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December 13, 2016

Mastercard and Pine Labs Collaborate on Safe, Secure and Speedy Contactless Payments in India

MasterCard Contactless

Photo: Transport for London: Commuter paying with a MasterCard contactless card. Touching a reader using a MasterCard contactless card as a safe, simple and smart way to pay. Image provided by & copyright © MasterCard News.

MasterCard Contactless

New Delhi, India - Mastercard has announced its partnership with Pine Labs, the largest payment facilitator for electronic Point of Sale (PoS) solutions in India to roll out more than 26,000 contactless terminals across the key merchant stores in the country over the next 12 months.

Powered by Mastercard contactless technology, the merchants across Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), retail stores, cinemas and super markets will now be able to offer contactless terminals as an alternative method of payment to customers, allowing them greater ease and convenience of payments. The contactless payments solution will also help merchants build greater efficiency in managing their costs and time by way of reducing check-out time at the counters and costs related to handling of cash.

Cashless transactions are on the rise, driven by increasing availability of contactless cards and introduction of new forms of payment technology in the country.

“Mastercard’s contactless technology offers cardholders multi-level protection coupled with speed and convenience. Mastercard contactless payments are accepted at more than 3 million merchant locations in 77 countries worldwide. Our partnership with Pine Labs will help us build a safe and secure contactless payments ecosystem in the country. This is aligned with Mastercard’s vision of a world beyond cash and using technology to make payments safer, simpler and smarter for the consumers.” said Murali Nair, Senior Vice President, Market Development, South Asia, Mastercard.

Mastercard has been at the forefront of driving contactless payments globally. Contactless payments allow customers to make everyday purchases by simply tapping their contactless-enabled card or device on a contactless-enabled reader. Contactless acceptance is an excellent choice for any merchant, especially in environments where speed and convenience are valued and cash is currently the dominant payment method, such as fast food outlets, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores, and vending machines.

More than 60,000 Retailers across India depend on Pine Labs to securely and reliably manage their Payment Acceptance. Pine Labs payment solutions simplify acceptance of all kinds of payments at PoS terminals, be it Credit/Debit Cards, EMI, Reward Points, Gift Vouchers, or e-Wallet.


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November 10, 2015

MasterCard Launches New Program that can Turn any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device


Photo: MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence Asia Pacific Region 2014. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.




Photos: Commerce for Every Device: Car Key Fob, Ring, Wristband. Images provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.


Photo: MasterCard partners with designer Adam Selman to design the next generation of payment wearables. In this picture, the payment-enabled dress and accessories are being modeled by Kelly Rohrbach on October 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.

MasterCard is introducing a new program that will bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of consumer products across the automotive, fashion, technology, wearables, and yet to be imagined categories.

The program gives consumers the freedom to shop using the device or thing that is most convenient to them, with the highest level of security available.

The program will launch with the support of several eminent partners across multiple verticals to fit every lifestyle need. Designer to the stars Adam Selman, automaker General Motors, wearable technology innovator Nymi, smart jewelry company Ringly, and Bluetooth locator TrackR are among the prominent consumer brands enabling their products through the program.

Exclusive designs from Adam Selman and prototypes from GM (car key fob), Nymi (wristband) and Ringly (ring), were on display at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas last month.

The Internet of Things (IoT) - the hyper-connected world where every device from the phone to the washing machine will be connected to the Internet - is transforming the way consumers interact and transact. According to Cisco, there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. MasterCard is establishing the program as the foundation to enable payments for IoT.

“As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything - rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”

The launch of the program puts in place a standard for expanding secure contactless and embedded payment options globally. Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the U.S., with plans to expand to other markets.


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July 23, 2015

IBM Partners with 200 Universities Globally to Train Next-Generation of Cloud Developers

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Photo: Students from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) are using the IBM-developed SuperVessel cloud service to develop cloud and emerging technology applications. These students are part of a growing community of developers contributing to the OpenPOWER ecosystem worldwide. (Credit: IBM).

