Monday, September 22, 2014

Ford and Telogis expand partnership to deliver next-gen telematics to Ford Customers in Europe

2014 IAA COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW; HANNOVER, GERMANY: Ford Motor Co. and Telogis are launching Ford Telematics powered by Telogis today providing actionable information from Ford commercial vehicles that helps customers reduce fuel costs up to 20 percent, reduce their environmental impact and increase driver safety.

Since 2011, Telogis has been the exclusive technology provider to power Ford Crew Chief in North America, the industry’s most comprehensive and scalable telematics solution for commercial customers.

The European expansion of the Telogis-Ford partnership leverages the success of Crew Chief and will meet the demand from current and new Ford customers for visibility into day-to-day operations including vehicle/driver location, vehicle and driver performance and exclusive Ford vehicle diagnostics.

Top four reasons credit cards are better than cash

SEATTLE, USA: Consumers are propositioned numerous times throughout the day with how best to pay for purchases.

With the amount of transactions that the average consumer participates in daily, and comparable number of payment possibilities at hand, it's no wonder that buyers weigh the benefits and disadvantages of each tender-type available. Today, Creditnet.com announced the top 4 reasons that shoppers should consider credit cards in lieu of traditional cash.

Security: Credit card transactions offer an added layer of protection that shoppers lose altogether when they pay with simple cash. A line of credit now, more often than not, extends zero fraud liability to the card holder.

Essentially, any suspicious charges made to an account can be quickly credited back so that the buyer doesn't incur loss for fraudulent activity. Stolen cash on the other hand goes unprotected and is less apt to be recovered in the event of theft.

Moreover, if a dispute arises between the buyer and seller, credit transactions can be assessed by the credit card company in order to decide whether or not a buyer is entitled to a refund, regardless of seller policy, when appropriate.

Convenience: Using a credit card is often more convenient that obtaining cash for routine purchases. With advancing technology, online banking and even direct-deposit of payroll income, more and more consumers manage the bulk of their finances electronically.

In order to get cash, consumers must visit a bank, incur ATM fees or locate in-network money machines in order to make a withdrawal. Cash can also be dangerous to carry in large amounts, making certain transactions difficult if they require a large sum of cash.

Access to shopping records: As long as items are purchased with a credit card, many retail locations can pull up buyer-history in the event a shopper needs to make a return and cannot locate a purchase receipt. Electronic shopping records are an excellent resource for warranty items and large ticket purchases like electronics and appliances that can require exchange or replacement later on down the line.

Improved credit: One of the most prevalent reasons to pay with a credit card instead of cash comes down to managing personal credit. Every individual has a credit score that determines what interest percentage or borrowing terms they are eligible for based on repayment history. Achieving a good credit score requires on-time bill payment and diligent balance of extended credit versus revolving amount.

Using credit cards for routine purchases that cash has already been allocated for, makes actively using a credit card a smart idea because it establishes buyer history, keeps a personal credit score active (around 30% used is ideal) and supports length of credit so that lenders have appropriate information to approve future borrowing.

Making smart money decisions like using a credit card to pay for everyday purchases instead of cash allows consumers to stay on budget, visually interpret spending trends and enjoy credit-card rewards,such as cash-back and travel incentives. Credit improves with each transaction so the more they are used, the better credit becomes over time.

Many consumers experience how frustrating it can be to handover a reasonably sized bill only to be declined for the merchants inability to produce change. Credit cards allow shoppers to spend only what they need and enjoy the security of a secure, protected transaction each and every time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hisense intros first Laser Cinema worldwide

QINGDAO, CHINA: If monochrome, color and LCD television represent the three important eras in the development of display technologies, the dawn of the fourth era took place on September 10th, with the introduction of the Laser Cinema by Hisense.

Hisense looks forward to winning a controlling position in next-generation display technologies in world markets through its leading position in the emerging laser display technology.

Hisense GM, Liu Hongxin gave a clear definition of the Laser Cinema. The new home theater technology uses the short throw technology, which can produce a 100-inch or larger viewing area with only a distance of 50 cm from the wall or viewing area, making a super large-screen display in a 15-square-meter living room a reality.

The system comes equipped with a passive moderate-gain reflective screen, which enables full HD display capable of delivering realistic and natural-looking images. The technology does not cause eye-strain even after many hours of viewing. In addition to providing users intelligent multi-screen connections and the ability to deliver massive amounts of content, the home theater incorporates Hisense's latest VIDAA operating system, and features 3D display, motion sensing games and connected intelligence.

These product definitions, which differentiate the Laser Cinema from LCD flat-panel televisions and traditional projection home theaters, provide the new technology with unique advantages. The price is approximately one-tenth that of televisions of the same size.

Focus on transparent multifunctional glass surfaces

DORTMUND, GERMANY: They protect drivers from bright sunlight, let water and dirt pearl off the windscreen and protect safety glass and the displays of mobile phones and tablets: we are talking about functional surfaces that turn glass into flexible masters of almost everything.

