Meed and Cambridge Global Payments Collaborate to Provide Digital Financial Services to Underserved Markets

 

The Partnership Aims to Help Provide Socially Conscious Services That Give Back to Emerging Markets

SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwired – July 20, 2016) – Meed, the Santa Monica-based company committed to bringing socially-conscious innovation to the financial sector, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cambridge Global Payments of Toronto, Canada. Meed and its rapidly-growing global network of Member Banks and Corporate Members have created a unique social banking model where, through the patent-pending SocialBoost™ program, the banks financially reward users worldwide for growing the Meed Community. The foreign exchange pricing, global payments settlements and reconciliations required between Meed Member Banks will all be handled by Cambridge.

“The innovative way in which our Member Banks will distribute money around the world, whether through the SocialBoost™ program or extremely low-cost remittances, means that we needed to find a global payments expert with truly worldwide expertise and capabilities.” said Phil Valvardi, Chief Financial Officer at Meed.”Cambridge demonstrated those abilities in abundance, and has already managed quickly to streamline complex worldwide settlement processes for our Member Banks and Corporate Members to a relatively simple solution.”

“At Cambridge, we’ve always taken pride in the innovation we can bring to bear for our partners.” said Mark Frey, Chief Operating Officer, Cambridge Global Payments. “Working with the team at Meed, who themselves are breaking new ground with the scale and ingenuity of their program, will be a challenge we are delighted to take on. The beneficial effects we believe Meed will bring about will make a significant difference where it’s needed most around the world.”

Meed is gearing up for launch within months across its initial target countries of Vietnam, Mexico, U.S. and Canada. With this suite of affordable financial services products from its Member Banks, Meed is targeting the huge segment of people worldwide who are disenfranchised from the current banking system, either by choice or by circumstance. Meed offers a new choice to this generation through its partnership with socially-conscious Member Banks who have aligned behind Meed’s vision of financial mobility for all.

Meed’s innovative mobile app will provide access to Member Banks that offer a demand deposit account, a security savings account, a secured line of credit, domestic and international transfers between Meed users, as well as access to the income-building SocialBoost™ program, which gives users the opportunity to earn a new income stream in return for growing the Meed community. For every $1 earned by Meed users through SocialBoost’s personal community plan, another $1 is returned by the Member Banks to the worldwide Meed community, helping those who need it the most.

About Meed

Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Meed provides a new global platform for a community of networked Member Banks, Corporate Members and individual Meed users. The network provides access for users to the Member Banks for their financial services needs, and also provides a solution for financial exclusion and immobility. For more information, visit meed.net.

About Cambridge Global Payments

Cambridge Global Payments is a leading provider of integrated cross-border payment services and risk management solutions. As a trusted partner for over 20 years, Cambridge delivers innovative solutions designed to mitigate foreign exchange exposure and address unique business needs. Our award-winning capabilities and industry-leading technologies simplify the way businesses connect with the global marketplace. As one of the largest bank-independent providers globally, we are flexible and responsive, with offices across North America, Europe, and Australia. Learn more at cambridgefx.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Kristina Lee
Magnolia Marketing Communications
Phone: +1 (778) 320-0058
Email: klee@magnoliamc.com

Julian Sandy
Chief Marketing Officer
Meed
Phone: +1 (949) 929-9692
Email: jsandy@meed.net

Brad Loder
Director, Marketing & Communications
Cambridge Global Payments
Phone: 1 416 646 6401 ext. 2392
Email: bloder@cambridgefx.com

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Geniee Inc. Announces Notice of a Capital Increase Through Third-Party Allocation and Transfer of Outstanding Shares

         TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–21 July 2016

         Geniee, Inc. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Tomoaki Kudo; hereinafter, "Geniee") announces that today it will execute a capital increase through third-party allocation and transfer of outstanding shares allotted to Fenox Venture Capital as well as BRV Japan Advisers and two other companies. 

         • BRV Japan Advisers Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: John Lee; hereinafter, "BRV") 
         • Anchor Advisors Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Shinichi Muto; hereinafter, "Anchor Advisors") 
         • Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hajime Saito; hereinafter, "Mizuho Capital") 
         • Fenox Venture Capital (Head Office: Silicon Valley, USA; CEO: Anis Uzzaman; hereinafter, "Fenox VC") 

         1. Purpose of the capital increase through third-party allocation and transfer of outstanding shares

         Last year, Geniee achieved the highest sales in Japan in the Supply Side Platform (“SSP”) industry. In order to further accelerate its business expansion abroad as well, the company has decided to allocate new Geniee shares and to transfer outstanding shares to the following entities: Fenox VC and BRV, which have offices worldwide in locations such as North America and Asia; Mizuho Capital, one of Japan's leading venture capital; and Anchor Advisors, a company which provides M&A advisory services between Japanese companies and companies primarily in North America, Southeast Asia, and India, and which also engages in venture capital activities. 

