News Article | November 7, 2016
Spill a glass of wine on the wooden floor at Abbey Road and the studio triggers an emergency procedure. In this, England’s most storied recording venue, change is resisted at a molecular level – and not only because, in 2010, the government listed the building as a heritage site to ward off vampiric property developers. A few years ago, decorators varnished the floor of Studio Two, whose decor is somewhere between a 1950s prep school gym and a ballroom on the Titanic. Complaints quickly followed. The room’s acoustic resonance, made famous on most of the Beatles’ albums, had changed. The varnish was promptly chipped off, at vast expense. Since the 1960s, the studio door has been repainted and the seaweed once used to stuff the drapes that hang from the ceiling swapped for a less pungent material. Everything else remains preserved, with monastic reverence. As such, the sight of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) tuning up in Studio One on a sweltering September evening in 2016 looks much the same as when Edward Elgar took up his baton during its opening in 1931. There is one key difference: the music performed tonight will not end up on vinyl, film or in a concert hall. It is destined, instead, for a video game, Final Fantasy XV, the next instalment in a series that debuted in 1987. Concerts at Abbey Road are rare, but this work by the 48-year-old Japanese composer Yoko Shimomura – who sits on a tidy throne facing the 85-piece orchestra and a 35-piece choir appendage, one of the largest orchestral gatherings in the room since the recording of the soundtrack to Star Wars: Episode I – is far from the first video-game soundtrack to be played here. According to Abbey Road’s managing director, Isabel Garvey, the medium is an increasingly major component of the studio’s business, as game outfits hope to borrow the scent of its best-known cinematic scores – Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter – that lingers in these old walls. It’s been a swift invasion. Senior engineer Andrew Dudman, who joined Abbey Road 20 years ago as an intern during his third year of college, remembers the first orchestral recording for a video game, Headhunter, almost 15 years ago. “It snuck under the radar,” he says. “But soon after we got Tomb Raider, and suddenly everyone here started paying attention.” The 2003 score Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, written by Peter Connelly and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, was one of the first recorded orchestral video game soundtracks, and was a galaxy away from the bleeps and snicks that had defined the medium’s music. Since then, blockbuster scores, from Halo to The Sims to Uncharted, have been recorded here at a quickening rate. “These days, game music is expected to be on a level with the films people watch,” explains Garvey. “The sound must match the advances in gaming’s visual fidelity.” Connelly is one of a raft of game composers, like Richard Jacques, who did the Headhunter score, little known outside the industry. “So many game composers have made fantastic careers and you’ve never heard of them,” says Dudman. “But now we’re entering the era when film composers are crossing over.” Hollywood stalwarts Harry Gregson-Williams and Stephen Barton, who started as Williams’s assistant, have numerous game scores in their oeuvre, as do Tyler Bates and Ryan Amon. Video-game music is also being aired increasingly in public. Shimomura’s music was recently performed by the LSO at the Barbican, while a concert of pieces taken from the Game of Thrones-esque fantasy game Skyrim takes place at the Palladium later this month. Game composers are also increasingly attracting acclaim for the work. In 2012, Austin Wintory’s score for Journey became the first video game soundtrack to receive a Grammy nomination. The LPO’s bluntly titled album Greatest Video Game Music entered the US charts at No 23 – the highest debut for an orchestral recording since the Star Wars: Episode III soundtrack. Five years ago, Mark Robins organised an online campaign to encourage fans of video-game music to vote for their favourite tracks to be included in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. “Film scores have long made an appearance in the chart, and it didn’t feel right that game scores were completely ignored,” he says. “Clearly people agreed with me, because they responded and we’ve had video-game scores on the chart for the last five years. Plenty of people will say the music is terrible without listening to a bar, just because it comes from a game. But if you play it to them without revealing the source, they often really enjoy it.” There are few differences between recording an orchestral film and video-game score. In both cases, the musicians hunch beneath looming booms, a many-legged creature of points, jabs and vibrato spasms. Tonight, Shimomura’s soundtrack lurches from timpani rumbles to quivering, naked violin lines, as pushy and memorable as any John Williams theme. In its final context, however, there are key differences. A game score is rarely played in a linear form; instead, it