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Acer Announces Support for the New NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs on its Predator Orion Series Gaming Desktops

The Orion 9000 series refresh also features customizable ARGB colors

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Acer today announced support for the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX GPUs on its Predator Orion series gaming desktops. Thanks to the new GPUs powered by the all-new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, the Predator Orion 9000, 5000, and 3000 gaming desktops will be able to provide incredible new levels of gaming realism, speed, power efficiency, and immersion.

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“Acer is excited to be among the first to provide gamers the choice of the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs on our Orion series gaming desktops,” said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “With our commitment to bringing the latest technology in time to the market, gamers will be able to enjoy the latest breakthroughs in graphics for an incredible gaming experience.”

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs have reinvented graphics and set a new bar for performance. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and the revolutionary NVIDIA RTX platform, the new graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading.

The new GPUs were unveiled at a special NVIDIA two-day event called the “GeForce Gaming Celebration” which kicked off tonight at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany ahead of Gamescom 2018.                          

The Predator Orion series gaming desktops give gamers a spectrum of powerful gaming PCs depending on the user’s performance requirements and expansion needs. The Orion 5000 is a gaming beast designed for the serious gamer, while the Orion 3000 is aimed at users entering the world of serious gaming, and the Orion 9000, with top-of-the-line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti[1] GPUs and up to 18-core CPUs is a gamer’s dream machine aimed at the most demanding users.

“With the powerful Orion series gaming desktops, our new GeForce RTX GPUs provide consumers with an incredible gaming experience,” said Tim Bender, Vice President of Consumer Sales at NVIDIA. “With breakthrough technologies including real time ray tracing and next-gen, ultra-fast GDDR6 memory, we’re excited that our new GeForce GTX 2080 Ti and 2080 GPUs are helping Acer create a revolution in gaming realism and performance.”

The new Predator Orion 9000, 5000, and 3000 series refresh features all new RGB lighting on the chassis and fans[2] that illuminates in 16.7 million colors with preloaded color patterns and lighting modes for users to choose and customize through the preinstalled PredatorSense app. Change of lighting schemes can be triggered by custom events, for example, users can set the lighting on the RGB LED fans and bars to follow music played through the PredatorSense app’s music player.  

Predator Orion 9000 Series: The Dream Machine

Powering virtual reality apps with ease and supporting over 8K UHD, the Acer Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktops feature up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs, and up to an Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18 cores and 36 threads. It features a black and silver spacecraft-like exterior with customizable ARGB (Addressable RGB) lighting bars and RGB LED fans. A massive side window showcases the striking and powerful interior with a design that keeps electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check despite the size of the opening. Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0, an advanced airflow management solution, separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat.

Predator Orion 5000 Series: Setting the benchmark

The Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktops feature up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, and up to 8th Gen Intel® Core i7+ 8700K processors. Just like the Predator Orion 9000, the Orion 5000’s chassis has the signature transparent side panel to show off its powerful internals and includes the IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management design to keep the system cool.

Predator Orion 3000 Series: Peak Performance and Style

With the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ processors, the VR-ready Predator Orion 3000 supports 4K gameplay. It can be configured with up to 32 GB of Intel® Optane memory, and up to 64 GB DDR4-2666 RAM to support lightning fast action while playing the latest titles. Excellent heat dissipation is achieved with a front-facing intake LED fan, mesh cover and rear exhaust for optimized air flow throughout the chassis.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability for these new products may vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via

[1] Specifications may vary depending on model and region

[2] On Predator Orion 9000 series

About Acer

Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer’s 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit for more information.

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FixStream and Cherwell Software Announce Strategic Collaboration to Automate the Detection and Resolution of IT Issues

SAN JOSE, Calif. and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FixStream, a pioneer in solutions for Artificial Intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), and Cherwell Software, a global leader in enterprise service management, today announced a strategic collaboration designed to accelerate digital transformation. The two companies will integrate their technologies to provide customers with a next-generation IT Operations solution leveraging machine learning with workflow automation to help more quickly and accurately find, predict and resolve ITSM (information technology service management) issues.

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Modern IT environments are dynamic and IT Operations lack real-time, accurate visibility across their hybrid IT environments. Moreover, modern enterprises are now accelerating their digital business transformation, increasing the complexity of their IT environment while raising their expectations of performance and uptime of critical business applications.

“We are bringing a new approach to IT Operations that combines big data with machine learning to improve and automate key ITSM processes,” said Sameer Padhye, Founder and CEO of FixStream. “Our integration with Cherwell will automate the discovery of entities and their relationships across datacenters and the ingestion of the accurate inventory into Cherwell’s CMDB. This will reduce the complexity of how enterprises identify issues across their IT infrastructure and save millions in revenue by predicting outages in the future.”