         2. About BRV

         BRV Group is a venture capital company which originated from the VC division of a major mobile communications firm in Europe. BRV has offices in the US (Silicon Valley), Japan, Korea, China as well as other locations. It invests in startups, such as online payment system startups, and provides services for the mobile sector with a particular focus on later-stage companies based in North America, China, and Japan. BRV group also draws on the strengths of its global network to provide support for overseas expansion of investee companies. Investors include major SWFs, institutional investors, and well-known entrepreneurs in Europe and the US. It is one of the world's leading venture capital firms which also had the foresight to invest in Paypal in 1998. 

         3. About Anchor Advisors

         Anchor Advisors is primarily engaged in M&A advisory services between Japanese companies and companies abroad. The company's strengths lie in cross-border M&A advisory services, especially with companies located within India, Southeast Asia, and North America. Thus far, Anchor Advisors has built up a proven track record of advisory services for companies that have expanded their businesses into India, including such companies as SG Holdings and the YKK Group. 

         4. About Mizuho Capital

         Mizuho Capital is the venture capital arm of Mizuho Financial Group, one of Japan's leading comprehensive financial groups. Backed by an extensive global network and partnerships with group companies, Mizuho Capital has a proven track record of investing in companies at every phase from startup to later-stage, and assisting them in achieving listings on the stock exchange. 

         5. About Fenox Venture Capital

         Headquartered in Silicon Valley in the US, Fenox VC is a venture capital firm that has provided investment for approximately 65 companies to date across North America, Japan, and Southeast Asia. In Japan, the company has provided investment for Evolable Asia Corp. (listed on Mothers section of the TSE on March 31, 2016) Metaps Inc. (listed on Mothers section of the TSE on August 28, 2015), and DLE Inc. (listed on Mothers section of the TSE on March 26, 2014 and revised to the First Section of the TSE on April 15, 2016). In addition to these already listed companies, Fenox VC has also provided investment for other companies such as Terra Motors Corp., Money Forward, Inc., ZUU Co., Ltd., FiNC Inc., and I AND C-Cruise Co., Ltd. Fenox VC has built up a proven track record of supporting investee companies achieve their goal of overseas development. 

         6. About Geniee

         Geniee develops and provides the Geniee SSP, a platform designed to maximize revenue for internet media publishers which has achieved among Japan's highest number of impressions at some 60 billion impressions. Geniee also provides marketing support services for advertisers and advertising agencies. Geniee provides a one-stop solution for SSP, DMP, and DSP with expert know-how as an ad technology specialist. 

         With regard to overseas expansion, Geniee International Pte. Ltd. was established in 2012, and has since provided the support needed to maximize revenue for about 2500 companies in Southeast Asia through subsidiaries and joint ventures based in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.

         CONTACT: 
         Geniee, Inc. 
         Mori, 03-5337-8215
         pr@geniee.co.jp

         Source: Geniee, Inc.

Toshiba Launches Photorelays in DIP8 Packages with Industry-Leading 5A Drive Current

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Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company today announced the addition of three new products to its line-up of photorelays that can replace mechanical relays in industrial applications, including an industry-leading[1] 5A large drive current for DIP8 package photorelays. Shipments of the new products, “TLP3547”, “TLP3548” and “TLP3549”, start from today.

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Toshiba: DIP8 package 5A Drive Current Photorelay "TLP3547" (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba: DIP8 package 5A Drive Current Photorelay "TLP3547" (Photo: Business Wire)

“TLP3547” is a 60V product with an industry-leading[1] 5A (max.) large drive current for a DIP8 package photorelay. “TLP3548” is a 400V product with 0.4A (max.) drive current and high-speed switching of 1ms (max.). “TLP3549” is the industry’s first[2] photorelay to utilize a super-junction structure MOSFET, “DTMOS series”, and is a 600V product with 0.6A (max.) drive current.