drifts and blends between phrases to match the action. “The pieces don’t always feel like they have beginnings and ends,” says Dudman. “There’s less of an arc, because that’s all done dynamically by the programmers. Film scores have more of a clear narrative.” Dudman, who says he doesn’t have time to play games, typically listens to the finished game scores on CD, where they’re presented in linear form. But he recently had the chance to see one of the scores he’d recorded for Sony’s gothic masterpiece Bloodborne while on holiday in California. “The music was being mixed at Sony’s Los Angeles office, and the team was sitting in a 300-seat cinema in the middle of their building. The team was playing the game to make sure the music all worked properly. It was immense.” While packing away his Eberle violin – made in 1786, almost two centuries before the first video game debuted – Philippe Honoré, the former principal violinist with the LPO and guest leader for the night’s performance, reflects on the music. “For me, there’s not much that distinguishes video game music from film music,” he says. “It fits a particular character, or mood. It can be very beautiful.” For some players in the orchestra, Shimomura’s music has an image-changing effect. “I was surprised,” says Honoré. “I always imagine video games as being quite violent, but this was melodic.” Not everyone in the orchestra remains convinced. As we head out into the night, I overhear the loud bits of a conversation between two of the younger players. “I think my brother used to play it when he was younger,” one woman says to another. “On Nintendo, maybe? So yeah, I was familiar with Final Fantasy, but I don’t play it myself.” “Yeah,” her colleague replies. “Not my cup of tea.”
News Article | January 25, 2017
ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting, and Epiq, a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, today announced their participation at Legaltech New York. Brandon Mack, director of advanced technologies at Epiq, will introduce Dr. Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law & Raymond Pryke professor of first amendment law at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Chemerinsky will deliver an update on the Federal and Supreme Court. The session takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. ET and is CLE eligible. The companies will exhibit at booth No. 310 Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the New York Hilton Midtown, and showcase their eDiscovery business intelligence platform DMX™ (DocuMatrix®). “We are continually focused on improving the client hosting experience and equipping our clients with the essential discovery management tools needed to achieve efficient, intelligent processing, assessment, review and production,” said John Davenport, Jr., chief executive officer. “We want to arm legal practitioners with a platform that offers unprecedented insight into case data, and is platform-agnostic to deliver actionable insights across and within case portfolios.” Electronic discovery experts will be on hand to share knowledge spanning the entire eDiscovery process with attendees, from data protection, legal hold and forensic collection to data preservation and processing, through document review and production. eDiscovery and product experts will be available for demonstrations at booth No. 310, or by requesting a demo directly. To request a demo, click here. About Legaltech New York Legaltech® provides an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for you and your practice and offers an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet your current and future technology needs. About DTI DTI is a leading legal process outsourcing (LPO) company serving law firms, corporations and government entities around the globe. DTI helps its clients accelerate the changes they must make to remain competitive. DTI is a preeminent leader in the management of information and processes. The company manages risks and minimizes costs associated with complex litigation and compliance functions. The extensive experience in eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about DTI’s global footprint, flexibility, capacity and world-class project management, visit www.DTIGlobal.com. About Epiq Epiq is a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, including eDiscovery, managed services, bankruptcy, class action and mass tort administration, federal regulatory actions and data breach responses. Our innovative solutions are designed to streamline the administration of litigation, investigations, financial transactions, regulatory compliance and other legal matters. Epiq’s subject-matter experts bring clarity to complexity, create efficiency through expertise and deliver confidence to our clients around the world. For more information, visit us at www.epiqsystems.com.
News Article | February 16, 2017
NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, business and research support, today announced the appointment of legal process outsourcing (LPO) industry veteran, and contract lifecycle management (CLM) expert, Rachita Maker to...
