With SAS Viya, insurers ensure their customers are served

CARY, N.C., Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — After a car accident or storm damage to your small business, the last thing you want is a slow response from your insurance company. Thanks to SAS®, customers of KB Insurance in Korea experience quicker and efficient service with their claims and questions.

With the help of the SAS Platform and its SAS® Viya® products, insurance companies can deliver quick, accurate and reliable analytical insights for their businesses and their own customers.

Other users of SAS Viya include Highmark Health, one of the US’ largest integrated delivery systems, serving more than 4.5 million customers across the mid-Atlantic region; and Stuttgarter Lebensversicherung, a German insurance provider offering private and corporate services. These join other SAS Viya customers already seeing success including Institute for Veterans and Military Families, an organization at Syracuse University that supports the often-challenging transition to civilian life for more than 200,000 military service members each year; and Dutch sports analytics firm SciSports.

KB Insurance reshapes the customer experience with SAS Viya
KB Insurance is one of Korea’s largest consumer and commercial insurance providers, helping customers resolve stressful situations. A subsidiary of KB Financial Group (NYSE: KB), Korea’s leading financial institution, the insurer offers policies for auto, health, property and business. It serves more than 6 million people. 

When a customer needs to make a claim, KB Insurance offers both online, phone and in-person options to make the process easier. However, the company found bottlenecks at its customer centers, harming the customer experience and increasing employee workload. KB Insurance turned to SAS for an analytical solution with speed and scale. 

Using SAS Viya, KB Insurance analyzed customer characteristics and the overall workload at its 86 customer centers over 15 months. Patterns quickly emerged. For example, the data analysis showed that customer center employees handled 40 percent of in-person claims at the end of each month, and about half of overall customer interactions occurred during the latter portion of the workday. 

The company then completed a clustering analysis with SAS Viya to assess priorities for the centers and suggest optimal staffing and project assignments. The goal was to improve customer satisfaction with the claims process by reducing or reassigning employee workload based on factors such as customer demand (how crowded each center got) and customer value (how quickly claims and questions were handled). 

“Tackling this problem would not have been feasible without the speed and scalability of SAS Viya,” said JaeWon Seo, Data Analytics Manager at KB Insurance. “As we implement the projects within each group of customer centers, we’re able to better support the staff and improve the customer’s claim experience.” 

SAS Viya provides a single, consolidated and cohesive environment for large-scale data manipulation, exploration, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). It provides companies such as KB Insurance with quick, accurate and reliable analytical insights. SAS also adds a layer of transparency and interpretability into AI-generated decisions, opening the black box of AI for data scientists and business users alike.

Learn about how SAS helps the insurance industry maximize data, detect fraud and more.

About SAS 
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Salesforce Announces Salesforce Tower Chicago, Commits to Adding 1,000 New Local Jobs

CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced Salesforce Tower Chicago, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Chicago. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 1,000 new jobs locally, over the next five years, helping fuel the city’s economic development.

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Salesforce employees will start moving into the Salesforce Tower Chicago upon completion which is slated for 2023. Plans for the Tower include an immersive lobby experience and top “Ohana Floor” – an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which will also be available for nonprofits and local education groups to use on weeknights and weekends at no cost.

The future Salesforce Tower Chicago will be located on the Chicago riverfront, on the site formerly known as Wolf Point South. Designed by award-winning architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, and developed by the Kennedy Family and Hines, Salesforce Tower Chicago will rise 57 stories above the Chicago River, in the heart of the city’s River North neighborhood.

Salesforce Tower Chicago is one of six Tower investments the company has announced in key markets including its headquarters in San Francisco, New York, London, Indianapolis, and Atlanta.

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“We are thrilled to keep growing and investing in Chicago and proud to share this announcement of Salesforce Tower Chicago. At Salesforce, our real estate is a tangible expression of our culture and values,” said Elizabeth Pinkham, EVP, Real Estate, Salesforce. “We are deeply committed to the communities where we live and work, and we show that through employee volunteerism, investment in education and workforce development, and opening our doors to non-profits here in Chicago.”

