Microsoft Devices Group announces ultra-affordable mobile phone with music and video player for 19 euros

Microsoft expands its “first” phones portfolio with the Nokia 130.

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones, Microsoft Devices Group on Monday unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At just 19 euros,* the Nokia 130 combines the everyday essentials that first-time mobile phone buyers expect with the beautiful design, reliability and mobile entertainment they want. Featuring a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials such as a flashlight, FM radio and USB charging, the Nokia 130 is the perfect introduction to a “mobile first” world.

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The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphones. It’s built to last, with a 1.8-inch color display and outstanding battery life of up to 36 days’ standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days’ standby for the dual-SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below $35.* Every year, people buy 300 million phones from this category alone.**

As one of the most affordable mobile phones with video playback, the Nokia 130 makes new digital experiences accessible to more people. It delivers hours of entertainment with the built-in video player that offers up to 16 hours of playback for video stored on a microSD card, MP3 player and FM radio. With support for expandable microSD storage up to 32GB, alongside the Bluetooth-enabled SLAM application and USB connectivity, it also makes sharing digital content easy without the need for an Internet connection.

“As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. “It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets.”

She continued, “With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, Outlook.com and OneDrive.”

Pricing and availability

The estimated retail price before taxes and subsidies for the Nokia 130 and Nokia 130 Dual SIM is 19 euros. It is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of this year. The Nokia 130 will be available in select markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Tech specs summary: 

                  Nokia 130

Operating System Series 30+

      Display     1.8″ QQVGA

                      Up to 36 days standby for Single SIM and
                      26 days for Dual SIM; 13 hours 2G talk
                      time. 46 hours music playback; 16 hours
                      video playback. Battery capacity:

      Battery        1020mAh

   Connectivity    USB 2.0, 3.5mm AV Connector, microSD,
                         Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM

      Memory       32GB micro SD card support

About Microsoft Devices

Microsoft Devices Group is responsible for the company’s devices strategy, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* Suggested retail price before local taxes and subsidies.
** Strategy Analytics

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Xilinx to be Featured in the 5G Forum at the 2014 International Mobile Internet Conference

BEIJING, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced it will be featured in the 5G Forum at the upcoming 2014 International Mobile Internet Conference in China which will highlight innovations in the mobile internet era.  Sunil Kar, Vice President of the Wireless Communications Business Unit at Xilinx, will discuss how “Xilinx All Programmable Technology Enables Heterogeneous 5G Wireless Networks”.  To learn more, register for the 2014 International Mobile Internet Conference at the Beijing International Convention Center of China on August 14 -15, 2014.

Next-generation 5G systems offer the promise of higher throughput, lower latency, lower power and high reliability compared to current technology. This new technology will require new equipment types, a modified air interface and new frequency bands.

During the conference, attendees will learn how Xilinx’s smarter solutions for wireless networks will enable 5G requirements and overcome heterogeneous networking challenges. These solutions will provide equipment vendors the ability to shorten development time by leveraging the industry’s first All Programmable SoC and 20nm FPGA devices. The Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 and Kintex® UltraScale™ families provide unprecedented levels of performance, system integration and bandwidth to expedite the development, testing and deployment of early 5G systems. 

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the world’s leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

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Shiv Khera Announces Hi-Impact Leadership Training Program in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Accelerate success and optimize performance” is what Shiv Khera helps to achieve through his 3 Day Hi-Impact Leadership Program called Blue Print for Success to be held in Singapore from 29th to 31st August, 2014.

He is the author of international bestseller “You Can Win”, which has sold over 3 million copies in 16 languages.  His leadership programs helps increase productivity by creating a culture of trust and accountability.  His program is designed to convert potential into performance.  

Topics that will be covered include attitude, leadership, motivation and values.  Over 40,000 people have benefited from his dynamic workshops and millions have heard him as a keynote speaker in 20 countries.

Upon completion of his 3 day program participants walk away with 31 day action plan that can be put to practice immediately.