FixStream will demonstrate the new joint solution at the Cherwell Global Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on September 18-20, 2018. The joint solution will integrate FixStream’s AIOps solution with Cherwell’s workflow automation software – the Cherwell® Service Management platform – and quickly detect patterns to predict and prevent future business outages across an enterprise’s entire hybrid IT stack.

FixStream first creates an accurate and real-time inventory of the physical, logical and virtual entity across the IT stack via an agent-less auto-discovery process. It then automatically updates Cherwell’s Configuration Management Databases (CMDB), correlates business transactions with applications and infrastructure, visualizing operational issues in the context of the business applications, and then applying machine learning to detect patterns and predict outages so that they can be fixed before they occur. IT staff can now identify and visualize in seconds the sequence of correlated events across datacenters as well as automate the root cause analysis of critical business processes, increasing CMDB accuracy.

“Facilitating IT Operations has always been at the core of our business and we are seeing massive opportunity with the rise of AI technology in the space that is likely to continue to spread across the enterprise,” said Matthew Peeples, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “We are excited to work with FixStream to help our customers leverage machine learning and automation to further drive productivity increases.”

About FixStream
FixStream is the Artificial Intelligence company for IT Operations. With FixStream’s industry-first multi-layer correlation, visualization and prediction of business application issues across an enterprise’s entire hybrid IT stack, IT operations can now get real-time insights and powerful analytics to prevent outages and increase revenues. For additional information, visit, or connect with FixStream on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Cherwell Software
Cherwell (@Cherwell) empowers organizations to transform their business through the rapid adoption and easy management of digital services. Cherwell’s adaptable platform has enabled thousands of organizations to modernize their business operations with customizable service management, automation, and reporting across the enterprise. For more information, visit:

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PLNAR Raises $3.9 Million in Series A Funding

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — PLNAR, the augmented reality (“AR’) solution that creates, fully measured, real-time 3D models of any room, announced today a Series A investment of $3.9 million led by InsurTech, FinTech and healthcare venture capital fund ManchesterStory Group. Additional funding comes from The Venture Reality Fund and Colopl Next, Inc. The financing will be used to fund PLNAR’s expansion in the insurance claims and home improvement industries.

PLNAR’s property claims solution captures all the data necessary to virtually settle interior insurance claims by allowing the user to easily gather the full context of the damaged area including measurements, summary reports, photos and 3D models. The platform is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing insurance industry claims applications.

“Having ManchesterStory lead our round really underscores the value PLNAR brings to insurance carriers looking to reduce cost and cycle time in the claims process,” said Andy Greff, CEO of PLNAR. “The additional investments from The Venture Reality Fund and Colopl Next speak to the way we’re enabling the enterprise, with AR technology that solves a variety of challenges for different home improvement related industries.”

“Historically, measuring rooms as part of an onsite insurance claims adjustment has been a manual process completed in difficult, sometimes dangerous, environments,” said Matt Kinley, managing partner of ManchesterStory. “Using PLNAR’s, AR-enabled, data capture system to measure and create a 3D model of the site for further assessment, improves the speed and accuracy of onsite data collection. PLNAR is well-positioned to help insurers reduce LAE (Loss Adjustment Expense) and overall operating expenses, while improving loss prevention and fraud detection efforts.”

This new funding will also support PLNAR’s expansion into home improvement markets, allowing businesses in the remodeling industry to use the PLNAR solution to grow sales, digitize processes, and improve the customer experience.

“By incorporating cutting-edge AR tech to build a comprehensive claims solution, PLNAR has the vision and the product roadmap to transform the way customers and insurance carriers interact. What PLNAR is doing fits our thesis for enterprises adopting disruptive AR solutions to enhance customer satisfaction, to improve their operational efficiencies and profitability,” said Marco DeMiroz, co-founder and General Partner of The Venture Reality Fund.

Colopl Next also believes in PLNAR’s potential in the insurance industry and beyond. “Using AR and computer vision technology, PLNAR provides a useful AR application with a practical purpose,” said Shintaro Yamakami, CEO of Colopl Next. “We expect the service to be used broadly and to make AR closer to our everyday lives.”

PLNAR’s funding announcement follows a series of customer launches, including Genpact’s InspectorPro solution and SaaS product launches, the release of the company’s iOS SDK, and a suite of PLNAR enterprise options for professionals in the home renovation, specialty contracting, interior design, and insurance claims industries.

