The Bezant Foundation Successfully Holds a Global Meet-up on Blockchain Project in Tokyo

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#BZNT--The Bezant Foundation (Representative Director Steve Tay), which provides a Blockchain-based decentralized payment platform, held a meet-up for global investors and developers successfully at the Conrad Hotel Tokyo on April 16.



In the session, Foundation Director Steve Tay, Chief Cryptocurrency Officer Daesik Kim, who is founder and former CEO of Bithumb and Chief Technology Officer Colin Lee, who is the former project lead of Kakao Co.’s payment platform development, presented the current business conditions, technology and roadmap of the Bezant Foundation.

The Bezant platform is based on a Blockchain developed with the Hyperledger Fabric technology to overcome the limitations of existing public Blockchains in such key payment elements as speed and commission fees. The Bezant Foundation plans to utilize the platform in creating a wide array of new services directly as well as through its partners.

“We will create services that can be widely commercialized for individual consumers to benefit from our Blockchain technology. As a way of doing so, we will offer wallet services as a module to corporate customers so that consumers can use Bezant Token (BZNT) for digital contents and e-commerce. Under our plans, consumers will be able to trade BZNT with other users through wallets, and also exchange BZNT with other cryptocurrencies after the token is listed on the cryptocurrency exchanges,” CCO Daesik Kim said.

“In addition to wallet services based on Blockchain platform, we are working on content platform services which will take the form of B2B solution in order to activate paid content markets themselves. Through Blockchain technology, content providers, distributors and consumers can ensure transaction transparency, privacy protection and minimal commission fees even without central control by mediators,” CTO Colin Lee said.

“It is a really big project to develop all of Bezant Blockchain, platforms based on it, and content and payment platforms working therein, including wallet. To make the project a reality, we have secured 20 experienced engineers with superior technical skills,” CTO Colin Lee added.

A presentation on payment back-end solutions which will actualize Bezant Blockchain platform took up a large part of the session. A payment module which can support various local payment methods and also be a gateway for them through an API connection got a lot of attention.

Foundation Director Steve Tay said, “The Bezant Blockchain Project is renovating the ecosystem of digital payment markets. Through Blockchain technology which does not need mediators, we will eliminate inefficiency all the way from content distribution to content payment. We will also try to expand the digital payment markets of emerging countries especially in Southeast Asia by providing partners with B2B payment solutions that will support not only international credit cards but also local payment methods which differ from country to country.”

An official of the Bezant Foundation said, “Through the meet-up, we could be assured again of much interest in and strong support for the Bezant Blockchain Project. To answer high expectations for us, we will announce the schedule of our next global meet-up as soon as possible so that global investors and developers can communicate directly with us.”

Meanwhile, the Bezant Foundation, a venture startup founded in Singapore in 2018, was joined by Daesik Kim, the founder and former CEO of Bithumb, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, as a direct investor and chief cryptocurrency officer who will oversee Bezant’s businesses as well. Bezant has attracted attention in the related industry by recruiting outstanding developers of popular Kakao Pay and Kakao Commerce platforms and competent figures who worked at NHN Entertainment and eBay, etc.

The Bezant Foundation has begun its ICO for BZNT. Pre-sale will begin at 9 a.m. on May 3 and end at 9 a.m. on May 31 in Singapore time.


Contacts

Bezant Foundation
Noah Hwang, +821092664342
Product Manager
noah@bezant.io

CE China 2018: A day full of market insights with the new IFA Retail University, including brands and products!

Huawei joins power-briefing program


SHENZHEN & BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On its first day, Thursday, 3 May, CE China, a global IFA event, provides a day full of market insights. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a wide range of presentations at the newly introduced IFA Retail University @ CE China. Executives and experts of international consumer electronics and home appliances brands will give concise 20-minute power-briefings about market trends, technological advancements, and latest products.

IFA Retail University is designed to provide international brands with maximum attention from Asian retailers. Chinese retail giant Suning, partner of CE China, co-initiated the new format, which has been developed to make even better use of the growing demand of especially Chinese middle class for international brand products. Besides Suning, major Chinese retailers Tmall/Alibaba and JD.com are among CE China’s official partners in 2018.

Latest additions to the program have been Huawei and Yamazoki. Kicked off by an analysis and overview over latest markets trends by one of the leading market research companies GfK, IFA Retail University hosts further global brands like Severin, Blaupunkt, Elgato, CASO Design and Fakir.

IFA Retail University @ CE China is free of charge to all trade visitors, CE China exhibitors and press.

About IFA and CE China

As a global IFA event, CE China is a welcome addition to Messe Berlin’s portfolio for the Chinese market.

Based on the IFA concept, CE China focuses on comprehensive cooperation with leading trade groups, strong global industrial partners, and the emotional presentation of innovative branded products. In 2017, 120 exhibitors presented their latest products, innovations, and services to more than 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, covering 15,000 square meters of exhibition space. The range of global brands inspired the more than 140 journalists, 15 percent of which came from abroad.

IFA is the world's most significant trade show for consumer electronics taking place from 31 August to 5 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

http://www.cechina-ifa.com/


Contacts

Messe Berlin
IFA PR Manager
Nicole von der Ropp
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 3038-2217
vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

Kulicke & Soffa Receives the 2017 Texas Instruments Supplier Excellence Award

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) (“Kulicke & Soffa”, “K&S” or the “Company”) announced today that it has received the highest level of recognition, the prestigious 2017 Supplier Excellence Award, from Texas Instruments.


Texas Instruments works with more than 11,000 suppliers worldwide, and Kulicke & Soffa has received this accolade following a rigorous round of evaluation covering K&S’s commitment to ethical behavior, as well as its exceptional performance in areas including productivity, environmental and social responsibilities, technology, responsiveness, assurance of supply and quality.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Texas Instruments and deeply value the close partnership we have built with them. We will continue to work to deliver innovative and quality solutions to support our broad base of customers now and in the future,” said Hoang Huy Hoang, Kulicke & Soffa’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Aftermarket Products & Services Business Unit.

