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App Annie’s new product offers insight into consumer trends in China


FILE PHOTO: A electric rickshaw driver uses a mobile phone as he takes a break in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: A electric rickshaw driver uses a mobile phone as he takes a break in Beijing, China June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

September 19, 2017

By Eric Auchard

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The pioneer of mobile app analytics, App Annie, on Tuesday said it has begun tracking Android app usage in China, a landmark for understanding consumer behavior in the world’s top smartphone market, which increasingly sets the pace for global trends.

App Annie said it was now able to offer real-time statistics on mobile application usage in China by tracking hundreds of thousands of Android users there, both through its own apps and with additional data supplied by external partners. Statistical methods are used to identify general trends, it said.

“It’s crucial to provide an accurate picture to app publishers and brand (marketers) of what’s happening in China but also what’s happening globally in terms of app usage,” said Bertrand Schmitt, chief executive and co-founder of App Annie.

App Annie, which tracks mobile software downloads, counts 94 of the world’s top 100 app publishers as customers. They use the service to monitor the performance of their own apps against rivals. Major advertising brands such as McDonald’s, Nike, Citibank and AstraZeneca also use App Annie to target customers with their own apps.

The company said its new China Android monitoring service can track usage metrics on 5,000 top apps such as active users, which apps are used together and data usage, both for app makers looking to track their performance versus rivals there or brand marketers looking to target advertising spending within apps.

China accounted for 60 percent of the world’s $1.3 trillion total app spending including ecommerce, paid app store downloads and in-app advertising in 2016, according to App Annie.

Four of the world’s most played mobile games come from China, while Tencent’s WeChat ranks No. 3 globally among messaging apps behind Facebook’s WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

App Annie was founded in Beijing in 2010 to measure the growth of the nascent smartphone apps market. It has tracked app usage on Apple iOS since its early days in China and expanded to cover Apple and Android users globally since then.

But the explosion of smartphones in China since 2012 thanks to Android phones, which now outnumber Apple users by 6 to 1 in a market with more than 700 million phone users, has been guesswork because of a lack of independent data on the market.

“When you look at mobile usage behavior and attitudes, China is really leading. The Chinese market is definitely ahead of the curve,” said Forrester mobile analyst Thomas Husson. “It was more or less a black box, so you need some clarity as to what’s going on, in aggregate, in the world’s biggest market.”

Dozens of mobile app analytics firms compete worldwide, including big software names such as Adobe, Facebook, Google and IBM and more focused players such as Apmetrix, Localytics, SimilarWeb and Taplytics. But only App Annie so far offers an integrated global view, including China.

App Annie is now headquartered in San Francisco and has $150 million in funding from venture investors including Sequoia Capital and IDG Capital Partners. Two-fifths of its 500 employees and most of its engineering staff are based in China.

(This version of the story corrects figure to trillion from billion in paragraph six)

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Le nouveau système de conception de référence automobile (ARDS) d'OmniVision optimise le développement du système d'imagerie automobile



Le secteur des systèmes d’imagerie prévoit une croissance significative des systèmes ADAS, notamment des systèmes de caméras offrant une vue panoramique et une vision arrière. Le nouveau programme d’évaluation de l’automobile (NCAP), un programme gouvernemental de sécurité automobile, exige que tous les véhicules neufs aux États-Unis soient équipés de caméras arrière d’ici 2018. Les systèmes de vue panoramique (SVS) devraient également devenir une caractéristique encore plus populaire pour le segment des véhicules de luxe dans le même délai. Les SVS demandent généralement au moins quatre caméras pour fournir une vue à 360 degrés. Le système ARDS d’OmniVision permet à un écosystème de concevoir des systèmes ADAS de dernière génération pour l’industrie automobile.

