Pou epòk nwèl la nap fete nan lanmou ak tèt ansanm. Swè pam se pou tout rèv ou reyalize ! –JMhttps://t.co/sDlJgojfGs— Jovenel Moïse (@moisejovenel) December 20, 2015 The first round of voting was relatively peaceful, in contrast to violence during August legislative elections that left two people dead.Haiti is still struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people and crippled the nation’s infrastructure. Protesters rally in front of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in Petionville, Port-au-Prince, on Dec. 5, 2015. Héctor Retamal/AFP Facebook Comments Moïse is a businessman and political novice who until now worked in agriculture, mainly growing bananas. His nickname during the campaign was “the banana man.”Célestin, making his second bid for the Haitian presidency, was disqualified from the second round in the 2010 election vote following a recount by the Organization of American States. This time, he had been considered the frontrunner.He is supported by Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean, who produced a new reggae song in favor of Célestin ahead of the first-round vote, the Miami Herald reported. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti has pushed back next week’s presidential runoff vote, election officials said Monday, without immediately announcing a new date.The runoff had been scheduled for Dec. 27, after an Oct. 25 first-round vote marred by allegations of massive voter fraud.The runoff was to pit Jovenel Moïse — backed by outgoing president Michel Martelly and the ruling party — against Jude Célestin, the second-place vote-getter from more than 50 contenders in the first round of balloting. A resident watches a protest from inside a home in Port-au-Prince, on Dec. 5, 2015. Demonstrators marched through the capital streets to protest against the first-round election results released by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). Héctor Retamal/AFPThe October presidential election was the latest attempt in the Americas’ poorest country to shed chronic political instability and work toward development.But reporting of the election results — and now, the staging of the runoff vote — has been plagued with delays and beset by protests alleging official corruption.Moïse won 32.8 percent of the first-round balloting and Célestin took 25.3 percent, the federal election commission said. Related posts:US Secretary of State Kerry presses Haitian president on long-delayed elections US urges Haiti leaders to hold elections soon US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France
Borrowers JMA Outreach Lenders technology 2018-12-14 Radhika Ojha December 14, 2018 534 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology To commemorate 20 years of connecting lenders with borrowers, JMA Outreach Solutions launched a new mobile field technology solution for the lending industry.JMA field agents are now equipped with secure, company-provided tablets and a proprietary technology platform that streamlines the borrower outreach and engagement process. The new tablets and platform enable JMA’s employee agents to collect information in the field real-time through a secure wireless network. This on-site process, rather than the industry-standard end-of-day data entry at the agent’s home or office, helps eliminate missed details, speeds the reporting process and provides immediate audit trails with geo-coded date and time-stamped photos.“For over 20 years, JMA has been a leader in borrower outreach strategies tailored to meet the needs of both lenders and borrowers alike,” said Matthew Preuss, COO of JMA Outreach Solutions. “Our longevity has a great deal to do with our customer service, our processes, and our success rate. But it’s also been driven by our ability to adapt to client and market needs. This new in-field technology is a testament to that ability.”JMA said that with this new technology the company can offer its clients the ability to customize each campaign or visit down to the individual borrower. As an example, the campaign details and scripted communications enable JMA to address client-specific outreach needs for things like HUD face-to-face right-party contact and letter delivery, custom modification package presentation and education or borrower relocation assistance offers. The technology enables the agent to speak directly to the borrower’s needs on behalf of the lender or servicer and help ensure a consistent, accurate message is conveyed while reducing reputational, regulatory and financial risk for JMA’s clients. Share A New Solution for Borrowers
