WeWork Fortifies 2018 Growth By Launching the Creator Awards To Energize Greater China’s Innovation Ecosystem




Hong Kong, China, February 6, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - WeWork Fortifies 2018 Growth By Launching the Creator Awards To Energize Greater China’s Innovation Ecosystem

-Building on achievements and robust business momentum in Greater China, 2017 was also the biggest year in WeWork’s 7-year history

-By the end of 2018, WeWork will be accelerating its development to several other locations in Hong Kong including LKF Tower. Meanwhile, WeWork will be expanding its presence to 8 more new cities in China, including Shenzhen, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xia Men, Cheng Du, Nan Jing, Xi’An and Wuhan

-Meeting increasing demand of customized spaces with enterprise solutions like Powered by We

-A major global initiative, the WeWork Creator Awards is now open for applications in Greater China to recognize and reward local creators

-Four categories of award amounting to over USD 1 million (HKD 7.8 million) for regional winners

-The Creator Awards will culminate in a Regional Semi-Final Event in Shanghai on April 12, 2018 for the regional championship

Hong Kong (February 06, 2018) —WeWork—the platform for creators that provides the space, community and services to help people make a life, not just a living announced today that its global initiative Creator Awards, is now officially launched in Greater China and open for applications from both WeWork members and public.

Marking its debut in Asia, the WeWork Creator Awards is a unique and major global initiative championing the recognition of a new wave of creators that are breaking the mold of conventional norms. Initiated last year, the Creator Awards sets itself apart by recognizing and rewarding creators across all industries and all stages of growth. Welcoming new ventures, startups to non-profits of the world, anyone who brings a new idea into the world is a creator.

Individuals or organizations interested can apply online at creatorawards.wework.com and applications will be closed on March 13, 2018. Along with the Regional Semi-Final event for the Greater China market to be held on April 12, 2018 at the Shanghai West Bund Art Center, creators will be taking center stage in hopes of being crowned a winner across four categories.

Redefining a New Horizon of Creators Through The Creator Awards

With the Regional Semi-Final event held in eight cities including Washington D.C., Detroit, Austin, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York, and Mexico City, more than 7,000 applications were attracted from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East (Tel Aviv) and Latin America in 2017 and 2018. In addition to supporting the community that WeWork serves, more than 20,000 people participated in the Creator Awards Regional Semi-Final events and Global Finals including the master classes, job fairs and pop-up markets. Moreover, the final 167 winners from 2017 and 2018 were awarded with a total funding of USD15.6 million (about HKD 121 million; including funding awarded at the Global Finals last month) and resulted in hundreds of jobs being created.

“With 2018 a year of tremendous growth and expansion for us, we are excited to take this a step further by launching the Creator Awards in Greater China. WeWork China will continue to drive a new era of expansion and innovation by revolutionizing work empowered by our global platform,” said Christian Lee, Managing Director of WeWork Asia. “Staying grounded to our core of creating your life’s work, we look forward to the Creator Awards unleashing even greater creativity and ideas that will transform the world. Along with our commitment to the Greater China region, WeWork will continue shaping the growth of more creators as we build on our growth trajectory.”

Along with WeWork unifying the entire ecosystem into one experience in 2018, the WeWork Creator Awards took off in Mexico City on 01 Feb, and will be landing in Shanghai, San Francisco, S#227;o Paulo, Seoul, London, Berlin, Nashville, and Jerusalem before concluding in New York City for the Creator Awards Global Finals in early 2019.

Four Award Categories Amounting to over USD 1 million (HKD 7.8 million) For Regional Winners

This year, WeWork has set up four different categories of awards for applicants from different industries and circles:

New Venture Award
USD130K – USD360K per award (HKD1 million – HKD2.8 million per award)
You’re a startup, entrepreneur, or established enterprise with a plan to take things further. Select applicants from this category will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; finalists will pitch live on stage at the Regional Semi-Final event for the chance to take home funding.

Performing Arts Award
USD18K – USD72K per award (HKD140K – HKD562K per award)
You’re a musical group, dance troupe, slam poet, aerial silk artist, or other live performer, and you’re interested in sharing your art with our audience. Finalists from this category will secure a paid gig at the Regional Semi-Final event.

Non-profit Award
USD130K – USD360K per award (HKD1 million – HKD2.8 million per award)
You’re a registered charity or non-profit organization looking to expand your efforts. Select applicants from this category will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; finalists will pitch live on stage at their regional event for the chance to take home funding.

Community Giver Award
USD36K – USD130K per award (HKD281K – HKD1 million per award)
You’re an individual or collective who takes initiative—starting a community garden, helping the elderly, making public art, or dedicating yourself to another local endeavor with impact. Finalists from this category will compete for funding to honor their contributions.

WeWork Creator Awards Detroit Finalist Accelerating Her Startup in Greater China

With the Creator Awards 2017 a launchpad for turning dreams into reality, Ms. Wen Yao, a finalist from the Detroit leg of the Creator Awards, is now embarking into the Chinese market and is currently based in WeWork Yunnan Lu, Shanghai. “Being a proud finalist, the Creator Awards is an inspirational platform that changes lives for creators to continue having the capacity and resources to do what they love,” said Ms. Wen Yao, Co-Founder of POWWFUL, a female sportswear brand.

