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DAX Named as Exclusive Distribution and Monetization Partner for America 2.0 Podcast

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 22:30

A new serial political drama podcast featuring Laurence Fishburne and Patrick J. Adams will be available for download on iTunes from September 19

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DAX, the world's largest digital audio advertising platform, created by Global, the UK-based Media & Entertainment group, today announced that it is the exclusive distribution and monetization partner for AMERICA 2.0, a new serial political drama.

Directed by J.S. Mayank (Someday, EMIT) and co-created by J.S. Mayank and David Carlyle (Ethereal Pondering of a Sightless Gaze), the podcast stars Emmy Award-winning and Oscar nominated actor Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Blackish) and Patrick J. Adams (Suits).  The podcast’s six episodes, each ranging from 15 – 20 minutes in length, will be available for download on iTunes and other major podcast platforms from September 19.                                                                                                                                                                   
The brand new scripted audio drama is both uplifting and unconventional. The serial is an original podcast from Global, with ADT Security and Geico signed up as its first advertisers. 

AMERICA 2.0 joins hundreds of other podcasts distributed by DAX, the digital audio advertising platform which allows brands to advertise programmatically at scale. Advertisers that run campaigns through DAX have access to sophisticated insights which help brands better understand audiences around the world.          

AMERICA 2.0 tells the story of Seth McGuire (Adams), a first term congressman who happens to be an idealist and profound optimist. Entangled in his first ever controversy, Seth finds himself unable to navigate D.C.’s treachery. His only hope comes from his big idea, which will be revealed in the show’s first episode.

“We’re seeing tremendous growth in the podcast space as more and more people are consuming serials through audio channels,” said Matt Cutair, CEO of DAX US. “AMERICA 2.0 has all of the ingredients to build a loyal following - a timely story with a stellar cast - making it a valuable investment for brands and sponsors looking to connect with audiences in new ways.”

“America needs optimism, and AMERICA 2.0 is a true alternative to much of the heavy content that is being produced in the entertainment space right now,” said Mayank. “Having a distribution partner like DAX, which has access to the largest, most nuanced and sophisticated audience in the US, is critical to the podcast’s success.”

In addition to Fishburne and Adams, the podcast features other high-profile talent, including Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Autumn Reeser (The OC), Jack Coleman (Heroes), Spencer Garrett (Insecure), Dana Bash (CNN Political Correspondent) and Steven Weber (Ballers).

About DAX:
DAX is the world’s largest digital audio advertising platform giving advertisers access to an audience of 160 million people worldwide.  Publishers with inventory on DAX include SoundCloud, TuneIn, HowStuffWorks, Global’s Capital and Radio X and Bauer Media’s Kiss. DAX is the world’s most sophisticated digital audio advertising platform with unrivalled technical capabilities. DAX teams operate in the UK, US, France and Germany.  DAX was developed and launched by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, in 2014.

About Global:
Global is one of the world’s leading Media & Entertainment groups and Europe’s largest radio company.  With a portfolio of some of the largest and most respected media brands and music events, Global reaches 31 million people every week including 25 million on the radio alone. Global is the second biggest festival company in the UK. The company headquarters is in London’s iconic Leicester Square and Global has more than 1,600 people working at 32 broadcast centers and offices around the UK, the US and in France and Germany.  Ashley Tabor OBE is Founder & Executive President, Stephen Miron is Group CEO, Richard Park is Group Executive Director & Director of Broadcasting and Lord Allen is Chairman.  Tabor created Global in 2007.

www.global.com
@global

Media Contact:
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Lee.regal@digennaro-usa.com
(M) 908-433-5801

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Sennheiser Communications evolves in new set-ups

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 16:32

Investor news                                                                             11 September 2018

Sennheiser Communications evolves in new set-ups

Copenhagen/September 11, 2018 – William Demant Holding A/S (William Demant) and Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Sennheiser) see great opportunities lying ahead in all three business segments of Sennheiser Communications A/S (Sennheiser Communications). To be able to fully capture these opportunities, both parties have the wish to dedicate their focus on different business segments with full end-to-end responsibility. Therefore, William Demant and Sennheiser have decided to end their joint venture and let the business segments evolve in different set-ups. While the business segments of Enterprise Solutions and Gaming headsets will evolve as an independent business as part of the William Demant Group, the business segment of Mobile Music headsets will be part of the Sennheiser Consumer business in the future. The separation happens in good faith and the partners intend to continue their cooperation where synergies and opportunities exist.

- The joint venture has been a successful journey for both partners, during which we have collaborated on the development of new technology and have seen an ongoing growth of market shares. All three business segments continue to have tremendous potential for the future, said Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO at Sennheiser to which Søren Nielsen, President & CEO at William Demant, adds - As the market dynamics have changed during the years and full end-to-end dedication is needed including a focused R&D approach, the time is now right to continue - each of us - in our own focused directions.

For more than 15 years, the joint venture Sennheiser Communications, a 50/50 split ownership between Sennheiser and William Demant, has successfully developed and promoted Sennheiser branded portfolios of Enterprise Solutions, Gaming and Mobile Music headsets. The end of the joint venture formally implies a cash free split of ownership structure.

The separation is planned for January 1, 2020. Until then, the company Sennheiser Communications will continue its business while Sennheiser and William Demant will prepare the separation in close partnership in order to ensure a seamless and smooth transition for employees, customers, suppliers and partners.

Going forward, William Demant will take over the business segments of Enterprise Solutions (CC&O) and Gaming including the distribution, which has been with Sennheiser until now. The new entity under William Demant will continue the license agreement with the Sennheiser brand for the Enterprise Solutions and Gaming portfolios. Throughout 2018 and 2019, profit sharing of Sennheiser Communications between Sennheiser and William Demant will remain as today.

- For William Demant this clearly shows our strong commitment to support the future growth in the two attractive business segments of Enterprise Solutions and Gaming. It is our intention to take the already existing global distribution set-up to a next level with a dedicated approach and we believe that R&D synergies within our Group will become even stronger going forward with the emerging trend of intelligent audio, low power connectivity and small form factors, said President & CEO Søren Nielsen, William Demant.

For Sennheiser, the integration of the mobile music business segment is a further consequent step in focusing on its core competencies and fostering its independency as a family-owned company.

- Sennheiser will further tap into the growing market of mobile music headsets with a clear focus on innovative “Smart & Connected” audio experiences. Our Consumer Division will become even stronger as all necessary competencies will be concentrated here. Within our Professional Division, the Business Communications segment – alongside wireless microphone technology – will continue to be a stronghold with attractive growth potentials ahead. The 3D audio technology AMBEO will also remain a crucial part in developing our future product portfolio within both the Consumer and the Professional Division, said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO at Sennheiser.

Current President of Sennheiser Communications Jeppe Dalberg-Larsen will continue to spearhead Sennheiser Communications during the transition period and William Demant’s new company after the separation:

- At Sennheiser Communications we have managed to build a global business having some of the finest people in the sound industry, with amazing double-digit growth rates year after year. I look forward to spearheading this continuation of passion for sound excellence in our new set-up. We see great potential in the market and with William Demant’s willingness to support our endeavours we will be equipped to accelerate growth, take on new markets and act more agile as an independent company. The strong R&D backbone will continue to fuel our innovation and thus enable us to bring strong premium audio concepts to the market, said Jeppe Dalberg-Larsen.

About William Demant
Listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen as part of the Danish Blue chip index, the C25 index, William Demant is a leading global company that develops, manufactures and sells hearing instruments, hearing implants, diagnostic instruments and personal communication devices. William Demant Invest, wholly owned by the Oticon Foundation, holds the majority of shares in William Demant Holding. The Group operates in a global market with companies in more than 30 countries, has a total staff exceeding 13,000 and generates annual revenues of more than DKK 13 billion.

About Sennheiser
Shaping the future of audio and creating unique sound experiences for customers – this aim unites Sennheiser employees and partners worldwide. Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. With 21 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company is active in more than 50 countries and operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland, Romania and the USA. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2017, the Sennheiser Group generated turnover totaling 667.7 million.

About Sennheiser Communications
Sennheiser Communications is a joint venture between the Danish company William Demant and the German company Sennheiser. Based in Copenhagen, the joint venture specializes in telecommunication products for call centers, office applications and environments as well as headsets for gaming and mobile devices. Sennheiser Communications excels in state-of-the-art technologies and outstanding customer service and markets them worldwide. The joint venture draws on the experience of two companies that are both global technology leaders in their respective sectors.

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For further information please contact:

Trine Kromann-Mikkelsen
VP Corporate Communication
William Demant
+45 23 968 968
trkr@demant.com

Søren Holm Printz
Investor Relations
William Demant
+45 51 176 863
sopr@demant.com

Mareike Oer
Corporate Communications
Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
+49 5130 600 1719
mareike.oer@sennheiser.com

Bianca Nesgaard
Director of Global Marketing
Sennheiser Communications A/S 
+45 3124 26 22
bnes@senncom.com

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Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 16:31

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 September 4, 2018 – September 10, 2018:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  September 4, 201825,860340.258,798,971  September 5, 201820,000330.836,616,652  September 6, 20185,000330.731,653,629  September 7, 20184,238332.351,408,494  September 10, 20189,902329.043,258,183Accumulated under the program1,641,763278.71457,571,819

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 12,393,246 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 49,572,984 and 8.5% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. Every Tuesday, 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 Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Group Media Manager
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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Sonos Releases Third Fiscal Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 01:35

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonos, Inc. (“Sonos”) (Nasdaq: SONO) has released its financial results for the third fiscal quarter 2018 in a letter to shareholders available on the investor relations section of its website. To view the letter, please visit: https://investors.sonos.com/investors/default.aspx

As previously announced, Sonos will host a conference call and Q&A to discuss the results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. A live webcast and replay of the conference call and Q&A will be accessible at: https://investors.sonos.com/news-and-events/default.aspx.  The replay will be available for at least one year following completion of the call. 