« Le manque de modularité et les difficultés d’intégration dans les approches actuelles à la conception du système obligent les fabricants d’équipement d’origine à concevoir leurs propres modules et à attendre souvent des développements tiers. Par ailleurs, les systèmes de démonstration existants ne sont pas adaptés à un montage sur un véhicule pour l’évaluation et les tests, et ne permettent pas les tests de vidéo en temps réel. Par conséquent, le délai de mise sur le marché peut être lent et coûteux », a déclaré Thilo Rausch, directeur du marketing produit chez OmniVision. « Notre système ARDS réduit les efforts de conception et les ressources nécessaires pour développer des solutions de prototypes du travail. Il permet aux clients de concevoir en interne des capteurs d’image OmniVision et des processeurs de signaux d’image et réduit le coût et le temps d’évaluation et de tests d’un nouveau système. »

Les kits de démonstration du système ARDS d’OmniVision disposent d’un capteur d’images OV2775 d’Omnivision, de son processeur de signal d’image (ISP) OV495 en option et de son module de caméra sérialiseur. Le capteur d’images OV2775 s’appuie sur une technologie de pixels OmniBSI-2™ Deep Well™ de 2,8 microns, qui offre une sortie linéaire de 16 bits à partir d’une simple exposition avec la meilleure sensibilité dans les cas de faible intensité lumineuse. Le capteur est en mesure d’enregistrer des vidéos en résolution 1920 x 1080 entre 30 et 60 images par seconde, avec une plage dynamique supérieure à 120 dB. Le système ARDS d’OmniVision est proposé en deux configurations différentes, avec ou sans l’ISP OV495.

À propos d’OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. est un grand développeur de solutions avancées d’imagerie numérique. Sa technologie d’imagerie CMOS (semi-conducteurs complémentaires à l’oxyde de métal) primée permet une qualité d’image supérieure dans de nombreuses applications grand public et commerciales utilisées actuellement, notamment les téléphones portables, les ordinateurs portables, les tablettes et les webcams, les appareils photo numériques et les caméras numériques, la sécurité et la surveillance, les dispositifs de divertissement, les systèmes d’imagerie médicale et automobile. Vous en saurez plus sur www.ovt.com.

OmniVision® et le logo d’OmniVision sont des marques commerciales enregistrées d’OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OmniBSI-2™ et Deep Well™ sont des marques commerciales d’OmniVision Technologies, Inc. Toutes les autres marques commerciales appartiennent à leurs propriétaires respectifs.

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Exclusive: U.S. defense firms want control over tech in Make-in-India plan


FILE PHOTO: US F-16 aircraft makes landing during joint India-US air force exercises at Kalaikunda Airbase
FILE PHOTO: A U.S. F-16 aircraft makes a landing during a joint India-U.S. air force exercises at the Kalaikunda Airbase, west of Kolkata, India, November 17, 2005. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw/File Photo

September 19, 2017

By Aditya Kalra and Sanjeev Miglani

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. defense firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won’t have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group’s letter to India’s defense minister.

These companies are also saying they shouldn’t be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India’s drive to build a military industrial base.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing are both bidding to supply combat jets to India’s military, which is running short of hundreds of aircraft as it retires Soviet-era MiG planes, and its own three-decade long effort to produce a domestic jet is hobbled by delays.

Lockheed has offered to shift its F-16 production line to India from Fort Worth, Texas, and make it the sole factory worldwide if India orders at least 100 single-engine fighters.

The U.S. firm has picked Tata Advanced Systems as its local partner under the defense ministry’s new Strategic Partnership model under which foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can hold up to a 49 percent stake in a joint venture with an Indian private firm which will hold the majority of shares.

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) wrote to India’s defense minister last month seeking a guarantee that U.S. firms would retain control over sensitive technology – even as joint venture junior partners.

“Control of proprietary technologies is a major consideration for all companies exploring public and private defense partnerships,” the business lobby, which represents 400 firms, said in the Aug. 3 letter, reviewed by Reuters and previously unreported.

“To allow foreign OEMs to provide the most advanced technologies, the partnership arrangement between an Indian owned ‘strategic partner’ company and a foreign OEM needs to provide an opportunity for the foreign OEM to retain control over its proprietary technology,” it said, noting this wasn’t explicit in the policy document.

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Technology transfer is at the heart of Modi’s drive to build a domestic industrial base and cut a reliance on imports that has made India the world’s biggest arms importer in recent years.

Without full tech transfer in previous arms deals, India’s mainly state-run defense factories have largely been left to assemble knock-down kits even for tanks and aircraft produced under license from the foreign maker.

Modi’s advisers have vowed to change that, insisting on transfer of technology so that critical military equipment are designed and manufactured in India.

Benjamin Schwartz, USIBC’s director for defense and aerospace, said the new Indian policy offered a roadmap for establishing partnerships between U.S. and Indian companies, but it raised some questions for the firms.

He said he was not in a position to name those companies concerned by the Indian policy, but there was a “general desire to see increased clarity” on several aspects, including the control of proprietary technologies.