“Although we did not clinch the finals, the networking opportunities gained us with connections with like-minded members that are also on their mission to empower the world with a powerful voice. By leveraging on WeWork’s powerful global network, we now have great confidence in making inroads to the Greater China market and scaling our business to greater heights.”

Fostering Collaboration with Local Stakeholders

WeWork’s initiative for creation and innovation has also been echoed and aligned with many local stakeholders, including InvestHK, Cyberport, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, Techstars, along with WHub.

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government tasked to attract foreign direct investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It launched the StartmeupHK initiative in 2013 to promote Hong Kong's startup ecosystem and connect entrepreneurs in local and overseas startup communities. “We support WeWork's vision in advancing entrepreneurial innovation in the Greater China community of creators, and we strongly encourage founders and entrepreneurs to use Hong Kong as their base to scale their business globally from this city,” said Charles Ng, Associate Director-General, InvestHK.

Cyberport is a leading innovative digital community with over 1,000 technology companies and start-ups. With the vision to become a main force in developing the digital tech industry as a key economic driver of Hong Kong, Cyberport is committed to nurturing youth, start-ups and entrepreneurs to grow in the digital industry by connecting them to strategic partners and investors, driving collaboration with local and international business partners to create new markets and opportunities, and accelerating digital technology adoption amongst corporations and SMEs. “Committed to supporting start-ups in springboarding to success, the Creator Awards is timely in nurturing further developments of the start-up ecosystem in the Greater China region,” said Dr. Lee George Lam, Chairman, Cyberport. “With Cyberport being a leading driver of the regional digital tech innovator arena, we believe that the collaboration with WeWork will recognise the outstanding innovators and contribute to the ongoing development of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region. “With the diversity of creators in the creator ecosystem, it is extremely encouraging to see the Creator Awards as an emerging platform that is giving deserved recognition to different types of creators,” Wilson Chan, Manager of Incubation Promotion, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. “Together with WeWork, we look forward to making greater strides in boosting innovation in the Greater China region.”

Techstars is a global network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars Startup Programs are action-oriented programs in 150+ countries around the world that power every step of the entrepreneurial journey. "Aligned with the Creator Awards, such a platform will set the bar for integrating creators that are breaking boundaries and norms. Creativity is the most crucial element for entrepreneurs. This will give them the tools to make a positive impact, and help their creative ideas disrupt an entire industry," said Felix Wong, Community Manager of Greater China at Techstars. “With the region growing into a global center for innovation, we are excited to continue building up the local ecosystem for a brighter future.”

WHub is Hong Kong's online startup community with more than 1,900 startups making meaningful connections to develop their business. “With more forward-thinking companies leaning towards building positive impacts, it is even more essential to recognize these creators in today’s world,” said Karena Belin, Co-Founder, WHub. “Coupled with WeWork leading the way in supporting and empowering such creators, we look forward to creating a lasting legacy for the local community through this partnership.”

Other partners in Mainland China include NIO, Chinaccelerator, NYU Shanghai, Innoway, and Tsinghua SEM X-elerator.

Amplifying WeWork’s footprints in the Greater China region

WeWork first entered Greater China in 2016 and opened its first location in Asia – WeWork Yanping Lu on July 1 in Shanghai. Along with its swift expansions, WeWork made its Hong Kong debut by opening WeWork Tower 535 on September 1, 2016. Thereafter in November 2016, WeWork also opened its China flagship WeWork Weihai Lu in Shanghai and WeWork Wanchai in Hong Kong.

In July 2017, SoftBank Group Capital (“SoftBank”) and Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China, announced a new USD500 million investment dedicated solely to fueling WeWork’s growth and expanding its operations throughout China. The investment vehicle, led by Hony Capital and a subsidiary of SoftBank, created an entity that operates under the name WeWork China where WeWork is responsible for the management and operations of WeWork China, while SoftBank and Hony Capital each own a minority stake. With the support of local teams and its partners, WeWork will continue looking for new space in cities with existing mature businesses, while also exploring new regions with potential for innovation and growth.

WeWork currently has 10 operating locations in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. In addition to WeWork Tower 535 and WeWork Wanchai in Hong Kong, WeWork will be accelerating its development to several other locations in Hong Kong such as LKF Tower by the end of 2018.

In 2017, WeWork opened more locations in Beijing – WeWork Guanghua Lu, WeWork Ciyunsi, WeWork Wangjing – and Shanghai – WeWork Yan’an Dong Lu, WeWork Yunnan Lu and WeWork Xujiahui.

In early 2018, WeWork will be opening more locations namely WeWork Sanlitun in Beijing and WeWork Guojin, WeWork Nanjing West Road, WeWork Huaihai Zhong Lu, WeWork Xintiandi in Shanghai.

By gearing up for strengthened growth in 2018, WeWork will be expanding its presence to 8 more new cities including Shenzhen, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xia Men, Cheng Du, Nan Jing, Xi’An and Wuhan in 2018.

