News Article | May 12, 2017
In Poland, Naspers’ real estate site Otodom.pl announced plans to launch a dating site for real estate agents. Sounds like a joke? Read on. The project was disclosed in a post on Otodom’s blog, and it seems to be the site’s latest idea for building the image and awareness of its brand among realtors. In the blog post, Otodom asked real estate agents to participate in a contest for finding a name for the dating site. It also revealed a few details about the project. It also revealed a few details about the project. The dating site will be designed to make it easier for real estate agents to get to know people who work in the sector and have similar interests. That is why the dating site search engine will have the ability to sort candidates not only by location and age, but also by: – professional specialization (e.g. houses, flats, farms, rentals), – interests (e.g. fishing, evening reading of the land register, monitoring of the records of abusive records, high-risk sports), – personality types (e.g. cultural, entertaining, indoors), and – appearance (e.g. height, weight, foot size). Otodom also said it had invited well-known real estate professionals to be ambassadors and the brand faces of its dating site. It didn’t reveal any names. The launch date of the new site is also unknown. Otodom and the real estate section of Naspers’ OLX.pl together receive 6.7 million unique users and are way ahead of Polska Press’ Gratka.pl (about 1.5 million unique users), Morizon’s Morizon.pl and NNV’s Nieruchomosci-online.pl (both receive about a million unique users), and Agora’s Domiporta.pl (about 500,000 unique users), according to Megapanel PBI/Gemius in January 2017. Andrzej Sowula has been a writer and an analyst for AIM Group since March 2013, focusing on the Polish market. As a journalist, he has worked in Poland for regional newspapers and national Internet-focused magazines for almost a decade. He has also substantial both in-house and in a PR agency experience as a PR specialist. Currently, he owns a small PR consultancy in Poland called PR Solutions. Andrzej has graduated from Journalism, Political Science and Business and Management at Jagiellonian University. He lives and works in Krakow.
News Article | May 25, 2017
Art on the Vine is pleased to announce DC-based artist and Pittsburgh native Nate Lewis as its inaugural resident. Starting in June, Nate will spend four-weeks on Martha’s Vineyard creating exclusive work that he will present at Art on the Vine’s second annual exhibition on August 13th-15th. This year’s event produced by The Agora Culture is expanding to three-days and will be held at the historic Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, MA. “We are proud to have Nate as the first artist to participate in our residency program. He is an example of ingenious artists who are out here on the rise but need spaces where they can continue to cultivate their practice,” said Jessica Stafford Davis, founder of Art on the Vine and The Agora Culture. “We chose Martha’s Vineyard for our residency and summer art exhibition because it is a cultural haven and melting pot. Nate will not only work on his practice but also meet and engage with a variety of culturally astute individuals in the community.” Nate Lewis is a gifted artist who began his career as a critical care registered nurse. A self-taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience as a care taker of patients and their family members, he creates stunning, intricate 2-3d sculptures out of single sheets of paper that visually combines the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles. Lewis’ work pushes the idea of freedom within boundaries, and seeks to confront perceptions of vulnerability, tragedy, and time. “I’m very grateful to Jessica and Art on the Vine for this great opportunity,” said Nate. “This residency will give me more freedom to try new techniques that typically take longer to achieve. I’m really looking forward to spending time on the Vineyard, getting to know the community, and working on my practice.” Nate will join an array of talented artists such as Yashua Klos, Deborah Roberts, Edgar Areceneaux, and Stan Squirewell at the second annual Art on the Vine in Martha’s Vineyard. Connecting the dots between contemporary artists and art enthusiasts, Art on the Vine is a multicultural arts event that brings together collectors, up-and-coming artists, institutions, and the merely curious for a unique cultural exhibition. The three-day event will showcase museum-quality works and educational panels featuring high-profile collectors. Attendees will also be treated to a martini happy hour, gallery tours, and an exclusive swag bag. A complete list of artists and panelists will be revealed in the next few weeks. For more information and early bird tickets, visit http://www.artonthevinemv.com. A portion of proceeds will support the Art on the Vine Artist in Residency program. About Art on the Vine Art on the Vine is a nonprofit subsidiary of The Agora Culture. Art on the Vine’s mission is to educate and showcase a diverse array of artists through a four-week residency program and annual art exhibition in Martha’s Vineyard. Launched in 2016, the Artist in Residency program provides emerging artists with an opportunity to gain exposure for their work and engage with the communities where their residency takes place. About the Agora Culture Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, The Agora Culture is a national online multicultural arts platform that connects new and seasoned art collectors with contemporary visual artists. Established in 2013, the Agora Culture focuses on producing exhibitions, art dinners, salons and educational workshops for collectors at all levels.