News Article | December 26, 2016
On the shortest day of 2016, the US Department of Energy announced that it has made the “first ever offer for a conditional commitment” of loan guarantees under its Advanced Fossil Energy project to Lake Charles Methanol, LLC, for a petcoke-to-methanol facility. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) offered up to $2 billion in loan guarantees to help finance the facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as announced on December 21st. The operation, which will not only be the first of its kind in the US, but will also be the first methanol facility in the world to use carbon capture technology, will then become “the world’s largest industrial manufacturing carbon capture facility.” In the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable economy, helping to finance a fossil fuel methanol plant may not seem like an obvious choice for the DOE’s LPO, as the cleantech sector is more likely to cheer on the success of loan guarantees in the solar industry than in the fossil fuel sector. But seeing as these loan guarantees are coming under the aegis of the Advanced Fossil Energy program, it’s a total no-brainer, at least as far as the project qualifying under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. The wording in the act gives the DOE authorization to issue loan guarantees for projects that “avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases; and employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to commercial technologies in service in the United States at the time the guarantee is issued.” Petcoke certainly seems like a good fit for cleaning up, as it’s a byproduct of the petroleum refining industry, and one that is often exported to other countries, where it is burned instead of coal (and where it emits 5 to 10% more CO2 than coal on a per-unit-of-energy basis). According to the DOE, this petcoke-to-methanol facility is designed to emit 36% less greenhouse gases than typical methanol facilities (on a lifecycle basis), and will capture 77% of its carbon emissions, with an estimated annual sequestration of 4.2 million metric tons of carbon. One of the other key reasons that the LPO made the conditional offer of loan guarantees to the project is that the DOE believes that carbon capture and storage technology “is on the cusp of commercial-scale deployment” and the loan guarantees “could play a role in helping to bridge the funding gap for CCUS so this technology is financed by private lenders in the future.” Here’s an infographicized look at some of the details of the Lake Charles Methanol project: It’s not quite ‘clean,’ but it’s cleaner than other methanol facility alternatives, and it certainly seems to fit under the ‘all of the above’ energy policy umbrella. However, in an extremely ironic twist, the sequestered carbon captured by the lake Charles Methanol facility “will be transported via pipeline to southeast Texas for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR).” Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | December 21, 2016
« ABB delivers OppCharge fast charger for electric hybrid buses to Bertrange, Luxembourg | Main | Global Bioenergies plans to acquire Dutch start-up Syngip; gaseous carbon feedstocks for renewable isobutene process » The US Department of Energy (DOE) offered a conditional commitment to guarantee loans of up to $2 billion to Lake Charles Methanol, LLC to construct the world’s first methanol production facility to employ carbon capture technology in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The captured carbon would be utilized for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Texas. This project would represent the first loan guarantee made under the Advanced Fossil Energy Project solicitation issued by the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). If constructed, the project would also be the first petroleum coke (petcoke) to methanol facility in the US. Petcoke is a byproduct from oil refining. Methanol is one of the world’s most widely-used industrial chemicals in applications from paints and plastics, furniture and carpeting, to automotive parts, windshield washer fluid and fuel blending. By using petcoke as the feedstock and employing carbon capture at the project, the proposed project will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released. This conditional commitment represents a major milestone in the Department’s efforts to scale up carbon capture utilization and sequestration and continue American leadership in advanced fossil energy technologies. The Department’s Loan Programs Office has received more than 70 applications to its current solicitations for almost $50 billion in loans and loan guarantees, which can allow projects to leverage additional private dollars for major infrastructure projects that will create thousands of good-paying American jobs and generate cleaner energy in the future. Overall, Lake Charles Methanol anticipates a $3.8 billion infrastructure investment for the project that will help to support the Gulf Coast economy by creating an expected 1,000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs in Louisiana. The project will also create roughly 300 jobs in Texas for EOR activities. The proposed plant will produce methanol, hydrogen, and other industrial gases and chemical products. The carbon dioxide captured from the petcoke gasification plant will be compressed for commercial pipeline transport. The captured carbon dioxide will be transported to oil fields in Texas for EOR, resulting in sequestration of 4.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent compared to typical methanol facilities. Overall, the project captures 77% of all carbon dioxide produced by the facility. The offer of a conditional commitment is an important step towards issuing a loan guarantee to support construction of the project. The Department will continue to monitor the project’s development and work to reach final agreement before closing the loan guarantee. The Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) supports a large, diverse portfolio of more than $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments, supporting more than 30 closed and committed projects. The projects that LPO has supported include one of the world’s largest wind farms; several of the world’s largest solar generation and thermal energy storage systems; and more than a dozen new or retooled auto manufacturing plants across the country.
