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A three dimensional visual element is provided which includes a decal or other device to simulate a crack or break within the wall on which the visual elements is mounted. The visual element also includes a functional feature, such as a light, shelf support, electronic device, or the like, so that the visual element also provides some utility. In one example, a three dimensional representation of a soccer ball is provided wherein the soccer ball is surrounded by a clear plastic decal having a cracking so as to represent cracks within the wall on which the device is mounted. Within the shell of the soccer ball in this exemplary embodiment, are lighting elements which allow the device to be used as a nightlight.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A study was conducted by Guangzhou Sport University on the patented technology Anti Gravity System™ (AGS) designed by AGS FX Creations. The AGS patented technology is similar to a suspension system integrated into a backpack. In response to the motions that are generated, this design is slightly springy, and it makes the backpack load feel a lot lighter. Based on the test conducted, the AGS technology results showed a slower rate of cervical back muscle fatigue, quicker muscle recovery, better stability and improved posture when compared to a traditional backpack without AGS technology. The test also concludes that under the appropriate walking pace, AGS technology can potentially reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and muscle fatigue associated with carrying heavy backpack loads. The reason for this is because AGS backpack is able to compensate for the dynamic load. Biomechanical and physiological measurements were taken from 12 subjects (19 +/- 1.8 years old) who did no strenuous exercise two days prior to the test and are in healthy conditions (no acute or chronic illness). Two trials were conducted two days apart from each other. One was the control group where the participants wore a backpack with no AGS technology. The second group was the test group where the participants wore a backpack with AGS technology. For each trial, the participants carried the same amount of weight (8-10% of their body weight) and walked on a treadmill at 4.5km/h for 30 minutes. The Surface Electromyography measurement of the neck extensor, trapezius muscle, latissimus dorsi, and erector spinae muscle were taken along with gait and kinematics analysis. AGS FX Creations recognized the problem associated with heavy backpacks and hence has been working towards a solution since 2014. At first an AGS shoulder strap was invented. The shoulder strap is made from a highly elastic material so that when the user walks, a slight springy motion occurs. Based on user feedback, the shoulder strap made the carrying load feel lighter. Over time FX Creations incorporated that suspension idea into their backpacks, hoping to fight heavy backpacks. AGS FX Creations is a sister brand of FX Creations. It is committed to the development of innovative bags to relieve burdens carried by users. The brand aims to enable daily carriers to experience comfort while maintaining a stylish look without effort.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AGS FX Creations never stops designing for good looks. The bag brand spent a whole season to create a new look that caters to specific tastes. Their new backpack series, FTX, is inspired by military and navy-type designs and it also has the weight reducing technology to make it even more fulfilling. Resilience, strength and innovation are all well represented in just one series. Consider FTX as a completely new style that makes a bold statement wherever you go. Last year AGS FX Creations designed the FIA Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePRIX Limited Edition Venue Backpack. This year, with the concept of resilience and strength, camo green and navy blue were introduced that respectively draws parallels to the military and the navy. Stripes of highlighting colors lace the backpack to draw even more attention to its unique outer look. Made to endure rough terrains, the outer material and zipper seams of the FTX backpacks are water repellent so that it keeps your items inside safe and dry. The back support padding is made with lightweight EVA material which is shock absorbing and super lightweight. Last but not least, each backpack is made with your everyday journey in mind as it includes pockets to place your daily accessories and laptop. The AGS technology used in the FTX series is similar to a suspension system. When the user walks, the backpack has a subtle springy motion due to the elastic suspension components integrated into the straps. A test has proven that this design helps reduce the rate of muscle fatigue, lowers the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, improves posture, and allows faster muscle recovery compared to traditional backpacks without AGS technology. Participants have also expressed a lighter load when carrying their items in an AGS backpack. This technology is designed to remove burdens off of the shoulders so that users can enjoy their journey feeling light and fresh. AGS FX Creations is a sister brand of FX Creations. It aims to develop unique, functional and innovative bags for users worldwide. The brand aims to enable daily bag carriers to experience comfort while having an effortless yet stylish look.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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(AP) — YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child. It's not yet clear whether a recent ad boycott of YouTube will be short-lived or the start of a long-term shift away from the video service — one that could undercut Google's growth and that of its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. Alphabet's first-quarter results, released Thursday, provided few clues. Major advertisers didn't start pulling their money from YouTube until the three-month period was nearly over. The company's earnings rose 29 percent to $5.4 billion while revenue climbed 22 percent to $24.8 billion. Shares surged nearly 5 percent, to $933, in Thursday's extended trading. But the fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they are convinced Google can prevent their brands from appearing next to extremist clips promoting hate and violence. "There is no entity in the world that is more risk averse than a senior marketing person," says Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University in New York. "They don't want to go with a media choice that presents problems for a brand, and they don't have to because they have many other choices." Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts during a Thursday review of the first quarter that the company has had "thousands and thousands" of conversations with advertisers as YouTube takes steps to protect their brands. "We are evolving overall to a better place," Pichai said. At another point, he assured analysts that YouTube is still experiencing "extraordinary" growth without providing specifics. Even if YouTube continues to lose advertisers, it won't leave a huge dent in Alphabet's earnings. That's because marketers are expected to keep feeding the company's golden goose — Google's dominant search engine. Ads appearing alongside the billions of search results Google churns out each day still generate most of Alphabet's revenue even as it expands into other fields. But ad spending has been accelerating at a rapid pace on YouTube over the past two years as brands sought to connect with its audience of more than 1 billion people. Now it looks like things might taper off. Before the boycott began, YouTube's ad revenue after subtracting commissions was expected to rise 26 percent this year to $7 billion, based on estimates from the research firm eMarketer. Alphabet doesn't disclose YouTube's finances. Advertisers began to flee YouTube last month, after The Times in London and other media outlets turned up evidence that their brands were appearing alongside clips promoting terrorism and racism. The findings alerted advertisers that YouTube didn't have adequate technology or staffing to shield brands from some of the appalling material that gets posted on a site that receives 400 hours of video per minute. "This is an ostrich situation where the ostrich just pulled its head out of the sand," says Harry Kargman, CEO of Kargo, which helps manage ad campaigns on mobile devices. At one point, about 250 advertisers were boycotting YouTube. (Some also stepped back from a related system that Google operates to place commercials next to videos on outside websites.) The list included big-spending marketers such as PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks, AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, and Volkswagen. It's unclear how many, if any, of those have returned to YouTube since Google promised to hire more human reviewers and upgrade its technology to keep ads away from repugnant videos. Both Verizon and AT&T, two companies that are trying to expand their own digital ad networks to compete with Google, told The Associated Press that they are still boycotting YouTube. FX Networks confirmed that it isn't advertising on YouTube either. Several other boycotting marketers contacted by AP didn't respond. Even if advertisers return, Kargman predicted they are unlikely to spend as much as they once did. "It's going to be a slow burn as brands quietly shift their spending away," he said. "There are now questions about the quality of video on YouTube in the long term." Investors, however, apparently aren't too worried so far. YouTube's financial contributions remain a fairly small part of a company expected to generate $87 billion in revenue this year, after subtracting ad commissions. RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney estimates the reduced spending on YouTube and Google's ad network for video on third-party sites could reduce Alphabet's net revenue by $300 million, to $1.5 billion, this year. Some of that spending could shift to Facebook, Mahaney said, although the social network is facing its own challenges trying to block live videos of violence that appall viewers and advertisers alike.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Tony Perkins and Gary Stein took their audience on a rollercoaster of hilarity this past Saturday night during the live recording of their popular podcast. Before a third consecutive sold-out crowd at the DC Improv, the duo was joined on stage by comedian Rob Maher and TV personality and blogger Sarah Fraser. The comedic team covered a number of controversial topics, ranging from interracial dating to understanding urban slang to gynecology visits. “The diversity of our audience always amazes us,” said Perkins, “and not just racially. Our audience represents a wide age range, from millennials to senior citizens—a melting pot of experiences that provides for a level of audience participation that leads to unexpected comedy.” Added Stein, “No matter what topic we cover the audience is willing to go there with us, and the proof is in the non-stop laughter in our recordings. Appealing to such a diverse crowd is immensely rewarding.” The “The Tony Perkins Show Featuring Gary Stein” is a cross between a radio and television show, regularly featuring popular celebrities and guests. Each episode of the podcast includes comic commentary, interviews, music, and most notably, an amazing chemistry between two guys who can and regularly do finish each other’s sentences—a winning combination that continues to draw an ever-expanding following. This Saturday’s show (episode 136) and more than 130 additional episodes, can be enjoyed at http://www.tonyperkinsshow.com. ABOUT THE HOSTS Tony Perkins has been a radio and TV broadcaster for 30 years. A two-time Emmy award winner, he was the weatherman and feature reporter for ABC's Good Morning America for seven years, and has most recently been a main anchor for Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. for ten years. He was a professional stand-up comedian in the '80s and '90s, and was Donnie Simpson's sidekick and producer on the number-one-rated morning show for seven years at WKYS-FM. Tony has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and many other shows. Gary Stein is a former comedy writer and actor, and was a long-time TV producer. He helped launch Fox's FX Network, and met Tony when he became his dedicated producer at Good Morning America, where he produced nearly all of Tony's entertainment and weather segments, as well as his live shots. Gary has written sitcoms and HBO comedy and variety shows. He has had a long career as a performer and a producer in television, film, and live theater. He has the distinction of having been the youngest stage manager in Broadway history.