QUALITY ISSUES

The USIBC also opposed a clause in the new rules that held foreign firms jointly responsible for the quality of the platforms provided to the military, saying legal liability is a significant factor in business decisions.

“We recommend the MoD (Ministry of Defence) affirm that foreign OEMs will not be liable for defects outside their company’s control,” the USIBC said.

Lockheed did not respond to a request for comment. Boeing, which is bidding for a separate contract to sell its F/A-18 Super Hornets for India’s aircraft carrier fleet, declined to comment on the USIBC letter, but the company’s India president, Pratyush Kumar, said there were concerns about Indian private firms’ lack of experience in the aerospace sector.

Only state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd had made planes under license, while some private players were starting from scratch, having never built even an aircraft component. Kumar said he could not find a single example worldwide of a private enterprise with limited experience building out a plane under transfer of technology.

“Look at Turkey, look at Japan, look at Brazil – look at multiple countries. In all cases there is a fine balancing act of co-opting the capabilities of both public and private enterprise,” he said.

India’s defense ministry offered no response to the concerns expressed by the trade lobbying group on the strategic partnership model, which will also apply to building submarines and helicopters as part of a $150 billion modernization drive.

But an official, referring to sensitive technology, said the government has made clear in the past that foreign firms can be allowed to increase their stake beyond 49 percent if the technology they bring in is state-of-the art.

“It can be done on a case-to-case basis,” the official said.

Mukesh Aghi, president of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, said that despite the starting problems, defense manufacturing looked set to be a breakthrough area in ties between India and the United States.

“It’s the next big thing. There is strong support from the (U.S. President Donald) Trump administration to take this forward.”

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)



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FNTS Comparison Guide Explores Benefits of Outsourcing IT



Today’s organizations consider outsourcing IT functions not only a cost-cutting measure but also a way to fill in the gaps of internal IT teams that are stretched too thin. Businesses might be experiencing system slowdowns due to outdated hardware, lagging operating systems, and delayed repairs. Or IT teams may be composed of generalists who lack the skills and experience needed to handle complex applications and functions. When faced with these problems, many businesses seek outside help. The new guide from FNTS compares the benefits of tabbing an MSP with keeping IT functions in house. Among the e-book’s features are:

  • A look at the challenges of deploying in-house IT support
  • Ways contracting with an MSP affects businesses
  • Six key criteria for evaluating MSPs

“Deploying and managing an IT staff can be difficult for any business,” says Kim Whittaker, President of FNTS. “Finding the right people with the right skills takes time and money, and even then, you may still lack the talent to handle the ever-increasing security challenges today’s companies face. More businesses are choosing managed services providers to help with key IT functions, and our new guide details the advantages of outsourcing.”

To learn more about this e-book or FNTS’s innovative solutions, visit www.fnts.com.

About First National Technology Solutions

With more than 20 years in the managed IT services industry, First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) is a leading provider of flexible, customized hosted and remote managed services. Specializing in best-of-breed cloud technology and data center services, FNTS is dedicated to quality personal service, guaranteed uptime, and custom-built solutions that fit individual enterprises today and align with their future strategic growth plans. For more information, visit www.fnts.com.

 

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SQUARE ENIX Reveals "LEFT ALIVE"



A new trailer unveiled today at the 2017 PlayStation® Press Conference in Japan teases the concept for LEFT ALIVE, and is available at: https://youtu.be/TD-e4QCZglg.

More information regarding the game will be unveiled later this week at Tokyo Game Show 2017.

Related assets are available on the press site at: press.na.square-enix.com.

LEFT ALIVE is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Per the ESRB, all videos for M-rated games must be age-gated.  The age-gate must: (1) be age-neutral (i.e., require the user to input their date of birth or select it from a drop-down bar); (2) employ reasonable technical measures to keep under-age users from re-entering their age after initially being denied access; and (3) not display any ESRB rating information on the video player or the age-gate itself.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 135 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 71 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 60 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/.

© SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: YOJI SHINKAWA

LEFT ALIVE, the LEFT ALIVE logo, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS, DRAGON QUEST, EIDOS, FINAL FANTASY, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO, and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix group of companies.
Steam is a registered trademark of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.   