Meeting Increasing Demand of Customized Spaces with Enterprise Solutions

In October 2017, WeWork formally launched its Enterprise Solution in Greater China, which provides companies of 1,000+ employees with workspace solutions and community settings that enable them to innovate, collaborate and succeed.

From March to August 2017, more than one fourth of WeWork’s new members represent enterprise companies with over 1,000 employees and WeWork enterprise membership makes up 25% of total sales in Greater China.

Key enterprise members include Xiaopeng Automotive, Damai.cn (fully acquired by Alibaba) and Zhaopin.com in Beijing; HSBC and Twilio in Hong Kong; lululemon and O+O Online Technology in Shanghai.

Benefitting from WeWork’s world leading technologies that build healthier connections between members and spaces, WeWork is also using a new operating system called “Powered by We” which helps companies find, build and operate their own space while providing services that enhance employee experience.

Powered by We is the next iteration of WeWork’s product, where it leverages on the integrated expertise of WeWork from in-house research, development, design and construction and community teams to help companies find, build and operate their own space, while providing services that enhance employee experience. Companies can tap into WeWork’s proprietary software and hardware infrastructure to better manage, design and operate their own real estate portfolio.

More importantly, Powered by We services easily brings all signature elements of WeWork such as member benefits and services, a globally-connected vibrant community, innovative spaces, industry-leading technologies, enriched cultural experiences, shared amenities and a humanized way of life and work to any enterprises and its employees anytime and anywhere.

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About WeWork

WeWork is a platform for creators, providing more than 200,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has 212 physical locations in 66 cities and 20 countries around the world.

Founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York, the company now employs more than 4,400 globally. WeWork seeks ‘creators’ from all industries and companies big and small to become members, with a suite of WeWork-specific membership benefits in each country and a local staff in each city.

More than 20,000 companies and more than 200,000 members are now based at a WeWork, with member companies ranging from start-ups to household names including Dell, KPMG, GE, Microsoft, and Samsung. More than 70% of WeWork’s members collaborate with each other and its international locations serve as convenient bases for business travel, enabling a great degree of work flexibility for both multinationals and small-to-medium-sized businesses alike, as well as options for easy expansion into new markets.

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Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Adobe Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms




Hong Kong, China, February 6, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Hong Kong — 25 January, 2018 — Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) announced it has been named by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms” research report1. This report evaluated 21 vendors, and Adobe was among four vendors in the Leaders quadrant, based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. The evaluation criteria for ability to execute include product or service, overall viability, sales execution/pricing, market responsiveness/record, marketing execution, customer experience and operations. Of all the vendors evaluated, Adobe was furthest to the right for completeness of vision, where evaluation criteria include market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, offering (product) strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, innovation and geographic strategy.

“In virtually every industry, brands have to reimagine each part of the organization to laser focus on delivering stand-out experiences or risk failing in no time,” said Suresh Vittal, vice president, Adobe Experience Cloud. “No other company offers a more complete and integrated set of digital marketing, ad tech, analytics and data management solutions that let brands delight customers with every interaction. The integration of Adobe Experience Cloud with Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise ensures maximum impact of customer content through big data.”

“Our partnership with Adobe helps us get the right message in front of the right customer at the right time,” said Michael Marino, chief experience officer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “We are moving in an exciting direction — a place where we can display targeted content across websites and screens on properties to enhance experiences and increase engagement.”

Within Adobe Experience Cloud, tightly integrated solutions offer a complete set of cutting-edge technologies that enable brands to deliver data-driven, tailored experiences across all customer touch points. This includes experience management and personalization across all screens and devices, experience delivery through advertising, video as well as other channels and analytics. The tie-in with Adobe Creative Cloud makes it easy to quickly activate creative assets across all marketing channels and customer touch points.

The world’s most popular brands rely on Adobe Experience Cloud to run their businesses, including Carnival Corporation, Citibank, Sydney Opera House, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Home Depot, Marriott Hotels, NBCUniversal, Nissan Motor Co., T-Mobile and many others. Adobe Experience Cloud helps clients manage more than 150 trillion data transactions annually, including 41 trillion rich media requests, over 150 billion emails and $3 billion in ad spend. Major brands, including two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies, leverage Adobe Analytics Cloud for customer intelligence.

A complimentary copy of the Gartner, Inc. 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms” research report is available here.

1 Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms,” Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Gavin Tay, Mike Lowndes, 17 January, 2018.

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Source: ChinaNewswire.com

“水气耕栽培”套件「KANA-chan」挑战美国的Kickstarter!



