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Big Data Analytics, AI and mHealth Take Patient Engagement to the Next Level

 

Vendors need to resolve security and interoperability issues to attract interest from patients and physicians alike, finds Frost & Sullivan

LONDON, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Patient engagement in Europe is a challenging space to operate in, despite the strong government impetus, coupled with the wide availability of supportive technology. However, resistance among patients and providers towards the concept of patient engagement is gradually weakening due to the rising ubiquity of smart phones and growing uptake of digital health tools by healthcare providers. This combination of factors helps open up the market among the younger, digitally native, demographics, who are more comfortable using interactive technologies. Overall, vendors need to carefully study regional nuances, challenges, and growth opportunities in the European market to create bespoke products that will encourage its continual use.

“The shift to outcomes-based medicine and preventive care is encouraging providers to engage with their patients. Many are looking to empower patients by presenting them with their health data and including them in the decision-making process aimed at improving health outcomes,” said Chandni Mathur, Digital Health Analyst, Transformational Health. “Patient engagement 2.0 is further gaining currency with digital innovations such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and consumer-grade wearables entering the mainstream. As these tools collect large volumes of data, vendors have to develop a strong privacy strategy as well as demonstrate the accuracy of the tools to physicians.”

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, The Future of Patient Engagement 2.0 in Europe, 2018, discusses the marketplace and digital technologies pertaining to patient engagement in Europe. It identifies geographic hotspots as well as growth opportunities by region and by stakeholders such as pharmaceutical companies, medical diagnostics and devices, payers, and healthcare provider set-ups. It analyses opportunities by country and ecosystem components including medtech, pharma, providers and payers.

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“Across Europe, telemedicine and remote monitoring have been identified as growth opportunities. Estonia, in particular, has emerged as a top destination for market expansion due to its favourable regulations and the willingness of its patient and physician populations to adopt new methods and technologies,” noted Chandni. “There is also considerable start-up activity in markets such as the UK and Nordics region, which offer opportunities for volume growth.”

There are additional growth opportunities in:

  • Having standard operating frameworks in place. This will solve the issue of interoperability and aid seamless data sharing among devices, stakeholders, and geographies.
  • Collaborating with large providers, government agencies, and commercial payers to co-build a solutions portfolio customised to a country’s interests, patient requirements, and physician preferences.
  • Shifting from fee-for-service payment models to value-based ones.
  • Leveraging multidisciplinary and cross-functional technology innovation.

The Future of Patient Engagement 2.0 in Europe, 2018 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Digital Health Growth Partnership Service program.

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PAC Study on SAP Application Management: Executives Advocate the Involvement of External Service Providers

MUNICH and BIELEFELD, Germany, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The SAP portfolio is subject to constant change, and this has an impact on the operation of SAP applications in data centers. While the management of SAP applications used to be strongly driven by processes and governance considerations, the continuous advance of the digital transformation means that it now also has to provide support for the modernization of the company itself and ensure the successful integration of mobile devices, data analyses, cloud computing, and social media,explains the new PAC Study.

With regard to management of your SAP systems: Which of the following aspects represent a major or minor challenge?

“The study showed us that there is hardly any area where a business does not collaborate with external service providers. Particularly where SAP applications are concerned, itelligence has extensive expertise that enables it to provide customers with a comprehensive offering, from strategy consulting to transformation to long-term support and the optimization of their applications,” stresses Norbert Rotter, CEO of itelligence AG.

The current “Application Management in Europe study provides an overview of the status quo and future development in the field of SAP Application Management. For this study, the market researchers from PAC – a teknowlogy Group company – questioned IT decision-makers of large companies throughout Europe on behalf of SAP consulting company itelligence.

“As is the case for many other areas of IT, traditional application management is also undergoing significant changes and developments. At the same time, internal IT departments are trying to handle the current tremendous challenges with ever more limited resources in terms of headcount and specialist knowledge. This is precisely where we as itelligence can provide support to companies with agile and flexible Managed Services,” says Lars Janitz, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Managed Services, itelligence AG.

Successful migration into the cloud with SAP

For many of the respondents, cloud applications have become ubiquitous. A large number of them (39%) stated that they had implemented the cloud version of SAP’s latest ERP suite, SAP S/4HANA. 56% confirmed that they were already using or planning to use SAP Cloud Platform & SAP Leonardo. The figure for SAP Analytics Cloud was 53%. And many companies use solutions to support separate processes, such as Ariba for Purchasing and Procurement (63%) and SuccessFactors for Human Capital Management (77%).