Going forward, PLNAR will continue to focus on research and development around computer vision automation, design, and usability. PLNAR will also launch a comprehensive virtual claims solution for flood, fire, and water damage which will enable adjustors, inspectors, and home owners to easily leverage the platform.

Users can learn more and download the app by visiting

Smart Picture Technologies, Inc. (dba PLNAR) is an Austin, Texas based software startup that generates fully measured 3D models of any room in real-time. PLNAR’s virtual claim solution helps insurance carriers settle small property claims faster, by enabling adjustors to be more productive and by facilitating the migration of the carrier to a desk claims model. For homeowners, PLNAR is currently available on the App Store and will launch on Android devices in Fall 2018. For home improvement professionals and enterprises, PLNAR is available as a comprehensive suite of SaaS products at

ManchesterStory Group (ManchesterStory) is a VC firm investing in early-stage InsurTech, FinTech, and Healthcare companies delivering solutions that accelerate digitization of the $4.6 trillion insurance industry. Areas of interest include emerging technologies enhancing underwriting and pricing, digitizing distribution, lowering claims expenses, improving customer experience, and digitally-enabling asset and wealth management. For more details, please visit

ABOUT THE Venture Reality FUND
The Venture Reality Fund (“The VR Fund”) is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) spaces as well as relevant Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies. The firm invests globally in innovative companies across a wide variety of sectors from infrastructure and development tools to content and applications, to help entrepreneurs bring industry-defining technology to market faster. The firm’s first exit success, Owlchemy Labs, was finalized within The VR Fund’s first year of operation. As part of its commitment to educating and strengthening the ecosystem, The VR Fund publishes industry insights including quarterly global VR and AR landscapes detailing the market’s growth, new investments and increased international impact. It is also a proud partner of the Women in XR initiative, which connects female founders and women-led businesses to capital and resources. For more information, please visit

Colopl Next ( is the corporate venture capital arm of Colopl Inc, a Japanese game developer. Operating several funds that account for a total of $100M+, each fund has a particular focus, such as young entrepreneurs, VR/AR, and emerging technologies. We make investments globally; in fact, more than half of our portfolio companies are based outside of Japan. With “Entertainment in Real Life” as our group’s mission, Colopl Next supports startups while utilizing Colopl’s knowledge and experiences of developing user-first products.

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BorderX Lab Opens New York City Office and Taps Nancy Zhang as Manager and Head of Partnerships

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cross-border e-commerce tech company BorderX Lab, Inc.( has opened an office in New York City to increase its presence in the New York fashion and apparel industry and help raise visibility for its Beyond app.

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BorderX Lab’s Beyond app is the leading cross-border e-commerce solution for western brands and merchants targeting the explosive global middle-class Chinese consumer market with products in the fashion, beauty, healthcare and lifestyle categories. The opening of an office in New York City is seen by the company as a crucial step in enabling it to engage with major market participants and emerging brands in these product categories. It follows May’s announcement of a successful Series B financing round led by Kleiner Perkins which raised $20m.

Heading up the new office is Nancy Zhang, newly hired as head of partnerships, New York. In addition to managing the new location, she will serve as a key liaison between the company and New York’s fashion and retail communities.

New York City is the hub of the fashion and beauty industries, and we will benefit greatly by being closer to c-level decision makers that are wrestling with the challenge of how to most effectively reach international consumers,” said Albert Shen, co-founder and CEO, BorderX Lab.  “We are very pleased to have Nancy, with her deep experience and proven track record of success in e-commerce and the China market, as a key catalyst for this market.”

Over the course of her career, Zhang established herself as an experienced retail and e-commerce fashion apparel executive with expertise in opening China cross-border sales for foreign brands and retailers. She comes to BorderX Lab from Moda Operandi, where she was global vice president of sales and led the VIP stylist and customer experience teams in New York, Los Angeles, London and Dubai.

Previous to that, Zhang worked for boutique fashion retailer OTTE New York for five years where she managed global marketing and online strategy for its retail locations and e-commerce operations. There, she developed integrated retail and global e-commerce, launched private-label brands and opened the China market via local language social media and distribution partnerships.  

To date, BorderX Lab has partnered with more than 60 merchants, including Saks, Peter Thomas Roth, Barneys New York, Finish Line, Forzieri and Everlane to bring a catalog of more than 5,000,000 products to Chinese consumers, who have downloaded the company’s iOS and Android apps more than four million times. The company has generated tens of million in new sales for its top merchant partners in 2017 and has been profitable since Q3 2017.