The conference call may also be accessed by dialing (866) 393-4306, with conference ID 6098946. Participants outside the U.S. can dial toll-free (734) 385-2616.

About Sonos
Sonos is the leading multi-room wireless smart home sound system. As the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio, Sonos innovation helps the world listen better by giving people access to the content they love and allowing them to control it however they choose. Known for delivering an unparalleled music listening experience, thoughtful home design aesthetic, simplicity of use and an open platform, Sonos makes the breadth of sonic content available to anyone.  Sonos is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Learn more at www.sonos.com.

Source: Sonos

Contacts
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Green Zebra announces strategic partnership with Clair Global, a wireless networking and engineering leader for the entertainment and sports industry.

Mon, 10/09/2018 - 20:03

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Publicly held Nanosensors, Inc./ Green Zebra (OTC Pink: NNSR) – Green Zebra announces a strategic partnership to provide brand sponsorships and marketing for Clair Global clients’ Wi-Fi networks worldwide.

“We are excited to create a strategic partnership with Clair Global, a private company with more than 50 years experience providing entertainment audio and wireless technology services worldwide. Our relationship delivers new and exciting private Wi-Fi media networking opportunities for Green Zebra’s sponsors and Wi-Fi technologies. This is a unique partnership that delivers marketing & communication innovation, wireless connectivity, venue brand engagement and global monetization for large venues and stadiums. This relationship positions the companies as a competitive industry leader with a first to market sponsored Wi-Fi marketing and scalable wireless networking solution for the enterprise businesses. “Strategic partnerships like Clair Global strengthen our efforts to compete for market share on a global scale” said Coleman Smith, President and CEO.

The Clair Global relationship is synergistic and scalable. Over the last several months, we have been working closely with Clair Global to secure 2019 client and sponsored projects. Our relationships and expertise create a diverse set of technologies, skills and prospects for brand sponsors. Sponsors receive exclusive opportunities to connect with millions of targeted mobile users through Wi-Fi at events worldwide.  This is a best of breed and next generation’s wireless marketing services. A win-win-win for everyone!”

A partnership with Green Zebra brings monetization through their marketing solutions and brand engagement. “Clair Global is excited about the future possibilities working with Green Zebra and their clients. Wi-Fi media is an exciting new opportunity for sponsors to engage with their audience in a real-time experience. We feel this will be the future for music, sporting and corporate events” said Scott Appleton, Clair Global - Senior Executive Business Development.

We pride ourselves on our ongoing system fine-tuning, multiple high-density arena/festival deployments, many years of network design with industry leaders, and 50 years of customer service in the entertainment industry. This experience and passion to adapt drives us to deliver technical solutions to surpass expectations. Existing on the corner of creativity and technology, we are looking to push the boundaries and find new ways to improve engagement and advance all elements of the live event.


About Green Zebra
(OTC Pink: NNSR) A leading wireless innovator and provider of high speed wifi, wireless IT networks and Wi-Fi IOT marketing solutions for the transportation industry, Smart Cities, Smart Hotels, stadiums, airports and large temporary or permanent indoor and out door multi -location venues both in terms of technology, infrastructure and the demographic served.

Smart Cities and enterprise businesses leverage their own private Wi-Fi network to monetize with a single sponsor and communicate and engage local users without the clutter of third party advertising.  

Built for advertising agencies and marketing teams to manage and control communication, effectively eliminating IT network teams from the sales process. Wireless Technology products and services include proprietary and licensed technology solutions.

We plan to use social media and video web channel to keep shareholders updated and transparent as possible.  www.twitter.com/greenzebra

Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement - In addition to historical information, this press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include the intent, belief, or expectations of the Company and members of its management team with respect to the Company's future business operations and the assumptions upon which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, failure to complete anticipated sales under negotiations, lack of revenue growth, client discontinuances, failure to realize improvements in performance, efficiency and profitability, and adverse developments with respect to litigation or increased litigation costs, the operation or performance of the Company's business units or the market price of its common stock. Additional factors that would cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated within this press release can also be found on the Company's website. The Company denies any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

To be added to our distribution list, please email, customersupport@greenzebra.net. For more information, visit us at www.greenzebra.net, www.twitter.com/greenzebra
Contact Information cole@greenzebra.net.

SOURCE: Green Zebra Media Corp

Security Industry Podcast; CEO of DirectView Holdings (OTC: DIRV) Talks about his Surveillance and Access Control Products and Recent Contracts

Mon, 10/09/2018 - 17:30

DirectView has seen a 70 percent growth in sales, a record of $2.3 million USD, in the first half of the year

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investorideas.com and Homelanddefensestocks.com, covering security and defense stocks release an exclusive podcast interview with Roger Ralston, the CEO of DirectView Holdings, Inc. (OTC: DIRV). Roger discusses his company’s Security Video Surveillance division (http://directview.com), its revenue growth and some recent contracts including a Texas college and a prestigious New York City private school.

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https://www.investorideas.com/Audio/Podcasts/2018/090918-OTCDIRV-RogerRalston.mp3

DirectView Holdings, Inc., (OTC: DIRV) has had a “phenomenal” first half of 2018, largely as a result of strong trust built up with clientele, according to company CEO Roger Ralston.

DirectView has seen a 70 percent growth in sales, a record of $2.3 million USD, in the first half of the year, as well as a 73 percent increase in product sales worth $1.9 million USD in the same period. Sales of services recorded $0.4 million USD, marking a 57 percent increase and the company reports $0.9 million USD in gross profits–a 64 percent increase over 2017.

Ralston puts a lot of this success on the establishment of trust with clients and argues that the confidence that DirectView has fostered is worth more than advertising.

“In the business that we’re in…one of the biggest things is trust,” he said. “You could take out a billboard in Times Square, and you’re not going to get nearly as much business as you’re going to get from word of mouth, referrals from other companies that people are doing business with or ongoing business from the customers you’re in with.”

Ralston cited the retention of services with clients as evidence of the importance of trust.

“Typically we find that once we’re in with a company, a school–whatever it may be–that they’ll end up sticking with us as they go on with more projects and more locations because they like to keep it uniform with somebody they trust,” he said.

One of the most visible security issues in 2018 was in schools, as mass shootings proliferate in the United States. A recent press release from DirectView indicated orders the company received for school security and surveillance. Ralston explained that significance of security systems in the wake of mass shootings in schools and elsewhere, and that safety was of the utmost significance.

“That’s one of the saddest things we hear about,” he said. “It’s not only schools, it’s concerts…it could be anything in public and school shootings are just the thing getting the most attention.”

“We do have some educational institutions that are clients of ours, and when we’re working with them that is the most paramount thing, keeping their students safe, their staff safe, their visitors safe. Using our security systems is something that definitely helps keep everybody safe and it’s also a deterrent from people doing what they shouldn’t be doing.”

In light of DirectView Holdings’ record-breaking financial year, Ralston spoke of the importance of uplisting, and specifically, the company’s intended route of growth and acquisition.

“We are absolutely still focussed on [uplisting],” he said. “We’ve got a number of items in place to help us reach that goal. First and foremost we’ve been sticking to the fundamentals and growing the business, which I think is evident by our audited financials that we just reported. We’re also looking at adding some depth to our senior management and we have some good things planned for that area, as well as continuing on our acquisitions. So, we’re looking to grow both organically and through acquisitions.”

About DirectView Holdings, Inc.

DirectView Holdings, Inc., (OTC: DIRV) together with its subsidiaries, provides video surveillance solutions and teleconferencing products and services to businesses and organizations. The company operates in two divisions, Security (Video Surveillance) and Video Conferencing. The Security division offers technologies in surveillance systems providing onsite and remote video and audio surveillance, digital video recording, and services. It also sells and installs surveillance systems; and sells maintenance agreements. The company sells its products and services in the United States and internationally through direct sales force, referrals, and its Websites. The Video Conferencing division offers teleconferencing products and services that enable clients to conduct remote meetings by linking participants in geographically dispersed locations. It is involved in the sale of conferencing services based upon usage, the sale and installation of video equipment, and the sale of maintenance agreements. This division primarily provides conferencing products and services to numerous organizations ranging from law firms, banks, high tech companies and government organizations. For more information visit our websites at www.DirectView.com, www.ApexCCTV.com and www.VS-US.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

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Plantronics Launches New Audio Experiences to Let Runners, Travelers and Gamers Hear What Truly Matters

Mon, 10/09/2018 - 17:30

The Company’s Biggest Consumer Launch Includes the Wireless BackBeat FIT 3100 for Active Enthusiasts, BackBeat GO 410 for Frequent Travelers and RIG PRO Series Gaming Headset for Competitive Gamers

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today launched the holiday shopping season with its most expansive consumer product launch to date with eight products across the BackBeat FIT, BackBeat GO and RIG PRO lines. These products deliver consumers new, immersive audio experiences, so they can hear and enjoy what matters most – from music to phone calls to gameplay.