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Photo: Project managers in IBM’s Costa Rica Delivery Center talk with global clients about implementing solutions in the areas of cloud, security, data storage and analytics to optimize their IT infrastructure. Forrester Research named IBM the leading supplier in global infrastructure outsourcing, based on a survey of 13 top firms, noting IBM’s vision for cloud and the rise of hybrid cloud as a priority for clients. (Credit: IBM).

ARMONK, N.Y - 22 Jul 2015: IBM is introducing a new commitment to enable the next generation of developers with the Academic Initiative for Cloud, aimed to mentor and energize them to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries.

“Putting Bluemix in the hands of today’s and tomorrow’s innovators creates the opportunity to foster a new generation of talent in cloud application development,” said IBM General Manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, Sandy Carter. “Our commitment to provide deep cloud expertise to programs aimed at future cloud developers from academics to professionals is necessary to sustain the growth our industry forecasts.”

Introducing the Academic Initiative for Cloud

IBM’s new Academic Initiative for Cloud will introduce students to the latest cloud technologies and solutions as they build the transferrable skills needed to launch their own businesses or become industry leaders in the workforce. This new program continues IBM’s leadership and commitment to closing the skills gap between higher education curricula and workforce needs, which already includes Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing academic programs.

Starting this fall, universities around the world will commence more than 250 courses and programs that will utilize educational materials, technologies and methodologies from IBM with a focus on using Bluemix in a variety of courses ranging from computer science, information technology, analytics and data science to mobile and entrepreneurship. The list of over 210 marquee institutions includes:

The use of Bluemix in the classroom will allow faculty to extend their teaching beyond theory and into practice.

“Leaders in business and higher education must come together to foster a new generation of digital-savvy talent,” said Kevin Werbach, a professor and expert on gamification at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s great that IBM is so committed to connecting with top universities like ours, and to giving students and faculty exposure to the latest cloud technologies and business concepts. This experience will help prepare our students as they enter the marketplace.”

Additionally, IBM is launching a new Student Developer Community that helps students get started on their journey of cloud education, and provides quick access to learning resources and information on how students can join Bluemix U, where students can showcase their accomplishments and the impact of their real-world projects.

Supporting Girls Who Code and ReBoot Accelerator to Diversify the Tech Talent Pipeline

Diversity drives innovation. With only 14% of computer science graduates being women today, down from 37% in 1984, IBM is committed to innovation-driven cloud development by supporting programs that empower women in technology and address the lack of women in technology professions.

As such, IBM is working with Girls Who Code to introduce the next generation of women developers to cloud innovation by hosting a class of female high-school students in New York City for a seven-week summer immersion program. For 2016, IBM has committed to further expand its relationship with the organization to support additional programs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, alongside continued support for the New York City summer immersion program.

IBM is also announcing a new collaboration with GSVlabs on the ReBoot Accelerator for Women, a program designed to help women become current, connected, and confident as they return to work after a multi-year sabbatical. IBM will host several instructional sessions that will focus on cloud development using Bluemix, aimed at demystifying coding and making it more approachable. IBM will also be providing mentorship and assistance with job placement strategies in hopes of attracting more women back to the workplace, including at IBM.

IBM is also working to create programs for developers to help them transform industry and enterprise.



“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

— Thomas A. Edison.


“When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”

— Thomas A. Edison.


“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

— Thomas A. Edison.

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June 19, 2015

Safe City Market Revenue Worth $226 Billion by 2020, Says Report

Safe Smart City


Photo: Cities are Reaching their Limit Infographic (Credit: IBM).

Safe Smart City Market


Photo: Technologies of Tomorrow. © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

DALLAS, TX, June 16, 2015 — “Global Safe City: Industry, Technologies & Market - 2015-2020” is a new research report that says major defence contractors, the ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) and surveillance & sensors industry cannot ignore the fast growing revenues of the safe city market, which will accumulate to $226 billion over the next 6 years.

According to the report, the global safe city market technologies and industry are going through major shifts. Public opinion and political pressures combined with maturing safe city technologies such as video analytics, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Public-Safety Answering Point (PSAP), Distributed Sensors Systems, Sensor and Data Fusion Algorithms, Software as a Service (SaaS), Social Media Emergency Response software, Geo-Design and advanced ICT technologies are creating fresh business opportunities.