For more information about BorderX Lab, or to inquire about brand and merchant partnerships, contact

About BorderX Lab, Inc.

BorderX Lab, headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Jiangsu Provinces, China, is the leading cross-border e-commerce solution for Western brands and retailers targeting the Chinese market. The company’s mission is to connect American and European merchants with the global middle class. BorderX Lab’s advanced technologies includes machine learning and artificial intelligence bots to make global commerce automatic, intelligent and interactive. Investors include Kleiner Perkins, Hillhouse Capital Group, CBC (China Broadband Capital), Welight Capital and iFly Venture Capital. For more information, please visit

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Chongqing to Host Smart China Expo, Boosting Development of Big Data Technology

CHONGQING, China, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The first Smart China Expo (SCE 2018), running from August 23-25 in Chongqing, will feature a host of smart technologies atop a world-class platform that will help transform Chongqing into China’s pioneer in Big Data Intelligence. Under the theme of “Smart Technology: Empowering the Economy and Enriching Life” and held at the Chongqing International Expo Center, SCE 2018 will showcase the world’s most advanced technologies in Big Data Intelligence from over 500 global and local exhibitors including Google, Intel, Microsoft, CISCO, Foxconn, and Huawei.

Pavilion of Smart China Expo Before the Opening Day


Chongqing Pavilion at Smart China Expo under construction

In addition to providing a venue for the world’s top big data firms to highlight their latest products and breakthroughs, SCE 2018 will also be a platform for interactions and discussions among industry professionals, playing host to over 400 business, government, and academic dignitaries such as Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Tencent CEO Pony Ma, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, and former Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok To.

“Big data and smart technology are profoundly changing economic patterns, lifestyles and social governance,” said Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Chongqing, traditionally a manufacturing hub in western China.” Chongqing has adopted an innovation-driven growth strategy and holding SCE will help promote the development of big data and smart technology in the city.”

With more than 180,000 square meters of floor space, SCE 2018 will focus on sectors such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputers with the newest and most advanced “smart” products and technologies on display. For example, Chongqing Jinshan Science & Technology (Group) will showcase its newly-developed surgical robot, which makes remote surgery possible.

In addition, there will be a “smart experience area” at SCE 2018 where visitors can experience what life will be like as we incorporate new technologies such as facial recognition, smart parking, and AI consulting services into daily life. Roadshows, conferences, and contests will also be held at the event.

SCE 2018 will display Chongqing’s openness, inclusiveness, and immense business opportunities to the world as the city seeks to breathe new life into its traditional industries with the help of big data.

By 2020, Chongqing aims to become China’s first-tier pilot city for the application of Big Data Intelligence. The value of 12 sectors – including big data, AI, integrated circuits, and the Internet of Things – is expected to grow to 750 billion yuan by then. Additionally, Chongqing plans to upgrade its traditional sectors by setting up 20 smart factories, 200 digital workshops and 2,000 digital assembly lines by 2020.

About Smart China Expo (SCE)

Held in Chongqing, the Smart China Expo (SCE) is a world-class, national-level Expo that supports the development of big data and smart technologies in Western China. SCE serves as a platform for Chongqing’s Smart Endeavors in the era of big data and smart tech, as well as for exchanges among organizations, enterprises, experts, and scholars from around the world.

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Kem Krest partners with Sikich to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kem Krest, a supply chain and program management firm specializing in the distribution of original equipment manufacturer parts and chemicals, has partnered with Sikich to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations across its organization. Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations offers a comprehensive set of capabilities, including applications for finance and operations, sales, customer service, field service and more.

Sikich LLP is a professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology and advisory services. (PRNewsfoto/Sikich)

Kem Krest is seeking to enhance its company wide technology platform to support its growth,” said Dave Gurizzian, chief financial officer of Kem Krest. “Working with Sikich to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations will allow us to maximize performance and optimize customer service, while scaling our organization.”

Kem Krest offers supply chain, fulfillment and aftersales solutions to organizations in the automotive, agriculture/industrial, powersports and defense industries. It has more than 1.2 million square feet of distribution space in 11 locations throughout North America.

“The Sikich consulting services team worked collaboratively with the team from Kem Krest throughout the assessment,” said Kevin Johnson, a partner in Sikich’s technology practice. “A key differentiator Kem Krest saw in Sikich was our ability to deploy creative solutions, project planning, and highly skilled Dynamics 365 resources for the project. Our team looks forward to working with Kem Krest as they leverage the capabilities of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations to address their current and future business requirements.”