PAC analyst Karsten Leclerque too believes that external service providers such as itelligence are enormously important in the era of digitalization: “The digital era demands a new approach to application management; one which helps automate businesses as well as improve agility, speed, and efficiency.”

Complexity as the dominant challenge

96% of the respondents perceive their own SAP landscape as a challenge due to the high degree of customization and adaptations. As a majority of the companies are using or planning to use a number of different cloud applications and deployment models in parallel, they are also having to deal with the complexity of the integration and the management of these solutions. 91% of the respondents perceive the complexity of hybrid IT landscapes as a challenge. Such hybrid IT landscapes often comprise legacy IT, private and public cloud models, as well as self-operated and (out)sourced infrastructures. All this requires consistent end-to-end governance, compliance, and security across numerous different applications and infrastructure platforms (see Fig. 1).

Automation of SAP System Management

Over recent years, cost pressures in particular as well as labor shortages within Europe have led to increased demand for services provided from offshore and nearshore locations. This was reflected in a total of 79% of respondents stating that they were using nearshore resources. 69% of the companies are using offshore resources. Experiences with nearshoring appear to be more positive: 46% of the companies that make use of nearshore resources are convinced that this share will increase over coming years.

Offshoring and nearshoring will experience increasing competition from rising automation. 41% of respondents are already using or are planning to use automation or technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) to manage their SAP systems. At the same time, a further 46% professed an interest in using these technologies in their organization (see Fig. 2).

Majority of executives advocate use of external service providers

66% of the companies thus prefer involving an external service provider such as itelligence for general tasks such as Application Management or Application Hosting. That said, the requirements relating to the management of an SAP application landscape have changed. In future, the requirement will no longer just be to “keep everything running,” as used to be the case for SAP Application Management services in the past. Instead, customers will demand their providers to have greater industry-specific know-how that will facilitate closer integration with the business.

Ideally, by collaborating with external providers in implementing and operating their SaaS solutions, companies will have the opportunity to benefit not only from their providers’ technical capabilities, but also from their innovativeness, as cloud migration can often be a trigger for business transformation.

The study document “Application Management in Europe” is available for download at https://itel.li/ams-study-europe-en.

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itelligence is a leading international full-service provider of solutions in support of SAP solutions, employing more than 7,500 highly qualified employees in 25 countries. itelligence is an SAP Hybris Gold Partner and global value-added reseller that has won numerous SAP awards. itelligence is an SAP-certified provider of cloud services and an SAP platinum partne rand realizes complex projects in the SAP solution-based environment worldwide. The company’s services in support of SAP solutions range from consulting and licensing to application management services and hosting services to proprietary industry-specific solutions. In 2017, itelligence generated total sales of EUR 872.2 million.

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ePallet Announces $3 Million in Funding

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ePallet, the artificial intelligence (AI) powered platform providing a more efficient and cost-effective way to buy and sell food and consumables in full pallet increments; today announced it had raised $3 million in funding.

The latest round of funding will allow ePallet to continue to aggressively hire and expand its team in addition to position the company for a Series A round of financing in 2019.

ePallet, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, offers an innovative approach that disrupts the traditional supply chain where layers of middlemen typically add markups of 10% to 40%. With ePallet’s machine learning platform delivering “True Wholesale,” customers benefit from real-time, net-net delivered pricing in full-pallet increments. While manufacturers gain a competitive advantage from ePallet’s lean logistics which allows them to provide their products at very attractive prices. In addition, ePallet enables manufacturers to reduce their overall operating costs by offloading every detail of servicing pallet-quantity customers, including freight, billing, and customer service.

“With the $3 million we’ve raised to date, ePallet is looking forward to increasing its reach in 2019, growing our team, and strengthening our mission of fixing the inefficiencies in the food supply chain to give everyone access to quality, affordable food products they deserve,” said James Kwon, ePallet CEO.

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RealNetworks to Release Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results February 6

SEATTLE, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), a leader in digital media software and services, announced today it will report financial results for its 2018 fourth quarter and full year after the market closes on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The company will host a conference call that day shortly after 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET.

Participants can access the conference call by dialing 1-877-451-6152 (United States) or 1-201-389-0879 (international). A telephonic replay of the call will also be available shortly after the completion of the call, until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (United States) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay pin number: 13686405.

