TECHNOLOGIES

Universal Electronics Hits Sustainability Milestones in Time for Earth Day

Universal Electronics Inc. | April 22, 2022

Universal Electronics Hits Sustainability
Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices has announced it has reached key milestones in its continued mission to become a sustainable corporate citizen. With over 100 million wireless products shipped each year, the company understands its responsibility to reduce its environmental footprint and decarbonize its products.Manufacturing Milestone: 15 million Refurbished and Recycled Remotes

A key milestone that the company delivered on over the last five years, is the 15 millionth refurbished and fully recycled remote control coming out of the Monterey, Mexico facility. The remotes provide a second life as field returns from cable or satellite TV providers in the USA. This effort resulted in the company recycling over 667 tons of plastics.

Supply Chain Milestone: Innovations Award for most Sustainable Packaging
Another key program the company invested in is the removal of single-use plastics. In 2021, UEI won the Packaging Innovation Awards Gold Winner for its One For All retail product line. The packaging innovation awards recognize outstanding packaging projects from around the globe, based on sustainability, technological developments and enhanced user experience breakthroughs. This resulted in saving nearly forty tons of plastic each year.

Decarbonization of Products: No more Batteries Needed
The biggest impact on creating a cleaner environment is expected to come from breakthroughs in product and technology development. In addition to designing products that use recycled materials, are easy to refurbish and free of single-use plastic; the company is now designing remote controls that do not require battery replacement throughout the useful life of the product. To deliver upon this goal, UEI invested in the UEI Eterna platform, a new reference design for remote controls that paves the way to a promising future with extended battery life.

Powered by the new UEI Extreme Low Power (XLP) System-on-Chip (SOC) with energy-harvesting technology, the product uses indoor light and Wi-Fi signals to power a full-featured TV remote control. This breakthrough innovation could result in saving a significant number of batteries that otherwise could end up in landfills.

“Part of being a good corporate citizen is contributing to a sustainable future. As the leading global manufacturer of wireless control solutions and home automation, we are committing to reducing the environmental impact of our products – through the development, manufacturing, and recycling of our products,” 

-Enrique Suro, VP, Global Quality Assurance.

Finally, to ensure the company is consistent and can learn from the best in class, the company most recently signed on as a member of the Responsible Business Alliance, the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains.

About Universal Electronics Inc.
Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices. We design, develop, manufacture, ship and support control and sensor technology solutions and a broad line of universal control systems, audio video accessories, and intelligent wireless security and smart home products. Our products and solutions are used by the world's leading brands in the video services, consumer electronics, security, home automation, climate control and home appliance markets. For more information, visit www.uei.com.

Spotlight

This whitepaper provides an overview of the history, development, and challenges of mobile gaming. It also covers how cloud gaming allows developers/enterprises to quickly build, deploy, distribute, and monetize their applications while offering a seamless user experience with minimal response time. Furthermore, it details various kinds of cloud gaming solutions available in the market, as well as recommended solution architectures for mobile cloud MMOG’s and cardbased mobile gaming, including Alibaba Cloud’s impact on a customer's business and user experience. It also provides an insight into the future of cloud gaming and reasons why now is the time to go on the cloud.


Other News
INDUSTRY MARKET

Triton Digital Releases the New Zealand Podcast Ranker For May 2022

Triton Digital | June 16, 2022

Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced the release of the latest New Zealand Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top Networks in New Zealand from 1 May through 31 May, 2022, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service. The Top 100 Podcast Ranker and Top Network Ranker are ranked by monthly listeners, in accordance with the latest IAB Podcast Technical Measurement Guidelines. For this reporting period, the top three podcasts included Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley on ZM (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), The Mike Hosking Breakfast (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), and Casefile True Crime (Audioboom). New podcasts debuting on the ranker this month include Betrayal (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), Inside Dancing with the Stars (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), CounterClock (audiochuck), and Sympathy Pains (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN). Over the last month, there has been a 21% increase in total downloads with May coming in at 8.1M. Participating networks in the New Zealand Ranker include Audioboom, Head gum, Kart Media, Listen (SC), Mediator Radio Limited, NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN, Stitcher Media, and Sports Entertainment Network (SEN). For podcast consumption insights, view our New Zealand Podcast Ranker website for an enhanced and robust experience. To participate in the ranker, view the full results of the Ranker, and sign up to receive future rankers via email, please visit: https://www.tritondigital.com/resources/podcast-reports. Triton Digital Podcast Metrics measurement service is certified by the IAB Tech Lab as complying with Version 2.1 of the IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines. It provides accurate and insightful data around how, when, and where podcast content is being consumed across multiple hosting platforms, with the ability to view metrics by date range, location, device, podcast name, episode, title, and more. About Triton Digital Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 80 countries, Triton provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, pod casters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton powers the global online audio industry with Web cast Metrics®, the leading online audio measurement service and Podcast Metrics, one of the first IAB certified podcast measurement services in the industry. With unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.

