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HDR, Inc. is an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. HDR has worked on projects in all 50 U.S. states and in 60 countries, including notable projects such as the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and the The Roslin Institute building. The firm employs 8,500 professionals representing hundreds of disciplines in the architecture, energy, federal, water resources, environmental, mining, private land development, resource management, transportation, and water markets. Wikipedia.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a leading provider of visual processing solutions, today announced the newest and most advanced features offered in its latest generation Iris mobile display processor. Based on the Company’s patented DNX® technology originally used in high-end TVs, Pixelworks’ third generation mobile chip, PX8468, combines the technology, called True View®, that enables displays to adapt automatically based on the ambient light and color temperature, as well as support for mobile HDR (High-Dynamic Range) to elevate smartphones and tablets to a whole new level of viewing experience. “We are very excited to publicly launch our most advanced Iris display processor,” said Richard Miller, Pixelworks’ GM & Executive Vice President of Technology. “Our True View feature set leverages auto-adaptive technology to enable a highly optimized viewing experience indoors or outdoors, and offers mobile OEMs much-needed differentiation at the lowest power and smallest footprint available. Additionally, by using Iris, mobile OEMs can qualify their devices for the highest picture quality standards required by providers of HDR content.” “Our ZenPad and ZenFone product lines have benefited from Pixelworks’ Iris family of display processors,” said Rangoon Chang, ASUS General Manager, Mobile Computing Business Unit. “Being able to deliver a high-end TV experience for premium content on a mobile device is a key differentiator for ASUS, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with Pixelworks to further differentiate our future mobile devices.” Pixelworks’ technology provides end users with benefits such as cinematic movie quality, life-like photos and a stunning gaming experience, all optimized for changes typically encountered in a mobile environment. Pixelworks’ True View auto-adaptive technology optimizes the display in real-time, based on the ambient light, color temperature, content or application being viewed, as well as the user’s preferences. Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation, commented, “DisplayMate has been a pioneer in advocating better display performance in ambient light as a key requirement for the next-generation of displays. With their new Iris processor, Pixelworks is providing important new technology and tools that will allow device manufacturers to significantly improve their display’s on-screen color and contrast image quality for consumers in real world ambient light viewing conditions.” Pixelworks’ DNX technology has been a key feature in many high-end TVs and projectors for over a decade, and the Company is leveraging the numerous benefits of this technology in mobile devices, including: True Clarity®: Pixelworks True Clarity motion processing recreates a cinematic experience, removing the artifacts that distract from the art of storytelling in movies and TV shows, while reducing blur during the streaming of live sports. Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation (MEMC) is one of the key technologies of Pixelworks’ DNX. By processing every video frame that is displayed, Iris adds in the missing frames to ensure smooth judder-free video. Eye fatigue is one of the side-effects of motion judder in video watched on mobile devices without MEMC. True View®: With more than 500 million pixel operations per second, Iris display processors render accurate colors, sharp detail and high dynamic range, all while adapting for ambient light intensity and color. These adjustments are made automatically based on the application in use, whether watching movies, playing games or simply browsing the Internet and sending messages. Ambient light is a key challenge due to significant changes in color and contrast, often causing washed out pictures, reduced contrast, and inaccurate colors. With Iris and True View, mobile devices have the world’s most comprehensive set of picture quality tools, that provide automatic real-time processing to adapt to the display’s color gamut, contrast, sharpness, and motion based on the ambient light, color temperature to best suit the user’s visual perception and preferences. The user experiences all the benefits of the superior quality display, adaptive to the content, ambient light, geographical location, and the time-of-day. Iris can even record the user display preferences and adjust automatically as these preferences change over time. High-Dynamic Range (HDR): With more than half the video streams being viewed on mobile devices, there is a growing demand for the same high-dynamic range (HDR) experience on a 5” smartphone, as on a 50” TV. The UHD Alliance announced its HDR specifications for portable devices at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Pixelworks’ Iris chip can enable HDR on qualified mobile devices, by leveraging not only the picture quality tools, but nearly 20 years of Pixelworks display expertise. Mobile displays are usually much brighter than TVs, and displaying accurate colors, while maintaining the black and the white levels of a given video requires years of display know-how and the right set of tools, which Pixelworks provides to the customers when they use the Iris devices. Pixelworks’ PX8468, the latest generation in the Company’s Iris family of mobile chips, is 20% smaller and consumes 25% lower power than the previous generation Iris device. It is sampling and available for mass production today in a small 4.25 x 4.80-mm WL-CSP package. For additional information please contact your local Pixelworks office, or visit www.pixelworks.com. Pixelworks creates, develops and markets video display processing technology for digital video applications that demand the very highest quality images. At design centers around the world, Pixelworks engineers constantly push video performance to keep manufacturers of consumer electronics, mobile devices and professional displays worldwide on the leading edge. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.pixelworks.com. ASUS is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016. Note: Pixelworks, DNX, True View, True Clarity and the Pixelworks logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc. 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"4K streaming devices are just entering the market in the highest end products," says Sam Rosen, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research. "4K streaming devices represent about 35% and 24% of streaming device shipments in North America and Western Europe, respectively, in 2017. However, as penetration of 4K TVs grows, so will the revenue opportunities from UltraHD definition purchases and rentals, as well as premium early release content. Pricing premium for these formats represents substantial revenue opportunity for studios and streaming service providers, and this will drive a faster shift to 4K streaming media adapters." "Video streaming services are increasingly becoming a replacement alternative for traditional pay-TV services as operators partner with third-party OTT players or start to offer standalone streaming services, such as Dish Networks' Sling TV and Now TV by Sky in Europe," says Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. "This abundance of low-cost and no-contract video streaming services drives the adoption of media streaming devices, which can be given freely or heavily subsidized for subscriber acquisition." Select service providers who prefer more controller ecosystems are bringing to market dedicated streaming devices to target consumers who plan to "cut the cord" and/or never subscribed to a traditional pay-TV service. While the boxes provide the pay-TV operators with supreme security and flexibility, the struggle for many pay-TV operators lies in convincing consumers to install a new box that does not handle other popular video services. As such, ABI Research predicts that retail video streaming devices that support multiple streaming devices and smart TVs will likely continue to hold the market majority over operator-branded boxes. These findings are from ABI Research's Media Devices: UltraHD, 4K, HDR, 8K, HEVC (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1027290-media-devices-ultrahd-4k-hdr-8k-hevc/) market data report. ABI Research stands at the forefront of technology market research, providing business leaders with comprehensive research and consulting services to help them implement informed, transformative technology decisions. Founded more than 25 years ago, the company's global team of senior and long-tenured analysts delivers deep market data forecasts, analyses, and teardown services. ABI Research is an industry pioneer, proactively uncovering ground-breaking business cycles and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.


SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasas®, the leader in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), today announced that its ActiveStor® with DirectFlow® for Mac® product received NewBay’s Best of Show Award. The award was presented at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show by Video Edge, a publication of NewBay’s Broadcast/Video Group. At NAB, Panasas showed an ActiveStor demo featuring an acquisition-to-post-to-delivery workflow that illustrated what post-production facilities have called the “Fastest in Hollywood” media production experience. Nominees for NewBay’s Best of Show Awards, presented by Video Edge, are evaluated by a panel of industry experts and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners will be featured in Digital Video, whose print and online destinations serve as a centralized resource for creative professionals, focusing on art, technology and business. ActiveStor with DirectFlow for Mac is the first and only high-performance combination of scale-out NAS with a parallel data protocol for the Apple® Mac® platform and Mac OS®. Designed as part of the integrated ActiveStor scale-out storage solution, DirectFlow accesses the entire ActiveStor storage cluster directly and in parallel. This helps production professionals achieve faster media ingest, process and delivery by enabling them to effortlessly and simultaneously handle their media of choice, up to 4K UHD resolution. In addition, ActiveStor effortlessly scales bandwidth and capacity for larger high-dynamic-range (HDR) and virtual-reality (VR) projects, which helps future-proof the system as new media formats and more-complex workloads are introduced. “The products nominated for the Best of Show program, now in its fourth year, provide an outstanding overview of new technology on the show floor and shine a spotlight on the very best,” said NewBay Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb. “With the adoption of 4K UHD content delivery and 8K camera technology arriving, the pressure applied to production teams is relentless, and storage technology needs to be able to keep up,” said David Sallak, vice president and chief technology officer for media and entertainment at Panasas. “We designed ActiveStor with DirectFlow for Mac to deliver the performance advantage that will allow editors to focus on their craft and not worry about storage. We are honored to have our technology win the Best in Show award and thank the NewBay awards panel for this special recognition.” For more information on how Panasas performance storage drives innovation in media and entertainment, visit http://www.panasas.com/solutions/media. Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.panasas.com. ©2017 Panasas, Inc. Panasas, the Panasas logo, ActiveStor and DirectFlow are registered trademarks or trademarks of Panasas, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.