“At TI, our customers depend on us for quality parts to help them innovate and grow, and we share these same rigorous expectations of quality from our suppliers,” said Rob Simpson, Vice President of TI Worldwide Procurement and Logistics. “The Supplier Excellence Award winners have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to delivering the products and services we need at the performance we expect.”

About Kulicke & Soffa

Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments. As a pioneer in the semiconductor space, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions and organic development, adding advanced packaging, electronics assembly, wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable tools to its core offerings. Combined with its extensive expertise in process technology and focus on development, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the challenges of packaging and assembling the next-generation of electronic devices. (www.kns.com)


Contacts

Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc.
Marilyn Sim
Public Relations
P: +65-6880-9309
F: +65-6880-9580
msim@kns.com
or
Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc.
Joseph Elgindy
Investor Relations & Strategic Initiatives
P: +1-215-784-7500
F: +1-215-784-6180
investor@kns.com

Hyundai Mobis: Autonomous Car ‘M.BILLY’ Ready to Hit the Road around the World

- M.BILLY to undertake a level-3 autonomous driving test in the U.S. this month and in Korea and Germany as well after license approval
- Hyundai Mobis aiming to start the mass production of level-3 system equipped with its originally developed sensors, including radar, camera and lidar by 2022
- Aiming to put over 10 global autonomous driving test cars on the road with 15% or higher increase in the number of autonomous car engineers

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Automotive--Hyundai Mobis (KRX:012330) kicks off testing of its autonomous car M.BILLY on the roads around the world. The company now has three test cars, but will increase the number to over ten by the end of this year and increase engineers in the autonomous driving field more than 15% every year to put a concentrated effort into developing safe autonomous driving technology.



Hyundai Mobis announced that it will test its autonomous car model M.BILLY in Michigan, the U.S., from the middle of this month for level 3 and level 4 autonomous driving system development. Level 3 is conditional automation, which requires driver involvement in certain circumstances, while level 4 means high automation without driver intervention.

M.BILLY is the name of autonomous driving system test car developed by Hyundai Mobis. Its name is taken from the word ‘mobility’ from the technology development vision of Hyundai Mobis, ‘New Mobility Experience’. It is the representation of the company's aspiration to grow into a global automotive supplier committed to developing the core technologies for future vehicles. The test car, which is Kia K5 (Optima), is embedded with an autonomous driving system.

To conduct pilots and test the safety of an autonomous driving test car, the test will first take place on the proving ground (test track) very similar to public roads and real-world driving tests will follow afterwards. In 2016 Hyundai Mobis registered a special license plate (M-plate) for autonomous driving test car from the government of Michigan.

Hyundai Mobis will test M.BILLY in the U.S., Korea and Germany. The company will obtain a test license for autonomous driving in Korea next month, and in Germany in June. Once the license is issued, M.BILLY will undergo the same functionality and safety tests as in the U.S. and take a driving test on public roads in both Korea and Germany.

Thorough preparation is essential in order to ensure compliance with local laws given that each country has their own regulations on testing of autonomous vehicle. Germany adopted a law that sets a legal framework for autonomous driving cars in June and it requires cars with autonomous driving system must be equipped with a black box to record the journey underway.

"We now have a total of three M.BILLYs, one in each region and we will soon have over ten M.BILLYs, which is enough for a large-scale pilot. We aim to mass produce level-3 highly automated driving system equipped with our original sensors by 2022.” Hyundai Mobis ADAS Director Hwang Jae-ho said.

The autonomous driving test car will be equipped with sensors originally developed by Hyundai Mobis. There will be eight different types of sensors including front-view camera (1), radar (5), lidar (1), ultrasonic sensor (12), surround view monitoring (SVM, 4) and total of 25 sensors. At the moment, M.BILLY only has front-view radar developed by Hyundai Mobis but the rest will be installed from the third quarter of this year in line with the development schedule.

Hyundai Mobis focuses on the original development of sensors because the sensor is the key technology for autonomous driving system, acting like the human eye. It sees any person or car cutting in front of autonomous vehicle running on public roads, and quickly and accurately determines what is getting in the way - whether it is a box or rock. In other words, the sensing capability is a critical enabler of safe autonomous driving.

The safety of autonomous driving system is the reason that Hyundai Mobis is taking the driving test to North America and Europe beyond Korea.

The quality of autonomous driving system capable of securing safety of not only driver, but also passenger and other vehicles on the road should be demonstrated in order to ensure that a vehicle equipped with the autonomous driving system provided by Hyundai Mobis is readily marketable, which requires a database of different driving conditions and environments. Data enables the development of technologies essential for safe autonomous driving through the modification and upgrade of old systems, and improvement of sensor accuracy.

Hyundai Mobis plans to increase R&D investment to 10% of auto components sales by 2021 in order to make a more concentrated effort on developing the core technologies for future vehicles. Nearly 50% of all R&D investment will be devoted to the study of ICT, including sensors for autonomous driving. The company has 600 autonomous driving researchers, and their number will increase by over 15% every year.

About Hyundai Mobis

Hyundai Mobis is a global tier-1 automotive supplier. It was established in 1977, and is headquartered in Seoul, Korea. The corporate philosophy is to become a lifetime partner with technologies for automobiles and people.

Hyundai Mobis currently employs over 30,000 people. Manufacturing operations are in over 30 locations in 10 countries, including Korea, China, and the U.S. Products include automotive modules (chassis, cockpit and front-end), brakes, suspensions, airbags, lamps, and automotive electronics. R&D headquarters are in Korea with 4 technical centers worldwide, Germany, China, India, and the U.S.

Hyundai Mobis has mass-produced a great number of ADAS technologies and green car components. For more information, please visit the website (http://en.mobis.co.kr)


Contacts

Hyundai Mobis
Choon Kee Hwang, +82-2-2018-5519
ckhwang@mobis.co.kr

Silicon Mitus Introduces the First Cost-Effective eMarker IC With Power Delivery PD 3.0 for USB Type-C Cables

The SM5516 eMarker IC enables the smallest, simplest and most economical design in the USB cable market



SEOUL-PANKYO, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ICs--Silicon Mitus, an advanced specialist in PMIC technology, introduced the eMarker for USB Type-C cable, which attains the smallest device size at a mere 1.1 mm x 1.5 mm package.

