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SINGAPORE, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
RS first to supply new RepRap Ormerod complete 3D printing kit
Availability of low cost self-replicating 3D printer from RS combined with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software provides further boost to rapid prototyping for all engineers
500 limited edition printers available while stocks last
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a landmark distribution agreement with RepRapPro Ltd that will deliver affordable, open-source, self-replicating 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide. The completion of the deal coincides with the launch of the RepRapPro Ormerod low cost 3D printer, which is available first from RS.
3D printing is fast becoming an essential part of the electronic and mechanical design process. Increasing numbers of companies are beginning to see the benefits of using this technology to create quick-turn-around prototypes and save months in the design cycle. Barriers to adoption in the past have been the cost of hardware and a lack of easy-to-use design software for non-CAD specialists.
When used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software co-developed by RS and SpaceClaim, the Ormerod complete 3D printing kit will enable design engineers around the world to develop sophisticated concepts and products very quickly and inexpensively. The Ormerod is one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble.
The Ormerod uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process to build 3D objects in a range of plastics and in a variety of colours. This process enables the user to create almost any shape that can be modelled on a computer, including some that cannot be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques at all. While the Ormerod is a monochrome 3D printer that has been configured to work with one type of plastic at a time, the device is fundamentally designed to work with three-colour deposition; an upgrade kit is to be made available soon.
In addition, the Ormerod's electronics have been redesigned and now enable connectivity via a web browser. Its construction is also far simpler compared to its predecessor, the RepRapPro Mendel, which took two days to put together, on average; whereas the Ormerod only takes two hours, making it significantly more accessible to non-engineers. All RepRapPro printers are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components. Hardware-only Ormerod kits, without the 3D printed parts, will be available soon for those wanting to use their Ormerod to make Ormerod printers for other people.
The RepRapPro Ormerod is shipped as a kit of parts containing all the required components, ready for assembly. The complete kit includes: all printed parts; all hardware, including threaded and smooth rods, screws, nuts, washers, belts and bearings; pre-soldered and programmed electronics; MicroSD card and adapter; heated PCB build surface; motors; nozzle assembly and extruder drive mechanism; 100m of 1.75mm-diameter PLA (polylactic acid) filament material (approximately 300g); power supply (for EU, UK, US and Australia); and finally, the open-source software to run the machine, including firmware for the electronics. Other specifications of the Ormerod include accuracy of 0.1mm, resolution of 0.0125mm, build speed of 1.8mm per minute and deposition rate of 33 cubic cm3 per hour.
"The availability of low cost 3D printing technology with the RepRapPro Ormerod, combined with the free and intuitive DesignSpark Mechanical and library of 3D component models from RS, is the dawn of a new era of 3D design and rapid prototyping that will see it move from a niche group of CAD specialists to a much wider spectrum of users," said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components. "It is no overstatement to say these are revolutionary times for engineers, which will massively increase the scope for innovation and faster time-to-market."
"When I started the whole RepRap project I thought that it stood a chance of working," said Adrian Bowyer, one of RepRapPro's directors. "By working, I mean that if you were to put the machine together it would print its own plastic parts. But I didn't expect there to be scores of RepRap-based companies all over the world just a few years later, and to be helping to run one myself. So RepRap also works as a global social and economic phenomenon, as well as an engineering success. And, of course, we are delighted that a major distributor like RS sees it the same way."
RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer available on RS Components website
RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer available on RS Components website
500 limited edition RS branded Ormerod printers, complete with certificate of authenticity numbered one to 500, are available to buy on the RS website while stocks last. Standard Ormerod printers will be available to purchase from RS in January direct from stock.
The 'Replicating Rapid Prototyper' project, also known as 'RepRap', was founded in 2004 by Adrian Bowyer, a former Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Bath University in the UK, as an attempt to put 3D printing into the hands of everyone at low or at least reasonable cost. The RepRap project is an initiative to develop a low-cost open-source 3D printer that can print most of its own components. RepRap printers employ Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) based 3D printing methods: using a computer-controlled plastic-glue gun with a very fine nozzle and a spool of plastic fed into a heated chamber. RepRapPro Ltd is a company directed by Adrian, Jean-Marc Giacalone, who designed Ormerod, and Adrian's daughter Sally. RepRapPro makes and sells RepRaps to the World.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP 1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://singapore.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/7933506/.
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
RS Components on Weibo
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager - Asia Pacific
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Source: RS Components
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Unique capacity to build profiles in markets without traditional data
LONDON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Videology - one of the world's largest video advertising platforms - today announced a partnership with AddThis that allows Videology to find specific audiences at scale, even in markets where conventional data is scarce or unavailable.
The agreement provides Videology with the capacity to create profiles based on consumer interest and inferred demographics. AddThis tools are found on over 14 million sites worldwide, driving a massive pool of behavioral data that provides consumer insights for individual publishers and advertisers, and allows advertising platforms to deliver against these segments.
Propriety insights, merged with AddThis data, give Videology the unique ability to create consumer segments for both standard target groups and bespoke audiences for advertisers, then activate and optimize against these segments. Moreover, Videology has the capacity to provide this level of granular targeting in virtually any market thanks to AddThis's worldwide behavioral data which includes view, search, URL and inferred metadata based on more than 100 billion page loads a month.
The data is currently live in US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, and is being introduced in Russia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the UK. Other markets will follow as Videology's global presence continues to expand.
Videology has already begun using the information to create specific segments for campaigns and also to identify consumers who might be in the market for specific products, such as a new TV, or car. For instance, in the US and Canada, AddThis's extensive standard taxonomy is fully integrated into the Videology Campaign Engine(SM), allowing platform users to plan and execute campaigns against AddThis audiences, such as Small Business, Auto and Gaming segments.
In Spain, as another example, Videology has been using the data to create wider audience segments such as female luxury, male luxury, and female by age range and education, an incredibly valuable tool in a market where finding enough data to maximise the opportunity of targeted video can be a challenge.
"In many countries there aren't established data providers and sourcing the data required to enable precise targeting at scale is all but impossible. This agreement gives us the ability to instantly create segments and categories around the world," said Catherine Hallam, Director, Product, Data Strategy & Analytics at Videology. "As a result, we're helping to solve a perennial problem in programmatic buying and helping marketers across the globe make smarter decisions."