A live webcast will be available on RealNetworks’ Investor Relations site under Events at http://investor.realnetworks.com and will be archived online upon completion of the conference call.

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and changed the way audio and video content was consumed across devices and around the world. Building on a legacy of digital media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. Find RealNetworks’ corporate information at www.realnetworks.com.

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Data Abuse, AI, Live Hacking to be Major Cybersecurity Threats in 2019

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — In its newly published Annual Report, PandaLabs, Panda Security’s anti-malware laboratory, predicts the seven biggest cybersecurity trends in 2019, including live hacking, data abuse, attacks on IoT devices and more.

The report, based on customer threat data collected by PandaLabs, dives into several key forces that will shape cybersecurity in the coming year:

Live hacking: As organizations go to increased lengths to protect themselves in 2019, difficult-to-detect, malwareless attacks will grow at a faster rate compared to traditional malware like Trojans or worms.

Digital sovereignty in security: Geopolitics has already had an influence in the digital world in 2018, and PandaLabs expects that trend to continue. 2019 will likely see the rise of European digital sovereignty, a 4th bloc alongside the USA, China and Russia. This will influence cybersecurity strategy and policy and will affect purchasing decisions in the cybersecurity space.

Increase in supply chain attacks: These attacks infiltrate development projects of companies or legitimate software products and imbed a malicious code, which is then passed on to users through future software updates. These cases are likely to become more common in 2019 due to their effectiveness and wide reach.

Attackers adopting AI: As artificial intelligence continues to become more accessible and widely understood, it is likely that attackers will use it to design algorithms that automatically discover new ways to attack organizations.

New catastrophic vulnerabilities will be discovered: Many cybersecurity experts believe Meltdown and Spectre are just the beginning when it comes to major vulnerabilities. With similar discoveries possible in 2019, cybercriminals will be ready to exploit these vulnerabilities.

More attacks on routers and IoT devices: IoT devices are usually not as secure as typical endpoints such as laptops or smart phones, making them prime targets for attack in 2019.

Abuse of data & fake news: Increased access to big data makes it easier than ever for attackers to execute personalized attacks on unsuspecting victims by impersonating a person or organization. Due to the effectiveness of these attacks in 2018, PandaLabs expects to see an increase in these types of attacks in the new year.

In addition to next year’s trends, the report looks back at 2018, profiling prevalent trends from the past year including traditional malware, RDP attacks and cryptojacking.

The report also outlines Panda’s strategies for protecting customers from cybercrime as attacks become more sophisticated. Panda classifies every unknown executable as either “safe” or “unsafe” before allowing it to run. This approach, combined with behavioral analysis and anti-exploit modules, means only legitimate software operates on customer devices. Any security threat is identified and remediated by PandaLabs’ team of experts on behalf of customers, eliminating the need for an in-house IT resource dedicated to threat remediation.

Download the report in full here: https://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/pandalabs/annual-cybersecurity-report-2018/ 

 

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Squirrel AI invited to iNACOL Education Symposium and its idea of "A Super AI Teacher for Each Student" well received

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The iNACOL Education Symposium recently rounded off in Nashville, the capital of Tennessee. It was attended by more than 3000 educational experts, educators, policymakers and researchers from the United States and other countries. They discussed how to shape and change the future of education. Squirrel AI Learning, a representative Chinese education technology company, shared its successful experience in applying AI technology to education, which was really an eye-opener for many participants and they applauded Squirrel AI Learning’s achievements.

With a theme of “Driving the Transformation of Learning”, the symposium consisted of keynote speeches, lectures and workshops. Present at the symposium were well-known education companies such as Clever, Dreambox, FuelEducation, Schoology and Squirrel AI Learning. Many educational experts extensively discussed the application of emerging technology in education, online education, learning evaluation, educational leadership, school redesign, education research and evaluation, equality of education and social emotional learning. Also, they learned from each other‘s best practices and looked for opportunities for deeper collaboration.

Squirrel AI Learning is a committed game changer of traditional teaching modes. Its chief architect Richard Tong gave a keynote speech titled “A Super AI Teacher for Each Student”, and shared with the audience the deep applications of Squirrel AI’s intelligent adaptive learning system in AI algorithm, content recommendation, data analysis and teaching method. The revolutionary achievements stemming from these innovations, including the accurate diagnosis of students’ weaknesses, learning state evaluation and building a personalized learning path for them and optimal learning objective setting, were also shared in the speech. Richard’s speech won high praise from Jon Bergmann, the co-founder of the world-renowned “Flipped Classroom”, and many other experts and scholars.