On top of the successful integration of an ISO diode with the RA resistor and active switch (components usually found outside the device) in a small footprint, what makes the SM5516 truly stand out is that the device supports the latest USB Power Delivery 3.0 standard. This allows for a simpler design of the latest USB Type-C compliant cable combined with a significant reduction in manufacturing costs.

The SM5516 features a wide VDD operation range of 2.7 V to 5.5 V, and the availability of embedded Multi-Time Programmable (MTP) memory brings flexibility to program Vendor Information Data (VID). The SM5516 is a recent addition to the family of Silicon Mitus USB Type-C products already shipping in volumes, affirming the company as a key player in the new USB standard.

“With the addition of the SM5516 to our USB Type-C product portfolio, Silicon Mitus brings further integration and cost-efficiency to USB Type-C cable manufacturers,” said Dr. Youm Huh, CEO. “This will ultimately benefit consumers who will find end products to be far less complex, far less expensive but more powerful than earlier USB technologies. The launch of the SM5516 expresses our long-term plans to develop state-of-the-art devices to meet the evolving standards of the USB marketplace.”

To receive more information, please contact sales@siliconmitus.com. The device is offered in a 6-Bump WLCSP package (DFN package available upon request), and samples are available now to selected Tier 1 customers.

Silicon Mitus, Inc.

Silicon Mitus is a globally recognized provider of high performance ICs for power management needs. We design display, mobile and audio chips to support applications such as smartphones, wearables, IoT, LCD and OLED displays, automotive solutions. Silicon Mitus has a global presence with R&D centers and sales offices in South Korea, the USA, Italy and China. For further information, visit www.siliconmitus.com.


Contacts

Silicon Mitus USA Head Office
Gianfranco Scherini, +1 408-627-4020
gianfranco.scherini@siliconmitus.com
or
Silicon Mitus Asia Head Office
Joey Lee, +82 70-7835-6213
junghoon.lee@siliconmitus.com

『ワイルド・スピード』筋肉コンビのスピンオフは「シリーズの外側へ」 ― 監督が熱意語る、『アトミック・ブロンド』続編話題も – THE RIVER


THE RIVER

『ワイルド・スピード』筋肉コンビのスピンオフは「シリーズの外側へ」 ― 監督が熱意語る、『アトミック・ブロンド』続編話題
THE RIVER
僕があの世界を進化させたいと考えていることも分かってもらっています。『ワイルド・スピード』の外側へ踏み出しながら、シリーズ作品の印象を(観客に)与えたい。進化させながらも、シリーズのDNAや、人々に愛されるキャラクターの核には忠実でありたいですね。そんな挑戦が大好きですし、それをドウェインやジェイソンとやれる ...

Terrada Music Score Launches Digital Music Score Service for the GVIDO Dual-Screen E-Paper Music Score Device in Europe

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 12, 2018 Terrada Music Score Co., Ltd. (“Terrada Music Score”) launched its online GVIDO Music Score Store, compatible with its GVIDO dual-screen e-paper music score device (the “digital music score device”), for the European market.



Discussing the GVIDO released in December 2017, Fujio Noguchi, president of Terrada Music Score said, “GVIDO has already received feedback from many musicians and is constantly working to expand its services to meet their expectations through improvements in functionality, through device version updates and through retail sales of digital music scores in cooperation with music score publishers.”
GVIDO has also garnered strong reviews not only for its technical specifications, but for design as well, and on April 9 was named a recipient of Germany’s globally prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

Participating publishers in the European iteration of the GVIDO Music Score Store being launched this time include, in addition to Hal Leonard, Schott Music, AMA and IEU, which will make more digital music scores available for purchase.

"We're happy to add GVIDO to our increasing number of digital distribution channels" said Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, President of Schott Music. "It is a wonderful music score device for fans of our catalogue all around the world."

DETLEF KESSLER, President of AMA commented that, “We are looking forward to taking this step into the digital future together with Terrada Music Score. The GVIDO tablet makes it even easier for many musicians to play our music”.

Pricing for the GVIDO is €1,700. The optional GVIDO Foot Switch is €320 and the GVIDO Genuine Leather Case is €320 (Exclusive of VAT)
Please update the software to latest version 1.2.0.

Follow this link for detailed GVIDO specifications: https://www.gvido.tokyo/

Digital music scores purchased in the music score store are stored in the online My Library and can be transferred to the GVIDO digital music score device via wireless LAN. Notes and bookmarks added to the score via the digital music score device can also be stored and shared via My Library. GVIDO will continue to add more publishers providing digital music scores in the Music Score Store moving forward.

*Sharing function is slated for introduction with the mid-2018 software update. Some functions are fee-based.
*Be sure to keep your software updated to the newest version.

Follow the links below to purchase the GVIDO device and access the GVIDO Music Score Service.
https://fr.gvidoscore.com/, https://de.gvidoscore.com/, https://it.gvidoscore.com/,
https://es.gvidoscore.com/, https://uk.gvidoscore.com/.

GVIDO was named as a mark of respect to Guido d’Arezzo, who devised the foundations of musical notation in the early 11th century.

About Terrada Music Score
Terrada Music Score Co., Ltd. is a technology startup established in 2015 and based in Tokyo, Japan. Terrada Music Score is dedicated to providing musicians with the latest innovations in the digital music score market.

About AMA Verlag GmbH
Uhlstraße 19-23, D–50321 Brühl Germany
https://www.ama-verlag.de/index.php/language/en/
For more than 25 years, the publishing house AMA has been producing teaching literature of the highest quality together with world-class musicians. Whether guitar or piano, flute or drums, rock, pop, jazz or classical, beginners or already advanced - with us you will find the suitable textbook for countless instruments, many musical styles and every level!