 

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AUO Presents World's Largest(*) 8K4K Bezel-less TV Display



Enhanced ALCD Technology for Ultimate Home Theater Audio-Visual Experience

AUO continues to strengthen its technology edge of high contrast and wide color gamut by presenting an enhanced version of ALCD technology. Through a comprehensive HDR design, the display can achieve as high as 2000-nit brightness with significantly higher contrast. Its low reflective quality helps to deliver high HDR image quality even in daylight, perfectly capturing both bright and dark image details. By adopting environmentally-friendly cadmium-free quantum dots with high color saturation, the display can reveal rich and detailed color depth, with a wide color gamut exceeding NTSC 110% in all environments, boasting an overall higher image quality than OLED TV. Having been the first(*) to present bezel-less display on all four sides, AUO applies its self-developed GOA (Gate on Array) technology to significantly lower the number of display driver ICs and expand the display viewing area. This not only allows for a seemingly boundless, holistic view, but also a sleek and stylish appearance.

AUO leverages its advantages in technological integration and has again achieved specification breakthrough to introduce the world’s largest(*) 85-inch 8K4K bezel-less ALCD TV display with 120Hz high refresh rate to deliver smooth motion flow with impressive image quality. The features of 8K4K images are thoroughly manifested through the large-sized TV panel. From mountains standing afar to objects and figures up close, all images demonstrate stunning clarity and stereoscopic effect, as if all characters have stepped out of the screen, vividly depicting the most exquisite image details and true colors. When marveling the large-sized screen, the audience can perceive the most intricate image details.

High-End Gaming Monitor Panels for Lightning-Fast, Immersive Gaming Experience

AUO has devoted to the development of gaming displays for many years, and continues to lead the industry by offering bezel-less professional grade gaming monitor panels with even faster response time and higher image quality. To provide gamers with the optimal gaming experience, AUO has partnered with NVIDIA, a global leader in visual computing, to develop the NVIDIA G-SYNC™ HDR technology. By applying the advanced HDR technology, more contrast in games with dark scenes can be accentuated, along with more clarity and richer details against both bright and dark backgrounds. In addition, quantum dot wide color gamut technology has been adopted to achieve the best color performance possible, making gaming experience all the more realistic. AUO is the world’s first(*) to present 27-inch gaming monitor panel combining 144Hz refresh rate and UHD 4K ultra high resolution, applying advanced HDR technology and Adobe RGB 99% high color saturation. AUO’s 35-inch WQHD (3440 x 1440) gaming monitor panel possesses refresh rate as high as 200Hz and advanced HDR technology, and sports a curved design with 21:9 ultra wide aspect ratio to deliver an immersive, lightning-fast gaming experience.

In terms of professional monitor displays, AUO presents 32-inch UHD 4K HDR monitor panel capable of supporting the HDR10 standard and professional grade Adobe RGB 99% high color saturation, meeting demanding requirements of video and graphic professionals for image colors and details.

All-Round PID Total Solutions for Optimal Promotional Effect

AUO has long been dedicated to the development of public information display (PID) applications, and has successfully developed public information displays of all types, with features such as ultra large size, high resolution, high brightness, wide color gamut, extreme narrow bezel, dual side, and stretched type. In addition, a full lineup of PID set products is also available for customers. Depending on their specific promotional needs and installation environments, AUO offers customized total solutions covering hardware and software integration and after-sales service.

AUO has led the industry(*) by introducing the ultra large 85-inch UHD 4K signage for the outdoors, equipped with 2500-nit ultra brightness and capability to operate for long periods of time with stability. The signage content is still vivid under the sunlight, suitable for outdoor bus stops and standalone billboards at boutique stores. The 55-inch full HD extreme narrow bezel video wall display adopts the extreme narrow bezel technology that enables the adjoining bezel to be only 1.8mm wide when the displays are assembled together. Each of the 55-inch panels could be assembled flexibly in irregular shapes depending on the space available. Combined with AUO’s color and brightness adjustment technologies, the video wall shows superb image uniformity, creating uniquely designed brand advertisements. A series of stretched type public information displays from 28.6 to 42 inches will also be demonstrated, exhibiting high resolution, high brightness and high reliability, and could be installed in semi-outdoor areas as traffic information displays to provide real time information and advertisement for passengers, display wide format advertisements in retail stores, or built into smart shelves with sensors in retail stores to show merchandize information in an interactive way, making shopping a lot more fun.