Lille (France), Cambridge (Massachusetts, Etats-Unis), le 12 mai 2017 - GENFIT (Euronext : GNFT - ISIN : FR0004163111), société biopharmaceutique engagée dans la découverte et le développement de solutions thérapeutiques et diagnostiques dans le domaine des maladies métaboliques et inflammatoires touchant notamment la sphère hépato-gastroentérologique, a annoncé aujourd'hui avoir publié dans l'édition du Bulletin des Annonces Légales Obligatoires de ce jour son avis de réunion valant convocation à l'Assemblée Générale Ordinaire et Extraordinaire qui se déroulera le vendredi 16 juin 2017 à 10h30 dans les locaux de la Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques de Lille situés sur le Parc Eurasanté, 3, rue du Professeur Laguesse à Lille (59000). Cette Assemblée Générale Ordinaire et Extraordinaire sera également l'occasion de mettre la gouvernance de la Société en conformité avec la loi dite Copé Zimermann relative à la représentation équilibrée des femmes et des hommes au sein des conseils d'administration et de surveillance; les actionnaires étant appelés à examiner les candidatures de Madame Catherine Larue et de Madame Anne-Hélène Monsellato aux fonctions d'administratrices de la Société. Davantage d'informations sur la biographie, l'expérience et les compétences de ces candidates figurent ci-dessous. Comme indiqué également dans le communiqué du 24 avril 2017 et sous réserve de l'assentiment des actionnaires sur ce changement de mode d'administration et de la composition du nouveau Conseil d'Administration, il est proposé que l'actuel Président du Directoire soit nommé Président du Conseil d'Administration et Directeur Général de la Société. Dans ce contexte, et outre les points classiques consacrés traditionnellement à l'examen des comptes et des différents rapports du Directoire, du Conseil de Surveillance et des Commissaires aux Comptes relatifs à l'exercice 2016, le Directoire de la Société propose un certain nombre de projets de résolutions alternatives qui différent en fonction de ce que sera la décision des actionnaires quant à la transformation du mode d'administration de la Société. En fonction de cette décision, seules celles d'entre elles qui seront adaptées au mode d'administration choisi seront soumises au suffrage des actionnaires. Plus de détails sont disponibles dans l'avis de réunion valant convocation du 12 Mai 2017 qui est disponible sur le site internet de la Société. L'ensemble de la documentation concernant l'Assemblée Générale Ordinaire et Extraordinaire (en ce compris le rapport « Say on Pay » de la loi Sapin II) sera tenu à la disposition des actionnaires dans les conditions prévues par la règlementation en vigueur, et sera disponible sur le site internet de la Société le 19 Mai 2017 au plus tard. Dr Catherine Larue a débuté sa carrière comme chef d'équipe chez Sanofi, Montpellier, France, en R&D dans le département de recherche cardiovasculaire. Elle a ensuite rejoint Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur Inc., Minnesota, États-Unis, où elle a dirigé le département d'immunologie pendant trois ans, y développant tests et instruments. Elle est ensuite retournée à Paris, chez Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur pour y travailler en tant que Directrice R&D, puis a passé 11 ans au sein du groupe Bio-Rad où elle a occupé divers postes de management. Elle a participé à la découverte de plusieurs biomarqueurs innovants et à la mise sur le marché de dizaines de produits de diagnostic. Dr Catherine Larue est l'auteur de 85 publications et a déposé 13 brevets. Elle est titulaire d'un doctorat en biologie expérimentale et d'une Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche (HDR) à l'Université de Rouen, d'un diplôme universitaire en oncologie clinique (Université Paris VI) et d'un MBA pour Executive (Université de St. John, New York). En 2104, elle a été élue femme la plus inspirante de l'année dans la catégorie « Science, Technologie et Recherche » au Luxembourg. Depuis mai 2015, Anne-Helène Monsellato est membre indépendant du Conseil d'Administration, Présidente du Comité d'Audit et des Risques et membre du Comité de Gouvernance et des Nominations d'Euronav, une société belge figurant parmi les leaders mondiaux du transport maritime de produits pétroliers côtée sur le marché réglementé d'Euronext à Bruxelles et au NYSE. Par ailleurs, elle est Vice-Présidente et trésorière du Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, fondation publique américaine basée à New York. Madame Monsellato a rejoint Ernst&Young (devenu EY) en 1990 où elle a occupé successivement des fonctions d'auditeur, d'auditeur sénior, de manager puis de manager senior, avant de devenir associée du Cabinet de 2005 à 2013. Elle a acquis, à travers ce parcours, une grande expérience des opérations de cotations transfrontalières, ', notamment aux Etats-Unis, du contrôle interne et de la gestion des risques ; et est intervenue dans plusieurs sociétés des secteurs pharmaceutiques et des biotechnologies. GENFIT est une société biopharmaceutique dédiée à la découverte et au développement de médicaments dans des domaines thérapeutiques où les besoins médicaux sont considérables en raison du manque de traitements efficaces et du fait de l'augmentation du nombre de malades au niveau mondial. GENFIT concentre ses efforts de R&D pour participer à la mise sur le marché de solutions thérapeutiques visant à combattre certaines maladies métaboliques, inflammatoires, autoimmunes ou fibrotiques touchant en particulier le foie (comme la stéatohépatite non alcoolique ou NASH) et plus généralement la sphère gastro-intestinale. GENFIT déploie des approches combinant nouveaux traitements et biomarqueurs. Elafibranor, composé propriétaire de GENFIT le plus avancé, est en cours de phase 3 d'essais cliniques. Installée à Lille, Paris et Cambridge, MA (USA), l'entreprise compte environ 130 collaborateurs. GENFIT est une société cotée sur le marché réglementé d'Euronext à Paris, Compartiment B (Euronext : GNFT - ISIN : FR0004163111). www.genfit.fr Avertissement Ce communiqué de presse contient des déclarations prospectives. Bien que la Société considère que ses projections sont basées sur des hypothèses raisonnables, ces déclarations prospectives peuvent être remises en cause par un certain nombre d'aléas et d'incertitudes, ce qui pourrait donner lieu à des résultats substantiellement différents de ceux décrits, induits ou anticipés dans lesdites déclarations prospectives. Ces aléas et incertitudes comprennent notamment les incertitudes inhérentes à la recherche et développement, y compris dans le domaine des biomarqueurs, au progrès et aux résultats de l'essai clinique RESOLVE-IT, aux examens et autorisations d'autorités réglementaires comme la FDA et l'EMA concernant notamment Elafibranor dans la NASH, la CBP et d'autres indications, ainsi que les biomarqueurs développés par la Société, au succès d'une stratégie d'in-licensing, à la capacité de la Société à continuer à lever des fonds pour son développement, ainsi qu'à ceux développés à la section 4 «Principaux Risques et incertitudes» du Document de Référence enregistré par l'Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) le 28 avril 2017 sous le numéro R.17-034 disponible sur les sites Internet de GENFIT (www.genfit.fr) et de l'AMF (www.amf-france.org). Sous réserve de la réglementation applicable, la Société ne prend aucun engagement de mise à jour ou de révision des informations contenues dans ce communiqué.


