VIRTUALIZATION

UPshow Announces First-of-its-Kind Partnership with Canva to Deliver Businesses Premium Creative for QR Code and Brand Promotions

UPshow | August 13, 2021

UPshow, the leading in-venue entertainment and marketing platform that develops interactive digital TV networks, partners with Canva, the global visual communications and design platform, as the first company to bring the highest level of dynamic, video-powered design templates that draw attention and drive trackable business results via QR codes.

UPshow's leading digital platform is now fully integrated with the Canva Button with additional features that unlock all Canva's premium content. Businesses gain access to 75 million stock photos, videos, audio, graphics and music, all without leaving UPshow's best-in-class digital signage platform. UPshow customers now have an easy way to quickly create, design and launch beautiful, measurable campaigns by leveraging the world's best online design tool, all within UPshow's leading digital signage design suite.

The partnership between UPshow and Canva utilizing the Canva Button empowers exceptional design output and measurable, screen-by-screen tracking. With such sophisticated targeting comes pressure to create a lot of assets — and fast. Our partnership allows businesses to quickly create professional-looking promotions using Canva without ever leaving the UPshow platform.

"We're thrilled to partner with Canva to be one of the first to integrate the Canva Button with Pro Features in order to deliver the highest level of creative promotions to our customers through UPshow's platform," said Adam Hirsen, UPshow CEO. "With Canva being the worldwide leader in visual communications, it was a perfect fit. We originally formed a partnership with Canva in late 2019 as a way to provide our customers with a best-in-class platform to create on-screen marketing assets. We're excited to deepen that partnership as the first official Canva Button with Pro Features partner. Together, we're opening up a world of creative possibilities for our customers."

About UPshow
UPshow is the leading in-venue entertainment and marketing platform that develops interactive digital TV networks. As the first and only provider of interactive digital signage networks, UPshow creates a revolutionary in-venue network that drives customer and employee behaviors directly from their mobile devices. Enterprise businesses in the hospitality, entertainment, fitness and healthcare industries rely on UPshow's plug-and-play technology to create deeper brand engagement and maximize profitability and efficiency.

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While Microsoft showed off its console and even let us do a hands-on with it  Sony has yet to reveal the final hardware and many of the final specifications for the PS4.Take a look at the side-by-side comparison below.Will you be buying a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One when the consoles become available? What do you like about the consoles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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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.

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PRODUCTS,BUSINESS

TQSKY launches T1 Smart Glasses for a Portable Entertainment Experience Like Never Before

TQSKY, | July 08, 2022

TQSKY, a newcomer in the consumer technology offering world class experiences, is releasing the world's first audio-visual glasses, TQSKY T1, on Kickstarter . Slim, light, and fashionable, these AR/XR glasses seek to change how consumers view entertainment options on the go or in the comfort of their own homes. The TQSKY T1 smart glasses come packed with features that distinguish it from other smart glasses, including: A unique design: Multi-color steamer lenses with easy magnetic replacements; a nosepiece made of anti-allergenic skin-friendly material, suitable for a variety of face shapes and skin types; a 90° right-angle interface cable that allows users to lie down and watch content more comfortably. The TQSKY T1 is also adjustable for 0-600° myopia. Enhanced viewing experience: High picture quality together with a 3.5m equivalent viewing distance and 150in ultra-clear giant screen delivers cinematic picture quality at any time. Immersive and CD-grade audio quality: The only audiovisual glasses with Hi-Res sound quality certification that does not require headphones to enjoy high-quality audio. The dual speakers with rotary sound bins lead to a wider sound range, stronger resolution, and better bass and surround sound effects. High privacy: Directional sound transmission with no external amplification allows for more privacy. Luminescent coated privacy lenses create directional light transmission to make any space more private. Highly compatible: The TQSKY T1 can connect with phones, tablets, and gaming systems including the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and even drones. Weighing in at only 79g, the TQSKY T1 is comfortable to use on a daily basis while keeping users connected to their world of entertainment and looking fashionable at the same time. We set out to develop products that are highly functional while meeting new age consumer demands. With the technology landscape continuously evolving, the team has enabled integration of various elements to produce the audio-visual glasses that is expected to take over the scene as consumers seek for more immersive experiences," said Jessie Wang, Founder and CEO of TQSKY. Designed for the modern consumer, the TQSKY T1 is available on Kickstarter at an introductory price of $469 (33% off the original price of $799) for the first 100 units. To learn more, visit the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tqksy/tqsky-t1-your-own-portable-and-private-cinema?ref=uxwzj3&token=38b72399 About TQSKY Technology Limited Co. Established in January 2022 by a team of founding members with over 20 years of experience in the industry, TQSKY focuses on the research and development and application of near-eye display and interaction field and is committed to being a leader in the field of audio-visual glasses through the combination of technology and fashion. TQSKY aims to pioneer a more futuristic lifestyle by creating portable, private, and diversified audio-visual experiences for users by developing smart audio-visual products and creating new experiences for private spaces.