Runners, students, fitness enthusiasts and active people of all stripes should put the new BackBeat FIT 3100 on their wish lists. This headset delivers legendary Plantronics audio quality and uniquely boasts the Always Aware™ feature that enables outdoor enthusiasts to “hear what truly matters” – like taxi horns, barking dogs or screeching brakes – during their workout. These true wireless headsets have soft, flexible earbuds that actually fit and hold comfortably no matter the activity, so they’re durable, safe and stylish. The BackBeat FIT 3100 is the must-have true wireless headset this holiday season.

For travelers dealing with noisy airplanes, airports or public transportation, Plantronics is launching the BackBeat GO 410 earbuds. Travel can be exhausting, loud and very distracting, but the comfort and calm of Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) headphones have been priced out of reach for too many. Now, the BackBeat GO 410 provides over-the-ear comfort with up to 12 hours of extended battery life and ANC in a sleek form factor at an unexpectedly affordable price. Travelers can now hear what truly matters – not their chattering seatmate or the chimes and pings of a game played on a mobile device in the row behind on daily commutes or 10-hour flights.

“People expect more than just sound from their headsets. They expect clear, simple experiences that make their days better and more enjoyable whether they are running, playing Fortnite or traveling across the country or world,” said Tanguy Leborgne, general manager, Plantronics Consumer Group. “I just completed a marathon near Mount Kenya in Africa using a BackBeat FIT headset because what mattered to me was making sure only people were chasing me, not wild animals.” 

Gaming is another huge area where Plantronics offers competitive gamers a new level of hearing what matters. Whether they are playing Overwatch, Fortnite or Call of Duty, gamers know that sound quality can be the difference between winning or losing a match. The new Plantronics RIG 300, RIG 400 PRO and RIG 500 PRO Series headsets continue the legacy of the RIG family of gaming headsets, and are used worldwide by professional gaming leagues and competitive voice gamers.

Consumers around the world can choose from this broad variety of new Plantronics headsets to meet their personal style, preferences and desired experiences. These new headsets deliver the quality Plantronics is known for in terms of durability. In addition to the true wireless BackBeat FIT 3100 and the noise canceling BackBeat GO 410, Plantronics is also introducing the following headsets:

  • BackBeat FIT 2100 – is the newest version of the consumer favorite BackBeat FIT. Runners and active people across the globe know and trust the quality and durability of this wireless headset. The new 2100 improves a person’s experience with the Always Aware™ design.
  • BackBeat FIT 350 – delivers another wireless wearing style option for gym-goers with stability and up to six hours of listening time, optimized for situations where you want to hear your music – not the grunting of the power-lifter nearby.
  • BackBeat GO 810 – are wireless, over-the-ear headphones that pack up to 20 hours of listening time for commuters and travelers, so they can focus on what matters amid the clamor of an airport, an airplane, commuter bus or subway.

On the gaming front, sound plays as important a role in gameplay as the graphics. Gamers look for whatever advantage they can find, whether they are competing in an eSport tournament for rank or prestige or playing with friends for fun. Competitive gamers at all levels have three new Plantronics RIG Series headsets to elevate their game, audio experience and a chance at winning, whether playing on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch or a PC.

  • RIG 300 Series – is designed as a premium, first headset for the growing gamer. The lightweight, comfortable open earcups deliver immersive audio experiences for kids and adults no matter the game, and our SoundGuard technology enhances the audio experience by ensuring a maximum volume of 118dB.
  • RIG 400 Series – is for truly competitive gamers with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial that enables you to adjust the audio intensity and experience without taking your hands off your controller. The dual-material ear cushions are comfortable and block outside noise, so the focus remains on the game.
  • RIG 500 Series – is built for the most demanding gamers and high-resolution gaming platforms. Gamers enjoy high-fidelity audio through an exoskeleton earcup design that improves comfort, reduces noise distractions and gives you THE advantage over your competitors.

If consumers don’t want to wait for Santa to deliver their new Plantronics headset, they are available at leading retailers worldwide like Best Buy, Amazon, Harvey Norman, JB HiFi and many others including Plantronics.com. Please check with your local retailer to see if they are carrying these hot holiday gifts.

Pricing

  • BackBeat FIT 3100 is available in the U.S. today in two colors, Black and Grey for $149.99 USD.
  • BackBeat FIT 2100 is available in the U.S. today in four colors, Black, Grey, Blue and Lava Black for $99.99 USD.
  • BackBeat FIT 350 is available in the U.S. today in three colors, Black/Grey, Grey/Bone and Grey/Blue for $79.99 USD.
  • BackBeat GO 810 is available in the U.S. today in three colors, Graphite Black, Navy Blue and Bone White for $149.99 USD.
  • BackBeat GO 410 is available in the U.S. today in two colors, Graphite and Bone for $129.99 USD.
  • RIG 300 Series for use with Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows 10 is available in the U.S. for $39.99.
  • RIG 400 PRO HC for use with Xbox One and Playstation One for $59.99.
  • RIG 500 has four models available with the PRO HX for Xbox One for $79.99, PRO HS for Playstation 4 for $79.99, PRO for $99.99 and PRO Esports Edition for $149.99.

About Plantronics

Plantronics is an audio pioneer and a leader in the communications industry. Plantronics technology creates rich, natural, people-first audio and collaboration experiences so good ideas can be shared and heard—wherever, whenever and however they happen. The company’s portfolio of integrated communications and collaboration solutions spans headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services. Our solutions are used worldwide by consumers and businesses alike and are the leading choice for every kind of workspace. For more information visit plantronics.com. 

Plantronics is a registered trademark of Plantronics. The Bluetooth name and the Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used by Plantronics under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contact:
LeAnne Schrotzberger
Senior Manager, Communications
(831) 420-3139
LeAnne.Schrotzberger@plantronics.com

Edge Music Network Now Available on Apple TV

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:30

Innovative Video Syndication Platform Expands On-demand Access to Playlists, Artists & industry News

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Edge Music Network (EMN), a music video streaming service delivering on-demand video content through a powerful syndication platform, is proud to announce it is now available on Apple TV. The addition of this highly anticipated feature allows users to conveniently access their favorite playlists, artists and recent industry news—now from their Apple TV devices. With modern architecture, deep navigation capabilities, advanced search tools and user-friendly features built from the ground up – EMN connects music fans with artists in a whole new way.

“We’re thrilled to have EMN now available on the Apple TV platform—making live streaming more accessible,” says CEO Elizabeth Vargas, the music industry veteran and visionary who founded EMN in 2001. “Music is a part of everyday life and we want every household to be able to access their favorite artists where and when they choose. The platform both ensures artists and labels get the royalties they deserve, and fans get uninterrupted real-time access to the music they love.”

Designed to deliver a hassle-free experience, the EMN Apple TV app allows users to easily navigate the platform for greater convenience. Simply search for “Edge Music” from the iOS App Store on the Apple TV and instantly receive a backstage pass to your favorite artists, genres and playlists—right from the comfort of your living room. Users will also be able to stay up-to-date on the latest in music news including new album releases, indie artist tours, up-and-coming new artists and events.

Driven by a commitment to do good in the world, EMN was launched with unification in mind – seeking a more direct connection between artists and fans. The platform allows users to interact, book a band, watch their favorite artists new music video releases, watch live performances and with its “Play It Forward” feature fans can make monetary donations via the click of a button. EMN is also available through the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. For more information, visit www.edgemusic.com

ABOUT EDGE MUSIC NETWORK: Edge Music Network (EMN) is a music video streaming service delivering on-demand video content through a powerful syndication platform designed to enable a fair compensation structure ensuring artists get the royalties they deserve, and fans get uninterrupted access to the music they love—anytime, anywhere. With powerful search tools for discovering and streaming on demand, users can watch the latest music videos, concerts and events of the highest quality. The EMN mobile app unlocks premium content, allowing users to easily create, manage and share custom playlists and enjoy channels with music videos curated by EMN experts. The Edge Music Network dedicates a percentage of profits to charitable causes that feed the hungry, aid victims of natural disasters and support homeless veterans. Supported by an advisory board of renowned musicians and industry professionals, and in partnership with leading content creators, independent artists and marquee music labels like Universal, Capitol Records, Def Jam and Geffen—Edge Music Network is on a mission to reinvent how music is heard, viewed and shared. Edge Music Network delivers an unlimited, unrestricted and unbelievable audio and video experience—and unites people with the transformative power of music. For more information, follow Edge Music Network on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn, and visit www.edgemusic.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.
leslie@beyondfifteen.com
949.733.8679 x 101 

Hal Leonard and Avid Enter into Five-year Multi-million Dollar Agreement to Distribute Pro Audio & Video Products

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:30

Hal Leonard now brings expanded offering of Avid creative tools and solutions to its network of thousands of music retailers and online music stores across the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and selected countries in EMEA

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, and Hal Leonard LLC, the largest music print publisher in the world, and a leading distributor of books, gear, software and music technology to thousands of music retailers and online music stores, have entered into a new five-year agreement that extends the reach of Avid’s market-leading creative tools with artists, creative professionals, aspiring pros and educational institutions through Hal Leonard’s large network of resellers around the globe. This long-term agreement, signed in July, is among Avid’s largest distribution deals to date and represents an annual multi-million dollar value to Avid, while providing for Hal Leonard’s distribution professional audio and video products through authorized resellers in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and selected countries in EMEA.

Avid tools and solutions are offered to the global market by the company’s well-established network of distribution partners including Hal Leonard. With this new distribution agreement, Hal Leonard’s long-standing commitment to Avid offerings has grown to incorporate a greater selection from Avid’s iconic product portfolio now including Media Composer® video editing software, Pro Tools® digital audio software, Sibelius® music notation software, and Avid’s pro mixing and integrated solutions for live sound in regions where Hal Leonard carries specialized authorization.

