VIRTUALIZATION

Spotselfie Introduces an Augmented Reality-Powered Social Network

Spotselfie | May 22, 2021

Spotselfie, an innovative augmented reality smart device application, today announced the launch of its downloadable beta on the App Store and Google Play. Through the Spotselfie app, AR 'virtual objects' are viewable through a user's smartphone or tablet camera, where user-generated content like pictures, video, and stickers augment a live world view of the geographical area in real-time, revolutionizing the way people and businesses engage with one another online and in the real world.

Spotselfie's innovative, user-focused AR takes social engagement to the next level, as users are ready to interact with digital social content within the app, then physically visit locations and meet people that they've already engaged with online. this allows them to discover new favorite local spots like cafes, restaurants, and parks, and make real-world connections with other users they already know share common interests.

The Spotselfie app also has the potential to stimulate local economies, as businesses can post AR virtual objects that represent their company at locations around the community they operate in, and brands can place virtual AR advertisements at GPS locations targeted to their core audience or specific location-based audiences, like event attendees.

When they open the app in any location, users can see other people's tagged virtual objects, or "Spotselfies," floating around the physical space. They then have the choice to engage by commenting on and rating the Spotselfie or following the original poster, which encourages virtual connection leading to real-world interaction around shared interests and pastimes.

"We're excited to launch our beta app to encourage social interaction and real-world engagement, blending the convenience and immediate availability of social media with our inherent need for human connection," said Ray Shingler, Co-Founder and Director of product development for Spotselfie. "Integrating GPS-optimized AR content with smartphone camera functionality is the missing link in our existing social media interactions; we're thrilled that with our technology, people can find and make meaningful connections with other people, businesses, and brands that match their interests."

Shingler added, "We're also proud to announce that our technology is intended to keep users personal information and privacy safe and secure while they're making these real-world connections, as users' GPS movement and the site can never be tracked by other users, and users are free to decide who they want to see their content, which helps them essentially create their social networks."

The Spotselfie app stands apart from other social networks with its dedication to users' privacy, as their data is kept safe and secure, and is never shared with third parties. Additionally, Spotselfie's Augmented Reality (AR) patents are designed with users' privacy in mind, putting the control in their hands to make a decision who sees their content, giving them the choice to make a decision if other users can see their profile in AR, and if other users can find them in AR profile searches.

About Spotselfie
Spotselfie is an innovative augmented reality social app that allows users to post virtual objects, pictures, videos, stickers, and other digital material geotagged to locations around the globe. Created specifically for live social interaction, this patented technology allows other users on the app to look at the posted content in AR via their phones, as they walk throughout the digital landscape simultaneously. These posts promote user engagement, with fun social interactions that subsequently take place in the real world, allowing people to connect with others faster and with more physical interaction than they normally would using traditional social media platforms. The Spotselfie app is available for iPhone and Android.

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Controllers are the largest physical constraint in gaming today. In this video, we look at a brief history of video game controllers to see where they succeeded and where they came up short. Controllers are the bridge between players and games.

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BUSINESS

Medallia Announces Partnership with WNBA’s Washington Mystics

Medallia, Inc. | June 03, 2022

Medallia, Inc., the global leader in customer and employee experience, announced a partnership with the Washington Mystics, the 2019 WNBA Champions. In collaboration, the partners will explore ways to elevate the overall fan experience and create shared brand awareness.In their 25th season, the Mystics are off to an incredible start led by Olympians Ariel Atkins and Elena Delle Donne, veteran Natasha Cloud, and the third overall draft pick, Shakira Austin. Off the court, the Mystics and their ownership group, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, have always prioritized delivering a top-notch experience for fans and creating a lasting impact in the community. “At Monumental, the fan experience is our top priority and we’re proud to have a partner that shares this passion, With Medallia, we’re excited to introduce Mystics fans to the leading customer feedback organization." -Patrick Duffy, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Medallia will have a strong visual presence at Mystics home games at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, D.C., with basket bulkhead, courtside, grandstand, and LED signage. “The dedication the entire Monumental Sports & Entertainment organization has for their fans is unmatched, This partnership with the Mystics is one we are extremely proud of, especially given both of our organizations passion for community impact. We look forward to being a part of the evolution of fan experience with the Mystics." -Wendi Wang, Vice President of Global Events & Sponsorships, Medallia Medallia Experience Cloud, the company’s award-winning SaaS platform, leads the market in the understanding and management of experience for customers and employees. Medallia captures experience signals created on daily interactions in person, with call centers, digital channels, over video and social media, applying proprietary AI technology to reveal personalized and predictive insights that can drive timely action and meaningful business results. About Monumental Sports & Entertainment Monumental Sports & Entertainment is America’s leading sports and entertainment family. Our people, players, teams, and events bring excitement and joy to millions. We invest and innovate to consistently raise the game so we can deliver extraordinary experiences that will inspire and unite our community, our fans, and our people. To learn more, please visit www.monumentalsports.com. About Medallia Medallia is the pioneer and market leader in customer, employee, citizen, and patient experience. The company’s award-winning SaaS platform, Medallia Experience Cloud, is becoming the experience system of record that makes all other applications customer and employee aware. The platform captures billions of experience signals across interactions including all voice, video, digital, IoT, social media, and corporate-messaging tools. Medallia uses proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to automatically reveal predictive insights that drive powerful business actions and outcomes. Medallia customers reduce churn, turn detractors into promoters and buyers, create in-the-moment cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, and drive revenue-impacting business decisions, providing clear and potent returns on investment. For more information visit www.medallia.com.