“Compared with traditional education modes, Squirrel AI is equipped with the latest AI algorithm engine, which can help make the ideal ‘individualized’ education a reality,” Richard Tong pointed out in his speech.

In terms of educational theory, teaching activities should be a process of interaction between teachers and students. In the currently popular large-class teaching mode, however, teachers don’t teach according to each student’s cognitive level, but based on that “most students can easily understand the knowledge”. If things continue this way, a knowledge communication barrier will arise between teachers and students. Equipped with an AI algorithm, Squirrel AI supports content recommendation and can combine “teaching content” with “students’ knowledge conditions”. Just as toutiao.com recommends news to everybody according to the information read by him or her, Squirrel AI can connect students and AI teachers through an interactive channel to communicate with each other.

Richard Tong, chief architect of Squirrel AI Learning, delivering a keynote speech

The content recommendation via AI algorithms is supported by Squirrel AI’s application of AI and big data technologies, as well as profound understanding of educational contents and processes. Upon its founding, Squirrel AI has established a proprietary AI algorithm and knowledge base. Additionally, Squirrel AI made a heavy investment in building a top-notch R&D team composed of Richard Tong, Dr. Cui Wei and Dr. Dan Bindman, former staff members of Knewton, RealizeIT and ALEKS, the world’s top three AI intelligent adaptive education providers. At the global AI Adaptive Education Summit (AIAED) held on November 16, 2018, Professor Tom Mitchell, the global luminary on machine learning, Dean of School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a fellow at the National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), announced his acceptance of the invitation from Squirrel AI to serve as the Chief AI Officer. Squirrel AI has also gathered a group of Chinese expert teachers, senior teachers and teaching and research experts to generate innovative teaching content in accordance with China’s educational policies, teaching content, test content, consumer psychology and social context.

On that basis, Squirrel AI succeeded in “decomposing super-Nanoscale knowledge points”. Namely, for one knowledge point in the textbook, it is decomposed into 2 or 3 knowledge points by a traditional teacher in the teaching process, while Squirrel AI managed to decompose it into 70 to 80 knowledge points. As every knowledge point is decomposed into fine-grained levels, Squirrel AI can better identify students’ levels of learning, so as to recommend specific knowledge points to different students. With its pioneering theory of “the association probability of unassociated knowledge points”, Squirrel AI can accurately test the levels of students’ mastery of knowledge points with a minimum of questions asked in the shortest time possible, which can greatly improve teaching efficiency.

The Squirrel AI’s intelligent adaptive learning system is not merely a combination of AI, big data technology and teaching process, but a deep integration of all educational aspects such as teaching, learning, testing and practices. Starting in 2015, Squirrel AI has been collecting first-hand data from the first group of enrolled students. A knowledge portrait has been drawn for every student with the AI algorithm and big data technology. Through autonomous control and full participation, Squirrel AI can acquire a timely understanding of every student’s dynamic learning to remedy his or her weaknesses and help him or her set up a personalized learning path.

Thus far, Squirrel AI has set up over 1,600 learning centers in about 300 cities from approximately 20 provinces around China, offering services to more than 1 million students altogether. Though inseparable from online education, Squirrel AI is not merely an online educational institution. In terms of teaching services, Squirrel AI has put forward an “online + offline” educational business mode known as new retail education. In respect of online operation, Squirrel AI acquires traffic and then offers one-on-one instructional guidance to students. Among the courses, 70% are taught by AI teachers and 30% are taught by human teachers who are also responsible for locating and making up the deficiencies for the students. As for offline operation, Squirrel AI runs schools around the country in the form of chain operation, cooperation and direct marketing.

Moreover, the effect of “AI teaching” has been fully verified in the four “man-machine competitions” held by Squirrel AI. Taking the most recent “man-machine competition”, which took place in one hundred cities, for example, in terms of average scoring in the core part of the competition, the students in the AI teaching group had their scores increased by 5.4 on average, while the students in the human teaching group just had their scores increased by 0.7 on average; each student in the AI teaching group learned 42 knowledge points on average, while each student in the human teaching group learned 28 knowledge points on average. Therefore, the AI teachers will go further on the path of self-evolution.