About Faber Music Ltd
Bloomsbury House
74-77 Great Russell Street UK
London WC1B 3DA
http://www.fabermusic.com/

Faber Music was founded in 1965, as a sister company to the distinguished book publisher Faber & Faber, for the principal purpose of publishing the music of Benjamin Britten. It now enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the leading independent British publishers of classical, contemporary, educational and media music. Since 2005 Faber Music has moved into Rock & Pop, releasing top selling album songbooks by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Radiohead, Kasabian and Robbie Williams.

About IEU(Edition – Impronta UG)
Feldbergstraße 18, D-68163 Mannheim, Germany
http://edition-impronta.com

"Impronta - Edition UG is a young publishing house for contemporary music and arrangements. Our vision is a fair publishing market in which composer, publisher and musician act as partners to regain the cultural and personality-building relevance of contemporary music. We believe that our high quality sheet music, honest teamwork with the composers and our customer-oriented flexibility can shake up the market, free it from outdated structures, and modernise it. The collaboration with GVIDO is one big step towards the future of music performance."

SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co. KG
Weihergarten 5 · 55116 Mainz · Germany
https://en.schott-music.com/
Schott Music is one of the world's leading music publishers with subsidiaries in ten countries. Family-owned since 1770, the company, including its own printing house and the largest music distribution centre in Europe, offers products and services covering all aspects of music. The product range of Schott Music, comprising performance and teaching literature, urtext editions, concert and opera literature, study scores, complete editions, books on music, specialist magazines, audio recordings and multimedia products, influences all areas of musical life. One of the focal points of the publishing programme of Schott Music is the publication of works by contemporary composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. For more information, visitwww.schott-music.com.


Contacts

For Sales and Media Inquiries, contact
TRANSCOSMOS (UK) LIMITED for Terrada Music Score
Marco Bensa
cs-uk@gvidoscore.com

E-Global Trade & Finance Group Inc. Better-Known as Forex4you Wins the Le Fonti Awards in Hong Kong in the Forex Investment Business

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On March 23rd 2018, the world’s leading corporate stars reunited for a special occasion, the 40th Le Fonti Awards Gala and CEO Summit in Hong Kong. Le Fonti Awards are held each year in multiple locations (7 events in 2017) recognizing industry leaders in banking, business, economics, finance, sustainability, law, healthcare, insurance and e-commerce. This year, the Hong Kong Gala & CEO Summit was held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, a luxurious venue located in the heart of Hong Kong, hosted by the influential and prominent TV presenter and MC, Agnes Zee.
The title at this year’s CEO Summit round table was Leadership & Innovation: skills and visions for growth. The summit focused on a discussion of the important drivers related to leadership skills and innovation which have recently impacted the East Asian companies and the skill sets required by their employees to meet the challenges facing a wide variety of industries, including education and training, ICT, real estate, and financial services, in the 21st century.
Among the Winners, E-Global Trade & Finance Group Inc. better-known as Forex4you triumphed in the Forex Investment Business with the following motivation: “E-Global Trade & Finance Group Inc. has become well-known as a dynamic investment company specialized in Brokerage services, including Internet online trading with currency contracts (Forex), stocks and commodity futures. The company offers lots of large information to introduce new users to Forex Trading and supports traders through training sessions”.
Commenting on the Le Fonti Awards, Forex4you Thailand Country Manager Janis Baltalksnis said: “We are honored to have received the Best Broker Award this evening as a mark of our excellence and continued innovation. Primarily, we would like to thank all of those that voted for us and of course all of our loyal clients that continue to work with us year in, year out.” You can see the full Video Interview at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3CAYPOgMhs



Contacts

E-GLOBAL TRADE & FINANCE GROUP, INC.
Janis Baltalksnis, Tel/Fax: +1 284 494 1576

Kansai Paint Group Announces First Ever Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved By the EPA

The water-based paint can play a vital role in helping to slow the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S.

TROY, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansai Paint Group, a global manufacturer of paints and coatings, (Head office: Osaka Japan, President and CEO: Hiroshi Ishino) has announced approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint. The Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint is designed for interior use and contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. The paint has been shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes in painted areas, contributing to effective mosquito population control and reducing the spread of many mosquito-borne diseases. Formulas for all base colors have been approved for use in this product, enabling Kansai to offer a wide swath of attractive colors.



“Development of the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint marks a major milestone, not only for our company but also for the worldwide effort in fighting the spread of infectious diseases,” said Hiroshi Ishino. “For generations, people all over the world have struggled with mosquito-borne illnesses and the effects they have on families and communities. Kansai is proud to be the first company in the world to develop a safe paint, approved by the EPA that addresses this challenge in a creative and effective way.”

Kansai Paint Group began development of the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint in 2013. After several years of extensive testing, the application was officially submitted to the EPA in early 2017. Approval was secured in just over 12 months, marking a near-record authorization time for products in this industry. The Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint is the only anti-mosquito paint that is approved by the EPA. It is currently approved in Uganda and Zambia and is expected to be available in the U.S. by summer of 2018.

Contact with the active ingredient in Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint, disables the nervous systems of mosquitos and prevents them from flying and biting. Use of the active ingredient in this product has not shown to be dangerous for humans, either by physical contact or oral ingestion. Further, presence of the active ingredient does not affect the paint’s aesthetic quality, as the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint provides a smooth, matte finish with superior opacity and whiteness.

“Our testing has showed that the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint was able to exterminate on contact more than 90% of mosquitoes and is effective for at least two years,” noted Kalpana Abe, Vice President, President’s Office, Kansai Paint Group. “It will deter various species of mosquitos, which can carry several viruses present in the U.S., including Zika and the West Nile.”

Production of the Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint in the U.S. will be led by U.S. Paint, a subsidiary of the Kansai Paint Group, acquired in 2016. While the product has been available for limited sale around the world, approval from the EPA marks a significant advancement in the company’s ability to compete in the U.S. market. EPA approval is also expected to hasten approvals abroad.

About Kansai Paint

Kansai Paint was established in 1918 in Osaka, Japan and is a leading manufacturer of automotive, decorative, protective and industrial coatings and finishes. Kansai Paint Group is one of the ten biggest paint manufacturers in the world, with manufacturing facilities in Africa, America, Europe, Middle East, and East and South Asia.