Read More

BUSINESS

Blizzard Entertainment Acquires Boston-Based Studio Proletariat to Expand Development Pipeline for World of Warcraft ®

Blizzard Entertainment | July 06, 2022

Blizzard Entertainment closed the acquisition of Boston-based studio Proletariat to better serve players in the award-winning massive multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®."Over the next two years we plan to hire hundreds of the best developers to serve the needs of our World of Warcraft players. The extraordinary team at Proletariat will be a key component of our talent acquisition efforts,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations, A critical part of taking care of players is taking care of our teams—making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.” -Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment We are incredibly excited to be joining Blizzard Entertainment,” said Proletariat co-founder and CEO, Seth Sivak. “Our team has always strived to put players first, and in working with the World of Warcraft team, we have learned that we are completely aligned in our commitments to innovation, quality, investing in our talent, authentic communication, and representation—both in and out of the games we make. World of Warcraft is one of the most influential games ever made and we can’t wait to be a part of that legacy and to help build an even brighter future for Azeroth. We are proud to be working with Proletariat as we further expand our development team and build towards welcoming more players into the Warcraft universe, said John Hight, general manager of the Warcraft franchise. We’ve been listening to our community and making great changes to World of Warcraft based on their feedback—bringing the talented Proletariat team into the fold allows us to explore even more ways we can surprise and delight players who call Azeroth home. Proletariat was founded in 2012 by industry veterans from Insomniac, Harmonix, and Turbine. The team has deep experience building MMORPGs and includes, among others, former lead designers of Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. At Proletariat, the team has operated live games for nearly a decade, having most recently released the critically-acclaimed cross-platform action-spellcasting battle royale game, Spellbreak. The studio has a strong presence in Boston. Proletariat began working with the World of Warcraft development team in May and will be fully integrated into Blizzard Entertainment over the coming months. The addition of Proletariat is another exciting step in Blizzard Entertainment’s mission to support their talented teams creatively and culturally while building AAA gaming experiences across their iconic franchises. About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (https://www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes twenty-three #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming platform, Battle.net®, serves tens of millions of active Blizzard players. About Proletariat, Inc. Founded in 2012 in Boston, MA, by a group of game-industry veterans from Harmonix, Turbine, and Insomniac, Proletariat is an award-winning independent game developer with the mission to create games that change the way communities play together. The starting team of five engineers and artists has grown to 90+ developers from diverse backgrounds and tackled some of gaming’s most challenging problems. The studio's first major title, World Zombination, debuted in early 2015 as a coveted "Editor's Choice" on the iOS App Store. Attracting millions of players worldwide, it went on to be named to Apple's "Best of 2015" list and developed a reputation for bringing quality and depth to the mobile MMO landscape.In 2021, Proletariat launched Spellbreak, the first game to have full cross-platform compatibility across PC and all major consoles at release. It went on to be enjoyed by over 10 million players across the world.

Read More

TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

FOX First Run Expands Partnership with Interactive Media Platform Partner ACTV8me to Amplify Fall Programming