Chicago is the midwest’s largest city with a global and economic force that attracts a wealth of talent and international business,” said Tyler Prince, Executive Vice President – Industries & Partners, Salesforce. “Salesforce is committed to continued growth in the region and supporting our thousands of Chicago-based customers and partners as they transform their businesses and connect with their customers in new ways.”

“From small start-ups to international industry leaders like Salesforce, technology remains Chicago’s fastest growing industry area,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The City is home to one of the largest tech talent pools in the United States, and we are thrilled that Salesforce has made the commitment to further that growth. As a strong civic minded business, I look forward to partnering with Salesforce in our joint effort to build on Chicago’s reputation as a premier global city for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

New Tower Supports Salesforce’s Continued Growth in Chicago
Salesforce has been named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for the past 10 years and was recently ranked #1 on Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for 2018.

Salesforce Tower Chicago will be a hub for world-class, diverse talent, enabling the company to deliver new innovations to its more than 150,000 customers around the world. Salesforce has more than 1,400 employees in the Chicago area and more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Chicago is home to many Salesforce customers including the City of Chicago, United Airlines and Groupon.

Salesforce Tower Chicago will be one of the company’s most sustainable buildings to date pursuing LEED v4 Commercial Interiors Platinum certification and ILFI Net Zero Carbon Certification. On the heels of announcing Salesforce’s largest renewable energy agreement in Illinois that will create hundreds of full-time jobs during construction and several permanent jobs during the life of the project, the company plans to utilize the renewable energy to meet its sustainability milestones.

Giving Back through Education and Workforce Development
Salesforce and Salesforce.org are committed to investing in young people from the classroom to the boardroom. Through its work with Chicago Public Schools, i.c. Stars and Year Up, Salesforce.org has granted more than $1M in funds to support Future Ready initiatives in Chicago. Additionally, Salesforce has hosted interns from Year Up and Genesys Works in Chicago, providing opportunities for untapped talent to gain skills, earn relevant work experience, and build networks in the tech industry.

Salesforce.org’s Future Ready initiatives for education and workforce development work closely with schools to provide the best learning environment for students; promotes learning experiences that give students needed skills for future success; and helps young adults enter and thrive in the workforce.

Chicago Employees Commit to 40,000 Volunteer Hours Next Year
Today, Salesforce employees in Chicago are committing to deliver 40,000 total employee volunteer hours towards local schools and nonprofits in 2019. Salesforce employees in Chicago have delivered more than 125,000 volunteer hours to the local community to date.

To date, Salesforce technology has powered more than 39,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; Salesforce.org has provided more than $240 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 3.5 million volunteer hours throughout the world.

More than 8,500 companies from 100 countries have committed to Pledge 1%. Local Chicago companies that have joined Pledge 1% include DonorPath, Piqued, Guggenheim Partners and Sidekick.

Salesforce—Fastest-Growing Top 5 Software Company
Salesforce is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), helping companies connect with their customers in a whole new way. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—to get closer to their customers. The Salesforce Customer Success Platform includes industry-leading services spanning sales, service, marketing, commerce, communities, collaboration and industries, all on a single trusted cloud platform.

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Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com.

Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Salesforce applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CRM.” For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

 

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LeoVegas Among First to Receive Gambling Licence in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today it was announced that LeoVegas subsidiary LeoVegas Gaming Plc is among the first to have its application approved and the right to conduct casino and sports betting online. Starting 1 January 2019 only companies that have been granted a licence will have the right to conduct gambling activities in Sweden.

“Finally – we have been waiting for this day for a long time and is a milestone in LeoVegas history! We have worked hard with the extensive application process and I am very proud of our work. LeoVegas currently has gaming licenses in several countries and has thus broad experience operating in a regulated environment”. 

“In recent years we have invested substantially in responsible gaming and LeoSafePlay, an area that will continue to make up a fundamental part of our operations. Being among the first operators to receive a gambling licence is a quality seal and affirms LeoVegas as a leading, long-term and serious actor in the industry. LeoVegas is the most well-known online casino brand in Sweden.[1] We believe we offer the best mobile gaming experience. This combination is hard to beat and gives us a strong position in our home market where we continue to grow,” comments Gustaf Hagman, LeoVegas’ Group CEO. 