“As an experienced distributor of Avid products, we believe this agreement gives us a lot of growth potential that will allow us to tap into new markets,” said Larry Morton, Hal Leonard’s President. “Our goal is to bring an expanded product mix to a wider dealer base and, with Avid, we can offer them the industry’s best and most widely used solutions. We’ve succeeded in the recording category with Pro Tools, and now we’re pursuing video and other areas that present an opportunity for us to diversify and use our strengths in distributing products seamlessly while giving great service to retailers.”  

“Avid is excited to become even more thoroughly represented through Hal Leonard to get our creative software tools and solutions into the hands of more musicians, composers, producers, engineers and others to help them achieve their best work in the studio and on stage,” said Jeff Rosica, CEO & President at Avid. “Our companies have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration, with Avid’s popular products for the creative community being perfectly complemented by Hal Leonard’s global reach and prominence. While this expanded relationship opens up new opportunities for both companies, in particular for Avid this new long-term agreement largely underscores the opportunity with our creative software suite and subscription offerings, which will contribute to further growth of Avid’s recurring revenue stream beginning in the third quarter of 2018.”

About Hal Leonard
Today, Hal Leonard is the world's largest music print publisher with publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable. The company leads the way in technology, developing eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more, and operates many popular websites including SheetMusicDirect with thousands of songs arranged for different instruments available for download, and GuitarInstructor.com for online guitar lessons and tab. With its catalog of more than 220,000 available titles, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and musical instrument manufacturers. Its products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through Hal Leonard offices and a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada. Visit www.halleonard.com.

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.

© 2018 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.

PR Contact:
Avid                                                    
Amy Paladino
amy.paladino@avid.com
+1 617-733-5121

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

Transactions in relation to share buyback program

Tue, 04/09/2018 - 14:44

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 August 28, 2018 – September 3, 2018:

 No. of sharesAverage purchase price, DKKTransaction Value, DKK  August 28, 201800.000  August 29, 20185,000333.701,668,509  August 30, 20184,323332.931,439,244  August 31, 20184,729333.171,575,580  September 3, 201810,000336.673,366,675Accumulated under the program1,576,763276.41435,835,891

Following the above transactions GN holds a total of 12,328,246 own shares corresponding to a nominal value of DKK 49,312,984 and 8.5% of the total share capital and the total voting rights in the company. Every Tuesday, 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 Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +45 45 75 92 57


Press and the media
Lars Otto Andersen-Lange
Group Media Manager
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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Synaptics AudioSmart Far-Field Voice Technology Featured in TCL’s New Line of Alexa Built-In Televisions

Fri, 31/08/2018 - 12:31

User Experience Enhanced through Highly Accurate Voice Recognition and Control

BERLIN and SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IFA 2018 - Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced its AudioSmart® far-field voice (FFV) technology has been designed into Alexa built-in televisions from TCL Corporation. TCL’s new TVs with integrated AudioSmart FFV digital signal processors (DSPs) provide its customers with a premium user experience and the ability to control the television with their voice through Amazon Alexa. The new TCL TVs with Alexa and AudioSmart are being showcased this week at IFA 2018.

“The new TCL televisions featuring Amazon Alexa and Synaptics’ AudioSmart technologies are designed with the same objective in mind: to leverage innovation to enhance how people experience the products we make,” said Bryan Huang, director of Product Center at TCL. “Adding far-field voice recognition to our TV lineup provides consumers with a more natural and convenient viewing experience.”

“TCL is demonstrating once again it’s on the cutting-edge of consumer electronics by designing AudioSmart technology into its new line of televisions,” said Saleel Awsare, corporate vice president and general manager, Audio and Imaging Business at Synaptics. “Thanks to its unmatched voice-command accuracy and enhanced features, AudioSmart enjoys wide-ranging applicability throughout the smart home and beyond.”

Key AudioSmart FFV Features:

  • Voice Barge-in: Enabled by full-duplex acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), the voice DSP can detect the wake-word even when playing loud movies
  • Smart Source Pickup: Detects the user's voice and cancels out noise from all directions around the device (omnidirectionally), even if noise sources are coming from the same direction as the user
  • Energy Efficient Voice Functionality: Enabled by the low-power Synaptics DSP, the TCL televisions meet all energy requirements for standby mode while still allowing use of natural voice at any time to turn the TV on and off

AudioSmart separates speech signals from background noises and processes only the human speech, providing superior recognition accuracy. AudioSmart delivers an exceptional end-user experience for all major Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) services. Its barge-in technology is enabled by full-duplex acoustic echo cancellation that detects a device’s “wake-word” and allows it to hear user requests even when other sounds, such as television or music playing, are present.

IFA 2018:
TCL will demonstrate the new line of Alexa built-in TVs with AudioSmart technology at this week’s IFA consumer-electronics tradeshow in Berlin, Germany, Hall 21, Booth 102.

About Synaptics:
Synaptics is the pioneer and leader of the human interface revolution, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Synaptics’ broad portfolio of touch, display, biometrics, voice, audio, and multimedia products is built on the company’s rich R&D, extensive IP and dependable supply chain capabilities. With solutions designed for mobile, PC, smart home, and automotive industries, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. (NASDAQ: SYNA) www.synaptics.com.

Join Synaptics on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, or visit www.synaptics.com.

AudioSmart, Synaptics, and the Synaptics logo are trademarks of Synaptics in the United States and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

For further information, please contact:
David Hurd
Synaptics
+1-408-904-2766
david.hurd@synaptics.com

Jays introduces sweatproof m-Six Wireless for people in motion

Fri, 31/08/2018 - 12:01

General press release

Swedish audio developer Jays Group AB (publ) introduces its first sweatproof earphones with integrated controls, mic and battery. m-Six Wireless are a result of a development sprung from the question how to eliminate the sense of hardware between user and music.  

m-Six Wireless earphones are constructed from a performance perspective, using the ear concha space to fit the battery, electronics and controls directly into the actual earpieces. The left earphone is filled with a state-of-the-art, high-performance Varta battery while the right earphone contains all the electronics, controls, charging interface, LED and dual microphone system while allowing the required space for Jays custom LDS antenna.

The fast charge battery feature will give over 1-hour playtime in 15 minutes and up to 4.5 hours of playtime in just 45 minutes flat.

m-Six Wireless are designed as an impression of your ear with flexible ear hooks and an adjustable neck-tie for a feather-like, hardware-free feeling.

Some of the details and functions of m-Six Wireless:

  • Sweatproof
  • Integrated controls
  • Flexible ear hook
  • 6mm speakers
  • 5 hours battery life
  • Fast charge
  • 2x microphone system
  • Adjustable neck tie

m-Six Wireless are currently in pre-production and are expected to ship by September 2018. Pre-order at www.jaysheadphones.com is now available. m-Six Wireless colors: black, moss green, dusty pink and sand.

m-Six Wireless MSRP
SEK 999
USD 99
EUR 99
GBP 99

Product url
https://www.jaysheadphones.com/products/m-six-wireless

For further information, please contact:
Henrik Andersson, CEO 
Mobile: +46 761 99 35 55 
Email: henrik@jaysheadphones.com

Jays Group AB (publ) is noted at Nasdaq OMX First North. Certified Adviser is Mangold Fondkommission AB.

THX® and Razer Announce the First Consumer Product to Feature THX Spatial Audio

Fri, 31/08/2018 - 09:30

THX Spatial Audio to deliver a new positional audio experience with Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset, user controls offered via Razer Synapse 3

San Francisco, CA, Aug. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- THX Ltd., renowned for the certification of world-class cinemas and consumer electronics, today announced that THX Spatial Audio, an ultra-immersive positional audio solution, will be available as a feature on the new Razer Kraken Tournament Edition.

PC connectivity is offered through a USB Audio Controller and configuration settings via Razer Synapse 3 software.

The Kraken Tournament Edition will be the world’s first gaming headset to support THX Spatial Audio – creating realistic depth and immersion by simulating 360° sound with pinpoint accuracy for greater awareness during gameplay. THX Spatial Audio supports playback of emerging content formats such as object-based audio and Ambisonics where audio data is encoded within a specific placement in a 3D soundscape, independent of speaker location.

To ensure maximum immersion and incredible realism while playing games, watching movies, and listening to music, Razer Synapse 3 with THX Spatial Audio will auto-detect the content audio format and application source to recommend the optimal playback options.

Razer Synapse users will be able to enjoy the following THX Spatial Audio features: 

  • New spatialization options that are optimized for the game, app, or content type
  • Improved audio playback for heightened immersion and pinpoint accuracy of all sound sources
  • Ability to contour your personal sound profile with EQ, Bass Boost, incoming Voice Clarity, and Sound Normalization
  • Enhanced in-game and app communication (e.g. Skype etc.) with advanced microphone controls for Mic Sensitivity, Ambient Noise Reduction, and more

“THX Spatial Audio delivers a premium immersive gaming experience with our cutting-edge positional audio technology,” said Russ Schafer, Senior Vice President and GM, Technology, THX Ltd. “We look forward to working closely with Razer to bring next-generation gaming audio experiences to fans worldwide across Razer’s line of premium gaming headphones.”

Users who purchase a pair of Kraken Tournament Edition headphones will be the first to get the all-new Razer Synapse with THX Spatial Audio, available soon to all Windows 7, 8, and 10 users via an upcoming software update.

“Razer Kraken Tournament Edition with THX Spatial Audio brings the gaming audio experience to the next level,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President, Peripherals BU, Razer Inc.  “Gamers will experience unparalleled audio immersion as well as possess absolute control of how they want to hear and be heard in the heat of battle.”