利用独家的循环系统、水果・蔬菜的收获是原来4倍!(*)

日本东京 2018年02月05日 /ChinaNewswire.com/ 日本国内的人气产品先行在海外开展的Versailles Trading株式会社(东京都江东区),2018年2月7日“水气耕栽培”套件「KANA-chan」在美国Kickstarter开展。「KANA-chan」是不使用土可以水耕栽培的家庭菜园的上等套件,配备独自的循环系统。循环种植农作物所需要的氧气、水、营养素,通过促进根的呼吸作用,比传统的土壤栽培的成长速度要快1.5~2倍,产量是原来的3~4倍 (*)。不需要使用农药只用水稀释的液体肥料安心安全的种植。在Kickstarter招募资金,修改为海外规格,还准备了叶子菜板,支持所有想得到健康的人吃到新鲜的蔬菜。

日本出名的“水气耕栽培”套件「KANA-chan」
挑战美国Kickstarter

日本全国各地的农家,学校,研究机构,福利设施等已经安装了约2000台以上的Hyponica系统的家庭菜园版「KANA-chan」将挑战美国Kickstarter。基于40多年的水耕栽培研究终于创造的独自的循环系统,为农作物生长提供了一个理想的成长环境,并最大限度地提高了农作物的生命力。与传统的土壤栽培相比,成长速度快1.5到2倍,产量是原来的3~4倍 (*),取得了意想不到的结果。

在市场上可以找到不使用土壤栽培蔬菜和水果的水耕栽培,但是在世界的任何地方找不到能够提供给一般家庭的,水、营养成分和氧气循环让根得到最适合成长的「水气耕栽培」产品。

由于水果、蔬菜的价格高腾
让海外的人能够在家里栽培新鲜的农作物,让他们知道吃到新鲜蔬菜时的愉快

近年来,水果和蔬菜价格一年比一年高,由于经济和地理原因,不是任何人都能吃到新鲜农作物的时代。解决这些问题的水耕栽培套件也有在市场上销售,但是有两个问题。一个是由于使用LED灯进行栽培,由于光量问题,产量少,只能栽培小叶菜。 另外一个是LED灯需要额外的电费。 如果每次购买特殊的种子套装,成本太高。

「KANA-chan」解决了家庭菜园的一切烦恼。 因为使用比LED更强的阳光,所以可以在家里栽培西红柿,茄子,南瓜,甜瓜,西瓜,花菜,这是过去无法做到的。 另外,通过独自的系统循环氧气,水分和营养物质,来保持根部的周围环境干净,即使安装在户外,也不会有蚊子等昆虫产生(水不漂移的水耕栽培,可能会产生蚊子等昆虫),成长速度也是1.5到2倍,收获量预计是3到4倍 (*)。 另外,「KANA-chan」很容易可以从任何市场上买得到的种子或幼苗开始。

到目前为止,从一粒番茄种子收获了约17,000个番茄。 在1985年的筑波博览会上,在日本馆里展出了一棵巨大番茄树,并且当时的天皇也观看了。

–商品简介
商品名称:水气耕栽培套件「Home Hyponica KANA-chan」Kickstarter特別套件
号码:467mm × 467mm × 300mm / 容量:12 ℓ / 重量:3kg
附件:叶菜板、肥料A(500ml)、肥料B(500ml)、果菜用的培地、栽培盆、盆盖
价格:超早优惠19,800日元~  活动开始日期:2018年2月7日(星期三)
制造商:協和株式会社(大阪府高槻市)   出口商:Versailles Trading株式会社

<主要特征>

1. 因为使用比LED更强的阳光,所以可以在家里栽培过去栽培不了的西红柿,茄子,南瓜,甜瓜,西瓜,花菜等。

2. 采用独自的循环系统,即使设置在室外也不会产生昆虫,以循环氧气,水分和养分,促进根系的呼吸作用,所以预计可以达到生长速度是1.5到2倍,收获量3到4倍的好结果 (*)。

*  这取决于环境和作物

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8UTJiUwFQw

–公司简介、新闻采访・询问处
公司名称:Versailles Trading Corporation
地址:东京都江东区有明3丁目7-26 Ariake Frontier大厦B栋9楼
董事长:深井智之  广告:高丸、中水
联系电话:+81-3-5530-8074 / Fax: 03-6853-6601 /邮箱:press@vers-trading.com
URL:http://www.vers-trading.com/






Source: VersaillesTrading

美好的中国农历新年 年轻肌肤–经科学认证的美丽秘密 首单优惠




澳大利亚阿德莱德 2018年02月05日 /ChinaNewswire.com/ 澳大利亚南澳州企业-佰莉蔻有限公司(Belle'Botanique Pty Ltd)于阿德莱德宣布,该公司发现数种生物活性化合物,同时研发了几种能在细胞水平上解决皮肤老化问题的护肤产品。

由于现代社会工业化、环境因素和压力的影响,过早的皮肤老化是现代生活方式的一个重要表现。佰莉蔻胶原蛋白再生系列护肤品可以满足日益增长的抗衰老护肤需求,并添加了经科学认证有效的自然成分。

佰莉蔻品牌研发总监Manoj Jain先生称:"皮肤的三个重要结构成分即为胶原蛋白、弹性蛋白和糖胺聚糖。这三大成分对于保持健康、年轻肌肤起着至关重要的作用。对此我们研发了先进的产品,使用自然的成分促进皮肤结构成分的合成。"

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– 促进胶原蛋白合成;
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Source: bellebotanique

EU General Data Protection Regulation Takes Effect in 2018 – Spotlight on Cyber-security Risks of Smart High-Tech Toys




Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - For the Christmas and New Year holidays that just went by, many parents purchased smart high-tech toys as gifts for their children. Parents from the Millennium generation are more likely to let their children spend more time on the screen than previous generations. Edutainment is now the guiding principle for parents purchasing toys. Parents are willing to spend more money purchasing smart high-tech toys because they believe these toys are more educational and they can join the children in creative activities. Smart high-tech toys include robots controlled by smart phones, dolls with corresponding apps, and bespoke soft toys with interactive functions.

