights in mountainous areas.

In addition, utilizing its autonomous flight capabilities, this model can provide unprecedented aerial solutions for a range of applications such as aerial delivery, measurement, inspection, aerial photography, and surveillance through the attachment of application-specific equipment.

Unveiling of New TRITOWN Design (Concept model): Electric personal mobility for enjoyable and comfortable last-mile travel

Compact electric stand-up riding mobility with LMW (two front wheel mechanism), the simple structure in which the rider’s posture controls the balance of the vehicle means that it can be brought to a stop while still in a riding position. The lightweight and compact body makes for easy operation, creating a short-distance mobility tool accessible to a diverse range of people, and making last-mile travel enjoyable and exciting. The TRITOWN concept exhibit was the talk of the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, and the new design will be exhibited for the first time at CES 2019.

New Leaning Multi Wheel NIKEN launched in 2018: Motorcycle that delivers both relaxation and excitement via two front wheels (Production vehicle)

New model LMW with an 847cm3 liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder engine, the NIKEN is a next-generation LMW that provides advanced LMW technology with a combination of unwavering cornering capability supported by a sense of stability, and a high-quality cruise performance that maintains rider comfort even over long distances. By adopting a new and exclusively-developed steering mechanism, not only is the sense of stability unique to LMW, but the NIKEN also delivers sporty and smooth cornering as well as a natural steering feel. In addition to the sense of stability, with the introduction of a range of other control technologies, NIKEN owners are treated to a relaxed ride even during long distance touring.

Installation of artificial intelligence technology: Exhibition by Yamaha Corporation, with which Yamaha Motor shares the Yamaha brand (Concept model)

This installation showcases artificial intelligence technology developed by Yamaha Corporation, which specializes in musical and audio devices. The system analyzes and corrects the music performance in real time, aiding the performer to create a natural performance close to the musical score.

About Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:7272) is a world-leading producer of motorcycles, ATV and Side-by-Side recreational products, marine products, power products, electric-assist bicycles and intelligent machinery. The company’s diverse business and wide variety of products are built around its proprietary technologies focused on small engines, chassis & hull and electronic control. Yamaha Motor conducts global development, production and marketing operations through 140 subsidiaries and equity-method affiliates in 30 countries. About 90% of consolidated net sales are generated in more than 200 countries outside of Japan. The company is steadily restructuring its global engineering, manufacturing and marketing capabilities for sustainable long-term growth. Please visit https://global.yamaha-motor.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Van Holmes
For Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
van.holmes@specpr.com

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CLEER INC Announces Wireless Bluetooth Headphones and Bluetooth Neck Speaker built upon Latest Qualcomm technology and optimized for Google Assistant

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 03:32

Las Vegas, NV - CES 2019, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Las Vegas, NV, CES – January 8, 2019 – Own the moment with Cleer, Inc., a designer, and manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics as they announce three headphones based upon Qualcomm® CSR8670 and CSR8675 Bluetooth Audio System-on-Chips (SoC) and featuring Google Assistant: EDGE Voice Headphone, FLOW II Headphone, and HALO Neck Speaker to be shown and demonstrated at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 1 – Booth #20424.      

For active lifestyles, the shockproof and IPX5 water-resistant EDGE Voice Wireless Heart Rate Monitor Headphone delivers a secure fit with flexible ear-loops and interchangeable silicone eartips. Based upon a Qualcomm® CSR8670 audio SoC, the EDGE Voice delivers robust Bluetooth® 4.2 audio streaming support and cVc™ noise reduction technology for exceptional voice interaction and control. Quickly find your zone via built-in, infrared heart-rate monitoring capability with on-demand updates and compatibility with most popular fitness apps, including MapMyRun and Endomondo. Optimized for Google Assistant the EDGE Voice delivers the ultimate in productivity and companionship for your daily activities. Just press and hold the Google Assistant button for the fastest way to enjoy entertainment, manage your day, be productive, and more from your favorite Google apps and services, all without having to look at your phone. Convenient quick charging capability delivers up-to 1-hour playback1 (6-hours maximum) with a 5-minute charge - So, in the time it takes for you to pack up your things, you can charge the EDGE Voice for a quick workout.

For bigger, cord-less and noise-free listening sound, look no further than the FLOW II Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone. Built on a Qualcomm® CSR8675 Bluetooth® Audio SoC with Qualcomm® aptX™, AAC, and LDAC support, the FLOW II delivers enhanced wireless connectivity and outstanding, near-CD quality audio streaming with up-to 20-hours maximum playback1. When in a pinch, quick charging capability delivers up-to 2 hours playback with a 10-minute charge. Rediscover your music with Ironless Driver Technology for vivid and nuanced, Hi-Res playback (up to 40kHz2). For peace and quiet, best-in-class hybrid noise canceling technology delivers up to 30dB ambient noise suppression1. For hearing one’s surroundings, in addition to important notifications and conversation without removing the headphones, Ambient Mode is easily activated via intuitive controls.

 

Optimized for Google Assistant the FLOW II delivers the ultimate in productivity and companionship for your travels or daily commute. Just press and hold the Google Assistant button for the fastest way to enjoy entertainment, manage your day, be productive, and more from your favorite Google apps and services, all without having to look at your phone. When not listening, the swivel folding design folds compactly for storage in the supplied case. Interchangeable deco-rings allow for personalizing the FLOW II to taste.

For unencumbered listening, meet the HALO Wireless Neck Speaker. Worn around the neck, the IPX4, splash-resistant HALO sits comfortably on your shoulders, ready to deliver powerful and personal entertainment and enhanced communications without shutting out the world. While a Qualcomm® CSR8675 Bluetooth® Audio SoC with aptX™ and AAC support ensures enhanced wireless connectivity with rich and powerful audio playback, an optimized microphone array with noise rejection technology affords exceptional voice interaction and control. Optimized for Google Assistant the HALO is the ultimate in productivity and companionship for your daily activities. Just press and hold the Google Assistant button for the fastest way to enjoy entertainment, manage your day, be productive, and more from your favorite Google apps and services, all without having to look at your phone. When not in-use, magnetic clasps securely join the left and right speaker halves together for easy stowing and compact carry. quick charging capability with a USB Type-C interface easily provides up-to 2 hours playback with a 10-minute charge, with maximum charge lasting up-to 12-hours1.