Contacts

Business:
Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
Vice President, President’s Office
Kalpana Abe, +81 6-6203-5531
Fax +81 6-6203-5018
or
Media:
Ryan Walker, +1 917-344-4763
Ryan.Walker@edelman.com
or
Chaffon Davis, +1 212-819-4843
Chaffon.Davis@edelman.com

IDEMIA and JCB Trial of the First F.CODE Payment Card in Japan

COLOMBES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As announced at the Taipei JCB World Conference, on November 2, 2017, IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, and JCB, the leading international payment network in Japan, have started the pilot of the first F.CODE Japanese payment card.



“F for fingerprint”: embrace the future of payments with biometrics. F.CODE takes card payments to the next level since your fingerprint replaces the PIN code and so reinforces user’s security and privacy by ensuring a unique and universal identification.

F.CODE makes customers and retailers’ lives easier: no need to remember a new PIN code, your fingerprint is enough. On the retailer side, it speeds up the check-out process as well as enabling banks and governments to adopt an innovative and secure technology for the future payment experience. F.CODE will enable seamless payment transactions without compromising security.
Recognized for its longstanding expertise and experience in biometrics and payment, IDEMIA has established a strong partnership with JCB regarding payment innovation in Japan. The two companies are proud to offer today, in close partnership with Toppan Printing for the card personalization activity, the “future of payments” to a country always eager to innovate.

Pierre Barrial, Executive Vice-President of the Financial Institutions Business Unit declares: "We are really delighted to announce this first launch as part of our strong partnership with JCB. F.CODE is a unique technology that provides highly secured authentication and we are eager to implement it for the first time in Japan.”

Tac Watanabe, Executive Vice President of the Brand Infrastructure & Technologies Department, adds: “As the evolution of payment technologies accelerates dramatically, JCB is committed to keep developing various capabilities that can deliver a convenient and more secure payment experience. This pilot program, through our strong partnership with IDEMIA, is to demonstrate a use case of how JCB intends to provide customers with a secure and smooth way of making payments in the future.”

About IDEMIA

OT-Morpho is now IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment.
Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects. We ensure privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors.
OT (Oberthur Technologies) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho) have joined forces to form IDEMIA. With close to $3 billion in revenues and 14,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.
For more information, head to www.idemia.com. And follow us @IdemiaGroup on Twitter.

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 23 countries and territories.

For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/


Contacts

Press contacts: Havas Paris PR Agency
Hanna Sebbah, +33 (0)663 733030
idemia@havas.com

Amazon Launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App

Customers across the globe have the ability to browse and ship over 45 million products to their country through the International Shopping experience

Available on iOS and Android mobile devices, the International Shopping experience is available in 5 languages, including English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese and German, and 25 currencies including Thai Baht, with more languages and currencies to be added in 2018

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon launched the ‘International Shopping’ experience within the Amazon Shopping App, making it possible for international customers in Thailand to browse and shop over 45 million eligible items that can be shipped to their country from the United States. This experience is available on mobile browser and mobile app within the Amazon Shopping App for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The International Shopping experience offers shopping in 5 languages, including English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, German, and Brazilian Portuguese, with the ability to shop in 25 currencies including Thai Baht. This makes it easier than ever for customers in Thailand to get the best of Amazon and shop with ease in their local currency. Customers can choose from different shipping options and delivery speeds, depending on how quickly they want their package to arrive. To learn more visit www.amazon.com/international-shopping-help.


“We are always innovating on behalf of our customers, and with today’s launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the US,” said Samir Kumar, VP of Amazon Exports and Expansion. “Customers have been asking for a way to easily find and shop only for products available to be shipped to them. The International Shopping experience solves this customer need and makes it simple to browse, shop and ship more than 45 million products to over a hundred countries around the world.”

To get started, customers can simply download the free Amazon Shopping App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and they will automatically be placed into the International Shopping experience, based on their location. Customers who already have the Amazon Shopping App simply need to go into their settings within the app, choose the ‘Country & Language’ option and select ‘International Shopping’ in the country picker. Customers can then set their language and currency of preference to enjoy a customized shopping experience, and can change their location at any time to automatically see products that are eligible to be shipped to their selected delivery location.

The International Shopping experience displays clear pricing, shipping costs, and import duty estimates, with Amazon coordinating with courier services for customs clearance on behalf of the customer so there are no surprises at the time of purchase or delivery. Customers will be able to browse and shop for products across categories including Electronics, Books, Clothing, Shoes, Toys and much more. For more information, please visit www.amazon.com/global.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.


Contacts

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

MaxiNovel Disclosed the Study Results of Orally Active PD-1/PD-L1 Inhibitors at 2018 AACR

GUANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MaxiNovel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. presented for the first time the preclinical results of its orally active PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors either as a single agent or in combo studies. The key findings are as follow:

  • As a single agent in a MC38 model, the MaxiNovel compound (120 mpk) showed similar TGI and ratio of CD8+/Treg to that of aPD-1 Ab (200 μg) reported by BMS group (PLoS One. 2016 Nov 18;11(11): e0167251)
  • In the combination study in a MC38 model, the MaxiNovel compound (30 mpk) demonstrated statistically significant combo efficacy with Celebrex, Cisplatin, Epacadostat and aCTLA-4 Ab.
  • In the combination study in a 4T1 model, the MaxiNovel compound (30 mpk) in combination with aCTLA-4 Ab had similar survival ratio as that of aPD-1Ab/aCTLA-4 Ab combination reported by researchers from Australia and US (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Aug 12;111(32):11774-9)

“While IO combination is the industrial trend, the ultimate success will be dependent on the safety of various combinations,” commented Dr. David Moore, MaxiNovel’s SVP of DMPK and Drug Safety. "These orally active small molecule PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors will provide more flexibility for dose and safety adjustment in the combination with various drugs. Maxinovel has demonstrated statistically significant efficacy of two-component combination with excellent safety in various tumor models. Future goals will be to conduct three, four or even more component combinations, perhaps in a single oral pill.”