GENFIT: CONVENING NOTICE TO THE ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY SHAREHOLDERS MEETING ON JUNE 16, 2017 Lille (France), Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States), May 12, 2017 - GENFIT (Euronext: GNFT - ISIN: FR0004163111), a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of developing therapeutic and diagnostic solutions in metabolic and inflammatory diseases, that notably affect the liver or the gastrointestinal system, today announced that it has published today in today's French legal announcements bulletin (Bulletin des Annonces Légales Obligatoires) its convening notice to the Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting to be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:30 am at the University of Lille College of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science located at Parc Eurasanté, 3, rue du Professeur Laguesse in Lille (59000), France. As indicated in its press release on April 24, the shareholders will be invited to vote on the change in the type of administration of the Company, moving from a two-tiered board (Supervisory Board and Executive Board) to a single board structure (Board of Directors). The Company considers that this change will allow it to be closer to international standards and to welcome the expert board members whom it wishes to recruit to accompany its development in the years to come. The Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting will also be the occasion to implement the provisions of the "Copé-Zimmermann" law (relating to the balanced representation of men and women on corporate boards), and the shareholders will vote on the proposed nomination of Ms. Catherine Larue and Ms. Anne-Hélène Monsellato as directors of the Company.  Additional biographical information, including the experience and expertise of these candidates in included below. As also indicated in the April 24, 2017 press release, and subject to the approval of the shareholders of the change in the type of administration of the Company and the composition of the new Board of Directors, the current Chairman of the Executive Board is proposed to be appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In addition to the usual items on the agenda related to the review of the financial statements and the different reports of the Executive and Supervisory Boards and the Statutory Auditors for the 2016 fiscal year, the Executive Board is proposing a certain number of alternative draft resolutions that differ depending on the decision of the shareholders with respect to the change in type of administration of the Company.  Depending on this decision, only those draft resolutions relating to the specific type of administration chosen will be submitted to a vote of the shareholders. The resolutions submitted to the shareholders are grouped together in the following manner: Additional information is available in the convening notice dated May 12, 2017, which is available on the Company's website.  All of the documentation concerning the Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting (including the Say on Pay report pursuant to the Sapin II Law) will be made available to shareholders in accordance with current regulations and also available on the Company's website by May 19, 2017. Dr. Catherine Larue has been CEO ad interim of Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), a biomedical research institute, since January 2016. From 2012 to end 2015, she was CEO of the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL), where she led the development of the biobanking strategy and new initiatives in the field of personalized medicine. Prior to joining the IBBL, Dr. Larue piloted the biomarker program at Genfit until 2012. Dr. Catherine Larue began her career as team leader at Sanofi at the Montpellier, France based R&D center in the cardiovascular research department.  She later joined Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur Inc., in Minnesota, United States, where she ran the immunology department for three years, developing tests and instruments.  She thereafter returned to Paris, France as Director at Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur, and then spent 11 years at the Bio-Rad group, holding different management positions.  She participated in the discovery of several innovative biomarkers and the commercialization of dozens of diagnostic products. Dr. Catherine Larue is the author of 85 articles and has filed 13 patents.  She holds a doctorate in experimental biology and an accreditation to direct research (Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche or HDR) from the University of Rouen, a degree in clinical oncology from the University of Paris VI and an executive MBA from St John's University (New York).  In 2014, she was voted Luxembourg's most inspiring woman of the year in the "Science, Technology and Research" category. Anne-Hélène Monsellato is a Certified Public Accountant in France since 2008 and graduated from EM Lyon in 1990 with a degree in Business Management. Since May 2015, she has been an independent director, the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee of Euronav, a Belgian crude oil tanker company listed on NYSE and Euronext Brussels.  In addition, she serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, a U.S. public foundation based in New York. From 2005 until 2013, Mrs. Monsellato served as a Partner with Ernst & Young (now EY), Paris, after having served as Auditor/Senior, Manager and Senior Manager for the firm starting in 1990. During her time at EY, she gained extensive experience in cross border listing transactions, in particular with the U.S., internal control and risk management, and was involved with several companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Mrs. Monsellato is an active member of the French Association of Directors (IFA) and of the selection committee of Femmes Business Angels since 2013. GENFIT is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of drug candidates in areas of high unmet medical needs corresponding to a lack of suitable treatment and an increasing number of patients worldwide. GENFIT's R&D efforts are focused on bringing new medicines to market for patients with metabolic, inflammatory, autoimmune and fibrotic diseases, that affect the liver (such