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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Rail Leaders Converge in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Rail Business Asia (RBA) 2014 will bring together thought leaders in the rail industry for a comprehensive overview of the rapidly expanding rail development in Asia. This 2nd annual, region’s leading rail conference and exhibition is held from 9th to 11thSeptember 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“2013 saw an increase of 1.2% in the number of public utilizing public transport within the Greater Klang Valley, with 20.8% of that number using the system during the morning peak period. In the same region, rail in particular saw a 9% increase in usage, with 5.7 million trips being recorded during the peak morning period. For the first time in Malaysia’s history, the ratio of ridership between rail and bus stands at 52:48, showing a preference for rail amongst daily commuters,” said Tan Sri DatoSeri Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar, Chairman of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Malaysia.

Co-hosted by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), RBA 2014 is earmarked to be a must-attend conference & exhibition of the rail industry.

“Following a successful inaugural event last year, RBA 2013 hosted over 800 participants, 80% from ASEAN, 6% from Europe, 5% from the rest of Asia and 1% from North America. This year we are expecting over 2,000 participants representing the rail industry,” according to M. Gandhi, Managing Director — ASEAN of UBM Asia, the organizer.

Over 35 rail experts and thought leaders will share insights and discuss key updates and challenges on investability, mobility and greater connectivity in the rail industry. Participants will gain crucial industry insights via 4 keynote presentations, 5 case studies, 8 discussion panels and 2 industry presentations. Topics discussed include optimizing rail-route planning, exploring the efficiency and performance of HSR links and public-private partnership (PPP) funding of rail infrastructure. Sample case studies include disaster management by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation and transit oriented development in Shunjyuku, Shibuya and Tokyo stations in Japan by East Japan Railway Company. Keynote presentations will feature key industry experts such as Masaki Ogata, Chairman of East Japan Railway Company and Milko Papazoff, ASEAN Representative of International Union of Railways (UIC).

“We are confident that you will find your participation and involvement in Rail Business Asia, a worthwhile investment,” said Y.Bhg. Dato’ Sri Ir Dr Judin Bin Abdul Karim, Chief Executive of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia.

CEOs and senior management from various government agencies, rail asset owners, operators and infrastructure developers such as the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Philippines, Vietnam Railways, MTR Corporation Hong Kong, Light Rail Transit Authority Philippines, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions and Bombardier Transportation just to name a few, have confirmed their participation as well.

CSR Corporation Limited, the largest rail transit equipment manufacturer in China, is participating as a Gold Sponsor and CMC, an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) group of companies within three core industries namely public transportation, telecommunications and oil and gas, is participating as an Associate Sponsor for RBA 2014. Exhibitors include Astasoft, Pypun-KD Hong Kong, Subway USA, Colas Rail, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Transient Resources.

Register your attendance today at www.railbusinessasia.org and network with industry peers at this leading rail conference and exhibition.

Note to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff. 

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks. 

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country

2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print, and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

The Marketing Communication (MARCOM) Department
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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

China outstrips Germany to become world’s biggest solar market

Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce issue Global Renewable Energy Report 2014

BEIJING, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (“CNECC”), today issued the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014. The report found that China became the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with the country’s newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232% on-year to 12 gigawatts (GW).

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Key findings include:

  • The global solar market is shifting from Europe to Asia. China’s newly installed solar capacity grew 232% year-on-year in 2013 to 12GW, whereas Germany’s newly installed capacity fell 56.5% to 3.3GW and Italy’s dropped 55% year-on-year to 1.6GW.  
  • Financing activity reflects this shift. China accounted for the largest proportion of global solar industry financing at $23.56bn, equivalent to the entire amount raised in Europe.
  • The growth of the solar industry continues to accelerate. Globally, newly installed solar capacity reached 38.7GW, bringing the global total of installed capacity to 140.6GW in 2013, compared with 101.9GW in 2012.  
  • The shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy continues. Total global power generation grew 4.3% from the previous year, to 22513.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), while renewable energy power generation grew at 13% per annum, accounting for 5.2% of the world’s total output.
  • Global production of thin-film solar cell was about 4GW in 2013, up 20% from 2012. Many thin-film solar companies expanded capacity in 2013 and sought out diversified markets, achieving economies of scale through global mergers and acquisitions and upgrading production line technology.

“Our research shows that China has already become the world’s biggest solar market. Now the country is moving to a more green and sustainable model of development which will drive future global growth in renewable energy,” Chairman and CEO of Hanergy & President of the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, Li Hejun said.

“Governments are turning to greater use of renewable energy to tackle pollution and deliver energy security, underpinning growth momentum in the global renewable energy industry,” he added.

