A New Beginning: ResMed’s New Air Solutions Connected Care Platform for Treating Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Platform Maximizes the Power of Data from Diagnosis to Patient Engagement for the Benefit of All Stakeholders in the Care Continuum

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ResMed (NYSE: RMD) today announced Air Solutions, a new forward-thinking connected care solution for treating sleep-disordered breathing that can benefit all stakeholders in the care continuum. The ResMed Air Solutions platform has data-driven components that span from diagnosis to treatment, compliance management and patient engagement.

ResMed, a pioneer in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), has been the industry’s premier innovator, with award winning customer-centric products that have significantly improved patient acceptance and adherence to SDB therapy.

Ecosystem Approach Brings Increased Efficiency and Efficacy to SDB Treatment

“With Air Solutions, we’re creating a new beginning in patient care,” said Don Darkin, president of the ResMed Sleep-Disordered Breathing Business Unit. “As we unveil each Air Solutions component, our signature differentiation of superior performance and comfort will be underscored, made even stronger with groundbreaking technology that helps providers become more connected with their patients.” 

Air Solutions comprises components that, together, create a comprehensive end-to-end ecosystem that directly addresses the pain points for each stakeholder in the patient’s therapy, including physicians, sleep labs, home medical equipment providers, and the patients themselves. The ecosystem approach, Darkin says, can increase efficiency and treatment efficacy by keeping providers informed and patients engaged.  Included in the Air Solutions platform are:

ApneaLink™ Air: ResMed’s compact and lightweight home sleep testing device works seamlessly with AirView software (see below) to empower sleep labs to efficiently manage each step of the diagnostic process, and share data to appropriate user groups.

AirSense™ 10 Series: ResMed’s new series of continuous and automatic positive airway pressure devices (CPAP and APAP) called AirSense 10 that have advanced data and communications features to streamline the set-up, compliance management and compliance monitoring processes. This brand new device platform is also intuitive and easy-to-use, and offers a smaller bedside footprint.

AirCurve™ 10 Series: The AirCurve 10 series includes a range of bi-level devices that meet a variety of patient conditions and needs, such as patients who need extra pressure support, as well as an ASV device for patients with Cheyne-Stokes respiration or who require adaptive-servo-ventilation.

AirFit™ Masks: Announced earlier this year, the AirFit masks are known by their easy fit and superior comfort. The AirFit line includes the AirFit P10 nasal pillows system, which is the current market leader among new patients, the AirFit F10 full-face mask and the AirFit N10 nasal mask.

AirView™ Monitoring and Compliance Management System:  When used in conjunction with Air Solutions devices, the AirView software solution significantly streamlines the patient management process by providing troubleshooting, fault detection and more.  AirView enables data on demand, with patient data available in just one hour after a patient’s therapy session has ended.

myAir Patient Engagement Application and Software: An engaged patient is more likely to be compliant, and myAir helps patients better understand their own sleep data, with data dashboards, coaching and reinforcement messages.

ApneaLink Air and AirFit masks are available now in the U.S. and other select markets.  The AirSense 10 and AirView will be available in the U.S. and Australia on Aug. 18, and other markets later this calendar year.  The AirCurve 10 Series and myAir will also be available later this calendar year.            

About ResMed:
ResMed changes lives by developing, manufacturing and distributing medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing, COPD, and other chronic diseases. We develop innovative products and solutions to improve the health and quality of life of those who suffer from these conditions, and we work to raise awareness of the potentially serious health consequences of untreated sleep-disordered breathing. For more information on ResMed, visit www.resmed.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

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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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MySQUAR Launches Free Mobile Messaging App for Myanmar

MyChat Beta Launches Wednesday, August 27

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, MySQUAR announced the beta launch of MyChat, a free mobile messaging app built solely for Myanmar. Available on Android devices, MyChat is completely tailored for the Myanmar market with localized language, authentic look and feel as well as emoticons and sticker sets. The customized experience connects users to existing friends while also introducing them to new ones through the innovative “Look Around” feature.

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MyChat welcome screen, MyChat Myanmar stickers, MyChat message

“MySQUAR’s chief mission is to connect Myanmar youth with experiences built just for them,” says Linda Lim, CEO of MySQUAR. “With MyChat, our goal is to provide a completely tailored messaging app optimized for the Myanmar market so youth can connect with their friends and find new ones easily.”