by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2018 7:47 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows the Academy Awards hosts, from left, David Letterman who hosted in 1995, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who hosted in 2011, and Seth McFarlane, who hosted in 2013. (AP Photo) The bad, the good and the none – a look at Oscar hosts NEW YORK, N.Y. – The very first Oscars were held on May 16, 1929. They were only 15 minutes long, watched by only 270 people at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Guest tickets cost $5 and statuettes were handed out by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks, the first host. Here’s a look at memorable shows and Oscar hosts through the years:HISTORY-MAKING HOSTWhoopi Goldberg made history as the first African-American to host the Academy Awards show in 1994, in addition to being the first woman to host the show solo. Goldberg kept the show moving at a brisk pace, poking fun at everyone from alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss to Lorena Bobbitt. “Lorena Bobbitt, please meet Bob Dole,” Goldberg said of the Republican senator. She returned to host again in 1996, 1999 and, memorably, in 2002, just five months after 9-11. Despite such an unenviable position, that night she quipped: “This has been a hell of a year. America has suffered through a great national tragedy. But we have recovered: Mariah Carey has already made another movie.”THAT FAMOUS SELFIEEllen DeGeneres, who hosted in 2007, returned seven years later a little more relaxed and with a few new tricks up her sleeve. She not only successfully pulled off a tasteful joke about “12 Years a Slave” — if it didn’t win best picture “you’re all racists” — but also made history by taking the most retweeted picture of all time (at the time) when she posed with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and several others. (That record has since been overtaken by the Twitter plea from a Nevada teen for a year of free chicken nuggets.) Speaking of food, DeGeneres also started a trend during the 2014 show by feeding the actors with a surprise pizza delivery — and taking up a collection to pay the pizza guy.NO HOST AT ALLIn 1989, the Academy tried to shake things up by having no official host for the ceremony. It didn’t go well. There was an infamous opening number in which Merv Griffin sang “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!” and then the stage was turned over to Rob Lowe, who was trying to live down a real-life sex-tape scandal by dancing with Snow White to the tune of “Proud Mary.” The show was so bad that it prompted more than a dozen Hollywood’s figures — including Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Billy Wilder and Sidney Lumet — to write an open letter saying the telecast was “an embarrassment” and that it was “neither fitting nor acceptable that the best work in motion pictures be acknowledged in such a demeaning fashion.” The next year, host Billy Crystal walked onstage to applause and asked: “Is that for me or are you just glad I’m not Snow White?”STRIKE THATThe show in 1988 was gaseous and wordy — thanks to a strike by the Writers Guild of America that started 35 days before the telecast. Host Chevy Chase kicked off the night by insulting the crowd: “Good evening, Hollywood phonies.” Scheduled for 3 hours, the telecast dragged on slightly more than 3 1/2 hours and most reviews were withering. The Los Angeles Times called it “parched, drab and leaden” and The New York Times sniffed: “Oscar has seen livelier days.” When Sean Connery went up to collect his best-supporting actor trophy for “The Untouchables,” he said he’d give the trophy to his wife — and wished the strike would end. Chase was never asked to return as host.NOT BACKING DOWNChris Rock, hosting his second Oscar show in 2016, didn’t shy away from discussing the lack of diversity crisis roiling the industry and not letting go all night long. He called the Oscars the “White People’s Choice Awards” and noted that if they had nominated potential hosts, “I wouldn’t have this job. You’d all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.” Interviewing black moviegoers in Compton, California, Rock had filmed a bit in which he played an astronaut left up on Mars (since it would cost 2,500 “white dollars” to bring him back) and quipped that the in-memoriam package was “just going to be black people shot by the cops on the way to the movies.”THE HOST WITH THE MOSTBob Hope hosted or co-hosted 19 ceremonies, often joking that he never won one of the statuettes he was handing out. “Welcome to the Academy Awards. Or as it’s known at my house, Passover,” he said at one telecast. At another, he cracked: “I think they ought to give me an Oscar just for attendance, don’t you?” Hope holds the record for most hosting gigs and his wit and savvy explained why. He once noted that the Oscars were “a night we set aside petty differences, forget old feuds and start new ones.” Perhaps his most memorable joke was in 1968: “I’ve never seen six hours whiz by so fast.” Hope may not have ever gotten an Oscar nomination for his acting but the Academy gave him five awards over the years, all honorary.HOSTS WITHOUT KUDOSMany Oscar hosts over the years have gotten poor marks, including Seth Macfarlane in 2013, who opened the show with a poorly received song called “We Saw Your Boobs.” (The New Yorker called it a “hostile, ugly, sexist night.”) Then there was James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011 — Hathaway seemed to try too hard, while Franco seemed distant, even after donning a pink gown. (The Hollywood Reporter called it “spectacularly unwatchable.”) David Letterman only hosted one time and his late-night weirdness didn’t really fit in 1995. (Sample joke: “Oprah… Uma… Oprah… Uma. Have you kids met Keanu?”) The New York Times called him “desperate,” ”odd” and “flat.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason
State Rep. Laura Cox is encouraging residents with ideas and concerns about state government to attend her March office hours.The office hours will be on Monday, March 2, at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 5 Mile Road in Livonia from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.“I am looking forward to sitting down with residents and hearing where they stand on state issues,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. ‘I cannot stress enough the importance of their opinion and I encourage anyone with an interest to attend.”All are welcome and no appointment is necessary.People unable to come to scheduled office hours may contact Cox’s office at (517) 373-3920, by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909 or via email at LauraCox@house.mi.gov. 25Feb Rep. Cox invites residents to March office hours Categories: Cox News
Categories: Hoitenga News State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her office hours for the month of July.“Meeting with people over the last six months has been incredibly informative for me,” said Rep. Hoitenga who represents Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “Listening to their concerns is my top priority and will help me be a better representative.”The July office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, July 149 to 10 a.m. at Jennifer’s Roundabout Restaurant located at 4642 N. M 37 in Mesick;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hermann’s European Cafe located at 214 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac;Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Wheatland Avenue Grill located at 172 W. Wheatland Ave. in Remus; and2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Schuberg’s Bar and Grill located at 109 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids.No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Hoitenga’s office at (517) 373-1747, or email at MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov. 10Jul Rep. Hoitenga sponsors July office hours
A bill introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga easing regulation of permits for business monitoring systems was recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.Hoitenga’s bill prohibits local ordinances from requiring a permit for business surveillance systems if a registered provider or licensed system contractor performs the work and the system is less than 50 volts. The work includes installation and maintenance.Previous legislation lifted permit requirements for home monitoring systems. Hoitenga’s bill extends the provision to businesses.Business surveillance systems include any technology that allows a business to remotely monitor its premises through audio, video or sensor detection. Permit requirements that existed on top of ones already mandated by the state for low-voltage jobs created extra hurdles and costs for employers who were looking to protect their livelihoods.“We needed to look at whether these permit requirements were necessary and we found that they were hampering those who do business here in Michigan and potentially dissuading prospective businesses looking at our state,” said Hoitenga, who chairs the House Communications and Technology Committee. “This is a common-sense, business-friendly law that will help reduce costs burdening employers and Michigan workers who want to keep people more secure.”House Bill 4654, which becomes Public Act 125 of 2017, passed a Michigan House vote with overwhelming bipartisan support on June 15 and was advanced unanimously by the Senate on Oct. 4. The law is effective Jan. 15, 2018. Categories: Hoitenga News,News 30Oct Rep. Hoitenga bill limiting business monitoring regulation becomes law
14Feb Rep. Allor votes on bills to end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Sue Allor today voted for legislation to immediately end imposition of punitive driver responsibility fees. The bills package that advanced today ends collection of the fees as of Oct. 1 and forgives all outstanding debt.Allor, of Wolverine, said the fees were imposed by a previous administration to fill a gap in the budget caused by reckless spending of taxpayer money.“This is outstanding news for Northern Michigan families who accumulated outstanding debt, and suffered as a result of these unfair fees,” Allor said. “Repealing these fees, is not only long overdue, but also the right thing to do.”Allor said people who owe fees until Oct 1 will be able to fulfill their obligations through workforce development training. The measures also create a grace period from enactment of the law until Dec. 31 that enables people who are seeking to get their driver’s licenses back can avoid the $125 restoration fee.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.##### Categories: Allor News,News Legislation also forgives all outstanding debt