Dr. Zujun Li, the Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University and the PI for immunotherapy clinical trials echoed “we are encouraged by the study results and excited about the small molecules targeting PD-1/PD-L1 pathway. We are looking forward to the orally active drugs to be added to today’s antibody only therapy.”

About MaxiNovel Pharmaceuticals, Inc:

Maxinovel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotech company focusing on the discovery and development of Immuno-oncology therapy and targeted therapy. It will use its orally active Immuno-oncology product platform to bring effective combo product of multi-components in a single oral pill to the patients worldwide. For more info: www.maxinovel.com


Contacts

MaxiNovel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ms. Pingjing Zhang
pjzhang@maxinovel.com

CyberLink’s Launch of PowerDVD 18 Brings Entertainment to the Office and Increases Worker Productivity

Psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona Finds PowerDVD 18 to be Perfect Outlet for Office Workers to Reduce Stress and Anxiety at Work, Raise Productivity

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#CyberLink--CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), today released PowerDVD 18, the latest version of its flagship movie and media player. The new version of PowerDVD includes a slew of new features and content integrations, enabling the playback software to be more than an all-in-one entertainment solution and fulfill a unique function of empowering office workers to bring their favorite video content into the workplace without jeopardizing productivity.



One of the new relevant features for office workers in PowerDVD 18 is the introduction of the “Mini View” player. This highly demanded feature keeps the video player on top of other windows, ensuring uninterrupted viewing of local or online videos. When coupled with the new YouTube Live integration, alongside the ability to playback nearly any video file type in use by the industry today, the Mini View player allows users to multitask on their PCs while never missing a moment of whatever they’re watching. PowerDVD becomes a critical outlet for office workers with a unique capability to bring their favorite video content into their workdays, such as a YouTube livestream of a SpaceX rocket launch or a 24/7 puppy cam to downloaded movies and television shows stored locally.

PowerDVD 18, with the new Mini-View feature, comes at a time when 13 to 37 percent of Americans watch video while at work, with another 63 percent of people attempting to hide online video from an employer by playing it from a mobile device hidden underneath their table or desk. According to psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona, watching videos at work can reduce stress and anxiety while also increasing productivity, but there’s a clear stigma attached to viewing any form of entertainment while on the job. Dr. Cilona thinks this stigma is undeserved and outdated, with PowerDVD 18 positioned as a modern outlet for office workers to achieve workplace nirvana.

“Research today shows that short breaks can have mental and health benefits, such as glancing at a favorite live feed of a nature scene or humorous video, and can lead to higher job satisfaction, a more balanced emotional health, and a stronger desire to go above-and-beyond—all of which are key critical factors for an employee to be productive and efficient for their tasks at hand,” said Dr. Cilona. “There’s a litany of benefits that can come with watching video content at work, and PowerDVD 18 enables people to watch it without being disruptive. If someone is settling into a multi-hour session in an Excel spreadsheet, they’re going to find PowerDVD 18 can bring context to their workday that can positively impact their focus, productivity and creativity while mitigating stress.”

CyberLink’s PowerDVD 18, in addition to serving as a new platform for office workers to watch their favorite content at work, is the go-to movie and media player for 4K high dynamic range (HDR), Ultra-HD Blu-ray, virtual reality (VR), 360o and online streaming content. PowerDVD is the world’s most complete and reliable home entertainment center, providing playback for all types of digital media – from physical movie discs, video files and online streaming to photos and music.

“In today’s digital age, people expect to watch high-definition movies and stream videos with zero hassle, no questions asked. PowerDVD continues to lead the way bringing a premium multimedia experience to users around the world,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “With the introduction of the new Mini-View feature, and the fact that so many people admit to watching video content at work, we wanted to create an option for our users to seamlessly watch their favorite videos in the corner of their computer screen and enable pain-free multitasking. PowerDVD provides the best entertainment solution on the PC, living room and now the office, for any content in the best quality.”

Key Features of PowerDVD 18 include:

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray—the world’s first solution to play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles on Windows PCs.
  • HDR 10—PowerDVD 18 provides the capability to play HDR 10 videos, which provides better resolution, higher framerate and high dynamic range.
  • H.265/HEVC on Windows 10—PowerDVD 18 enables users to watch videos shot using the H.265 codec (common across popular video recording devices like iPhones and GoPros), even though Windows 10 does not natively support.
  • Tri-View 360° Viewing Mode—an updated interface that shows every angle at a glance so that you never miss a moment of a 360° video, perfect for watching on a PC.
  • Livestreaming—watch live content on YouTube with better picture quality and HDR support, delivering the best viewing experience possible.
  • Play & Pin Online Videos—save online videos so they can be watched later, even without an internet connection.
  • Mini View—watch video content in a separate mini window that’s always on top of your desktop screen, making on-screen multitasking easier than ever.
  • Media Casting—newly added support for Fire TV™, in addition to Roku®, Apple TV® and Chromecast™ enables users to cast video, photo or music files to their TV, even in formats that aren’t natively supported by their streaming device.
  • True Full Screen for Blu-ray—when watching a Blu-ray disc on an ultra-widescreen TV (21:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio), PowerDVD intelligently adjusts playback so that content fits your screen. No more letterboxing.
  • TrueTheater® HDR—upscales standard video to HDR-like quality for better viewing on HDR displays. Combine with a host of other TrueTheater technologies for the ultimate visual and audio quality.
  • Power Media Player MR—dive into a world of virtual and mixed reality content with curated online content for the latest Windows MR headsets.

PowerDVD Availability
PowerDVD 18 is available today from the CyberLink online store in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

PowerDVD Pricing
PowerDVD offers both subscription and perpetual licenses so users can choose a purchase option that best suits their requirements. PowerDVD Live is available in annual and quarterly subscription options. Lifetime licenses are available for three versions of PowerDVD 18.

  • PowerDVD Live: US$44.99/12 month or US $14.99/3 month subscription
  • PowerDVD 18 Ultra: US$99.95
  • PowerDVD 18 Pro: US$79.95
  • PowerDVD 18 Standard: US$59.95

To see the differences between each version visit the PowerDVD product page. Upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are also available starting from $49.95.