Sikich is a national technology consultancy that helps companies across industries – including discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, distribution, horticulture, life sciences and professional services – improve productivity and performance with innovative digital strategies and technology solutions. Sikich is a leader in cloud and emerging technologies and has one of the deepest, most diverse solution portfolios in the middle market. Sikich’s solutions include business applications and workplace productivity, security and compliance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, and blockchain.

“As a distributor that works with major organizations across industries, Kem Krest needs its technology to keep pace with its dynamic business,” said Jim Drumm, partner-in-charge of Sikich’s technology practice. “Our innovative team helps organizations improve operations and performance with advanced technology solutions. We look forward to working with Kem Krest to help them realize the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.”

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking* and advisory services**, has more than 750 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as the country’s 28th largest Certified Public Accounting firm and is among the top 1 percent of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

*Securities offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

**Investment advisory services offered through Sikich Financial, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

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MeetEdgar Launches Auto-Variations to Automatically Write Social Media Posts

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MeetEdgar, a leading social media publishing application for small businesses and entrepreneurs, announced today a new feature that automatically writes and publishes a variety of social media posts for their users’ social media accounts at the push of a button. The application will leverage natural language processing to read content from a provided URL and pull out relevant, quote-worthy text to create social media posts. 

The release of the Auto-Variations feature joins the release of Variations earlier this year that allows users to write several variations of social posts for easy scheduling and re-posting from their MeetEdgar library. Users can still edit and write their own content for publishing, but these new features allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to have access to automation and artificial intelligence technology that has been primarily reserved for mid-market and enterprise brands.

Built to help busy marketers and business owners save time by automating the tedious task of creating and publishing fresh content online, all users will have access to this new feature immediately. “When we surveyed our customers about how they were spending their time during the workday, an overwhelming number told us they didn’t have enough time in the day to write all of the posts to keep their social media accounts looking up-to-date,” said Head of Product, Lail Brown.

“We originally created the manual Variations feature to allow our customers to create different posts for the same article or blog post, to ensure their updates weren’t getting repetitive or too automated,” said Brown. “Paired with our smart publisher, creating an automated way to write and inspire content was the clear next step for MeetEdgar.”

This feature is available for all users and includes unlimited variations of content- created automatically or manually. In addition to creating and publishing content, users will be able to see analytics per variation to identify which posts and messages are resonating most with their audience.

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MeetEdgar is a leading social media publishing application for small businesses and entrepreneurs. With the ability to publish to Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, LinkedIn, and Twitter, MeetEdgar serves marketers around the world by managing and automating their social media content. MeetEdgar’s smarter publisher allows marketers to organize their content into categories and schedule posts based on those categories, saving hours of time every week. MeetEdgar was recently recognized, in its second consecutive year, as a fastest-growing company on the Inc 5000 list. To learn more, visit

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MeetEdgar’s post composer allows users to create variations of social media posts in one place.

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Cortana and Alexa become best friends: Microsoft and Amazon release a preview of this integration

Yesterday, Microsoft and Amazon announced a public preview of the integration of their intelligent digital assistants, Cortana and Alexa for US users. Both Cortana and Alexa allow each digital assistant to summon each other and access additional apps and services on their Windows 10 PCs and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers.

This digital assistant integration was first announced on 30th August last year and was demonstrated at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, 2018.

Why did Microsoft and Amazon collaborate Cortana and Alexa?

“I want them to have access to as many of those A.I.s as possible”, said Jeff Bezos in an interview with The New York times, while putting forth his vision for users to communicate with AIs as they do with their friends while asking them recommendations about a good restaurant or a famous hiking place nearby, and so on.

He further stated, “The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience.”

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft added,”Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal”.

Cortana users can have another way of making their lives easier with a great shopping experience. For instance, if you’re at work but remember you have to get soft drinks for a dinner party in the evening and you’re using their Windows 10 PC, iPhone or Android phone, you can simply ask Alexa to order soft drinks using the preferred payment method for their Amazon account.

“Alexa, open Cortana”

“Hey Cortana, open Alexa”

For trying out this exciting update for Alexa on Cortana, and vice versa, you can simply say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” on a Windows 10 PC, or “Alexa, open Cortana” on an Echo device.

This is how Alexa and Cortana integration works …

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) 9:30 AM – Aug 15, 2018

As explained by Amazon in one of its recent posts, “The goal is to have two integrated digital assistants who can carry out tasks across different dimensions of daily life — at home or work, and on whatever device is most convenient. Currently, Cortana and Alexa can each be enabled as a skill on the other.”