News Article | June 19, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHANGHAI, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The FX market has more than a decade of globalization, and has become, especially in recent days, the world's biggest financial trade market. According to reports by the BIS, in 2016, RMB has become the world's liveliest emergent market currency. From 2013 to 2016, RMB trade volumes have grown significantly. Average daily volume across those three years went from 120 Billion US Dollars to 202 Billion US Dollars. The FX financial market includes both institutional trade as well as retail trade. Among them, there are participants such as the central banks and global banks. Domestically, China's major banks are also strategically participating in CNH (Offshore RMB) trade. The Fintech market is developing extremely fast in China. Using securities and funds as an example, China's securities and funds market have reached volumes of 6 and 8 trillion RMB, respectively. As an example, Hunson is a firm with valuation exceeding 28 Billion RMB and 2.2 Billion RMB in annual revenue. Thomson Reuters China, from just selling trading solutions alone, can generate 1 Billion USD per annum in revenue. Platinum Analytics is a firm which provides just such solutions in service of FX financial institutions, providing platforms, terminals, and solutions. Platinum Analytics has several flagship products under its brand, such as Platinum Pages, a data terminal, PATS (Platinum Analytics Trading System), a smart trading platform, and an ECN (Electronic Communications Network, which provides smart order routing among various banks, exchanges, brokers, and corporates) specializing in CNH volumes. Platinum Page is a next-generation, algorithm focused data terminal with a robust data exchange platform as a foundation. It provides such functionalities such as smart order routing, market prediction and market indicator calculation. Compared to century old brands like Reuters Terminals, the Platinum Page is able to pull up a smaller subset of FX financial data, and give traders more flexibility in what they want to see. The PATS trading platform provides traders with tools for analysis, algorithmic trading and order routing. Platinum Analytics, in building this platform, registered and utilized many key patents, such as the PAX trade protocol, the PDEE Data exchange engine, and smart order routing algorithms. Platinum Page and PATS are both tools for traders, but the ECN is a liquidity platform and a future market for CNH. It is here that Platinum Analytics really has space to grow. Kelvin Zheng, prior to founding Platinum Analytics, has had 16 years of experience in the financial market. He believes that the fast growing CNH market will create demand and opportunities for a platform which can facilitate the exchange of trade and data. Platinum Analytics hopes to compete with the likes of FXALL, 360T, and EBS through a Chinese angle of attack, hoping to create a strong influence in the CNH market. According to Kelvin Zheng, as of now, Platinum Page and PATS have finished development and have entered the market. It is currently being used by signed clients such as Tencent's Webank, GTJA Securities, Xinhua, and one of the top 5 State-owned Banks. Platinum's ECN is slated to go production in the second half of 2017. Currently, Platinum Analytics has offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, in preparation of their push into the international market. In December of 2016, Platinum Analytics received a seed round investment from PGA Venture Partners. PGA Venture Partners is a venture capital firm managed by LUN Partners Group. It primarily invests in seed to growth stage companies in the Financial Technology (FinTech), Educational Technology (EdTech) and Entertainment & Digital Media Technology (EnTech) sectors. Besides providing financial resources, PGA Venture Partners also actively supports Platinum Analytics in expanding its businesses in the global market and facilitates cooperation between Platinum Analytics and other portfolio companies.