About CyberLink
CyberLink (5203.TW) is a world leader in multimedia software design. Since 1996, CyberLink has transformed how people enjoy and create media on PCs, mobile devices and in the Cloud. The company’s award-winning products are sold to all major PC manufacturers as well as millions of customers worldwide. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, CyberLink also runs regional operations through offices in the US, Japan, Europe and Asia-Pacific territories. Further information about CyberLink can be found at cyberlink.com.

All companies and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the sole property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2018 CyberLink Corp. All rights reserved.


Contacts

CyberLink
Corporate:
Steven Lien, +886-2-8667-1298, ext. 2468
press@cyberlink.com
or
CyberLink Japan:
Hiroyuki Imazawa, +81-3-5875-6650
contact_pr_jpn@cyberlink.com
or
CyberLink USA:
Sarah Geist, +1-646-571-0120
contact_pr@cyberlink.com
or
Germany:
Volker Maxisch, +31-43-306-0797
contact_pr_deu@cyberlink.com
or
France:
Laëtitia D’Urso, +33-(0)1 79 30 90 39
contact_pr_fr@cyberlink.com
or
United Kingdom:
Volker Maxisch, +31-43-306-0797
contact_pr_deu@cyberlink.com

CyberLink Introduces New PowerDVD 18, the World’s No. 1 Media Player for Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K HDR

Designed to Provide the Ultimate, End-to-End Media Experience for PCs, Home Theater, VR/MR Headsets and Streaming Devices

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#4K--CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), today released PowerDVD 18, the latest version of its flagship movie and media player for 4K high dynamic range (HDR), Ultra-HD Blu-ray, virtual reality (VR), 360o and online streaming content. PowerDVD remains the world’s most complete and reliable home entertainment center, providing playback for all types of digital media – from physical movie discs, video files and online streaming to photos and music.



“In today’s digital age, people expect to watch high-definition movies and stream videos with zero hassle, no questions asked. PowerDVD continues to lead the way on bringing a premium multimedia experience to users around the world,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “With a number of enhancements added in this release, PowerDVD raises the bar in combining the world of online media with high-definition playback, live videos and 360o content, truly creating an end-to-end solution for users and their entertainment needs. PowerDVD 18 is a best-in-class media player enabling people to maximize the full potential of their VR headsets, Ultra HD 4K TVs, home theater systems—even their PC.”

With the trend moving from full HD to 4K, PowerDVD 18 is designed to satisfy home theater PC users by supporting the latest video formats, including Ultra HD Blu-ray, HDR 10 content and HEVC/H.265 videos.

PowerDVD 18 continues to build on CyberLink’s leadership in 360o video and photo playback, making more content accessible to more users than ever before. Users who don’t yet own a VR headset can now easily watch 360o video on their PC with a new viewing mode enabling users to see every angle simultaneously. Now boasting integrated playback support for both YouTube and Vimeo 360o, PowerDVD 18 brings a world of curated VR content straight to user’s headsets or PCs. This extends to owners of new Windows Mixed Reality headsets who can access the same extensive library of online 360o video through CyberLink’s Power Media Player MR app.

In addition, PowerDVD 18 brings a new “Mini View” player to the program. This highly demanded feature keeps the player on top of other windows, ensuring uninterrupted viewing of local or online videos. When coupled with the new YouTube Live integration, the Mini View player allows users to multitask on their PCs, while never missing a moment of whatever they’re watching. With over 300 hours of video content being uploaded to YouTube every minute, PowerDVD allows users to enjoy the best of online media in 4K, HDR, 360o or full HD.

PowerDVD also now supports Fire TV™ casting, in addition to Roku®, Apple TV® and Chromecast™ streaming devices. It offers the easiest way to send movies, music and photos wirelessly from PCs to a TV. By using PowerDVD, users can apply CyberLink’s unique TrueTheater® HDR, Color and Sound technologies to any streamed media content for playback that looks the way it should on a big-screen TV – with crystal clear picture quality and pitch-perfect audio.

Key Features of PowerDVD 18 include:

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray—the world’s first solution to play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles on Windows PCs.
  • HDR 10—PowerDVD 18 provides the capability to play HDR 10 videos, which provides better resolution, higher framerate and high dynamic range.
  • H.265/HEVC on Windows 10—PowerDVD 18 enables users to watch videos shot using the H.265 codec (common across popular video recording devices like iPhones and GoPros), even though Windows 10 does not natively support.
  • Tri-View 360° Viewing Mode—an updated interface that shows every angle at a glance so that you never miss a moment of a 360° video, perfect for watching on a PC.
  • Live Streaming—watch live content on YouTube with better picture quality and HDR support, delivering the best viewing experience possible.
  • Play & Pin Online Videos—save online videos so they can be watched later, even without an internet connection.
  • Mini View—watch video content in a separate mini window that’s always on top of your desktop screen, making on-screen multitasking easier than ever.
  • Media Casting—newly added support for Fire TV™, in addition to Roku®, Apple TV® and Chromecast™ enables users to cast video, photo or music files to their TV, even in formats that aren’t natively supported by their streaming device.
  • True Full Screen for Blu-ray—when watching a Blu-ray disc on an ultra-widescreen TV (21:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio), PowerDVD intelligently adjusts playback so that content fits your screen. No more letterboxing.
  • TrueTheater® HDR—upscales standard video to HDR-like quality for better viewing on HDR displays. Combine with a host of other TrueTheater technologies for the ultimate visual and audio quality.
  • Power Media Player MR—dive into a world of virtual and mixed reality content with curated online content for the latest Windows MR headsets.

PowerDVD Availability

PowerDVD 18 is available today from the CyberLink online store in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

PowerDVD Pricing

PowerDVD offers both subscription and perpetual licenses so users can choose a purchase option that best suits their requirements. PowerDVD Live is available in annual and quarterly subscription options. Lifetime licenses are available for three versions of PowerDVD 18.