The Display Innovation Taiwan Conference 2017 will be held concurrently with the exhibition. AUO President & Chief Operating Officer Mr. Michael Tsai will deliver a keynote speech titled “Display Technologies with Continuous Innovations” on September 20. We cordially welcome you to visit us at Touch Taiwan 2017 to experience for yourselves how innovative products and technologies at AUO inspire the future of displays in infinite ways.

* Based on the available market research information as of September 19, 2017.

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ABOUT AU OPTRONICS

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is one of the world’s leading providers of optoelectronic solutions. AUO offers a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications ranging from 1.2 inches to 85 inches. Based on its profound R&D and manufacturing experience, AUO continues to develop advanced display technologies of the next generation. AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008 and provides its customers with high-efficiency solar solutions. AUO currently has global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Czech and Slovakia. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO has also been named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index from 2010 to 2016. AUO’s consolidated net revenues in 2016 were NT$329.09 billion. For more information, please visit AUO.com.

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OmniVision's New Automotive Reference Design System (ARDS) Optimizes Automotive Imaging System Development



The imaging-system industry is anticipating significant growth in ADAS, including surround-view and rear-view camera systems. The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), a government car-safety program, mandates all new vehicles in the U.S. to be equipped with rear-view cameras by 2018. Surround-view systems (SVS) are also expected to become an even more popular feature for the luxury-vehicle segment within the same timeframe. SVSs typically require at least four cameras to provide a 360-degree view. OmniVision’s ARDS enables an ecosystem to design next-generation ADAS systems for the automotive industry.

“The lack of modularity and integration difficulties in current approaches to system design force automotive OEMs to design their own modules and often wait for third-party developments. Additionally, existing demo systems are not suitable for mounting on a vehicle for evaluation and testing, and do not allow for real-time video testing. As a result, time-to-market can be slow and costly,” said Thilo Rausch, product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Our ARDS reduces the design efforts and resources required to develop working prototype solutions. It allows customers to design-in OmniVision image sensors and image signal processors and reduces the cost and time of evaluating and testing a new system.”

OmniVision’s ARDS demo kits feature OmniVision’s OV2775 image sensor, the optional OV495 image signal processor (ISP) and serializer camera module. The OV2775 is built on 2.8-micron OmniBSI-2™ Deep Well™ pixel technology, which offers a 16-bit linear output from a single exposure with best-in-class low-light sensitivity. The sensor is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 30 or 60 frames per second with a dynamic range exceeding 120dB. OmniVision’s ARDS is available in two configurations, with or without the OV495 ISP.

About OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.

OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OmniBSI-2™ and Deep Well™ are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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DimensionalMechanics™ Unveils NeoPulse AI Studio on AWS Marketplace



“The availability of NeoPulse AI Studio on AWS Marketplace will assist customers in quickly and seamlessly implementing AI to automate and solve real-world business problems,” said Mona Chadha, WW Head of Emerging Business Development, AWS Marketplace, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are excited to have another great AI solution added to the catalog to help customers harness the power of deep learning and build intelligent applications on AWS.”

NeoPulse AI Studio is designed to provide organizations of all sizes with the ability to design cloud-based AI models, easily and quickly without in-house machine learning (ML) expertise. NeoPulse AI Studio can be used to build custom models in the areas of pattern recognition, anomaly detection, image/text/audio/video analysis and more.

“AI is becoming fundamental to the workflow of enterprises around the world,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO and Co-founder of DimensionalMechanics. “NeoPulse AI Studio will help companies with all levels of expertise to harness the power of AI to answer critical questions. NeoPulse AI Studio helps make AI useful in everyday operations with a horizontal framework that is not limited to one specific industry, but can be used broadly across any industry.”

NeoPulse AI Studio enables organizations of all sizes to build AI solutions, without in-house ML expertise, reducing coding time by up to 80 percent. NeoPulse AI Studio uses patent-pending technology that functions like an oracle for AI to automate the selection process in choosing the best architecture and ML approach to use in building an AI model.

About DimensionalMechanics
DimensionalMechanics Inc. was founded to make artificial intelligence (AI) accessible to organizations of all sizes. The company’s NeoPulse Framework is an intuitive development and management platform for AI, and includes a suite of horizontal, reusable tools that enable companies to answer vital questions using a simplified and consistent approach. NeoPulse also enables organization to distribute and monetize their AI creations. Based in Bellevue, WA, the company’s team brings decades of experience in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence from leading companies and research organizations.