This safe city market report examines each dollar spent in the safe city market. The report explains that the safe city market growth is boosted by drivers like cities, towns and communities drive for quality of life and economic prosperity; Governmental funding policy of modern infrastructure; Urbanization; and Citizens expectations of safety from their local elected politicians.

Companies profiled and discussed in this safe city market 2015-2020 research report include —

3I-MIND, 3VR, ABB, Accenture, ACTi Corporation, ADT Security Services, Agent Video Intelligence, AGT international, ALPHAOPEN, Anixter, Aralia System, AT&T Inc., Augusta Systems, Avigilon Corporation, Axis, AxxonSoft, BAE Systems, Bosch Security Systems, BT, Camero, Cassidian, CelPlan, China Security & Surveillance Inc., Cisco, Citilog, Computer Network Limited (CNL), Diebold, DVTel, Elsag Datamat, Emerson Electric, Ericsson, Firetide, GS, General Electric, Hexagon AB, Honeywell, IBM, IndigoVision, Intel Security, IntuVision Inc, iOmniscient, IPConfigure, IPS Intelligent Video Analytics, ISS, MACROSCOP, MDS, Mer group, Milestone Systems A/S, Mirasys, National Instruments, NICE Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation, ObjectVideo, Orsus, Panasonic, Pelco, Pivot, Proximex, Raytheon Company, Salient Stills, Samsung Techwin, Schneider Electric, SeeTec, Siemens, Smart China (Holdings) Limited, Sony, Synectics Plc, Tandu Technologies & Security Systems Ltd, Thales Group, Total Recall, Unisys, Verint, Vialogy LLC, Vigilant Technology, xLOGIC and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

Safe Smart City


Photo: Data Revolution. Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Shanghai; Young Global Leader, at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town. © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

On similar lines, another research titled “Smart Cities Market by Smart Home, Intelligent Building Automation, Energy Management, Smart Healthcare, Smart Education, Smart Water, Smart Transportation, Smart Security, & Services - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)” consists of the future market trends of smart solutions like intelligent building automation, energy management, smart grids, smart transportation, smart healthcare and many more; it also presents detailed analysis and implementation of new smart city projects. The report focuses on analyzing global trends, future growth, key drivers, opportunities and challenges in smart cities.

These reports are published by and are available from ReportsnReports.com , which is an online market research reports library of 500,000+ in-depth studies of over 5000 micro markets.


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November 26, 2009

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Panasonic to Deliver Full Lineup of HD Equipment

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Photo: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Mascots Quatchi, Sumi and Miga (© VANOC/COVAN).

Vancouver 2010


Photo: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Whistler Olympic Park (© VANOC/COVAN).

PANASONIC Olympic Winter Games


Photo: Panasonic to Deliver Full Lineup of HD Equipment to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Panasonic Corporation, the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, announced it is providing a full lineup of High-Definition (HD) equipment to support the broadcast of the Olympic Games; delivering the largest supply of AV equipment for any Winter Games in the company's history.

Through cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver (OBSV), Panasonic will supply its HD video equipment to the competition venues and broadcasting locations, making the Vancouver Games the first Olympic Winter Games to be broadcast completely in HD format.

Panasonic Olympic Winter Games


Following Beijing 2008, all international video signals for the 2010 Winter Games will be produced and distributed in HD format from the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) to rights-holding broadcasters around the world. In addition, the HD video signals will also be used for the first time for display on the LED Large Screen Display Systems in the competition venues and BC Place Stadium where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place; making the 2010 Winter Games the first "HD Olympic Winter Games" with all the Olympic videos to be delivered completely in HD.

In addition, Panasonic will support a safe and secure Olympic operation by providing high-quality picture and high-sensitivity surveillance camera systems for the indoor and outdoor Olympic facilities, the surrounding areas and highways.

Sources: Panasonic Corporation; Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).


Our Opinion

"Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take place in February 2010. Relevant consumer-oriented businesses targeting audiences in participating countries (especially those in North America) may timely explore this advertising opportunity."

