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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Web 3.0 and blockchain has shifted power dynamics, from concentrated, centralized power, to diffused, decentralized power. Fundamentally, consumers can now become direct owners, and have direct influence in the products and services they give their time to. This is the power of web3 and of blockchain. We have seen web3 and blockchain changing industries, but now, we are changing the video streaming industry. We are driving the content revolution by enabling viewers to earn every time they watch video content. Every time a viewer watches content on our platform, they earn our native cryptocurrency token -MContent. Our token has immense potential to grow as it is tied to a real-world asset, content.

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TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

Qumu Launches Qumu Live

Qumu Corporation | November 21, 2022

Qumu Corporation (Nasdaq: QUMU), the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise video technology, announced the global availability of Qumu Live, a suite of managed live streaming and production services that enables organizations of all sizes to deliver engaging live-streamed events to internal and external audiences anywhere in the world. With Qumu Live, Qumu experts oversee all aspects of planning, hosting and managing broadcast quality live-streamed video on a platform that is scalable, secure and incorporates the full range of analytics, interactive capabilities, social media integrations, captioning, transcription, translation and related services available through Qumu and its broad network of technology partners.A Turnkey Offering for High Stakes Events Powered by a leading enterprise video platform, Qumu Live is an end-to-end managed services solution that dramatically simplifies delivery of live streamed video, from event registration and production, to hosting and streaming, and post-event analysis and measurement. With this suite of managed services, users can focus on perfecting their content and messaging, and are freed from the complexity of ensuring a reliable, secure, high quality and glitch-free streaming experience for their targeted audiences. “Qumu has a history of successfully supporting our customers with live streaming best practices and solving complex streaming problems,With this new offering, this white glove service is now available on an as-needed basis to everyone.” -Rose Bentley, Qumu’s president and chief executive officer. Bentley said that for high stakes events such as all-hands meetings, town halls, sales kick-offs, product launches, user conferences, investor presentations and more, Qumu Live offers a comprehensive and worry-free path to flawless execution. “This offering combines our proven platform, team of experts and rich array of partners to manage all the details of your live stream, recommend best practices and consult on format and interactive aspects to optimize viewer engagement, and do all this in full compliance with your brand look and feel, Bentley added. A Tested and Proven Solution Qumu Live builds on Qumu’s history of successfully supporting complex live streaming needs for organizations of all sizes, all over the world. In a recent engagement for a U.S. government agency, sourced through Qumu’s partnership with GovSmart, Inc., Qumu produced and hosted live streams originating from Dakar, Senegal, incorporating both pre-recorded and live video, as well as simultaneous translation into French, Portuguese and Arabic. Qumu Live’s production and creative services offerings include single- and multi-camera shoots, professional video, lighting and sound equipment and video editing. Through seamless integrations with its multiple technology partners, Qumu Live can also incorporate into live streams interactive elements such as chats, polls and surveys. Auto captioning, auto transcription and translations are also available. Qumu Live also provides comprehensive analytics encompassing viewer metrics, poll reports and more to inform post-event follow-up and future event planning. Available on As-Needed Basis Worldwide Live streams powered by Qumu Live are delivered to any screen with internet connection. In addition, at venues without reliable internet service, Qumu Live can stream live video via a bonded cellular network. Qumu Live’s services are available to customers on an as-needed basis; a subscription to Qumu’s cloud-based enterprise video services is not required. For further information about Qumu Live’s capabilities, please visit www.qumu.com/qumu-live/. About Qumu Corporation Qumu (Nasdaq: QUMU) is a leading provider of best-in-class tools to create, control, deliver, experience and analyze live and asynchronous video at scale. Backed by an experienced team of software and video experts, Qumu’s software enables globally distributed organizations to drive employee, customer and partner engagement, modernizing business by providing more efficient and effective ways to communicate and collaborate.