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06Jun Rep. Pagel issues statement after prevailing wage vote in House State Rep. Dave Pagel of Oronoko Township issued the following statement after the House approved repeal of prevailing wage:“While I believe that construction workers from the various trades should receive fair and competitive wages, I do not believe that state government should artificially inflate those wages over free-market forces. These workers are the backbone of our economy. I will always support hard-working men and women in our state, along with their right to fair compensation. This vote, however, removed artificial government interference in free-market forces.”##### Categories: News,Pagel News
29Jun Plan from Reps. Farrington, Marino to boost Kiwanis fundraising signed into law Categories: Marino News,News Kiwanis fundraising in Michigan will be aided with new laws sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino of Macomb County.The measures signed into law this week will allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes.“The Kiwanis benefit our community in countless ways,” said Farrington, of Utica, who has volunteered on Kiwanis holiday food drives. “It’s a tremendous organization helping children, seniors and families alike – a mission that deserves this type of fundraising option to advance its great work.”Farrington noted the Kiwanis in her area raise money for college scholarships, donate school supplies and feed the hungry among their many charitable projects.Marino, of Harrison Township, credited the organization for its culture of community service.“The Kiwanis are a positive influence helping people realize that when they work together, great things can happen in our neighborhoods,” Marino said. “This income tax checkoff option will help clothe and feed families, get kids prepared for school, and promote other important work across Michigan.”House Bills 5739 and 5740 are now Public Acts 258 and 259 of 2018.###
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township met with a group of students from Saginaw High School and Arthur Hill High School in his Lansing office on Wednesday. The meeting was part of School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan’s Youth Advocacy Day to discuss access to health care and its impact on student learning. 15May Rep. Wakeman meets with local students Categories: Wakeman News,Wakeman Photos
Share6TweetShareEmail6 SharesTFoxFoto / Shutterstock.comJuly 28, 2015; Willamette Week (Portland, OR)An audit of the arts tax in Portland, Oregon—an innovative public financing tool—says the $35-per-adult arts levy has failed to live up to the expectations of voters who approved it in 2012, according to a report in Willamette Week.“Funds collected remain below estimates, administrative costs are higher than the required cap, and oversight is fragmented,” says the auditor’s report.The tax was introduced by former Mayor Sam Adams and was supposed to generate about $12 million a year for art and music at elementary schools and nonprofits. However, it has only generated about $7 million to $10 million in each of the past three years.And collection of the tax is not meeting expectations; city officials had estimated that 85 percent of eligible adults would comply with the law, but only 72 percent of people who were supposed to pay the tax in 2012 did so. Next year, the city will be referring scofflaws to collection agencies, which could increase administrative expenses, according to the article.At the same time, the tax’s supporters promised to keep administrative costs capped at five percent of revenue, but the audit found that costs to implement the Arts Tax are above the five percent cap, with many costs, such as excess staff time at tax time, not reported.Still, nearly $7 million went to schools in the 2014–15 school year to fund the six Portland-area school districts, a principal goal of the tax.—Larry KaplanShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shares
Share15Tweet11ShareEmail26 Shares“Chicago,” Pedro SzekelyMay 22, 2018; WBEZ-FM and Chicago ReporterNo matter how great a new idea is, effective planning and implementation are more important. That’s one lesson we can learned from Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) decision to implement choice-based school reform.In 2012 and 2013, after approving the opening of many independent public charter schools, CPS turned to the task of right-sizing their portfolio of traditional public schools. As the school year neared an end, the City of Chicago finished a long, public planning process and published the list of almost 50 schools to be permanently shuttered when the summer holiday began. The great idea of school reform—letting market forces force poor schools to close—was in full bloom.The district said it was ready to implement the change. When the new school year began in just a few months, displaced students