LeoVegas’ expansion strategy is to focus on regulated markets and markets in the process of being regulated. Today 35% of revenue is generated from regulated markets (Q3 2018). With Sweden as a regulated market, this figure is expected to be approximately 60% in early 2019. Sweden is an important market for LeoVegas in achieving its financial targets for 2020.

Regulated markets

Responsible gaming – LeoSafePlay

Regulated markets have more extensive guidelines for responsible gaming, which LeoVegas welcomes since, with experience from other regulated markets, has developed organization and marketing methods to offer the greatest gaming experience in a sustainable way. For example, the central register for players who have chosen to close their accounts will serve as a valuable tool in responsible gaming.

LeoVegas has always had a focus on responsible gaming, and the company’s platform for this area, LeoSafePlay, is conducted as a standalone business unit. This is in order to create the best conditions for the next generation’s system of responsible gaming based on machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Market dynamics

LeoVegas experience is that regulated markets favour larger actors with strong brands. In regulated markets, more marketing channels are also opened up, such as Google and Facebook. Over time the assessment is that the amount of marketing in the Swedish market will decrease.

Regulated markets entail that the gaming operators pay taxes. In Sweden the tax rate is 18% of revenues, part of the tax will be shared with LeoVegas external suppliers and absorbed by other market forces, thus only partially burdening the operators’ income statement. 

For further information, please contact:

Gustaf Hagman, President and CEO:
+46(0)8-410-367-66
gustaf.hagman@leovegas.com

Philip Doftvik, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Finance:
+46-73-512-07-20
philip.doftvik@leovegas.com

Irena Busic, Communications Director:
+46-731-51-16-15
irena.busic@leovegas.com

About the LeoVegas mobile gaming group

LeoVegas’ passion is “Leading the way into the mobile future”. LeoVegas is the premier GameTech company and is at the forefront of using state-of-the-art technology for mobile gaming. A large part of this success can be credited to an extreme product and technology focus coupled with effective and data-driven marketing. Technology development is conducted in Sweden, while operations are based in Malta. LeoVegas offers casino, live casino and sports betting, and operates two global and scalable brands – LeoVegas and Royal Panda – as well as a number of local brands in the UK. The company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more about LeoVegas, visit www.leovegasgroup.com. 


[1] Mantab Global brand surveys. 

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Blue Ocean Promotes Sean Miller to Director of Workforce Management

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Blue Ocean, an award-winning provider of customer care solutions, announces that Sean Miller has been promoted to Director of Workforce Management. In his new role, Miller has senior responsibility for the company’s workforce strategy and driving innovative workforce solutions that support Blue Ocean’s growth.

Sean has more than 25 years of experience in workforce management and has been with Blue Ocean for the past 12 years. His proven expertise, leadership, and strategic vision continue to deliver value to Blue Ocean and, more particularly, to the company’s clients as Sean builds bold workforce solutions to support even the most complex customer care programs.

Blue Ocean supports clients across a wide range of industries including eComm, grocery/CPG, technology, insurance, and fintech. Solutions range from consumer issue resolution to Tier 1 and Tier 2 tech support to emergency roadside assistance. Their roster of clients includes Fortune 100 companies, brand category leaders, and change-makers.

With artificial intelligence and other technologies producing an unprecedented pace of change in the customer care industry, Sean will play a key role in delivering thought leadership to Blue Ocean clients and ensure that the company’s workforce solutions deliver efficiency while driving cost out of the business and improving the customer experience.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to provide leadership to our workforce team, to our clients, and to prospective clients as we navigate the changing landscape,” says Miller. “Frankly, it’s pretty exciting to be tackling new these new challenges while striving to be the best in the business. Blue Ocean isn’t the biggest player in the global industry by a long shot, but we consistently punch above our weight class and there’s nothing I like better than showing the world what the underdog can do.”

“For more than a decade, Sean has played a key role in Blue Ocean’s ability to deliver best-in-class customer experiences for our clients. Sean’s promotion is an important part of Blue Ocean’s strategic growth plan and commitment to operational excellence supporting world-class clients. His innovative thinking and keen understanding of the industry will continue to be a critical asset to our company,” said Patty Isnor, SVP, Corporate Services of Blue Ocean.
For more information, please contact Amy Bennet Roach, Director of Sales and Marketing at 902.722.3312 or abennet(at)blueocean.ca.