News Article | June 21, 2017
TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 21, 2017) - Agora Holdings Inc. ( : AGHI) on June 13, 2017 announced that it closed the definitive equity purchase agreement dated June 12, 2017 and has acquired RiNet Telecom ("RiNet"). The transaction will give Agora Holdings a significant presence in the large and growing market for telecommunications technology which has been a strategic priority for Agora. RiNet reported a $500,000-dollar revenue from contracts in 2016 with revenue projected to grow to 1.5 million in 2017 as the number of contracts are more than doubling. RiNet, a telecommunications contractor, delivers telecom and security solutions from the design to engineering phase, including cable and fiber optic installations, structural wiring and security surveillance. At the closing meeting, Agora was excited about adding RiNet to its profile and commented that it is "excited to embark on a new era of growth with our partners in the industry." Agora Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiary Geegle Media and affiliates, is an entertainment and media enterprise. Agora Holdings Inc. brings together media and technology, driving innovation to enhance online entertainment in five business segments: media networks, TV, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. This press release contains "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. You should consider these factors in evaluating the statements herein, and not rely on such statements. Forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and Agora Holdings Inc. undertakes no obligation to update such statements.
Agora Inc | Date: 2017-05-03
Systems and methods for improving quality of a call over network (CON) are provided. Call quality may be improved via pathway testing to determine data path quality. This may be utilized to inform buffering lengths, and also may be utilized to choose the data pathway utilized for transmitting the data. Pathway testing may employ collecting microphone data on one device, transmitting it across the various pathways, and then comparing the quality at the endpoint compared to the initial data. Additionally, call quality may be improved via buffer length modulation based upon the call scenario type. Scenario detection may be based upon who speaks, and the duration of the speaking, as well as contextual analysis. Further, the call over network quality may further be improved by deploying modules over the network. The modules are intermediary vehicles between each communicator and backend servers. The modules intercept audio packets from the communicator to detect packet loss, and perform recovery of lost packets, thereby accelerating real-time audio conversations.
Agora Inc | Date: 2016-02-24
The present invention relates to systems and methods for last mile optimization for the transmission of real-time data. Pseudo-packets are sent to a last mile optimizer located at each of several best servers. The last mile optimizers provide feedback regarding jitter, latency and packet loss of the pseudo-packets to determine quality of service for each of the servers. The server with the best quality of service is selected as the single best server. A plurality of transporter algorithms may then be applied to pseudo-packets that are then sent to the single best server, and the quality of service for each transporter algorithm is subsequently measured for effectiveness. The transporter algorithms that are shown to be effective are combined together for the actual transmission of real-time data. Continuous monitoring of transmission quality allows for utilizing backup pathways upon detection of a problem, and negotiation of preferred transporter algorithms.
Agora Inc | Date: 2016-02-24
The present invention relates to systems and methods for best server selection for real-time data transmission are provided. The systems and methods include an access controller, and an application which receives information of a selection of several best servers with which to transmit real-time packets to. The application sends a request to the access controller for server information before call initiation. The access controller identifies servers with the same ISP, and then selects a regional server within this group of same ISP servers. Subsequently the geo optimizer identifies servers closest to the application from among the regional servers. The respective loads of each of the closest servers are analyzed to select only servers that are likely to provide satisfactory quality of service. A monitor within the central IDC is able to measure load conditions of each server and provide this load information to the access controller.
Agora Inc | Date: 2016-05-19
A method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium for leveraging real-time sales volume for conducting group buys comprising initializing a sale of an item, the sale specifying a current price of the item which is calculated based on a current sales volume of the item and sales volume ranges, processing transactions with users for items at a purchase price equal to the current price when a purchase request is received from the corresponding user, terminating the sale of the item at a closing price when the current sales volume has reached a threshold or when a period of time has passed since the sale was initialized, and crediting accounts belonging to one or more users with an additional amount based at least in part on a difference between the closing price and the purchase price for each item for the corresponding user.
Agora Inc | Date: 2015-06-25
Systems and methods for improving quality of a call over network (CON) are provided. Modules may be distributed over the network at nodes. The modules monitor data quantity through the node, and data quality from one node to another. This fidelity and usage data is provided to a server where the data may be utilized to decide on how to route a call over network. The selected pathway may be decided based upon avoidance of problem legs where packets have historically been lost, or based upon the desire to load level data transmissions. A signal indicator for the signal quality of the networks last mile may be provided to the user. The last mile is the portion of the data pathway dependent upon the telephone service providers infrastructure that cannot be rerouted around.
Agora Inc | Date: 2016-04-27
The present invention relates to systems and methods for network labeling in order to enhance real time data transfers. A network for a real time data transfer is identified and predictive models for network performance are compared against to determine if the network is suitable for the data transfer. If so, then the real time data transfer may be completed as expected. However, if the network is predicted to be unsuitable for transmission an alternate means for connection may be suggested. The alternate suggestion may include delaying the data transfer until the network is expected to be in better conditions, connecting to another access point in the network, or switching to another network entirely. During the data transfer, the quality of the network is monitored in order to update the predictive models for the networks quality. Identifiers for the network may be utilized to keep track of the networks. Network signal strength, signal pollution and time may also be tracked in order to identify patterns in the networks performance.
Agora Inc | Date: 2016-02-24
The present invention relates to systems and methods for improving transmission of voice packets over a network are provided. The systems and methods include a few central internet data centers (IDCs) which include a routing controller and an access controller. The system also includes a number of edge IDCs. Each edge IDC includes a last mile optimizer and a relay server. The last mile optimizer operates along with an application located on the users devices and the access controller in the central IDCs to identify the best edge server for the particular device to connect to. The edge servers continually monitor pathway performance once the call is in progress. If an error is detected, then the server may automatically transition to back-up pathways rapidly to minimize call performance disruption.