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PRODUCTS

New ZVOX Sound Bar Features Industry-Disrupting Voice Clarity Technology So You Hear Every Word of TV Dialogue

ZVOX | July 05, 2022

ZVOX, the industry leader in dialogue clarification technology, has introduced a freshly designed ultra-slim sound bar, the AV355. This low-profile speaker is the latest in ZVOX's best-selling line of AccuVoice® TV speakers. The sound bar offers six levels of the company's patented hearing aid technology that lifts voices out from the rest of the soundtrack, as well as six levels of its new SuperVoice technology, which "softens" background sounds, so they don't interfere with voice intelligibility. Unlike competing products, the ZVOX algorithms boost and clarify voices without any significant volume or tonal change to other parts of the soundtrack. The AV355 is available now at ZVOX.com Amazon.com and Walmart.com for $199.99.The AV355 includes both digital and analog input options so it works with virtually any TV. The big, immersive sound is generated by three high-performance speakers with powerful neodymium magnets, along with a "virtual subwoofer" technology for extra bass. It also includes another ZVOX signature innovation, its Output Leveling feature that tames loud commercials instantly. The speaker has voice assistant compatibility so users can connect it with Amazon® Echo® products. Finally, ZVOX's PhaseCue® virtual surround technology delivers the room-filling 3D sound from this compact sound bar cabinet measuring 24" w x 2.2" h x 3.5" d. The AV355 is housed in a sleek, black molded cabinet with a colored steel grille available in black, bronze or graphite. The AV355 is purpose-designed to merge seamlessly and effortlessly with a user's current home entertainment system. For total user convenience, it can easily be programmed to work with any remote control. The inconspicuous yet elegant molded cabinet is strong and light, with a large, easy-to-read display that makes set-up and control a snap. And at just 24" wide and 2.2" high, the AV355 fits about anywhere and is easy to install either above, below, or next to any flatscreen TV. "Our proprietary AccuVoice technology is the 'gold standard' for clear voice reproduction. We have implemented a number of techniques used in the world of audiology to make dialogue easy to understand, even at low volumes. But the AV355 also excels with music and big movie soundtracks. The neodymium speakers create big, high-fidelity sound including surprising bass out of a slim, stylish cabinet that fits underneath most TVs." -ZVOX CEO Tom Hannaher. ZVOX: A New Kind of Hearing Company. Committed to enhancing and discovering hearing solutions for over 18 years, ZVOX was founded in 2003 by two long-time consumer electronics veterans. From its start as a traditional home theater speaker company, ZVOX soon gained success and industry recognition for its line of critically acclaimed sound bars and SoundBases. In 2014, ZVOX introduced a landmark technology that would change the company's focus and establish it as the unrivalled leader in dialogue clarity enhancement. ZVOX's patented AccuVoice technology uses advanced algorithms to mimic the function of a hearing aid, resulting in a dramatically new level of dialogue boosting and voice clarity. With the launch of its AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker, ZVOX created a new category of dialogue clarifying soundbars, speakers and headphones and found a broader audience among the over-fifty-five demographic and consumers with mild hearing loss. Today ZVOX offers a variety of hearing-related products including speakers, wireless headphones, and hearing aids. Based in Swampscott, MA, ZVOX sells though zvox.com, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, and selected retailers including Magnolia stores within Best Buy locations.