About Blue Ocean
Blue Ocean is an award-winning provider of innovative customer care solutions. They are creators of practical solutions to real problems that enhance the relationships clients have with their customers. Headquartered in Atlantic Canada, the company has been supporting brands that are leaders in their categories from education to insurance, from CPG to technology since 1994.

 

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East Tech West conference: innovative Guangzhou plays a pivotal role within China’s Greater Bay Area

GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The East Tech West event, a tech conference organized by CNBC and the Administrative Committee of Nansha District, was held in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, an important hub within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, from November 27 to 29. The event attracted more than 200 global leaders in business and technology, including senior executives or founders of Alibaba, JP Morgan, Pony.ai, Didi Chuxing, Ctrip.com, Ernst & Young, Telenor, Microsoft and WM Motor. By sharing insights on artificial intelligence, fin-tech, smart manufacturing and other much-debated topics, they discussed ways to seize on opportunities from the technological and industrial revolution and to unleash the potential for innovation.

Amid a new round of industrial and technological revolution, the world is seeing a convergence of technological revolution in some critical areas with China’s economic growth. And the inner force driving innovation and technological advancement is among the topics discussed at the event in Guangzhou, a frontier of global scientific and technological innovation.

Scientific and technological innovation is essential to driving the economic growth of the Bay Areas, and more importantly, developing the area at large. The world’s three major Bay Areas of New York, Tokyo and San Francisco are fine examples. Globally, China’s Greater Bay Area aims at morphing into a center for shipping, trade, financial services, technological innovation and advanced manufacturing, and will hopefully become a new engine for China’s technological innovation.

AI, for example, is an eye-catching area at the event. Nansha has now housed technological projects of more than 130 industrial leaders in this field, including Tencent, AsiaInfo, CloudWalk, iFlytek and Pony.ai. The Guangzhou International Institute of Artificial Intelligence has been established here, and the two-square-kilometer Nansha Artificial Intelligence Industrial Park, will be built in Qingsheng, a hub within Nansha Area of Guangzhou, China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

As Nansha opens up its public services of education, healthcare and transportation, the AI firms are offered more space to apply their innovative products and services. “Nansha is on track to become an exemplary AI-based smart city,” said Cai Chaolin, party secretary of Nansha.

To establish as a hub city of the Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou is pooling quality resources from all over the world. As incubators of technologies, such as AI, big data and biotechnology, Nansha Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Pazhou Mobile Payment Smart Island and GE Biological Park demonstrate how Guangzhou shares its orientation and values with the world in pursuing innovation. This has changed the way people live, work and think.

China has been making major progress on the technological front in recent years. The growth of its AI industry, heavily relying on massive data, has been rapid. China is indeed ‘the Saudi Arabia of data’ with strong computing power,” said Li Jing, managing director and vice chairman of Asia Pacific at JP Morgan.

“In a world of ever-changing technology, China has gained a sound momentum for scientific and technological development in the future. CNBC is willing to embark on a path toward shared development with China,” said KC Sullivan, president and managing director of CNBC International. In his view, Nansha will be a significant contributor to China’s technological scenario.

Scientific and technological innovation in fact rests upon sound market and policy environments. With strong and enabling environment for technological development, Nansha has continued to roll out favorable policies and forge a future-oriented climate. A report by KPMG shows that the district ranks 51st in the world by the business environment, above the world’s average.

As a host of innovative firms and incubators is growing strong, their influence on the globe is also increasing. In this connection, Guangzhou has consolidated its position among the international cities.

Guangzhou has made it into the alpha category of first-tier global cities, according to the latest world city ranking issued by Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). Sources from the GaWC said that compared to the cities within the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai excluded), the Pearl River Delta cities are more connected to the world.

The world-wide connectivity has greatly channeled the global quality resources into Guangzhou. Data shows that Guangzhou housed 40,000 new tech companies in 2017, meaning an average of 11 were established per day.

Nansha is just a testimony to Guangzhou’s capacity to pool innovative firms. Over the past three years since the establishment of Nansha Area, its business community has experienced a nearly nine-fold increase, from 8400 to 83,000 businesses, and 127 projects invested by Fortune Global 500 companies settled here.