In Microsoft Office 365 users can simply ask Cortana to summon Alexa through a PC at work or can use Alexa to order groceries, adjust the thermostat before heading home for the day. Also before heading to work, one could enlist Cortana through an Echo device to preview a daily calendar, add an item to a to-do list or check for new emails while making breakfast in the kitchen.

As a part of this latest public preview, users can freely offer their feedback on how they can help both the communities in improving the Alexa+Cortana experience.

The feedback will be based on what the users like, what they did not, and what features they use the most. With customer feedback, the experience will keep getting better and more precise as more people use it and as changes are updated to the underlying algorithms.

“Engineers will use feedback from the public preview to deepen the collaboration between Cortana and Alexa”, stated Jennifer Langston in Amazon’s official post.

Read more about this collaboration in detail on the  Amazon blog and Microsoft blog.

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The MIC 2018 Chengdu Was Open

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In Aug. 2018, the Global Mobile Internet Creative Development Competition (MIC) started its journey again following the successful closing of MIC 2017-2018 in Guangzhou in Jun.2018. It chose Chengdu as its first stop for the MIC 2018-2019. In response to its invitation, a large number of innovative startups attended the grand competition.

On the afternoon of Aug.16, 2018, the 12th Chengdu International Software Design and Application Competition and the 2018 Global Mobile Internet Creative Development Competition (MIC) (Chengdu stop) kicked off in the Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu. Drawn by the challenging system of MIC, a crowd of outstanding startups both at home and abroad have been enthusiastic to sign up the competition. At the MIC 2018 Chengdu station, 11 leading technology startups from Chengdu, Beijing and Shenzhen were selected to participate. Finally, Chengdu Ruixu Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. won the championship, followed by Shenzhen Qysea Technology Co., Ltd. and Beijing Xuyuan Technology Co., Ltd. These three companies won their vote to enter into the final competition of MIC China.

The MIC 2018 Chengdu was hosted by IDG, co-hosted by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Sichuan Provincial Commission of Economy and Information Technology, Sichuan Provincial Department of Education, undertaken by IDG Aiqi Exhibition Co., Ltd. and co-organized by Chengdu Tianfu Software Park Co., Ltd. and Chengdu Software Industry Association. Guests and instructors included Zhang Lujin, Deputy Director of Chengdu Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, Xu Zhou, Vice President of IDG Asia, Zhang Li, Vice President of IDG China, Dr. An Hui, Director of the Institute of Electronic Information Industry, China Electronics and Information Industry Development Research Institute, and the presidents and founders of several investment companies.

The hosting of MIC in Chengdu will definitely drive the regional industry integrative development.
Undoubtedly, the mobile Internet has become the backbone of the current development of the Internet industry. In addition to the continuous planning of internet giants in mobile Internet clients, many emerging Internet companies are also constantly launching corresponding mobile products and developing new technologies. This has turned the mobile terminal into a main carrier for people to use the Internet on a daily basis.

Xu Zhou, Vice President of IDG Asia, made a speech in the competition, “It was five years ago when IDG initiated its MIC platform, with the purpose of exploring good projects, finding excellent startup teams and matching the requirement of innovation and entrepreneurship with those of investors. Thanks to its efforts during the past five years, MIC has become popular in more Chinese cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Wuzhen, etc. In addition, it hosted different matches in the USA, Norway, Finland, South Korea, etc., which has not only enhanced its global influence but also attracted more international outstanding startup projects. MIC 2018 Chengdu is also the first station for MIC 2018-2019. We look forward to the excellent performance of our startups teams in Chengdu. Hope you can win this competition and enter into the final competition in China and even other countries.”

IDG has always been known as the talent scout of internet companies. The reason for its selection of Chengdu as one of its major station is significantly involved with its development trend and fast growth in the national technology industry and mobile internet.

Chengdu, also called the “Software City”, boasts the unique advantage of developing the Internet industry.
Chengdu is the first “China Software City” and the only one in the central and western region of China. It is creating a “Made in China 2025″ national demonstration zone and building a world famous software city. According to the Third Plenary Session of the 13th Chengdu Municipal Party Committee, the electronic information industry, which has always led in Chengdu’s industry, was regarded as a breakthrough in the trillion-dollar industry. The hosting of MIC will certainly boost Chengdu’s Internet development, and also create platform and entrepreneurial confidence to Chengdu’s local innovative startup teams.