Some of the comments from the previous participants are as follows:

1. “The Best of its Kind.” – Andre Keller, Chief Executive, Zuellig Pharma Sdn. Bhd.

2. “100% Return on my investment is an understatement!” – Linda Baker, CPA, N.J., USA.

3. “….Where was this program 10 years ago? I wish I had an opportunity to do it then…..”      – John Duckworthy, Financial Controller, Revlon Sdn, Bhd, Malaysia

4. Shiv has touched my mind and opened my heart to give back to society the values that have made me succeed as a doctor and CEO of Gleneagles Hospital.”  – Dr. Timothy Low, CEO, Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore.

5. “Excellent! I came to see and I went home wanting to see more.” – Dr S.S. Ngoi, Surgeon, Singapore

His client list includes amongst others Lufthansa, IBM, HSBC, MetLife, Carrier, Philips, Audi, Ericsson, HP, GSK and many more.  

About Shiv Khera – Mr. Shiv Khera is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems USA. His 30 years of research and experience have helped millions on the path of growth & fulfillment. His trademark is, ‘Winners don’t do different things, They do things differently.’

To know more about his 3-days Hi Impact Leadership Program Visit http://www.shivkhera.sg

Contact: Mr. Shiv Khera, Number: +65-31587504

Global Cloud Xchange Appoints David Pearson as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand

SYDNEY, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global Cloud Xchange today announced the appointment of David Pearson as Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand.

David Pearson, Managing Director - Australia and New Zealand, Global Cloud Xchange

David Pearson, Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Global Cloud Xchange

Mr. Pearson joins Global Cloud Xchange with 28 years of telecom experience, most recently from Pacnet where he served as Director of Sales for Australia and in other sales management roles since 2002.  During his 12 years at Pacnet, Mr. Pearson was responsible for driving sales growth across Carrier, Government and Enterprise markets in ANZ, earning top global recognitions including #1 Team Leader. 

“David brings a wealth of experience to our team and we are delighted to have him on board as we continue our strategic expansion and growth across Australia and New Zealand,” said Fabrizio Civitarese, President, Asia Pacific, Global Cloud Xchange.

Prior to Pacnet, Mr. Pearson was Senior Sales Manager at Level 3 in Tokyo, Japan where he was instrumental in setting up and building the company’s local business.  Mr. Pearson’s career also spans sales management roles with MCI Worldcom (Verizon), Eunetcom ISD and earlier as a technical support officer for BHP Engineering.

Mr. Pearson received his Bachelor of Science honors degree in Computer and Control Systems from Coventry Polytechnic in the UK.

About Global Cloud Xchange

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions customized for carriers, enterprises and new media companies. GCX owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform. With connections to 40 key business markets worldwide spanning Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East, GCX delivers Managed Services to more than 160 countries and offer extensive VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities globally. GCX is equipped to support businesses through the deployment of next generation Enterprise solutions across its Cloud Delivery Networks. 

For More Information, contact:

Genevieve Li
gli@globalcloudxchange.com

Alicia Chan
+852-3101-8008
alicia@alliedsynergy.com

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Smart Home Guru smanos Making a Splash at IFA Berlin

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is proudly bringing its new portfolio to IFA in Berlin. The complete smanos smart home portfolio speaks self-install or DIY, and will be available between Sept. 5-10th at Booth 214 in Hall 15.1 at Messe Berlin. From wireless, app-enabled alarm and automation systems to remote energy, security and health management, smanos solutions cater to today’s mobile lifestyles and ensure complete control, comfort and visual confirmation right at property owners’ fingertips within a few short minutes and easy steps.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

“We’re excited to present our latest wireless smart home solutions at this year’s IFA,” said Brian Borghardt, General Manager of Europe for smanos. “Designed and engineered in the Netherlands, smanos is our complete security, monitoring and automation system lineup for today’s savvy homeowners. What makes smanos a must-have brand to distributors and retailers is that we are delivering — on a quarterly basis — innovative, comprehensive and easy-to-use solutions that will help them outperform their sales and profit targets.”