"AddThis data reflects consumer interest across the open Web around the world," said Mike McGowan, Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for AddThis. "Our partnership with Videology is a great example of the value created when AddThis data is integrated with today's leading advertising platforms."
Videology (videologygroup.com) is one of the world's largest video advertising platforms. By simplifying big data, we empower marketers and media companies to make smarter advertising decisions to fully harness the value of their audience across screens. Our math and science-based technology enables our customers to manage, measure and optimize digital video and TV advertising to achieve the best results in the converging media landscape.
Videology, Inc., is a privately-held, venture-backed company, whose investors include Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Pinnacle Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Videology is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, with key offices in New York, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney and sales teams across North America.
AddThis personalizes the web with powerful, easy-to-use content engagement tools, APIs and services. Ranked #1 by comScore in distributed content and reaching over 1.6 billion monthly uniques, AddThis' tools are used on over 14 million sites worldwide to power social sharing, increase engagement, boost traffic and provide behavioral insights. Our proprietary technology processes more than 300 terabytes of data daily allowing AddThis to provide brands with sophisticated audience models and web-wide consumer insights that enhance paid, earned and owned media strategies.
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HONG KONG, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusionex (LSE:FXI) dazzled its audience as it fought its way to the top to be crowned overall winner at the prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards for the highly coveted Best Application Tools / Platform category, at the 13th APICTA summit which took place recently between the 24th to the 27th of November 2013 in Hong Kong.
Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director, receiving the APICTA Award for Best Application Tools at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director, receiving the APICTA Award for Best Application Tools at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
APICTA is arguably the largest ICT alliance in Asia Pacific, currently comprising of more than 15 key member economies including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, etc. This year's APICTA summit received more than 220 nominations for the awards from across Asia Pacific; it also saw 2 new economies, namely mainland China and Taiwan joining the fray.
The 2013 APICTA Awards consisted of 13 categories from which winners were announced, including Best E-Learning, Industrial Applications, Sustainability & Environmental Technology (Green IT), etc. The Best Application Tools and Platforms category, which Fusionex was nominated for and won, was a hotly contested category, not least because it was a category which the top Analytics and Big Data players would be eligible to be nominated for and compete in. Its emphasis is on the provision of the means to enhance the operation of IT systems, and productivity improvement of users using the software. In order to win, Fusionex was required to prove that its software is capable of satisfying the following non-exhaustive criteria over and above other nominated products:
The retrieval, organization, management and manipulation of data and databases, including large unstructured (i.e. complex) data sets
Increase in the efficiency of systems or personnel through system performance measurement
Decision support and executive information
When approached on their latest win, Fusionex Managing Director Ivan Teh commented,"Fusionex was nominated in an extremely competitive category where the most innovative solutions were presented, but through it all, we believe that the sheer comprehensiveness and unique capabilities of our software to deal with Analytics and Big Data coupled with its ease-of-use resulted in our software winning the day."
Continued Teh, "It has been a grueling 2 months leading to the APICTA summit, where our software was demonstrated and scrutinized on many occasions and at different levels before we appeared for the final judging. This win not only recognizes our product pedigree but the creative caliber and commitment of the Fusionex team as well, without which winning this award would not have been possible."
The main objectives of the APICTA awards are to recognize the leading ICT innovators, entrepreneurs and companies within the Asia Pacific region, providing a platform for regional ICT players to benchmark their products and solutions. Now in its' 13th year, the APICTA Awards participants boast of high quality products of exceptional standards, where only the best and most innovative products are chosen as winning products. It is the most prestigious and highly rated ICT awards in Asia Pacific.
Teh also added, "Winning this award is indeed timely as it has opened the door to numerous opportunities and possible collaborations because there is a significant demand in this region where Analytics and Big Data are concerned. We are indeed honored to win this award and look forward to working with organizations on their Analytics and Big Data initiatives."
The winners of the APICTA Awards 2013 were announced at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the prestigious Awards Presentation Ceremony cum Gala Dinner held on 27 November 2013.
Fusionex is a multi-award winning IT company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Group provides enterprise business software through its core transactional engine and business intelligence & analytics products, notably in relation to addressing the Big Data challenge. Committed to its clients' success, Fusionex helps its clients manage and derive value from their data.
Fusionex's products and solutions are ideal for companies seeking superior level yet user-friendly solutions including business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data management & large databases (Big Data & Cloud based solutions), enterprise mobile solutions, CPM as well as CTE solutions.
To learn more about Fusionex, visit http://www.fusionex-international.com.
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Company also introduces double-capacity canisters for three popular materials
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn and REHOVOT, Israel, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, today introduced FDM Nylon 12, the first nylon material specifically engineered for the company's line of Fortus 3D Production Systems.
Tough and flexible bender bar created with Stratasys FDM Nylon 12 material on the Stratasys Fortus Production System
A 3D printed model of a phone case created in Stratasys FDM Nylon 12 material
A black 3D printed two part auto clip created in Stratasys FDM Nylon 12 material
Stratasys believes that with FDM Nylon 12, its Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology creates tougher, more flexible unfilled nylon parts than other additive manufacturing technologies can. FDM Nylon 12 offers up to five times greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength compared to even the strongest FDM materials. The new material's elongation-at-break specification surpasses that of other 3D printed nylon 12 material by up to 100 percent based on published specifications. This can create new opportunities for manufacturers in aerospace, automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics to more easily create durable parts that can stand up to high vibration, repetitive stress or fatigue. Examples include end-use parts, like interior panels, covers, environmental control ducting and vibration-resistant components, as well as tools, manufacturing aids, and jigs and fixtures used in the manufacturing process.
"Nylon is one of the most widely used materials in today's plastic products, and among FDM users it has been one of the top requested materials," said Fred Fischer, Stratasys materials product director. "It is also the first semi-crystalline material and the toughest material Stratasys has ever offered. We expect it to be used for applications requiring repetitive snap fits, high fatigue endurance, strong chemical resistance, high impact strength or press-fit inserts. This material offers users a clean, simple way to produce nylon parts with an additive process."