For more information on THX Spatial Audio visit: https://www.thx.com/mobile/spatial-audio/

For more information on the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset visit: https://www.razer.com/kraken-te 

About THX Ltd.

Founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX Ltd. and its partners provide premium entertainment experiences in the cinema, in the home and on the go. Over the past thirty five years, THX has expanded its certification categories beyond studios and cinemas to consumer electronics, content, and automotive systems. Today, THX continues to redefine entertainment, providing exciting new technologies and assurance of experiences which provide consumers with superior audio and visual fidelity and ensure an artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences worldwide. https://www.thx.com/

About Razer:

Razer™ is the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers. The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world's largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services. Razer's award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals, Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone. Razer's software platform, with over 50 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher). Razer services include Razer zGold - one of the world's largest virtual credit services for gamers - which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games. Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code:1337).


THX is a registered trademark of THX Ltd. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

 



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CONTACT: Grace Qaqundah THX Ltd. grace@thx.com Kevin Allen Razer kevin.allen@razer.com

NETGEAR Debuts the World’s First Mesh WiFi System with Alexa Built-In Smart Speaker and Audio by Harman Kardon

Fri, 31/08/2018 - 00:32

Use your voice to play music and control smart home devices while enjoying award-winning WiFi everywhere with the Orbi Voice WiFi System combining WiFi mesh and a premium smart speaker for incredibly rich, room-filling sound

BERLIN, Germany, Aug. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home and small business connectivity, today announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin, the world’s first mesh WiFi System with Orbi™ Voice Smart Speaker and WiFi Mesh Satellite with Built-In Amazon Alexa™. Orbi Voice as part of any Orbi WiFi System creates expansive whole home WiFi coverage up to 4,500 square feet (186 square meters) or more of high-performance WiFi up to 3Gigabits per second combined WiFi speed, along with premium audio by Harman Kardon® for incredible sound in any room. With the built-in Amazon voice assistant capability fully integrated into Orbi Voice Satellite, Alexa can be asked to play music from the most popular music services as well as, set alarms, control IoT devices, check traffic, weather, sports scores, and so much more, without needing a separate Amazon Echo device. 

“The two fastest growing consumer trends for Smart Home technology have been the popularity of the voice assistant control and the growth of WiFi mesh systems. NETGEAR, the established leader of WiFi Mesh with our award-winning Orbi Whole Home Tri-band Mesh WiFi systems and Nighthawk Mesh WiFi extenders, today, is driving the next step in innovation with by combining Alexa and a WiFi mesh satellite into a single consumer solution,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “Orbi Voice is the result of combining the three key technologies used in the Smart Home environment in order to deliver both exceptional WiFi and quality sound from our audio technology partner Harman Kardon. It is also widely known that the most popular skill employed with smart speakers is to enjoy streaming music services. To address this need, we have taken our expertise in WiFi and married it with a legend in the industry, Harman Kardon, to deliver superior sound quality while aligning with the leading providers of streaming music to give our customers the best WiFi and HiFi in one package.”

Orbi Voice will delight your friends and family with superior sound clarity providing a captivating listening experience. Premium audio by Harman Kardon® creates exceptionally rich, room-filling sound. A built-in four-microphone array and far-field voice recognition enables Orbi Voice to hear you from across the room. To easily adjust the volume and equalizer controls, simply use the Orbi mobile app to adjust the treble and bass emanating from the 3.5-inch front-facing woofer and 1-inch tweeter.

“Products that solve multiple consumer needs are increasingly in demand, and the exquisite sound quality of Harman Kardon elevates the dynamic Orbi Voice Smart Speaker,” added David Rogers, president of HARMAN’s Consumer Audio Business Unit. “We’re pleased to partner with NETGEAR to bring this product to consumers looking for a single device that offers tremendous audio, in addition to its voice intelligence and WiFi capabilities.”

With its sleek, modern design, Orbi Voice is the perfect smart speaker to display on a bookshelf, side table or kitchen counter, so you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts in any room, without missing a beat.  Combining a voice service, high-end audio and high-performance WiFi in one device, eliminates the clutter of three individual products to deliver the same features. With Orbi Voice, you will ask Alexa to enjoy music from the most popular music streaming providers, such as Spotify®, Amazon® Music, Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, TuneIn, Deezer and other services. You can also turn to Orbi Voice and ask Alexa to paly audiobooks from Audible, podcasts, radio stations, news briefs, and more – all you have to do is ask.

The Orbi Mesh WiFi System
WiFi Systems are designed for a broad range of home environments, from apartments and lofts to single family homes and sprawling estates. The new Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi System with Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and WiFi Satellite (RBK50V) delivers up to 3Gbps* high-performance WiFi coverage for homes up to 4,500 square feet (418 square meters) for a nearly zero buffering and no dead zones WiFi experience.

The new Orbi System is ready right out of the box and will work with current internet service providers. Setup for an Orbi System is easy using a mobile device through the free Orbi app. It offers easy network management and helps to keep the device current with automated Orbi software updates for new features and WiFi enhancements. Through the Orbi app, set Circle® Smart Parental Controls on NETGEAR to manage content and time spent online on a per-child or per-device basis. You’ll also benefit from a separate guest WiFi network and other advanced router features.

Each Orbi Voice Satellite offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices for even faster file transfers and reliable connections.

Pricing and Availability
An Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK50V) consisting of the Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Router plus one Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and WiFi Satellite will be available later next month for an MSRP of $429.99 (USD) £429.99(GBP) and €499.99 (EUR).

For those who have an Orbi WiFi system, the add-on Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and WiFi Mesh satellite (RBS40V) by NETGEAR will be available this fall through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers, at an MSRP of $299.99 (USD), £279.99(GBP) and € 329.99 (EUR).

Orbi products are available through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers. Please visit the NETGEAR website to see other models available in the Orbi Tri-Band Home WiFi System family.

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 27,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 23,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.

©2018 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and Orbi are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. 3Gbps or AC3000 equals 400Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11n with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 867Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.

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Sonos Unveils all-new Sonos Amp to power smart home entertainment, doubles down on commitment to Installed Solutions channel

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 21:30

Amp will be available globally February 2019. New collaboration with industry leader Sonance will focus on creation of a series of architectural speakers to complement Sonos Amp; Sonos fully opens developer platform and adds new control APIs.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) unveiled the all-new Sonos Amp, a powerful and versatile home audio hub that powers traditional wired speakers with sound from nearly any source, and fully integrates these speakers into Sonos’ easy-to-use wireless home sound system. The all-new Amp is twice as powerful as its predecessor, supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 100 streaming services, and includes an HDMI Arc port for TVs. Launching globally in February 2019, the $599 Amp will be available to professional installers in the United States and Canada starting Dec. 1, 2018. 

Amp is designed to fit perfectly into standard AV racks used by custom install professionals, and can power up to four speakers with 125 watts per channel—more than enough for even the most demanding set-ups. Onboard HDMI and line-in ports means TVs, turntables, CD changers, and other audio components can easily connect with Amp and become part of the Sonos system.

Amp’s thoughtfully designed and versatile hardware was built to power the Sonos software platform. New updates to the platform make it easy for installers to incorporate Amp into integrated smart home set-ups, including smart lighting and centralized control systems.  It is also AirPlay 2 compatible, meaning music and other audio from any iOS device can be played wirelessly through Amp. And when wirelessly connected to an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like a Sonos One or Beam, Amp is controllable with voice commands. Finally, like other Sonos devices, Amp will gain new features, services, and integrations over time through free software updates, ensuring customers will get the best from their set-up for years to come.   

“The growth of the Sonic Internet – the convergence of paid streaming, the smart home, and artificial intelligence through voice technologies drives everything we do at Sonos,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “While plug-and-play options like Sonos Beam and Sonos One are an important part of the equation, architectural sound and making it even easier to integrate with lighting and home control are equally as important. We’ve listened to custom installers and dealers to create Amp, a versatile product designed to be at the center of the smart home sound experience.”

Sonos Amp Product Specifics:

  • More Power. More Possibilities. Packing 125 Watts per channel, Amp powers even the most demanding speakers. You can now power up to four speakers instead of two.
  • Enjoy music, TV, and more. Amp has an HDMI ARC port and an input for an additional audio source, whether listening on floor standing speakers, integrated home theater, or through a turntable.    
  • Power home theater sound. Use Amp to add stereo sound to TV, add wireless rears to a Sonos home-theater setup or two Amps for surround sound. 
  • Stream everything. Listen to music, podcasts, radio, audiobooks, and more. Also, play all the music stored on a computer or other devices. 
  • Works with AirPlay. With Amp, use AirPlay 2 to send the sound from an iPhone or iPad to any speakers in the home sound system. 
  • Choose how to control. Use the Sonos app on a phone or tablet, TV remote, keypads, AirPlay 2, or through voice with Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices.
  • More ways to customize the experience. New APIs and deeper integrations with the Sonos platform partners create seamless smart home control. 
  • Wireless. Or not. Enjoy solid and reliable WiFi performance, or connect Amp to an ethernet cable and easily turn the WiFi off in the Sonos app. 
  • Stereo or dual mono sound. Whether configuring Amp for an open floor plan or a custom listening room, create the best experience. 
  • Engineered for reliability. With a centralized heatsink, air inlets, and a discrete output stage, Amp is built to keep its cool and deliver lasting power. 
  • Amazingly pure sound. Direct digital input eliminates the need for analog conversion, so you get clear, undistorted sound for music streaming and your TV. 
  • Custom speaker connectors. A pair of threaded connections for left and right channels guarantee high-quality performance. Plus, they’re standard diameter so you can remove them and use your own banana plugs. 