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TECHNOLOGIES,BUSINESS

DataStax’s Astra Streaming Goes GA With New Built-in Support for Kafka and RabbitMQ

DataStax | June 30, 2022

DataStax, the real-time data company, announced the general availability (GA) of Astra Streaming, an advanced, fully-managed messaging and event streaming service built on Apache Pulsar™. Now featuring built-in API-level support for Kafka, RabbitMQ and Java Message Service (JMS), Astra Streaming makes it easy for enterprises to get real-time value from all their data-in-motion.“Many enterprises are struggling with fragmented and complex streaming architectures, with most of their data-in-motion still siloed in legacy messaging and queuing middleware like JMS and RabbitMQ, said Chris Latimer, vice president of product management at DataStax. These valuable veins of data are impossible to harvest through Kafka. With the built-in support for Kafka, RabbitMQ and JMS, Astra Streaming makes it easy to unify all data-in-motion in a modern, multi-cloud streaming serviceAstra Streaming built on Apache Pulsar: advanced streaming for real-time apps Astra Streaming is built on Pulsar, a next-generation streaming technology built for the requirements of today’s high-scale, real-time applications. Featuring streaming, queueing and pub/sub capabilities, Pulsar is also the only streaming technology with the event semantics to address all types of data-in-motion. More modern than earlier technologies like Kafka, Pulsar is known for its performance and efficiency at scale, especially when data is geographically distributed. Recent research from GigaOm, A Report on the Cost Savings of Replacing Kafka with Pulsar,found that Pulsar has a 35% higher performance and up to an 81% lower 3-year cost than Kafka. We’ve found that while organizations like the Kafka API, they are getting increasingly frustrated by its sprawling architecture and the high licensing costs required to make Kafka enterprise-ready. With Astra Streaming, any organization can now leverage their investment in Kafka and get the benefits of the superior performance, elastic scale and compelling economics of the Pulsar-based Astra Streaming—without rewriting their Kafka apps, Latimer continued. “The Commonstock platform allows users to find and follow leading investors, learn from them and connect with friends to share verified investment insights. Similar to other social media networks like Facebook or Instagram, our business is powered by real-time data. Astra Streaming is a critical technology for our company as it powers our investment insights feed and gives users real-time mobile alerts when a new investment post or comment is shared - which is at the core of our business.” -Michael Smith, founding engineer at Commonstock Key capabilities of DataStax Astra Streaming include: Mobilizes all data-in-motion An enterprise's data-in-motion encompasses all data in platforms that provide streaming, queuing and pub/sub capabilities, Astra Streaming can address all of these use cases at the scale enterprises and high growth apps need. Modernizes event-driven architectures: Seamlessly leverage existing messaging/pub sub apps and turn them into streaming apps with a drop-in replacement; easily modernize Kafka applications with zero rewrites Runs across an entire IT estate: multi-cloud + on prem: Supports a unified event fabric that stretches across an enterprise's data-in-motion spread across their entire data estate: on premises, in the cloud and at the edge. Powers a real-time data ecosystem: Through a wide range of connectors, Astra Streaming is connected to an enterprise’s data ecosystem, enabling real-time data to flow instantly from data sources and applications to streaming analytics and machine learning systems. It’s also integrated with Astra DB, powering its CDC capabilities. Astra Streaming + Astra DB = the open data stack for real-time apps Astra Streaming is a core component of DataStax’s open data stack for real-time applications. With Astra Streaming, together with the Astra DB cloud database built on the massively scalable Apache Cassandra®, DataStax offers the only stack that unifies operational data-at-rest and streaming data-in-motion. With DataStax, enterprises can mobilize all enterprise data for real-time applications, build smarter applications faster, and scale without limits on any cloud. Amy Machado, IDC Research Director, Streaming Data Pipeline, commented: "Because business happens in real time, continuously processing streams of data is imperative for enterprises to optimize decisions, actions and experiences. Streaming data can be a game changer for companies to make predictive business decisions and gain competitive advantages.” DataStax delivers a unique cloud-native architecture that can manage both streaming data-in-motion and operational data-at-rest so enterprises can get value in real time from all of their data. DataStax Astra Streaming is powered by Apache Pulsar and has built-in support for Kafka, RabbitMQ and JMS, offering enterprises a wide set of capabilities within its single, unified platform, Machado continued. About DataStax DataStax is the real-time data company. With DataStax, any enterprise can mobilize real-time data and quickly build the smart, highly scalable applications required to be a data-driven business. With Astra DB and Astra Streaming, DataStax uniquely delivers the power of Apache Cassandra™—the world’s most scalable database—with the advanced Apache Pulsar™ streaming technology in an open data stack, available on any cloud. Hundreds of the world’s leading enterprises, including Verizon, Audi, ESL Gaming and many more rely on DataStax to unleash the power of real-time data to create the in-the-moment digital experiences that can win new markets and change industries. Learn more at DataStax.com.

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