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June 8, 2009

Apple Announces New Products: iPhone 3G S, Updated MacBook Pro, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and Safari 4 Browser

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Apple today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G S, which, according to it, (1) is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, (2) is packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance--up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G--with longer battery life, (3) has a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, and has (4) easy to use video recording and hands free voice control.

iPhone 3G S includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, an advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, Spotlight Search, and landscape keyboard.

"iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing.

iPhone 3G S offers speed and performance that is up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G.

iPhone 3G S features a new 3 megapixel autofocus camera that adjusts focus, exposure, color and contrast for the best possible image and includes an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots. With the new "tap to focus" feature, you simply touch the display to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure. You can record high-quality video clips and edit them right on your iPhone 3G S by simply trimming the start and stop points.

The voice control feature in iPhone 3G S offers hands free operation for both iPhone and iPod functions. Simply speak the appropriate commands into the built-in microphone or headset microphone to dial by name or number. With voice control you can play your favorite music by artist, album or playlist and activate the Genius feature by saying "play more songs like this." You can also tell iPhone to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or ask, "What's playing right now?"

iPhone 3G S features a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation. The new built-in digital compass is also integrated within Maps, so it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Family with New Models & Innovative Built-in Battery for Up to 40 Percent Longer Battery Life.

Apple Macbook Pro


Apple today updated the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro line to include 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models featuring Apple's innovative built-in battery for up to 40 percent longer battery life. Each MacBook Pro includes an LED-backlit display with greater color intensity, the innovative glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire 800 port and state of the art NVIDIA graphics.

"Across the line, all of our new MacBook Pro models now include Apple's innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life, while staying just as thin and light as before," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models include Apple's built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge without adding thickness, weight or cost. Using Adaptive Charging and advanced chemistry first introduced with the 17-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, the built-in battery delivers up to 1,000 recharges before it reaches 80 percent of its original capacity--nearly three times the lifespan of conventional batteries. The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste.

Apple Unveils Mac OS X Snow Leopard.



Apple today unveiled Mac OS X Snow Leopard™ a powerful and refined advanced operating system.

"We've built on the success of Leopard and created an even better experience for our users from installation to shutdown," said Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Apple engineers have made hundreds of improvements so with Snow Leopard your system is going to feel faster, more responsive and even more reliable than before."

Apple Releases Safari 4--Fast & Innovative Browser.



Apple today released Safari 4. Available for Mac and Windows PCs and introduced as a beta in February of this year, Safari 4 features the Nitro engine which runs JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3. Safari 4 makes browsing more intuitive and enjoyable with innovative features, such as Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow, and support for modern web standards like HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects.



"The successful beta release helped us fine tune Safari 4 into an even better, faster version that customers are going to love," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Safari is enjoyed by 70 million users worldwide and with its blazing fast speed, innovative features and support for modern web standards, it's the best browser on any platform."

Safari 4 includes Top Sites, for a visual preview of frequently visited and favorite pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; and Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks. Other innovative features include Smart Address Fields for automatically completing web addresses from an easy to read list of suggestions; Search Fields, to fine tune searches with recommendations from Google Suggest or a list of recent searches; and Full Page Zoom, for a closer look at any website without degrading the quality of the site's layout and text.

Source: Apple


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August 24, 2008

PANASONIC enhances its Global Brand Value through Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Photo: Beijing 2008 Olympics -- Panasonic LED ASTROVISION large display system at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest).


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Photo: Beijing 2008 Olympics -- Panasonic LED ASTROVISION large display system at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest).

Japanese multinational brand PANASONIC (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.) is the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Video and Audio Equipment category. It provided the largest ever delivery of equipment at all 37 venues in Beijing. A total of 25 ASTROVISION large-screen display systems were installed in 18 venues. The large display system at Workers' Stadium, which can rotate 270 degrees, has been delivering live footage of the Games. A total of 284 RAMSA (Research for Advanced Music Sound and Acoustics) professional audio systems were installed at 41 venues.