Unlike mechanical relays, photorelays have no physical contacts that are subject to wear and deterioration, an advantage that contribute to set reliability. Use of photorelays also supports development of smaller and thinner sets. In addition to this, Toshiba’s new photorelays guarantee a pulsed ON-state current that is three times larger than that of the continuous ON-state current, securing a margin for safety design.

Main Applications

  • Replacement of mechanical relays
  • Thermostats (HVAC[2])
  • Power supply control of network appliances (TCP/IP, IoT)
  • Factory automation equipment
  • AC servos
  • Inverters
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • Power meters, smart meters
  • Security related products
  • ATE (Automatic Test Equipment)

Main Specifications

Package Part

Number

VF

[V]

@10mA

VOFF

[V]

ION

[A]

Pulsed

ION

[A]

RON

[mΩ]

IOFF

[uA]

IFT

[mA]

tON

[ms]

tOFF

[ms]

BVS

[Vrms]

(max.) (min.) (max.) (max.) (typ.) (max.) (max.) (max.) (typ.) (max.) (typ.) (max.) (min.)
DIP8 TLP3547 1.8 60 5.0 15.0 22 50 1 5.0 0.9 3.0 0.1 1.0 2500
TLP3548 400 0.4 1.2 3000 1 1.0 0.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 2500
TLP3549 600 0.6 1.8 1300 10 5.0 0.7 3.0 0.1 1.0 2500

Notes

[1] For photorelay products in DIP8 packages, as of July 19, 2016. Toshiba survey.

[2] For photorelay products, as of July 19, 2016. Toshiba survey.

“TLP3547” utilizes the trench structure generation 8 MOSFET “UMOS series” and TLP3548” utilizes the planar structure generation 5 MOSFET “πMOS series”.

[3] HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Follow the link below for more on the new products and Toshiba photorelays.

http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/opto/photocoupler/photorelay.html

Customer Inquiries:

Optoelectronic Device Sales & Marketing Department

Tel: +81-3-3457-3431

http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/contact.html

Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is correct on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)

To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

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SWISS Launches Revenue Service with State-of-the-Art Bombardier C Series Aircraft

 

– CS100 aircraft enters service as C Series program gains 127 orders in the first half of 2016 to increase total firm orders to 370

– CS300 aircraft on track for first delivery to airBaltic scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Jul 15, 2016) – Farnborough International Airshow – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated launch operator Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) on the successful entry-into-service of the CS100 aircraft. The maiden commercial flight of the CS100 aircraft has departed Zurich for Paris Charles de Gaulle.

  "We salute SWISS on the CS100 aircraft's successful entry-into-service and thank the airline for its outstanding support to the C Series aircraft program," said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We also congratulate all the employees and suppliers who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this great milestone. It is an outstanding achievement and continues to build the momentum for the C Series aircraft program.

"The launch of revenue service with the CS100 aircraft is a fitting culmination to this year's Farnborough Airshow, and follows Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's strong sales performance in the first half of 2016 during which we obtained firm orders for 127 C Series, 19 CRJ and 15 Q400 aircraft -including orders from Porter Airlines and All Nippon Airways each of which ordered an additional three Q400 aircraft as disclosed during the airshow. The capture of these 161 firm orders in six months signals Bombardier's intent to re-assert itself as a strong leader in commercial aviation."

As announced during the airshow, Transport Canada has awarded type certification to the CS300 aircraft and the delivery of this larger model to airBaltic is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. To maximize aircraft utilization and minimize maintenance costs, the airline has joined SWISS to become the second customer enrolled in Bombardier's Smart Parts program for the C Series aircraft. The Smart Parts program provides comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul services, access to a strategically located spare parts exchange pool, and on-site inventories based at the airlines' hubs.

"During the show, we connected with senior airline and aviation industry executives from around the world and are very encouraged by the feedback we are getting on our new C Series aircraft product positioning that urges airlines to put aside decades-old aircraft design in favour of an all-new, technically-advanced aircraft aimed specifically at the single-aisle, 100- to 150-seat market. We're giving airlines the freedom to match demand with a right-sized aircraft that provides the opportunity to make more profit," added Mr. Cromer. "The C Series aircraft has the state-of-the-art design, materials, technology, performance and passenger amenities, as well as economics that set it well apart from other aircraft in its class."

Also at Farnborough, Bombardier said it will soon begin validations of the C Series aircraft's capability to safely conduct steep (5.5 degrees ) approaches to London's close-to-downtown City Airport and land and stop safely on its 4,948-foot (1,508-metre) runway.