FDM Nylon 12 is available for the Fortus 360, 400 and 900 systems. FDM Nylon 12 is initially offered in black, and is paired with SR110, a new soluble support material optimized for FDM Nylon 12. Support removal requires virtually no labor and is conveniently washed away in the same cleaning agent as other FDM soluble supports.
Interested customers should contact their local Stratasys reseller to inquire about special promotional pricing.
More information about FDM Nylon 12 is available on the Stratasys website at:
Xtend 184 high capacity material canisters deliver increased unattended operation; allow weekend builds.
In other Stratasys news, today the company also introduced Xtend 184 double-capacity canisters for three popular Fortus materials: ABS-M30, Polycarbonate, and UltemTM 9085. Xtend 184 canisters have twice the material capacity in the same size container as current Fortus material canisters. Xtend canisters reduce downtime for canister swapping by enabling up to 100 hours of unattended run-time, which allows weekend builds for extra-large parts.
- VTC Intecom, a digital content and payment platform provider, adopts CyberSource global payment gateway and payment tokenization services
- This partnership will support VTC Intecom's drive towards market leadership and cross-border expansion
HANOI, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CyberSource, a Visa company (NYSE: V), and one of the world's largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced a partnership with one of Vietnam's leading digital content providers, VTC Intecom, a subsidiary of the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC). This partnership with CyberSource supports VTC Intecom's strategy to gain leadership in the Vietnamese eCommerce market and expand its international business by enabling secure and effective payment management capabilities for its online platform.
Through CyberSource's global payment gateway, VTC Intecom will be able to offer its merchants the option of accepting a wider spectrum of payment methods; and its customers a secure online payment platform. Using the same payment connection, VTC Intecom is also adopting CyberSource's payment tokenization service to enhance payment security during the authentication process of all online transactions, including transactions via eWallets. By operating with payment tokens, instead of managing payment data, the company minimizes the risks of having to handle or store the customer's card information.
At the recent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit 2013 in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted ICT as one of the country's primary driving forces of growth, representing nearly seven percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). There is also an increasing emphasis on ICT infrastructure developments to enhance Vietnam's economic competitiveness.
 The Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam prioritises ICT development, June 20, 2013
"The digital content sector plays a crucial role in supporting the growth of Vietnam's ICT industry. In view of this, VTC Intecom required a world-class payment solution as we strive to be the top digital content provider in the country. With CyberSource's global payment gateway and tokenization services, we are now able to securely accept a wider range of international cards, which will in turn open up more business opportunities for us to further expand our customer reach," said Tran Quang Viet, Director of VTC Pay, VTC Intecom.
In the process of market and cross-border expansion, VTC Intecom became aware of the probability of a higher exposure to fraud while accepting more online transactions. To supplement its payment security and management strategies with a scalable fraud solution, the company will also adopt CyberSource's fraud management tool, Decision Manager, through its acquiring bank to support its growth strategy. With a robust and comprehensive payment management strategy, VTC Intecom can now confidently extend its eWallet offering to other sites and allow online customers to pay with ease without having to re-enter card information for every new transaction.
"Vietnam is one of the key emerging markets in Southeast Asia, and we are extremely pleased to be able to contribute to the nation's eCommerce growth by working with VTC Intecom. By providing VTC Intecom with the payment management solutions its business requires, we can help extend its market reach, while improving its customers' experience of purchasing online," said Chew Ann Wee, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CyberSource.
CyberSource, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa Inc., is a payment management company. Over 400,000 businesses worldwide use CyberSource and Authorize.Net brand solutions to process online payments, streamline fraud management, and simplify payment security. The company is headquartered in Foster City, CA and maintains offices throughout the world, with regional headquarters in Singapore, Tokyo, Miami/Sao Paulo and Reading, U.K. CyberSource operates in Europe under agreement with Visa Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.cybersource.com/asiapacific.
About VTC Intecom
Founded in 2006, VTC Intecom is a subsidiary of Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) -- one of the largest corporations in Vietnam. VTC Intecom provides digital content products and services which include diverse offerings of online payment methods, online games, integrated portal solutions for e-government and more. VTC Intecom has over 16 million active accounts for digital content services and its annual income is over USD100 million. Customers can use VTC Pay -- Payment Gateway and eWallet to make online transactions quickly, easily and securely via their eWallet accounts, domestic ATM cards, international cards, telecommunications prepaid cards, Vcoin prepaid cards, or hundreds of partnering merchant websites that integrate with VTC Pay. For more information, please visit https://pay.vtc.vn.
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BRUSSELS, Belgium /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with the World Health Organization (WHO) European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Turkmenistan, MEPs, patient and physician representatives are today meeting at the European Parliament to highlight that urgent national action is required to prevent stroke.
"Stroke is a growing burden on our healthcare services but more importantly has a devastating impact on survivors and their families," said MEP Nessa Childers. "Atrial fibrillation is not a well recognised risk factor for stroke and yet it causes some of the most debilitating and costly strokes. This is why it is so important that stroke prevention and the risk factors for stroke are strongly addressed in EU and national health plans."
Why Action is Needed
15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke each year, leaving 5 million people disabled. In Europe alone, the annual cost of stroke is estimated to be 64 billion Euros. Atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterised by an irregular heartbeat, is a major contributor to this.
AF increases stroke risk by 500%. People who have a stroke caused by AF are more likely to remain in hospital for longer, less likely to be discharged to their home and 50% more likely to remain disabled, relying on long-term care from their families or nursing homes, yet the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable.
"Given the debilitating and costly nature of atrial fibrillation related strokes, it is vital that EU and national health policy addresses the gaps that allow patients to go undiagnosed and to receive sub-optimal management," said MEP Oreste Rossi.
By uniting, MEPs and advocates have shown their support for policies which deliver better recognition and management of AF and prevention of stroke.
"The Stroke Alliance For Europe, along with over a hundred other organisations around the world, is working to ensure that stroke prevention and atrial fibrillation are addressed in national health plans," said SAFE President, Jelka Jansa. "Over half a million people have already supported our cause and the Sign Against Stroke Campaign. Together we hope to ensure fewer families experience the life changing effects of a stroke."
Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation
People can learn about AF and stroke and support the Sign Against Stroke Campaign by visiting SignAgainstStroke.com. All signatures contribute to driving action to prevent AF-related strokes and putting stroke prevention on EU and national policy agendas.
Bayer HealthCare has proudly supported the Sign Against Stroke Campaign since its creation by 39 non-governmental organisations in 2011 and remains committed to working together with all key stakeholders involved to help improve AF-related stroke prevention.
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Date of preparation: November 2013
Source: Bayer HealthCare
LONDON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. Avgas is one of the last common transportation fuels to contain lead and is used by light aircraft and helicopters. Shell's new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing, carried out in the last two months by two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Xinsheng (Sheng) Zhang, Vice-President of Shell Aviation, said: "We are proud of this first for Shell Aviation. This advanced product is the latest milestone in our long history of innovation. We believe that with industry support, a stringent approvals process can be completed for this new lead-free product within a short time-frame. We look forward to working alongside our technical partners and authorities to progress the necessary approvals needed to make this product a reality for use in light aircraft engines of all types."
Avgas currently includes lead in its formulation to meet fuel specifications and boost combustion performance (known as Motor Octane rating). Shell has developed an unleaded Avgas that meets all key Avgas properties and that has a Motor Octane rating of over 100, an industry standard. The development of a technically and commercially-viable unleaded Avgas that meets these criteria has been seen by the aviation industry as a significant challenge, due to the tight specifications and strict flight safety standards that it has to adhere to.
To get to this stage, Shell Aviation technologists carried out an intensive internal laboratory programme, including in-house altitude rig and engine testing. Working alliances were then formed with aviation engine manufacturer Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) and the light aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Inc. (Piper). As a result, the formulation was successfully evaluated in industry laboratory engine (bench) tests by Lycoming and in a flight test by Piper.
"Lycoming Engines commends Shell on launching its unleaded Avgas initiative," states Michael Kraft, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Lycoming Engines. "They engaged Lycoming to test their fuel on our highest octane demand engine and we can confirm that it's remarkably close to Avgas 100LL from a performance perspective. This initiative is a major step in the right direction for general aviation."
"Piper Aircraft is pleased to participate with Shell and Lycoming in this feasibility flight test programme," said Piper Vice-President of Engineering Jack Mill. "Recently, we successfully flew an experimental non-production Piper Saratoga with Shell's new formulation for about an hour. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Shell and Lycoming in this preliminary investigation of the technologies, which could in several years lead to flying unleaded fuel in our production airplanes."
Shell will now engage the aviation industry, regulators and authorities, including the US Federal Aviation Administration, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to achieve approvals for the unleaded Avgas. Shell expects to also work with other OEMs to continue the testing and refinement program as the approvals process progresses.
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The two main types of aviation fuel are aviation turbine fuel (jet fuel) and aviation gasoline (Avgas). Jet fuel is used by larger, gas-turbine-engine powered aircraft, while Avgas is used in smaller, piston-engine powered aircraft. Both are produced to very stringent specifications.
There are two main Avgas grades, 100 and 100LL (low lead). 100 is a measurement of octane rating.
Avgas is gasoline type fuel. The global volume for Avgas is much lower than jet fuel, as although Avgas-fuelled aircraft outnumber jet-fuelled aircraft, they are generally much smaller.
About Shell Aviation
Shell Aviation is a leading global supplier of aviation fuels and lubricants with a heritage of over 100 years. We produce aviation fuels and lubricants (across a range of grades); market, sell and distribute them - as well as offer further related services to customers. We supply fuel at around 800 airports in approximately 40 countries. We refuel a plane every 12 seconds.
Our customers are airports and airlines, big and small, plus private customers such as corporate jet operators and flying clubs. We have one of the world's most extensive fuelling networks and have a strong supply chain. Used worldwide, our AeroShell aviation lubricants range is one of the world's most comprehensive with proven performance.
We have a portfolio of world-class brands and products and continue to invest in technical innovation. We have strong working relationships with OEMs, put the customer at the heart of what we do and respond to industry opportunities and challenges.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A)(NYSE:RDS.B) is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit http://www.shell.com.
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- TSUBAME-KFC Breaks Through 4 GFLOPS/Watt Barrier as World's Top Energy Efficient Supercomputer
TOKYO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing delivers the industry's widest spectrum of high-density, energy-efficient HPC server solutions for the world's most energy efficient supercomputers. Solutions range from high-density compute 1U 4x GPU and 4U 2-node 12x GPU FatTwin™ (SYS-F647G2-FT+) SuperServers to new 4U architecture innovations with airflow optimized independent CPU/GPU cooling zones that support dual 150W CPUs, 8x 300W GPUs, 24x DIMM slots and dual 10GbE onboard (SYS-4027GR-TRT). Supermicro energy efficient supercomputing solutions are also available in varied configurations to fit any power/performance application across 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U/Tower, SuperBlade® and 6U MicroBlade platforms.
"Supermicro is pleased to contribute our energy efficient server designs and technology expertise to green supercomputing projects around the world," said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. "The #1 Green500 ranked TSUBAME-KFC highlights the effectiveness of our 1U four GPU SuperServer to maximize compute density and performance per watt, per square foot. Collaborative efforts within the supercomputing industry will have lasting impact for future generations. Recognition by the Green500 gives us incentive to further innovate with higher energy efficiency supercomputing solutions to lower our customers' TCO and protect our Mother Earth."
Supermicro celebrates a #1 ranking on the Green500 most energy efficient supercomputers list with NEC Japan, NVIDIA, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH) GSIC, and Green Revolution Cooling. TSUBAME-KFC developed by Professor Satoshi Matsuoka and TITECH is an ultra-green supercomputer employing the latest high-performance energy efficient server technologies designed to achieve a world record breaking performance/power efficiency of 4.5 GFLOPS per watt.