All headphones featured above will be available in the 2nd Quarter 2019:

The EDGE Voice will be available in (2) colors – Gray and Tan, for $169.99 MSRP

The FLOW II will be available in (2) colors - Black and Silver, for $279.99 MSRP

The HALO will be available in (2) colors – Silver & Metallic Red, for $149.99 MSRP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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ABOUT CLEER - We are Cleer, a performance audio brand. We believe that elevating every moment is what a great audio product should do, and we’ve set out to prove that it’s possible. Our rules are simple: exceed expectations. Avoid what’s trendy.

ABOUT QUALCOMM - Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s websiteOnQ blogTwitter and Facebook pages.

Cleer Contact: Claude Schmidt • 1 (858) 201-3388 ext.103 • email: claude.schmidt@cleer.us

Press Contact:  Roberta Lewis · Tel: 1 (713) 408-9401 · email: roberta.lewis@cleer.us

1 - Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage.

2 – Requires connecting supplied audio cable to Hi-Res capable audio source.

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Global Wireless Speaker Market Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023: Market Size is Expected to Reach Revenues of Over $27 billion, Growing at a CAGR of 17%

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 20:51

Dublin, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Wireless Speaker Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global wireless speaker market size is expected to reach revenues of over $27 billion by 2023, growing at an impressive CAGR of around 17% 2018-2023.

The global wireless speaker market is driven factors such as ease of usage, connectivity, skillsets, design, sensor technology, voice-recognition, and signal transmission. The increasing proliferation of Bluetooth speakers and multiroom wifi speakers will boost revenues in the global wireless speaker market. The market research report provides in-depth market analysis and segmental analysis of the global wireless speaker market by connectivity type, price range, end-user type, distribution channels, and geography.

The development of wireless connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to smartphones, tablets, PCs, or any other dedicated wireless controller is propelling the growth of the global wireless speaker market. The introduction of Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi speakers is changing the technological landscape in the global market. The growing demand for innovative audio equipment is encouraging the leading players to launch new products in the market to attract new consumers.

The introduction of sound reinforcement equipment that supports various technologies such Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate (BR/EDR) will enable vendors to manufacture products that are flexible to the needs of the consumers in the global market. The launch of smart speakers that provide ease-of-use along with a taste of innovation is transforming the market.

The development of Europe, North America, and APAC economy is boosting the demand for consumer durable products, thereby driving the requirement for improved products in the global market. The rising awareness of wireless and remote speakers in the residential sectors of emerging nations will have a positive impact on the global market. The increasing per capita income, rising number of dual-income households, and growing spending on innovative devices are some of the factors augmenting the growth of the global wireless speaker market.

The increasing adoption of smart homes and implementation of connected devices is contributing to the revenues in the global market. The proliferation of online retailers such as Amazon, JD.com, and eBay offering products from several key vendors will result in the evolution of the global market. The global wireless speakers market is projected to reach revenues of more than $27 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of approximately 17% during the forecast period. The report also provides market size details in terms of unit shipment during the forecast period.

Wireless Speaker Market - Dynamics

The growing prominence of voice searches is propelling the growth of the global wireless speaker market. The usage of voice search is witnessing an unprecedented growth among consumers worldwide, and it is estimated that about 25% of the mobile queries and searches on Google's mobile application and Android devices were voice searches in 2017.

This increasing adoption of this technology is driving the development of voice assistant technology in the global market. Voice searches are gaining traction in advertising, payment, and processing activities thereby driving the demand for innovative speakers in the global market.

Some of the most popular voice assistant technology available in the market is Apple's Siri, OK Google, and Amazon's Alexa. The use of voice assistant technology as a personal assistant, fun and entertainment, general information, and local information provider will attribute to the development of the global wireless speaker market during the forecast period.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Research Methodology

2 Research Objectives

3 Research Process

4 Report Coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.2 Base Year
4.3 Scope of Study
4.3.1 Market Segmentation by Connectivity Type
4.3.2 Market Segmentation by End-user Type
4.3.3 Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel Type
4.3.4 Market Segmentation by Price Range
4.3.5 Market Segmentation by Geography

5 Report Assumptions & Caveats
5.1 Key Caveats
5.2 Inclusions
5.3 Exclusions
5.4 Currency Conversion
5.5 Market Derivation

6 Market at a Glance

7 Introduction
7.1 Market Overview
7.2 Bluetooth
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Evolution of Bluetooth
7.3 Bluetooth Technologies
7.3.1 By Radio
7.3.2 By Topology
7.3.3 By Solution
7.4 Working Mechanism of a Bluetooth Speaker
7.5 Virtual Assistants
7.5.1 Overview
7.5.2 Various Virtual Assistants
7.5.3 Interactions with End-users
7.6 MacroEconomic Factors Enabling Market Growth
7.6.1 Economic Development
7.6.2 Per Capita GDP in Developing Markets
7.6.3 Dual-income Households in Developed Markets

8 Market Dynamics
8.1 Market Growth Enablers
8.1.1 Growing Online Music Streaming
8.1.2 Voice Searches Gaining Prominence
8.1.3 Increasing Penetration of Internet
8.1.4 Increased Adoption of Smart Homes
8.1.5 YOY Impact of Market Growth Enablers
8.1.6 YOY Impact of Market Growth Enablers on Regions
8.2 Market Growth Restraints
8.2.1 Low Internet Penetration in Developing Economies
8.2.2 Volatility in Raw Material Prices and Increasing Labor Costs
8.2.3 Security Issues and Ethical Concerns
8.2.4 YOY Impact of Market Growth Restraints
8.2.5 YOY Impact of Market Growth Restraints on Regions
8.3 Market Opportunities & Trends
8.3.1 Increasing Popularity of Voice-first Technology
8.3.2 Increased Investment in IoT by Vendors
8.3.3 Increasing Influence of Internet in Shaping End-users' Purchasing Behavior
8.3.4 YOY Impact of Market Opportunities & Trends
8.3.5 YOY Impact of Market Opportunities & Trends on Regions

9 Value Chain Analysis
9.1 Value Chain overview
9.2 Value Chain Analysis
9.2.1 Raw Material and Component Suppliers
9.2.2 Manufacturers
9.2.3 Distributors/Dealers/Retailers
9.2.4 Retailers
9.2.5 End-user

10 Introduction to Smart Home
10.1 Overview
10.2 IoT Specialized Networks
10.2.1 Bluetooth
10.2.2 ZigBee
10.2.3 Z-Wave
10.2.4 Thread
10.2.5 Wi-Fi
10.2.6 Cellular
10.3 Opportunities in Connected Living Market
10.4 Smart Device Ownership in Developed Countries