would be welcomed into their well-prepared new schools. For a cash-starved school district, this massive dislocation promised long-term savings. For students, the promise was that their new schools would give them a stronger educational experience than the ones they were leaving behind.Five years later, the educational outcomes are modest at best, the actual savings hard to see, and the ineffectiveness of the district’s planning and implementation evident. A study published earlier this week by researchers at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research found that “the reality of school closures was much more complex than policymakers anticipated; academic outcomes were neutral at best, and negative in some instances.”To make the plan work, the district needed to place 12,000 students who were attending closing schools in new classrooms, prepare the designated receiving schools so that they were ready to accommodate their new students, physically move equipment and supplies to their new locations, reassure parents about the plan, and manage 1,100 staff whose schools were closing.The physical task of preparing schools for an influx of new students proved daunting. The researchers found that in many cases, the district had not planned effectively.In addition to having to deal with the clutter of moving boxes and the chaos of unpacking, staff also lamented that some of the welcoming school buildings were unclean, some needed serious repairs, and many upgrades fell short of what was promised or were delayed. Poor building conditions were a barrier to preparedness, undermining community hopefulness about the transition. The inadequacy of the building space resulted in administrators and teachers spending a lot of time unpacking, cleaning, and preparing the physical space, rather than on instructional planning and relationship building.A key part of the district’s approach was to provide additional resources to receiving schools so they could strengthen their educational programs. It couldn’t maintain that level of spending over time, however, so many improvements didn’t last: “Many of these initial supports, however, were hard to sustain after the first year, according to school leaders, due to budget cuts in subsequent years and the one-time influx of resources.”Most critically, CPS underestimated the social dimensions of the sweeping changes they were making. Many of the schools, despite their academic struggles, were important community anchors. Students, families, and staff had strong and important relationships that had been built up over many years. Receiving school personnel were not ready for the feelings of loss and grief that the closures left behind. The researchers found that “staff said they wished that they had more training and support on what it meant to welcome staff and students who just lost their schools. Interviewees wished that their grief and loss had been acknowledged and validated.” And those coming from the closed schools found out that being welcomed was harder than district leaders thought: “Closed school staff and students, in each case, talked about feeling marginalized and not welcomed into the welcoming schools….Staff expressed a need for more training and support in integrating school communities after school closures.”After five years, the benefits of this pain remain to be seen. According to WBEZ Public Radio, “CPS had said that closing the…schools would save $43 million annually and $437 million over time by not having to fix or maintain the shuttered buildings. But the school district has never provided any detailed information on whether those savings were or will be realized.”Academically there is little indication that the closings benefited students. “Closing schools—even poorly performing ones—does not improve the outcome of displaced children, on average.…Closing under-enrolled schools may seem like a viable solution to policymakers who seek to address fiscal deficits and declining enrollment, but our findings show that closing schools caused large disruptions without clear benefits for students.”As student populations decline, school districts face the need to close superfluous facilities. The experience of Chicago points to how difficult this process can be, and the expected benefits require greater effort than locking the door behind the last student. Molly Gordon, the study’s lead author, told WBEZ, “Policymakers make decisions and they hope for a specific outcome or result. But not all the intended benefits play out in reality.” CPS’ current Schools Chief, Janice Jackson, called what happened “unacceptable. We acknowledge that it was imperfect. For me, I can focus on the learnings that came out of that.”We can certainly hope that this is true. CPS has planned additional school closings for this June. They have a chance to learn from their mistakes and make a new group of displaced students’ experience more positive. We can also hope that educational policy leaders in other districts will take note before they reshuffle their school portfolios. Five years of little benefit is a high price for students, parents, and communities to pay.—Martin LevineShare15Tweet11ShareEmail26 Shares