However, as pointed by Richard Tong, chief architect of Squirrel AI Intelligent Adaptive Education, “For now, the AI teachers cannot take the place of the human teachers. For instance, only a human teacher can read the students’ inner thoughts and feelings, soothe them and relieve their stress, provide psychological counseling and enhance their learning motivation. Yet an AI teacher can only do repetitive “teaching” work, such as lesson preparation, course teaching, test design and scoring. The combination of AI with education will bring better teaching experience.”

From AI algorithm technology, data analysis and man-machine war over educational and teaching practice, Squirrel AI is practicing the idea of “A Super AI Teacher for Each Student” through its own technology, platform, APP and business mode. It has built a precise and effective AI adaptive education engine, boosting the more intelligent development of the educational industry.

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Kylin Ti, a CT Baggage Screening Device Made by NUCTECH, Passed a Standard Test Conducted by the European Civil Aviation Conference

BEIJING, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In December 2018, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) announced on its official website that Kylin Ti, a CT baggage screening device made by NUCTECH, had passed the Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage (EDSCB) C3 standard test, i.e. a test of the automatic detection of explosives in carry-on baggage. As important technical test standards in the global civil aviation security inspection industry, the ECAC technical standards have a great reputation and credibility and serve as the criteria in the industry.

Kylin Ti, a CT Baggage Screening Device Made by NUCTECH, Passed a Standard Test Conducted by the European Civil Aviation Conference

NUCTECH has been developing international advanced technologies and pursuing innovation-driven development. By integrating artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing into security inspection technologies and products, NUCTECH has launched a number of world-class aviation security inspection product portfolios. NUCTECH has been an active participant in various high-standard certifications in civil aviation security inspection technologies. Kylin Ti is a carry-on baggage screening product that uses multi-energy spiral CT to get high-resolution stereo imaging. It combines deep learning algorithms to intelligently identify explosives and other prohibited items. This product is suitable for airports, important venues, major sporting events and other places with high security access control requirements. The EDSCB C3 standard is the highest standard that the ECAC has for carry-on baggage screening technologies, and it is essential for a product to pass this test before entering the global civil aviation security inspection market. Passing the standard test indicates that NUCTECH has industry-leading CT carry-on baggage screening technologies.

As of now, NUCTECH is the only Chinese company that has passed the ECAC standard tests. A total of 14 devices made by NUCTECH have passed 20 ECAC standard tests, including the CT security inspection equipment, an X-ray security inspection device, a millimeter-wave body scanner, a Raman security inspection device, an explosives trace detector, etc., covering almost all aviation security inspection product portfolios.

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Sony Announces its Next-generation α6400 Mirrorless Camera with Real-time Eye Autofocus, Real-time Tracking and World’s Fastest Autofocus

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics Inc. today introduced an exciting new addition to its E-mount mirrorless camera lineup – the α6400 (model ILCE-6400). 

Sony α6400 Mirrorless Camera

The α6400 brings many of Sony’s most advanced technologies from their acclaimed full-frame lineup to a compact, lightweight APS-C camera. The speedy new camera boasts the world’s fastesti autofocus (AF) acquisition of 0.02 secondsii, while also introducing the new advanced “Real-time Eye AF” and “Real-time Tracking” capabilities. Also included are high-speed shooting at up to 11 fpsiv with AF/AE tracking, a new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that produces excellent image quality, 4Kvi video recording, a fully 180-degree tiltable LCD touch screen and much more, making it the ultimate tool for all types of creators ranging from professionals to vloggers.

“The α6400 represents another important step in the growth of Sony’s overall interchangeable lens camera lineup,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of Imaging Solutions at Sony Electronics. “By bringing so many of our latest and most advanced technologies from full-frame cameras to a brand new APS-C model, we are giving today’s creators more options than ever to realize their vision.”

Speedy Performance that Captures Decisive Moments
The impressive autofocus system on the new α6400 inherits many technologies from Sony’s newest line-up of full-frame cameras including the α9, α7R III and α7 III models. The new a6400 features 425 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points that are placed densely over the entire image area, covering approximately 84 percent of the image area. This high-speed, high-performance tracking AF system is paired with a new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that together allow the camera to acquire focus in as little as 0.02 secondsii and maintain subject lock extremely effectively, ensuring even the fastest moving subjects can be tracked and captured with ease.