11 Market Landscape
11.1 Global Smart Home Devices market
11.1.1 Market Overview
11.1.2 Market Size & Forecast
11.2 Global Wireless Speaker Market
11.2.1 Historical Data 2014-2016
11.2.2 Market Size & Forecast 2017-2023
11.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
11.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
11.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
11.3.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
11.3.4 Threat of Substitutes
11.3.5 Competitive Rivalry

12 Market By Connectivity Type
12.1 Market Overview

13 Global Bluetooth Speaker Market
13.1 Market Size & Forecast
13.2 Market by Product Segmentation
13.2.1 Market Overview
13.2.2 Global Traditional Bluetooth Speaker Market
13.2.3 Global Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Market
13.2.4 Global Rugged Bluetooth Speaker Market

14 Global Wi-Fi Speaker Market
14.1 Market Size & Forecast
14.2 Segmentation based on Connectivity Technology
14.2.1 Market Overview
14.2.2 Global Wi-Fi-only Speaker Market
14.2.3 Global Hybrid Speaker Market
14.3 Segmentation based on Use of Digital Assistant
14.3.1 Global Smart Wi-Fi Speaker Market
14.3.2 Market Size & Forecast: First-party Smart Speaker Market
14.3.3 Market Size and Forecast: Third-party Smart Speaker Market
14.3.4 Global Non-smart Wi-Fi Speaker Market
14.4 Segmentation based on Room Placement
14.4.1 Global Single-room Wi-Fi Speaker Market
14.4.2 Global Multi-room Wi-Fi Speaker Market

15 Market by Price Range
15.1 Market Overview
15.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.2.1 Global Low-end Wireless Speaker Market
15.2.2 Global Mid-range Wireless Speaker Market
15.2.3 Global Premium Wireless Speaker Market

16 Market by End-Users
16.1 Market Overview
16.2 Market Size & Forecast
16.2.1 Global Residential Wireless Speaker Market
16.2.2 Global Commercial Wireless Speaker Market

17 Market by Distribution Channel
17.1 Market Overview
17.2 Manufacture, Production, and Distribution
17.3 Distribution through Retail Stores
17.4 Distribution through Online Websites

18 Market by Geographical Segmentation
18.1 Market Overview

19 North America: Wireless Speaker Market

20 Europe: Wireless Speaker Market

21 APAC: Wireless Speaker Market

22 Latin America: Wireless Speaker Market

23 MEA: Wireless Speaker Market

24 Competitive Landscape
24.1 Market Overview
24.2 Market Structure and Mapping of Competition
24.2.1 Herfindahl-Hirschman Index
24.3 Market Share Analysis
24.3.1 Bluetooth Speakers
24.3.2 Smart Speakers

25 Key Company profiles
25.1 Alibaba Group
25.2 Alphabet (Google)
25.3 Amazon.com
25.4 BEATS Electronics (Apple)
25.5 Bose
25.6 HARMAN International (Samsung)
25.7 Sonos
25.8 Sony

26 Other Prominent Vendors
26.1 Altec Lansing
26.2 Anker Innovations
26.3 AOMAIS
26.4 Apple
26.5 Artis
26.6 Axess
26.7 Avnera
26.8 Baidu
26.9 Bang & Olufsen
26.10 Beijing LingLong (JD.com)
26.11 Boat Lifestyle
26.12 Braven
26.13 Creative Technology
26.14 Deutsche Telekom
26.15 DOSS
26.16 D&M Holdings (Denon)
26.17 Edifier
26.18 Fabriq
26.19 Facebook
26.2 Forcovr (Shenzhen Guowei Security)
26.21 iBall
26.22 iClever
26.23 ION Audio
26.24 Invoxia
26.25 JAM Audio
26.26 JONTER
26.27 KaKao
26.28 KitSound by Kondor
26.29 Klipsch Group
26.30 Koninklijke Philips
26.31 KT
26.32 Lenovo
26.33 LG Electronics
26.34 LIBRATONE
26.35 LINE
26.36 Logitech
26.37 Micromax
26.38 Mobvoi
26.39 Monster Cable Products
26.4 Mpow
26.41 Mycroft AI
26.42 NAVER
26.43 NVIDIA
26.44 Onkyo & Pioneer
26.45 Orange
26.46 Panasonic
26.47 Photive
26.48 Plantronics
26.49 Polk Audio
26.5 Rock Space (RENQING TECHNOLOGY)
26.51 Samsung Electronics
26.52 SHARKK
26.53 Sharp
26.54 SK Telecom
26.55 Skullcandy
26.56 SoundBot
26.57 Supersonic
26.58 TAGG
26.59 Telefnica
26.60 Tencent
26.61 The House of Marley
26.62 TIBO
26.63 Tribitaudio
26.64 VicTsing
26.65 Xiaomi
26.66 Yamaha
26.67 Yandex
26.68 Zebronics

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NXP Brings Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® to the Masses with its New Immersiv3D Audio Solution

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 19:35

News Highlights

  • Announces support for immersive audio support with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® on an Arm® Cortex®-A53
  • Announces advanced hardware and software architecture solutions based on the NXP i.MX 8M applications processors, Immersiv3D, poised to dramatically reduce system cost, enable advanced audio pre/post processing, and accelerate time to market
  • Enables development of superb audio devices with advanced features like voice control for the smart home

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today unveiled Immersiv3D audio solution for the smart home market, igniting a new era of audio system design and development. The solution combines ground-breaking NXP software on its i.MX 8M Mini applications processor and will support both Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® immersive audio technologies in future devices that integrate the i.MX 8M Mini SoC. The i.MX 8M Mini also brings smart capabilities like voice control to a broader range of consumer devices including soundbars, smart speakers, and AV receivers with the option for adding additional speakers to distribute smart voice control and immersive audio throughout the home.

Delivering the Quality of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Like many devices in the home, TVs and audio systems are also becoming more advanced; specifically sound — has been progressing by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks in large part to the development of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Both technologies are a leap forward from surround sound and transport listeners with moving audio that fills the room and flows all around them. Listeners will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism. The new Immersiv3D audio solution was designed to enable Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to bring to market affordable consumer audio devices capable of supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in their next-generation devices.

“Dolby Atmos takes your favorite entertainment to the next level with breathtaking immersive audio,” said Mahesh Balakrishnan, Vice President, Enhanced Audio Experiences, Dolby Laboratories. “With Dolby Atmos supported on NXP’s Immersiv3D audio solution, we are providing our OEM partners the tools to make Dolby Atmos experiences more accessible.”