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PRODUCTS

WOWCube® Entertainment System by CubiOs Inc., Now Available for Pre-Order

CubiOs Inc | June 23, 2022

CubiOs Inc. announced their one-of-a-kind immersive-reality gaming platform, The WOWCube ® entertainment system, is now available for pre-order. Named one of “The 100 Best Inventions of 2021” by Time Magazine, the WOWCube® system was recognized in 2020 with The Edison Best New Products Award, and was a CES Innovation Award honoree in 2021. It is certified by STEM as an educational gadget and also serves as a stress-relief tool that has a positive impact on the development of motor skills, cognitive function and three-dimensional thinking. Pre-orders for the one-of-a-kind cube-shaped device are now offered at 40% off the launch retail price “For anyone who loves gadgets and games, and parents who want to invest in their child’s cognitive abilities, the WOWCube ® system is a modern version of the Rubik's Cube, that will continue to evolve and entertain,With our WOWCube ® System, players interact with games in a unique and thoughtful way - by examining the action from different angles and sorting it out using motor skills and three-dimensional thinking. It is so much more than a gadget or a game, it’s also a certified educational device and developmental tool, that’s fun too!” -Ilya Osipov, President of CubiOs Inc. The WOWCube ® entertainment system features eight separate cubicle modules connected to each other, that let you interact with the digital world as if it were real. Each module is a separate device with three high-resolution screens and a CPU inside. Video games run simultaneously on all 24 screens covering six sides of the device, as the 3D puzzle cube delivers a unique experience where virtual gameplay is controlled by physically tilting, twisting and shaking. When not in use for gaming, the WOWCube can be placed on the charging dock to connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and each of the 24 screens can be used to showcase information you want or need handy. CubiOs Inc. is building an entirely new ecosystem of games, widgets, and apps for the WOWCube ® entertainment system by providing SDK and APIs for developers worldwide, who are inspired by unique possibilities to create immersive-reality worlds on the next-gen cube. More details on the DevKit for developing Cube Apps will be available soon. Pre-orders for the WOWCube ® system are now available at https://wowcube.com/buy, at a fraction of the future retail price, for a limited time only. Consumers who want to get their hands on the cube first can purchase a Starter Pack for $299 which includes WOWCube® Entertainment System, a 30CC$ Gift eCard, 3 games and much more available at WOWCube® Play Store. Additionally, Full Pack “Cut The Rope®” and Full Pack “Space Invaders®” editions, are priced at $349 and include WOWCube® Entertainment System plus a 50CC$ Gift eCard, accessories and pre-installed exclusive games. 40+ free and paid games will be available to consumers by the shipment date. All pre-order purchases are verified and secured, with easy payment options and free refunds, plus a refer-a-friend program. The first batch of WOWCube® Entertainment System plans to be delivered in December 2022. About CubiOs Inc. The company is the creator of the WOWCube ® entertainment system — the first-in-class immersive-reality innovative console and the gaming platform providing a unique experience of interacting with the digital world as if it’s a real object by twisting, shaking, and tilting it. CubiOS Inc. is based in Sarasota, FL, and focuses on design, development, marketing, and distribution of hi-tech consumer robotic toys and entertainment game platforms. It is an independent R&D and manufacturing company, developing breakthrough technologies and innovations, and building the ecosystem around the WOWCube ® entertainment system. The CubiOs Studio is the company's game-design lab that creates next-gen digital apps & widgets running on the WOWCube ® entertainment console.