Supermicro 1U GPU SuperServer® (SYS-1027GR-TQF) Configuration
2x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2620 v2
4x NVIDIA® Tesla® K20X GPU Accelerators
64GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM
FDR (56Gbps) InfiniBand
"With energy conservation a growing concern globally and in particular for the nation of Japan, our primary objective when designing high-performance computing solutions was to minimize power consumption without sacrificing performance," said Kazuaki Iwamoto, General Manager, IT Platform Division, NEC. "TSUBAME-KFC brings together leading-edge technologies to achieve that goal with high-performance GPU accelerators from NVIDIA, high-density, energy-efficient server platforms from Supermicro and the most innovative cooling and environment-friendly energy saving rack solution from Green Revolution Cooling. With the #1 ranking from Green500 we're proving that supercomputing is more than delivering raw performance, it is also the art of maximizing space and power utilization."
"We are honored to receive the #1 ranking for most energy efficient supercomputer on the Green500 and excited for the future results that can be achieved with the TSUBAME-KFC," said Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor and Principle Investigator for Tokyo Institute of Technology. "The success of this project is thanks to passionate collaboration between NEC, NVIDIA, Supermicro and Green Revolution Computing. Together, we are showcasing the possibilities for the future of green supercomputing as we drive onwards to our next generation Big Data and National Exascale projects."
"TSUBAME-KFC highlights the true capability of our CarnotJet™ liquid-submersion solution to dramatically reduce cooling energy consumption in HPC installations," said Christiaan Best, CEO and Founder of Green Revolution Cooling. "Ranking #1 on the Green500, in close company with the world's top supercomputing installations, is a testament to the levels of performance, expertise and precision brought together by NEC and all of our partners on this project. We've had a collaborative relationship with Supermicro for a long time now, and look forward to delivering even more efficient supercomputing solutions with their upcoming innovative server technologies in the near future."
"The 14th edition of the Green500 List marks a number of 'firsts', all of which involved TSUBAME-KFC," said Wu Feng of the Green500. "First and foremost, TSUBAME-KFC is the first supercomputer to have broken through the 4 gigaflops/watt barrier. Second, TSUBAME-KFC led the charge of heterogeneous computing systems in occupying all 10 of the top spots of the Green500. Third, relative to the previous edition of the list, the average power consumed by measured systems on the Green500 actually dropped for the first time in the history of the list, thus improving the greenness of the Green500 even further. Heterogeneous systems like TSUBAME-KFC are contributing to this increasing greenness."
Supermicro TSUBAME-KFC information -- http://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/Green500.cfm
Supermicro GPU-optimized Supercomputing Solutions -- http://www.supermicro.com/GPU
TSUBAME-KFC #1 Green500 Ranking -- http://www.green500.org/lists/green201311
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As we did last year and the year before, EFF welcomes the winter season with a new wishlist of some things we'd love to have happen for the holidays—for us and for all Internet users. These are some of the actions we'd most like to see from companies, governments, organizations, and individuals in the new year.
It goes without saying that 2013 has been a major year for transparency, security, privacy, and more. Let's see it out with a bang by getting some of these important wishes granted.Related Issues: DRMDefend Your Right to Repair!Terms Of (Ab)UseInternationalInternational Privacy StandardsMass Surveillance TechnologiesState Surveillance & Human RightsCell TrackingEncrypting the WebLocational PrivacyNSA SpyingRFIDSecurityComputer Fraud And Abuse Act ReformTransparency
-- Strategic Alliance to Provide Seamless Services from Cell Line Development to cGMP Manufacturing of Biologic Drugs
HSINCHU and GENEVA, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JHL Biotech, Inc., a provider of biopharmaceutical process development and manufacturing services, and Switzerland-based Selexis SA, a provider of technologies for mammalian cell line development, announced today that they have signed a non-exclusive strategic agreement to provide biopharmaceutical customers a seamless solution for the development and cGMP manufacturing of biologic drugs. The alliance will have a special emphasis on delivering safe and high-quality biologics to the Chinese market.
The alliance leverages the strengths of the two companies and will allow biopharmaceutical customers to quickly go from drug candidate DNA to active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) into clinical development and commercialization. Selexis will provide the fully-documented, high-producing, and stable SURE CHO-M™ mammalian clonal cell lines, and JHL Biotech will provide process development and manufacturing that follows current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) at their facilities in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Wuhan, China. The Wuhan facility, when completed in early 2015, will be the largest mammalian manufacturing plant of its kind in China.
In its first joint effort, JHL Biotech and Selexis were able to rapidly develop and successfully transfer a biosimilar antibody product. Selexis generated the high performance SURE CHO-M™ cell line that is now undergoing JHL Biotech's comprehensive process development. JHL Biotech is manufacturing the biosimilar drug at its recently-built, state-of-the-art facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The facility is outfitted with GE Healthcare's innovative technology FlexFactory®, includes two 500L single-use bioreactors, and is the largest mammalian cell line plant in Taiwan.
"Biopharmaceutical companies now can turn to JHL Biotech and Selexis for a reliable, rapid process to get products to market in China and the rest of the world," said Racho Jordanov, JHL Biotech's CEO, Co-founder, and President. "Making world-class biologics more affordable just got easier through the partnership of JHL Biotech and Selexis."
"We are especially pleased at how fast we were able to provide JHL's customer a clonal cell line expressing over 5 g/L at Selexis," said Dr. Igor Fisch, CEO, Selexis SA. "By seamlessly combining JHL Biotech and Selexis' unique technologies and know-how, it is now possible to save our customers both time and money with their biologic development programs. Moreover, the JHL Biotech and Selexis alliance will allow biopharmaceutical companies to cost effectively develop safe biologic drugs for the Chinese market."
About JHL Biotech
JHL Biotech is an emerging biopharmaceuticals company founded by a group of biotech veterans with decades of manufacturing experience and backed by a consortium of top-tier venture capital firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers China Fund, Sequoia Capital, Burrill & Co and China Development Industrial Bank (CBID). The vision of the company is to provide world-class process development and manufacturing services to companies developing and commercializing high-quality, affordable biologic medicines. A key component in achieving this vision is to build and operate state-of-the-art facilities in compliance with United States, European Union and International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) regulations and guidelines. JHL Biotech, together with GE, has already completed facilities in Taiwan to support all pre-clinical and early clinical activities for biologics development; facilities to support commercial manufacturing in Wuhan, China will be completed in early 2015. With this comprehensive infrastructure in place, JHL Biotech is uniquely positioned to deliver manufacturing solutions to its worldwide partners. For more information about the company, visit our website at http://www.jhlbiotech.com.