Products to watch include the latest WiFi series. “The smanos H400 Home Cloud system can control your security devices and energy-saving plugs via your home WiFi connection while maintaining smanos‘ renowned GSM backup capability,” said Hayden Hsu, Director of Brand Development for smanos. “And our W020 Wireless Alarm ensures extremely easy WiFi setup on your smartphone, without you having to call for help to set up or scale up.”

smanos will continue providing what’s keenly sought after in residential market – smart, simple, sleek ingenuity, with even more remote management and monitoring options. smanos can also be found at Security Essen (H8.0/230C), Security China in Beijing, Sicurezza in Milan (P1/E14) and CES 2015 (Westgate/62000) in Las Vegas.

About smanos

In the picturesque outskirts of Amsterdam (Hoofddorp) came about the inception of smart home technology brand smanos in 2013. Harnessing cutting-edge design concepts and ergonomics, smanos delivers the ultimate user experience of wireless smart home and DIY security systems to households worldwide. Promising more than just a sense of security, smanos also ensures user-definable comfort and convenience, along with mobile accessibility. In its pursuit for perfection, smanos continues to wow homeowners by putting the smarts of smart home and smart security directly in their hands. Dream big and live smart with smanos now!

Media Contact:

Hayden Hsu
hayden@smanos.com

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East Asia and the Pacific: U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Today, Secretary Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The meeting continued 37 years of high-level U.S.-ASEAN engagement since the United States became an ASEAN dialogue partner in 1977. This meeting brought the U.S. Secretary of State together with the foreign ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States for open and constructive discussions of important issues affecting the region. In this meeting, Secretary Kerry highlighted many of the activities the United States and ASEAN have jointly undertaken across ASEAN’s economic, socio-cultural, and political-security pillars. The United States remains committed to close collaboration with ASEAN to promote peace, stability, and inclusive economic growth in Southeast Asia.

Economic Engagement

ASEAN is committed to creating a single-market economic community that allows free movement of goods, services, labor, and capital. As a close partner and largest foreign investor in the ASEAN region, the United States is assisting this effort in areas including trade facilitation, standards harmonization, and the ASEAN Single Window, which will enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness and allow ASEAN to more fully integrate into the global economy, laying the foundation for inclusive and equitable economic development. Each of the programs listed below will facilitate greater ease of trade and improved trade levels.

U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3): Launched in November 2012, E3 seeks to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN to create new jobs and business opportunities. We are planning for the 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Business Summit to beheld on the sidelines of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting at the end of August 2014. The Summit will focus on improving the capacity of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to connect to regional and global supply chains. We are also working with ASEAN on joint statements of shared principles on trade- and investment-related issues that will reaffirm the 11 countries’ commitments to improving their trade policy environments.

Trade and Investment Development Cooperation through ACTI: The ASEAN Connectivity for Trade and Investment (ACTI) program continues to strengthen the trade and investment environment in ASEAN by combining the expertise and resources of USAID and major U.S. corporations. The newly formed U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, a public-private partnership between ACTI and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, has held training programs in five ASEAN countries, with more activities planned this fall, and will soon begin creating a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Online Academy to support SMEs in three key areas: access to finance; access to regional and international markets; and access to information and information technology. We are also cooperating with the Government of Japan to promote women’s entrepreneurship through programs such as the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network and women’s entrepreneurial centers in Cambodia and Laos.

Constructing the ASEAN Single Window: Through ACTI, the United States is providing support for the building of the ASEAN Single Window, a hallmark of ASEAN’s progress in economic integration. Together, we aim to improve the trade and investment-enabling environment and enhance regional integration and private sector competitiveness. The ASEAN Single Window will speed customs clearance procedures and lower costs for businesses, allowing increased trade that supports jobs and business opportunities in the United States and ASEAN.