The α6400 introduces advanced “Real-time Eye AF,” the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. This exciting new capability employs artificial intelligence based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF. In all autofocus modes, the camera now automatically detects the eyes of the subject and activates Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and when in AF-C or AF-A mode, the preferred eye (left or right) of your subject can be selected as the focus point. Choices include Auto / Right Eye / Left Eye, and a Switch Right / Left Eye function is able to be assigned to a custom function as well. This exciting new technology completely frees the photographer to focus solely on composition with full trust that focus will be tack sharp on the subject’s eye. Eye AF support for animals[vii] will be added in summer 2019 via a system software update, ideal for wildlife photographers.

Also debuting on the α6400 is Sony’s newly developed “Real-time Tracking.” This mode utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm including artificial intelligence (AI) based object recognition and processes color, subject distance (depth), pattern (brightness) as spatial information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy. Additionally, when photographing or videographing humans or animals, face and eye position information is recognized by AI and the subject’s eyevii is monitored in real time with extremely high tracking precision. This can be activated by a simple half press of the shutter button[viii], or can be assigned to a custom function as well. 

In terms of overall shooting speeds, the new camera can shoot at up to 11 fpsiv with full AF/AE tracking while utilizing the mechanical shutter, and up to 8 fpsv with full AF/AE tracking while silent shooting. It can shoot at each of these speeds for up to 116 frames JPEG Standard / 46 frames RAW compressed, greatly increasing the chances of capturing the perfect moment. 

All-around Advancements in Image Quality
Sony’s new α6400 is equipped with a 24.2 MPiii APS-C sized image sensor with that is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processor to deliver incredible advancements in image quality and color reproduction in all types of shooting conditions. Standard ISO ranges up to ISO 32000 for both still and movie, and is expandable up to ISO 102400 for still images, with excellent noise reduction at medium and high sensitivities. 

The camera also inherits many of the image processing algorithms from Sony’s newest full-frame cameras, greatly suppressing noise while preserving resolution and improving texture depiction. 

Advanced High-resolution 4Kvi Movie Recording with Fast Hybrid Autofocus
The versatile α6400 is an exceptional video camera, offering  internal 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect about 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Focusing during movie shooting is fast and stable thanks to upgraded Fast Hybrid AF technology, which keeps the subject in constant smooth focus no matter the scene, and even if an object crosses in front of the camera. This advanced AF plus touch focus functionality make it an ideal camera choice for many vloggers and video creators that are regularly creating and uploading content online.

For time-lapse movie creationix, the new camera features built-in interval recording that can be set anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999.  AE tracking sensitivity can be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” during interval shooting, allowing for reduced changes in exposure over the shooting interval.

Additionally, for the first time in Sony APS-C mirrorless camera, the new model includes an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile, which supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDRx imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3xi are available for increased color grading flexibility, as well as Zebra functionality, Gamma Display assist and proxy recording. The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fpsxii at up to 100 Mbps, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow-motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

Upgraded Build to Maximize Versatility
The new camera is designed to offer a high level of functionality and customization to maximize shooting freedom. New on the α6400 is a fully 180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type LCD flip screen with 921k-dots of resolution that allows for simple and effective framing of selfie-style shooting for both still and video capture.  Utilizing this capability, vloggers will be able to check and monitor composition throughout their entire creative process. The LCD screen is also equipped with touch functionality, with options for Touch Pad, Touch Focus, Touch Shutter and new Touch Tracking which quickly activates “Real-time Tracking” through the touch screen.  

The camera features a high-quality XGA OLED Tru-finder™ viewfinder, extensive customization with 89 functions that are assignable to eight custom keys, the new My Dial and My Menu functionality, enhanced overall menu usability, a help screen for menus, star rating for images, and many other features that allow for a seamless shooting experience. It is also built with a tough magnesium alloy design and has an extremely durable shutter that is rated for approximately 200,000 cyclesxiii. It also is capable of seamlessly transferring files to a smartphone or tablet when connected to the brand new Imaging Edge Mobile applicationxiv.

Pricing and Availability
The α6400 will ship in February 2019 for a suggested retail price of $900 USD and $1,250 CAD. It will also be offered as a kit with the 16-50mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens for a suggested retail price of $1,000 USD and $1,350 CAD, or in a kit with the 18-135mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens for a suggested retail price of $1,300 USD and $1,750 CAD. The camera and kits will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new camera and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand. 