At glasstec 2014, LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, the laser and beam shaping specialist from Dortmund, is showing a new short-time tempering technology to heat and thereby functionalize these wafer-thin coating layers - very gently, extremely fast and with the highest level of precision.

The task sounds impossible: within fractions of a second, thin layers need to be heated to over 1000 degrees Celsius in order to activate their functions (such as sun protection or thin film electronics).

These surfaces are often thinner than human hair (in numbers: from 0.1 to more than 100 micrometres) and contain miniscule particles and molecules that need to have cooled off again only tenths of a second after they have reached their refinement temperature so that they keep their desired properties and structural sizes.

In addition, there is the problem that glass is a carrier material that can be weakened or destroyed through improper warming and cooling (what experts refer to as tempering).

"Glass is a fragile material. Processing the surface is a great challenge that can only be solved through very selective and extremely fast heating and cooling," says engineer and LIMO's director of Thin-Film Activation, Dirk Hauschild.

The solution is the so-called in-line high-temperature process that can heat large areas of extremely thin functional layers in milliseconds with greatest precision. This is done by the Activation Line 300, the most powerful L³ LIMO Line Laser source (the numbers for the experts: more than 13 kW CW output power with a homogeneous line focus 300 mm long; an intensity of up to 40 kW/cm²; unique beam quality M² < 3 in the processing direction; high electro-optic energy efficiency of over 40%).

LIMO developed this system to serve as an innovative system supplement to conventional oven and lamp tempering. Developed especially for continuous operation, this laser has an intensive and homogeneous output that is ideally suited for reliable 24/7 industrial surface tempering.

In addition: due to the low heat capacity, the layers cool off quickly. Patented LIMO beam shaping automatically desensitizes and stabilizes the parameters of the process, guaranteeing homogeneous, large-area processing.

Samsung president and CEO to deliver keynote at 2015 International CES

ARLINGTON, USA: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 International CES.

Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, returns to Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2015.

Yoon is slated to discuss connected devices, the future of the Internet of Things and the vision of the smart home during his 2015 CES keynote. He also will focus on Samsung’s vision of strategic partnerships that will drive the next wave of technology breakthroughs. His address is slated for 6:30 PM Monday, January 5 in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian.

“Samsung is widely-known for its disruptive technologies and business models, and has been one of the fastest growing CE brands in the world,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Samsung amazes at each CES with its innovative products spanning the entire tech ecosystem. We welcome Boo-Keun Yoon back to the keynote stage for the 2015 CES.”

Yoon began his career at Samsung Electronics in 1978. After serving in a number of leadership positions at Samsung Electronics, Yoon headed Samsung’s Visual Display Business from 2007, seeing its revenue double while maintaining the company’s No. 1 global TV market share for eight consecutive years.

Currently, Boo-Keun Yoon serves as the president and CEO of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics, leading Samsung’s Visual Display, Digital Appliances, Printing Solutions and Health & Medical Equipment Business. In addition, Yoon also acts as the company’s Chief Design Officer.

According to CEA/GfK research, global consumer technology spending will top more than $1 trillion in 2015. Lauded for its innovative design and technology across its diverse portfolio of products, Samsung Electronics is a leading global brand for high-tech electronics and digital media.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Qualcomm announces Vuforia for digital eyewear

SAN DIEGO, USA: Qualcomm Inc., through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences Inc., announced the Qualcomm Vuforia mobile vision platform will empower developers to build augmented reality (AR) applications for a new generation of digital eyewear.

The new Vuforia Software Development Kit (SDK) for Digital Eyewear will deliver a major advance in user experience – allowing interactive 3D content to be visually aligned with the underlying world. This capability will enable new applications in hybrid VR/AR gaming, shopping, and education, as well as across a wide range of enterprise and industrial uses.

The Vuforia platform provides advanced computer vision functionality for recognizing images and objects in the user's field of view. It also leverages Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to minimize the motion-to-photon latency that is so essential in delivering an authentic AR effect.

Snapdragon processors are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear also includes an easy-to-use calibration method that enables Vuforia applications to dynamically adapt to a wearer's facial geometry, thereby providing an optimal experience.

The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear was designed to converge with recent innovations in digital eyewear devices, including the ODG R-7 and the Epson Moverio BT-200. Announced today by ODG, the R-7 represents the state-of-the-art in digital eyewear with a fully integrated one-piece design, a stereoscopic see-through display system, wireless connectivity and the revolutionary computing power of the Snapdragon 805 processor. The R-7 offers users and developers unparalleled performance and versatility, and is initially targeted at government and industrial applications.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses has an integrated see-through display system and utilizes a two-piece design. The smart glasses component includes sensors and the display system. The Android-powered control unit contains all other electronics and provides a touch pad for user interaction. The Moverio BT-200 is available now and is ideal for both consumer and enterprise augmented reality applications, including: environmental games, training solutions, museum experiences, and more.

Vuforia is also the first vision platform to enable a new class of hybrid VR/AR experiences on the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition powered by Oculus. With Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear, developers will be able to extend the capability of Gear VR further to incorporate AR experiences within VR applications, as well as create immersive AR applications for gaming, education, and shopping.