“The Immersiv3D solution decodes the DTS:X audio signal and re-creates the placement and movement of sound exactly as intended,” said Joanna Skrdlant, General Manager, Home Audio and Solutions Licensing at Xperi, parent company of DTS. “Products enabled with DTS:X technology create multi-dimensional audio, so sound can move freely for incredible immersive audio experiences in consumer living rooms. DTS:X technology adapts to the speaker layout to best fit the individual consumer space by seamlessly transporting sound to and through specific locations within the viewing environment – in front of, behind, above and beside the audience. We’re happy to work with NXP to make the DTS:X experience even more accessible to our customers.”

How NXP Immersiv3D Revolutionizes Audio Systems Development

Conventional design approaches to audio systems use Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) to deliver complex, controlled, and low-latency audio processing to enable audio and video synchronization. Traditional embedded systems have evolved over time, and today, are capable of processing the latest 3D audio formats, but audio systems need to be designed to take advantage of today’s advanced processor cores. In conjunction with the NXP i.MX 8M family of processors, the innovative Immersiv3D audio solution introduces an advanced approach that features scalable audio processing integration into the System-on-Chip (SoC) Arm cores. This approach eliminates the need for expensive discrete DSPs, and also once-proprietary DSP design foundations, to embrace licensable cores.

“It’s all about meeting consumer expectations,” said Martyn Humphries, vice president of i.MX applications processors for consumer markets at NXP. “TVs are leading the way for innovating great home entertainment systems, from ultra HD 4K to 8K, but in parallel TVs are designed with thinner panels. Thinner TVs lack sufficient depth to add the high-quality speakers that could potentially have the biggest effect on home entertainment experiences. The Immersiv3D audio solution solves this problem by enabling 3D audio experiences in complementary home speaker systems that would be friendly on consumer wallets.”

The solution delivers high-end audio features such as immersive multi-channel audio playback, natural language processing and voice capabilities to fit today’s digitally savvy connected consumer.

How NXP Immersiv3D Brings Smarter Experiences

The NXP Immersiv3D audio solution gives audio developers, designers and integrators a leap forward to add intelligence and Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality while reducing cost. This includes development of enhancements like selective noise canceling where only certain sound elements are removed like car traffic or speech processing like changing speaker dialect or languages.

The solution introduces an easy-to-use, low-cost enablement for voice capability expansion. Audio systems built using NXP’s Immersiv3D with the i.MX 8M Mini applications processor will give consumers the flexibility to add different audio speakers, regardless of brand, to stream simultaneous and synchronized audio with voice control from their systems.

Product Availability and Demonstration

NXP will showcase its i.MX applications processor family including Immersiv3D at the NXP CES 2019 show at its booth, CP-18, in Las Vegas between January 8-11.

For more information, please contact a local NXP sales representative.
For additional press information and assets, please visit www.nxp.com/CES/mediacenter.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has over 30,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $9.26 billion in 2017. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

NXP and the NXP logo are trademarks of NXP B.V. ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd or its subsidiaries in the EU and/or elsewhere. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. © 2018 NXP B.V.

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AmericasEurope Greater China / Asia Tate Tran Martijn van der LindenMing YueTel: +1 408-802-0602Tel: +31 6 10914896Tel: +86 21 2205 2690Email: tate.tran@nxp.com Email: martijn.van.der.linden@nxp.comEmail: ming.yue@nxp.com 

Holiday 2018 Numeris Survey: 15 million Canadian Listeners for Stingray Music Audio Channels

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 15:30

First-ever Numeris PPM survey results for Stingray: 41.4% of Canadians and 41.6% of Canadians ages 25-54 listened to Stingray Music on TV

MONTREAL, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The numbers are in! Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY. B.), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced that the first two weeks of Numeris measurement for the Stingray Music audio channels on television revealed impressive listenership results:

December 17-30, 2018

  • Stingray Music reached over 15 million Canadians 2+ (41.4% of Canadians) and 41.6% of A25-54 (6.3 million) during Dec 17 – Dec 30, 2018.

  • Stingray Music’s English-language holiday programming channel alone reached over 7.2 million Canadians 2+. 

  • Stingray Music’s French-language holiday programming channel alone reached over 1.9 million Canadians 2+. 

  • Stingray Music represented 14.2% of audio market shares with the A2+ demographic and 12.8% of the audio market shares for the A25-54 demographic as measured by Numeris.

“Our first Numeris results reflect the appreciation of Canadians for an expertly curated, lean back listening experience that is like nothing else on the market,” said Mathieu Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications of Stingray. “These outstanding numbers confirm what we have known for years: Stingray Music is the preferred music source of Canadians from coast to coast. We are particularly pleased by our share of listeners ages 25-54. Our solid foothold in the market and ability to reach audiences of all ages guarantees our longevity.”

Stingray Music is a multiplatform music service offered to Canadians through their pay TV subscriptions. Canadians with access to Stingray Music on television can also tune in to the companion web player and mobile app that offer an additional 2,500 channels in all genres.

Sources:
AUDIO: Numeris PPM, Non-C Total Canada, Dec 17 – Dec 30, All Week, Unconfirmed data.  Numeris Audio Universe = Total Radio Tuning + Total Stingray Audio Tuning

TELEVISION: Numeris PPM, Total Canada, Dec 17 – Dec 30, All Week, Unconfirmed data.

About Stingray
Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, more than 100 radio stations, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 101 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries. For more information: www.stingray.com.


For more information, please contact:

Mathieu Péloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray
1 514-664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 15:30

Acting under its share buyback authorization, the GN Store Nord Board of Directors initiated a share buyback program on May 2, 2018, in accordance with article 5 of the regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse and the delegated regulation (EU) no. 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, also referred to as the Safe Harbor rules (company announcement no. 15 of May 2, 2018).

The share buyback program has been initiated in order to reduce the company’s share capital and to cover obligations under the long-term incentive program. Under the share buyback program, which runs from May 2, 2018 and will end no later than March 14, 2019, GN intends to buy back shares for an amount of up to DKK 1,000 million.

The following transactions have been made under the program in the period January 1, 2019 – January 7, 2019:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  January 2, 201920,000253.215,064,208  January 3, 201935,508246.408,749,235  January 4, 201920,000254.355,087,076  January 7, 201920,000261.795,235,732Accumulated under the program2,466,339275.28678,935,886

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 13,203,380 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 52,813,520 and 9.1% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. On a weekly basis, GN will announce the number and value of repurchased shares in company announcements to Nasdaq Copenhagen.