Building a More Connected ASEAN: ACTI is working with ASEAN senior telecommunications and information technology officials to support ASEAN’s goals for widely available, affordable, and secure broadband access through sharing best practices in universal service obligations and exposure to new technologies, such as TV White Space, to expand connectivity, particularly in rural areas.

Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Energy: The U.S. Department of Energy and the ACTI program collaborated with the ASEAN Center for Energy to hold a workshop on Rural Electrification during ASEAN’s Renewable Energy Week in April 2014. Participants discussed technologies such as small wind and solar thermal and examined climate and weather risk protection attributes of certain renewable energy technologies. Through ACTI, the United States continues to support a major study of the effect of climate change on hydropower.

Promoting Synergies Between ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): The United States has provided funding and technical assistance to ensure that all 10 ASEAN members – including the three that are not members of APEC – have the opportunity to participate in U.S.-funded APEC events on topics of mutual interest. In the first half of 2014, government officials from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar joined officials from APEC economies at a May workshop on food safety sanitation and a June workshop on oil and gas resource management. Five more workshops are scheduled for 2014 on topics including green building standards, plant biotechnology research, and combatting illegal wildlife trafficking.

Political-Security Engagement

ASEAN established the political-security community to promote the principles of democracy, rule of law, and good governance among the member states. By establishing a rules-based community with a shared responsibility for comprehensive security, ASEAN strives to be an outward-looking institution with enhanced global ties. The United States provides funding and technical expertise through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development, and Security (PROGRESS). The five-year USAID-managed partnership focuses on good governance, socio-cultural issues, and cross-sectoral and institutional capacity building for the ASEAN Secretariat.

Enhancing Maritime Cooperation: Under the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF), the United States and the Philippines established the Expanded ASEAN Seafarer Training (EAST) program that addresses the need to improve seafarer training, professionalism, and well-being, and will follow up on a successful workshop on seafarer counter-piracy held last year with a second workshop scheduled in Manila this September. The United States is also poised to become the 20th contracting party to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combatting Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), an international organization that serves as a platform for information exchange and for promoting and enhancing cooperation to combat piracy and armed robbery in Asia.

Improving Disaster Management through PROGRESS: The United States is assisting ASEAN with developing training standards for national disaster management offices, creating standards to assess risk and vulnerability to disasters, and enhancing disaster monitoring and information-sharing systems at the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center).

Building ASEAN’s Cyber Confidence: The United States and Singapore will jointly chair the ASEAN Regional Forum Cyber Confidence Building Measures (CBM) Seminar scheduled to be held in Singapore later this year. Participants in the two-day seminar will share information to increase the understanding of state information and communications technology activities.

Training Anti-Trafficking Specialist Units: Following extensive consultations, the U.S.-funded American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) presented a final project plan for approval during the June 2014 meeting of the Heads of Anti-trafficking Specialist Units (HSUs). In September 2014, ABA-ROLI will provide HSU training in Manila focused on crime scene management and victim-centered approaches to investigations. A second HSU training is scheduled for December.

Combatting Trafficking-in-Persons: With support from the PROGRESS project, the United States will lead a seminar later this year to broaden ASEAN’s understanding of the U.S. Government’s annual Trafficking-in-Persons report. Participants will gain a better understanding of the trafficking-in-persons problem, applicable U.S. law, and the publication of the annual report.

Building Judicial Capacity through PROGRESS: We have also been working through PROGRESS to build dialogue and networking of ASEAN’s judiciaries as they consider administrative and technical challenges in the lead-up to the ASEAN Economic Community. In partnership with the Singaporean judiciary and the ASEAN Secretariat in March 2014 the United States supported the Court Excellence and Judiciary Cooperation Forum in which judiciaries from across the region met to exchange knowledge and share best practices.

Promoting Human Rights Cooperation: The United States and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights held a consultation in June and discussed areas of potential cooperation to promote human rights in the region.