Service providers will increasingly have to offer subscribers more complex bundled products in place of traditional triple- or quad-play offerings, according to a study by Informa Telecoms & Media.According to Informa senior analyst Tony Brown, operators will increasingly have to include OTT content from companies like Netflix and Spotify, and possibly VoIP offerings from the likes of Skype, to keep subscribers satisfied.Netflix and other OTT video providers will contribute to a dramatic increase in consumer Internet traffic over the next few years, according to Informa’s Beyond Quad-Play: How Multi-Screen, OTT and the Cloud Are Transforming Next-Generation Bundling.Informa predicts that traffic generated by online video services will see a six fold rise in the five years to 2017, reaching 732,308 petabytes per annum. By 2017, online video services such as high definition video, pay online video and video to TV will account for 46% of total Internet traffic, up from 36% in 2012, says the report. Meanwhile, in the five years to 2017, traffic generated by online communications services such as VoIP, video communications instant messaging will grow at an average annual rate of 29% to reach 23,657 PB pa; OTT services will account for a significant share of this total.“We have already seen from the early deployment of multiscreen TV services by operators that many subscribers are highly resistant to paying extra for new services – so many of these new services really have to be included as part of the existing bundled price,” said Brown. “Operators need to see the addition of these new services, such as cloud storage or OTT content, as something that brings extra value and increases customer loyalty – and go at least some way to neutering the threat posed by OTT players in a number of fields.”
BT is to offer its sports channels to internet subscribers who have bought retail YouView boxes as well as to its own YouView customers.BT had previously said it would only distribute the channels through YouView boxes purchased from BT. However, following reported customer complaints the telco said it would allow users of boxes purchased from retail outlets with a BT Infinity subscription to receive the sports services.
M7 Group-owned Czech and Slovak pay TV operator Skylink has added seven new HD channels to its line-up. The operator has added ČT 2 HD, Nova Cinema HD, Fanda HD, Prima Cool HD, Joj HD, Joj Plus HD and Dajto HD.Skylink said that subscribers with HD boxes will need to re-tune their devices, with the broadcast parameters of some existing services also set to change on January 13.
WISI’s Tangram GT37WISI will launch a new product line for Digital Fibre Coax (DFC) networks at ANGA COM this year and present a portfolio of intelligent solutions for network operators.The first product in its DFC line will be a distributed Cable Modem Termination (CMTS) System, the WISI GV10. This CCAP solution is a cable edge device for delivering video, data and voice services over coax.WISI GV10 is designed to be compact and energy efficient and moves the DOCSIS signal and protocol processing out of the headend via fibre to the location of the coax feed-in.It is particularly suited for FTTB (GPON, P2P) applications in hospitality areas as well as for alternative carriers and cable networks. The CMTS provides 16 64/256 QAM modulated EuroDOCSIS downstream channels. In the upstream GV10 provides four upstream channels with 1.6/3.2/6.4 MHz per channel, according to WISI.Other ANGA highlights for the firm include the two extended headend systems Tangram und Chameleon.Tangram is designed for IPTV and analogue or digital TV solutions. At ANGA COM WISI will presents new modules and functionalities for gateway and edge applications. The Edge ISDB-T module GT 26 provides up to two ISDB-T channels., while the linear transcoder module GT 37 can transcode up to 4 HD respectively 4 SD channels. It supports the formats 1080i, 720p, 576i and 480i, and the codecs MPEG-2 (H.262) and MPEG-4 (H.264).Chameleon is a headend system suitable for cable and IP network operators, designed for all current and future applications and “ideally suited for the transition from the analogue to the digital world as well as the connection between HFC and IP distribution platforms,” said WISI.At ANGA COM WISI will present some extensions to Chameleon’s software-based system. New features include scrambling and monitoring alarms and are designed to provide higher security for network operators. WISI has also optimised the control options of the system.Elsewhere, WISI has extended its modular access platform Optopus towards DOCSIS 3.1 and 1.2 GHz and will present a number of extensions to the platform at ANGA. The new in-home fiber network termination LR10 has an integrated optical RF receiver, while the LX15 S 3000 is a new optical adjustable full-band transmitter for long signal transmissions of up to 60 kilometers. WISI will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand E9.