Ever since its first hosting five years ago, it has kept providing platform for capital connection for the global excellent startup teams.
Ever since 2014 when IDG hosted the first MIC, it has always insisted on taking competition as a medium to attract more talents and investment and develop projects. It has constantly innovated in the form of competition and assisted companies in finding talents and choosing projects, in order to promote the innovation and entrepreneurship of seedling projects and the integrated development of technology, industry and capital. It aims at enrolling excellent innovative teams and individuals both at home and abroad and recommending the successfully enlisted companies. In this way, it helps the private startups stand out and further drives the fast development of China’s internet and mobile internet market. The previous competitions have brought together more than 2,000 creative development teams and individuals from home and abroad to participate. Until now, it has attracted more than 300 well-known investors and corporate guests and built more than 6,000 domestic and international entrepreneurial projects. More than 240 outstanding entrepreneurial projects mounted onto the onsite roadshow platforms.

These data has demonstrated the devotion of MIC to innovation and entrepreneurship as well as its creation of platforms and opportunities for excellent development teams at home and abroad.

Following the global development trend, MIC 2018 Chengdu focused on the new economy, artificial intelligence and other fields.
With the theme of “The Road to Innovation in the Digital Economy”, the MIC 2018 focuses on the world’s hottest spots and development prospects, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and drones. It works at exploring more up-rising stars and providing platforms and investment environment for more innovative startups.

Dr. An Hui, Director of the Institute of Electronic Information Industry, China Electronics and Information Industry Development Research Institute, provided keynote speech of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Artificial Intelligence: Stories, Reflections and Suggestions for the participating entrepreneurs. Yiyu, co-founder of Winpower delivered the speech titled Golden Era for the New Economy while Wang Yuehua, co-founder of Draper Dragon made a speech called Application of Artificial Intelligence in the Field of Industry 4.0.

The amazing roadshows from the 11 teams selected in the MIC 2018 Chengdu covered new economy and artificial intelligence. Besides, startup instructors composed of investors from famous investment companies commented and guided the participating teams. Each team went through a 9-minute project roadshow and a 3-minute instructor’s Q&A session to learn from other outstanding teams and compete for the precious “admission tickets” with them.

At the end of the competition, Zhou Hongliang, the winner of the MIC 2017-2018 China Finals and the runner-up of the MIC World Finals, also  the co-founder and CEO of Jingwei Technology, shared experience with players on site.

The new session of MIC will be hosted sooner
Following the MIC 2018 Chengdu, the MIC 2018 Beijing will come to China National Convention Center and bring more eye-catching performances themed “Igniting entrepreneurship passion with ice sports”. More and more outstanding innovative talents will be expected to attend the competition and commonly promote the development of global mobile internet. Then who will stand out to be the next champion? Just follow us and wait for the news.


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The iWorld Expo 2018 Themed on Digital Economy Kicked Off in Chengdu

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On August 16, 2018, the iWorld Expo 2018 grandly kicked off at the Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu. During the three-day period, under the theme of “Digital Economy in the New Era”, a wonderful event about artificial intelligence and the mobile Internet ecosystem will come onto stage in three major dimensions: exhibitions, international forums and supporting activities.

The iWorld Expo is supported by the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, Chengdu Bureau of Expo Affairs and Management Committee of the Chengdu Hi-tech Development Area, and organized by the International Data Group (IDG). This exhibition has attracted more than 200 domestic and foreign brand exhibitors, 100 industry leaders, 300 news media, and 100,000 visitors.

In the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there was a proposal to build China’s strength in digital networks, the digital economy, smart society and the sharing economy and to foster new growth areas and drivers of growth. This marks the advent of golden explosion of data economy era. In addition, recently, the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Sichuan Provincial Party Committee has issued the “Decision of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China on Comprehensively Promoting High-Quality Development” and clearly proposed to seize the commanding heights of the digital economy. The theme of the iWorld Expo coincides with the path of Chengdu’s vigorous digital economy, showcasing Chengdu’s ambition and confidence in the digital economy.

Eight exhibition areas are being put on show

Innovation is the first driving force for development. At the iWorld Expo 2018, a large amount of companies have brought the audience their cutting-edge innovations.

Covering an area of 22,000 square meters, the exhibition area consisted of eight major sections, namely artificial intelligence, smart life of the future, virtual reality/augmented reality, innovation and start-ups, smart cities, digital entertainment, and smart hardware and intelligent autos.

With the in-depth development of artificial intelligence, the application of artificial intelligence technology has gradually expanded to more industries and fields such as unmanned vehicles, smart homes, consumer electronics terminals, and education. As the key exhibition area of the iWorld Expo, the artificial intelligence exhibition area covers about 2,500 square meters and gathers well-known enterprises such as BOE, Hammer Technology, Pangolin Robot, Deocean, Codoon, and I Winner, attracting a large audience. Meanwhile, at the BOE booth, the BOE 5.99-inch dynamic suspension flexible AMOLED screen, with a thickness of only 0.03mm and a resolution of 1080×2160, is becoming the star of the BOE booth.