The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.  Detailed information pages within Sony.com for the new products can be found at:

About Sony Electronics Inc. 
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit www.sony.com/news for more information.

i Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of January 2019, based on Sony research
ii CIPA-compliant, internal measurement method with an E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use
iii Approximate effective megapixels
iv In “Hi+” continuous shooting mode.  Maximum fps will depend on camera settings
v Maximum fps will depend on camera settings.  Some distortion may occur with fast-moving subjects or if the camera is moved sideways rapidly while shooting
vi A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording.  UHS speed Class 3 or higher is required for 100Mbps recording
vii Accurate focus may not be achieved with certain subjects in certain situations
viii “Tracking” must be enabled via the menu beforehand
ix The latest version of Imaging Edge “Viewer” and PlayMemories Home desktop applications is required
x Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies
xi S-Log2 and S-Log3 are premised on processing pictures
xii Pixels to be read are limited to the sensor area that is required for Full HD movies
xiii Sony internal tests with electronic front curtain shutter
xiv Availability of transfer / playback depends on the performance of the smartphone and tablet

 

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Sony Announces α9 Camera Upgrade Through Major Firmware Updates

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics Inc. today announced a major upgrade to its α9 mirrorless camera that will be available via a firmware update.    

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Sony’s revolutionary α9 camera will receive several major enhancements to its award-winning autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as receive a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for professional photographers.  In addition, new firmware updates for α7R III and α7 III will be available that update these cameras with the latest enhancements including Real-time Eye AF performance and add interval recording capacities. 

“These new firmware upgrades demonstrate the strong commitment that Sony has to our customers,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of Imaging Solutions at Sony Electronics.  “Their voice is critical to everything we do, and being able to provide our customers with new capabilities is a source of great pride for Sony.”

Firmware Ver. 5.0 and Ver. 6.0 for α9
The upcoming firmware version 5.0 for α9 adds Sony’s newly developed Real-time Tracking mode for object tracking. This mode utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm—including Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition—and processes color, subject distance (depth), pattern (brightness) as well as spatial (distance) information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and precision. When photographing or videographing humans or animals, face and eye position information is recognized by AI and the subject’s eyei is monitored in real time with extremely high tracking precision. In addition, “Tracking On” helps initiate real-time tracking at any time by simply pressing a custom-assigned buttonii and “Touch Tracking,” which quickly activates through the touch screenii.   

With this new firmware version 5.0, Sony’s acclaimed α9 camera will receive advanced “Real-time Eye AF,” the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. This exciting new capability employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye location data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF. In all autofocus modes, the camera can automatically detect the eyes of the subject and activate Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and the camera will seamlessly track the eyes at all times when in AF-C mode. The new firmware will also enable photographers to select the preferred eye (left or right) of their subject as the focus point. 

Other focusing capabilities that will be available with the new firmware include Touch Pad, Touch Tracking, an extended phase-detection AF aperture range that has been increased from F11 to F16, and Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting that provides smooth, automated focusing for movies.

Image quality will also be enhanced with the new α9 firmware version 5.0, specifically in the areas of color reproduction. The camera will more accurately account for subtle changes in light for smoother, more natural tonal gradations in elements like the sky. There is a new auto white balance algorithm that gets added as well, which produces more consistently balanced images while burst shooting. Other new functions for efficient controls and data management include My Dial and Dual Slot media menu improvement, rating and protect functions.

In addition to the several new capabilities, the firmware also adds compatibility with Sony’s new Imaging Edge Mobileiii application – the successor to the PlayMemories Mobile™ application.  The new Imaging Edge Mobile application features a ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’iv function to assist professional workflow. This allows photographers to transfer images from their camera to their smartphone during capture using the FTP transfer functionalityv, and adds support for including IPTC metadatavi on transferred images.

Version 6.0 firmware for the α9 camera will add Eye AF for animal eyesi, an exciting new feature for wildlife photographers that will enable interval shooting functionality for creating time-lapse moviesvii.   

The new system firmware update version 5.0 is scheduled for launch in March 2019, and version 6.0 is scheduled for Summer 2019. 

Firmware Ver. 3.0 for α7R III and α7 III
Sony’s popular α7R III and α7 III full-frame cameras will both receive enhanced Real-time Eye AF performance with the upcoming firmware version 3.0. This will be available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button. Real-Time Eye AF for animalsi will also be available. 

The cameras will also receive interval recording functionality that will allow for simple creation of time-lapse moviesvii. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” during interval recording, allowing for reduced changes in exposure over the shooting interval.