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TECHNOLOGIES,SOLUTIONS

Be 2022’s Holiday Gifting Hero With the Latest Gaming Gear From Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, and Neat Microphones

Turtle Beach Corporation | December 09, 2022

Looking to be this year’s holiday gifting hero? Get the latest console gaming accessories, PC gaming peripherals, and microphones from leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) this holiday season.Shoppers still on the hunt for the perfect gift can pick from a variety of best-selling and award-winning gear from Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, and Neat Microphones for gifting to the gamers and tech enthusiasts in the house. From top-rated Turtle Beach gaming headsets, controllers, and flight simulation accessories, to creating the most beautiful high-performance PC gaming desktop with ROCCAT, to using a Neat microphone that ensures your voice sounds amazing – the below accessories deliver the competitive advantage and top performance gamers want. “The latest gear from Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, and Neat are premier examples of superior innovation, design, and style, and all three brands feature a variety of products that would make the perfect gift, Giving Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, or Neat products this holiday makes for a great present and has the potential to make you this year’s gifting hero, because across the board our products deliver top performance, high quality, and a competitive advantage over lesser gaming accessories.” -Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. Turtle Beach Gaming Headsets Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600 Gen 2 USB continues the best-selling gaming headset series’ tradition of delivering powerful game sound, crystal-clear chat, and ultimate comfort for just $99.95 MSRP. Additionally, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX offers expanded compatibility with more systems and a massive 48+ hour extended battery life for $129.95 MSRP, and the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX delivers ultra-premium everything for $199.95 MSRP. If sights are set on a wired multiplatform gaming headset, Turtle Beach’s Recon 500 ($79.95 MSRP), Recon 200 Gen 2 ($59.95 MSRP), Recon 70 ($39.95 MSRP), and Recon 50 ($24.95 MSRP) headsets offer a variety of choices. Turtle Beach Controllers Turtle Beach redefined the wired controller space when it expanded its best-selling brand name beyond gaming headsets and into gamepads with the launch of the Recon Controller. The award-winning Recon Controller comes in Black or White and combines game-winning controls with Turtle Beach’s game-changing audio features like Superhuman Hearing™ for $59.95 MSRP. An exclusive Arctic Camo colorway is also available for $64.95 while supplies last. Additionally, Turtle Beach’s REACT-R Controller offers many of the same features as the Recon Controller for $39.95 MSRP and comes in Black, or White with Purple accents. Designed for Xbox and wireless cloud gaming on Android mobile devices, the Recon Cloud Hybrid Controller adds a sturdy phone clip and Bluetooth® connectivity to Turtle Beach’s award-winning gamepad design for $99.95 MSRP, while the Atom Controller gives gamers-on-the-go a truly unique mobile gaming controller with a magnetic two-piece design that fits nearly all Android phones and is ultra-portable for a $99.95 MSRP. Turtle Beach Flight Simulation For flight sim fans, there’s only one logical choice this holiday season, and it’s the one that uses the latest technology for the ultimate flight sim experience. Last year Turtle Beach launched its groundbreaking, award-winning VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System ($379.95 MSRP) to critical acclaim, catapulting the best-selling brand into the flight simulation category. The new VelocityOne Rudder ($299.99 MSRP) and VelocityOne Stand ($199.99 MSRP) now complete the setup, while the just launched VelocityOne Flightstick is another groundbreaking, modern single joystick controller perfect for air and space flight combat games for $129.99 MSRP. ROCCAT PC Gaming Keyboards ROCCAT's latest Vulcan II Max full-size keyboard ($229.99 MSRP) is stunning in every sense of the word, and has been named gaming’s most beautiful gaming keyboard by Tom’s Hardware and CGmag.com, among other notable publications. The Vulcan II Mini is its compact 65%-sized counterpart for $149.99 MSRP. Both the Vulcan II Max and Mini are available in Black or White and feature hyper-responsive, durable TITAN II Optical-Mechanical Switches and the world’s first Dual-LED Smart Switches. ROCCAT’s Magma ($59.99 MSRP) and Pyro ($79.99 MSRP) are also great keyboard options, each with RGB lighting that syncs with other AIMO-enabled ROCCAT accessories. Be sure to check out ROCCAT’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for additional offers. ROCCAT PC Gaming Mice PC gamers can add ROCCAT’s Kone XP wired mouse ($89.99 MSRP) or Kone XP Air Stellar Wireless mouse ($169.99 MSRP) to their desktop setup. The Kone XP mice showcase brilliant 3D RGB AIMO lighting with five programmable zones, as well as have a multi-button design to complement any game or project, and the precision and speed of ROCCAT’s Owl-Eye 19k DPI Optical Sensor and Titan Optical Switches. The wireless Kone XP Air also includes an RGB Rapid Charge Dock to keep it charged up while adding to the lightshow. The Burst Pro Air wireless mouse ($99.99 MSRP) and wired Burst Pro ($59.99 MSRP) are also great PC gaming mice options. ROCCAT PC Gaming Headsets Completing the most beautiful PC gaming desktop, ROCCAT’s Syn Max Air ($249.99 MSRP) is the brand’s flagship wireless 3D audio PC gaming headset that combines the best of Turtle Beach’s game-winning audio features with ROCCAT’s unique design and RGB lighting. Powerful, immersive PC gaming sound quality, unmatched microphone performance, and premium comfort features abound in the Syn Max Air. Additionally, the Syn Max Air’s earcups and included RGB Rapid Charge Dock deliver RGB lighting and sync with other AIMO-enabled ROCCAT PC gaming peripherals. ROCCAT’s Syn Pro Air headset is also available for $149.95 MSRP. Neat Digital/USB Microphones Whether you’re gaming, working, or in school, the need for your voice to sound as good as possible has never been more important than now. Enter Neat Microphones and the brand’s latest digital USB and analog XLR microphones. Gamers, streamers, and podcasters will be thrilled with Neat’s Bumblebee II Professional Cardioid USB Condenser Microphone which features a 25mm condenser capsule for $99.99 MSRP. Additionally, for easy plug-n-play setup, Neat’s Skyline USB Desktop Microphone is elegant, simple to use, and only costs $69.99 MSRP. Neat Analog/XLR Microphones For studio-worthy performance, vocalists, musicians, recording, and voiceover artists can’t go wrong with Neat’s King Bee II XLR Microphone ($169.99 MSRP). The King Bee II is perfect for capturing vocals, drums, electric guitar, piano, and most acoustic instruments, and even comes with its own shockmount and pop filter. Artists needing something smaller in size but still big on performance can find Neat’s Worker Bee II XLR Microphone for $99.99 MSRP. About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (the “Company”) (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing best-selling gaming headsets, top-rated game controllers, and ground-breaking gaming simulation accessories. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products for all types of gamers, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC peripherals. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, professionals, and students that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