Sonos and Sonance Collaborate on Architectural Sound

Sonos and architectural audio leader Sonance have announced a collaboration aimed at delivering a series of three architectural speakers - in-wall, in-ceiling and outdoor - that gain additional functionality through software when paired with the new Sonos Amp.

This collaboration will provide a complete offering for professionally installed architectural sound, exclusively enabling Sonos’ Trueplay tuning capabilities to ensure the best sound for the space as well as the benefits of Sonos’ software platform. These products, which will be sold and marketed by Sonos, will launch in early 2019. 

Open Developer Platform and New Control APIs

Sonos has been a platform company since day one, with a goal of giving customers unparalleled freedom of choice, starting with an open approach to music services and expanding to support dozens of additional content and control partners, including multiple voice services. 

Starting in early September, Sonos will further evolve the developer platform by fully opening up to all potential partners and will also add a new set of Control APIs, making it easier than ever to integrate Sonos into the smart home.  

The platform will continue to expand with new APIs that allow partners to innovate on their integrations with Sonos. New Control APIs and features make the experience better for customers, especially those with integrated control systems, such as Control4 and Crestron.

These include:

  • Line-in switching (for both analog and home theater), to allow for line-in components to be selected within the third-party control interface
  • Volume pass-through for easier and more predictable volume control
  • The ability to add Sonos playlists within a third-party interface
  • In an early preview phase, capabilities to provide notifications and alerts from third-party devices, like a doorbell, through Sonos speakers

Sonos will invite partners to get certified and earn the “Works with Sonos” badge. The badge will signal to Sonos owners that companies building and innovating on our platform deliver experiences that meet the Sonos high bar for quality. For those interested in building on the Sonos platform, check out the developer portal.

About Sonos

Sonos is the leading multi-room wireless smart home sound system. As the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio, Sonos innovation helps the world listen better by giving people access to the content they love and allowing them to control it however they choose. Known for delivering an unparalleled music listening experience, thoughtful home design aesthetic, simplicity of use and an open platform, Sonos makes the breadth of sonic content available to anyone. Sonos is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Learn more at www.sonos.com.

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IFROGZ Introduces New Line of Wireless Audio, Including the Sound Hub Wireless Earbud Family and Improved Flex Force and Free Rein Wireless Earbuds

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 17:30

Flagship Sound Hub Sync Wireless Receiver and Earbud System Offers Users Numerous Customization Options

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IFROGZ®, a ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) brand and a leading company in audio, today announced the Sound Hub™ wireless earbud family, featuring the Sync, XD2, Tone and Plugz. With the introduction of Sound Hub Sync, wireless audio is more customizable than ever as its Bluetooth® receiver turns anything with a 3.5mm jack into a wireless device. The entire Sound Hub family is now available at IFROGZ.com and select retailers nationwide.

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Each wireless earbud in the Sound Hub family features an IPX-2 water resistance rating to weather the toughest workout, in addition to including IFROGZ’s Earbud Tips for Life™ warranty. If the earbud tips ever become lost, worn, or damaged, IFROGZ will replace them—no questions asked*. Other shared features include magnetic earbuds and the IFROGZ Sound Hub wireless control that clips to any shirt and removes unnecessary weight from the earbuds to provide a more comfortable listening experience.

“Built upon IFROGZ’s unique Bluetooth pendant design, the Sound Hub family is our most impressive universal solution offering a variety of earbud styles and three custom sound profiles,” said Steve Bain, general manager for IFROGZ. “Certain to be a fan favorite, Sound Hub Sync not only brings Bluetooth audio to almost all devices with a 3.5mm jack, it also features three protective silicone sleeves—in red, black, and white.”

Sound Hub Sync ($49.99) – Sound Hub Sync is a wireless receiver and earbud system that features high-quality sound and a customizable receiver that turns any device with a 3.5mm jack (headphones, earbuds, speakers, etc.) into a wireless audio device. Four sizes of earbud tips guarantee a comfortable and secure fit. The Sound Hub Sync wireless earbuds also provide up to eight hours1 of listening time, 8mm drivers to deliver crisp sound for an immersive audio experience, feature removable sport wings for a secure fit, and are available in Black and White.

Sound Hub XD2 ($39.99) – These dual driver wireless earbuds deliver a powerful, rich audio experience. The 6mm dual neodymium drivers in each earbud deliver crisp, clear, full-bodied sound. Featuring up to eight hours1 of battery life, and a lightweight, comfortable fit, the Sound Hub XD2 wireless earbuds are available in Black, White, and Navy.

Sound Hub Tone ($29.99) – The Sound Hub Tone brings next-level comfort and clear sound quality with 12mm drivers for an outstanding wireless audio experience. The on-ear wearing style mimics the shape of the ear and are designed for those who can’t find a comfortable fit with traditional earbuds with adjustable earbud tips. They also allow consumers to enjoy music and calls while remaining aware of ambient sounds. The Sound Hub Tone wireless earbuds feature 12mm neodymium drivers for a rich sound, deliver up to eight hours1 of battery life, include removable sport wings for a secure fit, and are available in Black/Gray, Gray/Coral, White/Gray, and Navy/Red.

Sound Hub Plugz ($29.99) – These lightweight wireless earbuds deliver quality audio with an ergonomic design and secure in-ear fit. The three provided earbud tip sizes make listening comfortable and isolate outside noise. The Sound Hub Plugz wireless earbuds feature 8mm neodymium drivers, up to eight hours1 of battery life, include removable sport wings for a secure fit, and are available in Black/White, Gray/Red, White/Gray, and Purple/Pink.  

Custom Sound Profiles
Sound Hub XD2 wireless earbuds feature three EQ settings so you can choose the right sound for the job. Signature Sound is designed specifically for the frequencies in pop and rock music. Bass Boost is perfect for hip hop and R&B, and the Podcast setting is engineered to make voices sound crisp and clear.

The Sound Hub Tone wireless earbuds and the Sound Hub Plugz wireless earbuds also feature three EQ settings, including a Music setting specifically designed to deliver the perfect sound no matter what you play, a Movie setting that mimics a theater-quality sound, and a Podcast setting that enhances voice quality.

In addition to the Sound Hub family of wireless earbuds, IFROGZ also today announced the Flex Force™ 2 around-the-neck wireless earbuds, and the Free Rein® 2 Wireless Earbuds.

Flex Force 2 Wireless Neckband Earbuds ($29.99) – The around-the-neck style of Flex Force 2 makes listening to music and taking calls easy and convenient. The intuitive design eliminates the hassles of tangled cords, and the magnetic buds make it easy to store your buds when not in use. With three sizes of earbud tips, you can always find the perfect fit. The built-in mic also features cVc noise cancellation technology to eliminate feedback during calls. The Flex Force 2 earbuds feature 8mm neodymium drivers, an IPX-2 water resistance rating, up to eight hours1 of uninterrupted listening time, and are available in Black/Gray, Rose Gold/White, and Silver/White.

Free Rein 2 Wireless Earbuds ($19.99) – The Free Rein 2 wireless earbuds are the perfect option for those who want to take their music everywhere. They feature 8mm drivers for excellent sound, a six-hour2 rechargeable battery, and magnetic earbuds that stay out of the way when not in use. Plus, Free Rein’s removable sport wings keep your earbuds in during workouts. It also comes with three sizes of earbud tips so you can always find the fit you want. The Free Rein 2 earbuds feature an IPX-2 water-resistance rating, and are available in Black, White, Red, and Purple.

Availability
The IFROGZ Sound Hub Family, the Flex Force 2 Wireless Neckband Earbuds, and the Free Rein 2 Wireless Earbuds are available now at IFROGZ.com and select retailers nationwide.

1Based on 8 hours of play time at 70% volume

2Based on 6 hours of play time at 70% volume

*Shipping and handling fees apply

IFROGZ, the IFROGZ logo, Sound Hub, Free Rein, Flex Force, Earbud Tips for Life are trademarks of ZAGG IP Holding Co., Inc. The HD trademark is licensed from NLU Products, L.L.C The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

About IFROGZ
IFROGZ is a top five brand in stereo headphones with more than 45O million units sold worldwide. IFROGZ redefines the hottest technologies to deliver the features consumers want most, while eliminating unnecessary add-ons that needlessly inflate costs. The world is becoming increasingly mobile and IFROGZ believes in making technology accessible for all. IFROGZ is based in Utah and has operations in the United States, Ireland, and China. IFROGZ products are available worldwide and can be found at leading retailers including Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Walmart, Target, and Amazon.com. Visit IFROGZ.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About ZAGG Inc
ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) is a global leader in accessories and technologies that empower mobile lifestyles. The Company has an award-winning product portfolio that includes screen protection, power management solutions, mobile keyboards, and personal audio sold under the InvisibleShield®, mophie®, ZAGG®, BRAVEN®, and IFROGZ® brands. ZAGG Inc has operations in the United States, Ireland, and China. For more information, please visit the Company’s websites at www.zagg.com, www.mophie.com, and www.braven.com.

Contacts

Media:
The Brand Amp
Nicole Fait
949-438-1104
nicolef@thebrandamp.com

Company:
ZAGG Inc
Jeff DuBois
801-506-7336
jeff.dubois@ZAGG.com

 

Key Digital Prepares for Impressive CEDIA 2018 Showcase

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 17:30

Mount Vernon, NY, Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Digital, Inc. – August 29, 2018 – Key Digital, the leaders in digital video and control systems, extend an exclusive invitation to Booth 3229 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Continuing with the successful expansion of product offerings and cutting-edge updates to customer favorites, Key Digital is excited to unveil their captivating revamped and expanded CEDIA 2018 booth.  