Completely Customized Experience

MyChat is built solely for Myanmar. With full profile options, users can upload a photo, set a status and create a display name to express their best selves. The app will be fast and efficient with performance optimized for Myanmar, allowing users to chat with friends and find new ones without delay.*

Myanmar Character Sticker and Emoticons Sets

Myanmar youth can now express themselves creatively with the help of iconic Myanmar character and toy stickers such as Pho Wa Yoke, Pho Thar Htoo or favorite friends U Shwe Yoe & Daw Moe. These customized sticker sets will keep conversations creative and colorful, with new stickers and emoticons being added on a continual basis.

Authentic Look and Feel

Designed with Myanmar in mind, the vibrant and colorful user interface pays homage to the culture of the “Golden Land” and the fully localized language allows users to express themselves in Myanmar language.

Innovative Friend Finder Technology

The innovative MyChat “Look Around” feature allows users to find and connect with new friends in the area. MyChat will highlight up to 100 potential new friends, ranked by proximity, allowing users to meet people both locally or abroad if traveling.

More To Come

This is just a sneak peak of what’s to come in MyChat. Stay tuned for more news including new sticker sets, features, sharing capabilities and more. To learn more about MyChat now visit mysquar.com.

*The app relies on public network infrastructure; performance can be impacted by network quality (3G and Wifi).

ABOUT MYSQUAR

MySQUAR is the first local-language content platform created to enrich the lives of Myanmar youth, through deep, accessible and rich online experiences. Our mission is to inspire creativity, entertainment and a better standard of living in Myanmar by offering world class consumer technology solutions that connect Myanmar youth with local businesses, products and each other. Guided by a seasoned leadership team with experience developing global communities through social media, gaming and eCommerce technologies, MySQUAR is forging new ground in Myanmar. MySQUAR operates out of Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For more information, visit us at mysquar.com.

For more information about MySQUAR or MyChat, please contact pr@mysquar.com

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reQall Aims to Make Driving Safer With InCar Intelligent Messaging Assistant; Keeps You In Touch and Your Hands on the Wheel

— reqallable InCar App for Android Manages Email and Text; Delivers Important Messages While Driving

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — reQall (www.reqall.com), the award-winning developer of proactive intelligent assistant technologies, today introduces reqallable InCar (beta), the first context-aware app to intuitively decrease phone-related text and email distractions while driving. The new app works by detecting a user’s Bluetooth connection and launching the phone into reqallable InCar mode, which prompts the handset to acknowledge notifications only from priority contacts, highlight and read aloud critical details within incoming emails and texts, and enable voice activated replies for safer, smarter in-car phone use.

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“reqallable InCar is an intelligent assistant built from the ground up to transform messaging for drivers by helping your Android phone understand when it should—and should not—interrupt you,” said Rao Machiraju, co-founder and CEO of reQall. “The app calibrates the phone to work as if purpose-built for driving: screening contacts, highlighting key message details for clear, explicit communication, and leveraging Bluetooth audio for hands-free and car-smart message commands and replies.”  

Available for Android, reqallable InCar hooks into the phone’s contacts, calendar and user’s home and work locations to contextually assign “priority” status to incoming messages. When a Bluetooth connection is detected, reqallable InCar launches and quickly identifies whether a message is VIP status – like from a spouse or colleague at work – while less critical emails and texts are held back until you have reached your destination, or the Bluetooth connection ends.

For texts or emails messages deemed a priority, reqallable InCar distills the content to present only the most salient details, delivering requests and action items via audio. Users can reply to messages by voice, with responses “read” back to the driver to insure accuracy. Users can also listen, and respond to, awaiting messages and reach out to VIP contacts with the quick touch of a single button.

A new industry report by Parks Associates[1] revealed that connected car features are rapidly gaining consumer acceptance. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase, according to Connected Cars: Revenue Opportunities.

“Digital distractions present a real road safety issue, which will only increase as technology provides new ways to communicate while we drive,” added Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Medialab and reQall’s Strategic Product Advisor. “Reqallable InCar ushers in a new era of context-sensitive, intelligent messaging for the car—one that uses your personal smartphone to keep distractions to a minimum, no matter what car you’re in. Only messages that are important and contain actionable content merit attention surface, and drivers can respond by voice—to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

reqallable InCar comes on the heels of Google Glass and smartwatch app launches by reQall, which introduced reqallable’s virtual assistant technology for Google Glass in June, the Toq smartwatch in May, the Pebble smartwatch in March, the Samsung Gear in February and the Sony Smartwatch in January. New reQall apps for other devices and environments will be released in the coming months.

reqallable InCar beta can be downloaded for free from Google Play. More information can be found at www.reqallable.com.