At present, the entire smart car industry has entered a new period of development, with more and more industrial opportunities emerging. In the smart car pavilion, leading companies such as BAIC BJEV, Weizuche, and Auto Financial Service gathered to show the cutting-edge technologies of the future car in smart driving, life service, security protection, location service, car assistance and other systems from different perspectives. BAIC BJEV has demonstrated the new era of national pure electric SUVEX360. In terms of technology, BAIC BJEV has introduced the vehicle-based artificial intelligence “Darwin System”, which is a self-learning and self-growth vehicle intelligent technology system independently developed by BAIC BJEV by integrating artificial intelligence and deep learning.

In addition, Tianfu Software Park and Techcode Global Industry Incubator also come onto the stage of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exhibition Area to showcase the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to the public.

The international forum created smart peak feast

The digital economy has brought new opportunities for the transformation of traditional industries. Meanwhile, the information economy, represented by a series of high-tech technologies such as cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, is becoming the core of the development of the digital economy. How does the digital economy integrate with the traditional industries? What new formats and new models will the digital economy bring forward? The iWorld Expo is showcasing numerous ideas from a range of mobile internet industries.

Synchronizing the opening ceremony are the 16th China International Software Cooperation Conference and iWorld Conference 2018. Participants at the forums include representatives from National Ministries and Commissions, Sichuan Provincial Party and Government, Chengdu Municipal Party and Government, Foreign consular agencies in China attended this eye-catching forum, along with other significant visitors from pioneering enterprises, scientific research institutions, advanced academic and industrial organizations at home and abroad.

Liu Liedong, Deputy Mayor of Chengdu Government, shared his analytic and profound opinions at his speech. Mr. Liu holds that China is facing with an essential opportunity for scientific and technological revolution and industrial innovation. Information network technology has become an important engine driving economic and social development, and software acts as the core and soul of the new generation of information network technology, playing a more and more significant part in a new round of development in Chengdu. Accordingly, the exhibition will fully perform its characteristics as internationalization and specialization, armed with stronger interaction and experience, aiming to promote interpersonal communication and idea-sharing. Chengdu is making full preparation for providing high-level services and heading for a promising future.

Jennifer Xu, Vice President of IDG Asia, delivered a speech on behalf of the host organization. From her words, it is at the third year that iWorld has landed in Chengdu led by IDG. The exhibition hands out a gathering platform for both new and old friends to make joint efforts for developing emerging technic industry and innovative entrepreneurship in Chengdu. Open to the whole world, iWorld aims to boost emerging industries and especially the advantages of high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, achieving a global appraised brand of Chengdu.

Nine parallel forums are held, including “Linking the Future” Block Chain Summit, VR/AR: a perfect mix of hardware and software, Global Creative Mobile Internet Development Competition (Chengdu Station), Science and Technology Innovation Summit, Changing the Future  Crossover Artificial Intelligence, Build the development of business space with new consumption mode and new experience, Elite Strategic Layout – the Match Point of Internet Industry, Intelligent Road of Intelligent Vehicle. Internet experts from both home and abroad gather together to discuss the development of digital economy under the new era of artificial intelligence.

Featured events ignite the passion of the exhibition

The iWorld Expo 2018 brings not only feasts of innovative technology and ideas to the audience, but also a wonderful journey of smart technology. Various special events take turns to ignite the entire scene, which are quite amazing.

As the classic old-fashioned activities of iWorld Expo, “The Best 2018 Award” and “Talent Award” still continue to be wonderful as they were in previous years. The authoritative selection of high-quality mobile Internet products manufacturers and excellent developers and technicians reserve a new force for the development of the industry.

In addition, iWorld e-sports stage an eye-catching performance. The two popular game projects, including King Glory and StarCraft, attract top-notched players and wellknown teams from both home and abroad to launch a fierce confrontation and improve the interactive viewing experience of the live events through the on-site esports game.

The Robot Fighting Competition highlight this year’s variety show. By following the trend of the times, iWorld Expo 2018 staged Battletech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception, a fighting robot carnival full of fun and technology. 36 top teams from all over the world are fighting for the squad and vying for the crown, thus giving the audience a unique viewing experience.

In conclusion, the iWorld Expo 2018 boasts cool smart technology products, innovative ideas from opinion leaders, and fascinating interactive activities.

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