News Article | December 19, 2016
Dublin, Dec. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in US$ Million. The Global market is analyzed by the following Service Types: Litigation Support, Contract Drafting, E-Discovery, Patent Support, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for India, the Philippines, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. The report profiles 56 companies including many key and niche players such as For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cf6x8t/legal_process
News Article | December 12, 2016
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in US$ Million. The Global market is analyzed by the following Service Types: Litigation Support, Contract Drafting, E-Discovery, Patent Support, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for India, the Philippines, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. The report profiles 56 companies including many key and niche players such as For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/ktglhn/legal_process
News Article | February 16, 2017
FOUR OAKS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX:FOFN) (the “Company”), the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has approved a one for five reverse stock split of its outstanding common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”) to take effect at approximately 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, on March 1, 2017 (the “Effective Time”). The Reverse Stock Split was approved by the Company’s shareholders at the special meeting of shareholders held on November 8, 2016. As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every five shares of the Company’s common stock issued and outstanding at the Effective Time will be consolidated into one issued and outstanding share of common stock. The Company will not issue fractional shares in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Instead, shareholders who otherwise would be entitled to receive fractional shares because they hold a number of shares not evenly divisible by five will automatically be entitled to receive an additional fraction of a share of common stock to round up to the next whole post-split share. In connection with the Reverse Stock Split, there will be no change in the par value per share of $1.00. Trading of the Company’s common stock on the OTCQX is expected to continue, on a split-adjusted basis, with the opening of the markets on Thursday, March 2, 2017, under the existing trading symbol “FOFN” with a new CUSIP number. Based on the number of shares currently outstanding, the Reverse Stock Split will reduce the number of shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding from approximately 35 million shares prior to the Reverse Stock Split to approximately 7 million shares following the Reverse Stock Split. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the Company’s transfer agent, will act as the exchange agent for the Reverse Stock Split and will send instructions to shareholders of record regarding the exchange of certificates for book-entry shares of common stock. President and Chief Executive Officer David H. Rupp stated, “After two solid years of performance, this reverse stock split represents the next step in our plan to improve balance sheet efficiency for our Company. We have been fortunate to have a loyal and supportive shareholder base and are working every day to create shareholder value for them.” With $719.9 million in total assets as of December 31, 2016, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, offers a broad range of financial services through its fifteen offices in Four Oaks, Clayton, Smithfield, Garner, Benson, Fuquay-Varina, Wallace, Holly Springs, Harrells, Zebulon, Dunn, Raleigh (LPO) and Apex (LPO), North Carolina. Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. trades through its market makers under the symbol of FOFN. This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current beliefs and assumptions and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations, and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “continue,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond the Company’s control, and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations. For a discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please review the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequent reports. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on the Company’s expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
News Article | November 2, 2016
LONDON, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in US$ Million. The Global market is analyzed by the following Service Types: Litigation Support, Contract Drafting, E-Discovery, Patent Support, and Others. The report...
News Article | February 14, 2017
ATLANTA, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting, announced today that the company has successfully attained the ISO 27001:2013 Security Certification of their Seattle and Atlanta data center environments. ISO 27001 verifies that the DTI Atlanta and Seattle data centers, along with its certified operations in London, have the infrastructure and processes required to protect client information with a high degree of security. "Our clients require the highest levels of security and availability for their networks," said Tony Bennet, security and compliance officer at DTI. "ISO 27001 certification assures clients that DTI has met the necessary requirements, and this critical achievement testifies to the lengths to which DTI will go to support the security requirements of our clients." “The certification of our Seattle and Atlanta data center environments further validates our commitment to judiciously protecting and managing our clients’ information assets,” said Shaun Cutter, chief technology officer at DTI. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the standards by which organizations ensure their materials, products, processes and services are reliable and secure. ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 163 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives. ISO 27001:2013 is considered the gold standard of information assurance for many global organizations around the world. About DTI DTI is a leading legal process outsourcing (LPO) company serving law firms, corporations and government entities around the globe. DTI helps its clients accelerate the changes they must make to remain competitive. DTI is a preeminent leader in the management of information and processes. The company manages risks and minimizes costs associated with complex litigation and compliance functions. The extensive experience in eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about DTI’s global footprint, flexibility, capacity and world-class project management, visit www.DTIGlobal.com.