  • PowerDVD Live: US$44.99/12 month or US $14.99/3 month subscription
  • PowerDVD 18 Ultra: US$99.95
  • PowerDVD 18 Pro: US$79.95
  • PowerDVD 18 Standard: US$59.95

To see the differences between each version visit the PowerDVD product page. Upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are also available starting from $49.95.

About CyberLink

CyberLink (5203.TW) is a world leader in multimedia software design. Since 1996, CyberLink has transformed how people enjoy and create media on PCs, mobile devices and in the Cloud. The company’s award-winning products are sold to all major PC manufacturers as well as millions of customers worldwide. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, CyberLink also runs regional operations through offices in the US, Japan, Europe and Asia-Pacific territories. Further information about CyberLink can be found at cyberlink.com.

All companies and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the sole property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2018 CyberLink Corp. All rights reserved.


Contacts

CyberLink
Corporate:
Steven Lien, +886-2-8667-1298, ext. 2468
press@cyberlink.com
or
CyberLink Japan:
Hiroyuki Imazawa, +81-3-5875-6650
contact_pr_jpn@cyberlink.com
or
CyberLink USA:
Sarah Geist, +1 (646) 571-0120
contact_pr@cyberlink.com
or
Germany:
Volker Maxisch, +31-43-306-0797
contact_pr_deu@cyberlink.com
or
France:
Laëtitia D’Urso, +33-(0)1 79 30 90 39
contact_pr_fr@cyberlink.com
or
United Kingdom:
Volker Maxisch, +31-43-306-0797
contact_pr_uk@cyberlink.com

SoftBank Robotics America Announces Luxoft as Premier Development Partner for Pepper, the Humanoid Robot

Luxoft and SoftBank Robotics America create new solution for businesses in North America by improving the end user experience with robotics

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$LXFT #AI--SoftBank Robotics America, Inc. (“SBRA”), the North American arm of SoftBank Robotics Group, and Luxoft Holding Inc. (NYSE:LXFT), a global IT service provider, partnered to build a flexible chat-based platform for Pepper®, the humanoid robot. The collaboration will result in a hybrid local and cloud infrastructure that creates more engaging end-user experiences by enabling developers to connect their existing chat applications to the robot’s conversational platform. The partnership aims to make robotics technology more accessible to businesses in North America.



“Conversational Pepper is about making consumer-facing robots more accessible to the broader market,” said Sam Mantle, Managing Director of Digital Enterprise at Luxoft. “There is a lot of fantastic innovation in the artificial intelligence space, which almost exclusively materialize in voice assistants. This collaboration is a direct initiative to bring those two worlds together in a way that will advance customer interactions in financial services, retail, and hospitality.”

“Our partnership with Luxoft will allow us to quickly advance Pepper’s capabilities and address critical challenges we faced with Pepper over the last two years,” said Steve Carlin, Chief Strategy Officer, SBRA. “Luxoft’s innovative solution reduces the time required to adapt conversations onto Pepper from months to just a few days. We will continue to evolve Pepper’s platform this year and bring on new partners who will take full advantage of the infrastructure Luxoft created to build new solutions for our customers. ”

The new technical infrastructure comes preloaded on Pepper and is now available to all businesses in North America. The solution makes it easier for SBRA clients to bring their cloud-based marketing stacks closer to customers while dramatically reducing engineering costs of working with robots. This ease of use allows companies who lack the resources to build robotic applications to implement Pepper in the workplace and ultimately enhance their bottom line by improving end user experiences in a physical location.

The Luxoft infrastructure will be a key driver in fulling updates to Pepper by:

  • Allowing for the creation of compelling Pepper conversations using standard cloud services
  • Alleviating latency issues due to Wi-Fi constraints and other environmental considerations
  • Streamlining and reducing processing time so conversations between Pepper and user are faster, creating a more natural conversation experience
  • Lowering total cost of ownership by allowing for third-party application plugins to create dynamic conversational campaigns for Pepper
  • Pre-built greeter module and web CMS for SMB usages that welcomes visitors to a business, informs employees of their arrival and answers guest questions.

SoftBank Robotics America selected Luxoft to build a flexible infrastructure for Pepper because of its combined delivery and engineering expertise across AI, Internet of Things, and Human-Centered Design; all critical competencies in robotic application development.

About SoftBank Robotics America, Inc.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, SoftBank Robotics America, Inc. is driving technology forward by becoming a leader in humanoid robotics. Our robots, Pepper and NAO® are used in more than 70 countries worldwide to assist, empower, and benefit people in the fields of research, education, retail, healthcare, banking, hospitality, and entertainment. Unified under the SoftBank brand in 2016, SoftBank Robotics has offices in Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Shanghai. Together, our team of over 500 employees is working hard to define the future of technology, ushering in a new era of robotics designed to advance the human experience.

About Luxoft

Luxoft (NYSE:LXFT) is a global IT service provider of innovative technology solutions that delivers measurable business outcomes to multinational companies. Its offerings encompass strategic consulting, custom software development services, and digital solution engineering. Luxoft enables companies to compete by leveraging its multi-industry expertise in the financial services, automotive, communications, and healthcare & life sciences sectors. Its managed delivery model is underpinned by a highly-educated workforce, allowing the Company to continuously innovate upwards on the technology stack to meet evolving digital challenges.

Luxoft has more than 13,100 employees across 41 cities in 20 countries within five continents, with its operating headquarters office in Zug, Switzerland. For more information, please visit the website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release of Luxoft Holding, Inc (“Luxoft”) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our business and financial condition, as well as the results of operations, liquidity, plans and objectives. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “expect,” “predict,” “potential,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements are subject to, without limitation, the risk factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Luxoft’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2017 and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by Luxoft. Except as required by law, Luxoft undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this news release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

All trademarks are recognized and are the property of their respective companies.


Contacts

Media Enquiries:
Luxoft
Patrick R. Corcoran, 212-964-9900 ext. 2453
Global Director, External Relations
Press@luxoft.com
Twitter: @Luxoft
or
SoftBank Robotics America
Jamie Soper, 415-254-5549
Communications Manager, North America
jsoper@softbankrobotics.com
Twitter: @SB_Robotics