A basic pattern of innovation has been formed as an innovation-oriented ecosystem that consists of policies, capital, talents and institution is maturing. Third-party estimates show that Nansha ranks third in China by institutional innovation and first by trade facilitation for two consecutive years. “Nansha is set to become an international innovative center within the Greater Bay Area,” said Cai.

The Bay Area economy has been viewed as a main driver of the global economic growth. The guests at the East Tech West 2018 agreed that with a free flow of quality innovative resources and factors from across the world and its resulting synergy created within the Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou is expected to be an influential and competitive global innovator of technology.

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Next Level Seminar: Are You Able to Handle Artificial Intelligence?

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Next Level (http://www.clevelonly.com) seminar asks senior-level job candidates: Are you able to handle artificial intelligence?

“That most senior-level executive job candidates are seeking a promotion with their next engagement comes with the implicit fact that, if successful, they will be involved in activities they have yet to confront,” Jack Robbins, CEO of Next Level, says. “It is vital to understand what will be expected and to have learned about that next challenge before discussions begin with a prospective employer.”

“If asked, ‘How will you optimize the use of Artificial Intelligence in your new position?’, the correct answer is not, ‘I don’t know’,” Robbins warns. “That it wasn’t previously a concern for the candidate is no reason for him or her no to realize the impact it will have at the new position.”

“It is well established that battles are won before they are ever fought,” Robbins points out, “It is worth investing a bit of time to study and assess what is likely to be the next battle in your career should you secure the promotion or transition being sought and how make that battle-plan a part of your presentation–foresight is rewarded.”

 

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Kika Responds to Recent Misleading Allegations

BEIJING, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kika Tech, a leading AI keyboard developer today announced that the allegations from a BuzzFeed article, published on November 26, in regards to Kika engaging in a fraudulent advertising practice known as click injection are false and hold no merit. Kochava, an app attribution and analytics company, provided unfounded information and misinterpretation about Kika’s product to BuzzFeed, which has resulted in reputational damage and business losses with the release of the article.

According to the BuzzFeed article:

“Kochava found that the Cheetah and Kika apps tracked when users downloaded new apps and used this data to inappropriately claim credit for having caused the download. The practice being executed by Cheetah and Kika is referred to as click flooding and click injection, and ensures these companies are rewarded an app-install bounty even when they played no role in an app’s installation.”

Kochava provided BuzzFeed with video evidence recording a smartphone in a simulation environment. However, in the simulation environment recorded in their video, there are other default apps and third-party SDKs that are running that have absolutely no relevance to Kika’s app. The click injection that was allegedly triggered by Kika has in fact, no relevance to Kika’s mobile app.

During Kika’s investigation, Kika downloaded its app in a clean Android system. Its internal investigation shows that no new installations have been reported in a clean simulation environment. And the reports on installations generated in the simulation environment are not triggered by Kika’s app, as alleged by the article. Under the smartphone simulation environment in the video provided by Kochava, installation reports would still exist even if Kika’s app is uninstalled.

A clean simulation enviroment with Kika’s app and GP store

 

No search reports with new install search

 

No search reports with new search download

 

No reports with new app installation

 

No reports with new app being installed

Kika vehemently denies BuzzFeed’s and Kochava’s claims that the company is one of, “Eight apps with a total of more than 2 billion downloads in the Google Play store have been exploiting user permissions as part of an ad fraud scheme that could have stolen millions of dollars, according to research from Kochava,” as stated in the BuzzFeed article. Kika deeply appreciates and values the trust invested in the company from both our users and partners. It will continue to improve its products and services to give back to those who trust it. Kika reiterates that it has never engaged in any fraudulent practice and will continue to work hard to ensure that all practices at Kika are in line with the Google policy, GDPR and other related laws and regulations. These allegations have adversely impacted the company’s reputation and business. Kika reserves the right to take legal actions against such false accusations.