Most parents understand the dangers of letting children use social media and tracking their locations/activities. Many parents instinctively shy away from posting pictures of their children online. This may be a smart move because their activity is being tracked and the data may be used by unscrupulous people. Few parents however pay attention to the warnings on the high-tech toys they purchase. Their children are now being exposed to cyber-security risks at an accelerating pace.

EU General Data Protection Regulation Set to Take Effect
Privacy and data security have always been important issues for the European Union (EU). The "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR) that will become mandatory on May 25, 2018, will set rigorous standards for the protection of personal data and privacy. The level and scope of personal data protection will be increased. The new GDPR is applicable globally. All manufacturers, whether they are located within EU borders or not, are subject to the GDPR if their products or services are sold within the EU and involve the storage and processing of EU citizens' personal information.

Here "personal information" refers to the personal data of EU citizens during the data processing, including any known or identifiable citizen (data subject) information. The content protected by the GDPR is quite broad in scope. It covers not only personal identity information such as address, telephone number and identification number but also biometrics and online positioning data such as fingerprints, network IP address, and social network activity logs.

All EU member states will enforce strict regulatory controls once the GDPR takes effect. Companies are subject to massive fines of up to 20 million Euro or 4% of the company's global revenues in that year (whichever is highest) for non-compliance. The Federal Network Agency in Germany banned domestic sales of children's smart watches in 2017. Parents were also encouraged to discard such smart watches immediately. The lack of encryption technology allows hackers to easily break into smart watches and make it possible for unscrupulous people to track a child's location with ease. Once the GDPR takes effect, such products will not only be reported but also fined.

How to avoid breaking the law?
First, vendors should reduce the collection and processing of data subjects' personal information. Personal information unrelated to the declared function must not be used. Product manuals must also detail their functions and the technologies used. For example, if a smart doll only engages in simple conversation with children such as responding when asked about the day's weather or whether the child looks pretty, the doll should not have a monitoring function. Such a function would be a non-essential function.

The law also recommends that vendors provide default privacy settings for products and services. The function for allowing the collection of personal information should be set to disabled by default. The user can decide whether to enable the function or not and it must meet a certain standard of encryption.

GDPR requires product and service vendors to use a sound environment and service process controls to protect personal information from misuse, from being leaked through hackers, or being illegally shared with unauthorized third-parties. The law recommends testing by independent third-party organizations to determine whether your business complies with GPDR requirements.

Product/Service Testing and Verification
With many years of experience in information security, T#220;V Rheinland can provide IoT product manufacturers supplying products or services to EU countries with a professional interpretation of the law. Verified IoT products and services are issued certification marks by T#220;V Rheinland including the IoT product and service privacy protection mark. In accordance with GPDR rules, the product certification standard evaluates the privacy protection of an IoT product based on five levels: hardware and firmware, communications, app, documentation and data usage. Privacy protection certification for IoT services is evaluated against seven dimensions including IT environment (including applications), data protection, organizational management, process, penetration testing, documentation and auditing of service partners. Please do not hesitate to contact our experts at any time.

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The Culture Connection Gets Real: Secure Software Development Requires a New Mindset




Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - HONG KONG, Jan 30, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) revealed results following the second phase of a global survey of more than 1,200 IT leaders around the topic of secure software development. Conducted by IT industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics, the new report entitled, “Integrating Security into the DNA of Your Software Lifecycle,” highlights the influence of an organization’s culture on its ability to integrate security practices into their software development initiatives, a practice and approach commonly known as DevSecOps.

Today’s digital economy is fueled by software. When software is developed with security integrated from the start, the risk of data breaches is greatly diminished, providing users with heightened levels of confidence and trust when engaging with applications and services that are so ubiquitous in our online world.

According to survey respondents, the majority confirmed that software development supports growth and expansion, helps businesses compete and drives digital transformation. And yet, the findings show that, as software becomes more critical to business success in the digital economy, security concerns are exponentially on the rise. In fact, 74% of respondents agreed that security threats due to software and code issues is a growing concern. CA Veracode’s State of Software Security Report 2017 found that vulnerabilities continue to crop up in previously untested software at alarming rates, with 77% of apps having at least one vulnerability on initial scan.

Creating a culture of secure software development is a major challenge, according to the survey findings. An overwhelming 58% of respondents cited existing culture and lack of skills as hurdles to being able to embed security testing and evaluation within software development processes. Only 24% strongly agreed that the organization’s culture and practices supported collaboration across development, operations and security. On top of cultural limitations, less than a quarter of respondents strongly agreed that senior management would sacrifice time to market in order to have sufficient time to assess and repair software security vulnerabilities.

“Security is a key principle in any Modern Software Factory. While our survey findings confirm an overarching recognition in the importance of ensuring that data and systems are built and maintained securely, there is still a lack of cultural adoption within organizations around this pressing issue,” said Ayman Sayed, president and chief product officer, CA Technologies. “When coupled with security, Intelligent IT – the use of AI, machine learning and analytics to make better, more informed decisions – can dramatically change the way that business is done.”