Using virtual reality technology, Bombardier also presented its new CRJ Series aircraft interior at the airshow. Participants had a preview of the fresh, contemporary cabin design that includes a more open entrance area, spacious lavatory and greater on-board storage capacity. Combined, these new features deliver an enhanced passenger experience and more value for airlines.

Bombardier also launched the Q400 Multi-Role aircraft to meet the diverse and demanding needs of customers. The fully certified Q400 Multi-Role aircraft can be tailored for firefighting, cargo transport, passenger transport, disaster relief and medical evacuation. The aircraft is rapidly reconfigurable and systems can be swapped in and out easily to meet operational and network requirements.

Bombardier had a highly visible presence in the aircraft static display with a flybe Q400 turboprop, a CRJ1000 regional jet from Air Nostrum, and CS100 flight test vehicle five (FTV5) in SWISS colours. FTV5 also conducted three demonstration flights on July 10 hosting media, C Series aircraft program suppliers and government representatives. SWISS' first delivered CS100 aircraft also appeared at Farnborough and opened the flying display on July 11 when it departed for Zurich to launch revenue service.

About C Series Aircraft

The C Series is the only aircraft optimized for the 100- to 150-seat market segment, which drives the aircraft's phenomenal economic proposition and performance, opening up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operation.

Comprised of the CS100 and the larger CS300 aircraft, the C Series family represents the fusion of performance and technology. The result is aircraft that deliver unmatched performance and economics in the 100- to 150-seat market segment and an 18 per cent lower cost per passenger, making them the ideal candidates to complement larger single-aisle aircraft. Airlines can now operate routes that were previously not profitable or even possible. An improvement in range in excess of 20 per cent out of hot-and-high airports such as Denver, Mexico City or Lhasa has been confirmed.

Bombardier has created a new standard in cabin design and flexibility to ensure an unrivalled passenger experience. The aircraft's larger seats, overhead bins and windows deliver a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort in a single-aisle cabin.

The CS100 and the CS300 aircraft have over 99 per cent parts commonality as well as the same pilot type rating. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with the aircraft's advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise, and emissions – making the C Series the most community-friendly aircraft.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

Notes to Editors

Photos are posted at www.bombardier.com and http://news.commercialaircraft.bombardier.com/

For more information on the Bombardier's commercial aircraft, visit http://news.commercialaircraft.bombardier.com.

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Bombardier, C Series, CRJ Series, CRJ1000, CS100, CS300, Q400 and The Evolution of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Contact Information

Contacts:
Marianella de la Barrera
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1 416 375 3030
marianella.delabarrera@aero.bombardier.com

Isabelle Gauthier
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1 416 375 3030
isabelle.gauthier@aero.bombardier.com
www.bombardier.com
 

Leigh Terry Appointed CEO of IPG Mediabrands APAC

 IPG Mediabrands’ Global CEO Henry Tajer has announced the appointment of Leigh Terry as CEO of IPG Mediabrands in Asia Pacific. Terry is a highly regarded media innovator and leader whose career has spanned Europe and the Pacific.

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“Asia Pacific is a key priority for regional investment over the next five years,” said Tajer. “The region continues to hold enormous potential for our clients and our business and Leigh possesses the talent, experience and vision to deliver on the plans we have in place.”

He added, “Leigh is a very highly respected and effective executive who has been on our most-wanted list for quite some time and I am very excited he has chosen to join us.”

Leigh Terry was the CEO of the Omnicom Media Group across Australia and New Zealand. He oversaw a network that has 900 people across 16 offices in seven international media businesses. Leigh has been a digital innovator for 16 years, having launched digital capabilities for OMD in London in 2000, later moving to Australia to launch the agency’s digital, data and direct operations.

Terry said: “After an amazing 18 years at Omnicom it was not an easy decision as I leave many friends, not just colleagues. However, with the broader international opportunities, energy, vision and leadership at IPG Mediabrands, I am excited to be entering a new chapter in my career. I am really looking forward to working with Henry and the team to deliver the vision and in doing so help take IPG Mediabrands to new heights.”

Leigh will start his new assignment with IPG Mediabrands at the end of 2016, and will partner with Reg Davidson, who was named chief financial officer of Mediabrands Asia Pacific earlier this year. Davidson is formerly CFO of IPG Mediabrands Australia.

About IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands was founded by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) in 2007 to manage all of its global media related assets. Today, we manage over $37 billion in marketing investment on behalf of our clients, employing over 8,500 marketing communication specialists in more than 130 countries.

IPG Mediabrands is a new world agency group designed with dynamic marketing at its core. Our speed, agility and data smarts ensure we continue to create growth for many of the world’s biggest brands. IPG Mediabrands’ network of agencies includes UM, Initiative, BPN and Orion Holdings as well specialty business units including Magna Global, Cadreon, Ansible, Mediabrands Publishing, Reprise, Rapport and the IPG Media Lab.

IPG Mediabrands. Dynamic by Design.

Media Partners Asia: Asia Pacific Pay-TV Industry Faces Slowing Growth

         HONG KONG & SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 15, 2016

         The Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry will grow at a 5.8% average annual rate from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report, Asia Pacific Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, published by leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA). 

         MPA projects pay-TV industry sales across 18 major markets in Asia Pacific to climb from US$54 billion in 2016 to US$72 billion by 2021, rising thereafter to US$81 billion by 2025. The pace of pay-TV subscriber and revenue growth is slowing however, weakened by an economic slowdown and increasing competition from both legal and illegal alternatives. Pay-TV subscriber growth declined or substantially decelerated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in particular. 

         At the same time however, India and Korea remain two of the region’s largest and most scalable pay-TV opportunities. Revenue growth will also accelerate in Australia and the Philippines, largely thanks to subscriber growth. 

         However, MPA analysts have lowered subscriber growth forecasts across much of Southeast Asia, especially for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, although ARPU (average revenue per user) should remain resilient in both Malaysia and Singapore. 

         The pay-TV industry in China, meanwhile, remains the largest in the region and is becoming increasingly digitalized. Pay-TV growth opportunities for broadcasters are limited however, due to increasing regulation as well as competition from free and paid online video services. 

         Elsewhere in the region, subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) services have had a negligible impact on pay-TV so far, despite the global launch of Netflix earlier this year, in addition to increasing competition among lower-priced regional and local SVOD services. 

         Most pay-TV subscribers downgrading or canceling pay-TV services are moving to illegal services, and to free, ad-supported options across both TV and online video. 

         At the same time, more pay-TV operators are rolling out connected set-top boxes that can incorporate OTT video services. In addition, some operators (telcos in particular) are aggressively hard-bundling video content, including pay-TV channels, with high-speed broadband. This is helping drive subscriber growth, especially in some Southeast Asian markets. 

         Commenting on the report, MPA executive director Vivek Couto said: 

         “Pay-TV providers are increasingly focused on repackaging and repricing both linear and on-demand services. Local and regional Asian programming is also becoming increasingly important. Sports, kids, infotainment and Hollywood movies will remain mainstays of the pay-TV bundle, although channels offering Hollywood TV series are being disrupted by both legal and illegal OTT. Few pay-TV operators have been able to capture or monetize large-scale online video viewing so far, although early results in Hong Kong and Korea are encouraging. The goal is driving the next cycle of customer growth and consumer spend. Pay-TV user interfaces and data analytics are improving, although often too slowly to effectively compete with legal and illegal OTT rivals. Viable pay-TV operators will become drivers and targets for M&A and consolidation, as the worlds of pay-TV, broadband and OTT collide and converge in the wider context of media and telecoms.” 

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         CONTACT: 
         Media Partners Asia
         Lavina Bhojwani
         lavina@media-partners-asia.com

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA BLAZING Distribution Starts in Japan Today on July 14 with Worldwide Distribution Planned for This Summer!

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 14, 2016

– Smartphone Game Based on “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN”~The first smartphone game based on the popular console game software “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series.

GREE, Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman & CEO: Yoshikazu Tanaka) and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Satoshi Oshita) have begun distribution of the smartphone game “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing” based on “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN” today on July 14 in Japan. It is available on the App Store and Google PlayTM. Its worldwide distribution is scheduled for this summer. GREE, Inc. is in charge of distribution in Japan and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. is in charge of content planning/development/management and overseas distribution.

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“NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA BLAZING” (Graphic: Business Wire)

The first smartphone game based on the “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series, the popular console game software!
This is the first smartphone game based on the popular console game “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series, the cumulative shipment of which has exceeded 15 million copies. Starting with distribution in Japan on July 14, its worldwide distribution is scheduled for this summer. The worldwide release intends to spread the fun of playing “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN” all over the world.