About Kika Tech

Say it with Kika! Make everyday interactions more engaging and fun with Kika Tech. Integrating into smart devices, Kika Tech enhances self-expression that goes beyond mobile platforms. By leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), Kika Tech enriches the emotional connection between individuals in the technology-driven world. Keep up-to-date with Kika Tech on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Nearly Half the Time There is a Better Price to Be Found While Shopping Online

Shopbrain Found Users $2 Million Worth of Savings This November

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Shopbrainthe AI-powered shopping assistanthelps online shoppers find a better price in seconds. Throughout November, Shopbrain found users a better price nearly half the time resulting in more than a combined $2 million worth of savings.

Shopbrain Finds the Best Price on a Product in Seconds So Customers Don’t Have To (PRNewsfoto/Shopbrain)

“Shopbrain is an easy-to-use tool that turns consumers into smart shoppers. Each new sale offers low prices and the best deals to entice shoppers to place an order; and November’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales promise the lowest prices of the year. This year, Shopbrain users got to confirm whether that was the case or notwith shoppers finding a better price nearly half the time,” said James Cunningham, CEO and Co-Founder of Shopbrain. “It clearly pays to shop around, but with Shopbrain you don’t have to anymorewe do it for you.”

This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, millions of shoppers browsed through the latest sales and deals. With Shopbrain, users can verify if there is a better price out there, saving themselves time and money. When shopping on retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, Shopbrain found users a better price 46% of the time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“The information to find a better price is readily available, but it can be tiresome and time-consuming to find it on your own. At Shopbrain, we are proud to give customers a carefree shopping experience helping them to find a better priceall in a matter of seconds,” continued Cunningham.

Shopbrain’s parent company, Yroo, was founded by James Cunningham and Nick Zhu and has raised over 15 million USD since its inception. The Shopbrain AI-powered shopping assistant is the latest product development from the company.

The browser extension can be easily added to Chrome and asks users: “Would you like Shopbrain to search for a better price?” They can then search for products online, combing through other retailers across the web to find the best price in seconds. For the better way to shop, consumers can visit Shopbrain.com or the Chrome Web Store to add this money-saving feature to their browsers.

About Shopbrain
Shopbrain, from meta-search engine and big data company Yroo, is a virtual shopping assistant powered by artificial intelligence to find online shoppers the best price in real time. Through AI, Shopbrain searches more than 10,000 retailers, merchants, and search engines, including Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, and Google Shopping and catalogues over 1 billion products. The shopping assistant empowers users to discover and compare prices and customer reviews, aggregating current and historical data from thousands of retailers in seconds and ultimately saving online shoppers time and money.

 

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Mobile Robots Market Worth $54.1 Billion by 2023 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

CHICAGO, November 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

According to the new market research report Mobile Robots Market by Operating Environment (Aerial, Ground, and Marine), Component (Control System, Sensors), Type (Professional and Personal & Domestic Robots), Application (Domestic, Military, Logistics, Field), and Geography – Global Forecast 2023, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Mobile Robots Market is expected to grow from USD 18.7 billion in 2018 to USD 54.1 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 23.71% during the forecast period. Robotics has witnessed a quantum leap with the introduction of technologies such as augmented reality, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). With the growing geriatric population and the rising number of nuclear families worldwide, demand for advanced technologies and virtual assistants, such as companion robots, is also increasing as these technologies simplify the process of performing a task. Another driver for the mobile robots market include increasing demand for warehouse automation.

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Personal and domestic robots are adopted for domestic applications (e.g., vacuum cleaning, floor cleaning, and lawn-mowing) and entertainment, education, and personal applications (e.g., entertainment and leisure). The adoption of these robots has been high in North American and European countries for household purposes. However, with the growing awareness and number of nuclear families worldwide, the market for personal and domestic robots is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Mobile robots market for entertainment, education, and personal application is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period 

Social robots are gaining traction regarding entertainment, education, and personal applications with booming digital technology. In addition, devices or robots with larger displays (dedicated for performing tasks such as displaying images, playing videos, and displaying error messages) are being adopted on a large scale for entertainment, education and personal applications. Apart from this, an increasing number of working officials across the world is expected to put forth a need for robots for providing companionship to the elderly and toddlers. This fact is expected to propel the growth of the market for entertainment, education, and personal applications during the forecast period.