The report showcases characteristics of “Software Security Masters” (the top 34% of respondents), which are organizations that have been able to fully integrate security into their software development lifecycles. This includes conducting early and continuous application testing for security vulnerabilities, as well as embracing the practice of DevSecOps.

In fact, when compared with the mainstream, respondents from the Software Security Masters were over two times more likely to strongly agree that they viewed security as an enabler of new business opportunities. These organizations also exhibited the following attributes:

● 50% higher profit growth
● 40% higher revenue growth
● Are 2.6x more likely to have security testing keep up with frequent app updates
● Are 2.5x more likely to be outpacing their competitors

“The organizations labeled as Software Security Masters are the beacons of hope in today’s digital economy. Not only do they exemplify and represent the cultural mindset necessary to adapt and thrive in today’s dynamic market, they are influencing change within the industry while shaping the workplace of the future,” concluded Sayed.

Survey Methodology
The global online survey of 1,279 senior IT and business executives was sponsored by CA Technologies and conducted by industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics in July 2017. It was augmented by in-depth telephone interviews with key industry executives. For full survey methodology details, please see the report, “Integrating Security into the DNA of Your Software Lifecycle.”
Download the full report and other supporting materials:
● Report: Integrating Security into the DNA of Your Software Lifecycle
● Infographic
● Ayman Sayed Blog: The Competitive Edge of DevSecOps

About Freeform Dynamics
Freeform Dynamics is an IT industry analyst firm. Through research and insights, the firm aims to help busy IT and business professionals get up to speed on the latest technology developments, and make better-informed investment decisions. For more information, and access to a library of free research, please visit www.freeformdynamics.com.

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Nordic nRF91 low power cellular IoT ‘sneak peek’ – cellular made easy, cellular for everything else




Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Nordic's nRF91 Series is an ultra-compact, low power, global, multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT System-in-Package with integrated Arm Cortex-M33 host processor, Arm TrustZone security technology, and Assisted GPS

Nordic Semiconductor provided a 'sneak peek' of its upcoming nRF91#174; Series low power cellular IoT solution. During an event in Oslo, Nordic also demonstrated the nRF91 operating on the Verizon Wireless Network in the U.S. and on the Telia network in Norway.

The Nordic nRF91 Series is all about taking the unique value proposal of cellular and bringing simplicity and appeal to a broader market. Today cellular is associated with the high data rates of smartphones and tablets. This solution aims to take cellular beyond just mobile devices and foster innovation that brings cellular connectivity to just about anything you can imagine. In much the same way as Nordic Semiconductor's nRF5 Series enabled innovation and drove adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology in new markets, the nRF91 Series is designed to be an easily accessible solution for cellular connectivity. By setting new benchmarks in terms of integration, size, and power consumption, coupled with its ease-of-use, the nRF91 Series is designed to unleash the huge potential of cellular in IoT – cellular made easy, cellular for everything else.

All the benefits of a traditional cellular module in a tiny System-in-Package with global coverage
Front and center of Nordic Semiconductor’s upcoming nRF91 Series is a highly-integrated, low power, global multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT System-in-Package (SiP). The SiP integrates a complete low power cellular IoT system into a tiny 10x16x1.2mm package that integrates modem, transceiver, RF front end, dedicated application processor, Flash memory, power management, and crystal and passive components. With this level of integration the nRF91 SiP combines all the benefits of traditional cellular modules, including teleregulatory and cellular certifications, with ease-of-use, unprecedented integration, and the smallest form factor ever seen in the cellular industry to date.

Nordic is proud and excited to have Qorvo as a strategic partner for both the RF front end and the SiP development and manufacturing. The nRF91 SiP leverages Qorvo’s state-of-the-art, proven RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield#8482; technology to deliver a unique, ultra-compact solution that combines high performance with low power consumption. The nRF91 Series supports global operation with a single SiP variant thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo.

Built-in Arm#174; Cortex#174;-M33 host processor, Arm#174; TrustZone#174; security, and Assisted GPS
The nRF91 takes security for low power IoT devices to new heights by combining the inherent security of cellular connectivity with a cutting-edge security solution for the application hardware and software. The integration of an Arm Cortex-M33 processor and Arm CryptoCell-310 security IP enables an entire low power cellular IoT application to be implemented on an nRF91 SiP.

The built-in host processor features TrustZone for Armv8-M, helping secure application data, firmware, and peripherals using an isolated, trusted execution environment across the CPU and system. This solution provides an efficient security foundation, and reduces size, Bill-of-Materials (BOM), and power consumption versus using an external host processor.

The nRF91 SiP also features built-in support for positioning via an integrated Assisted GPS (A-GPS) solution that combines cellular and GPS technology to deliver fast and accurate positioning.

Nordic nRF91 Series System-on-Chip inside
The nRF91 SiP is based on Nordic’s own nRF91 Series low power cellular IoT System-on-Chip (SoC). Jointly developed by Nordic’s highly experienced cellular design team in Finland, and low power experts in Norway, the chip was developed from scratch to optimize the power, cost, and size savings enabled by the new LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular standards. The chip features an unprecedented and unique level of integration by combining a multimode cellular modem and transceiver, as well as application processor, Flash memory, RAM memory, and power management on a single chip.