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Photo: Panasonic Olympic Exhibition at CHITEC 2008 (China Beijing International High-tech Expo).

Panasonic has been sharing the passion of the world's top athletes through the state-of-the-art audio and visual technology from the field and track into the living rooms of millions of people around the globe. The whole world has been watching the Beijing 2008 Olympics with all the action and excitement recorded and delivered entirely in high definition (HD) format, a first in the history of the Olympic Games.


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Photo: Panasonic 2008 Olympics Advertisement for USA.

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"Panasonic fully supports the ideals of the Olympic Movement, which strives to promote world peace through its various activities. Through state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, Panasonic brings the passion and performance of top athletes to homes around the world.

The sponsorship of one of the world's most celebrated sport events helps to enhance our brand value and provides us with tremendous opportunities to demonstrate the performance of our products on a global basis." - PANASONIC


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August 6, 2008

Haier's 'Making the World a Home' Experience Center Opens in Beijing Ahead of the Beijing Games


Haier, the world's fourth largest white goods manufacturer and the official white goods sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, today opens the Haier "Making the World a Home" Experience Center in Chaoyang Park, Beijing. The Experience Center will be open to the public for the duration of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where visitors will experience Haier's vision of the future of home appliances and its "U-Home" technology.


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Photo: Haier's "Making the World a Home" Experience Center in Chaoyang Park, Beijing will be open to the public for the duration of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The Experience Center, located at the south entrance of Chaoyang Park, Beijing, will allow visitors to experience 16 hours of a person's life in the future showcasing Haier's solutions to ease the life of the user from morning to evening. At home in the morning, while the consumer is exercising, his jogging machine will monitor his pulse rate or energy consumed. When leaving home, "U-Home" technology will automatically shut down lights to save energy and start the security system. In the office, Haier brings wireless interactive devices, making the office environment more clear and efficient. On the way home after work, the user can check the content of his refrigerator on his mobile phone and make a detour to the store accordingly. Finally, at home in the evening, the intelligent bed will recognize when the user has finished his day, and will shut down the lights, the television and close the curtains.


The bubble shaped building also serves as a giant screen where evening light shows will introduce Haier's history, Olympic sponsorship, and efforts for environmental protection. The entertainment area of the Experience Center will offer virtual sport games that will allow visitors to test Haier's technology while playing.

Haier's technology, named "U-Home" for "Ubiquitous Home", will accompany users in every step of their day-to-day life, keep them connected to the world when at home and to home when outside. Haier "U-Home" equipped home appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners or washing machines use the internet, mobile communication and fixed telephone networks to allow users to communicate with their home appliances anytime anywhere to control them and retrieve information remotely.


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Photo: Haier service staff make a daily check on Haier washing machines installed in the Olympic Village laundry, Beijing China.

"Haier's Experience Center matches the excellence of Haier's products and services offered to athletes, journalists, visitors and staff in the Olympic venues. Haier has provided the Beijing Olympic Games with state of the art appliances in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection. At the Experience Center, visitors from around the world will enjoy a taste of the future imagined by Haier," said Mr. WU Shouzhang, Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC).

"The Olympic Spirit advocates mutual understanding, friendship, unity and the spirit of fair competition, and stands for harmonious, free, healthy and active lifestyles. By means of household appliances in line with the Olympic spirit, Haier 'Making the World a Home' Experience Center endows the visitor with a harmonious and joyful 16 hours life experience," said Haier Group SVP Mr. ZHOU Yunjie.

Founded in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, in 1984, Haier Group is the world's fourth largest white goods manufacturer. Haier is one of the best known Chinese brands in the world, with distribution in over 160 countries.

Source: Haier Group


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February 27, 2008

LG Electronics and General Electric Announce Licensing Agreement

Patent cross-license agreement covers refrigerators and cooking appliances


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Photo: Lynn Pendergrass, President and CEO of GE Consumer & Industrial-Americas (left) and Young Ha Lee, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Digital Appliance Company, celebrate the signing of a cross-licensing agreement between GE and LG for refrigeration and cooking appliances.