News Article | June 9, 2017
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GloFX is proud to be named the winner of the 2017 Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award. GloFX (https://glofx.com) was nominated in the “Under 40 Employees” category, and was the only Tallahassee based company to receive the honor. Florida is home to over 20,000 manufacturing companies, 120 of which were nominated, and only 28 made it to the final round of judging. On June 2nd, 7 winners were announced at the Governor's Sterling Awards Banquet in Orlando. This is the inaugural year of this prestigious award presented by the Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes. The nominated companies were judged based on several qualifications including: leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce and operations. Each nominee underwent an exhaustive application process that included a facility visit and interviews with company leadership. Established in 1992, the Florida Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation that oversees the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence, presented annually by the Governor. Only high performing, role-model organizations, who are both private and public and demonstrate superior management approaches are awarded. FloridaMakes is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and provides services through a network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other partners to support Florida’s more than 20,000 manufacturers. About GloFX: GloFX (https://glofx.com) is the #1 Global Leader in Dimensional Eyewear and has sold millions of rave glasses to EDM enthusiasts around the world since 2009. In addition to Diffraction and Kaleidoscope Glasses, GloFX offers a wide range of LED Products and Rave Gear including Light Show Gloves, Orbits, Fiber Optic Props, and Glow Poi. GloFX continues to pioneer and innovate new products that lead its industry. GloFX is proud to share this award with the Tallahassee community.