Software, development tools, support, and developer community
The Nordic Semiconductor nRF91 Series includes a complete suite of software and easy-to-use development tools to accelerate innovation and product development. Assistance is available from a world-class, first-line technical support team, and a thriving Nordic development community. This all combines to allow developers to concentrate on what they want to do: develop exceptional products and services using cellular technology.“Back in early 2015, when we started the development of nRF91 Series, we set out on a mission to create a truly different solution for cellular IoT,” comments Thomas Embla Bonnerud, the Director of Strategy and Investor Relations at Nordic Semiconductor. “A highly integrated, low power, ultra-compact, and simple-to-use solution that would foster innovation and accelerate adoption of cellular connectivity across new markets. We are confident that the upcoming nRF91 Series represents such different solution, and we are excited to provide a sneak peek and demonstration of it today.”

“We are pleased with our strategic partnership with Nordic to bring this new category of cellular IoT solution to the market,” said Eric Creviston, President Mobile Products at Qorvo. “Qorvo is excited to see our leading RF and advanced packaging technology playing a key and enabling part of new products targeting the emerging low power cellular IoT market.”

“Delivering the combination of power efficient, TrustZone secure, and cellular connectivity capabilities to the extensive Cortex-M developer base opens up the benefits of IoT to a diverse range of new and innovative applications,” said Thomas Ensergueix, Senior Director of Embedded, Embedded and Automotive Line of Business, Arm. “We are pleased to see the nRF91 SiP from Nordic with Cortex-M33 and CryptoCell-310 enabling the deployment of secure IoT solutions at scale.”

Telia is experiencing an unprecedented demand for dedicated IoT connectivity represented by LTE-M and NB-IoT. These novel technologies enable products and services that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Access to components has so far been scarce and has hindered large scale commercial launches. That is why Telia has been a supportive partner to Nordic Semiconductor in their development of the new product; sharing our insight of the market, our plans and ambitions for the IoT market, and made our network available for testing. We are happy to see that Nordic Semiconductor now announces their new product, and that our collaborating partners are eager to launch novel products and services benefitting on the unique capabilities of LTE-M and NB-IoT. " Andreas Carlsson – Head of Telia Next

Availability
Nordic is sampling nRF91 to selected lead customers now. Start of general sampling is planned for mid-2018, with first production quantities available by end of 2018. The nRF91 SIP will be available in variants with and without integrated GPS.

About Qorvo
Qorvo (Nasdaq:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks, and defense radar and communications. We also leverage our unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things.
Visit qorvo.com to learn how Qorvo connects the world.
Qorvo is a registered trademark of Qorvo, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. MicroShield#8482; is a trademark of Qorvo US, Inc.

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Isentia Verifies WGSN’s China: Top Fashion Influencers Report




Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Media Release

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Isentia Verifies WGSN’s China: Top Fashion Influencers Report

Hong Kong – 31 January 2018 – Leading media intelligence company, Isentia (ASX: ISD), provided crucial data to WGSN, the global trend authority for fashion and creative industries, in publishing the paid report China: Top Fashion Influencers (the Report).

The Report reveals top fashion key opinion leaders of the burgeoning influencer market in China and provides the latest insights to help businesses spot opportunities for growing brand presence. It is one of the first WGSN reports from Greater China combining the trend forecasting with the KOL quantitative analysing model of Isentia. The Report has been receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from WSGN subscribers since its release on 5 January 2018.

The Report, which was produced with the aid of Isentia’s Data Verified Mark, rounds-up the Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan fashion influencers with the highest influence power by measuring metrics like Weibo follower numbers, total engagement (including the number of “Likes” and interactions throughout January to November 2017) and specifically the engagements during the four global fashion weeks in 2017. The Report, now available for WGSN subscribers’ download, provides useful tips for brands to boost their growth by leveraging on KOL marketing and pointers for collaboration with top China KOLs such as Gogoboi, Tao Liang (Mr. Bags) and Han Huo Huo.

KOLs opinion and engagement with followers could influence their brand preference and purchase intent. “KOL marketing provides strong social cues with visuals featuring styling preferences followed by user generated discussions. It is a powerful tool to build brand affinity and product purchase intent,” said Eden Lau, Isentia’s Regional Director.

Due to cultural diversity and language barrier, it is often difficult for foreign brands to fit perfectly with local tastes. KOL marketing is a good solution for that. KOLs, who are engaging millions of followers, are a rich and important source for Chinese consumers to access to the latest fashion knowledge and trending styling tips which could dove-tail with the taste of local audiences. They are able to inspire and shape young, middle-class lifestyles and their shopping behaviour.

“Chinese consumers are still very new in their upper middle-class lifestyles, which makes them open to buying anything new,” Eden Lau said. “Their highly connected lifestyles and the ease of shopping online add to the impact influencers have on what fashion consumers look and shop for.”