SEOUL, Korea, Feb. 26 -- LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, today announced that it has entered into a cross licensing agreement with GE Consumer & Industrial, an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. This new agreement will allow LG and GE to use one another's patents for refrigerators and cooking appliances without paying licensing fees.

LG and GE have collaborated on cooking appliances since 1999, both in technologies and product development. This new agreement will help the companies strengthen their competitiveness worldwide. This agreement will be especially helpful to LG, in its push to expand its presence in digital appliances globally. The company currently sells its products through all three of the top retailers in North America: The Home Depot, Sears and Best Buy.

While, LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, GE Consumer & Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliance, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. |GlobalGiants.com|

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January 12, 2008



Photo: Panasonic unveiled the world's largest Plasma HDTV and the world's smallest and lightest HD Camcorder at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show this week. The 150-inch Plasma, which offers a resolution 4 times greater than 1080p and measures 11 feet wide and 6-1/4 feet high, was a must-see attraction at the show as was the Panasonic Full HD Camcorder (HD-SD9) which weighs a mere 6 ounces. |GlobalGiants.com|

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December 20, 2007

SYLVANIA Applauds Energy Bill Lighting Efficiency Standards

New law will give Americans more energy-saving choices


OSRAM SYLVANIA, the maker of SYLVANIA lighting products, has announced its support for the energy bill being signed into law by President Bush. The legislation calls for a phase-out of inefficient light bulbs, starting in 2012. The new law is expected to increase demand for energy saving lights, resulting in new products and lower prices.

OSRAM SYLVANIA and its parent company pioneered the compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb and together rank as the world's second-largest producer of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The company produces more than 50 different ENERGY STAR-rated light bulbs, including dimmable, 3-way and globe-shaped CFL designs, as well as the SYLVANIA Micro Mini Twist bulb, the smallest CFL available in North America.

A 13-watt SYLVANIA Micro Mini Twist CFL produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, while using 75 percent less energy and saving about $50 in energy costs. By using less energy, CFLs reduce CO2 emissions from power plants and help fight global warming. |GlobalGiants.com|

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November 11, 2007

Halogen Energy Saver from Osram

Osram Bulb

Osram has developed halogen lamps that can be screwed into normal light bulb sockets. The lamps' service life is at least twice as long as that of conventional light bulbs, however. The biggest advantage of this lamp -- the Halogen Energy Saver -- is that it consumes as much as 30 percent less electricity than normal light bulbs, while providing the same level of light intensity for interior lighting. The new lamp is available in a range of different designs. It comes in the socket sizes E14 and E27 and is also available in low-voltage variants for applications of a more commercial nature. |GlobalGiants.com|

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October 30, 2007

Siemens technology supplies ships in port with environmentally friendly electricity from the public network

An innovative solution to counter "harbor smog".

Siemens Technology

Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has developed a solution called "Siharbor" based on its DC transmission system Siplink, with which ships berthed in port can be connected to the medium voltage network of the local power supply company and supplied with electricity. The advantage is that ships can shut down their diesel generating sets which would otherwise be needed, and which not only produce electricity but exhaust gases, soot, fine dust and noise. |GlobalGiants.com|

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September 25, 2007

MOBILE IMAGING AND PRINTING CONSORTIUM: Knicks City Dancers Up Close and Digital


Photo: KnicksCityDancers Up Close and Digital: Sponsored by MIPC (The Mobile Imaging & Printing Consortium) Digital Life 2007 attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- The Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC) announces that on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2007, New York's Digital Life attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.

MIPC will showcase how widely available technologies such as Bluetooth and PictBridge can unlock a world of convenience for cell phone users to capture photos on the go and get great results in their hands instantly. MIPC will demonstrate how users can gain the flexibility to go from shoot to print in just a few simple steps.

"You will be surprised by the ease and simplicity of today's camera phone printing solutions. Digital Life attendees will be able to capture their memories with The New York Knicks City Dancers and print them instantly to show their friends at home," said MIPC Board member and Kodak Senior Marketing Manager, Jack Rieger.

Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Lexmark are among several major companies supporting the MIPC Mission. Ramon Garrido, MIPC Chairman and HP program director, said the consortium enables consumers to free their photos from their phones. "These representative companies have come together on behalf of the consumer to streamline the mobile imaging and printing process. It is the MIPC Mission to enable customers to easily print from their camera phones however, whenever, wherever."

The Knicks City Dancers will be appearing at New York's Digital Life Show in the MIPC booth of the Javitz Center on September 28 and 29 from 12pm to 4pm. MIPC is encouraging the visitors to have their pictures taken with the Knicks City Dancers and experience the ease of printing from camera phones firsthand.

The MIPC is a non-profit industry association founded in 2004 by Canon, Epson and HP, leading companies in home photo printing. The MIPC enables mobile printing solutions by fostering collaboration across the hardware, software and wireless technologies involved in mobile imaging and printing.

MIPC Members represent the most prestigious companies in the mobile imaging and printing space. Those represented companies include: Aplix Corporation, Brother Industries Ltd., Canon Inc., Cerience Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Fujifilm Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., Lexmark International, Inc., MCCI Corporation, Micron Technology, Motorola Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, Olivetti, Olympus Corporation, Ricoh Company, Ltd., Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., and Seiko Epson Corporation. |GlobalGiants.com|

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September 7, 2007



Photo: Panasonic, the market and technology leader in Plasma HDTVs, announced today at the opening of the 2007 CEDIA convention in Denver, that it has expanded its already industry leading line of 1080p High Definition Plasma TVs, to include two new, more affordable models -- the TH-42PZ77 and the TH-50PZ77. Panasonic's 2007 line of 1080p Plasmas produces crisp, clear images with a wide viewing angle so that the superb picture can be seen from any seat in the home environment.

CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & installation Association) is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. |GlobalGiants.com|

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July 30, 2007

Light Sources of the Future — New Study by Siemens : GlobalGiants.com

Osram Light Study

Completely new, energy-saving lighting technologies are the way of the future. That is the conclusion of a study by the Siemens subsidiary Osram, which investigated the trends, technologies and possible customer needs that will be shaping lighting technology in the next 15 years. As the latest issue of the research magazine 'Pictures of the Future' reports, the researchers have shown that the global trend toward sustainability is having a tremendous impact on the development of new light sources such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). |GlobalGiants.com|

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July 24, 2007

Panasonic's 103-inch HDTV-- World's Largest 1080p Plasma HDTV -- Installed in New York City's High-Tech City Hall : GlobalGiants.com


New York's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg thanks Joseph Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North Americaon providing Panasonic's 103-inch High Definition Plasma display for the newly renovated City Hall office. |GlobalGiants.com|

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July 8, 2007

Turning Torso building, Malmö, Sweden : GlobalGiants.com


Artificial lighting is responsible for around 19% of the world’s power consumption! In the Turning Torso building, 14,000 Osram light diodes illuminate the floor corridors inside the building. Energy-saving bulbs and LEDs provide the same level of lighting while reducing the power consumption by around 80%. If all of the world’s bulbs were replaced by energy-saving bulbs or LEDs, this would correspond to a reduction of 450 million tons CO2 per year at the current global power mix – almost half of Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions. |GlobalGiants.com|

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June 20, 2007

SANYO PLC-XL50 : GlobalGiants.com


Photo: SANYO's fixed ultra-short focus lens and proprietary optical engine facilitates the projection of images up to 80-inches from a distance of about 3-inches with their new PLC-XL50 projector. (SANYO Fisher Company) |GlobalGiants.com|

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May 24, 2007

Sony Delivers Big Sound in Micro Home Theater System : GlobalGiants.com

Delivering big sound in a small package, Sony yesterday introduced the DAV-IS10 micro home theater system.


The 5.1 channel home-theater-in-a-box system features five tiny speakers -- each about the size of a golf ball. The system, matched with a compact, single disc DVD/CD player/receiver, includes a unique subwoofer that helps the tiny speakers create sounds typically reserved for full size speakers.

While the system features small speakers, it packs all the power of conventional home-theater-in-a-box systems with 450 watts of total system power. |GlobalGiants.com|

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