For further information, please contact:

Investors and analysts
Peter Justesen
VP – Investor Relations & Treasury
Tel: +45 45 75 87 16

Or

Rune Sandager
Senior Manager Investor Relations 
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Head of Media Relations & Corporate Public Affairs
Tel: +45 45 75 02 55


About GN Group
The GN Group is a global leader in intelligent audio solutions that let you hear more, do more and be more than you ever thought possible. With our unique competencies within medical, professional and consumer audio solutions, we transform lives through the power of sound: Hearing aids that enhance the lives of people with hearing loss; integrated headset and communications solutions that assist professionals in all types of businesses to be more productive; wireless headsets and earbuds designed to support calls, music and media consumption.

With world leading expertise in the human ear, sound, wireless technology and miniaturization, GN’s innovative and intelligent audio solutions are marketed by the brands ReSound, Beltone, Interton, Jabra and Blueparrott in 100 countries across the world. Founded in 1869, the GN Group today has more than 5,500 employees and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (GN.CO).

Visit our homepage GN.com - and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Stingray Group Inc. to Acquire Radio Station in Drumheller, AB

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 02:30

MONTREAL, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A, RAY.B) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Stingray Radio Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of CHOO-FM in Drumheller, Alberta, from Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”).

“The acquisition of CHOO-FM offers an excellent opportunity for Stingray to add an FM station in Drumheller that will perfectly complement our Real Country-branded CKDQ-AM,” commented Ian Lurie, President, Radio Operations of Stingray. “The stations, under one ownership, can now focus on best serving listeners and clients in a small market environment where resources are challenged.”

Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. However Stingray anticipates that the effective multiple paid is in the six times range. If approved, the closing is expected to take place mid-2019.

About Stingray Group Inc.
Montreal-based Stingray Group Inc. (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading music, media, and technology company with over 1,200 employees worldwide. Stingray is a premium provider of curated direct-to-consumer and B2B services, including audio television channels, more than 100 radio licences, SVOD content, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, and music apps, which have been downloaded over 100 million times. Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries.

Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This forward-looking information relates to, among other things, our objectives and the strategies to achieve these objectives, as well as information with respect to our beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimations and intentions, and may also include other statements that are predictive in nature, or that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions. Statements with the words “could”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “anticipate”, “assume”, “intend”, “plan”, “believes”, “estimates”, “guidance”, “foresee”, “continue” and similar expressions are intended to identify statements containing forward looking information, although not all forward-looking statements include such words. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances contain forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information are not historical facts but instead represent management’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. Although management believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to the risk factors disclosed in Stingray’s Annual Information Form for the year ended March 31, 2018 available on SEDAR. In addition, if any of the assumptions or estimates made by management prove to be incorrect, actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Such assumptions include, but are not limited to, availability of capital resources. If these assumptions are inaccurate, Stingray’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. All of the forward-looking information in this document is qualified by these cautionary statements. Statements containing forward-looking information contained herein are made only as of the date of this news release. Stingray expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements containing any forward-looking information, or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

For more information, please contact:

Mathieu Péloquin
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Stingray Digital Group Inc.
1 514-664-1244, ext. 2362
mpeloquin@stingray.com 

United States $3 Billion Bluetooth Speaker Market Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023 Featuring Major Players - Bose, HARMAN International, Beats & Sony

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 20:54

Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Bluetooth Speaker Market in US - Industry Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The US Bluetooth speaker market is expected to generate revenues of more than $3 billion by 2023, growing at CAGR of around 11% during 2018-2023. The report provides market share both in terms of revenue and unit shipment values.

US Bluetooth Speaker Market - Overview

The increasing growth of the music industry and the introduction of various streaming services such as Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify is contributing to the revenues in the US Bluetooth speaker market. The rising adoption of subscription music services by end-users is augmenting the growth of the US market.

The growing investment in the development of Bluetooth technology that helps vendors includes additional features such as low power mode, HD data streaming, and improvement in the range will boost the demand for these wireless speakers in the US market. The introduction of industry grade connectivity solutions, mesh networking technology, and rapid advancements are some of the primary factors attributing to the growth of US market.

The growing preference of connected and smart devices led to the evolution of the market in the US. The leading vendors are leveraging technologies to launch innovative products that offer features such as waterproof and rugged devices to gain a larger US market share over the next few years. Additionally, the introduction of speakers with better integration with smartphones, innovative models, and sleek designs to give luxurious appeal will help in the development of the US Bluetooth speaker market.

The recovery of the economy and increasing purchasing power will contribute to the increase in purchase and usage of electronic gadgets in the US market. The market is also witnessing a trend of using the devices in increasing number of connected homes and growing number of dual-income households in the US.

US Bluetooth Speaker Market - Dynamics

The rapid advancements in battery technology are propelling the development of the US Bluetooth speaker market. The integration of lithium-ion batteries will improve the performance of these speakers in the US market. The increasing R&D for alternative electrode materials to improve the cost, performance, and energy density of lithium-ion batteries will boost the adoption of this technology in the US market.

The introduction of speakers that can run continuously up to 16 to 24 hours in a single charge will revolutionize the US market during the forecast period. The launch of gold nanowire batteries that are made up of gold nanowires in a gel electrolyte and tend to hold the original composition after multiple charge cycles will create new opportunities for top manufacturers operating in the US market. The increase in battery capacity is the primary focus of top vendors operating in the US Bluetooth speaker market. For instance, Sony SRS-XB40 Extra Bass portable wireless speaker can offer battery backup for up to 24 hours.

Key Vendor Analysis

The US Bluetooth speaker market is moderately concentrated, and the top players occupy more than 60% of the total market share. The increasing focus on continual innovations and upgrades will help companies sustain the intense competition in the US market. The rising infiltration of low-quality products from China will lead to occasional spurts of competition in the US market. The increase in product or service extensions, technological innovations, and M&A activities will intensify the competition in the US market during the forecast period. The players are also expanding their businesses and distributing networks to fast-developing states to gain a larger market share.