For CEDIA 2018 Key Digital will focus on exhibiting the expansive Enterprise AV over IP systems consisting of models KD-IP922 and KD-IP1080, the KD-MAX8x8 eight input to eight output audio matrix switcher with built-in audio DSP, the KD-AMP220 compact digital audio amplifier, KD-X444L extender kit ideal for installations requiring long range of 18 Gbps video signal extension, the KD-FIX418 powerful correction device to help integrators fix 18G HDMI video signal problems, updates to the popular multiview presentation switcher - the KD-MLV4x2Pro, KDMS Pro PC based software designed to streamline and modernize integration and management of IP enabled Key Digital products, and Key Digital’s expansion of Compass Control Pro, the first fully integrated control system built from the ground up to use iOS devices to replace traditional control interfaces. The company will discuss these products, services and more, as well as their game-changing solutions for professional audio visual applications. 

One of the most anticipated CEDIA seminars will be hosted by Jonathon Ferry, Key Digital’s National Training Manager on Thursday September 6th at 3pm. CEDIA attendees are invited to the exclusive Key Digital Enterprise AV over IP System Intro and Hands-On training in Room 1B of the San Diego Convention Center. Upon completion of the training, attendees may apply for 0.75 CEU Credits. Stop by booth 3229 for more information on this exciting learning opportunity and more!  

Key Digital is no stranger to causing a commotion with exciting giveaways on day one and two and thrilling trade show promotions throughout the show. This year the company is going all out with a staggering amount of swag! CEDIA 2018 attendees are invited to stop by booth 3229 to learn more about the Key Digital giveaways, raffles, and the Key Digital Booth 3229 Selfie Contest – these offerings won’t last long and are sure to be crowd favorites! 

This year Key Digital is proud to be sharing their CEDIA booth with partners Dynamic Mounting and Wall-Smart. Dynamic Mounting is a television mount manufacturer located in Mooresville, NC. Dynamic Mounting was founded in 2010 as a small family-owned business dedicated to providing quality products to the marketplace. All of the components used in the construction of the mount are proudly sourced from other small businesses within the USA. All assembly of the finished parts is completed in their family-run manufacturing facility where the final product is then tested, inspected, and shipped with a lifetime warranty. Wall-Smart presents a new practical flush mount design that combines functional control and aesthetics to seamlessly integrate into any wall by providing innovative, creative yet cost-effective solutions for all in-wall challenges. Their unique combination of engineering, interior design and production capabilities enables installers to meet the demanding, continually transforming functional design needs of the modern-day integrated smart home and smart building.    

Key Digital’s KD-IP1080TX and KD-IP1080RX are an HDMI over IP transmitter and receiver with support for PoE (Power over Ethernet). The IP transmitter and receiver were designed to be utilized as a way to build an entire video infrastructure using IP video components. With PoE, power can be carried to Tx and Rx units with a Power Over Ethernet enabled Managed Network Switch. Using these devices within the Key Digital ecosystem enables up to 1024 transmitters to be connected with unlimited receivers operating on the same network. This also enables a great degree of scalability, depending on the size of the system requirements. With this system HD video is transmitted from the HDMI input on the transmitters over Ethernet at only 15Mbps for high-quality video streaming. These signals can be reliably sent up to 400' using CAT5e/6 UTP/STP cable, and since the entire system exists on a network, every component can be configured and controlled over an intuitive software interface or with the free Key Digital app on iOS devices. For larger video installations, multiple units can be mounted in a rack using optional KD-RK120PLT rack hardware. 

In a push to ensure customers have access to the best HD over IP products available, Key Digital is unveiling a new Enterprise AV system offering an unparalleled feature set. Key Digital will have product displays of the new KD-IP922 system UHD / 4K encoder and decoder designed with video wall builder, KVM, and simple expansion method beyond 48 port network switch. The KD-IP922 supports up to 8 vertical and 8 horizontal displays for an impressive maximum of a 64 panel video wall. The video wall configuration can be adjusted via the Key Digital App, universal management software, or can be programmed in the professional control system Compass Control Pro.  

KD-MAX8x8 features analog and digital connections per input and output. This matrix switcher enables analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog conversion of signals, or can operate as two independent audio matrixes (one digital and one analog). Analog audio inputs are connected on balanced/unbalanced six pin phoenix terminal blocks, accommodating input signals from audio sources such as set top boxes and music players in addition to microphone and professional audio sources. Digital audio sources are input on a PCM coaxial RCA connection that supports surround formats up to Dolby and DTS 5.1. Key Digital’s engineers have analyzed the core requirements for non-mixed audio systems such as bar and restaurant and residential distributed audio. Each output of KD-MAX8x8 handles all pre-amp functionality, enabling integrators to connect directly into simple amplifiers. Any of the connected audio sources may be selected on any output and apply variable signal processing levels for volume, bass, mid, treble, balance, and lip sync.  

Key Digital is pushing further into full systems integration with their first amplifier KD-AMP220. Built for small commercial or residential applications, KD-AMP220 has the power for classrooms and conference rooms and is space effective enough to be installed behind displays and power soundbars in a home.  

The KD-X444L 18 Gbps extender set marks Key Digital’s first offering with full bandwidth support for HDMI 2.0A video specifications. KD-X444L extends UHD/4K 18 Gbps digital video with audio formats up to Dolby/DTS HD and IR/RS-232 control signals up to 70 meters. 1080p resolution is extended up to 100 meters (328 ft) with CAT6 cabling. The KD-X444L features HDBaseT via Single CAT5e/6 UTP/STP extension with fully automatic adjustment of feedback, equalization, and amplification depending on cabling length. The extender set offers 4K support 4096x2160 or 3840x2160 24/25/30/60hz at 4:4:4 with signals up to 18Gbps bandwidth, and offers flexible power over HDBaseT with only one power connection needed with the Tx providing power to the Rx, or the Rx powering the Tx. 

KD-FIX418 is a compact HDMI correction device for 18G HDMI video signals. The KD-FIX48 resolves common HDMI integration obstacles related to HDCP, EDID, Hot Plug Detection, and bandwidth. Units may be paired to compress and decompress 18Gbps video signals and extend via legacy 10.2Gbps cabling, or high-equalization may be applied on the HDMI input for repair of degraded incoming signals.  

The KD-MLV4x2PRO provides Multiview functionality and seamless switching. This allows installers and users to give any large panel or screen video wall functionality. In full screen mode the screen will display any of the six (four HDMI and two VGA) video sources, in quadrant mode this view is all four video sources in equally sized-quadrants, and in multiview mode the option is to choose a primary video source on the top, bottom, left, or right of the screen while still viewing the additional three sources. In addition to multiview picture-in-picture functionality, KD-MLV4x2PRO is also a seamless switcher with uninterrupted screen transitions during source selections, making it ideal for conferencing and presentation applications where slow video sync time on the room’s projector can lead to user frustration. The KD-MLV4x2PRO offers maximized processing capabilities needed for the most technical applications including the ability to make custom screen layouts with layering and transparency features. A wide array of control options include IR, RS-232, TCP/IP via open API, and web control interface, in addition to Key Digital’s control system Compass Control Pro which has the most native interface for the product.  

Key Digital Management Software Pro (KDMS Pro) enables PC based controlling of video routing and video wall layouts and is designed for professional AV integrators and Key Digital authorized resellers to configure units, load the latest firmware, set EDID control handshakes, and provide input and output friendly names to be displayed on the Key Digital App and KDMS software for users. KDMS Pro supports multiple Key Digital units and systems on the same network. KDMS Pro provides a sleek pre-built control GUI for compatible Key Digital systems to manage video and audio routing, volume levels, video walls and more for Enterprise AV over IP, HDMI and HDBaseT matrix switchers, audio matrix switchers, presentation switchers, video wall processors, and multi-viewers. 

Key Digital maintains and advances their role as the most modern control system in the AV industry with the launch of Compass Control Pro, which builds off of the existing software suite with exciting new look and feel, features, and functions. Compass Control Pro is a fully integrated control system built from the ground up to use iOS & Android devices to replace traditional control interfaces. The cost-effective software suite excels in video control functionality, a key element in the proliferation of digital signage and video collaboration. There are no restrictions on the design and layout of a Compass Control interface – if it can be envisioned, it can be executed! Compass Control Pro also instantly integrates components from Compass Alliance Partners to create a simple plug-n-play system. Key Digital has partnered with Lutron, Leviton, Honeywell, KNX, and many additional industry leaders to enable Compass Control Pro’s control drivers and pre-configured GUI templates to streamline system development and reduced programming time.  

About Key Digital® 

Led by the “Father of DVD”, Mike Tsinberg, Key Digital® is an InfoComm, CEDIA, CES, and NAHB award winning manufacturer of professional distributed video and control system equipment.    

Since 1999, Key Digital has lead the constantly evolving  A/V industry by designing products that deliver industry leading quality, performance, and reliability to corporate, bar & restaurant, digital signage, education, government, and house of worship applications.   

Key Digital products are designed and engineered in-house in Mount Vernon, NY.  Superior quality, ease-of-installation, and versatility are the result of strenuous research, development, and testing. Expertise and unparalleled knowledge have created a unique hardware-software suite solution ideal for the consultants, designers, and installation firms of the A/V industry. Key Digital® is known to deliver best-in-class products based on quality, performance, and reliability.  