The new “Shinobi formation battle” lets players enjoy strategic multiplayer battles in which up to 3 people can take part
This application offers a new smartphone gaming experience, while also inserting familiar cut-ins from the “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” console game series during battles. Players can connect online and enjoy cooperative battles against enemies. By forming a team of up to 3 players, players can enjoy battles requiring a strategic use of positioning.
[Game Info]

Name of Application “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing” Genre Shinobi formation battle 
Scheduled date of
official distribution Japan: July 14, 2016 Overseas: Summer 2016  Usage fees Free to Play In-App Purchases Available
Official Website URL http://naruto-blazing.net/ (Japan) http://naruto-blazing.net/en/ (Overseas) https://www.facebook.com/narutoblazing/ Distribution (Overseas Facebook Page) Platforms App Store, Google Play
Distributors Japan: GREE, Inc. Overseas: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Languages Japanese and English
Regions for distribution Worldwide including North America, Europe and Asia (except China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
Copyright Information ©2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO/2007 SHIPPUDEN NARUTO artwork and elements ©2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO/2007 SHIPPUDEN All Rights Reserved. ©GREE, Inc. ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

* All other company and product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
* The information in this press release is the latest information available at the time of release. Please note that the contents may change without prior notice.
* Please use a © drawn in a circle for the copyright notification “(C)”.
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* Separate data fees may apply when using this application.

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CONTACT:
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
PR Office: TOMONORI TSUJI
+81.3.5251.4779
bandainamcoentpr

Toshiba Launches New ICs for Bluetooth® Smart Devices with Industry-Leading-Class Low Current Consumption

Toshiba

         TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 14, 2016

– Promoting Adoption of Communication Functions for Coin Battery Drive Devices.

Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company today announced the launch of three new ICs “TC35678FSG”, “TC35678FXG” and “TC35679FSG” as additions to its line-up of ICs that support Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE)[1] ver.4.1 communications. At 3V supply voltage, the new ICs consume just under half the power of Toshiba’s previous products[2], and realize current consumption on par with the lowest in the industry[3]. Sample shipments start today, with mass production scheduled to start by the end of 2016 for “TC35678FXG” and in early 2017 for the other two ICs.

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Toshiba: New IC “TC35678FSG” for Bluetooth(R) Smart devices with industry-leading-class low current consumption (Photo: Business Wire)

Adoption of a highly efficient DC-DC converter introduced in earlier products and an original low-power circuit design secures a nearly 46% current reduction and peak current consumption of 3.6 mA at 3V supply voltage in transmitting mode.

Both “TC35678FXG” and “TC35678FSG” incorporate built-in Flash ROM to store user programs and various data in stand-alone operations. Although memory capacity for user programs was only 64 KB in previous products, it is now extended to 100 KB in both ICs, contributing to the expandability of application programs.

The built-in Flash ROM eliminates any need for external EEPROM, previously required for stand-alone operations. This contributes to cost and mounting-area reduction by reducing external parts count.

“TC35678FXG” is a repackaged “TC35678FSG” in a QFN60 package that extends the number of general purpose IO from 16 to 32. It is suitable for equipment that requires a large number of control pins such as keyboards and remote-controllers.

“TC35679FSG” has no built-in Flash ROM and can achieve extremely low current operation by reducing current consumption for access to Flash ROM. It accordingly achieves long operating times for applications powered by small coin batteries. For example, using a CR2032 type coin battery, the new IC can carry out beacon operation for over a year[4].

The new ICs will facilitate adoption of Bluetooth® LE communications for wearable devices for healthcare applications and for high grade small devices that use coin batteries such as sensors and toys, and will support set makers in optimizing product value.

Key Features
– Low power consumption:
3.6 mA (Transmitter operation @3.0 V, Output power: 0 dBm)
3.3 mA (Receiver operation @3.0 V)
Less than 100nA in deep sleep (@3.0V)
– Receiver sensitivity: -93 dBm
– Supports Bluetooth® LE ver.4.1 central and peripheral devices
– Built-in GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
– Supports servers and client functions defined by GATT
– Built-in 256 KB Flash ROM (TC35678FSG/FXG)

Applications
Bluetooth® Smart devices[5], such as wearable devices, healthcare devices, smart phone accessories, remote controllers and toys.