as NASH - Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and more generally the gastro-intestinal arena. GENFIT's approach combines novel treatments and biomarkers. Its lead proprietary compound, elafibranor, is currently in a Phase 3 study. With facilities in Lille and Paris, France, and Cambridge, MA (USA), the Company has approximately 130 employees. GENFIT is a public company listed in compartment B of Euronext's regulated market in Paris (Euronext: GNFT - ISIN: FR0004163111). www.genfit.com This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including related to biomarkers, progression of, and results of clinical data from, the RESOLVE-IT trial, review and approvals by regulatory authorities, such as the FDA or the EMA, regarding in particular, elafibranor in NASH and PBC, as well as other indications, and biomarkers, the success of any inlicensing strategies, the Company's continued ability to raise capital to fund its development, as well as those discussed or identified in the Company's public filings with the AMF, including those listed under Section 4 "Main Risks and Uncertainties" of the Company's 2016 Registration Document registered with the French Autorité des marchés financiers on April 28, 2017 under n° R.17-034, which is available on GENFIT's website (www.genfit.com) and on the website of the AMF (www.amf-france.org). Other than as required by applicable law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements. This press release and the information contained herein do not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe to shares in GENFIT in any country. This press release has been prepared in both French and English. In the event of any differences between the two texts, the French language version shall supersede.


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The best waterproof phone has become a necessity in 2017, whether you’re accident prone or just a bit paranoid. It can put your mind at ease knowing your expensive new smartphone can withstand a dunk in the pool or a spilled drink at the pub. We’re seeing more water-resistant and waterproof phones at the flagship level. We know even have a waterproof iPhone from Apple. But which ones are the absolute best? We’ve already covered the and , and now it’s time to tackle the  best waterproof smartphones. Some of our top picks may surprise you. Waterproof phones are clearly the future, but a majority of new phones we’ve liked still don’t offer more than basic splash protection. The and , for example, are splashproof phones, which can survive in the rain. But they won’t be able to escape a dunk in water, so we won’t include them in this list. Sure, you can get a waterproof case for your phone, but they add heft and hide the gorgeous design of your phone. If you don’t want to compromise on design, ergonomics or usability, buying a waterproof smartphone is your best bet. Just a note before we weigh in on the best waterproof and water-resistant phones. Most phones on this list can be submerged in water, but there’s a literal breaking point. Samsung’s newest phones should survive 1.5 meters down (nearly 5ft) for up to 30 minutes. The new iPhone can do the same to a depth of 1 meter (3.3ft). Smartphone waterproofing has its limits. Your waterproof seal can wear away and speakers can still sound muffled after everything dries out. Nothing in life is guaranteed here, but this is as good as it gets in the smartphone world. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most talked about phones of the year because of its gorgeous and humongous display that takes up almost the entire front of the phone. In typical Samsung fashion, the display is the best in the business and even supports HDR content. While some users will be irked by the awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor, Samsung’s biometric unlocking options work well and the phone just flies through any task. Power users will enjoy the phone’s expandable storage, fast wireless charging and VR prowess when paired with a headset. This is a phone that you can take to the beach without worry. Heck you can even shower with it if that’s your thing. If you have to have the best iPhone, the iPhone 7 Plus is it. While the smaller iPhone 7 has a good camera, the iPhone 7 Plus features a dual-lens camera that lets you zoom in 2x with no loss in resolution and detail. This added flexibility makes the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus one of the best, even today. The phone feels large in the hand due to the beefy bezels around its display. However, that big size also means the iPhone 7 Plus has a big 2,900mAh battery that will get power users through a day without problem. The new iPhone isn't the phone that many will have been waiting for, as it comes with a similar look and feel to previous models. That doesn't mean it's a bad phone, far from it in fact with a power boost under the hood, water resistant and a decent camera upgrade making a difference. There's no point upgrading from the 6S to 7, but if you're currently using an iPhone 6 or older then the jump to the 7 is a good one. If you want a flagship phone with a gigantic display, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the phone for you. The massive 6.2-inch screen sits inside a body that’s smaller than its screen size would suggest. It’s still a bit of an unwieldy phone thanks to its tall display but for those who want the best screen in the business, this is the phone for you. Specs between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus only differ in size: you get the larger screen and  and a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Battery life is good, but Samsung was conservative with the battery capacity after the fiasco. The phone is IP68 certified dust and water resistant. You won’t want to go snorkeling with the phone but it will put up with spilled drinks and accidental dunks without problem. Expensive for what you get While the LG G6 may lack the latest and greatest specs of the Galaxy S8, it’s still an excellent phone. Sure, the Snapdragon 821 is last year’s flagship processor but it’s still super fast. The Galaxy S8 may have a pretty curved display but some users may prefer the traditional flat display of the G6. Like the S8, the G6 features a tall 18:9 aspect ratio which gives you more room for browsing the web