About Selexis SA
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Selexis SA is a global life science company with innovative technologies and world-class expert services for drug discovery, cell line development and scale-up to manufacturing of therapeutic proteins. The Company's SUREtechnology Platform™ is based on Selexis Genetic Elements™ — novel DNA-based elements that control the dynamic organization of chromatin within all mammalian cells and allow for higher and more stable expression of recombinant proteins. Selexis has generated cell lines being used in a variety of programs from drug discovery to late-stage clinical trials.
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IAIR awards Mobilis for "Best Company for Innovation & Leadership -- Mobile Payments -- Asia Pacific"
SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ --Mobilis Networks ("Mobilis"), a Software-as-a-Service company today announced that it has won the IAIR Award for "Best Company for Innovation & Leadership" in Mobile Payments. The judges awarded Mobilis for "its mobile aggregation solution, which is bridging the gap between mobile wallet technology and the point of sale, driving mobile wallet adoption and transaction throughput for mobile money providers."
Presented at a ceremony in Hong Kong, the IAIR Awards aim to reward both global and local corporations who exhibit technology excellence, and facilitate networking through different areas of business worldwide.
"We want to recognize the excellent work of smaller, nationally-based firms," said Guido Giommi, IAIR President. "Those operating in niche areas, along with top brands. Excellence, innovation, attention to corporate responsibility, green initiatives, sustainable development and social equity are the key-words of this prize."
Speaking about the award, Rod Olsen, Chairman of Mobilis said, "We are especially honored that IAIR judges have independently concluded our innovative technology is worthy of this prestigious recognition. The adoption of mobile payments technology is accelerating globally and Mobilis is at the forefront of this revolution."
"With our strategic partner VeriFone Systems Inc. and our joint venture company VeriFone Mobile Money, we are driving mobile payments adoption by linking bank or mobile operator wallets to merchants," Olsen added. "Our innovative solutions drive frictionless mobile payment transactions at the point of sale, accelerating Mobile Wallet adoption and increasing average revenue per user for the service provider."
The IAIR Awards are one of the world's leading awards for excellence in global economy and sustainability. The awards were born from the scientific committee of IAIR and IAIREVIEW.org. The prestigious recognition is the result of IAIR readers' votes, and editorial staff on the basis of ten main criteria found at www.iairawards.com
About Mobilis Networks Limited
Mobilis Networks is a Software-as-a-Service company providing an end to end solution for mobile banking, payments and money across the developing and emerging markets enabling customers to pay, buy, bank and remit money with a mobile device at the point of sale.
Mobilis technologies bridge the gap between mobile wallet and payment solutions and the point of sale, thereby enabling banks, financial service providers, mobile network operators and existing payment technology providers to connect with their customers anywhere in the world, at any time.
About VeriFone Systems, Inc.
VeriFone Systems, Inc. ("VeriFone") NYSE:PAY is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. VeriFone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. VeriFone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.
Source: Mobilis Networks Limited
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Luxury hotel most recently named World's Leading Green Hotel at World Travel Awards
MACAO /PRNewswire/ -- Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has once again been recognised for its outstanding suites and amenities, and for its equally outstanding sustainability efforts. The multi-award-winning luxury hotel was named Best Luxury Suite Hotel in the Asian Continent at this year's World Luxury Hotel Awards in Phuket, Thailand Nov. 1, 2013, and was a global-level winner at last year's World Luxury Hotel Awards. Its innovative Bodhi Spa was a triple-winner in the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards. In addition, Conrad Macao was just named the World's Leading Green Hotel by the prestigious World Travel Awards in a ceremony held in Qatar Nov. 30.
The multi-award-winning Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has garnered over 20 awards in as many months of operation, covering a diversity of areas such as meetings and conferences, spa, dining and wine selection, and eco-sustainable practices.
The multi-award-winning Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has garnered over 20 awards in as many months of operation, covering a diversity of areas such as meetings and conferences, spa, dining and wine selection, and eco-sustainable practices.
Conrad Macao's 206 suites, soon to be extended to 218 including four new Presidential Suites and an exclusive new Conrad Club on the top floors of the tower, have been a plush 'home away from home' for regional and international stars of film, television, fashion and sport, even royalty, since the hotel's opening last year. High profile guests of the premier suites have included Sophia Loren, Zhang Ziyi, Grammy Award-winning jazz icon George Benson, golf star Ernie Els, and actress Shu Qi, who joined the hotel's first anniversary celebrations.
This latest award brings the hotel's list of accolades to 23 since it opened in April 2012 - a tremendous average of more than one per month. In addition to the World Luxury Hotel Awards and the World Travel Awards, recognition has come from the likes of Forbes, Michelin, the Hurun Report, Hong Kong Tatler, Wine Spectator, TTG, Travel + Leisure, and TripAdvisor, among others.
"Conrad Macao has ranked No. 1 among Macao's luxury hotels all year at TripAdvisor, and is currently the No. 1 hotel overall in Macao according to travellers' reviews," said Mark McWhinnie, Senior Vice President of Operations at Sands Cotai Central (the integrated resort wherein Conrad Macao resides). "We're ecstatic that Conrad Macao continues to be rewarded by the travel industry, and more importantly by travellers themselves, for delivering a true experience of Conrad's signature world of style, service and connection. We're especially proud of the breadth of award categories represented, covering all aspects of our hotel: from meetings and conferences to spa, and from dining and wine selection to eco-sustainable practices. Thanks to an incredibly dedicated group of team members, Conrad Macao has proven itself over its first 20 months to be an all-around world-class luxury hotel of choice for sophisticated travellers."