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North America to hold a major share of the mobile robots market in 2018 

North America is expected to hold the largest share of the mobile robots market in 2018. This dominance can be attributed to the growth in demand for mobile robots from nascent sectors such as telepresence, inspection and maintenance, and home security, along with major sectors such as medical, defense, marine, logistics, and education and research. iRobot, GeckoSystems, Adept Technology (a subsidiary of Omron Corporation), Google, and Amazon are the major companies in the mobile robots market based in the US. Apart from this, increasing aging population in North America is driving the market for telepresence and personal assistant robots.

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Major players in the mobile robots market include Northrop Grumman (US), Honda Motor (Japan), Softbank (Japan), iRobot (US), DJI (China), Lockheed Martin (US), Kongsberg Maritime (Norway), KUKA (Germany),  Bluefin Robotics (US), Samsung Electronics (South Korea), Parrot (France), 3DR (US), GeckoSystems (US), LG (South Korea), Amazon Robotics (US), Mayfield Robotics (US), Promobot (Russia), Bluefrog Robotics (France), LEGO (Denmark), and ECA Group (France).

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Indonesian blockchain company HARA stars in first episode of Now Go Build, created by Amazon Web Services

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Indonesian blockchain company HARA is the subject of the first episode in the new Now Go Build series, created by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The first episode was released on the 28th of November and is now available for watching on the Amazon Web Services YouTube channel. In the series, Amazon VP & CTO Werner Vogels travels around the world to meet startup founders to hear about what challenges they face in building their business, and how AWS helps them overcome these.

[left-right] HARA field agent, farmer,  HARA CEO Regi Wahyu, Amazon VP & CTO Werner Vogels, & HARA CTO Imron Zuhri visiting the rice fields in Indonesia for a live demonstration of how HARA’s technology is being used to benefit the rural communities of smallholder farmers.

HARA was selected for the first episode to showcase companies that apply AWS to actively improve the livelihoods of the people that need it the most. The company is building a blockchain-based data exchange that is focused on improving the food and agriculture sector.

“With their tech they connect rural, smallholder farms with banks and distributors of goods, like seeds, fertilizers, and tools. It is simply the sharing of hard to obtain data that makes this possible. With this system, useful information is the basis for good credit and goodwill,” explains Vogels about HARA in the episode.

The filming of the episode in Indonesia took place at the end of September of this year. Vogels first swung by the HARA office in Jakarta to interview the company’s CEO, Regi Wahyu, and CTO, Imron Zuhri, before heading off together to the rice fields near Bogor, West Java, for a live demonstration of how HARA’s technology is being used to benefit the rural communities of smallholder farmers.

“We are collecting any ID that they have. There are 1.5 billion people who have no proper ID in this world. By making them visible, by giving them an identity that they can use to identify themselves, then we can provide access to a lot within the system,” says HARA CTO Imron Zuhri.

One of the issues people in these areas struggle with that is highlighted in the episode is that they lack access to financial institutions, and often must resort to borrowing money from loan sharks at extortionate interest rates that can be as high as 60% per year. HARA is helping these farmers by generating the data that financial institutions need to help them disburse loans.

“Being able to share our mission with the world through Now Go Build is something we are very excited about,” says Regi Wahyu, HARA CEO, “It was great to discuss our project with Werner and show that we are already making an impact, even though this is just the beginning. The feedback we received so far really gives us great confidence for the future.”

Vogels was impressed by what he saw during his visit, taking to Twitter to voice his approval, and later even speaking about HARA during his keynote speech at the International Rice Conference 2018, which was held in October.

About HARA

HARA is a blockchain-based data exchange from Indonesia that is focused on improving the food and agriculture sector. The purpose of HARA is to create a prosperous data exchange economy that drives the use of informed data-driven decisions in society.

Starting with agriculture and food sector, HARA is an end-to-end solution for all stakeholders in the data exchange market for the world’s most socially impactful sectors. It offers the near-time valuable data that is crucial to increase productivity, reduce losses, and make the market more efficient.

The HARA Ecosystem has already been deployed locally with great results. With the data collected by HARA in several pilot projects, numerous farmers have already been able to successfully apply for microcredit from banks. Getting access to financial institutions is the first step in the process of significantly increasing the farmers’ productivity, ultimately leading to increase their prosperity.

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