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Fingerprint Cards hit by falling smartphone sensor prices


A person uses a sensor for biometric identification on a smartphone in Berlin
FILE PHOTO: A person uses a sensor for biometric identification on a smartphone in Berlin, Germany October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

September 18, 2017

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Smartphone component maker Fingerprint Cards <FINGb.ST> (FPC) warned revenue would be far below market estimates in the third quarter as the industry switches to cheaper user-recognition technology, sending its shares tumbling 22 percent.

The Swedish company, which makes fingerprint sensors used to unlock smartphones, has suffered from industry-wide over-supply. Now, larger clients are switching to back-mounted sensors that sell for less than those activated by touching the Home button.

FPC said average selling prices for sensors have fallen by around 30 percent, versus a previous forecast of more than 20 percent. It said the industry had also turned more cautious ahead of Apple’s iPhone X launch last week, dampening demand.

“Fingerprints is currently experiencing a cautious market and one contributing factor is Apple’s launch,” FPC said in a statement on Monday. It also blamed a weaker U.S. dollar.

The company now sees third-quarter revenue of between 800 million and 840 million Swedish crowns ($100-105 million), compared to 823 million crowns in the second.

Analysts were previously expecting revenue of almost 1.5 billion crowns, Thomson Reuters Eikon data shows. It had warned on profits three times since the end of 2016 and abandoned giving revenue forecasts.

Apple’s iPhone X includes hardware for facial recognition instead of a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. Some analysts say this is bad news for Fingerprint Cards, though others believe it is too early to tell.

The company makes fingerprint and iris detection technology, but not facial recognition.

Chief Executive Christian Fredrikson told analysts and media on Monday that it was too early to say if FPC would lose market share because of the iPhone X launch.

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ASUSTOR and Qnext sign global partnership to integrate FileFlex on all ASUSTOR NAS drive products



ASUSTOR NAS devices with FileFlex become a powerful, smart gateway into all storage. You can now use an ASUSTOR NAS to access, share, stream and perform remote multi-device file management functions to any and all the storage on the NAS or its attached network from anywhere. Every new ASUSTOR NAS and all existing ASUSTOR NAS devices have a free one-year single user subscription (value USD$34.95). FileFlex is now available download for all ASUSTOR NAS users from ASUSTOR app central.

With the integrated FileFlex Enterprise server in the ASUSTOR Power User and Business Grade NAS, organizations can retain complete control over user management, content management and permissions for all remote access and share activities – with a complete audit trail. 

“ASUSTOR is changing the way users access and share data. With FileFlex installed on ASUSTOR NAS products we are enabling our customers to access, share and stream all their data without syncing or duplicating files to the cloud. We are very happy to be collaborating with Qnext to complete this integration,” said Shawn Shu, President at ASUSTOR. “By installing FileFlex, all ASUSTOR NAS users won’t need to upload to the cloud – this is a transformational application.”

“With FileFlex, all of the files on the industry leading ASUSTOR NAS products, can be available and accessed securely from any computer or mobile device 24/7,” said Anthony DeCristofaro, president and CEO of Qnext. “In response to our need for accessible data, the FileFlex solution is to virtualize file access to all the company’s storage devices. Corporations and users no longer have to pick and choose what to sync and what not to sync. ASUSTOR is resetting the value proposition of storage solutions in the enterprise and SMB markets.”

For more ASUSTOR product information please visit: http://asustor-nas.fileflex.com/

For more detailed FileFlex Enterprise purchasing or reseller information please visit: https://fileflex.com

About ASUSTOR

Founded in 2011, ASUSTOR Inc., a subsidiary of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., is a leading innovator and provider of private cloud storage (network attached storage) and video surveillance (network video recorder) solutions. ASUSTOR is devoted to providing the world with unparalleled user experiences and the most complete set of network storage solutions possible. For more product information please visit: www.asustor.com.

Press Contact: marketing@asustor.com

About FileFlex

FileFlex is an innovative technology that follows the hybrid peer-to-peer, software-only solution applied to remote access and storage that provides the benefits of the emerging blockchain trend – content security and privacy. FileFlex is a product of Qnext Corp., based in Toronto, Canada and available globally. For more product information please visit: www.fileflex.com  

Press contact: mediarelations@qnext.com

SOURCE Qnext Corp.



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