The major vendors in the US market are:

  • Bose
  • HARMAN International
  • Beats
  • Sony

Key Topics Covered:

1 Research Methodology

2 Research Objectives

3 Research Process

4 Report Coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.2 Base Year
4.3 Scope of Study
4.3.1 Market Segmentation by Product Type
4.3.2 Market Segmentation by Price Range
4.3.3 Market Segmentation by End-user Type
4.3.4 Market Segmentation by Portability
4.3.5 Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel Type
4.3.6 Market Segmentation by Geography

5 Report Assumptions & Caveats
5.1 Key Caveats
5.2 Inclusions
5.3 Exclusions
5.4 Currency Conversion
5.5 Market Derivation

6 Market at a Glance

7 Introduction
7.1 Overview
7.2 Bluetooth Technologies
7.2.1 By Radio
7.2.2 By Topology
7.2.3 By Solution
7.3 Working Mechanism of a Bluetooth Speaker
7.4 MacroEconomic Factors Enabling Market Growth
7.4.1 Economic Development
7.4.2 Increase in Per Capita GDP
7.4.3 Dual-income Households

8 Market Dynamics
8.1 Market Growth Enablers
8.1.1 Increased Purchase of Bluetooth Speakers as Gifts
8.1.2 Growing Online Music Streaming
8.1.3 Advancements in Battery Technology
8.1.4 YOY Impact of Market Growth Enablers
8.2 Market Growth Restraints
8.2.1 Volatility in Raw Material Prices and Increasing Labor Costs
8.2.2 Growing Threat from Smart Speakers
8.2.3 Technological Issues
8.2.5 YOY Impact of Market Growth Restraints
8.3 Market Opportunities & Trends
8.3.1 Growing Product Innovations
8.3.2 Increased Investment in IoT by Vendors
8.3.3 Increasing Influence of Internet in Shaping End-users' Purchasing Behavior
8.3.4 YOY Impact of Market Opportunities & Trends

9 Value Chain Analysis
9.1 Value Chain overview
9.2 Value Chain Analysis
9.2.1 Raw Material and Component Suppliers
9.2.2 Manufacturers
9.2.3 Distributors/Dealers/Retailers
9.2.4 Retailers
9.2.5 End-user

10 Introduction to Smart Home
10.1 Overview
10.2 IoT Specialized Networks
10.2.1 Bluetooth
10.2.2 ZigBee
10.2.3 Z-Wave
10.2.4 Thread
10.2.5 Wi-Fi
10.2.6 Cellular
10.3 Opportunities in Connected Living Market
10.4 Smart Device Ownership

11 Market Landscape
11.1 Bluetooth Speaker market in US
11.1.1 Historical Data 2014-2016
11.1.2 Market Size & Forecast 2017-2023
11.2 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

12 Market by Product Type
12.1 Market Overview
12.2 Traditional Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
12.3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
12.4 Rugged Bluetooth Speaker Market in US

13 Market by Price Range
13.1 Market Overview
13.2 Market Size & Forecast
13.2.1 Low-end Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
13.2.2 Mid-range Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
13.2.3 Premium Bluetooth Speaker Market in US

14 Market by Portability
14.1 Market Overview
14.2 Market Size & Forecast
14.2.1 Fixed Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
14.2.2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Market in US

15 Market by End-Users
15.1 Market Overview
15.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.2.1 Residential Bluetooth Speaker Market in US
15.2.2 Commercial Bluetooth Speaker Market in US

16 Market by Distribution Channel
16.1 Market Overview
16.2 Manufacture, Production, and Distribution
16.3 Distribution through Retail Stores
16.4 Distribution through Online Websites

17 Competitive Landscape
17.1 Market Overview
17.2 Market Vendor Ranking

18 Key Company Profiles
18.1 Bose
18.2 HARMAN International (Samsung)

18.3 BEATS Electronics (Apple)
18.4 Sony

19 Other Prominent Vendors
19.1 Altec Lansing
19.2 Anker Innovations
19.3 AOMAIS
19.4 Axess Products
19.5 Bang & Olufsen
19.6 Braven
19.7 Creative Technology
19.8 DOSS
19.9 D&M Holdings (Denon)
19.10 Edifier
19.11 Forcovr (Shenzhen Guowei Security)
19.12 iClever
19.13 ION Audio
19.14 JAM Audio
19.15 JONTER
19.16 KitSound by Kondor
19.17 Klipsch Group
19.18 Koninklijke Philips
19.19 Lenovo
19.20 LG Electronics
19.21 Logitech
19.22 Monster Cable Products
19.23 Mpow
19.24 Onkyo & Pioneer
19.25 Panasonic
19.26 Photive
19.27 Plantronics
19.28 Rock Space (RENQING TECHNOLOGY)
19.29 Samsung Electronics
19.30 SHARKK
19.31 Sharp
19.32 Skullcandy
19.33 SoundBot
19.34 Supersonic
19.35 The House of Marley
19.36 Tribit audio
19.37 VicTsing
19.38 Yamaha
19.39 Zebronics

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4d57rv/united_states_3?w=12

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CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 Related Topics: Bluetooth, Audio Equipment

Tile Integrates with Leading BLE Chip Companies

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 18:30

“Find with Tile” Now Seamlessly Available to BLE-Enabled Product Manufacturers;
Announcing New Partnerships in Audio Vertical

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tile, the world’s leading cloud-based finding platform, today announced partnerships and strategic collaborations with major BLE chip companies to enable integration of Tile technology onto the chip. With this exciting new development, product manufacturers interested in activating Tile’s “finding power” for their products will be able to select the feature during production, passing the unique value of Tile as a service on to their customers with little-to-no engineering effort.

“Through BLE chip partnerships, Tile will quickly become a foundational building block for BLE-enabled product manufacturers in a variety of verticals, from audio and cameras, to laptops and wearables,” said CJ Prober, CEO of Tile. “With over 20 billion BLE devices forecasted to ship in the next four years, ‘Find with Tile’ will soon be a key everyday feature in consumer products.”

Tile is collaborating closely with leading BLE chip companies, including Qualcomm, Dialog Semiconductor, Silicon Labs, and Toshiba; the agreements will see integrated Tile reference designs and increased platform compatibilities. As part of the strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. Tile will be a part of the Extension Program for Voice and Music. Ultimately, product manufacturers will be able to seamlessly enable products with Tile technology via BLE chips and offer “Find with Tile” features to their customers.

“As the consumer demand for products like truly wireless earbuds increases, and those earbuds shrink in size thanks to highly-integrated Bluetooth audio SOC’s like the QCC5100 series, keeping track of high-value audio devices becomes ever more important for the consumer, a problem which Tile looks to elegantly solve,” said Chris Havell, senior director, product marketing, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

The company is also announcing new collaborations with Sennheiser, Sol Republic, Plantronics and Soundcore by Anker. All four companies will release Tile-enabled products in the coming months; these releases, along with existing integrations with Bose SoundSportⓇ Wireless headphones and Skullcandy Venue headphones solidify Tile’s pervasiveness in the audio vertical.