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central Award List
MORE THAN 20 AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN 20 MONTHS SINCE OPENING HOTEL
1. #1 Hotel in Macao | 'Certificate of Excellence' - TripAdvisor? 2013
2. Listed in 2013 Forbes Travel Guide
3. Listed in 2013 Hong Kong & Macau Michelin Guide
4. 'China's Best New Hotels' - Travel+Leisure China Travel Awards 2012
5. 'Best Luxury Casino Hotel' in the World - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012
6. Top 10 'Hottest New Hotels of 2012' - TripAdvisor
7. 'Best New City Hotel', Asia Pacific - TTG Asia Travel Awards 2012
8. 'Best New Hotel', 2012 - Voyage Magazine
9. 'Most Favoured Hotel of the Year' - Golf Vacation Magazine, 2012
10. 'Best New Arrival' - The Hurun Report's 'Best of The Best' Awards 2012
11. 'Best New Hotel', Macau - TTG China Travel Awards 2013
12. 'Best Luxury Hotel' - City Traveler Magazine Awards 2013
13. 'Top 5 Leisure Hotels in Asia' - NOW Travel Asia Magazine's Awards 2013
14. 'Best Luxury Suite Hotel' in Asia - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013
15. 'Best Luxury Emerging Spa', Asia??- World Luxury Spa Awards 2013
16. 'Best Luxury Day Spa', Macao??- World Luxury Spa Awards 2013
17. 'Most Popular Hotel Spa'?- World Luxury Spa Awards 2013
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18. 'Hong Kong & Macau's Best Restaurants' - Hong Kong Tatler 2013
19. 'Award Of Excellence' - Wine Spectator Magazine 2013
20. 'Top 25 Conference Hotels in Asia' - Smart Travel Asia 2013
ECO / SUSTAINABILITY
21. '2013 Asia's Leading Green Hotel' - World Travel Awards
22. 'Best Green Hotel' - Travel+ China Travel Awards 2013
23. '2013 World's Leading Green Hotel' - World Travel Awards
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About Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central is a world-class, contemporary, luxury hotel located at Sands Cotai Central, offering luxurious guestrooms and suites in a 40-floor tower overlooking the Cotai Strip. Just a five-minute drive from Macau International Airport, Conrad Macao offers easy access to all parts of Macao with limousine service, plus the added convenience of complimentary shuttle buses. Conrad Macao is also connected conveniently to ferry terminals and border crossing points within a few minutes of the hotel. Take advantage of our authentic connections to Macao's cultural and heritage areas or stay entertained with direct access to restaurants and 100 luxury brand shops at Shoppes at Cotai Central or relax at the Pool Deck or Health Club and Bodhi Spa. Conrad Macao, Cotai Central is the place to be in Macao to experience the luxury of being yourself. For more information, please visit http://www.conradmacao.com/.
About Conrad Hotels and Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact - people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself. A global brand consisting of 24 properties across 5 continents, Conrad Hotels & Resorts offer guests personalized experiences with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings and connections to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world. Intuitive service is delivered with the Conrad Concierge App that puts Conrad's services and amenities at the guest's fingertips, whether ordering room service or a wakeup call to customizing the room's pillow options or arranging reservations at our locally inspired cuisine and spa offerings. Conrad is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with plans to add 12 more properties to the brand's portfolio. Connect with Conrad by booking at http://www.conradhotels.com/ or learn more about the brand by visiting http://news.conradhotels.com/.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors™. Visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/ for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and http://www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
About Hilton Worldwide's 25th Anniversary in China
Hilton Worldwide is celebrating its 25th anniversary in China, marking a new milestone in Hilton Worldwide's legacy of providing Chinese guests with excellent hospitality services. In 1988, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first international hotel brands to enter China and has since grown with China's consumers by constantly innovating to win their hearts at home and abroad. Since its entry into China, Hilton Worldwide has been registering strong growth in the Chinese market by expanding its presence from over 30 operating hotels today to more than 150 hotels over the next few years. Hilton Worldwide is also accelerating its expansion in the market with more than 120 projects in the pipeline under the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Over the past 25 years, Hilton Worldwide has launched meaningful initiatives tailored for Chinese tastes, including the Huanying program and Hilton HHonors program, and in 2011 Hilton Worldwide became the first multinational hotel company to sponsor the Chinese Olympic Committee. Hilton Worldwide is launching a series of campaigns and promotional activities to commemorate the event.
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Just because a jogger can see the outside of your home on a public street doesn’t mean you’ve surrendered all your privacy expectations in the home. However, that seemingly obvious concept is being put to the test in a federal criminal case in Washington state, which involves the constitutionality of using a camera mounted on a pole outside a house to allow the police to watch the home for almost a month. Senior District Court Judge Edward Shea invited EFF to submit an amicus brief in the case and Monday we filed our brief, arguing prolonged warrantless video surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment.
In United States v. Vargas, local police in Franklin County, Washington suspected Leonel Vargas of drug trafficking and in April 2013, installed a pole camera on a public road overlooking Vargas’ rural home. They did not get a search warrant to install or use the camera, which was pointed squarely at the front door and driveway of the home. Officers had the ability to pan the camera around and zoom in and out all from the comfort of the police station. They watched the outside of Vargas’ home for more than a month, taking notice of who visited him and what cars they were driving. They observed no criminal activity until a month after they began snooping, when officers saw him shooting a gun at beer bottles in what appeared to be target practice. Because the officer had learned earlier that Vargas was undocumented, they had probable cause to believe he had committed a federal crime by possessing a firearm. They used this surveillance to get a search warrant to enter Vargas’ home, and the search turned up drugs and guns, which form the criminal charges against Vargas.
Vargas moved to suppress the video surveillance, arguing the use of the pole camera violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches. Since the frontyard and door of Vargas’ home is considered “curtilage,” it is entitled to the same Fourth Amendment protection as the home, where warrantless searches are considered per se unreasonable.
In defending the surveillance, the government argued that Vargas had no expectation of privacy since he exposed the front of his house to the public. But no one expects their house to be placed under invasive 24/7 video surveillance for a month. Although the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s previously authorized warrantless aerial surveillance in California v. Ciraolo, Dow Chemical Co. v. United States and Florida v. Riley, all of those cases involved one-time fly-overs, not continuous surveillance. Like GPS and cell phone tracking, prolonged video surveillance of a person’s home raises much more significant Fourth Amendment problems than a one-time observation. Non-stop video surveillance -- especially of a person’s home -- allows the police to determine a person’s associations and patterns of movements, information that can be extremely revealing.