Main Specifications

            Part Number 				TC35678FSG/FXG 		TC35679FSG             Operating voltage range 		1.8V to 3.6V             Current consumption in            TX operation 			3.6 mA (@3.0 V, Output power : 0 dBm )             Current consumption in            RX operation 			3.3 mA (@3.0V)             Current consumption in            deep sleep 				Less than 100nA (@3.0V)             Operating temperature            range 					-40°C to 85 °C             Package 				QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm  				           pitch (TC35678FSG)  								           QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm  								           pitch 					  				           QFN60 7 mm x 7 mm 0.4 mm  				           pitch (TC35678FXG) 		            Wireless            communication 			Bluetooth® Low Energy ver.4.1   				           Including central and peripheral functions             CPU 					ARM® Cortex®-M0             Transmitter output            power 					0 dBm to -20 dBm (4 dB steps)             Receiver sensitivity 		-93.0dBm             Profiles 				HCI, GATT (Generic Attribute Profile), including server and client functions             Interfaces 				UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO             Flash ROM 				256 KB 					-             Other features 			DC-DC Converter   				           Low drop regulator   				           General purpose ADC   				           User program function   				           Wake up signal for host device   				           PWM function

         Notes: 
         [1]: Low-power-consumption communication technology defined in Bluetooth® ver. 4.1.
         [2]: Compared to Toshiba’s “TC35667FTG”.
         [3]: Products with the same ratings (current consumption of 3.6 milliamps (mA) at 3V in transmitting mode with 0dBm) are the lowest in the industry as of July 14, 2016, Toshiba survey.
         [4]: Calculated with a 220mAh battery and 2-second beacon interval time.
         [5]: Devices that adopt Bluetooth core specification ver.4.1 or higher with low-energy core configuration, and that use GATT-based architecture specified in Bluetooth ver.4.0. * The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Toshiba is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. * ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. 

         For more information about the new products, please visit: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/wireless-communication/bluetooth/con-app.html#tc35678 

         For more information about Toshiba Bluetooth® wireless technology ICs, please visit: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/wireless-communication/bluetooth.html 

         Customer Inquiries:
         Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department Tel: +81-44-548-2821
         http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/contact.html 

         *Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice. 

         About Toshiba 
         Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives. 

         Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)

         To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm 
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Celebrity Chinese Designer Grace Chen Presents her Debut London Collection with a Star-Studded Fashion Show at Lancaster House

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Media OutReach – Jul 4, 2016 – Shanghai-based fashion designer Grace Chen — whose haute couture styles are favoured by an A-List celebrity clientele, including Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan — celebrated her London debut with a star-studded fashion show and gala reception at the palatial Lancaster House on 11 June 2016.

Grace Chen Couture London debut at Lancaster House

Grace Chen Couture London debut finale at Lancaster House

HRH Princess Olga Romanoff closing the Grace Chen Couture runway show

Lady Ella Mountbatten and Celebrity Designer Grace Chen

Upon royal invitation, Grace Chen presented her new season collection as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The fashion show celebrated a number of world firsts: It was the first time an haute couture collection from Asia has been showcased as part of British royal celebrations. It was also the first fashion show ever presented at Lancaster House, which is rarely open to the public, and was once part of the royal palace grounds.

The show, titled Simply Divine, was styled as an homage to the Queen and the British royal court. A curated collection of 50 dresses sashayed down the runway, modelled by both professional models and aristocratic beauties of all ages.

The show opened with Lady Ella Mountbatten making her runway debut in an embroidered China-red dress. The gown's extravagant silhouette set a regal tone, while Grace Chen's signature exquisite draping added a feminine softness. Closing the show was Princess Olga Romanoff, descendant of the Russian Tsars, wearing an ethereal soft-green gown custom created for her by Grace Chen.

Grace Chen's designs seamlessly marry time-honoured traditions of Chinese tailoring and embroidery with whimsical global detailing to create one-of-a-kind dresses that are elegant, sophisticated and personal. Among the regal designs showcased, one couture gown featured a Chinese high collar and flowing Waltz skirt. Other gowns were handcrafted in luxurious silk with fine eastern embroidery. The models' hair and make-up was elegant and understated to match the elite, modern style.

"Every woman can feel like a queen and enjoy a 'regal moment' when they respect and indulge themselves in beauty," said designer Grace Chen. Reflecting the powerful and sophisticated women that she designs for, many notable British and Chinese celebrities and VIPs attended the show.