“The ability to offer new benefits, like Tile’s tracking and smart location services, to our customers differentiates us in the marketplace,” said Jason Hodell, CEO at Skullcandy, which integrated Tile into its Venue headphones last summer. “Knowing Tile’s finding technology will be available for activation at the production phase makes integration fast and seamless, and opens new ideas for how we can use it from product conception.”

Tile is continually improving its offerings to make “lost and found” as painless as possible. The company recently teamed up with Comcast as a major Platform partner and strategic investor in the fall, while also releasing new hardware products Tile Pro and Tile Mate (both with replaceable batteries), and Tile Premium, a suite of app-based services that brings even more finding power and peace of mind to customers. For more information, visit Tile.com.

ABOUT TILE
Tile gives everything the power of smart location. Leveraging its vast community that spans 230 countries and territories, Tile’s cloud-based finding platform helps people find the things that matter to them most. The global Tile community locates more than four million unique items every day. The company is based in San Mateo, CA and is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, GGV Capital and Khosla Ventures. For more information, please visit Tile.com.

Contact
Jennifer Velez
Jennifer@praytellagency.com

BOSS Audio Systems Announces the LXA5 – Alexa-Enabled Smart Media Platform for the Car

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 17:30

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products, will be demonstrating the LXA5, a Double Din head unit featuring a 6.2" Capacitive Touchscreen and Amazon Alexa built-in, at the 2019 International CES. BOSS Audio Systems will showcase the LXA5 at the Verona Sky Villa Suite at the Westgate hotel January 8 10. Consumers can also experience the unit in the Amazon Alexa Auto booth in North Hall 7506.

BOSS Audio Systems’ LXA5 (pronounced Lexa5) is among the first aftermarket products to offer a true multitasking smart media platform for the car, enabling users to interact with Amazon Alexa and access native cloud & local entertainment features. In addition to Alexa, LXA5 sports the new BOSS user-friendly GUI with fully-embedded Bluetooth technology, allowing users to make calls, stream music, and more via their smartphone connection. The LXA5 also works with existing backup cameras and steering wheel audio controls for a safer drive.

“Our vision is for Alexa to be available everywhere customers want to interact with her, and it’s fantastic to see products like the LXA5 emerge that will allow more people to experience Alexa in the car,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “BOSS Audio Systems has decades of experience in audio technology and design, and we’re excited to continue working together to deliver incredible aftermarket products with Alexa built-in.”

With Alexa built-in, customers can ask Alexa to play music, set reminders, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of skills – all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. LXA5’s high-quality microphone allows the entire car to interact, giving back seat passengers some front seat control.

Sam Rabbani, CEO and founder for BOSS Audio Systems, shared his vision for the LXA series: “The LXA5 is our first release in the LXA series. As an aftermarket car audio leader, we invest heavily in R&D and we’re excited to enable current car owners to upgrade to hands-free luxury at an affordable price. Working directly with the Alexa Auto team has already allowed us to make a powerful difference in our smart technology design, and we’re excited about what’s ahead.”

The LXA5 is part of BOSS Audio Systems’ LXA series, which brings consumers Alexa-enabled hands-free technology, ranging from dongles to multitasking head units.  With next level smart design, the LXA series will focus on bringing #nextlevelsmart technology to the car audio market.

LXA5 PRODUCT INFORMATION:
MSRP: $199
Expected Availability: April 2019

LXA5 Features:

  • Alexa Built-In*
    Ask Alexa to play music, set reminders, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills – all while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Bluetooth Hands-free Calling
    Bluetooth enabled for wireless hands-free calling and speaker listening when paired with a smartphone.

  • Streaming Music and In-Vehicle Entertainment
    Wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth and listen to streaming music services such as Amazon Prime Music and Pandora.  Control the track & volume up/down and play/pause using smartphone apps. The DVD video player allows passengers to enjoy movies.

  • Touchscreen Control
    Digital Capacitive Touchscreen TFT Widescreen display panel with an innovative graphic interface for touch control of many of this unit's features and functions.

  • USB/SD Memory Card Port
    Supports USB flash drive files as well as SD memory cards up to 32 GB for music, photo and video playback.
  • Steering Wheel Control and Backup Camera
    Control the LXA5 using the vehicle's existing steering wheel control buttons (an additional interface - sold separately- is required). Rear camera input allows for safe backup.
  • USB Charging
    Charge USB connected devices through the built-in 1A charger.
  • AUX Input
    Connect to the audio output of an external device such as an MP3 Player or Smartphone.

About BOSS Audio Systems:
Since 1987 BOSS Audio Systems has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology while consistently delivering a clean and powerful sound.  Our in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers collaborate with a vast resource of global manufacturing partners, working as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that have made each listening experience more enjoyable for over 30 years.

The company offers more than 400 car, marine, and Power Sports products that are sold in 130 countries, both in storefront retailers and online. Headquartered in Oxnard, CA, with offices in Shenzhen, China, BOSS Audio Systems leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences as well as deliver innovative products.  

SOURCE BOSS Audio Systems

*To get started with Alexa, download the Alexa App on your Android or iOS device and pair your phone with the vehicle via Wi-Fi. Link your Alexa account, and you’re ready to hit the road and enjoy the LXA5.

**Some local skills such as video and FM radio still require button control on the touchscreen. GPS requires a smartphone GPS app and audio transfer to the unit.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Contacts:
Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing
(805) 988-0192
Xin.Hamilton@BossAudio.com

Allison Matthews
Skyya PR
(952) 836-9626
allison@skyya.com


CoinAgenda Showcase and Grand Scientific Musical Theatre at CES® Combines Celebrity Live Performances, Mixed Reality DJ & Dancing, Holographic Video DIsplays, IoT Blockchain-as-Service, Biometric Digital Security, Crypto Smart ATM, and more

Sun, 06/01/2019 - 17:44

Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WHO: Media and investor showcase with Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Toto) and friends celebrity live concert and  four-hour cocktail party at iconic celebrity mansion (shuttle service to/from Mandalay Bay).


WHAT: Exclusive CoinAgenda Media Showcase and Grand Scientific Musical Theatre. The event will feature food, drinks, and live music from celebrity performers including:

  • Scott Page, Saxophonist, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto
  • Stephen Perkins, Drummer, Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails
  • Norwood Fisher, Bassist, Fishbone
  • Kenny Olson, Guitarist, Hendrix Experience, Kid Rock
  • Kenny Lee Lewis, Guitarist, Steve Miller Band
  • Michelle Beebs, Vocalist, Beebs and Her Money Makers
  • Food, drinks and demos begin at 8 pm. Concert takes place at 9:15 pm.