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Viewlift and Bitmovin to Introduce Buffer-free Video Streaming for Global Market

Viewlift | January 11, 2023

Viewlift and Bitmovin to Introduce Buffer-free Video Streaming for Global Market ViewLift, a pioneer in end-to-end streaming and over-the-top (OTT) solutions, has entered a multi-year partnership with Bitmovin. By incorporating Bitmovin's cloud-based video streaming infrastructure technologies, the collaboration will enhance the quality of streaming on OTT platforms worldwide and improve ViewLift's full-cycle content distribution and monetization potential. The quality of experience has become the top indicator for viewer retention after recent findings by Bitmovin. The results stated that over half of the users have unsubscribed from a streaming service owing to buffering issues, enabling content owners to bring to the market quickly and at scale, maximizing profits and minimizing churn. ViewLift's customers can now use Bitmovin to get jerk-free streaming, as the latter’s encoding solutions include the Next-Generation VOD Encoder, which supports multi-codec streaming, 8K, and multi-HDR, and the Live Event Encoder, to handle the traffic. ViewLift's OTT platform will now also include Bitmovin Analytics. Using an automated device testing solution and Bitmovin Player, it will be able to test, deploy, and improve video playback while ensuring smooth streaming on all devices. "Partnering with Bitmovin is a win-win for both of us. But the ultimate winners in this partnership are our customers and their viewers. Our joint capabilities are poised to provide them with an unrivaled OTT viewing experience. At a time when streaming quality is critical to viewer acquisition and retention and can make or break OTT businesses, our combined technology advantage will allow content owners to step up their game. Bitmovin's hyper-efficient codecs, cloud-based encoding, and intelligently optimized adaptive bitrate optimized encoding ladders combined with ViewLift's end-to-end content distribution and monetization solutions are a game-changer in the OTT space," -Manik Bambha, President of ViewLift, shared about the partnership. (Source: Business Wire) About ViewLift ViewLift® was founded in 2008. It is an edge OTT content distribution platform that assists media businesses, sports leagues, and broadcasters to monetize their content via native branded apps on the web, mobile, game consoles, and other connected smart TVs.

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