and split-screen multitasking. The similarities with the Galaxy S8 continue with the LG G6’s IP68 rated water and dust proofing. We think the LG G6 is just a bit too expensive for what you get but it’s an excellent phone nonetheless. If you don’t want to shell out nearly $800 for the latest Galaxy S8, last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge is still an excellent choice. It was the first Samsung Galaxy to be fully dust and water resistant with an IP68 rating. Although it doesn’t pack the latest specs and that gorgeous display of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S7 Edge is still an excellent and refined phone. It packs one of the best displays out there and has a massive 3,600mAh battery that’s slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S8 Plus. If you’re a klutz or simply in an environment that requires a tough phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a good choice. It’s basically a Galaxy S7 in a ruggedized body with IP68 dust and water resistant. The phone is built for drops and dunks and is a phone you won’t need to worry about babying. Some downsides of the Galaxy S7 Active include its expensive price and AT&T exclusivity. It’s a shame this ruggedized phone is only available on one carrier. It can now be found on sale unlocked, but you’ll have to look around online for one. This is the only Windows phone on our list but it’s a flagship worthy of your consideration. The HP Elite x3 is a beast of a phone physically as it features a massive 6-inch display. This big phone means you get a big 4,150mAh battery that will last you a couple of days of light to moderate use. While the HP Elite x3 packs impressive specs like a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 16MP camera, it still suffers from the lack of app support that still plagues Windows phone. However, die-hard Windows enthusiasts will love this phablet.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.techradar.com

If you want to hear Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons fly realistically overhead, expertly track unseen Bokoblin in Hyrule or enjoy trouser-flapping road racing with Vin Diesel’s Furious crew, then you need a full-blown home cinema system. Soundbars are all well and good, but when it comes to indulging in genuinely immersive audio then a multichannel home theatre receiver is the real deal. To be honest, AV receivers (AVRs) have an onerous reputation for complexity, a consequence of their do-everything nature and decades of design complacency. Thankfully they’re now a lot easier to live with, courtesy of graphical interfaces actually designed for humans (take a bow Denon) and inclusive usability. Virtually all AV receivers support integrated music services (Spotify, Tidal, Deezer etc), either directly or via an app. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have become common features, while integrated Apple Airplay and Chromecast, as found on the Onkyo TX-NR676E  and the Pioneer VSX-LS302, simplify streaming even further. If you’re looking to upgrade a long serving AV amplifier, or jump into the glitzy world of home cinema for the first time, here’s everything you need to know… Let’s state the obvious. AV receivers aren’t pretty. As a breed, they’re large and imposing. But size doesn’t have to be a pre-requisite. You can now buy slimline models which slot sensibly into regular AV furniture racks. These tend to be just as well-specified as their larger stablemates, but lack a certain amount of muscle. Marantz has the half-height line, currently led by the NR1607. It may only be 100mm tall, but the specification is far from thin. This 7.2 channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (more on which later) receiver supports Hi-Res Audio sources and has a power output rated at 50W per channel (into 8 Ohms). Pioneer offers the even slimmer VSX-S520D. This 5.1 channel cutie is just 70mm tall, offers 4K compatibility and has a DAB tuner. It’s rated at 6x80W RMS into 4 Ohms. If you want to prioritize clout over cosmetics, opt for a full-height AV receiver, and you’ll (at least) double your output power. Volume isn’t just about loudness. The easier it is for an AV receiver to reach a comfortable cinematic listening level, the less fatiguing it will sound. The most powerful AVRs handle fast, dynamic transients (those literally explosive moments that define action movies) with ease; Quiet-Quiet-Bang horror movies will have you leaping from your seat in fright. All receivers offer some form of room equalization during the set-up process, and while they work the same way, using a plug-in microphone, results can vary dramatically. Yamaha uses YPAO room calibration software which can measure up to eight listening positions, although it’s unlikely you’ll need to do more than four to cover your main seating area. Denon and Marantz employ Audyssey. Versions vary according to model, but the high spec MultEQ XT32 iteration also allows you to measure up to eight listening positions, adding SubEQ to tighten up paired subwoofers. Pioneer has various flavours of its own MCACC, while Arcam licenses DIRAC Live, the most sophisticated and effective of all room calibration systems. Don’t be a slave to the set-up though. If you room sounds better without calibration, go au naturale. Alternatively, apply calibration to the surrounds but not the main stereo pair. Experiment. Every room sounds different. Dolby Atmos audio decoding is a pre-requisite for any modern AV receiver. Our best advice is don’t buy one without it. Best known of all the 3D audio codecs, it’s found on Blu-ray discs and increasingly alongside 4K video pay TV services – currently BT Sport, but soon Sky too. Lower cost Atmos-equipped AVRs are usually seven channel designs. This translates to a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos configuration – that’s to say 5.1 surround with two Atmos height channels. 