The invasiveness of video surveillance has led courts to require the police to do more than just get a search warrant to engage in this kind of snooping. Law enforcement must make additional showings to the court -- similar to those necessary to obtain authorization to wiretap a phone call -- before engaging in covert video surveillance. Any other rule would allow the police free rein to silently watch and record those they dislike, waiting for someone to inevitably commit one of the myriad federal crimes. Since the police had no warrant or judicial authorization whatsoever to video record Vargas’ home for a month, the surveillance violated the Fourth Amendment and all the evidence the police seized as a result of the surveillance can’t be used against Vargas in his criminal case.
These arguments touch upon more than pole cameras. As police departments around the country get their hands on new technologies like drones and mesh networks, the ability to move around anonymously and privately will be significantly impaired. It’s crucial for courts to play a role in policing the police and their new toys by overseeing the use of these technologies.
Judge Shea will hear oral argument on the motion on February 11, 2014 at 10am at the federal courthouse in Richland, Washington.
Thanks to Robert Seines for serving as EFF’s local counsel in the case.Related Issues: Privacy
This week, the full House of Representatives will vote on the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), the best troll-killing bill we've seen so far. This is a big deal: patent reform is sorely needed.
The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago with a strong, bipartisan 33-5 vote. Now that it's facing the whole House, it's time to mobilize.
Though the bill has seen a fair number of changes over the last few weeks as it went through the markup and amendment process—and there may be more amendments coming—it remains an extremely strong force in the fight against patent trolls.
The bill makes it easier and cheaper to fight patent trolls in court, it requires trolls to make their cases for infringement publicly and clearly, and it helps protect end users and consumers when they face suits from patent trolls.
We should be clear: while this bill focuses on one part of what plagues our patent system—namely, patent trolls—we have continuing concerns about patent quality and software patents. That being said, we believe the Innovation Act offers effective fixes to an urgent problem, and we need you to tell your lawmakers to support this bill.Related Issues: PatentsLegislative Solutions for Patent ReformPatent Trolls
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments' annual premier conference, Graphical System Design (GSD) Summit 2013, opens in Ho Chi Minh City today, before its final stop in Hanoi on December 10. Held across 11 cities in Southeast Asia, the GSD Summit brings latest technologies in control, design, test and measurement and automation to engineers, scientists, educators, researchers and NI's partners. It also showcases how the graphical system design approach can help in accelerating innovation, discovery and productivity.
Chandran Nair, Managing Director for National Instruments in Southeast Asia, says, "An integrated approach with flexible tools will help engineers and scientists optimize their performance and cost. National Instruments has long-standing relationships with partners and customers from different industries in Vietnam, and we hope to continue supporting them with leading-edge tools and technologies to help them focus on their expertise and contribute to the economic development of the country."
With a large population, rapid economic development and rising foreign investment supporting manufacturing and exports, Vietnam is an important market for National Instruments. Since the opening of its office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011, NI has seen strong growth in industries such as automotive, infrastructure, oil and gas, manufacturing, as well as in the research and academic sectors.
"Vietnam has been showing high GDP growth in 2013, with significant contribution from the manufacturing and export sectors," says Chandran. "The government has set a target for Vietnam electronics exports to reach US$40 billion by 2017, and we are committed to support this goal by helping strengthen the local engineering ecosystem."
GSD Summit 2013 features full day interactive technical sessions, presentations and demonstration to highlight innovative uses of the graphical system design platform; besides hands-on workshops and exhibitions to showcase NI's cutting-edge products and technologies serving a wide range of sectors from engineering (NI LabVIEW 2013) to academia (NI MyDAQ and NI Elvis).
For more information, please visit: http://vietnam.ni.com/gsdsummits/2013-hcm
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Asia emerges as a major engine of global economic growth, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the region are expected to experience intensified competition. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), regional pharmaceutical sales are expected to hit USD386bn, reflecting an annual average growth rate of more than 13%.
Therefore, competition is likely to remain intense. The incorporation of Quality by Design (QbD) in the manufacturing process will help propel regional manufacturers to achieve quality and cost effectiveness to successfully compete in this growing market. Mr. Valentino Dhiyu, Formulator, Invida notes, "Product and process development account for 15-30% of overall R&D expenditure. Based on the experience of some companies, organisations that embrace QbD can significantly reduce costs, improve products, shorten time to launch, reduce risk, and improve patient benefits."
CPhI -- Quality by Design is a three-day technical event from 24-26 February 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that includes an exclusive two-day workshop, "Quality by Design Implementation Roadmap Masterclass". The event will address business drivers, regulatory frameworks, risks, principles and approach for QbD by speakers from both regulators and manufacturers such as the Food and Drug Administration - Philippines, Biocon and Invida.
Mr. Nitin Madhukar Kadam, Assistant Manager R&D (Formulation), Medica Pharmaceutical Industries commented, "Asia has a huge landscape to grow and implement the QbD concept because the new era of approaches to quality has just began to harmonise global quality pharmaceuticals." CPhI -- Quality by Design is an opportunity for those in the pharmaceutical research and development, formulation, analytical, regulatory affairs and quality areas to explore and integrate QbD to in their organisations and building quality into product development.
For more information about CPhI -- Quality by Design, please visit: http://www.qualitybydesign-asia.com
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CPhI Conferences deliver the latest pharma market insight, in-depth case studies and exceptional networking opportunities through a programme of high-level conferences. The worldwide series of events, spanning four continents, provides the optimum forum for you to learn, make new business connections and identify the latest growth opportunities.
Delivered by expert teams in each region, every conference is extensively researched with leading professionals, ensuring that CPhI Conferences tackle the most business critical issues facing the pharma industry today.
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Our 6,500 expert staff are deeply embedded in the many specialist communities we serve, bringing both an unusual depth of understanding and real know-how. We organise hundreds of live events each year; we provide data, marketing and information products; we offer a portfolio of market-leading online and print titles; and we support professional communicators through our targeting, distribution and monitoring services.
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