FOX First Run | August 05, 2022

FOX First Run announced that it is broadening its partnership with media technology provider ACTV8me, to create a unified interactive experience across its all-star lineup "You Bet Your Life" and "Pictionary." The leading mobile ad-tech company will leverage its Sequential QR Code™ (SQR Code™) solution in all 180 new episodes of "You Bet Your Life" and 175 original episodes of "Pictionary," producing a measurable way for sponsors to connect with the audience, while surprising and delighting viewers in real-time at home. Across America's favorite game shows, ACTV8me will display its SQR Code™ to empower marketers to sequentially or randomly serve unique offers, messaging, and enhanced content in a brand-safe environment, all of which can be saved into the native wallet (Apple Pay or Google Pay). This proven solution allows sponsors to effectively measure lead generation and conversions. The SQR Code™ will also power an at-home segment, prompting viewers to play along with an audience question, to win sponsored grand prizes, delivering fun to the whole family. "After a successful collaboration on Season 1 of 'You Bet Your Life', we are proud of our partnership with ACTV8me in scaling across multiple series, as we continue to accelerate the reach of these syndicated shows by infusing interactive elements that improve our audience experience," -Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development, FOX First Run. We are excited to serve more viewers, and optimize cross-screen experiences for premier sponsors and prizing partners," added David Schreff, CEO of ACTV8me. "As we further expand into 'Pictionary' with Jerry O'Connell, we are jointly ushering in a new way for consumers to engage with the iconic board game as it comes to life on the television screen. These FOX First Run's syndicated game shows provide a perfect match for us to inspire full family participation, and enhance the in-show sponsorships together,expressed Brian Shuster, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of ACTV8me. "By displaying our SQR Code™ solution at pivotal moments, FOX First Run is designing opportunities for viewers to test their knowledge and be rewarded this fall. Tune in this September as "You Bet Your Life" and "Pictionary" premiere on weekdays and weeknights in 192 markets in 98% of the U.S. including FOX Owned & Operated Television stations and on station groups Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, and others. Check your local listings, or visit https://youbetyourlife.com / and Pictionaryontv.com About FOX FIRST RUN FOX First Run serves as the television syndication arm of FOX Broadcasting Company. FOX Television Stations owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas, or DMAs, and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago). Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce nearly 1,000 hours of local news every week. These stations leverage viewer, distributor, and advertiser demand for the FOX Network's national content. About ACTV8me ( www.actv8me.com ) ACTV8me's patented and proprietary media technology enables measurable engagement and attribution across all distributed content. The platform powers an interactive and transactional overlay that linear and streaming media networks, retailers, sports and entertainment venues, digital out-of-home publishers, and brand advertisers leverage across content and ad campaigns, connecting marketing spend to measurable sales outcomes. ACTV8me partners provide consumers with new valuable offers, digital coupons, and unique content, based on their age, gender, location and media consumption behavior, enabling global brands to drive measurable ROI. As a leader in interactive media experiences, including the new breakthrough SQR™ Code (Sequential QR Code), ACTV8me also partners with major television production and content owners to create original content that utilizes the platform's functionality, to unlock new recurring revenue streams.

Read More

BUSINESS

Topgolf Expanding Pennsylvania Footprint with Two New Venues

Topgolf | May 17, 2022

Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and golf entertainment company, is set to open its first venue in the city of Philadelphia on Friday, May 20. Located off US 1 near Philadelphia Mills shopping mall, Topgolf's 77th global venue will provide all communities in and around Philadelphia the signature, technology-driven multi-level entertainment experience players have grown to know and love – and locals will recognize its location as part of the redevelopment of the former Nabisco plant. "We are excited to double down and build a strong bond with the Philadelphia community with our first venue within the city, As a company focused on building roots and growing the game, we are thrilled to provide the community more opportunities to play." -Topgolf Chief Operating Officer Gen Gray. The three-level, open-air venue will feature 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space. Beyond entertainment, Topgolf's Philadelphia venue will employ approximately 400 Associates, further strengthening the region's economy. Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf's career website. Topgolf in Philadelphia marks the second venue to serve the state of Pennsylvania, and the company will continue its expansion within Greater Philadelphia as it has plans to introduce its technology-enabled golf entertainment experience in King of Prussia. The King of Prussia venue, which will have a similar 102 hitting bay design, will offer the brand's signature experience where players can enjoy point-scoring golf games in an energetic and fun environment. "Our focus is on creating more opportunities to enable people to play, The King of Prussia venue is a great example of that as we expand our relationship with the communities in and around Greater Philadelphia, and welcome new and returning players to enjoy the Topgolf experience." -Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit Topgolf's Philadelphia location page. About Topgolf Entertainment Group Topgolf Entertainment Group is a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment company that connects people in meaningful ways through experiences, innovation and fun. What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has grown into a movement where people from all walks of life connect at the intersection of technology and sports entertainment. Topgolf Entertainment Group's platforms include Topgolf venues, Topgolf Media and Gaming, and Toptracer technology. Follow @topgolf on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit the Topgolf Press page for the latest news. About Topgolf Venues Topgolf venues connect people through technology, food and beverage, and the belief that life is more fun when you play. With an energetic atmosphere, Topgolf venues feature high-tech gaming, climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. Topgolf entertains more than 30 million guests annually at over 70 locations across the globe. To learn more or plan your visit, visit topgolf.com.

Read More

Spotlight

This whitepaper provides an overview of the history, development, and challenges of mobile gaming. It also covers how cloud gaming allows developers/enterprises to quickly build, deploy, distribute, and monetize their applications while offering a seamless user experience with minimal response time. Furthermore, it details various kinds of cloud gaming solutions available in the market, as well as recommended solution architectures for mobile cloud MMOG’s and cardbased mobile gaming, including Alibaba Cloud’s impact on a customer's business and user experience. It also provides an insight into the future of cloud gaming and reasons why now is the time to go on the cloud.

Resources