5.1.2 systems work well in smaller rooms, where Atmos-enabled upfiring loudspeakers (or in-ceiling speakers, if you have them) are within 1.5m of the listening position. Larger rooms will benefit from a beefier nine channel receiver, giving the option of Dolby Atmos in 5.1.4 or 7.1.2. Some users may like a flatbed of seven channels, with side and rear speakers, plus a height component, others might prefer four height channels and two rears. Higher-end AV receivers can offer eleven channels of amplification, aka 7.1.4, for the ultimate immersive audio experience, or give you the option of expanding a seven channels to nine using additional amplification. The Denon AVR-X4300H is one such, a ferociously powerful 200w (into 6 Ohms) p/c nine-channel Atmos AVR with a full 11.2 pre-amp output. Of course, filling your home with multiple loudspeakers is always going to present a challenge, so manufacturers are devising ways of using DSP to simulate extra channels. Sony’s STR-DN1080 receiver is a 5.1.2 channel design, but employs Phantom Surround virtual speakers to create a listening experience akin to 7.1.2. Meanwhile, the Pioneer VSX-832 has just 5.1 channels of real amplification, but uses newly developed Dolby Atmos virtualization techniques to create an immersive soundstage. Dolby Atmos isn’t the only 3D audio game in town. Most Dolby Atmos receivers also offer support for DTS:X, a rival immersive sound format. Denon and Marantz even allow you to purchase an upgrade for Auro 3D, the most esoteric of all 3D audio formats. AV receivers are no longer just for theatres and Hi-Fi listening rooms. Increasingly you can use them as part of a whole home multiroom audio system. Chromecast audio, Onkyo FireConnect, Denon Heos and Yamaha MusicCast are examples of multiroom ecosystems which can be built around AV receivers. Yamaha’s Aventage AVR range can stream connected sources to any other MusicCast speaker on a home network. This means, you can listen to the audio from a TV set top box plugged into the AVR, via a wireless MusicCast speaker in the kitchen. Most AVRs also allow you to run physical cables to a second location, either audio only or both sound and vision, for simple multiroom playback. It’s important that any home cinema receiver be as future-proof as possible. So try and buy one with as many 4K-ready HDMI inputs as possible. Some cheaper receivers mix 4K ready inputs with HD-only ones. As you might expect with HDMI, there’s plenty of devil in the detail. While any HDMI v2.0 input will be compatible with 4K sources, you’ll need inputs that support HDMI v2.0a to ensure that HDR metadata makes it through to an HDR-capable display. The key attribute to both HDMI v2.0 iteration is support for HDCP 2.2 copy protection, which is used by all commercially available 4K sources, including UHD Blu-ray, 4K set top boxes like Sky Q and Virgin Media V6, and 4K media streamers. Finally, look out for how many HDMI outputs your chosen home cinema receiver has. Cheaper models offer just one, but step-up models have two (or even three), allowing you to feed a TV and a home cinema projector simultaneously. Right. That’s your Next Gen home cinema receiver sorted. Let’s get the popcorn in...


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

NEW YORK, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- About Data Center Construction A data center is a centralized storehouse, physical or virtual, for remote storage, and processing of data and information. Data centers constitute the backbone of essential business operations. There is a significant amount of growth in enterprise applications worldwide because of the use of advanced technologies to gain a competitive advantage. Enterprises are focusing on the construction of green data centers to reduce power consumption and their impact on the environment. The construction of a data center includes design, architecture, installation of electrical and mechanical systems, as well as general construction services. Data center certifications have grown in importance, especially for colocation and managed hosting service providers, to attract customers. Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p04886851/Data-Center-Construction-Market-in-the-US.html Technavio's analysts forecast the data center construction market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 6.34% during the period 2017-2021. Covered in this report The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the data center construction market in the US for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the investments made in new data centers and the renovation of existing ones. Technavio's report, Data Center Construction Market in the US 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. Key vendors • Corgan Associates • DPR Construction • Fluor • Gensler • HDR • Holder Construction Group • Jacobs Engineering Group • Syska Hennessy Group • Turner Construction • Page Southerland Page • Vanderweil Engineers Other prominent vendors • AECOM • AKF Group • Balfour Beatty • Carlson Design Construct • Clune Construction Company • Fortis Construction • Gilbane • Hensel Phelps Construction • HITT Contracting • Integrated Design Group • JE Dunn Construction • McGough • Merrick & Company • Mortenson Construction • Pepper Construction • Skanska • Structure Tone • Whiting-Turner • Wendel Market driver • Tax incentives for data centers and reduction in electricity cost. • For a full, detailed list, view our report Market challenge • Rise in construction and installation costs. • For a full, detailed list, view our report Market trend • Increase in the purchase of renewable energy sources. • For a full, detailed list, view our report Key questions answered in this report • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be? • What are the key market trends? • What is driving this market? • What are the challenges to market growth? • Who are the key vendors in this market space? • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors? • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors? You can request one free hour of our analyst's time when you purchase this market report. Details are provided within the report. Methodology Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p04886851/Data-Center-Construction-Market-in-the-US.html About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. http://www.reportlinker.com __________________________ Contact Clare: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/data-center-construction-market-in-the-us-2017-2021-300455572.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