About reQall
Recognized as one of the top 25 ideas from MIT Labs over the past 25 years, reQall is the award-winning developer of context-aware, proactive and intelligent assistant applications for wearable and mobile devices. reQall is a venture-backed company based in NASA’s Silicon Valley research park.

[1] Connected Car: Revenue Opportunities features research and analysis on market trends, big data analytics, UBI, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, location-based services, infotainment, Wi-Fi hotspots, and safe-driving technologies, The report is available for sale at www.parksassociates.com

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BacardiĀ® Creates Graphic Novel That Brings Its Cuban Heritage To Life

— BACARDI has released The Spirit of BACARDI — a graphic novel that tells the stories behind the Bacardi family and Company origins in Cuba

— Created by legendary graphic novel talent; a unique collaboration between writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred

— Drops of BACARDI rum added to the inks used to illustrate the novel

— Available to download now from BACARDI.COM/SPIRITOFBACARDI

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For more than 150 years, BACARDI has been a brand with incredible stories to tell. Since 1862, the Bacardi family has faced earthquakes, fire, revolution, prohibition, and exile, none of which could tame their irrepressible spirit.

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To bring these stories to life, BACARDI has collaborated with two of the most iconic names in the world of graphic novels — writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred — to create The Spirit of BACARDI, a graphic novel that tells the stories behind the iconic brand and its origins in Cuba.

The Spirit of BACARDI focuses on Emilio Bacardi — son of founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso — and his tireless work for Cuban independence in the late 1800s. Emilio Bacardi was repeatedly imprisoned and exiled for his belief in an independent Cuba, but persevered, eventually becoming the first freely-elected Mayor of Santiago de Cuba.

The graphic novel also touches upon early challenges the Bacardi family faced and overcame — including an earthquake that destroyed their city and a fire that ravaged their distillery — and ends with the creation of the original Cuba Libre cocktail in 1900.

The bold attitude of BACARDI even extends to the way in which the graphic novel was created. Drops of BACARDI Gold rum were added to the inks artist Michael Allred used to illustrate The Spirit of BACARDI.

“Working on this project gave me the chance to bring to life a time and a place I’ve never worked with before – Cuba in the late nineteenth century,” said Allred.  “I loved the idea of adding BACARDI rum to the ink to make it a real part of the graphic novel’s DNA. It’s something I have never done before and makes the artwork unique.”

Ellis said, “Storytelling requires great characters, and in Emilio Bacardi we have exactly that. Emilio was a patriot, passionate about his homeland of Cuba. My focus was to bring his drive and determination to life.”

Andy Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi,  said, “We see The Spirit of BACARDI as a fantastic way to tell the stories behind “BACARDI Untameable Since 1862,” our new global marketing campaign that inspires consumers to pursue their passions no matter what — much like the Bacardi family did — encouraging camaraderie and strength of character.”

“Authenticity is increasingly important to our consumers, especially millennials. While first and foremost we want the graphic novel to be entertaining, we are also saying something important about our brand; that we have the heritage to back up our attitude,” added Gibson.

To download The Spirit of BACARDI and for more information on “BACARDI Untameable Since 1862,” BACARDI rum and cocktail recipes, visit BACARDI.COM.

Watch the film here

About Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis is an award winning English writer of graphic novels and film. Most recently, Ellis has written The Spirit of BACARDI – a graphic novel that tells the stories behind BACARDI rum and its origins in Cuba. Prior to The Spirit of Bacardi, Ellis wrote RED and RED 2 which were both adapted into movies starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. Before the RED series, Ellis started British magazine Deadline, worked for Marvel on Hellstorm and then went on to write for DC where he wrote Gen, Transmetropolitan and Planetary. Ellis has also written for Vice, Wired UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren has been called “one of the most high-profile comic book writers of the past two decades”.