The new system firmware update version 3.0 is scheduled in April 2019.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content related to all of Sony’s exciting announcements can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.  The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.

About Sony Electronics Inc. 
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit www.sony.com/news for more information.

i Accurate focus may not be achieved with certain subjects in certain situations

ii Function must be set via the menu beforehand

iii A successor application of PlayMemories Mobile.  Existing PlayMemories Mobile users can use this by updating PlayMemories Mobile

iv Add-on mobile application for ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’.  Available countries: US/Canada/UK/France/Germany/Hong Kong/China/Australia/Japan. User registration is required to use this application. 

Compatible with ILCE-9 with firmware update Ver.5.0 or later, ILCE-7RM3, ILCE-7M3

v Compatible with ILCE-9 with firmware update Ver.5.0 or later

vi IPTC metadata for digital image metadata is a standard created by the IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council)

vii The latest version of “Imaging Edge” ‘Viewer’ and PlayMemories Home desktop applications is required

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TransPerfect Widens Lead as World’s Largest Provider of Translation-Related Technology and Services

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of translation-related technology and services, today announced that 2018 revenues increased nearly 15% to $705 million. The results eclipsed 2017 top-line revenue of $615 million, which marked the first year the company ascended to the top ranking within its industry.

TransPerfect is the world's largest privately held provider of language and technology solutions. (PRNewsFoto/TransPerfect) (PRNewsFoto/TransPerfect)

2018 also marked the 26th consecutive year of TransPerfect’s growth, which has included 104 uninterrupted quarters of profitable growth. The company sustained its record-setting pace throughout 2018, finishing Q4 with the largest three-month revenue result in its history.

TransPerfect derived its record-setting results from multiple divisions, practice groups, and geographic regions. Highlights include:

  • GlobalLink Technology Revenue (Including Project Director, OneLink, and TransPort) – Up 21%
  • Trial Interactive E-Clinical Technology and Services – Up 45%
  • Retail/E-Commerce Group – Up 28%
  • Travel Solutions – Up 27%
  • Digital Services (Including SEO and Search Engine Marketing) – Up 43%
  • Patent Translation and Filing – Up 30%
  • E-Discovery Services and Technology – Up 26%
  • Forensic Technology and Consulting – Up 94%
  • Managed Document Review and Legal Staffing – Up 29%
  • Nordic Region – Up 46%
  • Latin America Region – Up 58%
  • Asia-Pacific Region – Up 32%

While reaching these record results, TransPerfect also completed several key strategic acquisitions, including Shenzhen-based TranslateNow (bolstering the company’s reach in China), artificial intelligence specialist Tauyou based in Barcelona, and Berlin mobile/gaming localization technology shop Applanga. Technology solutions from Tauyou and Applanga are expected to be integrated into TransPerfect’s GlobalLink technology stack in the first half of 2019.

Other 2018 highlights included:

  • Securing a litigation victory that ensured the company’s existing business model, management team, and location of employee jobs would remain intact for the foreseeable future.
  • Creating 240 new, full-time jobs worldwide, raising the company’s total employee count to over 5,000.
  • Adding over 400 new GlobalLink technology clients.
  • Releasing TransCEND 11 – a secure, web-based document collaboration platform.
  • Releasing CATALYST 2019 from Alchemy Software.
  • Providing significant charitable contributions to various causes, including Girls Who Code, V Foundation for Cancer Research, AFANOC, Toys for Tots, and California Wildfire Relief.

TransPerfect President and CEO Phil Shawe said, “2018 was the most pivotal year in our company’s history. I am extremely proud of the way our team rallied together to overcome adversity and meet every challenge placed before them to deliver a record-breaking performance.” Shawe continued, “We expect to continue driving profitable growth in 2019 through a variety of strategic initiatives, including the release of new technology products, increased investment in R&D, and the pursuit of M&A opportunities that complement our existing core business.”

About TransPerfect
TransPerfect is the world’s largest provider of language services and technology solutions for global business. From offices in over 90 cities on six continents, TransPerfect offers a full range of services in 170+ languages to clients worldwide. More than 4,000 global organizations employ TransPerfect’s GlobalLink® Product Suite to simplify management of multilingual content. With an unparalleled commitment to quality and client service, TransPerfect is fully ISO 9001 and ISO 17100 certified. TransPerfect has global headquarters in New York, with regional headquarters in London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit our website at www.transperfect.com.

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