Blockchain companies exhibiting include: Alaris (blockchain game development), Aspire (digital asset creation blockchain platform), Blocksafe (IoT blockchain-as-a-service) Crowdforce (decentralized microbusiness platform), Jewelz (blockchain gaming studio), Keyband.io (biometric digital security), Sportscastr/FanChain (live-video sportscasting with crypto rewards), StopSIMCrime (non-profit organization to stop SIM-related crime), and VaultLogic (multi-crypto Smart ATM).
Audio/visual technology companies demoing include: Aurra (3D hologram wall), Bioharmonic Technologies (vibrational sound therapy beds), Red Pill VR (world’s first mixed reality EDM DJ experience), Superba AR (augmented reality), THX, Vexfi/UltraVR (hologram video screens), and THINK:EXP.
After CES, Think:EXP will take the Grand Scientific Musical Theatre on tour with dates scheduled throughout the U.S. and Eurasia. For more information about the performance, please visit http://thinkexp.co/.


WHERE: The event takes place at a famous 12,000 square foot, one-acre, celebrity estate ten minutes from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas’ famed “Billionaires Row.”. Shuttles will escort media from Mandalay Bay (Shark Reef bus pickup area) to the event from 7:30-9:30 pm and returning from party from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am. If you plan to drive or use a ridesharing service, please email contact@coinagenda.com for the address.


WHEN: Sunday, January 6 from 8pm-midnight.  


RSVP: Attendance is limited to media and approved investors. For information, please visit https://showcase.coinagenda.com/.


MEDIA CONTACT: contact@coinagenda.com

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT: contact@coinagenda.com

VR, Crypto and Rock and Roll! Celebrity Musicians, AR/VR and Blockchain Mix at Immersive Concert and Media Showcase Featuring THX, Sportscastr & 20 Tech Innovators to Kick Off CES

Sun, 06/01/2019 - 02:29

Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (via Blockchain Wire) WHO: Technology leaders, investors, media, and celebrity performers converge for an exclusive technology demo showcase of 20+ companies in blockchain and VR and an exclusive sneak-peak performance of THINK:EXP’s Grand Scientific Musical Theatre to celebrate the start of CES 2019. 

WHAT: You’re invited to attend the exclusive CoinAgenda Media Showcase and Party. The event will feature food, drinks, and live music from celebrity performers including:

  • Scott Page, Saxophonist, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto
  • Stephen Perkins, Drummer, Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails
  • Norwood Fisher, Bassist, Fishbone
  • Kenny Olson, Guitarist, Hendrix Experience, Kid Rock
  • Kenny Lee Lewis, Guitarist, Steve Miller Band
  • Michelle Beebs, Vocalist, Beebs and Her Money Makers
  • PLUS: Cirque performers, XR demos, skin painting, 3D holograms, 360-projections, and celebrity-fueled music together under one roof.

Blockchain companies exhibiting include: Alaris, Aspire, Blocksafe, Crowdforce, Crowdfun, iTrustCapital, Keyband.io, Sportscastr, and VaultLogic.

Audio/visual technology companies demoing include: Aurra, Red Pill VR, Stori, Superba AR, THX, UltraVR and THINK:EXP.

After CES, Think:EXP will take the Grand Scientific Musical Theatre on tour with dates scheduled throughout the U.S. and Eurasia. For more information about the performance, please visit http://thinkexp.co/

WHERE: The event takes place at a famous off-Strip estate. Shuttles will escort media from Mandalay Bay to the CoinAgenda Media Showcase and Party. If you plan to drive or use a ridesharing service, please email contact@coinagenda.com for the address. 

WHEN: Sunday, January 6 from 8pm-midnight.  

RSVP: Attendance is limited to media and approved investors.  Please RSVP at https://showcase.coinagenda.com/.  

MEDIA CONTACT: contact@coinagenda.com 

ESS Introduces Suite of USB CODECs featuring Audiophile SABRE DACs

Fri, 04/01/2019 - 18:30

ESS Simplifies high-quality USB-C audio solutions for headsets, adaptors and more

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today a series of USB Low-Power Audiophile CODECs that feature QUAD DAC™ Technology. Intended for use in headsets and audio adaptors that demand high-quality sound, the new line of CODECs can support end-to-end audiophile quality.  The family is built around a low-power USB controller that supports USB 1.1 & 2.0, and can handle audio data rates up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM.  At its heart is the legendary SABRE® DAC audio converter with HyperStream® II modulation that provides the ultimate in sound quality and stable sound field. The integrated headphone amp delivers that performance all the way to the headsets with up to 2.0Vrms output voltage, ensuring plenty of headroom for demanding headsets.  

The highly-integrated parts also include all the needed blocks to make designing a USB audio system simple, including jack detect, button detection and GPIO inputs/outputs for custom buttons or switches.  Reference designs are available for USB-C audio adaptors and USB-C headsets, and the parts can be easily customized using external EEPROM.

The ES9281PRO is the flagship of the new line and can provide best-in-class audio performance at 124 dB DNR and -112 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N).

The ES9281PRO is the first USB product to offer an integrated hardware MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) renderer that makes MQA playback easy and cost-efficient.  MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as the standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The subsequent “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, including software included in smartphone applications.  The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The ES9281PRO will automatically detect the MQA stream and engage the rendering; the entire process requires no additional design work.

An integrated Audio Signal Processor (ASP) allows for creating real-time audio filters for use as Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), customized Parametric Equalizer (PEQ), Sidetone, or other filter-based audio effects.  

The ES9280PRO offers the same impressive audiophile features as the ES9281PRO but without the MQA rendering. Both products feature a wide range of additional input formats beyond USB.  In addition to the standard microphone support, they feature stereo line input and 8-channel I2S, allowing it to act as USB audio bridge for desktop audio player applications.

The third product in the line, The ES9270, offers a streamlined solution focused on creating high-quality headsets and dongles.  The ES9270 can provide 117 dB DNR and -110 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N) and features the same low-power audio controller as the flagship, without the ASP or I2S bridge.  These parts are ideal for mainstream USB-C headsets and adaptors that still want great sound. 

Samples, evaluation boards, and reference designs are available now for all three parts; in addition, the ES9281PRO will be featured for listening in the ESS demo suite at the 2019 CES show in Las Vegas, January 8th - 11th.  For more information, contact your local sales representative. 

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984, and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.

About MQA

Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide, and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.  

For more information about MQA visit www.mqa.co.uk

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