About Michael Allred

Michael Allred is an American artist and writer. Most recently, Allred has been central in the creation of The Spirit of BACARDI – a graphic novel that tells the stories behind BACARDI rum and its origins in Cuba. Allred is most famous for his creation, Madman, a superhero that appears in graphic novels published by Image. He has also illustrated numerous characters across Marvel and DC – two of the largest graphic novel publishers. Michael’s work is renowned

for its retro 1950s pop art style and he has been nominated for multiple awards including the Harvey’s, the Eisners and the Eagles. Michael lives near Portland with his wife Laura who frequently works as his colorist.

About BACARDI Rum – The World’s Most Awarded Rum

In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso revolutionized the spirits industry when he created a light-bodied rum with a particularly smooth taste – BACARDI. The unique taste of BACARDI rum inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous recipes including the BACARDI Mojito, the BACARDI Daiquiri, the BACARDI Cuba Libre, the BACARDI Pina Colada and the BACARDI Presidente. BACARDI rum is the world’s most awarded spirit, with more than 550 awards for quality, taste and innovation. Today, BACARDI rum is made in Puerto Rico and Mexico where it is crafted to ensure the taste remains the same today as it did when it was first blended in 1862. www.bacardi.com

The BACARDI® brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

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When referring to the brand or product, it is written as ‘BACARDI’. When referring to the company or founding family, it is written as ‘Bacardi’. When referring to the corporate entity, it is written as ‘Bacardi’.

BACARDI, BACARDI UNTAMEABLE AND THE BAT DEVICE ARE TRADEMARKS OF BACARDI & COMPANY LIMITED

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Accenture and Philips announce proof of concept app to show how ALS patients could gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice and eye commands

— Software connects Emotiv Insight Brainware to wearable display that allows wearers to command Philips Hue lighting, SmartTV and Lifeline products

ANDOVER, Mass. and NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) and Accenture  (NYSE: ACN) today announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Affecting more than 400,000 people per year*, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, impairs brain and spinal cord nerve cells, gradually diminishing voluntary muscle action. Late-stage patients often become totally paralyzed while retaining brain functions.

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“This proof of concept exemplifies how people, devices, data and technology could be brought together quickly to connect beyond the hospital walls in a way that can potentially help improve the quality of life for patients, wherever they are in their journey,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services for Philips. “Philips will continue to collaborate with innovative technology companies such as Accenture to explore new wearable and sensor solutions that change peoples’ lives and create a healthier future.”

How it works

When a wearable display and the Emotiv Insight Brainware, which scans EEG brainwaves, are connected to a tablet, users can issue brain commands to control Philips products including Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service, Philips SmartTV (with TP Vision), and Philips Hue personal wireless lighting. The tablet also allows control of these products using eye and voice commands. In both cases, a person could communicate preconfigured messages, request medical assistance, and control TVs and lights. Accenture and Philips developed the software that enables the integration and interaction between these multiple technologies.

The proof of concept application demonstrates how existing technology could be used to transform the quality of life for ALS patients. When patients lose muscle control and eye tracking ability, they can still potentially operate the Philips suite of connected products in their home environment through brain commands. The Emotiv technology uses sensors to tune in to electric signals produced by the wearer’s brain to detect, in real-time, their thoughts, feelings and expressions. The wearable display provides visual feedback that allows the wearer to navigate through the application menu.

The Accenture Technology Labs in San Jose, California collaborated with the Philips Digital Accelerator Lab in the Netherlands to create the software to interact with the Emotiv Insight Brainware and the wearable display. Fjord, a design consultancy owned by Accenture Interactive, designed the display’s user interface.

“This proof of concept shows the potential of wearable technology in a powerful new way — helping people with serious diseases and mobility issues take back some control of their lives through digital innovation,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer.  “It is another demonstration of how Accenture and Philips, collaborating with other technology innovators, seek to improve the lives of people with healthcare challenges.”

“Empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease to live fuller lives is at the heart of the ALS Association’s mission,” said Ineke Zaal, spokesperson for Stichting ALS in The Netherlands. “We are tremendously excited about the potential for this proof of concept to give people with ALS greater independence and quality of life as we continue to actively search for a cure.”  