Socio-Cultural Engagement

ASEAN aspires to be a people-focused and socially responsible community that reinforces regional peace, stability, and prosperity by supporting mutual respect of its members’ cultures and by promoting human and social development. A safe and healthy environment, in which the basic human rights of all people are protected irrespective of age or gender, will strengthen the foundation for emerging young leaders to continue furthering ASEAN’s role in the global community.

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Presidential Initiative: YSEALI was launched by President Obama in December 2013 to support the development of young emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The program targets bright, active participants aged 18-35 years. It provides training, networking opportunities, and a platform to discuss their generation’s greatest challenges. President Obama met with 500 youth from throughout the region at a YSEALI town hall in Kuala Lumpur last April.

YSEALI Generation Workshop: The U.S. State Department sponsored 103 emerging Southeast Asian leaders at the first YSEALI Generation Workshop in Kuala Lumpur in April 2014, with the aim of developing a regional network for ASEAN youth to collaborate on solving common challenges and creating new opportunities. The inaugural workshop is already bearing fruit; a Philippine participant received over $90,000 from UNICEF Philippines for an idea she fine-tuned at the YSEALI workshop.

YSEALI Exchanges and Grant Competition: In 2014, a total of 100 YSEALI participants have taken part or will take part in newly initiated exchanges. The U.S. State Department piloted the first YSEALI Institutes in May and July, bringing 39 university-age students to the United States to deepen their knowledge about environmental issues, leadership skills, and regional issues. The first YSEALI Fellows will bring 61 young professional leaders to the United States in 2014 for working placements at U.S. community organizations, government offices, and businesses; 31 participants took part in May 2014, with 30 additional participants slated for October. In July 2014, the U.S. State Department also launched the YSEALI Seeds for the Future competition to fund innovative public service projects led by ASEAN youth.

ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program: Together with the Government of Malaysia, we were pleased to support the launch of the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) in August 2013. We are now in the final stages of a multi-year agreement with the National University of Malaysia for ongoing support to the AVYP. AVYP volunteers embody “ASEAN-helping-ASEAN” and a sense of regional identity and supporting the development of young leaders who support solutions to development challenges facing ASEAN communities.

U.S.-ASEAN Educational Programs: The United States continues to support Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars through the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative. Scholars from ASEAN member countries travel to the United States to focus on ASEAN-related priorities, while U.S. Fulbright Specialists and Fulbright Scholars provide capacity-building expertise at ASEAN institutions and universities. We also cooperate jointly with the Brunei Government on the five-year Brunei-U.S. English-Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN.

U.S.-ASEAN Science and Technology Fellow Program: The United States and the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) launched the U.S.-ASEAN Science and Technology Fellow Program in April 2014. In this first year of the program, seven fellows are working on issues related to biodiversity, climate change, water management, health, and early warning systems for disaster risk reduction in Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Promoting Women and Children’s Rights: The United States supports ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) efforts to establish minimum standards for implementing the ASEAN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Elimination of Violence Against Children. Through the PROGRESS project we are working to improve ASEAN’s capacity to provide support services by bringing women and children’s rights experts to ASEAN to share best practices on strengthening ACWC’s institutions and engaging civil society and supporting the creation of the ASEAN Network of Social Services Agencies.

Advancing U.S.-ASEAN Climate Change Cooperation: Through the Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forest (LEAF) program, the United States provides technical support to the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forestry and Climate Change. The LEAF program engages multiple stakeholders in developing guidelines on lowering emissions for land-related investments to reduce emissions from the agriculture, forestry, and land use sector. We have also begun the second phase of the USAID CityLinks program. Two U.S.-ASEAN city pairs have begun cooperating in areas such as drainage systems capacity and urban climate adaptation.

Advancing Food Security and Fisheries: In June 2014, USAID and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance regional food security and biodiversity conservation. Through USAID’s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade program (MARKET), the United States supports the ASEAN Public-Private Task Force for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, which provides a regional platform for companies, farmer and fisher groups, and governments to share information, identify priority issues, and adopt sustainable production practices.