TCL's C and P series meet the highest standards in HDR technology, supporting both Dolby Vision as well as generic HDR (HDR10). The C-series starts under $700 and will include 55" (55C807, $699), 65" (65C807, $1099) and 75" (75C807, $1999) 4K HDR TCL Roku TV models. TCL's P-series will be offered in 50" (50P607), 55" (55P607), and 65" (65P607) screen sizes with the 55" model available for a special introductory price of $599 via pre-order on Amazon.com starting May 26th. "With more Dolby Vision as well as generic HDR content now available through the streaming content providers, TCL is delivering premium products with leading technology like Dolby Vision and the Roku® OS at the perfect time," said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. "Consumers are hungry for bigger screens with best-in-class picture quality and TCL is meeting both of those needs by leveraging Dolby's deep expertise in bringing advanced technologies from the cinema to the home in our newest TV models. The 4K HDR TCL Roku TVs are the perfect addition to elevate our portfolio and continue driving TCL's success in the U.S." Leveraging the HDR technology that powers Dolby's most advanced cinemas around the world, Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. It is the preferred HDR mastering workflow for major studios and a growing number of creatives, so consumers will have access to more of what they want to watch in HDR, including a growing portfolio of movies and TV episodes. Dolby delivers spectacular experiences in broadcast, gaming, music and other genres, and this expertise serves as the foundation that will enable Dolby Vision to drive the future of entertainment tomorrow. "We are excited to partner with TCL to make Dolby Vision more broadly available than ever before," said Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Multi-Screen Services Video, Dolby Laboratories. "With Dolby Vision on TCL TVs, consumers can now unlock superior HDR performance that delivers a more lifelike entertainment experience in their living room." TCL combines superior 4K UHD picture quality with Dolby Vision in the P-Series, which offers the ultimate HDR imaging experience. With the popular Roku OS offering access to the most streaming content, including the growing collection of Dolby Vision and generic HDR titles, the P-Series gives consumers access to great content and the perfect TV to enjoy it. With HDR Contrast Control Zones, contrast is individually optimized across 72 zones to achieve highly localized areas of striking contrast between bright and dark areas of the image, providing an unrivaled sense of depth and reality. The series also features Wide Color performance with TCL's NBP Photon technology that produces a vibrant and rich color palette that is so advanced it covers nearly all the DCI-P3 color standard. The C-Series marries stunning 4K high-dynamic range and super slim, elegant design for an upscale TV experience. Like the P-Series, the line supports Dolby Vision and features the popular Roku OS. The C-Series also features Wide Color performance powered by TCL's NBP Photon technology adding another vivid chromatic dimension on top of the striking HDR contrast and sharp 4K resolution to deliver a remarkable visual experience. Because the C-Series features TCL's HDR Dynamic Contrast technology, content is displayed with optimized brightness for each scene ensuring life-like reproduction of images from the brightest brights to the darkest darks. Already one of the world's best-selling consumer electronics brands, TCL is now the fastest-growing TV brand in North America. TCL (The Creative Life) was founded more than 35 years ago and prides itself on delivering high quality products featuring stylish design and the latest technology. With extensive manufacturing expertise, a vertically integrated supply chain, and state-of-the-art panel factory, TCL offers innovative televisions, including the award-winning TCL® Roku TV™. Roku is a registered trademark and Roku TV is a trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Vision is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tcl-redefines-home-entertainment-with-premium-2017-lineup-featuring-dolby-vision-300456035.html


News Article | September 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HDR has acquired Maintenance Design Group (MDG), which specializes in the planning and design of vehicle and fleet operations and maintenance facilities. Going forward, MDG will do business as HDR | Maintenance Design Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. Founded in 1995, Maintenance Design Group is known for industry firsts such as designing a 250-bus maintenance facility with a 100 percent drive-through maintenance bay, and designing upper level work platforms for light rail facilities that provide convenient, safe places to work. The firm employs close to 40 professionals in offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Houston, Baltimore and Nashville. “MDG’s innovative approach to facility design makes them a perfect fit for HDR,” said Eric Keen, president and chief operating officer for HDR. “We see tremendous growth opportunities in the operations and maintenance facilities market, and MDG's strengths in facility planning and design complement our asset life-cycle approach to infrastructure development.” Keen added that the relationship is not new. “We have worked together to serve transit clients for more than a decade, and we are pleased to welcome everyone at MDG to the HDR team.” Projects the firms have collaborated on include the Sun Link Streetcar in Tucson, Arizona and the Kansas City Streetcar, which recently was verified Envision Platinum by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. KC Streetcar is the first transit project to achieve this designation. “MDG is excited about joining forces with HDR,” said Don Leidy, MDG managing principal. “We will be able to serve new clients and offer a wider range of services to our current clients. It’s also important that HDR shares our values and offers opportunities for employee-ownership and professional development. We look forward to all the great things we can accomplish together.” Leidy will join HDR as vice president/managing principal and will continue to lead the HDR| Maintenance Design Group team. Co-owners, Ken Booth, Mark Ellis, Jon Holler, Steve Radomski and Darren Pynn will join HDR as senior facility design managers. For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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