China is a huge and complicated market, flooded with spams and paid engagements. Evaluating KOL performance accurately and picking those who could well fit with social campaign owner’s brand have always been a big challenge. Isentia applied its expertise, cumulated over years, and utilized machine learning technology and quantitative model analysis to overcome that in this Report.

“The Report is Isentia's first project with WGSN. We are happy to see that WGSN editors find that our quantitative analysis can make their works more powerful and convincing,” Mr Lau concluded.

-ENDS-

For more information, please contact:

Cherry Chan

Marketing

cherry.chan@isentia.com

+852 3987 8134

About Isentia

Isentia (ASX:ISD) is APAC’s leading integrated Media Intelligence, Insights and Content Marketing business, empowering more than 5,000 clients in 12 countries to connect the dots between data and decisions. Isentia blends marking-leading monitoring experience with analytics to help the world’s biggest brands uncover the whole picture – and act on it. Powered by cutting-edge technology and a team of world class experts, our mission is to help businesses leap forward where only genuine insight can take them. To find out more about how we inform better decisions, please visit www.isentia.com

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Ingenico Integrates Seamless Payment Capability in Shangri-La’s Next-Generation Mobile App




Hong Kong, China, January 30, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, today announced an extension of their global partnership that sees Ingenico integrate native, in-app payment functionality into Shangri-La’s next generation mobile app. With the new Shangri-La Mobile app, guests can easily book rooms, access mobile check-in and check-out, manage loyalty points and redeem rewards.

As mobile phones have become central to how consumers interact with their environment, mobile apps are an increasingly important way for hotel groups to provide value-added services and unlock additional convenience for guests. With Ingenico Connect, Shangri-La can accept a wide variety of payment methods directly from within the app, with no need for redirects to scheme pages. Guests enjoy a seamless, in-app experience that includes single-click payments for recurring use. Through Ingenico’s strategic alliance with Oracle, online payment acceptance is fully integrated in Shangri-La’s Micros Property Management System (PMS) and Central Reservation System (CRS).

“Shangri-La’s new Mobile App plays an important role in enhancing the customer experience through technology and creates a seamless online to offline journey,” said Oliver Bonke, President and Chief Operating Officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. “In Ingenico, we have a partner that shares our vision and has the technology and expertise to help us deliver an integrated payment process through our app for our travelers.”

“Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts represent the pinnacle in luxury and customer service, and they understand very well that the payment experience is an integral part of how their guests perceive their relationship with the company,” said Gabriel de Montessus, Senior Vice President, Global Online Business for Ingenico Group. “Whether it is through the website, call center, an Online Travel Agency or now through this innovative new mobile app, we are proud to support Shangri-La in their ongoing drive to optimize how they let their guests complete their stay.”

The Shangri-La Group owns and manages five-star luxury hotels and resorts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Indian Ocean. The Group is rapidly expanding its global footprint, with new hotels under development in Australia, Mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Shangri-La selected Ingenico as its global payment partner in 2015, and now accepts online payments in more than 20 different currencies, letting guests pay for rooms in their native currency irrespective of their country of origin.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel management companies, currently operates over 100 hotels in 22 countries and 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands. Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its brand hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

About Ingenico Group
Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) is the global leader in seamless payment, providing smart, trusted and secure solutions to empower commerce across all channels, in-store, online and mobile. With the world’s largest payment acceptance network, we deliver secure payment solutions with a local, national and international scope. We are the trusted world-class partner for financial institutions and retailers, from small merchants to several of the world’s best known global brands. Our solutions enable merchants to simplify payment and deliver their brand promise.
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Microsemi Announces its Entire Product Portfolio is Unaffected by Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities




Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2018 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Leader in Hardware Security Provides Highest Levels of Design and Data Security

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its products, including its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), are not affected by the recently identified security flaws associated with the use of x86 and ARM#174; and a number of other processors. The announcement comes as security researchers recently revealed major computer chip vulnerabilities, called Spectre and Meltdown, in chips—affecting billions of devices globally.

“As a leader in security, we strive to ensure our products are immune to both existing and potential new threats or vulnerabilities,” said Jim Aralis, chief technology officer and vice president of advanced development at Microsemi. “As soon as news broke about Meltdown and Spectre, Microsemi immediately assessed its existing products with thorough analysis of the architecture and intellectual property (IP) blocks with its internal security experts. The assessment clearly concluded that none of the processor cores embedded with the associated use models in Microsemi products are impacted by these weaknesses.”

Not only are Microsemi’s FPGAs not affected by Spectre or Meltdown, the company’s devices also offer multiple security layers for maximum protection. In addition to its SmartFusion#8482; and SmartFusion2 FPGAs, and communications and storage products—which do not have either security flaw—the company’s soft RISC-V core and its RISC-V IP provider are also unaffected by the security issues. As a leader in hardware security, Microsemi is well-known for its cybersecurity and malware expertise, offering customers the highest levels of design and data security.

Both Spectre and Meltdown affect speculative execution in modern computer chips, but they can be abused via various methods. Microsemi offers a heightened level of security in comparison to its competition with these vulnerabilities, as its hard and soft central processing units (CPUs) are not affected by this issue, and in fact enhance security protecting against various side channel attacks.

For more information about Microsemi’s FPGA security capabilities, visit https://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/security.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

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