IronFX is proud to announce that the IronFX Racing Yacht, part of the Company’s long-established Corporate & Social Responsibility program, has qualified for the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Worlds 2017, which will take place in Trieste, Italy between July 2nd and 8th, 2017. In this capacity the yacht will be the official Cyprus entry, the first time ever that Cyprus has qualified and is participating at the ORC Word Championship. The participation at the World Championship is part of a series of charitable initiatives that IronFX performed since its inception, encompassing education, sports and general social welfare. IronFX will continue to support a wide range of charitable causes in the future. IronFX is the main promoter and sponsor of this effort. The Company is also a proud sponsor of the World Championship itself, giving additional exposure to both Cyprus and the sport of Sailing in Cyprus. The IronFX Racing Yacht will also be representing the Famagusta Nautical Club in the Championship, as well as promoting the #visitCyprus campaign of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Limassol Marina have kindly contributed in the team effort and have ensured a successful participation in the Championship. The IronFX Racing Yacht will participate in Class A of the World Championship with a Corinthian designation. The yacht is a Farr 45 Class yacht designed by Bruce Farr and has a crew of 14.The team is captained by Nikolas Epiphaniou and crewed by Markos Kashiouris, Loukia Kanarini, Daphne Frangoudis, Charalambos Aravatzis, Stelios Mabrouk, Andreas Milidonis, Andriana Matsis, Giorgos Savvides, Sakis Dionysiou, Adam Vlachos, Alexandros Adamides, Michel Fialas and Andreas Liasides. IronFX is the award-winning Global Leader in Online Trading, with 10 trading platforms and over 200 tradable instruments in forex, spot metals, futures, shares, spot indices and commodities. IronFX serves retail and institutional customers from over 180 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America while providing support in over 30 different languages. IronFX clients can benefit from round-the-clock coverage delivered by one of the world’s largest and most accomplished global client coverage teams. The IronFX customer-centric model offers top trading functionalities through its platforms combined with the widest suite of products at the best pricing and execution. Daily market news feed and insightful research gives clients access to the best information and data to make informed trading decisions. lronFX Group complies with international regulatory standards and different entities in the group are authorised and regulated by the FCA (UK), ASIC (Australia), FSB (South Africa) and CySEC (Cyprus). The ORC Worlds 2017 is being held in the Upper Adriatic and the Gulf of Trieste for the first time, and while restricting the number of participants, the event has still managed to attract a broad range of entries from 19 countries. These include: Great Britain, Greece, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Finland, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Estonia, Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. There are 6 nations competing in Class A, 10 in Class B and 12 in Class C. Italy has a strong presence in all three classes. More than 1500 athletes will stay at the regatta venue at Porto San Rocco during the event with two simultaneous regatta course areas planned by the Regatta Committee to guarantee the best racing for the most anticipated sailing event of the year. The Organizing Authority of ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 is led by Yacht Club Porto San Rocco and the Offshore Racing Congress along with Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela, Circolo della Vela Muggia, Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, TPK Circolo Nautico Triestino Sirena and Yachting Club Portoroz (Slovenia). The official website of the ORC Worlds 2017 is at http://www.orcworlds2017.com/ and the list of participants is at http://www.orcworlds2017.com/entries/all.


Patent
FX Inc | Date: 2013-06-05

A non-toxic, non-static, environmentally benign artificial snow product is made by extruding a mixture of starch, polyvinyl alcohol, hydrogenated soy flakes and talc to form an extruded starch product and processing the extruded starch product into snow flake like fragments. The snow flake like fragments may be sorted by size. Colorant may be added to yield artificial snow flakes in various festive colors.


A three dimensional visual element is provided which includes a decal or other device to simulate a crack or break within the wall on which the visual elements is mounted. The visual element also includes a functional feature, such as a light, shelf support, electronic device, or the like, so that the visual element also provides some utility. In one example, a three dimensional representation of a soccer ball is provided wherein the soccer ball is surrounded by a clear plastic decal having a cracking so as to represent cracks within the wall on which the device is mounted. Within the shell of the soccer ball in this exemplary embodiment, are lighting elements which allow the device to be used as a nightlight.

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