Immediately following the Grace Chen fashion show and reception, Lancaster House hosted the 21st Russian Summer Ball, an important fixture on the London social scene since 1996, with guests of honour including members of the famous Romanoff dynasty (the Imperial Russian Royal Family) plus European royal families and world-famous celebrities.

"The Power Dresser …who China's top achieving women turn to"

Regarded as one of the most influential couture designers in China, Grace Chen was hailed by South China Morning Post in 2015 as "the power dresser…who China's top achieving women turn to".

Chen graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked as a fashion designer in New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years. She returned to Shanghai in 2009 and established her own couture brand, Grace Chen, attracting an elite fashion following with her unique style of Oriental beauty.

Appealing to style-setters in China and around the world who are now looking beyond established luxury labels to more unique and self-defining designs, Grace Chen's exclusive made-to-order designs range from elegant evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to chic day and business wear.

The brand celebrated the opening of its first boutique, Grace Chen's Garden, in May 2016. Located in Shanghai's former French Concession, the boutique is crafted as an international fashion destination integrating a boutique, gallery, library, movie theatre and fashion lounge. As well as showcasing her latest designs and facilitating private fittings, Grace Chen's Garden will host elite fashion, lifestyle and social events.

Grace Chen's London fashion show debut in June 2016 follows the brand's recent showcases in Europe, as it continues to attract a global clientele of elite women. In early 2016, Grace Chen was invited to attend Paris Fashion Week, and she also presented a runway show in Brussels in 2015 as part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of China-European Union relations.

GRACE CHEN COUTURE

Grace Chen is a Shanghai based Chinese-American fashion designer. Grace graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked as a fashion designer in New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years.

Her designs were seen on many notable celebrities in the U.S., such as Oprah Winfery and Helen Mirren. Grace returned to Shanghai in 2009 and established her own couture brand, Grace Chen. Her unique style of oriental beauty was soon embraced by the female elites in Shanghai and Beijing. Grace is now regarded as one of the most influential couture designers in China.

For more information, kindly visit: www.gracechenstyle.com

 

 

NTT Communications Launches Digi-Path Premier Internet Service for Enterprises in Yangon, Myanmar

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 13, 2016

– Obtains communication service license to deliver one-stop ICT solutions

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced today that it has received a network service license from Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications and has begun offering reliable, high-speed internet connections for enterprises throughout the Yangon area as a first phase, effective immediately.

The service, Digi-Path Premier, provides dedicated circuits from 1Mbps to connect enterprises with NTT Com’s global internet network. Optional services include global IP address, web hosting, mail hosting, rental routers, managed firewalls, internet VPN and file transfers.

New connection service in Yangon, Myanmar
http://www.ntt.com/en/about-us/press-releases/news/article/2016/20160713.html

Benefits of NTT Com’s new connection service include the following:
– Highly reliable communication environment.
– Digi-Path Premier ensures reliable high-speed communication environments that connect offices with NTT Com’s global internet network via dedicated optical-fiber circuits and a redundant backbone network.
– Prompt delivery.
– NTT Com fully manages the delivery of circuits from the customer’s office to the global internet network.
– Delivery can require as little as one month, compared with six months in conventional cases. Around-the-clock network monitoring.
– Digi-Path Premier includes 24/7 monitoring of circuits. In the case of any trouble, the service will minimize the influence on enterprise’s business by promptly fixing the circuit.

For more information about Digi-Path Premier, including application procedure, optional services and initial/monthly costs, please contact NTT Communications Yangon (in English, Japanese or Burmese) as follows:

NTT Communications Yangon
#1504, 15th Floor, Sakura Tower
339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95-1-255-032 / ygn-all

NTT Com is now providing internet connections to enterprises globally as well as in seven Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Myanmar.

Myanmar has been strengthening its presence in the Mekong regional economy since beginning its transition from military to democratic rule in March 2011. An increasing number of multinational enterprises are entering the market and creating demand for reliable high-quality internet connection services. NTT Communications Yangon was opened in October 2012 to provide ICT solutions that combine global networks, system integration and security throughout Myanmar. The internet connection service, which is now available nationwide, previously had been restricted to tenants in Yangon’s Sakura Tower, a high-rise office building serving multinational companies.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

www.ntt.com | Twitter@NTT Com | Facebook@NTT Com | LinkedIn@NTT Com

CONTACT:
Media Contacts
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NTT Communications Yangon Office
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