For more information, visit our webpage at http://www.keydigital.com. 

CONTACT: Masha Lakhter Key Digital Systems 914.667.9700 x 216 marketing@keydigital.com

Digital Speaker Development Update

Wed, 29/08/2018 - 10:05

SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Dear Sirs,

Audio Pixels is pleased to announce that musical sound has been produced from chips/wafers. Our proprietary MEMS chips, ASIC and Algorithms are now reproducing complex music (specifically “Hallelujah” by George Frideric Handel); a major advancement from the previously announced single tone playback on 4 July 2018.

The quality of sound produced is still unacceptably noisy and muddled and needs to be improved prior to any customer and public demonstration. This effort, expected to take a number of months, is focused on improving the charge dissipation capabilities of the device. The reproduction of the highest quality sound possible requires that the moving and non-moving elements ("pixels"), are doing so in precision compliance with the input signals. Even slight variances translate into audible noise and noticeable degradation in the acoustic performance.

The key to ensure the highest quality sound reproduction possible, is to improve the stability of the dissipation layers. These layers serve to suppress the disruptive effects that are inherit in every electrostatically driven MEMS actuator.

For this purpose, the company developed a whole new set of measurement tools and techniques that allowed far deeper forensic investigation into the specific charging mechanisms that are “in-play” in our devices. Aided by this newly accessible data, the company in combination with the vendor and a number of world-class experts, launched a comprehensive program designed to improve the effectiveness, reliability and stability of the devices under the very demanding control and timing conditions involved in high-quality reproduction of speech and music playback.

Completing our breakthrough technology may have taken somewhat longer than originally anticipated, however, the complexity of developing never-before attempted technologies, now appears to be in its final stages. While the process is not yet complete, we believe that the accomplishments we have demonstrated validate significant progress delivering the key value propositions our breakthrough technology.

Yours faithfully

Fred Bart
Chairman

About Audio Pixels Holdings Limited

Audio Pixels Limited, founded in 2006, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Audio Pixels Holdings Limited, listed in Australia under the stock code of AKP (Level 1 ADR’s on OTC-NASDAQ International: ADPXY). Backed by exceptional multidisciplinary scientific research, design, and production capabilities, Audio Pixels has become a world leader in digital loudspeaker technologies. Audio Pixels’ patented technologies employ entirely new techniques to generate sound waves directly from a digital audio stream using micro-electromechanical structures (MEMS). Its revolutionary technological platform for reproducing sound enables the production of an entirely new generation of speakers that will exceed the performance specifications and design demands of the world’s top consumer electronics manufacturers.  For more information, visit www.audiopixels.com.au/.

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Filmmakers Rely on Avid’s Industry Leading Tools to Deliver this Summer’s Biggest Films

Tue, 28/08/2018 - 19:49

The film industry’s top editorial and sound teams rely on Avid’s award-winning solutions to power workflows and deliver the summer’s biggest movies, including Mission Impossible: Fallout, Deadpool 2, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider of software tools and platforms that power the media and entertainment industry, today announced that many of the film industry’s leading creatives used Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create this summer’s most anticipated movies. Powered by MediaCentral®, Avid’s industry-leading tools deliver the speed, collaboration capabilities and efficiencies that filmmakers need to bring their stories to life on film.

In the highly anticipated sequel to the original global hit, Deadpool 2 follows anti-hero Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), otherwise known as Deadpool, as he tries to save a troubled young mutant boy from a time-traveling cyborg soldier. The franchise creatively combines action and humor to drive the story with help from Media Composer®, the industry’s preeminent editing solution. Re-recording Mixer and Sound Designer Martin Zub and the team at post-production sound company Formosa Group used Pro Tools® | Ultimate and the Pro Tools | S6 control surface for native Dolby Atmos mixing to create an immersive experience and guarantee every punchline had as much impact as the action sequences.

“Our director, David Leitch, really wanted to see how different jokes landed with test audiences, so we did a number of temp mixes on Deadpool 2,” said Zub. “That meant there was a lot of conforming to do for various versions. We used Pro Tools throughout editorial, through to each temp mix and right through to the final. Keeping our sound editorial team’s audio virtual was a must. Being able to automate audio tracks to a Dolby Atmos Panner and back to bed tracks is very cool. Using Pro Tools and the S6 enhanced the mix every step of the way, giving us the flexibility to be creative, and to change, add, rethink, cut, and mix scenes in multiple ways.”

Led by Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth installment in the successful franchise, takes the series to the next level with non-stop action and death defying stunts that will thrill its loyal fan base worldwide. The film was shot in numerous international locations with challenging conditions and tight deadlines. Editor Eddie Hamilton and his team relied on Media Composer to meet the demands of a complex filming schedule and ensure production stayed on pace.

“The legendary Avid Media Composer reliability and media management was invaluable on a complex film like Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” said Hamilton. “All our media was 2160p Ultra HD, and I worked around the world with my editorial team collaborating across three continents under enormous time pressure. Our aim was to deliver a terrific cinematic experience to worldwide audiences on schedule and on budget. Avid Media Composer gives us the tools to achieve that, without any downtime. I love it.”

The film industry’s top creative professionals relied on Avid solutions to create numerous other big summer releases, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-man and the Wasp, Oceans 8, Hotel Artemis, BlacKkKlansman, Hereditary, Upgrade, Action Point, Tag, Gotti, Breaking In, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Uncle Drew, Skyscraper, Crazy Rich Asians, Blindspotting, The Predator, and Dangerous Minds.

“We’re honored that the media and entertainment industry’s top creatives overwhelmingly rely on Avid’s tools to thrill audiences everywhere,” said Jeff Rosica, CEO and President, Avid. “Avid listens very closely to this community so that we can provide solutions that help them to excel at delivering their stunning works. We congratulate them on this season’s achievements and look forward to continuing to support their creative visions.”

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.

© 2018 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.

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YANGAROO Reports Second Quarter Results

Tue, 28/08/2018 - 18:30

Consolidated Revenue and Revenue in the Advertising Division for the first half of 2018 flat year on year

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YANGAROO Inc. (TSX-V: YOO, OTCBB: YOOIF), the leading secure digital media management and distribution company, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Revenue for Q2 was $1,797,924, 11% lower than the same period in 2017 and 8% lower than Q1 2018, with net loss of $18,828 and normalized EBITDA of $48,365. Revenue for the first half of 2018 was $3,747,014, 1% lower than the first half of 2017 with net income of $66,143 and normalized EBITDA of $227,931.

Advertising revenue of $1,025,092 in Q2 has dropped 16% over the same period in 2017 and dropped 17% over the previous quarter. The year-to-date revenue for the first 2 quarters was $2,254,547, which remained flat compared to the same 2 quarters in 2017. The decrease in Q2 was mainly due to inconsistent timing of campaign spending by a major client, as evidenced by higher revenues from the client in the previous quarter.

Entertainment Division’s Q2 revenue was $772,832, down 4% over 2017 and up 7% over the previous quarter. The revenue of the first half of 2018 was $1,492,467, 2% lower than the same period in 2017. The change in revenue recognition standards in 2018 resulted in lower awards management revenue in the current quarter compared to last year, but is a timing change only. However, the increase in volume of music deliveries in the current quarter brought a positive change compared to previous quarter. The drop of revenue for the first half of 2018 was mainly a result of the general decline in the volume of subscription and music video deliveries.

“The flat revenue year to date, both consolidated and in the Advertising Division, does not yet reflect the business development efforts outlined last quarter,” said Gary Moss, President and CEO of YANGAROO. “YANGAROO continues to develop its Advertising Division sales force and opportunity pipeline.  The Company recently added ad sales representatives in the Los Angeles and Miami markets and they are already contributing to sales opportunities.  The Advertising Division pipeline continues to grow and mature and the first significant new customers are completing their testing and onboarding processes.  The Company expects new customer business to start making a contribution to revenue in the latter part of 2018. Until revenue growth accelerates, the Company will continue to carefully control costs.” 

Total operating expense was $1,846,239 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, 3% higher than the previous year and 3% lower than the previous quarter. The year-to-date operating expenses was $3,747,336, 8% higher than the same period in 2017. The increases for both the current quarter and the year-to-date were primarily due to higher value of stock options granted, salary adjustments and bonus accrual. The decrease over previous quarter was a result of lower stock option expenses in the current quarter. The Company has incurred a net loss of $18,828 in the current quarter, compared to a net income of $171,597 in the same quarter of last year; and retained a net income of $66,143 in the first half of 2018, compared to $204,446 in the same period of last year. Excluding the impact of non-cash and non-operating costs, the second quarter of 2018 had positive normalized EBITDA of $48,365 and $227,931 for the first half of 2018.

Summary of operating results for the periods ended June 30th:

$CDNSix MonthsSecond Quarter 201820172018 2017Revenue3,747,0143,766,7971,797,924 2,026,731EBITDA156,099292,35425,033 218,165Normalized EBITDA227,931422,46548,365 301,952Net income (loss) for the period66,143204,446(18,828)171,597Basic income (loss) per share0.0010.003(0.000)0.003Diluted income (loss) per share0.0010.003(0.000)0.003

Please note that all currency in this press release is denoted in Canadian dollars.

The full text of the financial statements and Management Discussion & Analysis is available at www.yangaroo.com and at www.sedar.com.

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 further information, please contact Gary Moss at 416-534-0607 ext.111 or visit www.yangaroo.com.

THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THE CONTENT OF THIS NEWS RELEASE.

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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.

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