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TECHNOLOGIES,BUSINESS

disguise Acquires Creative Studio Meptik to Accelerate Global Delivery of World-Class Immersive Productions

disguise | July 13, 2022

disguise, the market leader in extended reality (xR) technology, has acquired Atlanta-based immersive entertainment specialists Meptik, to empower the global deployment of trailblazing immersive productions, studios and installations delivered by Meptik and powered by disguiseWhile both companies will continue to operate as separate entities, disguise will be leveraging Meptik’s expertise to expand its global reach, helping creatives build the next generation of extended reality and metaverse experiences. Meptik’s teams will work with disguise to workshop new solutions, create product roadmaps and drive new standards in entertainment technology. Meptik specializes in creating dynamic virtual worlds that blow audiences away—and keeps them coming back. Their clients range from film studios to lifestyle brands, Fortune 500s, musical artists and more. Combining creative chops with technical skills, Meptik is always working behind the scenes to define what’s next for extended reality (xR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual production (VP). Led by Sarah Linebaugh and Nick Rivero, their team of experts deliver groundbreaking projects for filmmakers and broadcasters as well as remarkable corporate and immersive installations. xR technology unleashes storytelling potential by delivering photorealistic, three-dimensional, real-time graphics that immerse performers and audiences alike in a virtual world visible on set and in-camera. disguise’s market-leading extended reality (xR) workflow has, in the past two years alone, enabled over 600 xR productions in over 50 countries, powering live entertainment productions for music artists such as Katy Perry and Billie Eilish, film and episodic TV productions for Netflix and Amazon Prime, corporate presentations for Siemens and Verizon and live broadcast programs from Eurosport, MTV and ITV. With new disguise locations opening up around the world and a software interface available in multiple languages, disguise is accelerating the democratization of its xR workflow to meet the expanding appetite for xR, virtual production and virtual studios. As a rapidly growing global player in the events, media and entertainment space, disguise is well placed to support a similar growth trajectory for Meptik, bringing their creative and technical expertise to all. Customers can expect a Meptik team with the latest technology in their back pocket, and an ever-growing global team of experts to support them on their creative journey. Meptik will also use its unique combination of creative and technical expertise to aid disguise in its mission to empower game-changing virtual experiences at the intersection of physical and virtual worlds. “We have always prided ourselves on our ability to service both sides of the xR equation the creative and the technical—and we love creating dynamic virtual worlds that blow audiences away, Joining forces with disguise will enhance our ability to continue to serve our clients from start to finish while maintaining our down-to-earth spirit.” -Nick Rivero, Co-Founder of Meptik “Meptik has been a trusted partner of disguise for many years, growing to excel at bringing out the very best capability for disguise solutions. Given that we have both been, in the past two years, bringing extended reality and immersive entertainment to the world, this acquisition would expand on these efforts and lead the next era for extended reality and metaverse experiences,” says disguise CEO Fernando Küfer. About disguise disguise is the platform to imagine, create and deliver spectacular visual experiences. Its award-winning extended reality (xR) solution has powered over 600 immersive real-time productions across live entertainment for music artists such as Katy Perry and Billie Eilish, film and episodic TV productions for Netflix and Amazon Prime, corporate presentations for Siemens and Verizon, and live broadcast programs from Eurosport, MTV and ITV, in more than 50 countries. With an ever-increasing global partner network and working alongside the world’s most talented visual designers and technical teams in live events, TV broadcasts, films, concert touring, theatre, fixed installations and corporate and entertainment events, disguise is building the next generation of collaborative tools to help artists and technologists realize their vision. Recognized as one of the Financial Times’ top 1000 fastest growing businesses for 2021, disguise has recently announced new majority backing from investment firm Carlyle Group, with Epic Games taking a minority stake. About Meptik Meptik is your creative partner for building mind-blowing xR experiences from start to finish. From content creation through to technical workflow integration, Meptik’s experienced designers and xR specialists push the boundaries of what’s possible

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While Microsoft showed off its console and even let us do a hands-on with it  Sony has yet to reveal the final hardware and many of the final specifications for the PS4.Take a look at the side-by-side comparison below.Will you be buying a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One when the consoles become available? What do you like about the consoles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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