For more information on the proof of concept application for controlling Philips connected technologies with brain commands, visit http://www.philips.com/braincommand and join the continuing conversation on LinkedIn with Philips Innovations in Health Group

*Source: International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Healthcare
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Kathy.oreilly@philips.com
@kathyoreilly

Charles Hartley
Accenture
+1-973-590-9920
Charles.hartley@accenture.com
@charleshartley

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 112,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About Emotiv 
Emotiv is a bioinformatics company offering a unique platform for crowd-sourced brain research. Emotiv leverages cloud computing, big data and mobile technology to offer valuable personal insights and accelerate brain research globally. Its home page is www.emotiv.com.

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New WGSN Goes Live Today

LONDON, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Expanded features, richer content and significantly improved technology now available to more than 75,000 global users 
  • Easier to use, with fast search, customisation functionality, increased shareability and a sophisticated design toolkit
  • New WGSN saves customers time, increases collaboration and gives greater certainty in today’s fast-moving fashion and style-centred industries
  • Available in five languages, the new WGSN benefits from regional content and product hubs, giving a global perspective, with local expertise

WGSN Group, the knowledge partner for the global style and retail sectors, today launched the new WGSN, bringing together the former WGSN and Stylesight products onto an enhanced, single technology platform.  Bringing the two products together in a new, easier to use way was driven by a desire to provide the best possible service to customers, harness the best of both and ensure that one plus one equals three.

Robust research and customer feedback revealed their core needs and what they valued.  This informed product and content strategy decisions and created a new WGSN that is genuinely better together. 

The new WGSN provides:

  • intuitive navigation and easy search functionality;
  • a customisable homepage;
  • enhanced catwalk content — gallery and analysis;
  • a sophisticated suite of design tools, including colour play, high resolution zoom and clip functionality;
  • 63,000 original prints and graphics;
  • 75,000 usable CAD drawings;
  • Significantly increased shareability.

Sansan Chen, SVP Product, WGSN and architect of the new WGSN said: “The new WGSN has been driven by a clear desire to delight, inspire and inform our customers. In bringing together WGSN and Stylesight, we were fanatical about retaining the unique and valuable aspects of each service. Users can now enjoy a clean, modern site design featuring the archives of both sites and NEW brilliant content created by a collaboration of the most trusted voices in trend. WGSN‘s super platform — with easy navigation, powerful search, and time-saving tools — sets the highest bar for customer service and will enable future innovation with our customers’ needs in mind.”

The new product provides the same instant access to design and colour forecasts 2+ years ahead of each season. It also offers more than 350 monthly trend reports covering over 17 product categories; coverage of more than 1,300 catwalk shows and 150+ catwalk analysis reports per season, reporting on global retail, streets, city guides and over 200+ tradeshows every year, as well as a digital library of over 10 million hi-res images — all within an improved, highly searchable, robust technology platform.

Duncan Painter, CEO Top Right Group, said: “WGSN‘s business is based on making our unique and trusted content essential and easy-to-use for our customers. We aim to quickly surface content from our incredibly rich database, so users benefit from relevant information, clear analysis and insight. We have invested significantly in the business to ensure the new WGSN saves our customers time, helps them collaborate more easily and have complete confidence in the business decisions they make.”

Another product in the WGSN Group, Homebuildlife, will also benefit from this fantastic new platform. Homebuildlife is the only site that offers in-depth global trend forecasting for the interiors, home and consumer products markets. Its customers will enjoy the same intuitive navigation and fast search when they consume Homebuildlife’s outstanding content.

Steve Newbold, Global Managing Director WGSN Trends, said: “This is a milestone day for our business and our 75,000 users around the world. WGSN was one of the pioneers of the forecasting industry and now offers customers one of the most innovative trend, design and bespoke research product ranges. In a world of technology enabled consumers, a wrong decision can cost millions. We are confident that the new WGSN and its extraordinary accuracy will quickly become an essential part of business workflows and help users to deliver their business goals and objectives.”

WGSN Group offers five pillars of content: consumer intelligence, trend forecasting, commercial product development, retail strategy and data analytics. Within trend forecasting, the new WGSN super-platform will provide technological innovations including fast search, tailored content, increased shareability and a professional design toolkit which will enable sophisticated high resolution zoom, clip functions and extensive print and download facilities.

Over the past two years, more than GBP50m has been invested in WGSN people, technology, infrastructure, content, innovation and acquisitions.

Carla Buzasi, WGSN‘s Global Chief Content Officer, will join the company shortly to lead the content strategy across WGSN.

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