Last year UK broadcaster Channel 4 claimed its first all-time TV viewing share increase since 2006.Citing consolidated BARB ratings, Channel 4 said that its viewing share for 2015 was 5.92%, up +1% on 2014. Viewing share during the peak time of 19:00 to 23:00 was 6.96%, up 8% on 2014.“Channel 4 has had a fantastic year with hits in every genre and a bucket load of awards. I’m grateful to the amazing producers, directors and writers we work with and to my hugely talented commissioning team at 4,” said Channel 4’s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt.BBC 1 also recorded a +1% rise in all-time viewing in 2015, according to the BARB stats.
The first standalone virtual reality headsets to run using Google’s Daydream VR platform are due to launch later this year, the tech giant has announced.Revealing the news at its Google I/O developer conference in California yesterday, Google said that HTC VIVE and Lenovo are both working on devices.The move marks a major evolution of Daydream, which launched as a platform for compatible smartphones in October alongside a motion-sensitive controller and phone-cradle headset.“Daydream will soon also support a new category of VR devices, which we call standalone VR headsets,” said Google vice-president for VR and AR, Clay Bavor.“These devices build on what’s already great about smartphone VR, and they make the whole experience even easier and more comfortable.“Standalone headsets don’t require a phone or PC. Instead, getting into VR is as simple as putting the thing on. The hardware is fully optimised for VR, and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense.”WorldSense is based on Google’ augmented reality platform, Tango, and enables positional tracking. This means the new Daydream headsets will be able to track precise movements without users needing to install any external sensors.Google said it worked closely with Qualcomm to create a standalone headset reference design, which partners can use as a blueprint to build Daydream headsets.It added that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will be Daydream-ready following a software update this summer. LG’s next flagship phone, which will launch later this year, will also be Daydream compatible.On the AR front, Google said that the next phone to launch with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, which is due to launch this summer.“With Tango, devices can track motion and understand distances and their position in the real world,” said Bavor.“Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors.”“While GPS is great for getting you to the storefront, with VPS your device can direct you right to the item you’re looking for once inside.”
Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant.In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the company will be joining Facebook effective immediately and said that Vidpresso will continue to serve its existing customers.The company helps creators, publishers, and broadcasters create “great live experiences” with custom graphics, live polling and other features. Its partners include BuzzFeed, Turner Sports, TED and NBC.“This gives us the best opportunity to accelerate our vision and offer a simple way for creators, publishers, and broadcasters to use social media in live video at a high-quality level,” said Bennett.“We’ve always wanted to build tools for everyone to create interactive live video experiences. By joining Facebook we’ll be able to offer our tools to a much broader audience than just our A-list publishing partners.“Eventually, it will allow us to put these tools in the hands of creators, so they can focus on their content, and have it look great, without spending lots of time or money to do so.”Vidpresso was founded in 2012 and has had, by Bennett’s own admission, “a lot of false starts along the way”.Before focusing on social media broadcasts, the company first offered tools to help synchronise presentations with slides, then tools to help broadcasters put social media on TV.Bennett said that the company’s initial mission was to make video easier to author, easier to change, and customised per person, and claimed “we still haven’t realised the full vision yet.”The deal is part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to establish its social network as a destination for video communities, rather than passive video consumption.Speaking on Facebook’s first quarter earnings call in April, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while passive video consumption is down on the site – a result of tweaks to how the Facebook prioritises content – it is stepping up efforts around interactivity.“We’re trying to make a different experience than what you might be able to get on YouTube or any of these other services by making it more about connecting with people in different ways,” said Zuckerberg.