The Global Renewable Energy Report drew on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, GlobalData and Hanergy and CNECC’s own research teams. Data from the International Energy Bureau, China Electricity Council, US Energy Information Administration, the Global Wind Energy Council, the Global Hydropower Association and the International Geothermal Association were also used.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge from Hanergy’s website:
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About Hanergy Holding Group Ltd.

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. (“Hanergy”) is a global clean-energy power generation company and the world’s largest thin-film solar company and solutions provider. Hanergy engages in the integration of the entire photovoltaic industry chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, PV module production and the construction of photovoltaic power plants. Hanergy possesses industry-leading CIGS thin-film PV technology and has the world’s largest production capacity of thin-film modules. To date, the company has entered into solar-power plant construction agreements with a combined capacity of approximately 10GW. Its business also covers hydropower and wind power. Headquartered in Beijing and with operations across China, the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe etc., Hanergy employs over 10,000 people.

CEVA Holdings LLC Announces Results for the Second Quarter Ended 30 June 2014

HOOFDDORP, Netherlands, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —  

  • New business wins increase 31% over prior year
  • Oceanfreight volumes up 7% over prior year, exceeding industry growth
  • Senior management team strengthened with industry hires
  • Adjusted EBITDA up 40% sequentially from Q1

CEVA Holdings LLC, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today reported results for the three months ended 30 June 2014.  

Key Financials ($ millions)

Quarter

Q2 2014

Q1 2014

% Change

Revenue

1,978

1,865

6%

Adjusted EBITDA[1]

60

43

40%

[1] Excludes the impact of specific items which are significant non-recurring items such as restructuring and certain legal expenses.

Xavier Urbain, CEO of CEVA, said, “Our performance improvement coupled with the strong increase in our new business pipeline points to the company being on the right track for growth. Since joining CEVA in January, I have focused on strengthening the executive management team, expanding our current talent base with additional industry experience to drive forward our strategy, building revenue and improving operational efficiency for the benefit of our customers. The numbers show we are gaining traction and are positioned well to make further progress in the future.

“I am especially pleased with the progress made in rebuilding the leadership team, particularly the new additions. They know the industry and our customers. This allowed them to hit the ground running and make immediate contributions. Volume trends as we exited the quarter were encouraging and I am looking for even more from the entire team in the near future.”

Revenue of $1,978 million declined 4.2% in the second quarter compared to $2,064 million for the same period a year earlier, driven by the prior year’s successful recapitalization, and termination of lower margin business.  Second quarter revenues were up 6.1% sequentially compared to the first quarter. Airfreight and Oceanfreight reported export volumes up both sequentially and year-on-year.  Oceanfreight volumes were up 7% from the prior year, evidencing the company’s early success in the 2014 tender season and well above industry growth. Airfreight volumes increased 1% from the prior year, strengthening as we exited the quarter, with three week rolling volumes up 4% in June.

For the second quarter, adjusted EBITDA of $60 million was 40% ahead of the previous quarter, and adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue improved from 2.3% to 3.0%, reflecting continuing strength in Contract Logistics and the termination of lower margin business. EBITDA came in 25% lower than in the same period a year earlier as Freight Management revenues were impacted by lower rates in the market.  CEVA, however, was able to maintain net revenue margins versus the prior year.

The company’s new business wins were up 31% over the prior year, increasing to $763 million, compared to $582 million[2] for the same period in 2013. CEVA’s investment in its tender management, trade lane management and field sales force each contributed to the improved level of wins in the quarter. CEVA is accelerating plans to improve productivity and on a like-for-like basis, and expects more than 5% cost reductions in the second half of the year.

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New business wins based on expected annualized revenue of new contracts

CEVA – Making business flow

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply-chain management companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 44,000 employees in more than 170 countries are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply-chain solutions across a variety of sectors where CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT:

This news release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, discussions regarding industry outlook, the Company’s expectations regarding the performance of its business, its liquidity and capital resources, its guidance for 2014 and beyond, and the other non-historical statements. These statements can be identified by the use of words such as “believes” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “continues,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “forecasts,” and similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs only as of the date of this press release and, in addition to the assumptions specifically mentioned in the above paragraphs, there are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the effect of local and national economic, credit and capital market conditions, a downturn in the industries in which we operate (including the automotive industry and the airfreight business), risks associated with the Company’s global operations, fluctuations and increases in fuel prices, the Company’s substantial indebtedness, restrictions contained in its debt agreements and risks that it will be unable to compete effectively. Further information concerning the Company and its business, including factors that potentially could materially affect the Company’s financial results, is contained in the Company’s annual and quarterly reports, available on the Company’s website, which investors are strongly encouraged to review. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or the consequences of such a development worsen, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forecasted or expected. CEVA disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Mike Darcy
+31-622-482-604
mike.darcy@cevalogistics.com